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Marc Benioff

Salesforce slaps Amazon, Google with glove: 'I'm THE FIRST $1bn-quarter enterprise cloud biz'

Salesforce shares stumbled down 1.5 percent on Monday after the customer relationship management company reported third quarter revenues that narrowly beat analyst expectations.
Jack Clark, 19 Nov 2013

Google coughs up $17m to end Safari STALKER COOKIE brouhaha

Google has settled its US legal woes over allowing third-party tracking of Safari users without their knowledge and consent for the relatively paltry amount of $17m, to be shared among 37 states and the District of Columbia – aka Washington DC.
Iain Thomson, 19 Nov 2013
Sign outside the National Security Agency HQ

Supreme Court can't find barge pole long enough to touch NSA lawsuit

The US Supreme Court has decided that it will not hear a challenge to the NSA's controversial mass surveillance operations.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Nov 2013
ANU Laser light

Nanowire laser is a GaAs, GaAs, GaAs (with a bit of arsenic)

A group of researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) is showing off nanowire-based lasers, as part of the microelectronics world's ongoing search for the best way to integrate electronics and photonics.
Samsung Galaxy Gear

'PATHETIC' Galaxy Gear sales skewer smartwatch HYPE-O-GASM bubble

Updated Despite its much-ballyhooed kickoff, Samsung has sold far fewer of its Galaxy Gear smartwatches than it would have liked, sources say.
Neil McAllister, 19 Nov 2013

Feds cuff five more suspects in $45m bank mega-cyber-heist

US Federal authorities have arrested five people accused of aiding a massive electronic bank heist in New York earlier this year.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Nov 2013

Oz gov sysadmins ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL

Systems administrators in charge of Australian parliamentarians' computers have been dozing at the wheel, don't read The Guardian, and have completely failed to notice PRISM or Edward Snowden, a Senate Estimates hearing has revealed.
Mildura ghost city

Google deletes Maps satellite photos of 14-year-old's unsolved murder

Google has said it is acting quickly to remove distressing images on Google Maps, after the family of a murdered 14-year-old saw his body on the system's satellite photos.
Iain Thomson, 19 Nov 2013
SBY, president of Indonesia

Indonesia turns Twitter into very leaky diplomatic bag

Allegations about Australian spying on Indonesia – or, more accurately, Australia's political response to the allegations – has set the Indonesian president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, or SBY as he's known to the polysyllabically-challenged, on an epic Twitter-rant.
Hacker baseball cap

Old JBoss vuln in the wild, needs patching

JBoss sysadmins need to get busy hardening their systems, with a rising number of attacks against the system, according to Imperva.

'FELSIC materials' find on MARS could rewrite Red Planet's history

A group of researchers have found evidence of large granite deposits on the surface of Mars, an indication that the Red Planet may be more volcanically active than originally believed.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Nov 2013
The Cave 2 visualisation facility in Melbourne, Australia

Why not build a cluster out of WORKSTATIONS?

Australia's Monash University has just opened an amazing visualisation facility called Cave 2.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Nov 2013

Pile of fanboi cash taking up space in garage? IPHONE UNDERTAKERS are keen to help you

A crafty group of "upcyclers" are looking for funds and phones to start their recycled iPhone craft project and, er, presumably sell it back to you. So if you're struggling to "start a conversation" with a fellow fanboi, this might be for you.
Jasper Hamill, 19 Nov 2013
lutetium rare earths element

Samsung to throw fat wad of Won at rare earth alternatives

Samsung is ploughing 1.5 trillion won (£869m) into an ambitious decade-long research project, some of which will be used to develop alternatives to rare earths – those substances vital to the manufacture of a huge range of hi-tech products.
Phil Muncaster, 19 Nov 2013
Dell's Wyse Cloud Connect thin client on a stick

CHRISTMAS MIRACLE! Dell's Android PC on a stick to ship with Santa

Dell's Project Ophelia PC-on-a-stick will finally come to fruition “before Christmas”, staff of the newly-privatised entity told The Reg at the Dell Enterprise Forum in Melbourne today.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Nov 2013

