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Solar undercuts coal in New Mexico

Bloomberg is reporting something of a world first: a solar facility in Macho Springs, New Mexico, is planning to sell its energy to the grid substantially below the price of coal-fired power.
Richard Chirgwin, 05 Feb 2013

Fanbois rejoice: iPhone 5, iPad Mini finally jailbroken

After a long wait – almost six months – a jailbreak method for iOS 6 is finally available, allowing the iPhone 5, the iPad Mini, and the fifth-generation iPod Touch to join the jailbreak party for the first time.
Neil McAllister, 05 Feb 2013
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Google, Mozilla, show off in-browser video chat

Google and the Mozilla foundation have teamed up to show off the WebRTC standard in their respective browsers by staging a live video chat between developers.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Feb 2013

Japan hides anti-piracy warning on P2P networks

The Japanese government has complemented its already robust digital copyright laws with the unusual practice of hiding warning notices disguised as pirated content on popular domestic peer-to-peer networks.
Phil Muncaster, 05 Feb 2013
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Big Blue takes the fight to Xeons with Power7+ entry, midrange servers

The dateline for the Power7+ entry and midrange server launch says "Johannesburg, South Africa", and not just because Rod Adkins, general manager of IBM's Systems and Technology Group, is there meeting with about a hundred local CIOs. Big Blue also wanted to emphasize that its Power Systems business is doing better against X86 iron in Asian, Latin American, and African markets than in the core markets of North America and Europe.
Kim Jong-un

HTC profits slump but Kim Jong Un's a fan

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC's profits slumped 91 per cent in the last quarter, but the firm received an unlikely endorsement after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was apparently seen using one of its devices.
Phil Muncaster, 05 Feb 2013

GNOME project picks JavaScript as sole app dev language

The GNOME project, developers of the GNOME desktop for Linux, has decided JavaScript will be the only “first class” language it will recommend for developers cooking up new apps for the platform.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Feb 2013

Breakaway pressures Indian industry group NASSCOM

India’s all-powerful IT trade association NASSCOM could be facing a period of upheaval after a group of 30 software companies decided to form their own think tank to lobby politicians, foster entrepreneurship and promote India as a global software hub.
Phil Muncaster, 05 Feb 2013

OCZ omnishambles leaves flash chippery biz on knife-edge

Flash supplier OCZ does not yet know its sales for the last two quarters nor whether it's made a profit or a loss, and had just $2 million net cash left in the bank at the end of 2012. It's an omni-shambles and it could get tossed out of Nasdaq.
Chris Mellor, 05 Feb 2013

Jammy b*stards: Admen flog chocolate bars with 'Wi-Fi-free' zones

A Dutch advertising company has set up Wi-Fi-free zones, promoting chocolate bars with what the UK's regulator would certainly rule to be illegal radio jamming.
Bill Ray, 05 Feb 2013

US diplomat: If EU allows 'right to be forgotten' ... it might spark TRADE WAR

US diplomat warns of "trade war" if "right to be forgotten" proposals in Europe are followed through.
OUT-LAW.COM, 05 Feb 2013
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2e2 for you: Should zombies be allowed to run NHS IT?

The 2e2 Group finally called in the administrators to its UK ops* late on Monday 28 January, 2013, a month or two after main senior directors were released and replaced on the instructions of owners Hutton Collins.
Eddie Pacey, 05 Feb 2013

Tracy brothers are back: Thunderbirds Are Go! again in 5... 4... 3...

Brit television outfit ITV has announced the return of the Tracy family in Thunderbirds Are Go! - a fresh take on Gerry Anderson's classic puppet series promising "a whole new level of action-adventure animation for today's audience".
Lester Haines, 05 Feb 2013

What a Liberty: Virgin Media in buyout talks with telecoms giant

Virgin Media confirmed this morning that it is in buyout talks with cable giant Liberty Global.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Feb 2013

Kids as young as FIVE need lessons in online safety - NSPCC

Kids as young as five should be taught how to stay safe online, with tips and advice coming from their mates as well as teachers, a UK children's charity has said.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 05 Feb 2013

Out of ARM's way, Brit chip juggernaut runs over analysts again

Last year was a bumper 12 months for the chip artists at ARM: the company's revenues jumped in December above analysts' predictions as tablets and phones found their way into so many stockings, almost all of them packing ARM-designed processors.
Bill Ray, 05 Feb 2013

Bug-hunters: They're coming outta the goddamn walls, aargh!

