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Alix Tichelman has plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges

Call girl gets six years for Googler's drug death

A former call girl has plead guilty to felony charges in the death of a senior Google executive from a heroin overdose.
Shaun Nichols, 21 May 2015
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India's ASTROSAT

India plans space telescope launch in second half of 2015

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) says it is ready to launch its first “mission aimed at studying distant celestial objects.”
Simon Sharwood, 21 May 2015
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Rand Paul

Rand Paul stages Senate filibuster against Patriot Act

UpdateSenator Rand Paul (R-KY) is currently four hours into a filibuster on the Senate floor over plans to renew sections of the Patriot Act that allow mass surveillance of American citizens.
Iain Thomson, 21 May 2015
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Game of Thrones

The Internet of Things becomes the Game of Thrones in standards war

There is an "internet of things" standards war coming and Z-Wave will emerge triumphant, at least according to two of its leading advocates.
Kieren McCarthy, 21 May 2015
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Huawei HQ

Huawei announces tiny 10 KB IoT kernel

Huawei has offered up a good look at its Internet of Things strategy, using its Network Congress 2015 to show off a microkernel that will be the bedrock of its future efforts in the field.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 May 2015
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Google DOG WHISTLING fails to send URLs across the room

Google has released an experimental plug-in for Chrome that does something odd: sending URLs around the room using sound.
Simon Sharwood, 21 May 2015
A large hand flicks an icon of a little red man. Image via shutterstock (Lasse Kristensen)

Extreme Networks restructures again, promises SDN pivot

The indifferent revenue growth and ongoing losses announced earlier this month are having the usual effect on vendor Extreme Networks: it's announced a restructure.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 May 2015
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Cash on scales. Pic: Images Money, Flickr

HP looks set to ditch 3Com-spawn H3C Tech

H3C, a networking business that started life as a joint venture between 3Com and Huawei but is now owned by HP, is to become a majority-owned subsidiary of the state-controlled Tsinghua Unigroup.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 May 2015
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Andreessen tips spare change into sensor startup Samsara

The founders of Cisco-acquired Meraki have resurfaced with their next venture, an Internet of Things sensor outfit called Samsara.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 May 2015
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Anthony Hopkins as Odin in Marvel's Thor

Odin (formerly Parallels) bets big on Docker and OpenStack

Junior virtualiser Parallels has split into two companies.
Simon Sharwood, 21 May 2015
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Delphix offers a mask for your data

Data virtualisation outfit Delphix is looking to the acquisition of Axis Technology Software to let enterprise developers work with real data, while protecting the personal information that data represents.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 May 2015
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Mobiles at school could be MAKING YOUR KID MORE DUMBER

Restricting smart watch and mobile phone use can be a low-cost policy to reduce educational inequalities. This is the conclusion of a report by Louis-Philippe Beland and Richard Murphy working at the London School of Economics Centre for Economic Performance (pdf) and Louisiana State University.
Simon Rockman, 21 May 2015
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Container meltdown

Intel wants containers to be alone again, naturally

Intel's taken its turn trying to advance containerisation technology by announcing a new approach to container security.
Simon Sharwood, 21 May 2015
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Hacker launches ransomware rescue kit

Security bod Jada Cyrus has compiled a ransomware rescue kit to help victims decrypt locked files and avoid paying off crooks.
Darren Pauli, 21 May 2015
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NASA plots interplanetary cubesat swarms

NASA has revealed it is working on CubeSat Application for Planetary Entry Missions (CAPE), a plan to use small satellites to explore the solar system.
Simon Sharwood, 21 May 2015
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Rows of washing machines in shop aisle

Dell inserts Hyper-V smarts into its DL backup boxen

Dell has added two new back-up appliances to its range, top-and-tailing its existing DL1000 product and adding neat features such as virtual standby VMs.
Chris Mellor, 21 May 2015
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Doug Bowser (left) and Bowser

NINTENDO assigns BOWSER to run North American sales. No, really

Nintendo has announced it has hired Bowser as its new veep of North American sales.
Simon Sharwood, 21 May 2015
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Daisy Group offers to gobble Phoenix IT Group for £133m

Acquisitive B2B tech and comms player Daisy Group has bid 160 pence per share for LSE-listed Phoenix IT Group valuing the services operation at around £133m.
Paul Kunert, 21 May 2015
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New World Computing Inc, King's Bounty

King's Bounty (1990): Enter the kleptomaniac dragon

Antique Code ShowSo as Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt stakes its claim as RPG of the millennium, I figured it’s time to look back on a turn-based fantasy questing classic of yesteryear, which definitely doesn’t feature any stuffed unicorn sex.
Lucy Orr, 21 May 2015
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Choose Deutsche Telekom for all your bargain spying needs

An Austrian newspaper has published what it claims is evidence that Deutsche Telekom spied on Vienna for German spooks for the miserly sum of just €6,500 a year.
Jennifer Baker, 21 May 2015
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A good effort, if a bit odd: Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi 2

