HP plans to measure girth, thrust of channel pitches
HP will measure reseller pitch rates through the global rollout of the iQuote system, allowing it to market more aggressively or shift promotions.
Atmos 2.0 now shipping
EMC is now shipping its boosted cloud storage: it's faster, more efficient, and a drag 'n' drop interface for Windows users makes it look like just another folder.
Plucky Czechs force Street View changes
Google's Street View cars will soon be back on the streets of the Czech Republic after the data protection registrar forced changes on the search and advertising giant.
UPDATED McGregor set to take control at Azlan
Azlan has concluded the search for a new boss with former Avnet Technology Solutions exec Colin McGregor set to take on the role, The Register can confirm.
Earth orbit for £1,000? You must be joking
We're obliged to all those readers who sent in suggestions as to just what El Reg's new Special Projects Bureau should be doing with its multi-billion pound budget and mountain fab bunker complex, and the first thing that caught our eye was the N-Prize – "a challenge to launch an impossibly small satellite into orbit on a ludicrously small budget, for a pitifully small cash prize".
Pharmacy spam disguised as Google+ invites
Scammers have wasted little time in exploiting the launch of Google+ to mount a spam campaign ultimately designed to promote penis pills and other unlicensed pharmaceutical sales from dodgy websites.
Terrafugia flying car gets road-safety exemptions
The Terrafugia Transition "roadable" aircraft – a stylish combination of light aeroplane and car – has been granted useful exemptions by the US Department of Transportation.
Fox News tweets hacked to show Obama death stories
A Twitter account maintained by Fox News has been hacked to post fake "Obama assassinated" stories.
EU cloud data can be secretly accessed by US authorities
Personal information belonging to EU users of US-owned cloud-based services could be shared with US law enforcers without the user being informed, Microsoft has said.
Aussie retailer accuses UK shops of HDMI 'scam'
Want a free HDMI cable? Buy a telly from either John Lewis or Currys and you'll get one - not from those retailers but from upstart Aussie e-tailer Kogan.
Spooks made 1,061 bugging errors in 2010
MI5 wrongly collected subscriber data on 134 telephone numbers as a result of a software error, according to interception of communications commissioner Sir Paul Kennedy's annual report.
Facebook's 'awesome' plan to hook up with Skype?
Facebook is reportedly about to launch a new video chat product powered by Microsoft-owned Skype.
Anti-censorship Radiohead tap into online Chinese market
Radiohead have launched their own microblog in China, even though the British band oppose the country's human rights and censorship policies.
Can Liam Fox break the power of British Army, Navy, RAF chiefs?
AnalysisLast week, the Defence Secretary announced the publication of the Levene report into the way the UK Ministry of Defence is run: and Dr Fox stated that he agrees with all the recommendations it makes. The MoD has formally announced that it "will publish a blueprint setting out all the major changes the Department is embarked on later this year".
Sony to launch PlayStation 4 in 2012, say moles
Sony will begin producing the PlayStation 4 -equipped with Kinect-style movement control tech - by the end of this year, and will launch it in 2012, it has been claimed.
Apple v Samsung: Jobs strikes back
Last week Samsung went to the International Trade Commission to try to ban the import of Apple's phones into the US. In response Apple has now tried to stop the sale of four specified Samsung handsets on claims that they infringe Apple patents.
Pissed-off elves bombard Icelandic town with rocks
The good burghers of the Icelandic town of Bolungarvik have intervened to prevent further action by elves who are evidently unhappy they weren't consulted about the construction of an anti-avalanche barrier.
Scotland Yard still have no idea why their network fell over
The Metropolitan Police Service is still trying to get to the bottom of the outage that prevented staff accessing some IT services nearly a month after it first emerged.
Microsoft inks Bing deal with Baidu
China-based Baidu has reportedly inked an English-language search agreement with Microsoft's Bing.
