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Somali pirates storm the box

Virtual currency speculators shut down cloud

Exclusive Proponents of virtual, encrypted currencies took another scalp on Monday when a gaggle of them flooded a cloud provider, causing it to shut off sign-ups for new users in some regions.
Jack Clark, 16 Jul 2013

HyTrust trousers $13m from VMware and CIA sugar daddy In-Q-Tel

Business is booming at HyTrust, a maker of policy management and access control software for VMware virtual infrastructure, and whistleblower system admin Edward Snowden, who revealed the National Security Agency's web-spying PRISM project, is doing his inadvertent part to pump it up even further.

Elon Musk to release open source Hyperloop plans in August

Elon Musk has been dropping hints about a revolutionary form of transport called Hyperloop for over a year, and on Monday he said that the full details will be released on August 12, and that the system's key technologies will be open sourced.
Iain Thomson, 16 Jul 2013

Emergency mobile networks take off on model planes

A project to turn mobile phones into mesh networks that can communicate if a catastrophe knocks out cellular infrastructure has been recognised with a $US10,000 prize from US Aid and Humanity United.

T-Rex tooth find shows dino may have been a pussy

Dino-boffins have found a Tyrannosaurus Rex's tooth embedded in the spine of another dinosaur, a find that confirms the creature was a predator but calls into question just whether it was really as fearsome as has often been imagined.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jul 2013

Google and fellow ad-slingers PROMISE to starve pirates of oxygen

The Internet's big brands are volunteering to try and withhold advertising dollars from piracy-related Web sites, and have linked arms with the White House's Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator to promote a no-ads-for-pirates scheme.

Aryaka vs. Riverbed FUD-fight fires up again

Cloud network startup Aryaka has accused WAN optimisation veteran Riverbed of dissing it in a competitive intelligence document, and is firing back with an equipment buyback program for new customers.
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Google's China boss Liu steps down after torrid time

Google's head of Greater China, John Liu, will step down after four torrid years in the role that saw the firm’s search business rendered all but irrelevant in the Middle Kingdom.
Phil Muncaster, 16 Jul 2013

The IT crowd: Fiercely loyal geeks or 'inflexible, budget-padding' creeps?

Sysadmin blog The comment thread on my recently posted digital divide article seems to be going strong, several days later. One recent post by an anonymous coward sticks out to me.
Trevor Pott, 16 Jul 2013
Larry Ellison lovingly pats his first Oracle mainframe

Sun sets on Oracle VDI products

Oracle has let it be known that the sun will soon set forever on desktop virtualisation (VDI) products including some it acquired from Sun.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jul 2013
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Acer silences Thunderbolt

Intel's Thunderbolt I/O protocol looks just a little less likely to threaten USB's status as the world's preferred way of connecting stuff to computers, after Acer decided it can't be bothered using it in PCs any more.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jul 2013

Beijing offers cons reduced sentences for friendly Tweets

The Chinese government is offering to reduce prison sentences for inmates who post pro-Beijing comments on social networks, according to a new study on the Middle Kingdom’s murky censorship regime.
Phil Muncaster, 16 Jul 2013

Planet-busting British space bullet ready to bomb ice moon Europa

A successful speed-of-sound shot has powdered ten tonnes of ice, but much to the builders' delight the projectile used managed to retain its components and internal structure in spite of the massive g-forces involved in the test.

Pwn all the Androids, part II: Flaw in Java, hidden Trojan

Analysis Security researchers in China claim to have uncovered a second Android vulnerability that might be abused to modify smartphone apps without breaking their digital signatures.
John Leyden, 16 Jul 2013

Seagate drops new summer spinners, bares 'quiet', 'fast' models

Seagate is slinging two new spinners our way just in time for summer: a large one and a small one.
Chris Mellor, 16 Jul 2013
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We'll stop Johnny Foreigner gobbling our biznovation - UK gov

Westminster has admitted that foreign companies are poaching British start-ups and has promised to make sure cash raised from innovation stays in the country.
Jasper Hamill, 16 Jul 2013

6Gbps is for FOOLS! Now THIS is what we call a SAS adapter - LSI

LSI has begun shipping its first 12Gbps SAS adapters for storage arrays, servers and workstations, doubling the prevailing 6Gbps SAS data rate.
Chris Mellor, 16 Jul 2013
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How do you solve a problem like LibreOffice: From Excel to slab fever

Analysis A senior bod behind LibreOffice says the open-source suite's spreadsheet app lags behind much-nippier rival Microsoft Excel - but the hardware acceleration announced this month should close that gap.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jul 2013

Malware-flingers do it back-to-front : scaM snaps, spans Macs

Miscreants have brewed up an exceptionally sneaky strain of Mac malware that uses back-to-front trickery to disguise its true nature.
John Leyden, 16 Jul 2013

Unreal: Epic’s would-be Doom... er... Quake killer

Antique Code Show The summer months of 1998 have gone down in history as the period in which Larry Page and Sergey Brin took their PageRank web search engine technology and formally founded a company around it. They called it Google.
Tony Smith, 16 Jul 2013
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CIOs bombarded with hybrid cloud surveys

Two surveys published in recent days that major on CIOs and their attitude to hybrid cloud show the scramble among IT vendors to win enterprise hearts and minds.
Drew Cullen, 16 Jul 2013

How the clammy claws of Novell NetWare were torn from today's networks

Anniversary Before the internet, local area networks were the big thing. A company called Novell was the first to exploit the trend for connecting systems, ultimately becoming "the LAN king" with its NetWare server operating system.
Liam Proven, 16 Jul 2013

