Facebook reveals TAO - the data store for its social graph
USENIXFacebook has revealed details about Tao, its multi-petabyte data store for the company's social graph.
Windows Store apps for Office probably won't ship until 2014
Build 2013Anyone who was hoping to see demos of Windows Store versions of the Office 2013 applications at this year's Build conference was in for a disappointment, because it doesn't look like they'll be ready before 2014, at the earliest.
China's piracy watchdog to keep tabs on Amazon, Apple & co
China’s copyright watchdog is set to expand its oversight of e-commerce platforms including those run by Apple, Amazon and local giant Taobao as part of a renewed effort to police online piracy.
Opera network cracked
Opera is giving users the standard upgrade advice after a successful attack on its network allowed evil-doers to copy a software-signing certificate.
Help El Reg welcome our new boss
As Australia shambles towards the next election – no longer guaranteed to be September 14, since that date was the responsibility of former prime minister Julia Gillard, not new-old prime minister Kevin Rudd – the country's telecommunications industry now has the certainty of a brand-new minister regardless of when the election happens.
PayPal and SETI aim to go galactic with off-planet currency system
When PayPal launched 15 years ago it billed itself as the world's first global currency. Now the company is looking to kick-start a conversation into how to become the payment platform for the solar system with PayPal Galactic.
Indian govt blocks 40 smut sites, forgets to give reason
The Indian government has ordered ISPs to block 39 smut flick web sites hosted outside the country without giving any explanation, stoking further fears of online censorship by the back door.
Oz's 2013 heatwave was man made
It was a summer notable both for long heatwaves and for extremes that led the Bureau of Meteorology to update its heat map colour schemes to take into account a new normal. Now, University of Melbourne scientists believe they can attribute the unusual heat of summer 2012-2013 to human-driven climate change.
WarGames IMSAI machine for sale (again)
If you have a yearning for the days when “modem” meant something you attached to the telephone with an acoustic coupler, and dreamed that you too could take over NORAD's machines to launch a war, the “microcomputer” from the movie WarGames is for sale.
Welsh gov beats off Canada to hand £1m to Nintendo dev
Game development firm OysterWorld is opening up a base in south Wales that will bring 60 jobs to the region in the next three years.
Dancing Sepp Blatter on 'World Cup site' creates security flap
The appearance of an animated Sepp Blatter dancing on what appeared to be a World Cup website caused confusion in anti-virus circles on Tuesday.
Think you're streaming Superman? Think again, punk
Miscreants have begun abusing SlideShare, the web-based slide hosting service, to run movie stream scams supposedly offering a sneak peek at hot new films such as Man of Steel, Monsters University and zombie post-apocalypse action flick World War Z.
Korean doctors: Smartphones really ARE doing your head in
Forget Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training, prolonged exposure to digital devices is actually putting children at risk of early onset dementia, at least according to South Korean doctors.
Osbo jacks up spending on spooks to keep us safe from TERROR
Spending ReviewAs George Osborne hacked away at what he saw as money-wasting thickets in Britain's welfare system during his spending review on Wednesday, the Chancellor of the Exchequer - at the same time - upped the budget for the country's security services.
Intel's taking a serious look at object storage. What's their game?
Intel presented at the Next Generation Object Storage Summit and your correspondent had a look at its presentation to figure out what Chipzilla's latest object storage plan is.
Daisy petals close around midge MoCo
Daisy Group has devoured Kent-based minnow MoCo Communications for an undisclosed sum to boost its challenged mobile distie operations.
Privacy activists sue FBI for access to facial recognition records
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed a suit against the Feds to force the bureau to reveal information about its planned biometrics database.
How City IT is under attack from politicians, diesel bugs, HR
CommentThe stupidest thing I’ve ever said was “if it was a jet, the tower would have collapsed” on September 11th and I feel the same about RBS. As I pass it most days, part of me expects to see crowds outside, perhaps including the police and TV camera crews, because I can’t understand why it still functions.
Radio hams tell Ofcom: Put that Wi-Fi mob back in their place
The UK's amateur radio operators have banded together to insist that Wi-Fi be properly confined to 2.4GHz, in response to Ofcom's suggestion that LTE be allowed to nestle up real close to other bands.
Throwing arms let humans rise above poo-flinging apes to play cricket
The unique human ability to hurl objects such as cricket balls fast and accurately is what lifted us above our early rivals for world dominance, according to new research.
Flippin' Equus! Unfeasibly old horse bone DNA triumph
Biologists have sequenced the oldest full genome from a horse bone, in the process discovering that the ancient ancestor of the modern horse first appeared four million years ago, nearly twice as early as previously thought. What has the science world most excited, though, is the fact that they were even able to work on such old genetic material.
