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Apple CEO Time Cook on October 4, 2011, announcing that 16 billion songs had been downloaded from the iTunes Store

Tim Cook’s 'One more thing': Apple TV rumor-stoker

Apple CEO Tim Cook has dropped the tiniest of hints about the company’s ongoing interest in televisions.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Dec 2012
SoftLayer's data center

SoftLayer fires up MongoDB database service

Privately held hosting and cloudy infrastructure peddler SoftLayer is tag-teaming with 10gen, the creator of the MongoDB NoSQL data store, to sell preconfigured MongoDB setups to park your big data on its 100,000-server data centers.

New research cuts Kepler's exoplanet count by one third

A new study has shown that the number of exoplanets – planets outside of our solar system – discovered by NASA's Kepler may be inflated by over a third.
Rik Myslewski, 07 Dec 2012

Republican staffer fired for copyright reform suggestions

A Republican staffer who wrote a position paper suggesting that the current system of copyright legislation might benefit some market-based reform has been summarily fired.
Iain Thomson, 07 Dec 2012

Report blasts NASA for 'lack of consensus' on goals, plans

A new US government report offers a damning assessment of the strategic direction and management of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), painting the space agency as a rudderless organization whose lack of well-defined goals could threaten US leadership in space sciences.
Neil McAllister, 07 Dec 2012

Google kills free version of Apps for business

Google has killed off the free version of its Apps for business product.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Dec 2012

China admits $10 BEEELLION tech trade deficit

Despite a growing trade surplus with the rest of the world and a claim to be the global centre of tech manufacturing, China’s technology exports were worth $US10bn less than its imports in 2011.
Phil Muncaster, 07 Dec 2012

EMC: 'Nope', XtremIO won't link to back-end arrays

Not being happy with an interview write-up, EMC VP and Global Marketing CTO Chuck Hollis rewrote it in his blog with what he considered to be the right answers. This provided new information, to us, about EMC's coming XtremIO networked flash storage array.
Chris Mellor, 07 Dec 2012

Google enables private Play stores

Organisations planning to give users access to curated collection of Android apps can now do so with their Google Apps account, after the advertising giant quietly threw the switch on what it has poetically dubbed “The Google Play Private Channel for Google Apps”.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Dec 2012

Cognizant filing stokes Indian outsourcer growth fears

An SEC filing from IT services poster boy Cognizant has sent ripples of uncertainty through the entire Indian tech sector after some interpreted it as a sign the company is expecting slower growth in 2013.
Phil Muncaster, 07 Dec 2012

'Build us a Death Star, President Obama' demand thousands

A petition asking the Whitehouse to construct a "Death Star", has gathered over 5000 signatures on the American government's ePetition site.
Anna Leach, 07 Dec 2012
blatter copy mess

England and Germany square off for FIFA goal line tech prize

Little known football teams Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Auckland City made history on Thursday after their Club World Cup match was the first ever official fixture to feature goal line technology.
Phil Muncaster, 07 Dec 2012

Speaking in Tech: So you've built a data centre - but is it UNDER THE SEA?

PodcastWelcome back - it's another Speaking In Tech hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Ed has taken over the podcast with this special - and shorter - episode from Structure Europe 2012 in Amsterdam.
Team Register, 07 Dec 2012
Photo of Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro

The best tablets for Christmas

Thank God for Microsoft. Without it and its new Surface tablet this article would be nothing more than me running around having an Android versus iOS argument with myself. Thankfully, as with smartphones, the arrival of Windows 8, here in its RT incarnation, has saved mankind from a bipolar tablet OS nightmare.
Alun Taylor, 07 Dec 2012

Tearful, poetic Reg readers hail heroic, departed Playmonaut

We're obliged to all those readers who've offered condolences at the loss of our heroic playmonaut, who disappeared in the English Channel last week during a Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission.
Lester Haines, 07 Dec 2012

GPU-stuffed monster cracks Windows passwords in minutes

Security researchers have put together a monster number-crunching rig capable of cracking strong passwords by brute force in minutes.
John Leyden, 07 Dec 2012

Major £30m cyberheist pulled off using MOBILE malware

Cybercrooks swiped £30 million (€36m) from the banks accounts of 30,000 customers in Italy, Germany, Spain and Holland over the summer using an elaborate mobile banking fraud scam.
John Leyden, 07 Dec 2012
Cirrus clouds

Private cloud user in dialogue with Atmos, el Reg facilitating

Atmos user Michael Roney identified some difficulties he was having with an Atmos array on an EMC community website, saying he wanted to do ordinary-seeming things but couldn't. EMC has responded, saying he is trying to do things that are rarely, if ever done.
Chris Mellor, 07 Dec 2012
Mars and Earth

NetApp launches SECRET MARS MISSION, seeks egghead

The Reg storage desk has learned of a Mars project at NetApp. So we've sent our own Curiosity rover - specifically, a Google bot - to scan for job descriptions. This is what it transmitted back:
Chris Mellor, 07 Dec 2012