Telcos: up your prices, lose customers
Mobile providers rely on their customer base, yet unlike hardware manufacturers, developing a loyalty is difficult. With so much competition, increasing prices can have a significant impact and send customers sniffing elsewhere.
WikiLeaks sues Visa, Mastercard over 'financial blockade'
WikiLeaks is suing Visa and MasterCard over their decision to suspend payment facilities for the whistleblowing website in the wake of last year's US diplomatic cables release row.
Logicalis coughs $34m for Netarx
Logicalis has paid $34m for US IT services biz and fellow Cisco Gold partner Netarx.
Samsung NS310 netbook
ReviewWill the tablet kill off the netbook? Probably not. Granted the netbook has never quite fulfilled its promise due to a combination of prices that went up with specifications that didn’t. Even so, I’ve yet to find a fondleslab that can truly replace my Windows 7/Ubuntu dual-booting Samsung N140.
When Oracle bought Pillar for £zilch
CommentIt was a telling omission when Oracle introduced a storage guy to talk about why Pillar Data was such a great acquisition. It wasn't Mike Workman, Pillar's CEO and founder, but Phil Bullinger, Oracle's SVP for Disk Storage.
Boffins fix dead satellite using 'dirty hack' in space
Engineers and ground controllers at the European Space Agency are overjoyed to announce that they have managed to bring an unexpectedly defunct, critical science satellite orbiting the Earth back to life – by hacking it.
Custom speakers that should be seen as well as heard
Audio speakers come in various shapes and sizes, but it's rare to find sets as funky as these.
Nissan backs off from Goodwood reverse-race car stunt
Organisers of the Goodwood Festival of Speed have stopped Nissan's attempt to drive one of its jalopies up the Hill Climb course backwards.
Apple site hacked 'by LulzSec' - report
Hackers claim to have broken into Apple's systems before posting a list of names and password hashes online.
BBC mulls talent Twitter ban to prevent storyline spoilers
UpdatedA ban on the use of Twitter and other public forums is being considered by BBC bosses, in an effort to prevent stars and writers from talking about details of the broadcaster's confidential upcoming productions online.
Google trebles its force of lobbyists ahead of FTC probe
Google now has 18 lobbying firms on its books, after it hired 12 more companies late last week to help fight a recent antitrust investigation kicked off by the US Federal Trade Commission.
Stieg Larsson: Oxfam's number one best seller
The author Brits are most likely to hand to charity store Oxfam is Dan Brown - the man responsible for turgid Vatican romp the Da Vinci Code.
Pacific rare-earth discovery: Actually just gigatonnes of dirt
There has been a lot of excitement over a recent paper by Japanese researchers who have discovered billions – hundreds of billions – of tonnes of rare earths under the Pacific Ocean. Those rare earths, you will recall, are essential to so much of modern technology, from those sweet little earbuds of your iPod and the magnets in a hard drive, through to planet-saving windmills and the crystals that make an MRI machine work.
Top level domain explosion could wreak MAYHEM on NET
A plan to populate the internet with hundreds or thousands of new top-level domains has security researchers pondering some of the unintended consequences that could be exploited by online criminals. Some of the scenarios aren't pretty.
IBM chases Itanium shops with 'Breakfree' deals
When you live in a glass house – like IBM does, both metaphorically and literally – you don't throw stones. So when Oracle suddenly pulled the plug on future software development for the Itanium processor back in March, Big Blue didn't say squat about the situation. But the company's top brass have been taking pot-shots at the Itanium chip in recent weeks, and that was in preparation for an IBM assault on the Itanium base code-named "Project Breakfree".
Operation Antisec lames out again
A Twitter account, some already-public data, some Apple survey server admin logins: the more people get on board the “Antisec” campaign, the more laughable their achievements become.
Ex-BigPond chief uploaded to Quickflix
The former head of Telstra Big Pond and Telstra Media, Justin Milne, will resurface as deputy chairman of Quickflix. Milne's appointment is expected to be announced today.