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Slashed budgets will affect IP enforcement, moans FAST The Federation against Software Theft (FAST) and the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) have said they're very concerned about standards budgets in England and Wales being slashed by an average of 40 per cent.…

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'We haven't seen the traction we expected' A number of Microsoft's top table resellers may have wrapped their arms around Google's Apps for Business but one that did so half a decade ago - Insight Enterprises - says it hasn't seen the benefit.…

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Ooh, a stoning, a stoning! Something for the Weekend, Sir?  “Mobbafer.” I’m sorry? “Mobbafer.” I didn’t quite catch that. “Mobbafer.” So, ah, you mean, hmm… mob-ba-fer? “Mobbafer! Mobbafer!”…

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For customers and channel partners The volume of noise from anxious biz customers and some channel types over Lenovo's buy of IBM's x86 server biz is deafening the ears of those gentle folk at HP.…

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OSX and iOS unaffected by crypto-busting vuln Apple has reassured fanbois that its products have not been affected the apocalyptic Heartbleed vulnerability.…

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It must stick to existing Ts&Cs, rules regulator Facebook's multi-billion-dollar slurp of WhatsApp has been given the go-ahead by US regulators – with the caveat that the social network sticks to the messaging service's privacy policy.…

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What on Earth is 'holistic scanning' and more... answered Our Regcast Security: Knowing what you don't know - and what you can do about it (on demand version here) brought together Raimund Genes, CTO of Trend Micro, and Freeform Dynamics' Tony Lock, chief security nagging officer of the analyst community. They gave us a fascinating insight into how the security landscape has changed and how your behaviour – and your users’ – might have to change with it.…

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Do the right thing, earn up to 10 years in clink Websites and tools that have sprung up to check whether servers are vulnerable to OpenSSL's mega-vulnerability Heartbleed have thrown up anomalies in computer crime law on both sides of the Atlantic.…

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SPEARS blows a fuse, scuppers motor test flight It's with more than a degree of staring at the heavens in exasperation that we confirm what those of you watching the live coverage of yesterday's Punch and Judy test flights had already deduced - that the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team failed to make fire in the sky.…

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Cost barriers are falling fast. Go public, it's inevitable Blocks and Files  I had a flash of inspiration today. Hybrid public-private cloud systems are becoming a gateway drug to pure public clouds. Why is this an arguable view? Let’s look to the ideas discussed within The Big Switch, written by Nicholas Carr.…

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Biometrics and kid-friendly mode in back-to-basics blockbuster Review  Samsung is the world’s dominant mobile phone manufacturer – but does that mean it’s the best? Its latest release is the Galaxy S5, a mainstream phone designed to sell in huge numbers. It’s big, with a 5.1-inch screen, measuring up at 142 x 73 x 8mm, so it won’t suit smaller mitts.…

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Virtual server sysadmins are the new storage admins Hybrid flash-disk array startup Tintri is adding Red Hat-flavoured virtualisation to its storage gear – which already supports VMware-powered virtual machines.…

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Elsewhere: 'I cannot stand the attitude of these guys' ... who could that be? Quotw  We haven't heard any expletive-laden smackdowns from Linux kernel chief Linus Torvalds in a while, so this week he obliged us all with a beaut. The head penguin railed on developer Kay Sievers, one of the key figures behind systemd, which isn't in the kernel but is one of the first essential programs to launch after Linux boots.…

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New marketing bloke teases out slivers of info about new array Violin Memory's flash array fightback starts with a present from the Easter bunny: a whole new array.…

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World's least silent partner strikes deal with auction site Carl Icahn has finally made peace with eBay after withdrawing his call for the auction site to divorce from its partner Paypal.…

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17-year-old trio suspected of conning elderly in 'it's me' scams Three Japanese high school students have been arrested on suspicion of running a telephone fraud ring which may have netted them as much as ¥408 million (£2.4m).…

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Law enforcers petitioned Chocolate Factory over 5,000 times last year The Indian government submitted more user data retrieval requests than any other Asian nation in 2013 and came second only to the US globally, according to the latest stats from Google released this week.…

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Mandiant says past 12 months shows Beijing won't call off its hackers The Chinese operatives behind two major advanced persistent threat (APT) groups have fully resumed their activities despite being exposed publically last year, in a sign that diplomatic efforts by the US aren’t working, according to Mandiant.…

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Edi uni prof to reveal new research this weekend Ingenious Scottish boffins have invented a solar-panel-powered version of their data networking kit that uses light to shift bits wirelessly.…

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Singaporean data suggests they're not yet an awristing proposition … yet Singapore is home to just over five million people and market-watcher GfK says 94 per cent of whom bought a PC or accessories in the last two years and 95 per cent of whom acquired telecommunications technologies in the same period.…

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Bezos' comics imprint, featuring George R.R. Martin, finds a back door into iTunes Amazon.com has acquired Comixology, the planet's leading purveyor of digital comic books, and may just have set up a new battle between itself and Apple.…

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VMware, Symantec and Citrix are digging, Microsoft and Salesforce are relaxing The advent of the Heartbleed Open SSL vulnerability has enterprise software development teams scrambling to figure out if they have a problem, and the news is not always good.…

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Citizen Rupert issues more unsolicited meta-advice Rupert Murdoch has issued another in his occasional series of tweets about technology companies.…

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Latest deals cut costs for LTE tablets Wireless carrier T-Mobile US is stepping up its 'Uncarrier' campaign in America with the introduction of a contract-free plan which discounts LTE tablets to the same cost as Wi-Fi models.…

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Passing planetary body provides fleeting glimpse of something special Thanks to the work of the Kepler space telescope and Earth-bound observations, we have now caught sight of nearly 2,000 exoplanets: planetary bodies orbiting distant stars. But now astronomers think they've caught the first sighting of an exomoon orbiting one of these distant planets.…

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