Thursday 31 October 2013

CSC straddles clouds with ServiceMesh gobble

Prepares to paste policy layers over cloudy infrastructure

The worst thing about the cloud for users tends to be the built-in policy tools that are either very expensive or too broad in scope to fit the peculiarities of any one organization.…

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Amazon releases JavaScript SDK so devs can conjure cloud gods

Servers? Pah! Just pray Amazon into the browser!

Amazon has brought out a tool that lets developers build server-less web apps from within the browser that use the company's cloud assets, representing a strategic attempt to knit Amazon Web Services into the modern developer's toolkit .…

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Salesforce's 'iTunes app store' for enterprise goes to warp next month

Don't worry about the NSA. Public cloud still the future ... honest, guv

Public-cloud preacher will deliver a white-label version of its enterprise "app store" for private clouds – so businesses can use it to distribute software to staff.…

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FIA Thursday press conference - Abu Dhabi

Last Sunday, Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel sat in the press conference room in India having achieved enough points to take him to a fourth consecutive world title. Less than a week later and he was back in the press conference room, this time in Abu Dhabi, where he was joined by Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Adrian Sutil, Romain Grosjean and Valtteri Bottas

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Toshiba unveils SSD: Claims hard-as-nails kit has the write stuff

30 full drive writes a day for 5 years, apparently

Toshiba has tweaked the design of its PX02SS flash drive so it can sustain 30 full drive writes a day for five years through a 12gig SAS interface.…

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BT's new boss reports flat sales and pre-tax profit tumble

But hey, at least sport channel's off to a 'confident start' – Patterson

BT's freshly installed chief executive Gavin Patterson told the City today that revenue had edged up to £4.49bn, while profit before tax fell 10 per cent to £499m during the company's second quarter.…

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Spare external hard drives gathering dust? Connected Data's got a nifty idea

Transporter Sync for DropBox-alike with a bit less DropBoxiness

Transporter is California-based Connected Data’s Dropbox in a disk, a clever little piece of disk controller software that turns an external disk into a private cloud for your devices.…

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TalkTalk to block nuisance calls with no help AT ALL from Huawei

ISP goes it alone on network level filter to ban 'menacing' scammers

TalkTalk is extending its HomeSafe brand from the telco's broadband service to its fixed phone lines by adding network-level filters that will hang up on nuisance calls.…

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IBM to shutter SmartCloud Enterprise+, moves customers to SoftLayer

Migrations due by January 31st, 2014, in-territory clouds to stay

IBM will close its SmartCloud Enterprise+ service and force customers to migrate to its recently-acquired SoftLayer cloud.…

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Facebook Zucks up $2bn sales, record profit - but stock fell. Went WRONG?

More mobile users and more ads added up to a solid quarter

Facebook posted its results for yet another strong quarter on Wednesday, one in which the social network continued to gain both revenue and users, particularly from the all-important mobile market segment.…

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Wednesday 30 October 2013

Windows Azure Compute cloud goes TITSUP all across THE WORLD

Looks like a distributed system, breaks like a single tenant

Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud suffered a worldwide partial compute outage on Wednesday, calling into question how effectively Redmond has partioned the service.…

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Vocus turning Manly spur into a ring

Five minutes from fibre, a thousand miles from care

Junior telco Vocus has announced it's extending its Sydney fibre network with a second northern beaches route.…

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What's MariaDB? Google stiches MySQL Wire Protocol into its cloud

Do not as I do, but as I say, says MariaDB lover

Google has made it easier for developers to lash on-premises databases to its cloud by implementing the MySQL Wire Protocol in its Cloud SQL service.…

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FIA press conference schedule - Abu Dhabi

Facing the media in Abu Dhabi on Thursday will be the man who has just won the world title, two former champions who pushed him all the way, and three drivers who each aspire to be a champion. And on Friday it is the turn of senior team personnel, including McLaren's Martin Whitmarsh and Toro Rosso's Franz Tost

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Google's new broadband offer: 20-days of WiFi for a quid

Balloon-busting service only in Indonesia ... for now

Google is trying another tactic to get more of the developing world online, this time with a WiFi Passport service allowing Android users in the Indonesian capital Jakarta to bypass busy 3G networks.…

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NBN Co reports smaller-than-expected loss

And Telstra sues NBN Co over pit-access deal timing

NBN Co, the company formerly tasked with building a national fibre-to-the-premises network for Australia, has delivered its 2013 financials.…

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Do+ you+ use+ Google+? Ad+ giant+ says+ 300+ million+ of+ you+ are+

What do you mean, you're not? Here's some video tricks to tempt you

Google has upgraded picture, video and Hangout functions that will be added to its Google+ social network – and claim that numbers of its active users have been underreported.…

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IBM gives up fight to build CIA's $600m secret cloud, hands deal to Amazon

Withdraws injunctive action and scuttles back into shadow

IBM has stumbled away from its legal tussle with Amazon over a strategically important contract to build a $600m cloud system for the CIA.…

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Virgin Media only puts limited limits on its Unlimited service

ISP adjusts traffic choke policy to ASA-approved 'moderate' level

Earlier this year the UK's advertising watchdog made the "unlimited" term used by broadband providers redundant, by confirming that moderate restrictions could be applied to network traffic, all the while letting the telcos continue to make "no caps" claims to subscribers.…

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Tuesday 29 October 2013

Construction industry outlook is bad news for Turnbull's alt.NBN plan

Mal The Builder … can he fix it? Not with Australia's Scoop, Muck and Dizzy on the job

When Senator Stephen Conroy, Australia's former Communications Minister and the man who drove the early years of the nation's National Broadband Network (NBN) build, recently admitted that the rollout targets he signed off for the network's construction were too ambitious it was taken as further evidence his failings.…

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

Culture minster must pass - or defer - death sentence on beloved tech

On the 16th December, culture minister Ed Vaizey makes one of the least popular decisions anyone in the Ministry of Fun can make – implementing the unwanted digital radio switchover.…

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All the big dogs want to bark on our cloudy porch, says Nasuni

