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Google's tax returns are trop petite says Hollande

France has had enough of the tax shenanigans of American Internet giants, and President Francois Hollande is going to … talk to Barack Obama about the issue.
Marvel Comics

KA-BLAM!! Marvel Comics opens super-powered data API to web devs

Comic-book giant Marvel Entertainment has built a huge database stuffed with information about its characters, comics, and creative talent throughout its more than 70-year publishing history, and now it wants to see what independent developers can do with it.
Neil McAllister, 07 Feb 2014

Report: IBM to peddle its chip wing

IBM is rumored to have retained Goldman Sachs to help it put a price on its semiconductor division.
Jack Clark, 07 Feb 2014
NASA 'Blue Marble' image of Earth taken on December 7, 1972, by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft

Mars rover Curiosity snaps 'pale blue dot' image of Earth, Moon

NASA's Jet propulsion Laboratory has published the first image of the Earth and Moon taken from one of the camera systems aboard the Curiosity rover. We look very small indeed.
Iain Thomson, 07 Feb 2014

Apple ticks off trigger-happy Bitcoiners with App Store snub

Apple has issued a series of takedowns on Bitcoin trading apps, prompting outraged users to destroy iPhones in protest.
Shaun Nichols, 07 Feb 2014
Larry Ellison and Cobra

Snowden saga scares Oracle away from spy-flick sponsorship

The ongoing tensions between the government and private sectors over Edward Snowden's document leaks has reportedly pushed Oracle to cancel a high-profile film placement deal.
Shaun Nichols, 07 Feb 2014

Firefox's touchy-feeling Windows 8 makeover now in beta

After a long development process, a beta version of the Firefox web browser that offers support for Windows 8's touch-centric UI mode is now available.
Neil McAllister, 07 Feb 2014
Troll in cross hairs

Cisco asks court to bin Rockstar patents

Cisco has thrown on the armour and couched the lance to defend itself and its customers from the zombie Nortel patent lawsuits.
CERN's map of a Future Circular Collider

CERN outlines plan for new 100km circumference supercollider

CERN boffins have started to imagine their next generation of atom-smashers, floating “an exploratory study for a future long-term project centred on a new-generation circular collider with a circumference of 80 to 100 kilometres.”
Simon Sharwood, 07 Feb 2014
Open hands of chimpanzee and human

Hands up if you have one good reason to port enterprise apps to ARM

ARM servers look tantalising. Various CPU vendors offer multi-core silicon at a price that makes Intel go weak at the knees. Those CPUs also slurp so little power that by the time a senior manager reads about them in an in-flight magazine you'll be asked why you're not using them yet.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Feb 2014

Open MPI hits milestone with FORTRAN-ready 1.7.4 release

The decade-old Open MPI project, beloved of the HPC community, has shipped code for a major feature release that brings it close to a complete MPI 3 implementation.
Cat yawning
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Time to pack in your job: Someone FINALLY needs a cat vids curator

This is not the sound of your ship coming in, but if you're sick of your current job as a Ruby on Rails developer, Oracle sysadmin, HPC guru or security whipping-boy, why not try your hand at the arts?
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Dimension Data launches backup-as-a-service service

There's a new backup-as-a-service player in town, in the form of South African services outfit Dimension Data.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Feb 2014

Think wearables are the next tech boom? Cisco's numbers beg to differ

Last year, according to IDC, world smartphone shipments passed the billion-unit mark, making up more than half of a global market of 1.8 billion mobile phones. By 2018 we'll be buying 2.3 billion phones a year.
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Indian internet tunnelers trump Chinese web deniers

Asia accounts for four of the world’s top five VPN-using countries, although Indian netizens are more likely to hide their location than those in China, according to new research.
Phil Muncaster, 07 Feb 2014
CommVault profits

CommVault: Data-sifting cloudy archive shifter ... and now revenues lifter

CommVault's revenues are growing nicely, and so are its profits, but the rate of growth has slowed somewhat.
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2014
Opera CEO Jon Von Tetzchner

