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Hold our tiny silicon spheres, say gravity wave detection scientists

A group of scientists from the University of Nevada at Reno says tiny sensors – small enough to be suspended in an optical trap – could pave the way for a new kind of ultra-sensitive gravity wave sensor.
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Optus outlines its 4G future

Optus is hoping to shed its bridesmaid status, unveiling plans for a major rollout across four frequency bands, announcing its first TD-LTE deployment, and adding a bunch of cities and regional centres to its rollout.
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Nintendo throws flaming legal barrel at YouTubing fans

Nintendo has contacted fans who post walk-through videos of its games to YouTube, claiming all revenue from their efforts.
Simon Sharwood, 20 May 2013
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Yahoo! Japan says 22 MEELLION User IDs may have been nabbed

Yahoo! Japan has told its 200 million customers to change their passwords after revealing that 22 million user IDs may have been exposed in a suspected intrusion last week.
Phil Muncaster, 20 May 2013

Massive EXPLOSION visible to naked eye SEEN ON MOON

Vid Sensational news today from the Moon, as skywatchers say a huge explosion - as bright as a star, and visible from Earth with the naked eye - has been seen on the lunar surface.
Lewis Page, 20 May 2013
Joshua Kiepert 's 32-way Raspberry Pi cluster

US boffin builds 32-way Raspberry Pi cluster

Boise University PhD candidate Joshua Kiepert has built a 32-way Beowulf cluster from Raspberry Pis.
Simon Sharwood, 20 May 2013
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Intel releases 'Beacon Mountain' Android-on-Atom dev tool

Indroid Inside Intel has released “Beacon Mountain” a development environment for Android apps on both its own Atom silicon and ARM chippery.
Simon Sharwood, 20 May 2013
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Pakistan signs up for China's GPS rival

China’s home-grown sat-nav system Beidou (BDS) is expected to add yet another customer after Pakistan signed up to host ground stations for the service.
Phil Muncaster, 20 May 2013
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Boffins find 'scary radio attack'* against pacemakers

It's a little difficult to credit as a discovery the fact that analogue receivers – whether they be on a bluetooth device or a pacemaker – are vulnerable to radio interference.

Last time CO2 was this high, the world was underwater? NO, actually

OK, so levels of atmospheric CO2 are rising through 0.0004 (or 400 parts per million) at the moment. Disaster, right? The last time the world saw carbon levels like this, some three million years ago, the mighty ice sheets of Greenland and the Antarctic had melted from the heat and the seas were 35 metres higher than they are today. Anybody who doesn't live up a mountain will soon find themselves underwater. Aaargh!
Lewis Page, 20 May 2013
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Look behind you, NetApp: Angry investor is coming for YOU

Activist investor Eliott Management, of Emulex fame, always pushes to have its voice heard - especially when it thinks bosses of its "investment companies" don't put shareholders first. Now the fund has actually taken on storage giant NetApp.
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2013
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Streaming music works for us, say US and UK indie labels

Analysis Are legal music streaming services just Kim Dotcom on a diet, with a lawyer?
Andrew Orlowski, 20 May 2013
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Is it time for the great Jihad against networked storage?

Blocks and Files Dheeraj Pandy is running Nutanix as if the company is on a crusade against networked storage. Data delivery latency from networked storage is plain unacceptable, it seems, and clustered virtualised servers should run and present their local storage as part of a pool.
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2013

'Untidy' Shoreditch just CONFUSES American techies - Olympic hub team

A leading American tech incubator is considering opening a British outpost on the site of the Stratford Olympics, The Register can reveal.
Jasper Hamill, 20 May 2013
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NetApp boffins first to go in 'workforce decimation' plan

Storage array biz NetApp has laid off 300 people at a research and development centre in India and “hundreds” more in the US, according to industry sources.
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2013

