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Whee! BT preps for FIVE HUNDRED MEGABIT broadband trial

The Register - 1 hour 52 min ago
If it works it'll go nationwide, says telco's top dog

BT has announced that it wants to roll out and fibre to the home to provide internet speeds of up to 500Mbps and 1Gbps.…

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Philippine leader vows justice for police but warns on anger

Reuters: Technology - 2 hours 16 min ago
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Friday promised justice for 44 policemen killed in a clash with Muslim rebels but, underscoring his calls for the violence not to derail peace efforts, warned against an angry response to the violence.
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Oracle is BETTER at cloud than everyone else so NER, shouts Hurd (no Katz)

The Register - 2 hours 26 min ago
Laser focus on self embiggenment, says co-chief

Oracle’s co-CEO Mark Hurd is banging the drum for the database giant’s success in cloud computing.…

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South Africa's 'Prime Evil' apartheid killer freed on parole

Reuters: Technology - 2 hours 46 min ago
PRETORIA (Reuters) - Apartheid death-squad leader Eugene de Kock, dubbed 'Prime Evil' for his role in the torture and murder of scores of black South African activists in the 1980s and early 1990s, was granted parole on Friday after more than 20 years in prison.

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Undead nights: Zombie FPS <i>Dying Light</i> shines bright

The Register - 2 hours 55 min ago
Dead Island all grown up and covered in putrefying flesh

Game Theory Dying Light is set in the devastated city of Harran, Turkey, and my first impression on hitting the ground, as freelance operative Kyle Crane, is that I’m trapped in some zombie-infested remake of American Sniper but with graffiti that seems more of a nod to the latest issue of Charlie Hebdo.…

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The Gap Between What The Public Thinks And What Scientists Know

Slashdot - 3 hours 20 min ago
First time accepted submitter burtosis writes Despite similar views about the overall place of science in America, the general public and scientists often see science-related issues through a different lens, according to a new pair of surveys by the Pew Research Center in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). From FiveThirtyEight: "The surveys found broad support for government to spend money on science, but that doesn't mean the public supports the conclusions that scientists draw. The biggest gap between scientists and the public came on issues that may elicit fear: the safety of genetically modified (or GMO) foods (37 percent of the public said GMOs were safe, compared to 88 percent of scientists) and the use of pesticides in agriculture (28 percent of the public said foods grown with pesticides were safe to eat, versus 68 percent of scientists). There was also disagreement over the cause of climate change (50 percent of the public said it is mostly due to human activity, compared to 87 percent of scientists). Here’s a full list, via Pew Research Center, of the scientific issues the survey asked about."

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Sky sidles up to O2, whispers: 'Fancy a little FOUR-PLAY?'

The Register - 3 hours 23 min ago
It's been a long time coming *fnarr fnarr*

As we predicted, Sky is to launch an MVNO and get competitive against the other networks' four-play offerings.…

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Rebel envoy says traveling to Minsk for talks with Russia, Ukraine, OSCE

Reuters: Technology - 3 hours 42 min ago
KIEV (Reuters) - A representative of pro-Russian rebels said on Friday he was traveling to the Belarussian capital Minsk for talks with envoys from Kiev, Moscow and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, a separatist news agency reported.
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Synths of the father: Making some noise at NAMM 2015

The Register - 3 hours 49 min ago
You don't know what it was like, man, you weren't there

+Vids If you want to get an idea of how pop music will be sounding in 2015, then this year's exhibition of the National Association of Music Merchants, better known as the NAMM Show, that took place in California last week was the place to be – think of it as CES for musos.…

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Oil on track for seventh monthly fall as supply glut weighs

Reuters: Technology - 4 hours 13 min ago
LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices were steady near $49 a barrel early on Friday with some support from new Chinese reserve regulations yet remained on track for a seventh monthly fall weighed by a global supply glut.

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UK watchdog grills big biz: So HOW do you use their 'consumer data'?

The Register - 4 hours 15 min ago
Slurp it, trade it, sell it, swap it?

The UK's main competition regulator is looking to build its knowledge of how consumer data is collected, used and traded by businesses.…

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Japan, Jordan seek news on fate of Islamic State captives

Reuters: Technology - 4 hours 20 min ago
AMMAN/TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and Jordan were working closely on Friday to find out what had happened to two of their nationals being held by Islamic State, after a deadline passed for the release of a would-be suicide bomber being held on death row in Amman.

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Islamic State's Egypt wing claims deadliest attacks in months: official Twitter

Reuters: Technology - 4 hours 29 min ago
CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State's Egypt wing claimed a series of attacks that killed at least 27 security personnel on Thursday in some of the worst anti-government violence in months, after commemorations around the anniversary of the 2011 uprising turned deadly in the past week.

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HP: We're gonna book $1bn worth of Server 2003 sales THIS WEEK

The Register - 4 hours 49 min ago
A month's worth of activity in seven days? Good luck, says analyst

A Windows Server 2003 customer migration blitzkrieg is underway at HP's as it tries to generate $1bn of x86-related sales this week, squeezing a month’s worth of customer deals into just seven days.…

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Romney to provide update to supporters on potential 2016 run

Reuters: Technology - 4 hours 57 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Mitt Romney is to give an update to his supporters on Friday on whether he should run for president a third time in 2016 amid signs he has yet to convince some financial backers as to why he should take the plunge again.
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AWS move, disclosure suggest Amazon yielding more to Wall Street

Reuters: Technology - 5 hours 1 min ago
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - After years of giving investors the cold shoulder, Inc is starting to warm up to Wall Street.
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Bombs in central Baghdad kill 12: security sources

Reuters: Technology - 5 hours 19 min ago
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 12 civilians were killed on Friday morning when two bombs exploded in central Baghdad, security sources said.
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Outlook for iOS does security STUPIDLY, says dev

The Register - 5 hours 26 min ago
Creds stored in cloud, delete button busted

Big Blue boffin Rene Winkelwyer has taken aim at Microsoft's iOS Outlook app, launched overnight, claiming it stores credentials in the cloud potentially even after delete requests, and does not observe known good security practices.…

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UK Broadcaster Sky To Launch Mobile Service

Slashdot - 5 hours 54 min ago
An anonymous reader sends word that the British pay-TV company, Sky, will launch mobile services next year UK pay-TV firm Sky is launching a mobile phone service next year in partnership with O2's Spanish parent Telefonica. Sky will use Telefonica UK's wireless network, enabling the satellite broadcaster to offer mobile voice and data services for the first time. It takes Sky into the battle for "quad play", adding mobile to its existing services of internet, landline and TV. Offering all four services is seen as the next big UK growth area for telecoms firms and broadcasters.

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Alibaba's magic cave empties as it misses revenue target

The Register - 5 hours 57 min ago
Denies claims its stock comes from 40 thieves

Chinese online tat bazaar Alibaba has not only posted disappointing results, been caned by the stock market but now has also fallen foul of China's government for knowingly hosting sellers of counterfeit kit.…

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