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Samsung, carriers tout first Tizen mobes for late 2013

TDC2013You could be forgiven for thinking there's not much going on with Tizen, the Linux Foundation's open source mobile OS. It's been two years since the project was launched and there still are no Tizen devices on the market. But that's about to change – and there has been a lot happening behind the scenes, as well.
Neil McAllister, 24 May 2013

Googorola loses bid to ban US Xbox sales after ITC slapdown

The International Trade Commission (ITC) has denied an attempt by Google to impose a US-wide sales ban on Microsoft's Xbox by rejecting the claim that might have cost Redmond $US4bn in royalties.
Iain Thomson, 24 May 2013

Oz shared services collapse looks bad for NetApp

Opponents of shared IT services in government have a new case study they can point to, and NetApp's busy executives have another tricky item to consider after a major Australian shared services organisation failed.
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2013

STROKE this mouse to make apps POP, says Microsoft

Microsoft has unveiled two mice that for the first time pack a button that sends users straight to the Windows 8 Start screen, the unloved abode of The interface Formerly Known As Metro (TIFKAM).
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2013
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SoftBank gives Washington veto over Sprint board job

Japanese company SoftBank, currently wrapping a deal to buy 70 per cent of US mobile carrier Sprint, has taken the unusual step of giving the US government veto power over one member to be elected to the board of its acquisition target.
Phil Muncaster, 24 May 2013

Peak Facebook: British users lose their Liking for Zuck's ad empire

Facebook's popularity is slumping in the UK as users become fed up with being bombarded with advertising, a YouGov survey has revealed.
Jasper Hamill, 24 May 2013
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'Catastrophic failure' of 3D-printed gun in Oz Police test

The New South Wales Police Force, guardians of Australia's most-populous state, have gotten themselves into a panic over the Liberator, the 3D-printable pistol.
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2013

US Senator introduces 'Patent Abuse Reduction Act'

US Senator John Cornyn, who represents Texas, has introduced the “Patent Abuse Reduction Act of 2013”.
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2013
Mars One colony development

China’s state-run rags brand Mars One mission a scam

Chinese state-run media has branded the Mars One mission designed to land successful applicants on the Red Planet in 2023 a “hoax” and probable “scam”, in what appears to be a co-ordinated attempt to undermine the non-profit behind the project.
Phil Muncaster, 24 May 2013
GCHQ Benhall doughnut aerial view

INSIDE GCHQ: Welcome to Cheltenham's cottage industry

Geek's Guide to BritainFor staff at the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham, there’s an air of Fight Club about the place. The first rule about GCHQ is you don’t talk about GCHQ.
Bob Dormon, 24 May 2013
Vendor storage rev percentages by Q

Grim outlook for Big Storage as revenues dip across board

Mainstream storage vendors seem to be in trouble as Dell, HP and IBM's storage revenues have tanked over the past two years.
Chris Mellor, 24 May 2013

The BOFH is BACK: And it's cloudy with a 90% chance of beatings

Episode 3
Simon Travaglia, 24 May 2013

'Google IS a capitalist country... er, company'

QuoTWThis was the week when the tax row shifted into high gear, with politicos on both sides of the pond railing at Google and Apple, while respective chiefs Eric Schmidt and Tim Cook presented defences that amounted to yelling "If you don't like it, you fix it" and running away.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 24 May 2013

Did Kim Dotcom invent 2-factor authentication? Er, not exactly...

Twitter is the latest major web service to beef up its security two-factor authentication (2FA). The security feature is a pretty simple and effective approach - and one the notorious Mega kingpin Kim Dotcom claims today to have invented back in the '90s.
Ken Tindell, 24 May 2013

Internet advertising giant (Google) 'mulls' map app Waze gobble

Ad giant Google is also considering snapping up mapping software firm Waze, which could spark a bidding war with Facebook over the business.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 24 May 2013
Metro: Last Lights

Is the next-gen console war already One?

Game TheoryHow else to start a Game Theory column other than with the Xbox One? With the dust starting to settle on news reports, I’ve gone for a rather more devil’s advocate approach to Microsoft’s unveiling. There’s also room for a review of Metro: Last Light, and a quick look at the splendid The Last of Us to whet the appetite for next month’s release.
Mike Plant, 24 May 2013

Woolwich beheading sparks call to REVIVE UK Snoopers' Charter

Nick Clegg has been warned that his opposition to the controversial Communications Data Bill could leave Britain "at risk" after a soldier was beheaded in Woolwich, London.
Jasper Hamill, 24 May 2013

Microsoft exposes green users' privates in web quiz snafu

Microsoft has plugged a flaw in its Greener IT Challenge website that leaked the names and email addresses of users who took a quiz on the site.
John Leyden, 24 May 2013

4G LTE: Good for tweets and watching Dr Who. Crap at saving lives

Critical Communications WorldHigh-speed mobile broadband standard LTE, the preferred 4G technology around the world, isn't good enough for critical networks and won't be up to scratch until at least 2018.
Bill Ray, 24 May 2013

Feds slam hacker-friendly backdoors in jalopy, grub factories

Security researchers have uncovered hard-coded user accounts that could act as backdoors into food, car, and agricultural production systems across the world.
John Leyden, 24 May 2013
Radioactive wives can be a domestic hazard

Curse you, old person, for inventing computers!

Something for the Weekend, Sir?Since being allowed back into public places without causing the skin of those nearby to melt or for Jurassic sealife to shuffle out of the Pacific and sneeze fire at Tokyo Tower, Half Life Wife has enjoyed several evenings out at the theatre with yours truly.
Alistair Dabbs, 24 May 2013

Hey, you, dev. What do you mean, storage is BORING?

