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Virgin Media only puts limited limits on its Unlimited service

Earlier this year the UK's advertising watchdog made the "unlimited" term used by broadband providers redundant, by confirming that moderate restrictions could be applied to network traffic, all the while letting the telcos continue to make "no caps" claims to subscribers.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Oct 2013

IBM gives up fight to build CIA's $600m secret cloud, hands deal to Amazon

IBM has stumbled away from its legal tussle with Amazon over a strategically important contract to build a $600m cloud system for the CIA.
Jack Clark, 30 Oct 2013
Disney's Beagle Boys

Three million Adobe accounts hacked? Sorry, make that 38 MILLION

Remember that Adobe security breach earlier this month that leaked the account records of some 3 million customers? Scratch that: the actual number hacked was at least 38 million, it has emerged.
Neil McAllister, 30 Oct 2013
Google sign outside Mountain View headquarters

Do+ you+ use+ Google+? Seemingly+ you+ DO+

Google has upgraded picture, video and Hangout functions that will be added to its Google+ social network – and claim that numbers of its active users have been underreported.
Iain Thomson, 30 Oct 2013

NBN Co reports smaller-than-expected loss

NBN Co, the company formerly tasked with building a national fibre-to-the-premises network for Australia, has delivered its 2013 financials.

Robo-drones learn to land by going bug-eyed

Landing a flying object can't be that hard: even bees can manage it. That's why researchers from Sweden, Germany and Australia have looked at what bees could teach about landing strategies for unmanned aircraft.
Hyper-V powershell screenshot

Microsoft creates new cert to make VMware admins 'bi-lingual'

Microsoft has found another way to grab some market share from VMware's: a new certification it says is designed “to help IT pros who are VMware experts build their expertise in Microsoft virtualization.”
Simon Sharwood, 30 Oct 2013

One in five Australian punters to buy wearable tech in 2014: report

Wearable technology is being boosted to the skies, with a new marketing report predicting that more than one in five adult Australians will have a wearable device by September of 2014.
Grumpy cat

Nothing to sniff at: Dell Ultrabooks REEK OF CAT PEE, scream users

Buyers of Dell's Latitude 6430u Ultrabook have noticed a very unpleasant bug: a strong odour resembling cat urine.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Oct 2013
The shattered screen of the smartphone. Pic: Winter Garden police

HTC phone STOPS BULLET, saves Florida gas station clerk's life

A Florida gas station clerk escaped serious injury during an attempted robbery when his HTC smartphone took a bullet from a fleeing perp's pistol.
Lester Haines, 30 Oct 2013

Infosys set for $35m fine over US visa naughtiness

Indian IT services giant Infosys is bracing itself for a $35 million (£22m) fine from the US government for visa irregularities, in what will be the largest financial penalty ever handed out for an immigration infraction.
Phil Muncaster, 30 Oct 2013
Hacker baseball cap

Laurie Love investigation stretches to Australia, Sweden

Following the arrest of Laurie Love of Suffolk on charges that he gained unauthorised access to US government computers, it's emerged that he was working with co-conspirators in Australia and Sweden.

Google's new broadband offer: 20-days of WiFi for a quid

Google is trying another tactic to get more of the developing world online, this time with a WiFi Passport service allowing Android users in the Indonesian capital Jakarta to bypass busy 3G networks.
Phil Muncaster, 30 Oct 2013
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Twitter, ARM voted on to Java steering committee

Twitter and ARM have been voted onto the executive of the Java Community Process (JCP), the committee that considers and oversees changes to Java.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Oct 2013
HGST Z5K1000 drive

HGST pops out 1TB fondleslab disc as thin as a digestive biscuit

Western Digital subsidiary HGST has launched a 1TB Travelstar drive that’s slower than its existing 1TB Travelstar. Handy factlette: HGST has sold enough Travelstar drives that if they were stacked on top of each other they would create a digital tower of Babel some 700km high.
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2013
Steve Ballmer as Doctor Evil

Microsoft investors advised: Sack the guy searching for Ballmer replacement

Proxy advisory firm Glass Lewis has told Microsoft shareholders to vote against the re-election of independent director John Thompson, who is leading the search for a new chief exec.
Fusion-io 1.6TB ioScale card

Fusion-io fortifies flashy SAN box - but it lacks handy real-world features

The Shane Robison rescue squad has turned its attention to Fusion-io’s lagging flash SAN box, updating it so it can compete better with Pure Storage and Violin Memory's products.
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2013
Students using MacBooks in a lecture hall