Intel's answer to ARM: Customisable x86 chips with HIDDEN POWERS

With new CEO Brian Krzanich and new president Renée James in control of Intel, all kinds of changes are very likely in store: the chip giant wants to expand beyond its dominance in PCs (a declining market) and servers (one that is profitable but not growing very much) to other aspects of the computing landscape.
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Hello, Goodbye ... to $408,000: John Lennon axe under the hammer

A guitar played by both John Lennon and George Harrison has sold at auction for a cool $408k.
Lester Haines, 20 May 2013
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Gay marriage? We'll put a stop to that 'human BUG', says Nintendo

A bug that permitted same-sex marriage in a Nintendo game was a mistake by the developer rather than a victory for equality, we're told.
John Leyden, 20 May 2013

Cameron's Tech City: Desks? Yes. Cash? Yes. Coders? Nope

Lack of skilled staff is hampering the growth of almost half of all tech businesses based around East London's Silicon Roundabout, a survey has found.
Jasper Hamill, 20 May 2013
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Bumbling fraudsters fail to dupe 'Westcost' customers

Fraudsters masquerading as British distie giant Westcoast failed in their attempts to convince resellers to redirect their payments for products and services to a dodgy bank account, the company has confirmed.
Paul Kunert, 20 May 2013
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Give porno danger classes to Brit kids as young as FIVE - parents

Schoolteachers should warn British children as young as five about the "dangers" of finding pornography online, say families.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 May 2013
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So you want to be a contractor? Well, here's how it works

Back in the heady days of 1984, working on the development of Microsoft Unix (yes, that was a real product, AKA Xenix), we needed to write an Ethernet driver, but none of us really felt up to that. We needed to hire an expensive specialist.
Dominic Connor, 20 May 2013
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Biz bods: Tile-tastic Windows 8? NOOO. We lust after 'mature' Win 7

Windows 8 won't become an enterprise IT standard as customers dump Microsoft's legacy PC operating system XP. Instead, corporate IT departments will stick to what they know and install Windows 7.
Gavin Clarke, 20 May 2013
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Schmidt: Don't like our tiny tax bills? Google this... 'Change the law'

Google chief Eric Schmidt has once more defended his advertising giant for its pitiful UK tax bills: the search supremo said his biz abides by the rules, and claims he can't wait for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development to reform those rules.
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Marks & Sparks accused of silently bonking punters over the tills

Analysis High-street socks'n'frocks chain Marks and Spencer is accused of quietly taking money from shoppers' contactless bank cards at the tills.
Bill Ray, 20 May 2013

UK.gov STILL wants to tout pupil data – don't use the word 'product'

At the end of 2012, Education Secretary Michael Gove told Parliament that he wanted "to share extracts of data held in the National Pupil Database for a wider range of purposes than possible in order to maximise the value of this rich dataset".
Kelly Fiveash, 20 May 2013
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Crack Army pilot to be first PROPER British astronaut IN SPAAAACE

Ex-Apache helicopter pilot Tim Peake will become the first bona fide British astronaut in space - and live and work on the International Space Station.
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Amazon cloud-watcher shows some love for Microsoft's Azure

Newvem has been peddling its Cloud Care monitoring and costing tools for virty public infrastructure since it uncloaked last November for Amazon Web Services.
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Microsoft: We need a pro to flog our Surface slabs in UK

Microsoft UK is seeking a captain to steer the good ship Surface. The candidate will need a sturdy pair of sea legs to navigate potentially choppy waters and prevent it from running aground.
Paul Kunert, 20 May 2013

Petshop iPad fanboi charged with filming up young model's skirt

A Los Angeles fanboi has been charged (PDF) with using an iPad to take upskirt footage of an underwear model.
Jasper Hamill, 20 May 2013
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It! Started! With! A! GIF!... Yahoo! Actually! Buys! Tumblr! for! $1bn!

