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Facebook App Center goes global

Just over a month since it debuted its App Center store in the US, Facebook is rolling out the service to global markets. Predominantly English-speaking countries will come first, with localized stores for other languages to launch in the next few weeks.
Neil McAllister, 10 Jul 2012
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Apple unveils tightened Mountain Lion requirements

Apple has released the System Requirements for its upcoming new version of OS X, Mountain Lion, and as is usually the case with any operating system release, not all Macs need apply – even some that qualified for the Mac's current operating system, Lion.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Jul 2012

Pandora plays beta beats downunder

After months of speculation and a dress rehearsal back in 2007, one of the original online music streamers, Pandora, has re-emerged in Australia.
Natalie Apostolou, 10 Jul 2012

ACTA can't get its act together

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is losing its international momentum following the European Parliament’s rejection of the global treaty, which many member states claim is flawed.
Natalie Apostolou, 10 Jul 2012

Anonymous hack hands WikiLeaks TWO MILLION Syrian emails

Hacktivist group Anonymous is claiming responsibility for an attack on the computer systems of the Syrian government and its evil overlord Bashar Assad thanks to which over two million emails ended up in the hands of whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks.
Phil Muncaster, 10 Jul 2012

Chinese smartphone shipments outstripping feature phones

China is celebrating another technology milestone after claiming that smartphone shipments in the world’s biggest mobile market have now exceeded feature phone shipments, although analysts have their doubts.
Phil Muncaster, 10 Jul 2012

Apple boss Cook may have stumped up $60m IPAD pay-out

Apple’s IPAD trademark opponent Proview has suggested that CEO Tim Cook may have personally stepped in to fund the $60 million settlement fee paid to the failed monitor company last month.
Phil Muncaster, 10 Jul 2012

Museum of Computing recognised as PROPER MUSEUM

The Museum of Computing has been awarded full accreditation with the Arts Council of England, which means it is now officially a brilliant curator of all things tech.
Team Register, 10 Jul 2012
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Being a skinny is much more unhealthy than being fat – new study

Yet another study has shown that the so-called "obesity" epidemic sweeping the wealthy nations of the world has been massively over-hyped, as new results show that is is far more dangerous to be assessed as "underweight" than it is to be assessed even as "severely obese" - let alone merely "obese" or "overweight".
Lewis Page, 10 Jul 2012

KIT drives off with memory win: 1-bit-per-MOLECULE storage

While its students may not have managed a win in the cluster compo smackdown last month, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) scored a resounding victory for storage technology when its researchers managed to read and write a bit of information from a single molecule.
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2012

Cerner questions Epic win for Cambridge patient records

Patient record supplier Cerner has written to Cambridge University Hospitals foundation trust over its recent award of a major software tender to Epic, Government Computing understands.

Gov: How can renewable power peddlers take on UK's Big 6?

The government is seeking views on how it can reduce the barriers to entry in the electricity market for smaller renewable energy generators. The call for evidence follows reports that these companies are finding it harder to obtain guarantees that companies will purchase their power.
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Jul 2012

Atos IT workers threaten strike during Olympics over 'living wage'

Atos IT workers are threatening to strike over pay in industrial action that could hit the London Olympics.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 10 Jul 2012

EMC unveils new Networker tool, thrusts it into clouds

EMC has caught on to the cloud computing trend across most of its product lines, and now it has cloudified its Networker backup product, adding multi-tenancy, three times more scalability, and better performance.
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2012

How to screw LIBOR and alienate people

The financially illiterate arts graduates MPs who tried to question Bob Diamond last week never stood a chance of getting down to how it was possible in the first place to screw with the single most important set of numbers in finance. So if you know an MP or someone at the Financial Services Authority, pass this on to them.
Dominic Connor, 10 Jul 2012

50 years in SPAAAAACE: Telstar celebrates half-century since launch

VidOn 10 July 1962, the privately-owned Telstar 1 was blasted into orbit on the back of NASA's Thor-Delta rocket, and despite only working for a year it proved that commercial satellite communications was possible.
Bill Ray, 10 Jul 2012
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Google Nexus 7 Android tablet

