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Planetary Resources may upgrade crowdfunded satellite into alien-finder

The Kickstarter campaign to build a satellite for public use is going better than expected, according to asteroid mining company Planetary Resources, and so it has extended its revenue target to help fund hardware upgrades to enable the orbital platform to search for exoplanets.
Iain Thomson, 12 Jun 2013
The NSA Unchained

Mozilla, ACLU, others join fight against NSA domestic spying

In response to the recent revelations of massive, secret surveillance programs conducted by the US National Security Agency (NSA), organizations, businesses, and activists across the country are taking action.
Neil McAllister, 12 Jun 2013

HP gets closer to Google with reseller deal

HP has joined forces with Google to sell collections of HP gear along with Google's Apps software.
Jack Clark, 12 Jun 2013
A Qantas 737. Source: Qantas

Oz airline Qantas breaks own WinPhone app

The Qantas Windows Phone app, which featured at the launch of Windows Phone 7.5 and 8, is currently broken and doesn't allow users to generate boarding passes.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jun 2013

Thanks, NSA: Amazon sales of Orwell's 1984 rise 9,500%

A glance at the "Movers and Shakers" page of Amazon shows there's been an unusual reaction to the current NSA spying scandal: sales of George Orwell's classic dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four are up 9,538 per cent.
Iain Thomson, 12 Jun 2013

Pandora to hit airwaves with terrestrial radio station buy

Streaming music service Pandora has announced that it has purchased a terrestrial radio station, in a move it says will allow it to negotiate more favorable license terms from music publishers.
Neil McAllister, 12 Jun 2013

India forges ahead with fibre-to-the-village

India is readying a plan to connect 250,000 villages to fibre backhaul, announcing winning bids to connect six regions to what will ultimately be a national network.
Richard Chirgwin, 12 Jun 2013

Australia ponders easier share options, crowdfunding

Australia's tech sector will probably miss out on one of its longest-standing Christmas wishes. Although communications minister Senator Stephen Conroy has announced a review of the treatment of employee share schemes – a major gripe in titsup startup land – he's doing so from the point of view of a government already hearing the rattle of the tumbril.
Richard Chirgwin, 12 Jun 2013

Cisco hints at possible new security standard

Cisco is hoping that a framework it created for its Identity Services Engine (ISE) could offer the basis for a standard for multivendor security integration.
Richard Chirgwin, 12 Jun 2013

Chinese software pirate gets 12 years in US slammer

A Chinese national has been handed a 12 year jail sentence in the United States after being convicted of selling more than $100m of pirated software from his home in Chengdu.
Phil Muncaster, 12 Jun 2013
Robot cow

ROBOT COW teaches Saudi kids where milk comes from

VidA farmer from Tayside has sent a plastic robot cow to the Middle East in a bid to educate Saudi children about where milk comes from (from robot cows, perhaps? -Ed).
Jasper Hamill, 12 Jun 2013
Xbox One and controller

Microsoft in sexism strife again over XBOX rape joke

A Microsoft-hosted demonstration of the XBOX Game “Killer Instinct” at the E3 expo has come in for criticism for including allusions to rape.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jun 2013
Emiland De Cubber's alternative PRISM logo

NSA accused of new crimes ... against slideware

The NSA's much-discussed PRISM initiative has attracted criticism galore from political activists, but now it has come up against serious opposition: a ticked-off designer offended by the poor quality of the NSA's slideware.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jun 2013

Google to punish sloppy mobile webmasters

The Chocolaterie has decided, probably correctly, that users are sick of Webmasters that can't talk and chew gum at the same time. It's therefore issued an edict: if you're trying to run a Web-and-mobile site, do it right or get de-ranked in search.
Richard Chirgwin, 12 Jun 2013
BBC logo 2012

BBC lied to Parliament about doomed £100m IT monster, thunder MPs

AnalysisThe BBC lied to Parliament by giving MPs and auditors glowing progress reports on a £100m computer project that embarrassingly flopped, it is claimed.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Jun 2013

Gartner magicians mumble, scrawl upstart's rune on disk pentacle

Duplicate file killer Actifio has been summoned by Gartner's sorcerers to appear in their magic quadrant of who's who in enterprise backup.
Chris Mellor, 12 Jun 2013
Night scene of bank station in central london

What did the Lehman Brothers implosion look like to a techie?

