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FreeBSD 10.0 lands, targets VMs and laptops

The tenth version of the open source operating system FreeBSD has emerged.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jan 2014
The Bureau of Meteorology's heatwave forecast

'Climate change' event dishes up sous vide supercomputers

Call it climate or call it unusual weather, but last week's five-day heat wave in the Australian city of Melbourne got the sweat running at one of the country's major supercomputing facilities, the Victorian Life Science Computation Initiative (VLSCI).

Java bug burns Borg

Cisco has asked users of its Secure Access Control System 5.5 or lower to implement an urgent patch, as it has spotted several problems with its RMI implementation.

Nearly HALF of South Korea hacked in insider data theft

The personal details of as many as 20 million South Koreans may have been exposed after an employee at a credit ratings firm was arrested on suspicion of selling the records to marketing firms.
Phil Muncaster, 20 Jan 2014
An Amazon Coin

Amazon patents caches for physical goods

Amazon.com has been granted a patent for “a method and system for anticipatory package shipping”.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jan 2014

Indian minister's wife found dead after Twitter rampage

The wife of Indian minister Shashi Tharoor has been found dead in a luxury New Delhi hotel room just days after she took to Twitter to expose her husband’s alleged infidelity.
Phil Muncaster, 20 Jan 2014
A Carbon Cult-approved toilet

Haribo gummy bears implicated in 'gastric exorcism'

It's a cutesy brand of sweet marked with the tagline "kids and grown-ups love it so". But the happy world of Haribo has suddenly clouded over after tiny ursine squishy figures of the sugar-free variety reportedly caused "gastric exorcism" in dozens of Amazon reviewers.
Jasper Hamill, 20 Jan 2014
IBM Selectric Golfball

IBM renews attempts to offload server biz: report

IBM is trying to offload its “low-end” server business, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jan 2014

Look out, Earth! Here comes China Operating System (aka Linux)

China is backing a mobile operating system designed to offer a state-approved alternative to foreign platforms.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jan 2014

SPAM supposedly spotted leaving the fridge

It's still silly season, it seems. Tell the world that a bunch of small business broadband routers have been compromised and recruited into botnets, and the world yawns.
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Red Hat: We CAN be IaaSed about OpenStack cloud

10 years after Red Hat got serious on enterprise Linux, the company is re-organised for enterprise cloud.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jan 2014

Survey: Yoof too COOL for Ferraris, want state-sponsored hybrids

Modern yoof would love to be driving around in tech-loaded green hipster vehicles - they just can't really afford it, according to a new study.
Team Register, 20 Jan 2014

Probe of Hollywood-Euro Pay TV contracts: What happens next?

Analysis By now the dust has settled on Monday’s statement by the European Commission that it will investigate the licensing agreements between the major US Hollywood studios and their European broadcasting counterparts, targeting the exclusive nature in any given European country. But what is the likely outcome?
Faultline, 20 Jan 2014

Ancient carving of 'first human-built holy place' = Primitive Vulture Central

An ancient stone carving in modern-day Turkey is sensationally challenging the theory that the origins of Vulture Central lie in France.
Lester Haines, 20 Jan 2014
Do Not Adjust Your Set

Eight EXCELLENT languages for the fondleslab-friendly Intranet of Thingies

Stob What are you up, Verity? Ensconced in one of your comfortable, miles-from-any-critical-path projects?
Verity Stob, 20 Jan 2014
Score! Classic Goals iPhone/iPad game screenshot

Take that, BT: Vodafone and BSkyB mull over broadband tie-up - report

BSkyB and Vodafone have reportedly discussed the possibility of teaming up on a high-speed broadband service.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Jan 2014

Brocade flogs adapter biz to QLogic: Are they cutting losses or pleasing investors?

Late last week data networking gear firm Brocade announced it was selling its Ethernet and Fibre Channel adapter business to QLogic for an undisclosed sum.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2014
EE 4G banner

EE BrightBox routers can be hacked 'by simple copy/paste operation'

BrightBox routers supplied by UK telco EE as standard kit to its broadband and fibre customers are riddled with security shortcomings that make the devices hackable, a UK security researcher warns.
John Leyden, 20 Jan 2014

Consumers shove EMEA PC market down giant hole of DOOM

Businesses that flushed calendar year-end budgets came to the aid of the PC market in late 2013 – but not in the sort of numbers that could have rescued the sector from its consumer-induced coma.
Paul Kunert, 20 Jan 2014
Sony KD-84X9005 84in 4K LED TV

4K-ing hell! Will your shiny new Ultra HD TV actually display HD telly?

