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Apple files 'Bonk to Gift' near field communication patent application

Apple has filed an unusually detailed, 63-page patent application for the ability to "gift" – and yes, our dictionary recognizes that word as a verb – digital content via near field communication (NFC).
Rik Myslewski, 16 Aug 2013

YouTube Wars: Microsoft cries foul as Windows Phone app pulled again

Analysis Microsoft has publicly criticized Google for failing to live up to its commitment to openness, after being told to pull its custom-built YouTube app from the Windows Phone Store for the third time.
Neil McAllister, 16 Aug 2013
Google warns you from using your rights

Microsoft DMCA takedown requests targeting OpenOffice

The vigilant folk at TorrentFreak think they've found something odd: among the hundreds of thousands of sites Microsoft has recently asked Google not to index are requests to remove references to sites that in no way infringe Microsoft's rights but instead mention the the free OpenOffice suite.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Aug 2013

Oz High Court says streaming music is not a 'broadcast'

Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) has been denied permission to appeal to the High Court in an attempt to overrule decisions in lower courts that will force it to pay twice for music it broadcasts – once for over the air and another for simultaneous internet broadcast.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Aug 2013
Artist's concept of the Voyager spacecraft in space.

Boffins claim Voyager has already left the Solar System

There's a boffin battle brewing at the fringe of the Solar System.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Aug 2013
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NORKS build TROLL ARMY to tear down S Korean surfers

North Korea has tasked 200 agents with the job of posting negative comments online, often using stolen online identities, in a bid to undermine the morale of their neighbours in the South.
John Leyden, 16 Aug 2013

Open Rights Group revives 'unavailable for legal reasons' HTTP error code plan

The UK's Open Rights Group has revived the campaign to create a new HTTP error code to protest censorship.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Aug 2013

'Abel, put that camera down right now! Abel, you're fired. Out!'

Quotw This was the week where we all heard AOL boss Tim Armstrong publicly fire a hapless camera-toting creative in the middle of a tense conference call about the fate of local news platform Patch.
Jasper Hamill, 16 Aug 2013

Brocade boss drops F-bomb: 'Everyone's for 32Gbps Fibre Channel'

Storage networking biz Brocade has pulled a massive profit leap out of declining revenues thanks to a legal win against rival A10 Networks.
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2013

BOFH: Backup server's failed? We have a backup backup server

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Simon Travaglia, 16 Aug 2013

Don't let the SAN go down on me: Is the storage array on its way OUT?

Storagebod With EMC saying it plans to put VMAX into the "capacity tier"* and suggesting that performance cannot be met by the traditional SAN, are we finally beginning to look at the death of the storage array?
StorageBod, 16 Aug 2013
Volvo V60

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid: Eco, economy and diesel power

Review Volvo’s new V60 Plug-in Hybrid is the second vehicle of its type to go on sale in Blighty after the Toyota Prius Plug-in, which we drove and reviewed last year. The Volvo, however, has the potential to be of more interest to prospective e-car owners. Why? It can drive further and faster using just electricity than the Toyota, has a diesel rather than petrol engine, and has four-wheel drive.
Alun Taylor, 16 Aug 2013
A detail of the Breaking Bad lab

Attention, addicts: LEGO meth lab pays homage to Breaking Bad

Fans of Lego and TV series Breaking Bad can now put together their very own miniature methamphetamine lab, assuming they've got pretty deep pockets.
Lester Haines, 16 Aug 2013

Oh, those crazy Syrian hackers: Now Wash Post, CNN, Time vandalised

Syrian hacktivists claim they are the vandals responsible for scribbling over the websites of CNN, Time mag and The Washington Post yesterday.
John Leyden, 16 Aug 2013

Bureaucrats foil Nestlé's bid to TRADEMARK KitKat's chocolatey digits

Analysis British bureaucrats' refusal to protect the KitKat chocolate bar's distinctive four-finger design from copycats has been slammed by UK lawyers as "remarkable" - and they say the decision has ominous implications for businesses fighting off competitors.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Aug 2013

Flash cheaper than disk? 'Customers aren't buying that', says NetApp CEO

NetApp's CEO Tom Georgens philosophised about flash storage in the company's latest earnings call with analysts. The top boss said non-volatile NAND memory isn't the be-all and end-all in storage: what matters is where active and inactive, hot and cold, data is stored, and how dear each of those holding pens are.
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2013
District 9

AREA 51 - THE TRUTH by the CIA: Official dossier blows lid off US secrets

Pic A declassified CIA report made public this week includes copious references to the United States' mysterious Area 51 base.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Aug 2013
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So fondleable Windows 8 didn't work out so well: Why not try it IN 3D?

