Friday 31 January 2014

Massa fastest for Williams as first test ends in Spain

Williams' Felipe Massa set the pace at Jerez on Friday, as the opening pre-season test of 2014 drew to an intriguing close. The Brazilian was one of seven drivers - six of them using Mercedes or Ferrari power - to complete more than 50 laps of the Spanish circuit, but once again all three Renault-powered teams were forced to cut their running short because of technical issues

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Red Bull head home early from Jerez

Red Bull have decided to pull out of the final afternoon of this week's Jerez test after Friday morning brought more frustration for the world champions and their new car. Daniel Ricciardo completed just seven laps in the RB10 before being halted by a mechanical issue

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BT fattens up its sales thanks to hearty fibre+footy diet

But wholesale wing nosedives - AGAIN

BT's wholesale wing continued on its downward spiral during the one-time national telco's third quarter, with sales tumbling nine per cent to £589m from £645m a year earlier.…

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Sprint to buy T-Mobile US? Not so fast, says antitrust official

Merger would earn 'a very hard look,' Justice man warns

Rumors persist that US mobile carrier Sprint may be looking to snap up smaller rival T-Mobile US, but a top antitrust enforcer has warned that any such deal would be very unlikely to meet regulatory approval.…

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Thursday 30 January 2014

Amazon mints a BILLION BUCKS from its cannibal cloud

Bezos & Co tower over competition in Q4 results

Amazon's cloud division has brushed off competition from Google and Microsoft to report record earnings of $1.234bn, and grew its business abroad to historic highs as well.…

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FCC says US telcos can start moving to IP-based calling, but in baby steps

Old-school phone networks not disappearing just yet

The Federal Communications Commission has given the official go-ahead for US telcos to experiment with scrapping their traditional, analog phone networks in favor of internet-based alternatives.…

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Nominet goes titsup after update to WHOIS tool

Coincidence? Outfit blames 'manual change to firewall setting'. Oops

Dot-UK registry Nominet temporarily went titsup on Thursday afternoon, much to the chagrin of its customers.…

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Magnussen keeps McLaren on top in Jerez

Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen ensured that McLaren finished at the top of the timesheets for the second session in a row on Thursday by setting the pace on the third day of pre-season testing in Spain. But there was more frustration for world champions Red Bull as technical issues restricted Daniel Ricciardo to just three laps in the new RB10

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Technical problems continue to plague Red Bull in Jerez

Red Bull's troublesome start to pre-season testing in Jerez continued on Thursday as they were forced to abandon attempts to run their new car after just three laps because of technical problems. The world champion team, who entered the day having completed a mere 11 laps over two days with Sebastian Vettel at the wheel, sent new recruit Daniel Ricciardo out on track in the Renault-powered RB10 at lunchtime, but the car lasted less than a lap before grinding to a smoky halt

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Marussia's MR03 debuts in Spain

After last-minute technical issues delayed its journey to Spain earlier in the week, Marussia's 2014 car finally made its test debut at Jerez on Thursday afternoon. The MR03 is Marussia's first Ferrari-powered machine, the team having previously used Cosworth engines

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Schumacher's sedation reduced

Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher is gradually being brought out of his induced coma, his manager confirmed on Thursday. “Michael's sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking up process which may take a long time,” read a statement

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BSkyB sees first half pre-tax profit tumble as sales climb

Now has 5.1m broadband subscribers on its books after O2 merger

BT's intense campaign to draw more eyeballs away from BSkyB failed to hit the pay-TV company's revenues during the first six months of its financial year.…

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EMC puts on an 'appy face to box Box, Dropbox

Syncplicity apps upgrade also offers Android, iOS back door for Microsoft Office

EMC's attempt to do better in the world of share 'n' sync tools has given Microsoft a back door into iOS and Android.…

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Wednesday 29 January 2014

Cloud, schmoud, says Cisco: The IoT needs 'FOG COMPUTING'

Borg forks Linux to create hybrid server/router 'IOx' operating system

Cisco is looking to wrap more of the Internet of Things in its warm embrace, announcing that it's going to create a Linux-plus-IOS mashup to run IoT apps at the network edge.…

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We're on the same wavelength! TV stars cosy up to flog spare Hz

Who wants these radio frequencies? Put your hands up, mobile broadbanders

A pair of TV stations in Los Angeles, California, will squeeze into the same frequency band in a test that clear the way for better wireless broadband.…

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Button fastest for McLaren on day two of pre-season testing

Having failed to make it out of the garage on Tuesday, Jenson Button and McLaren put their early frustrations behind them on the second day of pre-season testing by setting Wednesday's fastest time at Jerez. Mercedes also ran well, with Nico Rosberg completing 97 laps, but it was a session to forget for world champion Sebastian Vettel as his new Red Bull RB10 managed just eight laps of the Spanish circuit before technical problems set in

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Three-yaarrgh! Major UK mobile network's data goes down

'Loving the rollout of new 0G data,' disgruntled user Tweets. On his computer

British mobile network Three is having data issues this morning, cutting its subscribers off from the internet.…

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McLaren appoint Boullier as racing director

McLaren have appointed former Lotus team principal Eric Boullier as their new racing director. The move is part of a wider management restructure at the Woking team and follows McLaren Group chairman Ron Dennis's appointment as chief executive officer in place of Martin Whitmarsh

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Wet tyre test brought forward to Wednesday

Formula One racing's official tyre supplier Pirelli has brought forward its wet weather tyre evaluation day following overnight rain at the Jerez test venue. The 2014 regulations state that one of the 12 pre-season test days must be dedicated to wet weather tyre testing and whilst Friday had been earmarked for this purpose, damp conditions in Spain encouraged Pirelli to move the test to Wednesday

