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Anatomy of a 22-year-old X Window bug: Get root with newly uncovered flaw

The X Window System, which today underpins Linux desktops the world over, has been around for more than two decades – and so have its bugs.
International Space Station

Space Station bags extra 10yrs of life as SOLAR STORM scrubs resupply

NASA has received the go-ahead from the US government to extend the life of the International Space Station, allowing the structure to remain operational through 2024.
Shaun Nichols, 09 Jan 2014
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Data scrapers used Amazon cloud to reap biz bods' CVs, wails LinkedIn

LinkedIn is still waging its battle against “scrapers”, who use software to automatically harvest publicly available personal information from the social network.

T-Mobile US: AT&T's mobe buyout deal is so 'desperate', we'll do it too

CES 2014 T-Mobile US says it will buy rival carriers' customers out of their phone contracts if they switch to the pink-themed T-Mob.
Shaun Nichols, 09 Jan 2014
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Tizen: We have ignition! Smartmobes will come to fruition in spring - reports

Smartphones based on the long-awaited Tizen operating system will finally be unveiled in the next couple of months, according to new reports.
Phil Muncaster, 09 Jan 2014
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Undeterred by Snapchat's snafus, upstart Confide punts self-destruct selfies

While the world wonders whether Snapchat is a three-billion-dollar disaster because of its recent hack, an AOL alumnus has launched a disappearing message app designed for corporate audiences.
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Pakistani retail chain bakes DEEELICIOUS Android mobes

Pakistan could be about to get a delicious new domestic smartphone brand after sources close to retailer Gourmet Foods claimed the firm is planning an imminent launch in the mobile business.
Phil Muncaster, 09 Jan 2014

Classy Oregon diners tipped waitress with 'crystal meth' – cops

A couple of Oregon diners were cuffed last Thursday night after allegedly tipping a steakhouse waitress an envelope of methamphetamine, the Oregonian reports.
Lester Haines, 09 Jan 2014

Boffins claim battery BREAKTHROUGH – with rhubarb-like molecule

The humble rhubarb has joined the growing hype-list of possible sources for super-battery materials, to help make renewables like solar and wind more able to cope with baseload requirements.
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Backup dedupe bods ExaGrid: We're 'cash-positive' this is our year

Deduplicating backup-to-disk startup ExaGrid is now cash-positive and thinks this could be its breakout year.
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2014

You... (Sigh). You store our financials in a 'Clowds4U' account?

More than 80 per cent of employees use software that has not been signed off on for use by their employer, according to a new survey.
OUT-LAW.COM, 09 Jan 2014
Razer Nabu

Spock-style gadget can SMELL my PEE! Weird gizmos of CES 2014

CES 2014 The Las Vegas-hosted 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is still running, of course, but the majority of the announcements have been made: a fair few before the show even started, in a bid to get ahead of the rest. Like early morning shoppers, though, everyone figures out the pre-show press release trick soon enough and now everyone is back to square one. What next? CES announcements in October?
Tony Smith, 09 Jan 2014
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No more syncing feeling with file portability service Younity

Younity bills itself as syncless file sharing software spread across all your Apple and Windows devices. What's this private cloud-style offering all about?
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2014

Rogue Android: We show you how BlackBerry's pain can be your gain

Hands On BlackBerry's comeback with a new operating system, BB10, turned into one of the greatest tech flops of all time. Almost one year after the launch, BlackBerry still sells far more of its ancient BB7 devices than it does BB10 devices. But could you turn BlackBerry’s misfortune to your advantage?
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Jan 2014
Top brass at EMC:

Goulden FINALLY bags EMC's storage CEO spot

David Goulden has got the EMC storage CEO job title at last, putting him on a level footing with Paul Maritz, platform-as-a-service outfit Pivotal's CEO, and Pat Gelsinger, VMware's CEO.
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2014

'Leaked' iPhone 6 pics will make cool fanbois WEEP - it's a PHABLET

Pics The days of 2014 haven’t even clocked up double figures yet and already the iPhone 6 rumour mill is grinding out more purported sightings of Apple’s next iOS handset design.
Bob Dormon, 09 Jan 2014
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Indecent proposal: Hedge fund makes 'unsolicited' bid for Riverbed

An unwanted bid to take over WAN optimiser Riverbed for $3.1bn has been mounted by hedge fund Elliott Associates.
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2014

Human overlord Watson lives in the 'clouds' now, in a $1bn cognition unit. Don't be afraid

IBM has said that it wants to throw more than a billion dollars at powerful cognition overlord and Jeopardy!-playing human crusher Watson... so that the supercomputer can become a new business unit.
Channel Tunnel by Tony Hisgett on Flickr