You're more likely to get a job if you study 'social' sciences, say fuzzy-studies profs

There's great news this week for young persons who'd like to get a good job one day but don't want to do much work at university. A report just out says that actually there's no need to get a tough degree in real science, maths, engineering, medicine, IT or similar - in fact, you don't want one of those. What you want, apparently, is a degree in one of the "social sciences".
Lewis Page, 30 Oct 2013
WD My Passport 2TB

WD slips bullet between teeth, gets ready to hand $706 MEELLION to Seagate

Western Digital is preparing to pay Seagate $706 million for using Seagate trade secrets.
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2013
Windows XP Start Screen

Migrating from Windows XP: Time to move on

Webcast Support for Windows XP ends on 8 April 2014. Much as you hate to let go, sadly the time has come. We can help you make the transition to an XP-free future by helping to plan a successful migration.
David Gordon, 30 Oct 2013

ARM flexes muscle: Forget iPhone 5S's 64-bit edge – it will soon be standard

ARM TechCon Forget the smartphone horse race. Although Apple introduced 64-bit processors to smartphones with its "forward-looking" iPhone 5S, mobile processor maven ARM says it's "no biggie": by late next year, smartphones based on its 64-bit Cortex-A53 processor core should be widely available.
Rik Myslewski, 30 Oct 2013
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El Reg intros post editing for all

Readers' corner As some of you have already noticed, we opened up post-editing for all yesterday (once five of your comments have been accepted for publication).
Drew Cullen, 30 Oct 2013
Batman: Arkham Origins

HOLY how-did-we-get-here?: Batman Arkham Origins

Review It might be that I’m just a Batman fan, it might be that I’ve yet to be jaded by the Arkham series – certainly not to the extent that I am with the Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed franchises – but I just can’t help but like Origins.
Mike Plant, 30 Oct 2013
New humpback dolphin species

Shy, bashful HUMPBACK DOLPHINS expose themselves to boffins

A previously unknown species of humpback dolphin has been blithely swimming the waters off northern Australia, according to scientists.

Like iPads? Like stuff called AIR? Here's our REVIEW ROUNDUP-squared

Apple fans, if you’ve an ounce, make that 6.9 ounces of fanboi credibility, you’ll be reading this from your tired old iPad that you now don't really like any more or shiny new iPhone 5C – yes, the 5C, the one you bought out of loyalty to show everyone that it was cool despite the price.
Bob Dormon, 30 Oct 2013
Lenovo Yoga Tablet

Lenovo stands up rinky-dinky new Yoga tablet

Lenovo is extending its foldable laptop-cum-tablet Yoga line with an even more flexible model. The Chinese computer giant claims this one sports three usage modes to its predecessors’ two, but we think that’s, er, stretching the point.
Tony Smith, 30 Oct 2013
Martin's Beach road access closure

Want to go to billionaire Sun kingpin's beach? Hope you're a strong swimmer

Surf’s up, but not on this beach. A judge has ruled that Vinod Khosla, the billionaire venture capitalist co-founder of Sun, is allowed to block beach-goers from walking or driving across his property to access the 200-acre stretch of coastal sand in front of it.
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2013
Drowning sailor

Microsoft dumps two distributors overboard in Blighty cull

Microsoft has confirmed that it is to part ways with two distributors in the UK next year, following an intensive review of its contracts.
Paul Kunert, 30 Oct 2013

Bloated tech reseller Systemax may be turning around, but it's still going the wrong way

Things were supposed to be on the up for the Leeds brothers in charge of troubled reseller Systemax: by this point in calendar '13 profits should have returned as the restructuring plan takes hold ahead of the glide into Christmas.
Paul Kunert, 30 Oct 2013
First official pic of Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs

DEAD STEVE JOBS chap becomes ENGINEER ... at Lenovo

Lenovo has joined the likes of BlackBerry, Intel and Polaroid in hiring a celebrity to have creative input on its new products, bagging Steve Jobs-affiliated Ashton Kutcher for the position of "product engineer".
Team Register, 30 Oct 2013
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Gasp! Twitter displays pictures in main feed as IPO looms

Twitter is clogging up its timeline with pictures after modifying its service to make it more "visual". It's a clear move to prepare its users for more ads now that the company is about to go public on Wall Street.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Oct 2013
Xtremio launch video grab

