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Amazon turns screws on French publisher: Don't feel sorry for Hachette, it's just 'negotiation'

Amazon has admitted that it’s restricting the sales of books from publisher Hachette over a contract dispute and defended the restrictions as a legitimate negotiating tactic. The online marketplace has been facing criticism from users, authors and publishing houses as it became apparent it was changing how it sold Hachette books …
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Foxconn devours $390m stake in Taiwanese 4G mobe network

Apple supplier Foxconn is planning to buy a stake in Taiwanese mobile operator Asia Pacific Telecom for $390m to gobble up more of the country’s early 4G market. Foxconn, which is listed on the Taiwan stock exchange as Hon Hai Precision Industry, said in a filing with the market that its subsidiary Ambit Microsystems would pay $ …
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Disney plans standalone Star Wars movies to go with the main trilogy

A new trilogy for the Lucasfilm cash cow Star Wars is apparently not enough for Disney, which has announced that it will be working on “multiple” standalone movies from the same inspiration with its acquisition. Boba Fett In a post to the official Star Wars news site, Disney and Lucasfilm said that Monsters and Godzilla …
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket prepared fro launch in 2002. Pic: United Launch Alliance

SpaceX billionaire claims Air Force official 'likely' made job-for-spy-sat-contract deal

Elon Musk appears to have taken to his official Twitter account to accuse a former Air Force official of having "likely" accepted a bribe to grant the exclusive black sat launch contract to United Launch Alliance. Musk, who is campaigning to have his own rocket firm SpaceX considered for the lucrative spy satellite blast-offs, …
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eBay faces MULTIPLE PROBES into mega-breach

eBay is facing multiple investigations after a security breach that spilled the personal information of 145 million users, along with their passwords, which were encrypted in some as-yet-unknown way. The online tat bazaar is being hit from both sides of the Atlantic today, with state attorneys-general in the US launching a joint …

'I found the whole idea of an alien very exciting until it demanded all of my weed'

This was the week when eBay admitted it had suffered a ginormous breach exposing millions of users’ emails and passwords to hackers, along with personal information like names, dates of birth, phone numbers and physical addresses. Although passwords were apparently encrypted, the online tat bazaar told everyone to change their …
Wolf-Rayet star explodes in a Type IIb supernova

Scientists capture DEATH STAR in VIOLENT EXPLOSION

Astroboffins have confirmed for the first time that Wolf-Rayet supermassive stars can die in a violent explosion known as a Type IIb supernova, using a global rapid response protocol to capture the moment. Wolf-Rayet star explodes in a Type IIb supernova The life and death of stars is an endlessly fascinating subject for …
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Silent Circle raises $30m to make more anti-snoop smartphones

Silent Circle, the privacy mobile firm that touts anti-snooping hardware and software, has raised $30m in new capital and added a few new faces to its board. The firm claimed it needs the cash pile to meet “overwhelming demand” for its Blackphone, the smartphone that’s marketed as an anti-eavesdropping device. The mobile was …

Rubber-glove time: Italy to probe TripAdvisor over 'fake reviews'

Italy’s competition regulator has launched two investigations into holiday websites just ahead of the summer in the wake of complaints from both tourists and industry figures. The antitrust watchdog said it would be looking into TripAdvisor to see if the holiday review and booking site was taking the right steps to ensure that …
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BRITS: Wanna know how late your train is? Now you can slurp straight from the source for free

Blighty’s train companies are finally opening up their live database of running services to programmers – giving third-party developers up-to-date info for free after years of criticism of the closed system. The UK’s National Rail Enquiries (NRE) Darwin database will be available to anyone who wants to use the real-time …
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Strap-on gumble biz GoPro files for stock market debut in US

Wearable camera-maker GoPro has filed with US regulators to raise at least $111m in an initial public offering. The firm, which markets its rugged wee point-and-shoots to sports enthusiasts, is breaking the mould for startups that want to go public by actually being profitable. The firm earned $60.6m in 2013, after it almost …
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Siri, what do you make of IBM's Cognea gobble? Oh, we can't print THAT

IBM's Watson supercomputer team has acquired virtual-assistant maker Cognea. We're told the upstart developer will slot into the “Watson Platform” to help sharpen the Jeopardy!-winning machine's chitchat with humanity. Now that the celebrity super has won a gameshow, thanks to its banks of POWER7 processors and a copy of …
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Brits to vote: Which pressing scientific challenge should get £10m thrown at it?

