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Tom Perkins

Google bus protests are Kristallnacht against the rich – tech VC legend

One of Silicon Valley's most venerable venture capitalists has provoked a storm by saying protests against private buses for hi-tech workers in the Bay Area, and the "demonization of the rich" by some, has parallels with the German Kristallnacht pogrom.
Iain Thomson, 28 Jan 2014
Parliament House Canberra by Flickr user OzMark17 used under CC Share and Share alike licence

Department of Human Services removes Medicare from internet

Australia's Department of Human Services (DoHS) is working to re-instate redirects from some of its legacy websites.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jan 2014

Apple's Tim Cook: Fear not, worried investors, new product salvation is 'absolutely' on the way

Analysis Apple cranked out its best quarter of iPhone and iPad sales to date, thanks to a strong 2013 holiday shopping period, but its projections for the opening three months of 2014 have investors nervous.
Rik Myslewski, 28 Jan 2014
Hacker baseball cap

Israel defence ministry, contractors phished by mystery attacker

Individuals in the Israeli Ministry of Defence are among the latest to fall victim to phishing attacks that gave attackers access to a number of the nation's government systems.
Sign outside the National Security Agency HQ

Internet giants, US gov agree to loosen secrecy of private info slurps

The US Department of Justice has agreed to allow internet companies to be more candid about what information they disclose to the government, albeit only slightly.
Neil McAllister, 28 Jan 2014

WhisperSystems creates 'suicide pill' for phones

The developers who jumped in early in the “Arab Spring” to create an encrypted communications app for Android have now gone a step further, crafting a geofenced self-destruct that can wipe a phone based on location.
The GMI instrument under test

US, Japan prep new rainfall sat for launch

NASA and Japan's space agency Jaxa are readying a satellite for a late-February launch, to give the world a high-precision global rainfall and snowfall observatory.
FBI badge and gun

Got a TorMail account to avoid Uncle Sam's web snoops? About that...

It appears the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has a copy of a server used by TorMail – a hidden email service that tries to keep its users anonymous.
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jan 2014
IBM's re-imagined MailNext interface

IBM reveals radical email interface rethink

IBM has revealed a radical new user interface for email at its Connect 2014 conference in the USA.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jan 2014
The Harvard/MITRE nanoFSM

Teeny, tiny state machine could BREATHE NEW LIFE into Moore's Law

A team from Harvard University and the non-profit military contractor The MITRE Corporation are claiming a miniaturisation breakthrough with what they say is the smallest finite state machine ever built.
Sony Vaio T13

Sony on the ropes after Moody's downgrade to junk

Sony got off to a terrible start to the week on Monday after credit ratings company Moody’s downgraded its status to junk thanks to the continuing poor performance of its TV and PC business.
Phil Muncaster, 28 Jan 2014

Cops cuff alleged email hackers in GLOBAL bust

The FBI is claiming a major success after co-ordinating the arrest of alleged email hackers-for-hire in the US, Romania, India and China.
Phil Muncaster, 28 Jan 2014
Parliament House Canberra by Flickr user OzMark17 used under CC Share and Share alike licence

Greens Senator Scott Ludlum says IT pros changing vote because of FTTN NBN

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has unloaded on the government, offering the following observations about its technology-related policies.
Tunguska meteorite samples

Tunguska object came from Mars say Russian boffins

Russian boffins have floated the idea that the Tunguska object, a meteorite that flattened swathes of Siberia in 1908, may have been a chunk of Mars.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jan 2014

Foxconn mulls US expansion as States compete for business

Contract manufacturing giant Foxconn could be set for a major expansion into the US, although not with the low-cost, labour intensive factories that have defined its presence in China.
Phil Muncaster, 28 Jan 2014
Lenovo Smartphone S2

Smartmobe market tops ONE BEEELION a year for first time

Market-watcher IDC says humanity managed to crank out 1.8 billion mobile phones last year, and 1,004.2 million of them were smartphones. That's more than double 2011's sales of 494m smartphones.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jan 2014
TX4 Black Cab

Google patents ROBO-TAXIS to ferry punters into advertiser's shops, restaurants, etc for free

What's holding you back from online shopping? Not being to touch or test drive the thing you desire before splashing the cash? What if someone were to drive you to the store, dealership or wherever, to seal the deal for free? Great idea, huh?
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jan 2014

Radio boffins remember the future-ture-ture: From the Cold War to (White) SPAAAAACE

Attention radio boffins: hankering for a look at some vivacious valves? Have some ideas on what "could have been" had Britain gotten its hands on certain broadcasting tech just THAT much sooner? There's a wireless heritage special interest group at Cambridge Wireless with plenty of hot models to ponder from the past "100 years of radio", just the thing for transistor lovers, smartphone admirers and history buffs alike.
Simon Rockman, 28 Jan 2014

Behold the world's first full-colour 3D printer

Those of you frustrated by the monochrome, single material output of 3D printers, and who happen to have very deep pockets, are directed to the Stratasys Objet500 Connex3, hailed as the world's first full-colour machine.
Lester Haines, 28 Jan 2014
management management

Son of Stan made president of Acer's cloud and notebook biz

Stan Shih, the man who founded Acer and returned late last year to stem the losses and rebuild the organisation has elevated his eldest son to overlord of slabs and cloudy wares.
Paul Kunert, 28 Jan 2014
Bletchley Park

Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

It is a simmering conflict between two rival organisations over how Blighty's rich computing history should be preserved and showcased.
Jasper Hamill, 28 Jan 2014