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Google requests hush-hush radar tests

Chocolate Factory dronemobiles look set to sense each other in the ether

Google has asked the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for permission to conduct radio tests in the 76-77 GHz bands, probably as part of its ongoing autonomous vehicles research.…

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Tuesday 28 January 2014

Raikkonen tops times on first day of pre-season testing in Spain

After a winter of anticipation, Formula One racing's new generation of 1.6-litre turbocharged cars were put through their paces for the first time on Tuesday as pre-season testing got under way in Jerez. At the end of a day that saw limited running as teams battled to get to grips with the radically different systems on their new machines, Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen emerged at the top of the timesheets

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Bottas debuts new Williams car in Spain

Valtteri Bottas gave Williams' 2014 challenger, the FW36, its maiden outing in Jerez on Tuesday afternoon. The car, which is running in a 'heritage blue' livery in Spain, went out on track with around an hour of the opening day of the test remaining

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Caterham roll out striking new car in Jerez

Caterham have become the latest team to show off their 2014 car after unveiling the CT05 at the first pre-season test of the year in Jerez on Tuesday. Like other 2014 machines seen so far, the new car features a very unusual nose section with a thin protuberance extending from the front wing to a thicker section behind

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Hamilton upbeat despite testing crash

Lewis Hamilton was in an upbeat mood after sampling Mercedes' new F1 W05, despite his first day of running in Jerez being cut short by a front wing failure. The British driver had completed the most laps of any driver on Tuesday when he was pitched into the barriers, badly damaging the front end of the new car and bringing his day to an early end

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Lotus confident radical nose design is legal

Lotus technical director Nick Chester is confident that the radical split-nose design that appears on the team's 2014 car complies with the technical regulations. The asymmetric design caused something of a stir when digital renderings of the Renault-powered E22 were released on Friday, but Chester believes that whilst it is unconventional, it is legal

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New Force India seen in the flesh for first time

Force India released pictures of their 2014 car last week, but the VJM07 was officially unveiled to the press in the Jerez pit lane on Tuesday morning at the start of this week's four-day pre-season test. The Mercedes-powered machine, which was shaken down during a promotional run at Silverstone in the UK last week, features one of the most unusual looking nose designs yet, with a long proboscis-like section

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New Red Bull launched at start of first 2014 test

Reigning world champions Red Bull are one of several teams to reveal their new cars today, as 2014 pre-season testing begins in Jerez, Spain. The Renault-powered RB10 is the machine in which Sebastian Vettel will bid for a fifth successive drivers' title, alongside new team mate Daniel Ricciardo

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Mercedes F1 W05 breaks cover in Spain

Mercedes have unveiled their 2014 car, the F1 W05, at the start of this week's opening pre-season test at the Spanish circuit of Jerez. After finishing second to Red Bull in the 2013 constructors' championship, Mercedes are hoping the new machine will help them go one better this year in the hands of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

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Seagate plods along steadily despite promise of Xyratex buyout

Revenues rise, revenues fall, they rise again. C'est la vie

Up and down: Seagate's second fiscal 2014 quarter grew looking back one quarter, but shrank looking back a year.…

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Mobe industry quails as Ofcom floats idea of QUADRUPLING 2G spectrum prices

Unilateral price increase? B-b-but we have a contract...

The GSM Association has castigated Ofcom for wanting to quadruple the price of the mobile phone spectrum mostly used for 2G.…

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Radio boffins remember the future-ture-ture: From the Cold War to (White) SPAAAAACE

Phwoarrrrr... Look at the valves on that...

Attention radio boffins: hankering for a look at some vivacious valves? Have some ideas on what "could have been" had Britain gotten its hands on certain broadcasting tech just THAT much sooner? There's a wireless heritage special interest group at Cambridge Wireless with plenty of hot models to ponder from the past "100 years of radio", just the thing for transistor lovers, smartphone admirers and history buffs alike.…

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Monday 27 January 2014

Murdoch's BSkyB stares down Microsoft: Redmond renames SkyDrive to OneDrive

Sorry about the trademark, Rupert, let's just carry on

After six months of deliberation, Microsoft has announced the new name for its trademark-disputed SkyDrive cloud storage service: OneDrive.…

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Marussia test debut delayed by technical glitch

Marussia's 2014 car will not make its test debut at Jerez on Tuesday as planned after a last-minute problem was discovered at the team's UK factory. “The MR03's testing debut is subject to a delay while we resolve a small but frustrating technical issue,” confirmed Marussia, who hope to join the four-day Spanish test session later in the week

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Apple declares war on PAYPAL: Pay-by-bonk + iTunes = profit, right?

Internal moves could mean mobile payments system on the way - report

Apple is planning to take on Paypal with its own mobile payment system, it has been claimed.…

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Toro Rosso STR9 revealed at Jerez ahead of first test

Toro Rosso took the covers off their 2014 car at Jerez on Monday, just hours before the first pre-season test of the year begins at the Spanish circuit. The Renault-powered STR9 will be raced by France's Jean-Eric Vergne and his new team mate, Russian rookie Daniil Kvyat

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Pirelli outline plans for wet-weather running in Jerez

Formula One racing's official tyre supplier Pirelli has confirmed that the final day of this week's pre-season test in Jerez will be devoted to wet-weather tyre testing on an artificially-watered track. The 2014 regulations state that one of the 12 pre-season test days must be dedicated to wet-weather tyre testing, and that will be this Friday, unless it rains during the previous three test days

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Dawn of a new era - Jerez test preview

