Ofcom grabs 700MHz off digital telly, hands it to mobile data providers

The Register - Wed, 2014-11-19 10:59
Hungry mobe'n'slab-waving Blighty swallows spectrum

Ofcom is planning to nick some of the airwaves currently used by digital terrestrial telly and hand them over for mobile broadband use.…

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Syrian air force strikes increasing, civilians killed: monitoring group

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-11-19 10:52
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian air force launched about 1,592 strikes across Syria over the past month, killing at least 396 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday.

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France says jets strike IS targets to break Kirkuk frontline

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-11-19 10:48
PARIS (Reuters) - France said on Wednesday that Rafale jets had struck Islamic State targets alongside coalition planes near the northern Iraq city of Kirkuk to help breach the group's frontlines, and was sending six fighter jets to Jordan to ramp up its strikes.

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Israel approves 78 new settler homes in East Jerusalem

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-11-19 10:44
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel on Wednesday approved the construction of 78 new homes in two settlements on West Bank land annexed to Jerusalem, likely to aggravate Palestinian anger at a time when violence has flared, including a deadly attack on a synagogue.
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All-singing-all-dancing hyperconverged Maxta gets Cisco's blessing

The Register - Wed, 2014-11-19 10:29
Follows Simplivity, but with added metro cluster support

Maxta has announced the launch of its MxSP, the first Cisco-certified hyper-converged system to run on UCS C-Series servers and support metro-distance clusters.…

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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-11-19 10:23
hawkinspeter writes: The BBC reports that overnight an outage of Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform took down many third-party sites that rely on it, in addition to disrupting Microsoft's own products. Office 365 and Xbox Live services were affected. This happened at a particularly inopportune time, as Microsoft has recently been pushing its Azure services in an effort to catch up with other providers such as Amazon, IBM, and Google. Just a couple of hours previously, Microsoft had screened an Azure advert in the UK during the Scotland v. England soccer match." (Most services are back online. As of this writing, Application Insights is still struggling, and Europe is having problems with hosted VMs.)

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Bang! You're dead. Who gets your email, iTunes and Facebook?

The Register - Wed, 2014-11-19 10:01
Death and the medium

Two things in life are certain: death and taxes. Amazon and other international corporations have found ways* around the latter, but no one can avoid the former.…

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Linux still owns supercomputing

Linux Today - Wed, 2014-11-19 10:00

 ZDnet: In the latest Top500 supercomputer ranking, Linux once more totally dominates the fastest of all computers.

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Five dead after Western NY gets year's worth of snow in four days

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-11-19 09:54
NEW YORK (Reuters) - An autumn blizzard dumped a year's worth of snow in three days on Western New York state, where five people died and residents, some stranded overnight in cars, braced for another pummeling expected later on Wednesday.
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Jolla Crowdfunds Its First Tablet

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-11-19 09:41
SmartAboutThings writes: Jolla is another rising star in the tech world, having recently expanded its smartphone sales into more countries across the globe. Jolla's Sailfish OS is based on the Linux kernel, and considered by many to be a direct successor to Nokia and Intel's MeeGo and the N9 mobile phone. Its software is based on the open-sourced components of MeeGo. Now, the company is ready to start production of its first tablet. They're crowdfunding it, and they blew past their $380,000 goal in about two hours. The tablet has a 7.9-inch screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1536. It's powered by a 1.8GHz 64-bit quad-core Intel processor, comes with a 32GB of storage, an SD card slot, 2GB of RAM and a 5MP rear camera. Judging by its size, we can see this will rival the iPad Mini the new Nokia N1. While there aren't too many Sailfish-specific apps available, as with the phone, Jolla's tablet will be compatible with Android apps.

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St. Louis area remains on edge ahead of grand jury report

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-11-19 09:26
FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - A St. Louis suburb that faced weeks of sometimes violent protests following August's fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman remained on edge on Wednesday as it waited to learn if the officer would face charges.
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Microsoft's Azure goes TITSUP PLANET-WIDE AGAIN in cloud FAIL

The Register - Wed, 2014-11-19 09:20
Outlook: RAIN

Microsoft suffered a major outage on its cloud service Azure overnight.…

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U.S. starts, permits data point to improving housing market

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-11-19 09:19
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Starts for U.S. single-family homes rose for a second straight month in October and overall building permits approached a 6-1/2-year high, suggesting the housing market was still on a recovery path.

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Burkina Faso names army colonel Zida as prime minister

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-11-19 09:01
OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso's transitional government named Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida as prime minister on Wednesday, four days after he restored the country's constitution under pressure from the African Union and the West.
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Fedora Council Elections Underway

Linux Today - Wed, 2014-11-19 09:00

 red hat community: The Fedora Project recently changed its governance model and has begun to set up a Council that will replace the Fedora Board, and elections started yesterday

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Speaking in Tech: Go on, call us LEGACY! We solved your little startup problems 15 YEARS ago

The Register - Wed, 2014-11-19 08:58
Podcast Plus: Meet 'Lightning on a whiteboard' Zimmerman
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-11-19 08:58
Robotron23 writes: The latest attempt at NSA reform has been prevented from passage in the Senate by a margin of 58 to 42. Introduced as a means to stop the NSA collecting bulk phone and e-mail records on a daily basis, the USA Freedom Act has been considered a practical route to curtailment of perceived overreach by security services, 18 months since Edward Snowden went public. Opponents to the bill said it was needless, as Wall Street Journal raised the possibility of terrorists such as ISIS running amok on U.S. soil. Supporting the bill meanwhile were the technology giants Google and Microsoft. Prior to this vote, the bill had already been stripped of privacy protections in aid of gaining White House support. A provision to extend the controversial USA Patriot Act to 2017 was also appended by the House of Representatives.

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Morgan Stanley sees Petrobras scandal write-offs of as much as $8.1 billion

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-11-19 08:40
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Petróleo Brasileiro SA could slash the value of its assets by as much as 21 billion reais ($8.1 billion) and cut dividends as a result of an ongoing investigation into alleged graft and money-laundering at Brazil's state-controlled oil producer, analysts at Morgan Stanley & Co said in a client note.
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What a Mesa: Apple vows to re-use titsup GT sapphire glass plant

The Register - Wed, 2014-11-19 08:35
Commits to American manufacturing ... of secret tech

Apple has vowed to protect jobs in Mesa, Arizona, and told city leaders it will not walk away from its stricken sapphire glass factory.…

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'Most advanced mobile botnet EVER' is coming for your OFFICE Androids

The Register - Wed, 2014-11-19 08:18

A newly discovered variant of NotCompatible is establishing what has been called the most advanced mobile botnet yet created.…

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