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Carbon capture to biofuel process gets go-ahead

An Australian company is planning to install a carbon capture system that will turn a coal-fired power station into a biofuel production facility.

MagicPlay creator crafts Raspberry Pi demo

Hard on the heels of the release of MagicPlay, the BSD-licensed alternative to Apple's AirPlay, comes the inevitable Raspberry Pi demonstrator.
The Arkyd 100 satellite

Space miners reach funding goal for telescope

The world could soon have its first crowd-funded space telescope, with Planetary Resources announcing the success of its Kickstarter campaign to raise $US1.5 million for its Arkyd 100 satellite.

Innovative solution to modern art found: Shoot it into space

The European Space Agency says it is seriously considering a plan which involves firing a piece of modern art made from a melted-down meteorite back into space.
Lewis Page, 03 Jul 2013
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Cloud computers are like bananas, says Deutsche Börse

You can agree on the price of bananas even if they don't all look the same, so why not cloud computing services? That's an argument put by the newly-launched Deutsche Börse Cloud Exchange – a trading platform for cycles and storage.

EMC's ViPR is great ... for other vendors, at least

Storagebod Storagebod recently had the chance to chat to Amitabh Srivastava, head of EMC’s Advanced Software division and one of the principal architects of ViPR.
StorageBod, 03 Jul 2013
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Rest your head against a train window, hear VOICES in your SKULL

Sky's ad agency has been showing off train windows capable of pushing ads direct into the skulls of tired commuters, as though advertising wasn't all-pervasive enough already.
Bill Ray, 03 Jul 2013
Bossa Nova Robotics' mObi

El Reg encounters mObi: R2-D2 for retailers

Say hello to mObi, a metre-tall retail-friendly robot that, if developer Bossa Nova Robotics has its way, will be hovering up and down supermarket aisles the world over, checking stock, guiding disoriented punters to the baked beans, and reducing even further the number of employment opportunities open to surly Gen Y-ers.
Tony Smith, 03 Jul 2013

SanDisk buys dose of the SMARTs for $307m

SSD supply consolidation is starting to speed up, with SanDisk buying SMART Storage Systems for $307m, representing a nice exit for investment fund Silver Lake, and following on from last week's acquisition of sTec by WD for $340m.
Chris Mellor, 03 Jul 2013
tdk 32gb flash ide drive

Why all the fuss about flash? Pin your ears back and find out

Flash storage webcast Just to be clear, we're talking about flash of the hardware variety, not the software behind those annoying animated ads. This is one of those topics that everyone has heard about, most people have opinions on, but where myths and misunderstandings are rife.
David Gordon, 03 Jul 2013
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Modern-day Frankenstein invents CURE for BEHEADING

Italian scientists claim they have invented a method for carrying out a head transplant - a discovery that could prove life-changing for patients suffering from hitherto incurable diseases.
Jasper Hamill, 03 Jul 2013
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Bolivian president's jet grounded so officials can look for Snowden

Bolivian president Evo Morales was obliged to land in Vienna en route home from attending a gas exporters' conference in Moscow over suspicions that NSA-contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden might be aboard the presidential jet.
John Leyden, 03 Jul 2013

Who ate all the flash pie: Samsung, 'course, but hang on... GOOGLE?

Tech analyst Gartner has lifted the lid on its numbers for SSD shipments in 2012 and thanks to Stifel Nicolaus analyst Aaron Rakers, El Reg has some pie chart eye candy for you. First of all, it looks like the startups are catching up with the big vendors in some sectors, which is good news for competition. Also, Google is apparently an SSD player.* Yes, you read that correctly.
Chris Mellor, 03 Jul 2013

Show us the money: Big Mike told to up his game if he wants Dell

Big Mike has been advised to up his offer for Dell after activist investor Carl Icahn finally managed to scrape together the cash to back his refinancing proposal.
Adstral green boxes, photo by Dave Wilby

Broadband rivals 'pleased' over Ofcom's market shake-up plans. Maybe too pleased

Rival British telcos BT and TalkTalk have both said they were "pleased" this morning with regulatory proposals submitted by communications watchdog Ofcom on the future of the country's fixed broadband wholesale market.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Jul 2013
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US State Department coughs up $630k for Facebook Likes

US State Department apparatchiks spent a whopping $630,000 in a bid to make millions of new Facebook friends on the say-so of a manager who left staff terrified of the sack if they challenged her, according to a recent report.
Jasper Hamill, 03 Jul 2013
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Home Office opens up anonymised crime data API

Crime-conscious citizens can now view the raw data behind official stats website police.uk after the Home Office made the data freely available to download.
Gareth Corfield, 03 Jul 2013
Fitbit Flex activity monitor

Fitbit Flex wristband: What to wear out when wearing yourself out

Review Judging by how quickly Apple is dashing around the world registering the iWatch trademark, by this time next year I could well have a micro Mac strapped to my wrist. And so might many others, if the craze for wearable devices continues on its current trajectory.
Bob Dormon, 03 Jul 2013
artist's concept above shows the Pluto system from the surface of one of the candidate moons

Vulcan? Not on our tiny balls. Pluto moons named Kerberos, Styx

The International Astronomical Union has dissed William Shatner and the public to name Pluto's moons Kerberos and Styx, instead of most-popular moniker Vulcan.

