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Elop and Ballmer, no deal

That Microsoft-Nokia merger you've been predicting? It's no go

Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's mobile phone business – the deal you probably assumed would happen sooner or later – has been scuppered before talks were even made public, according to a new report.
Neil McAllister, 20 Jun 2013
Curiosity Billion Pixel Image

NASA serves up Curiosity's billion-pixel panorama

NASA has stitched together 1.3 billion pixels of Martian marvellousness, giving the world the chance to peruse a planetary panorama of unprecedented detail.
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Quantum boffins and bread-heads form new VC fund

Most pundits put prime-time commercial-grade quantum computing at some distance in the future, with only a few notable exceptions. While D-Wave is selling computers it says use a process known as quantum annealing, and there exists a handful of companies selling kit for quantum key distribution, we're not even scratching the surface.
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Embezzler stings IBM, Microsoft in Japan

A former IBM Japan employee who stole nearly £1 million from Big Blue has been arrested in Tokyo on suspicion of embezzling £100,000 from his new employer, Microsoft Japan.
Phil Muncaster, 20 Jun 2013

LinkedIn DNS hijacked, site offline

LinkedIn is working on its right-on-the-ball-with-security reputation, this time letting slip its domain details.
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Intel joins Alliance for Wireless Power

Intel has joined the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP), a consortium of technology companies intent on bringing an end to the tyranny of wires.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2013
The Register breaking news

Hi? Vladimir? It's Obama. The hackers ARE BACK. Hello? Are you still there?

The White House's cybersecurity desk warriors have installed a hotline which will allow them to immediately contact Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin in the event of an online apocalypse.
Jasper Hamill, 20 Jun 2013
CSIRO's giant titanium bugs

I, for one, welcome our GIANT TITANIUM INSECT OVERLORDS

What started out as an art project using Australian think-tank CSIRO's additive titanium 3D printer has turned out to have much more serious application: scaled-up versions of microscopic bugs that make it easier to study their biology.

Boffins light way to photonic computing with 1PB DVD tech

Successive generations of optical media generally rely on a new laser and a medium capable of responding to the new laser's qualities.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2013
Three  UK Passports

Home Office boffins slip out passport-scanning Android app

Android owners with NFC handsets can now read their passports with an official Home Office app - and civil servants want to know what other features could be added to it.
Bill Ray, 20 Jun 2013

Wake up, Uncle Fester! Huawei’s nattering about BUYING Nokia

Analysis Chinese dragon Huawei says it has “no plans” to buy Nokia, Europe’s biggest technology company – but it didn’t challenge reports that triggered the story.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Jun 2013
The Register breaking news
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Hey, wannabe Murdochs, yet more chances to run your own telly station

Ofcom has opened the bidding for seven new Local TV stations, and scheduled a further 23, to join the 14 already awarded, some of which could be on the air by the end of year.
Bill Ray, 20 Jun 2013
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Brocade: People try to put us down, talkin' 'bout my (Fibre Chan) generation

Interview Is "fifth-generation Fibre Channel" marketing-speak or a useful term?
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2013

Nokia Lumia 925: The best Windows Phone yet

Review According to Nokia, the new Lumia 925 is its "third flagship" phone at the moment. It hasn’t retired the other two Lumias (the 920 and the 928) which continue to sail proudly alongside the 925, with all their flags fluttering.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Jun 2013
Toshiba 7mm hybrid disk drive slider
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Tosh puts slim model on a single-plate diet to create new 7mm mutant

Toshiba has put its hybrid flash-disk drive on a diet - and a new, slimmer device has emerged with just one spinning platter.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2013
The Register breaking news

France gives Google three month DATA PRIVACY DEADLINE

Data authorities have ruled that Google has breached the French Data Protection Act, and the huge advertising firm has been ordered to comply with the law within three months or else face sanctions.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Jun 2013

So: Just how do you stop mobile users becoming leaky lusers?

A note from The Register management: This is a survey, and yes, you're right, that's you giving us valuable time and information for nothing. But we have to pay the bills somehow, so if you like the Reg being here you might consider helping Mr Vile out. And who knows, maybe your views will reach the right ear somewhere and help improve matters in some small or large part of the IT world.
Dale Vile, 20 Jun 2013
Windows 7 gurus

Not even Comet crashing into Earth can keep Dixons out of the red

Dixons Retail has reported massive losses due to one-off charges from the restructuring of PIXmania, and a reshuffle at its HQ following the sale of its B2B reseller operation Equanet.
Paul Kunert, 20 Jun 2013
The Register breaking news

Offensive, iconoclastic internet trolls will NOT be prosecuted, says DPP

Cases involving trolling on social media sites should now be easier to deal with after the Director of Public Prosecutions published definitive guidelines on the tabloid-fodder phenomenon this morning.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Jun 2013
The Register breaking news

Can Microsoft's U-turn stop the Xbox 360 becoming another XP?

Comment It's shaping up to be a summer of U-turns for Microsoft.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jun 2013
The Register breaking news

BlackBerry will 'under-perform' beneath the sheets, says Wall St bod

BlackBerry shares fell more than four per cent yesterday after its stock rating was cut by one analyst to “underperform” from "market perform".

