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Forget phones, PRISM plan shows internet firms give NSA everything

It has been a rough 24 hours for the US National Security Agency. First a leaked court order (and the political reaction) showed that the agency routinely harvests US mobile-use data, and now a new document has been uncovered that claims to show the larger internet companies do the same thing.
Iain Thomson, 07 Jun 2013

YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

Microsoft has finally confirmed that Xbox fans' worst fears are at least partially true: Although the new Xbox One gaming console won't need an always-on internet connection, that connection had better be on pretty often or you can forget about gaming. And don't assume you'll be able to sell or trade your old games, either.
Neil McAllister, 07 Jun 2013
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America's mobile phone unlock block coming unstuck

The USA's curious decision to prohibit unlocking phones is a step closer to reversal, after the Committee on The Judiciary's Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet heard evidence about just what a silly, anti-competitive idea the ban represents.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Jun 2013

Australia shuts up shop for tech temps

That idea you've entertained to enjoy a year or two working in Australia, which hasn't had a recession since the early 1990s, boasts an unemployment rate of just 5.6 per cent, sun galore, beautiful beaches and a shortage of tech workers?
Simon Sharwood, 07 Jun 2013

Reg readers tumesce as they get their tongues round 'podule'

Our recent coverage of Brit adventurer Nick Hancock's thwarted attempt to land on the Atlantic islet of Rockall has demonstrated a growing reader penchant for the word "podule".
Lester Haines, 07 Jun 2013

Wikimedia edges closer to banishing Wikitext

Wikimedia's planned visual editor, a tool that will make it possible to pen Wikipedia entries without having to learn any markup language, will emerge as a beta “early July”.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Jun 2013
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Mutton to see here: Chinese dealer offers fondleslabs for sheep

A Chinese computer dealer in the sprawling Xinjiang province is looking to spur interest in his stock of electronic gadgets by offering to accept sheep as payment.
Phil Muncaster, 07 Jun 2013
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Singaporean sites protest 'licence to print news' laws

Over 130 Singaporean web sites blacked out their home pages yesterday in protest at new government licensing regulations which critics claim will lead to greater online censorship in the city-state.
Phil Muncaster, 07 Jun 2013
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ZTE in 4G boost after 'world-first' VoTD-LTE call

Chinese telecoms kit maker ZTE has moved to cement its place at the forefront of next-generation LTE services and fly the flag for the TDD variant by completing what it claims to be the world’s first voice-over TD-LTE (VoTD-LTE) call.
Phil Muncaster, 07 Jun 2013
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Apple pulls back the iRon curtain to register iWatch trademark in Russia

Apple has reportedly registered an iWatch trademark in Russia, providing the clearest indication yet that it will soon release a wearable computer disguised as a timepiece.
Jasper Hamill, 07 Jun 2013
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IT staff clamouring to pay for their own BYOD kit, says survey

Over two thirds of US mobile workers now pay for their own kit, with a further third saying that choice affects their choice of employer – making BYOD more important than ever.
Bill Ray, 07 Jun 2013
Al Gore at Google's 'How Green is the Internet? Summit'

Al Gore: Stop using the atmosphere as 'AN OPEN SEWER'

According to former US vice president and climate activist Al Gore, the world faces "a climate crisis of unprecedented proportions," and the data center industry can – and should – make a tremendous contribution towards averting climate-change disaster.
Rik Myslewski, 07 Jun 2013
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The fearful price of 4G data coverage: NO TELLY for 90,000 Brits

Deployment of 4G mobile networks could take out TV broadcasts for 90,000 homes, rather than the two million which had been feared – but thousands of pounds is available for upgrades to affected homes.
Bill Ray, 07 Jun 2013
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El Reg drills into Office 365: Unified communications

Vid In the fourth and final video of our short how-to series on Office 365, Trevor Pott explores the software's unified communications' capabilities.
David Gordon, 07 Jun 2013
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Seven all-in-ones that aren't the Apple iMac - and one that is

Product Roundup Pride comes before a fall, or so they say. When Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the new super-slimline iMac towards the end of 2012, he started by announcing that the iMac was now the top-selling desktop computer in the US.
Cliff Joseph, 07 Jun 2013
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So, who ought to be the next Doctor Who? It's up to YOU...

