Monday 31 March 2014

When big biz is forced to compete: Now Microsoft latest to cut cloud prices

Redmond follows Amazon which followed Google – what will the mid-tier firms do?

Microsoft will cut its Azure cloud prices after Amazon slashed its AWS prices in response to Google's cloud price cut.…

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Dropbox nukes bloke's file share in DMCA brouhaha, admits it made a 'hash of it'

THE TRUTH about that missing personal folder

A Dropbox user sparked outrage after he revealed he was blocked from sharing a file he'd deposited in the online storage locker – because it was the target of a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) anti-piracy takedown notice.…

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New Microsoft CEO Nadella names his top Xbox, cloud lieutenants

Studios boss gets a boost, Guthrie officially heads mega-billions big-biz wing

New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has made a series of important albeit expected appointments to his executive team.…

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Sauber hand Van der Garde Bahrain practice run

Giedo van der Garde will make his debut for Sauber in the first practice session of this weekend's 2014 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. The Dutchman spent his rookie 2013 season competing with Caterham – taking a best result of 14th at the Hungaroring – but was not retained and elected to join Sauber as their test and reserve driver

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Bahrain preview quotes - Sauber on Sakhir

The Formula One paddock heads rapidly from the Far East to the Middle East this weekend and Sakhir's Bahrain International Circuit, which this year hosts its very first F1 night race. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix discuss their prospects

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3CX Phone System takes on the corporate mobiles

A bold move

It is hard to make phones sexy, never mind SIP phones and software. Yet increasingly my job requires me to be on the phone for hours every day to people all over the world.…

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US to strengthen privacy rights for Euro bods' personal data transfers

Makes commitment under 'Safe Harbour' framework

The US will take steps before the summer to comprehensively strengthen the "Safe Harbour" framework that helps facilitate some transfers of personal data to the US from the EU.…

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Range Networks unleashes rewritten OpenBTS

Time for open source mobile network software outfit to act like 'a real company' says CEO

A doubling of its engineering team has let Range Networks launch a substantial re-write of its open source mobile network code base as it targets the service provider market.…

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Sunday 30 March 2014

Race - selected team and driver quotes

Lewis Hamilton on a first victory in Malaysia; Romain Grosjean on a hard-fought and significant 11th; Felipe Massa on the satisfaction of securing seventh; Sauber on the disappointment of a first double-retirement in three years. The drivers and senior team personnel report back on a thrilling qualifying session in Malaysia

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FIA post-race press conference - Malaysia

Drivers: 1 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 2 - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes); 3 - Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) Podium Interviews (Conducted by Benedict Cumberbatch) Q: Well Lewis, congratulations, your first win this year and you got the hat trick - pole position, the best lap time, on lap 54 I think, and now you€re here. How does it feel?

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Ricciardo given 10-place Bahrain grid penalty

Daniel Ricciardo has been handed a 10-place grid penalty for next weekend's 2014 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix following an unsafe release from his third pit stop in Sunday's race in Malaysia. The Australian had pitted from fourth on track, but was released from his pit box with the left front wheel of his RB10 improperly secured

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Race - dominant Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two in Malaysia

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton captured his first victory of 2014 after an emphatic drive from pole position in Sepang on Sunday. The British driver assumed the lead at the start and was never headed, whilst team mate Nico Rosberg ensured it was a perfect day for the Silver Arrows by holding off a mid-race charge from Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel to secure second

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Saturday 29 March 2014

Bottas handed three-place grid penalty for impeding

Valterri Bottas has been handed a three-place grid penalty for impeding Daniel Ricciardo during qualifying in Malaysia. Race stewards in Sepang judged that the Finn impeded the Australian through Turns 14 and 15

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FIA post-qualifying press conference - Malaysia

Lewis Hamilton scored a brilliant pole position in Malaysia on Saturday. Read what he, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg had to say in the official FIA press conference

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Qualifying - selected team and driver quotes

Lewis Hamilton on the relief of hanging on to pole in treacherous conditions; Sebastian Vettel on claiming second after technical worries in FP1; Daniel Ricciardo on needing to close the gap to his four-time world champion team mate. The drivers and senior team personnel report back on a thrilling qualifying session in Australia

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Qualifying - Hamilton storms to wet-weather pole in Malaysia

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton raced to his second straight pole position of the 2014 season and his 33rd overall in a rain-delayed qualifying session in Sepang on Saturday. With heavy rain making conditions treacherous, it was Hamilton who came to the fore, producing a scintillating lap to edge Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel for P1 and pull level with the great Jim Clark as Britain's best qualifier

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FP3 - Rosberg edges Hamilton as Mercedes dominates

Nico Rosberg edged team mate Lewis Hamilton as Mercedes dominated the third and final practice session ahead of this weekend's 2014 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix. Kimi Raikkonen put Ferrari third, albeit more than one second down on Rosberg, while Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo were split by the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg

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Friday 28 March 2014

Zuck: Web drones, not balloons (cough, cough Google) are way forward

Facebook's boywonder dismisses rival's Loon balloons as loony baloney

Facebook's chief Mark Zuckerberg thinks his plan to carpet a portion of the world with internet-dispensing drones is a better approach than Google's Loon balloons.…

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Microsoft: No one here will snoop on your email – but the cops will

Redmond taps up privacy warriors to rewrite cloud T&Cs

Microsoft has today performed another volte face in the Hotmail scanning scandal, and this time it looks serious.…

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App-happy cloud bod? You'd better keep eyes on your networks

Network performance monitoring: getting more difficult... and MORE important

Measuring how well your application is performing is not a straightforward task. Many enterprises have multiple locations, work with cloud-based applications and have end users stationed in different parts of the world.…

