Icahn doubles down on Dell offer with $14 per share buyback scheme
With exactly a month to go before the special meeting of Dell shareholders that could decide the company's fate, investor Carl Icahn has increased the pressure for a better deal for shareholders – chiefly himself.
Following more than 12 months of development and preview releases, Oracle has announced general availability of MySQL Cluster 7.3, bringing a number of important new features and enhancements to the open source clustering add-on for the MySQL database.
House bill: 'Hey NASA, that asteroid retrieval plan? Fuggedaboutit'
If the Republican-led House Subcommittee on Space has its way, NASA's proposed asteroid-retrieval mission will be killed, the agency's budget will be capped for the next two years at about 5 per cent less than last year's, and NASA's Earth observation efforts will be cut back.
Huawei muses on Nokia's future
Growing its smartphone shipments by 94 percent from Q1 2012 to Q1 2013 might not be enough to satisfy Huawei: it's reportedly floated the idea of acquiring Nokia.
Six nations ask Google for answers on Glass privacy
36 Privacy Commissioners from around the world have written to Google to ask, in the polite-but-firm language of international diplomacy, for some details about Google Glass.
Spear phish your boss to win more security cash
Despite weekly news of successful and nasty online attacks damaging organisations of every stripe, executive types remain blasé about security and don't pay it enough attention, says Jason Clark, chief security officer at Websense, who recommends fighting back by phishing CEOs and board members.
Chinese hackers launch PRISM scare campaign
The Chinese group behind the recently discovered NetTraveler attacks is now using widespread interest in the infamous National Security Agency (NSA) PRISM surveillance program to encourage users to open malicious email attachments, it has emerged.
Google erases G8 venue from Earth: Microsoft doesn't
As all the world that cares knows, the leaders of the eight most powerful nations in the world have just been holding a summit meeting at the Lough Erne Resort in Northern Ireland.
COLD BALLS OF FLAME light up International Space Station
At first glance, lighting a fire on the International Space Station (ISS) seems like a good way to earn a Darwin Award and the opprobrium of all humanity. Yet boffins have been doing it for some time in an effort to learn more about how flames behave.
Nuke plants to rely on PDP-11 code UNTIL 2050!
The venerable PDP-11 minicomputer is still spry to this day, powering GE nuclear power-plant robots - and will do so for another 37 years.
EU Justice Department stalls India's security clearance
India’s outsourcing giants are likely to face more delays in their frustrated bid to tap a potential IT services market worth $30 billion, after a report emerged suggesting the EU still has big data security concerns with the country.
Out with a bang: The Last of Us lets PS3 exit with head held high
Game TheoryI’ll soon be offering my thoughts and reflections on this year’s E3, but before all that it seemed worth waxing lyrical about new PS3 exclusive The Last of Us, a game that points the way to what the next generation should really be aspiring to do.
Exagrid hires former IBM exec, Hitachi bod to help flog disk grid tech
Exagrid, a supplier of deduplicated disk grid systems, clearly isn't worried about its products, but it has added two new execs to help boost the business side of things.
Norks taunt, yank Yanks' crank over PRISM: US is 'rights abuse kingpin'
Poverty-stricken dictatorship North Korea says the leak of NSA web-snooping project PRISM shows that the US is the “kingpin” of civil-rights abuses.
PC makers REALLY need Windows 8.1 to walk on water - but guess what?
An updated Windows 8 from Microsoft will NOT be the "miracle cure" for traditional PC makers in need of a sales and profits injection. And that's according to IT biz analysts Context.
Hey mobile firms: About that Android thing... Did Google add a lockout clause?
The European Commission has asked mobile telecoms firms and manufacturers of devices to provide details of any agreements they have with Google regarding the use of the technology giant's Android operating system.
Sneaky Seagate slips 'world's fastest' enterprise disk mutant into the wild
Seagate has quietly built an enterprise-class 600GB hybrid drive: it combines the capacity of spinning platters with a fast flash cache of hot data.
Supercomputer sage Cray musters Lustre cluster storage hustler
Supercomputer company Cray is starting up a standalone storage company with a Cray Cluster Connect product for rustling up business supplying X86 Lustre clusters.
Julian Assange: I'm quite happy to sleep on Ecuador's sofa FOREVER
Julian Assange says he'll stay in the Ecuadorian embassy in London even if allegations of sexual assault against him in Sweden are dropped.