ReviewAmazon may have done more that most to get Android onto tablets, but Google's Nexus 7 tablet, built by Asus, isn't so much a shot across the bows as a full torpedo attack on Jeff Bezos' ambitions in the fondleslab market.
Iain Thomson, 10 Jul 2012

Google expected to cough measly $22.5m for Safari privacy gaffe

Google is reportedly set to cough up a piddly penalty payment of $22.5m to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to settle its sneaky bypassing of the default privacy settings of Apple's Safari browser.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jul 2012

Level 3's UPS burnout sends websites down in flames

UK sysadmins woke up to a headache this morning after a major power cut at Level 3's data centre in Braham Street, East London, lasted for approximately five hours.
Anna Leach, 10 Jul 2012

Quantum just can't seal the deals, slides deeper into red

Storage purveyor Quantum has blamed a weak Europe, and a failure to close large deals, for an estimated $19m loss in its quarter ended June 30.
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2012
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Salesforce goes titsup, causes CRM outages worldwide

CRM services have been disrupted for companies all over the world after seven of Salesforce's instances went down.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 10 Jul 2012

Google fattens up Android devs with Jelly Bean sauce

Google will release the latest official build of its Android mobile operating system, version 4.1, to developers today. The web giant will parcel up the source code, codenamed Jelly Bean, ahead of the rollout later this month.
Anna Leach, 10 Jul 2012

Ballmer plays down sales impact of Surface

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has downplayed the impact of Redmond's "iPad-killer" – aka the Surface tablet – as he wrapped a comforting arm around PC OEMS that may feel a little unnerved by the move.
Paul Kunert, 10 Jul 2012

Beyond MapReduce: Hadoop hangs on

Open ... and ShutHadoop is all the rage in enterprise computing, and has become the poster child for the big-data movement. But just as the enterprise consolidates around Hadoop, the web world, including Google – which originated the technology ideas behind Hadoop – is moving on to real-time, ad-hoc analytics that batch-oriented Hadoop can't match.
Matt Asay, 10 Jul 2012

RIM: Maybe we can't flog BlackBerrys, but would you like a jet?

Beleaguered mobile firm Research in Motion is really scraping the bottom of the barrel, and is looking to sell one of its two corporate jets to try to save some money.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 10 Jul 2012

WD: HDD prices won't fall to pre-flood levels until 2013

Hard disk drive pricing may not tumble to pre-flooding levels until next year as consumers and businesses continue to foot the bill for reparation work, WD has claimed.
Paul Kunert, 10 Jul 2012

LCD to have killed all* other TV technologies by 2016

Bye-bye, plasma. Farewell, reverse projection. By 2016, the TV market will be a two-horse technology race: LED-backlit LCD and OLED.
Tony Smith, 10 Jul 2012

Phishers jailed for lifting over £300k from student loan applicants

A UK-based phishing fraudster who netted an estimated £300K by targeting students was jailed for three-and-a-half years on Friday, London's Metropolitan Police confirmed.
John Leyden, 10 Jul 2012
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Bondholders: US firm's 'rescue' offer for Elpida is CHEAP

A group of Elpida Memory bondholders is trying to block the sale of the bankrupt DRAMurai to Micron because they claim the US firm isn't paying enough.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 10 Jul 2012
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Sharp bungs Dell and pals $198m to silence TFT price-fix spat

Sharp has agreed to fork out $198.5m to make the TFT monitor price-fixing lawsuits go away.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 10 Jul 2012

Cut'n'paste UK launch for cut-price Motorola Android

Motorola's Motosmart budget Android is coming to Blighty, courtesy of T-Mobile, which will be offering the cut-price smartphone for £100 on PAYG.
Tony Smith, 10 Jul 2012

Finnish boffins don tinfoil hats, admit Northern Lights are noisy

Cranks who claimed that the aurora borealis makes a noise when it lights up the Northern sky have been proven right by science.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 10 Jul 2012
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Microsoft to lob out Windows Server 2012 by September