This Tuesday Formula One racing will swing back into action after a short winter break with the much-anticipated first pre-season test of the year in Jerez. Testing has always been a hugely important part of every F1 team's preparations, but there's added intrigue ahead of the four-day Spanish session as it's the first time the new generation of 1.6-litre turbo cars will officially turn a wheel in anger

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Sunday 26 January 2014

Kaltenborn: Sauber will set 2014 goals once testing complete

Such is the complexity of the 2014 rule changes, team principal Monisha Kaltenborn insists Sauber will not be setting themselves any season targets until they have seen how their new car performs in testing. The Ferrari-powered C33 was revealed in an online launch on Sunday and will begin testing alongside the majority of its 2014 rivals (Lotus will be absent) at Jerez in Spain on Tuesday

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Sauber present the C33

Sauber have become the latest team to uncover their 2014 car, after the Ferrari-powered C33 was revealed in a digital launch on Sunday. With a revised driver line-up of Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber hope the new machine will help the Swiss squad build on their strong form at the end of last season, when they finished seventh in the constructors' championship

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Saturday 25 January 2014

Alonso, Raikkonen ready to capitalise on 2014 changes

Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen are confident their new driver partnership will reap dividends at Ferrari this year as Formula One racing enters a new era of technical regulation, with the move to smaller, 1.6 litre V6 turbo engines. "We have to be optimistic," Alonso told the media following Saturday's launch of Ferrari's new F14 T car. "There is no sign to be pessimistic

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Ferrari launch their 2014 car, the F14 T

Ferrari have officially unveiled the F14 T, the car the Italian team hope will bring them championship glory this year in the hands of new driver pairing, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen. In line with the heavily revised 2014 regulations, the Scuderia's new challenger is powered by a 1.6 litre, turbo V6 power unit and features a new-look nose, quite different to that seen on other 2014 cars so far

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Friday 24 January 2014

Amazon slides first flash hardness into Redshift data muncher

SSD-backed compute nodes to cut query times on the mega data warehouse

Amazon has added compute nodes with flash drives to its cloudy data warehouse Redshift – as the e-retailer turned computer-renter takes on Teradata, Greenplum, Oracle, IBM and the like.…

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Microsoft slices cloud prices in response to Amazon's recent shave

Finally, an oligopoly with downward pricing pressure!

The infrastructure-as-a-service industry behaves like a topsy-turvy oligopoly, where far from keeping prices high, the major corporations are grinding prices into the dirt.…

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Achtung NIMBYs! BT splurges extra £50m on fibre broadband rollout

Yet more ghastly streetside broadband cabinets coming to 30 cities around Blighty

BT is throwing a further £50m at its commercial deployment of fibre cabling for faster broadband connections and has said that 30 cities in Britain will benefit from the cash splurge.…

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Apple plans to waggle iNormous 4½-incher in fanbois' faces

Relax, Brit 'bois, it's still below your average. But only just...

Apple is preparing to unveil a new iPhone with a larger screen, it has been claimed.…

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Lotus release first image of radical E22

Lotus have joined Force India and Williams in releasing a digital rendering of their 2014 car, the radical-looking E22. The Renault-powered machine, which will not run until the second pre-season test of the year in early February, features a highly unusual split-nose design which is a big departure from any of those seen on other 2014 cars

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McLaren unveil striking MP4-29

McLaren have unveiled the car that Jenson Button and rookie team mate Kevin Magnussen will race in 2014, the Mercedes-powered MP4-29. The Woking-based team hope that the radical-looking car will return them to winning ways after a disappointing 2013 season in which they failed to score a podium for the first time since 1980

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New Ferrari named F14 T after fan vote

Ferrari's 2014 Formula One car will be designated the F14 T, the team announced on Friday, after fans selected the name in an online vote. A total of 1,123,741 people from all over the world took part in the poll on the Scuderia's website, with F14 T receiving just 1.7 percent more votes than F166 Turbo. Other names that were rejected included F14 Maranello, F14 Scuderia and F616

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Alternative Networks swallows Control Circle for £39.4m

Multiple of nearly 22 times EBITDA paid for hosted and clody biz

AIM-listed biz comms provider Alternative Networks has dug deep for the second time this month and found £39.4m worth of loose change to buy managed hosting and cloudy player Control Circle.…

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Lopez replaces Boullier as team principal at Lotus

Lotus have announced that co-chairman Gerard Lopez has become their new team principal after Eric Boullier departed the team. Following a reshuffle, Lopez will combine the team principal role with his position on the board of the Enstone-based team, whilst his chairmanship responsibilities will be shared with co-chairman Andy Ruhan

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Force India sign Juncadella to reserve driver role

Force India have signed Spaniard Daniel Juncadella as their reserve driver for the 2014 season. The 22-year-old, who races in Germany's DTM series for Mercedes and is a former European Formula 3 champion, will attend all races with the team and take part in several Friday practice sessions to gain experience behind the wheel of the team's new VJM07 machine

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Apple: That 'white screen of death' nightmare? We'll fix it... AT SOME POINT

We're working on it, moans Cupertino

Apple has promised to fix the dreaded "white screen of death" bug that has caused much wailing and gnashing of teeth after causing fanbois' phones to crash.…

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IBM and SAP: Looks like we're STUCK forever on the cloud highway

This ain't no upwardly mobile freeway... Oh no, this is the road to Hell Amazon

Earnings from SAP and IBM – two giants in enterprise IT - proved that both companies are struggling to cope with the move to the cloud and show that success in hosted computing is receding for them.…

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Thursday 23 January 2014

Plans to up minimum car weight from 2015

A 10kg increase in minimum car weight from 2015 was among a number of proposed F1 rules changes announced by the FIA on Thursday following their approval at a meeting of its World Motor Sport Council in Switzerland. All are subject to ratification by the F1 Commission and, in the case of changes for 2014, the teams. Among the revisions set for introduction this season are a ban on drivers stopping on their slowing-down lap

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Alcatel-Lucent and BT unveil super fat pipe, splurt out 1.4Tb per second across London

It's not the size, it's how you use... the spectral efficiency

Alcatel-Lucent has teamed up with BT to test an "alien superchannel" across an existing fibre pipe, with the resulting record-breaking 1.4 Tbps they achieved able to transmit a five-month-long grumble flick in just one second.…

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If your telco or mobe provider hikes 'fixed' contract fees you can now ESCAPE - Ofcom

But for every quid you save, there's a pro quo lurking...

