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US, UK watchdogs file legal moves to curb government surveillance

Two privacy watchdogs, one in the US and one in the UK, have filed legal actions against their respective governments, petitioning them to curtail - or at minimum uncover - their domestic surveillance operations.
Rik Myslewski, 09 Jul 2013
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SUSE Linux tunes up for latest iron with SP 3

SUSE Linux is juicing its Enterprise Server 11 variant of Linux with Service Pack 3. Among many nips and tucks, the SP3 update brings support for new and emerging hardware to the operating system.
Barbed wire surrounding communications tower

Singaporean 'net rules rile giants

Facebook, Salesforce, Google, eBay and Yahoo! have put their voices together to criticise Singapore's proposed Internet news and blogging rules.

Snowden's Australian 'revelations' are old news

Edward Snowden's leaks have alerted the world to a serious issue: the extent of government spying in societies that supposed themselves to be free. That does not, however, mean that every word he says to Glenn Greenwald is news.

HP storage: more possible backdoors

Technion, the blogger who recently turned up an undocumented back door in HP's StoreOnce, has turned up similar issues in other HP products - publicised on support forums by the company, but unnoticed at the time.

India's centralised snooping system facing big delays

After recent revelations about governments snooping on their own citizens, it's nice to know that not every such effort is going smoothly, as India’s much criticised NSA-style Centralised Monitoring System (CMS) is facing big delays after it emerged that the project is still missing the vital software which will allow analysts to search comms data.
Phil Muncaster, 09 Jul 2013
Picard Facepalm

UK Post Office admits false accusations after computer system cockup

The Post Office has admitted that it may have wrongly prosecuted sub–post office officials after its computer payment system overcharged some branches.
Iain Thomson, 09 Jul 2013

Boffins blast briny boat balloon bid as 'gross waste of helium'

A British boffinry organisation has issued a stinging rebuke to an American daredevil who plans to cross the Atlantic in a small boat suspended beneath a huge cluster of helium balloons - somewhat in the style of cartoon flying house eldster-quest aerial battle movie Up.
Lewis Page, 09 Jul 2013
Wife dressed as nurse administers last act of mercy

Put up your ... err ... hand for free vasectomy streamed online

Mark this one down in your diaries, Reg readers: October 18th is the first World Vasectomy Day, and if you're game you'll be able to get the snip for free by agreeing to have the operation streamed online.
Simon Sharwood, 09 Jul 2013

Android sig vuln exploit SEEN IN THE WILD

A github user has demonstrated that the Android APK vulnerability isn't a trivial matter, posting “quick and dirty” proof-of-concept exploit code on github.

Seoul to train 5,000 infosec pros

The South Korean government is planning to train up 5,000 information security experts to address the growing threat from Pyongyang and a shortage of home-grown talent.
Phil Muncaster, 09 Jul 2013

OFFICIAL: Humans will only tolerate robots as helpful SLAVES

Robot relationship experts believe they have cracked the difficult question of how to make humans get along with mechanical beings. Their answer? Ask not what you can do for your robot, but what your robot can do for you.
Jasper Hamill, 09 Jul 2013

Apple: Ta for blowing £££s on apps, fanbois. Now we've set them FREE

Apple is marking the fifth anniversary of its app store by doling out free software and games.
Jasper Hamill, 09 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Hack biz rivals or hire cyber-warriors and we'll shut you down, warns EU

Businesses could be wound up if they engage in cyber attacks or fail to prevent staff from engaging in computer hacking or other cyber crimes under new draft laws backed by the European Parliament.
OUT-LAW.COM, 09 Jul 2013

EMC gobbles access-control biz Aveksa? Computer says... yes

EMC has acquired privately held Aveksa, which touts identity and access management technology to modest-sized businesses.
John Leyden, 09 Jul 2013

Seven snazzy smartphones for seven sorts of shoppers

Product Round-up The main drawback of folk thinking you know more than the average person in the street about digital kit is the inevitable stream of requests from friends, relatives and people you’ve slept with to suggest the ideal new phone for them come upgrade time.
Alun Taylor, 09 Jul 2013
Zombify Me iOS app

Emergency alert system easily pwnable after epic ZOMBIE attack prank

Hardware powering the US Emergency Alert System can be easily tricked into broadcasting bogus apocalyptic warnings from afar, say experts.
John Leyden, 09 Jul 2013

VCs add Scality to give-'em-cash list: We liked it, put a RING on it

The much-derided venture capitalist can be a useful accelerant for the startup that uses the cash wisely. No matter how good your product, without the right amount of investment you won't be able to scale up product design, research and marketing to the point where you can attract the really big customers, hire the best engineers and source the best components.
Chris Mellor, 09 Jul 2013
Gatwick Air Traffic Control

Radar gremlins GROUND FLIGHTS across southern Blighty

Computer glitches in the UK's air traffic control system have restricted the number of flights over the south of England. It's reported thousands of passengers and holidaymakers face delays thanks to the technology gremlins.

