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Hadoop in the enterprise

Teradata rides big data wave in Q4, does better than expected

Systems vendor Teradata is riding the twin waves of traditional data warehousing and new-fangled big data munching, and is doing a pretty good job positioning itself to stay relevant in an increasingly Hadoopy world. 

LibreOffice 4.0 ships with new features, better looks

The Document Foundation has announced LibreOffice 4.0, the latest version of the free software competitor to Microsoft Office that spun off from the OpenOffice.org effort in 2010, describing it as nothing less than "the free office suite the community has been dreaming of since 2001."
Neil McAllister, 08 Feb 2013

Google Drives into web hosting

Google Drive has turned on a feature that lets the cloud storage service become a limited web host.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Feb 2013

Ubuntu for Galaxy Nexus phones to arrive in February

Ubuntu main man Mark Shuttleworth says plans are on track to produce smartphones running a mobile variant of the Ubuntu Linux OS by October 2013, but developers should be able to start working with the platform even sooner.
Neil McAllister, 08 Feb 2013
Court gavel

Motorola complaint against Microsoft narrowed

Google-owned Motorola has had its patent portfolio trimmed by a US judge in its ongoing battle with Microsoft.
Richard Chirgwin, 08 Feb 2013

Facebook glitch briefly crashes several sites

Facebook Connect, the single sign-on tool Facebook uses to allow its accounts to serve as logins to other online services, has experienced a glitch that froze users out of many popular websites and sent them to an error message.
Simon Sharwood, 08 Feb 2013

Shatners talks space, acting with fellow Canuck on ISS

William Shatner, aka Captain Kirk of the USS Enterprise, has been chatting with fellow Canadian Chris Hadfield, who is about to take over as the commander of the International Space Station.
Iain Thomson, 08 Feb 2013
Smartphone user on Tube

TDD LTE gaining momentum in 4G push, says ZTE

The Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) flavour of LTE will face increasing competition in favour of Time Division Duplexing (TDD), according to Chinese telecoms infrastructure giant ZTE.
Phil Muncaster, 08 Feb 2013
Renault Fluence

Electric cars stall in USA, Australia

Better Place, the electric car outfit founded by spurned SAP CEO aspirant Shai Agassi, has walked away from projects in the USA and Australia, to “focus on delivering on its strategy in Denmark and Israel, where the complete infrastructure is in place and commercial operations are fully underway,”
Simon Sharwood, 08 Feb 2013

Taiwan's Polytron promises see-through phones

Taiwanese manufacturer Polytron has showed a prototype of a transparent smartphone and thinks they could reach the market by year's end.
Phil Muncaster, 08 Feb 2013

Good news! UK IT jobs up. Bad news? They're with a bunch of bankers

Cockle-warming stats from the UK jobs market show that job openings for techies went up at the end of 2012 and that opportunities in the well-paying financial IT sector rose for the first time in six months.
Anna Leach, 08 Feb 2013

EU: We'll force power plants, Apple and pals to admit hack attacks

Power stations, banks, online shops, cloud providers, search engines, app stores, social networks and governments may soon be required by law to disclose ALL major security breaches.
John Leyden, 08 Feb 2013
Quantum CEO Jon Gacek

Quantum backs up 156TB backup box over EMC's back lawn

Quantum has introduced its second-largest deduplicating hard-drive array the DXi6800, and refreshed its top-end tape library.
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2013

Psst, wanna block nuisance calls? BT'll do it... for a price

BT's latest phone, the BT6500, can prevent spammers from getting through to the harassed householder, forwarding them to an integrated answerphone - so BT still gets paid, of course.
Bill Ray, 08 Feb 2013

NetApp fattens up FAS array beasts to flog to data ranchers

The storage desk at El Reg has learnt NetApp has a high-end FAS6200/V6200 array refresh coming.
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2013

'You get burned out on Facebook after a while'

QuotwThis was the week when Americans came right out and told Pew Research Center what we've all been thinking about Facebook: that sh*t gets old.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 08 Feb 2013