China challenged to take down ALL of AWS and Google

Non-profit anti-censorship body GreatFire.org has created a mirrored site that allows users in China to view the recently blocked Reuters site, in a move which could take down thousands of websites in the PRC if the authorities decide to play hardball.
Phil Muncaster, 19 Nov 2013
apple with ladybird

Patent law? It's all about Apples, Newton and iPads

Part 1 of 2 As regular readers will know, I'm about as froth-mouthed free market as it is possible to get without descending into Randian lunacy. Yet even I support government interventions into the economy at times: it's only the times and methods used that are to be argued about.
Tim Worstall, 19 Nov 2013
Apple MacBook Pro 13in late 2013

Reg hack fondles a sexy Pro: An Apple MacBook 13in with Retina display

Review It’s been quite some time since I looked at a new MacBook Pro. However, I spend a lot of my time looking at an old one. I’ve a first generation Unibody model. What a great idea that was. Just unscrew the back for easy access to the RAM and the drive.
Bob Dormon, 19 Nov 2013
The APM mounted in the Vulture 2

Autopilot guides Texan plane home from a dizzying 30,000m

In some highly encouraging news for The Reg's Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team, a Texan high-flyer recently used the ArduPilot Mega (APM) 2.6 to guide a glider back to base from a heady 30,780m (101,000ft).
Lester Haines, 19 Nov 2013

Google WILL wriggle away from Euro probe... but THEN what?

Analysis Google seems on course to win an remarkable victory over competition regulators in Europe. The deal could potentially seal in Google's dominance over the search business for five years, forbidding further prohibitive action against it - and setting a high barrier for potential startup competitors across a range of sectors.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Nov 2013

Company selling you out? You've been TUPE-ed

Everyone on your team is called into an obligatory meeting by the boss, and no one knows what it’s about. Just for once, there really is something worth hearing: your manager announces that you and everyone you work with are on your way out.
SA Mathieson, 19 Nov 2013
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Top-level execs get itchy feet at privately owned Dell

The game of musical exec chairs has started at privately owned Dell, with board-level bigwig Steve Felice exiting for pastures new and big changes happening across the channel organisation.
Paul Kunert, 19 Nov 2013

Decades ago, computing was saved by CMOS. Today, no hero is in sight

SC13 The general chair of the SC13 supercomputing conference thinks the semiconducting industry has reached a tipping point more radical – and uncertain – than it has gone through in decades.
Rik Myslewski, 19 Nov 2013

MILEY CYRUS in JUST HER PANTIES would LOVE a smartwatch: Samsung

Samsung has scoffed at claims that it has sold hardly any of its shiny, pricey Galaxy Gear smartwatches.
Tony Smith, 19 Nov 2013

From the Dept of You are Old: 'Selfie' officially 'Word of the Year'

It's official: "Selfie" is Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year 2013, proving the "runaway winner" of the crown following its elevation back in August to Oxford Dictionaries Online.
Lester Haines, 19 Nov 2013

Carl Icahn: I don't want to fight with Tim... but I will

Investment guru Carl Icahn says he doesn't want to fight with the management of Apple, but he won't abandon his sizeable financial concern in the firm either.

Bitcoin price SOARS after US SENATE hearing on 'legit' currency

The price of Bitcoin has soared to astronomical heights after a US Senate hearing on the "promises and risks" of the crypto-currency.
Jasper Hamill, 19 Nov 2013
Doctor Who: Earth and beyond

GALACTIC YO-YO: Doctor Who’s trips to Earth... and beyond

Doctor Who @ 50 We’ve seen how much of a tendency the Doctor has for visiting Earth relative to other planets in the universe, so what are the trends over his own timeline in his movements between Earth and elsewhere? When has the series felt most tied to our planet?
Paul Smith, 19 Nov 2013
Windsurfer mid-flight (3CX logo in sail)