Staggering disk biz Overland heads for Nasdaq exit …. again

Perennially almost-but-not-quite failing Overland Storage is once again under notice from Nasdaq that it might be booted out of the stock exchange after apparently falling short of the "minimum market value" required.
Chris Mellor, 09 Jul 2013
Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg assists FE Chris Cassidy and FE Luca Parmitano in spacewalk prep

Italy scores in SPAAACE: ESA 'naut Parmitano pops out for walk

Two of the International Space Station's current batch of 'nauts are prepping for a six-and-a-half hour stroll in space to prep the orbiting craft for a new Russian module and run some repairs.
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Quantum: You know how EVERYONE's moved to the cloud? Yep... us too.

Disk and tape data protection provider Quantum is morphing into a cloud-based managed services provider, according to a company executive.
Chris Mellor, 09 Jul 2013
Students using MacBooks in a lecture hall

Universities teach us a thing or two about BYOD

Our Regcast of 13 June, BYOD Beyond the Noise, focused on the infrastructure you build to accommodate the consumerisation of IT.
Tim Phillips, 09 Jul 2013
Screenshot of the Office 2013 installer for Office 365

Microsoft: Still using Office installed on a PC? Gosh, you squares

Microsoft has dangled fresh licences for Office 365 - its subscription-based software suite - and beefed up its data-analysis tools to woo more business customers.
Gavin Clarke, 09 Jul 2013

Microsoft preps UK Surface Pro 'pilot', tiptoes around Win 8 OEM rivals

Microsoft is still minding its Ps and Qs with OEMs competitors pals as it prepares to run a pilot for Surface Pro distribution in the UK.
Paul Kunert, 09 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Look, can we just forget about Snowden for sec... US-China cyber talks held

US and China officials have attempted to hold their first working-group meeting on cybersecurity in the midst of the NSA global surveillance scandal.
The Register breaking news

Amazon admins get access controls for compute and database

Amazon has brought resource-level permissions to its main compute and database services, allowing businesses to pick and choose individual staffers' level of access to specific servers or databases. The move is aimed at enterprises that need to enforce stringent identity and access management policies.
Jack Clark, 09 Jul 2013

Sleek Nokia Lumia details EXPOSED ahead of Thursday's disrobing

You can’t keep a product launch secret these days – and it doesn’t help when your platform partner is incontinent.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Jul 2013
B&N Nook SimpleTouch with Glowlight

Barnes & Noble chief walks as Nook ereader stumbles

Barnes & Noble chief exec William Lynch is resigning his post as sales at the firm's bookstores continue to plunge and the Nook ebook reader fails to revive B&N's fortunes.

Jelly Bean finally overtakes Gingerbread in Android share

The latest stats released by Google show that Android 4.1 and 4.2, aka Jelly Bean, has finally overtaken the outdated version 2.3 Gingerbread release, thanks to a rash of new phones running the OS.
Iain Thomson, 09 Jul 2013

Asigra's Google Apps backup calms paranoid CIOs

Backup specialist Asigra has added support for Google Apps so it can provide detailed backup and recovery services for cloudy, risk-averse organizations.
Jack Clark, 09 Jul 2013
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France's 'three strikes' anti-piracy law shot down

French internet users need no longer fear having their connections cut off under strict France's Hadopi copyright infringement law, after the government's Constitutional Council on Friday ruled that portion of the much-criticized law to be unconstitutional.
Neil McAllister, 09 Jul 2013

Apple surrenders in 'app store' trademark suit against Amazon

After battling it out in the courts for more than two years, Apple has dropped its lawsuit against Amazon over the e-commerce giant's use of the term "app store", claiming legal measures are no longer necessary.
Neil McAllister, 09 Jul 2013

Xen hypervisor gets tech preview support for ARM processors

The Xen Project, which is now part of the Linux Foundation and which is responsible for extending the open source virtualization hypervisor formerly controlled by Citrix Systems, has updated Xen with a new 4.3 release that brings it to ARM processors.

Microsoft splurges on single sign ons with Active Directory update

Microsoft has expanded the capabilities of its identity and access management infrastructure to allow for single sign-on of a multitude of corporate apps.
Jack Clark, 09 Jul 2013
Teh second version of Curiosity for Mars

NASA outlines 2020 plans for Mars life search with Curiosity v2.0

By 2020 NASA aims to have a next-generation Curiosity rover on Mars to search for signs of organisms that could have lived on the Red Planet, and to collect a cache of deep-drilled rock samples for eventual analysis back here on Earth.
Iain Thomson, 09 Jul 2013

Industry doubts schools’ ability to teach Digital Tech curriculum

Feedback from industry groups and educators on the latest draft curriculum for teaching computing in Australia doubts whether the nation's schools, and teachers, are ready to teach a proposed new Digital Technologies curriculum that teachers’ organisations have criticized as too focused on computational thinking.
Simon Sharwood, 09 Jul 2013