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China's Jade Rabbit rover seen from the ramp of its lander

Sensation: Chinese Jade Rabbit FOUND ON MOON

China's Jade Rabbit (Yutu) moon rover is on Luna's surface and ready to roll.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Dec 2013
The Pirate Bay logo

Pirate Bay ties up in Peru

Notorious bittorrent tracker The Pirate Bay has moved again, taking up residence in Peru.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Dec 2013
Sign outside the National Security Agency HQ

NSA alleges 'BIOS plot to destroy PCs'

Senior National Security Agency (NSA) officials have told US news magazine program “60 Minutes” that a foreign nation tried to infect computers with a BIOS-based virus that would have enabled them to be remotely destroyed.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Dec 2013
Rotten apple

Old Apple Safaris leave IDs and passwords for scavengers to peck

The fun folks at Kaspersky Labs' Securelist blog have found something nasty in Apple's Safari Browser, which they say lists user IDs and passwords in plaintext.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Dec 2013

Brilliant Brit bloke builds breakfast-belching BACON DRONE

In what is described as "a breakthrough moment for humanity", a British bloke has constructed a tricopter designed to remotely deliver a full English breakfast of bacon, egg, sausage, mushroom and tomato ketchup.
Lester Haines, 16 Dec 2013

Munich signs off on Open Source project

The German city of Munich has declared that its famous move to open source software is over and a success.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Dec 2013

Twitterers rally round #CensoredUK - to demand MORE PORN

SFW Twitter campaigners have launched an impassioned campaign to save grumble flicks from being snuffed out by Blighty's creeping internet censorship.
Jasper Hamill, 16 Dec 2013

Steelie Neelie: EU biz can use YOUR private data WITHOUT PERMISSION

Businesses should be allowed to process part-anonymised, or pseudonymised, data without the consent of individuals whose data it is in certain circumstances, a senior EU official has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 Dec 2013
Cosmic strings of string theory

Cambs prof scoops $3m Fundamental Physics prize

Stephen Hawking's successor at Cambridge University, Michael Green, and his fellow theorist John Schwarz at Caltech, have won the second Fundamental Physics Prize.
Roberts Revival Blutune

Station to station: Ten DAB-Bluetooth combo radios

Product roundup When Apple changed its longstanding 30-pin iPod connector to the Lightning interface, an industry died. The ubiquitous iPod dock – that for years had appeared on just about any piece of consumer audio gear – was no longer a necessity and with more Android users out there than ever before, only a few manufacturers would offer a Lightning dock alternative.
Bob Dormon, 16 Dec 2013
Dolphins play in the water

Why storage needs Quality of Service

Storage consolidation looks great on paper. Direct-attached storage is notorious for its inefficiency, with some arrays being just 40 per cent occupied or even less.
Bryan Betts, 16 Dec 2013

How did hybrid flashy bods Nimble Storage's IPO go so smoothly?

Analysis Nimble Storage provided an object lesson in IPO pricing and pricing on Friday, showing that investors love flash/disk hybrid storage startups even while disliking pure flash storage plays.
Chris Mellor, 16 Dec 2013

That Google ARM love-in: They want it for their own s*** and they don't want Bing having it

Analysis Google, Facebook, and likely other major tech firms are investigating ARM-compatible chips to drive low-power servers, which could ultimately shakeup the types of processors that sit inside data centres.
Jack Clark, 16 Dec 2013
ATLAS robot from Boston Dynamics

Is Google prepping an ARMY of WALKING ROBOTS?

Google has snapped up military robotics firm Boston Dynamics, famed for its animalistic creations including WildCat and Cheetah.

Security guru Bruce Schneier to leave employer BT

Exclusive Noted security guru Bruce Schneier, who has spent a great deal of energy publicly analysing the Edward Snowden leaks into the activities of the NSA and allied spy agencies, is to leave UK telco BT.
John Leyden, 16 Dec 2013
Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer and CFO Ken Goldman

Yahoo! boss! Mayer! sez! soz! for! lengthy! mail! outage!

