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Anonymous attacks Israeli websites over Gaza bombings
Hackers operating for Anonymous have been launching DDoS attacks and defacing websites to demonstrate their displeasure at Israel's recent military action in the Gaza Strip, which is currently in its second day.
Jobs biopic to focus on first Mac, NeXT, iPod
Writer Aaron Sorkin has revealed his planned structure for a Steve Jobs biopic, which he currently imagines will involve three acts, each depicting the serial entrepreneur backstage before an epochal launch.
Ubuntu gaining ground in website deployments
Although it has chiefly been known as a desktop Linux distribution, Ubuntu has been gaining ground in data centers as well, according to the latest statistics from web survey outfit W3Techs.
Sun’s lost cousin may be to blame for wonky ecliptic
Sol may have had a near stellar neighbour at the time earth was formed, and its gravity could be the reason that planets in our solar system don’t orbit neatly around the Sun’s equator.
Wordpress to accept Bitcoin without confirmations
Automattic, the company behind blogging platform WordPress.com ,has decided it will accept payment for some services through Bitcoin, the controversial open source currency.
Maybe Mars had 'warm' water after all
UK researchers have unearthed a new argument in the yes-but-no-but-yes scientific debate about Martian water, saying that meteorite samples suggest water on the red planet was once warm enough for life.
Google India slapped with £8.7 MILLION tax penalty
Google is facing more embarrassing revelations about its tax dealings after its Indian business was accused of misleading the government, violating accounting rules and slapped with a Rs76 crore (£8.7m) fine.
Ancient vulnerability sparks world-wide hypegasm
A class of attack against radio networks documented as far back as the year 2000 has pulled worldwide headlines by being highlighted in a submission to the US government.
Vietnamese Google-killer searches like it's 1996
Google is facing another challenge to its dominance in Asia after home-grown Vietnamese search engine Wada launched with a mission to offer users there a more localised, intuitive alternative hat seems to borrow heavily from Yahoo!, circa 1996.
SmartTrans pushes into China with former Aus ambassador
Australian online and mobile payments systems developer SmartTrans has scored a coup in its China expansion ambitions, securing former Australian Ambassador to China Dr Geoff Raby as chairman of the company.
GoDaddy puts gratuitous sexy pics on IT content
Web biz GoDaddy's virtual data centres are apparently best illustrated using a photo of a bootilicious young thing in a thong gazing thoughtfully at a tan-coloured bed spread.
China's cut-price drones attract Asian and African buyers
China’s inexorable rise as a hi-tech military superpower reached another milestone this week as it showcased a range of new drone aircraft remarkably similar to US machines but pitched at a lower price point to attract buyers from the developing world.
Liberals propose law to regulate social media
Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott has floated a suite of online child safety ideas that would include legislation to regulate social media, which would become answerable to a “Children’s e-Safety Commissioner” charged with taking “a national leadership role in online safety for children.”
How can UK TV product placement do better, asks report
A new analysis of paid product placements, which have been legal on UK television since February 2011, shows that it hasn't generated all the powerful stream of new revenue the industry had been hoping for. Worse, the technique is in danger of destroying a previously successful industry.
Dell starts up 'Top Gun' for channel hotshots, leather jackets and all
Dell's chief storage guy, ex-fighter pilot Darren Thomas, has a new strategy to encourage the troops and get storage geeks to fly: make them Storage Top Guns with leather flying jackets to go with it.
Cisco offers pint-size cell relief, lets mobile data spurt freely
Cisco CEO John Chambers has confirmed that it will start making cellular base stations, just not very big ones, with a view to integrating the cellular tech into Wi-Fi access points.
Should Microsoft merge Office into Windows - or snap it off?
Open ... and ShutGartner research director Larry Cannell thinks Yammer gives Microsoft the impetus to "rethink Office". Cannell's point is that Microsoft needs to reshape Microsoft for the social age. He's right, but I don't think he goes nearly far enough.
Liberator: the untold story of the first British laptop part 3
ArchaeologicIn the early 1980s, civil servant Bernard Terry devised a 'portable text processor' to make his fellow civil servants more productive in the office and out. Electronics giant Thorn EMI designed the machine with help of a team of former Dragon Data engineers. As the Liberator, it launched in September 1985 to become the first British laptop and beating the first PC-compatible laptop, Toshiba's T1100, to market. Read the earlier instalments of the Liberator story in Part One and Part Two.
Adobe Connect breach pops lid off 'Letmein' logins of gov, army types
A breach of Adobe's Connectusers.com forum database has once again exposed password security foibles, as well as website security shortcomings on Adobe's part.
Dell and pals mash parts together, squeeze out first 16Gb FC stack
Dell's Compellent unit has worked with Brocade, Emulex and QLogic to offer the first end-to-end 16Gbit/s Fibre Channel storage networking setup, speeding access to SAN data.
