Google goes back to the future with SQL F1 database
The tech world is turning back toward SQL, bringing to a close a possibly misspent half-decade in which startups courted developers with promises of infinite scalability and the finest imitation-Google tools available, and companies found themselves exposed to unstable data and poor guarantees.
Facebook scammers raking in $200 MEEELLION in illicit profits
A pair of Italian security researchers investigating the practice of Facebook scamming estimates that the trade brings in around $200m a year.
Amazon.com trumps other online retailers' sales by HOW much?!
It should come as no surprise that Amazon.com is the galactic leader in online retail sales, but what may be surprising is exactly how epic its lead is.
NSA: NOBODY could stop Snowden – he was A SYSADMIN
The US National Security Agency may have some of the most sophisticated cyber-surveillance programs in the world, but it was trivial for former NSA contractor Edward Snowden to walk off with sensitive data, sources say, owing to the agency's antiquated internal security.
BYOD is boring - how about working on a games console instead?
Some grumble that the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) concept deserves to be called Spend Your Own Money in recognition of the cost of providing a computer hitting workers' hip pockets instead of employers'.
Microsoft fattens Exchange Online mailboxes to 50GB
Microsoft's Exchange Online service now comes with bigger mailboxes.
'Kim Jong-un executes nork-baring ex and pals for love polygon skin flick'
North Korea's tubby tyrant Kim Jong-un reportedly had his ex-lover publicly executed by a machine-gun-toting firing squad after accusing her of making a group sex tape.
Private UK torrent site closes, citing 'hostile climate'
British private BitTorrent site thebox.bz has decided to close its doors.
WTF is … Routing Protocol for Low-Power and Lossy Networks?
Whether you consider the Internet of Things (all the way up to the Internet of Everything) to be the Way of The FutureTM or just This Year's Buzzword® something of an exaggeration, there's a good chance some of you will run into some of its real-world manifestations in the near future.
Punter strikes back at cold callers - by charging THEM to call HIM
Two years ago Lee Beaumont, fed up of receiving daily phonecalls from telemarketing agencies, connected his home landline to a premium rate phone number and started cashing in on cold callers - covering his costs in less than two months.
HMRC nabs 5 after £500k 'cyber attack' on tax systems
Computer systems operated by the UK's tax authority have been subjected to a cyber attack in an attempted tax scam, it has said.
China: Forget running water, bumpkins. Have some lovely broadband
The Chinese government has pledged to provide nationwide broadband coverage by 2020, an ambitious goal which should see significant extra investment in all kinds of networks, both wired and wireless, in order to reach the country’s vast rural areas.
Pure Storage hoovers up $150m in funding, hires ex-Data Domain CEO
Flash array upstart Pure Storage aims to emerge from the herd and pull off a Data Domain, having secured $150m in E-round funding and hired former Data Domain head honcho Frank Slootman, who joins its board as "a key strategic advisor."
Siri: 'STOP trying to strap me to your forehead. It won't work'
QuotwThis was the week when ahem colourful chief exec Steve Ballmer announced his retirement from Microsoft. The 23-year veteran Microsoftie is to leave the Windows giant with bulging pockets and love in his heart. He told employees in a heartfelt missive:
Microsoft's world channel overlord kicked sideways
Microsoft is to shunt global partner bigwig Jon Roskill sideways to make way for a new overlord of channel, Phil Sorgen, who previously managed the partner base stateside.
Behind the candelabra: Power cut sends Britain’s boxes back to the '70s
Something for the Weekend, Sir?“Would you like to watch a film with me tonight?” Although the timing seems good – it has just gone 8pm – the offer is extraordinary. You see, in the busy Dabbs household, each member of the family works to his or her own barely compatible calendar and so it is mandatory to book in advance before any interaction can take place between husband and wife. And I do mean any. Yet here I am, on the spur of the moment, deciding to watch a film I recorded on the telly and inviting my spouse to watch it at the same time.