They quite literally need to think outside the box, apparently

Cloud storage gateway startup Nasuni has proliferated its gateway options to fit more storage gateway size requirements, large and small, as well as pumping out a software update.…

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NTT Comms snaps up US cloud players in £540 MILLION swoop

Look out Amazon, Japanese giant wants a piece of the cloud too

Enterprise ICT business NTT Communications has taken a big step towards expanding its global cloud computing footprint with the $US525 million (£326m) acquisition of US provider Virtela and a $350m (£217m) swoop for 80 per cent of datacentre firm RagingWire.…

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Mozilla goes where Google fears to tread with geolocation service

Privacy? We're keen on it now but might let you opt out in future

A few years back Google got into fearful trouble by recording the location of WiFi transceivers without asking for their owners' permission. Lots of public outrage later, regulators pulled out their biggest and pointiest sticks and the Chocolate Factory destroyed the data.…

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Australian telco tests broadcasts within 4G network

Acronym from hell LTE-B bounces back as LTE-Broadcast

Australia's dominant telco, Telstra, has set free a flurry of excitement by announcing trials of LTE-Broadcast in its network, in conjunction with Ericsson.…

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Microsoft completes Hadoop U-Turn, trumpets HDInsight on Azure

Redmond makes cloud-served open-source cruncher generally available

Microsoft has spun up a Hadoop service on its Azure cloud, capping off a tumultuous few years in which Redmond first competed against the open-source technology, then came round to it.…

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Monday 28 October 2013

Abu Dhabi preview quotes - Pirelli on Yas Marina

Round 17 of the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship sees the paddock return to the Middle East and the spectacular Yas Marina Circuit, host of the only twilight race on the F1 calendar. Those involved in the 2013 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix discuss their prospects for the coming weekend

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Cloudera whoops as its Hadoop loop-the-loops for cloud troupe

Get your Elephant-as-a-Service from IBM, Verizon, Savvis

Cloudera has teamed up with three midsize cloud operators to load its distribution of the Hadoop data muncher'n'cruncher into their clouds.…

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Payday loan firms are the WORST. Ugh, my mobe's FILLED with filthy SPAM

Why's no one texting me about my 'accident' anymore?

Messages from payday loan and gambling companies have come to dominate incident of mobile spam in the UK over recent months.…

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Blighty's laziness over IPv6 will cost us on the INTERNETS - study

No more privacy, risks to business - it's the end of days

The deployment of a new address system for the internet brings with it connectivity problems, network security issues and privacy concerns, according to a new study.…

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Singaporeans BEG government to block website

Politicians weigh in with support for petition to block affair-organising site

In many nations around the world citizens want their governments to stop blocking access to the web, but in Singapore netizens are asking the government to add more material to its list of material that won't be available to locals.…

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Sunday 27 October 2013

FIA post-race press conference - India

Having said that winning his fourth world title left him initially speechless, Sebastian Vettel composed himself ahead of the official FIA press conference where he was joined by Mercedes' Nico Rosberg and Lotus's Romain Grosjean

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Rivals hail Vettel and Red Bull's achievements

Having fought tooth and nail to stop Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull from winning the 2013 drivers' and constructors' crowns, their rivals were equally as effusive in their praise of the German driver and the Milton Keynes-based team. We hear from a number of Vettel and Red Bull's competitors, as well as another four-time world champion, Alain Prost

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Race - selected team and driver quotes

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel on becoming the youngest ever four-time world champion; Mercedes' Nico Rosberg on a brilliant second place; Lotus's Romain Grosjean on his close-call with team mate Kimi Raikkonen; Ferrari's Felipe Massa and McLaren's Sergio Perez on battling drives to fourth and fifth. All 22 drivers and senior team personnel report back on a historic day in India

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Race - superb Vettel claims fourth title with India win

Sebastian Vettel wrapped up his fourth consecutive drivers' championship in style with a convincing win in Sunday's 2013 Formula 1 Airtel Indian Grand Prix. The German, whose victory also secured a fourth straight constructors' crown for Red Bull, finished half a minute clear of Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, with Lotus's Romain Grosjean an impressive third having started 17th

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Saturday 26 October 2013

FIA post-qualifying press conference - India

Sebastian Vettel was in imperious form on Saturday in India, claiming yet another pole position. After the session the Red Bull star joined the men who will line up second and third on the grid, the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, in the official FIA press conference

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Qualifying - selected team and driver quotes

He may be on the verge of winning a fourth consecutive world title, but Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel showed no signs of feeling pressure as he stormed to pole during an intriguing qualifying session in India on Saturday. However, his biggest threat for victory might come from team mate Mark Webber who will start fourth on a different strategy to Vettel having qualified on the more durable medium compound tyre. They, along with the second and third placed Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton plus all the other drivers and senior team personnel, report back on Saturday's action in New Delhi

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Qualifying - Vettel storms to India pole as Red Bull split strategies

Sebastian Vettel set himself up for a third Indian victory, a sixth consecutive race win, and the 2013 drivers' title by clocking the fastest-ever lap around the Buddh International Circuit in India on Saturday. The Red Bull star held off the challenge of Mercedes' Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, but could come under fire on Sunday from team mate Mark Webber, who qualified fourth on the more durable tyre compound

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Hate data fees but love your HD slab? Here's a better way to pay for bytes

Charging per meg in a gig-per-vid world will bankrupt punters ... but there's a way out

A gigabyte is 1,073,741,824 bytes. Computer science tells us this is so. It's 10243 bytes. Except when it's not.…

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Final practice - Vettel tops shortened New Delhi session

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber continued to dominate practice at the Buddh International Circuit on Saturday morning, as the world champion stretched his advantage over his Red Bull team mate to more than half a second. The hour-long session was delayed by 20 minutes as fog/smog prevented the medical helicopter from operating due to poor visibility, and was eventually shortened to 40 minutes

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Friday 25 October 2013

Netgear router admin hole is WIDE OPEN, but DON'T you dare go in, warns infosec bod