Video A San Francisco-based startup has come up with a gadget it claims can turn any surface into a 3D interface for your PC or mobile device – and it wants $100,000 in funding to get the thing off the drawing board.
Bill Ray, 16 Aug 2013
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Shareholders hoping to squeeze cash from Kodak are deluded, says court

Kodak shareholders aren't going to get the chance to set up a committee to represent their interests in the reorganisation of the bankrupt firm.
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'But we like 1 Direction!' Rock gods The Who fend off teen Twitter hate mob

Legendary rockers The Who have announced they have no plans to ask One Direction to withdraw their new track Best Song Ever after a digital mob of rabid teenage girls bombarded them with death threats.
Jasper Hamill, 16 Aug 2013
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Fiendish fake Flash plugin squirts grumble-flick ads into kiddies' websites

A fake Adobe Flash browser plugin that hijacks on-screen web adverts to tout hardcore smut is doing the rounds, we're told.
John Leyden, 16 Aug 2013
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Sony to pop 'top Viacom channels' in PlayStations, smart tellies, mobes

Sony is linking arms with US media goliath Viacom to show top channels on PlayStation games consoles and smart TVs, it is claimed.
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO

Facebook's flush Sheryl Sandberg savaged over UNPAID intern advert

Facebook's second-in-command Sheryl Sandberg faced a backlash on her free-content network after the Lean In organisation she founded advertised for an unpaid intern with "social chops".
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Aug 2013
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China mulls probe into IBM, Oracle, EMC after NSA hack claims - report

China is reportedly preparing to look into NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's claims that US spooks hacked into IBM, Oracle and EMC products sold to the Asian nation's universities.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Aug 2013

NSA coughs to 1000s of unlawful acts of snooping on US soil since 2008

The NSA violated privacy laws thousands of times in the last five years by spying on US citizens, an internal audit by the super-snoopers has disclosed.
John Leyden, 16 Aug 2013

Apple erects measures to stop app-happy kids splurging parents' dosh

Apple has handed new guidelines to App Store software programmers to prevent kids from racking up huge bills from in-app purchases.
Jasper Hamill, 16 Aug 2013
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Card-cloning crooks use 3D printers to make ever-better skimmers

Vid Cybercrooks in Australia are using 3D printers and computer-aided design software to manufacture ATM skimming devices.
John Leyden, 16 Aug 2013
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Department of Interior dishes out $10bn for cloudy IT

The Department of Interior has announced a multi-billion dollar cloud procurement round that will see the land management organization shell out a maximum of $10bn across contracts with 10 major IT vendors.
Jack Clark, 16 Aug 2013

iPhone 5S: 64-bit A7, 128GB storage, flashy ƒ/2.0 camera, and...

More details rumors about the iPhone 5S that's reportedly being readied for a September 10 unveiling include a 128GB option, improved low-light camera performance due to a dual-LED flash and an ƒ/2.0 lens, a new 64-bit A7 SoC based on the ARMv8 architecture, and a step up in memory bandwidth from LPDDR2 to LPDDR3 RAM.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Aug 2013

Microsoft warns of post-April zero day hack bonanza on Windows XP

Microsoft has a Windows XP problem: people still like it and aren't willing to upgrade just yet. So it's warning users that if they don’t upgrade soon, hackers will lie in wait each new Patch Tuesday to reverse-engineer a full set of new vulnerabilities.
Iain Thomson, 16 Aug 2013
Photo of a vintage analog modem with an acoustic coupler

SQUEEEEE! Microsoft goes retro with pay-by-squawk NFC tech

Researchers at Microsoft Research India have proposed a new form of near-field communication (NFC) for mobile phones, one that even works on devices that lack any kind of specialized NFC hardware.
Neil McAllister, 16 Aug 2013
Dell logo in crosshairs

Court throws out Icahn's demand to stall Dell shareholder vote

Carl Icahn's quest to delay the shareholder vote on the future of Dell has been knocked back by a Delaware judge, who said there was no evidence that the company was acting improperly.
Iain Thomson, 16 Aug 2013

Apple big-screen TV rumor zombie RISES FROM THE DEAD

It's time to fire up the Apple big-screen TV rumor mill again: a report out of Taiwan says that Apple has held talks in the US with representatives of Corning, Foxconn, and G-Tech Optoelectronics for the purpose of getting Corning to share some of its Gorilla Glass expertise with G-Tech.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Aug 2013

IT now 10 percent of world's electricity consumption, report finds

The information and technology ecosystem now represents around 10 per cent of the world's electricity generation, and it's hungry for filthy coal.
Jack Clark, 16 Aug 2013
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Google Glass is HIGH FASHION in September Vogue magazine

Let's face it: Google Glass has an image problem. Even people who like the idea are forced to admit that wearing Sergey Brin's high-tech specs in public makes you look like a dork. But there may yet be an antidote to that.
Neil McAllister, 16 Aug 2013