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Gamers raid medical server to host Call of Duty

A server storing sensitive patient information for more than 230,000 people was breached by unknown hackers so they could use its resources to host the wildly popular Call of Duty: Black Ops computer game.
Dan Goodin, 14 Jan 2011

Intel: Our server growth never stops

If you are expecting a dip in server spending in 2011, then you must not be running Intel.

Man nabbed nude pics from women's email accounts

A California man on Thursday admitted breaking into the Facebook and email accounts of hundreds of women and stealing nude and semi-nude pictures of them.
Dan Goodin, 14 Jan 2011

Linux ecosystem spins around Red Hat

Open...and ShutBy Silicon Valley standards, Red Hat is a loser. It doesn't have an app store (though it once tried to create one). Its chief executive isn't a fresh-faced kid (though Jim Whitehurst doesn't look much older than 20). And its headquarters isn't in San Francisco or Silicon Valley, but rather in the comparative backwoods of North Carolina.
Matt Asay, 14 Jan 2011

Otellini yawns at Windows on ARM

After Microsoft announced that the next release of its Windows operating system would run on ARM chips, Chipzilla headman Paul Otellini and his staff must have received a memo from Intel Thought Central.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Jan 2011

Interview: Jailbroken iPhones a vector rather than a vulnerability

Earlier this week, Sense of Security hit the headlines advising against the careless use of jailbroken iPhones in corporate environments. The Register speaks to the company’s security consultant Kaan Kivilcim, who presented his findings at the ASIA conference in December, about what the company found.
Richard Chirgwin, 14 Jan 2011
Synology USB Station 2

Synology USB Station 2

ReviewNetwork storage is a ‘good thing’ in the same way as a Big Top; great as long as you don’t have to set it up. Selling Nas boxes to consumers needs the hassle taken out of the installation – and what if you already have a drive you’re not using? Synology’s USB 2 Station aims to ease both problems.
Simon Williams, 14 Jan 2011

Sainsbury's is abandoning tape

UK retailing giant and mainframe user Sainsbury's is migrating away from tape to Shoden-supplied Data Domain disk backup systems.
Chris Mellor, 14 Jan 2011
Box and Salesforce have announced integration features

What you think about SaaS

Hosted appsThroughout this workshop, we have been looking at the factors that affect the acceptance of SaaS. Ultimately what it boils down to is trust, and when we look at what it is that creates trust, you tell us that the most important factors are:
Andrew Buss, 14 Jan 2011

OFT restricts use of insurance tool

Competition watchdog the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has reached agreement for limiting the use of a tool produced by credit reference company Experian over fears that it could lead to illegal price co-ordination.
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Jan 2011

Renault wants full spy probe

French carmaker Renault has filed a criminal complaint with the Paris prosecutor to investigate claims of industrial espionage in its electric car division.
John Oates, 14 Jan 2011
Mitsubishi iMiEV

Mitsubishi commuter e-car goes on sale

Mitsubishi's e-car, the i-MiEV, formally goes on sale in the UK today.
Tony Smith, 14 Jan 2011

Facebook facing fall-down issues

Facebook is having a bit of a wobbly morning - the site is unavailable for many, and working very, very slowly for others.
John Oates, 14 Jan 2011

Engineers want £20bn for rubbish idea

In a utopian report, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) says the UK needs £20bn additional spending on recycling infrastructure over the next decade. The recommendation is made in a report today that proposes "unlocking value locked up in the UK's current waste" – which sounds great – but the report fails to tell us whether the value unlocked will exceed £20bn. Alas, no attempt at all is made to quantity the costs and benefits of the recommendations – which are grand indeed.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Jan 2011

HP cans EVA clustering

HP killed EVA clustering sales at the end of 2010, meaning that scale-out virtualised storage capacity across EVA arrays and thin provisioning are no longer available. 3PAR products fill the gap.
Chris Mellor, 14 Jan 2011

RIM, Moto tablet ship total to hit 2m in Q1

RIM will be shipping more than a million BlackBerry PlayBook tablets during the firs three months of 2011 as the battle to beat Apple's iPad - or at least grab a chunk of the emerging media slate maket - begins in earnest.
Tony Smith, 14 Jan 2011

Wikileaks finally chucks Brad Manning spare change

With Julian Assange settling into his new life as a country squire at Ellingham Hall, Wikileaks has belatedly offered to help its alleged source.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Jan 2011

Chinese crack down on 'money-sucker' Androids

The Chinese government is to crack down on "money sucking" mobiles: Android-based handsets that subsidise themselves by stealing from the customer's account.
Bill Ray, 14 Jan 2011

No need for speed, says Oz communications shadow

It's been a bad week for Australia’s Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who has taken quite a drubbing across the blogosphere after suggesting that Australia's cities did not need home connection speeds of up to one terabyte per second.
Jane Fae , 14 Jan 2011

EU study frowns over data breach notification rules

A new EU study has identified risk prioritisation, enforcement and resources as key issues in applying data breach notification rules.
John Leyden, 14 Jan 2011
fingers pointing at man