UK consumers who are locked into lengthy landline, broadband and mobile contracts have greater protection from being stung by price hikes starting from today, said communications watchdog Ofcom.…

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Williams reveal first images of FW36

Williams have become the latest team to release images of their 2014 car, the Mercedes-powered FW36. Clearly visible in the rendered images, which the team posted on their official Twitter feed, is a distinctive drooped nose - a feature that many of the 2014 cars are expected to sport because of changes to the technical regulations that demand lower noses

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Vandoorne lands McLaren reserve role

McLaren Young Driver Programme member Stoffel Vandoorne has been confirmed as McLaren's official Formula One reserve driver for 2014, a position previously held by Gary Paffett. Vandoorne will combine his F1 testing duties with a full competitive season in the GP2 Series with the ART team. The news follows an impressive 2013 campaign for the 21-year-old Belgian

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Verizon's first transparency report shows more than 320,000 US data slurping orders

Life in the Land of the Free

Verizon has published its first transparency report detailing how often governments come calling for customer records and conversations – and the results show the amount of stuff Google, Microsoft and others hand over is just a drop in the ocean by comparison.…

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Wednesday 22 January 2014

How much do you trust T-Mobile US? Enough to let it be your bank?

CEO Legere wants Americans to see T-Mob as the cuddly network that cares

T-Mobile US is now offering debit cards that can be managed using a smartphone app.…

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Caterham to use Toyota wind tunnel

Caterham have revealed that they are switching their wind tunnel programme to Toyota Motorsport's high-tech facility in Cologne, Germany. Team principal Cyril Abiteboul explained that using the tunnel, which was once the hub of Toyota's works F1 team and was also used by Ferrari last season, moves Caterham into a similar technological bracket as other F1 teams

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Ofcom says yes to sat broadband on PLANES (and trains and ships)

28GHz frequency allocation to give 10Mb/sec during your flight

A generous allocation of 4,128 MHz worth of spectrum running from 27.5GHz to 30GHz (albeit not contiguous) will give data speeds of 50Mbit/sec to a single plane or ship and an estimated 10Mbit/sec per user thanks to a new frequency allocation from Ofcom.…

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Marussia to attend Jerez test with new car

Marussia have become the latest team to confirm their attendance at next week's pre-season test in Jerez. The Banbury-based team will run their new Ferrari-powered MR03 machine in Spain, with Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton expected to share driving duties

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Vultures circle to feast on carcass of free remote desktop service LogMeIn

Rivals step in to satisfy freetards' need to spend nothing

A number of vulture firms have swooped in to feast on the desktop access carcass left by the death of LogMeIn's free service.…

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Virgin Media's 'little(ish)' book of deals contained BIG FIBS, rules ad watchdog

Hid fact that half-price discount offer DIDN'T include line rental

Virgin Media has been walloped by Britain's advertising watchdog for failing to clearly explain that a half-price deal it was flogging did not apply to line rental.…

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Force India first to reveal their 2014 car

Force India have become the first team to release a picture of their new car, giving fans an initial chance to see how 2014's radical regulation changes have shaped the look of Formula One cars. The most obvious differences between the new Mercedes-powered VJM07 and last year's VJM06 are the mandatory lower nose and the striking new black, orange and green livery

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Nokia's Android? It's not for the likes of us…

Google-grown Asha replacement looks ON

Images of a Nokia phone running a forked branch of Android have been circulating since November - when the project was still very much alive - with many more tumbling out of leak sites last week.…

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Tuesday 21 January 2014

Just as Google, Microsoft catch up with Amazon cloud prices, Bezos whips out the axe on S3 again

Plus new M3s, cheaper EBS

Amazon has slashed the price of its mainstay cloud-based storage service, S3, undercutting rival offerings from Google and Microsoft.…

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Bahrain switches to night race for 2014

Bahrain will celebrate the tenth anniversary of its first Grand Prix this year by becoming the latest Formula One night race. The 2014 Bahrain race, which takes place on April 6, will start at 1800 hours local time (1500 hours GMT) and, like the Singapore Grand Prix, will be held entirely in floodlit conditions

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Display tech based on EYEBALLS could reduce teens' mobe-fiddling

And reduce mobes' own juice-slurping tendencies - company

Kids just can't help fiddling with the brightness and contrast on their smartphones. That's the result of the latest survey carried out by pollmeisters Ipsos MORI.…

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Mobile money biz Fundamo founder moves on

2 years after Visa slurp, Van Rensburg wants to ditch his visas and kick back at home...

