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Sign outside the National Security Agency HQ

NSA to world+dog: We're only watching 1.6% of internet, honest

The US's National Security Agency (NSA) has issued a document titled The National Security Agency: Missions, Authorities, Oversight and Partnerships (PDF) that explains some of its operations - and includes a claim it “... touches about 1.6 per cent... “ of daily internet traffic and “...only 0.025 per cent is actually selected for review”.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Aug 2013

Android bug batters Bitcoin wallets

Users of Android Bitcoin apps have woken to the unpleasant news that an old pseudo random number generation bug has been exploited to steal balances from users' wallets.
Richard Chirgwin, 12 Aug 2013
Wi-Fi 802.11n

Bigger frames make Wi-Fi a power miser: boffins

A group of researchers from Greece's University of Thessaly and the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas believe there's scope for energy consumption reductions of as much as 75 percent if 802.11n's energy saving extensions are combined with frame aggregation techniques.
Richard Chirgwin, 12 Aug 2013

The man from Del Monte, he says... NO! .delmonte gTLD bid crushed, juiced

A trade mark owner has won the right to stop its mark being adopted as a new generic top-level domain (gTLD) by a rival company.
OUT-LAW.COM, 12 Aug 2013

China has another go at rare earth dominance

China's having another go at controlling the world's market for rare earths, the substances essential to the manufacture of many high technology goods.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Aug 2013
Planetoid crashes into primordial Earth

Mother of Chelyabinsk spotted

Spanish astronomers looking for the origins of the meteor that came scarily-close to the Russian city of Chelyabinsk last February believe they've spotted a cluster of as many as 20 objects that are possible candidates.
Richard Chirgwin, 12 Aug 2013

Think your smutty Snapchats can't be saved by dorks? Think again

Sexting has become even more inadvisable following the launch of an app which can surreptitiously store images sent using the self-destructing photo service Snapchat.
Jasper Hamill, 12 Aug 2013
Student with textbooks

Students, rejoice ... and squint! Google rents out textbooks to mobes

Google is offering fanbois and fandroids the chance to borrow academic textbooks on their smartphones.
Jasper Hamill, 12 Aug 2013

Should UK tear Wi-Fi a new one at 5GHz? Speak your brains, says Ofcom

Ofcom, Blighty's fearless watchdog of the airwaves, wants to know if Wi-Fi needs more space.
Bill Ray, 12 Aug 2013

Vulture 2 spaceplane flies to the 3D printing press

It's a portentous timpani drumroll, a tremendous fanfare of trumpets and a huge roar from the crowd as the first parts of our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) Vulture 2 spaceplane are hewn from the living nylon down at 3D printers 3T RPD Ltd.
Lester Haines, 12 Aug 2013

Notorious Mexican drug kingpin nabbed thanks to drones and spyware

An alleged leader of Mexico's infamous Los Zetas gang was captured last month using a combination of commercial computer spyware, GPS mobile tracking and aerial drones, according to Mexican reports.
John Leyden, 12 Aug 2013
management big_data4

Tell me, professor, what is big data?

Big Data may be misunderstood and overhyped - but the promise of data growth enabling a goldmine of insight is compelling. Professor Mark Whitehorn, the eminent data scientist, author and occasional Register columnist, explains what big data is and why it is important.
Mark Whitehorn, 12 Aug 2013

Facebook's No 2 banks $91m after BIG shares sale

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, who is second in command at the free content ad network, sold a big chunk of shares in the company just days after stocks finally hit a higher value than they were assigned at the firm's initial public offering (IPO).
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Aug 2013
Google Nexus 7 2 flanked by the Asus MeMo Pad FHD 10

Google to snub Samsung, hand Nexus 10 to Asus – report

Google has dumped Samsung as the maker of its Nexus 10 fondleslabs and switched to Taiwanese manufacturer Asus, reports Geek.com.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 12 Aug 2013

New blinged-up 'iPhone 5S' touted by Jobs FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

The next-generation iPhone, one of the last devices conceived by Apple godhead Steve Jobs before his death, will hit the shelves on 10 September, according to fresh rumours.
Jasper Hamill, 12 Aug 2013
Nokia Lumia 720 Windows Phone 8

Waiting for a Windows Phone update? Let's talk again next year

Windows Phone owners must wait until next spring for a major platform update, latest reports appear to confirm.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Aug 2013

Titsup Apple app dev nerve-centre hauled back online after hack scare

Apple has revived its online base for app developers a month after the plug was pulled over a "security intrusion".
Jasper Hamill, 12 Aug 2013

Another IBMer rolls into distribution

Arrow ECS has lured veteran IBM man Ian Jeffs to run its Big Blue franchise in the UK, say our chatty sources.
Paul Kunert, 12 Aug 2013