Networking kit-makers: C'mon, it won't happen if you secure your network

Netgear has promised to release a patch next month to fix a recently discovered vulnerability that lets attackers take control of unguarded kit.…

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FIA Friday press conference - India

Team Representatives - Stefano Domenicali (Ferrari), Christian Horner (Red Bull Racing), Ross Brawn (Mercedes), Vijay Mallya (Force India), Monisha Kaltenborn (Sauber), Eric Boullier (Lotus) Q: I think as you have pride of place, front and centre, Monisha, I think we should start with you, in what I€m sure is a happier time at Sauber at the moment

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Samsung's at it AGAIN: Smashing profit records, that is

Chips are up for Sammy but the mobes may be heading down

Samsung Electronics has pushed profits to yet another record, jumping 26 per cent in the third quarter, but had to rely on recovery in the chip market to do it.…

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How Vettel, Red Bull can be crowned champions in India

Sebastian Vettel could wrap up a fourth consecutive drivers' title in New Delhi this weekend, with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso now his only championship rival. Meanwhile, Red Bull can also secure their fourth successive constructors' crown, with their only competition coming from Ferrari and Mercedes. Here are the main permutations

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NetSuite's Nelson mocks SAP for halting work on its, er, 'NetSuite-killer'

There is no way of dealing with the SaaSman but to knock him down

NetSuite has slapped down business software rival SAP for abandoning mid-market customers hungry for Software as a Service (SaaS).…

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Friday practice - selected team and driver quotes

Sebastian Vettel has experienced great success in India in the past, and he had another very good day in the country on Friday. The Red Bull driver - who has led every lap in winning the two previous races in New Delhi - was fastest in both FP1 and FP2. He joins the other drivers and senior team personnel in reflecting on a busy opening day at the Buddh International Circuit

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Ofcom: By 2017, even BUMPKINS will have superfast broadband

Um, most of them... most of the time...

Ofcom's annual report on the state of Blighty's infrastructure promises "near universal" superfast broadband by 2017 with only the most gentle of regulatory nudges.…

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Practice Two - Vettel and Red Bull stay ahead in India

Sebastian Vettel led team mate Mark Webber in another Red Bull one-two in India on Friday afternoon, as Lotus's Romain Grosjean finished best of the rest. Vettel, who also topped Practice One on Friday morning, was the only man to dip below 1m 26s in an intriguing session that saw all the drivers struggling with front tyre wear on the softer compound rubber

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Practice One - Vettel heads Red Bull one-two in India

The timesheets had a familiar look to them after first practice in India on Friday as Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel - the only man to have ever won at the New Delhi circuit - set the quickest time. The German, who can wrap up his fourth title this weekend, set a best time of 1m 26.683s to edge team mate Mark Webber, Mercedes' Nico Rosberg and Lotus's Romain Grosjean

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Amazon's cloud cash pile dwarfs Microsoft and Rackspace's best efforts

You just won't believe how many people love Jeff's Virtualization Palace

Amazon reported record revenues from the "other" category of its earnings on Thursday, showing strong growth in its cloud division and highlighting the stranglehold it has on the virtualized compute and storage market.…

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Thursday 24 October 2013

Confusing, only good for celebs ... But Twitter now says it's worth $12bn

Chief twits suggest $17 to $20 per share for loss-making IPO-hungry social network

Twitter has told US financial watchdog the SEC that it expects to offer its shares between $17 and $20 apiece, meaning it could bag $1.61bn if the much-anticipated initial public offering is a success.…

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FIA Thursday press conference - India

Drivers - Giedo van der Garde (Caterham), Max Chilton (Marussia), Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing), Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus). Q: I'm going to start with a question for Nico, Mark and Kimi, as, with all due respect to our back row, I think you three gentlemen are best placed to challenge Sebastian Vettel for victory this weekend

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Call me maybe: Orange loses a segment as competition bites

We can't compete with free... and no one's making proper phone calls anymore

Former French monopoly mobile operator Orange has reported that its earnings and revenue are both down, despite increased customer numbers, as price-cutting hits the bottom line.…

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LinkedIn snubs Microsoft's Exchange with new iPhone app launch

Social-network-for-suits fails to integrate with MS-email-for-suits

LinkedIn has publicly spurned Microsoft by creating a new email-contact-identification app on Apple's iPhone which doesn't integrate with Redmond's Exchange email software.…

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Locked into fixed-term mobile contract with variable prices? Not on our watch – Ofcom

Now you can walk, says watchdog

Mobile operators who try to increase the price of a mobile phone contract during its term must now allow locked-in customers to escape, says Ofcom.…

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BT's mobe interference claim laughed off air by ad watchdog

Telco slapped for misleading customers over mobiles, radio

BT misled consumers with a TV ad that wrongly claimed that mobile phones and radios caused interference with wireless networks, the Advertising Standards Authority has ruled.…

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Rackspace hurries out 'Solum', a half-formed platform cloud project

OpenStack feature-creep takes hold in anti-Amazon land

Second-tier cloud operator Rackspace has launched yet another OpenStack project, this time seeking to tear up the nascent platform-as-a-service market.…

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Wednesday 23 October 2013

OpenStack, OpenSmack. Eucalyptus 3.4 soldiers on with AWS integration

'If Amazon do a private cloud for the CIA, it's an anomaly'

Eucalyptus was created to clone the Amazon cloud for on-premises deployments, but recent advances by Bezos & Co in private software, aggressive development by Microsoft of Azure, and momentum in OpenStack raise a pitchfork of challenges for the open-source infrastructure management system.…

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'10m' Android, iOS BBM downloads, half activated, anyone actually chatting?

Hello? Hello? Is this thing on?

