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NSA's Fort Meade headquarters

Web giants cry foul over US gov's refusal to budge on NSA spy gag orders

Google, Microsoft, Yahoo! and Facebook are still fighting for permission to warn people who are under online surveillance, after their campaign for transparency was derailed by the US Department of Justice.
Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2013
Cellular basestation antenna

US mobile spectrum sale latest – Sprint tells rivals: Knock yourself out, guys

Mobile giant Sprint said it will opt out of an upcoming radio spectrum auction which is expected to fetch billions of dollars.
Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2013

Microsoft's Office 365 email, Lync cloud 'in worldwide wobble'

Users say they were unable to access Microsoft's Office 365 email and instant-chat Lync services this evening as Redmond's systems suffered a small global outage.
Trevor Pott, 14 Nov 2013

FalconStor shutters Australian office, merges Honkers and China ops

Troubled storage vendor FalconStor has closed its office in Australia and merged its Hong Kong and China operations.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2013
Stained glass angels

Google grants cloud servers IMMORTALITY (during maintenance)

Google has taken a lead on cloud rivals by granting its virtual machines immortality via a new live migration feature.
Jack Clark, 14 Nov 2013

DiData adds DCs in three countries

Dimension Data has announced a global expansion of its data centre footprint to help it create a global cloud.
The NSA Unchained

Mandatory HTTP 2.0 encryption proposal sparks hot debate

Most Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) debates pass unnoticed, because they're very dry and detailed. However, a suggestion that the HTTP 2.0 specification might mandate encryption – in a post-Snowden world – is too tasty an idea to go under the radar.

How do spooks build surveillance rigs? In Oz they TENDER for it

Australia's Federal Police force (AFP) has issued a tender for deep packet inspection (DPI) kit capable of processing data encapsulated by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute's ETSI 102 232 format for lawfully-intercepted communications.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2013
Air pollution in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, northeastern China, in October 2013

Beijing's trainware busted by bustling commuter bunches

The German manufacturer of Beijing subway’s ticket barriers has been forced to fly out engineers to the Chinese capital to deal with problems caused by impatient commuters.
Phil Muncaster, 14 Nov 2013
hands waving dollar bills in the air

Pwn2Own crackers leave iOS and Samsung mobe security IN RUINS

Researchers attending the PacSec 2013 security conference in Japan have won nearly $70,000 after demonstrating how to compromise iPhones and a Samsung Galaxy S4 running Android in a mobile version of the legendary Pwn2Own hacking contest.
Iain Thomson, 14 Nov 2013
Apple design patents (right) and Samsung smartphones (left)

Apple wants $380m for patents, Samsung says $52m. Get a room, you two

Apple and Samsung kicked off the next phase of their high-profile patent infringement case with the two sides far apart on their damage estimates.
Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2013

Chromebooks, phones ... how PC maker Asus hopes to stay in the black

Trade has been brisk for Taiwanese slab-cum-notebook builder Asustek, but the shine has not yet returned to its financial figures.
Paul Kunert, 14 Nov 2013

Justin BIEBER ploughs cash into NaaS: NARCISSISM-as-a-Service

Justin Bieber has unveiled a social network dedicated to letting self-obsessed teens share pictures of themselves.
Jasper Hamill, 14 Nov 2013
B2 stealth bomber

Japan set to create DARPA-style agency for military tech

Japan’s wolfish new government may create a DARPA-style agency to research, develop and adapt cutting edge technologies for possible military use.
Phil Muncaster, 14 Nov 2013
management regulation5

Look at how many ways we ruin your life, Redmond boasts

Just in time for the end-of-year break, Microsoft has reminded people – and more importantly, their employers – just how easy it is for mobile computing to completely ruin anything approaching a normal life.
BlackBerry bleeding

BlackBerry to be throttled by own supply chain

Mobile phone makers that can't sell 35 million phones every six months – three per cent of the global market – are doomed, according to Taiwanese analyst outfit Trendforce.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2013

Amazon seeds cloud with apps that flow to streams

re:Invent 2013 Amazon Web Services (AWS') big day it ats re:Invent cloud shindig in fabulous Las Vegas may have been headlined by its disruptive entry into the desktop virtualisation market, but the company also announced a new tributary to its cloudy river in the form of the new AppStream service.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2013

