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Artist's concept of Curiosity

NASA quandary: Should Curiosity channel Fast and Furious for Martian dune-buggy jump?

NASA scientists are preparing to put Curiosity through its toughest challenge yet, scaling a meter-high sand dune that could leave the Mars rover stranded, immobilized.
Iain Thomson, 05 Feb 2014
The USB Chameleon

Orchestrate launches Chameleon-like database service at developers

Some of the bright minds behind Riak database company Basho have conjured up a cloud service that gives developers an elegant way to query a single datastore in lots of different ways.
Jack Clark, 05 Feb 2014
hands waving dollar bills in the air

'That was quick!': AT&T ends $450 T-Mobile poaching promotion

Less than a month after launching a scheme to lure customers away from T-Mobile by paying off termination fees up to $450, AT&T has cut the program and changed course.
Shaun Nichols, 05 Feb 2014

Greenland glacier QUADRUPLES speed, swells seas

The river of ice that's widely thought to have calved the iceberg that sank the Titanic has sped up to such a rate that it may now be the fastest flowing glacier on the globe.
Rik Myslewski, 05 Feb 2014

New Microsoft CEO Nadella could earn FOURTEEN TIMES what Ballmer banked in 2013

Newly minted Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's salary nearly doubled on his first day in the corner office, giving him a pay package even larger than that of outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer.
Neil McAllister, 05 Feb 2014

Adobe goes out of band to fix frightful Flash flaw

Adobe has issued an out-of-band fix to address what the company warns is an actively-targeted vulnerability in its Flash media plug-in.
Shaun Nichols, 05 Feb 2014
Satya Nadella

Indian press focuses on Satya Nadella's love of cricket

"There's so many subplots, it's like reading a Russian novel," says new Redmondian-in-chief India's press is bursting with pride over the appointment of Satya Nadella as Microsoft's new chief executive officer, with reports emphasising his local education and fascination with cricket, India's national sport and obsession.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Feb 2014
OCP Storage VAult

OCP gets Ethernet silicon interface

HPC interconnect specialist Mellanox has added an Ethernet switch SDK to its contribution to the Facebook-led Open Compute Project.
Evil Android

China targeted by new Android Trojan

Russian security researchers are warning about an Android Trojan called Oldboot that has infected 350,000 devices worldwide.
Nanowire electroluminescence

Optical computing a step closer with SINGLE-MOLECULE LED

Researchers at IPCMS in Strasbourg, working with a team from the Institut Parisien de Chimie Moléculaire (CNRS/UPMC), have produced an LED that consists of a single molecule.
Securus iFrame attack payload

iFrame attack injects code via PNGs

Security vendor Sucuri is warning that it's spotted an attack in the wild that embeds malicious code in PNG files.
Steve Furber's ARM SoC Architecture

Dell reveals 'proof-of-concept' ARM microserver

Dell has inched ARM-powered servers a little closer to credibility by revealing it has developed a proof-of-concept microserver it has made available for “testing with select customers”.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Feb 2014

Lenovo hires ex-CIA bod to push through Moto deal

Lenovo has hired former CIA and Homeland Security legal wonks to help push through its deals to buy Motorola Mobility and IBM’s x86 server business with US regulators, according to Bloomberg.
Phil Muncaster, 05 Feb 2014


The American miltary's mad boffin department DARPA has commissioned IBM to design microchips that can simply "vanish" after being used.
Jasper Hamill, 05 Feb 2014
Grannote fujitsu laptop notebook elderly old users

Fujitsu launches lappie for oldies

Fujitsu has taken a plunge into the grey market by launching a notebook designed specifically for the over 60s.
Phil Muncaster, 05 Feb 2014
Implementing SDN - difficult choices

NetApp lets virtual swingers swap hypervisor with no guilt

NetApp is starting to make a bit of noise about Project Shift, a tool that makes it possible to take a virtual machine running under one hypervisor and shift it to another.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Feb 2014

OpenDaylight beams down a little Hydrogen

The Linux foundation's hat-in-the-SDN-ring, the OpenDaylight project, has pushed its first major build out the door: Hydrogen, a combo software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV) platform.