Hannes van Rensburg, the founder of mobile money company Fundamo, is to leave the business at the end of the month.…

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McLaren's MP4-29 passes crash tests

McLaren have confirmed that their 2014 car, the MP4-29, has passed all of the mandatory FIA crash tests, clearing the way for the team to participate in next week's opening pre-season test at Jerez. Under Formula One racing rules, a new car must pass all FIA crash tests before it's allowed to run on track

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Kobayashi thanks fans after sealing Caterham drive

New Caterham recruit Kamui Kobayashi has thanked his fans for their support, saying they provided him with extra motivation to return to Formula One racing in 2014. Fans sent donations to the Japanese driver after he lost his Sauber drive at the end of the 2012 season, with the hope that the funds would help him secure another slot on the grid

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Kobayashi and Ericsson to race for Caterham in 2014

Caterham will field an all-new driver line-up this year after confirming that Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi and Swedish rookie Marcus Ericsson will spearhead their 2014 campaign. The news means that all of the available seats on the 2014 grid have now been filled, leaving Caterham's 2013 race drivers, Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde, and test driver Heikki Kovalainen without race drives

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Van der Garde joins Sauber as test and reserve driver

Giedo van der Garde has joined Sauber as its test and reserve driver for the 2014 season, the Swiss team announced on Tuesday. The news confirms the 27-year-old Dutchman's exit from Caterham, the squad with whom he spent his rookie season in 2013

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Monday 20 January 2014

Bottas to debut new Williams at first test

Valtteri Bottas will give Williams' Mercedes-powered FW36 its maiden run at next week's first pre-season test in Jerez. The team confirmed on Twitter that Bottas will handle driving duties on the first two days in Spain, before handing over to new team mate Felipe Massa

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Raikkonen: Rule changes unlikely to change much for drivers

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen is not expecting the raft of technical changes introduced ahead of the 2014 season to have as much of an effect on drivers as some are predicting. Not only is Formula One racing switching from 2.4-litre normally aspirated engines to 1.6-litre V6 turbos this year, there's also a greater reliance on energy recovery systems, heavily revised aerodynamics and restrictions on fuel

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Take that, BT: Vodafone and BSkyB mull over broadband tie-up - report

Unlikely to build a multi-billion pound fibre network, though

BSkyB and Vodafone have reportedly discussed the possibility of teaming up on a high-speed broadband service.…

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Prepare to launch - first 2014 cars to appear this week

The waiting is almost over. After all the talk of what the 2014 cars might look like in light of the dramatic rule changes for the new season, this week we will start to see them in the flesh. McLaren are in pole position, with their online launch set for Friday, closely followed by Ferrari on Saturday and Sauber on Sunday. Full details on the 2014 launch schedule and pre-season tests

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Red Hat: We CAN be IaaSed about OpenStack cloud

Reorg shows it's not just a Linux company. Again

10 years after Red Hat got serious on enterprise Linux, the company is re-organised for enterprise cloud.…

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Sunday 19 January 2014

Telstra, Infinera announce sub fibre build

In the ocean, no-one can hear the gigabits scream

Infinera has scored another win in Australia, with Telstra announcing that it will deploy the company's Intelligent Transport Network on three key submarine cables.…

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Friday 17 January 2014

Toro Rosso to roll out new car on eve of Jerez test

Toro Rosso will present their 2014 car, the Renault-powered STR9, in Jerez on the day before pre-season testing begins at the Spanish circuit. The car will be unveiled in the pit lane at 1730 CET on January 27, before being given its first run by Jean-Eric Vergne the following day

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Google grabs slice of interwebs for EVERYONE (who speaks Japanese)

Chocolate Factory claims first gTLD with Japanese suffix

Google has announced its first successful move into new gTLDs with the launch of .みんな for the Japanese market.…

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Online presentation for new Sauber C33

Sauber will follow in the wheel tracks of McLaren and Ferrari next weekend when they present their 2014 car online. The Ferrari-powered C33 will be revealed on Sunday, January 26 at 1600 CET. The Swiss team are then expected to join the first pre-season test of the year at Jerez in Spain on January 28-31

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IBM pumps $1.2bn into 15 new data centres

Move will MASSIVELY beef up IBM's SoftLayer cloud capacity

IBM plans to grow its data centre estate to 40 sites throughout the world, after it confirmed today that it was investing $1.5bn in the strategy.…

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EE owners: Yeah, we're cool with things as they are... IPO? Nah, not really

Deutsche Telekom and Orange decide to hang onto Blighty's largest mobile operator

The owners of Blighty's EE mobile operator have said that they're going to hang onto the company for now, delaying potential plans to float the firm or sell off their stakes.…

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Pay-as-you-GONE: Help! T Mobile's swiped my phone credit – customers

Readers complain about disappearing mobile minutes

T Mobile customers are baying for blood after a glitch wiped out their pay-as-you-go mobile credit.…

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EU eyes UHF spectrum: What do you think, biz bods... broadband?

Steelie Neelie gives ex-WTO boss six months to gather opinions

The European Union has formed a new advisory group to work out what the future uses of the UHF spectrum band (470-790MHz) should be. And the list of representatives to the board reflects a more political than technical take on this, with company presidents and director generals listed rather than CTOs.…

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FCC boss: I get knocked down, but I get up again. You're never gonna keep net neutrality down

Watchdog'll be singing even when he's not winning

In the wake of a ruling stripping America's Federal Communications Commission of much of its net neutrality enforcement power, its chairman Tom Wheeler suggested that the watchdog will find other ways to maintain open access.…

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Thursday 16 January 2014

Facebook gets a 'trending topics' box – just what its cluttered pages need

Retweets Twitter's playbook literally

Facebook is rolling out a new "service" in the form of a Trending box in the top righthand corner of user's home page, which highlights topics that have recently proved popular.…

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Dennis succeeds Whitmarsh as McLaren Group CEO