I was at Lehman Brothers (AKA "Lehman's", or "The Brothers", spoken in a slightly menacing US-Italian accent) from January 1996 to June 2008, bar a three year gap in the middle for dotcom japes. I was an IT contractor/consultant with several groups in the Fixed Income division, including Credit, which dealt with the infamous CDOs and their ilk.
Damon Hart-Davis, 12 Jun 2013

Patch Tuesday: And EVERY version of IE needs fixing AGAIN

June's Black Tuesday patch update from Microsoft has rolled into town with five bulletins, including a solitary critical update that tackles flaws in all supported versions of Internet Explorer.
John Leyden, 12 Jun 2013
Asus FonePad

Asus FonePad: You may feel a bit of a spanner

ReviewDo you really need a smartphone and a tablet? One overly expensive device with a screen and a battery that are both just a bit too small for comfort in this day and age to use for voice calls and cellular data, and a larger, Wi-Fi-connected gadget with a 7- or 8-inch screen for browsing the web, reading ebooks and watching movies?
Alun Taylor, 12 Jun 2013

MacBook Air now uses PCIe flash... but who'd Apple buy it from?

Apple's next iteration of its workstation-class Mac Pro will use PCIe flash memory, as will the new MacBook Air. Cupertino's move towards flash memory could set a precedent other consumer manufacturers may follow.
Chris Mellor, 12 Jun 2013

Pttow! Ofcom kicks hams out of MoD bands

Ofcom plans to kick radio amateurs from 105MHz of radio spectrum, and warn them off another 60MHz, so it can be sold off for 4G telephony.
Bill Ray, 12 Jun 2013
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Interwebs taunt Sir Jony over Apple eye candy makeover

Peak AppleWhat do we know today that we didn't know on Monday? Don't let Sir Jony Ive anywhere near your icons. Ive may be the world's most famous industrial designer, but his first attempt at creating a new look for iOS 7 has attracted confusion and mirth in equal quantities.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Jun 2013

How NSA spooks spaffed my DAD'S DATA ALL OVER THE WEB

PicsShock, horror, scandal! America's NSA secretly took data from my website for its fiendish PRISM web-snooping project - and it ended up blasted all over the internet!
Damon Hart-Davis, 12 Jun 2013

SK Hynix coughs $240m to settle Rambus IP case

South Korean chip-maker SK Hynix has signed a five-year licensing deal worth $240m to settle an ongoing patent infringement lawsuit brought against it by intellectual property licensing firm Rambus.
Chris Mellor, 12 Jun 2013

Vodafone puts in multi-billion euro bid for German cable giant

Vodafone is in talks to acquire Kabel Deutschland, Germany's biggest cable TV operator, as it seeks to expand beyond mobile telephony.
Bill Ray, 12 Jun 2013

So, Windows 8.1 to give PC sales a shot in arm? BZZZZT, wrong answer

Microsoft's Windows 8.1 update and the rise of tablet-cum-laptop PCs may boost sales for the software titan and its hardware-making pals - but it won't happen anytime soon.
Paul Kunert, 12 Jun 2013

Google donates £1m to child abuse charity ahead of Whitehall meeting

Google has donated £1m to the Internet Watch Foundation, after the ad giant had previously dropped tiny annual payments of around £20,000 into the child sex abuse charity's collection bucket.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Jun 2013

Wanna be a ROBOT OVERLORD? Boffins pave way with mind-controlled cursor

Scientists have implanted electrodes in the brains of seven epileptic people in a bid to understand how humans learn new skills.
Jasper Hamill, 12 Jun 2013

Nokia, Microsoft put on brave face as Lumia 925s parachute into Blighty

Nokia's latest premium smartphone, the Lumia 925, is now shipping in the UK.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Jun 2013

Facebook, Microsoft beg Feds: Let us tell users what YOU asked for...

