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Facebook wonk among 'digital' advisers to Cabinet Office

Facebook's head Brussels' policy wonk Richard Allan is among the names joining a digital advisory group created by the Cabinet Office.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Apr 2012

Super Micro grows despite Xeon E5 delay, disk shortages

Motherboard and system maker Super Micro has been anticipating the bump in revenues from Intel's "Sandy Bridge" family of Xeon E5 chips and their related "Romley" server designs for nearly a year, and finally the Romley romp has begun.
Meta 35 and Nikon F90x

Nikon recalls camera batteries

Nikon has issued a recall for the EN-EL15 Lithium Ion battery, an accessory for its D800, D800E, and D7000 digital-SLR cameras, and the Nikon 1 V1 advanced camera.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Apr 2012
Envelop Asteroid

Billionaire astro mining venture long on hype and timescale

The much-hyped launch of Planetary Resources has been held in the august surroundings of the Museum of Flight in Seattle; so now we've got some details how feasible are the plans?
Iain Thomson, 25 Apr 2012
Miner Willy

Ten... eight-bit classic games

Retro Week
Lucy Orr, 25 Apr 2012

Speaking in Tech: Cisco haters, Kim Dotcom and virtual networking

Team Register, 25 Apr 2012

Cloudy crypto SSO firm: Passwords must go

Infosec 2012Cloudy crypto firm Ping Identity is pushing the benefits of using cloud-based technologies to reduce, and perhaps even eliminate, password headaches.
John Leyden, 25 Apr 2012

SSH firm aims to untangle crypto key hairball

Infosec 2012Secure Shell (SSH) certificate management – a key internet protocol used for remote access and file transfer for nearly 20 years now – can become quite a tangled issue if there isn't a clear management policy in place, and SSH Communications Security, one of the security exhibitors at Infosec, claims it has a solution.
John Leyden, 25 Apr 2012

Uni plagiarism site buckles under crush of last-minute essays

Student-sniffing site Turnitin went down in the UK for 24 hours over Monday and yesterday, leaving last-minute essays piled up in the plagiarism spotter's inbox.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 25 Apr 2012
Apple iPad Mini

Tablets are the future of the PC, says researcher

Ask Frank Gillett, a researcher with market watcher Forrester, whether tablets are going to dominate how people interact with content and the internet - what most folk do with laptops and such - and the answer is a resounding 'yes'.
Tony Smith, 25 Apr 2012

FIVE-day ZoneEdit outage freezes thousands of sites

Hundreds of thousands of websites have been hit by an unexplained outage at DNS services provider ZoneEdit, with users seeing five full days of downtime.
Kevin Murphy, 25 Apr 2012

Olympic champ ad blitz dents Virgin Media despite £1bn sales

Virgin Media spent a whopping £52.6m on marketing costs in the telco's first quarter ended 31 March.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Apr 2012

Internet's first 'Hall of Fame' REVEALED

The Internet Society has announced its inaugural Internet Hall of Fame featuring web stars who've helped literally make the internet.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2012

Wannabe infosec kingpins: Forget tech, grab a clipboard

Budding chief information security officers (CISOs) would be better off boning up on business, communication, and risk management skills than getting bogged down in detailed discussions about technology, according to a panel of senior security professionals.
Phil Muncaster, 25 Apr 2012
Panasonic DMP-BDT320 3D Blu-ray player

Panasonic DMP-BDT320 3D Blu-ray player

ReviewPanasonic’s DMP-BDT320 is both fabulous and frustrating. Leading the brand’s mainstream Blu-ray brigade, and positioned as an understudy to the audiophile grade DMP-BDT500, it packs a towering performance into a chassis barely 27mm tall. It also comes with a new-style remote control that tries far too hard to be clever.
Steve May, 25 Apr 2012

Sony cloud-based sync'n'store service goes live

Sony launched its cloud-storage service PlayMemories Online today, with registered Sony Entertainment Network users handed 5GB of space free.
Caleb Cox, 25 Apr 2012

