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OKPay suspends payment processing to all Bitcoin exchanges

With mounting pressure on online money exchanges from US regulators, payments processor OKPay has announced that it is suspending processing for all Bitcoin exchanges, including industry leader Mt. Gox.
Neil McAllister, 29 May 2013
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Veteran researchers: Cheapo US biz R&D risks innovation FAIL

Ethernet Summit The US has a problem: basic scientific research is underfunded, as is support for the work needed to translate basic research into marketable products. As a result, the US is in danger of falling behind its global technology competitors.
Rik Myslewski, 29 May 2013
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Soyuz brings new crew to International Space Station

Cast your eyes towards the heavens, dear readers, for a long way up there six astronauts did something amazing today.
Simon Sharwood, 29 May 2013
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Warming: 6°C unlikely, 2°C nearly certain

Under “business as usual” global warming will almost certainly exceed 2°C by 2100, but the high-end extreme range of warming of 6°C is unlikely to occur.
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Gigabyte's BRIX fall into place

Taiwan's Gigabyte has officially taken the wraps off its BRIX, a sits-on-your-palm PC that offers direct competition for Intel's Next Unit of Computing.
Simon Sharwood, 29 May 2013
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AMD takes on Atom S server chips with 'Kyoto' Opteron Xs

Given its full name, Advanced Micro Devices should be dominating in microservers, those densely packed, wimpy-cored machines that are good for all kinds of data center jobs. And with the launch of its "Kyoto" Opteron X processors, AMD is hoping to get the jump on Intel and its Atom S1200 Series chips, also aimed at microservers.
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Australian government launches cloud strategy

Australia's minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has launched the country's first national cloud computing strategy – and has hooked the success of cloud computing in this country to the success and continued rollout of the government's fibre-based National Broadband Network.

Australia's data breach notification law arrives at last

Australian companies in control of personal information will soon have to notify the public if their systems are compromised or private data is leaked, under a bill introduced in federal parliament today.

Revealed: Google's plan to float BLIMP NETWORK over Africa, Asia

Google is poised to flood Africa with uncontrolled connectivity via TV White Space frequencies, according the Wall Street Journal, though other wireless technologies will contribute to the mix.
Bill Ray, 29 May 2013

Wonder substance pulses QUADRILLION lasers per second

Light covers a very wide spectrum, making its potential communications capacity nearly infinite, so why does the world stick to a few wavelengths for communications? The reason is that currently available amplifier components only work in the 1330 and 1550 nm wavelengths.
North Korean state sanctioned girl band. Yup.

Now beaming live from Pyongyang: NORKSCASTS!

Netizens with a hankering for some good old fashioned propaganda and Soviet-style marching music may be interested to know the daily English language programme from North Korea’s state-run radio station Voice of Korea is now available online.
Phil Muncaster, 29 May 2013
The Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi puts holes in China's Great Firewall

A tech-savvy China-based Redditor has spotted a hassle-free way of ensuring he or she is always able to bypass the Great Firewall, even when out and about, using the Raspberry Pi to connect to a virtual private network (VPN).
Phil Muncaster, 29 May 2013
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Salesforce.com to reveal 'Company Communities'

Salesforce, the software-as-a-service company that's no longer keen on including the “.com” suffix its name, will tomorrow reveal a new feature of its platform called “Company Communities”.
Simon Sharwood, 29 May 2013
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Bobbies need broadband-enabled gear, insist 4G LTE fans

Critical Communications World While consumers have access to 4G networks, emergency services are still stuck with 2G - and it's going to take more than rebranding their annual conference to bring LTE to the uniformed masses.
Bill Ray, 29 May 2013

No Dell, no EMC? Well, HP's storage champ then

A HP 3PAR system is top of the storage heap in the SPC-1 benchmarks for storage systems costing less than $200,000 and also achieved a top price/performance ranking. Of course, many of the big boys failed to make a showing, so we're not sure how valuable the crown is.
Chris Mellor, 29 May 2013
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'Secret Pentagon papers' show China hacked into Patriot missile system

Chinese spies have allegedly hacked into the designs of many of the United States' advanced weapons systems and platforms, including those for F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets, the Patriot missile system and Black Hawk helicopters.
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62,000 fewer shops: Welcome to the High Street of 2018