Ron Dennis, the architect of McLaren's modern era, has taken over the position of Group CEO from current team principal Martin Whitmarsh, it was announced on Thursday, with the possibility of more organisational changes at the team prior to the start of the 2014 season. Dennis, McLaren Group Chairman since 2013, was previously CEO from 1982 to 2012

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Quantum expects to see Q3 revenue hike, sheds 60 extra bodies

Shift to 'fully outsourced' manufacturing still underway

Quantum expects to report a seasonal third quarter revenue hike in its third 2014 fiscal quarter ended 31 December, with lower costs helped by manufacturing outsourcing and several additional redundancies.…

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Red Bull to launch RB10 on first day of Jerez test

Reigning world champions Red Bull will join Mercedes, Caterham and Williams in unveiling their new car, the Renault-powered RB10, on the first morning of the Jerez test on January 28. The Adrian Newey-penned car, which will be driven by four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel and his new team mate Daniel Ricciardo, will be rolled out into the Spanish circuit's pitlane at 0840 CET for a photo call ahead of a normal day of testing

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Pirelli to remain as official F1® tyre supplier until end of 2016

Pirelli will continue as Formula One racing's official tyre supplier for three more years, it was announced on Thursday. The Italian company, whose new supply deal runs from 2014 until the end of 2016, have also collaborated with Formula One racing's governing body, the FIA, and the teams to implement changes to the Sporting Regulations regarding the testing of tyres

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Garantia lassoos IBM data-center for Microsoft-beating Redis tech

Fires up bargain basement Redis Cloud from Big Blue's Dallas bit barn

Though IBM bought SoftLayer six months ago, that hasn't prevented Big Blue from quickly inking deals with third-party software providers to make its newly acquired cloud competitive with Amazon, Microsoft and other big rivals.…

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Amazon's public cloud fingered as US's biggest MALWARE LAIR

Cyber-crooks lurve Bezos & Co's servers and their whitelisted IP addresses

Amazon's public cloud is the largest haven of malware spreaders in the US, according to security company Solutionary.…

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Wednesday 15 January 2014

You came for the free tools, stayed with your credit card – Amazon's new cloud brainwave

Lure them in with freebies, get 'em hooked on AWS

Amazon Web Services has pressed a hundred products within its vibrant software ecosystem into a monthly try-before-you-buy scheme.…

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Apple CEO on China Mobile: 'World's best' mobe with world's, uh, 'largest network'

Tim Cook takes to telly, cozies up to China Mobile chief

Apple CEO Tim Cook has used a rare television interview to hail a "milestone" deal with China Mobile which is expected to result in millions of extra iPhone sales in the People's Republic.…

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Ferrari announce launch date and name options for 2014 car

Ferrari have become the latest team to reveal the launch date for their 2014 challenger, announcing that it will be unveiled on January 25 at 1430 CET, three days before pre-season testing begins in Spain. In a novel move, the Italian squad are leaving it up to fans to decide the name of the car that Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen will drive, with five options available to choose from in an online vote

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HDS and Verizon pair up to take on Rackspace, Amazon in the clouds

Verizon, Jack and Larry walk into a bar...

Verizon’s public cloud, which we've already heard is to use Oracle's Database, is going to offer a storage service based on HDS’s Content Platform.…

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Yet another pricey Olympics' exec drafted in by - this time for broadband spending

Ministry of Fun reveals more on £10m fund for alt pilots in remote areas

The Tory-led UK government is desperate for success stories with its big IT projects. As Whitehall ministers increasingly confess to big problems with various tech deployments, they keep turning to the private sector - and specifically execs who delivered the London 2012 Olympic Games* - to help rescue troubled schemes.…

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Drivers uncertain over effect of 2014 regulation changes

Williams' Felipe Massa and Force India's Nico Hulkenberg have admitted they have little clue as to how the raft of regulation changes introduced ahead of the 2014 season will affect Formula One racing. Both drivers believe that they will only begin to understand the implications of racing with the new 1.6-litre turbo powertrains and revised aerodynamic package when pre-season testing gets underway in two weeks' time

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Pay-by-bonk on the blink: O2 loses Wallet

Let's dig down the back of sofa. Maybe we'll find a few customers too

UK mobile network O2's Wallet was supposed to be the start of its move into the banking biz, with your mobile phone playing the role of bank card.…

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Plastic iPhone 5Cs? Nah, we'll flog India our OLD iPhone 4 models - report

Has canny Apple found a way to conquer developing market?

While sales of Apple's brand new "not-so-budget budget phone" 5C founder, Apple may have found a way to take on Samsung in India.…

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Hong Kong’s mobile-mad cabbies told to ditch dashboard devices

What could you possibly want with TWELVE smartphones?

Hong Kong’s taxi drivers may soon have to give up on the common practice of driving with multiple smartphones attached to the dashboard, after a union branded it dangerous.…

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Using Hadoop for data on Google's cloud? Google would rather you didn't

And it's got just the replacement for it: a shiny 'Google Cloud Storage Service'

Google wants to shift heavy users of its cloud services away from an open-source, community-developed filesystem and into its own proprietary Colossus tech.…

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Tuesday 14 January 2014

Facebook lets Russian search czar Yandex suck on its public 'firehose'

Time to double check your privacy settings, comrades

Folks without a firm grip on their Facebook privacy settings will now have their posts on the social network added to Russia's biggest search engine Yandex.…

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SCCN, AJC embiggen undersea pipes

Capacity upgrades abound

With multiple trans-Pacific cable proposals in the offing, Southern Cross Cable Network has deployed its tried-and-tested response to looming competition and announced a major capacity upgrade.…

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ZyXEL router attack: HUNDREDS of Brit biz bods knocked offline