The organisation that administers the industry standard for classifying computer system security vulnerabilities wants to prepare its classification system for a world with an even greater number of bugs.
John Leyden, 05 Feb 2013

Socket to 'em: It's the HomeGrid vs HomePlug powerline prizefight

Feature“Two standards, both alike in dignity, In fair Vegas, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.”
Tony Smith, 05 Feb 2013

Twitter spends $70m to juice your tweets, tell biz what you want - report

Twitter has reportedly spent big on acquiring social media analytics startup BlueFin Labs.
Anna Leach, 05 Feb 2013

US Department of Energy: Which bright spark just hacked us?

Personal information on several hundred employees at the the US Department of Energy has been compromised as the result of a hack attack, according to media reports.
John Leyden, 05 Feb 2013

BIS, bash, bosh: El Reg solves BlackBerry 10 email bafflement

Is a BlackBerry that doesn't use BlackBerry's email service still a BlackBerry? The Company-Otherwise-Known-As-RIM (TCOKARIM*) hopes so.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Feb 2013
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Samsung puts Silicon Valley on a plate in $100m all-you-can-eat

South Korean leviathan Samsung has ring-fenced $100m to snap up early startups in IT security, mobile tech and remote computing.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 05 Feb 2013
Lenticular Cloud

Cisco joins $8m gang, shovels cash into ex-NASA OpenStack cloud upstart

Cisco has joined a trio of investors committing $8m to OpenStack startup Piston Cloud, which has a tech team led by an ex-NASA brain.
Gavin Clarke, 05 Feb 2013

How much for Opera's app store in my TV? A tenor, perhaps?

Web browser biz Opera Software will embed its HTML5 application store into chips from MediaTek, and thus into the heart of set-top boxes and smart TVs around the world.
Bill Ray, 05 Feb 2013
Dell chairman and CEO, Michael Dell

Dell finally takes Dell private - with $24bn and help from Microsoft

Stumbling computer-maker Dell Inc will leap from the stock market and go private in a $24.4bn buyout.

HDS keeps filer sales ticking over, just don't mention the mid-range

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has sold quite a few file storage boxes and has kept its revenues more or less at the same level, with sales of its virtual storage platform (VSP) enterprise array growing strongly as well. Mid-range modular array sales look sad in comparison - newbie Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) just isn't hustling.
Chris Mellor, 05 Feb 2013

EMC channel boss cements partnerships with cold hard cash

EMC's channel boss for EMEA has puckered up to give channel partners a big rebate and marketing smacker.
Paul Kunert, 05 Feb 2013
The HP 3PAR StorServ 7000 series arrays

HP: Flash is better in than out. Better for us, er, our customers

HP is going to implement its all-flash arrays inside the StoreServ (3PAR) architecture and operating environment. This sets it at odds with every other all-flash array supplier and other believers of external flash silos.
Chris Mellor, 05 Feb 2013

Crooks, think your Trojan looks legit? This one has a DIGITAL CERTIFICATE

UpdatedSecurity researchers have discovered a banking Trojan that comes with its own built-in digital certificate.
John Leyden, 05 Feb 2013
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Ravello uncloaks with $26m, fires cloud hypervisor into the heavens

A cloudy startup called Ravello Systems raised eyebrows last March when it partially uncloaked as a bunch of techies who created the KVM hypervisor at Qumranet (now part of Red Hat) and got back together for some unknown purpose. Now we know what that purpose is.

Instagram gets around to adding website galleries

Hipsters around the world are rejoicing at the news that they can now access their Instagram feeds on the web. Instead of thrusting their phones at you, now dull office time can be spent trying to think of something nice to say while examining the wonders of filtering.
Iain Thomson, 05 Feb 2013

Telstra leak: Operation Deep Packet Inspection

Richard Chirgwin, 05 Feb 2013

Kickstarter project says open source can blast Death Star costs

Barack Obama's deluded decision to deny a petition asking the USA to build a Death Star has been challenged by the wisdom of the crowd, in the form of a Kickstarter project seeking £543 quadrillion ($US850qn) to design and build the planet-destroying artificial moonlet.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Feb 2013

AMD adds open source driver support for next card launch

Ahead of the launch of its Radon HD 8800 graphics cards, AMD has put drivers for the cards into the open source world via the Mesa graphics library.
Richard Chirgwin, 05 Feb 2013
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Australia's top court says Google's iffy ads do not mislead

Australia's High Court, the nation's ultimate tribunal from which no appeal is possible, has overturned lower courts' decisions that found Google misled and deceived users.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Feb 2013

Facebook burnout: 61% of users have needed a break

Around two-thirds of all online Americans use Facebook, but nearly two-thirds of those report having taken long breaks from the social network, while others have already given up on it, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.
Neil McAllister, 05 Feb 2013

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