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Quantum crypto still not proven, claim Cambridge experts

Two killjoy researchers from the University of Cambridge have cast doubt on whether quantum cryptography can be regarded as ‘provably secure’ – and are asking whether today’s quantum computing experimentation is demonstrating classical rather than quantum effects.
Richard Chirgwin, 01 Feb 2013
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UK cookies cop changes own policy to ‘implied consent’

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the agency charged with implementing the EU’s ePrivacy Directive insisting web publishers tell their readers about how they use cookies, has changed its own cookie policy to one of implied consent rather than asking visitors to its website to formally opt in to receiving cookies. The change will also see cookies set “from the time users arrive” on the agency’s site.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Feb 2013

Apple loses bid to ban US sales of aging Samsung smartphone

A US appeals court has denied Apple's request for a rehearing of an injunction, instituted last June but reversed last October, that would have stopped Samsung from selling its year-old Galaxy Nexus smartphone in the US.
Rik Myslewski, 01 Feb 2013

Apple blocks Java on the Mac over security concerns

It's been a rough couple of weeks for Java. Security issues are dogging the code, the latest fix may cause almost as many problems as it solves, and now Apple has decided to block Java completely.
Iain Thomson, 01 Feb 2013

Microsoft teases IE10 for Win7 with Blocker Toolkit

Microsoft has dropped a strong hint that the long-awaited version of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 might actually ship soon – ironically, by releasing a tool that blocks installation of the browser on users' PCs.
Neil McAllister, 01 Feb 2013
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Google begs for secrecy as it files Glass design with FCC

Google has lodged information about its forthcoming “Glass” spectacle-mounted computer with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), but has asked that many details be kept from the public eye.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Feb 2013

Symantec: Don't blame us for New York Times hack

Symantec has taken the unusual step of commenting on a story about a customer, issuing a robust statement denying its anti-virus products were to blame for sophisticated targeted attack on the New York Times.
Phil Muncaster, 01 Feb 2013
Facebook's gift card

Facebook finds new way to wring hundreds from users

Facebook has finally found a way to get its users to hand over hundreds of dollars, by creating its own gift cards.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Feb 2013
Suitcase bulging with cash

India's most trusted brand Nokia hit with £1.5bn tax bill

Nokia’s efforts to turn around its flagging fortunes received a jolt this week after it emerged that income tax officials in India are preparing to hit the firm with a Rs. 13,000 crore (£1.5bn) bill for tax violations.
Phil Muncaster, 01 Feb 2013

Axed staffers hijack HMV Twitter account: 'We're tweeting LIVE from HR'

A hijacker claiming to be an axed HMV worker took over the music retailer's official Twitter stream yesterday to tell the world of a "mass execution" taking place at HQ.
Paul Kunert, 01 Feb 2013

Chinese web company faked Microsoft patch to force download

China's government has slapped fast-growing Chinese web firm Qihoo with a warning for unfair competition, alleging the firm used its security software to trick users into downloading its browser.
Phil Muncaster, 01 Feb 2013
Suitcase bulging with cash

Biz data-furtler CommVault reveals unexpected riches

CommVault's government and enterprise customers bought its software in record numbers, leading to a spike in revenues and a sudden onrush of affection from Wall St brokers when it beat estimates for both sales and profits. That said, the firm is a one-trick pony, but what a pony; the nag just keeps on running.
Chris Mellor, 01 Feb 2013

Sick software nasty uses child abuse pics to extort infected victims

Depraved miscreants are spreading vile ransomware that displays images of child abuse on infected PCs and demands payment to remove them.
John Leyden, 01 Feb 2013
A Bearded Dragon on an Alienware MX18

Netbooks were a GOOD thing and we threw them under a bus

Packing for a week-and-a-half road trip to Silicon Valley and back triggered a moment of introspection over the impending end of netbook production.
Trevor Pott, 01 Feb 2013
Mummified frog found inside PC

Bring out your dead: Reg readers reveal filthy, filthy PCs...

