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Google files EU complaint over Nokia/Microsoft patent trolling

Google has lodged a complaint with the European Commission over Microsoft and Nokia’s patent activities.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Jun 2012
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Firm applies for .sucks domain

A new company is planning to operate .sucks as a top-level internet domain, and its CEO says he expects big brands to embrace the concept.
Kevin Murphy, 01 Jun 2012

Apple and Foxconn back under fire for working conditions

Apple and Foxconn have yet to make significant changes to labour practices after Chinese employees complained of unpaid overtime, bullying and unsafe conditions - that's according to not-for-profit group Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM).
Phil Muncaster, 01 Jun 2012

Chargeback exposes IT shops as slow, expensive suppliers

In the heady days of 2008, when server virtualisation was young-ish and low hanging fruit of physical servers could be found on every rack in data centres and server rooms around the world, VMware slipped out an update to its Lifecycle Manager that included chargeback features.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Jun 2012

Hong Kong firms also at risk from Chinese hackers

Security experts have warned multinationals with bases in Hong Kong that they are not immune to cyber attack from China despite the shared sovereignty between the Special Administrative Region (SAR)and its mainland parent.
Phil Muncaster, 01 Jun 2012
Magnetic medicine

Magnetic medicines hit the cancerous spot

A team of researchers in Australia and Scotland has designed an iron core for the anti-cancer drug Cisplatin, so that it can be dragged by magnets to wherever in your body it can do its best work.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Jun 2012
Acorn promotes Archimedes 300 series

Strong ARM: The Acorn Archimedes is 25

ArchaeologicThe Acorn Archimedes is 25 years old this month. The first machines based on the company's ARM (Acorn Risc Machine) processor were announced in June 1987, the year after the 32-bit chip itself was launched.
Tony Smith, 01 Jun 2012
Google's China: we welcome our new overlords

Google to show China what it's missing

Google could be set for another tense showdown with the Chinese government after changing its search experience for users in the People’s Republic in a way that will explicitly notify them when their searches are being blocked by the authorities.
Phil Muncaster, 01 Jun 2012

Microsemi rebuts silicon backdoor claim

Microsemi, manufacturer of the ProASIC3 field-programmable gate array (FPGA) that researchers Sergei Skorobogatov and Christopher Woods claim has a highly hackable backdoor, has issued a statement (PDF) about the attack.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Jun 2012

French court: YouTube has done 'enough' to avoid copyright liability

The Tribunal de Grande Instance said that Google had made enough of an effort to remove copyrighted content that had been uploaded by YouTube users which the biggest TV company in France held rights for when told about the material's existence. The efforts made were sufficient to remove Google from liability for that infringement, according to reports by news agency Reuters and the New York Times.
OUT-LAW.COM, 01 Jun 2012

Department of Health tests online NHS 111 helpline

The Department of Health is trialling an NHS 111 online service as part of a plan to provide a service to complement locally driven telephone services.

'Europe two years late' to the US cloud party

Cloud adoption in Europe will lag the US by a minimum of two years due to concerns over data privacy, security and regulations.
Paul Kunert, 01 Jun 2012

Tube bosses: 'Wireless tickets too slow, we think'

Transport for London's director of customer experience thinks wireless payments are still too slow for London's Tube, though he admits TfL hasn't tested them since 2009.
Bill Ray, 01 Jun 2012
Tomb Raider Trilogy

Fans get date with Lara Croft

Square Enix already revealed Lara Croft's next outing in Tomb Raider had been pushed back but today it announced a definitive release date for the game.
Caleb Cox, 01 Jun 2012
iLuv Vibro Classic II

iLuv Vibro Classic II

Accessory of the WeekILuv’s Vibro II is notable for two things. The first is its size. It’s tiny for a speaker dock, around the width of a traditional bedside radio alarm clock and not much taller.
Kenny Hemphill, 01 Jun 2012
Huawei E5331 MiFi

Three releases 'value' MiFi modem

Three has priced up - and released - its "value" portable modem-cum-wireless-router.
Hard Reg, 01 Jun 2012

LINX 'downed by ethernet loop' on external network

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) suffered an hour-long outage yesterday evening, after an unnamed external network caused an ethernet loop and protective measures failed to work.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Jun 2012

82 London Underground stations to get free Wi-Fi for the Olympics

Virgin Media has begun rolling out its wireless network to the London Underground with Oxford Circus, Stratford, Kings Cross, Liverpool Street and Leicester Square being among the first stations to offer a Wi-Fi service to commuters.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Jun 2012
Motorola Motokey 3-Chip

Motorola adds THIRD SIM to Qwerty handset

Motorola is no stranger to mobile devices with two Sim-card slots, however with its Motokey 3-Chip handset, the bar has been raised to include a third.
Caleb Cox, 01 Jun 2012

Eurozone death spiral forces Microsoft to ease UK licensing price hike

Microsoft has confirmed that the pending price hike on volume licensing will not be as steep as the initial preview indicated due to the weakening of the Euro currency in recent weeks.
Paul Kunert, 01 Jun 2012

Facebook goes offline, shares stabilise at merely disastrous level

It's not just Facebook's share price that's been down in the dumps - the site itself fell off the interwebs for some users on Thursday.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Jun 2012

Sharp to show OLED 'retina' display for laptops

Fancy a 3840 x 2160 display in your next 13in laptop? Form an orderly queue outside Sharp's offices then, and loudly demand it turns its latest prototype panel into shipping product.
Tony Smith, 01 Jun 2012

The Great Border Agency IT Crash: Just who was responsible?

