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Want Google to erase your data? Just wait for it to kill off one of its apps

Google will this month kill off its file-transfer app Bump and photo-sharing utility Flock – and erase your data with it.
Shaun Nichols, 03 Jan 2014

Coca Cola slurps millions of MAC addresses

Sharp-eyed blogger Alvaro Lopez Ortega has spotted something fascinating: Coca Cola has reserved a block of media access control (MAC) addresses.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Jan 2014
Facebook drowning

Facebook bots grope our 'privates', and every wronged user should get $10,000 – lawsuit claims

Two Facebook users have begun a class-action lawsuit that alleges the social network's "private" messaging system is a lie.
Iain Thomson, 03 Jan 2014
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VMware hints at future directions with boffin cash dangle

VMware has lifted its skirts just a little by shouting out to university boffins around the world with a list of topics it would like to see researched.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Jan 2014
Apple iPhone 5c: back, front, and side views

iPhone fanbois outsmart fandroids in totally reliable test of brain power

A survey has found that iPhone owners may be slightly smarter than their Android-owing counterparts when it comes to brain teasers.
Shaun Nichols, 03 Jan 2014
Man in an orange jumpsuit clutches prison bars. Image by Shutterstock

Drug dealer demands jail to escape 'unbearable' missus after NYE row

An Italian court has taken pity on a desperate drug dealer who demanded jail to escape his "unbearable" wife.
Lester Haines, 03 Jan 2014
Great white shark

Australia puts 300 sharks on Twitter

The Australian State of Western Australia (WA) has signed over 300 sharks up to Twitter.
Simon Sharwood, 03 Jan 2014
Happy child at Christmas with a tablet

Merry Christmas? Not for app devs: That gold rush is officially OVER

This Christmas was nothing but bad news for developers hoping to cash in on fast-selling tablets, if download and activation stats from the festive season are to be believed.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Jan 2014

Slovenian jailed for creating code behind 12 MILLION strong 'Mariposa' botnet army

A Slovenian virus writer who created an infamous strain of malware used to infect an estimated 12 million computers worldwide has been jailed for almost five years.
John Leyden, 03 Jan 2014
Casio calculator

Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

Retro roundup Until sometime in the early 1980s, when you reached secondary school you were handed a slim book full of numbers during a maths lesson and taught how to use log tables. Sines, cosines, tangents, square roots - they were all in there too. While it made a change from long division, it caused its own share of headaches.
Nigel Whitfield, 03 Jan 2014
Alicia Keys at a red carpet event in a blue, jewelled gown with upswept hairdo. Photo by Keith Hinkle, licensed under creative commons attribution

Alicia Keys throws in towel on BlackBerry's creative director job

She's the indecisive pop star who sung about constantly "falling in and out of love" with some bloke or other.
Jasper Hamill, 03 Jan 2014

Pinterest who? EU rules social network CAN'T trademark its own name

A trademark ruling in Europe could stop Pinterest from expanding onto the continent, as the EU's office rules that the company doesn't own the rights to the name "pinterest".

Microsoft shops ditch XP for New Year as Windows market share expands

Less than one-third of PCs are now running Windows XP, with many a Microsoft shop giving up on the popular 12-year-old operating system in time for New Year.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Jan 2014
Kanye West

Jokesters develop new cryptocurrency using Kanye West's FACE

Kanye West and his pneumatic wife Kim Kardashian have plenty of real cash, but no bank has yet considered putting their faces on a banknote.
Jasper Hamill, 03 Jan 2014

Antarctic ice shelf melt 'lowest EVER recorded, global warming is NOT eroding it'

Scientists at the British Antarctic Survey say that the melting of the Pine Island Glacier ice shelf in Antarctica has suddenly slowed right down in the last few years, confirming earlier research which suggested that the shelf's melt does not result from human-driven global warming.
Lewis Page, 03 Jan 2014

FireEye buys outfit that lifted the lid on Chinese cyber-espionage

Threat prevention firm FireEye has acquired privately held net security firm Mandiant. The cash and shares deal, announced Monday, is valued at around $1bn.
John Leyden, 03 Jan 2014
Mars One first landers

Mars One's certain-death space jolly shortlists 1,000 wannabe explorers

The Mars One project has whittled its 200,000 video applicants down to just 1,058, who will compete for a place on the entirely hypothetical one-way trip to the Red Planet to establish a human colony.

Google poised to become world's first TREEELLION DOLLAR company?

Now that 2014 is up and running, you might be looking over your stock portfolio and reevaluating your investment options. If so, one analyst has a bit of advice: go long on Google, which he believes may become the world's first trillion-dollar company.
Rik Myslewski, 03 Jan 2014
Ross Ulbricht

Silk Road suspect Ross Ulbricht 'teaching yoga' while awaiting trial

Ross Ulbricht is currently awaiting a trial which will decide whether he's the digital drugs kingpin known as Dread Pirate Roberts, or just some poor (but Bitcoin-rich) bloke who has been wrongfully accused.
Jasper Hamill, 03 Jan 2014

Snowden docs: NSA building encryption-cracking quantum computer

The latest document stash from whistle-blower Edward Snowden shows that the NSA has budgeted $79.7m for the development of a quantum computer capable of "owning the net."
Iain Thomson, 03 Jan 2014

Google gearing up for 4K video frenzy at CES

CES 2014 Google is gearing up to push its 4K VP9 video codec into the mainstream through YouTube and hardware partners.
Shaun Nichols, 03 Jan 2014

BlackBerry sues American Idol host's company for 'blatant' patent infringement

BlackBerry has rejoined the patent-infringement litigation party, filing suit in the Northern District of California against an iPhone-keyboard company, Typo Keyboards, cofounded by "media personality" Ryan Seacrest.
Rik Myslewski, 03 Jan 2014

Acer cozies up to Google with new 'droid PCs and fondleslab, Chromebook

CES 2014 Acer might traditionally be a Microsoft client, but the OEM is using next week's CES to display a much deeper relationship with Google, sticking the Chocolate Factory's Android operating system on two new all-in-one desktop PCs and a new tablet, and adding another Chromebook to its lineup.
Iain Thomson, 03 Jan 2014