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NBN Co swoops on Vodafone Oz boss

Vodafone Australia head Bill Morrow has been confirmed as the new CEO of NBN Co, as the government seeks to reposition the network project as a fibre-to-the-node rollout promised to deliver “25 Mbps to all Australians” by 2016.
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Why America is no longer slurping electricity from Russian nuke warheads

The US government is set to wrap up a little-known project that involved generating electricity from Russian nuclear warheads.
Shaun Nichols, 12 Dec 2013

Bloke, 27, cuffed, charged over stolen selfie smut site UGotPosted

A 27-year-old California man has been arrested on multiple felony charges for his alleged involvement with running a so-called revenge porn website.
Neil McAllister, 12 Dec 2013
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Hot Stuff! NASA mulls 'urgent' space walk as ISS cooler conks out

NASA has ordered a partial shutdown of the International Space Station after one of the two cooling systems stopping the astronauts broiling stopped working unexpectedly.
Iain Thomson, 12 Dec 2013

Through-wall tracking of humans using Wi-Fi: Now more accurate, low power

Video The MIT boffins that earlier this year demonstrated the ability to “see through walls” using Wi-Fi has now unveiled a more accurate version, WiTrack, that can locate a person in three dimensions, within 10-20 cm, through walls and obstructions.
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'Mixed tech' NBN needs a super-sized HFC net

Even to miss its original cost targets and 2016 deadline, the federal government's “mixed technology” National Broadband Network is going to require a significant expansion of the subscriber capacity of the country's HFC networks, the NBN strategic review has found.

Dimmed but not out: Lantern anti-censorship tool blocked in China

China’s formidable censorship apparatus has finally caught up with a Washington-backed tool designed to help users bypass the Great Firewall, but its creators have vowed to bounce back.
Phil Muncaster, 12 Dec 2013

Equistone borgs Easynet, MDNX in double-slurp

Lloyds Development Capital is getting out of Easynet, with Equistone to be announced as the buyer for most of the company later today (excepting its operations in Germany). Easynet will at the same time acquire UK integrator MDNX, according to a tip-off from a Reg reader.
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Smarty Ring promises technology at your fingertips

A new smart ring which displays the time and alerts from the user’s phone has been getting the interwebs all in a flutter this week.
Phil Muncaster, 12 Dec 2013

Cut through the winter chill with these Rupert Murdoch tweeting cards

Rupert Murdoch is a man who doesn't mince his words. So what better way to celebrate the media mogul's musings on Twitter than with a greetings card?
Team Register, 12 Dec 2013
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If you're pondering a startup, go for big data. This VC might fund you

CEO interview blog Enterprise software venture capital firm Atlantic Capital Partners backs a number of up-and-coming startups, including Amplidata, Racktivity and Torch, the firm behind data analytics tool Graylog2. But what makes the firm's partners decide which firms to take a gamble on?
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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

Xmas Round-up Christmas isn’t just a time for celebration – it’s also a time for bitter, tearful reflection on the things that might have been and the gifts you’d have received if only you worked harder at that paper round, or your parents loved you enough.
Nigel Whitfield, 12 Dec 2013
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When Symantec's away... 28-year-old Asigra becomes 'overnight' cloud backup success

There are dozens of backup system and software providers and it’s easy enough for the ones not in the front rank to fade into the background, until you read something like this: “Asigra … has reached the one million customer site deployment milestone with nearly half of new instalments produced in the past 12 months.”
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2013

Find out what's new in SQL Server 2014

Training Our live one hour training session highlighting the new developments in SQL Server 2014 is beaming onto your screens at 10:00GMT today. It’s free to attend.
David Gordon, 12 Dec 2013
Misfit Wearables Shine

Heart part more art than state-of-the-art: Shine wearable activity sensor

Review I’m not a fitness fan. I don’t jog and I’m more likely to be seen at the swimming baths picking up my kids after lessons than doing lanes myself. But with the big 5-0 coming close, and working as I do in a trade that has me sitting on my bum all day, I find I have a keener interest in my personal well-being than I did when I was younger.
Tony Smith, 12 Dec 2013
Virtualisation for Beginners

I want virtualisation on my iPhone, and I want it NOW

Analysis By turning computers into software, virtualisation can increase security and free us from underlying complex hardware. Systems can be deployed in moments, and we're offered much better efficiency and flexibility.
Rupert Goodwins, 12 Dec 2013

Fisher-Price in hot seat: iPad bouncy chair lets APPLE BABYSIT tots – parents

A US toy maker is facing criticism for selling a baby seat equipped with an iPad holder for small infants.
Shaun Nichols, 12 Dec 2013

Microsoft's licence riddles give Linux and pals a free ride to virtual domination

Analysis Microsoft is caught in a monkey-trap, created by cloud computing and Free Software, coupled with short-term thinking and a dose of not-invented-here syndrome.
Liam Proven, 12 Dec 2013

BlackBerry BES: Hey, biz bod, fancy an upgrade on that RIM job... for FREE?