IT biz Atos caused last month's disastrous Border Agency computer meltdown that caused chaos for foreigners resident in the UK, according to the agency's chief. And well-placed sources have told The Register they expect similar problems in future.
Anna Leach, 01 Jun 2012

You only want me for my BYOD

Something for the Weekend, Sir?They've taken advantage of my goodwill yet again. The really annoying thing is that I pleaded with them to do it, so it's my own fault. And it may be yours, too.
Alistair Dabbs, 01 Jun 2012

Google aiming to buy dot-lol cyberland, and not just for the lulz of it

Google has revealed it is jockeying for a variety of top-level domains (TLDs) including .lol and .google.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Jun 2012
Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook

Ultrabooks: objects of desire but just too darn expensive

Here's a snippet of market data of interest to folk keeping tabs on the Ultrabook market. In the UK, during the past four years, laptops costing £800 or more have never taken more than 7.5 per cent of notebook sales as a whole.
Tony Smith, 01 Jun 2012

Terror cops hunt laptop snatched from retired MI5 spookmistress

A laptop belonging to the former boss of MI5 has been nicked while she was passing through Heathrow Airport.
John Leyden, 01 Jun 2012

Facebook stock plunge leaves tax-dodge Saverin WORSE off. Haa ha

While taking a break from sipping Cristal Champagne at his home in tax-haven Singapore, Eduardo Saverin - who stumped up $30,000 to get Facebook going when he was Mark Zuckerberg's roommate at Harvard - sparked a political firestorm last month when he renounced his American citizenship ahead of the social network's stock market debut.
Tim Worstall, 01 Jun 2012

Windows 8: We kick the tyres on Redmond's new tablet wheels

ReviewThe surprising thing about the Windows 8 Release Preview just delivered is not how much has changed from February's Consumer Preview, or even the Developer Preview from September 2011, but rather how little.
Tim Anderson, 01 Jun 2012
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LucasArts unveils Star Wars game for grown-ups

LucasArts announced its latest videogame this week, Star Wars 1313, which pushes the franchise towards a more mature audience with its proposed 18-certificate rating.
Caleb Cox, 01 Jun 2012

LOHAN sucks Reg reader's instrument to death

As followers of our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) project will be aware, we've done quite a bit of head scratching as to how we're going to fire the rocket motor of our Vulture 2 spaceplane.
Lester Haines, 01 Jun 2012

Microsoft and Nokia dub Google troll moan 'desperate', 'frivolous'

Nokia has labelled Google's patent trolling complaint to the EU "frivolous" and "wrong" while Microsoft said the move was a "desperate tactic".
Brid-Aine Parnell, 01 Jun 2012


¡Bong![The founder of Shoreditch's leading VC investment boutique has been helping Facebook with its IPO - Ed]
Steve Bong, 01 Jun 2012
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Look out, world - Mad Leo Apotheker's back!

CommentWild-eyed former HP CEO Leo Apotheker is back in the IT hot seat after bagging a spot on the supervisory board at French tech outfit Steria.
Paul Kunert, 01 Jun 2012

US secret spaceplane will come back to Earth sometime soon

The US Air Force is preparing for the imminent landing of its second secret spaceplane, which is expected sometime at the beginning of June.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 01 Jun 2012

US officials confirm Stuxnet was a joint US-Israeli op

Cyberattacks on Iranian nuclear program were a US-Israel effort started under the Bush administration and continued by President Obama, The New York Times reports.
John Leyden, 01 Jun 2012

WHMCS under renewed DDoS blitz after patching systems

WHMCS, the UK-based billing and customer support tech supplier, has once again come under denial of service attacks, on this occasion following an upgrade of its systems to defend against a SQL injection vulnerability.
John Leyden, 01 Jun 2012

EMC drops secret cash wad on Canadian software firm

EMC is on the acquisition trail again, if it ever really stepped off it. The latest target was Watch4net, a Montreal-based supplier of performance management software for undisclosed wads of cash.
Chris Mellor, 01 Jun 2012

Japanese giant NTT gobbles London data centre biz Gyron

NTT Communications has coughed an undisclosed financial fur ball to take a majority stake in data centre services provider Gyron.
Paul Kunert, 01 Jun 2012
DVD it in many colours

Newcomer gets out its box, plans to sell it cheaply to all comers

Here's another hybrid flash/disk array that's using dedupe and compression to produce impressive cost/GB numbers.
Chris Mellor, 01 Jun 2012

Jobs gloom in the US: But a few bright spots in IT

Factory output is slowing in China. Europe is still struggling with debts in Greece, Spain, and Ireland. And now the United States is adding a lot fewer jobs than needed. And, as it turns out, American companies have in the past few months added even fewer jobs than the Department of Labor originally thought.
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Activist claims victory in forcing Facebook vote over rule changes

The Europe-v-Facebook campaign organized by Austrian law student Max Schrems is claiming victory after the social networking giant announced it is holding a vote on updates to its operating policy.
Iain Thomson, 01 Jun 2012
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Dell's takeover talks with Quest stall

Dell has made no secret of its desire to build up a systems software business with a tidy recurring revenue stream and a broad portfolio of products with which it can peddle to enterprise customers. But every deal that Dell wants to do doesn't always happen, and this seems to be the case with its rumored interest in acquiring Quest Software.

Advertisers slam Microsoft over 'Do not track' decision

Microsoft's decision to enable the "Do not track" feature by default in Internet Explorer 10 should please privacy advocates, but it has sparked condemnation from the online advertising industry.
Iain Thomson, 01 Jun 2012

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