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MongoDB speaks elephantese with Hadoop Connector upgrades

MongoDB steward 10Gen has increased the capabilities of its Hadoop Connector, which lets administrators shuttle data between MongoDB and HDFS and other Hadoop services.
Jack Clark, 21 Aug 2013
SKA artists impression

West Australia guarantees SKA funding to 2019

Australia's International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research has had its future secured through to 2019, courtesy of a $AU26 million commitment from the Western Australian government announced at the end of last week.
PS4 with controllers

Sony sets dates for US and Euro PS4 unleashment amid Xbox heckles

Sony has used the Gamescom 2013 conference in Germany to announce the launch details of its PlayStation 4 console, price changes, and revamps for older hardware, and to take a few now-customary digs at rival Microsoft.
Iain Thomson, 21 Aug 2013

US highway agency awards Tesla Model S RECORD safety score

Champagne corks are likely popping in the corner offices of Tesla Motors in celebration over the carmaker's Model S sedan achieving the highest safety rating ever awarded in the US.
Rik Myslewski, 21 Aug 2013
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US government nabbed $2.9m in May Bitcoin seizure

More information has come to light regarding the US government's recent seizure of funds from online accounts belonging to Mt. Gox, the world's largest Bitcoin exchange.
Neil McAllister, 21 Aug 2013
Hadoop Elephant

Intel adds Lustre support to Hadoop

World+dog agrees that Hadoop is a very fine tool with which to tackle map reduce chores, but the software has a couple of constraints, especially its reliance on the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS).
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2013

Kodak's new life to begin in September

Eastman Kodak will officially restart operations on September 3, after a Manhattan judge signed off on the last aspects of its reorganisation plan.
European Union Flag

Hardware failures cause more comms outages than hackers: EU

If you're living in constant fear of a cybergeddon, here's a handy reality check. According to ENISA – the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security – has just produced its report into what caused 79 major communications outages in Europe in 2011-2012.

Vietnamese city drinks the smart city kool aid

The Vietnamese city of Danang today took a major step towards becoming the smartest and most technologically advanced city in the nation, with the launch of a comprehensive Information Technology and Communication Infrastructure System.
Phil Muncaster, 21 Aug 2013
forks reforking

Oz sawbones extract fork from old boy's todger: Gents, start your wincing

NSFL Sawbones at Canberra Hospital have published an illuminating, if eye-watering, account of how they extracted a 10cm fork from a septuagenarian's penis.
Lester Haines, 21 Aug 2013
Edward Snowden's asylum documents. Source: RT

Chinese firm applies for 'Edward Snowden' trademark

A Chinese electric vehicle (EV) company has made a bold attempt to cash in on the publicity surrounding PRISM whistleblower Edward Snowden by filing an application to register his name as a trademark.
Phil Muncaster, 21 Aug 2013

Intel bakes super-snooper to stop industrial espionage

Intel has created a Hadoop-based rig that analyses just about every network event in the company – four to six billion of them on business days - in close to real time so it can spot threats including industrial espionage.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2013
Soyuz TMA-7 as seen from the International Space Station in October 2005. Pic: NASA

Space-walker nearly OPENED HELMET to avoid DROWNING

Back in July, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano went for a spacewalk from the International Space Station.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2013

Japan's unwanted IT workers dumped in 'forcing-out rooms'

Some of Japan’s biggest technology companies send certain employees to “boredom" or "forcing-out" rooms where they’re forced to undertake menial tasks designed to make them quit.
Phil Muncaster, 21 Aug 2013
Clapping children

Wait, don't ditch that IT career just yet: UK vacancies hit 5-year high

Britain's tech jobs market is showing signs of recovery with the number of available positions growing across the nation.
Jasper Hamill, 21 Aug 2013

Brazilians tear strip off NSA in wake of Snowden, mull anti-US-spook law

Businesses selling online to Brazil-based consumers could be forced to store any personal data they collect about those individuals on local servers under proposed new laws under consideration in the country.
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Aug 2013
A dashboard

