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Poker ace's vanishing hotel laptop WAS infected by card-shark – F-Secure

A laptop apparently stolen from a top-flight poker pro's hotel room and mysteriously returned while he played in a card tournament was infected by spyware.
Shaun Nichols, 11 Dec 2013
Oracle frankenstein

Oracle showers gold on OpenStack, dreams of open-source splashback

Oracle has started sponsoring an open-source cloud tech that it already uses within its commercial offerings, as the company tentatively embraces a market it once reckoned inconsequential.
Jack Clark, 11 Dec 2013
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Rambus versus Micron FINALLY OVER

One of the IT industry's “Bleak House” lawsuits, between Rambus and Micron, has finally wound up after 13 years.

Nokia offers India £224 MEELLION to keep Microsoft deal on track

Nokia has made a desperate bid to ensure that one of its largest manufacturing facilities is transferred to Microsoft, by offering the Indian government a Rs2,250 crore ($369m, £224m) deposit to unfreeze its assets.
Phil Muncaster, 11 Dec 2013
Air pollution in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, northeastern China, in October 2013

China's answer to AIRPOCALYPSE: Fire up the supercomputer

China has decided to use the power of supercomputing to help in its on-going quest to beat the smog that is turning the country into an international coughing laughing stock.
Phil Muncaster, 11 Dec 2013

Oz couple get jiggy in pharmacy in 'banned' condom ad

NSFW Oz prophylactic outfit Four Seasons Condoms is enjoying a runaway viral marketing success with a "banned" advert for its Naked Condoms deemed unfit for Downunder TV.
Lester Haines, 11 Dec 2013
Rosetta on its Mars flyby

ESA readies Rosetta for next year's comet touchdown

More than nine years after its launch, and after a long deep-sleep, the ESA's Rosetta comet-hunter is soon to be woken up for a November 2014 rendezvous with comet comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.
Smashed Apple Store window

GOV.UK's criminal record check IT job blow: Home Office snubs new design

More rumblings of conflict between the Cabinet Office's Government Digital Service - the team creating trendy GOV.UK - and other mandarins were heard echoing around Whitehall last night.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Dec 2013

eBay head honcho: Amazon drone delivery plan is 'FANTASY'

The CEO of eBay has dismissed Amazon's claims that it will soon employ drones to deliver packages as a "fantasy".
Jasper Hamill, 11 Dec 2013

NO XMAS PRESENTS FOR Google Now and Siri: Chirpy scamps get a C+

A series of tests on the effectiveness of iOS and Android's voice-controlled search apps shows that Google Now is catching up on Apple's Siri software, but still has some way to go in beating its Cupertinian competitor.
Iain Thomson, 11 Dec 2013
Frodo and the One Ring

Los Angeles' weather is just like MORDOR, says Brit climate prof

The weather in Middle-earth overlord Sauron's home county of Mordor is directly comparable to the balmy climate of the US city of Los Angeles, according to a British scientist.
Jasper Hamill, 11 Dec 2013

Got a one-of-a-kind N9? Get ready to adopt Meego's baby Sailfish

The only Meego phone Nokia ever released, the now two-year-old N9, has been given a new lease of life today. Owners can now install the new Meego descendent Sailfish alongside the original OS.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Dec 2013
Ciseco Pi-Lite

Ten top tech toys to interface with a techie’s Christmas stocking

Xmas Round-up ‘Tis the season for dropping unsubtle hints about gifts that YOU’D like to receive, or – if you prefer – for making a list of things that you would buy for nephews and nieces but, because you’re an evil misanthropic Uncle or Auntie, you’ll buy for yourself instead.
Nigel Whitfield, 11 Dec 2013
Dell EqualLogic PS6210

Dell bundles data mgmt AND flash into 1.2m IOPS flashy array

Dell has produced an all-flash array within the EqualLogic environment, thinking customers need existing data management capabilities on top of flash speeds, and not a binary either-or choice.
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2013
IDC WW disk systems revenues to Q3 2013

UNSTOPPABLE data GROWTH in storage has ... er, stopped

The global disk storage market shrank 5.6 per cent from the third quarter last year to the third quarter this year, the third quarter of decline in a row.
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2013
The tape robot at the National Archive

How the UK's national memory lives in a ROBOT in Kew

Geek's Guide to Britain The UK’s National Archives in Kew have enough gems and hidden secrets to keep Indiana Jones or Robert Langdon in sequels for the next couple of centuries, with everything from the Domesday book to the UK’s official UFO records socked away safely in its sanctum.
Joe Fay, 11 Dec 2013

Drooping smartphone sales mean hard times ahead for Brit chipmaker

British chip firm Imagination Technologies has said that a slowdown in the top end of the smartphone market, where Apple and Samsung dominate, will hit the number of chips it ships in the second half of the year.
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e-Reader feeling empty? Top it up at El Reg's book shop

Site news We feel your pain. We understand what you want. So whether it’s that last minute dash for presents, or the prospect of spending the festive period squished in with your extremely un-techy relatives, ease your distress with the latest crop of Register ebooks.
Team Register, 11 Dec 2013
Google's Mountain View Headquarters

Speaking in Tech: Google bus BLOCKADE - is ANYONE home in Mountain View?

