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Apple iPhone 4 (left) and Samsung Galaxy S 4G (right)

Oscars backer Samsung can't catch a break: Host Ellen snaps stars on iOS

High fives all round, no doubt, at Oscars sponsor Samsung after the awards-night host Ellen Degeneres repeatedly mentioned the chaebol on stage and used a Galaxy S5 during the show to tweet the world's most popular selfie.
Shaun Nichols, 04 Mar 2014
Disney's Beagle Boys

US gov claims it spent TOO MUCH on wiretaps – and blames SPRINT

The Barack Obama administration has filed a civil lawsuit against US wireless operator Sprint, alleging that the carrier intentionally overcharged law enforcement agencies for services related to American government wiretapping programs.
Neil McAllister, 04 Mar 2014

Microsoft to get in XP users' faces with one last warning

Microsoft will give Windows XP users one final warning that their operating system is about to go feral.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Mar 2014

Thanks a lot, Facebook: Microsoft turns Office 365 into social network

If you're avoiding friending your manager on Facebook or Twitter, the net is tightening: Microsoft has stitched new social network-like features into all of its productivity products.
Jack Clark, 04 Mar 2014
CSRF attack

Team Cymru spots 300,000 compromised SOHO gateways

It's time to check the DNS settings on your broadband gateway, with security research group Team Cymru discovering an attack that could have redirected as many as 300,000 devices to a malicious resolver.

Chicago cabs embroiled in debit-card breach claim mystery as bank tells folks: Pay by cash

Illinois' First American Bank is advising folks in Chicago to pay their taxi fares in cash rather than by card – amid allegations of a computer security breach in the payment processing chain used by cabbies.
Shaun Nichols, 04 Mar 2014

NEC takes control of its OpenFlow controllers

NEC is prepping for this month's Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara with the pre-exhibition announcement of the latest addition to its software-defined networking (SDN) lineup.
Bitcoin bloodbath

MtGox: Yup, we're pretty sure your Bitcoin were stolen. Sorry about that.

Defunct Bitcoin exchange MtGox has revealed a little more information about its problems, updating its sparse webpage with an “Application for commencement of a procedure of Civil Rehabilitation”.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Mar 2014
Darren Thomas in Top Gun jacket

Dell storage vet Darren Thomas mosies into Micron

Ex-Dell top storage gun Darren Thomas has joined Micron to run its storage business unit.
Chris Mellor, 04 Mar 2014

Chinese government builds its own 'ChinaSo' search engine

The Chinese government is having another pop at the local search market after merging two previous failures into a new service, dubbed ChinaSo.
Phil Muncaster, 04 Mar 2014
Prison window

Ever get the impression a telesales op was being held prisoner?

Have you ever had the impression that a telesales operator on the phone to you was actually being held prisoner against their will?
Jasper Hamill, 04 Mar 2014

Triple-headed NHS privacy scare after hospital data reach marketers, Google

The UK's National Health Service (NHS) and the NHS Information Centre are riding out a three-pronged privacy storm.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Mar 2014

China's mobile underground revealed in new report

China plays host to a vast and highly sophisticated “mobile underground” where cyber criminals can buy the tools to launch attacks for as little as 100 yuan (£9.70), according to a new report from security vendor Trend Micro.
Phil Muncaster, 04 Mar 2014

Relief when urine trouble becomes latest capacity-sharing service

Under-utilised-resource-sharing services were last year's darling in startup-land, with the likes of Uber and AirBnb feted for being jolly clever and making rather a lot of money for participants.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Mar 2014

Murdoch dumps Microsoft, prepares to Hangout with Google

Rupert Murdoch is fond of berating Google, last year emitting the Tweet below and previously accusing it of stealing his precious content.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Mar 2014

Crack Euro banker team to probe whether virtual currencies should be regulated

The European Banking Authority (EBA) will create a taskforce to advise it on whether virtual currencies should be regulated.
OUT-LAW.COM, 04 Mar 2014
Gemini X-series

Hey, Nimbus Data. What you doin' with those 4TB flash slabs? Making a 96TB box? We KNEW it!

Nimbus Data has announced a 10-node clustered all-flash array that can store up to 96TB in a single box.
Chris Mellor, 04 Mar 2014

MWC: The good, the bad ... and the Galaxy S5

MWC 2014 Well, we're back from Barcelona - in various states of disrepair. Here's my highlights of MWC 2014 ahead of our web chat later this week.
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Mar 2014
CoolEmAll Christmann hardware testing

Data Centre World: It's hard work cooling off those hot racks

Show report At the Excel Centre in London last week, co-location of a different sort was in evidence with Cloud Expo Europe and Data Centre World sharing floorspace under the same roof.
Bob Dormon, 04 Mar 2014

Web smut filter advisor to UK PM cuffed in 'child abuse image' probe

A top aide who advised British Prime Minister David Cameron on broadband internet filtering in the UK is being investigated over an allegation involving “child abuse imagery".
Simon Sharwood, 04 Mar 2014
Gives you connectivity

New 4G router pitched at biz bods sick to death of titsup networks

With increasing 4G coverage, mobile data is becoming a sensible option for corporates who want resilience for their company networks. This is especially true in major American cities which have more mature 4G coverage than the UK, a stark turnaround from the early days of GSM.
Simon Rockman, 04 Mar 2014
hands waving dollar bills in the air

ROBOCOP statue, Minecraft film, revived Sinclair ZX Spectrum...

