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Black Hat draws world hacking gang – and Apple – to Sin City

Black Hat 2012 The 2012 Black Hat conference is kicking off in Las Vegas, and this year's session will see Apple presenting for the first time, as well as a reunion of some of the team behind the first briefings 15 years ago.
Iain Thomson, 25 Jul 2012
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Google launches partner program for Cloud Platform

It's official: Google's collection of cloud services is now known as the Google Cloud Platform, and to get everyone used to the idea, the search giant has kicked off a partner program for companies that can help customers use the cloudy offerings.
Neil McAllister, 25 Jul 2012
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Japanese govt sucked dry for TWO YEARS by Trojan

The Japanese government has uncovered an advanced Trojan attack which may have lain undiscovered on its networks leaking confidential data for over two years.
Phil Muncaster, 25 Jul 2012
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WTO to probe China rare earth stranglehold claims

The World Trade Organisation has finally agreed to investigate claims by the US, EU and Japan that China is unfairly strangling rare earth exports in order to favour its domestic manufacturing industry.
Phil Muncaster, 25 Jul 2012

Anonymous to expose 40GB of ISP data

Anonymous is preparing to reveal 40GB of data its members say came from an Australian internet service provider (ISP) and contains “600k+” of customer data.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2012
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Huawei profits tumble as global economy falters

China’s largest telecoms kit maker Huawei has seen its profits for the first half of 2012 slump by nearly a quarter, thanks to the sluggish global economy.
Phil Muncaster, 25 Jul 2012

CO2 warms Earth FASTER than previously thought

The time lag between increased quantities of CO2 reaching or leaving the atmosphere and global temperature change may be far shorter than previously thought, according to a new paper, Tightened constraints on the time-lag between Antarctic temperature and CO2 during the last deglaciation published this week by Climate of the Past.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2012
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Dell channels Dr Who, shoves Big Data into Small Data Tardis

Dell reckons it can turn Big Data into, er, Small Data. Hoarded information could be squeezed down to size - potentially reducing disk occupancy by 97 per cent - if the tech titan's numbers add up.
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2012
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What happens when Facebook follows MySpace?

Open ... and Shut While it may be true that the web has an infinitely long memory, I'm struggling to figure out where to store pictures and anecdotes from the lives of my children.
Matt Asay, 25 Jul 2012
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Droid X360 hybridises PS Vita and Android

The market is awash with knockoff consoles shipped from China, but some certainly look more appealing than others. Check out this Droid X360, a PlayStation Vita lookalike that runs Android 4.0.
Caleb Cox, 25 Jul 2012
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India crowned global spam-spewing zombie king AGAIN

India has cemented its position as the world's biggest fire hose of spam email, according to new figures.
John Leyden, 25 Jul 2012
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Commission to Euro biz: Show us your breaches

EU businesses could be required to flag up any breaches of their "network and information systems" under a new "strategic" action plan to combat cyber security problems across the trading bloc.
OUT-LAW.COM, 25 Jul 2012

Transport Dept dishes out £1.9m rail database deal to Capita

The Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded Capita Symonds a contract for a rail passenger counts database system, worth £1.9m.
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EU edges toward dropping Google 'abuse of dominance' charges

Europe's antitrust watchdog has said Google's revised proposed changes to its business practises, which came in the wake of "abuse of dominance" allegations, may be enough for the web giant to avoid formal penalties.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jul 2012
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Ingram Micro gets 'negative' mark for risky Brightpoint slurp

Fitch Ratings has downgraded its outlook for Ingram Micro from stable to negative due to the "risks" the distie might face once the acquisition of Brightpoint gets the all-clear.
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2012
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Indian outsourcers Infosys outsource to WISCONSIN

Indian outsourcing company Infosys has set up a new software centre in Wisconsin, and a much bigger one in Bangalore. The new American office will service a Harley Davidson contract and will house 125 staffers in the MidWest. The new Bangalore office will be the base of 1,400 software engineers and developers purported to be working solely on iOS kit, although neither Infosys nor Apple would confirm this.
Anna Leach, 25 Jul 2012
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Devs can't be bothered with Nokia's Windows Phone – report

Interest in building applications for the current generation of Windows phones from Nokia has plummeted among developers.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jul 2012
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BT shares droop as sales go limp at hard-up Europe

