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CloudFlare's Railgun protocol gets buy-in from web giants

Web hosters and cloud operators have charged up their infrastructure with CloudFlare's 'Railgun' WAN optimization technology, giving developers the 'net over an easy way to dramatically speed the loading of dynamic pages.
Jack Clark, 01 Mar 2013

Big Blue touts superfast analogue-digital converter

We’re nowhere near the limits of optical fibre capacity: the bottlenecks exist in the electronics that connects to the fibre. One part of this is the analogue to digital converter (ADC) and IBM is touting a prototype that it says could deliver a billion conversions per second.
Richard Chirgwin, 01 Mar 2013

BlackBerry juices Z10 handset with OTA software update

BlackBerry spent months touting the virtues of its new Z10 smartphone before its launch, and now it says the Z10 is even better than ever, thanks to the device's first over-the-air (OTA) software update.
Neil McAllister, 01 Mar 2013
Google Compute Engine

Google signs Rightscale to resell Compute Engine

Google has signed RightScale as the first reseller for Compute Engine, the ad giant's cloudy CPUs-for-hire service.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Mar 2013
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Baidu offers English-speaking devs chance to crack China

Chinese search giant Baidu is stepping up efforts to engage with the international developer community with a new English language web site that might just help mobile app devs outside the Great Firewall crack the huge domestic market in the People’s Republic.
Phil Muncaster, 01 Mar 2013
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Facebook buys bits of written-off MSFT adware

Trivia time: What was the reason for Microsoft's first-ever loss?
Simon Sharwood, 01 Mar 2013

Japanese boffins produce solar power paper

Green tech boffins at Osaka University have developed new highly efficient solar panel “paper” technology made from wood pulp, and says it is lighter, more flexible and eco-friendly than traditional clunky solar energy collectors.
Phil Muncaster, 01 Mar 2013

Google open sources very slow compression algorithm

Google has open sourced a new compression algorithm called Zopfli that it says is a slower-but-stronger data squasher than the likes of zlib.
Simon Sharwood, 01 Mar 2013

One titsup server kills Brit-hosted Donhost websites for THREE DAYS

A fault in just one server at Brit web hosting biz Donhost took out thousands of websites and emails for more than three days.
Anna Leach, 01 Mar 2013
Photograph of the killer shrimp. Pic: Defra

Cambridge boffins reveal prehistoric prawn monster

Scientists in China are celebrating another key discovery after unearthing the fossilised remains of a 520 million year-old arthropod, with what they claim is the earliest example of a nervous system extended beyond the head.
Phil Muncaster, 01 Mar 2013

Truck-maker CAT flogs smartphone spawn to butter-fingered fondlers

MWC 2013It’s all very well making a phone waterproof, but over 70 per cent of smartphone deaths are down to a cracked screen. With that in mind, the first smartphone from CAT - yes, Caterpillar, the mechanical digger, truck, footwear and sunglasses manufacturer - sells itself on being drop-proof. From head height onto concrete.
Simon Rockman, 01 Mar 2013

Mind-melded rats could herald organic BRAIN-COMPUTERS

Neuroboffins at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, have managed to link the brains of two rats on different continents in an experiment they claim could pave the way for organic supercomputers built from networked animal brains.
Neil McAllister, 01 Mar 2013

Now even MORE 'interns' make iPhones - Chinese labour watchdog

The number of students forced to "intern" on iPhone assembly lines has increased, says a new report from a China-based labour rights watchdog.
Anna Leach, 01 Mar 2013

NASA probes spots temporary third Van Allen radiation belt

For over fifty years schoolbooks have been teaching about the Van Allen belts, two torus-shaped zones of charged particles that encircle the Earth. Now, a NASA mission has discovered that there is a third – but only when conditions are right.
Iain Thomson, 01 Mar 2013

ARM servers: From li'l Acorns big data center disruptions grow

The ARM collective doesn't just want to get into the data center. It wants to utterly transform it and help companies "manage down the legacy" of existing systems, as Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth put it during a live chat hosted by ARM Holdings to close out the Mobile World Congress extravaganza in Barcelona on Thursday.
SR-71 'Blackbird' testing. Pic: US Air Force

Spies in the sky: The leaps and bounds from balloons to spook sats

Picture specialIn just 230 years, humanity has progressed from its first faltering flights to the capability to photograph from space an object the size of a grapefruit - a testament both to technological progress and our need to keep a close eye on the world around us.
Lester Haines, 01 Mar 2013
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Hey, media barons: The noughties called, they want their mobile tech back

The last major keynote of Mobile World Congress saw speakers from ratings giant Nielsen, advertising agency Tribal DDB Worldwide, CNN International and developing world mobile firm Jana take the crowd through how the media - that is to say advertising - relates to mobile.
Simon Rockman, 01 Mar 2013

Texan contends iPod EXPLODED IN HER FACE

Apple is being sued by a Nacogdoches, Texas, woman who claims that her iPod touch exploded in her face.
Rik Myslewski, 01 Mar 2013
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IBM runs OLTP benchmark atop KVM hypervisor

IBM has performed benchmark tests that provide some clarity on how transaction processing will perform in real-world virtualized environments – today's real world, that is.

