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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sun-seeking Cambridge boffins chase Solar Challenge car crown
World Solar ChallengeNext 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.
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.
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.
Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII
StobI recently experienced a Damascene conversion and, like many such converts, I am now set on a course of indiscriminate and aggressive proselytising.
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.
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?
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.
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.
'ALL information leaks', Samsung exec told us – Nokia splutters in filing
QuotWThis 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.
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.
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.
Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED
Something for the Weekend, Sir?“Thank you for using Fast Checkout.”
Lenovo on the hunt for UK server and storage techies, sales bods
Canalys Channel Forum 2013Lenovo'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.
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.
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.
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?
AnalysisCash-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.
The DARK HEART of the Twitter IPO: FAKE USERS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.