First Dell, now IBM: 15,000 jobs face the axe at Big Blue, says union

IBM is set to spend another $1bn on job cuts this year to eliminate an estimated 15,000 jobs worldwide, according to trade union Alliance@IBM.
Un Frog

Crafty French hackers tweak 'My Account' page, slurp 800,000 Orange users' details

Juicy personal data belonging to 800,000 Orange customers in France was siphoned off by hackers who attacked the company's "My Account" section of its website.
Team Register, 05 Feb 2014

Life support's ABOUT to be switched off, but XP's suddenly COOL again

Windows XP has enjoyed a second resurgence in popularity, despite its looming end-of-support date.
Gavin Clarke, 05 Feb 2014

Put down that iPad! Snoopware RECORDS your EVERY gesture, TAP on iOS, Android

A security researcher has developed a proof-of-concept malware capable of capturing the actions of users on touchscreen devices.
John Leyden, 05 Feb 2014

Samsung appoints first-ever British head of UK ops

Samsung Electronics has upgraded UK and Ireland MD Andy Griffiths to the presidential suite above - the first time the Korean chaebol has put a native in charge of a major country subsidiary.
Paul Kunert, 05 Feb 2014
Pandaboard ES ARM PC

ARM slaps on smartwatch, MIPs chip dip just a blip

British semiconductor design firm ARM has announced its fourth quarter and full year revenues for 2013, saying it netted $1.12bn (£714.6m) in 2013, an increase of 22 per cent over the previous year.
Simon Rockman, 05 Feb 2014

Boffin dreams up smart battery gizmo for Raspberry Pi fiddlers

Raspberry Pi-packing makers who are devising mobile projects or seeking to set up stationary Pi-based devices that operate beyond the reach of the mains will get a big jolt of help next May if a new doohickey wins sufficient backing on crowd-funding site Kickstarter.
Tony Smith, 05 Feb 2014

Google strikes deal with EU competition chief over abuse of search dominance claims

Google has secured a settlement deal with the competition wing of the European Commission over its alleged abuse of the EU's search market that will be legal-binding for five years.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Feb 2014
Dom Joly

Save Ofcom! Telcos and consumer groups call for end to legal disputes

Consumer groups and two telcos have written to the government in support of Ofcom's attempts to revamp its appeals process and stop legal challenges from obstructing its rulings.
Muscular man stripping off his shirt

Russian gay dating app dev: We've been BLOCKED just DAYS before Winter Olympics

A mobile dating app which is popular among Russia's gay community has reportedly been hacked and blocked in the country just days before the Black Sea coastal town of Sochi plays host to the Winter Olympics.
John Leyden, 05 Feb 2014

Rivals attack Google's antitrust search settlement deal with EC

The European Commission's competition boss Joaquin Almunia - whose term of office comes to an end in November - insisted today that it was unnecessary to request a further market test from Google's rivals over its alleged abuse of dominance in search.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Feb 2014

Snowden leak: GCHQ DDoSed Anonymous & LulzSec's chatrooms

British intelligence ran denial-of-service attacks against chatrooms used by Anonymous and LulzSec, according to an investigation by NBC News involving Snowden confidante Glenn Greenwald.
John Leyden, 05 Feb 2014

NetApp and Microsoft: We're 'close' to virtual ONTAP on Azure

NetApp and Microsoft are close to delivering a working version of the former's storage operating system Data ONTAP as a virtual machine capable of running under Hyper-V, and therefore on Windows Azure.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Feb 2014

Microsoft's new CEO: The technology isn't his problem

If Satya Nadella is the answer, what was the question?
Gavin Clarke, 05 Feb 2014
Google Toilet Paper