Wow, the future is HERE: Charge your phone (wirelessly) in your CAR

A range of General Motors cars will feature wireless charging next year, but don't expect to charge a Galaxy Nexus or Nokia handset as GM is backing yet another juice-over-the-air standard.
Bill Ray, 21 Aug 2013

Forget hackers - storms and snafus are bigger threat, say infosec bods

Cyber attacks caused fewer problems to communications networks than unrelated system failures and natural disasters, a study by an EU security agency has found.
John Leyden, 21 Aug 2013
Chris Shelton

UK micro pioneer Chris Shelton: The mind behind the Nascom 1

Archaeologic Chris Shelton is not well known today, yet the British microcomputer industry would have been a very much poorer place without him.
Tony Smith, 21 Aug 2013

3D printers stroke LOHAN's shapely midriff

Those UK readers living close to rapid prototyping firm 3T RPD Ltd's Newbury headquarters are invited to open their windows and listen for a distant whirring sound as our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) Vulture 2 spaceplane is meticulously hewn from the living nylon.
Lester Haines, 21 Aug 2013

Speaking in Tech: OpenStack not for enterprise? Come off it, Pat

Podcast Podcast Another episode of El Reg's consumer and enterprise tech podcast makes its way to loyal listeners, who'll be sad to hear hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela want to shut the whole thing down because of NSA snooping (not really).
Team Register, 21 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

'Hacked' estate agency Foxtons breaks glass, pulls password reset cord

Trendy UK estate agency Foxtons pushed the big red password reset button, as a precaution, after it appeared hackers lifted thousands of clients' usernames and passwords from its systems.
John Leyden, 21 Aug 2013
Guardian's smashed computer

MYSTERY of Guardian mobos and graphics cards which 'held Snowden files'

The Guardian’s picture of the computers it claims to have smashed in order to placate the British government over the Snowden affair has been called into question over both what it shows - and what it doesn’t.
Tony Smith, 21 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Barnes & Noble booked for running out of £29 Nooks

Struggling bookshop Barnes & Noble has been taken to task by the UK's advertising watchdog for running out of stocks of its ebook reader, the Nook, just a few days after slashing prices down to £29 in a nationwide campaign.
Julian Assange as Goldfinger

Assange's WikiLeaks Party running-mate departs in blaze of glory

Arguments over how the Australian political party founded by Julian AssangeTM, the WikiLeaks Party, directs votes in the Australian Senate have prompted the resignation of high-profile candidate and Assange's running mate in Victoria, Leslie Cannold, who announced today: "To keep being a candidate feels like I'm breaking faith with the Australian people."
Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer and CFO Ken Goldman

Marissa Mayer causes controversy after KEEPING HER KIT ON

Yahoo boss Marissa Mayer has sent the digital chattering classes into a frenzy after posing for a series of buttoned-up photographs for fashion bible Vogue.
Jasper Hamill, 21 Aug 2013

Whoosh, whiff, swiffle.. CLINK: Cleversafe chucks $50m in vault

Investors seem sold on the idea of Cleversafe's mad "terabyte-a-second" gobbling kit, so much so that the startup has received an injection of $55m to strengthen its big data and cloud-focused product and sell it more widely.
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2013

Zuckerberg: I want the WHOLE WORLD in my hands

Comment Mark Zuckerberg's altruistic finger is twitching just as usage of his free content ad network appears to have plateaued.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Aug 2013
Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition Android tablet

Pinch to Xoom: Motorola settles trademark suit in confidential deal

Motorola has settled a trademark lawsuit in the US over the name "Xoom", and will "phase out" its use on a Googlerola fondleslab.
GCHQ Benhall doughnut aerial view

'Symbolic' Grauniad drive-smash was not just a storage fail

Blocks and Files The word "cabinet" can mean a piece of furniture in which you store something and the digital version of this is a disk drive or flash drive. Having said that, the idea that by destroying the drive you destroy the data is so far from reality in today's data centres that anyone professing it is profoundly idiotic.
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Fame-hating planets don't need to hang around STARS – boffins

Scientists have claimed that free-floating planets could form from dust clouds deep out in interstellar space – a finding that challenges the belief that planets are only created near stars.
Jasper Hamill, 21 Aug 2013
Bradley Manning

Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison

A military judge has sentenced US Army Private Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison for leaking classified material to Wikileaks.