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Live in the middle of nowhere? CONGRATS. Some of you can pay EE for 4G

High speed mobile coverage rollout continues

The denizens of 12 farflung towns across the United Kingdoms received a bit of good news today after EE continued its rollout of 4G.…

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Soft, hard, lightly hosted? Make the right call when you choose a PBX system

Cloudy phone systems get down to business

All businesses need a PBX phone system to organise calls and direct them round the organisation.…

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FIA Friday press conference - Malaysia

Team Representatives - Federico Gastaldi (Lotus), Paul Hembery (Pirelli), Graeme Lowdon (Marussia), Cyril Abiteboul (Caterham), Monisha Kaltenborn (Sauber), Franz Tost (Toro Rosso) Q: Cyril, can I begin with you? You did a lot of mileage in the pre-season testing but it's not been so good when it's come to the actual action

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Friday practice - selected team and driver quotes

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg on the 'crazy' conditions; Sebastian Vettel on Red Bull's teething issues; Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen on McLaren's tyre degradation worries. The drivers and senior team personnel report back on a busy first day of action in Kuala Lumpur

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FP2 - Rosberg tops tightly contested session in Malaysia

Nico Rosberg moved to the head of the pack in Sepang on Friday afternoon, as Mercedes underlined their impressive pace in FP2. In an incredibly close session, Rosberg finished just ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel as the top eleven cars were separated by less than a second

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FP1 - Hamilton leads the way for Mercedes in Malaysia

Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets as practice got underway in hot and humid conditions in Kuala Lumpur on Friday morning. The 2008 world champion set a best time of 1m 40.691s to finish marginally ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, with the other Mercedes of Nico Rosberg third fastest

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Microsoft Australia blows own deadline for online Office 365 sales

Microsoft Online Portal development seems to have gone off the rails

Microsoft has written to its Australian customers to apologise in advance for failing to meet a self-imposed deadline for the opening of a portal that would let them sell Office 365.…

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Thursday 27 March 2014

ISPs CAN be ordered to police pirates by blocking sites, says ECJ

Top EU court waves through ruling

ISPs throughout the European Union's 28-member bloc can be slapped with injunctions to prevent their subscribers from accessing pirated content, Luxembourg's Court of Justice ruled today.…

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BT finally admits its Home Hub router scuppers some VPN connections

Fix coming, after customers complained for weeks ...

BT has coughed to a crappy glitch with its Home Hub 3A router that is blocking some VPN connections.…

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FIA Thursday press conference - Malaysia

Drivers - Kamui Kobayashi (Caterham), Pastor Maldonado (Lotus), Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso), Valtteri Bottas (Williams), Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) Q: Valtteri, we'll start with you. Quite a race in Australia, 15th to sixth, hit the wall, back down to 15th, back up to sixth again, very eventful. But what do you think was possible that day?

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Microsoft switches on Azure in China

Partner 21Vianet will have the keys to the datacentre though

Microsoft stole a march on its cloudy rivals today by announcing its Azure cloud services are available in China.…

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Twitter sneaks in photo-tagging feature

Privacy? YOLO, dudes!

Without much fuss, Twitter has taken another step to be "more like Facebook" and added a photo-tagging feature. And in the best traditions of social media outfits, the privacy-diminisher is switched on by default.…

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Amazon 'not interested in price matching everybody' in the cloud

Web king says it won't always keep pace or beat Google, but will keep lowering prices

Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are battling each other on cloud computing prices, but Amazon has said it will not match Google's new low, low prices.…

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Wednesday 26 March 2014

Amazon HALVES cloud storage prices after Google's shock slash

But it's still not enough to beat the search supremo

Amazon has cut its cloud prices – but not far enough to bring the cost of using its online services entirely below that of rival Google.…

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Speaking in Tech: GitHub users did WHAT to AWS' backend?

Biz data in a consumer cloud ain't never going to be secure, folks

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Vettel named world sportsman of the year by Laureus

Sebastian Vettel has been crowned world sportsman of the year at the 2014 Laureus World Sport Awards in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 26-year-old quadruple world champion saw off the challenge of basketball star LeBron James, tennis player Rafael Nadal, Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and athletes Usain Bolt and Mo Farah to scoop the prestigious prize

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BT snatches crown: Soars to top of complaints list

Former state monopoly tops Ofcom list of shame

BT was the most complained about ISP in the final three months of 2013, communications watchdog Ofcom said today.…

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OMG! Nasty Twitter bug temporarily kills THAT Oscar selfie

Loadsa tweets caught in Senseless Uncoupling drama

Twitter was awash with complaints late yesterday as celeb stalkers noticed they could no longer access a number of famous tweets - including that Oscar selfie.…

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FIA press conference schedule - Malaysia

Amongst the drivers who will take part in the official FIA press conference in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday will be Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen who scored his first ever Grand Prix victory in Malaysia in 2003. And on Friday it is the turn of senior team personnel - including Lotus's recently-appointed deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi - to answer questions from the press. The line-ups in full

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Three's money man reveals UK mobe firms' DARK PRICING dealings

Users would hate networks less if charges were upfront – CFO

Mobile operator Three reckons that networks are giving punters such a crappy experience with hidden charges, it's no surprise they want to bail out at the end of a contract. Networks resort to “dark pricing” tactics to recoup for the subsidies for swanky smartphones, he said.…

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Why it's time to wrap brains around software-defined networking

Gartner says under 500 orgs use SDN in production, but it's condensing in the cloud

Software-defined networking has generated lots of noise in recent months, thanks in no small part to the fact that VMware and Cisco don't know whether it's okay to send one another Christmas cards any more.…

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Tuesday 25 March 2014

Watch out, Amazon! Google goes in for the kill: Compute, storage cloud prices slashed

Wipes third off compute, two thirds off storage, Big Query costs plummets

Google has dropped pricing for its public cloud services far below those of all of its rivals as the search kingpin seeks to eradicate the fat profit margins of the cloud industry.…

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SAP gives Hadoop users keys to HANA kitchen, lets them eat data from other systems

SAP Business Warehouse 7.4 comes with easy-import data feature

SAP has woken up to the growing pools of data in enterprises kept within the Hadoop File System and has simplified how people can pull this into HANA.…

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ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

Says BitTorrent use down 11% in EU lands which suffocate access

High Court orders dished out to telcos in the UK and elsewhere in the European Union demanding that they block access to sites serving pirated content have helped to decrease access to BitTorrent trackers, a music industry body has claimed.…

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It's EE vs Vodafone: 'How good is my signal' study descends into network bunfight

No, YOUR results are biased!

