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Getting documents all too easy for Snowden

Yet more evidence has emerged that the NSA, which has made much of its apparently god-like power to stroll into anybody's network, read anybody's data, and find any target it wants, is a neophyte when it comes to its own information security.
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Juniper, Palo Alto to square off over firewall tech

A long-running legal battle between Juniper Networks and Palo Alto Networks is due to proceed to trial on 24 February, after a Delaware court declined a motion from Juniper for a summary judgement.
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Tuesday declared 'The Day we Fight Back' against NSA et al

A broad coalition of technology companies and activist groups has declared Tuesday, February 11th 2014 has been “The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance”.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Feb 2014
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Snapchat bug lets hackers aim DENIAL of SERVICE attacks at YOUR MOBE

A security consultant who works for Telefonica has turned up a bug in how Snapchat handles authentication tokens, which enables a denial-of-service attack against users' phones.
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Friends don't do tech support for friends running Windows XP

You're a Reg reader so chances are you're also informal, and unpaid, tech support for all manner of family members and friends.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Feb 2014

Gamers in a flap as Vietnamese dev pulls Flappy Bird

The Vietnamese developer of hugely popular smartphone game Flappy Bird hit the self-destruct button on the title over the weekend after complaining that it had ruined his life.
Phil Muncaster, 10 Feb 2014
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Apple in bid to turn MORE and MORE humans into iPhone-stroking fanbois

Apple's new sapphire glass production facility in Arizona will contain enough machinery to make 100 million iPhone screens, it has been claimed.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Feb 2014

James Dyson plans ROBOT ARMY to take over the world

British vacuum cleaner wizard James Dyson is sticking £5m into a new project with Imperial College London (ICL) designed to produce robots that can help out with household chores.
Phil Muncaster, 10 Feb 2014

HP to hire 400 people in Oz 'innovation centre'

Stricken giant Hewlett Packard will put 430 more people on its payroll in the Australian city of Adelaide.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Feb 2014
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SkyMapper turns up oldest star ever found

It's a one-in-60-million search: a group of astronomers has turned up a “second-generation” star, the oldest yet discovered.

El Reg talks beer and binaries with a boffin named Boffin

Interview We at El Reg like a good boffin, so we're delighted to bring fellow boffophiles a quick interview with Henri Boffin, who's staff astronomer at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) facility in Paranal, Chile.
Lester Haines, 10 Feb 2014

NetApp FAS array BIZ BEAST to fly out in under a fortnight

We hear from a source within the NetApp community that 19 February is the day the brand spanking new FAS8000 array pokes its head out into the open.
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2014

CCTV warning notices NOT compliant with data protection laws – ICO

The government must take action to ensure that signs used to warn motorists that CCTV cameras are being used to monitor for parking offences are compliant with UK data protection laws, a watchdog has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Feb 2014
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HP's hiring: UK jobs for, er, UK workers.... maybe

HP has refused to rule out making roles redundant in the UK and shifting them to parts of Europe where average salaries are lower.
Paul Kunert, 10 Feb 2014

Softcat raids Insight reserve, makes off with Baker's scalp

Former Insight EMEA director of product management James Baker is en route to Softcat as the man charged with firing up its cloudy biz.
Paul Kunert, 10 Feb 2014
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WHEEE... CRUNCH! iPad Mini tops list of most breakable slabs, mobes

Be careful, fanbois: Apple iThings have topped a list of the "world's most breakable gadgets".
Jasper Hamill, 10 Feb 2014

NYPD dons Google tech specs: Part man. Part machine. All Glasshole

In the first step towards the future of law enforcement, New York's police department is beta-testing Google Glass to give its officers instant access to crime data.
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Barclays Bank probes 'client data sold to rogue City traders' breach

Barclays Bank has launched an investigation following a reported security breach involving thousands of confidential customer files.
John Leyden, 10 Feb 2014
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Qipp debuts 'Clippy for your STUFF' app

It looks like it's time to oil your bike chain. Would you like to 1) check warranty instructions 2) just oil it already and/or 3) check if the kids' bikes need attention?
Simon Rockman, 10 Feb 2014
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NASA promises balloon ride and über precise 'scope pointer for planet-gazing boffins

NASA has come up with a new pointing system named WASP (Wallops Arc Second Pointer) which gets planetary scientists closer to their target worlds.

