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Wall Street traders charged with stealing company code via email

Three men have been charged with pilfering trade secrets from a Wall Street firm after two of them emailed themselves computer code belonging to their former employer from their company email accounts.
Neil McAllister, 27 Aug 2013
Orion asteroid capture mission

NASA: Full details on our manned ASTEROID SNATCH mission

Video NASA is pressing ahead with plans to capture an asteroid, pack it in an orbit around the Moon, and then send up a two-person crew to investigate and take samples, and it has released a video showing how it plans to achieve all this.
Iain Thomson, 27 Aug 2013

News Ltd benches AWS, floats footy app on Azure

News Limited, whose Australian entity has delivered customer testimonials at an Amazon Web Services event (here are the slides), has a little bit of Microsoft lipstick on its collar, courtesy of an announcement that a new Australian Football League (Aussie rules) service is going to be running on the Windows Azure cloud.
Kinect Sports Boxing

Marc Andreessen, Pat Gelsinger in verbal VMworld brawl

VMworld 2013 VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and graphical-browser-inventor-turned-venture-capitalist Marc Andreessen have engaged in a feisty debate at Vmworld 2013, during which the pair clashed on a number of topics.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Aug 2013

Nokia's India threat letter: 'It's cheaper to make phones in China'

Nokia’s long-running tax dispute with the Indian authorities appeared to take another turn after it was revealed that it sent the commerce ministry a strongly-worded letter branding India its “least favourable market” and threatening to move production to China.
Phil Muncaster, 27 Aug 2013
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Come and get it: Feedly Pro hits general availability

Google Reader refugees have another alternative reader, with Feedly announcing that its Feedly Pro is now available to all.
The Register breaking news

UK gov call-centre serfs told: Fondle your button for HAPPINESS

Has anyone in the world ever phoned up a call centre to pass on how overjoyed they are about an organisation and its services?
Jasper Hamill, 27 Aug 2013
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An autopilot the size of a postage stamp

Video A Dutch research group has demonstrated an autopilot about the size of a passport photo, as the controller of a quadcopter.

Apple's Siri 'hurls insults' at Google Glass

Apple's oft-ridiculed virtual assistant Siri is saying apparently saying nasty things about Google's Glass tech specs.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Aug 2013
Star Wars Identities

Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

The next Star Wars film is to be made using analogue film in a bid to evoke the glory days of the space saga.
Jasper Hamill, 27 Aug 2013

Ex-Sun Micro CTO reveals Greenbytes 'world-beating' dedupe

El Reg has managed to take a peek at an as-yet-unpublished white paper, written by former Sun Microsystems CTO Randall Chalfant, which claims the storage company's deduplication tech has near-zero latency and possibly offers the world's fastest inline deduplication.
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2013
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Poison Ivy RAT becoming the AK-47 of cyber-espionage attacks

The Poison Ivy Remote Access Tool (RAT) - often considered a tool for novice "script kiddies" - has become a ubiquitous feature of cyber-espionage campaigns, according to experts.
John Leyden, 27 Aug 2013

Bionic Brit Babbage Bear boards brilliant balloon, bests ballsy Baumgartner

Vid and pics We're delighted to report that Raspberry Pi mascot Babbage Bear wrested the world skydiving record crown from Felix Baumgartner on Monday - by leaping into the void from a breathtaking 39,000m.
Lester Haines, 27 Aug 2013
Huawei Ascend P6

Huawei Ascend P6: Skinny smartphone that's not just bare bones

Review Just who the heck does Huawei think it is? Surely it is the purveyor of budget Android tat and carrier-branded dreck? I’m loathe to use the word "landfill" because some of its newer cheap handsets, like the 4.5-inch Ascend GS510, aren’t actually that bad and I’d certainly take one in preference to an appless, gutless, webcam-less small-screen WinPho 8-er like the Nokia Lumia 520.
Alun Taylor, 27 Aug 2013
The Falkirk Wheel

Meet the world's one-of-a-kind ENORMO barge-bowling bridge of Falkirk

Geek's Guide to Britain Proving it's not just the Victorians who can make huge structures in steel, the Falkirk Wheel can lift six canal boats 25 metres in one go, moving them from one waterway to another.
Bill Ray, 27 Aug 2013

Air mattress blast blows German man across room

A German chap who attempted fix a leaking inflatable mattress with "industrial strength" puncture repair spray prompted an industrial strength blast which caused €150,000 (£129,000; $200,600) worth of damage to his rented gaff.
Lester Haines, 27 Aug 2013

Intel: Our new mobile chip SoCs it to its predecessor

Hot Chips Intel has released more details about its upcoming Clovertrail+ system-on-chip (SoC) platform for smartphones, and its enhancements appear to provide a big ol' boost above and beyond the company's current smartphone chip-wannabe, Medfield.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Aug 2013

Tesla tops $20bn as Elon Musk claims arm-wave design tech

In a very meta piece of invention, PayPal hecamillionaire Elon Musk has promised that the 3D gesture-hologram system used by Musk-inspired Tony Stark in the Iron Man movies could soon be a reality.
Canary Wharf at night

Loads of mis-sold PPI, but WHO will claim? This man's paid to find out

Feature When the opening line of a conversation starts, “I read an interesting number the other day”, it’s fairly safe to assume that you’re talking to someone whose business it is to know about "interesting numbers". Perhaps unsurprisingly, these words were uttered by an economist whose ability to find god gold in the numbers is the reason why he’s been working for one of those very naughty High Street banks to figure out just how much the PPI scandal is going to cost it.
Bob Dormon, 27 Aug 2013
IBM's Power8 processor

You won't find this in your phone: A 4GHz 12-core Power8 for badass boxes

Hot Chips Big iron sales are still generating $6bn to $7bn a year for IBM - which is enough to justify designing its own Power processors and building its own wafer baker.

