OKPay suspends payment processing to all Bitcoin exchanges
With mounting pressure on online money exchanges from US regulators, payments processor OKPay has announced that it is suspending processing for all Bitcoin exchanges, including industry leader Mt. Gox.
Veteran researchers: Cheapo US biz R&D risks innovation FAIL
Ethernet SummitThe US has a problem: basic scientific research is underfunded, as is support for the work needed to translate basic research into marketable products. As a result, the US is in danger of falling behind its global technology competitors.
Soyuz brings new crew to International Space Station
Cast your eyes towards the heavens, dear readers, for a long way up there six astronauts did something amazing today.
Warming: 6°C unlikely, 2°C nearly certain
Under “business as usual” global warming will almost certainly exceed 2°C by 2100, but the high-end extreme range of warming of 6°C is unlikely to occur.
Gigabyte's BRIX fall into place
Taiwan's Gigabyte has officially taken the wraps off its BRIX, a sits-on-your-palm PC that offers direct competition for Intel's Next Unit of Computing.
AMD takes on Atom S server chips with 'Kyoto' Opteron Xs
Given its full name, Advanced Micro Devices should be dominating in microservers, those densely packed, wimpy-cored machines that are good for all kinds of data center jobs. And with the launch of its "Kyoto" Opteron X processors, AMD is hoping to get the jump on Intel and its Atom S1200 Series chips, also aimed at microservers.
Australian government launches cloud strategy
Australia's minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has launched the country's first national cloud computing strategy – and has hooked the success of cloud computing in this country to the success and continued rollout of the government's fibre-based National Broadband Network.
Australia's data breach notification law arrives at last
Australian companies in control of personal information will soon have to notify the public if their systems are compromised or private data is leaked, under a bill introduced in federal parliament today.
Revealed: Google's plan to float BLIMP NETWORK over Africa, Asia
Google is poised to flood Africa with uncontrolled connectivity via TV White Space frequencies, according the Wall Street Journal, though other wireless technologies will contribute to the mix.
Wonder substance pulses QUADRILLION lasers per second
Light covers a very wide spectrum, making its potential communications capacity nearly infinite, so why does the world stick to a few wavelengths for communications? The reason is that currently available amplifier components only work in the 1330 and 1550 nm wavelengths.
Now beaming live from Pyongyang: NORKSCASTS!
Netizens with a hankering for some good old fashioned propaganda and Soviet-style marching music may be interested to know the daily English language programme from North Korea’s state-run radio station Voice of Korea is now available online.
Raspberry Pi puts holes in China's Great Firewall
A tech-savvy China-based Redditor has spotted a hassle-free way of ensuring he or she is always able to bypass the Great Firewall, even when out and about, using the Raspberry Pi to connect to a virtual private network (VPN).
Salesforce.com to reveal 'Company Communities'
Salesforce, the software-as-a-service company that's no longer keen on including the “.com” suffix its name, will tomorrow reveal a new feature of its platform called “Company Communities”.
Bobbies need broadband-enabled gear, insist 4G LTE fans
Critical Communications WorldWhile consumers have access to 4G networks, emergency services are still stuck with 2G - and it's going to take more than rebranding their annual conference to bring LTE to the uniformed masses.
No Dell, no EMC? Well, HP's storage champ then
A HP 3PAR system is top of the storage heap in the SPC-1 benchmarks for storage systems costing less than $200,000 and also achieved a top price/performance ranking. Of course, many of the big boys failed to make a showing, so we're not sure how valuable the crown is.
'Secret Pentagon papers' show China hacked into Patriot missile system
Chinese spies have allegedly hacked into the designs of many of the United States' advanced weapons systems and platforms, including those for F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets, the Patriot missile system and Black Hawk helicopters.
62,000 fewer shops: Welcome to the High Street of 2018
Tens of thousands of UK retailers will go pop over the next five years, leaving hundreds of thousands of their employees scratching about for work, says the Centre of Retail Research (CRR).
Review: Samsung Series 5 Ultra Touch Ultrabook
When it comes to handing out Windows 8 laptops to the UK reviewers, Samsung has been surprisingly glacial. Whether this is another Apple emulation strategy to become more elusive or a sign of hesitancy to have the brand tarnished by Windows 8’s underwhelming reception, is unclear.
WD's new disk-flogging brainwave will bring you close to tiers
Disk drive giant Western Digital has announced a new five-tier data centre storage strategy, with a new Se drive targeted at scale-out NAS filers and cloud storage.
Saved-game bug dumped PlayStation 3 fans in hijackers' sights
A potentially nasty security hole has apparently been found in the PlayStation 3 that allows miscreants to execute commands on a player's console if they preview a booby-trapped saved game.
Anonymous 'plonks' names, addresses of far-right EDL types on web
Computer-hacking collective Anonymous claims it has leaked online the personal details of the far-right English Defence League's members.
Stop the Microsoft, Skype wedding, screams enraged Cisco in court
Cisco and Italian ISP Messagenet will try to convince a European court today that it should overturn the EU's approval of Microsoft's acquisition of VoIP biz Skype.
