Yahoo! Mail! users! change! your! passwords! NOW!
Yahoo! is urging users of its Mail service to change their passwords to something secure and unique to the web giant – after a security breach exposed account login details to theft.
Amazon reports rare profit and is punished by Wall Street
E-retail bellwether Amazon badly missed Wall Street expectations on Thursday, causing its shares to fall – even though it reported a healthy profit.
Sprint to buy T-Mobile US? Not so fast, says antitrust official
Rumors persist that US mobile carrier Sprint may be looking to snap up smaller rival T-Mobile US, but a top antitrust enforcer has warned that any such deal would be very unlikely to meet regulatory approval.
US government names new head of NSA and US Cyber Command
The Secretary of Defense has appointed new leadership for the NSA, the Central Security Service, and the US Cyber Command, with Vice Admiral Michael Rogers as the new boss and Richard Ledgett as his civilian deputy.
Bye-Zynga: online games maker laying off 314 staff
Mobile game specialist Zynga has announced that it will be laying off some 15 per cent of its staff as part of a cost-cutting measure.
ISS astronauts to grow tomatoes and rice …. IN SPAAAAACE
Plants grown aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have produced food that is entirely safe to eat, even after several generations of propagation, Russian scientists have revealed.
Snowden: Canadian spooks used free airport WiFi to track travellers
Another day, another item of news about unwarranted state surveillance from the desk of one E. Snowden, late of Moscow.
El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!
(Editorial note: We at The Register are continually exploring ways to deliver content in new and exciting formats. In response to the growing online trend for undemanding, text-light stuff with loads of big pictures, we're delighted to announce the launch of BuzzFelch - an automated aggregator which trawls the internet in search of lively tech-related imagery and compiles it into a fantastic numbered list. We'll shortly be launching BuzzFelch Lite, without any words at all, for the seriously attention deficient goldfish demographic. In the meantime, enjoy...)
Lenovo reveals convertible Chromebook
Lenovo has quietly slipped out a convertible Chromebook that operates in four modes: “laptop, tablet, tent and stand”.
Eurocops want to build remote car-stopper, shared sensor network
Civil liberties monitoring group Statewatch has uncovered a document sent from the General Secretariat of the European Council to the Standing Committee on operational cooperation on internal security that suggests European law enforcement agencies develop technology that would allow them to stop any car using wireless networks.
Tell us we're all doomed, MPs beg climate scientists
+SketchMPs begged scientists to tell them what to do at Westminster this week.
My other supercomputer is a Lenovo: What IBM System x sale means for HPC
HPC blogBack in May 2013, when IBM was first rumoured to be selling part of its System x division to Lenovo, I wrote a story looking at how this might impact IBM’s position in the HPC market. It’s a good time to revisit that analysis and see what the picture looks like now.
Quantum: OK, we're not flogging as much as hoped, but at least we only lost $2.4m this time
Quantum's revenues declined in its third quarter but its losses shrank much faster.
'I had a rare Twitter handle... I was extorted into giving it up'
QuotwThis was the week when a developer was blackmailed out of a rare, single-letter Twitter handle by a hacker who claims to have social-engineered their way into his life through GoDaddy and PayPal.
HELLO LENOVO. Do you really, really want to make smartphones?
AnalysisLenovo has bought third place in today's smartphone market by acquiring fallen giant Motorola. Not a bad performance since it only created its 'MIDH' mobile division three years ago. But is this really a prize worth fighting for?
EU warns United States: SHAPE UP on data protection OR ELSE
The US has until this summer to fix problems identified in the way an EU-US framework for the transfer of personal data between the regions operates, a senior EU official has said.
Apple and Android split Santa's stash, go on Xmas PC and tab high
Apple sold more tablets and PCs than anybody over the Christmas trading period but – just like everybody else – it felt growing pressure from Google’s Android.
MAC TO THE FUTURE: 30 years of hindsight and smart-arsery
Something for the Weekend, Sir?Christian schoolchildren who pay attention during Religious Education classes will at some point independently wonder why there are more Commandments than Deadly Sins. Keep your Commandments – why are there only seven naughty things to do in one’s life? Even by the age of 12, most youngsters could invent plenty more juicy sins than that.
