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Office 365's free terabyte leaves Amazon's Glacier melting

Microsoft last week flicked the switch on its offer of 1 terabyte of storage for all Office 365 users.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2014
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Data retention: ASIO says Web browsing habits would need a warrant

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) has renewed its call for Australia to implement a data retention regime, with director-general David Irvine telling a Senate committee that it's asking for nothing that doesn't already happen, and promising that it will treat Web browsing differently to e-mail communications.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 Jul 2014
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The VolksPC

Debian Linux, Android share a bed in upcoming distro

A new Linux distribution is looking to overcome the limitations of Debian on ARM, by running both Linux apps and Android apps in native mode.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 Jul 2014
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Chrome OS Athena screenshot

Google shows off new Chrome OS look

Google has shown off a candidate for a new Chrome OS user interface.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2014
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Tesla hack

Students hack Tesla Model S, make all its doors pop open IN MOTION

Zhejiang University students have hacked the Tesla Model S with an attack that enabled them to open its doors and sun roof, switch on the headlights and sound the horn - all while the car was driving along.
Darren Pauli, 21 Jul 2014
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Cisco's first 8 Tbps MONSTER router goes live at Telstra

Ten months after the hype first hit the interwebs, Cisco has started pumping electrons through the first live install of its NCS 6008 giant router, at Australian carrier Telstra.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 Jul 2014
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Cave pits, ideal for human bases, FOUND ON MOON

Moon-gazing boffins have found many steep-sided, shaft-like pits which might have caves or overhangs that would be ideal locations for lunar bases of the future.
Jasper Hamill, 21 Jul 2014
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Orange Competition

Orange spent weekend spamming customers with TXTs

Customers of UK mobile carrier Orange have spent the weekend nursing their thumbs after receiving a deluge of unwanted TXT messages.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2014
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Hyperbolic map of the internet. Credit: Nature Communications

CAIDA to survey peers, colo sheds and ISPs for new map of internet

CAIDA – the group of router boffins established at the University of California to research 'net traffic and look for solutions to threats to Internet stability – has given itself a new name.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 Jul 2014
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WASP-12b getting devoured by its sun

The Sun took a day off last week and made NO sunspots

The Sun seems to have given itself a few days off.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2014
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EMC federation logo

Activist investor plans to de-federate EMC: report

Activist investors have taken a billion-dollar stake in EMC in order to break apart its federation and spin out VMware, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2014
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Snowden image

Snowden wants YOU – yes, YOU – to build spy-busting tech

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden wants the geeks of the world to develop anti-spying technology to prevent governments spying on their citizens.
Darren Pauli, 21 Jul 2014
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Ubisoft Driver San Francisco

Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

Recent legislation banning the use of handheld phones by drivers had basically no effect on the number of road accidents, according to a new study.
Lewis Page, 21 Jul 2014
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There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES

AnalysisA new report from the European Audiovisual Observatory shows what a sorry state European TV and film production is in when compared with the US market, and shows that US programming is increasing its stranglehold on European TV and video services.
Faultline, 21 Jul 2014
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Fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989

Party like it's not 1999: Cry FREEDOM for a better web

Programming the Web, Pt. IIf you travelled back to 1999 and told web developers that one day hundreds of them would pony up cold hard cash to get a feature in a web browser, none of them would have believed you.
Scott Gilbertson, 21 Jul 2014
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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

The BBC is scrambling to fix what appears to be a number of severe technical glitches on its network, after its website and catch-up TV service were hit by a major outage at the weekend.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jul 2014
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IBM quarterly storage revenues

Clouds gathering above Big Blue's storage empire

The Big Blue IT colossus' storage revenues have carried on declining, with only FlashSystems showing growth, and stellar growth at that.
Chris Mellor, 21 Jul 2014
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

So whither Microsoft? If Nadella knows, he is keeping it well hidden

AnalysisAfter Microsoft’s mega jobs bloodbath, we’re still not much wiser about what Microsoft will look like in five years' time. Steve Ballmer turned the focus from PCs to devices and services – manufacturing its own devices, and promoting its own services regardless of the platform. Satya Nadella was supposed to bring further clarity.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jul 2014
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Gotenna offers secure communications

GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?

You may have been hearing about a well-nigh miraculous device called GoTenna lately - a gadget which, apparently, lets your phone work even if there's no network coverage to be had.
Simon Rockman, 21 Jul 2014
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Octopus

What kind of Big Data is yours? Is it data bauxite, data aluminium ... or data Dreamliner?

