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Android approaches 80% smartphone share as Apple's iPhone grows old

Apple's lack of revisions to its iPhone product line has cost it market share and Android now has 79.3 per cent of the worldwide market, according to the latest shipment data from IDC, with over 187 million Android handsets shipped in the second quarter of 2013.
Iain Thomson, 08 Aug 2013
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Amazon opens Appstore doors to web apps

Amazon has begun accepting web apps and mobile-optimized websites for sale in its Amazon Appstore for Kindle and Android devices, allowing developers to market their HTML-based wares to mobile users in over 200 countries.
Neil McAllister, 08 Aug 2013
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Infosec analysts back away from 'Feds attacked Tor' theory

When Tor admitted early this week that some nodes on the network had suddenly and inexplicably gone dark, thanks in part to a malware attack, theories abounded as to just what was going on and why.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Aug 2013

Chrome, Firefox blab your passwords in a just few clicks: Shrug, wary or kill?

Poll Web browsers Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox can reveal the logged-in user's saved website passwords in a few clicks. There now rages a debate over whether this is an alarming security flaw or a common feature.
Chris Williams, 08 Aug 2013
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Give up your privacy so Big Data can FIX GOVERNMENT

Edward Snowden's revelations about government snooping mean it is very hard to make a case for governments collecting and using information about their citizens.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Aug 2013
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NASA boffins release Europa mission wish list

PIC NASA boffins have revealed their wish list for a landing on Europa, the icy moon of Jupiter that looks a very promising candidate to host life and which was last April made a priority for future exploration by NASA.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Aug 2013
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British ankle-biters handed first mobe at the age of SEVEN - Ofcom

Children receiving their first mobile phone are, on average, just seven-and-a-half years old, claims the latest survey – although these figures contradict official stats from Ofcom.
Bill Ray, 08 Aug 2013

Brits give thumbs-up to shale gas slurping in university-run poll

Analysis Public perception is tilting in favour of the UK exploiting its rich shale gas reserves, according to a survey conducted by the University of Nottingham.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Aug 2013
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They do it with mirrors: Nasuni reveals new cloudy protection plan

Enterprise storage upstart Nasuni claims that customers who store their data in Nasuni front-ended clouds have never lost any of their data. Nevertheless, the company is adding mirroring to its service to guard against cloud data loss.
Chris Mellor, 08 Aug 2013
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So, you gonna foot this '$200bn' hacking bill, insurance giants asked

Multibillion-dollar energy giants, rail companies and other corporations should take out insurance policies for damage caused by hackers, a White House official has suggested.
Jasper Hamill, 08 Aug 2013
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Blogs with 'weakest of the weak' passwords hijacked for bot army

Cybercrooks are running a wide-ranging password-guessing attack against some of the most widely used blogging and content management systems on the net.
John Leyden, 08 Aug 2013
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Future of storage: Micron bets chips on 3D NAND flash – but NOT YET

As far as the world's number two DRAM chip-maker is concerned, 2D or planar NAND can go through another lithography cycle before 3D techniques may become necessary because a two-year-old NAND design change has enabled Micron to scale its lithography down to 16nm and maybe beyond.
Chris Mellor, 08 Aug 2013
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HP plugs password-leaking printer flaw

Security flaws in a range of HP printers create a way for hackers to lift administrator's passwords and other potentially sensitive information from vulnerable devices, infosec experts have warned.
John Leyden, 08 Aug 2013

Google lifts skirts, reveals Play All Access to UK market

Without much fanfare, Google Play's on-demand streaming service has launched in the UK. Google Play All Access is priced at £9.99 per month and offers mobile access … and only runs on web browsers and Android devices, for now.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Aug 2013
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Child abuse ransomware tweaked to tout bogus antivirus saviours

Cybercrooks have found another application for ransomware, the horrible software that locks up a PC until money is handed over: it's now being used to push fake antivirus onto victims.
John Leyden, 08 Aug 2013
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Google sniffs at MySQL fork MariaDB: Yum. Have an engineer

Exclusive Search giant Google has put its support behind an independent fork of MySQL, the famed open-source database that was gulped down by software giant Oracle when it acquired Sun Microsystems.
Gavin Clarke, 08 Aug 2013
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Groupon pops corks: Happy CEO, sales and shares up, profit... oh

Groupon has named co-founder Eric Lefkofsky as the next chief exec at the same time as announcing better-than-expected revenues in this year's second quarter, sending shares shooting up 25 per cent.
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Cameron demands Brits BOYCOTT angry-troll-infested websites

Prime Minister David Cameron has told Brits to "boycott" websites that allow trolls and bullies to publish reams of nasty abuse and threats with wild abandon.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Aug 2013
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PEAK iPAD: Slab looking a bit peaky, needs big biz to take more tablets

