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Kaminsky takes on censorship with info-mapping tools

Black Hat 2012 When he's not working on DNSSEC, Dan Kaminsky is taking on censors, both in government and in private industry, with plans for a series of user-friendly tools that will map out where information is being deleted or blocked online.
Racetrack memory

'Spintronics' brings IBM's Racetrack Memory closer to reality

The Manager of IBM's Magnetoelectronics Almaden Research Center says ideas discussed at a Sydney conference on “Spintronics” will help to advance Big Blue's vision for “Racetrack Memory”, a technology that we've previously explained “involves sending magnetic "stripes" through nanowires, written by imparting spin to the electrons and read by an analog to a hard drive's read head.”

Amazon crimps free Kindle 3G surfing

The free ride is over: owners of early Amazon Kindles that included free global access to 3G networks will now have their ability to surf the net crimped.
Certificate Assistant

Cyber gang made £30 MILLION from fake gov certs

Chinese police are celebrating the arrest of a nationwide cyber crime gang suspected of making over £30 million by selling fake professional qualifications, which they helped to produce by hacking into government web sites.

APAC firms to up their dose of tablets by 22 PER CENT

Tablet fever has hit businesses in the Asia-Pacific region, with nearly a quarter of IT leaders in the region planning on buying the devices for employees despite looming budget cuts over the next 12 months, according to IDC research.

Cops shutter net cafes to save Beijing's youth

Beijing police have announced yet another ‘clean-up’ of the web, this time closing hundreds of internet cafes and arresting thousands in the name of protecting the Chinese capital’s vulnerable youth.
Smarter Memory

Choose Smarter: Ten…portable optical drives

Product Round-up Optical drive is the collective term for CD, DVD and Blu-ray readers, recorders and rewriters, the mainstay of swap-in-swap-out storage in notebook and desktop computers.

AAPT confirms attack, through Melbourne IT

AAPT has issued a statement in which it confirms one of its servers has been attacked, and data downloaded.
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Capita and pals get £500m for ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE call centre

The Department of Health (DH) has awarded a framework agreement to four suppliers for health-related managed contact centre services, worth up to £500m.
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Captain Cyborg accepts another degree from puny humans

The nation's favourite would-be cyborg overlord and media strumpet, Professor Kevin Warwick, has been rewarded with another academic bauble.
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UK ISPs promise punters 'full' and 'open' internet 'access'

A number of UK internet service providers (ISPs) have signed up to a voluntary code of practice that generally requires them to ensure that they are offering "full and open internet access" to their customers.

Apple takes $2.2bn hit as Chinese resellers snub iPhone 4S

iPhone supreme leader Tim Cook said Apple's $2.2bn revenue fall in China this quarter was caused by Cupertino flooding the distribution channel with unwanted stock.

RIP Andre Hedrick: The engineer who kept the PC open

Obituary Andre Hedrick, a principal engineer and operating system architect at Cisco Systems and a Linux kernel contributor, has died. He leaves behind a wife, four young children and many friends.

Dimension Data puffs up cloud partners

South Africa systems integrator Dimension Data launched a wide array of cloudy infrastructure services back in February, and now it is enlisting a service providers to help push the products.
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Oracle hurls MySQL at Microsoft database wobblers

Migration tools come and go in the turf wars between the enterprise vendors.
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Skydiving daredevil Baumgartner leaps from 96,000ft

Video Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner is closing on the world's highest free-fall record after jumping yesterday from 96,640ft (29,455m).

Schneider moves into Cisco's Olympics crib, dims lights

Schneider Electric has packed up its bits and moved into Cisco House, the mega-marketing mansion looming over London's Olympic Park, where it is partnering with the networking giant on a demonstration of its SmartCity technology.
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Jury will hear Samsung wrongly trashed emails in patent trial

A US court magistrate has ordered that the jury in Apple's patent case against Samsung be told that the Korean firm went on deleting emails after it was clear the lawsuit was going to happen, potentially destroying evidence.

Win a monster laptop

Competition We've got a beast of a laptop to give away for free as part of our Reg Hardware competition.

Sysadmins! There's no shame in using a mouse to delete files

Sysadmin blog I am curious about the thought process of some systems administrators.
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TalkTalk Q1 sales fall as number of broadband punters declines

TalkTalk saw 146,000 broadband customers quit the service in the company's first quarter even as its overall subscriber base for all of the telco's products returned to growth.
OCZ Vertex 4 256GB Sata 3 SSD

OCZ Vertex 4 256GB SSD review

Time was, when OCZ was typically first out of the gate with a range of SSDs based on any new incarnation of SandForce controllers. Yet, the first generation of the company’s popular Vertex drives were powered by Indilinx’s Barefoot controller. Now, with the fourth generation of Vertex drives, OCZ has completed the circle and returned to an Indilinx controller, the Everest 2.

Logitech clings onto cost-cutting axe as sales, profit sail away

Losses widened at PC peripherals kingpin Logitech as OEM sales sank and restructuring charges kicked in.
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Windows worm slips into iOS App Store, climbs into hipsters' pockets

An item of Windows malware has managed to make its way onto Apple's iOS App Store. It's likely to have been an accidental screw-up, but it nonetheless raises concerns about Apple's app-screening process.