BlackBerry’s Annus horribilis, which has seen the company bombed out of the consumer market has an upside for enterprise users. So keen is the company formerly known as RIM to get its installed BES 5 base onto its new, BYOD-friendly BES 10, it has waived the upgrade fees.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Dec 2013
Dom Joly

Fees shakeup: Freephone numbers will actually BE free – Ofcom

Blighty's telecoms regulator Ofcom has finally announced that freephone numbers "will mean free", whether you're calling from a landline or a mobile.
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Jumping pack flash: Violin Memory's software CTO ducks out

Enterprise flash storage bigwig Violin Memory’s chief software technical officer Jonathan Goldick is now its ex-CTO.
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2013

Cops cuff 4 in £1m banking fraud malware case

Four people have been arrested and £80,000 in cash seized as part of a Met Police investigation into the theft of an estimated £1m from UK banks using malware.
John Leyden, 12 Dec 2013

Samsung loses against Apple ... this time in SOUTH KOREA

A South Korean court has ruled that Apple did not infringe on three of Samsung's mobile patents and the firm would not be getting a ban on sales of older iPhones and iPads in the country.
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Data Retention Directive CLASHES with EU citizens' privacy rights, says top lawman

A seven-year-old EU directive that requires telecoms outfits to retain details of phone calls and emails - such as traffic and location - clashes with the 28-member bloc's privacy rights for citizens, a Court of Justice Advocate General has said.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Dec 2013

Ofcom: UK beats the US... in race to buy online tat

British people are the world's biggest online shoppers, according to new research from the regulator Ofcom.
Jasper Hamill, 12 Dec 2013

China's supercomputing whizzkids: Busting out a 8.224 teraflops cluster? Guilty as charged

HPC blog China’s National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) grabbed the LINPACK award at the recently concluded SC13 Student Cluster Competition. NUDT topped all other competitors with a score of 8.224 TFLOP/s.

Enraged by lengthy Sky broadband outage? Blame BT Openreach cable thieves

Frustrated BSkyB broadband customers living in parts of London remain without access to the internet or phone lines, after the media giant's service went titsup on Tuesday.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Dec 2013
IBM's InterCloud Store

Don't want to get LOCKED INTO IBM's cloud? Um... IBM has a toolkit for you

IBM Labs software researchers have devised technology that moves your data between different clouds, public and private - including IBM’s own Softlayer product.
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2013
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What does the post-Snowden internet need? A price list

Fujitsu’s CTO has warned that moves to localise the internet in the wake of the NSA scandal risk fracturing the system and are ultimately unnecessary given the possibility of better cloud management.
Joe Fay, 12 Dec 2013

Facebook-owned Instagram morphs into messaging service to please admen

Facebook needs to turn Instagram into a money-making concern. Ads will shortly be knitted into the service, and - in preparation for that - the photo-sharing site has debuted a new messaging feature called Direct.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Dec 2013

Apple's iPhone plant didn't kill UNDERAGE TEEN factory worker

Apple's medical experts have concluded that conditions in a Pegatron factory were not to blame for a teenage boy's death from pneumonia.
Jasper Hamill, 12 Dec 2013
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Microsoft: Here, we'll make it easy for you Gmail lot. Meet our Outlook.com movers

Microsoft is opening a new front against Gmail with a special moving service to lure Gmailers to Redmond's relaunched Outlook.com email service
Gavin Clarke, 12 Dec 2013

Apple iPhone 5s still world's top-selling smartphone – report

Apple's flagship iPhone 5s has been the world's top-selling smartphone for two months in a row, according to Counterpoint Technology Market Research's Monthly Market Pulse report for October 2013. Cupertino holds three of the top four slots in the top 10, with Samsung's Galaxy S4 coming in at number three.
Rik Myslewski, 12 Dec 2013

Snowden latest: NSA stalks the human race using Google, ad cookies

The already strained relationship between Google and the NSA has got a little bit worse, after claims in the latest Snowden leak that intelligence agencies are using the Chocolate Factory's cookies to track targets.
Iain Thomson, 12 Dec 2013
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Microsoft rallies channel troops: Sell, sell, sell our spanking new 'Cloud OS'

Microsoft has flexed its on-premises software expertise and armed 25 IT service providers with Redmond technology – so they can snatch back customers lured by siren calls emanating from Amazon Web Services.
Jack Clark, 12 Dec 2013

Google's patent chief slammed the US patent office – now she's the agency's acting director

Google's former head of patents and patent strategy Michelle Lee has been appointed as deputy director of the US Patent and Trademark Office and will run the troubled agency until a new director is named, the USPTO announced on Wednesday.
Rik Myslewski, 12 Dec 2013
Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer and CFO Ken Goldman

Massive! Yahoo! Mail! outage! going! on! FOURTH! straight! day!

Yahoo! Mail is only now recovering from a massive outage that has delayed mail delivery and locked some users out of their accounts for the past several days.
Neil McAllister, 12 Dec 2013

Bitcoin cred boosted by $25m cash infusion into Coinbase

The Bitcoin sector has been given a new boost of confidence following a $25m investment by famed Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.
Shaun Nichols, 12 Dec 2013
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SCREEECH! Dell spins in public cloud U-turn – now it'll resell Google, Azure

Dell is going to resell cloud tech from enterprise rivals as part of the company's ragged retreat from the capital-intensive public cloud market.
Jack Clark, 12 Dec 2013

Cassini spots MEGA-METHANE SEAS on the north pole of Titan

Images taken from the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn have given the clearest pictures yet of the planet's largest moon Titan and revealed vast seas of methane on the north pole that are more than 200 times larger than all the proven hydrocarbon reserves here on Earth.
Iain Thomson, 12 Dec 2013