Tens of thousands of UK retailers will go pop over the next five years, leaving hundreds of thousands of their employees scratching about for work, says the Centre of Retail Research (CRR).
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2013
Samsung Series 5 Ultra Touch Ultrabook

Review: Samsung Series 5 Ultra Touch Ultrabook

When it comes to handing out Windows 8 laptops to the UK reviewers, Samsung has been surprisingly glacial. Whether this is another Apple emulation strategy to become more elusive or a sign of hesitancy to have the brand tarnished by Windows 8’s underwhelming reception, is unclear.
Bob Dormon, 29 May 2013
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WD's new disk-flogging brainwave will bring you close to tiers

Disk drive giant Western Digital has announced a new five-tier data centre storage strategy, with a new Se drive targeted at scale-out NAS filers and cloud storage.
Chris Mellor, 29 May 2013
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Saved-game bug dumped PlayStation 3 fans in hijackers' sights

A potentially nasty security hole has apparently been found in the PlayStation 3 that allows miscreants to execute commands on a player's console if they preview a booby-trapped saved game.
John Leyden, 29 May 2013
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Anonymous 'plonks' names, addresses of far-right EDL types on web

Computer-hacking collective Anonymous‬ claims it has leaked online the personal details of the far-right English Defence League's members.
John Leyden, 29 May 2013
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Speaking in Tech: 'It's the democratisation of the internet GONE MAD'

Podcast Podcast For El Reg's latest Speaking in Tech podcast, Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela are joined by Irish tech monster Storagezilla (aka EMC bod Mark Twomey), while regular SiT co-host Ed Saipetch disappears on a secret mission.
Team Register, 29 May 2013
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Stop the Microsoft, Skype wedding, screams enraged Cisco in court

Cisco and Italian ISP Messagenet will try to convince a European court today that it should overturn the EU's approval of Microsoft's acquisition of VoIP biz Skype.
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Going under the knife? Avoid Fridays. Trust us, we asked a doctor

British readers who have an appointment with the sawbones are directed to this illuminating report in the British Medical Journal, which concludes that you're substantially more at risk of popping your clogs as a result of surgery if they open you up on a Friday or a weekend.
Lester Haines, 29 May 2013
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Cloud silos: the problem they forgot to mention

It is always good to cover new ground. In our recent Regcast, Workload Placement in a Hybrid World, we dealt for the first time (but almost certainly not the last) with the concept of legacy cloud applications.
Tim Phillips, 29 May 2013

Tim Cook: Wearable tech's nice, but Google Glass will NEVER BE COOL

Tim Cook reckons that wearable tech is "incredibly interesting", but he doesn't think Google Glass will appeal to everyone.
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First bricks of Great Firewall of TAIWAN are being laid, netizens fear

Online freedoms in Asia are once again being squeezed after the Taiwanese and Singaporean governments signalled their desire for greater internet censorship.
Phil Muncaster, 29 May 2013

Microsoft tops list of software piracy nailed in UK by FAST

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) - which investigates whistleblowers' allegations of organisations and individuals using pirated software - said half of the copyright-infringement claims it dealt with last year that were settled out of court involved Microsoft wares.
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2013
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Beam us up! Upstart's Transporter whisks small biz from cloud madness

Connected Data has launched its cloud-free Transporter storage box in Europe. A second-generation version is due to go on sale in the US.
Chris Mellor, 29 May 2013
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DIAL M for... mobile: New Wii app pipes mobe vid to big tellies

The venerable Nintendo Wii got a new YouTube app yesterday, and one that appears to be using Netflix and Google's new DIscovery And Launch (DIAL) protocol for an integrated Android experience.
Bill Ray, 29 May 2013
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Qualcomm app 'extends battery life' by analysing fandroids' privates

Qualcomm wants the world to know that lousy battery life isn't its fault, and will prove it with a free Android app for optimising consumption by tracking users' behaviour.
Bill Ray, 29 May 2013
EUVL tool, which deposits virtually defect-free, ultra-thin films on integrated circuits.

