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Elon Musk's Grasshopper tops 300m, lands safely

Video Elon Musk's Grasshopper rocket has eclipsed the 80-odd metres it managed in March, achieving a “personal best” of around 325 metres and landing successfully, in spite of wind during the test flight.

Your own £19 Pocket Spacecraft could be FOUND ON THE MOON

An international team of scientists, engineers and designers is offering mere mortals the chance to fly to the Moon for as little as £19 via the Pocket Spacecraft: Mission to the Moon initiative.
Lester Haines, 08 Jul 2013

Microsoft to switch off MSN TV

Microsoft will close MSN TV, a product that allows users to access the Internet on televisions.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Jul 2013
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Europe: OK, we'll 'backload' carbon emissions - but we'd better not lose big biz

The European Parliament has voted through proposed temporary reforms to the EU's emissions trading system (EU ETS), after the Parliament's Environment Committee set stricter conditions for the proposed "backloading" of allowances.
OUT-LAW.COM, 08 Jul 2013

UK.gov to drive stake through heart of big IT outsourcing deals

A wave of huge government IT outsourcing contracts finishing this year won’t be renewed as No.10 snatches back control of Whitehall technology from tech firms.
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jul 2013
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What it was like to grow up around the world's first digital computers

Centenary Ever dreamed of taking Saturday morning trips to the computer lab at Cambridge University, playing with the equipment, cannibalizing old computers, and building new machines from the bits?
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jul 2013
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The irresistible rise of the corporate app

The rise of the corporate app is due to both fashion and user demand.
Simon Rockman, 08 Jul 2013

LOHAN team girds loins, aims to take SPEARS to heaven again

The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team is girding its loins ahead of this weekend's second test flight of the Special Project Electronic Altitude Release System (SPEARS) control board.
Lester Haines, 08 Jul 2013

Chinese mobe fandroids: Got a virus? Better blame the government

The variety of mobile malware in China has skyrocketed 2,500 per cent since 2011, with more than 160,000 samples logged last year.
John Leyden, 08 Jul 2013

Come watch us brandish our LONG TENT POLE, EMC tells world+dog

EMC is going on a Twitter tease trek with a series of tweets about Backup Independence Day on 10 July.
Chris Mellor, 08 Jul 2013

Big Mike's big package oughta be enough for Dell investors - report

Tech tycoon Michael Dell and private equity partner Silver Lake won't sweeten their $24.4bn offer to take PC maker Dell private, whisper industry insiders.
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Virtual brownfields: Microsoft's push to woo the VMware masses

The virtualisation war is heating up. With Server 2012 Microsoft is at last bringing a viable platform to the table and Server 2012 R2 looks set to eclipse that.
Trevor Pott, 08 Jul 2013

Chin up, Intel heads - you can still lop legs off ARM's data-centre dash

Analysis A new CEO – Brian Krzanich – and president – Renee James – have taken the helm at chip giant Intel, although they have yet to articulate a grand vision for Chipzilla for the next decade.

15 MILLION dodgy login attempts spaffed all over Nintendo loyalists

Hackers broke into 24,000 Club Nintendo accounts after pummelling the loyalty-reward website in a month-long assault.
John Leyden, 08 Jul 2013

US public hate Snowden - but sexpot spy Anna Chapman LOVES him

The American public is turning against NSA leaker Edward Snowden, with increasing numbers of people now believing he was wrong to reveal details of secret US government surveillance, a survey has found.
Jasper Hamill, 08 Jul 2013
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PEAK SAMSUNG? Shares slide ahead of BEELLLIONS in profit

Shares in Samsung Electronics continued to slide today after the chaebol's latest estimated earnings failed to impress investors on Friday.
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The Three Amigos offer sanctuary to cornered NSA leaker Snowden

NSA contractor-turned-surveillance-whistleblower Edward Snowden has been offered asylum in three Latin American countries.
John Leyden, 08 Jul 2013
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Run for your (private) lives! Facebook's creepy Graph Search is upon us

Facebook will roll out its Graph Search in North America more than six months after the free-content ad network debuted the beta feature to a lucky few.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jul 2013

Not so fast with the bubbly, RM: IT biz faces £40m schools-sized hole

Just when education supplier RM is getting itself back on track, it has revealed that a £40m black hole will emerge in its accounts when Blighty's Building Schools for the Future programme is finally shuttered.
Paul Kunert, 08 Jul 2013
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Zynga's CEO tried to buy game slinger in 2010... while Xbox chief - report