Sales of Apple iPhones are in rude health - but the Cupertino idiot-tax operation's iPad is sickly and in need of some tender loving biz customers.
Paul Kunert, 08 Aug 2013

Webcam stripper strikes back at vicious 4Chan trolls after year of bullying

A webcam stripper has hit back at creepy trolls who subjected her to a sick year-long campaign of online abuse that made her cry on camera.
Jasper Hamill, 08 Aug 2013
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Apple: Of course we stalk your EVERY move. iOS 7 has a new map to prove it

The latest beta of Apple's new iOS 7 for iThings features a "Frequent Locations" map, showing where fanbois have been hanging out lately for those too hip to remember the happening joints.
Bill Ray, 08 Aug 2013

Here we go again: Apple gets second bite in ITC Moto patent spat

A US appeals court has overturned an International Trade Commission decision that invalidated one Apple patent brought against Motorola – and decided that Moto didn't infringe on another.
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'Hand of Thief' banking Trojan reaches for Linux – for only $2K

Cybercrooks have created a banking Trojan that targets Linux users, which is been touted for sale on underground cybercrime forums for just $2,000 a pop.
John Leyden, 08 Aug 2013
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SMART Storage: Super DIMM sum adds up to tasty flash soup

Devilishly fast flash data access is on its way, courtesy of SMART Storage interfacing a DIMM-like flash product to a host's memory bus using Diablo Technologies' MCS TeraDIMM technology
Chris Mellor, 08 Aug 2013
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BYOD for our staff? 'Career limiting' move, says Dell exec

Dell is fully behind the bring your own device (BYOD) trend, just not for its own employees.
Paul Kunert, 08 Aug 2013
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Cognitive computing: IBM unveils software for its brain-like SyNAPSE chips

IBM has unveiled a new computing language to help boffins better program the mad scientist brain-like silicon chips first envisaged in the first three phases of what is known at The Reg as DARPA's "mad cat brain chip" project.
Jasper Hamill, 08 Aug 2013
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Ofcom: Making a switch between ISPs will soon be much easier

Ofcom is bringing in new measures to finally make it much easier for broadband and landline customers in the UK to drop one telco in favour of another provider.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Aug 2013
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US taxmen told to hush up shadowy drug squad unit laundering NSA intel

A manual for America's taxmen detailing US drug squads' access to NSA intelligence has emerged - and revealed that the controversial supply of information has been an open secret in government for years.
John Leyden, 08 Aug 2013
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Canonical: Last change to Ubuntu Edge phone price – we promise

Canonical has stabilised pricing for its proposed Ubuntu phone, Edge, at $695 to be paid by eager Penguins into an Indiegogo funding round.
Gavin Clarke, 08 Aug 2013

Unisys to forge new Xeon iron with homegrown s-Par partitioning

Mainframe maker Unisys is going to take another run at being an x86 system provider, and has just announced a partnership with Intel to bring some of its ClearPath mainframe goodies to a line of Xeon servers that will be launched later this year.

Bill Gates's barbed comments pop Google's broadband balloons

Charity mogul Bill Gates couldn't give a flying clippy about Google's broadband balloon PR puffery.
Jack Clark, 08 Aug 2013
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Michael Dell accuses Icahn of using court as takeover tool

Michael Dell has accused Carl Icahn of filing "undefined" legal action solely as a tool to help him take over Dell, and said the investor was "grandstanding" in a bid to stop the company from going private.
Iain Thomson, 08 Aug 2013

Snowden's secure email provider Lavabit shuts down under gag order

Lavabit, the security-conscious email provider that was the preferred email service of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, has closed its doors, citing US government interference.
Neil McAllister, 08 Aug 2013
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Patching Xerox's number-changing photocopy phlaw will take weeks

Xerox has told its customers that their copiers may continue churning out dodgy numbers for a few weeks unless they change the settings on their hardware.
Iain Thomson, 08 Aug 2013
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Google shields open source cloud tech from patent trolls

Google has moved to protect developers of data center management software by adding more patents to its Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge.
Jack Clark, 08 Aug 2013
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Rackspace spends big bucks to peddle its cloud vision

Rackspace Hosting may be growing its cloud business much faster than its overall business, but the company's rate of sales growth is declining and its profits are also getting pinched.

Acer to downplay Windows in favor of Android, Chrome OS

Acer has told investors that it will reduce its emphasis on Windows PCs and laptops over the next few quarters in favor of devices based on operating systems from Microsoft's archrival Google.
Neil McAllister, 08 Aug 2013
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Publishers stand behind Apple in ebook price-fixing fight

The five publishers involved in the Apple ebook lawsuit-o-rama have filed a formal objection to the remedies proposed by the US Department of Justice after Cupertino lost its court battle concerning alleged price fixing.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Aug 2013