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FTC to cast an eye over Google's Waze buy

Google's acquisition of Israeli mobile navigation app vendor Waze is going to get an anti-trust examination by the FTC.
Richard Chirgwin, 24 Jun 2013

AARNet hits 40 Gbps to USA

The completion of an upgrade to the Southern Cross Cable Network has boosted AARNet's Australia-US connectivity from 10 Gbps to 40 Gbps.
Richard Chirgwin, 24 Jun 2013

Data retention a very hot potato says Oz parl't commitee

Data retention – something that governments around the world have scrambled to defend in the face of a daily diet of new revelations courtesy of whistleblower / leaker / traitor / hero Edward Snowden – doesn't have so many friends in the Australian Parliament.
Richard Chirgwin, 24 Jun 2013

NSA hacked China's top carriers in hunt for SMS data - report

PRISM snitch Edward Snowden responded to the US government formally charging him with spying on Friday with fresh revelations that the NSA hacked China’s three state-run telcos in a bid to nab SMS data.
Phil Muncaster, 24 Jun 2013

Spaniards deploy self-propelled ROBOT BALLS

Yet another boon has been conferred upon suffering humanity by boffins in Spain, who have announced the successful deployment of motorised self-rolling spherical robots intended for "missions on wild environments".
Lewis Page, 24 Jun 2013

Blind activist Chen given spyware-laden iPad and iPhone

An NYU professor is claiming that blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangchen, who staged a dramatic escape from house arrest and fled to the US, was given an iPad and iPhone loaded with spyware on his arrival at New York University last year.
Phil Muncaster, 24 Jun 2013

Quantum transistors at room temp

The world might still be 20 years from the end of Moore's Law, but the hunt for technologies to replace semiconductors is going on right now. A group from Michigan Technological University is offering one such alternative: a quantum tunnelling transistor that operates at room temperature.
Richard Chirgwin, 24 Jun 2013

Glasgow subway's new smart tickets aren't, moan passengers

Glasgow's new smart tickets, for use on the city's underground network, aren't smart enough to count the journeys made, forcing the operator to withdraw carnet tickets at the end of June.
Bill Ray, 24 Jun 2013
Parliament in the clouds

Home Office launches £4m cyber security awareness scheme

The UK Home Office has launched a new £4m information security awareness campaign, designed to educate businesses and consumers about rising hacker threats. The first stage of the campaign is due to get underway in the autumn.
John Leyden, 24 Jun 2013
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Steelie Neelie: One cloud contract model to rule them all

The European Commission is seeking leading lights in the arena of cloud services to help sketch out a contract framework so that customers don't get tied into murky deals.
Paul Kunert, 24 Jun 2013

Angry punters slip contract shackles in T-Mobile crystal ball bill rumpus

Arbitration service CISAS has decided that T-Mobile's use of precognition in setting prices was cheating - allowing some customers to escape thir contracts - though in other cases CISAS has decided just the opposite.
Bill Ray, 24 Jun 2013

Tearing a strip off Microsoft's Brazilian: That's no way to attract mates

AnalysisIt would appear that the Not Invented Here philosophy is still going strong inside Microsoft, with Redmond apparently considering unleashing into the market a rival to mega online shopping juggernauts Amazon and eBay.
Gavin Clarke, 24 Jun 2013

Snowden: 'Hey, Assange, any more room on Ecuador's sofa?'

NSA PRISM whistleblower Edward Snowden has requested asylum in none other than Ecuador, the country that’s also technically safeguarding WikiLeaker Julian Assange.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 24 Jun 2013

Ed Iacobucci: Brains behind OS/2 and Citrix, nicest guy in tech

ObituaryAbout a year before air taxi DayJet was scheduled to launch, Ed Iacobucci, who died last week, called me up to make sure I was thoroughly briefed on what he was doing and how it worked. We spent over an hour on the phone, no PowerPoints, no marketing pitch, just Ed explaining, making sure I got it.
John Lettice, 24 Jun 2013

Vodafone coughs up £6.5bn for Kabel Deutschland

Vodafone has snapped up Germany’s largest cable operator, creating a brand capable of offering Germans bundles of broadband, TV, and both fixed-line and mobile telephony - and preventing competitor Liberty Global from doing the same.
Bill Ray, 24 Jun 2013

Hey Google, Facebook has a 'Reader' that might actually make money

Facebook is reportedly prepping a service for its users that allows them to display news content in a format geared up for mobile gadgets on its network.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Jun 2013

Three's Irish network goes titsup

Three is reporting a network outage in Ireland, hours after announcing it was buying O2's Irish operation for €780m, but apparently this downtime is Virgin Media's fault.
Bill Ray, 24 Jun 2013

That enough, folks? Starbucks tosses £5m into UK taxman's coffers

Starbucks, one of the three firms - along with Amazon and Google - that have been hauled over the coals because of their teeny tax bills in Blighty, has handed over £5m to HMRC to please its customers.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 24 Jun 2013
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HPC geeks ponder 100 petafloppers and quantum supercomputers

ISC 2013The next big barrier for supercomputing is punching through 100 petaflops peak performance, which frankly could be done in a heartbeat if someone had a few hundred millions dollars lying around. And now that Google and NASA are monkeying around with a quantum computer, thoughts are turning to how a QC might be deployed to replace some of the work done by traditional supercomputer clusters.