Zynga’s new chief executive Don Mattrick liked the online gaming firm so much, he considered buying it for Xbox while he was a Microsoft bigwig.
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jul 2013
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HDS bigwigs gaze into optical storage at IEEE storage confab

Hitachi Data Systems is thinking about optical storage; its director of strategy, Ken Wood, chaired a revival session on Optical Storage Technologies at the 2013 IEEE Massive Storage Conference held at the Queen Mary Hotel in Long Beach, California.
Chris Mellor, 08 Jul 2013

Channel veteran Simon Aron rocks up at Viadex

Former Eurodata joint chief Simon Aron is back in the channel after joining the board of infrastructure reseller Viadex.
Paul Kunert, 08 Jul 2013
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Brits: Give us £1m and we'll build a crack ALIEN-HUNTING TEAM

A group of British scientists have launched a new mission to find signs of extraterrestrial life way out in the depths of space.
Jasper Hamill, 08 Jul 2013
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CommVault whuppin' EMC in backup and recovery - report

IT research outfit Forrester has published an Enterprise Backup and Recovery report that shows little CommVault kicking the big backup guys' asses.
Chris Mellor, 08 Jul 2013
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Shazam! 'World's richest' bloke lobs $40m at music-sniffing biz

Smartphone app developer Shazam has attracted the eye of one of the world's richest men, Carlos Slim, who has agreed to invest $40m in the music-finding firm.

Dell & Friends get the green light on take-private deal

The word on the street late last week was that Michael Dell, Silver Lake Partners, and the banks behind them, who are trying to take the IT giant that bears the founder's name private through a leveraged buyout, were not going to raise their $24.4bn offer to counter a competing recapitalization plan put forth by Icahn Enterprises. And now that Institutional Shareholder Services, an investor watchdog group, has backed the proposed $24.4bn buyout, it looks like Dell & Friends won't have to raise their offer.
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Kelway flogs ex-Equanet managed services minnow

Kelway has sold managed services minnow Remote IT Monitoring (RITM) to Little Fish Hosting.
Paul Kunert, 08 Jul 2013

Apple creeps up on Android in US smartphone sales

Although sales of Android-based smartphones remain essentially flat in the US, sales of Apple iPhone are on the rise, thanks in part to T-Mobile beginning to offer Apple's smartphone this April.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Jul 2013

Snowden: US and Israel did create Stuxnet attack code

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has confirmed that the Stuxnet malware used to attack Iranian nuclear facilities was created as part of a joint operation between the Israelis and the NSA's Foreign Affairs Directorate (FAD).
Iain Thomson, 08 Jul 2013
Screenshot of Windows 8.1's revamped Start screen

Microsoft to ship Windows 8.1 in 'late August'

WPC 2013 The Windows 8.1 Preview is barely two weeks old, but Microsoft's Windows boss Tami Reller says the final version of the update will be ready to ship to manufacturers in just a few more weeks' time.
Neil McAllister, 08 Jul 2013

Texas teen jailed for four months over sarcastic Facebook comment

Concern is growing for a Texas teenager who has spent the last four months in jail after being arrested for making seemingly threatening comments on Facebook.
Iain Thomson, 08 Jul 2013

Samsung Galaxy S3 explodes, turns young woman into 'burnt pig'

A young Swiss woman reportedly received second and third degree burns when her Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone exploded in her trousers.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Jul 2013

'Banner year' for patent lawsuits: Number of cases, awards both up

Describing 2012 as a "banner year" for patent litigation in the US, a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers says the number of patents granted and the number of patent lawsuits filed were both up during the year, even as the damages awarded in such suits hit all-time highs.
Neil McAllister, 08 Jul 2013

Star Wars missile intercept fails for fifth year running

A test of the fledgling US missile defense system, dubbed Star Wars, has had yet another setback after an interception missile launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California failed to find its target over the Pacific.
Iain Thomson, 08 Jul 2013
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How The Reg's NBN study will be researched

Continuing our discussion of the methodologies behind the crowd-funded study into the National Broadband Network, The Register talks to Shara Evans, CEO of Market Clarity, to understand her view of the methodologies needed to underpin a strong, independent study into Australia's broadband requirements.