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Red Hat's pockets bulging on strong Linux, JBoss sales

Enterprise Linux vendor Red Hat posted strong financial results for the third quarter of its fiscal 2014 on Thursday, with earnings that beat both analysts' estimates and the company's own earlier guidance.
Neil McAllister, 20 Dec 2013

Australian Technologies curriculum to be published but not endorsed in Jan 2014

Implementation of Australia's Technologies curriculum, including the Digital Technologies stream that represents the nation's first attempt to put computational thinking in the classroom from Kindergarten to Year 10, is almost certainly on the back burner for several months.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Dec 2013
Steam engine

Rackspace roadmap preps new cloud tools to take on big-bucks giants

Rackspace has a raft of upgrades planned that could make life easier for sysadmins who work with the company's public cloud and hosted managed servers, we're told.
Jack Clark, 20 Dec 2013

Ask Santa to give you our pricey certs for Christmas, says Oracle

Oracle has suggested that IT Professionals might like to suggest to Santa that popping a certification under the tree is a grand way to celebrate the festive season.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Dec 2013
Coober Pedy warning sign

AWS imposes national borders on Cloudland

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has drawn up borders within its cloud with a new 'Geostriction' feature for its CloudFront service.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Dec 2013

COW a-BUNG HER, dude! 'Secret Santa' Bill Gates buys lass a HEIFER

Microsoft zillionaire Bill Gates has, in short, spent $500 on a cow for a Reddit.com user in the website's annual secret Santa gift swap.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Dec 2013

World's cheapest tablet just got CHEAPER

The world’s cheapest tablet is about to get even cheaper after Indian telecoms minister Kapil Sibal announced the subsidised Aakash 4 will eventually ship for just Rs.1,500 (£14).
Phil Muncaster, 20 Dec 2013

Bizarre Tolkien-inspired GCHQ Xmas card CAN'T BE READ by us PLEBS

I have just received from the Dark Web, a samizdat copy of GCHQ’s Xmas card complete with cartoon from Chris Slane. The references (see below) provide a download of the complete Xmas card, which presumably can be printed out on cardboard in hard copy.
Smartphone user on Tube

Used all your mobile data? Why not buy your mate's excess bits?

China Mobile has come up with a rather interesting way to help out customers who run out of data before the end of the month – a new trading platform which allows other customers to sell data bundles they haven’t used.
Phil Muncaster, 20 Dec 2013
Elite Systems' prototype bluetooth keyboard for the ZX Spectrum

ZX Spectrum REVIVED as Bluetooth keyboard

Beloved Brit microcomputer the ZX Spectrum has been resurrected, after a fashion.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Dec 2013

It's not gold in the frozen hills of Antarctica, my boy, it's DIAMONDS

Boffins have uncovered evidence pointing to the presence of huge amounts of diamonds in the frozen mountain ranges of Antarctica.
Jasper Hamill, 20 Dec 2013

Mozilla: Native code? No, it's JavaScript, only it's BLAZING FAST

The Mozilla Foundation says it has reached an important milestone in the quest to improve JavaScript performance, with some JavaScript benchmarks now running only around 1.5 times slower than when the equivalent algorithms are compiled and executed as native binary code.
Neil McAllister, 20 Dec 2013
The World's Smallest Camera

Picture this: Data-wrangling boffins say they have made JPEGs OBSOLETE

Boffins have devised a new way of squishing data which could herald the end of the trusty JPEG picture format.
Jasper Hamill, 20 Dec 2013
de Havilland Sea Vixen

Mosquitoes, Comets and Vampires: The de Havilland Museum

Geek's Guide to Britain Approaching the museum down a bumpy single track road you start wondering if any of this makes any sense. Why is this museum in the middle of nowhere? Why are the opening hours so peculiar? Why are there bits of aircraft lying around? Why does it have two different names?
Ed Moore, 20 Dec 2013

It's CLOUD WAR says Larry Ellison: parachute in the sales team

Larry Ellison has promised to bring holy price down upon the heads of cloud computing infidels.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Dec 2013
The Winklevoss twins, Cameron and Tyler

Winklevoss: I have put my MOUTH where my MONEY IS

QuoTW It's the week before the holidays and all through the tech world barely a mouse has been stirring: but one of the Winklevoss twins did take some time out from Christmas shopping to let everyone know that they should be buying Bitcoins.
Toshiba LTPS touchscreen LCD

Andrew Fentem: Why I went to an arts quango to fund pre-iPhone multitouch

Special Report Part 2 In the late '90s British inventor Andrew Fentem pioneered multitouch techniques, years before Apple brought them to market in the iPhone and later the iPad. He won backing for his technology from Britain's new innovation quango: but its incompetence meant that Apple ultimately looked elsewhere. We told the story of how the UK lost out in this special report. In this interview, Andrew speaks about the saga.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Dec 2013

Violin investor: We could have got $1 BEELLION... W-w-w-what did you say?