When Apple needs speed and security in Mac OS X, it turns to Microsoft

Storagebod I was looking through the documentation for Mavericks - the next major Mac OS X release - to find out more about the tags and other extra metadata we'll soon be able to add to our files.
StorageBod, 20 Jun 2013
The Register breaking news

New cheapo iPhone ain't gonna be that cheap, says non-Foxconn CEO

The CEO of a Chinese firm rumoured to be building an entry-level version of the iPhone has warned world+dog against calling it cheap.
Jasper Hamill, 20 Jun 2013
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EMC snaps up Israeli soft-storage startup

Another Iraeli storage startup, ScaleIO by name, has reportedly been scooped up by EMC for an estimated $200 - $300 million.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2013
Mushroom cloud explosion

Hey fanboi, is that an EXPLODING BATTERY in your MacBook Pro?

American electronics chain Best Buy has recalled a batch of 5,100 MacBook Pro* replacement batteries after they caught fire while charging up.
Jasper Hamill, 20 Jun 2013
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Run the IT in a small biz? Work with Microsoft? Meet your new UK point man

Microsoft has filled the SME boss role recently vacated by company veteran Clare Barclay with a former Symantec EMEA veep.
Paul Kunert, 20 Jun 2013
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Micron posts first quarterly profit for two YEARS

Hip hip hooray! Flash and memory fab operator Micron has made a quarterly profit, its first for eight quarters.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2013
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Clock ticking for IT distie Tech Data to end accounts probe

IT channel biz Tech Data has until September to get its house in order - because that's when it must file all its delayed financial reports to regain compliance with NASDAQ rules.
Paul Kunert, 20 Jun 2013
The Register breaking news

Pirate Bay founder Warg jailed for two years for hacking and fraud

Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has been found guilty of hacking in Sweden and sentenced to two years' imprisonment.
John Leyden, 20 Jun 2013
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Wannabe Dell owner Icahn's buyout blueprint blasted by board bods

Dell's special task force - set up to oversee the sale of the tech titan to private hands - has claimed wannabe owner Carl Icahn still hasn't shown them the colour of his money.
Paul Kunert, 20 Jun 2013
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ThousandEyes interrogates apps as they flow through clouds

ThousandEyes has uncloaked, promising that its technology will give data center admins a better way to track performance and diagnose problems across varied IT infrastructures.
Jack Clark, 20 Jun 2013
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Cisco seeks to gobble virty data biz Composite

Cisco has announced it wants to slurp private firm Composite Software, which brings together traditional and cloud data in a single view, for about $180m.
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Cloudera taps new CEO for inevitable IPO push or acquisition

Big-data hotshot Cloudera has a new CEO: Tom Reilly, an industry veteran who has guided other tech firms to profitable acquisitions. But don't automatically assume that the privately held Cloudera is shopping itself around – an IPO is also a real possibility.
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Suck it Vine: Instagram adds 15-second video clips with fancy filters

Instagram has unveiled its foray into video uploads with an app for iOS and Android that captures 15 seconds of video and gives amateur auteurs some fancy tools to play with to make it special.
Iain Thomson, 20 Jun 2013

Google staffing boss: Our old hiring procedures were 'worthless'

Want to land a job at Google? Just doing well at school and being good at solving puzzles and brainteasers isn't going to cut it anymore, according to Laszlo Bock, the Chocolate Factory's vice president of "people operations."
Neil McAllister, 20 Jun 2013

Microsoft's canceled 'Project Brazil' took aim at Amazon, eBay

Microsoft recently considered building its own online marketplace to compete with the likes of Amazon and eBay, but has since abandoned the plans, sources claim.
Neil McAllister, 20 Jun 2013
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Cumulus sighting means storm coming for Cisco

Cumulus Networks has a cunning plan to change how companies buy, use, and manage networking equipment. It involves Linux, and any success the company has will come at the expense of incumbent networking giants such as Cisco, Juniper, and Brocade.
Jack Clark, 20 Jun 2013
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El Reg casts a weather eye over Bureau of Met's new baby

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology runs one of the nation's most popular web sites, and is about to introduce a big new upgrade called 'Meteye'.
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FTC boss promises probe into patent troll regulation

The Federal Trade Commission will investigate the activities of patent assertion entities (more commonly known as patent trolls), chairwoman Edith Ramirez promised in a speech on Thursday.
Iain Thomson, 20 Jun 2013
Pinky and the Brain

Can DirectAccess take over the world?

Review Microsoft believes that DirectAccess is such a critical feature of Windows that we will soon wonder how we lived without this fundamental part of network infrastructure.
Trevor Pott, 20 Jun 2013

Oracle posts flat revenues on slow software sales

Oracle execs were quick to talk up the company's cloud efforts during its Q4 2013 earnings call on Thursday, but slow software sales disappointed investors and sent Oracle's shares tumbling in after-hours trading.
Neil McAllister, 20 Jun 2013