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Facebook slurped phone numbers says Norton

Norton has pinged Facebook for slurping Android users' phone numbers without their consent.
Richard Chirgwin, 01 Jul 2013

What's the difference between GEEKS and NERDS?

A data scientist says he has settled one of the most pressing conundra of the digital age. He has discovered the difference between geeks and nerds.
Jasper Hamill, 01 Jul 2013
Cellular antenna. Source: Vxla/Flickr

Myanmar picks for telecoms jackpot stoke controversy

The Myanmar government has awarded Norway’s Telenor and Qatar’s Ooredoo each a lucrative contract to run a telecoms license in the country, in a move which is already proving controversial.
Phil Muncaster, 01 Jul 2013
closed_sign shut down under collapsed liquidation

Company which built O2's London 4G in administration

Cellular Systems, the company which built O2's 4G network in London and which was apparently a cornerstone of Cornerstone - the Vodafone/O2 shared-infrastructure project - has gone into administration.
Bill Ray, 01 Jul 2013

Twisted photons get another spin

The principle that led to the controversy over “twisted radio waves” in 2012, known as orbital angular momentum, has also been applied to light for some time, but most demonstrations have been in free space.
Richard Chirgwin, 01 Jul 2013

Jiggy Pennsylvania couple busted by 25 bike cops

A Pennsylvania couple have been cuffed after apparently picking a very unfortunate moment to engage in an al fresco coupling. The luckless pair were arrested by not one, not two, but a whopping 25 bike coppers.
Lester Haines, 01 Jul 2013

Microsoft 'in talks' to recruit UK partners for Surface Pro biz sales

Secret squirrel conversations are taking place between Microsoft and five B2B resellers over flogging Surface Pro to corporate customers, The Channel can reveal.
Paul Kunert, 01 Jul 2013

Yorkshire plods LOSE 9,000 GUNS in rogue BOFH database blunder

Bungling police staff at South Yorkshire Police have finally copped to a huge snafu in their firearms database after spending the last two months writing to thousands of firearms licence holders. The letter simply requested they "update their details". Bosses have blamed the database snafu on the actions of a sacked administrator.
Gareth Corfield, 01 Jul 2013
Kylie Fowler

The five constants of IT asset management

Kylie Fowler got controversial when she spoke last month to an audience of asset management and configuration management professionals at the BCS CMSG Conference in London about the five constants she always encounters in her 10-plus years of working as an IT asset management consultant.
Eira Hayward, 01 Jul 2013
Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Sony Xperia Tablet Z: Our new top Android ten-incher

ReviewNot so long ago, Sony declared its aim to be the second most popular tablet vendor after Apple. More recently, that morphed into an ambition to sell the most mobile devices after Apple and Samsung. If both those targets are not to be consigned to the rubbish bin of ill-advised statements, Sony’s phones and tablets need to start getting better fast.
Alun Taylor, 01 Jul 2013

Win 8 user? Thought that was a CAPTCHA? R is for ruh roh

A security researcher has discovered a sneaky social engineering trick that might be used to disguise the go-ahead to run hostile code on Windows 8 machines.
John Leyden, 01 Jul 2013
British snipers practice with L115A3 rifles. Credit: MoD

MoD signs Microsoft mega licensing deal for 180,000 PCs

The Ministry of Defence renewed a three-year Microsoft Enterprise Agreement late on Friday with Software Box Ltd (SBL) for 180,000 seats in a deal that sources value at roughly £15m per year.
Paul Kunert, 01 Jul 2013

REVEALED: Google's GINORMOUS £650m London Choc Factory

What would you do if you had a golden ticket that helped you avoid having to cough a big wodge of tax cash?
Jasper Hamill, 01 Jul 2013

At last: EU slashes mobile roaming fees

From today the EU cap on roaming plunges down to €0.45 (38p) per MB, and €0.24 (21p) for a minute's conversation, but in another 12 months the very concept of roaming will change forever.
Bill Ray, 01 Jul 2013
Prince of Persia