Alcatel Lucent axes 5,000 staff, takes right shoeing from rivals

Troubled Alcatel Lucent will axe 5,000 jobs after bleeding €254m (£199m) in its latest quarter.
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Girls tricked by STEAMY message: Webcam spyware student jailed

A cyberstalking computer science student who tricked women into taking computers with hacked webcams into steamy shower rooms has been jailed for 12 months.
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BSkyB delights City with record profits: Broadband subs pass 4 million

BskyB went in the opposite direction to TalkTalk this morning as it passed the 4 million broadband subscriber barrier for the first time.

Nationwide DOUBLES card payments in fresh banking gaffe

Nationwide customers are furious after debit card payments were taken from their accounts twice this week.
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Axe hovers over John Lewis IT jobs

The Reg understands that an "increase in efficiency" at John Lewis's Computer Services team could involve job cuts.
Sony PS Vita handheld games console

PlayStation burnout probe: It's not the Vita, it's YOU, says Sony

A Japanese safety firm is investigating various complaints of overheating in Sony's PlayStation Vita console, a known issue that Sony maintains stems from user error.
Caleb Cox, 26 2012

Chunnel 3G launched for channel hoppers

2G and 3G connectivity is now available in the Channel Tunnel, so that those travelling from the continent can continue to use their blowers despite being 100m below the surface of the sea.
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Top disk drive dog WD shakes off flood water, doubles its earnings

WD produced record results for its 2012 fiscal year despite two natural disasters and buying Hitachi GST for $4.8bn, the largest-ever acquisition in the disk drive industry.
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Web giants bag former US gov advisor to head up lobbying group

Tech heavyweights have clubbed together to fight Washington policies they don't like with the launch of a new lobbying group called the Internet Association, which is calling itself the "unified voice of the internet economy".
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ITV scoffs at ad slump as production arm hauls in cash

ITV has reported a revenues 11 per cent higher, and profits 15 per cent higher than a year ago, before accounting for exceptional items and tax. Revenues topped £1.28bn and pre-tax profits were £235m.

Microsoft Azure goes titsup across Western Europe

Microsoft Azure is having an up-and-down kind of day as the cloud platform struggles to get any work done.
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Oops: Nokia reinstates 'terminated' star app developer

You may think Nokia needs to keep all the app developers it can muster loyal to the company - but last week it terminated VIP privileges for a star Symbian programmer. Nokia has since changed its mind.

Gabe Newell: Windows 8 is a 'catastrophe' for PC biz

Analysis First it was Gartner, now Gabe Newell, the former Microsoft executive and billionaire computer games baron behind Half-Life, has laid into Windows 8.
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Zynga plays BLAME GAME with Facebook as stock tanks 40%

Online gaming outfit Zynga has partly blamed competition being opened up on Facebook's platform for the maker of Farmville having to revise down its outlook for the year.
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Google Talk goes dumb in massive global outage

Updated The Google Talk IM and video chat service suffered a massive global outage beginning early on Thursday, leaving users mum for more than four hours.
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Daily Mail group boss spoof tweeter fights to protect anonymity

An anonymous wag who lampooned a Daily Mail group boss using a spoof Twitter account has six days to prevent his unmasking.

Valve tried tongue-tied interface controller

Valve boss Gabe Newell revealed the company has experimented with "tongue controllers" in a bid to discover the next fad in computer interfacing.
Caleb Cox, 26 2012

Gov Cloud Store up and running again

UK.gov's online IT services catalogue Cloud Store was downed by an error during a scheduled update by platform provider Procserve, The Channel understands.
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Court blocks 12 websites for 'misleading' Olympic ticket sales

Twelve websites are being blocked by British authorities under for the unauthorised sale of tens of thousands of tickets to the Olympics.
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Never mind Azure: They BROKE Twitter!

Twitter has been experiencing service wobbles for approximately half an hour, booting millions of users off the hyperactive short-form social network. The outage appears to be ongoing.
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W3C names four new editors of HTML5 spec

The Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) has named four people as the new editors of its HTML5 specification, following a recent split that divided the HTML standardization process into two parallel efforts.
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Neal Stephenson on swordplay, space and depressing SF

Black Hat 2012 Renowned science fiction author Neal Stephenson has given his first keynote address at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas in which he outlined his ideas for realistic swordplay in gaming, the future of the space program, and how to make science fiction slightly more optimistic.
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Facebook posts loss despite strong revenue growth

On Thursday Facebook gave its first-ever earnings report since becoming a public company, and although it posted a loss, it generally met analysts' expectations and showed strong revenue growth, aside from some nagging weaknesses in the mobile market.
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Stuxnet: 'Moral crime' or proportionate response?

Delegates at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas are sharply split on the merits (or otherwise) of malware like Stuxnet that can be used offensively to take down infrastructure.

Texan scientists create tiny, tiny laser

The University of Texas at Austin has unveiled a laser built from a 28 nanometer rod and a 5 nm silicon dioxide layer.

NVIDIA joins Miracast club

The Miracast certification being touted by the WiFi Alliance has a new adherent, with NVIDIA announcing that its Tegra 3 display proceesor will support the technology.