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Instagram: You'll LOVE our 'enjoyable' new feature. Yes, it's adverts

Photo-sharing Facebook subsidiary Instagram has announced that it will soon start serving ads to its US users, including photos and videos.
Neil McAllister, 04 Oct 2013
Steve Ballmer

Ballmer intends to remain on Microsoft board after end of CEO gig

Steve Ballmer may be stepping down as CEO of Microsoft, but he's not planning to let go of the reins in Redmond completely, if a recent filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission is any indication.
Neil McAllister, 04 Oct 2013
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It's official: Steelie Neelie is a triple-triple-TRIPLE win digital woman

Women, the digital market and Europe's economy can all benefit from more females working in the IT sector within the EU, Brussels' unelected digital czar Neelie Kroes insisted today.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Oct 2013

Apple pulls VPN app, helps censors' job in China

Apple has come under fire in China for kowtowing to Beijing, after withdrawing an app which allowed users to circumvent the Great Firewall.
Phil Muncaster, 04 Oct 2013

Block, censor, ban: India the biggest loser in online freedom stakes

India has recorded the biggest year-on-year decline in online freedom of any country, with the US firmly planted in the chasing pack, according to not-for-profit Freedom House’s latest annual Freedom on the Net report.
Phil Muncaster, 04 Oct 2013

BOFH: Welcome to Helldesk, ma'am, may I take your bags?

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Simon Travaglia, 04 Oct 2013

Sun-seeking Cambridge boffins chase Solar Challenge car crown

World Solar Challenge Next Sunday sees the starter's flag fall on the 2013 World Solar Challenge, and on the grid in Darwin will be Cambridge University Eco Racing's Resolution - a sleek carbon-fibre monocoque chassis solar-powered vehicle, featuring a "game-changing" solar tracking system.
Lester Haines, 04 Oct 2013

Violin Memory is winning flash-supply race – Quadragon™ rivals

The storage world keeps hearing how Violin Memory leads the flash array supplier race. Here's some concrete proof, courtesy of numbercruncher 451 Research.
Chris Mellor, 04 Oct 2013
Crystal Palace TV transmitter

A14 to become UK's first internet-connected ROAD

New trials of White Space frequency-sharing technology will see BT wiring up the A14 road between Felixstowe and Cambridge, while Microsoft rolls out a Glasgow-wide Wi-Fi network – meaning these areas will be the first to find out whether White Space will work in Blighty.
Bill Ray, 04 Oct 2013

Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

Stob I recently experienced a Damascene conversion and, like many such converts, I am now set on a course of indiscriminate and aggressive proselytising.
Verity Stob, 04 Oct 2013

Blundering Tech Data faces NASDAQ boot over Computer 2000 accounts

Tech Data is facing a delisting from the NASDAQ unless it can bring its financial house in order, the distributor has confirmed.
Paul Kunert, 04 Oct 2013

The Vulture 2: What paintjob should we put on our soaraway spaceplane?

Our Vulture 2 spaceplane has risen majestically from the powdered nylon, but there's one matter yet to be resolved before we get it in the air: what colour scheme best suits this magnificent aircraft?
Lester Haines, 04 Oct 2013
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Acer UK seeks new overlord for Blighty tentacle

Neil Marshall, the Brit Acer brought home to clean up its British business, has bagged a promotion. An internal candidate will be lined up to replace him as he moves further up the ladder.
Paul Kunert, 04 Oct 2013

Prolong the working life of your cloud applications

Application lifecycle management (ALM) is a critical foundational concept. We haven't always called it this – and no doubt there will be new names as marketing requires them – but the idea has been there all along.
Trevor Pott, 04 Oct 2013

'ALL information leaks', Samsung exec told us – Nokia splutters in filing

QuotW This was the week when a judge ordered a probe into allegations of a confidentiality breach after Samsung execs were said to have viewed secret Apple docs they should never have clapped eyes on.
Jasper Hamill, 04 Oct 2013
Planetoid crashes into primordial Earth

O2, Tesco Mobile go titsup for 220,000+ Brits in 13-HOUR 3G cockup

Nearly quarter of a million O2 customers struggled to make calls, send texts and use their mobile internet connections yesterday.
Bill Ray, 04 Oct 2013

Scottish NHS bosses say soz after 2-day IT ballsup scrubs 700 appointments

A Scottish health board has issued a grovelling apology to the hundreds of patients whose appointments were cancelled due to an embarrassing system error.
Jasper Hamill, 04 Oct 2013
self-service checkout

Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “Thank you for using Fast Checkout.”
Alistair Dabbs, 04 Oct 2013
firing range - target in cross hairs

Lenovo on the hunt for UK server and storage techies, sales bods

Canalys Channel Forum 2013 Lenovo's proposed deal to take IBM's x86 server business off its hands didn't quite come off. But the Chinese firm has clearly noticed that Britain's buying servers again and has asked headhunters to find staff to beef up its UK server and storage team ahead of its own product launch this quarter.
Paul Kunert, 04 Oct 2013

Hang in there, Internet Explorer peeps: Gaping zero-day fix coming Tues

Microsoft is preparing to close a wide-open security hole in Internet Explorer - a vulnerability state-backed spies are exploiting to mine organisations across Asia.
John Leyden, 04 Oct 2013

Basically RUBBISH 'COMET of the Century' ISON snapped by HiRISE in Mars orbit

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter circling high above the red planet has taken a break from its normal assignment of staring down at the ochre world beneath to get some snaps of Comet ISON as it passes by en route to the inner solar system.
Lewis Page, 04 Oct 2013

Bees baffled by belching car exhausts = GLOBAL HUNGER

Not only are cars apparently ruining the atmosphere and driving commuters crazy, they're now confusing our bees and starving the planet, too.