Tim Cook rejects Apple's old business model of suing everyone

Apple head honcho Tim Cook has indicated that he'd be willing to settle the wide-ranging, ongoing patent disputes raging over smartphones and fondleslabs - provided of course that his adversaries admit everything and pay up.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 25 Apr 2012

Official: Britain staggers into double-dip recession doom

Britain has slipped back into recession, preliminary figures released by the Office of National Statistics showed this morning.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Apr 2012

Wannabe-human bots face 2012 Turing Test in Turing's old office

An artificial intelligence software contest devised as an experiment by mathematician Alan Turing will be held this year in his old office at wartime code-breaking HQ Bletchley Park. The location was chosen to mark the centenary of his birth in 1912.
Anna Leach, 25 Apr 2012
Fifa Euro 2012

Fifa fans kick up fuss over Euro 2012 team substitutions

Fans of EA's Fifa football franchise have seen red after 24 teams were left out of its Euro 2012 DLC release, which has also been dogged by bugs, according to disgruntled gamers.
Caleb Cox, 25 Apr 2012

Can Windows 8 bag Microsoft 20 more years at the top?

Live chatMicrosoft opened the 1990s with two pieces of software that paved the way to its total domination of home and business PC computing: Windows 3.0 and 3.1.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2012

US doc finally fingers elusive G-spot

A retired US doctor reckons he's finally nailed the elusive Gräfenberg Spot – the alleged nerve bundle in the vagina's front wall which can legendarily provoke a profound earth-moving experience.
Lester Haines, 25 Apr 2012

Jeremy Hunt clings on as SpAd quits over News Corp emails

UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt came under intense pressure to quit today following James Murdoch's revelations at the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Apr 2012
Crysis 3

Crytek: Schemes to strike second-hand games biz 'awesome'

Cult games developer Crytek this week shouted its support for next-gen consoles that take means to prevent second-hand games being played, calling such a prospect "absolutely awesome".
Caleb Cox, 25 Apr 2012

Iran cuts off oil plants hit by mystery data-destroying virus

Malware discovered at an Iranian oil terminal forced Iran to disconnect key oil facilities on Sunday.
John Leyden, 25 Apr 2012

Ex-BP engineer cuffed 'for deleting Deepwater spill texts'

A former BP engineer has been arrested and accused of covering up how badly the Deepwater Horizon oil spill clean-up was going by deleting text messages.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 25 Apr 2012
server room

Google Drive stalls on LAUNCH DAY

Blocks and FilesFor this Mac user, Google Drive is just spin. Despite the fact that Google has made the announcement, it seems that the cloudy storage service is still being rolled out.
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2012

Smartphones finally outsell featurephones ... in Japan

Forget China – Japan proved that its domestic mobile market is one of the most mature on the planet with new stats showing smartphone sales passed feature phone sales for the first time ever in February.
Phil Muncaster, 25 Apr 2012

Sage Pay card stroker goes titsup for NINE hours

Sage Pay's card payment system choked up yesterday for nine hours in an intermittent outage that affected its 30,000 customers in the UK and Europe.
Anna Leach, 25 Apr 2012

Hanging's too good for 'em - so what do you suggest?

Our report last week that there's no evidence capital punishment has an effect on the murder rate in the US of A prompted a lively reader debate on the subject of execution.
Lester Haines, 25 Apr 2012

LG back in black after six-month cash bleed

After two quarters of losses, LG Electronics has pulled itself out of the doldrums with a net profit of ₩243bn ($213m, £131m) in the first quarter of this year.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 25 Apr 2012

HTC to produce exclusive Facebook smartphone, bitch

Talk of a Facebook phone resurfaced today amid familiar rumours that the Zuckerberg-owned firm has joined forces with phone-maker HTC to produce an Android handset heavily customised for social networkers.
Caleb Cox, 25 Apr 2012
Tor logo

Major science fiction publisher to zap DRM

Specialist Sci-Fi publisher Tom Doherty Associates, best known for its Tor, Forge and Starscape imprints, is calling time on DRM..
Tony Smith, 25 Apr 2012

