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Official: Microsoft buys Skype for $8.5bn

The Register - Tue, 05/10/2011 - 12:34
Second marriage for VoIP provider

Microsoft confirmed today that it has indeed bought Skype from an investor group led by Silver Lake for $8.5bn.…

Super-injunction Twitter user in contempt of court if tweets were true

The Register - Tue, 05/10/2011 - 12:30
Up for libel if they weren't ... that's if they can ever find the twit

A Twitter user who claims to have posted information that is banned from publication by the UK courts on the social network site could be found in contempt of court, a media law expert has said.…

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YouTube comes clean: Content rental is king

The Register - Tue, 05/10/2011 - 12:05
VOD and IPTV players quiver

The Chocolate Factory's worst-kept secret is out: YouTube today confirmed that it is launching an online movie rental service with a 3,000-strong catalogue streaming to PCs and mobile devices.…

EMC's second-generation Atmos goes five times faster

The Register - Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:32
Amazon S3 interoperability coming

EMC World EMC has announced its second generation Atmos cloud storage platform that can take in objects five times faster and will have API access to Amazon's S3 service.…

Honey, I shrunk the micro server

The Register - Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:30
Virtualisation comes down from the cloud

Virtualisation is all the rage in data centres, but sometimes, you need to" realise" a server. Some companies with modest computing requirements will pay a premium for dedicated server hosting, rather than virtual server slices.…

Toshiba delays Android 3.0 tablet

The Register - Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:26
Awaiting quad-core chippage?

Toshiba's second Android tablet, the follow-up to last year's Froyo-based Folio 100, has been pushed back.…

Cable thieves cost UK rail £15m a year

The Register - Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:18
Six attacks a day

Copper thieves are costing Network Rail £15m a year and causing 6,000 hours of delays.…

Google will throw open lid on music locker service today

The Register - Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:16
No licence? No problem. Just look at YouTube

Google is expected to barge into the music industry this afternoon with the launch of its own music locker service, without prior approval from record labels.…

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Israeli hover-jeep returns to flight testing

The Register - Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:15
Would you trust a robot to fly out your injured buddy?

The "AirMule" robot hover-jeep being developed in Israel is back in flight tests following modifications: but the radical ducted-fan VTOL craft still has yet to fly untethered.…

Spotify's music manager makeover - does it work?

The Register - Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:15
Join their download club, use your iPod, scratch your head...

Last week, Spotify announced perhaps the biggest overhaul to its service since its launch. It has taken several days to roll out and is very interesting.…

Would Microsoft's Skype buy strengthen Lync or push it off a cliff?

The Register - Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:14
Talk is cheap, and $8bn is a lot

Analysis Is Microsoft preparing to school Skype in technology that it recently described as the "next generation of unified comms", or has the company spotted a hole in its VoIP strategy that can only be filled by an expensive acquisition?…

WTF is... IPv6?

The Register - Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:00
Address to impress

On the 8 June, it’ll be World IPv6 Day – a coordinated effort by major services on the internet, including Google and Facebook, to provide their services using the new version of the Internet Protocol. It’s part of the plans to cope with internet addresses ‘running out'. But just what is IPv6 - and what does it mean for most users?…

IPCC report: Renewables can never meet energy demand

The Register - Tue, 05/10/2011 - 10:43
Unless most people die or remain miserably poor

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued teasers ahead of an upcoming report into renewable energy.…

Isilon bigs up up data capacity

The Register - Tue, 05/10/2011 - 10:11
3TB disk drives

EMC World Isilon has increased the capacity of its NL nearline archival system to 108TB by using 3TB drives.…

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Space shuttle Endeavour finally off next Monday

The Register - Tue, 05/10/2011 - 09:57
Last mission begins on 16 May

NASA has announced that space shuttle Endeavour will finally blast off on its 25th and final mission at 12:56 GMT on 16 May.…

DWP's poor IT systems threaten back-to-work scheme

The Register - Tue, 05/10/2011 - 09:55
Multiple closed systems could hobble welfare-to-work programme – supplier

IT issues threaten the effectiveness of the government's single welfare-to-work scheme, according to the Department for Work and Pensions' (DWP) IT training and software provider.…

Paul Nicklen: Tales of ice-bound wonderlands

TED.com - Mon, 05/09/2011 - 14:38
Diving under the Antarctic ice to get close to the much-feared leopard seal, photographer Paul Nicklen found an extraordinary new friend. Share his hilarious, passionate stories of the polar wonderlands, illustrated by glorious images of the animals who live on and under the ice.

Sean Carroll: Distant time and the hint of a multiverse

TED.com - Thu, 05/05/2011 - 14:40
At TEDxCaltech, cosmologist Sean Carroll attacks -- in an entertaining and thought-provoking tour through the nature of time and the universe -- a deceptively simple question: Why does time exist at all? The potential answers point to a surprising view of the nature of the universe, and our place in it.

Suzanne Lee: Grow your own clothes

TED.com - Wed, 05/04/2011 - 14:43
Designer Suzanne Lee shares her experiments in growing a kombucha-based material that can be used like fabric or vegetable leather to make clothing. The process is fascinating, the results are beautiful (though there's still one minor drawback ...) and the potential is simply stunning.

Carlo Ratti: Architecture that senses and responds

TED.com - Tue, 05/03/2011 - 14:38
With his team at SENSEable City Lab, MIT's Carlo Ratti makes cool things by sensing the data we create. He pulls from passive data sets -- like the calls we make, the garbage we throw away -- to create surprising visualizations of city life. And he and his team create dazzling interactive environments from moving water and flying light, powered by simple gestures caught through sensors.