Huge Antarctic iceberg: 1 Singapore? 8 Manhattans? This is CHAOS

The Register's standards soviet is today calling for an international symposium of iceberg experts and builders with really, really long tape measures to settle once and for all just how to quantify titanic Titanic-busting ice mountains.
Lester Haines, 14 Nov 2013
iPad and iPad mini

APPLE EATS ITSELF: iPad Mini set to wolf Air's market share

Shipments of Apple's latest bijoux fondleslab are expected to double next year as sales of other models dwindle.
Jasper Hamill, 14 Nov 2013
Speed gun cop

Who's hogging Amazon's cloud CPUs? I'll kill 'em ... oh, look, it was me

re:Invent 2013 No one trusts the cloud, not even people who have built their businesses entirely on it – or so Amazon has indicated with a new tool that reveals how individual Amazon Web Services systems are being accessed.
Jack Clark, 14 Nov 2013

LG’s G2: The phondleslab that wants you to TOUCH ITS BEHIND

Review For all the variation in screen size and the occasional BlackBerry with a keyboard, the design of modern smartphones is remarkably similar: an oblong lump with some sort of button arrangement below the screen and the power and volume controls scattered around the edge.
Alun Taylor, 14 Nov 2013

Avere shrugs at bespoke clouds, bolts Glacier onto its NAS range

Avere, the filer accelerator supplier, has integrated cloud storage into its NAS universe, including Amazon's Glacier, with a single file namespace including on-premise and cloud storage.
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2013
management management4

Former BT and IBM GS president rocks up at Logicalis

Logicalis Group has brought in former Logica and BT exec Gary Bullard as CEO to replace outgoing boss Ian Cooke, who is set to retire from the role and become the firm's non-exec chairman.
Paul Kunert, 14 Nov 2013

How to relieve Microsoft's Surface RT piles problem

Somewhere in Redmond (at least metaphorically speaking) are several very large piles of unsold Surface RT tablet components.
Liam Proven, 14 Nov 2013
Source: Simply Smile Photography by Georgia Stephenson

Get hands on with hybrid data centre technologies

Live Training! Our much-anticipated training session around Microsoft's Cloud OS solution is about to kick off. It starts at 11:00 GMT and you can view it for free below from the comfort of your desk.
David Gordon, 14 Nov 2013
Q and Bond, Skyfall

JUST LIKE US: Hackers who work for gov seem almost... ORGANISED

State-sponsored hackers are looking less like traditional hacking crews and more like military units as they share infrastructure and adopt strict hierarchies, according to new research.
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2013

Facebook, the BIGGEST WINDBAG on the planet? It'll blow $300m trying

When Facebook's new Iowa data center goes live in 2015, it will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy, the social network says.
Neil McAllister, 14 Nov 2013

UK public auditor, scourge of tax-dodging big biz, hosts its site on ... Amazon

The National Audit Office may have highlighted government suppliers that pull levers to minimise corporate tax, but it failed to mention it too works with at least one such organisation.
Paul Kunert, 14 Nov 2013
Screen shot of Facebook mobile password reset form

A-DOH!-BE hack: Facebook warns users whose logins were spilled

Facebook is using a list of hacked Adobe accounts posted by the miscreants themselves to warn its own customers about password reuse.
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2013
The painted nose of the Vulture 2, with its yellow upper and led underside

El avión Buitre 2 rinde homenaje a nuestros amigos españoles

Hoy queremos rendir homenaje a los miembros españoles del equipo de la misión Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) - un avión de alta tecnología que pretendemos lanzar a la estratosfera con un motor de cohete.
Lester Haines, 14 Nov 2013
Apple's invitation to its September 11 event in China

Apple faces €1bn tax probe in Italy, claim legal eagle insiders

Apple will be investigated in Italy for allegedly owing almost £1bn to the Euro nation's taxman, it was claimed last night.
Jasper Hamill, 14 Nov 2013
Doctor Who: The Companions