Floundering flash array biz Violin says people should have faith in the company while an activist investor says the board should sell the biz before it burns all its cash. It also claimed the former CEO allegedly turned down buyout offers amounting to around $1bn.
Chris Mellor, 20 Dec 2013

Italy's 'Google tax law' could fall foul of EU discrimination rules

The European Commission has warned that Italy's proposed "Google tax law" would likely break European Union rules on non-discrimination, Reuters reported.
Google Toilet Paper

Google search biz offer BINNED by EU competition chief

Google's latest attempt to wiggle away from allegations that it abuses its dominant position in Europe's search market suffered a significant blow today - its revised offer to Brussels' competition chief has been rejected.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Dec 2013
Apple iPhone 5s: back, front, and side views

Fanbois, prepare to lose your sh*t as BRUSSELS KILLS IPHONE dock

Just spent 50 quid on the latest iPhone dock? You'd better start saving for a new one, because the EU has set a timetable for its plans to force all phone manufacturers to use the same charger.
Jasper Hamill, 20 Dec 2013
Google Chocolate Factory

Google fined by Spanish data watchdog over audacious privacy tweak

Google has been fined a piddling €900,000 for three separate breaches of Spain's Data Protection Act.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Dec 2013

Apple won't bag HUMUNGOUS 4G deal... 'cos China HATES plastic iPhone 5C – analyst

Apple has failed to ink a lucrative 4G deal with humungo cellphone carrier China Mobile due to poor demand for its plastic iPhone 5C, a leading analyst has claimed.
Jasper Hamill, 20 Dec 2013
A patch of sky in the constellation Pisces snapped by NEOWISE

Asteroid-hunting beauty AWAKENS, takes cheeky snaps of neighbours

NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) has sent back its first test pics in preparation for restarting its mission to map all the nearby asteroids.

Who should be responsible for devices, apps and services?

Tech Panel Are you a user or business manager fed up with IT constantly telling you "No" when it comes to the devices and apps you need to get your job done? Are you an IT pro tired of having to deal with users wanting their latest bling connected to the network?
Dale Vile, 20 Dec 2013
TomTom GO 6000 satnav

TomTom GO 6000 satnav chews on smarties and tablets

Review During the launch of the revamped TomTom Go series of satnavs earlier this year, the company reeled off some interesting statistics that revealed a considerable chunk of motorists don’t bother with satnavs - 39 per cent, in fact. And of those 39 per cent, only 4 per cent were considering buying into the technology in the next 12 months. The question for TomTom, was how could it get all of that 39 per cent to change its mind?
Bob Dormon, 20 Dec 2013

The Bong's NEXT-mas Message for 2012

¡Bong! Christmas is traditionally a time of reconciliation, love and humility. So it's in that spirit that I am reaching out to all of my readers, to say...
Steve Bong, 20 Dec 2013
Nutanix cloud appliance exploded view

It's a CLUSTER-PLUCK: Nutanix uses MapReduce to polish performance

Analysis Converged server-system startup Nutanix, which sells all of its products through the channel, says hypervisors are the virtual sheet metal of the commodity server game. You won't need separate storage arrays, instead you can get a storage pool across many servers by virtualising their directly attached storage (DAS).
Chris Mellor, 20 Dec 2013
Microsoft campus

Ex-Microsofties face 20 years in slammer over insider trading

A former Microsoft senior manager is facing up to 20 years in jail and millions in fines and compensation over allegations he shared confidential information about the firm with his friend and business partner.

Feds charge four in GLOBAL Silk Road METH RING case

American prosecutors have charged four people with selling crystal meth through the defunct online drugs market Silk Road.
Jasper Hamill, 20 Dec 2013

Murdoch EYEBALLS Twitter with $25m buyout of news aggregator Storyful

A Dublin, Ireland-based company that carefully strips out news stories from other content on sites such as Twitter has been bought by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp for $25m.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Dec 2013

MailOnline pulls recipe site after innocent young cookbook DEFILED

The Mail Online has pulled its recipes website after it was vandalised by Libyan cyber-hijackers.
Team Register, 20 Dec 2013

BlackBerry ends write-off of a year with $4.4 BEELLLION write-down

BlackBerry announced a whopping non-cash charge on its assets of $4.4bn in its earnings statement today. The company booked a loss of $354m on income of $1.2bn, the result of a continuing collapse in handset sales.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Dec 2013

Parents can hide abortion, contraception advice from kids, thanks to BT's SEX-ED web block

Access to sex education websites can be switched off by UK parents who don't want their children to seek advice about their sexuality online, BT has admitted to The Register.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Dec 2013

Foxconn boss: We're CROSSING Mexican border ... to bring TV-making jobs into US

The head of Foxconn has reportedly said that he is confident that the group, which includes the Hon Hai unit busily making iPhones, will see its revenue grow by 15 per cent this year.

'F*** off, Google!' Protest blockades Google staff bus AGAIN – and Apple's

Pics Buses operated by Google and Apple to ferry their staff to and from work were blockaded today by Bay Area anti-gentrification protestors.
Jack Clark, 20 Dec 2013

Worried OpenSSL uses NSA-tainted crypto? This BUG has got your back

As fears grow that US and UK spies have deliberately hamstrung key components in today's encryption systems, users of OpenSSL can certainly relax about one thing.
John Leyden, 20 Dec 2013

Silk Road 2.0 busted! At least two arrests as federal crackdown begins

If drugs traffickers thought the anonymous online black market calling itself Silk Road 2.0 would be any safer from law enforcement than the original, it looks like they had better think again.
Neil McAllister, 20 Dec 2013

DisARMed: Geeksphone's next high-end mobe to pack Intel x86 inside

Spanish startup Geeksphone has announced that its next smartphone model will be its first to be powered by an Intel mobile processor.
Neil McAllister, 20 Dec 2013
Bezos headshot

You've got $60k: So, 2013 sporty Corvette, or a year of AWS's new I2 beast?

Amazon has soothed developers miffed at the notorious variability of its rentable servers with a new expensive class of reliable instances.
Jack Clark, 20 Dec 2013