Opera founder von Tetzchner: It's all gone to crap since I quit

Interview "It's really sad, it's lost now," says Opera co-founder Jon von Tetzchner, reflecting on the fate of the company he left in 2011.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Feb 2014
IBM's Watson playing Jeopardy
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IBM to invest $100m and a decade into using Watson in Africa

IBM is planning to invest $100m and 10 years on getting Africa hooked on its Watson supercomputer system.
big droplets falling from rain cloud
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Commoditisation. It's HAPPENING. This is NOT a drill

Storagebod Your mileage may vary somewhat but 2014 is already beginning to get interesting from a storage point of view. And it appears to have little to do with technology or perhaps too little technology.
StorageBod, 07 Feb 2014
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
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'I plead guilty to DDoS conspiracy and these GCHQ b*stards were doing the SAME thing?'

Quotw This was the week when Microsoft finally announced who was going to take over from outgoing chief Steve Ballmer, awarding the heavy crown to Satya Nadella.
Alistair Dabbs' office

STRIPPED DOWN and EXPOSED: Business kit from the good old days

Something for the Weekend, Sir? A staple of radio phone-ins is to invite listeners to share their stories about funny things they found when moving into a new property.
Alistair Dabbs, 07 Feb 2014

BOFH: Attractive person is attractive. Um, why are your eyes bulging?

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Simon Travaglia, 07 Feb 2014
Suitcase bulging with cash
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Tech Data execs: Nooooo... It's the INCREDIBLE SHRINKING payslip

It's tough at the top. Just ask senior execs at distie titan Tech Data, who took home a smaller pay packet in fiscal '13 as sales and profits slipped.
Paul Kunert, 07 Feb 2014
EE 4G banner
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EE rolls out Brightbox fix... but it WON'T stop packet sniffers, DNS meddlers – infosec bod

EE is rolling out an update to its BrightBox routers to fix a series of vulnerabilities which allowed hackers to access the devices by a simple copy and paste operation.
John Leyden, 07 Feb 2014
ITPACTruck

Inside Microsoft's Autopilot: Nadella's secret cloud weapon

Exclusive Satya Nadella may have just taken the reins as Microsoft's chief executive, but he's already intimately familiar with one of the company's key internal tools to let it compete with Amazon and Google: a complex software system named Autopilot.
Jack Clark, 07 Feb 2014

JavaScript is everywhere. So are we all OK with that?

Comment The JavaScript programming language has been in the wars over the years.

Facebook-for-suits biz LinkedIn shares drop on weakened 2014 outlook

Shares in business networking site LinkedIn have dropped 7.8 per cent in after-hours trading, struggling back from an earlier low of 15 per cent, after it predicted weaker-than-expected results for the first quarter.
LG G2

Baby's got the bends: LG's D958 G Flex Android smartie

Review Ask any consumer technology pundit and they will tell you the future of communications gadgets is all about physical flexibility and wearability. With its new G Flex tablette, LG has embraced the former and produced a device with a flexible screen and a flexible battery.
Alun Taylor, 07 Feb 2014
Steve Wozniak

Woz he talking about? Apple co-founder wants iPhones to run Android

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has infuriated fanbois everywhere after suggesting the fruity firm should start building Android iPhones.
Jasper Hamill, 07 Feb 2014
Love

Dell's channel love-in: We've picked 500k accounts (from direct reps' garden)

With Valentine's Day on the way, Dell is showing more love to the channel by rewarding direct sales reps who push up to half-a-million customer accounts to partners.
Paul Kunert, 07 Feb 2014
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Fusion-io tinkers in lab, unleashes fresh wave of MUTANT FREAKS

PCIe flash card supplier Fusion-io has launched an all-flash array and a hybrid flash/disk array for its channel partners to sell.
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2014

Xerox names former HP veteran as UK channel royalty

Former HP veteran Norman Richardson has landed at Xerox to run UK channels, the copier titan has confirmed.
Paul Kunert, 07 Feb 2014