BT revenues fell some 6 per cent in the national telco's first quarter as the company coughed to "tough conditions" in the financial sector as well as in Europe hampering its global services division.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jul 2012
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Spy Hunter

Antique Code Show Take my money! Spy Hunter at the arcade was definitely school of hard knocks, just trying to stay alive meant keeping my foot on the brake as the Peter Gunn soundtrack, with it’s chugging beeps, ricocheted around my head.
Lucy Orr, 25 Jul 2012
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Avaya UK boss tears UK channel partners list in HALF

Anyone in Avaya UK's direct sales force wanting to bypass the channel must justify it to recently landed country chief Simon Culmer.
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2012
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Speaking in Tech: VMware is building the Death Star

Podcast Podcast The "Stack Wars" are on and VMware is adding the final touches to its ultimate weapon ... Your hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela chat to special guest Dave Graham of Juniper Networks this week and discuss VMware's latest moves, Cisco's reactions, Google's Nexus 7 and more in the latest edition of our …
Team Register, 25 Jul 2012

The future of Networks

Roundup The Register’s Network Futures workshop is gone, but it should not be forgotten. We have decided to commemorate this important event with a white paper which has most of the best bits in it, free to download.
Tim Phillips, 25 Jul 2012
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TMS puts the boot into flash

TMS has given its server flash cards the ability to boot operating systems – so servers can start up faster.
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2012
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LG, Samsung, Sony: Smutty Smart TV apps turn us off

The adult entertainment industry is having a hard time convincing a number of TV manufacturers to cut it some slack. LG, Samsung and Sony, to name a few, have all steered clear of implementing filthy Smart TV apps and wish to keep their respective hands clean for now.
Caleb Cox, 25 Jul 2012
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Network upgrading punches Everything Everywhere in the wallet

Mashed-up mobile operator Everything Everywhere is still losing money as it merges its Orange legacy systems with its T-Mobile systems, invests in its network and taps its foot impatiently for Ofcom's 4G nod.
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Watch Smarter: video guide to... optical disc drives

Smarter Storage Over the years, the capacity of optical drives has steadily increased, with new formats offering cost-effective storage to suit archiving needs, as well as the demands of high-resolution movie playback. If you fancy upgrading your PC from CD to DVD or DVD to Blu-ray or perhaps prefer an external option it’s probably cheaper than you think.
Hard Reg, 25 Jul 2012
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ARM knees semi groins with 2 billion chip feat

Two billion processors designed by ARM shipped in the first quarter of 2012, banking the UK chip biz forecast-busting profits for Q2.
Chris Williams, 25 Jul 2012
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Nearly half of Google's Moto gobble cash was spanked on patents

Google has finally put a price tag of $5.5bn on the patents it snaffled in its $12.4bn purchase of Motorola Mobility.
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Google Nexus 7 blighted by brightness blunder

Google's Nexus 7 tablet has been warmly welcomed all round, however one display specialist claims the fondleslab's screen has something "seriously wrong" with it.
Caleb Cox, 25 Jul 2012
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Siemens squashes Stuxnet-like bugs in SCADA kit

Siemens has corked vulnerabilities in its industrial control kit similar to those exploited by the infamous Stuxnet worm.
John Leyden, 25 Jul 2012
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Virgin Media's 'bye-bye to buffering' beardy Bolt boast BANNED

Virgin Media is banned from suggesting that its broadband is fast enough to spare punters from "buffering" delays online after rival BT complained.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jul 2012
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Apple Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion review

First look So, here it is at last, the latest big cat in the Apple game reserve. There are plenty of new features, and numerous improvements but are they enough to tempt Mac users who felt bitten by the radical changes Lion to upgrade?
Oscar Milde, 25 Jul 2012
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Mac malware Crisis as Apple lets slip its Mountain Lion

Miscreants have developed a sophisticated multi-platform attack dog designed to maul Windows and Mac OS X computers.
John Leyden, 25 Jul 2012
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O2 floods London with free Wi-Fi

Undaunted by its recent network outage fall from grace, O2 is now offering Londoners free Wi-Fi access in several of capital's busiest areas including Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and Regent Street.
Caleb Cox, 25 Jul 2012
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Capita: Is that a bulge in your books or are you pleased to see us?