Credit insurance: The hidden data-driven force which killed Comet
A quick look at what happened to high street electronics retailer Comet when its credit insurers slammed their wallets shut should be enough to get any IT business interested in cash-flow, insurance and credit lines.
Long-suffering Virgin Media victims see no end to vid PURGATORY
Here on the networks desk at Vulture Central our inbox runneth over with complaints from fed-up Virgin Media customers who feel that they are being roundly ignored by the telco, which is yet to fix a network peering problem with a mysterious third party.
Never mind fat-bellied tech titans, give enterprise upstarts a chance
Sysadmin blogIn the IT world, momentum is everything. The past few months of talking to various start-ups have been an eye-opener for me; but none so much as talking to Bill Karpovich of Zenoss. Zenoss's story reflects one I've heard from many other start-ups of late; they have great software and are growing rapidly, but there's always that risk that being good at what you do might not be enough.
Insight exec: Order-delaying ERP 'teething problems' now fixed
Insight UK says it is now on top of "teething problems" related to its ERP upgrade that delayed some customers' orders.
Apple and Samsung add iPhone 5, Note, S3 to brewing law-storm
A US judge has allowed Samsung and Apple to add some extra devices to their lists of allegedly infringing products, bringing the iPhone 5, the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the US version of the Galaxy SII into the mix.
Easy to use, virus free, secure: Aaah, how I miss my MAINFRAME
Mention mainframe computers today and most people will conjure an image of something like an early analogue synthesiser crossed with a brontosaurus. Think a hulking, room-sized heap of metal and cables with thousands of moving parts that requires an army of people just to keep it plodding along.
LOHAN to join mile-high club with BRITNEY or NAOMI?
PollThe time has arrived to officially name the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission control board - the electronic heart of our audacious ballocket spaceplane mission.
WiGig crew to cut DisplayPort cables
VESA, the organisation behind DisplayPort and past monitor connection technologies, must have fallen a little out of love with wireless connectivity. Two years after entering into an alliance with WiGig, the 60GHz band high-speed WLAN standard, it this week felt the need to renew its vows.
Avira antivirus patched but still not fully Windows 8 ready
Avira has rolled out a patch that makes its popular freebie anti-virus software more compatible with Windows 8.
Google seen sniffing over a Dish of mobile spectrum
Google has been chatting to Dish about cooperatively launching a mobile phone network in the USA, using the same loophole LightSquared failed to exploit to build a national network.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 game review
The knives have been sharpened, the vitriol pumped, the maps cleared of bodies and the zombies starved. It can only mean one thing: Call of Duty: Black Op 2 is upon us.
Brits kept waiting as iPad Mini LTE arrives Stateside
The 4G LTE version of Apple's iPad Mini is set to hit US stores this weekend, and some pre-order customers are already starting to receive their slight slates. But over here buyers are being forced to wait until the end of the month.
Boffins: Proto-humans had stone spears HALF a MILLION YEARS BC
An international team of boffins has shown that early proto-humans were using stone spearpoints much earlier than had been believed.
HP big cheese: Is the cloud even proper IT? Whoops, I said it
AnalysisIn an industry where the number of vendors and distributors seems to be shrinking by the week, Canalys’ Channels Forum offered dealers and value-added resellers something that felt like choice.
Facebook offers $10 to each of its Sponsored Stories victims
A US judge is considering a revised settlement proposal from Facebook in the class action suit over Sponsored Stories.
Power to the people - if you can find a spare socket
Something for the weekend, Sir?Changing family circumstances have resulted in my need to use long-distance trains more frequently. They used to call them "InterCity" services back in "the age of the train" but the less said about that the better.
'You can say I'm paranoid about it, but they will kill me'
QuotwThis was the week when Belizean police started the search for securities firm founder John McAfee, a suspect in the murder of his neighbour.
Greenpeace, unions attack 'secret UN plans to seize the INTERNETS'
Greenpeace and the International Trade Union Confederation are the latest to lay into the UN International Telecommunications Union for trying to grab hold of the internet, blithely unconcerned by the complete lack of any such plan on the ITU's part.
BBC iPlayer downloads BORKED by Adobe Air update
An update to Adobe's Air application has crippled the BBC's iPlayer Desktop software, which is used by telly and radio fans in the UK who want to download programmes to view and listen to offline.
Dead Steve Jobs was dead wrong on Flash, bellows ColdFusion man
The founder of the ColdFusion markup language has lent his voice to a growing list of big names expressing concern over the death of the open web.
Curiosity latest: MARTIAN DUST DEVILS assail prowling robot rover
Dust-devil tornadoes have swirled around Mars rover Curiosity during its time on the planet's surface, its weather-watching instrument reports.