Ten million people have apparently downloaded the new BBM app for Android or iOS in just 24 hours. But with activations being metered out in half-million lumps it will be a while before they can start chatting.…

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Facebook plucks beheading vid from site after Brit PM firestorm

Tells users: Be more responsible with how YOU share content... bitch

Facebook has removed a specific video of a beheading that was posted on the free content ad network and has told its users to be more "responsible" about the content they share on the site.…

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ICANN approves Arabic, Russian and Chinese global domain spaces

Get ready for the .онлайн, .游戏 and .شبكة land grab

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has finally shown the green light to the first ever generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs), and they’re all international strings written in Arabic, Russian and Chinese.…

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Microsoft crams fat Azure cloud pipe into delicate on-premises biz boxes

Fear not, NSA-tards - Redmond will let you keep data in your byte buckets

Amazon Web Services may be hellbent on uploading world+dog into its public cloud, but Microsoft has other ideas – and a new Azure update makes it easier for admins to consume Redmond's cloud as an add-on service for on-premises installations.…

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Tuesday 22 October 2013

Telstra launches budget ISP

All your downloads are 'Belong' to us

Australia's dominant telco and ISP, Telstra, has quietly launched a budget service.…

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IBM thrusts cloud erection at US gov after Amazon beds CIA spooks

If you can't win contracts, then you need a swanky showroom

IBM is building a US government cloud center in Washington DC to woo public-sector tech buyers.…

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CommVault cooks up sueball-dodging data-sifting cloudy archive shifter

Users can access archived content without dipping into cloud

CommVault is now able to auto-select subsets of data to be archived in Glacier, Azure or Rackspace clouds after adding Reference Copy to its Simpana software suite.…

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FIA press conference schedule - India

Facing the media in New Delhi on Thursday will be three of Formula One racing's most experienced drivers, as well as three of the most inexperienced. And on Friday it is the turn of senior team personnel to face the media, including Lotus's Eric Boullier and Mercedes' Ross Brawn. The line-ups in full

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McLaren: Hard work ahead with Honda

McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale has played down the significance of Honda having already run their 2015 engine on the dyno, saying that the hard work is only just beginning. The Woking-based team confirmed a multi-year technology partnership with Honda in May, and whilst Neale admitted he was excited to hear audio of the Japanese manufacturer's new power unit, he reiterated that McLaren's current focus is with 2014 engine supplier Mercedes

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Go East! Rackspace expands public cloud to Asia

Doubles Hong Kong datacentre space to launch new offering

Rackspace Hosting announced the launch of its first public cloud service in Asia in Hong Kong today, allowing businesses in the region to tap the firm’s Hybrid Cloud offering for a more flexible mix-and-match approach to IT infrastructure.…

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Motorola parcels up enterprise Wi-Fi biz amid selloff rumours

Would you buy this sorta gear from Moto? That's the point...

Motorola – the bit which makes money and wasn't bought by Google – is looking to offload its Wi-Fi business now that everyone and their dog is flogging access points to enterprises.…

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Monday 21 October 2013

If there's somethin' strange in your network 'hood. Who y'gonna call? Google's DDoS-busters

Project Shield to guard activists, charities from attacks

Google will shelter charities and activists from distributed denial-of-service storms by wrapping their websites in its protection technologies.…

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BlackBerry Messenger for Android and iOS is BACK, but there's a long line

Customers made to queue up before they can use the service

Lugubrious smartphone vendor BlackBerry has resumed the rollout of its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) apps for iOS and Android, almost a full month after it yanked the code from app stores following a botched launch.…

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Facebook staggers to feet, switches itself back on after GLOBAL cockup

No longer a proper read-only book: World's economies bog down once again

Facebook suffered a huge outage today that prevented millions of people from posting status updates on the giant advertising network for up to two hours.…

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Facebook staggers to feet, switches itself back on after GLOBAL cockup

No longer a proper read-only book: World's economies bog down once again

Facebook suffered a huge outage today that prevented millions of people from posting status updates on the giant advertising network for up to two hours.…

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Toro Rosso sign Russian rookie Kyvat for 2014

Up-and-coming Russian driver Daniil Kvyat will race for Toro Rosso next season, replacing Daniel Ricciardo who moves to Red Bull for 2014. Kvyat, a product of the Red Bull Junior Driver Programme, will partner Jean-Eric Vergne at the Italian squad. This year, the Rome-based 19-year old has been competing in GP3 and European Formula Three and he drove for Toro Rosso in the Silverstone young driver test in July

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Mirantis: Hey guys, here's an idea - we're putting 'open' in OpenStack

You say tomato, we say 'lock-in free' cloud

OpenStack consultancy Mirantis has launched a distribution of the cloud operating system that it says is "lock-in free" – which makes us wonder just how the numerous other distributions aren't.…

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No longer a proper read-only book: World's economies bog down once again

Facebook suffered a huge outage today that prevented millions of its users from supplying free content to the giant ad platform for up to two hours.…

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No longer a proper read-only book: World's economies bog down once again

Facebook suffered a huge outage today that prevented millions of its users from supplying free content to the giant ad platform for up to two hours.…

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Racing on the go - F1™ Challenge available on iOS

F1™ Challenge - an officially licensed Formula One videogame by Codemasters for iPad and iPhone - has launched on the iTunes App Store for £1.99. In F1 Challenge players will complete over 90 racing events and recreate thrilling moments from the 2012 Fia Formula One World Championship with slick touch controls for on-the-go gaming

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That's a lotta cats: 40% of YouTube vids are streamed to mobes

All well and good, but where's the revenue?