3CX PBX for Windows: Everything you ever wanted from a phone system

Review Back in the 1990s when I started to work with telephone and voicemail systems it was all pretty straightforward: install some analogue or ISDN lines and write a vast cheque for a PBX.
Dave Cartwright, 19 Nov 2013

Dropbox: We're worth $8 BILLION and we'll sell you a 3 per cent slice

File-sharing and online storage firm Dropbox is looking to raise $250m in additional funding, which would value the company at a level that's astronomical even for a tech firm - $8bn.
DHS-supplied pic of an unidentified female sneezing


Knobbly male hooters are much larger than women's diminutive noses because of lean muscle mass, a new study has uncovered.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Nov 2013

Barclays says soz for titsup website, bank app

Barclays UK has spent this morning on Twitter apologising to customers frustrated by a crashed banking app and online outage that occurred over the past two consecutive days.
Paul Kunert, 19 Nov 2013
Apple iPad Air

Apple BIGGEST LOSER in Blighty's Battle of Fondlers

A tear in the space time continuum caused slab sales growth to slip in Q3 – or perhaps it was just that retailers and distributors decided to order fewer ageing devices ahead of planned product refreshes.
Paul Kunert, 19 Nov 2013

The REAL JUICE behind leaked BlackBerry OS: Android apps to slip in without protection

Analysis BlackBerry may have “solved” its app problem - but at the expense of the health of its native BB10 app market.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Nov 2013

Lavabit founder: Feds ORDERED email providers to stay open

Lavabit's founder has claimed other secure webmail providers who threatened to shut themselves down in the wake of the NSA spying revelations had received court orders forcing them to stay up.
John Leyden, 19 Nov 2013
LSI SandForce SF3700

What took you 2 years? LSI finally rolls out next-gen SandForce kit

LSI has finally brought the drawn-out development process for the next generation SandForce controller to a close. It now has third-generation controllers supporting four times bigger flash drives and both PCIe and SATA interfaces from a single ASIC. Bye-bye SAS.
Chris Mellor, 19 Nov 2013

It's the games, STUPID: Sony makes 'about $18' on each PlayStation 4

According to a teardown report from analyst IHS, Sony is making just $18 on each Playstation 4. This may not sound like much, but it marks a massive improvement from the days in which the Japanese firm made huge losses on the sale of games consoles.
Jasper Hamill, 19 Nov 2013
Applied Graphene's Jon Mabbitt, photo: Applied Graphene Materials

Brit graphene maker poised to go public: Yes, wonder stuff WILL float

A British startup whose goal is to seriously expand production of graphene and push Blighty to the front of a global race goes public on Wednesday.
Gavin Clarke, 19 Nov 2013

Nokia's phone division burned us so badly we HAD to flog it, says CEO

Nokia’s smartphone strategy was unaffordable, the company’s chairman said at an extraordinary general meeting today, defending the €5.44bn sale of the phones division to Microsoft.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Nov 2013
Comet ISON


.GIF Retired teacher Bruce Mellin in the US has snapped a few shots of comet ISON on its way towards its potential doom or glory at solar perihelion later this month.
Delia Derbyshire edits on a Philips EL3503 while Desmond Briscoe checks the script

Delia and the Doctor: How to cook up a tune for a Time Lord

Doctor Who @ 50 As a theme tune, Ron Grainer’s music for Doctor Who needs no introduction. But to describe this unique piece of electronic music as solely Ron Grainer’s composition would be a disservice to the considerable musical contribution made by Delia Derbyshire, who in 1963 set about realising the original score at the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop.
Bob Dormon, 19 Nov 2013
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How to succeed in business: First, get Netscape kingpin to lob you some cash

Interview We have a new storage scribe – new to El Reg, that is: Willem ter Harmsel, who runs Indigo Infrastructure in Amsterdam. He not only interviews storage, virtualisation and networking startups, he also talks to the people who've put money into them – so you should gain some insight into how to get at that funding.
big droplets falling from rain cloud

