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Asia has fastest internet, launches most cyber-attacks

Not only is Asia home to the world's fastest internet connections, but it's also the source of the most internet attack traffic, according to new data from content delivery provider Akamai.
Asteroid mining

Asteroid mining and a post-scarcity economy

In the last year, we've seen two commercial ventures announce different plans to harvest the material bounty of the solar system by mining asteroids. So are we at the foothills of a post-scarcity economy or are people blowing a lot of hot air on the latest fad du jour?
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Microsoft to stream blue movies

Microsoft has unveiled a cloudy content distribution service that will intensify its competition with Amazon Web Services (AWS).
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Sorry, Apple-haters, but Cupertinian doom not on the horizon

As these words are being typed, Apple's stock is taking a beating, down around 10 per cent from its $514.01 Wednesday close, in reaction to what Wall Street has clearly characterized as disappointing financial results for the first quarter of Apple's 2013 fiscal year.
Samsung 60nm 1Gb DDR 2 DRAM chip and DIMM

Samsung set for compensation talks over staff death claims

Samsung looks close to concluding a six-year dispute over conditions in the firm’s chip plants, which have been blamed for scores of worker deaths from leukemia and other diseases.
The encryption key generation screen from Kim Dotcom's preview of his new cloud storage service

Dotcom says German authors' society canned Mega launch vid

Another day, another controversy: storage locker launcher Kim Dotcom says a video of the all-singing, all-dancing party at which the ON switch was flicked for his new Mega service was taken down from YouTube on suspicion of copyright naughtiness after a request from German authors' society GEMA.
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Boffins take the temperature of the cosmos

The universe is cold and getting colder, according to work by an international team of scientists working with CSIRO’s Australia Telescope Compact Array near the NSW town of Narrabri.
Intel Ivy Bridge and DZ77GA-70K motherboard

Intel to leave desktop motherboard market

Intel has decided to stop making desktop motherboards. Except one.
Intel IDF Beijing Inspur Itanium server

Inspur's K1 marks China's high-end server debut

Little-known Chinese vendor Inspur has finally unveiled what it claims is the country’s first fully home-grown, high-end server.

CA new CEO says biz has 'room for improvement'

Just three weeks into his tenure as CA CEO, Michael Gregoire clearly isn't culpable for the fall in both turnover and profits at the software biz and his upbeat tone confirms this.
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UK way behind pack on broadband speed in Europe

While superfast fibre lobbyists continue to try and push nations around the world into deploying more nimble broadband networks, a report out today showed a 7 per cent slip in average global connection speeds between the second and third quarter of 2012.

Microsoftie's tell-all on 'rival-flinging' Ballmer: The politics of disbelief

Analysis A former Microsoft executive has sketched an unflattering portrait of Steve Ballmer that depicts him as a cut-throat Machiavellian schemer, and claimed in his new book that the top man at Redmond has forced out rivals who challenged his authority.
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RAT-flingers target human right activists in watering-hole attack

The Reporters without Borders website was compromised on Tuesday to run a watering-hole attack. Researchers speculated that the attackers were likely targeting the human rights activists who visit the NGO's online address.
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'Most US banks' were DDoSed last year - survey

Nearly two-thirds of retail banks experienced at least one distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack in the past year, according to a new survey.

Tech titans sell yesterday's idea wrapped in tomorrow's dream

Open ... and Shut News flash: Oracle and SAP are both "cloud washers" who pretend to have sexy, cool technology, but actually are encumbered by legacy systems.
Matt Asay, 24 2013

Microsoft blasts PC makers: It's YOUR fault Windows 8 crash landed

Exclusive Microsoft blames PC makers for underwhelming Windows 8 sales over Christmas, The Register has learned. The software giant accused manufacturers of not building enough attractive Win 8-powered touchscreen tablets.
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App poked through Twitter hole, probed my privates - security bod

Security researchers have outlined the danger that tweeters face if they "save time" by signing into third-party applications using a Twitter account.
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Phone-hack saga: Cops cuff ex-health worker in pre-dawn swoop

A 59-year-old ex-healthcare worker was arrested today by cops probing allegations of bribes paid to public officials and police alongside an investigation into phone-hacking by journalists.
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Crap security lands Sony £250k fine for PlayStation Network hack

Sony has been fined £250,000 ($395k) for allowing million of UK gamers’ details to be spilled online by PlayStation Network hackers.

Cameron's speech puts UK adoption of EU data directive in doubt

Opinion Cameron’s speech puts UK accession to any Data Protection Regulation and Directive in doubt.
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Oh, those crazy Frenchies: Facebook faces family photo tax in France

Facebook should pay the French government for hosting the holiday photos and status updates of the French people, a new report commissioned by the French government has suggested.
Photo of Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro, with Touch Cover

No UK date, no biz disties: Will Microsoft cock-up the Surface Pro too?