40 per cent of YouTube streams are being delivered to mobile devices, to Google's delight – though this could seen as a failure to get beyond blink-and-you'll-miss-it cat videos into something more profitable.…

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For Zuck's sake! Facebook status updates ARE BROKEN

Complaints pile up on Twitter, natch

People have actually started doing proper work this afternoon, after Facebookers in Blighty complained that they were temporarily prevented from posting status updates on the free content ad network.…

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Sunday 20 October 2013

NBN review team looks like old Telstra board

Reports: former BigPond boss called in

The strategic review into Australia's National Broadband Network commissioned by the nation's new government is starting to look like a Telstra alumni party, with the carrier's former CEO Ziggy Switkowski (now NBN Co chairman) being advised by yet-another former executive of the incumbent.…

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Saturday 19 October 2013

ITU to Europe: One charger for all mobes good. One to rule them ALL? Better

Wants to extend micro USB spec to all 'leccy gizmos

The EU is about to make micro USB charging mandatory on mobile phones, but the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is pushing to extend that regulation to everything handheld, making all electronic gadgets chargeable from the same cable.…

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Wanna sell a phone in New York? Better have a receipt

Proposed law says no bill, no serial numbers, no sale

A New York State legislator has proposed a law designed to combat smartphone theft by making it illegal to buy or sell a used mobe without valid proof of ownership.…

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The web needs globally backed, verifiable security standards - says Huawei

The Chinese government ain't the boss of us, telecoms kit giant asserts again

Chinese networking hardware behemoth Huawei has issued its second annual cybersecurity white paper and is calling for manufacturers around the world to set up testable security standards that will ensure everyone's reading from the same hymn sheet.…

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Avert your eyes! Hortonworks mates Hadoop beast with SAS

New pact to mesh the elephant with European data giant

Hadoop company Hortonworks is teaming up with SAS on a strategic partnership to integrated its analytics platform with SAS's suite of data technologies.…

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Forget Wi-Fi, boffins get 150Mbps Li-Fi connection from a lightbulb

Many (Chinese) hands make light work

Scientists in China are reporting great success in replacing traditional Wi-Fi radio traffic with Li-Fi, a system that uses the light signals from a LED lightbulb to provide a line-of-sight data stream.…

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Friday 18 October 2013

Microsoft sharpens blade, slashes high-mem cloud prices in Amazon duel

Just how low can Redmond's instances go?

Microsoft has opened up yet another front in its ongoing cloud price war with Amazon by cutting prices of its high-memory servers by as much as 22 percent.…

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Google's latest Brussels self-abuse proposal needs 'concrete tech'

MEPs urge serious testing of new SECRET Mountain View offers

Agitators in the European Parliament are pressuring Brussels' competition chief to properly market test Google's new round of proposals to the Commission on its alleged abuse of dominance in the search business.…

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Lotus: Second in the championship 'very attainable'

Team principal Eric Boullier believes that Lotus finishing second in the 2013 constructors' championship is a realistic prospect, if they are able to maintain their recent run of strong form. Lotus have scored more points than any team bar Red Bull in the last two races

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iPhone 5S autopsy shows WHY it can't tell which end is up - iOS dev

How faulty levelling caused Jesus phone to lose its balance

Balance problems plaguing the iPhone 5S popped up with the first reviews. But a teardown by Chipworks and the musings of an iOS dev have isolated a likely reason why the steering on that motor racing app is about 5 degrees off.…

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Twitter to enter instant messaging market with new app: report

Already testing direct messages between non-followers

Twitter is reportedly about to add to the world's store of instant messaging apps.…

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Havana see your bare metal: New OpenStack v8 clinches containerization

Open-source cloud control freak emerges from shadows on Heat

Open-source cloud controller OpenStack has gone into its eighth major release bringing with it technologies that should let admins chuck out hypervisors and spin up bare-metal clouds.…

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Thursday 17 October 2013

Google's shares surf ad-destroying mobile tsunami to record high

Page wishes he knew how to throw MORE money on fundamental research

The shift to mobile gadgets is eating into ad revenues worldwide – but that hasn't stopped advertising giant Google from reporting whopping sales of $14.89bn, driving its shares to a record high.…

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Former Nokia boss Ollila: Stephen Elop was second-choice CEO

I WANTED to flog high-end smartphones. Operators stopped me – former CEO

Former Nokia boss Jorma Ollila, who made the Finnish company the global leader in mobile phones for a decade, has published his memoirs: Mahdoton menestys ("An Impossible Success").…

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India preview quotes - Caterham on New Delhi

Round 16 of the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship sees the paddock make its third trip to the Buddh International Circuit in New Delhi. This year the exciting young venue could well stage its very first title decider. Those involved in the 2013 Formula 1 Airtel Indian Grand Prix discuss their prospects for the coming weekend

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Ofcom flogs ex-military 4G spectrum, but ONLY the iPhone 5 can use it

Carriers cheer choice, customers cry in confusion

A fresh round of 4G spectrum auctions are in the offing as Ofcom proposes selling off surplus military frequencies at 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz, despite the fact that only the iPhone 5 can make any use of it.…

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BSkyB profit knocked by BT footie struggle and O2 broadband costs

'I totally expected that to happen', says Darroch

BSkyB has felt the pinch from huge operating costs as it continues to battle with its pay-TV archrival BT and absorbs the buyout of O2's consumer broadband network.…

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EC: NSA slurps scare you? Europe's clouds are open for business

We're not building 'fortress Europe' for cloud, mind

The European Commission has outlined its aim for the EU to become a "world leading" cloud computing market on matters relating to data protection and security.…

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Free Cocaine giveaway from Russian search engine Yandex

Naughtily-named platform-as-a-service product may get up Google's nose

Russia's leading search engine, Yandex, has launched a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering named “Cocaine”.…

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OpenStack adds F5 as member

Stacking the upper layer

F5 Networks has become the latest vendor to sling bling in the direction of the OpenStack Foundation.…

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Screw Internet-of-Things: Boffins build Internet-of-Sound UNDERWATER

Do whale farts cause a 404?

Scientists at the University of Buffalo (UB) have successfully tested an underwater network that could make internet-like communications across the world's oceans a possibility.…

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Teens! Privacy? Zuck that: Now Facebook'll let you post to the WORLD

Lockdown lifted from underage users' accounts

Facebook has tweaked its users' privacy settings yet again, and if you have teenage children who use the social network, it might be time to sit them down for a little chat.…

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Microsoft plugs Xbox One consoles into its cloud - what could go wrong?

