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Twitter’s deathless spoofing bug gets the heart-stake again

Twitter says it has plugged its years-old SMS spoofing vulnerability after yet-another disclosure, this time by security consultant Jonathan Rudenberg. Facebook and social payments outfit Venmo have also blocked the vulnerability.
Richard Chirgwin, 05 Dec 2012
Microsoft's new social network, so.cl

Microsoft’s so.cl network now open to all

Microsoft’s “experiment in open search”, so.cl, is now open to anyone.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Dec 2012

Red Hat pushes out RHEL 6.4 beta

A day ahead of a set of announcements around optimizing IT operations that is scheduled for Wednesday, commercial Linux distributor Red Hat is rolling out the beta for its Enterprise Linux 6.X distro for servers and workstations.

Facebook takes aim at SMS with new Messenger app

Facebook has unveiled an update to its Messenger app for Android aimed at getting mobile users off SMS and onto the social network's own messaging service.
Neil McAllister, 05 Dec 2012

NASA planning Curiosity v2.0 for Mars touchdown in 2020

NASA has been laying out its plans to send a second rover to Mars based on the Curiosity platform that's currently trundling across, and burrowing into, the planet's surface.
Iain Thomson, 05 Dec 2012

Einstein almost tagged dark energy in the early 1920s

It’s of historical interest only, at this point, but an analysis of an exchange between Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger seems to show how close Einstein came to predicting the dark energy problem.
Richard Chirgwin, 05 Dec 2012

AWS to ISVs: Let us vaporise your Windows apps

Hot on the heels of its announcement that cloudy Widows Server instances are now available in its EC2 service, Amazon Web Services has started to court developers whose applications run on Microsoft’s servers.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Dec 2012

Nokia Siemens slim-down continues

On the heels of its decision to exit the optical networking business, Nokia Siemens Networks looks like it’s in further trouble, with a contract loss blamed for more job cuts at the company.
Richard Chirgwin, 05 Dec 2012

ZTE gets $5bn Chinese government cash injection

Struggling telecoms kit maker ZTE received a timely boost on Tuesday when the Chinese government effectively stepped in to increase its financing of the firm by $US5bn, although the future of China’s tech giants abroad is looking less certain after an SEC clampdown on accounting practices.
Phil Muncaster, 05 Dec 2012
Barbed wire surrounding communications tower

China wants mobile app approval, tracking powers

China's latest plans to regulate its domestic mobile apps industry could force smartphone manufacturers to conduct costly and time-consuming extra testing, as well as help the government track users.
Phil Muncaster, 05 Dec 2012

First pic of Ashton Kutcher as the great Steve 'jOBS'

The first official pic of Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs in the Apply-titled jOBS has been unveiled by Sundance.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 05 Dec 2012

AI boffins take on Angry Birds

Sydney, Australia, today hosted the first day of a competition to pit humans against artificial intelligence, with the two sources of reasoning competing in rampantly-popular game Angry Birds.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Dec 2012
John McAfee

McAfee seeks asylum in Guatemala

Fugitive software millionaire John McAfee is in Guatemala, as was accidentally revealed yesterday by stray EXIF metadata in an image posted at lifestyle magazine Vice (first denied by McAfee who claimed he’d faked the data).
Richard Chirgwin, 05 Dec 2012

2013: No sign of flying cars, but Orange mobes will get black ice

Orange will install freebie mobile security suite Lookout on every Android handset it sells and bundle premium access with selected tariffs.
Bill Ray, 05 Dec 2012

China plans astro-farms on Mars

A leading light of China’s rapidly accelerating space program has hinted that the country’s taikonauts could in time be able to grow their own food and generate oxygen from plants in bases on the Moon or Mars.
Phil Muncaster, 05 Dec 2012

Elon Musk jumps overboard from Paul Allen's GIANT MOTHERSHIP

Stratolaunch Systems has turned to Orbital Sciences to get the world's largest air-launch-to-orbit system off the ground.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 05 Dec 2012
Carbon nanotube

NAND then something new came along: Nanotube men get $10m

Nantero, a start-up developing carbon nanotube-based memory, has gained more than $10 million in a Series D funding round to help commercialise its NRAM technology and get licensees bringing products to market.
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2012

Start the clock! Public sector web MUST be disabled-friendly by 2015

Public sector organisations will be required to ensure that disabled users of their websites have the same access to certain content and services as other internet users by the end of 2015 under new European Commission proposals.
OUT-LAW.COM, 05 Dec 2012

Google puts Nexus 4 back on sale, sells out pronto

Google’s Nexus 4 smartphone is back on the UK Google Play store, but you’ll have to wait until the new year to get hold of one should you place an order.
Tony Smith, 05 Dec 2012

Google's ethics, cosy UK.gov chats under Westminster scrutiny

Google's ethics and its close relationship with the British government came under scrutiny in Parliament yesterday.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Dec 2012

EU, US launch biggest ever global fight against online child sex abuse

Some 48 countries have agreed to join forces to halt the spread of online child sex abuse videos and images.
John Leyden, 05 Dec 2012

Use a Mac? For actual work? Evernote Business has arrived

Cloud-based notepad Evernote has gone professional: it now boasts an office package with shared notebooks and smart searching for only twice the cost of a Google Docs account.
Bill Ray, 05 Dec 2012

Storage veteran Murphy returns to HDS after HP fling

Storage tech veteran Steve Murphy has returned Hitachi Data Systems as a vice-president following a brief flirtation with rival HP.
Paul Kunert, 05 Dec 2012

Yahoo! slurps! teeny! video! chat! upstart!