Google, Facebook and Microsoft are all calling for more flexibility in disclosing more about that national security requests they receive from the US government.
John Leyden, 12 Jun 2013

You've seen the Large Hadron Collider. Now comes the HUGE Hadron Collider

The scientific world is preparing for the arrival of a even larger Large Hadron Collider, after the publication of blueprints for a next generation proton-punisher.
Jasper Hamill, 12 Jun 2013

Probe into Autonomy allegations could take years - report

The federal probe into the alleged book-cooking at Autonomy prior to its acquisition by HP could take years to play out, according to reports.
Paul Kunert, 12 Jun 2013

Users rage as Fasthosts virtual servers go titsup... again

Webhosting company Fasthosts has been hit by a severe outage that has seen the collapse of its virtual servers.
Jasper Hamill, 12 Jun 2013

Comms giant Vodafone ready to smash up hosting and services market

Hosting and managed services players are about to face a heated battle as comms bigwig Vodafone prepares to jump into the market later this year, sources close to the vendor are claiming.
Paul Kunert, 12 Jun 2013

AVG buys remote monitoring player LPI Level Platforms

Security biz AVG has put its hand in its pocket to buy remote monitoring and management (RMM) software player LPI Level Platforms as it tries to appeal to a wider bunch of channel firms.
Paul Kunert, 12 Jun 2013

1,000 O2 staff chose redundancy over Capita

Another 400 O2 staff will be redundant by December, something the union calls "a betrayal". The operator, meanwhile, claims it is proof of just how generous the voluntary offer was.
Bill Ray, 12 Jun 2013
The Tegra 3 ARM board and Tesla K20 GPU powering Pedraforca

Barcelona taps Tesla and Tegra for next-gen hybrid supercomputer

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center has been monkeying around with the combination of low-powered processors and relatively low-end graphics chips. Well, BSC is getting ready to take its ceepie-geepie prototyping up another notch by marrying a baby ARM processor aimed at smartphones and tablets with a full-on GPU coprocessor.

Jailed LulzSec hacker Cleary coughs to child porn images, will be freed soon

Jailed Lulzsec hacker Ryan Cleary is due to be released within three weeks, but his access to the internet will be severely restricted after he was convicted of possessing child abuse images – at least some of which featured infants as young as six months old.
John Leyden, 12 Jun 2013
HP cloud

HP fluffs public cloud with chunkier instances, private networks

HP has puffed up its public cloud with a round of upgrades that see the IT company's systems get some of the capabilities of leaders like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft.
Jack Clark, 12 Jun 2013

Ex-Palm CEO Rubinstein wishes HP sale never happened

Former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein is still proud of the work the ill-fated PDA maker did on its webOS smartphone platform, but when asked if he would have done anything differently there's still one thing that sticks in his craw.
Neil McAllister, 12 Jun 2013
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Red Hat: We do clouds at one third the cost of VMware

The annual Red Hat Summit is underway in Boston this week, and the cloud is at the center of everything that Shadowman is doing these days. Like everyone else peddling IT products, Red Hat is hoping to catch its next wave of growth from the move to clouds, but as we all know, there will be more losers than winners in this next IT phase change. Red Hat intends to be one of the winners.
BA ungrounded

Silicon Valley digiterati to brainstorm at 30,000 ft

British Airways is flying 130 Silicon Valley business leaders, venture capitalists, and start-up specialists from San Francisco to London in an "Innovation Lab in the Sky" – an 11-hour flight that's going to try and sort out ways to expand STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills around the world.
Iain Thomson, 12 Jun 2013

Young cluster-trucker keen for MILCy treat? We've got just the app for you

HPC blogThe Student Cluster Challenge at ISC’13 kicks off, well actually boots up, in just about a week from now. For some last-minute tips for the university competitors who are packing up their nodes for Leipzig, I interviewed a few folks who are experts on two of the applications they’ll be running. The tech talk gets deep in places during these calls, but even I could follow most of what they were saying.
Dan Olds, 12 Jun 2013
A dark lightning strike on a 737

Scientists investigate 'dark lightning' threat to aircraft passengers

US Navy scientists are going to rig aircraft with radiation detectors to check if a phenomenon known as dark lightning could be killing aircraft passengers.
Iain Thomson, 12 Jun 2013
Empty racks awaiting customer kit at HP's Aurora data centre

NSA: 'Dozens of attacks' prevented by snooping

The National Security Agency has defended its slurping of phone records and other business data on the grounds the information contained has helped it fight terrorism.
Jack Clark, 12 Jun 2013

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