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Techies CAN sue Google, Apple, Intel et al accused of wage-strangling pact

Employees at top Silicon Valley companies can sue bosses accused of entering a secret pact that kept salaries down, a judge in California has ruled.
Iain Thomson, 16 Jan 2014
Ubuntu smartphones

Rarin' to buy an Ubuntu phone? Maybe not until 2015, Canonical man says

Commercial smartphones running the mobile version of the Ubuntu Linux distro probably won't be available through carriers until 2015 at the earliest, a Canonical spokesman has revealed.
Neil McAllister, 16 Jan 2014

Oracle spoils your day with NEARLY 150 patches

Systems administrators who decided it would be a quiet week were wrong: Oracle has flicked out more than a hundred security patches, and when you're finished, it'll be time to round up any Blackberry useBs in the company and apply some patches for them.

Boeing bent over for new probe as 787 batteries vent fluid, start to MELT

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has announced a new investigation after the batteries in a Japanese Boeing 787 started smoking and partially melted.
Iain Thomson, 16 Jan 2014

Amazon's public cloud fingered as US's biggest MALWARE LAIR

Amazon's public cloud is the largest haven of malware spreaders in the US, according to security company Solutionary.
Jack Clark, 16 Jan 2014

Garantia lassoos IBM data-center for Microsoft-beating Redis tech

Though IBM bought SoftLayer six months ago, that hasn't prevented Big Blue from quickly inking deals with third-party software providers to make its newly acquired cloud competitive with Amazon, Microsoft and other big rivals.
Jack Clark, 16 Jan 2014
Huawei Shenzhen headquarters

Huawei dismisses NSA backdoor claims as profits soar

It’s been a mixed week for Chinese telecoms giant Huawei after the firm announced impressive financials but was forced again to deny allegations of security weaknesses in its products.
Phil Muncaster, 16 Jan 2014
CSIRO optical filter for Solar Orbiter

Optical filters head to Germany for Solar Orbiter build

The European Solar Orbiter project has taken another step towards launch-readiness, with Australia's CSIRO delivering the last of the optical filters that the orbiter needs to image the sun.

Yahoo! chief operating officer de Castro exits web biz after just one year

Yahoo!'s chief operating officer Henrique de Castro will leave the web biz today – having only arrived from Google about a year ago.
Shaun Nichols, 16 Jan 2014
Firefox Fish

Pint-glass-flashing FISHNAPPERS strike at Firefox daddy Mozilla

Tupac lives!* Aspirant mobile phone software provider and Firefox browser-maker Mozilla nearly lost its "golden staffers" just before Christmas, when Tupac and Biggie Smalls, the two goldfish from its reception, were fishnapped.
Simon Rockman, 16 Jan 2014
Windows XP

Fine! We'll keep updating WinXP's malware sniffer after April, says Microsoft

Microsoft has capitulated to the legions of users who are still running Windows XP once again, by extending support for its antimalware software for the aging OS into 2015.
Neil McAllister, 16 Jan 2014

Microsoft confirms: Staff inboxes hijacked amid 'Syrian army' cyber-blitz

Microsoft has finally admitted that an attack on two of its Twitter accounts and an official blog by a pro-Assad hacking group last weekend also compromised internal emails.
Phil Muncaster, 16 Jan 2014
Quantum amp device

Boffins hampered by the ampere hanker for a quantum answer

The search for a new ampere standard has moved a little further on, with a paper claiming that accurate quantum-level electron generation is feasible.

Let Google's tentacles fondle your mobile's web downloads and Chrome will put the data on a diet

The latest version of Google's Chrome browser for handheld devices includes a data-compression feature that's designed to save customers money on their mobile bills, among other new bells and whistles.
Neil McAllister, 16 Jan 2014

Apple fanbois make it 'official', hook up with Internet of Fridges Things

Apple has joined the Internet of Things after naming an air conditioning unit as the first fruity-certified smart appliance.
Jasper Hamill, 16 Jan 2014
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All-flash array flogger Nimbus Data: We COINED IT in 2013

All-flash array firm Nimbus Data released results from the year to date, saying it had had a great 2013.
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2014

Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

+Comment The path to redemption in 2014 lies not through baptism, but blogging. Former Merrill Lynch dotcom analyst Henry "what a POS*" Blodget agreed to a lifetime ban from the finance industry – but bounced back with a blog. And perhaps one-man wrecking crew Steve Sinofsky, former President of the Windows Division at Microsoft, can likewise hope for the same renewed popularity as a "thinkfluencer".
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Jan 2014

Time-rich hacking crew scrawls web graffiti all over poor old .ME

Hackers have defaced more than 3,000 .me websites in a web graffiti attack carried out on Sunday.
John Leyden, 16 Jan 2014
Science of Cambridge MK14 close-up

Ian Williamson: The engineer who gave Sinclair his first micro

Archaeologic Before Sinclair Research and the QL, the Spectrum and the ZX81, before even Sinclair Computers and the ZX80, there was Science of Cambridge and the MK14 microprocessor kit. Released in February 1978 - that’s when the first adverts for the mail-order-only offering appeared, at least - the MK14 entered the SoC pipeline late in the Summer of 1977, thanks to the National Semiconductor company.
Tony Smith, 16 Jan 2014
Stock ticker board

Two new C-suite bods kiss the Scality ring as IPO rumours gather

Object storage upstart Scality has hired two C-level execs and more senior hires are on the way.
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2014

Yahooligans! cower! as! COO! was! reportedly! SACKED! by! Mayer!