Wi-Fi Alliance takes grid place, revs engine in race to 802.11ac
The Wi-Fi Alliance is now formally certifying devices conforming to 802.11ac, the 5GHz wireless standard capable of delivering 1Gb/sec, only a year after manufacturers started shipping kit.
IT mercenaries and buy-to-let landlords are my HEROES - here's why
CommentHigh rates of home ownership increase the unemployment rate, says a new study. This doesn't, at first, sound very sensible; we'd probably think that anyone with a house is working so damned hard to pay the mortgage that they'd have no time to be unemployed.
Ex-Systemax veep cuffed, charged with $230m fraud
Carl Fiorentino, a former president at reseller Systemax, has been charged with accepting bribes worth millions of dollars in return for directing $230m worth of business to certain components suppliers. He was arrested yesterday and released on a $1m personal surety bond.
NASA probe will ease through Saturn's ring to grab Earth snapshot
NASA's Cassini spacecraft will take a picture of Earthlings' home planet from the viewpoint of aliens on Saturn next month, snapping the image from hundreds of millions of miles away.
BT boss QUITS telecoms giant for front-bench gov job
Ian Livingston has quit the top job at BT, after being poached by Prime Minister David Cameron to take on a key trade and investment role for the government.
Thousands of fingered crims, informants spaffed in web security COCK-UP
ExclusiveAn IT blunder splashed photos of suspected criminals and details of Brits who reported them over the internet, The Register can reveal.
AXE-WAVING BIKER GANG SMASHES into swanky Apple UK store
PicCops have arrested two men following a failed “smash and grab” robbery at Apple’s flagship store on Regent Street, London.
Facebook: We now have one million real admen stalking you. Huzzah..?
Facebook claimed it has – for the first time – surpassed 1 million active advertisers who used the network in the last 28 days.
Dynamo-spawn Riak spreads to other clouds
Wannabe cloud provider Tier 3 has created an object storage service based on the Riak distributed datastore.
Oracle: We WON grey market software and Solaris support case
Oracle is claiming victory in a case of alleged grey market trading against a US business that sells network, software and services management support to the enterprise. ServiceKey and its CEO Angela Vines inked a settlement deal with Larry's lot at the end of last month.
Stay away from the light, Kodak! Look, here's $406m to keep you alive
Eastman Kodak's creditors have backed its plan to sell 34 million shares worth $406m as it prepares to exit bankruptcy protection.
Nutanix trims down and fattens up server-storage halfbloods
Still not acquired after bragging two months ago of an 80 per cent sequential revenue bump and an $80m annualized run rate as it exited the first quarter, virtual server-storage appliance maker Nutanix is widening its market appeal with new low-end and high-end configurations.
You're still hired: Viglen bosses get to keep jobs for another year
Viglen's financial performance has improved, meaning chief exec Bordan Tkachuk and chairman Claude Littner will avoid Lord Sugar's fearsome finger - which is usually waved about when numbers are down or Apprentice wannabes get the boot.
Dish abandons Sprint sprint, now in mad dash for Clearwire
Dish has elected to ditch its pursuit of Sprint for the time being and concentrate on its potentially winning bid for Clearwire.
John McAfee releases NSFW video on how to uninstall security code
International fugitive, criminal suspect and self-described eccentric millionaire John McAfee has released a tongue-in-cheek video explaining how to uninstall the security software that still bears his name.
Adobe CEO admits need to 'tweak' Creative Suite's cloud-only policy
Adobe dropped the D-bomb during a Q2 conference call with analysts after admitting some customers are "disappointed" it decided to murder future copies of its boxed Creative Suite.
Google joins Amazon, HP, Rackspace in easing HDD data importing
Google has followed in the footsteps of Amazon by making it easier for businesses to load in masses of data to the company's cloud platform.
Microsoft breaks bug-bounty virginity in $100,000 contest
Microsoft is breaking its long-standing tradition of not paying for security vulnerabilities by offering a $100,000 cash prize for the first penetration tester to crack Windows 8.1 and a $50,000 bonus to explain how they did it.
Google preps wave of machine learning apps
Google is preparing to unleash a wave of apps that get intelligence from its mammoth machine learning models.
Kim Dotcom victim of 'largest data MASSACRE in history'
Mega mogul Kim Dotcom says he's "in tears" after a Dutch hosting company wiped data from servers formerly used by his now-defunct Megaupload business, an act that he claims destroyed "critical evidence" in his long-running legal battle with the US government.