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February 25, 2011

Alan Turing’s notes saved by £200k donation

by Darren Allan
You might remember that last November, Alan Turing hit the news headlines when his notes went up for auction at Christie's. The fear was they'd be snaffled up by a wealthy private collector and whisked out of this country, never to be seen again. A campaign was started to raise money and keep the papers on display at Bletchley ...

November 24, 2010

Wednesday NewsBytes: ICO issues first data fines; Apple-1 computer fetches £133,000; Sony launches Qriocity movie streaming

by Darren Allan
The ICO has finally flexed its power to penalise organisations for serious data leaks. Hertfordshire County Council was fined £100,000 for faxing the details of a child abuse case to the wrong machine. The information ended up in the hands of the public rather than the legal team it was intended for. The other firm to get penalised to the ...

Turing papers fail to meet reserve at auction

by Darren Allan
Alan Turing's notes went up for auction at Christie's yesterday, but failed to meet their reserve. A campaign had been started to keep the papers public and on display at Bletchley Park, with Google pledging $100,000 to this cause. The fear being that if snaffled by a private collector, they might never be seen again. According to the Register, the ...

Apple-1 computer sells for £133,000 at Christie’s

by Darren Allan
An original Apple-1 computer which was shipped from the garage of Steve Jobs back in 1976 has been sold at Christie's. It was expected to fetch between £100,000 and £150,000, and it ended up going for just over the average of that expectation, reaching £133,000. The rare computer came with its original ...

November 23, 2010

Google gets behind Turing papers bid with $100K

by Darren Allan
Google has opened its wallet in the cause of keeping Alan Turing's research notes public. The famous code-breakers' papers are going on auction at Christie's right about now, and Google has donated $100,000 to Bletchley Park who is bidding to keep them public and on display. If they go to a private collector, the fear is Turing's work will never ...

November 14, 2010

Original Apple-1 computer up for auction at Christie’s

by Darren Allan
Fancy buying a piece of computer history? Sadly, it'll cost you dearly. One of the original Apple-1 computers, as shipped from the garage of Steve Jobs back in 1976, is up for sale at Christie's. The computer is apparently “number 82”, and comes with the original invoice and a typed letter signed by “Steven Jobs”, as well as all ...