Regular Brits are going to get to decide which of humanity’s challenges will get a £10m shot at being solved, in a new prize from the UK government and charity NESTA. The Longitude Prize wants to hand over the millions to the best idea for sorting out one of six problems facing the human race - eco-friendly flight, sustainable …
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iPhone-stroker-turned-fandroid sues Apple over iMessage text-slurpery

A former iPhone fan is suing Apple over claims that its iMessage service withholds texts sent to her new Samsung mobile by her iPhone-fondling pals. Adrienne Moore has taken the fruity firm to court in the US for a (potentially class action) suit over the messaging service, which she says fails to deliver texts to former …
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BEAM ME UP SCOTTY: Boffins to turn PURE LIGHT into MATTER

A trio of theoretical physicists reckon scientists will be able to make matter out of pure light* within the next year using today's technology. The photon-photon collider that could prove the Breit-Wheeler theory of how to turn light into matter The idea of making matter out of light sounds far-fetched, but it’s an important …
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WORLD LOSES MIND: Uber valued at TEN BEEELLION DOLLARS, Pinterest pegged at $5bn

San Francisco-startup and bane of taxi drivers Uber is in talks for funding that would value the startup at an astronomical $10bn. Despite its increasing trouble with regulators and cabbies, the upstart must still look like a pretty good bet to investors, since it’s hoping to raise a little less than $1bn from private equity …
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US space-station crisis: 'We have enough of our own problems' sighs Russian deputy PM

Google was dealt a blow this week when a US Appeals Court overturned an earlier ruling that Oracle’s Java software interfaces (APIs) are copyrighted. A jury had said Google's Android source code infringed Oracle’s Java, but that decision was moot once Judge William Alsup decided APIs are not the kinds of things you can copyright …
Colin Furze joyfully showing off his fully retractable Wolverine claws

Time-rich Brit boffin demos DIY crazytech WOLVERINE talons

Youtube Video Perhaps you thought the bits of cardboard you meticulously painted metallic grey and sellotaped to your hands were an awesome Wolverine costume last Halloween. If you did, you lacked the sheer naked ambition, engineering knowhow and oodles of time available to one Colin Furze, who has made his very own fully …

Adobe blames 'maintenance failure' for 27-hour outage

Adobe has blamed a maintenance failure for the 27-hour outage in its Creative Cloud suite that left video and photo editors unable to log into online services. “The failure happened during database maintenance activity and affected services that require users to log in with an Adobe ID,” Adobe said in a blog post apologising for …
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Fujitsu fills top seat at UK and Ireland biz

Fujitsu’s technology products group lead Michael Keegan is moving up in the world, taking over as head of the UK and Ireland from Duncan Tait. The company said in March that UK veep Tait was being given the top role in EMEIA as it shuffled its global hierarchy in a reorganisation that led to the resignations of nine senior execs …
Neutron star collision

Interstellar FIGHT CLUB: Watch neutron star TEAR Goliath a new hole

Ever wanted to see two super-dense neutron stars rip each other apart in a mega-annihilation that leaves nothing behind but a gaping black hole? Now you can, after NASA put together a supercomputer simulation of just such an event in our universe. Youtube video A neutron star is the compressed core left behind when a huge star …
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Dixons and Carphone Warehouse confirm £3.7bn MEGA-BORG

Dixons Retail and mobile phone shop Carphone Warehouse have confirmed their £3.7bn merger after months of talks, creating one of the biggest retailers in Blighty. Dixons, which already owns Currys and PC World, will combine with the mobe-purveyor to form Dixons Carphone in a 50:50 merger, rather than an acquisition of one side …
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Samsung issues 'deep apology' to cancer-hit semiconductor workers

Samsung has officially apologised to over 200 semiconductor workers who suffered from leukaemia and other cancers – for which their families blame the Korean firm. The company has also promised to compensate "affected" workers and their families, according to local news agency Yonhap. "Several workers at our production …
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Activist investors try forcing Google to pay more taxes

A group of Google investors has called on the firm to stop "undermining democracy and the rule of law" and start paying as much tax as possible in the countries it operates in. The stockholders have put forward a proposal, to be voted on at the annual general meeting today, which would force Google to adopt a set of principles …
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Oracle tries to get $1.3bn verdict against SAP reinstated

Appeal judges seemed divided on whether Oracle should get its $1.3bn jury verdict against SAP over TomorrowNow reinstated or the firm should be happy with the roughly $300m the verdict was reduced to. Oracle was given the billion-dollar handout by a jury in 2010 over allegations that SAP’s subsidiary, TomorrowNow, had downloaded …

Software biz founders cough up $5.8m after insider trading brouhaha

Three software company founders must cough up $5.8m to settle insider-trading charges brought by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The watchdog claimed Lawson Software’s co-chairman Herbert Lawson took advantage of inaccurate media speculation and analyst reports about merger discussions with Infor Global …