Vodafone has implied that a mobile network test by RootMetrics was not "impartial" and included dodgy data. Vodafone came bottom in the testing. EE, which came top in the testing, has reacted with outrage at Vodafone's assertion.…

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GSMA: EU net neutrality reforms are the enemy of business

They'll hinder innovation, productivity, claims mobe body

Proposed reforms designed to ensure net neutrality across the European Union will hinder innovation to the detriment of businesses and consumers, according to a leading global mobile operators' association.…

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IBM Boffins KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE, thanks to Twitter

"Woohoo I'm in Sydney" tells people you're in Sydney, it seems

If you thought refraining from geotagging your Tweets or photos was enough to keep your secrets from the world at large, think again: IBM researchers say a Twitter user's primary location can be inferred from their behaviour, with accuracy as high as 68 per cent.…

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Monday 24 March 2014

Redmond reveals latest Google cloud killer: Rename Windows Azure to MICROSOFT Azure

Yup, that'll do the trick

Microsoft has devised a top strategy to distract customers from a raft of tempting offers by rivals – it's changing the name of its cloud computing service Windows Azure.…

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FOM's remote operations centre, with Tata Communications

On race days, Formula One Management's new remote operations centre makes it possible to produce aspects of broadcasters' needs just as effectively as if they are sitting at trackside. This video case study gives a unique insight into the workings of the site, which provides live remote connectivity to feeds from the trackside.

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Cisco flings $1 BILLION at gov, corp-targeting Intercloud behemoth

It's the cloudy corporate internet of EVERYTHING

Cisco is planning to spend $1bn over the next two years on its very own cloud computing service for corporate customers.…

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

Plus: There is no such thing as a free lunch in ASDA

Do you have a Samsung Galaxy S4 on EE? Have you downloaded the Infomedia Free Games Widget? Is it on your phone? If the answer to the first question is “yes” then the answer to the third one is “probably”, regardless of what you said to question two. EE has done it for you. And if you do what it asks when you install it, it might be a security risk.…

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Friday 21 March 2014

Red Bull appeal to be heard on April 14

Red Bull's appeal against Daniel Ricciardo's exclusion from the Australian Grand Prix results will be heard next month, the FIA has announced. Ricciardo was disqualified from second place after his car was found to have exceeded the maximum permitted fuel flow rate of 100kg per hour. The International Court of Appeal sitting will take place in Paris, France, on the morning of April 14

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EU regulators quiz mobe industry over Hong Kong group's new bid

Hutchison Whampoa tweaks offer to slurp $1bn O2 Ireland

EU competition regulators are going to the mobile ISP industry with new concessions from Hong Kong firm Hutchison Whampoa, as it seeks approval for its $1bn bid for O2 Ireland.…

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ISPs failing 13m Brits on broadband speed, claims consumer group

Which? finds poor customer service and plodding networks

Fast and reliable broadband connections remain a distant dream for far too many Brits, researchers at a consumer group claimed on Friday.…

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Ricciardo upbeat despite Australia disqualification

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo says he has only positives to take away from the season-opening race in Australia, despite losing his maiden podium finish to disqualification. Ricciardo was excluded from second place in Melbourne after stewards determined that his car had exceeded the maximum fuel flow rate of 100kg per hour permitted under the 2014 technical regulations

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Malaysia preview quotes - Caterham on Sepang

Having dusted themselves off after Australia's season opener, the F1 teams regroup in the heat of Kuala Lumpur next weekend, where the challenge of the Sepang International Circuit awaits. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix discuss their prospects

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Telstra, not Turnbull, at fault in Twitfight

Caveat emptor applies to broadband so Turnbull was rude but right

Australia's communications minister Malcolm Turnbull stands accused of telling a householder to move to another home if she wants better broadband, but that interpretation of the exchange between Turnbull and Julia Keady is not correct and ignores the golden rule of any transaction: buyer beware.…

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Turks forced to tweet like its 2006 after PM bans service

Erdogan not happy with Twitter-based 'smear campaign'

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan appears to have ordered Twitter be blocked in the nation after the service was used to post information alleging government corruption.…

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Bono bests Bezos in Fortune's 'World's 50 Greatest Leaders' list

That Apple CEO? #33. The US president and UK prime minister? M.I.A.