Are you experienced? The Doctor Who assistants that SUFFERED the most

Doctor Who @ 50 There is a range of events the Doctor’s companions can expect to encounter, from meeting his most arch of enemies to being flung bodily through time and space, and undergoing various forms of attack.
Paul Smith, 14 Nov 2013
Buncefield fire scene

First the Yanks, now us: In-flight mobe use WON'T kill us all, say Eurocrats

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is to ease the rules limiting the use of electronic devices in aircraft passenger cabins.
Tony Smith, 14 Nov 2013
Photo of the Starship Enterprise's sick bay

A startup could've made a better Obamacare site, says CloudFlare boss

The White House claims its sickly medical insurance portal healthcare.gov is finally finding its feet – but after weeks of stability problems, one web specialist has told The Reg: a startup would have done better.
Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2013
Apple Contact Hero shot

Show us your Cook: Size is everything for Apple iWatch fans, apparently

The Apple iWatch will come in two different sizes to fit the differing needs of fanbois and gurlz, it has been claimed.
Jasper Hamill, 14 Nov 2013
Plasma ball

POWER SOURCE that might END humanity's PROBLEMS: A step forward

Boffins have come up with a new way to bottle up the energy of a star, using an antenna to keep ultrahot plasma stable - and taking a big step towards cheap, clean, everlasting energy for the human race.

Eric Schmidt joins board of weighty biz journal The Economist

Eric Schmidt has joined the board of The Economist Group for a three-year run after a shareholder vote, the group has announced.

Microsoft FAILS to encrypt data centre links despite NSA snooping

Microsoft has admitted it doesn't yet encrypt "server-to-server" communications, although it plans to review its security arrangements in the wake of ongoing revelations about NSA spying.
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2013

Brit ISPs ordered to add more movie-streaming websites to block list

The UK’s biggest ISPs must block customers from accessing another two unlicensed movie-streaming sites, SolarMovie and Tubeplus.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Nov 2013

Hackers steal 'FULL credit card details' of 376,000 people from Irish loyalty programme firm

A hack attack against an Irish loyalty programme firm, Loyaltybuild, has led to the theft of the full credit card details of at least 376,000 consumers, says the country's data protection watchdog.
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2013

How d'ya make a JPMorgan banker cry? Ask him questions on Twitter

Twitter trolls have sent a grosse fromage from JPMorgan scuttling back to his ivory tower after hijacking a public question and answer session.
Jasper Hamill, 14 Nov 2013

BROADBAND will SAVE THE ECONOMY, shriek UK.gov bods

The government claimed today that a £1.2bn investment of taxpayer money in the deployment of fast broadband networks would return £20 for every £1 spent from the public purse.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Nov 2013
Scrooge McDuck

Don't count out Overland Storage: Borged mixed tape biz = PROFIT at last

Analysis We expected declining revenues and another loss and Overland didn’t disappoint. First fiscal 2014 quarter revenues of $10.6m were down 9 per cent on the annual compare and 12 per cent compared to the previous quarter. On the other hand, its new acquisition means it pulls a lot of resources out of the tape biz and into the more profitable parts of the storage world.
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2013

Juniper Networks hires engineering expert as new CEO

Juniper Networks has hired a replacement for its CEO Kevin Johnson, who confirmed his plan to retire from the company in July this year.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Nov 2013
Azure icon

What we learned at our Windows Azure Regcast

On 10 October QA’s Matt Bishop became the latest and the bravest techie to enter El Reg studio for a hands-on session.
Team Register, 14 Nov 2013
Steve Ballmer

Departing Ballmer shakes up Microsoft's top engineering boffins

Steve Ballmer has shuffled some Microsoft top boffins around, using his closing days as CEO to cement his massive summer re-org.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Nov 2013

Bitcoin mining rig firm claims $3m revenue in just FOUR DAYS

It is said that during a gold rush, the people who make the real money are the ones selling the spades.
Jasper Hamill, 14 Nov 2013

Tablet-types drive demand for all-in-one desktop PCs

More than a third of desktop computer sales in Britain are all-in-one machines, up from a quarter during the first half of the year.
Tony Smith, 14 Nov 2013