Tennessee bloke quits job over satanic wage slip

A Tennessee born-again Christian has quit his job after receiving a wage slip marked "666" despite previously warning his employers of a serious aversion to the Number of the Beast.
Lester Haines, 08 Feb 2013

Every single Internet Explorer at risk of drive-by hacks until Patch Tuesday

Microsoft has lined up a bumper Patch Tuesday this month to snap shut a backbreaking 57 security vulnerabilities in its products.
John Leyden, 08 Feb 2013

JBoss is juicy, but Vert.x could bring sexy back to Red Hat

Seven years after Red Hat snatched JBoss out from under Larry Ellison’s nose, the enterprise Linux distributor is continuing to squeeze the juice from the open-source application server.
Gavin Clarke, 08 Feb 2013
Electronic waste dump in China

Paper computers: Not mere pulp fiction

Something for the Weekend, Sir?I love it when I read or hear the phrase “Print is dead”. Idiocy is so enthralling. I am fascinated by people who can shamelessly proclaim their own ignorance in public with such determination.
Alistair Dabbs, 08 Feb 2013

Huge rock-hard marble erection shocks Japanese kiddies

The good burghers of the Japanese town of Okuizumo have suggested a giant replica of Michelangelo's David might do well to slip on some underpants, lest kiddies are left traumatised by an eyeful of the "big and unexpected" statue.
Lester Haines, 08 Feb 2013
closed_sign shut down under collapsed liquidation

About to outsource your IT? Read this first

Whenever a major service provider runs into financial difficulties it is undoubtedly an extremely unsettling period, not least for the workforce, customers and management.
Huw Beverley-Smith, 08 Feb 2013
Strike Suit Zero

Bioshock Infinite, Devil May Cry, SimCity

Game TheoryThe first few months of the year are, as ever, a time for the public and publishers alike to draw breath after the Christmas frenzy. Only a handful of full-price games launch, giving gamers time to catch a breath and ponder what they’ll spend their money on in the year to come. That said, this period is already clocking up casualties and controversies. And no more so than at the now defunct THQ.
Mike Plant, 08 Feb 2013

Adobe muzzles TWO zero-day wild things with emergency Flash patches

UpdatedAdobe published a critical Flash Player update on Thursday that fixes not just one but two zero-day flaws, both under active attack by hackers.
John Leyden, 08 Feb 2013

Blighty evades Fujitsu's staff-slashing samurai sword

Fujitsu's workers in UK and Ireland will be spared the axe after the global tech corp prepared to lay off 5,000 employees. British and Irish staff will avoid the redundancies because they met sales and profits expectations.
Paul Kunert, 08 Feb 2013

Eyes in the sky: UK.gov's CCTV code to IGNORE MILLIONS of cameras

The coalition government, keen to avoid being seen in the same light as the database and snooping-obsessed previous Labour administration, has issued a draft code of practice that it claims "introduces a philosophy of surveillance by consent".
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Feb 2013
Funnel of cash. Credit: via SXC – http://www.sxc.hu/profile/Leonardini

'Disturbed' Dell investors could tank private buyout

According to reports, Dell's largest independent shareholder, Southeastern Asset Management, is not keen on the $24.4bn buyout bid, and it's not the only one.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 08 Feb 2013

El Reg contemplates the ultimate cuppa

As regular readers know, we at the SPB are tireless in our pursuit of culinary excellence, and many of you share our penchant for gourmet grub, including the pinnacle of pork perfection that is the bacon sarnie.
Lester Haines, 08 Feb 2013

11-YEAR-OLD code wizard hacks Greedy RuneScape geeks

A Trojan that promises RuneScape players gold but instead steals their passwords was developed by an 11-year-old, researchers claim.
John Leyden, 08 Feb 2013

'Depression-era grandma' Apple responds to bolshy investor

Apple has taken the unusual step of publicly responding to a complaint from a shareholder who compared the company to his cash-hoarding grandmother.
Anna Leach, 08 Feb 2013