Stephen Fry rewrites computer history again: This time it's serious

What are we to do with Stephen Fry? Britain's go-to guy for advertisement voice-overs has had another attempt at explaining computing history, in his own unique way. But he's got it wrong, and at the same time sullied the memory of one of the industry's true pioneers.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Jan 2014

Android holds steady as iOS and Windows Phone slip in Kantar reports

The closing months of 2013 saw Android gain ground on rivals in much of Europe and the US, as iOS and Windows Phone saw mixed results in the global market.
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jan 2014
Evil Android

Android VPN redirect vuln now spotted lurking in Kitkat 4.4

Israeli researchers who specialise in ferreting out Android vulns have discovered a new flaw in KitKat 4.4 that allows an attacker to redirect secure VPN traffic to a third-party server.
Seagate Ultra Mobile HDD

Seagate plods along steadily despite promise of Xyratex buyout

Up and down: Seagate's second fiscal 2014 quarter grew looking back one quarter, but shrank looking back a year.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2014

Mobe industry quails as Ofcom floats idea of QUADRUPLING 2G spectrum prices

The GSM Association has castigated Ofcom for wanting to quadruple the price of the mobile phone spectrum mostly used for 2G.
Simon Rockman, 28 Jan 2014

Aer Lingus opts for Tegile arrays, snubs EMC in shock move

Aer Lingus, the Irish airline with a name that sounds like ... (don't even go there - Ed.), has equipped itself with Tegile hybrid arrays instead of upgrading its existing EMC kit.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2014

NatWest 'spam' email cockup got me slapped with late payment fee, says angry Reg reader

NatWest customers should watch out for lost credit card statements as an IT cockup has been blamed for one Register reader getting smacked with a late payment fee.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jan 2014

Tech giants CAN disclose US spooks' data demands - but with heavy restrictions

Apple has announced that it received less than 250 requests for data from US intelligence agencies in the first half of last year after the Obama administration slightly loosened restrictions on disclosing spooks' data requests.
International Space Station

WORLDWIDE SELFIE: Cosmonauts finally get ISS cameras working

A second spacewalk to install new high and medium definition cameras on the International Space Station appears to have been successful, despite reports that one camera's data link was experiencing problems.

Dell taps Sons of Cisco for networking Manhattan project

When you have a techology division that, in real estate terms, would be generously termed a "fixer-upper" there's little to lose by giving the keys to a young, ambitious competitor and welcoming them in to give the crumbling place a lick of paint.
Jack Clark, 28 Jan 2014
NHS Files on a desk

GP surgeries MUST DO BETTER on data handling, says ICO

A number of GP surgeries in England allowed their employees to have unrestricted internet access - thereby increasing the risk of data being leaked, hacked and targeted by viruses, Britain's information watchdog warned today.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Jan 2014
Toshiba 15K 300GB SFF HDD

Toshiba twirls its HAMR, ponders whether to smash spinning rust

Toshiba shipped 22.7 million disk drives in the last calendar 2013, with numbers bulked up by its acquisition of HGST assets in 2012. But where is it going with its disk tech?
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2014
Google Glass

Do you wear specs? Google Glass offers YOU amazing live HD video

Many critics believe Google Glass is a threatening technology which could enable film piracy, erode personal privacy and bring about an era where we spend all our time plugged into the matrix.
Jasper Hamill, 28 Jan 2014

BlackBerry makes its devilish Android trickery official in OS update

BlackBerry has started to roll out the latest version of its eponymous Operating System. The tiny incremental increase in version numbering (from 10.2.0 to 10.2.1) belies its importance - for this version runs Android apps at full-tilt, thanks to trickery we described back in November and previewed earlier this month.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Jan 2014

Here they come: Dot-word warehouse Donuts to launch new top-level domains this week

Upstart domain registry Donuts has announced that its first seven new global top-level domains (gTLDs) will be made available to the public on Wednesday, with more to come throughout the year.
Neil McAllister, 28 Jan 2014
hands waving dollar bills in the air

Home-grown server kit saves Facebook 'a BEELLION dollars'

Facebook says it has saved itself more than a billion dollars over the past three years by customizing its data-center hardware.
Jack Clark, 28 Jan 2014

Accused fraudster Charles Shrem quits Bitcoin Foundation board

Charlie Shrem, the 24-year-old Bitcoin entrepreneur who was arrested on Monday on money-laundering charges, has resigned from his position as vice chairman of the board of the Bitcoin Foundation.
Neil McAllister, 28 Jan 2014
Houses of Parliament at night-time

You shall not IT PASS! UK gov fishes tech catalogue out of bin as replacement stalls

The Crown Commercial Service that oversees how the UK public sector buys stuff has apparently granted an eight-month stay of execution to the Commodity IT Hardware & Software (CITHS) framework, through which Blighty's technology supply deals are brokered.
Paul Kunert, 28 Jan 2014
Photo demonstration of a wireless hotel door lock

Bonk to enter: Starwood Hotels testing keyless check-in via mobe

Today you can place calls with your smartphone, you can take photos with it, and you can make payments with it. And if a new pilot program being launched by Starwood Hotels & Resorts pans out, one day you may even be able to use it to open your hotel room door.
Neil McAllister, 28 Jan 2014
Mobile phone stolen by pickpocket

Good news! Today is Data Privacy Day ... Stop sniggering at the back

+Comment It's the first Data Privacy Day since Edward Snowden started leaking details of the enormous surveillance operations run by the NSA and GCHQ. The annual January 28 event, held in the US and Europe, may therefore seem somewhat ironic in the wake of what we now know about government snooping.
Iain Thomson, 28 Jan 2014