Fortune has published its list of the worthies they deem to be the "World's 50 Greatest Leaders", and the tech world is represented in the top 10 not by a Zuckerberg, Page, Ellison, or Brin, but by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, whom Fortune describes as "an extremely rare combination of visionary and master builder."…

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Thursday 20 March 2014

iiNet CEO Michael Malone resigns

Founder bails citing waning enthusiasm and desire to do other stuff

Michael Malone has resigned his position as chief executive officer of Australia's third-most-subscribed-to internet service provider iiNet.…

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Red Bull submit appeal over Ricciardo exclusion

Red Bull have formally submitted their appeal to Formula One racing's governing body, the FIA, over Daniel Ricciardo's exclusion from the race results in Australia. Ricciardo lost his second-place finish in Sunday's race in Melbourne after stewards decided his car had run with too high a fuel flow rate - a breach of Article 5.1.4 of the 2014 technical regulations

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Ad-funded mobile carrier goes titsup

UK's OVIVO pulls the plug very suddenly

OVIVO, a mobile virtual network operator that did not charge for calls, SMS or data, has suddenly closed its doors.…

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Wednesday 19 March 2014

Turnbull to add speed test app to MyBroadband web site

Crowdsourcing to improve data offered by government

Australia's communications minister Malcolm Turnbull today delivered a speech at The Australian Information Industry Association's (AIIA's) Navigating Analytics Summit.…

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Everything Everywhere ... NOT: UK mobile network EE falls over

Bear with us, sighs tech support

Brits on the UK cell network EE are reporting dodgy connectivity, delayed text messages and other problems tonight. Some users have reported being unable to make calls even though they have a full signal strength showing on their handsets.…

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McLaren pushing 'aggressively' on performance

McLaren are pushing the development of the MP4-29 'aggressively' in a bid to narrow the gap to early pacesetters Mercedes, according to the team's racing director Eric Boullier. Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button claimed second and third respectively in Australia to lift the Woking-based squad to the top of the constructors' standings, but Boullier says that the team must now focus on improving outright pace

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Speaking in Tech: Finally a PROPER use for drones: TOILET PAPERING your house

Plus: 'I just want ONE remote for TV. Please!'

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Cloudera bags $160m from Google Ventures and Mike Dell

Top investors pile in to big data funding round

Cloudy startup Cloudera has raised $160m from top investors including T Rowe Price and Google Ventures in its latest funding round to expand further into the big data market.…

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What have Cherie Blair, Jonathan Porritt and El Reg's mobile desk got in common?

Our Vulture mingles it up with the mildly famous

For all the trumpeting of Silicon Roundabout with its app companies and ecosystem start-ups, or northern California with improved user experiences and social media, the real work in mobile gets done here in old Blighty: specifically, on the silicon fens of Cambridge.…

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Tuesday 18 March 2014

Microsoft's SQL Server 2014 release code: First look

Welcome to the Hekatron

In-memory database engine, improved integration with Windows Azure, and new indexing technology for high performance data warehousing applications - there's plenty to like in SQL Server 2014, released to manufacturers on Tuesday.…

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Ferrari: We have our work cut out to catch Mercedes

Ferrari say that increasing the efficiency of their F14 T car is paramount if they are to close the performance gap to pre-season favourites and Australian Grand Prix winners Mercedes. Both Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen scored points in Melbourne, taking the flag in fourth and seventh places respectively, but with Alonso finishing over half a minute down on victor Nico Rosberg, the Italian team know they have much to do

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Prepare your data centre to face the future

It’s all in the design

When you are trying to persuade your company to spend a pile of cash on a new installation, you can be certain it will want to be sure the installation can support the business for the coming years.…

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What kid uses wires? FCC supremo angry that US classrooms are filled with unused RJ45 ports

Even if they get on Wi-Fi, the broadband is crap, we're told

The head of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is calling on US lawmakers to change the way IT is funded and deployed in schools.…

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Pivotal: So who fancies skinny-dipping in our 'Business Data Lake'? PS: It'll cost you

Tries to tempt more into its Hadoop pond with Pivotal HD 2

EMC and VMware's spin-off Pivotal is trying to make money from a bevy of open-source big-data-crunching technologies by making their most complicated aspects disappear.…

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Microsoft Surface 2 slab gains LTE broadband (and an inelegant name)

No, not the Intel-powered Surface 2 Pro, just its ARM-powered little brother

Beginning this Tuesday, Microsoft will offer a version of its Surface 2 that fulfills a request of many a user who has been tempted to pick up one of Redmond's tablet-keyboard mashups.…

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Monday 17 March 2014

Red Hat touts free beer – and by beer, we mean full-fat OpenShift cloud

Made you look, made you stare, may have made you not use Pivotal

Red Hat is lowering the prices for accessing its publicly hosted OpenShift software as it struggles to come to terms with the brutal economics of the cloud.…

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Google suffers Monday morning blues: Talk, Hangouts, Sheets offline

'Now just where I did I put those services,' mutters tech as it wanders from room to room

Three Google services were gripped by disruption on Monday just four days after the company dramatically reduced the cost of one of its services.…

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Spanish cable firm Ono says oh yes to €7.2bn Vodafone takeover

1.9 million subs... great. But it's really about scrummy fibre

As has been widely speculated, the Spanish cable company Ono has accepted a €7.2bn (£6bn) offer from Vodafone, dropping its plans for an IPO.…

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Save Mexico: Stop druglords, violence ... and that DRATTED MOBILE DUOPOLY

Watchdog orders mega-firms to share infrastructure with rivals

Mexico's government was told that next to the country’s endemic level of organised crime and associated violence fuelled by the drug trade, its mobile duopoly was one of the major hindrances to its economic growth. So it decided to act against both.…

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Reports says Vodafone to gobble Spanish cable outfit Ono

$US10 BEELION cheque is in the mail

Vodafone is about to pay around $US10bn to acquire Spain's Ono, according to several sources.…

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Sunday 16 March 2014

FIA post-race press conference - Australia

Read the thoughts of Nico Rosberg, Daniel Ricciardo and Kevin Magnussen in the full transcript of Sunday's post-race press conference in Melbourne

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Race - selected team and driver quotes

