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Snowden speaks from Moscow: 'Obama lies'

Fugitive NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has released a statement, published by WikiLeaks, that excoriates President Obama, essentially calls him a liar, and says that the administration is not afraid of leakers like him, but of us.
Rik Myslewski, 02 Jul 2013
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Energy sector under increasing attack: DHS

The Department of Homeland Security, via its ICS-CERT group, is reporting growing attacks against critical infrastructure with the energy sector leading the way.

Google 'disappoints' US congressman over Glass privacy controls

Google's response to privacy concerns expressed by US legislators over its Glass headmounted hardware is "disappointing," according to Representative Joe Barton (R-TX). The Chocolate Factory needs to give consumers more privacy choices, he says.
Iain Thomson, 02 Jul 2013
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Project Loon won't blind radio telescopes

The Register is pleased to reveal that Google has heard of radio-astronomy, and will work with astronomers to avoid flashing its broadband balloon radios in their sky-eyes.

India's low cost tablet dream lives on with Aakash IV

The Indian government is pushing ahead with plans for a new and improved low-cost Aakash tablet for students which it hopes will reinvigorate a project hit by countless delays.
Phil Muncaster, 02 Jul 2013

'The Apprentice' is a load of old codswallop, says biz prof

BBC "reality" TV show The Apprentice is totally rubbish and offers no lessons of any value on how to succeed in business - indeed quite the opposite - according to a professor.
Lewis Page, 02 Jul 2013
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Ecuador: Snowden is Russia's problem

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden looks increasingly stranded in Russia, with Ecuador's president reportedly saying that the country is not considering an asylum request from him.

China's e-petitioners crash government site on first day

China’s attempts to drag its centuries old petitioning system into the 21st century left Beijing rather red-faced on Monday after a web site designed for the purpose unceremoniously crashed on its first day.
Phil Muncaster, 02 Jul 2013
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D-Wave IS QUANTUM, insist USC scientists

The evidence seems to be stacking up in favour of D-Wave's claims to be offering the world a kind of quantum computer, but merely exhibiting a quantum behaviour might not be enough for the company to turn the computing world upside down.

South African kids win global cluster glory at HPC fest

HPC blog Our last day's talk with Team South Africa did nothing to tip us off that they were going to be the eventual winner of the entire ISC’13 Student Cluster Challenge. But I wasn’t the only one in the dark – I don’t think they had any idea they had a chance to win it all.

France sets antitrust watchdog loose on Apple, raids premises

Anti-trust investigators have raided Apple's local operations in France amid claims it the fruity firm has hobbled resellers in a bid to boost the performance of its own stores.
Jasper Hamill, 02 Jul 2013

Lights, camera, action: Snowden movie hits the web

Video Well, that didn’t take long: a group of amateur film-makers in Hong Kong have already managed to release an Edward Snowden movie.
Phil Muncaster, 02 Jul 2013
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Crimelords: Stolen credit cards... keep 'em. It's all about banking logins now

Stolen bank login information attracts an even higher price than credit card numbers on underground cybercrime bazaars, and EU logins are worth more than American ones, according to research by McAfee.
John Leyden, 02 Jul 2013
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Apple Time Capsule 2013: Next-gen wireless networking, anyone?

Review The new versions of Apple’s AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule Wi-Fi kit went almost unnoticed during Apple’s WWDC keynote speech earlier this month, overshadowed by the anti-skeuomorphic hoo-ha surrounding iOS 7 and the introduction of the first MacBook Air models equipped with Intel’s new Haswell processors.
Stephen Dean, 02 Jul 2013
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UK.gov to be fully BIM-enabled 'by 2016'

The eighth BCS Configuration Management conference was billed as the premier UK event on Change, Release and Configuration Management for ITIL and Service Management.
Eira Hayward, 02 Jul 2013