Podcast Podcast Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week the whole gang is together and laments the lighter side of tech. They chat about anti-gentrification activists in San Francisco who blocked a Google bus taking employees to work in its Mountain View HQ on Monday morning. But was the obnoxious guy in the …
Team Register, 11 Dec 2013

Quadrillion-dollar finance house spams Reg reader with bankers' private data

Exclusive IT staff at the world's largest securities transaction clearing house are facing a rough few days after a Reg reader was inadvertently deluged with emails leaking session IDs, transfers, and account details for executives at big-name customers.
Iain Thomson, 11 Dec 2013
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What you need to know about moving to the Azure public cloud

In case you hadn't heard, Microsoft is trifling with this "cloud" thing. It even has a new strategy, Cloud OS, discussed in the first part of this three-part series.
Trevor Pott, 11 Dec 2013

Bjork, 500+ novelist pals ask UN for 1 bill of digital rights to RULE 'EM ALL

Hundreds of authors have written to the United Nations demanding an international bill of digital rights, after leaks revealed the extent of secret state surveillance.
Team Register, 11 Dec 2013
Tiny Death Star

Speeding cops, fearsome drops and Death Star shops

Game Theory Game Theory Super Mario 3D World There’s been a marked downtrend in Mario’s platforming adventures of late. Especially with the New Super Mario Bros. series, at first something of a welcome throwback, but soon hitting the wall in terms of innovation.
Mike Plant, 11 Dec 2013
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Euro judge flings out Cisco beefs against Microsoft-Skype deal

Cisco’s European challenge to Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype has been thrown out by a judge.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Dec 2013
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I KNOW how to SAVE Microsoft. Give Windows 8 away for FREE – analyst

With the PC market sputtering and users still sour on Windows 8, Microsoft should consider giving its latest OS out for free, say analysts.
Shaun Nichols, 11 Dec 2013
Columns of coins in the cloud

'PSST, HAVE A GO ON THIS!' Joyent racks up gear for Amazon haters

Amazon Web Services dominates the infrastructure-as-a-service market, leaving less well-funded competitors with a choice of entering into a grim price war, or finding other markets.
Jack Clark, 11 Dec 2013

Hey Linux newbie: If you've never had a taste, try perfect Petra ... mmm, smells like Mint 16

Review The recently released Mint 16, nicknamed Petra, might be the perfect Linux desktop for newcomers.
Santa Claus on his laptop

Sky broadband goes TITSUP ALL DAY, thwarts Brits' Xmas web shopping

BSkyB's broadband internet and phone service Sky Talk have been down for at least a day in London – and may not be fixed any time soon.
Chris Williams, 11 Dec 2013
Spotify for iPad

In what-took-them-so-long news: Spotify touts free Android, iOS music app

Spotify has a new music-streaming application for iOS and Android tablets today that mimics its free desktop software, and a smartphone option with slightly less functionality.
Iain Thomson, 11 Dec 2013
Steve Ballmer as Doctor Evil

Ballmer: 'We made more money than almost anybody on the PLANET'

Outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer may have egg on his face when it comes to missteps like Windows Vista, but he has no regrets about what he saw as his real job at Redmond: pulling in profits.
Neil McAllister, 11 Dec 2013

Just when you were considering Red Hat Linux 6.5, here comes 7

Mere weeks after shipping the final version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.5, Shadowman has announced the first public beta of RHEL 7.
Neil McAllister, 11 Dec 2013

Want more software built for HANA? Cry us a River, SAP. Oh wait, you have

SAP is embracing open-source developers to promote its flagship HANA in-memory data and application architecture.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Dec 2013

New York City plans massive free Wi-Fi zone

New York is poised to set up a huge free Wi-Fi program that could reach 80,000 people.
Shaun Nichols, 11 Dec 2013
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Government launches 'rights and freedoms' inquiry

Internet freedomistas and lovers of individual liberty are celebrating that the Federal Government has decided to launch a review into laws “that encroach upon traditional rights, freedoms and privileges”...
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Meet NASA's Valkyrie: A SILKY BUSTY ROBO-MINX that'll save your life

Video NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) has revealed its entry into the $2m DARPA Robotics Challenge, which will start later this month. The result is a robot dubbed Valkyrie that's designed to look like a sexy superhero.
Iain Thomson, 11 Dec 2013