Intel's extreme ultraviolet dream still somewhere over the rainbow

The great ultraviolet hope that will enable Intel to break the 10nm chip geometry barrier is further away than ever, the vendor’s CTO has admitted, raising the spectre of Moore’s Law* running out of steam.
Joe Fay, 29 May 2013

Cisco pilot seeks to determine UK impact of US-made channel schemes

Cisco is running a pilot with Gold-accredited channel partner Logicalis to ascertain the impact that sales programmes designed in the US have had on the operation in Britain.
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2013
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CIA's sugar daddies shovel MEELLLIONS into Pure Storage

All-flash array upstart Pure Storage has received the blessing of the CIA after the spooks' venture capital arm In-Q-Tel made an investment in the firm.
Chris Mellor, 29 May 2013
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China announces giant military hackathon at SECRET Mongolian base

China is set to hold its first ever digital war games, amidst growing US concerns about alleged Chinese espionage focused on military technology.
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First Cook, now Intel bigwig pokes Google in the eye over Glass

Google Glass, the advertising giant's techno-spectacles that beam information into your eyes, have not impressed Apple boss Tim Cook.
Joe Fay, 29 May 2013
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Facebook bows to pressure, vows to rid itself of sexist hate speech

A coalition of women's groups has succeeded in persuading Facebook to review how it moderates its users so that hate speech and posts promoting violence against women can be kept off the site.
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AWS taps social networks for identity verification

Amazon Web Services makes most of its money out of its infrastructure services, but that isn't stopping Bezos & Co from trying to broaden the remit of their cloud.
Jack Clark, 29 May 2013

Cisco gobbles cloud power meter biz JouleX for $107m

The cash-laden and ever-acquisitive Cisco Systems is at it again, and has snapped up JouleX, which has created a set of cloudy software tools to monitor and manage power consumption in the data center.
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Planetary Resources turns to crowdfunding to help with satellite costs

Updated Planetary Resources, the asteroid mining company backed by some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley, is launching a crowdfunded satellite that could be in orbit by 2015.
Iain Thomson, 29 May 2013
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China rumored to rule impending Top500 supers list with 50-plus petaflopper

It looks like China is getting ready to scare the wits out of – or maybe some life into – the US and European supercomputing establishments and their sugardaddy governments once again by taking the top slot in the June rankings of the Top500 supercomputers in the world. And this time, it will be with an all-Intel ceepie-phibie hybrid box using a proprietary interconnect.
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SEC slams NASDAQ with $10m fine for Facebook IPOcalypse

NASDAQ is forking over $10m to the Securities and Exchange Commission as penance for its poorly executed Facebook IPO.
Jack Clark, 29 May 2013
Screenshot of Windows 8.1 showing new Start button

Windows 8.1 Start button SPOTTED in the wild

Leaked screenshots of a prerelease build of Microsoft's forthcoming Windows 8.1 update reveal that the rumors are true and the Start button really is coming back – though perhaps not in the way users of previous versions of Windows might like.
Neil McAllister, 29 May 2013
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US National Intelligence Council boss gets personal email hacked

In a rather embarrassing slip, the personal email account of Christopher Kojm, chairman of the US National Intelligence Council (NIC), has become the latest victim of been the cracker known as Guccifer.
Iain Thomson, 29 May 2013
Screenshot of the Office 2013 installer for Office 365

Microsoft: Office 365 reached 1 million subs faster than Facebook

Microsoft's new Office 365 Home Premium subscription version has proven so popular with customers that it has reached one million subscribers faster than many popular online services have, the company has claimed.
Neil McAllister, 29 May 2013
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Microsoft bigs up Surface Pro to 256GB for Asian markets

Redmond is starting shipments of a 256GB version of its Surface Pro fondleslab to Japanese customers from June 7, according to the local Microsoft website.
Iain Thomson, 29 May 2013
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Private equity signals interest in Optus satellites

Reports are emerging that Optus' satellite division, for sale if the price is right, is being eyed by a brace of private equity firms and a French telco.
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Who did Apple LIE TO: Australia or America?

Australian parliamentarians, already hostile to international IT vendors over their pricing practices and use of transfer arrangements to offshore their tax obligations, are now at the point of grabbing torches and pitchforks and heading in the direction of Cupertino.