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Internet Explorer 11 at it again, breaks Microsoft's own CRM software

Compatibility problems continue to plague Internet Explorer 11, with some Microsoft customers once again complaining that the company's latest browser doesn't work with one of its own products.
Neil McAllister, 06 Dec 2013
Kindle Big Brother

Big Brother's software firm Palantir valued at $9 BEEELION

How much does it cost to buy out one of big brother's favored toolmakers? Around $9bn, according to a recent valuation of Silicon Valley darling Palantir.
Jack Clark, 06 Dec 2013
The Bra Dryer

Microsoft researchers build 'smart bra' to stop women's stress eating

A team of boffins at Microsoft Research have been trying to solve the problem of stress eating with a Windows Phone smartphone app and a bra that measures the wearer's emotions.
Iain Thomson, 06 Dec 2013

Five critical fixes on deck for Patch Tuesday

Microsoft is planning to release at least five critical fixes in next week's Patch Tuesday monthly security update.
Shaun Nichols, 06 Dec 2013

FTC torches Android flashlight app for spying on users

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced a clampdown on an Android developer accused of covertly harvesting and selling user locational data.
Shaun Nichols, 06 Dec 2013
Artist's concept of Curiosity

Martians yet to retaliate after Curiosity's 100,000th laser strike

NASA has revealed that Curiosity, the laser-armed, nuclear-powered space tank that's been rolling around Mars for over a year now, appears to have defeated the Martian race. If indeed it exists.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Dec 2013
Two SAS and FCoE thugs killing Fibre Channel

32 Gig Fibre Channel takes another step towards reality

The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) has announced that a 32 gigabits per second version of the standard is just a little bit closer to reality.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Dec 2013
Fountain pen

Boffins devise world's HARDEST tongue-twister

Many of will have heard the tale of a lady who sells seashells on the sea shore. Now it's time for the unnamed beach trader to get a new job because MIT boffins have invented the world's toughest tongue teaser.
Jasper Hamill, 06 Dec 2013
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Australian State to sue IBM over $AUD1bn project blowout

The Australian State of Queensland has reportedly filed a statement of claim against IBM to recoup some cash from an SAP disaster.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Dec 2013

Lantern lights the way to web freedom for Great Firewall prisoners

A Washington-backed peer-to-peer site designed to push holes through China’s Great Firewall has managed to accrue nearly 10,000 followers in the past fortnight.
Phil Muncaster, 06 Dec 2013
Hurrican Dean, as seem from the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

Bring us your baffled Backup Exec biz bods, beg Axcient, Zetta

Axcient and Zetta have seized the moment and are offering migration services to Backup Exec Cloud users facing being left out in the unprotected cold by Symantec's withdrawal from the Backup Exec Cloud offering.
Chris Mellor, 06 Dec 2013
hands waving dollar bills in the air

Apple: 'Court-appointed antitrust regulator is taking advantage of us'

Quotw This was the week when Amazon announced its plans to build a drone army to deliver parcels around the United States... well, to people within a 10-mile radius of a warehouse anyway.
world cup camera phone compo winner

Decent chance of your team winning the World Cup? You'll probably want to watch it

People who live in World Cup 2014 host country Brazil and supporters of bookie's favourite Germany are most active in searching for World Cup tickets, according stats from event ticketing website Ticketbis.
John Leyden, 06 Dec 2013
Cassini false-colour view of the six-sided storm. Pic: NASA

Blighty's winter storms are PUNY compared to Saturn's 200mph, 15,000 mile wide HEXACANE

Pics NASA's Cassini spacecraft has delivered some insightful images of a monster storm raging at Saturn's north pole - a six sided-beast 'wider than two Earths' and within which winds reach an umbrella-shredding 350km/h.
Lester Haines, 06 Dec 2013

Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action

Windows 8 is going down like a bucket of cold sick - but you're going to have to get used to it. It's not going away. If Microsoft has a future, this is it. Worse still, if you're a pro, you're going to have to support the thing.
Liam Proven, 06 Dec 2013
WD Black2 Dual Drive

Bigger on the inside: WD’s Tardis-like Black² Dual Drive laptop disk

Review The phone call from Western Digital's people promised me “a completely new category of hard drive”. Naturally I was sceptical. After all, what could possibly be new in the world of rotating magnetic media – and don’t we all just want fast SSDs anyway?
Leo Waldock, 06 Dec 2013

Fiendish CryptoLocker ransomware survives hacktivists' takedown

An attempt by security researchers to take down command and control nodes associated with the infamous CryptoLocker malware appears to have been unsuccessful in its ultimate aim of putting the Bitcoin-hungry crooks behind the scam out of business.
John Leyden, 06 Dec 2013

When the lights went out: My 'leccy-induced, bog floor crawling HORROR

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Feeling old? Clapped out? Weary of the cut and thrust of everyday work? Looking for a role that pays shitloads of dosh while demanding no relevant experience or demonstrable skill, but chairmanship of the Co-Op bank remains tantalisingly out of your league due to your clean living and good character?
Alistair Dabbs, 06 Dec 2013
Dell Inspiron 15-7537

Our Vulture strokes Dell's ROBUST 15 INCHER: Inspiron 15 Core i7

Review The appeal of replacing your desktop is not exactly hard to appreciate. For me, a big screen, decent sized keyboard and a measure of portability, all add up to deliver one thing: convenience. So here I am with Dell’s latest Inspiron 15 7000 series laptop and, curiously enough, it is on my lap, all 2.6kg of it.
Bob Dormon, 06 Dec 2013