Dell spits up storage revenues after gobbling promising upstarts

Dell's storage revenues are continuing to decline as the company fails to reap the benefits of its acquisitions.
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2013

Ubuntu devs to get 15-min code review, full SDK love – Canonical

Changes in Ubuntu will speed up the process of building apps and getting them approved for Software Center - but they could leave you more tied into the Linux distro’s software development kit (SDK).
Gavin Clarke, 21 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Bank man: System's down, let's have coffee. Oh SNAP, where's all the CASH?

Cybercrooks are running distributed denial of service attacks as a smokescreen to distract bank security staff while they plunder online banking systems, according to a researcher.
John Leyden, 21 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Salesforce rival SugarCRM scores $40m from Goldman Sachs

Salesforce's customer relationship management (CRM) software rival SugarCRM has landed a huge chunk of Wall Street money, in a possible move closer to an IPO.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Aug 2013

Oh noes! New 'CRISIS DISASTER' at Fukushima! Oh wait, it's nothing. Again

The world's media is working itself into an unedifying state of hysteria (again) following the news that radioactive water has leaked from a holding tank at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, damaged two years back by a tsunami and earthquake which led to the death and injury of more than 20,000 people - though not a single one of those casualties resulted from radiation.
Lewis Page, 21 Aug 2013
Pi irate

Microsoft fights Google for kids' attention with ad-free Bing for Schools

Microsoft is making a big play for the hearts and clicks of America's youth with the launch of Bing for Schools, which includes an advertising and porn-free search engine, free sponsored lesson plans, and Surface RT fondleslabs earned through a rewards program.
Iain Thomson, 21 Aug 2013
A rack of Primergy servers in a prefab data center at Yahoo! Japan

Yahoo! Japan drops UPS systems, crams batteries into servers

Yahoo! Japan, the partnership between American search engine and internet media giant Yahoo! and Japanese telecom and internet service provider Softbank, have let server maker Fujitsu brag a little bit about some modified servers it has cooked up for the company.

A single company is responsible for 1 out of 4 BlackBerry apps

It's no secret that sales of the latest BlackBerry handsets haven't been as strong as the Canadian mobile maker had hoped. But if the real strength of an OS platform is in its developer ecosystem, BlackBerry could be on even shakier ground than previously thought.
Neil McAllister, 21 Aug 2013

NSA admits slurping thousands of domestic emails with no terror connection

The analysts at the NSA spent years gathering tens of thousands of emails between US citizens in violation of the US constitution, as a component of a single (discontinued) data slurping program, the agency has revealed.
Jack Clark, 21 Aug 2013
The history of HP server innovation according to Enterprise Group GM Dave Donatelli

HP taps software hot-shot to run enterprise hardware

Hewlett-Packard has had IBM envy for years now, and CEO Meg Whitman is following in the footsteps of Big Blue once again by putting a seasoned software executive in charge of hardware.
Bradley Manning

Manning's lawyer plans presidential pardon campaign, says client will appeal

David Coombs, lawyer of the now-imprisoned Bradley Manning, has told a press conference that he plans to register for a presidential appeal of his client's 35-year sentence ​next week and will be asking for a reprieve or a reduction in his prison term.
Iain Thomson, 21 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Cisco goes public with major vulns

Users of Cisco's Unified Communications Manager, UCM instant messaging and presence, and Prime Central hosted collaboration system need to get busy with patches, after the Borg announced denial-of-service vulnerabilities across all three platforms.

Jolla's first Sailfish phone preorders 'fully booked'

Jolla, the Finnish smartphone startup founded by former Nokia staffers, has announced that the first production batch of mobiles based on its incipient Sailfish OS have been "fully booked," and that it expects to begin shipments by the end of the year.
Neil McAllister, 21 Aug 2013