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Lawsuit: Infosys abuses visas to discriminate against US staff

A class-action lawsuit filed against IT outsourcing firm Infosys claims that the company is systematically abusing the visa system and actively discriminates against hiring US workers for staff position.
Iain Thomson, 06 Aug 2013

Arrr! Comcast working on new tech to nudge PIRATES to go straight

Comcast, the largest US cable operator and one of the nation's leading broadband providers, is reportedly working on a new approach to copyright-infringement prevention that would favor the carrot over the stick.
Neil McAllister, 06 Aug 2013
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Tor fingers Firefox flaw for FAIL but FBI's also in the frame

Tor has confirmed the existence of malware that has taken down some of its hidden nodes - and says flaws in Firefox are at the heart of the problem.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Aug 2013
Uncov chronicles the failure of Web 2.0

IBM committed 'ethical transgressions' to win botched project

IBM has found to have acted unethically during a bid to win work developing a new payroll application for the Australian state of Queensland's Department of Health, but has not been held directly or solely responsible for the $AUD1bn blowout in costs on the project.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Aug 2013

Limbaugh: If you hate Apple then you're a lefty blog-o-twat hipster

Conservative radio jock Rush Limbaugh has discovered the existence of bloggers and determined they hate Apple and, thusly, Republicans.
Gavin Clarke, 06 Aug 2013

Happy first anniversary, Curiosity!

Where were you on August 6th, 2012, during the “seven minutes of terror” during which the Curiosity Rover descended onto the Martian surface?
Simon Sharwood, 06 Aug 2013
Veeam v7 data flow

Veeam chases $1bn revenue dream as VC joins board

Veeam is looking more and more like the Data Domain of virtual server backup suppliers, announcing 100 per cent annual growth in second quarter bookings, boasting more than 73,000 customers and securing a new VC partnership to take it to the $1bn annual revenue level.
Chris Mellor, 06 Aug 2013

REVEALED: Cyberthug tool that BREAKS HSBC's anti-Trojan tech

Cybercrooks on an underground forum have developed a technique to bypass anti-Trojan technology from Trusteer used by financial institutions worldwide – including HSBC and Paypal – to protect depositors from cybersnoopers.
John Leyden, 06 Aug 2013
KingSpec Multicore MC1S81M2T 2TB PCI-E SSD

KingSpec's 2TB Multicore PCI-E SSD whopper vs the rest

ReviewEarlier this year we took a look at SSD caching, an alternative way of getting some SSD performance added to a system without too much strain put on the finances. So how about a gander at the other end of the spectrum – huge capacity and performance and a total disregard for the budget
Simon Crisp, 06 Aug 2013

Two more counties to get gov-funded bumpkin broadband from... guess?

BT won two more government-subsidised contracts to rollout rural broadband on Monday when it scooped up deals in Oxfordshire and Worcestershire.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Aug 2013
DAB Transmitter

Bloke in shed starts own DAB radio station - with Ofcom's blessing

A three-month experiment in Brighton has proved that Digital Audio Broadcasting can be cheap and easy to transmit, opening the way to community and local stations – and perhaps a pirate or two.
Bill Ray, 06 Aug 2013

Backers fatten up flash-disk mutant array, sic it on storage giants

Bulk up and get ready to take on the storage giants - that's what hybrid array startup Tegile's backers are telling it, and here's $32m to do just that.
Chris Mellor, 06 Aug 2013
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Shack in flat-pack bric-a-brac lack flap? Whack on this 3D flat-pack app

VidIkea, champion of the disposable Allen key, is launching an app to show how its self-assembly furniture would look in your home – if you could put it together properly.
Bill Ray, 06 Aug 2013

Did a bunch of bankers fax a stranger's sensitive privates to YOU?

The Bank of Scotland has been hit by a £75,000 fine over a snafu that led to it repeatedly faxing customers’ account details to the wrong people.
John Leyden, 06 Aug 2013

Violin veep: Can't talk about our IPO, but hey, we love the channel!

Stephen Rose, Violin Memory's senior vice president for EMEA and Latin America, says Violin Memory is committed to its European channel and and wants to extend the company's field organisation to bring in more business.
Chris Mellor, 06 Aug 2013

Seagate goes back to ASICs, slurps upstart's brains in return for cash

Seagate has invested in a bespoke chip designer that can whack new interfaces to the hard disk giant's products.
Chris Mellor, 06 Aug 2013

Windows Phones BLAB passwords to hackers, thanks to weak crypto

Microsoft has warned IT departments to batten down their Wi-Fi networks following the discovery of a security vulnerability in Windows Phones that leaks users' passwords.
Gavin Clarke, 06 Aug 2013

Apple will swap fanbois' killer phoney phone chargers for legit adapters

Dodgy knockoff power adapters for iPhones, iPads and iPods can be swapped for an official charger in a new trade-in deal from Apple.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 06 Aug 2013

BlackBerry slides crown jewels into Samsung: BBM Android app touted

BlackBerry is sharing its crown jewels - BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) - with non-BlackBerry devices for the first time: and the lucky punters are Samsung fandroids in Africa.
Bill Ray, 06 Aug 2013

Behold, replica Nazi-code-cracking Colossus computer IN LEGO FORM

PicsA Lego fan's miniature representation of the famous codebreaking Colossus Mark 2 has agreeably gone on show at Bletchley Park, where the original machine did vital wartime work breaking Germany's Lorenz ciphers.
Lester Haines, 06 Aug 2013
Jupiterlike low mass exoplanet GJ 504b

Super-SVELTE BLUSH-PINK planet goes too far with star

Astronomers have detected a low-mass giant planet that challenges existing theories about how bigger worlds are formed.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 06 Aug 2013
Evil Android

Hey, you know Android apps can 'access ALL' of your Google account?

