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  • Oracle slashes Larry Ellison's stock options following shareholder discontent

    Oracle has granted CEO Larry Ellison 3 million stock options, a significant reduction from the 7 million options he received in previous years, according to a regulatory filing.

  • Apple unveils minor bumps to MacBook Pro laptops

    Apple today refreshed the MacBook Pro line with minor upgrades of the processor, a small price cut to the aged non-Retina model, and additional RAM for the least-expensive Retina configurations.

  • Cisco ready to ship ACI controller

    Cisco this week announced it will soon ship its Application Centric Infrastructure controller and rolled out other extensions across its data center portfolio.

  • RoboBees to Save US Agriculture

    What man breaks, man can fix ... at least, that's what we like to think. Consider, for example, bees. Bees of all species are dying off in the US and Europe and over the last few years we've seen the commercial beekeeping industry decimated by a syndrome called colony collapse disorder (CCD).

  • Microsoft faces anti-monopoly probe in China over Windows, Office

    China has opened an anti-monopoly probe into Microsoft over problems arising from its Windows and Office software, a government regulator said on Tuesday, a day after it conducted surprise raids of the company's offices in the country.

  • Feds arrest Florida man who allegedly conned Apple out of $309K

    A Florida man was arrested and charged with wire fraud after he allegedly bilked more than three-dozen Apple stores across the country of more than $309,000 worth of products over a several-month stretch.

  • Privacy groups call for action to stop Facebook's off site user tracking plans

    U.S. and EU privacy and consumer groups called on privacy regulators to stop Facebook's plans to gather the Internet browsing patterns of its users while they visit other sites.

  • French fight the death of OpenVMS

    An OpenVMS user group in France has posted an 'open letter' to Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman urging her to reconsider HP's decision to begin pulling support for the system.

  • Huawei's smartphones shipments rise on international sales

    Huawei Technologies shipped 62 percent more smartphones in the first half of 2014 than the same period last year, with shipments to some countries outside its home market of China doubling or even tripling.

  • Rhapsody reaches 2M subscribers, bets on new unRadio service

    Rhapsody International, which operates the Rhapsody and Napster music services, said Tuesday it plans to expand in France and Latin America as a result of deals with mobile operators SRF and Telefonica.

  • Using Instagram on public Wi-Fi poses risk of an account hijack, researcher says

    A configuration problem in Facebook's popular Instagram application for Apple devices could allow a hacker to hijack a person's account if they're both on the same public Wi-Fi network.

  • Consumer group decries government's anti-piracy plans

    Consumer advocacy group Choice has criticised anti-piracy proposals contained in a leaked government discussion paper as likely to be ineffective and failing to deal with the root causes of unauthorised downloading of content.

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    Data retention: Industry reiterates warning on costs

    "You're going to the shops to get a litre of milk anyway, so it's no big deal to bring me the whole supermarket" — that's how iiNet's chief regulatory officer, Steve Dalby, today described government suggestions a mandatory data retention scheme would not impose significant burdens on telecommunications carriers.

  • Lithium-metal battery could boost gadget power

    Researchers at Stanford University have made progress toward designing a battery with a lithium anode, a development that could increase battery power in electronics.

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    Vodafone uses low-band to boost 4G coverage

    Vodafone on Tuesday announced it had reallocated its low-band 850MHz mobile spectrum to boost 4G network coverage – particularly indoors – for 1.5 million of its existing customers.

  • NICTA pushes seL4 microkernel beyond drones

    The seL4 microkernel, the “world’s most highly assured OS”, has just been released as open source, which will help it evolve beyond its military use, says NICTA.

  • ACMA signs online child abuse notification scheme with police

    The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has signed formal agreements with state, territory and federal police for the reporting of online child abuse material in Australia.

  • Testbed will help clouds and networks shake hands

    A network testbed being constructed just south of San Francisco will help carriers and vendors develop standards for better cloud services, the CloudEthernet Forum says.

  • More than 6k Australians duped by Koler Android ransomware: report

    Android ransomware, which displays a message that claims to be from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and other local law enforcement authorities, has affected 6,223 Australians since May 2014, according to research by Kaspersky Lab.

  • Facebook to require Messenger app for mobile chat

    If you like to send messages via Facebook when you're on the move, get ready to download a new app.