Yahoo! has refused to deny that its chief operating officer Henrique de Castro was sacked by the Purple Palace's boss Marissa Mayer.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Jan 2014

UK enterprises are SPENDING again, bellows Computacenter

A double-digit hike in Q4 hardware and software sales to large enterprise customers in Blighty helped Computacenter (CC) end calendar '13 on a high note, despite a more mixed performance across continental Europe.
Paul Kunert, 16 Jan 2014
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Amazon workers in Delaware reject trade union membership

A small number of Amazon warehouse workers in Delaware have voted against joining a union, which claims that the employees were under pressure from the firm to stay away from third-party representation.

Clink! Terrorist jailed for refusing to tell police his encryption password

A convicted terrorist will serve additional time in jail after he was found guilty of refusing to supply police with the password for a memory stick that they could not crack.
John Leyden, 16 Jan 2014
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High Court derails Google defence in Safari browser stalker cookie brouhaha

The High Court in London, England, today rejected Google's claim that the company is not subject to UK data protection laws.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Jan 2014
Quantum CEO Jon Gacek

Quantum expects to see Q3 revenue hike, sheds 60 extra bodies

Quantum expects to report a seasonal third quarter revenue hike in its third 2014 fiscal quarter ended 31 December, with lower costs helped by manufacturing outsourcing and several additional redundancies.
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2014
Artist's impression of an exoplanet orbiting a star in the cluster Messier 67

Boffins find ALIEN WORLD orbiting the Sun's LONG LOST TWIN

Boffins have located an alien world orbiting a solar twin to our own Sun for the first time.
Santa Claus on his laptop

Boxing Day sales bubble boosts Dixons - but don't hit the champers just yet

UK saps shoppers spent more than £100,000 a minute at Dixons Retail during the Boxing Day sales helping to drag it into growth during the Christmas quarter for the second consecutive year.
Paul Kunert, 16 Jan 2014

Cocky Spotify drops time limits on free listening, skint music-lovers cheer

As it promised to do before Christmas, Spotify has dropped restrictions on free listening with the celestial jukebox - but it's also removed restrictions on free desktop listening, too.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Jan 2014
Bursting out of a box

We wuz right: Big Blue ARE stuffing System x boxen with ULLtraDIMMs

Confirming our story about IBM stuffing ULLtraDIMMs into its an X-series servers, storage news upstart EnterpriseTech* reports that Big Blue's coming X6 servers, supporting Xeon E7 v2 processors, will have eXFlash memory channel storage: flash memory on a DDR3 module running on the memory bus.
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2014
Peter Jones, Dragon's Den star

I'm in: Peter 'Dragons' Den' Jones launches bid to buy out Expansys

Dragons' Den star Peter Jones has launched a £6.1m takeover bid of his electronics retail firm Expansys.
Jasper Hamill, 16 Jan 2014

Switch VMs from NetApp to us and we'll give you extra storage, says Tintri

Flashy upstart Tintri says its customers can run servers with more VMs using its storage instead of NetApp - and it's putting its money where its mouth is.
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2014
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Westcoast Group shuffles management deck

Westcoast has rejigged its management team to accommodate an expanding waistline having swallowed Viglen and QC Supplies in this month alone.
Paul Kunert, 16 Jan 2014
OSIRIS-REx asteroid sampling mission

SAY MY NAME, ALIEN SCUM. NASA to send 'you' into SPAAACE...

So you've always wanted to go to space, but don't want to die on Mars alongside a load of other explorers on a suicide mission?
Jasper Hamill, 16 Jan 2014
Magnum Force

9,000 heads to roll at Dell? Tosh. It'll all go down in Feb and it's THOUSANDS more - insiders

Exclusive We’re being told that the 9,000 heads redundancy figure at Dell is wrong - it could be 17,000 or more. Dell disputes this strongly, saying our sources' numbers are "inaccurate", but refused to give us a figure.
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2014
NSA's Fort Meade headquarters

NSA: It's TRUE, we grab 200 MILLION of your text messages A DAY globally

Documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden have detailed the operation of an NSA system called Dishfire that collects, stores and analyzes 200 million text messages a day from around the world.
Iain Thomson, 16 Jan 2014

Intel treads water despite drowning PC biz clinging to Chipzilla's legs

Intel beat analyst expectations on sales and missed on earnings as the world's largest chip designer had trouble tacking into the winds of change that are reshaping the world's tech market.
Jack Clark, 16 Jan 2014

Someone stole your phone? Now they'll have your STARBUCKS password – the horror!

Starbucks has been called out after its smartphone app was caught storing unencrypted passwords on the mobe's file system.
Shaun Nichols, 16 Jan 2014

Canada says Google broke law by snooping health info to serve ads

An investigation into Google's online advertising practices by Canadian regulators has found that the Chocolate Factory served ads based on users' sensitive health-related information, in violation of the country's privacy laws.
Neil McAllister, 16 Jan 2014
Facebook Like Stamp

Facebook gets a 'trending topics' box (just what its cluttered pages need)

Facebook is rolling out a new "service" in the form of a Trending box in the top righthand corner of user's home page, which highlights topics that have recently proved popular.
Iain Thomson, 16 Jan 2014