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NASA's 2015 budget plea: Jobs, pork, small business – OK, science

NASA would receive $17.46bn as its share of the Obama administration proposed budget for fiscal 2015, released on Tuesday, down from the $17.65bn it's receiving this year, but healthily up from the $16.87bn it managed to scratch out in sequester-squeezed 2013.
Rik Myslewski, 05 Mar 2014
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Google, eBay to Australian gov: 'protect us from our users'

US tech giants Google and eBay have called on the Australian government to give them the same “safe harbour” protections as apply to telecommunications carriers.
John Chen

Would you work for BlackBerry boss Chen? He says his biz has 50:50 chance of success

Will BlackBerry be able to recover from its recent woes and once again become a profitable company? To hear BlackBerry CEO John Chen tell it, the chances of his turnaround strategy succeeding are about as good as a coin toss.
Neil McAllister, 05 Mar 2014
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Wikimedia wants forced disclosures of paid edits

The Wikimedia Foundation will attempt to alter its terms of service so that users who create articles or make edits as part of their jobs or a paid engagement must disclose their affiliation.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Mar 2014

GNU security library GnuTLS fails on cert checks: Patch now

The notion that open source software is more likely to be secure because anyone can look at the source code looks just a little less sound today, after a serious bug was discovered in the key GnuTLS security library, impacting hundreds of applications that use it.
Measuring up Apple
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Apple CFO's departure signals changing of guard

Apple will soon find itself having to replace the man who oversaw the company's finances through its most prosperous years.
Shaun Nichols, 05 Mar 2014
Canadian reseller ad for XP

Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

If you don't believe in the undead, think again: Windows XP may be just over a month from its much-publicised demise but is now Microsoft's fastest-growing operating system in terms of market share.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Mar 2014
Printed key

New design flaw found in crypto's TLS: Pretend to be a victim online

Security researchers have developed a new man-in-the-middle attack against the cryptographic protocol TLS – a protocol that is used to encrypt online banking and shopping, and other sensitive connections, to thwart eavesdroppers.
John Leyden, 05 Mar 2014
Newton MessagePad 120 - PCMCIA card

HTML is a sexually transmitted disease, say many Americans

The Personal Computer Memory Card International Association's eponymous 1990 PCMCIA card standard used to jokingly be decoded as People Can't Memorise Computer Industry Acronyms.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Mar 2014
comet

Dark matter killed the dinosaurs, boffins suggest

Comets may not be the product of the Sun exerting its influence over rocks in the Oort Cloud, but may instead be pushed Earth-wards by dark matter.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Mar 2014
Landmine-sniffing rodent recruit

Aargh! My EYEBALLS are MELLLTING! Curse this DEVIL LAPTOP

According to a recent study, lap-warming, ball-cooking laptops pose yet another threat to users, and this time it crosses the gender divide: "Computer Vision Syndrome".
Simon Rockman, 05 Mar 2014
Planetoid crashes into primordial Earth

WHOA: Get a load of Asteroid DX110 JUST MISSING planet EARTH

Updated + vids Asteroid 2014 DX110 will, on Wednesday, March 5, pass Earth within 345,600km – that's closer than the Moon at 384,400km. The fly-by should be a beauty: the asteroid is a 30m (98ft) space rock that will whizz by at 2106 UTC (1306 PST, 1606 EST).

Chillax, cranky commentards: Anger can KILL YOU

A new study has shown that within the first two hours after an angry outburst, you're five times more likely to suffer a heart attack and four times more likely to have a stroke than if you had kept your cool.
Rik Myslewski, 05 Mar 2014
pc_tumour_01

Hey doc, what's the PC's prognosis? A. Long-term growth below zero

The worldwide PC market suffered the "most severe contraction on record" in 2013, which means it is doing better than expected, analyst house IDC said on Tuesday.
Jack Clark, 05 Mar 2014
Pinky and the Brain

BT's IPv6 EXPIRED security certificate left to rot on its website

BT may insist that it is committed to a smooth transition to the new interwebs address system – IPv6 – but a quick glance at the company's corporate website last month left some Brits questioning the one-time national telco's promise.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Mar 2014

Hot, fit, SWEATY users stroke Backbeats model, beg: DON'T CALL US

While the new Plantronics Bluetooth sports headset does have a microphone and you can make phone calls – that’s really not the intention.
Simon Rockman, 05 Mar 2014
EE 4G result

Got 4G? Wake up, grandad. We're doing 4.5G LTE-A in London - EE chief

Olaf Swantee, the CEO of EE, says that his network is planning a scorching 300Mb/s upgrade to its London coverage using the LTE-A (LTE-Advanced) specification. This will roll out in South London first and then to cover the whole of the area within the M25.
Simon Rockman, 05 Mar 2014
CenturyLink takes a stand at Cloud Expo Europe
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If you don't GRIP it tightly, lonely enterprise cloud will WANDER

At the colo shows of DCW and CEE at the Excel Centre in London last week, it was evident that the body of the data centre is trying to keep fit with efficiency improvements, yet the mind of the cloud is given to wander. It has become quite a problem as users take the initiative and resort to shadow IT solutions as company cloud IT policies lag behind expectations.
Bob Dormon, 05 Mar 2014
John Lewis, inside Magna Park

John Lewis to respray with coat of Oracle ERP: Don't worry, we won't be 'wall to wall' Larry

The CIO of John Lewis makes no apologies for what he’s about to do. Quite the contrary.
Gavin Clarke, 05 Mar 2014
putin topless

Putin to battle Snowden for Nobel Peace Prize

Russian prez Vladimir Putin and whistleblower Edward Snowden have been nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 05 Mar 2014
fbl4s

Inside Facebook's engineering labs: Hardware heaven, HP hell – PICTURES

10 years of Facebook Facebook's hardware development lab is either a paradise, a business opportunity, or a hell, depending on your viewpoint.
Jack Clark, 05 Mar 2014
Sergey Brin and Marissa Mayer

Google! and! Facebook! IDs! face! Yahoo! login! BAN!

