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Privacy complaints skyrocketed in 2013-14, says Pilgrim

The Register - 4 hours 11 min ago
DoI set Oz government record for privacy fumbling

Privacy breach complaints in Australia nearly tripled between 2013 and 2014, according to the soon-to-be-defunct Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).…

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Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit

The Register - 4 hours 27 min ago
USB-serial imitators whacked by driver update

Reports are emerging that chip-maker FTDI has declared war on chip counterfeiters with a driver update that bricks USB devices recognised as fakes.…

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Forget the $2499 5K iMac – today we reveal Apple's most expensive computer to date

The Register - 4 hours 54 min ago
Unbelievable specs, too

Pic When Bonhams put a vintage Apple I computer on the block, the Brit auction house thought the tech antique would fetch as much as $500,000.…

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Whistleblower behind PM's daughter scholarship leak must wait for fate

The Register - 5 hours 13 min ago
Magistrate says she needs about five weeks to consider the case

Freya Newman, the Sydney student who pled guilty to illegally using login credentials to leak documents about a scholarship awarded to the daughter of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, won't learn her fate until November 25th.…

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Worst one-night stand EVER: Randy humans bedded Neanderthals 60,000 years ago

The Register - 5 hours 58 min ago
Siberian thigh bone reveals promiscuous past

Scientists in Germany have extracted the oldest human DNA ever found – from a 45,000-year-old femur found by a Siberian ivory hunter.…

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Disney and chums halt Comcast-TWC, AT&T-DirecTV weddings

The Register - 7 hours 13 min ago
FCC reaches to pull back curtain, TV networks run screaming from sunlight

US watchdog the FCC has hit the brakes while scrutinizing the proposed mergers of Comcast-Time Warner, and AT&T-DirecTV.…

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Smartphone giant _____ puts citizens' private data beyond reach of oppressive regime _____

The Register - 8 hours 2 min ago
And into the hands of _______ that also spies on people

Chinese Apple wannabe Xiaomi says it's spent much of the past year migrating its online services out of its Beijing data centers so that it can better serve customers in international markets.…

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How to hit the top of Google's rankings: 'Use a new dot-thing gTLD'

The Register - 8 hours 44 min ago
You know what they, say – when the Cutts away ...

If you want to get higher up Google's search rankings, it turns out that using a new dot-thing domain – such as .guru or .ninja – may give you the edge.…

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Google opens new Inbox – email for people too dumb to use email

The Register - 9 hours 12 min ago
Inbox? In-bollocks to that

Vid Email has been around for more than 40 years – but someone at Google thinks we just can't handle it. And lo, the Chocolate Factory has developed an application dubbed Inbox to make an easy job easier.…

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Ooh la la! Nokia France leak: Windows Phone DEFENESTRATED in Microsoft Lumia revamp

The Register - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 22:57
Haricots renversés sur Facebook

The French wing of Microsoft's Nokia mobile device division appears to have confirmed some Windows Phone rebranding efforts that have been rumored for the past few months.…

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SNIA's Australia/New Zealand chapter winds itself up

The Register - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 22:30
Board declares mission accomplished

The Storage Networking Industry Association's (SNIA's) Australia and New Zealand chapter has decided to wind itself up.…

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Pay a tax on every gigabyte you download? Haha, that's too funny. But not to Hungarians

The Register - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 22:16
Sssh, don't give anyone any ideas, Hungary

Hungary is threatening to tax its broadband providers for every gigabyte their subscribers use.…

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Australia to 'relieve' telcos of need to disclose intercepts

The Register - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 22:14
Administrivia-reduction measure said to have no consumer benefit

Updated The federal government's “red tape repeal” policy looks set to reduce the amount of information Australians receive about telecommunications interception requests.…

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Titan glowing at dusk and dawn

ScienceDaily: Space & Time - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 22:01
New maps of Saturn's moon Titan reveal large patches of trace gases shining brightly near the north and south poles. These regions are curiously shifted off the poles, to the east or west, so that dawn is breaking over the southern region while dusk is falling over the northern one.
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American Voices: Toys ‘R’ Us Pulls ‘Breaking Bad’ Action Figures From Shelves

The Onion - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 21:45
Toys ‘R’ Us announced it will no longer sell action figures depicting characters from Breaking Bad, the AMC hit television show about a chemistry teacher turned meth dealer, after a Florida mother launched an online petition stating tha...

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Is your home or office internet gateway one of '1.2 MILLION' wide open to hijacking?

The Register - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 21:18
Doublecheck your NAT-PMP settings now

Hundreds of thousands of routers, firewalls and gateways used by small offices and homes are said to be vulnerable to hijacking due to bungled NAT settings.…

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New ultra-thin 3-D display technology promises greater energy efficiency

Science Daily: Matter and Energy - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 20:47
Researchers have devised an ultra-thin LCD screen that operates without a power source, making it a compact, energy-efficient way to display visual information. The technology may one day have applications in products such as e-book readers, flexible displays or as a security measure on credit cards.
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Pueblo Indians Can’t Keep Pace With Area Mom’s Appetite For Earthenware

The Onion - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 20:47
ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Claiming that the 56-year-old’s desire for authentic Native American ceramics is insatiable, local Pueblo artisans confirmed Wednesday that they can’t keep pace with area mother Shelly Burke’s ravenous appetite for ...

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Area Man Released After Being Wrongfully Employed For 9 Years

The Onion - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 20:45
RICHMOND, VA—In response to mounting evidence showing that he never should have been in there in the first place, administrators at KDM Marketing officially released 34-year-old account manager Alex Olmstead today after nine years of being wrongfull...

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Guns don't scare people, hackers do: Americans fear identity theft more than shooting sprees

The Register - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 20:24
Citizens know their stats

A survey into what Americans fear most has shown that fears of identity theft and being unsafe online outweigh the fear of being shot.…

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