No one wants a Blue Sky of Death ruining their post-work shoot'em'up

Microsoft is wiring Windows Azure directly into its forthcoming Xbox One games console – giving game developers server-side processing and gamers the chance of cloud brownouts ruining their playtime.…

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Hadoop 2 stampedes onto world's mega compute clusters

'A great success story for the open source methedology'

The Apache Software Foundation has branded the data analytics Hadoop platform with version 2 and sent the Elephant-logoed system stampeding out into the wild.…

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Wednesday 16 October 2013

Rich in Philadelphia? Your new phone can be put in your hands TODAY

Verizon testing same-day delivery service for 'affluent millenials'

Lost your phone? Want it replaced in a hurry? If you live in Philadelphia, you can have a new one brought to your doorstep today if you buy it from Verizon Wireless.…

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All cool kids' phones run ALTERNATIVE alternative custom Android ROM

New fandroid team to give Cyanogen a run for its money – literally

Android users who want a custom ROM*, but are turned off by Cyanogenmod's attempts to go commercial, now have another option in the form of newly launched OmniROM.…

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Slip your SIM into a plastic sheath, WIPE international call charges

Nano, Micro or Mini?

A sticker slapped onto a SIM card can cut international calls by 98 per cent, and guarantee a 50 per cent saving on business spending, without changing numbers or phones.…

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Divorcing ICANN and the US won't break the 'net nor stop the spooks

Internet overlord's status is administrative convenience, not holy writ

The Montevideo statement on Internet governance, and Brazil's intervention in the governance debate, has set a cat among the pigeons, by reviving the debate over globalisation of the Internet's core technical administration.…

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Kids hooked up with free Office subs at Microsoft-addicted schools

Buy ALL staff cloud software access to get students in for nothing

Microsoft has announced it will soon give students subscriptions to its cloud-based Office productivity software free of charge – provided, that is, their schools are already paid up.…

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Run a server on your Gb/s Google Fiber? OK, fine, fine ... maybe a small one

Multiplayer gaming's OK, but they better not catch you making money

In an apparent capitulation to net neutrality supporters, Google has quietly loosened the terms of service of its Google Fiber broadband network to allow customers to run personal servers in some cases.…

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Tuesday 15 October 2013

Cabinet to be targeted with pro-FTTP ads

Crowdfunded campaigners to reveal next phase of cunning plan soon

With $AUD44,513 in the crowdfunded kitty, the campaigners who plan to buy ads in Australian Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull's local newspaper are now planning a wider assault on politicians' eyeballs.…

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VMware guzzles 'desktop-as-a-service' firm Desktone

Yup, hired-out virty desktop pleased to call itself an AAS

VMware has slurped Desktone to add another "as-a-service" offering to its catalogue of virtualisation software.…

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Hong Kong underground gets pay-by-bonk

Octopus walks where Oyster fears to tread

The Octopus card, used to pay for tubes, buses, ferries and trams in Hong Kong, is now available as an NFC app for download onto an operator SIM, making pay-by-bonk a reality in the Chinese administrative area.…

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WhatsApp crypto snafu drops trou on users' privates

'Very basic error' leaves messaging app open to snoopers

Mobile messaging service WhatsApp came for criticism over the robustness of its cryptography last week after a fix for a January security snafu was slammed for not being robust enough.…

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Let police track you through your mobe - it's for your OWN GOOD

Consultation opens on tracking mobile 999 callers' locations

Two thirds of emergency calls are made from mobile phones, many of them from people who don't know where they are, and Ofcom wants to know if we should be tracking their locations.…

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German researchers claim 100 Gbps wireless transmission record

Beat that, WiFi! And suck it up, fibre-to-the-premises fans

German researchers are claiming a world record, using a 237.5 GHz carrier and photonic mixing to achieve a 100 Gbps wireless link.…

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Crowdsourced campaign scoops $AUD40k for pro-FTTP NBN ads

Comms Minister Turnbull's local rag to get fibrous promotion

A crowdsourced campaign that aims to buy advertisements calling for Australia's national broadband network (NBN) to stick with its original fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) plan has soared past its $AUD15,000 funding target and now has a war chest of over $40,000 to splash.…

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Monday 14 October 2013

Facebook gobbles upstart Onavo for '$200m', gets first Israel office for free

'Of course, we remain committed to privacy' say biz founders

Facebook has acquired mobile app maker Onavo for a reported $150m to $200m, bagging its first office in Israel in the process.…

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Problems at Home: Facebook opens alpha testing to world+dog

Social network opens Android app testing to public, snubs own OS

Facebook is recruiting adventurous fanbois willing to become alpha testers for the next version of its Android client.…

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Amazon offers slice-and-dice hunks of cloud

It's a many-times-inna-lifetime deal down at Crazy Jeff's Virtualization Palace

Amazon is trying to cure cloud punters of buyer's remorse by making it easier for them to chop and change the instances they've acquired from its hulking cloud.…

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Luxembourgeois data protection watchdog probes Microsoft in Skype PRISM complaint

"Happy to answer questions" says Redmond mouthpiece

Microsoft is co-operating with regulators in Skype’s home country of Luxembourg over its possible participation in the NSA’s PRISM program, a spokesperson has confirmed.…

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Jawohl! Vodafone gets nod for £6.5bn Kabel Deutschland slurp

Shareholders approve creation of Vaterland-ruling quad giant

Vodafone now owns just over three quarters of Kabel Deutschland, following a shareholder meeting which approved the British operator's takeover of the German telco, creating a one-stop-shop for continental consumers.…

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Sunday 13 October 2013

FIA post-race press conference - Japan

Sebastian Vettel grabbed his fifth consecutive win at Suzuka on Sunday - his fourth in total in Japan. After the race he was joined by Red Bull team mate Mark Webber and Lotus's Romain Grosjean in the official FIA press conference

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Bianchi, Van der Garde cleared over first lap clash

Race stewards in Japan have decided that neither Caterham's Giedo van der Garde nor Marussia's Jules Bianchi was predominately to blame for the first corner crash that ruled both men out of Sunday's race at Suzuka on the opening lap. Having decided to investigate the incident after the race's conclusion, the stewards spoke to both drivers before coming to their conclusion

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Alonso overhauls Schumacher to become top scorer in F1® history