The single-click Google account login for Android apps is a little too convenient for hackers, according to Tripwire's Craig Young, who has demonstrated a flaw in the authentication method.
Bill Ray, 06 Aug 2013

Can't agree on a coding style? Maybe the NEW YORK TIMES can help

For decades, dour broadsheet the New York Times and its style guide have presided over the world of posh writing: its English usage manual serves as both a bible for upmarket writers and a blunt instrument with which to beat sensationalist tabloid hacks such as your humble correspondent.
Chris Williams, 06 Aug 2013
Close Encounters

Sony refuses to flog off Spider-Man lab and other entertainment wings

PlayStation giant Sony has rejected activist investor Daniel Loeb's call to partially sell off its entertainment arm to prop up its electronics business.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 06 Aug 2013

Flippin' tosser: Sun's magnetic field poised to SWIVEL on it - NASA

The solar magnetic field will completely "flip" within the next three or four months, according to NASA.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Aug 2013

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch: Cloak lifted on secret details

Patent documents filed by Samsung have revealed details - for the first time - about what the South Korean tech behemoth's R&D department have been working on over the last few months: a smartwatch.
Team Register, 06 Aug 2013

Horrific moment curvy mum-of-none Mail Online spills everyone's data

Middle England will be shocked to discover that the Daily Mail's website, the world's most read online newspaper, has only gone and admitted to a shameful data security cock-up.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Aug 2013

Stop! Yammer time: Microsoft blats biz babble account hijacking bug

Microsoft has fixed a potentially nasty set of authentication vulnerabilities involving Yammer, the "Facebook for business" enterprise collaboration and social networking platform.
John Leyden, 06 Aug 2013
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IBM opens up Power chips, ARM-style, to take on Chipzilla

With its embedded Power chip business under assault from makers of ARM and x86 processors – and to a lesser extent MIPS chips – and having lost the game console business to AMD, IBM had to do something dramatic to expand the addressable market for its Power processors. And that something, which Big Blue has just rolled out, is called the OpenPower Consortium. which takes a few pages from the ARM Holdings playbook to breathe some new life into the Power architecture.
IBM Flex Chassis, front view

IBM gooses Flex modular systems with Power7+, double-stuffed Xeon E5

Big Blue is hoping to compete better with the very dense blade and modular server designs available from HP, Dell, Silicon Graphics, Super Micro, and a few others with a new twin Flex System node that sandwiches two servers into a single slot.
Xerox WorkCentre 7535

Xerox copier flaw changes numbers in scanned docs

UpdatedA German PhD student has found a flaw in some Xerox Workcentres that fudges the numbers on some scans thanks to poor data compression.
Iain Thomson, 06 Aug 2013

Report: NSA spying deals billion dollar knockout to US cloud prospects

UpdatedSustained violations of civil liberties at home and abroad? Yawn. The manifestation of Orwell's nightmares? Snooze. The potential loss of scads and scads of money? Egad, we should really do something about this!
Jack Clark, 06 Aug 2013

Got a couple spare million? Grab an original Monet on Amazon

Amazon.com may have started out selling books, but it soon branched out into CDs, DVDs, software, electronics, apparel, and more. Now the world's largest e-tailer has taken an upscale turn with the debut of Amazon Art, a new online marketplace for fine artworks.
Neil McAllister, 06 Aug 2013

Apple patents laser, incandescent projector for laptops, smartphones

Apple has been granted a patent for a projector technology that uses a mash-up of laser and incandescent light sources, which the patent document says could be used not only in standalone projectors, but could also be scaled down to pico-projector size for use in a laptop, smartphone, "or other handheld device."
Rik Myslewski, 06 Aug 2013
secondary age school kids outside NBN truck

NBN builder Syntheo gives up in two States

Syntheo, the joint venture between Lend Lease and Service Stream Limited that won contracts to build Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) in the States of West Australia and South Australia, will down tools forever in those States early in 2014.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Aug 2013
 NASA's Curiosity Mars rover captured this image with its left front Hazard-Avoidance Camera (Hazcam) just after completing a drive that took the mission's total driving distance past the 1 kilometer (0.62 mile) mark.  The image was taken on July 16, 2013, during the afternoon of 335th Martian day,

Curiosity sings 'Happy Birthday' to itself on Martian anniversary

VideoIn a remote Martian crater over 200 million miles from Earth, NASA's Curiosity rover sung "Happy Birthday" to itself using instruments in the rover's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) chemistry laboratory.
Iain Thomson, 06 Aug 2013

IBM furloughs hardware workers for a week to cut costs

New IBM System and Technology Group chief Tom Rosamilia and his boss, CEO Ginni Rometty, are tightening the belts of Big Blue's hardware business so that it can make its numbers in the current or future quarter.
PostgreSQL 9.2 elephant

Hadoop king bounces out of Hortonworks

The big brainbox of Yahoo! Hadoop spinoff Hortonworks has bounced out of the company in uncertain circumstances.
Jack Clark, 06 Aug 2013

Microsoft unveils push-button app generator for Windows Phone

Microsoft would like to see more mobile apps in the Windows Phone store, and to that end it has launched a new online tool that it claims makes it possible for anyone to build their own app for the Windows Phone platform.
Neil McAllister, 06 Aug 2013
Super Micro's 8-node FatTwin server

Super Micro closes out record year, eager to cross Ivy Bridge

Motherboard and whitebox server maker Super Micro Computer has just closed out a bumper fiscal 2013, despite issues from hard-drive shortages, an uncertain European economy, and having to ramp up its factories in the Netherlands and Taiwan.

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