Flashy fists fly as OCZ and DDRdrive row over SSD performance

Two solid state disk SSD suppliers are arguing about NAND flash performance drop-off.
Chris Mellor, 14 Jan 2011

Special Ops satellite-bitchslapping hydrogen strato cruiser flies

A radical new US military drone aircraft, intended to cruise high in the stratosphere on days-long missions in which it would take on many tasks currently requiring satellites, has made its first flight powered by hydrogen.
Lewis Page, 14 Jan 2011

US government could challenge Google's ITA travel plans

Google’s proposed $700m acquisition of travel search outfit ITA Software is continuing to be probed by the US government, which could lead to the Department of Justice blocking the deal.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jan 2011
Samsung EX1

Samsung EX1 compact camera

ReviewWhile Samsung’s NX100 APS-C sensor camera is making life difficult for those deciding on compact EVIL shooter, the company’s considerably cheaper EX1 is beginning to look like a bargain these days. Shop around and you can pick it up for under £300. The EX1 isn't an interchangeable lens model but its 24mm f1.8, 3x zoom is certainly a winner in low light, with Samsung making claims that it’s the world’s brightest lens on a compact.
James Cumpsty, 14 Jan 2011

Harder to read = easier to recall

Fancy fonts might be harder to read, but the messages they convey are easier to recall, according to boffins at Princeton and Indiana Universities.
Bill Ray, 14 Jan 2011

Sharp submits skinny sound solution

Sharp has upped the volume on laptops this month with the launch of an extension speaker system, the Mini Sound Bar.
Caleb Cox, 14 Jan 2011

Pioneer plugs ears with powerful headphones

Sound specialist Pioneer has released a set of noise cancelling headphones that apparently reduce ambient racket up to 90 per cent.
Caleb Cox, 14 Jan 2011

Samsung Froyo phone surfaces

Pictures of an upcoming Samsung Android 2.2-based smartphone, the S5830, have got numerous bloggers drooling over the notion of a "mini" version of the Galaxy S.
Tony Smith, 14 Jan 2011

$1,000 reward offered for stolen cancer research laptop

Medical researchers in Oklahoma are offering a no-questions-asked $1,000 reward for the return of a stolen laptop that contains years of research on prostate cancer.
John Leyden, 14 Jan 2011

Sainsbury's techie jailed for loyalty card scam

An IT manager at Sainsbury's has been jailed for fraud offences connected to the supermarket's Nectar loyalty card scheme.
John Oates, 14 Jan 2011

LG dual-core smartphone to hit UK in March

LG's Optimus 2x Android smartphone - a handset equipped with Nvidia's 1GHz dual-core Tegra processor - will be out in the UK in March.
Hard Reg, 14 Jan 2011

California's green-leccy price system will stifle plug-in cars

California is generally thought to be perhaps the best place in the world for eco-friendly cars. The populous, wealthy, heavily motorised state has traditionally encouraged the development of low-pollution, energy-saving cars, and such vehicles are more commonly found there than anywhere else.
Lewis Page, 14 Jan 2011

Ace Reg reporter in career suicide shock

After almost five years, I'm rejoining the massed ranks of the Reg readership.
Christopher Williams, 14 Jan 2011

Microsoft sends Windows 7 SP1 to OEMs

Russian Microsoft employees have pushed the button on Windows 7 service pack 1, by revealing that it is winging its way to computer manufacturers.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jan 2011

Games sales slip in 2010

The gaming world has produced smaller figures this year and while strenuous Kinect, Move and Wii exercise could potentially shed a few stone, we're actually talking sales numbers here.
Caleb Cox, 14 Jan 2011

LightSquared faces regulator glare

LightSquared is in a tight spot, with investors getting cold feet and regulators demanding assurance on how far the company intends to bend the rules.
Bill Ray, 14 Jan 2011
For Sale sign detail

Google Apps contracts promise no 'scheduled downtime'

Google has updated the contracts for its Google Apps suite so that they no longer make allowances for scheduled maintenance, and that any downtime - no matter how small - will be counted and applied to the customer's agreement.
Cade Metz, 14 Jan 2011
Broken CD with wrench

Watson beats humans in Jeopardy! dry run

If you were betting on humanity in the upcoming grand challenge clash between humanity and IBM's Watson question-answer (QA) supercomputer, you might want to start reconsidering your wager.

No court order against PlayStation hackers for now

A San Francisco federal judge declined to order New Jersey-based hacker Geohot to turn over the technology he used to root the PlayStation 3, saying she doubted Geohot was subject to her court's authority.
Dan Goodin, 14 Jan 2011

Will Windows on ARM sink Windows Phone 7?

AnalysisMicrosoft insists that its upcoming ARM-friendly version of Windows is no threat to its existing smartphone OS, Windows Phone 7. Windows for ARM is strictly for "tablets on up," Redmond says. But Intel CEO Paul Otellini sees Microsoft's mobile OS future quite differently.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Jan 2011

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