IBM x86 sale will disrupt customers and the channel, shrieks Fujitsu

Channel partners and customers of IBM's x86 biz should brace themselves for a period of uncertainty and unpredictability as Lenovo prepares to wolf down the division, rival server maker Fujitsu is warning.
Paul Kunert, 10 Feb 2014
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Apple's Hacker Princess dumps fruity firm for Elon Musk's Tesla

Apple's "Hacker Princess" has left Cupertino for a new job at Tesla Motors.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Feb 2014

Oracle and Pluribus team up, flip the switch on Cisco SDN killer

Oracle has signed a technology access and development deal with startup Pluribus Networks to nibble away at Cisco's proprietary networking business.
Gavin Clarke, 10 Feb 2014

iPhone maker Foxconn to pump $1bn into new Indonesian factory

Foxconn is planning to spend up to $1bn building a new factory in Indonesia.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Feb 2014
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Micron: PCM? Pah. Gaze upon our MUTANT flashy memory cube

A Micron analysts day revealed the boys from Boise think nothing much will happen with resistive RAM technologies like the Memristor for five years, and that volatile/non-volatile memory configs for servers are going to grow.
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2014

Apple investor Icahn backs down on share buyback plan

Activist investor Carl Icahn has laid down his sword and given up the fight to persuade Apple to launch a $150bn share buyback.

Netflix speed index shows further decline in Verizon quality

Verizon insists it "treats all traffic equally" but new data from Netflix indicates that the network provider's customers have seen a degradation in service quality in the past months.
Jack Clark, 10 Feb 2014

Rise of the (tiny) machines: US boffins make nanomotor breakthrough

US researchers have controlled nanomotors embedded within cells, a breakthrough that gives scientists a new tool for probing the inner structure of cells, and opens up a new front in research for futuristic cancer treatments.
Jack Clark, 10 Feb 2014

Nokia to launch low-cost Android phone this month – report

Nokia is preparing to release its first-ever smartphone running Google's Android OS, sources claim.
Neil McAllister, 10 Feb 2014
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Yahoo! Mail users see crying baby who says firm is 'over capacity'

Updated It's a bad Monday morning for the server managers at Yahoo! after the firm's Mail service took a dive at around 11am Pacific Time (7pm UTC).
Iain Thomson, 10 Feb 2014

HTC looks to cheaper phones as revenues wane

HTC said that it will pull away from the premium smartphone market and focus its efforts on lower-cost handsets.
Shaun Nichols, 10 Feb 2014
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'The Sims' takes reins of BlackBerry Messenger as old chief Bocking departs

The executive formerly in charge of BlackBerry's BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) division has left the company, casting uncertainty on the Canadian firm's plans for its mobile messaging service.
Neil McAllister, 10 Feb 2014

Zuckerberg tops the list of most generous Americans with billion-dollar gift

Last year Mark Zuckerberg and his wife topped the list of the most philanthropic Americans thanks to a donation of $992.2m to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
Iain Thomson, 10 Feb 2014

Rackspace shares pummelled by CEO retirement shock

Hosting provider Rackspace delivered good results on Monday along with the shock news that its chief executive Lanham Napier would be stepping down.
Jack Clark, 10 Feb 2014

End of an era as DiData ditches its distie

In the early 1990s, a mighty force arose in the Australian IT industry. Led by the charismatic Shein brothers, ComTech became a distribution colossus, fuelling the rise and rise of Microsoft and Cisco.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Feb 2014

Auditor rains on Bureau of Met's data warehousing parade

An ambitious project to create a single national water database is going to need a complete reboot, with the Australian National Audit Office saying complexity, non-standard approaches and supplier capture caused a multi-million-dollar blowout in the system.