Going under the knife? Avoid Fridays. Trust us, we asked a doctor
British readers who have an appointment with the sawbones are directed to this illuminating report in the British Medical Journal, which concludes that you're substantially more at risk of popping your clogs as a result of surgery if they open you up on a Friday or a weekend.
Tim Cook: Wearable tech's nice, but Google Glass will NEVER BE COOL
Tim Cook reckons that wearable tech is "incredibly interesting", but he doesn't think Google Glass will appeal to everyone.
First bricks of Great Firewall of TAIWAN are being laid, netizens fear
Online freedoms in Asia are once again being squeezed after the Taiwanese and Singaporean governments signalled their desire for greater internet censorship.
Microsoft tops list of software piracy nailed in UK by FAST
The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) - which investigates whistleblowers' allegations of organisations and individuals using pirated software - said half of the copyright-infringement claims it dealt with last year that were settled out of court involved Microsoft wares.
Beam us up! Upstart's Transporter whisks small biz from cloud madness
Connected Data has launched its cloud-free Transporter storage box in Europe. A second-generation version is due to go on sale in the US.
DIAL M for... mobile: New Wii app pipes mobe vid to big tellies
The venerable Nintendo Wii got a new YouTube app yesterday, and one that appears to be using Netflix and Google's new DIscovery And Launch (DIAL) protocol for an integrated Android experience.
Qualcomm app 'extends battery life' by analysing fandroids' privates
Qualcomm wants the world to know that lousy battery life isn't its fault, and will prove it with a free Android app for optimising consumption by tracking users' behaviour.
Intel's extreme ultraviolet dream still somewhere over the rainbow
The great ultraviolet hope that will enable Intel to break the 10nm chip geometry barrier is further away than ever, the vendor’s CTO has admitted, raising the spectre of Moore’s Law* running out of steam.
Cisco pilot seeks to determine UK impact of US-made channel schemes
Cisco is running a pilot with Gold-accredited channel partner Logicalis to ascertain the impact that sales programmes designed in the US have had on the operation in Britain.
CIA's sugar daddies shovel MEELLLIONS into Pure Storage
All-flash array upstart Pure Storage has received the blessing of the CIA after the spooks' venture capital arm In-Q-Tel made an investment in the firm.
China announces giant military hackathon at SECRET Mongolian base
China is set to hold its first ever digital war games, amidst growing US concerns about alleged Chinese espionage focused on military technology.
First Cook, now Intel bigwig pokes Google in the eye over Glass
Google Glass, the advertising giant's techno-spectacles that beam information into your eyes, have not impressed Apple boss Tim Cook.
Facebook bows to pressure, vows to rid itself of sexist hate speech
A coalition of women's groups has succeeded in persuading Facebook to review how it moderates its users so that hate speech and posts promoting violence against women can be kept off the site.
AWS taps social networks for identity verification
Amazon Web Services makes most of its money out of its infrastructure services, but that isn't stopping Bezos & Co from trying to broaden the remit of their cloud.
Cisco gobbles cloud power meter biz JouleX for $107m
The cash-laden and ever-acquisitive Cisco Systems is at it again, and has snapped up JouleX, which has created a set of cloudy software tools to monitor and manage power consumption in the data center.
Planetary Resources turns to crowdfunding to help with satellite costs
UpdatedPlanetary Resources, the asteroid mining company backed by some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley, is launching a crowdfunded satellite that could be in orbit by 2015.
China rumored to rule impending Top500 supers list with 50-plus petaflopper
It looks like China is getting ready to scare the wits out of – or maybe some life into – the US and European supercomputing establishments and their sugardaddy governments once again by taking the top slot in the June rankings of the Top500 supercomputers in the world. And this time, it will be with an all-Intel ceepie-phibie hybrid box using a proprietary interconnect.
SEC slams NASDAQ with $10m fine for Facebook IPOcalypse
NASDAQ is forking over $10m to the Securities and Exchange Commission as penance for its poorly executed Facebook IPO.
Windows 8.1 Start button SPOTTED in the wild
Leaked screenshots of a prerelease build of Microsoft's forthcoming Windows 8.1 update reveal that the rumors are true and the Start button really is coming back – though perhaps not in the way users of previous versions of Windows might like.
US National Intelligence Council boss gets personal email hacked
In a rather embarrassing slip, the personal email account of Christopher Kojm, chairman of the US National Intelligence Council (NIC), has become the latest victim of been the cracker known as Guccifer.
Microsoft: Office 365 reached 1 million subs faster than Facebook
Microsoft's new Office 365 Home Premium subscription version has proven so popular with customers that it has reached one million subscribers faster than many popular online services have, the company has claimed.
Microsoft bigs up Surface Pro to 256GB for Asian markets
Redmond is starting shipments of a 256GB version of its Surface Pro fondleslab to Japanese customers from June 7, according to the local Microsoft website.
Private equity signals interest in Optus satellites
Reports are emerging that Optus' satellite division, for sale if the price is right, is being eyed by a brace of private equity firms and a French telco.
Who did Apple LIE TO: Australia or America?
Australian parliamentarians, already hostile to international IT vendors over their pricing practices and use of transfer arrangements to offshore their tax obligations, are now at the point of grabbing torches and pitchforks and heading in the direction of Cupertino.