Microsoft may be playing its cards too closely to his chest for its Windows 8 Surface Pro slate: there's no word on a UK launch date nor any effort to bring the business-to-business distribution channel onside.
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Ofcom mulls dishing out a world of hertz for RFID tags, radio cars

A lot more short-range devices, including US-safe models, could be used in the UK, as Ofcom asks if anyone minds another 12MHz of spectrum being released for public use.
Bill Ray, 24 2013
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Google: Gov demands for YOUR web data up 70% in just 3 years

The hunger for more and more user data demanded from Google by governments around the world showed no sign of abating, according to the company's latest figures.
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Netflix shares jump as outfit adds 10 million subscribers in 2012

Netflix watched its stock blow up - spiking 35 per cent - on Wall Street on Wednesday after the company reported better-than-expected profit in the company's fourth quarter and a climb in global subscribers to 33 million.
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'Gozi Trojan trio' blamed for multimillion-dollar bank raid spree

US prosecutors have accused three people of using a bank-account raiding Trojan to infect at least one million computers and steal millions of dollars.
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Google wants permission to build an experimental wireless 2.5GHz network to test secret technology using 50 base stations and 200 devices.
Bill Ray, 24 2013

Latest Symantec CEO's 'revolution' could axe 1,000 jobs

Symantec's latest CEO plans a "revolution" to create a 4.0 version of the firm by slashing bureaucracy, shaking up its portfolio, renewing a direct sales push in the enterprise, and cutting staffers.
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Victims of 'revenge pr0n' sue GoDaddy, smut site

Seventeen female victims of a "revenge porn" website have banded together to sue an online outfit that published their names and compromising pictures of them without permission.

Greenland ice SIMPLY WOULD NOT MELT in baking +8°C era 120k years ago

Scientists analysing ancient ice samples say that the Greenland ice sheet withstood temperatures much higher than today's for many thousands of years during a period of global warming more than 120,000 years ago, losing just a quarter of its mass. It had been widely suggested - by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for instance - that any such warming would melt the entire sheet, leading to massive sea-level rises.

Western Digital leaps out of a plane, forgets to pull the 'chute

Western Digital's latest quarterly financial results signal a retreat in revenue and profits. Recession helped reduce both figures and the floor is not yet in sight.
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Pope: Catholics, go forth and multiply... your Twitter followers

The Pope has urged Catholics to use Twitter as a "portal of truth" and a way of converting non-believers to Catholicism.
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Avnet CEO: Sales flat, profit down... but 'outlook' is better

Avnet's CEO says the distributor is moving in the right direction after reporting fiscal Q2 numbers that were dramatically better than the opening three months of its new financial year.
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Backdoor root login found in Barracuda gear - and Barracuda is OK with this

Multiple Barracuda Networks products feature an undocumented backdoor, leaving widely deployed data centre kit vulnerable to hijacking.
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Nokia turns a PROFIT. Sort of

Nokia announced a pre-tax profit of €375m for the fourth quarter of last year today, suggesting the deep cuts of the past year, including the axing of around 20,000 employees, have allowed management to steady the ship. The profit included sales of its corporate HQ and $250m support payments from Microsoft.
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Brit mastermind of Anonymous PayPal attack gets 18 months' porridge

A British member of the hacking group Anonymous was jailed today for orchestrating attacks that knocked PayPal, Visa and Mastercard offline.
Mellanox SwitchX-2 ASIC and its switches, not to scale

Mellanox profits explode even as sales slip in Q4

Networking chip, switch, and adapter supplier Mellanox Technologies gave Wall Street a bit of a start earlier this month when faulty InfiniBand FDR cables caused it to miss its revenue estimates for the fourth quarter. But the company still turned in a record year and has squeezed a lot more profit out of its InfiniBand and Ethernet businesses.
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Twitter adds loopy videos with Vine integration

Twitter users can now add six-second looping videos to their daily 140-character vignettes using technology the company bought from the developer start-up Vine.
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Kernel hacker Alan Cox quits Linux, Intel

Top Linux kernel contributor Alan Cox has announced that he is stepping down from his position at Intel and will no longer be involved with Linux development, citing family reasons.
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Public genome databases can leak identity

Public genome data is a significant risk to individuals, according to research led out by Yaniv Elrich, a geneticist at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research.

Windows growth keeps Microsoft earnings relatively stable

Microsoft's latest quarterly financial results are a mixed bag: good performance from the Windows division, but overall profits down slightly.