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The European Space Agency (ESA) is to start using 3D printing methods to create metal parts for rockets, jets and potentially even nuclear fusion reactors. According to the ESA, the parts will be able to withstand heat of up to 3,000° Celsius (5,432° Fahrenheit) and will cut down on materials waste. “Our ultimate aim is to print a satellite in a single piece,” said ESA new materials and energy research chief David Jarvis.

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Tim Berners-Lee suggests that allowing content protection mechanisms into the HTML5 web standard may be necessary in order to help web standards fight back against the rise of proprietary platforms. But is that tradeoff worth making? Read more »

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The United Kingdom isn’t much of a manufacturing hub these days, except for… computers? Yes, the Raspberry Pi Foundation, which makes ultra-cheap computers for educational purposes, has  built more than a million of the things in the UK over the last year (following a few months’ production in China). Some 1.75 million units have now been sold and, with partners such as Google continuing to join in the fun, the platform continues to become more useful.

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As we reported earlier this year, the UK is planning extensive trials of so-called white space connectivity – using the spectral buffer zones between TV channels in order to carry broadband and machine-to-machine communications. The regulator Ofcom has now named the 6-month trial’s participants, which range from Google and Microsoft to BT, white space radio pioneer Neul and .uk domain name registry Nominet.

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Samsung is still on the hook in the EU over antitrust concerns – regulators there reckon that if you’ve agreed to license standards-essential patents to competitors at a fair rate, and a competitor is willing to pay that rate, you can’t then use the patents as legal weapons against them, as Samsung did to Apple. On Friday, EU competition chief Joaquin Almunia said Samsung has now sent him “a set of commitments seeking to address our concerns,” and he will “market test” those proposals over the coming weeks.

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Many people in Finland are feeling understandably sore at the sale of Nokia’s venerable handset division to Microsoft, and this won’t help quell the conspiracy theories. Nokia previously said outgoing CEO Stephen Elop had a similar bonus structure to that of his predecessor, but on Tuesday it emerged that Elop’s contract included a “change of control” clause that helped him net $25 million on the way out. There was effectively a built-in incentive for Elop to see the share price fall and then have to sell off the handset business.

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