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Dell logo in crosshairs

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.
Iain Thomson, 19 Jun 2013

Foreign keys, JavaScript support on deck for MySQL Cluster update

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.
Neil McAllister, 19 Jun 2013

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.
Rik Myslewski, 19 Jun 2013

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.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jun 2013

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.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jun 2013

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.
Phil Muncaster, 19 Jun 2013
Three monkeys

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.
Team Register, 19 Jun 2013
Soyuz TMA-7 as seen from the International Space Station in October 2005. Pic: NASA

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.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jun 2013

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.
Phil Muncaster, 19 Jun 2013
Last of Us screencap

Out with a bang: The Last of Us lets PS3 exit with head held high

Game Theory I’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.
Mike Plant, 19 Jun 2013

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.
Chris Mellor, 19 Jun 2013
Girl in rain

Washout 2012 summer, melty Greenland 'nothing to do with Arctic ice or warm oceans'

Last summer was a washout for us Brits, and indeed top meteorologists are meeting at the moment to find out just why. Some other odd things happened last year, too: exceptionally large areas of the Greenland ice sheet surface melted, as did record amounts of the Arctic ice cap, and ocean temperatures were high. How were all these things linked? What was the underlying cause?
Lewis Page, 19 Jun 2013
The Register breaking news

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.
Man walks on water like Jesus

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.
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2013
The Register breaking news

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.
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 Jun 2013
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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.
Chris Mellor, 19 Jun 2013

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.
Chris Mellor, 19 Jun 2013
The Register breaking news

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.
The Register breaking news

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.
Bill Ray, 19 Jun 2013
Zenergy Prototype House exterior. Credit: REAS

IT mercenaries and buy-to-let landlords are my HEROES - here's why

Comment High 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.
Tim Worstall, 19 Jun 2013

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.
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2013
The Register breaking news

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.
Prime Minister David Cameron arrives alongside BT CEO Ian Livingstone (right) at Adastral Park, BT's global innovation and development centre in Ipswich, Suffolk

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.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Jun 2013
The Register breaking news

Thousands of fingered crims, informants spaffed in web security COCK-UP

Exclusive An IT blunder splashed photos of suspected criminals and details of Brits who reported them over the internet, The Register can reveal.
Jasper Hamill, 19 Jun 2013
Damage to the Apple Store window

AXE-WAVING BIKER GANG SMASHES into swanky Apple UK store

Pic Cops have arrested two men following a failed “smash and grab” robbery at Apple’s flagship store on Regent Street, London.
Jasper Hamill, 19 Jun 2013
Sony DEV-5 3D binoculars

Virtualisation: Where are my savings?

Webcast Three years ago you listened to vendors telling you how much we would all save from virtualisation. It seemed so plausible, but for most of us the savings never arrived. Why not? And what can we do about it?
David Gordon, 19 Jun 2013
The Register breaking news

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.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Jun 2013
The Register breaking news

Dynamo-spawn Riak spreads to other clouds

Wannabe cloud provider Tier 3 has created an object storage service based on the Riak distributed datastore.
Jack Clark, 19 Jun 2013

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.
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2013
The Register breaking news

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.
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2013
The Register breaking news

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.

Speaking in Tech: We find someone who hasn't heard of Prof Brian Cox

Podcast Podcast Once again it's time for the weekly Speaking in Tech podcast, hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela - although this week Sarah is hiding.
Team Register, 19 Jun 2013
John McAffee with shotgun

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.
Iain Thomson, 19 Jun 2013
Adobe's Creative Cloud replaces Creative Suite

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.
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2013
The Register breaking news

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.
Jack Clark, 19 Jun 2013
Dart programming language

Google's JavaScript challenger gains better tools, performance

Hot on the heels of Microsoft's latest TypeScript release, Google has shipped the first beta SDK for Dart, its own JavaScript killer alternative web language, including bug fixes, performance enhancements, and an improved editor.
Neil McAllister, 19 Jun 2013

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.
Iain Thomson, 19 Jun 2013

Reg to Australia: Here's your chance to find NBN answers

The Register is tired of Australia's broadband debate. As we explained yesterday, we're sick of the tribalism, parochialism and politicking.

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.
Jack Clark, 19 Jun 2013
Kim Dotcom

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.
Neil McAllister, 19 Jun 2013

Microsoft caves on Xbox One DRM and used-game controls

Faced with a growing tide of angry gamers, Microsoft has pulled a U-turn on its forthcoming Xbox One console's terms and conditions to allow game sharing and internet-free gaming.
Iain Thomson, 19 Jun 2013