Yahoo! has "promised not to screw it up" after agreeing to acquire cat'n'porn blogging site Tumblr for about $1.1bn.
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Securo-boffins uncover new GLOBAL cyber-espionage operation

Government ministries, technology firms, media outlets, academic research institutions and non-governmental organisations have all fallen victim to an ongoing cyberespionage operation with tendrils all over the world, according to researchers.
John Leyden, 20 May 2013
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Canadian regulators welcome US Bitcoin refugees with open arms

Canadian Bitcoin traders will not be clobbered by laws similar to those being used to target virtual currency exchanges in America, according to a leaked letter from the country's financial investigations unit.
Jasper Hamill, 20 May 2013
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They WANT to EAT YOUR COMPUTER - welcome your ANT overlords

A massive horde of computer-killing "crazy ants" are invading the southeastern US, killing other species as they go.
Jasper Hamill, 20 May 2013
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Rogue Nokia splinter cell drops its Jolla phone A-BOMB

Smartphone upstart Jolla - founded by a bunch of ex-Nokia engineers - has finally unveiled a device. The gadget's technical details are few and far between at this moment.
Bill Ray, 20 May 2013
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Flailing QLogic's boss gives up CEO, president gigs

Simon Biddiscombe, server adapter maker QLogic's CEO and the driver of its Mount Rainier flash-enhanced HBA program, has resigned "to pursue other opportunities," with a search for a new CEO underway.
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2013
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WordPress warns of mass Tumblr defections after Yahoo! deal

News of Tumblr's purchase by Yahoo! has prompted a flood of established users to flee that social-media site, according to WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg.
Iain Thomson, 20 May 2013
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Dell JUNKS public cloud in favor of partner tech

Dell is discontinuing its infrastructure-as-a-service cloud and instead dealing tech to partners as it looks to make some money in the cut-throat world of cloud computing.
Jack Clark, 20 May 2013

The iWatch is coming! The iWatch is coming!

The Apple iWatch rumor mill has rumbled to life yet again, with one report that Apple is sampling 1.5-inch OLED displays for the li'l fellow, and a second that long-time iKit assembler Foxconn has received orders for a test batch of the "wearable computing" device.
Rik Myslewski, 20 May 2013

Don't Panic! Google FCC filing reveals mystery media device

Google has filed paperwork with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a mysterious new media player device, leading to widespread speculation that a successor to the ill-fated Nexus Q may be forthcoming. But if that's true, what's with the Douglas Adams references?
Neil McAllister, 20 May 2013
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UTS Business School bakes SAP into courses

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is poised to offer courses in SAP.
Simon Sharwood, 20 May 2013
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Azure hops into Australia

Microsoft has announced "the planned expansion of a new Windows Azure major region for Australia"
Simon Sharwood, 20 May 2013
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Stephen Hawking nixes Intel voice upgrade plan

Stephen Hawking scuppered an Intel plan to upgrade his voice, sending researchers at the chip giant into a desperate effort to emulate a defunct speech-synthesis chip.
Joe Fay, 20 May 2013
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US Congress excoriates Apple's tax-avoidance shenanigans

A US Senate investigation has found that Apple avoided billions of dollars in taxes through a complex scheme of subsidiaries scattered around the globe, some with no employees and run by top execs back in its Cupertino headquarters.
Rik Myslewski, 20 May 2013
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Yahoo! adds 1TB of free storage to Flickr in site revamp

Not content with its $1.1bn acquisition of Tumblr, Marissa Mayer took to a New York stage on Monday evening to debut a redesigned Flickr photo site that includes 1TB free storage for each user – enough room to store 537,731 photos in "full original quality," meaning 6.5 megapixels.
Iain Thomson, 20 May 2013
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Supreme Court sides with FCC in NIMBY wireless tower spat

The US Supreme Court has sided with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that local governments must act within a "reasonable period" – as defined by the FCC – to approve or deny requests by telcos to build new wireless towers.
Neil McAllister, 20 May 2013
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Amazon cloud soars far above Google and Microsoft

Analysis With last week's gale of Google cloud announcements, it'd be easy to think that the Chocolate Factory has a competitive offering compared with Amazon Web Services. But when you look at the number of services Google fields versus Amazon, that is simply not the case.
Jack Clark, 20 May 2013