PM writes ISPs' web filter ads for them - and it must say 'default on'

Britain's four biggest telcos are under pressure from the Prime Minister to describe their forthcoming network-level internet filters as "default on" by 22 July, The Register understands.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Jul 2013
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From Russia with no love: Prez Putin dubs Ed Snowden 'unwanted gift'

Russian president Vladimir Putin has described NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden as an unwanted "Christmas present" from America - and hinted that the cornered geek, still hiding out in a Moscow airport, will stop leaking details about US internet surveillance programmes.
Jasper Hamill, 16 Jul 2013

Look out, Lenovo! HP: We're not happy with being a 'number two'

HP is not a happy bunny and won't be until it's recaptured the global PC sales crown that Lenovo made off with last week. But that snatch may come sooner rather than later, according to analysts.
Paul Kunert, 16 Jul 2013
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Dear Linus, STOP SHOUTING and play nice - says Linux kernel dev

A Linux developer has blasted the kernel's chief Linus Torvalds, taking him to task for his famous potty mouth and brutal putdowns of his lieutenants.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jul 2013

Good news: Brits can still afford IT services - Computacenter

IT services reseller Computacenter has pulled back the curtains on its operations for the first half of calendar '13 and clearly hasn't been affected by any unexpected dramas. But while its UK business is progressing, trade on the continent remains mixed.
Paul Kunert, 16 Jul 2013
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Rap for rap chap in crap rap app flap: Jay-Z blasted by privacy bods

Privacy campaigners have demanded a US watchdog halts the spread of an official app that plays rapper Jay Z's new album.
Jasper Hamill, 16 Jul 2013
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Emulex execs in boardroom-chair-swap as investors circle

Emulex execs have performed a three-way exec and boardroom chair swap as activist investors look for ways to squeeze the company for a big payday.
Chris Mellor, 16 Jul 2013
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Brit telly, laptop flogger Gimmi goes titsup owing whopping £1m

The collapse of Cheshire-based etailer Gimmi left a string of suppliers with debts totalling £1m, the creditor's report has revealed.
Paul Kunert, 16 Jul 2013

Just what is Big Blue now shipping exclusively to the Chinese?

IBM is pushing out another China-only mid-range Storwize array, the V5000.
Chris Mellor, 16 Jul 2013

AT&T's adds 'Next' plan to allow phone, tablet trade-ins after one year

In a bid to get out from under the billions of dollars in subsidies it pays to smartphone and tablet manufacturers such as Apple and Samsung, AT&T is instituting a plan it calls AT&T Next, in which you pay the full price of the device yourself in 20 monthly payments and have the option to trade it in after 12 months for a new device – and, of course, a new monthly commitment.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Jul 2013

IQ test: 'Artificial intelligence system as smart as a four year-old'

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have applied an IQ test to MIT's ConceptNet 4 artificial intelligence system, and determined it's about as smart as a somewhat-challenged four-year-old child.
Iain Thomson, 16 Jul 2013

Micron flashes flashy 16-nanometer flash memory

Boise, Idaho–based memory maker Micron has announced that it is now sampling 16-nanometer 128-gigabit multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory chips.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Jul 2013

Rackspace won't match Amazon on prices

Amazon's relentless campaign of price cutting has forced a response from one of its rivals, with Rackspace arguing that price is not the sole factor that should matter when choosing a dedicated cloud instance.
Jack Clark, 16 Jul 2013

CloudVelocity rips apps from data center, spews them onto Amazon cloud

Moving applications from your data center to a public cloud – a process generally called onboarding – requires a lot of manual setup of the public cloud and tweaking of the operating system, middleware, and application software to make the jump. CloudVelocity, which came out of stealth mode in December and which is now shipping the first iteration of its One Hybrid Cloud tool, wants to automate this entire process.

Fanbois get Outlook app for iOS, but only if they sign up for Office 365

Microsoft has released an iOS version of the Outlook Web App that improves performance and adds new features for mobile devices. The catch? You'll need to be an Office 365 subscriber to use it.
Neil McAllister, 16 Jul 2013
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Big Blue cedes software and systems training biz to partners

IBM is getting out of selling education and training services to customers for its Software Group and Systems and Technology Group, and shifting to an indirect sales model through a new training channel that it has set up.

Microsoft DENIES it gives backdoor access to Outlook encryption

Microsoft has written to the US Attorney General asking him to let the company be more open about what information it hands over to the NSA, and has published a rebuttal of the claims from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden about the privacy of its users.
Iain Thomson, 16 Jul 2013

Worldwide smartwatch shipments predicted to top 5 million next year

Every so often a press release passes by The Reg's gadget desk which just begs to be filed away and checked against future reality. Today's example: the market-watchers at Canalys ("Insight. Innovation. Impact.") predict that over five million smartwatches will ship worldwide next year.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Jul 2013
Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer and CFO Ken Goldman

Yahoo!'s Mayer turns in another stable quarter, yet sales disappoint

Yahoo!'s earnings for the its second quarter of 2013 roughly matched analysts' expectations, and CEO Marissa Meyer says she's "encouraged" by the company's performance. Revenue, however, continues to be a problem for the troubled firm.
Neil McAllister, 16 Jul 2013
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Cloudera acquisition: It's a Myrrix(cle)

Cloudera has acquired a company and its founder to help it develop expertise in machine learning.
Jack Clark, 16 Jul 2013