Oracle Team USA sailors admit breaking America's Cup rules

Larry Ellison’s beloved yacht-racing team has confessed to some naughty nautical fiddling and has voluntarily scuttled its results from recent run-up races to the America's Cup.
Gavin Clarke, 12 Aug 2013
The NSA Unchained

The secure mail dilemma: If it's useable, it's probably insecure

AnalysisThe sudden closure of two secure email services may cause many privacy-conscious people to begin looking for alternatives. However, security experts warn that any service provider may be put under pressure to comply with authorities, and this might kill off secure mail as we know it.
John Leyden, 12 Aug 2013
Mars One first landers

100,000+ Earthlings star in 'reality TV contest' for ONE-WAY ticket to MARS

VidMore than 100,000 people want to go to Mars and never, ever come back, according to the non-profit organising a trip to the dust world.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 12 Aug 2013

Netflix dares UK freetards: Watch new Breaking Bad NOW or torrent it?

Video-on-demand service Netflix will give viewers on both sides of the Atlantic near instant access to one of the most anticipated TV drama climaxes: the final episodes of Breaking Bad.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Aug 2013

BlackBerry pie sliced up: Nuke-plant OS, BBM chat app, etc sale mulled

Troubled mobe-maker BlackBerry has confirmed it is "exploring strategic alternatives" to remaining as one enormous company - confirming wire reports last week of a potential breakup.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Aug 2013

The Pirate Bay's new censorship-dodging browser 'not secure'

The Pirate Bay has released a bundle of add-ons to help people search for and access bits of the internet that governments and ISPs have locked away. The only hitch is: despite the fact that it contains a Tor client, security experts have said that it doesn't completely anonymise internet traffic.
Jasper Hamill, 12 Aug 2013

Mobe-slurping Wi-Fi SPY BINS banned from London's streets

Electronic BINS in the heart of London must stop tracking hundreds of thousands of passing smartphones, officials have demanded.
Jasper Hamill, 12 Aug 2013

Gov: Half of new tech spending must be made with SME suppliers

The UK government is trying to accelerate procurement reforms and hit ambitious targets by directing at least half of all new IT spending to small biz suppliers before the next general election.
Paul Kunert, 12 Aug 2013
Student with textbooks

Amazon Web Services passes the enterprise duck test

If it works like an enterprise piece of technology, has documentation like an enterprise piece of technology, and has enough ancillary costs to make it pound the wallet like an enterprise piece of technology, then it is probably ready for consumption by large companies.
Jack Clark, 12 Aug 2013

Deutsche Telekom launches 'NSA-busting' encrypted email service

Deutsche Telekom and United Internet have launched a super-secure German email service that they claim defeats the data-sniffing shenanigans of the likes of the NSA.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 12 Aug 2013

Feds arrest rogue trucker after GPS jamming borks New Jersey airport test

A New Jersey truck driver is facing a fine of nearly $32,000 after leaving the GPS jammer he was using to dodge his bosses active during a visit to Newark, New Jersey's Liberty International Airport.
Iain Thomson, 12 Aug 2013

Apple trademark filing may provide peek into iTunes Radio capability

Apple has filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark office for a trademark on the term "Live Listen", perhaps providing a hint about a capability of the iTunes Radio feature in the soon-to-be-released iOS 7.
Rik Myslewski, 12 Aug 2013

Rejoice, Australia: A dream tech workforce is coming ... in 2030!

The good news first: there's light at the end of the tunnel for Australia's "we can never find the skilled staff we need" technology sector. And now for the bad news: the end of the tunnel is the year 2030.
Simon Sharwood, 12 Aug 2013
Photo of ZTE Open Firefox OS smartphone

ZTE to flog Firefox OS mobe worldwide via eBay

Chinese mobile maker ZTE has announced plans to sell a smartphone running the Mozilla Foundation's Firefox OS worldwide via online auction site eBay.
Neil McAllister, 12 Aug 2013

20 injured at LG phone giveaway as PR stunt turns into riot

LG has cancelled a series of publicity stunts promoting its new G2 smartphone after 20 Korean consumers were hurt as they attempted to get a free handset.
Iain Thomson, 12 Aug 2013
Parliament House Canberra by Flickr user OzMark17 used under CC Share and Share alike licence

Australian government websites in "compulsory mod" mode during election campaign

Australian federal government websites – everything in the gov.au domain that's managed at the federal level – are frantically putting moderators onto anything that resembles online engagement.
Richard Chirgwin, 12 Aug 2013
bug on keyboard

Google ups ante to $5,000 for Chrome browser bug bounties

Google has increased the amount it will pay security researchers for information about flaws in its Chrome browser, having already shelled out more than $2m in bug bounties across its various security reward programs.
Neil McAllister, 12 Aug 2013

IBM unleashes 'big data' on wind, solar power management

IBM has announced a weather-modeling and power-grid management system with the goal of increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power.
Rik Myslewski, 12 Aug 2013

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