Nico Rosberg on turning Mercedes' pre-season promise into victory in Melbourne; McLaren's Kevin Magnussen on securing a podium on his F1 debut; Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat on becoming the youngest point scorer in F1 history; and Williams' Valtteri Bottas on his storming drive to P6. All the drivers and senior team personnel report back on Sunday's action in Albert Park

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Kobayashi cleared over first-lap accident

Caterham's Kamui Kobayashi has been cleared of any blame over his first-lap clash with Williams' Felipe Massa in Australia in Sunday. The Japanese driver had been summoned to the stewards after crashing into the back of Massa's car as the pair approached the first corner of the race, eliminating both cars on the spot

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Ricciardo referred to stewards over fuel flow

Daniel Ricciardo's second-place finish in Sunday's season opening race in Australia is under threat after his Red Bull car was found to have 'exceeded consistently the maximum allowed fuel flow

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Rosberg dominates season opener in Australia

Mercedes claimed first blood in Formula One racing's new turbo hybrid era, as Nico Rosberg stormed to a dominant victory in Melbourne on Sunday. Behind Rosberg, Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo thrilled the home crowd by claiming his maiden podium finish, while Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen was an impressive third for McLaren on his F1 racing debut

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Saturday 15 March 2014

Alonso, Magnussen and Vettel escape punishment from stewards

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, McLaren's Kevin Magnussen and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel have all escaped punishment after being called in front of race stewards in Australia. Magnussen and Vettel had been summoned for apparently ignoring yellow flags during the closing stages of the Q2 segment of qualifying when Kimi Raikkonen had spun his Ferrari. However, the stewards found that both drivers had slowed sufficiently and were under control

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FIA post-qualifying press conference - Australia

Drivers: 1 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 2 - Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing); 3 - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) Q: Lewis, a little bit of history on a number of levels today, not least the first pole position with this new formula and equalling Nigel Mansell's 32 career poles. Lewis Hamilton: Yeah. It's been an interesting weekend

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Qualifying - selected team and driver quotes

Daniel Ricciardo on almost taking a maiden pole position in front of his home fans; Lewis Hamilton on snatching it away from him; Kevin Magnussen on qualifying ahead of team mate Jenson Button in his first qualifying session; and Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado on a dreadful day at the office. All the drivers and senior team personnel report back on a thrilling qualifying session in Australia

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Qualifying - Hamilton snatches pole from Ricciardo in Australia

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton denied home favourite Daniel Ricciardo a maiden pole position in a thrilling rain-affected qualifying session in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon. The Red Bull driver looked to have done enough to grab the top spot with his final effort, but Hamilton wasn't to be denied, taking his Mercedes around 0.317s quicker than the Australian. The other Mercedes of Nico Rosberg was third fastest

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Bottas and Gutierrez handed grid penalties

Williams' Valtteri Bottas and Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez will both drop five places on the grid in Australia following gearbox changes. The 2014 regulations specify that gearboxes must last for six consecutive events, however after hitting trouble in Saturday's final practice session in Melbourne, both drivers were forced to make an earlier than permitted change

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FP3 - Rosberg keeps Mercedes on top in Melbourne

Mercedes finished at the top of the timesheets for the second session in a row in Australia as Nico Rosberg swept to the fastest time in FP3 on Saturday afternoon. In an enthralling hour of action at Albert Park, the German lapped in 1m 29.375s on the soft tyres to finish over a second ahead of McLaren's Jenson Button. Fernando Alonso was third fastest for Ferrari

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Hey, ICANN. You can keep it: US gov quits running the internet

The DNS root zone won't be Uncle Sam's problem for much longer

The US Department of Commerce is preparing to leave the keys to the internet's DNS system in the hands of non-profit net overseer ICANN.…

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Friday 14 March 2014

Microsoft, Oracle FINALLY get a room: Now they're ready to take on Amazon cloud

Database, WebLogic, Java slide into Azure

The rise of Amazon Web Services's hulking infrastructure cloud has turned former rivals Microsoft and Oracle into chums.…

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'Catastrophic' server disk-destroying glitch menaced Google cloud

'Shame on you!' screams one developer as race-condition bug discovered

Google has squashed a bug in its public cloud that threatened to accidentally delete users' virtual disks – an error so serious that one security researcher termed it potentially "catastrophic".…

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FIA Friday press conference - Australia

Team Representatives - Toto Wolff (Mercedes), Eric Boullier (McLaren), Rob White (Renault Sport F1), Stefano Domenicali (Ferrari), Claire Williams (Williams), Christian Horner (Red Bull Racing) Q: A very interesting first day's running. I'll start with you Christian

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4G auction helped keep mobile networks competitive ... for NOW

Jury's out on economic efficiency, though, says NAO

The auctioning off of radio spectrum for the delivery of "4G" mobile broadband services did not result in the distortion of competition in the market, a spending watchdog has said.…

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Friday practice - selected team and driver quotes

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton on his up and down day; Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo on Red Bull's promising reliability; Ferrari pair Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen on the F14 T's progress; and Lotus on their early frustrations. All the drivers and senior team personnel report back on an intriguing first day of action in Melbourne

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FP2 - Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two in Melbourne

Mercedes lived up to their billing as pre-race favourites by taking a commanding one-two in second practice in Australia on Friday afternoon. Lewis Hamilton, who missed almost all of FP1 after his car developed a technical issue, showed team mate Nico Rosberg the way, with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel in third and fourth positions respectively. Full results

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FP1 - Alonso fastest as Hamilton hits trouble in Australia

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso ended the first session of Formula One racing's new turbocharged hybrid 1.6-litre V6 engine era on top, as the 2014 season got underway in Australia on Friday. In a much busier session than many had anticipated, the Spaniard saw off the challenge of McLaren's Jenson Button to take the top spot, but there was bad news for Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton whose car stopped on its first lap out of the pits

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'Amazon has destroyed the unicorn factory' ... How clouds are making sysadmins extinct

Who'll build your data center if they all work for AWS, Google?

