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Directly be directed in the right direction Theatre Review  As I head down to the revived Vaults below London's Waterloo, I figure that the Jabberwocky must be up to some mischief as the performance starts an hour and a half late due to a power outage.…

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Plus: Whitman wants 'symbolic connection' from some mashed up letters QuoTW  This week, we blew up our smarthomes, warded off a nasty Microsoft bug and talked tough about Google. Here are the choice quotes:…

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From Cambridge to the other Newark, via the valley of bureaucratic hell The eXpat files  Welcome again to the eXpat files, our now-occasional visit with readers who've moved to a new land in search of adventure, sunshine and, in the case of this week's chap, bewildering and labyrinthine tax and credit regulations.…

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Baby Alfa fails to live up to illustrious forebears' example Vulture at the wheel  Harsh, uncompromising and not as much fun as it should be, this Alfa Romeo MiTo needs a special kind of driver: one for whom the Alfa brand is special but who can’t stretch to a 4C.…

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And how come the nerds get so much damn money? Worstall @ the Weekend  It was Ben Bernanke who pointed out that economics isn't really all that much good at predicting the next recession (and the long-standing joke is that economists have predicted 11 out of the past three), but it is pretty good at working out why the world is the way it is.…

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Dawn spacecraft transmits best high-res images yet, enthuse boffins In the build up to NASA's first science orbit of dwarf planet Ceres later this month, the agency's spacecraft Dawn has been capturing stunning images of the extraterrestrial body.…

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OTT behaviour to claw back U.S. market share? Surely not! U.S. cable giant Verizon vowed last year that it would offer channels à la carte to its customers simply because the demand was there. From tomorrow, the telco's fibre network subscribers will be able to pick and choose the pay-TV they want.…

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No, you can't pet that doggy in the window Amazon customers can no longer preview apps via the online retail giant's TestDrive service before making a purchase, after the firm quietly killed the function on Wednesday.…

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The real Spanish omelette – accept no wobbly dining substitute As regular readers know, the Special Projects Bureau's headquarters is a mountaintop redoubt in a sleepy corner of rural Spain, so it was inevitable that we'd eventually turn our wobbly dining attention to the legendary "tortilla de patatas" (potato omelette).…

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And replacing him with former PM's grandson Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton mulled getting UK culture minister Ed Vaizey fired to replace him with the grandson of former prime minister Harold MacMillan.…

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Tech for digitising treasured tunes – how easy is it to get into the groove? Feature  Today, Saturday 18 April, is Record Store Day. Partly a celebration of vinyl, and partly a keen marketing drive to remind people that there are still places to buy music that don't involve massive offshore companies. No doubt there will be busy queues outside venues like Rough Trade East in London, and, alas, speculators buying every special Record Store Day release they can, to flog on eBay a few hours later.…

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You opened Pandora's Box, you shut it again Episode 5  The PFY has crossed the line. Even though he knows better, he's attempted to explain something technical to management.…

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Plus: Lovelace and Babbage in comic form Page File  El Reg bookworm Mark Diston chews through the latest literary treats with a fascinating autobiography from composer Philip Glass. Jesse Armstrong of Peep Show fame has a debut novel and for comic novel fans we've a curious take on the development of the first computer from Sydney Padua…

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Oh come on! It's ripe for renaming Something for the Weekend, Sir?  “Augmented Reality is a terrible expression,” says the AR demonstrator. “It’s a pity it doesn’t have a better name. So we call it XXooming. With two Xs.”…

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CenturyLink joins the queue suing US broadband busybody CenturyLink has become the seventh organization to sue the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to dismantle its radical new net neutrality rules.…

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Morale hits new low for troubled kitchen-table factory pioneer, Reg source claims 3D printing pioneers Makerbot has culled roughly 80 employees at its Brooklyn headquarters, abolished three divisions, and closed three of its shops.…

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Notice anything peppier about your Google searches lately? Google says its homegrown QUIC networking protocol can speed up web browsing – enough so that it's planning to propose it to the IETF standards body to make it part of the next-generation internet.…

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150MHz may be opened up in 3.5GHz space, telcos can pay to play or just be friends US watchdog the FCC hopes to offer more airwaves to telcos in hope they'll be used to grow mobile broadband coverage in America.…

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Watch war gun fling itty-bitty flying spying future-droids Vid  Drones are going to play a big part in future conflicts, and the US Office of Naval Research (ONR) knows it.…

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Manages four days on subsistence diet before hitting the chicken A not particularly shamefaced Gwyneth Paltrow has admitted she failed to survive for seven days on $29 (20 quid) for food as part of the #FoodBankNYCChallenge, which invites participants "to walk in the shoes of 1.7 million New Yorkers who rely on SNAP (formerly Food Stamps)."…

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What a time to be alive +Vid  SpaceX has completed its sixth successful supply mission to the International Space Station – with the arrival of the Dragon cargo capsule launched on Tuesday.…

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Big shock: iTunes giant not letting antitrust court monitor into meetings, files, etc A US court-appointed watchdog tasked with ensuring Apple sticks to its e-book price-fixing settlement promises says the iThing giant is not playing ball.…

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When a government wants you gone… Mega.co.nz kingpin Kim Dotcom may soon be booted out of New Zealand – because of a speeding ticket.…

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Er, it's likely to come back soon though EU tech firms are heaving several huge sighs of relief, as China lifts a ban on foreign tech in banking, although it may only be a stay of execution.…

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The 'ultimate solution to get work done on your device', apparently Google has finally published its BYOD app, Android for Work, adding to the already schizophrenic work-life balance environment for the devices.…

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