Where are your rich friends? Facebook's Zuck sued for NOT BEING SOCIAL ENOUGH

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is being sued by a property developer who accuses him of backing out of an alleged deal to introduce him to all of the social network billionaire's rich friends. Mircea Voskerician says that the chief Facebooker bought a plot of land from him after learning that he planned to build a large …
Robot catching arm

Now that's PROPER SCIENCE: Boffins teach robo-arm to catch flying beer bottle

Youtube Video A new robo-arm capable of catching anything that’s thrown at it – even at ultrafast speeds – has been unveiled by boffins from the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). The super-fast grasping hand can react on the spot, snatching items like a tennis racket, a ball or half a bottle of beer out of the …
Lee Kun-hee at a breakfast meeting with President Park Geun-hye and other business leaders

Samsung shares in stable condition after supremo's heart attack

Samsung says its chairman Lee Kun-hee is now in a stable condition in hospital after suffering a heart attack at the weekend. A spokesperson for the South Korean biz confirmed Lee was admitted to the Samsung Medical Center in Seoul early Sunday morning. The chairman was having trouble breathing late on Saturday, and showed …

We're from the SAME DUST CLOUD, BRO: Boffins find Sun's long-lost sibling

Astroboffins have found the Sun’s long-lost sibling, separated at birth from the star which now resides at the centre of our Solar System. The Sun's much larger brother has 15 per cent greater mass and is located 110 light years away in the constellation Hercules, say boffins who are convinced it was almost certainly born from …

Silicon Valley bod in no-hire pact lawsuit urges court to REJECT his OWN lawyers' settlement

One of the plaintiffs in the no-hire pact lawsuit against Silicon Valley tech firms has asked the court to reject a $324m settlement deal negotiated by his own lawyers because he says it’s “grossly inadequate”. Lawyers in the case reached a settlement with Apple, Google and other giants accused of conspiring to keep IT workers' …
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Spy sat launch wannabe SpaceX fails to stop rival gobbling Russki rockets

SpaceX has failed to stop its rival United Launch Alliance from buying Russian rocket engines. The Elon Musk-led upstart sought a court injunction against the purchase, and was granted a temporary banning order last week. But that was lifted yesterday after the judge was assured by Uncle Sam's officials that the sale didn't …
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Skype co-founder's VC firm sues ex-staffer and consultant

The London-based venture capital firm of Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom is suing a former employee and one of its consultants for allegedly diverting investors towards their own VC firm. Atomico Partners’ lawsuit alleges that employee Pogos Saiadian and consultant Wouter Gort used its name to get in the door with potential …
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'We don't think of antivirus as a money maker in any way'

This was the week when Symantec declared that its whole reason for being was dead, kaput, totally and utterly over. Senior veep for information security Brian Dye declared that antivirus software, the same stuff that his firm has been a leading purveyor of for the last quarter of a century – and made oodles of money from – is …
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King's stocks are candy-crushed as its top toy suffers splurge slump

More than 13 per cent of Candy Crush game-maker King Digital's stock price was wiped off overnight – after it admitted players of its wildly popular mobile app were spending less and less money. King’s results for Q1 2014, the quarter in which it launched its rather poor market debut, revealed a couple of wobbles: net profit …
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UK.gov tweets now NATIONAL TREASURES! – National Archives

The UK’s National Archives has announced that it will be saving YouTube videos and tweets for posterity, to make social media a part of Blighty’s official history. Youtube Video The Archives will start collecting Twitter posts and YouTube vids from today from UK central government departments and other official social media, …
Writer/Director/Producer J.J Abrams (top center right) at the cast read-through of Star Wars Episode VII at Pinewood Studios with (clockwise from right) Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Producer Bryan Burk, Lucasfilm President and Producer Kathleen Kennedy, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Adam Driver and Writer Lawrence Kasdan. Credit: David James

Star Wars Episode VII: The Ancient Fear of, er, a CHEESE-TASTIC title?

The seventh instalment of the Star Wars movie franchise will be named “The Ancient Fear”, whisper anonymous sources, while more rumours gather over the final cast list for JJ Abrams' latest feature. Writer, director and producer JJ Abrams (top centre right) at the cast read-through of Star Wars Episode VII at Pinewood Studios …
Sample-collection drill hole on Martian sandstone target 'Windjana'

Alien invader plunges tool into virgin 'Windjana', sniffs powders

Curiosity, NASA’s nuclear-powered truck on Mars, has drilled into the planet’s surface for the third time, taking a chunk out of a sandstone slab dubbed Windjana. Sample-collection drill hole on Martian sandstone target 'Windjana' Hole in, done ... where Curiosity drilled into the Martian ground (Credit: NASA) The dust-world …
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Hack-smacked Alphadex bought by iRack Ltd ... or is that Networks Ltd?