The rise of the cloud is wiping out the next generation of valuable sysadmins as startups never learn about how to manage data-center gear properly, a Pasadena tech biz boss has said.…

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Thursday 13 March 2014

Why Google's massive Drive storage price slash is just the beginning

Reflects upcoming secret 'big upgrade' to internet king's storage engine, says insider

Google has slashed its online Drive storage prices so fast, it undercuts all of its rivals – and its own products. We suspect the web king will dramatically cut its infrastructure-as-a-service storage prices as well in two weeks.…

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FIA Thursday press conference - Australia

Thursday's official FIA press conference saw home favourite Daniel Ricciardo and Red Bull team mate - and reigning world champion - Sebastian Vettel face the media. Find out what they, as well as Williams' Felipe Massa, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and McLaren's Kevin Magnussen, had to say by reading the full transcript

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Fibre fanaticism overrode proper NBN planning says report

Productivity Commission slams lack of cost-benefit analysis

Early planning for Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) focussed on “how best to implement the government’s policy objectives, rather than considering the merits of different options.”…

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Google offers up its own flesh to the world's braying cloud hordes

First a partner program, now a 'roadshow'

Google is sending its cloud cultists out into the recesses of the real world to preach the gospel of its technology.…

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Wednesday 12 March 2014

FIA press conference schedule - Australia

Amongst the drivers who will take part in the official FIA press conference in Melbourne on Thursday will be home favourite (and new Red Bull driver) Daniel Ricciardo. And on Friday it is the turn of senior team personnel - including Renault engine guru Remi Taffin - to answer questions from the press

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Parliament network prang: 'Supplier done it', no Office 365 yet

Ancient creaky building's ancient creaky network falls over, bunfight ensues

A botched network upgrade at the Houses of Parliament caused comms bottlenecks, web outages and continuing capacity woes – and could yet delay the full rollout of Office 365 for our lords and masters.…

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5 Tim Berners-Lee headlines that will convince you he INVENTED the internet

You'll never guess what happened next

Newspapers are quite rightly back-slapping Brit inventor Tim Berners-Lee today - the man who brought the worldwide web to the, er, world 25 years ago today.…

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Windows Phone beats BLACKBERRY in mobe OS popularity stakes

Apple and Samsung still waaaay ahead, though

The difference is small, and they are both way behind the leaders, but online data analytics specialists comScore have reported that while usage of Windows Phone stayed steady as a rock at 3.2 per cent, BlackBerry slipped half a percent down at 3.1 per cent.…

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'Encouraging signs' in Schumacher recovery

Michael Schumacher has exhibited 'small, encouraging signs' in his recovery, according to a statement released on behalf of the German's family on Wednesday. “We are and remain confident that Michael will pull through and will wake up,” the statement read

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Mastercard, Syniverse target holiday payment security with mobile verification system

Not in Bora Bora? Crooks can't use your credit card there

It’s ironic that when people are abroad so many people switch off their mobile phones' data and so many banks switch off customers' credit cards. But a deal between Syniverse and Mastercard aims to keep both switched on.…

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It's BANKS v TELCOs: Mobe payments systems go head-to-head

Two industry bodies, both fighting for your cash - and your identity

The GSMA's Mobile Connect mobile payments project is going head-to-head with the Payments council's rival Paym system after both systems launched this week.…

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Cherry-pick undermines NBN business case: Switkowski

No, really?

NBN Co chief Ziggy Switkowski has told a Senate committee that “cherry-picking” network rollouts planned by TPG and mooted by Telstra do, indeed, pose a threat to its own business model.…

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ITU given keys to autonomous car standards process

Trials expected on public roads in six years

The International Telecommunications Union has communed with the auto industry and agreed “to host a dialogue of senior executives of vehicle manufacturers to identify the activities needed to consider future steps to realize the potential of fully autonomous driving.”…

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Tuesday 11 March 2014

Red Hat: We've got a corker for Docker Linux locker app hawkers

Check your apps run in containers, earn a shiny certificate

Red Hat has woken up to the growth of Linux containers – cough, cough, Docker – and has begun certifying applications running in the sandboxing tech.…

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NBN backbone passes TERABIT test

Transiting Toowoomba to the max

US systems vendor Coriant has announced a successful test of a backbone fibre “superchannel” running at 1 Terabit per second over a 1,066-km NBN fibre ring in the south-east Queensland city of Towoomba.…

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Softbank boss promises 'massive price war' if he can buy T-Mobile US

Wants to take on AT&T-Verizon duopoly on bills and technology

The billionaire boss of Softbank, which owns US network Sprint, has promised a price and technology war with American mobile market leaders AT&T and Verizon – if he's allowed to merge with T-Mobile US, of course.…

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CTO of NoSQL database upstart Basho beams over to VMware

Justin Sheehy bows out of startup life

NoSQL database biz Basho's chief technology officer Justin Sheehy is heading to VMware – where he will be the site leader for the virtualization giant's office in Cambridge, Massachusetts.…

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Twittapocalypse! Twits locked out, pages vanish in Twitter-wide collapse

Service outage affecting users around the globe

Twitter appears to have suffered a site-wide outage that has both prevented users from logging into their accounts and blocked access to all public content.…

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Plusnet shunts blame for dodgy DNS traffic onto customers' routers

Hapless users say they were redirected to phishing sites

BT-owned telco Plusnet has blamed subscribers who use third-party routers for a rise in hostile DNS traffic that has been crashing its way through the ISP's system.…

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Indonesia plans 10 Gbps fibre to the premises build for 20m premises