Sinkholes reveal more Chinese-hacked biz - and piggybacking crims

Researchers have identified yet more high-profile organisations attacked by spying Chinese hackers after seizing hold of the miscreants' command-and-control servers.
John Leyden, 01 Mar 2013

Apple takes aim at accessory makers, files iPad stand patent

If you were among the 25,000 or so Apple faithful who crowded the exhibit hall at this year's Macworld/iWorld "Ultimate iFan Event" a couple of weeks back, you're certain to agree that the last thing the iMarketplace needs is yet another iPad stand. Apple, however, disagrees.
Rik Myslewski, 01 Mar 2013
SimCity 2000

SimCity 2000

Antique Code ShowThe summer of 1995, I remember it well. I was but a slip of lad at the time, slightly console obsessed perhaps, but about to embark on a period of PC gaming that would put me at the forefront of cutting-edge videogame technology, nearly bankrupting my parents as I went.
Mike Plant, 01 Mar 2013

'It's common for freelancers to farm out work to cheap coders'

QuotwThis was the week when Mobile World Congress was going on in Barcelona, but although the products were fun, the chat was better at RSA's conference. In the opening keynote, exec chair Art Coviello lambasted industry people for going on and on about a "Cyber Pearl Harbour" and frightening the ordinary folk of the world with their shock and awe tactics:
Brid-Aine Parnell, 01 Mar 2013
Sergey Brin Project Glass

Sergey Brin emasculated after HORROR smartphone disaster

Seething mass of testosterone and Google co-founder Sergey Brin has stated that smartphones are emasculating.
Anna Leach, 01 Mar 2013

Official: Sky to buy O2 and BE's home broadband product in £200m deal

BSkyB has swooped in on the consumer broadband and fixed-line biz of Telefónica UK-owned O2 and BE with a proposed deal worth up to £200m.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Mar 2013

Microsoft Surface Pro will land in UK in WEEKS*

UpdatedMicrosoft struggled to fill retailers' shelves with the 128GB Surface Pro in North America but is rolling out both this and the little-loved 64GB version in Blighty later this month.
Paul Kunert, 01 Mar 2013

Enterprising 'early adapter' tries to hawk Google Glass on eBay

Online bidding for a set of Google Glass nerd specs reached $15,900 on eBay before the auction site took the listing down.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 01 Mar 2013

MWC 2013: The Chinese are coming - and you ain't seen nothing yet

MWC 2013When the signs at an international trade event are in Chinese first, you know things have changed. This was only true of the photocopied signs posted all around Hall One at this year's Mobile World Congress, home to the giant Huawei hospitality booth - but expect to it spread. The Chinese have barely got started.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Mar 2013
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Keyboard, you're not my type

Something for the Weekend, Sir?When I chose to wave goodbye to wage slavery by turning freelance some (cough) 19 years ago, it was during an era in which the principal means of electronic communication between IT journalists was called Cix. Computers were powered by coke burners and required a team of navvies to work the bellows; monetary currency comprised coinage hacked from slabs of slate and granite; and a long-suffering, hard-drinking colleague-slash-almost-boss (it’s complicated) had the previous year launched an online forum called The Register.
Alistair Dabbs, 01 Mar 2013

Raspberry Pi-powered Tardis blasts off from 'Blighty's Baikonur'

VideoThe diminutive Raspberry Pi celebrates its first birthday today, and by way of a toast to the million-selling miniature kit, we bring news of high altitude geezer Dave Akerman's latest Rasberry Pi In The Sky tomfoolery - a geekgasmic combination of ARM power and Time Lord tech.
Lester Haines, 01 Mar 2013

Prepare for 'post-crypto world', warns godfather of encryption

Cryptography is 'becoming less important' because of state-sponsored malware, according to one of the founding fathers of public-key encryption.
John Leyden, 01 Mar 2013
WikiHouse plan

Architect pitches builder-bothering 'Print your own house' plan

WikiHouse, the "print your own open source pad" project, has called for contributors and cash to help it establish an online archive of downloadable dwelling designs.
Tony Smith, 01 Mar 2013