StoragebodMany years ago, as an entry-level systems programmer, I decided there were two teams that I was never going to join: the test team and the storage team - because they were boring.*
StorageBod, 24 May 2013

Paul Allen buys lovingly restored vintage V-2 Nazi ballistic missile

Ex-Microsoft gazillionaire Paul Allen has acquired a V2 rocket for his Flying Heritage Collection.
Lester Haines, 24 May 2013

Daft tweet by Speaker Bercow's loquacious wife DID libel lord

Sally Bercow, the wife of Commons Speaker John Bercow, libelled a peer in her infamous "innocent face" tweet, a judge ruled today.
Jasper Hamill, 24 May 2013

Open wide, Google: Here comes an advertising antitrust probe

Ad giant Google is facing an antitrust probe intended to establish whether it exploits its dominance in the advertising trade to steer customers away from rivals' products.
Jasper Hamill, 24 May 2013
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BBC suspends CTO after £100m is wasted on doomed IT system

The BBC has suspended its chief technology officer on full pay - after it spunked almost £100m on a "tapeless" digital content management system that didn't deliver.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 May 2013

ServiceKey, Oracle end 'grey market' code spat without bloodshed

US managed services provider ServiceKey has walked away from legal action brought by Oracle over an alleged "grey market conspiracy" without having to cough a bean in compensation.
Paul Kunert, 24 May 2013

Jumping on the ethernet bandwagon? You should!

Like many technologies making waves in the industry today, 10Gbps Ethernet has actually been with us for quite a long time. It was first introduced around a decade ago but, to be honest, it had jumped the gun a little because back then there were no real drivers for its adoption.
Alexandre Mesguich, 24 May 2013

Judge: Evidence will likely show Apple DID fix ebook prices

The US judge who will decide the ebook price fixing case has suggested the government will be able to show that Apple was part of the conspiracy, before the trial has even begun.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 24 May 2013

Westcon bidding farewell to chief bean counter

Westcon has waved goodbye to long serving chief abacus stroker John O'Malley who resigned after nearly 14 years service
Paul Kunert, 24 May 2013

Security Twitteratti: Twitter's 2FA does sweet FA for biz

Security-watchers don't appear overly impressed with Twitter's introduction of two-factor authentication (2FA) to its service.
John Leyden, 24 May 2013

Total Computer Networks latest to cock a snook at downturn

Total Computer Networks (TCN) booked another double-digit sales hike in calendar 2012 on the back of a surge in consolidation projects from mid-market customers.
Paul Kunert, 24 May 2013

World's richest hobo (Apple) has worked 'tax-free' in Ireland since '80s

Apple has been operating practically tax-free in Ireland since 1980, a former exec has claimed.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 24 May 2013

Computacenter: We've so much cash we're GIVING AWAY MEELLIONS

One of Europe's largest resellers, London-based Computacenter, has helped investors get the Bank Holiday weekend off to a good start by confirming plans to return £75m to them.
Paul Kunert, 24 May 2013
Dell logo in crosshairs

Investor Icahn needs a loan of $7bn to tick off Mike Dell

Activist investor Carl Icahn will need as much as $7bn to carry off his plan to pull Dell out from under Mike Dell's nose, banking sources have said.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 24 May 2013

Wikileaks leaks documentary script about Wikileaks

Wikileaks has released a transcript of a documentary about its history so it can add notes to each section saying "Wrong!", a day before the film debuts.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 24 May 2013

Industry execs: Network admins an endangered species

Ethernet SummitIf you are a network administrator, be aware that there are a lot of industry movers and shakers who want to put you out of a job.
Rik Myslewski, 24 May 2013

Reports: New Xbox could DOOM second-hand games market

UpdatedMicrosoft has been quite cagey about its plans for games licensing on the new Xbox One, but multiple reports now suggest there's going to be very little incentive for a second-hand games market anymore, and buyers could get stung with extra charges.
Iain Thomson, 24 May 2013

Now it gets serious: Fracking could RUIN BEER

The extraction of oil and gas by means of hydraulic fracturing – aka "fracking" – has ignited a firestorm of controvery over its possible risks, but a new report hands a powerful weapon to its opponents: fracking may harm German beer.
Rik Myslewski, 24 May 2013

Amazon expands Appstore reach, gives devs more user data

Looking to woo more app publishers to its Android Appstore and away from Google Play, Amazon has announced new tools that allow developers to track user engagement with their apps.
Neil McAllister, 24 May 2013

Microsoft caves to Google, pulls YouTube app from WinPhone Store

Microsoft will remove its revamped YouTube app for Windows Phone 8 from its store and revert to the earlier version until such time as it can meet all of Google's requirements for the app, advertising included.
Neil McAllister, 24 May 2013

AT&T adds 61¢ 'Mobility Administrative Fee' for users

US subscribers to AT&T's mobile network are getting an extra 61¢ "Mobility Administrative Fee" on their bills beginning in May.
Iain Thomson, 24 May 2013
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SAP shuffles execs to chase cloud success

It is time for musical chairs at SAP, and the desire to ramp-up products that run on the cloud and sell more of them is calling the tune to which the executives are dancing.

Internet cafés declared 'illegal businesses' in Ohio

Having solved all of the state's other problems, the Ohio legislature has passed a bill outlawing that most foul of societal ills: the internet café.
Neil McAllister, 24 May 2013

Experts: Network security deteriorating, privacy a lost cause

Ethernet SummitInternet and network security is bad, and it's going to get worse before it gets better. To make it better, CIOs and IT admins need to rethink the way that they approach protecting their networks from hackers and other miscreants.
Rik Myslewski, 24 May 2013

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