World's fourth-largest nation about to come online, bigtime

Indonesia is the latest country to announce a mass deployment of fibre-to-the-home, and has tapped Alcatel-Lucent for the rollout.…

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NEC, Alca-Lu win Sea-Me-We 5 build contracts

New Singapore-France cable moves closer

NEC and Alcatel-Lucent are to divvy up the planned Sea-Me-We 5 submarine cable build. The cable's consortium has awarded hundreds of millions of dollars worth of build contracts for the anticipated 2016 switch-on.…

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Merger with Sprint is INEVITABLE, suggests T-Mobile chief bean counter

Asks Congress to act on freeing up spectrum

Braxton Carter, the chief financial officer for T-Mobile, has said that it's highly likely his firm will merge with larger US mobile rival Sprint.…

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Monday 10 March 2014

Wanna make 15 bucks? Assimilate someone into the Google Apps BORG

Resistance is f- no, don't hit the back button! Fire all phasers!

Google is offering an incentive for Google Apps users in the US and Canada to spread the word about the online productivity suite, in the form of a cash reward for each new customer they refer.…

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Got a Netgear router from Virgin Media? Change your admin password NOW

Wi-Fi cred-baring vuln lets attackers take full control

A Wi-Fi security flaw leaves Virgin Media subscribers' wireless connections vulnerable to takeover by hackers.…

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Follow the season like never before with the Official F1® App

Ahead of this weekend's 2014 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, the all new Official Formula 1® App is now available. The Lite edition - a free download - offers live lap times for each driver, lap numbers and sector classification. It also offers a full range of news stories and session commentary from

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Cellular desperation in France drives not one, but two SFR offers

This €2 a month business has GOT to stop...

While there is merger mania among both fixed and cellular operators around the world for very positive reasons (in the US, Germany, the Netherlands and elsewhere), the desire to acquire in France is fuelled by slightly desperate appetites.…

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Cameron pitches UK-Germany 5G collaboration to Cebit

It looks like a pixie-dust-led recovery is upon us

UK prime minister David Cameron has used a speech at the CeBit trade show to announce a UK-Germany collaboration to try and win the race to develop so-called 5G wireless technology.…

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Friday 7 March 2014

Pirelli confirm in-season tyre test schedule

In-season testing returns to Formula One racing this season, with two-day post-race tests in Bahrain, Spain, Great Britain and Abu Dhabi, and in an agreement finalised at the recent Bahrain test, each team must dedicate one day of testing exclusively to tyre development work with Pirelli

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Australia preview quotes - Force India look ahead to Melbourne

The long wait is almost over. After a hugely demanding pre-season, the teams and drivers are set to converge in Melbourne for the first race of the new 1.6-litre turbo engine era. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix discuss their prospects

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Schumacher's situation remains unchanged

Michael Schumacher's management has released the first update in just over three weeks on the seven-time world champion. His condition remains unchanged as doctors continue the process of bringing him out of his medically-induced coma following his skiing accident in December. “Michael is still in the wake up phase,” read Friday's statement

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A potted history of cloud computing

Pictures, or it didn't happen

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Avere gets edgy, speeds up flash flier filer

FXT 4800 also enlarged to 4.8TB SSD capacity

Avere produces clusterable FXT filer accelerators using tiering across RAM, Flash/SSD, fast SAS disk, and nearline SATA/SAS disks to accelerate access to file data from a filer behind it.…

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Om Nom Nom Nom: AWS to eat Windows Server 2012 VMs

Hybrid cloud competition rolls on as Azure offers Active Directory extensions

Amazon Web Services' has added yet another feature, this time unveiling the ability to import and export Windows Server 2012 images to EC2.…

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Thursday 6 March 2014

Linux cloud world's best kept secret DigitalOcean just bagged $37m

Sssh! Don't tell everyone! Well, not all at once

Cut-price virtual-server hosting biz DigitalOcean has banked a whopping $37.2m from Andreessen Horowitz and other valley investors.…

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Get your very own pet Googler ... if you resell our stuff, says Google

Channel love-in opens access to web king's most valuable resource: its employees

Google has expanded its cloud reseller program as the web giant tries to enlist the channel to help it diversify its business away from search.…

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Williams announce title sponsorship deal with Martini

Williams' cars will feature a revised, though not unfamiliar, new colour scheme this season following a new title sponsorship deal with Italian drinks firm Martini, that sees the team renamed as Williams Martini Racing. The Grove-based squad, who ran their 2014 challenger, the Mercedes-powered FW36, with a 'heritage blue' livery during testing, revealed their new look at a special launch event in London on Thursday

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CloudBees bags $11.2m to keep a closer eye on your handy jobs

'That's right, old chap, just set the gold down over there'

Continuous integration expert CloudBees has slurped $11.2m in valley cash to fund its Jenkins-based cloud services.…

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HANA on a minute – is that a 10PB RAM cloud server from SAP? IT IS

But if you need to see a price tag, you can't afford it

SAP is cutting off its legs to save its arms by rejigging its software licensing approach for the cloud.…

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Wednesday 5 March 2014

Don't be shy, we know you've got .NET code. Why not run it on our Linux cloud – Red Hat

Two can play that game, Pivotal

Red Hat plans to welcome Microsoft Windows .NET workloads onto its on-premises app-hosting cloud OpenShift Origin – as it attempts to close the gap between its technology and Pivotal's Cloud Foundry.…

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If you don't GRIP it tightly, lonely enterprise cloud will WANDER

There's more to this than just a bigger DropBox

At the colo shows of DCW and CEE at the Excel Centre in London last week, it was evident that the body of the data centre is trying to keep fit with efficiency improvements, yet the mind of the cloud is given to wander. It has become quite a problem as users take the initiative and resort to shadow IT solutions as company cloud IT policies lag behind expectations.…