Chip, Chip hooray at Samsung outweighs slack gadget numbers

Samsung is on course for another year of record profits as an improved chip market makes up for its slowing smartphone business.

You're either mighty brave or mighty stupid. So which is it, Twitter?

Analysis Cash-strapped microblogging website Twitter filed for its initial public offering late yesterday, revealing a huge battle ahead for the company to convince investors it's not just another corporate flash in the pan.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Oct 2013


There's something missing in Twitter's S1 IPO prospectus. There's only a fleeting reference to the midichlorians that power the dark side of the "Twitter economy" - that is, fake accounts.
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Oct 2013

Microsoft: Oh PLEASE, HTC. Who says Windows Phone can't go on an Android mobe? – report

Microsoft has asked HTC to install Windows Phone as a user-selectable option on its Android handsets, according to a recent report.
Bill Ray, 04 Oct 2013

Poor miserable Ballmer's pay SLASHED to a measly $1.26m

Failings on Windows 8 and a crippling Surface writedown have seen Steve Ballmer’s pay docked for a second year in succession.
Gavin Clarke, 04 Oct 2013
Github octodex

GitHub wipes hand across bloodied face, stumbles from brutal DDoS beating

Popular source-code warehouse GitHub was back online today after weathering a huge denial-of-service attack throughout the week.
John Leyden, 04 Oct 2013

Thirteen alleged Anons named and charged by FBI in antipiracy web war

Thirteen further alleged members of web rabble-rousers Anonymous have been charged with masterminding online attacks against corporations and others who oppose internet piracy.
John Leyden, 04 Oct 2013

Blighty's SFO 'not conflicted' on Autonomy numbers probe

Blighty's Serious Fraud Office has said that there's no conflict of interest in its criminal investigation into Autonomy, despite reports that the SFO itself uses the firm's document management tool Introspect.

Larry Ellison hands back $575m from Oracle's Pillar slurp

Oracle chief exec Larry Ellison has agreed to waive a potential payout of $575m to clear up accusations of a conflict of interest over Oracle's acquisition of Pillar Data Systems, a company Ellison owned.
three amigos movie poster + three speaking in tech podcast hosts: Greg Kniereman, Sarah Vela, Ed Saiptech

Speaking in Tech: That EMC hypegasm? Ed and Greg grill a senior veep

Podcast Podcast Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Sarah is away, so it's just Ed and Greg with special guest Chad Sakac, senior vice-president for Global Presales Technical Resources at EMC.
Team Register, 04 Oct 2013

Micro P consumes security minnow Cohort Technology

Micro P has hoovered up fellow Basingstoke-based virtualisation, security and comms distie Cohort Technology for an undisclosed fee.
Paul Kunert, 04 Oct 2013

Apple's new non-feline Mac operating system, OS X Mavericks, ready to go

Apple has released the Golden Master (GM) verion of its upcoming OS X 10.9, aka Mavericks, to its developers, along with the GM version 5.0.1 of its integrated development environment (IDE), Xcode.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Oct 2013
Funnel of cash. Credit: via SXC – http://www.sxc.hu/profile/Leonardini

SEC review clears Apple of dodgy tax dealings

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has given Apple's finances a clean bill of health after a review of the company's use of an Irish subsidiary to dodge corporate taxes be more tax efficient.
Iain Thomson, 04 Oct 2013

MongoDB slurps $150m in mammoth funding round

Database upstart MongoDB has slurped $150m of filthy valley lucre to fund development of the NoSQL database in a sector dominated by the lumbering giants of Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft.
Jack Clark, 04 Oct 2013
Surface Pro 2 with docking station

Microsoft: We're nearly OUT OF STOCK of Surface 2 and Pro 2

Microsoft says it is nearly out of stock of its forthcoming Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 fondleslabs, though what that means in terms of actual sales figures is anybody's guess.
Neil McAllister, 04 Oct 2013
Steam coming from a boiling kettle

Valve uncloaks prototype Steam Machine console specs

Valve has revealed details about the hardware that powers its prototype Steam Machine gaming consoles, though it cautions that future commercial devices could have specs that vary considerably from the initial models.
Neil McAllister, 04 Oct 2013
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NSA using Firefox flaw to snoop on Tor users

An NSA presentation released by Edward Snowden contains mixed news for Tor users. The anonymizing service itself appears to have foxed US and UK government snoops, but instead they are using a zero-day flaw in the Firefox browser bundled with Tor to track users.
Iain Thomson, 04 Oct 2013
The NSA Unchained

NSA justifies hacking world's digital communications

The NSA has published a statement explaining why US spies have been studying, infiltrating, and subverting so many of the digital technologies upon which people depend.
Jack Clark, 04 Oct 2013