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Facebook gives THUMBS DOWN to its OWN design makeover

Facebook has unveiled a design tweak that will change the look of one of the social networking site's most oft-used features.
Shaun Nichols, 07 Nov 2013

Australia's Electoral Commission won't release vote-counting code

Following the shambolic Western Australian Senate election, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has turned down a citizen's FOI request to look at the software it uses to count Senate votes.
Cellular antenna. Source: Vxla/Flickr

Build your own mobile network for the low, low price of US$2,000

Universities and mobile network engineers can have a crack at service development for around $US2,000, courtesy of a development kit launched by Range Networks.
Admiral Ackbar

Drugs e-souk Silk Road back from the dead with new Dread Pirate Roberts

Barely a month after the FBI shuttered the first Silk Road online black market, the secretive souk is back with another "Dread Pirate Roberts" (DPR) at the helm – and the operator has added PGP encryption for good measure.
Iain Thomson, 07 Nov 2013
hands waving dollar bills in the air

Twitter to flog IPO shares at $26, eyes $2bn prize ... IBM will be pleased

Twitter has formally declared it'll flog its shares at $26 a pop on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday.
Shaun Nichols, 07 Nov 2013
Swiss iOS clock

OK, maths wonks: PRIME TIME has arrived

Every Reg reader knows that a prime number is divisible only by one and itself.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Nov 2013
hands waving dollar bills in the air

Microsoft, Facebook: We'll pay cash if you can poke a hole in the INTERNET

While Facebook and Microsoft already run security bug bounty programs of their own, the two companies are now working together to reward researchers who can find flaws in some of the underlying technologies behind online communications.
Iain Thomson, 07 Nov 2013
Samsung coins the term 'Foblet' to describe the Galaxy Note

We've invented the FONBLET, says Samsung

Samsung has thrown an analyst day in Korea and the deck of slides shown to the rune-casters has found its way onto The Reg's hard drive.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Nov 2013

Truly secure clouds? Possible but not likely say Georgia Tech boffins

Georgia Tech has added itself to the chorus, nay, throng of voices warning that poorly-implemented cloud computing and the world of BYO mobile devices are threats to enterprise security.

Microsoft glues Windows 8, Windows Phone programming programs

In a step toward creating a single, unified app store for both desktop Windows and Windows Phone, Microsoft has announced that developers can now register for both stores simultaneously using the same account.
Neil McAllister, 07 Nov 2013
Photo of the KitKat mascot among the Android lawn statues

Another zombie 'bogus app' bug shambles out of Android

Jay Freeman, aka @saurik, has detailed another Zip implementation bug in pre-4.4 (Kit Kat) versions of Android which, similarly to the notorious APK vulnerability exposed earlier this year, opens a hole that malware can sneak through.

World's first astro-bot sends greetings from International Space Station

Diminutive Japanese astro-bot Kirobo has sent its first greeting from space in a brief message from the International Space Station, where it’s awaiting the arrival of three flesh-and-blood companions later today.
Phil Muncaster, 07 Nov 2013
bug on keyboard

IPMI in Supermicro servers vulnerable says HD Moore

Metasploit's HD Moore is gnawing at the security of the The Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) again, this time zeroing in on the firmware implementation from vendor Supermicro.

Chinese hacker bust drove crims underground says report

The public exposure of Chinese hacking group APT1 and its alleged affiliation to the People’s Liberation Army has done nothing but drive its members deeper underground, according to a US congressional report.
Phil Muncaster, 07 Nov 2013

Cops: Bloke makes bet with wife. Wife loses - so hubby TASERS her

A Chicago Bears fan was cuffed on Monday night after allegedly giving his missus a right royal tasering - purportedly the result of a bet that the Illinois team would prevail over the Green Bay Packers.
Lester Haines, 07 Nov 2013

Brazil makes it official: Gov email must be state-run and on-premises

Brazil has followed through on its promise to make its government email open source and entirely- on-shore.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Nov 2013

Fury as OS X Mavericks users FORCED to sync contact books with iCloud

Apple has removed from Mac OS X Mavericks the ability to directly sync an iPhone's contact list with its owner's computer – forcing the user to instead upload their address book to Cupertino's cloud and download it to the local computer.
John Leyden, 07 Nov 2013

IBM makes cheeky SNATCH at AWS's cloud crown

IBM has launched an offensive in which it claims it is the world's foremost cloud company.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Nov 2013
Dell logo

Hey EU! Have you seen Dell's HORRID Chinese factories?

Dell has become the latest Western technology giant to find itself accused of labour rights violations at plants operated by Chinese suppliers, with new allegations suggesting extensive overtime, low wages, discriminatory hiring and dangerous working environments are all prevalent.
Phil Muncaster, 07 Nov 2013

Huawei set to pump MILLIONS into 5G mobe networking research

Chinese networking kit giant Huawei plans to pump $600m into 5G research over the next five years.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Nov 2013
Spinpoint MT9

Samsung slips out slim spinner with surprisingly sizable storage supply

Seagate’s Samsung subsidiary has launched a 2TB mobile drive, claiming it to be the world’s thinnest 2TB drive.
Chris Mellor, 07 Nov 2013
Alicia Keys at a red carpet event in a blue, jewelled gown with upswept hairdo. Photo by Keith Hinkle, licensed under creative commons attribution

Heins didn't have the beans. Can comeback king Chen fish BlackBerry out of jam?

