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Devs challenged to train humanoid helper for red planet mission NASA has announced a million-dollar prize it will award to whomsoever can program a virtual robot to get stuff done ahead of a crewed mission to Mars.…

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And the sound of robot drivers is something quite ferocious A California judge has rejected the nearly $100m settlement deal between Uber and a class of aggrieved drivers.…

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Why bother with computer defenses when billions are at stake, eh? You'd think, with the amount of money the SWIFT inter-bank payment system transfers every day, that the group would be strong on security. Not so, says a former head of the organization.…

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Database giant claims web ads goliath tricked court, Android isn't just phones Analysis  Oracle says one of the foundations of Google's legal victory in the Java API copyright trial has exploded – and that means a retrial is needed.…

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Filing challenges authority of trademark bod to extend deadlines A patent-holding company is suing the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) claiming an administrator's decision to extend filing deadlines has led to its patents being challenged in court.…

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Filter-flinger suggests the FTC could even step in The developers of the banner-busting Adblock Plus (ABP) browser plugin say they will continue efforts to shield Facebook users from the social network's sponsored content.…

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Wait, whaaat? This isn't supposed to happen According to emails released under the US Freedom of Information Act, Google briefed the White House on an antitrust investigation into itself, breaking a 40-year precedent of the President's office staying out of competition issues.…

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Can't use your favourite OTT voice app? FTFY Cisco has partially put aside its rivalry with Microsoft and launched a new collaboration product that is compatible with Microsoft’s Skype for Business.…

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Bennu.... no, not a scientology overlord NASA is preparing for its first mission that will see a spacecraft retrieve a “pristine sample” of an asteroid so that it can be studied on Earth.…

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OpenSSH remoting will be baked in Microsoft has published PowerShell, its scripting and automation platform, as open source under the permissive MIT licence, as well as porting it to Linux and Mac, with an alpha build now available on GitHub.…

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HipChat escalates the face Atlassian is adding group video to its HipChat service, but has promised that you can can hit the red button on overeager “collaborators”. For now, anyway.…

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Two more quit before internal tribunals, one cleared of wrongdoing Two G4S staff who were investigated over a scheme to fraudulently meet quotas for responding to emergency calls within a reasonable time have been fired.…

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Operators join hands for laboratory love-in BT and Nokia have signed a research collaboration agreement on 5G at the BT Labs at Adastral Park, Suffolk.…

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More details confirmed ahead of 2017 desktop, server launch – and don't mention ARM AMD is continuing to drip feed information about Zen, its long-awaited designed-from-scratch x86 processor microarchitecture.…

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And shifts its data center processor wing into its own Inq, er, Inc Qualcomm will today announce it has picked the name Centriq for its forthcoming family of 64-bit ARMv8-compatible server processors.…

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Shadow Брокеры? NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden reckons Russia is the most likely suspect behind the leak of advanced hacking tools allegedly stolen from an elite NSA hacking unit. He postulates a complex motive for the leak involving gaining diplomatic leverage that wouldn’t look out of place in a modern retelling of a John le Carré novel.…

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Android on Chrome in the spotlight Oracle appears to have opened its campaign for a third trial over its claims Java copyright was infringed in Google's Android.…

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Flying solar panel runs off batteries and a 300W motor The Ministry of Defence has bought a third solar-powered Zephyr-S surveillance drone for £4.3m, and says it “performs more like a satellite than a conventional UAV”.…

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Hospital combed for cause of sweet infection Pest control was called to Rockwood Hospital, Cardiff after elderly patients noticed honey oozing from the ceiling and dripping down the walls.…

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20 is plenty Let's Encrypt has revised its rate limits to make life easier for large organisations and hosting providers who use its services.…

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S1 shows you're snacking on something again. Care to tell us what it is this time? We’ve been banging on about Nutanix buying PernixData. Now Fortune’s Justin Warren noticed this nugget in an amended Nutanix S1 filing to the SEC:…

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Profits rebound and new marketing boss hired away from IBM NetApp revenues dropped 3.7 per cent year-on-year to $1.29bn for its first fiscal 2017 quarter, ended July 29, but it turned a year-ago loss of $30m into a $64m profit as it reined in expenses.…

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Woman nicked on suspicion of fraud A 32-year-old woman was arrested by the City of London Police last night on suspicion of attempting to defraud software firm Sage.…

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So says Institute for Fiscal Studies report Analysis  The UK could lose out on a 4 per cent boost to gross domestic product (GDP) if it was no longer a member of the EU single market, with particular repercussions for the financial services industry, according to an influential think tank.…

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Locky ransomware running rampant, mounted on personalised phish The dangerous and as-yet-undefeated Locky ransomware is being hurled at hospitals across the United States and Japan in a 'massive' number of attacks, according to FireEye researcher Ronghwa Chong.…

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