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Bitcoin-mining malware ENSLAVES computers

Dumb-as-a-post Bitcoin-mining malware has appeared – bringing further proof that the virtual currency's hyperbolic trajectory is attracting the sort of late-to-the-party shady speculator that telegraphs a jarring fall.
Jack Clark, 05 Apr 2013
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Rackspace sues 'the most notorious patent troll in America'

Texan hosting firm Rackspace is going on the offensive with a legal challenge to non-producing entity (or patent troll, as they are more commonly known) Parallel Iron – a firm Rackspace describes as "the most notorious patent troll in America."
Iain Thomson, 05 Apr 2013
North Korea map on Google Maps

NORKS closes South-Korea-run industrial enclave

North Korea has cut off access to the Kaesŏng Industrial Park, a manufacturing precinct on North Korean soil that is run by South Korean companies.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Apr 2013
Four patterns available from the laser: single point, line, cross and dots

Lasers capture 3D images from a kilometre away

It sounds like a privacy advocate's worst nightmare: fire an infrared laser, scan the object, get its time-of-flight, and you can create a 3D imaging system that works at up to a kilometre distance.
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'Pong' ported to 29-storey skyscraper 'screen'

Seventies gaming classic 'Pong' will reach a hitherto undreamed of scale later in April, when a version of the game is launched for play on lights adorning a skyscraper.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Apr 2013
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OLPC shuns Indian founder after anti-tablet screed

The One Laptop Per Child Association has posted a statement distancing itself from Satish Jha, an entrepreneur who founded the Association in India.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Apr 2013
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Aussie AI boffins let fly with Angry Birds automation code

Java code used in last year's Angry Birds artificial intelligence competition has been released into the wild.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Apr 2013
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Apple pulls banned content from Chinese App Store

Apple is under fire again in China after removing an application from its local App Store featuring illegal content, in what could be the start of more rigorous approach to self-censorship following Cupertino’s recent run-in with the authorities.
Phil Muncaster, 05 Apr 2013
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Australian Feds charge 17-year-old 'Anon' with four crimes

Australia's Federal Police (AFP) has announced a 17-year-old has been charged for alleged crimes undertaken in the name of Anonymous.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Apr 2013

C-round greenbacks for Greenbytes

VDI flash array HW and SW supplier Greenbytes has snagged $7 million in C-round funding.
Chris Mellor, 05 Apr 2013
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Scality proudly unveils its RING to the world

Is it possible? Could a digital media company have a single storage system for rich media libraries that covers linear archiving, non-linear play-out and scales indefinitely?
Chris Mellor, 05 Apr 2013
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Freeview telly test suggests 4G interference may not be a big deal

A trial 4G network, covering 22,000 homes just left of Birmingham, only interfered with TV reception in 15 of them - paving the way for an interference-free rollout over the summer, we're told.
Bill Ray, 05 Apr 2013
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Wanna put your toaster and fridge online? Over to you, Ofcom

A blueprint for connecting up toasters, kettles and toys, and popping them onto the internet, has landed on the desk of the UK watchdog Ofcom.
Bill Ray, 05 Apr 2013
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GPs blow whistle to watchdog on patient record privacy threat

The UK's data protection watchdog has highlighted concerns it has with a new information-sharing initiative that has begun operating in the health sector in England.
OUT-LAW.COM, 05 Apr 2013
Gears of War: Judgement

Gaming's favourite platters get another stir of the pot

Game Theory Another month goes by and, as ever, gaming isn’t short of its share of news and controversies. While recent reveals of Battlefield 4, Metal Gear Solid V, The Witcher 3 and Thief: Out of the Shadows show us what the future holds, there's no getting around the fact that we're currently entrenched in a present in which regurgitations of old recipes is standard. If you need evidence of that, look no further than Gears of War: Judgement and God of War Ascension.
Mike Plant, 05 Apr 2013
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Norkoshop: How Pyongyang well and truly forked Adobe

The recent news that North Korea had been caught red-handed indulging in some not-so-light hovercraft cloning, led our beloved Reg commenters to ponder just what software Pyongyang uses to big up its military capabilities.
Lester Haines, 05 Apr 2013
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Bitcoin exchange: Greedy traders to blame for DDoS attack

The soaring value of crypto-currency Bitcoin stuttered slightly last night - after a main exchange for the currency was flooded with network traffic and Bitcoin wallet site Instawallet was suspended.
John Leyden, 05 Apr 2013
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'To employers, Jobs would just seem like a jerk in bad clothing'

QuotW This was the week when Tim Cook issued an apology to every Apple-adoring fanboi in China about how lousy the firm's customer service and warranty policies in the country were.
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Microsoft to slap 9 patches on Windows junkies on Tuesday

Microsoft is lining up nine patches - two critical - as part of the April edition of its regular Patch Tuesday update cycle.
John Leyden, 05 Apr 2013
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Brit musos now trouser more crumpled fivers from online music than radio

For the first time, online services are dishing out more money to British songwriters and composers than radio. Music authors bagged £641.8m last year worldwide from the performance of their music, up 1.7 per cent from 2011. The annual figures (PDF) from the Performing Rights Society (aka "PRS for Music" - still) provide an indication of the export health of the British music industry.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Apr 2013
Bookshelf in the British Library basement

Publishing ANYTHING on .uk? From now, Big Library gets copies

On the same day that thousands of public sector bods will go on strike in a row over pay, pensions and working conditions, new regulations will come into force at midnight tonight allowing the British Library to begin scraping content from UK websites.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Apr 2013

Gartner: RIP PCs - tablets will CRUSH you this year

PC sales are in terminal decline thanks to the continued popularity of tablets and there’s nothing an anticipated surge in ultramobiles can do to stop it.
Gavin Clarke, 05 Apr 2013
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How I nearly sold rocket windows to the crazy North Koreans