UK.gov finally admits it will MISS superfast broadband target
Spending ReviewThe UK's coalition government now plans to invest an extra £250m to bring "superfast broadband" to 95 per cent of Brits by 2017. It also finally confessed today that its original 2015 target will not be met.
LOHAN cranks up old-school clockwork failsafe
We're obliged to Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) fans for answering our call for suggestions as to just how a back-up ignition system for our Vulture 2 spaceplane's rocket motor might work.
That voice you hear from the cloud is Microsoft’s
Unified communications (UC) is the joining up of email, instant messaging, voice, video and whatever else we can come up with.
Secret US spy court lets Microsoft, Google reveal their petitions
America's most secret court will allow Google and Microsoft to reveal details of their legal battle to lift a gag order preventing them from disclosing how much data they give to spooks.
MSX: The Japanese are coming! The Japanese are coming!
ArchaeologicMSX: three initials that struck fear into the heart of Britain’s nascent home computer industry. The Japanese were coming, and the UK’s technology pioneers were anxious about what that might mean. Far Eastern firms like Sony, JVC, Sanyo and Pioneer had put paid to Britain’s mass-market hi-fi makers, and others had killed the British motorcycle, camera and watch industries. And now they might do the same for our computer companies.
iOS7 headshaking interface revealed
Fanbois fond of whipping their hair back and forth will be pleased to know that hidden in the accessibility options of iOS7 is an interface driven by head movements, although some of the experimenters report being locked into a head-shaking paradigm.
Labels to get, count them, 0.13 cents per play on Apple iRadio
Apple has begun telling music labels exactly how much money they can expect to earn from their new iRadio service - and it ain't gonna be very much.
UK sitting on top of at least 50 years of shale gas – report
The UK is sitting on a cheap energy economic revolution comparable to the heyday of North Sea Oil, the British Geological Survey suggests.
Dish DASHED: No Sprint, no Clearwire, no spectrum. No sale
Dish Network has officially withdrawn its offer for Clearwire, giving up the fight against Sprint for control of the firm and its coveted radio spectrum.
Kaminario: We can keep it up longer than other flash array bods
Flash array supplier Kaminario says its new K2 arrays will last for seven years - and claims performance drop-off during a system failure will never be more than 25 per cent.
Ex-VMware ops chief floats over to Salesforce rival
VMware’s former chief operating officer Tod Nielsen has jumped ship to join Heroku, Salesforce.com’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) cloud operation.
US cops make 'first ever' Bitcoin seizure following house raid
American cops have made their first ever seizure of Bitcoin after raiding the house of an alleged drug dealer.
SanDisk pumps a few million into cloudy upstart Panzura
Flash memory firm SanDisk has made a substantial investment in flash-based cloud storage gateway startup, Panzura.
Obama says US won't scramble jets or twist arms for Snowden
NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden can fly the friendly skies all he likes, President Obama has said, since the US won't send out jets to intercept his flight or engage in diplomatic arm twisting over extradition.
Apple threatens ANOTHER Samsung patent lawsuit
After a US judge refused Apple's request to add the Galaxy S 4 to the list of products for which Cupertino accuses Samsung of infringing upon its patents, Cook's crew is threatening to fire up yet another lawsuit against the Korean smartphone and tablet rival.
British lord sets new world electric vehicle speed record
VideoFormer UK science minister Lord Paul Drayson has piloted his Drayson Racing Lola B12 69/EV Le Mans Prototype to a new world's electric-vehicle speed record of 204.185mph (328.6kph).
Andreessen, Metcalfe, Stallman and Swartz added to Internet Hall of Fame
The Internet Society has announced the latest inductees into the Internet Hall of Fame, and is including a posthumous entry for internet activist Aaron Swartz.
Sean Parker: 'My fairy-tale wedding harmed no trees'
Internet billionaire and venture capitalist Sean Parker is so sick and tired of taking guff over his lavish, fantasy-themed wedding that he has let loose with some harsh words for his critics – 9,128 words, to be exact.
German engineers demo ROBOT APE
Balance is relatively easy for humans because we spent millennia evolving into walking upright, but it's difficult for robotics researchers. Researchers at the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence have decided to skip bipedism in favour of a robot that walks like an ape.
Oracle cranks up SuperCluster with Sparc T5 engines
Software giant and hardware playa Oracle has launched its high-end SuperCluster T5-8 "engineered system" based on its sixteen-core Sparc T5 processor.