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Accel ponies up $100m to juice big data biz
Hadoop WorldWe have entered the business era of the big data eon. That's just a fancy way of saying that software companies are trying to take Hadoop and the myriad new tools that wrap around it and convert them into money by unseating incumbents in data warehousing and analytics – and, quite frankly, by doing some jobs that no one could handle before.
Duqu spawned by 'well-funded team of competent coders'
The Duqu malware that targeted industrial manufacturers around the world contains so many advanced features that it could only have been developed by a team of highly skilled programmers who worked full time, security researchers say.
Fedora 16 goes final with cloud and virtualization
Fedora has released the final build of Fedora 16, and is touting big improvements in the way the OS handles cloud computing and virtualization.
Foreign government emails HACKED says TeamP0ison
TeamP0ison has lobbed a file on Pastebin which purports to be a few hundred e-mail accounts complete with passwords.
Ten... high-end Android tablets
Product Round-upWith Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich upon us, it's a good time to take stock of the impact - or lack of it - of Android 3 Honeycomb and Nvidia's Tegra 2, the chipset and release of Google’s mobile OS that were hoped would knock the iPad of its perch.
Xio appoints 8th CEO in 9 years
Xio, the storage brick company, has sent its CEO upstairs, brought in a replacement CEO and lost its sales head. It's not quite a normal day in the executive offices.
Facebook scoops up tiny photo app company
Facebook has picked up a small photo app company called Digital Staircase according to a blog post from the start-up.
Lost cities found beneath sands of Sahara by satellites
Satellite images have revealed the ruins of a long-lost civilisation which existed in what is now the Sahara desert in Roman times and before. Archaeologists hope that the toppling of Libyan dictator Colonel Gadaffi, who has controlled access to the region in modern times, will permit the secrets of the lost cities beneath the sands to be unravelled properly at last.
Freak lightning strike sends app, storage servers back in time
Server vendors, prepare for an attack. Lightning strikes are coming - and they're welding app and storage boxes together in a way that reminds El Reg of the mainframe era.
Ofcom boss warns of low interest in 'superfast' broadband
Ofcom chief Ed Richards has warned that cash-strapped UK consumers lack enough incentive from ISPs in the country to upgrade to "superfast" broadband packages.
Deadly drive drought derails Dell's PC biz
Dell's build-to-order business model makes it the most vulnerable to the drive shortages that are wreaking havoc across the industry, channel analyst Context reckons.
Antique Code ShowLemmings was developed by DMA who are now known as Rockstar North of Grand Theft Auto fame. Who’d a thought such innocent beginnings would lead to such depraved offspring?
Nvidia outs five-core ARM chip
Nvidia has formally launched the quad-core ARM system-on-a-chip formerly known as 'Kal-El' and now unsurprisingly named 'Tegra 3', a processor originally scheduled to launch this past summer.
Hadoop: Making Linux gobble big data
Hadoop WorldThe Hadoop big data muncher has grown into more than Yahoo! conceived when it open-sourced its search engine indexing tool and its underlying file system back in 2009. And it has become exactly what open-source projects aspire to be: a centre of gravity around which a maelstrom of innovation coalesces.
No Sim-free Nokia Lumia 800s until 2012
Punters eagerly anticipating Nokia's new Lumia 800 Windows Phone 7.5 handset but hoping to nab a Sim-free unit are set to be disappointed.
Pay-by-wave: At least it's better than being mugged
AnalysisThe public thinks that paying with a tap of the phone is risky, with criminals able to intercept and steal credentials, so it seems a good time to take a closer look at proximity payments.
UK Border Force chief walks in passport checks row
Pressure mounted on Theresa May this morning after the UK Border Force chief Brodie Clark left the agency, claiming the Home Secretary was wrong to claim that he had relaxed passport checks without ministerial consent.
Patch Tuesday leaves Duqu 0-day for another day
November marked a light Patch Tuesday with just four bulletins, only one of which tackles a critical flaw.
Asus prices up five-core Eee Pad Android tablet
Asus' Eee Pad Transformer Prime, the first Android tablet to be based on Nvidia's five-core Tegra 3 chip, will arrive in Blighty early next year.
Kesa shells out £50m to offload Comet
Kesa Electricals has coughed £50m to exit its loss-making UK retail arm Comet, with private equity firms Hailey Holdings and Hailey Acquisitions taking on the 248-strong chain.
Why GNOME refugees love Xfce
GNOME 3 has become something of a polarising moment for the popular Linux desktop. In chasing visions of tablets, touchscreens and the mythical "everyday user", the GNOME 3 Shell has left many Linux power users scratching their heads, wondering why the GNOME developers decided to fix a desktop that wasn't broken.
Data retention, FOI and the storage budget
You the ExpertWe set you a challenge. How do you resolve the conflicting requirements of data retention rules, the Freedom of Information Act and managing a storage budget?