SUPERSIZE my CLOUD - Microsoft plans $677m data centre embiggening

Microsoft's throwing $677.6m into an Iowa data centre expansion just as internet rivals Google and Facebook have begun bulking up.
Gavin Clarke, 24 Jun 2013

Apple's Tim Cook: I'm risking my own MEELLLIONS if we sink

Apple CEO Tim Cook has tied his future pay packet to the fruity firm's performance, in a move which could end up costing him over $100m.
Jasper Hamill, 24 Jun 2013

Google defends search biz as EU competition market test nears end

Google has defended its search business in its first major public statement in months about the European Commission's competition probe of the company.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Jun 2013

Telly psychics fail to foresee £12k fine for peddling nonsense

Psychic TV has been fined £12,500 for failing to remind viewers that it’s all nonsense, while interactive quiz channel The Big Deal got stung with a 10 grand fine for advertising the service - something neither of them saw coming.
Bill Ray, 24 Jun 2013

WD catches falling flash star, slurps up sTec

Western Digital has entered into a definitive merger agreement with sTec, formerly known as STEC, under which its subsidiary, HGST, will buy sTec for $340m in cash. This gives HGST a significant leg-up in the supply of enterprise SSDs and an entry into the server flash card market.
Chris Mellor, 24 Jun 2013

SURPRISE! BT bags more gov broadband cash - this time in Bucks & Herts

BT continues to be the only telco winning any government cash to deploy its fibre network to the British countryside, after it confirmed today that it had won an £18m contract in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Jun 2013

Media phone-hacking? Tip of the iceberg, says leaked police report

A suppressed report from "Britain's FBI" has revealed that the rich, insurance companies, law firms and telecoms companies hired private investigators to run unlawful hacking and blagging campaigns of the type that brought down Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, according to The Independent.
John Leyden, 24 Jun 2013

O3b's satellites on launch pad, ready to bring cats+porn to billions

This evening the first four satellites of the O3b satellite constellation are slated to launch from French Guiana, to provide connectivity to the three billion humans lacking a Google+ account.
Bill Ray, 24 Jun 2013

Snowden dodges US agents in Moscow, skips out on flight

NSA leaker Edward Snowen's seat on the flight he booked from Moscow to Havana was empty on Monday, but if the throng of reporters who gathered at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport to interview Snowden had done their research, they would have realized he was never likely to board the plane.
Neil McAllister, 24 Jun 2013

Apple said to dump Samsung as chip-baking partner – again

A report coursing about the interwebs claims that Apple is dumping its iDevice chip partnership with über-rival Samsung, and has inked a three-year deal with Taiwanese wafer-baker TSMC and its "IC design service partner" Global UniChip to manufacture A8, A9, and A9X chips at the 20nm, 16nm, and 10nm process nodes.
Rik Myslewski, 24 Jun 2013
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Privacy expert dismisses PRISM-busting typeface as 'art project'

Attempts to use a mixed-up font that makes machine reading more difficult in order to foil NSA snoopers or hackers are almost certain to fail, according to privacy experts.
John Leyden, 24 Jun 2013
The HP Moonshot Gemini 1500 server chassis

Eye spy future HP Moonshot server nodes

PicsHP was at the International Super Computing 2013 conference in Leipzig, Germany, last week, showing off its ProLiant rack servers as well as the SL6500 Scalable Systems tray servers that have been used to build some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. And, with no tongue in cheek at all, HP's server geeks were also proudly showing off the "Gemini" Moonshot 1500 chassis, and gave El Reg a sneak peek at some future server nodes for its high-density server chassis.

US Supremes sit on hands in $625m patent case, hand Apple victory

The US Supreme Court has handed Apple a victory in its long-running patent-infringement battle with Mirror Worlds LLC, declining to review a lower court's decision to overturn a $625.5m judgment that had been leveled against Cupertino.
Rik Myslewski, 24 Jun 2013
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Samsung quits desktop PC biz, will stick to all-in-ones and portables

Underscoring yet again the radical shift underway in the personal computing industry, Samsung is shutting down its traditional desktop PC business to focus on devices with more modern form factors.
Neil McAllister, 24 Jun 2013
Sun Broomfield Data Center

Cloud company avoids the cloud

An infrastructure startup has had to shift off of cloud servers to bare metal gear after it ran into performance issues, showing that virtualization is not always the optimal tech for cloudy apps.
Jack Clark, 24 Jun 2013
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Oracle puts database, middleware, Linux on Microsoft Hyper-V, Azure

If you were expecting some dramatic, cloudy news from Oracle and Microsoft, as the companies hinted last week they would reveal, you were likely disappointed by the nuts and bolts nature of what the two companies announced on Monday as part of an extended strategic partnership.

Euro students cluster fest: Configurations LAID BARE

HPC blogThe configurations of the systems to be used by the young HPC warriors in the 2013 International Supercomputing Conference's Student Cluster Challenge were released last week, but they have now been verified to make sure that last-minute changes are accurately represented.
Dan Olds, 24 Jun 2013

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