Toshiba upheaval continues as firm scraps EU country managers
Executive veep for Toshiba's European PC and TV biz Andy Bass has split after 24 years' service following another major restructure.
The TRUTH about LEAKY, STALKING, SPYING smartphone applications
More than a third of smartphone apps can track user location, according to a study based on an analysis of more than 800,000 Android applications.
Apple and Samsung STILL in bitchfight over banning ancient mobes
Apple and Samsung were back in court yesterday arguing over the potential ban on Sammy products found infringing on the fruity firm's patents. Samsung claims Apple only wants the ban to strike fear into the hearts of telcos and retailers who sell Samsung products.
BT fattens up its sales thanks to hearty fibre+footy diet
BT's wholesale wing continued on its downward spiral during the one-time national telco's third quarter, with sales tumbling nine per cent to £589m from £645m a year earlier.
Don't go away, IBM and SAP – Larry's not finished with you yet
SAP and IBM? Pah! Says Larry Ellison. Amazon and Salesforce – them’s my competition these days.
Microsoft builds admin tool to spare Office 365 sellers' blushes
Microsoft's legion of Office 365 floggers have waited 18 months for a tool that allows them to manage customers using the cloudy suite, and in that time blindly fielded some calls from irate folk suffering outages.
Davos Diary: POVERTY disruption in ACTION. Cash-poor? Just mine a #BongCoin!
¡Bong!After last year’s fiasco in the Andes it was a relief to arrive safely for the World Economic Forum's annual gathering in Davos - which is a kind of week-long hackathon with fondue. Here, exclusively for THE REGISTRAR are a few highlights from my diary.
Microsoft-backed lobby group demands market test of Google's proposed 'search fix'
A Microsoft-backed lobby group is urging Brussels' competition chief Joaquin Almunia to open up Google's latest revised offer of a conciliatory package of tweaks to its search biz to the ad giant's rivals.
NASA probe orbiting Moon sights ANOTHER SPACECRAFT
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has snapped a picture of a spacecraft flying over the Moon beneath it - unfortunately, it was one of the space agency's own satellites.
ZX Spectrum game devs allege Elite Systems Ltd didn't pay their royalties
A number of British developers who coded games in the 1980s for the 8-bit ZX Spectrum home computer have been complaining about Elite Systems Ltd, alleging it had not made royalty payments due to them.
Wheee GDUNK! Panasonic's latest Toughpads ready to hit the streets
Hands-onA few weeks after its unveiling at CES in Las Vegas at the beginning of the year, samples of Panasonic’s mini Toughpad FZ-M1 have finally made it to these shores. The company was showing off the sturdy little blighter in London yesterday alongside its 20-inch 4K tablet which is rolling into production as you read this.
Devs: We'll bury Candy Crush King under HEAPS of candy apps
Independent game-makers are hoping to inundate Apple's App Store with "candy" games in a demonstration against Candy Crush Saga-maker King for its trademark of the word CANDY.
ChewBacca point-of-sale keylogger SLURPS your CREDIT CARD data
Point-of-sale malware dubbed ChewBacca has hit dozens of small retailers in 11 countries as far apart as the US, Russia, Canada and Australia.
Brit security startup turns to France for help
British security startup Darktrace has nabbed Andrew France, the former head of the UK government security snoops at GCHQ, as its chief executive.
Microsoft takes InfoPath behind the shed, says successor will be better
Microsoft has announced that it has axed its Office InfoPath forms-entry software, in favor of a new, yet-to-be-announced technology that will be revealed later this year.
University boffins build snoop-spotting snitch app
University researchers have developed a smartphone app to show users how often their mobile software tracks their movements.
MIT scientists craft a storage system fit for THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE
Distributed file systems may be cheap to run, but their performance can be atrocious when the network becomes saturated, and some boffins are hoping to change this so to better simulate our universe.