Adobe axes 750 jobs to focus on HTML5, cloud
Adobe has confirmed it is slashing 750 jobs across its enterprise licensing biz and focusing on HTML5 work as part of a restructure to pump up its digital media and marketing software.
Paypal emits cash swap tap app for Android
PayPal has updated its Android client to allow person-to-person transactions by tapping phones together, but without the complexity everyone else is using.
'Indestructible' Moto Defy telly ad banned
Motorola Mobility has been chastised by the Advertising Standards Authority for TV ads that showed the Motorola Defy getting thrown around the place without being damaged.
Threesome ends in arrest as wife struck by pair of TVs
A Miami man's attempt to conduct a threesome with his wife and another woman ended in a spell in the cells after he was accused of assaulting his spouse with a brace of TVs.
Marantz NR1602 AV receiver with AirPlay
ReviewWith the NR1602, Marantz has nuked the traditional AV receiver. The old template of massive amplification is out. In its place is an emphasis on networking prowess and design. The result is arguably the most forward-thinking receiver we’ll see all year.
World of Warcraft subscriptions slip
Mass multiplayer online games appear to be in decline, with World of Warcraft subscriptions down ten per cent, titles like Star Trek Online adopting the free-to-play model and the kid-friendly Lego Universe shutting up shop completely.
Russian probe engines crap out on way to Mars
Russia's fourth attempt to reach Mars has run into trouble and is now stuck in orbit around Earth.
Free uni opened for Tech City hipsters
A free university with hot-desking space for tech startup types is setting up shop in London, joining Google and TechHub in the cluster of technology companies around the East End.
RM's car-boot sale continues
Beleaguered education IT supplier RM has carved off another piece of international operations with Civica coughing £900,000 for its biz down under.
'Angry Bird' netflinger projectile brings down drug ultralights
US air force boffins have developed a net-flinging weapon dubbed "Angry Bird", for the purpose of bringing down drug-smuggling ultralight aircraft crossing the Mexican border without using lethal force.
Barclays Capital cuts IT contractor rates by 10% ... again
ExclusiveBarclays Capital has told IT contractors and temp staff that they have to accept a 10 per cent cut in their rates.
Nintendo adds Wii U support for second controller
Nintendo will tweak its forthcoming Wii U console to support two tablet controllers after one wasn't deemed sufficient.
TV makers ready to test 3D specs' compatibility
Some of the world's biggest telly makers are about to begin to certify pairs of active-shutter 3D glasses that will work with their TVs.
It's not the size of your pipe, it's the way you use it
WAR on the cloud 6In part 5, I tuned my site's home/entry page to load faster than Google's, in part because page-load time and general responsiveness are important to retaining users and those "sticky eyeballs".
'Puzzling structures on surface' of YU55 spaceball
NASA boffins have released a short video clip of the huge dead-black spaceball YU55, roughly the size of a nuclear aircraft carrier, which barrelled past Earth inside the Moon's orbit last night. They say it shows "puzzling structures" on the surface of the mysterious cosmic spheroid.
Steam games forum down amid hack fears
Computer games outfit Valve has suspended its Steam user forums following unconfirmed reports of a security breach.
Yahoo!, AOL, Microsoft strike ad pact
Yahoo!, AOL and Microsoft are all struggling to get the most out of their display ad business up against the likes of Google and Facebook. Unsurprisingly then, the three companies have inked advertising deals together.
Foreign Office loses dozens of PCs and smartphones
After other government departments revealed the number of electrical goods they'd left scattered around the pubs and train seats of the country, the Foreign Office has just coughed up the statistics on how many of its gadgets went missing last year.
Jobs neck and neck with 'angry people' for Time award
Steve Jobs looks set to go head to head with "angry people" for Time magazine's Person of the Year, if a panel staged by the weekly news magazine yesterday is anything to go by.
Cheap gas is a 'crisis' for Greens, but not for us
AnalysisEnergy Minister Christopher Huhne has an opinion piece in the The Daily Telegraph today – and it's really an 800-word explanation of why we need a new Energy Minister. The subject of Huhne's essay is new, cheap gas.
Chell clips Cant to top Play School presenter slot
Can it be true? Yes it is: Brian Cant, the actor who for so many years was viewed as the Play School presenter par exellence did not chalk up the most appearances on the kids programme.
How to get the best from your IOPS
The number of inputs and outputs per second from your networked storage can dictate the success or failure of your whole architecture. Danny Bradbury interviews systems administrator Trevor Pott and finds out how networked storage can be configured to avoid bottlenecks and maximise performance.
UK.gov deputy CIO quits Cabinet Office for EMC job
Bill McCluggage, the government's deputy CIO, is the latest in a series of senior civil servants who have quit their posts at the Cabinet Office in favour of a private sector job.