MEP: Google's SECRET deal will cause crisis of trust for Europe

Google's secret backroom deal with the EU's competition chief can only worsen the crisis of trust in the European institutions, one MEP tells us. This week the Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia said he would advise the Commission to reject complaints made about Google's business practices, thus allowing the search giant to avoid a costly competition trial.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Feb 2014
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Whacking Joaquin: EU competition chief defends handling of Google search case

Microsoft is wrong to suggest that the European Commission has caved in to Google's revised package of concessions to resolve a long-running competition dispute over the ad giant's search biz, antitrust boss Joaquin Almunia said today.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Feb 2014

Samsung leaps out of volume PC game as UK market crashes

Samsung withdrew from the fight at the sharp end of Blighty's PC market last quarter, figures from Gartner indicate.
Paul Kunert, 07 Feb 2014
DNS? It's a real bind

Mass domain hijack leaves Reg reader angry with 123-Reg

Updated A customer of domain name and web hosting provider 123-reg blames the firm for a domain hack that redirected surfers to malicious sites pushing a ransomware scam.
John Leyden, 07 Feb 2014
Tim Cook

Tim Cook dangles 'new product categories' carrot over $14bn Apple share buyback

Tim Cook has embarked on a massive $14bn share buyback in a bid to calm the nerves of tetchy Apple shareholders.
Jasper Hamill, 07 Feb 2014
Twitter for Mac Old

Twitter may sue US government over right to disclose snooping orders

Twitter says that the current compromise allowing tech companies to disclose some of the data requests orders made in secret by the US intelligence services isn't good enough, and it may sue to get the right to be more transparent.
Iain Thomson, 07 Feb 2014

15,000 London coppers to receive new crime-fighting tool: an iPad

London's Metropolitan Police are about to be equipped with a new crime-fighting tool: Apple's iPad mini.
Rik Myslewski, 07 Feb 2014
Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison: Technology has 'negatively impacted' children

Tech magnate and extremely rich chap Larry Ellison bemoans the effect technology has on children.
Jack Clark, 07 Feb 2014

Bitcoin value plunges as Mt.Gox halts withdrawals and Russia says 'nyet'

The value of Bitcoins dropped sharply on Friday after leading Bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox suspended all withdrawals and the Russian Federation declared virtual currencies illegal.
Neil McAllister, 07 Feb 2014
Un Frog

France demands that Google post badge of shame on its pages

Officials in France will force Google to display a notice on its French home page of a recent privacy court ruling against the company.
Shaun Nichols, 07 Feb 2014
GCHQ road sign

Snowden documents show British digital spies use viruses and 'honey traps'

At the start of this week, documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden detailed DDOS attacks on chatrooms by a British online intelligence unit dubbed the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG). Now he has released a new trove showing that JTRIG is about much more than purely online annoyances.
Iain Thomson, 07 Feb 2014
Photographic plate image of the colliding galaxies NGC 6769, 6770, and 6771.
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IBM opens 'JumpGate' code to help devs navigate among clouds

IBM has developed a tool to tackle fragmentation in the cloud management ecosystem, and hopes its approach will encourage more providers to support OpenStack-based applications without having to run OpenStack.
Jack Clark, 07 Feb 2014

Rampaging Google now second most valuable company ON EARTH

Apple may handily hold the title of World's Most Valuable Company when measured by the size of its market capitalization, but the number-two spot, long held by fossil-fuel pusher Exxon Mobil, has been usurped by one of Cupertino's craftiest competitors: Google.
Rik Myslewski, 07 Feb 2014
gavel_judgment_channel

California takes a shot at mobile 'killswitch' mandate

Lawmakers in California have introduced a bill that would force vendors to equip all mobile phones and tablets in the state with a remote-wipe tool.
Shaun Nichols, 07 Feb 2014
jolla
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Jolla entices hardware hackers with free device development kit

Upstart Finnish smartphone company Jolla has released a developer kit that enables independent tinkerers to create devices for The Other Half (TOH), Jolla's exclusive, snap-on peripheral system.
Neil McAllister, 07 Feb 2014