First LookMicrosoft has released a preview of Windows 10 for Raspberry Pi 2, the £30 ARMv7 computer board produced by the Cambridge-based Raspberry Pi Foundation.
Tim Anderson, 21 May 2015
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Funnel of cash. Credit: via SXC – http://www.sxc.hu/profile/Leonardini

Post-PC era? Surely you're joking, says Lenovo as computers fly out of door

Computers are still flying out of the door for Lenovo but Q4 profits crashed by more than a third due to a hike in operating expenses that followed several acquisitions.
Paul Kunert, 21 May 2015
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Flash Gordon

It pays to fake it: Test your flash SAN with a good simulation

It is pretty obvious that storage systems vary. You could reply, with some justification: “No shit, Sherlock!”
Bryan Betts, 21 May 2015
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China

China spending $182 BEEELLION on net construction by end of 2017

Beijing has announced a $182bn programme of network infrastructure spending, supplementing the development of China's service sector over the next two and half years.
Alexander J Martin, 21 May 2015
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Belgacom phone box. Pic: Peter van den Bossche

Belgian telco prepares to tear out last of nation's phone boxes

Proximus, the Belgian mobile operator, is about to complete the process of removing its last 300 phone boxes. The last will be ceremonially felled on June 1 in Antwerp.
Simon Rockman, 21 May 2015
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Salesforce: Profit pah! We’ll be back in the red before you know it

Software service slinger Salesforce.com banked its first operating profit in 18 quarters — yes, you read that correctly — but reassuringly confirmed it will be back in the red again in the next trading period.
Paul Kunert, 21 May 2015
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Imation CEO voted off board in proxy war bombshell

Imation's CEO has been provisionally voted off the company's board, as shareholders supported the activist investor Clinton Group in its view of Imation's alleged leadership failures.
Chris Mellor, 21 May 2015
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Statue of a girl. Pic: Quinn Dombrowski

Backpage child sex trafficking lawsuit nixed thanks to 'internet freedoms'

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought against a classified ads site used by pimps to facilitate underage prostitution, arguing that the “internet freedom” of website operators trumped the rights of three girls who were trafficked and raped.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 May 2015
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Coho Data spawns all-flash MicroArray with fresh funding help

Storage service array startup Coho Data has nearly doubled its funding and got itself a new product to boot.
Chris Mellor, 21 May 2015
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Crop of doctor with pen and clipboard

WHOOPSIE! Vast US health insurer CareFirst plundered of 1.1 MEELLION records

More than 1.1 million user records have been compromised following a hack against US health insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.
John Leyden, 21 May 2015
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SEO

NetApp's customers resisting Clustered ONTAP transition

Customer resistance to complex Clustered ONTAP migrations caused a slowdown in hardware sales at NetApp, with revenues clearly shrinking.
Chris Mellor, 21 May 2015
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Our happy travellers surrounded by armed police at LAX

Governance the key if you don't want mobile workers escaping your control

Mobile computing is great. No longer are we chained to our desks when using technology and doing proper work. Not only are laptops getting smaller, lighter and cheaper, it is also possible to do real, productive stuff even more freely using phones and tablets.
Dave Cartwright, 21 May 2015
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Apple announces 'Home' iOS 9 app to run the Internet of Stuff

As humanity lumbers towards its techno-utopian future, Apple's clever-clogs have put together an iOS 9 app called "Home".
Alexander J Martin, 21 May 2015
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Spotify smashing new media paradigms with something called ‘video’

Streaming music pioneer Spotify wants to broaden its appeal beyond music buffs by incorporating podcasts, video, and Pandora-style personal “radio stations” into its music service.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 May 2015
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404 Boss not found — Bye bye ICANN CEO Chehade

ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade has surprised the internet community by announcing he will step down from the job after just three years in the post.
Kieren McCarthy, 21 May 2015
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Windows 10 Build 10122 is smoother with an improved Edge browser

New Windows 10 Build 10122 aims to fix file association hijacking

Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 10, named 10122, which includes an effort to fix file association hijacking, where a newly installed application becomes the default for opening documents with a particular extension, such as PDF, docx, jpg or MP3.
Tim Anderson, 21 May 2015
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Grand Theft Auto Lindsay Lohan lookalike

Grand Theft Auto maker lobs sueball at BBC over biopic

A spat between the creators of Grand Theft Auto and the BBC has spilled over into a legal feud.
Shaun Nichols, 21 May 2015
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Dragon capsule lands in ocean

SpaceX signs off on another successful mission with Pacific splashdown

SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule has made a splash-landing in the Pacific Ocean as planned after detaching from the International Space Station.
Iain Thomson, 21 May 2015
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Singapore to trial 10Gbps home broadband

Singapore's dominant telco, Singtel, has announced a pilot deployment of 10Gbps broadband to a select group next quarter, and says that it expects the blistering fast Internet service to be generally available by the later part of this year.
Paul Mah, 21 May 2015
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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

Using secret questions to give people access to their passwords is a terrible idea, according to a new paper from Google.
Kieren McCarthy, 21 May 2015
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Want to be the hottest thing since Melrose Place? Get these Lycos patents

Dial-up era icon Lycos has finally gotten around to selling off its patents.
Shaun Nichols, 21 May 2015

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