Facebook unwraps SHARING IS CARING photo album function

Facebook has created a new photo-sharing feature that will allow users of the free content ad network to post snaps to an album that can be populated by up to 50 contributors.
Team Register, 27 Aug 2013
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ISPs scramble to explain mouse-sniffing tool

Sky Broadband has been caught using JavaScript to track every click and shuffle on its support pages, but it's not alone: other ISPs have also admitted recording every frustrated wobble of the mouse on their support pages.
Bill Ray, 27 Aug 2013
Samsung S9C

Samsung to bring 55-inch MONSTER curvy-telly to the UK

If you have a bob or two going free – well, the best part of at least $9,000 – Samsung will now sell you its monumental curved OLED TV, previously only available in the US and Asia.
Tony Smith, 27 Aug 2013
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United Nations to grill US over alleged NSA bugging of its HQ – report

The United Nations has said that it plans to contact the US over a report that the NSA had bugged its New York headquarters.
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Sponsored Stories ruck: Zuck chucks 15 bucks at ad photo suck schmucks

Facebook will dish out $15 to lucky users in a court-approved $20m settlement over "sponsored stories" - the little ads that surprised netizens by using their names and photos.

IBM likes the channel, puts a ring on it

IBM is getting more touchy with resellers by tackling channel conflict in its hardware biz following a massive slide in server sales during recent quarters.
Paul Kunert, 27 Aug 2013

Why Teflon Ballmer had to go: He couldn't shift crud from Windows 8, Surface

Analysis Microsoft chief exec Steve Ballmer has gone sooner than anyone, even he himself, had expected.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Aug 2013
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Did Google's Waze gobble run rivals off the road? UK watchdog starts probe

Google's acquisition of free map app Waze has awoken Britain's competition watchdog, which today confirmed it was scrutinising the gobble.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Aug 2013

Array upstart Violin peeks at PCIe cards, goes all in with $172m IPO bid

Storage upstart Violin Memory has publicly filed for an IPO and is seeking $172.5m.
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Facebook gov surveillance data kept locked inside, er, Facebook

Facebook has released its first government transparency report, revealing – unsurprisingly – that once again India, the US and Blighty were the countries whose police were most likely to snoop on our online activities.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Aug 2013

SiriusXM sued for millions in 'unpaid' music royalties

Digital rights organisation SoundExchange has filed a lawsuit against satellite radio giant SiriusXM for what it termed "massive underpayment of royalties" from 2007 to 2012.
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Google adds 'Differential Snapshots' to cloud storage

There are only so many ways you can build a gigantic infrastructure cloud, so it is with little surprise that Google has introduced a snapshot feature already found in Amazon Web Services.
Jack Clark, 27 Aug 2013
Screenshot of Windows 8.1's revamped Start screen

Microsoft: YES Windows 8.1 is finished, but NO you can't have it

Microsoft says it has already begun seeding the final code of Windows 8.1 to its manufacturing partners, but that doesn't mean you'll be able to get your hands on the update any sooner.
Neil McAllister, 27 Aug 2013

Samsung sets Sept 4 for Galaxy Gear smartwatch showoff

Samsung has set the date for its attempt to inspire a smartwatch market and will show off its Galaxy Gear watch and a super-sized smartphone just ahead of the IFA 2013 consumer electronics show in Berlin.
Iain Thomson, 27 Aug 2013

Snowden is great news for hybrid cloud says VMware

VMworld 2013 Edward Snowden's revelations about the extent of the online snoopery in the US are good for business, say VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and COO Carl Eschenbach.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Aug 2013

BlackBerry in talks to spin off Messenger division

Struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry is seriously considering spinning off its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service into its own, subsidiary company, according to reports.
Neil McAllister, 27 Aug 2013

Tesla cars 'hackable' says Dell engineer

Slack authentication in Tesla's Model S REST API exposes the electric car to a variety of non-safety but non-trivial attacks, according to a Dell engineer and Tesla owner.

Telstra in VMware's sights for hybrid cloud delivery

VMworld 2013 VMware will approach existing members of its VMware Service Providers Program (VSPP) as it extends its vCloud Hybrid Service (VCHS), CEO Pat Gelsinger said today. And in Australia that means Telstra is likely to receive an invitation to get into the VMware hybrid cloud business.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Aug 2013

Silicon daddy: Moore's Law about to be repealed, but don't blame physics

Hot Chips Moore's Law, which promises exponentially increasing transistor counts due to chip-manufacturing process shrinkage, is about to hit the wall. As Intel Fellow Mark Bohr once told The Reg, "We just plain ran out of atoms."
Rik Myslewski, 27 Aug 2013
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Microsoft gives away more data with SkyDrive upgrade

Microsoft has dramatically increased the default storage space available for customers of its SkyDrive Pro service.
Jack Clark, 27 Aug 2013

New York Times, Twitter domain hijackers 'came in through front door'

Updated Hacktivist collective the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) – or someone using its name – has claimed responsibility for hijacking the Twitter.co.uk, NYTimes.com and HuffingtonPost.co.uk web addresses.