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso has surpassed Michael Schumacher as the all-time leading points-scorer in Formula One racing history. The Spaniard scored 12 points for finishing fourth in Japan on Sunday, taking his career tally to 1,571 points - five more than Schumacher's total of 1,566

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Race - selected team and driver quotes

An impressive display at the 2013 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix saw Sebastian Vettel secure his fourth win at Suzuka and fifth win in a row, but the title must wait. Mark Webber came home second after just losing out in the strategy battle with his Red Bull team mate, whilst Lotus's Romain Grosjean took a well-earned third place. Further back, Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez came home in seventh to score his first ever points in F1. We hear from the Mexican, as well as all the other drivers and senior team personnel about Sunday's action

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Race - Vettel beats Webber in Japan, but title must wait

At times it seemed that Lotus's Romain Grosjean or Red Bull's Mark Webber might emerge victorious from a tactical race in Japan on Sunday, but in the end it was Webber's team mate Sebastian Vettel who took his ninth success of the season - and fifth in a row - after a finely judged two-stop race. However, Fernando Alonso prevented the German from clinching his fourth title by finishing fourth for Ferrari

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Saturday 12 October 2013

Pic handed drive-through penalty for qualifying misdemeanour

Caterham's Charles Pic has been issued with a drive-through penalty for Sunday's 2013 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix for passing through a red light at the pit exit during the first part of qualifying in Suzuka. The stewards found that Pic, who already had a 10-place grid penalty for picking up his third reprimand of the season in Korea

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FIA post-qualifying press conference - Japan

Mark Webber ended Red Bull team mate Sebastian Vettel's domination of qualifying in Japan by claiming his first pole position of the season on Saturday. After the session, Webber, Vettel and third-placed driver, Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes, spoke in the official FIA press conference

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Qualifying - selected team and driver quotes

Red Bull's Mark Webber celebrated his best qualifying result of the season by grabbing pole during a tight session, whilst team mate Sebastian Vettel would not use his KERS problems as an excuse for missing out on his fifth-straight pole in Japan. Likewise, Vettel's main title rival Fernando Alonso admitted he had no one to blame but himself for being outpaced again by Ferrari team mate Felipe Massa. They, along with all the other drivers and senior team personnel report back on Saturday's action

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Qualifying - Webber grabs first pole of the season in Japan

Mark Webber claimed his first pole position of the year with a superb performance in qualifying at Suzuka on Saturday afternoon. The Australian got the better of Red Bull team mate Sebastian Vettel, who suffered from intermittent KERS issues before recording a lap 0.174s slower than Webber's best. Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and Lotus's Romain Grosjean took third and fourth

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Final Practice - Webber fastest as Vettel hits trouble in Japan

Red Bull's Mark Webber set the pace in the final practice session in Japan on Saturday morning as technical issues limited his team mate Sebastian Vettel to just eight laps of Suzuka. Webber clocked 1m 32.053s on the medium tyres - 0.134s quicker than Lewis Hamilton's best effort for Mercedes, with the other silver arrow of Nico Rosberg in third place

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Brazil's anti-NSA prez urged to SNATCH keys to the internet from America

Nations should be on equal footing with Uncle Sam, say web overseers

The nine men and one woman who guide the growth and development of internet standards and practices have delivered a stinging rebuke to the US hegemony of the transnational "series of tubes" - and called for its management to be wrenched away from America's grip and fully internationalized.…

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Wanna be Zuckerberg's neighbor? Tough luck, he bought the block for $30m

So THAT'S how much privacy costs

How much would you pay to live next door to Mark Zuckerberg? Answer: Probably not as much as Zuck himself has paid to make sure you don't live next door to him.…

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Friday 11 October 2013

Ofcom, it's WAR! Mobe networks fire broadside over 2G spectrum pricing

PR offensive doesn't mention they were gifted it for free back in the 80s

The UK's mobile network operators have successfully kicked off their PR campaign against spectrum regulator Ofcom, painting themselves as surprised victims of governmental incompetence.…

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FIA Friday press conference - Japan

Team Representatives - Dave Greenwood (Marussia), Tom McCullough (Sauber), James Key (Toro Rosso), Jonathan Neale (McLaren), Pat Fry (Ferrari), Paul Monaghan (Red Bull Racing). Q: Dave if I may start with you. You've got a new partnership starting… I guess it's started already. In fact, that's the question: how's it going

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Rubbish broadband drives Scottish people out of the Highlands

More connectivity needed to stop flight of 'digital refugees', MSPs told

It's not the midges, weather or crappy nightlife to blame for driving people out of the rural Highlands – it's dodgy broadband speeds, Scottish politicians have been told.…

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Friday practice - selected team and driver quotes

It was a case of new track, same result at Suzuka on Friday as Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel once again ended the day with the fastest time. The German, who is looking for a fifth consecutive win, joined the other drivers and senior team personnel in reporting back on Friday's action

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Maria de Villota, 1980-2013

Former Marussia test driver Maria de Villota has passed away, aged 33. The Spanish racer, daughter of ex-Formula One driver and British Formula Three series champion Emilio de Villota, raced in several categories including Spanish F3 and sportscars before joining Marussia as a test driver in March 2012

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Practice Two - Vettel tops incident-packed session in Japan

Sebastian Vettel led team mate Mark Webber in a Red Bull one-two in second practice in Japan on Friday afternoon as several drivers, including Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen, ended the session in the gravel. Vettel lapped Suzuka in 1m 33.852s, making him the only driver to crack the 1m 34s barrier on Pirelli's medium tyre, but Webber was close behind with 1m 34.020s

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Bianchi to miss Practice Two in Japan due to crash damage

Marussia's Jules Bianchi has been forced to sit out Practice Two in Japan on Friday afternoon after damaging his car in a crash in FP1. The Frenchman went off at Turn 9, Degner 2, during Practice One, badly damaging the front of his car. He was later seen nursing his elbow on ice

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Practice One - Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two in Japan

The Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg led the Red Bull pair of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber in an incident-filled first practice session in Japan on Friday morning. Hamilton quickly took control of proceedings at the challenging Suzuka circuit, lapping in 1m 34.157s - 0.330s faster than Rosberg, with Vettel and Webber over six-tenths back

