Telstra mulling asbestos-free future
In a move likely to last just as long as it takes for its bean-counters to beat its lawyers into submission, Telstra has reportedly told the government it is willing to consider the removal of all asbestos from its network.
Curiosity prepares for year-long road trip to Mount Sharp
Ever since landing on Mars, the Curiosity rover hasn't moved around that much – just 733 meters to date. But that's about to change as NASA prepares to send the rover on an eight-kilometer trek to the base of Mount Sharp.
Big Switch Networks quits OEM-led SDN scheme
Big Switch Networks, a startup with everything to gain from adoption of its software defined networking (SDN) technology, has left an SDN group dominated by traditional OEMs who had much to lose, after the group went with Cisco's tech over Big Switch's as the base of an SDN spec.
Leaked docs show NSA collects data on all Verizon customers
The USA's National Security Agency (NSA) has harvested all the call data from US mobile provider Verizon since April, according to a secret court order leaked to The Guardian.
Copyright troll Prenda Law accused of seeding own torrents
Prenda Law – whose odious scam was to find porn downloaders, and humiliate them into a payoff with the threat of exposure – may have been dismembered by the US legal system, but there's still some fun to be had dancing on its grave.
Raspberry Pi DUMBS DOWN to target world+dog
The Raspberry Pi was conceived of as a device so cheap that anyone could buy one, but also just raw enough that putting the computer to work would require users to learn a little about topics like installing operating systems and confronting BIOS settings.
Boffins develop 'practically free' sulphur-powered batteries
Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in the USA have demoed a battery technology that makes two radical departures from the past: the main material is the superabundant sulphur, and it's an all-solid battery without a liquid electrolyte.
OpenStack head unworried by Dell, IBM, reversals
Imagine for a moment that you head a large enterprise software effort and two major partners stiff you in quick succession.
Brit adventurer Nick Hancock postpones Rockall holiday to 2014
Brit adventurer Nick Hancock has postponed his attempt to occupy Rockall until next year after the cruel sea ended his attempt to land on the Atlantic granite outcrop last Friday.
LinkedIn snarfing contacts from Exchange
UpdateLinkedIn offers lots of chances for its users to hand over credentials so the social business network can suggest new connections. But a new offer to do so for Microsoft Outlook means contacts can be sucked out of Microsoft Exchange and exposed to the world.
Smart TVs riddled with DUMB security holes
It's been known for some time that “smart TVs” are dumb about security, but a German researcher has demonstrated that the stupidity goes so far as to enable remote snooping or even a takeover of the in-set computer.
Microsoft and FBI storm ramparts of Citadel botnets
The ZeuS-derived Citadel botnet, which rose to public prominence last year, is being progressively disabled by Microsoft and the FBI is on the hunt for its masters.
Hmm, you do look ill. I prescribe a good dose of mobile data
Adopting "mobile health" - the use of mobile technology as an interface between health providers and patients - could apparently save the EU €100bn by 2017, and make us €93bn too, if only governments would get out of the way and let it happen.
Who wants a 'robot companion'? Look no further than Intel Labs
InterviewCan you imagine IBM Research ever developing a social robot companion? Intel CTO Justin Rattner can’t, but he’s happy for his own researchers to build one – and for the technology to find its way into the market. Eventually.
Interview: Steve Jackson, role-playing game titan
FeatureThere aren’t many interviews – particularly when it comes to those offered because someone has a new video game to promote – that take place at the home of the interviewee. Such was the case, however, when I went to meet Steve Jackson. A man who, along with university chum Ian Livingstone, not only founded Games Workshop, but also coined the term Fighting Fantasy.
All major UK ISPs prepping network-level porn 'n' violence filters
AnalysisTalkTalk - it would seem - has blazed an unlikely trail for Britain's big name ISPs by being the first telco to switch on network level filtering of web content. Now, after many months resisting the urge to apply such controls to their services, the other major providers - BSkyB, Virgin Media and BT - have all decided to follow suit.