SYN flood from 'Chinese' hackers wreaks havoc

Chinese hackers have launched an internet attack which has hobbled the internet connections of at least 100 British businesses.…

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US court trashes FCC's net neutrality rules after Verizon appeal

Government agency doesn't have authority to police internet traffic - judges

A US appeals court has ruled that net neutrality measures put in place by the country's Federal Communications Commission are invalid.…

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Raikkonen begins simulator work with Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen has begun his preparations for the 2014 Formula One season by visiting Ferrari's factory in Maranello to undertake simulator work. The 34-year-old Finn, who missed the final two races of the 2013 season after electing to undergo back surgery, has been reacquainting himself with the Scuderia having initially raced for the Italian team between 2007 and 2009

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Monday 13 January 2014

Oracle picks PCIe flash from LSI for flashy next-gen Exadata box

Meanwhile, buyout by Avago still on track

Oracle, a minor database and enterprise software interest of yachtsman Larry Ellison, has picked LSI to supply PCIe flash acceleration cards.…

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Button's father passes away

John Button, father of McLaren driver Jenson and one of the most familiar faces in the Formula One paddock, has died, aged 70, of a suspected heart attack. He passed away at his home in the South of France on Sunday. Button, himself an accomplished rallycross driver in his younger years

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BT banks on ex-HSBC man to take charge of Openreach biz

Moneyman will steer bumpkin broadband deployment

BT's outgoing Openreach boss Liv Garfield is to be replaced by a money man poached from Britain's struggling banking sector.…

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2014 driver line-ups - the story so far

With the recent announcements that Pastor Maldonado is to race alongside Romain Grosjean at Lotus next season, that Nico Hulkenberg is to return to Force India to partner Sergio Perez, and that Adrian Sutil will move to Sauber alongside Esteban Gutierrez, the final pieces are falling into place in the jigsaw that is Formula One racing's 2014 team and driver line-up

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Engineering reinforcements at Williams

Williams have expanded their engineering line-up as part of the team's on-going work to strengthen their technical leadership structure ahead of the 2014 Formula One season. As part of this process, Jakob Andreasen has joined as head of engineering operations and will work under chief technical officer Pat Symonds

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Williams latest to confirm Jerez test presence

There has been plenty of media speculation as to which teams will or won't be present at the first pre-season test of 2014 in Spain later this month after Lotus announced they will not be debuting their new car until the Bahrain sessions in February. Williams are the latest team to confirm they definitely will be at Jerez on for the opening four-day session

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Lenovo: It could be YEARS before a US smartphone launch

China may have launched a Mars probe before its phones land Stateside

Chinese hardware giant Lenovo appears to be delaying its plans for a US smartphone launch, after executives at CES last week dampened previous claims from the firm that it would happen in 2014.…

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Saturday 11 January 2014

Second season for Chilton at Marussia

Just hours after his name appeared on the FIA's official 2014 entry list, Marussia have publically announced Great Britain's Max Chilton as their second driver for the new season. Chilton will spend his second year of F1 competition once again partnering Jules Bianchi. Chilton, 22, was widely expected to stay with Marussia after a strong debut season in 2013

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Friday 10 January 2014

FIA entry list reveals driver numbers, confirms Chilton

Formula One racing's governing body, the FIA, has published the entry list for the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship, revealing the race number each driver has chosen to use for the remainder of his F1 career under revised regulations for the new season. The list also includes Max Chilton as Marussia's second driver, leaving Caterham as the only team to finalise their 2014 line-up

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Blasphemy! Finns trample over Windows Phone home screen

Who let this meddling mob in here? Oh, we did...

Nokia's phone division has released an app that might upset the high priests at the Temple of Windows Phone Design – who will shortly become its new masters.…

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Verizon dials 1-800-ORACLE, seals database, middleware cloud deal

Have you Hurd the news? Oracle LOVES the cloud now

As far as some developers are concerned, a marriage between massive telco Verizon and proprietary software king Oracle measures somewhere between mandated use of Windows ME and a ban on home working, in terms of ways to ruin a Friday.…

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Now ANYONE on Google+ can email you, with or without your email addy

New+ 'feature+' links+ Gmail+ and+ Google+ for+ unsolicited+ mail+ joy+

Your wishes have been granted: Google has quietly added a new "feature" to Gmail that allows anyone with a Google+ account to send you email even if they don't know your actual email address.…

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Thursday 9 January 2014

Qualcomm chief: Why is China probing us? We haven't a clue

Chipmaker unaware of antitrust violations that might have sparked investigation

Qualcomm's chief still has no idea why the chipmaker is being investigated by antitrust regulators in China, he told Reuters today.…

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BT 118 phone number fee howler lands telco giant with £225k fine

Watchdog also says YOU CAN CLAIM REFUNDS FROM BT if you called them

BT has been slapped with a £225,000 fine from Blighty's premium-rate phone line watchdog, after it failed to provide correct pricing details for its 118 500 directory enquiries number.…

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EE and Voda subscribers to get 2G and 3G INSIDE the Channel Tunnel

4G might happen a bit later this year, so we're told

British suits on trains hurtling along deep beneath the Channel will soon be able to continue to work online and over the phone with biz colleagues, after mobile carriers Vodafone and EE inked a 10-year deal with Eurotunnel.…

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'1' documentary set for London opening

The spectacular new Formula One documentary '1' makes its London debut this week. The film tells the story of the drivers who competed during F1 racing's most dangerous era in the 1960s and '70s and those who stood up to improve safety standards. Using rare archive footage, '1' features the largest list of F1 interviewees ever assembled for a single film, among them 12 world champions. Contributors include Bernie Ecclestone, Max Mosley

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You... (Sigh). You store our financials in a 'Clowds4U' account?