SAP still not a force in cloud after sales cash drizzle

German software maker SAP AG is facing an uphill battle to become a force in the cloud market after revealing subscription-based sales amounted to just €29m (£23.7m) in Q1.
Paul Kunert, 25 Apr 2012

LinkedIn edges closer to China with new Hong Kong gaff

Business social networking site LinkedIn took another step towards expansion in China this week with the opening of an office in neighbouring Hong Kong, its ninth in an Asia Pacific region which is home to more than 25 million of its members.
Phil Muncaster, 25 Apr 2012

Microsoft takes on Spotify with sound of Woodstock

Microsoft will unveil its Zune platform successor at E3 2012, a Spotify-like music service codenamed 'Woodstock', it has been claimed.
Caleb Cox, 25 Apr 2012

Symantec trims targets as subscriptions put off payday

Symantec's customers are cutting back on purchases and the company's revenues are going to be lower this quarter. Why is demand for its products lower?
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2012

Intel came a-knockin' for Cray super interconnects

The news that supercomputer maker Cray was selling off its interconnect hardware business to chip giant Intel was a bit of a shocker yesterday, and the top brass at Cray got on the horn with Wall Street bright and early this morning to explain the deal a bit more.
fingers pointing at man

Acer Q1 profit falls

Acer's recovery at the end of last year was short lived as Q1 sales and profits moved south.
Paul Kunert, 25 Apr 2012

Ted Nugent fined for failing to kill bear

Ted Nugent – the hunter, "conservative activist" and rock guitarist whose Marshall amps probably go up to 12 – has been fined for failing to finish off a black bear he wounded with a bow and arrow.
Lester Haines, 25 Apr 2012
Unisys sets LinuxWorld alight

Unisys grows in Q1, swings to profit

Mainframe and services seller Unisys saw some growth in the first quarter, with sales up 1.9 per cent to $928.4m thanks to a bump in services bookings and despite a slight downtick in hardware sales.

EU privacy body slams ACTA as 'unacceptable'

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has issued its findings on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and the results aren't good.
Iain Thomson, 25 Apr 2012

Dr. Web disputes Flashback Mac Trojan bot army estimates

Efforts by Apple and anti-virus vendors to kill the vast botnet assembled by notorious Flashback Mac Trojan may be much less successful than previously thought.
John Leyden, 25 Apr 2012

VMware confirms ESX source code had been stolen and published

VMware has confirmed that software posted online is part of the source code for its ESX hypervisor and has warned that more code could be released.
Iain Thomson, 25 Apr 2012

AARNET upgrade touted as SKA lure

Australia and New Zealand’s bid for the hotly contested Square Kilometre Array (SKA) contract has been bolstered with a significant network stimulus via Southern Cross Cable Networks and AARNET.
Natalie Apostolou, 25 Apr 2012

Swiss researchers demo ‘Avatar-like’ robot control

A partially-tetraplegic patient in Switzerland has controlled a robot 100 km distant via a head cap sensing electrical signals from his brain.
Richard Chirgwin, 25 Apr 2012

Micro Focus accuses NSW Police of software piracy

UK software company Micro Focus is suing New South Wales (NSW) Police Force for unauthorised use of its ViewNow product, which ABC program 7:30 reports is used to access a critical database that contains information on most of the Australian state's citizens.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Apr 2012
money trap conceptual illustration

Clouds rain money for Citrix in Q1

Citrix Systems's acquisition strategy over the past decade has clearly paid off, with the company making yet another transformation and carving itself out niches in virtualization, network and application acceleration, and now cloudy infrastructure and now giving it a strong revenue stream.

UK retail wiz makes $61m by turning up at Apple

The former boss of UK retail chain Dixons found himself - almost - $61m richer on Friday as he sat down at his new desk at Apple.
Joe Fay, 25 Apr 2012

White House threatens veto of CISPA surveillance bill

The White House has said that the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), currently before the US House of Representatives, lacks enough privacy protections in its current form and will probably be vetoed if passed.
Iain Thomson, 25 Apr 2012

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