Yahoo! chief Marissa Mayer appeared to be furious with her company late on Friday when she took to the Purple Palace's official Tumblr blog to apologise to users of its email service, who were locked out of their accounts for several days.
Team Register, 16 Dec 2013
Red Hat Shadowman logo

Red Hat snuggles up to Dell with 'enterprise grade' OpenStack offer

Dell and Red Hat will work together to propagate OpenStack clouds running the Linux distro, in what the PC maker claims is a first.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Dec 2013
The Queen Mother by Phil Houghton

Nominet seeks royal approval for pisspoor .uk domain name push

Dot-UK registry Nominet has been repeatedly attacked by some online businesses in Britain that have accused the company of trying to cash in on the seemingly unpopular arrival of second-level namespaces.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Dec 2013

Excise Xmas prezzie indecision MISERY with El Reg’s gift guide²

Christmas is special. When else will you spending lots of money you don’t have buying things they don’t deserve for people you don’t like?
Nigel Whitfield, 16 Dec 2013
Aerielle i2i Stream

Analogue radio will CONTINUE in Blighty as Minister of Fun dodges D-Day death sentence

A keynote speech by Culture and Comms Minister Ed Vaizey at the Go Digital conference had been billed for weeks as “D-Day” for UK radio. But in the end, Vaizey kicked the DAB can down the road, setting no new date for a switchover from analogue to digital radio, nor any new threshold for such a switchover.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Dec 2013
Endeavour on the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center. Pic: NASA

MUSK vs BEZOS: US.gov rejects Blue Origin's NASA launch pad whinge

Blue Origin, the space company of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has lost its moan to the US government about SpaceX's bid to use an old launch pad of NASA's.

Unlocking CryptoLocker: How infosec bods hunt the fiends behind it

CryptoLocker, the Bitcoin-hungry ransomware menace that has become 2013’s most infamous malware, was likely created by a single hacker crew in Russia or former Eastern bloc states and is heavily targeting US and UK systems, researchers have exclusively revealed to The Register.
Thomas Brewster, 16 Dec 2013
warehouse interior - wide aisle, big shelves

Striking Amazonians warn: Don't rely on us for Christmas pressies

Amazon workers in Germany are preparing to go on strike once again, in the middle of the busy holiday period, backed by a delegation demonstrating outside Amazon HQ in Seattle.
Scott Guthrie, photo: Tim Anderson

Microsoft's cloudy chief: Azure reliability knocks your own kit for six

Interview Microsoft ships an update to Azure every three weeks. Scott Guthrie, Microsoft's vice president for Windows Azure, reckons it's adding features and capacity in an effort to catch up with Amazon.
Tim Anderson, 16 Dec 2013

Netlist sues Diablo and SMART Storage after whistleblower reveals alleged IP theft

Hi-performance memory biz Netlist says it has a whistleblower's letter from inside Diablo Technologies claiming that Diablo stole Netlist's most valuable proprietary technology, HyperCloud, developed over six years at a cost of $65m.
Chris Mellor, 16 Dec 2013

Avago Technologies chomps up LSI for BEELLLIONS - in CASH

Christmas has come early for LSI investors. Avago Technologies is buying LSI for $6.6bn – and they're paying cash.
Chris Mellor, 16 Dec 2013
Don Basile

Violin cuts strings with CEO: Don Basile axed post-IPOcalypse

Violin Memory has fired its CEO Don Basile as the company's shares slumped more than 60 per cent following its IPO and horrendous quarterly financial results.
Chris Mellor, 16 Dec 2013
secondary age school kids outside NBN truck

Turnbull's NBN is startup-land's litmus test

Opponents of the Australian government's policy to build a National Broadband Network (NBN) with anything other than fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) came up well and truly empty last week.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Dec 2013
Scrooge McDuck

MongoDB rival RethinkDB gets $8m in filthy valley lucre infusion

Upstart RethinkDB has slurped $8m as venture capitalists bet that its tech can put major NoSQL document store MongoDB out to pasture.
Jack Clark, 16 Dec 2013

Google's Dart on target to replace JavaScript? That'll be the day

Analysis Last week, Google announced that the international standards body Ecma had formed a new technical committee devoted to Dart, the Chocolate Factory's homegrown web browser scripting language. But don't expect Dart to replace JavaScript as the web's lingua franca anytime soon.
Neil McAllister, 16 Dec 2013
Sign outside the National Security Agency HQ

HOLD THE PHONE, NSA! Judge bans 'Orwellian' US cellphone records slurp

A US federal judge has ordered the NSA to stop collecting the mobile phone records of innocent American citizens – and to destroy the files already amassed.
Shaun Nichols, 16 Dec 2013