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Facebook rips away your ability TO HIDE

Zuck it up, folks - now anyone can find you

Facebook is binning a feature that lets people retain anonymity on the social network.…

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Downtrodden digital peasants liberated ... by the Germans

T-Mobile is continuing its assault on the cozy (and highly profitable) practices of US mobile providers with a new deal eliminating international roaming charges in over 100 countries.…

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Thursday 10 October 2013

Now Amazon dangles fat freebies to lure hungry upstarts into its server lair

Uncle Bezos' cloud sirens spaff more profit in war with Microsoft

Amazon has figured out another way to avoid making any profits: this time by giving away loads of its Amazon Web Services resources to startups, opening up another cash-hemorrhaging front in its ongoing cloud war with Microsoft.…

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Ubuntu JuJu voodoo casts Linux on Microsoft's Azure hoodoo

For wizards who want to run Linux in Linux on Windows

JuJu in Ubuntu 13.10, due for release next week, features tools to create and run Um Bongo Linux instances in Microsoft's Azure cloud.…

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T-Mobile FREES AMERICANS to roam the world with mobile data

Downtrodden digital peasants liberated ... by the Germans

T-Mobile is continuing its assault on the cozy (and highly profitable) practices of US mobile providers with a new deal eliminating international roaming charges in over 100 countries.…

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Rest of world can now get hold of IBM's secret China-only storage tech

22 announcements... Big Blue's been busy

IBM's latest storage release has so many bullet point items it's like a machine-gun burst.…

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BT Mobile inks network deal with EE, dumps Vodafone

Former state monopolies snuggle together for warmth

BT Mobile will be switching from Vodafone's network to EE's, pushing aggressively back into the mobile space it departed when it sold off Cellnet in 2002.…

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Amazon wrapping FireTube tellybox for Christmas – reports

Rumoured set-top box may be ready to ship by the holidays

Amazon is reportedly preparing its set-top telly box to go on sale in time for the Christmas shopping season.…

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Web daddy Tim Berners-Lee: DRMed HTML least of all evils

'None of us as users' like it very much...

Tim Berners-Lee has warned against the risk of not standardising digital rights management (DRM) in the HTML specification, saying an approach that “does the least harm” might be the best approach.…

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Google's Wi-Fi not good enough for its home town

Mountain View fed up with poor connectivity, installs hotspots

Google's offer of free Wi-Fi to its home city of Mountain View isn't good enough for residents who have been struggling to make use of the overloaded service – but now they're finally getting an alternative.…

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Apple seeks engineer who knows way around China Mobile network

Draws close to deal to net 750 MEELLION potential fanbois – report

Apple is reportedly looking to hire an engineer with in-depth knowledge of China Mobile's network – a move which suggests the two firms are getting close to inking a historic deal.…

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Pirelli announce final 2013 tyre nominations

Formula One tyre suppliers Pirelli have confirmed the tyre compounds that will be available at the final three Grands Prix of 2013 in Abu Dhabi, the United States and Brazil. For Abu Dhabi, the white medium and yellow soft compounds have been selected

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FIA Thursday press conference - Japan

Drivers - Charles Pic (Caterham), Pastor Maldonado (Williams), Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso), Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing), Jenson Button (McLaren) Q: Sebastian, just a few days ago you described coming here as coming to the best track in the world. Can you explain why it is the best track in the world

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Firefox OS update adds performance, polish to Mozilla's webby mobes

We're not giving up, you know

The Mozilla Foundation has released Firefox OS 1.1, the first significant update to the web-based smartphone platform it launched in July.…

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Too busy tweeting to switch TV channels? AT LAST, a solution

An END to the intolerable burden of using the remote!

Are you a "second screen" telly aficionado? Do you lie on the sofa mainly occupied in watching out for hilarious apophthegms on Twitter, subliminally irritated by the drivel on the big screen and wishing there was something decent on - but too distracted even to channel surf, let alone use the EPG or similar?…

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TransLattice gobbles StormDB upstart for Postgres threesome

Lashes PostgreSQL, -R, and Postgres-XC together for unholy database tryst

PostgreSQL specialist TransLattice has devoured database-as-a-service (DaaS) startup StormDB for an undisclosed sum.…

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Wednesday 9 October 2013

IBM checks itself into therapy after touting Frankencloud to the CIA

Gobbled SoftLayer mutant tech offered to Uncle Sam's other spooks

IBM is going through gene therapy, and by that we don't mean an expensive course of Freudian analysis for its Blue Gene/Q supercomputer, but rather a wholesale change in how the company approaches cloud computing.…

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BBC announces plans to spend your cash on digital goodies

And enlists luvvies to lecture plebs on the joys of coding

BBC Director General Tony Hall has announced a bunch of new features for its digital products that show the corporation at its most imaginative – and its most cynical.…

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FIA press conference schedule - Japan

Facing the media at Suzuka on Thursday will be the man set to go into 2014 as Red Bull's reigning world champion, along with six who have yet to confirm their drives for next season. And on Friday it is the turn of senior team personnel, including Ferrari's Pat Fry and McLaren's Jonathan Neale

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Speaking in Tech: Stop ogling my Google Glass, my eyes are up here

Plus: You backronymed a reference architecture to call it 'Tally Ho Mother F$%*er'?

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Google holds its nose, lets the hoi polloi run PHP on its shiny cloud

Checkmate, Amazon ... in 2028 maybe

Google has loaded PHP onto its platform cloud in a preview form, letting developers around the world try out the technology.…

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Mobile downloads limp, fixed surges: ABS

More mobile devices suck down less data

Australians might be buying as many 4G devices as they can get their hands on, but the uptake isn't being reflected in their download habits.…

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Selling phones? Nonsense, BlackBerry is all about THE CLOUD

Mobile management service planned for BB, Android, iOS

Ailing smartphone vendor BlackBerry says it will soon launch a new cloud-based service to enable easy, web-based management of mobile users and apps.…

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