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Plus: You're not getting the 'rate article' button back CoTW  Pirates on copyright, state surveillance and Linux – another joyous week of your comments below the line. Yup, it's Comment of the Week time.…

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Memoirs of a bad mad lag and patchy record biz retrospective Page File  El Reg bookworm Mark Diston peruses the pick of publishing this week with a début novel from Anna Smaill whose musicality abounds in the post-apocalyptic tale. Back in the real world, one man apocalypse Charles Bronson tells more tales of life inside, and finally Gareth Murphy tracks the history of the music industry.…

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YouTube's copyright killjoy bots amok Something for the Weekend, Sir?  A friend of mine had his wife stolen three times this week. The first two times, they gave her back within hours. On the third occasion, however, they seemed determined to hold on to her for a month.…

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Davos launch scotched but civil society launches rival The controversial effort by ICANN and the World Economic Forum (WEF) to devise a new internet governance body may have gone into hibernation but it is still causing ructions.…

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Company drops sueball, will be able to shoot spy sats Private launch fim SpaceX has settled its feud with the US Air Force over the rights to launch national security payloads.…

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Biggest traveling rock visitor until 2027 NASA is warning skywatchers that a huge asteroid will pass over European and North American skies on Monday and that this will be the biggest space rock to do a fly-by of our planet until 2027.…

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Park your images on the same storage your app uses Google has expanded its support for Docker-based Linux containers on its Cloud Platform, with the addition of a new, cloud-based hosting service for private container registries.…

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Reports of domain king's death greatly exaggerated As you probably know, the internet's domain names are dominated by a single three-letter ending: "com".…

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Censorship tools get a boost as users scramble for workarounds China's notorious "Great Firewall" is being blamed for widespread reports of virtual private network (VPN) outages in the country.…

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Microsoft now says 'not every phone' will make the transition The latest word from Microsoft is that owners of Windows Phone 8 handsets won't necessarily be able to upgrade to Windows Phone 10 after all, in an apparent retreat from what the software giant has said previously.…

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Viral site fetches gonzo sale price in auction We are all in the wrong business, it seems. An Australian man has just made himself an $85,000 payout selling a site that sends out packets glitter after only a few weeks of operations.…

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No need to wait until next week, after all Microsoft has released the next preview build of Windows 10 to members of its Windows Insider program, slightly ahead of schedule.…

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Google's new humanoid machine also comes with a kill-switch Atlas, the 6ft 2in (1.88m), 345lb (156kg) humanoid machine being used in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), has had an extensive upgrade and is now free to roam on battery power alone, the defense research group has said.…

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But it may still not be gay enough ICANN has ordered that the application for the dot-gay top-level domain be re-evaluated after 54 letters in support of it "inadvertently" fell through the cracks.…

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Firm wants fees for golden oldies New Apple toy Beats Electronics, along with Sony and Google, are among the targets of a lawsuit over claims of unpaid royalties.…

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Cellist Keating not keen to play by Google’s rules +Comment  Google has revived its "our way or the highway" contracts with independent artists and labels, according to popular cellist Zoe Keating.…

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Carney concerned over Rise of the machines, too The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has singled out technology companies as being among the worst offenders for tax avoidance.…

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... and what it all means for speed, coverage and phone masts Analysis  Telefonica has sold O2 to Three big-daddy Hutchison Whampoa for £10bn - and it pretty much had to. Here's why.…

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EUREKA! We should put the two together Analysis  Microsoft has given us a glimpse of Windows progress this week – and it was generally well received – particularly the one-year "grace period" allowing Windows 7 holdouts to climb on board for free.…

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A bit of a wind-up? +Comment  The famous Doomsday Clock, which has been showing anywhere between 17 and two minutes to midnight since 1947, has advanced to three-minutes-to for the third time – on this occasion due to a perceived increase in the menace from human-driven climate change.…

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Autistic student 'probably didn't understand', court hears A 17-year-old college student who suffered from autism hanged himself after receiving a ransomware scam.…

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Upstarts get fatter but there's only room for so many Comment  Not content with raising $53m in a E-round of funding at the end of November, flash array performance king Kaminario raised another $15m at the end of December.…

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Venue moved from California Modus, a customer of all-flash array startup Nimbus Data, has failed to have Nimbus’ suit against it for breach of contract dismissed.…

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It's a ‘mobile first, cloud first’ world Microsoft has confirmed what the channel already knew: Jay Epton, Symantec director of new routes to market for the UK and Ireland, will be moving across to head up enterprise licensing resellers.…

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Creepware: You're a click-happy dope, aren't 'cha? The next time you hover over a suspicious link a little too long, or download from a questionable site, you might get a nudge from Fujitsu.…

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