Google will dodge EU MONSTER FINES by 'promoting' rival search services

Complainants in the lengthy EU Google case might characterise the Brussels' antitrust chief's decision to reach a settlement deal with the ad giant as caving in to a company whose dominance in search, they claim, stifles competition in the 28-member state bloc.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Feb 2014
Artist's concept of Kepler 20e

Think British weather is bad? It's nothing to this WOBBLY ALIEN planet

Imagine a world where the weather is even more erratic than it is in old Blighty, where - famously - four seasons in one day aren't uncommon. Such a world is Kepler-413b.
Crystal ball via http://www.manoftaste.de/

PEAK MOBILE: IT biz spending forecasts SLASHED

We're not even a full week into the second month of 2014 and beancounter IDC has lowered its global IT spending forecasts, amid volatility in emerging markets and on fears that smartphone and slab sales have peaked.
Paul Kunert, 05 Feb 2014

Second-hand software broker: OK Microsoft – we made a mistake

Recycled software broker Discount-Licensing says it fell foul of trademark copyright laws by importing Microsoft licences from the US but reckons its "core" business is squeaky clean and outside the clutches of litigators.
Paul Kunert, 05 Feb 2014
iPad Mini 2013 and iPad 4

Apple's STILL trying to shake off court-imposed antitrust monitor

Apple hasn't given up the fight to get its court-appointed antitrust monitor thrown out as it takes its case to the US Appeals Court.

Schmidt gets $100m in Google stock on top of his $6m bonus

Google chair Eric Schmidt has gotten his second $100m dose of restricted stock units in less than three years.
Indonesia's spiffing No Spam logo

Google views, reviews YouTube viewers' views with view to killing off spam shams

Google is attempting to stamp out fake views on its video-sharing website YouTube - which is reportedly about to get a new boss in the shape of the company's ad honcho Susan Wojcicki.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Feb 2014

Verizon: Us throttling AWS and Netflix? Not likely

Verizon has strenuously denied claims that it is throttling IP addresses associated with Amazon Web Services.
Jack Clark, 05 Feb 2014
Bounty hunters

Google adds its Chrome extensions and apps to cash-for-cracks bounties

Google is so happy with its bug bounty program that it has increased the rewards given for flaw-finding and has added all of its home-grown apps and extensions for Chrome to the prize pot.
Iain Thomson, 05 Feb 2014
Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code

Q: What's government-owned, designed to kill, and now more transparent? A: DARPA!

While one part of the US government tries to slink further back into the shadows, another is pushing itself into the light via a new transparency scheme at DARPA.
Jack Clark, 05 Feb 2014
Google sign outside Mountain View headquarters

Need some college cash? Google offers $80K for students' doodles

Google is once again opening its homepage up to student designers with a logo art contest carrying $80,000 in prizes.
Shaun Nichols, 05 Feb 2014

Twitter shares plummet as first-ever earnings show weak growth

Twitter has reported its quarterly earnings for the first time since its initial public offering in November, but the results hardly came as birdsong to investors' ears.
Neil McAllister, 05 Feb 2014
hitahi t7k500 hard disk drive

Sputtering storage space portends poorly for PCs

With sales of most hard drives down, the much-anticipated rebound of the PC market looks to remain on hold for the moment.
Shaun Nichols, 05 Feb 2014

Forget ski-jumping – Russians setting records in Sochi visitor hacking

It isn't just athletes that have been training hard for the Winter Olympics in Sochi; Russian hackers have also been sharpening their skills to harvest a wealth of valuable data from visitors to the event. But they're not as fast as some of the more excitable reports from the troubled event are telling it.
Iain Thomson, 05 Feb 2014

Tech Data: UK accounting errors cost us $27m

Tech Data (TD) has turned to "external experts" to beef up fraud detection measures after it emerged that righting accounting wrongs at its UK sub had wiped $27m (£16.55m) off net profits for the last three years.
Paul Kunert, 05 Feb 2014