Yahoo! doesn't want to play nice with Google and Facebook anymore. The result: the pair of competing free-content ad networks will be booted off Yahoo!'s turf.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Mar 2014
Firefox OS RHS teaser

Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

The Mozilla Foundation has begun an investigation after tech juggernaut Dell appeared to be asking customers to pay more than £16 ($27) to install its free web browser Firefox on newly purchased Dell kit.
Jasper Hamill, 05 Mar 2014

Hundreds of folks ready to sue Bitcoin exchange MtGox

Over 400 people have expressed an interest in joining a class action lawsuit against Bitcoin exchange MtGox, according to a British-based law firm.
Spiral galaxy ESO 137-001

Very fabric of space-time RIPPED apart in latest Hubble pic

Spiral galaxy ESO 137-001 is ramming through the Norma galaxy cluster so hard it's spilling its guts out, leaving bright blue streaks of its own gases behind.

CIA snoops snooped on Senate to spy spy torture report – report

CIA officers allegedly hacked into the US Senate Intelligence Committee's computers to find out what the oversight committee had found out about its controversial detention and treatment of terror suspects.‬
John Leyden, 05 Mar 2014
cloud
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Learn about Microsoft Cloud OS

Workshop Microsoft UK is spreading the word on Cloud OS with a series of free half-day events across the UK for organisations with more than 250 PCs.
David Gordon, 05 Mar 2014
Funnel of cash. Credit: via SXC – http://www.sxc.hu/profile/Leonardini
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Shape-shifting box shifter Systemax made cash... from non-IT kit

A write-off of deferred tax assets helped to widen losses at ailing Systemax during Q4 as the tanking consumer biz in North America more than offset sales growth in the Industrial Products division.
Paul Kunert, 05 Mar 2014
Uncov chronicles the failure of Web 2.0
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KCOM caught in yet ANOTHER customer privacy snafu

Hull-based telco KCOM has coughed to another privacy clanger - this time admitting to wrongly sharing some of its customers' email addresses with other subscribers.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Mar 2014
Cassini image of Jupiter. Pic: NASA

NASA robot plans mid-2020s trip: Europa. Wet, radioactive life forms (hopefully). Bliss

NASA is plotting a mission to send its robotic lander to Europa, one of Jupiter's moons and the place deemed most likely to host life.
Jasper Hamill, 05 Mar 2014

Brit Bitcoin dev: I lost 'over £200k' when MtGox popped its socks

A leading British Bitcoin dev who claims to have lost more than £200,000 in the collapse of MtGox says he has written to Japanese police asking them to take action.
Jasper Hamill, 05 Mar 2014
BBC Testcard

Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted

BBC Three fans seeking their fix of that ugly phenomenon chillingly known as factual entertainment will soon only be able to watch programmes commissioned for that channel on the iPlayer, Auntie has said.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Mar 2014

Speaking in Tech: Really... $19bn. For WhatsApp?

Podcast Podcast Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Greg, Eddie and Sarah are all together and chew the fat about Mobile World Congress, Carl Icahn's effect on business and THAT Facebook post which cost a family $80,000.
Team Register, 05 Mar 2014
cloud

OpenText says punters want low latency, sovereignty certainty

Last week, OpenText joined the growing number of international software outfits to stretch its cloud to Australia. Vulture South spoke to engineering senior VP Muhi Majzoub about the decision to host a local data centre.
Red Hat OpenShift logo

Don't be shy, we know you've got .NET code. Why not run it on our Linux cloud – Red Hat

Red Hat plans to welcome Microsoft Windows .NET workloads onto its on-premises app-hosting cloud OpenShift Origin – as it attempts to close the gap between its technology and Pivotal's Cloud Foundry.
Jack Clark, 05 Mar 2014

Big Content wants Aussies blocked from Netflix

Australia's television rights-holders are increasingly agitating against locals accessing Netflix by presenting apparently-US IP addresses to the streaming service.
A person measuring her waistline

Your 'funny' cat pics are weighing down the web, so here's a better JPEG encoder from Mozilla

Mozilla has announced a new open-source JPEG encoding library, which it says could significantly reduce the amount of network traffic used by the web.
Neil McAllister, 05 Mar 2014

Roku flashes $50 HDMI TV web dongle at anyone sick of Google's stick

Gadget maker Roku is touting a Streaming Stick video-playing dongle that plugs directly into HDMI televisions.
Shaun Nichols, 05 Mar 2014
australia
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Tech policy battle: Australian Industry Group vs. Information Industries Association

Two big lobby groups have just released their visions for Australia's future economy, and agree on the need for reform that will help Australia's technology sector to improve its performance.

Facebook, Instagram give dodgy online gun sales the BULLET

Bowing to public pressure, Facebook and Instagram have announced new policies aimed at curbing the sale of firearms and other legally questionable items via their online services.
Neil McAllister, 05 Mar 2014
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Asian messaging companies are closing in on WhatsApp

While the world picked its jaw from the floor after Facebook decided to fork out $US19 billion for WhatsApp, operators of other messaging services probably broke into huge grins. And the grinners were probably in Asia, where several local players have been quietly amassing loyal user bases that look like they could rival Facebook's new fiefdom.
Phil Muncaster, 05 Mar 2014