Government IT contracts to be scrutinised by UK competition watchdog

Britain's competition regulator plans to investigate whether too few suppliers command an unhealthy share of the government IT market.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Jul 2013

Apple TV 'close' to deal with Time Warner - report

Cupertino is close to closing a deal with Time Warner that will allow fanbois to watch proper grown-up telly - and Disney films - through their Apple TV boxes.
Jasper Hamill, 03 Jul 2013
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Growing pile of biz sync 'n' share products try to differentiate

There's a burst of activity in the file sync'n'share world as EMC, ownCloud and Box strive to reassure enterprise buyers that their products have the reliability and security they need, while satisfying end-users' needs for simplicity and convenience.
Chris Mellor, 03 Jul 2013
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Regulator sniffs mobile services bods: 'Something's off. Hand me the probe'

UK premium rate regulator PhonepayPlus has launched an investigation into five mobile phone subscription services after it said that evidence had emerged that each had been marketed though ransomware-style browser lock-in tactics.
John Leyden, 03 Jul 2013

O2 and Capita finally ink £1.2bn outsourcing deal

O2 has signed the expected deal outsourcing its telephone support to Capita, transferring 2,700 staff in a 10-year deal worth £1.2bn.
Bill Ray, 03 Jul 2013
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EE turns up speed knob EVEN FASTER on 4G spectrum

Britain's temporary 4G monopolist EE promises to "double" its network speed in twelve cities from tomorrow as the company attempts to achieve superior offerings and differentiate itself from rival operators who are set to swamp the market in the autumn.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Jul 2013

Speaking in Tech: 'Wanna come upstairs and look at my VRTX?'

Podcast Podcast Another fine instalment of El Reg's all-encompassing tech podcast wings its way to loyal Reg readers (and listeners), hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week all three of the terrific trio are together for the first time in weeks!
Team Register, 03 Jul 2013
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Yahoo! slurps! up! auto-shorteur! vidapp! Qwiki!

If you thought Yahoo!'s spending spree was slowing down, you were wrong. The exclamatory firm has just snapped up video app Qwiki for a reported $50m.
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US states: Google making ad money on illegal YouTube vids

Oklahoma and Nebraska have joined Mississippi in calling on Google to crack down on internet ads for powerful drugs sold without prescription.

Oracle tunes up Enterprise Manager control freak for 12c database

As Oracle introduces new wares on the hardware and software fronts, it has to plug Enterprise Manager into this new stuff, and so it is with the 12c Release 3 update of the control freak, which was launched concurrently with the availability of the Oracle 12c "cloud-ready" multi-tenant database management system this week.

EMC's million-IOPS VNX2 monster delayed

A delay for EMC's upcoming Rockies VNX array product, the VNX2, has been noted by a Wall Street analyst with a droop in this quarter's revenues for the storage bods.
Chris Mellor, 03 Jul 2013
Die shot of AMD's Kabini APU

AMD joins LibreOffice, adds GPU grunt to free software suite

LibreOffice, the open source office suite created by disaffected Oracle developers, has signed up Advanced Micro Devices to the free software cause and plans to add the chip company's GPU acceleration system to the code base.
Iain Thomson, 03 Jul 2013

Xyratex CEO: Don't judge us by our droopy revenues

Xyratex's second quarter revenues were a third less than a year ago, as were its first quarter revenues. With sales to NetApp continuing to decline and income from the new ClusterStor array still not covering its costs, Xyratex is set to shrink further this year.
Chris Mellor, 03 Jul 2013

Motorola teases with Moto X 'design your own' phone

The launch of Motorola's much-ballyhooed Moto X smartphone is starting to kick off, with the Google-owned firm taking out its first teaser adverts for the forthcoming handset.
Iain Thomson, 03 Jul 2013

Intel rumored to plunk $10bn down for Israeli fab expansion

The Israeli government, obviously excited to see more investment from chip giant Intel, has let the cat out of the bag that Chipzilla's plans to plunk $10bn into chip manufacturing plants in the Middle Eastern country.
Douglas Engelbart and mouse

Douglas Engelbart, PC pioneer and creator of the mouse, dies at 88

Obit Douglas Engelbart, the creator of the computer mouse and the man who pushed the computer industry into the graphical user interface age, has died in his California home at the age of 88 from kidney failure.
Iain Thomson, 03 Jul 2013
Kim Dotcom at the NZ parliamentary hearing

Dotcom, NZ PM clash over spy laws

New Zealand's proposed revisions to the laws that govern its Government Communications Security Bureau have provided a venue for political theatre by Kim Dotcom, who choppered into Wellington to speak against the bill.
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Xobni! heads! to! Yahoo! elephant! graveyard!

For somewhere between $US30 million and $US60 million, depending on which insider you prefer, Yahoo! has continued its acquisition spree, picking up e-mail management startup Xobni.