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SPLASSHH! Tech giant IBM DIVE-BOMBS into all-flash array pool

Analysis Splash! IBM has launched its first in-house all-flash array, one of the fruits of its billion-dollar flash storage investment. The FlashSystem 840 is an impressive box but what do IBM's mainstream and startup competitors, each with their own all-flash arrays, think of it?
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2014
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MEPs: Specialised services? Oui. 2-speed internet? Nein

MEPs have called for greater restrictions on content producers' ability to set minimum internet service provider (ISP) service levels for their content. Producers and ISPs themselves need to be more restricted than is planned under new EU telecoms rules, they said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Jan 2014
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OK, Wyse guy: So how do YOU think 'boosting' legacy tech is a winner?

Analysis Nexenta, the provider of hardware-independent software-defined storage with a ZFS disk-based stack, has gained 5,000-plus customers by enabling them to get EMC/NetApp-class storage functionality at much lower prices by not paying the mainstream vendors' lock-in hardware tax.
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2014

Globe grabbin,’ sphere slammin’, orb-tossin’, pill poppin’... Speedball

Antique Code Show When the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST together ruled the home computing scene, video games were a long way from the million dollar money-spinners they have become. Getting public and media attention for a game wasn’t easy, but one of the more effective techniques employed by game designers was to create titles that took ‘inspiration’ from current or classic films, preferably ones that involved plenty of violence.
Giles Hill, 27 Jan 2014
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DataDirect Networks is in a hole. Can its founders pull it out?

+Analysis DataDirect Networks is struggling, The Register hears, with declining revenues and departed execs. Seagate buying Xyratex is the latest competitive threat and the firm is said to be retrenching its core HPC business.
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2014
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Quivering, spine-tingling wearable tech: Strap it on and don't look back

Review If you’ve never had back pain, then thank your lucky stars. It can make a 20-year-old feel like they’re 100 and it’s a sore point that I know this to be true.
Bob Dormon, 27 Jan 2014

What can Microsoft learn from 'discontinued operations' at Nokia?

Analysis "Nokia has commenced reporting substantially all of its Devices & Services business as discontinued operations", the company noted dryly in its earnings report last week. The numbers didn't paint a picture Microsoft would have wanted.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jan 2014
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Ancient video of Steve Jobs launching the first Apple Mac found

Long-lost footage of Steve Jobs launching the first Apple Macintosh in 1984 has been dug out of storage and shown in full for the first time in 30 years.
Jasper Hamill, 27 Jan 2014

A real life Romulan-Klingon alliance: Google, Samsung sign global patent pact

Google and Samsung have strengthened their positions in the Great Patent Wars against Apple by signing a global cross-licensing deal with each other.

UK channel firms rabbit-punch recession in Q4: Sales are HUGE

Blighty is again the largest tech sales territory in the European channels* after distributors reported a near double-digit growth spurt in Q4, fuelled by mobility, software and er... desktops.
Paul Kunert, 27 Jan 2014
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Is Google building SKYNET? Ad kingpin buys AI firm DeepMind

Google has agreed to acquire London-based artificial intelligence firm DeepMind Technologies, adding to its growing stable of robot companies.
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Lloyds Group probes server crash behind ATM, cash card outage

Lloyds Banking Group is investigating the cause of a Hewlett-Packard server failure it blames for taking down thousands of its ATMs and crippling cash cards at the weekend.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jan 2014

Sync'n'steal: Hackers brew Android-targeting Windows malware

Internet Igors have stitched together the first strain of Windows malware that can hop over and infect Android smartphones and tablets.
John Leyden, 27 Jan 2014
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Altcoins will DESTROY the IT industry and spawn an infosec NIGHTMARE

Analysis Much has been written about how Bitcoin will affect libertarian society, banks, money and government, but there are some other effects that bear consideration: what it will do to the IT industry.
Simon Rockman, 27 Jan 2014

Mega UK reseller Kelway bags investment banker for matchmaking service

Kelway has appointed global investment banker William Blair to seek a way forward for the business, which in all likelihood appears to involve hauling in a new private equity backer.
Paul Kunert, 27 Jan 2014
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US megalocorp AT&T: We're NOT swallowing Blighty's Vodafone

+Analysis Speculation that AT&T was shopping for Vodafone as an entry into the European market has been brought to an end after an exec ruled it out.
Simon Rockman, 27 Jan 2014
China's Jade Rabbit moon lander

China's Jade Rabbit moon rover might have DIED in the NIGHT after 'abnormality'

China's moon rover, the Jade Rabbit, could be going gently into that good night after experiencing a "mechanical control abnormality".
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Logicalis CEO Bullard heads for exit after less than 60 days

It was a short-lived reign at the top of Logicalis for CEO Garry Bullard, who has cut and run after less than two months in charge, The Channel can reveal.
Paul Kunert, 27 Jan 2014

I am migrating email for 1000 users. How do I make it bullet proof?

Readers' corner And so to Reg reader chivo243, who has penned the following question on El Reg Forums.
Drew Cullen, 27 Jan 2014

Feds indict four over alleged Android app copyright infringement

The US Department of Justice has taken a break from handing Amazon an ebook monopoly and instead indicted four operators of Android warez sites.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jan 2014
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Spot the joints: You say backup, I say archiving

If you have ever been asked to recover an old, lost or deleted file, you will know just how hard people find it to tell the difference between backup and archiving. The administrator's workload has grown so much that backup companies have even added user self-service portals to ease it.
Bryan Betts, 27 Jan 2014
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Apple declares war on PAYPAL: Pay-by-bonk + iTunes = profit, right?

Apple is planning to take on Paypal with its own mobile payment system, it has been claimed.
Jasper Hamill, 27 Jan 2014
Angry Birds for PC

Fancy a little kinky sex? GCHQ+NSA will know - thanks to ANGRY BIRDS

Some of the world's most popular smartphone applications are telling British and American intelligence agencies everything about you – from your location to your politics or whether you're part of the swinging set.
Iain Thomson, 27 Jan 2014
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Murdoch's BSkyB stares down Microsoft: Redmond renames SkyDrive to OneDrive

After six months of deliberation, Microsoft has announced the new name for its trademark-disputed SkyDrive cloud storage service: OneDrive.
Neil McAllister, 27 Jan 2014

Vice squad cuffs vice chairman of Bitcoin Foundation in $1m money-laundering probe

The Bitcoin Foundation is shy a vice chairman today: US money-laundering investigators have arrested and charged Charlie Shrem, the 24-year-old CEO of one-time Bitcoin exchange BitInstant.

Apple blows past (most) Wall Street moneymen's expectations

After Apple announced its new iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display last October, CEO Tim Cook offered the hopeful opinion that "it's going to be an iPad Christmas."
Rik Myslewski, 27 Jan 2014

Wanna make your own Azure? Now you can: Microsoft joins Open Compute Project

Microsoft has given away the secrets of its data centers for free by joining Facebook's Open Compute Project.
Jack Clark, 27 Jan 2014

Prince sues 22 music file-sharers for ONE MEEELLION dollars each

Prince Rogers Nelson – the artist currently known as Prince – has filed lawsuits against 22 people for $1m in damages apiece, alleging that each posted links to bootleg recordings of his concerts on file-sharing networks.
Neil McAllister, 27 Jan 2014