Poll Right, you lovely people: we've trawled through your suggestions as to who should step into Matt Smith's shoes as the 12th incarnation of Doctor Who, and it's time to put it to the public vote.
Lester Haines, 07 Jun 2013
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Review: Acer Aspire P3 Windows 8 slate

Acer's recent tablet bash in London not only showcased its latest A1 Iconia Android fondleslab but also on display was its forthcoming Aspire P3 Windows 8 slate.
Bob Dormon, 07 Jun 2013
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Google slides its soft finger-fondling into any willing Android doodad

Google's own on-screen keyboard software for touch-driven Android gadgets is now available as a freebie for all.
Bill Ray, 07 Jun 2013

Nicked unencrypted PC with 6,000 bank details lands council fat fine

The Information Commissioner’s Office has fined Glasgow City Council £150,000 for losing two unencrypted laptops, one with the personal details of more than 20,000 people - just two years after a similar blunder.
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'I can’t believe Jobs made the statement … Incredibly stupid'

QuotW This was the week when the ebook price-fixing trial got off the ground in the US - and the "incredibly stupid" comments of dead technology legend Steve Jobs weren't making Apple's case any easier.
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Keltec bemoans spending freeze as sales and profits dive

Services-based reseller Keltec has reported a double digit drop in sales and profits for 2012, amid claims from management that some of its customers remain jittery about the economic recovery and are refusing to sign off new projects.
Paul Kunert, 07 Jun 2013
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Speaking in Tech: Endorsing LinkedIn skills on LinkedIn implodes the web?

Podcast Podcast For the latest Speaking in Tech podcast, Ed and Greg catch up after Greg's recent disappearance on secret-squirrel IT missions, while regular SiT co-host Sarah Vela is AWOL. Maybe her and Ed are the same person and they just alternate every week?
Team Register, 07 Jun 2013
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Help! I’m trapped inside the Chamber of Hollers

Something for the Weekend, Sir? There’s this guy in the office who sits ten feet behind me. Lovely bloke, diligent worker, cares passionately about his job, loud voice. Oh yes indeed, a really loud voice.
Alistair Dabbs, 07 Jun 2013
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Pirate Bay Warg accused of hacking international police database

Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has been named as a suspect in the hacking of a European database containing data about wanted criminal suspects and missing people.
Jasper Hamill, 07 Jun 2013
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'Time cloak' can hide data - but not the fact there's something to hide

Holes created in light can hide data beyond the wit of any thief, who won't even know it's there thanks to the latest temporal cloaking technique. Or so we're told.
Bill Ray, 07 Jun 2013
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Students outraged: Computer refuses to do any work for entire week

Computer systems at UCAS - the UK's clearinghouse for university places - has been down since the start of this week, preventing students from confirming their admissions to uni courses online.
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BEYOND Marxism: What Google learned from staring Glassily at Norks

¡Bong! ¡Bong! "We have to fight for privacy or we're going to lose it" - Eric Schmidt Eric’s face had turned a sickly shade of green as the Gulfstream banked steeply over night-time Pyongyang. Down below, the metropolis was almost pitch black, the sky illuminated only by the traditional North Korean welcome of tracer fire. It didn’t …
Steve Bong, 07 Jun 2013
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Reseller Computacenter LITERALLY smokes out squatters from offices

IT reseller giant Computacenter has smoked out a bunch of squatters who took up residence at its former offices in London.
Paul Kunert, 07 Jun 2013
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IBM hit hardest in UK server market bloodbath