Justin Bieber BEGGED for a $200k RIM JOB – and got REJECTED

Struggling mobe-makers Blackberry knocked back the chance to have pint-sized pop prince Justin Bieber as a brand ambassador at the peak of both RIM and Bieber's careers, claims a senior Blackberry staffer.
Jasper Hamill, 06 Dec 2013
Zombie cloud

Microsoft teams up with Feds, Europol in ZeroAccess botnet zombie hunt

Microsoft has teamed up with the FBI to launch a renewed attempt to disrupt the operations of the infamous ZeroAccess botnet.
John Leyden, 06 Dec 2013
The NROL-39 payload is transported and mated to its Atlas V booster

Creepy US spy agency flings WORLD SLURPING OCTOPUS into orbit

Some spook agencies like to hide their more ominous workings from the innocent public, protecting Joe Bloggs from thinking too much about the power and influence that can come with snooping on the world. But the US National Reconnaissance Office take a different approach.

Concerning Microsoft's Azure pitch to cloud service providers

Feature Microsoft is advancing non-Microsoft service providers as a core part of its Cloud OS strategy. In part one of this series I looked at what Cloud OS was and why you might care about using it on your own premises.
Trevor Pott, 06 Dec 2013

World-leading IT expert? We'll fast-track you into Blighty, promises PM

Tech experts will be fast-tracked to receive visas for the UK – as long as they're a "world-leading talent" – Prime Minister David Cameron announced today.
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OM NOM MON NOM, address et D.O.B: Twitter lets admen chomp users' cookies

Twitter is now allowing sinister admen to drill into its users' cookies so they can better target them with marketing campaigns by tracking their actions around the web.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Dec 2013

Facebook offshores HUGE WAD OF CASH to Caymans - via Ireland

Facebook has reportedly swerved a huge corporation tax bill by paying its Ireland-based parent company - Facebook Holdings Limited - €1.75bn in “admin costs” for its intellectual property.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Dec 2013

Suppliers given sight of '£6bn' hardware framework at last

A group of professional buyers for government have given hardware and software suppliers the heads-up on an overarching public sector procurement vehicle - and it estimates that to be worth up to £6bn.
Paul Kunert, 06 Dec 2013
Barack Obama in the Oval Office

Salesforce CEO Benioff offers Obama 'free' Healthcare.gov web fix

Salesforce.com's chief Marc Benioff has offered to help Barack Obama fix his struggling online healthcare exchange for free.
Gavin Clarke, 06 Dec 2013
Apple's new Cupertino campus - rendering

Apple sends in the bulldozers as Fruit Loop construction begins

Contractors working for Apple have begun pulling down buildings in preparation for the construction of the fruity firm's mammoth new HQ.
Jasper Hamill, 06 Dec 2013

Google: Tell the feds they have to get a warrant for us to hand over your stuff

Google is promoting a White House petition to reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act that would force government agencies to get a warrant before rifling through emails and other electronic communications.

Industry group blames 'outdated' kit for stock-market tech disasters

A US trade association for the stock market industry has called for an overhaul of the "outdated" technology systems that exchanges used for their share trading.
Shot of the new radiation sign

Mexican Cobalt-60 robbers are DEAD MEN, say authorities

Mexican troops have recovered a stolen shipment of radioactive Cobalt-60 isotope, abandoned by truck thieves who face the risk of a slow lingering death from radiation poisoning.
John Leyden, 06 Dec 2013
bug on keyboard

DARPA enlists hacker talent for $2m security bug-swatting challenge

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is recruiting members of the hacking community to join its latest Grand Challenge competition: a big-money contest to build software capable of finding and fixing security holes in new code.
Iain Thomson, 06 Dec 2013
Scrooge McDuck

Apple's legal bill for Samsung patent fight tops $60m

In a court document filed on Thursday, Apple revealed that it has run up over $60m in billings by outside legal counsel in its patent-infringement battle against Samsung, with a goodly chunk of that owed to its lead legal team from the law firm of Morrison & Foerster.
Rik Myslewski, 06 Dec 2013

EC antitrust cops raid offices of Philips, Samsung, others

EU antitrust regulators have raided the European offices of Philips, Samsung, retail group Media-Saturn, and several other consumer electronics companies, but so far they're not saying what they were looking for.
Neil McAllister, 06 Dec 2013

Google-sponsored research helps ad-slingers find fanbois on social networks

Next time you post an image of your new El Reg prosthetic beak on the internet, be aware that marketers will soon have a tool to let them spot it, isolate it, and figure out what it's pictured alongside.
Jack Clark, 06 Dec 2013

Bank of America: Bitcoin could become THE currency of e-commerce

Chinese banks may not be too keen on Bitcoin at the moment (which has done something to damp down the current price) but a new research report from Bank of America rates it as a major player in future internet transactions.
Iain Thomson, 06 Dec 2013

Astroboffins spot HOT, YOUNG GIANT where she doesn't belong

Pix An international team of astroboffins has spotted an enormous exoplanet with such an improbably large orbit around its host star that it could turn cosmological theory on its head.
Rik Myslewski, 06 Dec 2013

FCC delays spectrum auction to 2015

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is planning to delay the hotly anticipated auction of the former broadcast television spectrum space due to concerns that it is not yet ready to properly handle the reallocation process.
Shaun Nichols, 06 Dec 2013

Russia charges 'criminal organization' behind Blackhole malware kit

The Russian government has charged a group of people with organized crime offenses related to the creation and use of the Blackhole malware kit.
Neil McAllister, 06 Dec 2013