In 2017, a pack of hybrid mutants stuffed with NAND flash will descend

Gartner has updated its HDD 2012-2017 shipment forecast, and predicts the amount of NAND flash shipped in hybrid drives should increase 163 times in the five years to 2017. But the analyst did not spill the beans on the current level of shipments - nor indeed on how much NAND flash it believes will ultimately be shipped in 2017. What we do have is a clearer picture of what's happening in hard disk drive shipments overall. It seems that traditional HDD vendors will still be making a lot of money and have little to fear from flash.
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2013

Mellanox coughs nearly $130m for optical networkers to fight off Chipzilla

Network chip and switch maker Mellanox Technologies knows that Intel is breathing down its neck in the data center switching market, and it is not just sitting around waiting for Chipzilla to read it the riot act. Rather, Mellanox has been on a buying binge - to the tune of close on $129.5m - in recent weeks to build out its products for the inevitable shift to optical interconnects and the push above 100Gb/sec network bandwidths that will require that shift to lower the power envelop of servers and switches alike.

What's the most secure desktop operating system?

Tech Panel The debates about whether Macs are actually more secure than PCs, and whether Linux really is the daddy when it comes to bullet-proof desktop computing, have played out in articles and comments right here on this site on many occasions.
David Gordon, 02 Jul 2013
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'Weev' appeals AT&T iPad hack conviction

US cybercrime lawyers have filed an appeal against the conviction and lengthy sentence imposed upon Andrew "Weev" Auernheimer in a high-profile iPad data leak case.
John Leyden, 02 Jul 2013
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Facebook's Winklevoss Bros file to launch Bitcoin Trust for investors

The Facebook-famous Winklevoss twins are set to become the first investors to launch an official Bitcoin-related IPO, with a new trust.
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Dubya: I introduced PRISM and I think it's pretty swell

Former US president George W Bush has said the controversial PRISM surveillance was designed to protect America, and claimed whistleblower-turned-fugitive Edward Snowden has damaged the nation by revealing its existence.
Jasper Hamill, 02 Jul 2013
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Watch out Tesco Mobile: Vodafone, Sainsbury's want to eat your lunch

Sainsbury's, the “Premium Economy of supermarkets”, has launched a branded mobile virtual network operator service with Vodafone, offering the usual cross-branding and shelf space – and, of course, Nectar points.
Bill Ray, 02 Jul 2013

3-2-1... BOOM: Russian rocket launches, explodes into TOXIC FIREBALL

Video An unmanned Russian rocket carrying three Glonass satellites veered wildly off-course shortly after takeoff and crash-landed in a fiery explosion.

Big Blue man Hansford to straddle saddle of Azlan's UK horse

Computer 2000 is preparing to usher on board IBM old hand Gareth Hansford to take control of its enterprise tech wing Azlan, say sources.
Paul Kunert, 02 Jul 2013
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Nominet resurrects second-level namespace plan: 'Before you say no...'

Dot-UK registry Nominet has bounced back with another effort to bring second-level namespaces to life, after the Oxford-based company's previous proposal was largely greeted with indifference by Blighty businesses.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Jul 2013
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A short, sharp tool kit to get you to the top in financial IT

Congratulations, you’ve started moving up the food chain. But there is still a long way to go. Having been an occasionally competent head of IT at a midsize City firm after working my way up, I’d like to share with you things I should have known then. These are the lessons I’ve learned at some cost to both my employers and myself as well as things senior IT leaders tell me in the pub. A chunk of this applies to IT management wherever you work.
Dominic Connor, 02 Jul 2013
Firefox OS RHS teaser

Firefox OS mobilises HTML5, without the added Steve Jobs

Review Do you want to build applications for Firefox OS? The first step is to head over to the Mozilla website and sign up for a developer kit.