Survey shows biz unprepared for 'shadow IT' use

More than 80 per cent of employees use software that has not been signed off on for use by their employer, according to a new survey.…

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Wednesday 8 January 2014

Caterham to reveal new car at first test in Jerez

Caterham have announced that they will unveil their Renault-powered 2014 car on the morning of January 28, the first day of pre-season testing, in Jerez. As well as the four-day Spanish session, the team confirmed they will also attend the other two pre-season tests in Bahrain, the first of which runs from February 19-22

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Details of Schumacher crash investigation revealed

Investigators in France have revealed details about the skiing accident suffered by seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher at the Alpine resort of Meribel in December. It was confirmed that Schumacher, who is currently in a critical but stable condition in hospital in Grenoble having sustained severe head injuries, was wearing a helmet-mounted video camera at the time of his accident

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Virgin Media spanked by ad watchdog over 'in your neighbourhood' fibs

Also whacked for claiming over 80% of a given postcode was connected

Virgin Media is on the naughty step with the UK's advertising watchdog, after wrongly claiming in two separate circulars that its broadband service was available in areas where the ad was posted through people's letterboxes.…

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Whoa, hold on, Earth: Wolfram's discovered the 'Internet of Things'

Your Panopticon starts here

Wolfram Research likes big datasets, and there's a growing number and variety of Internet of Things connected devices, so it's a natural pairing really: the company ha announced a project to create what it calls a “definitive, curated, source of systematic knowledge about connected devices”.…

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Tuesday 7 January 2014

Telstra, NBN Co to sign new deal mid-2014: analysts

FTTN rush job proceeding at a snail's pace

Australia's investment community has set mid-2014 as the date when it expects the government, Telstra and NBN Co to finalise a new three-way contract over infrastructure access.…

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Oracle gobbles Corente al dente, belches clouds of cloud buzzwords

Tech to hook up off-site clusters and in-house IT now in database giant's belly

In an announcement laden with the incantations of a tech-trendy witchdoctor – SDN! WAN! Cloud Services Exchange! – Oracle has acquired data networking biz Corente.…

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McLaren to unveil new car online ahead of Jerez test

McLaren will unveil their 2014 Formula One car, the Mercedes-powered MP4-29, in a digital-only online launch on Friday January 24, four days ahead of the first pre-season test of the year in Jerez, Spain. Images, videos and information about the car will be revealed on the Woking team's official website at 1200 hours GMT

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Monday 6 January 2014

Lotus to miss first pre-season test of 2014

Lotus, fourth-place finishers in the 2013 constructors' championship, will not attend the first official test of 2014 in Spain at the end of this month, the team have revealed. Instead their new car, the E22, is expected to debut at the second test in mid February in Bahrain. “We're going to keep our car under wraps a little longer than some other teams,” said Lotus technical director Nick Chester

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Schumacher remains critical but stable

Michael Schumacher remains in a critical but stable condition, according to a statement released Monday by the Grenoble hospital in France where the seven-time world champion is being treated for severe head injuries following his skiing accident eight days ago. Schumacher, 45, struck his head on a rock after falling during a family skiing trip at the Alpine resort of Meribel. The German is being kept in an induced coma

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Engine builder Hart passes away

Brian Hart, the engineer whose eponymous company built Formula One engines for the likes of Toleman, Jordan and Minardi amongst others, has died at the age of 77 following an illness. Having enjoyed a relatively successful career as a driver, Hart moved into engine building in the late Sixties, initially preparing Ford engines for Formula Two cars

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Fasthosts goes titsup after storm-induced power outage


Gloucester-based Fasthosts appears to have been a victim of the storms battering the UK over the weekend, after it was struck dumb by a power failure that knocked its service offline for much of Saturday (4 January).…

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China's Coolpad predicts 40 MEEELLION 4G sales in 2014

Smartphone upstart bids to topple Samsung in Middle Kingdom

Little-known Chinese smartphone maker Yulong has set its sights on global leader Samsung with the bold claim it will ship 40 million 4G handsets domestically this year under the Coolpad brand.…

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Chocolate Factory plans Oz Loon trials: reports

Google cosies up to carriers for Tasmanian test

Reports are emerging that Google is pressing ahead with its Project Loon, and has approached Australian carriers to test the balloon-based-broadband idea in Tasmania.…

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Friday 3 January 2014

Fans mark Schumacher birthday with hospital vigil

Fans of Michael Schumacher have gathered for a vigil outside the French hospital in Grenoble where the seven-time Formula One world champion is being treated following his skiing accident. Schumacher, who is currently in a medically-induced coma after sustaining severe head injuries in a fall in the resort of Meribel last week, turned 45 on Friday

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Facebook bots grope our 'privates', and every wronged user should get $10,000 – lawsuit claims

Allegations over message scanning 'without merit' ... bitch

Two Facebook users have begun a class-action lawsuit that alleges the social network's "private" messaging system is a lie.…

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Coca Cola slurps millions of MAC addresses

Alert! E-cup 29-97-09-3B-31-92 just filled with PEPSI!

Sharp-eyed blogger Alvaro Lopez Ortega has spotted something fascinating: Coca Cola has reserved a block of media access control (MAC) addresses.…

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Wednesday 1 January 2014

Slight improvement in Schumacher's condition

Michael Schumacher's condition has improved slightly, doctors reported on Tuesday, though the seven-time world champion remains critically ill and in an induced coma following his skiing accident in France. The improvement follows a second operation to ease the pressure on Schumacher's brain, which suffered injuries including lesions and contusions in Sunday's fall

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