Prince of Persia: Baggy trousers and curvy swords

Antique Code ShowPrince of Persia was surely one of the most ubiquitous Dixons demo titles of the early 1990s. Mesmerised onlookers gazed at the smooth-moving, cartoon-like animation, while bewildered sales drones looked on wondering whether any of these humans would ever manage to get past level one.
Giles Hill, 01 Jul 2013

Facebook restricts ads running next to dodgy posts

Facebook has begun preventing ads from running alongside controversial material - such as sexual, graphic or violent content - posted by users of the social network.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Jul 2013
Three MiFi malarkey

Tethered and vulnerable: Hotspot password FAIL not just in iPhones

AnalysisThe recent discovery that Apple's iOS hotspot passwords are readily crackable in under 50 seconds is part of a wider problem involving other smartphone platforms, claim researchers.
John Leyden, 01 Jul 2013

Feds charge man in $1m 'Dr Evil' scam to blackmail Mitt Romney

A Tennessee man has been charged over a high-profile extortion and wire fraud scam involving former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's tax returns.
John Leyden, 01 Jul 2013

BT workers cuffed over fake overtime and moonlighting claims

Eight BT employees were manacled in London earlier this month after being fingered on suspicion of falsely claiming hundreds of thousands of pounds in overtime from the telecoms giant.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Jul 2013

One-time Evesham chief pops up as Centerprise marketing honcho

Centerprise International is becoming something of a retreat for the grandfathers of Blighty's once mighty PC building community. Richard Austin, founder at defunct Evesham Micros, has now pitched up as head of marketing.
Paul Kunert, 01 Jul 2013

Judge nixes Microsoft SkyDrive name in BSkyB court ruling

BSkyB has won a legal case against Microsoft in the UK and EU over its use of the name "SkyDrive" for its cloud storage service.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 01 Jul 2013
Tangled magnetic tape

WD frees self from TYRANNY of TAPE

WD has introduced an update of the deduplicating Arkeia Network Backup Appliance product range featuring more powerful CPUs, higher capacities and less dependence on tape.
Chris Mellor, 01 Jul 2013

PRISM leaks: WTF, you don't spy on your friends, splutters EU

Berlin has accused Washington of treating it "like a Cold War enemy" after it emerged that US spooks spied on targets from friendly European countries.
Jasper Hamill, 01 Jul 2013

Buh-bye Siemens: Nokia to splash €1.7bn turning NSN into N

Nokia is buying out its network partner Siemens, for €1.2bn in cash plus a half-a-billion loan, putting the Finnish firm in sole control of the infrastructure business.
Bill Ray, 01 Jul 2013

Sage stakes ERP cloud on Azure platform

Sage is piggybacking Microsoft Azure to launch a cloud version of Sage 200.
Drew Cullen, 01 Jul 2013

What happens on G-Cloud stays on G-Cloud

With the advent of the G-Cloud and the introduction of the UK Government’s Cloud First initiative in May 2013, the impetus to use the cloud to carry out daily tasks and plans has never been greater.
CoreGB, 01 Jul 2013
Pathways painting by Roger Dean, also featured on the album cover of Yes' <i>Yessongs</i>

Brit fantasy artist sues James Cameron over Avatar world

The highest-grossing film of all time has once again found itself in the courts as a British artist has accused Avatar's creators of copyright infringement, breach of implied contact, unfair competition and unjust enrichment.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 01 Jul 2013

Apple dodged all UK corporation tax in 2012

Apple didn't pay any corporation tax in the UK last year, according to its latest filings in the country, adding to controversy at home about its imaginative tax planning.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 01 Jul 2013

Something's going on with Google Reader but nobody knows what

Journalists and, well, mainly other journalists are mourning the loss of Google Reader, a news aggregating RSS reader which will be euthanised today.
Jasper Hamill, 01 Jul 2013