Zerto unzips to reveal ROBO replicating factory

Zerto (zero RTO, geddit?) produces Zerto Virtual Replication (ZVR) which is a hypervisor-resident and VM-aware replication facility providing VM-level disaster recovery (DR). Version 3.0 has just come around the block and it produces a set of goodies to make VM DR easier and more certain.
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2013

Tech bazaar Aria puts £10K bounty on heads of DDoS varmints

Manchester-based reseller Aria PC is offering a £10,000 bounty for information leading to the conviction of miscreants who hit its websites with a sustained denial-of-service attack this week.
John Leyden, 01 Mar 2013

Euro watchdog bares teeth at Microsoft over browser gaffe

Antitrust watchdogs in Europe could soon slap Microsoft with a massive fine for the software maker's browser-choice gaffe last year.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Mar 2013

Arise, Lord BONG

Steve Bong, 01 Mar 2013
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HP to partners: Flog our public clouds ... don't worry, you'll get paid

HP has rolled its public cloud services into a referral programme for resellers and global systems integrators but those channel partners will need to wait until the summer before they can bill customers directly.
Paul Kunert, 01 Mar 2013

Megaupload extradition bid - Feds WON'T have to hand in their evidence

A New Zealand court has ruled that the Feds don’t have to turn over all their evidence against Megaupload kingpin Kim Dotcom to get him extradited.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 01 Mar 2013
Mike Lynch

'Brit Bill Gates' was powerless to stop HP's Autonomy acquisition

Mike Lynch didn't fall out of love with Hewlett-Packard, it was HP which didn't know what it wanted.
Gavin Clarke, 01 Mar 2013

SpaceX rocket reaches orbit but Dragon fails to spit fire

Upstart startup rocket biz SpaceX has had a seemingly successful launch on its second resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS), but as the Dragon capsule reached orbit the company announced there was an "unspecified problem" and cut its webcast of the mission.
Iain Thomson, 01 Mar 2013

Amazon, Facebook, Google attempt to cure cancer with Big Data

Amazon, Facebook and Google have all pitched in to help Cancer Research UK run a weekend hackathon, to see how mobile apps might help cure cancer through gamification of cell analysis.
Bill Ray, 01 Mar 2013

Bank Muscat hit by $39m ATM cash-out heist

Cybercrooks have pulled off a $39m ATM heist against a bank in Oman using pre-paid travel cards.
John Leyden, 01 Mar 2013

VMware execs shake fists at Amazon Web Services cloud

VMware executives have lashed out at Amazon Web Services, warning partners that if they let workloads go to the cloud, they are unlikely to come back.
Jack Clark, 01 Mar 2013

iPrefs-seeking shareholder Einhorn drops Apple lawsuit

David Einhorn and his hedge fund Greenlight Capital have dropped their lawsuit against Apple.
Rik Myslewski, 01 Mar 2013

Yet another Java zero-day vuln is being exploited

A new Java zero-day vulnerability is being exploited by attackers, and until it is patched everyone should disable Java in their browser.
Jack Clark, 01 Mar 2013

Flexy 'iWatch' glass said to be three years away

If you're jonesing to slap down a chunk o' change for a flexible Apple iWatch, you've got plenty of time to save up – products using the requisite flexy glass won't appear until 2016.
Rik Myslewski, 01 Mar 2013
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty

Big Blue to embiggen itself even more on your big data

IBM hosted its annual Investor Briefing at the Almaden Research Center in Silicon Valley on Thursday, and the top brass of the company spent many hours trying to prove to Wall Street that Big Blue was not going to have another near-death experience as the IT industry goes through another gut-wrenching transformation.

SpaceX: 'We have control, it's just a glitch' Musk tells world+dog

UpdatedThe Dragon capsule is ready to flame, with all four boosters operational and ready for firing in an hour or so, SpaceX boss Elon Musk has told a press conference.
Iain Thomson, 01 Mar 2013

Judge slashes Apple's pile o' cash Samsung judgment

Last August, a jury awarded Apple $1.05bn in a patent-infringement case against Samsung. On Friday, the US District Court judge who presided over that case slashed those damages by $450m.
Rik Myslewski, 01 Mar 2013
Deskstar 7K1000 hard drive

HGST: Nano-tech will double hard disk capacity in 10 years

HGST, the Western Digital subsidiary formerly known as Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, says it has developed a method of manufacturing hard-disk platters using nanotechnology that could double the density of today's hard drives.
Neil McAllister, 01 Mar 2013
NICT's Daedelus security scanner

RSA roundup: Big trouble in not-so little China

RSA 2013This year's RSA conference is winding down. The expo hall is closed, most presentations are getting only sparse audiences, and there's only the jokey keynotes left to run this Friday afternoon.
Iain Thomson, 01 Mar 2013

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