AnalysisData is valuable. There, we’ve said it, do you feel better? The question is, has data as an information currency - and an entity in and of itself - become inherently more valuable?
Adrian Bridgwater, 21 Jul 2014
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US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account

A US judge has ruled that the Feds can have access to a Gmail user’s entire account to search for evidence in a money laundering case, a decision which clashes with at least two other recent rulings on email privacy.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 21 Jul 2014
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UK.gov pops lid off £700m barrel of non-Cloudable hosting pork

The Cabinet Office is seeking a joint venture partner to help it tackle what it describes as one of the most costly areas of public sector tech – hosting.
Paul Kunert, 21 Jul 2014
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Christina Chong in Line of Duty

New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

Some meagre plot details for the new Star Wars movie have leaked online, revealed to BadAssDigest by “multiple sources” (some spoilers follow, obviously).
Brid-Aine Parnell, 21 Jul 2014
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Screaming kid

Secondhand Point-o-Sale terminal was horrific security midden

Second hand point-of-sale systems sold through eBay are likely to contain all sorts of sensitive information, according to the work of a security researcher at HP.
John Leyden, 21 Jul 2014
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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

A UK government-backed scheme to curtail the widespread use of pirated copies of music, television and film has officially been launched and - as expected - comes without any harsh penalties being threatened against persistent offenders.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jul 2014
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Workers in a Foxconn plant, credit: Steve Jurvetson from Menlo Park, USA

iThing builder Foxconn applies to be mobile network operator in China

Foxconn, maker of Apple's iPhone, wants to own a mobile phone network in China and has applied for an MVNO licence.
Simon Rockman, 21 Jul 2014
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Huawei's turnover rockets upwards. Suck on that, US government

Execs at Chinese hardware maker Huawei are laughing all the way to the bank after reporting a healthy bounce in revenues and margins, despite being effectively blockaded by some governments in the West.
Paul Kunert, 21 Jul 2014
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Artist’s impression of deep blue planet HD 189733b

MARS NEEDS OCEANS to support life - and so do exoplanets

Everyone knows that exoplanets need to be in the sweet Goldilocks spot (“not too hot, not too cold, just right”) next to their sun to support alien life: but now British boffins have said they reckon oceans might be necessary too.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 21 Jul 2014
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Air pollution in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, northeastern China, in October 2013

It's FONDLEMANIA: Mobile devices outstrip PCs on China's internet

Mobile devices have edged out PCs when it comes to Chinese online browsing, an official government agency in the People's Republic said on Monday.
Team Register, 21 Jul 2014
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Our happy travellers surrounded by armed police at LAX

New BOMB detect-o-tech 'could give sniffer dogs competition': TRUE

Researchers working on a new type of bomb detector technology have made the rather underwhelming boast that their kit "could soon give bomb-sniffing dogs some serious competition".
Lewis Page, 21 Jul 2014
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Microsoft Nokia logo

Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months

AnalysisWhen Microsoft swallowed half of Europe's biggest tech company, it was only a matter of time before it spat something out. And so it has, ending Nokia's thirty-year roller-coaster ride.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jul 2014
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iPhone forensics beaten image

PROOF the Apple iPhone 6 rumor mill hype-gasm has reached its logical conclusion

As Apple reveals a new iPhone around about this time of the year, speculation on a refreshed smartphone is rife. Today, the rumor mill hit a new low – or high depending on your level of fandom.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2014
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Screenshot of a revamped Windows 8.x Start Menu

August Patch Tuesday to bring Windows bug fixes AND FEATURES – report

Microsoft's next major update roll-out for Windows 8.1 may be less than a month away, if the latest rumors are to be believed, but just what will be so "major" about it is still anybody's guess.
Neil McAllister, 21 Jul 2014
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Apple CEO Tim Cook, 2012

HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert

UpdatedAn analysis of Apple's iOS operating system by a security expert has revealed various tools in the software that could be used for surveillance if one were so inclined.
Iain Thomson, 21 Jul 2014
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2001: A Space Odyssey

Boffins discuss AI space program at hush-hush IARPA confab

The US government is taking artificial intelligence research seriously again, and so are some companies that will surprise you.
Jack Clark, 21 Jul 2014
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Microsoft campus

Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!

Microsoft is kicking off a corporate overhaul with the introduction of new policies shrinking the number of corporate conventions and contracted workers.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2014
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Sorry we're closed

Samsung supplier halts assembly line amid child-labor probe

Debt collectors are literally circling the factory of a Chinese supplier to Samsung, where the assembly line remains halted following allegations that it hired underage workers.
Neil McAllister, 21 Jul 2014
The Satellite Dish at the Jameson Earth Station

NBN Co extends satellite scheme

NBN Co has announced that 9,000 more premises in remote Australia will be offered satellite services.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2014
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Autonomy's ex-chief beancounter tries to kill HP investor settlement

Autonomy's former chief financial officer has sought to block HP from settling three shareholder lawsuits over its botched acquisition of the British software company.
Jack Clark, 21 Jul 2014
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Don't look, Snowden: Security biz chases Tails with zero-day flaws alert

Vulnerability analysis outfit Exodus Intelligence has warned that the Tails operating system has a number of critical vulnerabilities that can expose the identity of its users if properly finessed by an attacker.
Iain Thomson, 21 Jul 2014

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