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Got 4G? Wake up, grandad. We're doing 4.5G LTE-A in London - EE chief

And get a load of our gleaming voice system! It's, erm, 2G actually

Olaf Swantee, the CEO of EE, says that his network is planning a scorching 300Mb/s upgrade to its London coverage using the LTE-A (LTE-Advanced) specification. This will roll out in South London first and then to cover the whole of the area within the M25.…

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BT's IPv6 EXPIRED security certificate left to rot on its website

Telecoms giant unaware of 'admin error' for nearly a month

BT may insist that it is committed to a smooth transition to the new interwebs address system – IPv6 – but a quick glance at the company's corporate website last month left some Brits questioning the one-time national telco's promise.…

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Tuesday 4 March 2014

'WAIT FOR ME!' puffs VMware as it trots after Amazon, Microsoft in US gov cloud grasp bid

Virtzilla proclaims affection for FedRAMP certification

It feels like every company is pushing cloud computing on the hoi polloi, but they all recognize the need to give the US government something special – and VMware is no different.…

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Zuckerberg DRONING on again: Facebook wants to buy UAV biz – claim

Solar-powered birds at 65,000ft to blanket Africa with internet, we're told

Facebook plans to operate a fleet of solar-powered drones to provide wireless internet connectivity to the poor, it was suggested today.…

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Telstra 'snot boxes' challenge Turnbull's FTTN plan

Reg hack gets a front row view of wiring horrors beneath a suburban concrete slab

Rain has been a problem for my fixed line for years.…

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Cyber battle apparently under way in Russia-Ukraine conflict

Kiev security chief says 'IP-telephonic' attack is targeting Parliament

Ukraine's mobile phone infrastructure is under attack: with equipment installed in Russian-controlled Crimea interfering with the phones of members of parliament, a senior Ukrainian government official alleges.…

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Icahn and I will: Carl's war on eBay goes NUCLEAR

World's most pushy investor sticks boot in over Skype deal

Carl Icahn has pressed the red button in his war on eBay and has demanded access to all its records documenting the sale of VoIP firm Skype.…

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Grab a cloudy boss: VMware raids Amazon Web Services

Shouldn't that have happened before it coughed vCloud Hybrid Service?

It usually works the other way around, but VMware rolled out the vCloud Hybrid Service on both sides of the pond and then recruited an exec to run the show, poaching a senior technology evangelist from Amazon Web Services.…

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SYSTEM ERROR DOWN: Twitter twats silenced by hack attack 'false alarm'

Social network apologises after security slip-up

Parts of Twitter fell silent yesterday after the social network accidentally reset its users' passwords.…

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Plusnet goes titsup for spectacular hour-long wobble

Broadband and telephone lines blighted by unspecified 'network issue'

Plusnet's broadband and phone service is slowing coming back to life, after the telco's network suffered a nasty hour-long outage this morning.…

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Monday 3 March 2014

Optus sparks broadband HYPEGASM with gigasite trial

In this week's episode of falling for big numbers, we find $43 an hour can buy 165 Mbps LTE

Optus has deployed a 'gigasite' delivering 1.7 / 2.3 Gbps performance (strike out which does not apply) by running seven / eight spectrum bands in a single site (strike out which does not apply) using equipment from NSN / Huawei (strike out which does not apply), demonstrating meaningless hype / the future of telecommunications (strike out which does not apply).…

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Renault: Some Melbourne preparations incomplete

Renault have admitted that the technical issues that plagued their new power unit in pre-season testing mean that some of its teams are not fully prepared for the opening Grand Prix of the season in Australia. The French manufacturer, who provide power units for Red Bull, Lotus, Toro Rosso and Caterham, have suffered from both hardware and software problems this winter and that has left them unable to complete scheduled programmes with all of their teams

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Apple launches CarPlay: Siri, let's drive to the airport. Avoid actual runways, OK?

Fruity firm rebrands iOS in the Car, rolls it out in ... a Ferrari

Fanboi racers will soon be able to fit a genuine Apple fondleslab to their dashboard following the launch of iOS in the car product, Carplay.…

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Pirelli reveal tyre choices for first four races

Formula One racing's official tyre suppliers Pirelli have confirmed the tyre compounds that will be available at the first three Grands Prix of 2014. In Australia, Bahrain and China the teams will use the white-marked medium and yellow-marked soft compounds, whilst in Malaysia the orange-marked hard and white-marked medium compounds will be used

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AVG killing cloud storage service

LiveKive to be offed in August

Mere weeks after pulling the pin on its Crossloop remote access service, AVG has let users of its LiveKive cloud storage service know that it is destined for the Knacker's yard too.…

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Sunday 2 March 2014

Hamilton leads final day of pre-season testing

The final pre-season test of 2014 drew to a close under floodlights in Bahrain on Sunday, with Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton setting the pace from the Williams of Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton's best time of 1m 33.278s was just two-tenths down on the winter benchmark at Sakhir, set by Williams' Felipe Massa on Saturday. The teams' next track outing will be opening practice in Australia in less than two weeks' time

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Bahrain to name first corner after Schumacher

The Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) has announced that it is to name the first corner of the track after Michael Schumacher, following consultation with the seven-time world champion's family. Schumacher, who won the inaugural Bahrain Grand Prix in 2004 and helped with the design of the circuit, including turn one

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Saturday 1 March 2014

Massa sets record pace as Red Bull's struggles continue

There were contrasting fortunes on display on the third day of the final pre-season test in Bahrain on Saturday. Whilst Williams' Felipe Massa was able to record the fastest time seen at the Sakhir circuit so far this winter, reigning world champions Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull had another day to forget as they failed to complete a single lap

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