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Shine on you crazy diamond Obituary  Charles Hard Townes, one of the winners of the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for developing the laser and a pivotal player in astronomy and reconciling science and religion, has died at the age of 99 after a brief illness.…

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Worst outcome means 50 percent capacity hit Mozilla has given the Tor network a capacity kick with the launch of 14 relays that will help distribute user traffic.…

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Adds network analytics, VMWare support Big Switch Networks is sticking to its start-up sprint, announcing the third iteration of its virtual networking environment since it initial release in July 2014.…

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Devices and clouds in the spotlight, Servers nowhere to be seen for now Microsoft has just released the session catalog for its May Ignite event, the new gabfest that mashes TechEd and several other product-specific enterprise software conferences into one. And at this stage it looks like Windows Server will hardly make the agenda.…

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Japan offers America a side of rice, but nasty copyright provisions remain The US Trade Representative Michael Froman has tried to reassure the country's lawmakers that the interminable negotiations over the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) will conclude during 2015.…

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Borg exorcised GHOST years ago when it sent IPv4 to the nether realms Cisco has put forward at least a partial response to 2015's first branded bug, GHOST, saying that in The Borg's world, the glibc vulnerability is probably of relatively low severity.…

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QWERTY keylogger code alleged to name Defence Signals Directorate The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) has refused to comment on allegations it had a hand in the creation of a keylogging module used by global spookhauses and considered almost identical to parts of the complex Regin malware.…

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* This headline brought to you by the cable companies US internet tinkerer the FCC will likely vote tomorrow to change its definition of "broadband" connections from 4Mbps to 25Mbps – effectively moving 13 per cent of the American population outside the envelope of "fast" internet access.…

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Vyatta now available on free trial license, routers get port crypto The burgeoning market for bare-metal Ethernet switches isn't bothering Brocade, according to A/NZ senior director Gary Denman.…

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Social network Zucked up more cash than ever Facebook finished the best quarter and the best year of its history on December 31, with its latest earnings report showing record annual revenues of $12.47bn for its fiscal 2014, up 58 per cent from 2013's haul.…

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Don't harm the profit, I mean, prophet. No, wait, profit Earlier this month, in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg proclaimed that his social network, used by millions, was a free-speech zone.…

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If there's one thing we all really need, it's another enterprise mail service, right Exchange? Amazon Web Services wants to tout webmail to the business world.…

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While China woes rumble on: Watchdog on one hand, deadbeat partners on the other Qualcomm reported record revenues for the first quarter of its fiscal 2015 on Wednesday, but the mobile chipmaker warned investors that it's still struggling to make headway in the all-important China market.…

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Nice little earner once he flogs it – before everyone gets real tired of gTLDs Bruce Marler could hardly believe his luck.…

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There's a mission statement-y kind of thing and an FAQ but that's it for now Malcolm Turnbull's new Digital Transformation Office (DTO), launched last week with a goal of reinventing government service delivery but lacking any new money with which to make the attempt, also has no plan for its efforts.…

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Je suis Charlie? Je suis imbécile Bill Gates feels stupid that he doesn't know any foreign languages – and, despite having more money than God – wishes he had the resources to learn French (because he thinks it is the easiest to pick up.)…

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Here comes Ginni Rometty to chop off your head Word has it that IBM's latest big staff purge is now underway, with former Big Blue workers reporting that they have been handed pink slips along with kits describing their severance packages.…

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TracFone has to give peeps what it advertised – whoa The FTC has reached an out-of-court settlement with TracFone in what could be the first of many refunds for screwed-over customers with unlimited data plans.…

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We're jammin' and I hope this jam is gonna last ... NOPE! US watchdog the FCC has ruled that no one – not even hotels and other commercial outfits – can block or ban personal Wi-Fi hotspots.…

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Hykes trio in expanded roles The Docker project has been re-organised following last year’s rapid success, with the names of folk filling the positions of chief architect, chief maintainer and chief operator being announced on Wednesday.…

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It don't mean a thing if you ain't got that bling Review  A couple of weeks ago, BlackBerry released a limited edition series of Passport phones plated with 24 karat gold. Priced at $999, the run was limited to just 50, each one numbered. To which you well ask, "Why?"…

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Teaser of low-cost rocket ahead of expected full test this year SpaceX has released a video animation of its Falcon Heavy, the mega-rocket of "scale and capability unequalled by any other currently flying".…

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CEO Rahim: 'we are moving with urgency' Troubled tech plumber Juniper Networks ended 2014 on a low as it swung into loss, and reported declining product sales, with the security portfolio looking particularly unloved by customers.…

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Plus: IBM rep says layoff rumours are 'STUPID'

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Moniker re-emergence the final unravelling of a doomed deal Bisecting Symantec has decided after much deliberation that the Veritas brand - the one it torched years ago - will be the monicker for the Information Management business when it splits from the mothership.…

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