VentblockersIt's been over three years since El Reg readers rocked the IT world to the very foundations on which it rests with chilling photographic evidence of the horrors which lurk within PCs worldwide.
Lester Haines, 01 Feb 2013

HP reels in late for LTO-6 party, yells: Tape is BA-ACK

HP has launched its LTO-6 tape products and rebranded all its tape hardware under the StoreEver name, saying the tape goodies are now an integrated part of its Converged Storage product set. It's late to the LTO-6 party, following IBM, Quantum, Oracle, and SpectraLogic. Better late than never though.
Chris Mellor, 01 Feb 2013

Brussels reviews Google's plan for not being abusive and dominant

The competition wing of the European Commission confirmed this morning that its officials were currently poring over Google's latest search business remedy proposals, after the company submitted a document to Brussels yesterday.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Feb 2013

We're not making this up: Apple trademarks the SHOP

After trademarking the leaf and patenting the rectangle, Apple has outdone itself by trademarking the shop.
Anna Leach, 01 Feb 2013
Google Glass

Google's Glasses: The tech with specs appeal?

Something for the Weekend, Sir?I don't like wearing a wristwatch because it's uncomfortable. As the prime minister always says when being evasive or unintelligible, let’s be clear about this: I wear a wristwatch on most days but I find that doing so is uncomfortable. I would never wear a watch at home. I strap it on when I set off to a customer site and take it off as soon as I arrive at my allotted desk, often before I even sit down. That rubbing, restricted sensation on my skin tends to make said skin crawl.
Alistair Dabbs, 01 Feb 2013

It's a CLUSTERPLUCK: Isilon array gobbles 4TB drives

Isilon, EMC's scale-out filer product, now stores 33 per cent more data after adding support for 4TB disk drives.
Chris Mellor, 01 Feb 2013

Plunging BT sales hit every branch of the biz on way down

BT reported to the City this morning a total revenue fall of 6 per cent for the national telco's final three months of 2012.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Feb 2013

Oh, Sony, you big tease: Mystery PlayStation reveal date set

Sony has called on hacks and analysts to come to New York next month for an event focused on the PlayStation - an invite that's left pundits and fans predicting the unveiling of the long-awaited PlayStation 4.
Tony Smith, 01 Feb 2013
Space Shuttle Columbia debris

Space Shuttle Columbia disaster remembered 10 years on

FeatureOn February 1st, 2003 at 08:00 CST residents of Texas witnessed the once mighty Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrate into a 12,000mph fireball. Almost 17 years to the day since the Challenger disaster, President G. W. Bush delivered the news to the world, “The Columbia is lost. There are no survivors.”
Shaun Dormon, 01 Feb 2013

Samsung's squillionaire supremo scuttles siblings' shares snatch

Samsung chairman Lee Kun-Hee has won a lawsuit against his brother and sister to keep control of the electronics leviathan.
Anna Leach, 01 Feb 2013

'Why can't we say we're happy to be RIMmed on a daily basis?'

QuotwDeflating news reached El Reg's headline writers this week in the form of RIM's name change to BlackBerry. Of course, it also launched two new phones running its QNX-powered smartphone operating system: BlackBerry OS 10.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 01 Feb 2013

Pub o' clock comes early for C&W biz customers silenced by titsup phones

Business customers of Vodafone-owned Cable & Wireless have been complaining about the telecoms outfit this morning after it was hit by a major outage apparently affecting the whole of the UK.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Feb 2013

Stricken giant 2e2 may be sold off in one by Monday - sources

The sale of fallen integrator 2e2 may be finalised as early as Monday with administrator FTI Consulting looking to offload all of the UK biz to just one buyer, say people close to the talks.
Paul Kunert, 01 Feb 2013

Hungry Daisy Group scoffs The Net Crowd

Acquisitive telco services player Daisy Group has swallowed IP data specialist minnow The Net Crowd (TNC) for an undisclosed sum.
Paul Kunert, 01 Feb 2013

Facebook's Google, Bing events snub: It's a BUG, NOT a FEATURE

ExclusiveFacebook still wants to operate on the web by allowing "public" parts of its vast database to be indexed on search engines such as Google and Bing.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Feb 2013

Ball-gazer on 2013: More like Crystal Maze for channel biz

Well, it’s that time of the year again: time to engage in some belated amateur crystal ball gazing to pick out the channel trends of the next 12 months. In all honesty, I think 2012 went better than any of us could have hoped, given the continued macro-economic slump throughout Europe.
Tim Ayling, 01 Feb 2013

Filthy! old! blog! bug! blamed! for! Yahoo! webmail! hijacks!