Brit data hosting biz Alphadex has been rescued from administration and bought up by a new firm, though there seems to be some confusion over just which firm is its white knight. Alphadex, which went into administration after British Gas issued a winding up petition for unpaid bills last month, said in an announcement on its …
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OUCH... right in the Androids! Google hit by another antitrust sueball

Google is facing a new antitrust class action lawsuit in the US over its "illegal monopoly" on internet and mobile search. Consumer rights law firm Hagens Berman said in a statement that the Chocolate Factory had "financially and creatively stagnated the American market of internet and mobile search" with its alleged monopoly …

Now is 'the wrong time to send hundreds of millions of dollars to Kremlin' - SpaceX boss

This was the week when Tim Cook tried to tantalise his legions of fanbois once more with the promise of... er... a new device. Hmmm. Ignoring the fact that Apple's well-worn iPhone and iPad products were once new products introduced to the market... hurrah! He said: I feel great about what we’ve got coming. Really great and it …
Larry Ellison, photo by Oracle Corporate Communications

Larry Ellison looks out from his island paradise and thinks: I wanna buy the LA Clippers

Oracle supremo Larry Ellison and TV's Oprah Winfrey are ready to buy basketball team the Los Angeles Clippers after its owner Donald Sterling was booted out of the sport, it's claimed. The database head honcho, worth $50bn, and the telly talk-show titan, plus record producer David Geffen, are said to be keen to snap up the team …
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Actual spin doctors eye up ALIEN WORLD Beta Pictoris b: Young, hot ... and really FAST

Alien world Beta Pictoris b is spinning so fast that its day lasts just eight hours as its equator whips around at almost 100,000km an hour. Artist's impression of Beta Pictoris b Boffins – specifically doctors of astronomy – have managed to figure out the rotation rate of the exoplanet for the first time using the ESO's Very …

eBay cops $3 BILLION tax bill after moving its profits back onshore

Online tat bazaar eBay has copped a $3bn tax bill after bringing $9bn of cash held overseas back to the US. The firm hopes to use the remaining money to fund potential acquisitions at home. The firm announced as part of its first quarter earnings that it had paid a discrete tax charge of around $3bn to bring the cash pile back …
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NASA's Curiosity rover set to give Mars its THIRD HARD DRILLING

NASA’s Curiosity team has signed off on the newest drilling site for the Martian rover – and plans to stick its third ever hole on the planet into the Windjana rock in the next few days. Dusted off area of the Windjana drilling target for Curiosity Dusted off area of the Windjana drilling target for Curiosity. Credit: NASA/JPL …
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EU antitrust bods: Motorola, Samsung too dominant to take on poor little Apple

Motorola and Samsung have escaped with a stern finger-wagging from the EU after using standards-essential patents (SEP) to stop the sale of Apple devices in Europe. The European Commission’s antitrust division said that Moto’s attempt to enforce an injunction on Apple gear based on a smartphone SEP was “an abuse of a dominant …
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And! For! Yahoo!'s next! trick! ... Making! two! new! TV! comedies!

Yahoo! has announced its own line-up of original TV series – starting with two comedy shows from acclaimed directors. The Purple Palace will air the comedies on its website and app, and possibly through Apple TV or Roku next year. Each series is getting eight 30-minute episodes, which Yahoo! will post all at once for easy binge- …
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US Supreme Court to decide if cops can search mobes without a warrant

The US Supreme Court is debating two cases today that may decide whether or not the cops can search people’s mobile phones without a warrant. Defendants in two different cases, David Riley and Brima Wurie, are arguing that their convictions should be overturned because evidence from their phones was taken and used in court …

Sueball-slingers seek stake in bankrupt Bitcoin blunder bunker MtGox

US and Canadian Bitcoin investors have offered to settle their class-action lawsuits against the bankrupt MtGox exchange in return for a stake in the firm and the return of any of the digital currency it still holds. The Bitcoin traders told the courts that they support a plan by Sunlot Holdings to buy up MtGox and will drop …
The NROL-39 payload is transported and mated to its Atlas V booster

Elon Musk wants SpaceX to launch spy sats – and will sue US gov to do so

SpaceX has vowed to sue the US government for the right to compete for contracts to launch spy satellites – a market worth up to $70bn that's monopolised by Lockheed Martin and Boeing. The California-headquartered upstart, founded by internet tycoon Elon Musk, has only just sent up supplies to the International Space Station. …