Analysis BlackBerry’s plan for rebirth using the dream team of Alicia Keys and chief executive Thorsten Heins has failed. Sybase turnaround king and CEO-of-the-moment John Chen is now its new great hope.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Nov 2013
Star Wars: The Complete Saga

Does 'Star Wars' casting call hint at DEATH of LUKE SKYWALKER?

An open casting call for "lead roles in a Disney film" is rumoured to be the search for unknowns to lead the new Star Wars movies.
Team Register, 07 Nov 2013

Big customers need a personal servicing, says Big Blue grand fromage

Interview IBM has handed the bulk of its largest corporate hardware customers to channel partners – some 200 accounts – but it is retaining 23 clients who will still get the touchy-feely treatment from its direct sales reps – who comprise half of the unit's sales.
Paul Kunert, 07 Nov 2013

You've been arrested for computer crime: Here's what happens next

It isn't just paedophiles. It is the accountant who thinks he is worth more than the company decides to pay him, and decides to create and pay fictitious invoices. It is the card-cloning gangs buying and selling mag stripes and card dumps. It is the drug dealers who think they are smarter than the police.
Stuart Burns, 07 Nov 2013
Lego: The Lord of the Rings

Furious Google techie on NSA snooping: 'F*CK THESE GUYS'

Eric Schmidt's indignation over the NSA's reported spying on links between Google's data centres pales in comparison to the righteous indignation of his engineers.
John Leyden, 07 Nov 2013
Intel 330 120GB SSD

WAIT! What's that sound? It's Intel stomping into the 'Internet of Things'

Intel has set up an entire business unit to make sure that it doesn't miss out on the the whole "internet of things" movement.

Enabling the on-demand data centre with SDN

Interview The hybrid cloud is becoming a notable thing. Companies such as Microsoft are pushing visions like CloudOS while work patterns change to allow more flexibility in worker location.
Trevor Pott, 07 Nov 2013
Photo of the KitKat mascot among the Android lawn statues

KitKat swats yet another Android 'MasterKey' bug

Android 4.4 contains a fix for yet another – albeit weaker variant – of the so-called MasterKey bug that first surfaced in July.
John Leyden, 07 Nov 2013

Google told: ERASE Mosley's FIVE-HOOKER ORGY. Now everyone will view it AGAIN

A French judge has told Google to devise a way to take down all links to nine images of former F1 boss Max Mosley at a sadomasochistic orgy.
Jasper Hamill, 07 Nov 2013
Motoroheadphones Motorizer

Deezer unveils tarted-up music-streaming service after $130m injection

Music streamer Deezer sexed up its wares yesterday, the new features the result of a gigantic recent $130m investment.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Nov 2013
Dalek Attack

The CURSE of WHO: WHY has there never been a decent videogame with the Doctor?

Doctor Who @ 50 Doctor Who has not done well as part of the videogame industry. There have been a fair number of professionally-made games based on the series, but few with the BBC’s official blessing and of them an even smaller number that were actually worth playing for any length of time.
Tony Smith, 07 Nov 2013
Electronic waste dump in China

MPs blast 'alarmingly weak' management of one-dole-to-rule-them-all

The botched implementation of the Department for Work and Pension's Universal Credit system looks set to lead to a multimillion pound write-off of IT assets, MPs said today.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Nov 2013

How Google paved the way for NSA's intercepts - just as The Register predicted 9 YEARS AGO

Flashback Much hilarity has greeted Eric Schmidt’s deeply sincere “outrage” at his “discovery” that the NSA was spying on Google. For example, Vanity Fair pointed Mr Schmidt to some helpful Google searches.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Nov 2013

PC rivals weep while Lenovo dazzles with Q2 box-shifting numbers

If the HP folks in Palo Alto were hoping to see a chink in Lenovo's armour on its latest quarterly financials they will be sorely disappointed - a double-digit growth fest was banked by the Chinese dragon AGAIN today.
Paul Kunert, 07 Nov 2013
Artist's impression of the Lythronax argestes

BLOOD KING of the TYRANNOSAURS, grandad of T-Rex

A new kind of vicious tyrannosaur that pre-dates Tyrannosaurus rex has been unearthed in southern Utah and christened the "King of Gore".

Win a free delegate pass to PHP 2013 Europe!

ZCEU OK guys, The Register is a media sponsor of PHP 2013 Europe and Zendcon, the show organiser, has offered us one free delegate pass to give away. (The winner is responsible for own arrangements.)
Drew Cullen, 07 Nov 2013
Internet Explorer Logo

Google 'fesses up: Yup, we're KILLING OFF IE9 support for Gmail, Apps

Google has finally revealed its plans for Gmail and Google Apps to stop working with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Nov 2013
Autodesk's AutoCAD

AutoCAD daddy buys UK design software firm Delcam for £172.5m

Autodesk is all set to slurp British firm Delcam for £172.5m in a bid to snatch more software to offer to the manufacturing sector.