Yahoo! webmail accounts are being hijacked by hackers exploiting an eight-month-old bug in the web giant's blog, security biz Bitdefender warns.
John Leyden, 01 Feb 2013

Windows Server 2012 kicks ass: discuss

A little experiment from us: we are rounding up comments on a couple of articles - and turning them into articles. Some might call this stretching the material - social media types might call it amplification. But we think that not all of our commentards are mad - and many have very interesting insights to share. Yesterday we mined our comments from Martin Glassborow's column, "How about a Petabyte of storage?". Today, we turn to Trevor Pott and reactions to his prognostications on Windows Server 2012.
Lucy Sherriff, 01 Feb 2013

First the NYT, now the Wall Street Journal: But are hacking attacks from China new?

AnalysisThe Wall Street Journal is the latest media titan after the New York Times to admit it was raided by Chinese hackers.
John Leyden, 01 Feb 2013

HP workers halt legal fight against bosses over 29,000 job cuts

HP employees have "withdrawn" legal action against the company and agreed to return to the negotiating table to hear CEO Meg Whitman's plan to cut 29,000 jobs.
Paul Kunert, 01 Feb 2013
Lenticular Cloud

Cloud doctors, DevOps and unconferences: Pass the Vicodin

StoragebodAt the recent London CloudCamp - "an unconference where early adopters of Cloud Computing technologies exchange ideas" - there was a lot of discussion about DevOps on the UnPanel. As the discussion went on, I was expecting the stage to be stormed by some of the older members in the audience. Certainly some of the tweets and the back-channel conversations which were going on were expressing some incredulity at some of the statements from the panel.
StorageBod, 01 Feb 2013
Workers in a Foxconn plant, credit: Steve Jurvetson from Menlo Park, USA

US IT services sector takes some job hits in January

An expected, a slowdown in job creation in the United States in January with the Fiscal Cliff looming was massively offset by revisions in the job creation rate for November and December - according to this morning's report from the US Department of Labor.

Rotund Mega baron Dotcom offers bounty for breaking his crypto

Kim Dotcom is offering a prize of € 10,000 ($13,600) for anyone who can break the cryptography of Mega, his recently launched cloud-based storage site.
John Leyden, 01 Feb 2013
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Linux boot doesn't smash Samsung laptops any more

Samsung laptops will no longer be irreparably destroyed when their users try to boot Linux on them, kernel chieftain Linus Torvalds made certain today.
Anna Leach, 01 Feb 2013

Samsung mocks Apple lawsuit in SuperBowl teaser ad

VideoSamsung has released a star-studded teaser video for its ad that will run during this Sunday's SuperBowl "El Plato Supremé", a clip that mocks patent and copyright litigation – and, by extension, its long-running adversary, Apple.
Rik Myslewski, 01 Feb 2013
Dell chairman and CEO, Michael Dell

Michael Dell to buy himself on Monday?

Michael Dell may not cash out and do a leveraged buyout of the company that bears his name, but instead put his own money where his mouth has been and buy majority control the eponymous pride of Round Rock, Texas.

Oracle loses appeal in HP row over Itanium

Oracle's last-ditch effort to wriggle out of a judgment requiring it to continue support for HP's Itanium-based servers has failed, leaving only the issue of damages to be resolved.
Neil McAllister, 01 Feb 2013

Nokia shares $1.35bn EU graphene research grant

The EU has awarded a €1bn ($1.35bn) grant to the Graphene Flagship consortium in a ten-year project bringing academics and industrialists together to commercialize graphene, and hopefully spur economic growth.
Iain Thomson, 01 Feb 2013

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