Immigrants face £49k wage minimum to stay
Officials checking immigrants' payslips to decide which skilled workers can settle in the UK may have to choose those with salaries of at least £49k.
Veg rustlers hit with conditional discharge after roadside lineup
A pair of petty thieves were hit with a conditional discharge after pilfering a load of fruit and veg from allotments in Cambridgeshire.
iPhones get multi-sim capabilities
Apple smartphone owners with a jailbroken handset can benefit from a new case that brings dual-Sim capabilities to the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.
Hitachi, LG admit fixing disc drive prices
A Hitachi and LG optical disk-making joint venture has pleaded guilty to 14 counts of violating antitrust law and one count of wire fraud in the US.
Hackers link MP's aide to neo-Nazi site in member list leak
The parliamentary aide to a right-wing Finnish MP has offered to resign after the Anonymous hacking collective published what it said was a list of applications to join a local neo-Nazi party.
Wi-Fi hotspots to skyrocket over next five years
Right now there are 1.3 million public Wi-Fi spots around the world, but Informa reckons that's going to jump to 5.8 million by 2015 with tablets and smartphones driving the deployments.
Mobe anti-virus biz Lookout eyes Euro telcos
Lookout Mobile Security is going international with localised versions of its mobile security software and a partnership to pre-embed its technology in Android phones supplied by Telstra Australia, its first mobile telco partner outside the US.
Prepare for a growth spurt when you virtualise systems
Virtualising systems often means scaling them up. Sometimes, disparate networks of machines are consolidated together, creating a mega-portfolio of assets. This carries a special set of technical challenges, but let’s not forget the managerial ones.
Adobe confirms mobile Flash Player's race is run
It's official: Adobe Flash Player is dead for mobile browsers… almost.
Toshiba knocks back super-skinny tablet release
Toshiba has knocked back the release of its skinnier-than-the-rest AT200 Android tablet to 2012.
Samsung to pump $34bn into its chip fab biz
Samsung Electronics is planning to invest 38 trillion won (£21.3bn, $33.9bn) in its business next year, up over a quarter from the around 30 trillion won it invested this year, industry sources told local media.
SEC slaps inside trader with record $93m fine
Insider trading does not pay, a judge in an American civil court declared, putting a record fine on Raj Rajaratnam, the businessman who was found guilty of insider trades using a network of tech insiders – including executives at IBM and Intel.
Avnet Technology Solutions to shutter operations in Italy
Avnet Technology Solutions (TS) is shuttering operations in Italy due to an "unacceptable financial performance".
SGI ramping up for big Xeon E5 server push
Like everybody else in the server racket, Silicon Graphics is waiting somewhat patiently for Intel to get its "Sandy Bridge-EP" Xeon E5 processors out the door, so it can launch a whole new generation of machines. Or, in the case of SGI, several different generations.
Amazon's Kindle Fire burns iPad momentum
A new survey indicates that Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet is causing some prospective iPad purchasers to think twice.
Microsoft releases fix for Applocker bypass flaw
Microsoft has released a temporary fix for a flaw in its latest operating systems that allows untrusted users to bypass security measures preventing them from running unauthorized applications.
Spanish firm brings 20MW solar ‘ranch’ online in Arizona
A new 20MW solar ‘ranch’ has officially opened in the deserts of Arizona as part of a major push by Spanish firm Iberdrola Renewables into the US energy market.
Branson backs Twitter co-founder's mobile biz
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s mobile payments startup Square continues to attract high-octane investors, this time welcoming Sir Richard Branson on board.
Oracle dubs Solaris 11 world's 'first cloud OS'
Oracle has duly and at last announced the Solaris 11 Unix system, developed under the code-name "Nevada" at the former Sun Microsystems and representing the foundation of the future Sparc systems business that Oracle hopes to rebuild.
University of NSW to open patent pool
The University of New South Wales has decided to open a significant chunk of its patent pool to outsiders for free, in a strategy called Easy Access IP.
Defiant Aussies continue to sell contraband Samsung slab
An Australian retailer is defying Apple and the courts by continuing to sell Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 to Aussies, despite the temporary injunction.
Microsoft gets deeper undercover with the Nine Network
Microsoft has moved closer to its joint venture partner Nine Entertainment Co, launching a new overarching brand, Mi9, which tips in their aligned digital assets.
Feds shutter DNS malware scam that infected 4 million PCs
Federal authorities have shut down an international conspiracy that forced more than four million computers to connect to fraudulent webpages when users tried to visit Netflix, the US Internal Revenue Service, Apple's iTunes and other services.
Murdoch plays cross platform musical chairs Down Under
Rupert Murdoch’s latest executive chess moves reveal a timely and strategic game at hand, as he replaces News Ltd stalwart John Hartigan with current Foxtel CEO Kim Williams.