Salesforce, HP pit newly grown 'Superpods' against Amazon jungle

Salesforce is partnering with Hewlett-Packard in a huge strategic nudge to make Marc Benioff’s cloud company more like Amazon.
Gavin Clarke, 19 Nov 2013
John Chambers at the World Economic Forum 2010

Arista wants Cisco Catalyst 6500 scalp. Price on head? $35bn

This month has been a biggie for data networking launches, with Cisco uncloaking Application Centric Infrastructure - its answer to the software defined network (SDN) - along with the new Nexus 9000 switch series. (My colleague Jack Clark has penned a fine analysis of Cisco’s ACI strategy here.)
Drew Cullen, 19 Nov 2013
Spoof Samsung underwear advert

Samsung pulls Galaxy S3 update as users moan: It's PANTS

Samsung has suspended the Android 4.3 software upgrade for Brit Galaxy S3 owners after the over-the-air update borked a bunch of mobes.

Micron takes on Intel with 'breakthrough' processor for streaming data

Memory specialist Micron has announced a new accelerator processor that it claims outperforms Intel's chips when it comes to dealing with streaming data.
Jack Clark, 19 Nov 2013

Dark horse shocker: Verizon first to ship KitKat update for Moto X

Motorola's Moto X will be one of the first smartphones to be upgraded to Android 4.4 "KitKat," and in a surprising break with tradition, customers on Verizon Wireless will be the first to receive the update.
Neil McAllister, 19 Nov 2013
iPhone in the Lake

Samsung v Apple: Titans await jury verdict on damages of MILLIONS

A jury will begin deciding today exactly how much money Samsung owes Apple for ripping off key elements of the iPhone.
Jasper Hamill, 19 Nov 2013

Gates chokes up, WEEPS to Microsoft shareholders amid talk of CEO hunt

Bill Gates today delivered an emotional speech to the Microsoft shareholders, choking up as he described his history with the company and the search for a successor for his friend Steve Ballmer.
Iain Thomson, 19 Nov 2013

Obamacare website 'either hacked or will be soon', warns infosec expert

Hackers have thrown multiple attacks at US President Obama's medical insurance bazaar HealthCare.gov since it went live in October, according to a senior US government official.
John Leyden, 19 Nov 2013

Telco CenturyLink is moved to tiers: Biz gobbles Tier 3 cloud shop

Cloud provider Tier 3 has been snapped up by CenturyLink, fleshing out the telco's cloud portfolio and marking another sign of confidence in the Cloud Foundry platform technology.
Jack Clark, 19 Nov 2013
Tesla fire

US watchdog snaps on thick gloves to probe Tesla's FIREBALL e-cars

America's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a formal investigation into the safety of the Tesla S electric car after a second vehicle of that model apparently burst into flames.
Iain Thomson, 19 Nov 2013
Marc Benioff

Salesforce boss Benioff foretells grim, unrelenting hyper-capitalist future

Comment Salesforce chief Marc Benioff seems perpetually surprised that the world doesn't recognize him.
Jack Clark, 19 Nov 2013
Small image of ArduSat

Arduino-powered probes ArduSats launched in space: Listen in to beacon

With ArduSat 1 and ArduSat X pushed out of the hatch of the International Space Station and now in orbit, the project's organisers are calling on people with radio kit to help track the tiny satellites.

Intel: 'Y'know that GPU-accelerated computing craze? Fuggedaboutit'

SC13 From Intel's point of view, today's hottest trend in high-performance computing – GPU acceleration – is just a phase, one that will be superseded by the advent of many-core CPUs, beginning with Chipzilla's next-generation Xeon Phi, codenamed "Knights Landing".
Rik Myslewski, 19 Nov 2013
Measuring up Apple

Apple's secret 12.9-inch MONSTER needs a good fondle, say biz sources

Apple may be planning to debut a new, larger iPad early next year, if murmurings from the fruity firm's Asian supply-chain partners are to be believed.
Neil McAllister, 19 Nov 2013