Björk gives up trying to Kickstart Android music app

Elfin Icelandic singer and educator Björk has had to cancel a Kickstarter project to get her music and science app suite Biophilia ported from iOS to Android and Windows 8.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 08 Feb 2013

2e2 cloud cash fiasco puts NHS IT and biz 'over a barrel'

NHS trusts and other customers of IT giant 2e2 are stuck between a "rock and a hard place" after their worst nightmares of cloud computing came true.
Paul Kunert, 08 Feb 2013
Photo of Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro, with Touch Cover

Nemo cancels Microsoft's Surface Pro launch

Microsoft’s super-select, invitation-only Surface Pro launch event in New York has been cancelled thanks to a big fish.
Gavin Clarke, 08 Feb 2013

Boffins find RAT-SIZED bug-muncher links man to beast

The missing link between man and beast is a ancient rat-like creature that preceded all placental mammals - a group that encompasses both whales and humans.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 08 Feb 2013

The business mullet: Cool or tool?

Open ... and ShutSilicon Valley is notoriously casual in its dress and business demeanor. In a culture that celebrates every day as Casual Friday, it's hard to get the tech crowd to dress up.
Matt Asay, 08 Feb 2013

BBC blueprint to make EVERY programme on TV a repeat revealed

The BBC Trust has approved a year-long trial project to show all programmes on iPlayer first. Some 40 hours of content across all genres will be made available online ahead of its TV broadcast, technically making every transmission a repeat.
Bill Ray, 08 Feb 2013

George Bush's family emails, pics ransacked - and spewed online

A hacker put personal photos of George H W Bush online this week after reportedly breaking into the former US president's family email accounts.
John Leyden, 08 Feb 2013

Atomic Weapons Establishment ditches 2e2 in funding row

Stricken integrator 2e2's administrator has confirmed in a letter to staff that the Atomic Weapons Establishment, one of its data centre customers, walked after it was asked to pay thousands of pounds to keep the server farm up and running.
Paul Kunert, 08 Feb 2013

Ebook price-fixing: Macmillan settles with DoJ, Apple fights on

EBooks published by Macmillan will become cheaper as of today, said the US Department of Justice (DOJ), announcing that the publisher has agreed to settle a price-fixing lawsuit.
Anna Leach, 08 Feb 2013

LinkedIn proves not all social IPOs were bubbly

While IPO investors in Facebook, Groupon, and Zynga are still losing money on their investments, shares in LinkedIn rose nearly 20 per cent in trading after the company released good fourth quarter and year-end results.
Iain Thomson, 08 Feb 2013

Google to splurge $82m for exclusive airport exec enclave

A plan by Google and British partner Signature Aviation to build a private airport terminal for the executive jet-set has received strong backing from local officials and looks likely to get approval.
Iain Thomson, 08 Feb 2013

Google exec defends search snooping, location tracking

Google may store your search history and know where you are, but unless you've been searching for tips on how to suffocate someone, your privacy is secure. How do we know? Because according to Google's Chief Technology Advocate Michael Jones, "We're nice people as well as business people."
Rik Myslewski, 08 Feb 2013
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Intel stuffs more dough down Big Switch Network's trousers

Intel has come in late in the Series B round of funding for SDN upstart Big Switch Networks, and has crammed another $6.5m into its pockets.

HP clamps down on student labor in Chinese factories

HP has issued new employment guidelines for its supply chain partners in China, in response to what it describes as "the significant increase in the use of student and dispatch workers" in manufacturing facilities across the country.
Neil McAllister, 08 Feb 2013
Intel has de-converged the Itanium and Xeon roadmaps

Remember that Xeon E7-Itanium convergence? FUHGEDDABOUDIT

If you are an Itanium shop and you were hoping for a big upgrade in performance with the future "Kittson" Itanium processors around two years from now, it looks like you can forget it. It ain't gonna happen – and you can also delete from your memory the idea of a common socket for Xeons and Itaniums.

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