American kids leave HPC smackdown hungry for Phi

HPC blogColorado and Purdue, the two American teams at the ISC’13 Student Cluster Challenge, had more in common than geography and a fondness for lots of ice in their drinks. (Or at least some ice, damn it. What’s wrong with Europe, anyway? Why can’t we have ice if we want it?)
Dan Olds, 01 Jul 2013

Sky News hack of Canoe Man's email in public interest, Ofcom says

Sky News hacked into Yahoo! email accounts owned by John and Anne Darwin and broadcast their contents to the world - but Ofcom reckons that's OK, thanks to the unique nature of the case.
Bill Ray, 01 Jul 2013
Firefox OS RHS teaser

Firefox OS starts third-place race against Windows Phone

Mozilla has announced that smartphones running Firefox OS have arrived, with Telefonica-owned Spanish mobile phone operator Movistar promising delivery of the first low-priced phones on Tuesday.
Gavin Clarke, 01 Jul 2013

Apple 'iWatch' trademark filing hints Cook's make-or-break moment looms

Apple is said to have filed a trademark application for the term "iWatch" in Japan – just a few weeks after it reportedly did the same in Russia – thus fueling rumors that, yes, Cupertino is indeed planning a move into what CEO Tim Cook calls "wearables."
Rik Myslewski, 01 Jul 2013
Inside the CMS experiment

Rackspace, CERN partner on OpenStack projects

Sure, hyperscale data center operators may cope with hellacious big data problems as they spy on everything we do on the intertubes, but what about the poor men and women who have to drink from the data firehose that CERN's Large Hadron Collider spews as it works to rip apart the fabric of space and time? Well, thankfully, they're about to get some help.
Dell logo in crosshairs

Icahn lines up prodigious Dell deal dough

Carl Icahn, the activist investor* who has been providing the only alternative to Michael Dell's plan to take the IT company that bears his name private, has finally lined up the financing that he says will be necessary to acquire Dell at a higher price than Dell, the man, is offering.

Zynga zinger: Xbox chief bagged as new CEO

Zynga, the online gaming company that recently laid off 500 employees, has just hired one: a new CEO, Don Mattrick, who moves to the game developer from his job as president of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business, where he shepherded the Xbox 360.
Rik Myslewski, 01 Jul 2013

Microsoft's murder most foul: TechNet is dead

Sysadmin blogThe end of TechNet Subscriptions is upon us. Let's take a moment to digest this, shall we?
Trevor Pott, 01 Jul 2013
China HPC

Chinese students put feet up after intensive rack-thrashing session

HPC blogThe last day of the ISC’13 Student Cluster Challenge found both of the Chinese teams feeling confident.
Dan Olds, 01 Jul 2013
Photo of the Keon Firefox OS phone from Geeksphone

Firefox OS starting small but thinking big says Mozilla CTO

There's much talk in the mobile operating systems market about a third player breaking the Android and iOS duopoly. BlackBerry and Windows Phone 8 certainly want to be that player, but Mozilla's CTO Brendan Eich tells El Reg that Firefox OS might have the secret sauce that could severely disrupt the market.
Iain Thomson, 01 Jul 2013

Samsung and Apple finally divorcing after years of court battles

Apple has signed a deal with a new chip manufacturer which could see its troubled relationship with Samsung finally brought to an end.
Jasper Hamill, 01 Jul 2013

HP confirms it's back in the smartphone business

A senior HP executive has confirmed that the company will make yet another foray into the smartphone sector, three years after wasting $1.3bn buying webOS and then shutting it down shortly afterwards.
Iain Thomson, 01 Jul 2013

Atlassian plugs XML parsing vulnerability

Cloud provider Atlassian has moved to patch what a security researcher describes as a backdoor in its enterprise single sign-on Crowd service.
Richard Chirgwin, 01 Jul 2013

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