Surface Pro for enterprise: We name the dates and the lucky partners

The clock is ticking for Microsoft to get its house in order before Surface Pro launches in the UK business distribution channel in the middle of next month, say our people on the inside.
Paul Kunert, 02 Jul 2013
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Sources mutter of 'disarray' among EMC's quadruple object products

Two EMC insiders whisper to The Register that all is not well at the storage biz. They claim that EMC's object storage strategy is in complete disarray and that senior execs are locking horns over the wreckage. EMC, meanwhile, contends that its current multi-product, multi-teamed object storage strategy is working perfectly well.
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2013
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Fugitive Shadowcrew suspect hauled into US court... 9 YEARS on

US prosecutors have finally got their hands on a fugitive cybercrime suspect, nine years after the Bulgarian national was indicted (PDF) over his alleged involvement in the infamous Shadowcrew carding forum.
John Leyden, 02 Jul 2013
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DataDirect Networks' COO throws in towel

Erwan Menard, chief operating officer of HPC and big data storage supplier DataDirect Networks has resigned, just one month after company-wide layoffs and weeks after the appointment of new company president, Joe Cowan.
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2013
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Bigger than Twitter: Opera releases rebuilt Chromium-based browser

Opera, the pioneering web browser, may have only a small single-digit market share but that still counts as a hefty number of people – it has more active users than Twitter. But it doesn’t look like a happy place today.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Jul 2013

Apple launches global 'iWatch' trademark blitz

Reports are popping up all over the intertubes about countries in which Apple has filed for a trademark on the term "iWatch".
Rik Myslewski, 02 Jul 2013
A storm is brewing (Mali, Sahel). Foto: F. Guichard & L. Kergoat, AMMA project, CNRS copyright.

PC decline whacks 2013 IT spending projections

We're now halfway through this year, and it's therefore time for Gartner's prognosticators to review what is going on in the global economy, how IT vendors fared in the first half, and to rejig their IT spending projections for 2013.

Boffins build telescopic contact lenses to battle blindness

An international research team has built a set of contact lenses designed to help those of us getting on a bit in years, which can magnify vision up to x2.8 and be worn all day.
Iain Thomson, 02 Jul 2013

Apple's new data center to be solar powered, 100% green

Apple has announced that it will partner with Nevada's largest power company to build a solar farm to juice its data center in Reno, Nevada.
Rik Myslewski, 02 Jul 2013
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Ubisoft admits major hacking breach, advises password change

French games publisher Ubisoft has confirmed a major breach of its Uplay servers and the theft of user names, email addresses, and encrypted passwords – although it claims financial data is in a separate silo and looks safe so far.
Iain Thomson, 02 Jul 2013
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Windows 8 apps pass 100K, Windows 8 passes Vista

Microsoft has received two pieces of good news concerning its not-exactly-barn-burning Windows 8: there are now over 100,000 apps in the Windows 8 app store, and the installed base of Windows 8 has passed that of the late and unlamented Windows Vista.
Rik Myslewski, 02 Jul 2013

Citrix open sources XenServer hypervisor to chase clouds

The XenServer hypervisor is going back to its open source roots, now that Citrix Systems has decided to let go of the code behind its commercial-grade variant of the Xen server virtualization tool.
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ACMA lines up 'bill-shock' standard

Australia's mobile carriers are on notice to do more to avoid international roaming bill shock, with the Australian Communications and Media Authority setting the timetable for implementation of its International Mobile Roaming (IMR) standard.
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British Bebo founder buys back social network for $849m profit

"Buy low, sell high," is the investor's mantra. Michael Birch, the British founder of Bebo, has just amply demonstrated that principle by spending a piddling $1m to buy back the social network he sold to AOL for $850m five years ago.
Iain Thomson, 02 Jul 2013
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Droid X2 plus ActiveSync equals DATA SLURP

A Seattle-based security engineer has made the remarkable and disturbing claim that Motorola's Droid X2 using ActiveSync sends sensitive user data back to the company at pretty much every opportunity.

Apple adds Yves Saint Laurent CEO to executive team

Apple has hired now-former Yves Saint Laurent CEO Paul Deneve to work on "special projects", according to a tweet from Bloomberg technology reporter Adam Satariano.
Rik Myslewski, 02 Jul 2013