Crowd-funding broker Kickstarter has surpassed the $1bn mark for funding on its projects, which include a RoboCop which just stands there in the cash-strapped Michigan city of Detroit and a calendar featuring cats dressed up as magical creatures.
Shaun Nichols, 04 Mar 2014

Cloud buyers: Why it makes sense to think local

Analysis Cloud computing holds the promise of someone else taking care of automating your IT, but just because that gives you a fleet of power tools doesn't mean you should throw out your hammer, wrench set and screwdrivers.
Trevor Pott, 04 Mar 2014

Plusnet goes titsup for spectacular hour-long wobble

Plusnet's broadband and phone service is slowing coming back to life, after the telco's network suffered a nasty hour-long outage this morning.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Mar 2014

SYSTEM ERROR DOWN: Twitter twits silenced by hack attack 'false alarm'

Parts of Twitter fell silent yesterday after the social network accidentally reset its users' passwords.
Jasper Hamill, 04 Mar 2014
Columns of coins in the cloud

Grab a cloudy boss: VMware raids Amazon Web Services

It usually works the other way around, but VMware rolled out the vCloud Hybrid Service on both sides of the pond and then recruited an exec to run the show, poaching a senior technology evangelist from Amazon Web Services.
Paul Kunert, 04 Mar 2014

Ingram Micro veteran returns to... Ingram Micro

Distribution veteran Bhavesh Patel has re-joined Ingram Micro (IM) as exec director of global business development for the Mobility side of the house.
Paul Kunert, 04 Mar 2014
Sorry we're closed

Brit schools' supplier Tribune Business Systems RUBBED OUT

Education tech supplier Tribune Business Systems (TBS) has gone into administration due to crippling cash flow issues with FRP Advisory handling the affairs.
Paul Kunert, 04 Mar 2014
Motorola Moto X

X-rated Android antics: Motorola's Moto X puts boot in chunky brother

Review When the Moto X was launched in the US back in August, it was a pretty big deal. Why? Because it was the first handset wholly conceived by Motorola under Google's stewardship, it was assembled in the States itself rather than the Far East, it was available with a dizzying number of personalisation options thanks to the Moto Maker website ... and at $330 it offered good value too.
Alun Taylor, 04 Mar 2014

Security researchers uncover three-year-old 'RUSSIAN SPYware'

Security researchers have discovered a complex and sophisticated piece of data-stealing malware they suggest may well be the work of state-sponsored hackers in Russia.
John Leyden, 04 Mar 2014

Icahn and I will: Carl's war on eBay goes NUCLEAR over Skype

Carl Icahn has pressed the red button in his war on eBay and has demanded access to all its records documenting the sale of VoIP firm Skype.
Jasper Hamill, 04 Mar 2014

Cyber battle apparently under way in Russia-Ukraine conflict

Ukraine's mobile phone infrastructure is under attack: with equipment installed in Russian-controlled Crimea interfering with the phones of members of parliament, a senior Ukrainian government official alleges.
John Leyden, 04 Mar 2014

Apple finance overlord Oppenheimer: I love Apple, but I gotta get this pilot licence. See ya

Apple's chief bean counter Peter Oppenheimer – the man who has been a constant during Apple's dark pre-iPod days and amid the meteoric rise since – is to call it a day at the end of September.
Paul Kunert, 04 Mar 2014
Violin Memory 3200 Memory Array

Violin Memory gets flash new marketeer... from EMC of all places

There's faith for you: an EMC marketing veep, Eric Herzog, has jumped ship to join recovering/struggling flash array Violin Memory as its chief marketing officer.
Chris Mellor, 04 Mar 2014

Floating mutant, hidden profit: Nimble reveals first post-IPO results

Mutant flash-disk arrays are apparently continuing to disrupt the storage market, judging by hybrid array-slinger Nimble Storage's business in the period to the end of January this year. It recently revealed both the quarter which included its IPO and its full year results.
Chris Mellor, 04 Mar 2014
Temporary lead-ion

Telstra 'snot boxes' challenge Turnbull's FTTN plan

Rain has been a problem for my fixed line for years.
Rotten apple

Belgian judge mulled BANNING APPLE (actually, its website) in Euro warranty row

A judge in Belgium, who asked ISPs to banish Apple from the Euro nation's internet over a dispute with the firm's warranty terms, is now weighing up other sanctions, it's reported.
Jasper Hamill, 04 Mar 2014

Bitcoin bank Flexcoin pulls plug after cyber-robbers nick $610,000

Yet another Bitcoin institution has had its coffers drained by hackers and will be forced to shut down as a result.
Shaun Nichols, 04 Mar 2014

Apple granted patent for two-faced iPhone with wraparound touchscreen

Just under one year after a nearly identical application was published by the US Patent and Trademark Office, Apple has been granted a patent for a "consumer electronic product" – read: smartphone – with a curving display that wraps completely around the device.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Mar 2014

Facebook: We want a solar sky cruiser comms net that DARPA couldn't build

Facebook hopes to operate a fleet of solar-powered flying drones to provide wireless internet connectivity to the poor, it was suggested on Tuesday.
Simon Rockman, 04 Mar 2014
big droplets falling from rain cloud

'Wait a minute!' puffs VMware as it trots after Amazon, Microsoft in US gov cloud grasp bid

It feels like every company is pushing cloud computing on the hoi polloi, but they all recognize the need to give the US government something special – and VMware is no different.
Jack Clark, 04 Mar 2014
Steve Ballmer as Doctor Evil

Steve Ballmer: Thanks to me, Microsoft screwed up a decade in phones

Vid Steve Ballmer's greatest regret from his time at Microsoft is that he flubbed his company's attempts at smartphones and mobile computing. That's what he said on Tuesday during his first public appearance since stepping down as CEO of the software goliath.
Neil McAllister, 04 Mar 2014