Sony confesses: we can't beat iPhone... yet
Sony has conceded that its Xperia smartphone range lacks a clear iPhone 5 beater. But it promises a contender will be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2013.
Musk to blast right of way through California with railgun Concorde
Elon Musk dropped a few further hints about his Hyperloops transit plan in London last night, saying it was "a cross between a Concorde and a rail gun" whose biggest hurdles included "right-of-way" issues.
Sony surges past 70 million PlayStation 3 sales
Sony is commemorating the shipment of 70 million PlayStation 3 consoles this week. Reaching the milestone essentially puts it neck and neck with Microsoft's Xbox 360 in terms of overall global lifetime sales.
Another Microsoft Trojan? Sinofsky might just want a RIM job
AnalysisYou are the Mussolini of Microsoft: you have the engineering operations of Windows and Office running on time, smashing their reputation for lateness.
Boss wrong to demote man over anti-gay-marriage Facebook post
A Christian man who expressed his unfavourable views about gay marriage on Facebook - and was subsequently demoted with a 40 per cent pay cut by the Manchester-based housing trust he worked for - has won a breach-of-contract case against his employer.
Amazon cloud inspectors approve SAP's biz apps
SAP’s mighty business apps have been certified to run on the Amazon cloud.
Galapagos islands bombed with 22 tonnes of Blue Death Cornflakes
Twenty-two tonnes of cereal laced with pesticide have been dropped on the Galapagos Islands over the past week to get rid of a rat menace that has seen 10 rats pack every square meter on the island of Pinzón.
Thought you'd escaped Twitter? Think again as Twits get email button
Just to make sure that anyone who's not on Twitter knows about Twitter, understands the coolness of Twitter and sees that everyone they know is on it and that they should be on it too, Twitter has introduced sharing by email.
Facebook: Give us your credit card and pals' addresses as GIFTS
Why write on a friend's Facebook wall when you could send them cupcakes and they could chose the flavour of the cupcakes? That was Facebook's big pitch to users last night as they announced the rollout of Facebook Gifts at a glitzy New York media event.
Scammers use fake profiles to target Instagram users
Scammers are targeting Instagram users by creating fake profiles to gather personal details before attempting to trick users into signing up for premium-rate mobile services, among other ruses.
OMG! Aaaah! Apple TV! Yes! No ... Probably! Sometime!
After the iPad Mini rumours turned out to be true, fanboys are eagerly expecting the long rumoured Apple TVs to be announced.
'Long Time Ago' and 'Far, Far Away' records broken by new GALAXY
With the power of Hubble and Spitzer combined, NASA has spotted the most distant galaxy ever pictured, around just 420 million years after the Big Bang.
LIVE NOW: Speak Your Brains on Windows chief's defenestration SHOCKER
Live ChatSteven Sinofsky, Microsoft’s Windows chief, left Microsoft suddenly and without adequate explanation a week ago.
Plenty more fish (and other eukaryotes) in the sea, say boffins
While scientists have painstakingly documented the existence of 226,000 marine species to date, there remain two to three times as many sea-dwelling creatures yet to be discovered, a new study has suggested.
Black Ops 2 takes HALF A BEELLION DOLLARS in just ONE DAY
Activision gloats that its Call of Duty franchise is again the "biggest entertainment launch of the year", after revealing a return of $500m (£316m) from day-one sales of Black Ops 2.
US team poised for second pop at PARIS spaceplane record
Students from the University of Southern Indiana are poised to make a second attempt on El Reg's Guinness World Record for the highest launch of a paper plane.
Dell inhales Gale Technologies to blow away cloud rivals
Texan tech titan Dell is trying to turn itself into Big Blue, just like HP, Oracle, and Cisco Systems: its data center business was the one bright spot in its dismal third quarter financials reported last night.
Woz: Microsoft's innovation lead 'worries me greatly'
Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak worries that Microsoft may now be more innovative than the product developers at his former company. He also has a few harsh words for the management style of his fellow Cupertinian cofounder, Steve Jobs.
Microsoft offers 60-day free trial of Office 2013
Microsoft is now offering a free 60-day trial of Office 2013 Professional Plus, the next generation of its nigh-ubiquitous desktop productivity suite, via its TechNet Evaluation Center website.
Reefer madness blasts pot machine maker's stock sky high
The management of marijuana dispensing machine manufacturer Medbox has asked investors to chill out and get a grip after the company's stock suddenly rose 3,000 per cent to over $215.
October global temps above average for 332nd straight month
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released its global temperature analysis for October, and – no surprise – the planet remains in a sultry mood.
Survey: Win8 only HALF as popular as Win7 among IT bosses
Microsoft has staked a lot on Windows 8 being the key to its future, but preliminary numbers from analyst house Forrester suggest that business isn't too keen on the new OS.