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Tough luck, Zuck! Man who claimed to own half of Facebook has fraud trial delayed six months

The Register - 1 hour 36 min ago
Judge grants his new lawyer time to peruse the evidence

The man accused of trying to cheat Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg out of half of the social network has had his fraud trial delayed by six months so he can take time to go over his case with his new lawyer.…

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Apple gives fanbois The Sweetest Thing: A delete button for that U2 album

The Register - 2 hours 29 min ago
Hey Bono, we have found what we're looking for

It's a Beautiful Day: Apple has created a utility to remove U2's Songs of Innocence album that was force-fed into people's iCloud libraries overnight.…

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Business expects data retention will hit their bottom lines: survey

The Register - 2 hours 34 min ago
A great big new tax on everything, a python squeeze, a wrecking ball ...

Risk management outfit Protiviti says Australian businesses are fearful that the government's proposed metadata retention scheme is going to cost them.…

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Cable internet won't need dose of fibre to stop feeling bloated

The Register - 2 hours 39 min ago
Standards group CableLabs tackling TCP 'bufferbloat' in 3.1 standard

CableLabs, the industry group that develops data transmission standards for cable television networks, is experimenting with Active Queue Management (AQM) to deal with the issue of bufferbloat in cable networks.…

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MIT's 'stealth' ROBO-CHEETAH is unleashed – and it's hopping mad

The Register - Mon, 15/09/2014 - 22:47
Metal beast is silent(ish) and potentially deadly

Vid Academics at MIT have been showing off their latest attempt to build a robot cheetah that will run and jump across the landscape without the need for a power cord.…

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Microsoft buys Minecraft for $2.5bn. Notch: I'm getting the block outta here

The Register - Mon, 15/09/2014 - 21:14
He's taking his cash and leaving Mojang

When Microsoft acquires Minecraft maker Mojang for a dizzying $2.5bn, the game's creator won't be coming along for the ride.…

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American Voices: Majority Of Americans Back Obama’s ISIS Plan But Doubt It Will Work

The Onion - Mon, 15/09/2014 - 20:52
According to a new poll by NBC News, though the majority of Americans support President Obama’s plan to take military action against the terrorist organization ISIS, they also have little confidence the plan will actually work.

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Comcast exec: No, we haven't banned Tor. I use it. You're probably using it

The Register - Mon, 15/09/2014 - 20:41
Keep in mind if, say, your Onion browser craps out on Xfinity

Comcast has denied claims that it will cut off subscribers for using the Tor project's anonymizing web browser.…

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Daily Spin Class Only Thing Keeping Mom From Driving Car Full Of Kids Into Ocean

The Onion - Mon, 15/09/2014 - 20:21
WALNUT CREEK, CA—Explaining that her workouts at Flywheel Sports always leave her feeling balanced and reenergized, local mother of three Karen Madison told reporters Monday that her twice-weekly spin class was the only thing keeping her from drivin...

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As bankruptcy looms for RadioShack, we ask its chief financial officer... oh. He's quit

The Register - Mon, 15/09/2014 - 20:09
Troubled retailer may not last 'beyond the very near term'

The chief financial officer of struggling US electronics retailer RadioShack has resigned – as the company faces a fiscal crisis from which it has warned it may not be able to recover.…

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No biggie: EMC's XtremIO firmware upgrade 'will wipe data'

The Register - Mon, 15/09/2014 - 19:23
But it'll have no impact and will be seamless, we're told

There's a rumor that upgrading EMC's XtremIO firmware to v3.0 will wipe all user data from the flash array.…

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Sportsgraphic: NFL Week Two Winners And Losers

The Onion - Mon, 15/09/2014 - 19:05
Onion Sports presents its winners and losers from the second week of the NFL season

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Staring at a Screen for Hours Changes Your Tears

Scientific American - Technology - Mon, 15/09/2014 - 19:00
Office workers exhibit symptoms of dry eye

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Touch-Down Site Selected for Comet Lander

Scientific American - Space and Physics - Mon, 15/09/2014 - 19:00
A robotic probe set to be released in November by the Rosetta spacecraft will land on the "head" of a comet said to be shaped like a rubber ducky

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Self-Driving Cars Could Cut Greenhouse Gas Pollution

Scientific American - Technology - Mon, 15/09/2014 - 18:28
A new report shows how autonomous and connected car technologies could begin to reduce the amount of pollution put out by vehicles

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Woman Nervous Mom Starting To Use Her As Confidant

The Onion - Mon, 15/09/2014 - 18:00
RENO, NV—Alarmed at the growing length and frequency of their conversations, local woman Patricia Hensley, 28, expressed concern Monday that her mother, Betty Hensley, may now consider her a trusted confidant.

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Hong Kong academics support looming student strike

Science Magazine - Mon, 15/09/2014 - 17:45
Class boycott planned to protest Beijing's proposed election rules
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Seagate's triple-headed Cerberus could SAVE the DISK WORLD

The Register - Mon, 15/09/2014 - 16:58
... and possibly bring us even more HAMR time. Yay!

Seagate is thinking of doubling up - or possibly even tripling - disk read heads to get a stronger signal from disk platters with more and narrower data tracks.…

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Microsoft splurges 2½ INSTAGRAMS buying Minecraft maker Mojang

The Register - Mon, 15/09/2014 - 16:36
It'll all end in showers of collapsing blocks, mark my words

+Comment Having closed down its own lesser gaming operations, Microsoft is spending $2.5bn on buying one with a big punch – Minecraft maker Mojang.…

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Europe prepares to INVADE comet: Rosetta landing site chosen

The Register - Mon, 15/09/2014 - 16:03
No word yet on whether backup site is labelled 'K'

The European Space Agency has selected a site for the Rosetta space probe's lander, which is attempting to touch down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.…

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