WPC 2012Microsoft is releasing Windows Server 2012 a month ahead of Windows 8 and will be aggressively promoting it against virtualisation rival VMware.
Iain Thomson, 10 Jul 2012

Cabinet Office names bean counter as chief buyer

The Cabinet Office has anointed a bean counter to the role of Chief Procurement Officer, it confirmed today.
Paul Kunert, 10 Jul 2012

Anonymous vows to wipe web clean of child abuse scum

Sections of Anonymous have once again turned their ire towards online sites frequented by child abusers.
John Leyden, 10 Jul 2012
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VMware weaves Oracle databases into vFabric Data Director

When VMware tuned the open-source PostgreSQL 9 database for its ESXi 5.0 hypervisor in the vFabric Spring Java framework, it knew it had to do more to make a convincing production database.

Aluratek, Coby license Microsoft patents for Android

Two more makers of Android-powered devices have signed patent-licensing agreements with Microsoft, proving yet again that Windows Phone doesn't need to match Android's sales for Microsoft to eat part of its lunch.
Neil McAllister, 10 Jul 2012

Intel pops $4.1bn to save Moore's Law from repeal

Intel will invest $4.1bn in ASML, widely regarded as the world's leading semiconductor-lithography equipment manufacturer, in an effort to keep Moore's Law alive and kicking for the foreseeable future.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Jul 2012

DarkComet creator kills Trojan tool after Syrian police abuse

UpdatedThe developer of DarkComet has quit further development of the controversial remote-access Trojan after it emerged that the technology was being used against Syrian dissidents.
John Leyden, 10 Jul 2012

Racketeering suit filed over smut-piracy charges

A Kentucky woman has started a class action suit against five pornography vendors after harassment over claims that she was downloading their content over BitTorrent.
Iain Thomson, 10 Jul 2012

Megaupload's founder downloads on Hollywood

New Zealand’s Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has dodged extradition to America until at least March 2013, following a New Zealand court’s decision to delay the hearing.
Natalie Apostolou, 10 Jul 2012

Nutter bans Apple purchases over environmental fudging

The city authorities of San Francisco have banned departmental purchases of Apple hardware after Cupertino dropped out of the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) green-standards scheme.
Iain Thomson, 10 Jul 2012

Websense boosts defenses against spear-phishing, data theft

Websense has added a slew of new defenses with the launched of Triton v7.7, which it says are designed to prevent the advanced data-theft attacks that have emerged as spear-phishing becomes more sophisticated.
Richard Chirgwin, 10 Jul 2012
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Quanta taps Mellanox for snappy interconnects

Quanta QCT, the server and storage manufacturing arm of $37bn Taiwanese giant Quanta Computer, is teaming up with Mellanox Technologies to weave its network gadgetry into its various wares as it takes on the whitebox incumbents here in the United States.

Oz asteroid-hunt at risk as NASA cuts funding

A near-Earth object search described as the Southern Hemisphere’s only asteroid survey is under threat because of NASA funding cuts, according to The Canberra Times.
Richard Chirgwin, 10 Jul 2012

Geek darling GitHub nabs $100m investment

Software developers aren't always known as the most social of creatures, but the venture capital firm of Andreessen Horowitz is betting big that the social networking craze will be a cash cow even among hardcore geeks.
Neil McAllister, 10 Jul 2012

Smartphone-wielding Obamaniacs trounce Romney in poll

With the US presidential election less than four months away, it's high time for the opening of the Silly Season™ of polls and surveys – such as the one released by Velti, a mobile marketing and advertising firm, which claims that if only iPhone and Android-device owners could vote, Barack Obama would trounce Mitt Romney in a landslide.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Jul 2012
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Stealthy Big Switch plugs into OpenStack clouds

Big Switch Networks is not even out of stealth mode and has not yet revealed its aspirations and products for software defined networks – SDNs, in modern parlance – and yet the company is nonetheless contributing to the open source efforts to build more flexible and virtual network infrastructure and hoping to build awareness ahead of its eventual launch.

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