Colt Technology Services bigwigs exit stage left

Colt Technology Services exec director Simon Walsh and some of his lieutenants have exited the business, The Channel can reveal.
Paul Kunert, 14 Nov 2013
Topgun fighters

Profits ONTAP? Not exactly, but storage giant NetApp can exhale now

Whew, that was close: NetApp grew its second quarter revenues by a whisker but bumped up profits nicely as customers continued to buy its gear.
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2013
IBM Watson QA Power7 cluster

IBM. HUMAN-crushing SUPERCOMPUTER Watson. The Cloud. You know where THIS is going

IBM is exposing the super computer brain that crushed puny humans in a TV quiz show to the entire internet.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Nov 2013
bug on keyboard

Look! GNOME 3.10 (with Fedora 20). Did we mention GNOME 3.10?

Review The biggest development in Fedora 20 (aka Heisenbug), which recently hit beta, isn’t something unique to Fedora at all. It’s the GNOME 3.10 desktop.

Google: The Man RUMMAGED all your data (and a load MORE that's SECRET)

Google says it is handing twice as much user data to governments as it was three years ago.
Jasper Hamill, 14 Nov 2013
Sysadmin Coffee Index image

Concerning Spiceworks' evil plans for world domination

Analysis Spiceworld 2013 In the first article in my two-part series on Spiceworks I discussed the company's ambitions for "owning the stack". Not only does it own the coalface administrator's eyeballs, it is starting to own the relationships that VARs, MSPs, and CSPs have with those coalface admins, each other, other vendors and, increasingly, access to line-of-business resources. In this article I will explore how Spiceworks intends to accomplish this.
Trevor Pott, 14 Nov 2013
Hubble galaxy discovered by BoRG

HUBBLE turns TIME MACHINE: Sees GLINT in the Milk(yway)man's EYE

Pic Images from the Hubble space telescope suggest for the first time how our galaxy, the Milky Way, developed. And its scientists have put together a photo of how the night sky could have looked 11 billion years ago if humans and Earth had been around.
Iain Thomson, 14 Nov 2013
Bezos headshot

Amazon forms THE VIRTY DOZEN to assassinate rival flash cloud servers

re:Invent 2013 A week after Rackspace launched its own range of flash-stuffed cloud servers, Amazon has come along and, as usual, ruined the market by pushing out a dozen instances that are bigger, faster, and cheaper than what its competitor offers.
Jack Clark, 14 Nov 2013

Om-nom-nom-nom! Google's Cookie Monster DEVOURS MORE DRIVES

Pic Google is exporting its data import service beyond US borders, giving sysadmins an easier way to upload large amounts of information into the company's infrastructure cloud.
Jack Clark, 14 Nov 2013
The Stride and Predjudice game


Teaching kids to appreciate classic literature? There is now, perhaps inevitably, an app for that called “Stride & Prejudice”.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2013
Dart programming language

Google's JavaScript-slaying-improving Dart lets fly with version 1.0

Google has reached a significant milestone in the development of Dart, its JavaScript replacement language, with the release of the first production-ready version.
Neil McAllister, 14 Nov 2013

Oz government science funding to rise...

The federal government is sending mixed signals to the science community, with key science funding legislation offering an upwards blip to the Australian Research Council, followed by a sharp fall.

Microsoft, Cisco: RC4 encryption considered harmful, avoid at all costs

Microsoft has urged the Windows world to dump the once trusty but now distrusted RC4 encryption algorithm – and pick something stronger. Cisco has also told its customers to "avoid" the cipher.
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2013
Daleks in Australia

DE-MON-STRATE! How a DALEK SAVED AUSTRALIA from a Dr Who drought in 1977

Doctor Who @ 50 The trike inside the racing Dalek belonged to Kerrie Dougherty’s little brother Geoffrey, who had left it on the front porch of his Sydney home alongside his smaller, older set of wheels.
Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2013

Amazon opens doors to Kinesis: The Hotel California of the cloud

re:Invent 2013 The more data you put in a cloud, the harder it is to migrate away. And so Amazon's new "Kinesis" data ingester is a neat piece of technology, and at the same time a canny way to turn Amazon Web Services into the Hotel California of the cloud.
Jack Clark, 14 Nov 2013