Either the sun is getting to Capita boss Paul Pindar or excitement caused by the looming Olympic extravaganza has temporarily moved him.
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2012
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McAfee tears wrapping off MSP scheme, hands it to resellers

McAfee is formally hoisting resellers into the hosted services game with a Managed Service Partner programme for its security software and services.
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2012

Microsoft unfurls patent lasso, snares Linux servers

Microsoft’s crusade to lock Linux companies into patent protection deals has netted Redmond’s first service provider.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jul 2012
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Symantec bundles CEO out the door, parachutes in chairman

Analysis Software jack-of-all-trades Symantec has replaced dapper CEO Enrique Salem with board chairman Steve Bennett. Salem, we think, got the bullet for failing to conquer the mobile security market, his handling of the Backup Exec outrage, and his humdrum financial performance.
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2012
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Apple CEO: Frothing fanboi iPhone 5 hype screwed our sales

Flat demand for iPhones in Europe, and hitches in getting products to the Chinese market, trampled Apple's latest quarterly profits, CEO Tim Cook has admitted. The head honcho was speaking to investors after the company posted its below-expectations results.
Anna Leach, 25 Jul 2012
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Old-timer Odyssey to babysit Curiosity's Mars landing

NASA has managed to nudge veteran spacecraft Odyssey, which has been orbiting Mars since October 2001 – into a better position to pick up communications from rover Curiosity as it lands on Mars on 5 August.
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Tintri trousers $25m to crank out flash storage grease

Accelerating virtualised servers is proving a profitable game for Tintri. The start-up has been doubling revenues every quarter since its launch last year and has just gained a large slug of cash from venture capitalists who see great prospects of a large payout.
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2012
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UK.gov's IT catalogue Cloud Store knackered by login gremlin

Update A glitch in the UK's IT shopping catalogue Cloud Store is preventing access for suppliers and public sector buyers.
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2012
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Galaxy S III dumps universal search, tries to dodge Apple's sueballs

Samsung has rolled out an Galaxy S III update that disables the universal search function on its handset – a result of the ongoing patent dispute with Apple.
Caleb Cox, 25 Jul 2012
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Stratus slides Avance virtual clusters onto Xeon E5 servers

Stratus Technologies has revved up Avance, its high-availability clustering software that hosts virtual servers.
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Foreign intelligence agencies are biggest online threat, ex-Fed warns

Black Hat 2012 Former FBI executive assistant director Shawn Henry has warned that the biggest threat online comes not from terrorists or hackers, but from foreign intelligence organizations looking to steal intellectual property.
Iain Thomson, 25 Jul 2012
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Well-funded Meteor poised to impact web development

The developers behind the Meteor open source project say they want to revolutionize how applications are built, and they've just been handed a whopping $11.2m in Series A funding to do it.
Neil McAllister, 25 Jul 2012
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Forget widgets, invest in staff say Black Hat alumni

Black Hat 2012 Five of the speakers at the original Black Hat conference in 1997 have been reunited at this year's session to discuss the next 15 years of security, and all agree that people are the key investment area, not gadgets.
Iain Thomson, 25 Jul 2012
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Oracle cranks Exalogic software stack up to 2

Oracle could have launched its new Exalogic hardware in conjunction with the new rev of its middleware software stack, as El Reg speculated earlier this week, but the software giant decided it didn't need the latest Xeon E5 processors from Intel to boost the performance of its Exalogic "engineered systems." Instead, it rolled out a virtualized version of the Exalogic stack that delivers substantially better performance than the prior bare-metal version, as well as increased manageability.
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Apple's new Safari snubs older Macs, drops Windows version

Apple has shipped Safari 6 to coincide with the release of Mountain Lion, but to take full advantage of the fruity firm's newest web browser, you'll need to be running its latest OS.
Neil McAllister, 25 Jul 2012

Anonymous hit Melbourne IT to find AAPT documents

Anonymous says it will shortly release a sample of material it has obtained from Australian Internet Service Provider (ISP) AAPT.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2012

Citrix profits pinched by Europe, Uncle Sam

Stalled sales in Europe and Latin America, coupled with uncertainty around the US Federal budget during this election year and ongoing economic malaise, helped to put the squeeze on profits at virtualizer and optimizer Citrix Systems in the second quarter.
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CSIRO seas how Oz could wave goodbye to dirty power

In a month that’s recorded some wins for wave energy in Australia, peak research body CSIRO has now published a study suggesting wave power could yield as much as 11 percent of the country’s electricity by 2050 – if the cost and efficiency claims made for the technology are borne out in the long term.