Feature With just about every TV maker showing off 4K sets at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this month, and companies like Netflix promising to have content available in the format, it’s tempting to think that if you’re buying a new TV, 4K may be worth a look. Or, at least, worth hanging on for until it’s more sensibly priced.
Nigel Whitfield, 20 Jan 2014

Romanian Bitcoin baron 'stumps up $20k to keep OpenBSD's lights on'

A mysterious Bitcoin-powered white knight is reported to have come to the rescue of the struggling OpenBSD Foundation.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jan 2014
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HP clinches six week extension on whether to join shareholders' suit against Autonomy

HP has said that it has made decisions about how to proceed with a case brought by its shareholders over the $8.8bn writedown for the acquisition of Autonomy – but it wants six more weeks to mull them over.

Apple hires medical techies, raises spectre of iStuff slurping data direct from your bloodstream

Apple has hired two new faces from the medical tech world as it steps up its drive to develop wearable iThings.
Jasper Hamill, 20 Jan 2014

IBM to offload System x this week: Our sources spill the beans

Smart bets are being placed on IBM offloading its System x division this week, amid suggestions that staffers are braced for a grandiose announcement on Wednesday.
Paul Kunert, 20 Jan 2014
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Botham bowls into Microsoft as latest UK distie overlord

Microsoft is about to open the doors to a new distribution boss after dipping into the ranks at data management software player Commvault to poach EMEA VAD manager Marc Botham.
Paul Kunert, 20 Jan 2014
Dropbox IOS

VCs drop cash on DropBox, bestow $10 BEELLLION valuation

Ten billion greenbacks. That’s what venture capital firms (and Dropbox’s board and execs) think the file sync'n'share pioneer is worth.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2014
Bumble bee

Your squirty insecticides make bumblebees SHRINK, warn boffins

Bumblebees could be shrinking because of exposure to a widely-used pesticide, according to new research.
Kim Dotcom at the NZ parliamentary hearing

Kim Dotcom shrugs off US extradition attempt with Spotify competitor

Kim Dotcom has unveiled a demo of his new streaming music service Baboom, which he hopes will knock iTunes and Spotify off the top of the digital hit parade.
Jasper Hamill, 20 Jan 2014
Google Glass

Devs write 'film my shag' sex app for Google Glass

It's difficult to imagine anyone wanting to get down and dirty with a partner who would willingly wear Google Glass.
Jasper Hamill, 20 Jan 2014
ULLtradIMM Latency

Sandisk's future is far from ULLtraDIMM: Diablo tie-up holds promise

Blocks and Files SanDisk has an excellent chance of making it as an enterprise flash storage supply because it’s pursuing a SMART strategy that is (wait for it, wait for it) ULL-tra bright.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2014
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Hey, G20. Please knock it off with the whole tax loophole thing - we're good guys, really

A tech lobbying group has written to the OECD to try and stop the G20's efforts to close loopholes that let international firms legally avoid some of their taxes.
Microsoft Surface bomb

Surface Pro 2 dim screen of death snafu STILL happening after patch

A December update for the Intel-based Microsoft Surface Pro 2 tablets has been pulled as it was making things worse.
Simon Rockman, 20 Jan 2014

ESA rejoices as comet-chasing Rosetta probe wakes from 3-year nap

The European Space Agency (ESA) doesn't usually have the atmosphere of a soccer stadium, but a very belated ping-back that showed the Rosetta comet-chasing spacecraft to be back in business moved normally reserved boffins to wild exuberance.
Iain Thomson, 20 Jan 2014

Good news: 'password' is no longer the #1 sesame opener, now it's '123456'

Despite the fact that users continue to cling to predictable and insecure passwords, the worst of them all is no longer the most popular.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jan 2014

Telstra Borgs O2 networks for hit of services oxygen

Melbourne-based O2 Networks is the lucky recipient of a bag of cash from Telstra, which has paid $AU60 million for the business.
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Google pulls Chrome extensions after new owners subvert web tools

Google has pulled at least two Chrome extensions from its online store after spammers and malware merchants bought established software from developers and updated it to suit their own nefarious purposes.
Iain Thomson, 20 Jan 2014

HP sticks thumb in Microsoft's eye, extends Windows 7 option for new machines

While Microsoft continues to push its less-than-beloved Windows 8, HP is citing "popular demand" in opting instead to flog its machines equipped with Windows 7, an operating system that will turn five years old this year..
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jan 2014