The North Koreans are rattling the war drums and claiming that they're about to drop the odd bomb on either South Korea or the US (and possibly Japan as well).
Tim Worstall, 05 Apr 2013
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Xyratex tight-lipped over unimpressive first quarter

Comment As expected and following on from its board caving in to Baker Street Capital Management and ousting of CEO Steve Barber, Xyratex's quarterly revenues are down 34 per cent year-on-year.
Chris Mellor, 05 Apr 2013
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The healing hands of guru Dabbs

Something for the Weekend, Sir? A colleague strides purposefully across the open-plan office to the production desk. She has the wrinkled brow and wild eyes of someone who is simultaneously baffled and angry. She’s on deadline but her computer is “doing stupid things” and she doesn’t understand what or why or how to stop it.
Alistair Dabbs, 05 Apr 2013
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Hubble boffins: Incredibly old supernova could explain EVERYTHING

NASA's Hubble telescope has spotted the most distant massive star explosion of its kind ever, one which could help boffins understand the very fabric of the universe.
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BSkyB punters drown in MASSIVE MYSTERY Yahoo! mail! migration!

Updated Thousands of old and duplicated emails are flooding the inboxes of irritated BSkyB customers - after the media giant dumped Google's Gmail overnight and turned to Yahoo! to run its message service.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Apr 2013

Nokia shutters Shanghai store as Chinese stay away in their billions

Nokia has closed its flagship Shanghai retail store in an attempt to trim costs and concentrate on other sales channels as it looks to arrest an alarming decline in smartphone sales in the world’s biggest market.
Phil Muncaster, 05 Apr 2013
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Gov report: Actually, evil City traders DIDN'T cause the banking crash

So we've now got the official report on the glorious cock-up that was Halifax Bank of Scotland.
Tim Worstall, 05 Apr 2013
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Movie bosses demand Google take down takedown notices

Movie studios have taken the fight against piracy to a whole new level by sending takedown notices to Google asking it to remove links to their takedown notices.

Why I'm hiring the BRAINS and BALLS of CONSERVATIVE 2.0

¡Bong! "Our educational policy must enable everyone who receives an education to develop morally, intellectually and physically and become a worker with both socialist consciousness and culture." - Mao Tse Tung, On the Correct Handling of Contradictions Among the People (1959)
Steve Bong, 05 Apr 2013
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Half a MEELLION passwords reset after Scribd security snafu

Scribd, which claims to be the world's largest online library, has been hacked - exposing the email addresses, usernames and password hashes of 500,000 users.
John Leyden, 05 Apr 2013
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Samsung didn't break quarterly profit record, consoles itself with $7.7bn

Samsung Electronics said today that it won't be posting record quarterly earnings for the first time since 2011 when it announces profit for January to March this year.
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US jobs grew at slower pace in March, says gov

US employers worried about the sequester's effect on government spending didn't hire as many new workers in March as economists expected. Changes in the all-important IT sector were much less pronounced than in other industries, though.
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Juniper future-proofs 'programmable' switches in Cisco battle

Juniper networks has trotted out a new line of EX series modular Ethernet switches that will scale up to 100 Gigabit/sec links later this year – and its timing is spot on. With a resurgent Cisco Systems on its hands, Juniper Networks must work harder to get attention and peddle networking gear to the world's data centers and corporate campuses.
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German ransomware threatens with sick kiddie smut

Security technicians at Sophos are poring over a new piece of ransomware that uses images of purported child sexual abuse to extort money from internet users, a discovery that has prompted an alert from the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).
Iain Thomson, 05 Apr 2013
Photo of HTC First with Facebook Home

Microsoft: 'Facebook Home just copies Windows Phone'

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg might think his company broke new ground by building its Facebook Home skin for Android around the idea of "people first," but according to Microsoft, all the social network has done is borrow a page from Redmond's playbook.
Neil McAllister, 05 Apr 2013
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Amazon slashes Windows cloud pricing

Another day brings another Amazon Web Services price cut, yielding another frantic bout of spreadsheet-hammering among the Microsoft and Google accountants trying to work out just how low their companies' margins can go, we imagine.
Jack Clark, 05 Apr 2013

Microsoft Xbox gaffe reveals cloudy arrogance

Comment On Thursday afternoon a Twitter conversation between Adam Orth, creative director at Microsoft Studios, and a developer friend about the contentious issue of server-connected gaming sparked something of a storm after being posted on Reddit.
Iain Thomson, 05 Apr 2013

Android's US market share continues to slip

Apple may be taking its lumps these days – what with a falling share price, pesky activist investors, troubles in China, and the like – but there's one important area in which Cupertino is steadily gaining ground: US smartphone sales.
Rik Myslewski, 05 Apr 2013
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Apple handed victory in Samsung text-selection patent case

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) has handed Apple a preliminary victory in one of its many disputes with Samsung, ruling that the Korean electronics giant did, indeed, infringe upon a patent relating to text selection.
Rik Myslewski, 05 Apr 2013
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Google cofounder Brin sighted in Tesla batmobile

Photo Google's cyborg tzar Sergey Brin has been spotted tooling around Silicon Valley in a heavily-customized Tesla Model S, sending reverberations through the tech world at the ad-slinger's auto ambitions.
Jack Clark, 05 Apr 2013
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Ahoy! Google asks US gov't to help sink patent 'privateers'

Patent trolls are bad enough on their own. But increasingly, companies that otherwise develop technology and sell products have begun outsourcing their patent portfolios to patent trolls as a strategic weapon against their competitors, and that can be even worse.
Neil McAllister, 05 Apr 2013