EMC braces self for November's flashy XTremIO launchgasm

EMC is winding itself up to launch its XtremIO flash array on 14 November.
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2013

Hybrid heaven: Systems Centre Virtual Machine Manager and Windows Azure

Hands-on On 14 November at 11.00 GMT we will be broadcasting a live training session on the Microsoft network virtualization technologies of Windows Hyper-V, Systems Centre Virtual Machine Manager (SCVM) and Windows Azure – all working together in Hybrid data centre solution.
David Gordon, 30 Oct 2013

So many 'cyberspying hackers' about... and most of you are garbage

RSA Europe 2013 Cyber-espionage groups are too numerous to count and are often far less skilled than their reputation suggests, according to threat-trackers.
John Leyden, 30 Oct 2013

Fusion-io founder Flynn gets $50m fuel to get Primary Data flying

David Flynn’s Primary Data startup reportedly just received $50m in B-round funding.
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2013

Arrow: global macro still 'unsettled" as profits dip

Just when you thought it was safe to mouth the words distributor and expanding profits in the same breath, Arrow Electronics has rolled out financials for calendar Q3 that show some bottom line slippage.
Paul Kunert, 30 Oct 2013

Apple under CEO Angela Ahrendts? Hmm ... (beard stroke)

Analysis Cloud king Marc Benioff has hailed "future Apple CEO" Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s new head of retail and online sales, as "the most important hire Tim Cook has ever made".
Gavin Clarke, 30 Oct 2013

Users and customers stressing your systems? Tell us how you cope

Readers We’ve got a survey on network security and application delivery that needs the input of all of the security, application or networking experts out there.
David Gordon, 30 Oct 2013

NASDAQ exchange stumbles AGAIN after 'human error' snafu

The NASDAQ stock exchange suffered yet another glitch yesterday, forcing it to halt trading in derivatives contracts linked to the Nasdaq 100 index.
Vaughn Stewart of Pure Storage

Speaking in Tech: 'Pure Storage is defined by... Vaughn Stewart's hairdo'

Podcast Podcast Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Eddie is wining and dining while Sarah and Greg hold court with Mark Twomey of EMC, better known as StorageZilla.
Team Register, 30 Oct 2013
BlackBerry Messenger (BBM)

SAP: We just can't gobble BlackBerry. We're stuffed with 'mobile solutions'

Business-software giant SAP has ruled out buying struggling handset-maker BlackBerry.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Oct 2013
Back of iPhone 5

iPHONE 5S BATTERY: It may NOT just be you, it may be RUBBISH

Apple is recalling some of its flagship iPhone 5s handsets after a flaw was found in the batteries that causes them to unexpectedly run out of juice.
Iain Thomson, 30 Oct 2013

Cisco: We'll open-source our H.264 video code AND foot licensing bill

Networking titan Cisco Systems says it will open source its implementation of the H.264 video codec and release it as a free binary download.
Neil McAllister, 30 Oct 2013

FREEZE, GLASSHOLE! California cops bust Google Glass driver

California cops have issued what is thought to be the first ticket for wearing Google's head-mounted Glass computers while driving.
Iain Thomson, 30 Oct 2013

What's MariaDB? Google stitches MySQL Wire Protocol into its cloud

Google has made it easier for developers to lash on-premises databases to its cloud by implementing the MySQL Wire Protocol in its Cloud SQL service.
Jack Clark, 30 Oct 2013
Facebook data center - interior, lit up

What do we want? Strong consistency! When do we... oh, it's in Riak v2

RICON West 2013 Riak-steward Basho has spliced crucial enterprise features into the second version of its NoSQL distributed database, and also admitted that its system can't do everything on its own.
Jack Clark, 30 Oct 2013

Need a job? The 'Internet of Things' WANTS YOU

ARM TechCon If you're looking for your next career move, one that will guarantee you job security with a company that's dying to hire you, ARM's CEO has three words for you: "Internet of Things."
Rik Myslewski, 30 Oct 2013

Vocus turning Manly spur into a ring

Junior telco Vocus has announced it's extending its Sydney fibre network with a second northern beaches route.
A boat full of Fail

Windows Azure Compute cloud goes TITSUP PLANET-WIDE

Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud was hit by a worldwide partial compute outage today, calling into question how effectively Redmond has partitioned its service.
Jack Clark, 30 Oct 2013