Dodgy Kaspersky update borks THOUSANDS of NHS computers

A misfiring antivirus update from Kaspersky Lab "effectively levelled several networks" last months including systems at Britain's NHS, The Register has learned.
John Leyden, 07 Nov 2013

While the BBC drools over Twitter, look what UK's up to: Hospital superbug breakthrough

Comment The BBC has gone Twitter-crazy this week, with every pre-IPO twitch reported in the top-of-the-hour bulletins. But when you peek beneath the hype, it's not the wonder-fest you might think.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Nov 2013
Tim Berners-Lee, photo by Paul Clarke

Berners-Lee: 'Appalling and foolish' NSA spying HELPS CRIMINALS

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, granddaddy of the internet, has attacked the NSA and GCHQ for their "appalling and foolish" cracking of online encryption.
Jasper Hamill, 07 Nov 2013

Foxconn-rebrander Apple to rebrand hardware from other Taiwanese firms, too

Apple is planning to work with new manufacturers in China to beef up its supply chain and meet growing demand for the iPhone 5S.
Jasper Hamill, 07 Nov 2013
Tesla Model S

Tesla shares dip as Elon Musk admits electrocar firm ran out of juice

Shares in Tesla Motors dropped over 14 per cent yesterday after CEO and founder Elon Musk revealed that the firm doesn't have enough batteries for its Model S.

Twitter #blabbergasm explodes as shares soar close to $50 on NYSE

A profit-starved Twitter saw its shares debut on the New York Stock Exchange today with a price tag $45.10.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Nov 2013

Skype U-turns on plan to kill off desktop API, spares foot from bullet

Skype has backtracked on a decision to terminate its desktop API next month, a move that would have broken the voice-chat service for millions.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Nov 2013
Square payment system

Twitter co-founder chats to banks about floating ANOTHER profitless firm

Not content with one high-profile IPO, Jack Dorsey is trying to get his other startup, payments firm Square, onto the market in 2014, according to recent reports.
Microsoft Office v Google Apps advert

Microsoft offers Google-esque multi-meddling options in Office Web Apps

Microsoft has added joint editing capabilities to Office 365 apps.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Nov 2013

Wayback Machine hardware up in FLAMES (but interwebs' DeLorean WAS backed up)

The internet archive charity behind the Wayback Machine has launched an emergency funding drive following a fire which wrecked more half a million dollars worth of equipment.
Jasper Hamill, 07 Nov 2013
Syncplicity EE

EMC adds Syncplicity updates to its feature overload to-do list

Just when EMC wanted to proclaim an updated Syncplicity secure file sync'n'share product, it sued Pure Storage for poaching EMC staff whom it accused of taking confidential information using … yes, you guessed it … Syncplicity.
Chris Mellor, 07 Nov 2013
Index Movember 2013

Canadian Vultures shave bare for winter

For those of you unaware, Movember is a movement to raise awareness and funding for men's cancer research during the month of November. Participants grow moustaches for the duration of the month to raise awareness and encourage others to donate to their Movember team.
Trevor Pott, 07 Nov 2013

Brit spymasters: Cheers, Snowden. Terrorists are overhauling their comms

Terrorists in Afghanistan and the Middle East are discussing changing their communication systems as a result of Edward Snowden's revelations, the boss of GCHQ said on Thursday.
John Leyden, 07 Nov 2013

Apple iPhone factory workers imprisoned in virtual slavery – report

Global manufacturing giant Flextronics International, which supplies components for Apple, Cisco, HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft, among others, has been accused of virtually imprisoning workers in indentured servitude.
Rik Myslewski, 07 Nov 2013
Confrontation between ufologists, Somali pirates and a security guard

New plan: Sell Amazon cloud monitor tool, hope Amazon is OK with this

ExtraHop Networks has launched a monitoring product on top of the Amazon cloud and is gambling that Bezos & Co won't produce a cut-price mimic if it finds success.
Jack Clark, 07 Nov 2013

Cloud, virtualisation and big data added to TAFE curriculum

A new curriculum for information technology courses taught at Australia's colleges of technical and further education (TAFEs, Polytechnic for UK readers, community college in the USA) has been released.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Nov 2013
NSA's Fort Meade headquarters

Does F-Secure's antivirus turn a blind eye to spook spyware? CEO hits back

Antivirus maker F-Secure has responded to privacy campaigners' concerns over the handling of spook-grade surveillance malware – by insisting its security software slays government spyware wherever it can.
Shaun Nichols, 07 Nov 2013
Twitter for Mac Old

TWITTER CLOSES ... its first day of stock trading with shares up 73 per cent

Twitter and its financial advisors will be patting themselves on the back and counting their bucks after the firm's first day on the stock exchange saw its perceived value rise 73 per cent at the close of trading.
Iain Thomson, 07 Nov 2013

REJOICE! Windows 7 users can get IE11 ... soon they'll have NO choice

Following a swift development and testing process, Microsoft has delivered the final version of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7, less than a month after it was made available to Windows 8 users via the 8.1 update.
Neil McAllister, 07 Nov 2013