Datel: Reseller growing faster than its vendor master Sage

Datel, Sage's largest channel partner in the UK, clearly isn't suffering similar growing pains to its vendor master after posting double digit growth for fiscal 2012.
Paul Kunert, 07 Dec 2012

'Facebook is completely undreamt of even by the worst spying nation'

QuotWThis was the week when Google+ head Bradley Horowitz told the world that that whole Facebook thing was soooo last year.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 07 Dec 2012

Emulex moves to snap up network-monitoring Endace

Storage networking and Ethernet vendor Emulex is making a bid for Endace, a New Zealand-based network monitoring company.
Chris Mellor, 07 Dec 2012
dell laptop fire damage - image courtesy tom's hardware guide

Take it or break it: the return of the drop test

Something for the Weekend, Sir?In flagrant negation of the forces of nature, I seem to be growing less clumsy as I get older. That is, I break fewer things and do it less often.
Alistair Dabbs, 07 Dec 2012

2020AD: Space tourists will be FOUND ON MOON

A group of former NASA employees are planning to send two people to the Moon for $1.4bn as part of a new space tourism venture.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 07 Dec 2012

Apple, Samsung patent judge: 'I feel like I'm in Groundhog Day here'

Samsung tried its very hardest to argue for a retrial in a hearing with Apple yesterday, as the fruity firm pushed for additional damages on top of the $1bn it already won.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 07 Dec 2012

I've got the 'fastest growing THINGY ever', boasts Google+ chief

Google veep Vic Gundotra has described Google+ as "the fastest-growing network thingy ever." He claimed that 135 million people were now actively using it, while 500 million users have been signed up to the site.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Dec 2012
retro cartoon featuring two men fighting against cloud backdrop

Battle of the Clouds: Azure goes lower

Windows Azure pricing is dropping by up to 28 per cent as Microsoft goes head to head againstAmazon's cloud storage.
Chris Mellor, 07 Dec 2012

Data gobbling app lands Delta Air Lines in the dock on privacy charge

California's Attorney General has taken an airline to court for not having a mobile app privacy policy, in the first case of its kind.
Anna Leach, 07 Dec 2012

Rare critical Word vuln is the star of December Patch Tuesday

Microsoft is planning to release seven bulletins next Tuesday, five of which tackle critical vulnerabilities, as part of its final Patch Tuesday update of 2012.
John Leyden, 07 Dec 2012

Arbitrators side with Foxconn in brain-damaged worker case

Chinese layout arbitrators have ruled against the family of the Foxconn worker who was brain-damaged in a factory accident in Shenzhen.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 07 Dec 2012

Telcos and hosters add US jobs in November, semi manufacturers cut them

In some surprising good news for the US and perhaps the rest of the world in this interconnected global economy, employers added more jobs and lost fewer jobs in November in the wake of Hurricane Sandy smacking into the east coast in late October, and state governments started adding workers, offsetting losses in the government sector as the US Postal Service continues to shed people.

Dell storage boss Topgun Thomas leaves 'to pursue a new opportunity'

Darren Thomas, head of Dell's Storage Group, is leaving the company, following several quarters of declining revenue and an influx of new executive blood into Dell.
Chris Mellor, 07 Dec 2012

TVShack's Richard O'Dwyer sent home with £20,000 fine

Richard O'Dwyer, the Briton who ran one of the world's most popular download links websites, must cough up £20,000 after avoiding extradition in a bargain with US authorities.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Dec 2012
Computer 2000

C2000: 'We will become a £3bn distie'

Computer 2000 has set it sights on growing into a £3bn sales juggernaut in the next five years and reckons signing up new vendors, and a deeper move into supply chain services will help it get there.
Paul Kunert, 07 Dec 2012

Apple: 27-inch iMac won't ship until next year

Apple's long-delayed 27-inch iMac is now scheduled to ship to US customers sometime next month, according to an updated page on the company's stateside online store.
Rik Myslewski, 07 Dec 2012

AMD bites bullet, slashes chip orders

The slumping PC market has put the hurt on AMD to the extent that the struggling chipmaker has sharply reduced its Wafer Supply Agreement (WSA) with its chip-baking partner, GlobalFoundries.
Rik Myslewski, 07 Dec 2012

Stallman: Ubuntu spyware makes it JUST AS BAD as Windows

Free Software Foundation founder and noted weird-beard Richard Stallman has called upon Linux advocates to reject the Ubuntu distribution, claiming the latest version contains dangerous "surveillance code."
Neil McAllister, 07 Dec 2012

FCC urges rethink of aircraft personal-electronics blackout

The head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has written to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) asking for a rethink of the current ban on using electronic items in flight.
Iain Thomson, 07 Dec 2012

Business sues for $750,000 over bad Yelp review

An American woman is being sued for three quarters of a million dollars for giving a local building contractor a scathing write-up on crowd-sourced reviews sites Yelp and Angie's List.
Iain Thomson, 07 Dec 2012

US text-to-911 emergency SMS to go live by 2014

"Omg hlp nd a dr" may soon become a familiar phrase to emergency operators in the US, thanks to a plan to enable text messaging to the 911 emergency telephone number from anywhere in the country by 2014.
Neil McAllister, 07 Dec 2012

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