The tech distribution channel knew the first quarter of 2013 was tough on UK server sales - but until now it was not apparent exactly how bad it was: it was a bloodbath.
Paul Kunert, 07 Jun 2013
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US spyboss: Yes, we ARE snooping on you, but think of the TERRORISTS

The US Director of National Intelligence has admitted that the National Security Agency has been gathering folks' mobile phone data and internet activities - but claims the public has got the American government’s intentions all wrong.
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Flat is the new bulging, down at Kcom

If flat is the new growth in the channel then comms services provider Kcom turned in a reasonably steady performance for fiscal '13 ended in March.
Paul Kunert, 07 Jun 2013
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Tech patents latest: Google, Cisco search pockets to sling $490m at TiVo

Googorola and Cisco have settled their upcoming patent infringement trial with TiVo out of court, agreeing to pay the telly box firm $490m upfront.
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BBC's Digital Moneypit Initiative known to be 'pile of dung' for years

BBC executives ignored warnings that the corporation's £100m+ digital media extravaganza project DMI was on the rocks - and now it's being reported that the National Audit Office had been misled about the state of the project.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Jun 2013
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Spotify and Pandora to FACE THE MUSIC as iRadio inks Sony deal

Apple has now struck deals with all three major record labels for use of their music on its new online "radio" service, set to launch next week.
Jasper Hamill, 07 Jun 2013
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We're losing the battle with a government seduced by surveillance

Comment As Scott McNealy - always a man who deliberately gives good quote - famously said in 1999, "You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it." On Thursday night he tweeted "Wow! I was righter than I ever thought I would be as an American. You have no privacy but this is hard to get over."
Iain Thomson, 07 Jun 2013
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IT did its small part for US job creation in May

The US economy has now created more jobs than economists had projected for the fourth month in a row, according to the Department of Labor, calling into question the wisdom of those economists as much as the mixed signals coming out of various economic indicators in recent weeks.

Obama weighs in on NSA surveillance imbroglio

President Obama has offered a defense of Verizon's handing over mobile phone metadata to the US National Security Agency and the allegations that the same agency's PRISM program is tapping into the servers of several major internet service providers.
Rik Myslewski, 07 Jun 2013

Presto: Facebook reveals exabyte-scale query engine

Facebook has revealed a query engine for data warehouses that blows the doors off Hive, and plans to publish it as open source this year.
Jack Clark, 07 Jun 2013
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HP's Ray Lane faces $100m tax bill over 'sham' tax shelter

It seems ex-HP chairman Ray Lane is as good at picking tax shelters as software companies, since the IRS now says he owes them $100m in unpaid taxes from an investment scheme that has been ruled illegal.
Iain Thomson, 07 Jun 2013
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Sneaky new Android Trojan is WORST yet discovered

Security researchers at Kaspersky Lab report that a recently discovered Android Trojan is the most sophisticated such mobile malware yet to be identified.
Neil McAllister, 07 Jun 2013

Google accused of hypocrisy over Glass ban at shareholder shindig

Updated Google's directors were accused of hypocrisy over a regulation banning attendees at its annual shareholder's meeting in California from wearing Google Glass hardware at the event.
Iain Thomson, 07 Jun 2013
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Lenovo sets sights on server, storage incumbents

Chinese PC maker and server and storage wannabe Lenovo Group has an appetite to buy itself some market share in the systems racket, say the company's top brass. In fact, it wants to double its market share in this space.
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HP's public cloud revamp to float down the road not taken

Coming upgrades to HP's public cloud will see it pursue a different market from that dominated by Amazon, Google, and Microsoft – and that's a good thing for both punters and the company.
Jack Clark, 07 Jun 2013
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Leaked Obama brief reveals US cyber defense, offense policy

The Obama administration has told government agencies to compile a list of potential targets for offensive cyberwarfare actions, where such actions could benefit the interests of the United States, a leaked report reveals.
Neil McAllister, 07 Jun 2013