THE HORROR: Bloody SLAB sales slash fest forecast for 2013
Just days after chopping sales forecasts for the PC market, analysts at IDC have taken the knife to shipment estimates for fondleslabs. Around 1.7 million fewer devices are expected to find a loving home this year.
Amazon: OK, OK. We'll let traders flog tat more cheaply elsewhere
Amazon has agreed to stop forcing third-party traders to offer their cheapest prices on its online marketplace within the EU, Blighty's Office of Fair Trading has announced.
Vulture 2 spaceplane rises from the powdered nylon
There's mounting excitement here at the Special Project Bureau's mountaintop headquarters as we prepare to receive the parts of our Vulture 2 spaceplane.
Facebook strips away a bit more of your privacy – but won't say why
Facebook is slurping mobile phone numbers from its users without explaining why, it has emerged.
Revealed: HUNGRY frosty Arctic cleft that could eat 2 Grand Canyons
A huge mega-canyon, nearly double the length of America's Grand Canyon, has been discovered beneath a mile of ice in Greenland.
Met Police spaffs £250m keeping 'ineffective' IT systems running - report
The Metropolitan Police are wasting £212m a year maintaining IT gear including a network based on a 1970s-era baggage-handling system, a damning report from the capital's assembly claims.
Snowden journo's boyfriend 'had crypto key for thumb-drive files written down' - cops
Journalists and their associates involved in the Edward Snowden NSA leaks affair followed almost unbelievably poor security practices while handling top-secret government files, according to a statement made in court by a British official today.
Computacenter's pockets still empty – despite shiny UK biz
Computacenter (CC) has swung to a half-year loss despite reporting "excellent momentum" in the UK biz, as troublesome tech services contracts in Germany and woes in France hurt the bottom line.
Happy 50th birthday, Compact Cassette: How it struck a chord for millions
FeatureOn 30 August, 1963, a new bit of sound recording tech that was to change the lifestyle of millions was revealed at the Berlin Radio Show.
China stuffs rag in mouth of biz-rumour web ring
A Chinese clampdown on online rumour-mongers has netted 27 staff at Shui Jun Shi Wan, a firm which specialises in seeding stories across its microblogging network of 220 million followers.
Nasdaq blames rival NYSE Arca for 3-HOUR trading outage
The company behind the NASDAQ stock exchange has said that last week's three-hour outage was partly its own fault, but mostly the fault of rival exchange firm NYSE Arca.
Ex-Windows chief Sinofsky flogs brains to Valley startups
Microsoft’s former Windows chief Steven Sinofsky is re-inventing himself in Silicon Valley as an investor and startup mentor.
Fandroids blow $200,000 on secret PANIC BUTTON for their smartmobes
The cleverly-designed Pressy gadget drops into the headphone socket on any Android handset, adding a button that can be linked to any action.
Apple to accept iPhone trade-ins at US Retail Stores
With the rumored launch date of the next iPhone fast approaching, Apple on Friday began allowing iPhone owners to trade in their old handsets at the company's Apple Retail Stores in the US.
Mother/daughter team jailed for million-dollar internet dating scam
A mother and daughter have been jailed for over a decade apiece after pleading guilty to money laundering for an internet dating scam that persuaded the gullible that they were helping US troops in search of love.
Tencent offers 10TB of free cloud storage for all
Given the recent revelations about mass data slurping by the NSA, we were relieved to hear that a Chinese company has begun offering a whopping 10TB of free hosting to privacy-conscious punters.
Indian government to bar politicians from using Gmail for official business
The government of India is reportedly planning to bar its employees from using Gmail and other foreign-based email services, amid concerns over surveillance by US spy agencies.
Microsoft and Google unite to sue US gov't for more transparency
Microsoft is teaming up with rival Google in legal action against the US government after talks to allow the companies to tell their users if they are being spied upon broke down.