Amazon reaping $600m a year in ad sales
Amazon made more than $600m from advertising last year and is on track to make $835m in 2013, thanks to knowing what we buy and not having to share the wealth.
Publishers put a gun to our heads on ebook pricing, squeals Amazon
A top Amazon executive has said that publishers gave the etailer an "ultimatum" to let them set the price customers would be charged for ebooks.
MYSTERY Nokia image-mangling mobe spotted in public
More images of Nokia's so-called EOS Windows smartphone have popped out on the web, and this time they show what looks like a final industrial design with a PureView-like camera.
Jack Vance: Science fiction’s master of magic, mischief and sex
ObituaryI was on holiday in the Mediterranean, finishing the third book in Jack Vance’s Cadwal Chronicles trilogy, when I heard of his death at the age of 96. Vance hadn’t written any major works for a few years, but readers and writers of science fiction will be nonetheless poorer for his passing on 26 May, 2013.
Culture Sec: You - Google. Where's the off switch for all this filth?
The UK government wants the likes of Google, Facebook and Microsoft to do more to stop child-abuse images, hate speech and other offensive material appearing on their websites.
Q10 India: Another last-chance saloon guzzle for BlackBerry
BlackBerry's last, best hope has launched in India to cautious reviews which like the hardware - but echo concerns that it's too little too late.
Gourmet chemists sniff out ultimate cheese on toast
The splendidly monikered British Cheese Board has launched a search for the "perfect cheese on toast formula" - a quest that will nicely complement our own efforts to nail the ultimate bacon sarnie and pinnacle of cha perfection.
Albert Einstein brings cheese and clean pyjamas to space station
The European Space Agency has launched another heavy-hauling ATV robot cargo podule on a mission to bring supplies of cheese and fresh pyjamas to the International Space Station.
Russian cops lack kit to fight cybercrooks, says Brit security buff
CyCon 2013A shift in perspectives in Russia over the last 18 months means the country has ceased to be a safe haven for cybercrime.
Network Rail axes hundreds of tech suppliers
Network Fail Rail has canned more than 260 IT suppliers after wrapping up all its tech requirements in a single framework with five hefty integrators.
Whitehall grants copyright pirates safe haven until 2015
Just as the Bahamas and Panama provide a safe haven for tax evasion, the UK will provide a safe haven for copyright pirates … until at least 2015.
UK plods, Vietnamese feds cuff 11 in $200m cred-card forum blag swoop
British bobbies and Vietnamese rozzers have joined forces to smash a web forum allegedly dedicated to trading stolen credit card data.
Western Digital promises long hot summer of S&M products
Western Digital’s SME business will expand on its Sentinel range over the summer, as it looks to step up from the S to the M part of the market
BT links with Huawei raise national security concerns, say MPs
Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has dismissed claims that its technology, which is used by BT, is a threat to the UK's national security.
Amazon cloud database graduates into general availability
Amazon's cloudy database service has donned its cap and graduated into general availability, after three and a half years of dealing with data workloads.
Obama administration defends mass call-data slurping
A senior White House official has said that the US National Security Agency is perfectly correct to be downloading the mobile metadata every US caller, and politicians on both sides of the political divide have rallied to defend the practice.
Google says it can predict movie box office with 94% accuracy
What makes a successful movie? Is it a good plot? Strong characters? Popular leading actors? Impressive special effects? Not necessarily, says Google – and moreover, the online giant says it's figured out how to predict a film's box office performance with up to 94 per cent accuracy.
Police 'stumped' by car thefts using electronic skeleton key
Police in California have admitted they are baffled by a series of car thefts where robbers use a small hand-held electronic device to unlock supposedly secure car-locking systems.
Google's Schmidt calls climate-change deniers 'liars'
Google chairman Eric Schmidt has a low opinion of climate-change skeptics and global-warming deniers.