Yahoo! has acquired tiny video chat firm OnTheAir, which will join the web firm's mobile division.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 05 Dec 2012

Copying Wikipedia's lies is not just for hacks, right Lord Leveson?

Last week, the judge tasked with cleaning up the British press was caught indulging in one of its filthiest habits: copying unreliable factoids from Wikipedia, the “encyclopedia anyone can edit”.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Dec 2012

2012: an epoch-defining year for home entertainment

2012 may have confounded Mayan predictions of global catastrophe, but it certainly proved an epochal year for home entertainment technology. The past 12 months have seen seismic changes to the living room landscape, with analogue TV finally running out of steam, the first sighting of a higher resolution future and a wholesale move to “smart” connectivity.
Steve May, 05 Dec 2012

BT to rent cheaper FTTP lines to ISPs - if they stump up £1k a go

BT will demand pricey one-off construction and installation fees from ISP providers that want to offer blistering fast fibre products to their customers.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Dec 2012

Netflix wins first-show TV rights to Disney flicks

Netflix is to become Disney’s exclusive pay-television partner from 2016 in a deal that gives it first pick of all of the studio’s new films, from future Pixar and Marvel hits to the second and third instalments of the new Star Wars trilogy.
Tony Smith, 05 Dec 2012

Fred Flintstone may not have been real but his pet Dino WAS - boffins

Scientists believe they have found the world's oldest dinosaur after fully analysing a fossil unearthed 80 years ago.
Anna Leach, 05 Dec 2012
Microsoft Surface

Slash A THIRD off Surface RT price or it's toast, Microsoft told

Microsoft needs to hack a third off Surface RT prices and widen distribution to give the fondleslab a fighting chance to compete, said equities analyst Detwiler Fenton Group (DFG).
Paul Kunert, 05 Dec 2012

Samsung anoints chairman's son and heir as vice-chairman

Samsung Electronics has promoted the son and heir apparent of its chairman to the job of vice chairman.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 05 Dec 2012

Nokia uncloaks Lumia 620: A 'budget' $249 Windows 8 mobe

Nokia has announced its third Windows Phone 8 mobile, the sixth from any manufacturer to use Microsoft’s new operating system. Priced at $249 (£154) SIM-free, the Lumia 620 is a diminutive "budget" model with a 3.8in screen, parking it at the rather pricey end of where the budget market it is today.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Dec 2012

Dozen more cities to get ultrafast broadband cash in gloomy UK budget

Autumn Statement 2012George Osborne promised 12 more UK cities £50m in funding to roll out ultrafast broadband during his mini-budget speech this lunchtime. He added that £1bn could be saved if public services were shifted online.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Dec 2012

Apple share dive scuppers trader's alleged get-rich-quick fraud scam

A US trader has been charged with fraud by the Feds over a get-rich-quick scheme involving over 2 million Apple shares and $1bn.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 05 Dec 2012

Record €1.47 BEELLION EC fine for price-fixing display cartels

The EC has fined screen-makers including Samsung and LG €1.47bn for joining in one or both of two different CRT cartels running between 1996 and 2006.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 05 Dec 2012

MySQL founders launch MariaDB Foundation at Oracle

MySQL’s co-founders are combining forces against Oracle with an independent organization to further the MariaDB fork started by Monty Widenius.
Gavin Clarke, 05 Dec 2012

Schmidt: Microsoft will never be as cool as the Gang of Four

Tablet-friendly Windows 8 won't allow Microsoft into Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Google's cosy clique, said Google’s executive chairman.
Gavin Clarke, 05 Dec 2012
Flying into a datastorm Credit: P Widling

Cloudy storage new-kid Nirvanix loses CEO Genereux to Oracle

Enterprise cloud storage supplying start-up Nirvanix has appointed Dru Borden as its CEO, replacing Scott Genereux who has left to join Oracle.
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2012

Instagram starts filtering out hipster pics on Twitter

Instagram has disabled the ability of Twitter users to view its photo-futzed images in full, and CEO Kevin Systrom says he eventually wants people to come to his site rather than any other platform.
Iain Thomson, 05 Dec 2012

Red Hat marries RHEV 3.1 hypervisor to Gluster storage

Red Hat rules Linux and has its fifth of the server racket, and it wants to rule clouds and get more than that share. In fact, Red Hat needs to do that if it hopes to compete against Microsoft and VMware and remain relevant in the data center and the public cloud alike.

Microsoft's anti-Android Twitter campaign draws ire, irony

Microsoft has launched a repeat of a Twitter-based anti-Android marketing stunt that it first tried last year, but this year's campaign seems to have netted the software giant more than it bargained for.
Neil McAllister, 05 Dec 2012

HP's public cloud open for compute business

Discover 2012, UpdatedHewlett-Packard is finally ready to make some money peddling infrastructure on its public cloud and to give Amazon Web Services a little competition.

Entire US Congress votes against ITU control of internet

The US House of Representatives has voted unanimously in favor of a resolution to keep the internet "free from government control," in a move clearly aimed at the United Nations' World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), currently taking place in Dubai.
Neil McAllister, 05 Dec 2012

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