EE and Voda subscribers to get 2G and 3G INSIDE the Channel Tunnel

British suits on trains hurtling along deep beneath the Channel will soon be able to continue to work online and over the phone with biz colleagues, after mobile carriers Vodafone and EE inked a 10-year deal with Eurotunnel.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Jan 2014
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Citrix soothes frustrated Mac fanbois with Windows VDI tech

Citrix has started the new year with a product to help admins manage Windows desktops on errant Macs, tightening competition between the virtualization company and Parallels and VMware.
Jack Clark, 09 Jan 2014
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Well done for flicking always-on crypto switch, Yahoo! Now here's what you SHOULD have done

Yahoo has followed the lead of Google and Microsoft and enabled HTTPS encryption by default for all Yahoo! Mail users.
John Leyden, 09 Jan 2014
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UK 'copyright czar' Edmund Quilty quits as Blighty's Director of Copyright Enforcement

Exclusive Britain's unofficial "copyright czar", Edmund Quilty, is moving on. Probably the most influential civil servant you've never heard of, Quilty has served as the Director of Copyright Enforcement and Policy at the UK patent office for six years, far longer than the typical stint for a career bureaucrat of two years.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Jan 2014

You're fired: Lord Sugar offloads faded PC builder Viglen to XMA

Lord Sugar has walked away from education tech supplier Viglen, which has inked a big channel merger deal with government reseller XMA.
Team Register, 09 Jan 2014

New FCC headman brandishes net neutrality carrot and stick

CES 2014 Emulating the middle-of-the-road manner of the president who appointed him, new US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler says that under his direction the Commission will take a hands-off approach to regulation, but will be poised to intervene when it sees telecom corporations acting against the best interests of the internet.
Rik Myslewski, 09 Jan 2014
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US Air Force turns up dubious Autonomy accounting in reseller contracts probe

An investigation by the US Air Force into alleged accounting irregularities at Micro Technologies has unexpectedly dragged all that nasty business between HP and Autonomy back into the limelight.
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What is Violin Memory's sacked CEO still doing on their board?

Comment Don Basile, the terminated CEO of Violin Memory, still sits on Violin's board of directors.
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2014
Decaying red telephone boxes

BT 118 phone number fee howler lands telco giant with £225k fine

BT has been slapped with a £225,000 fine from Blighty's premium-rate phone line watchdog, after it failed to provide correct pricing details for its 118 500 directory enquiries number.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Jan 2014

Dell will AXE up to ONE IN THREE workers in its US & EMEA sales teams

Exclusive We're hearing from two sources that Dell is making 30 per cent of its sales and marketing staff in Europe, the Middle East and Africa redundant while cutting 20 per cent of its US-based sales staffers.
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2014
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Fairfax shovels another $250m into buying BlackBerry debt

BlackBerry backer Fairfax Financial is set to buy another $250m of its convertible debentures, which should give the ailing mobile firm a much-needed shot in the arm.
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Qualcomm chief: Why is China probing us? We haven't a clue

Qualcomm's chief still has no idea why the chipmaker is being investigated by antitrust regulators in China, he told Reuters today.
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Orbital Sciences' Cygnus resupply truck blasts off to the Space Station

Updated Private space biz Orbital Sciences Corporation has successfully launched its Cygnus space truck to resupply the International Space Station.
Chris Williams, 09 Jan 2014

FCC honcho: Shifting our crusty phone network to IP packets starts now

CES 2014 Although many, including telecom giant AT&T, may be of the opinion that the FCC has been dragging its feet on the transition from a time-division multiplexing (TDM) public phone network to an all IP system, Commission chairman Tom Wheeler says that efforts to define the new system will begin in earnest later this month.
Rik Myslewski, 09 Jan 2014
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So you want to build the next Google. Who ya gonna call? Er, Big Blue?

Analysis IBM has announced a new version of its Platform Resource Scheduler (PRS), which lines up jobs and resources in mammoth OpenStack Havana environments.
Jack Clark, 09 Jan 2014
Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight

Didn't get a Nook for Xmas? That's OK, hardly anyone else did, either

The fortunes of Barnes & Noble's Nook division have gone from bad to worse, with the ebook group reporting plummeting revenues over the holiday period.
Neil McAllister, 09 Jan 2014
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Cygnus cargo truck on its way, and funding to 2024: Space Station is back in the game

Vid Orbital Sciences is just days from becoming the second private company to ship supplies to the International Space Station.
Shaun Nichols, 09 Jan 2014

Take off, nuke 'em from orbit: Kill patent trolls NOW, says FTC bigwig

CES 2014 Julie Brill, one of the four commissioners of the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), wants Congress to quickly pass legislation against patent trolls, which are companies that buy up intellectual property solely to sue successful designers and manufacturers – and even their customers – for infringement, whether it was accidental or not.
Rik Myslewski, 09 Jan 2014