Candy Crush King sees IPO go sour as stock price heads south
Mobile games firm King Digital failed to take the stock market by storm Wednesday as the firm's initial public offering (IPO) saw its stock price decline by more than 15 per cent at close of trading.
Microsoft frisks yet another Android gear maker for patent dosh
Microsoft and Dell have inked a licensing deal for each other's patents that cover the technology found in Android, Chrome OS, and the Xbox.
Did Russians frame Ukrainian hacktivists for alleged leak of 7 million credit, debit cards?
Self-styled Ukrainian hackers are bragging they dumped millions of stolen credit card numbers online – but the claims may simply be a political smear job amid tensions between Russia and the West.
Zombie Nortel grabs Cisco by the neck, again
Cisco must by now be getting sick of acting as defender-by-proxy of the entire computer networking industry, with yet another pile of ex-Nortel patents being wrapped up in a lawsuit delivered to San Jose.
Full Disclosure redux: under new management
Seclists.org convenor Gordon Lyon (also author and maintainer of Nmap) has decided that the Full Disclosure list is too important a resource to let slide away into history, and has announced that he'll relaunch it.
AWS unleashes its DaaS 'Workspaces' plus share 'n' sync companion
FIRST LOOKAmazon Web Services (AWS) has announced that its desktop-as-a-service offering, “Workspaces” is now live and ready for general consumption.
Twitter sneaks in Facebook-ish photo-tagging – how to switch it off
Without much fuss, Twitter has taken another step to be more like Facebook – and added a photo-tagging feature. And in the best traditions of social networks, the privacy-diminisher is switched on by default.
Microsoft switches on Azure in China
Microsoft stole a march on its cloudy rivals today by announcing its Azure cloud services are available in China.
Cisco ships six fixes for DoS bugs
Sysadmins can get themselves ready for a busy Cisco “patch Thursday”, after the Borg lobbed six patches out the door to deal with a range of denial-of-service (DoS) vulnerabilities in IOS.
Boffins power wearable tech with body static
A group of Chinese researchers reckon they're close to a practical method of harvesting the static electricity you generate when tapping and swiping the screen of your smartphone as backup power for the phone itself.
Dear Reg: What is a 'Lag' and a 'Jacksey'?
It's Thursday, and we could all do with a bit of light relief at the end of the week, so here is some, in the form of an entertaining email which landed in my inbox earlier this week:
Terminator-maker 'Cyberdyne Inc' lists on Tokyo stock exchange
El Reg readers of a more fatalistic disposition may be dismayed, but probably not surprised, to hear that Cyberdyne - the company that invented Skynet and ultimately the murderous "Terminator" machines - has just listed on the Tokyo stock exchange.
ECCENTRIC, PINK DWARF dubbed 'Biden' by saucy astronomers
A new dwarf planet has been discovered in the Inner Oort cloud that encircles our Solar System some 12 billion miles from Sol.
Naver raver charged over 25 MEEELLION account breach palaver
A 31-year-old South Korean has been charged with using stolen personal information to hack the online accounts of 25 million users of the country’s popular Naver portal.
Research bods told: Try to ID anonymised data subjects? No more CASH for you
Medical research funding bodies in the UK may withdraw support for projects where researchers attempt to work out the identity of individuals behind anonymised data without the subjects' permission.
Spooks vs boffins: MIT bods say they've created PRISM-proof encryption
The cleverest clogs of MIT have squared up to the NSA after claiming to have developed a PRISM-proof encryption system.
Original iPhone dev team was 'shockingly small' - Apple engineer
A former Apple engineer has revealed key details of the process behind the design of the iPhone.
Facebook Oculus VR buyout: IT WANTS your EYEBALLS
CommentMark Zuckerberg made his boldest and certainly most physical play for eyeballs yet on Tuesday when Facebook announced plans to acquire virtual reality startup Oculus VR - the outfit behind Rift headsets - for $2bn.
Hey frumious Reg gamers: BANG-or-SNATCH? We look at Second Son and Thief
Game TheoryThis month we tackle to games at polar opposites of the ends of the subtlety spectrum. First up is Infamous: Second Son, a game that pitches a super-charged hero (or villain) into the midst of Seattle and begs him to explode things. Then there’s the shadowy stealth of Thief, as Garrett once more gets to grips with robbing from the rich.
BT finally admits its Home Hub router scuppers some VPN connections
BT has coughed to a crappy glitch with its Home Hub 3A router that is blocking some VPN connections.
When ZOMBIES attack: DDoS traffic triples as 20Gbps becomes the new normal
DDoS traffic has more than trebled since the start of 2013, according to a new study released on Thursday that fingers zombie networks as the primary source of junk traffic that can be used to flood websites.
Judge throws out lawsuit lobbed at Facebook for using kids' pics in targeted ads
A judge has thrown out a potential class action lawsuit against Facebook over its use of photos of minors in targeted ads, ruling that the users gave their consent when they signed up for the social network.
Life support turned off: NHS Direct dies silent, undignified death
NHS Direct is dead and England's health service was hoping few people would notice that it had moved the kill date forward five days for its "financially unsustainable" advice website.
Putin and pals dump Apple's iPads for Samsung slabs... over security concerns
The Kremlin has ditched its iPads over fears that they would not withstand US snooping and replaced them with Samsung fondleslabs.
Rule of law: Turkish court nixes government Twitter ban ... for now
A court in Turkey's capital has ordered the lifting of the government ban on Twitter in the restless nation.
SEC mulls how to save markets from hackers: How about a crack team...of advisers?
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) invited security and finance experts to Washington yesterday to discuss cybersecurity issues and whether companies and stock markets should be required to immediately disclose attacks and invest in protecting their systems.
ISPs CAN be ordered to police pirates by blocking sites, says ECJ
ISPs throughout the European Union's 28-member bloc can be slapped with injunctions to prevent their subscribers from accessing pirated content, Luxembourg's Court of Justice ruled today.
GNOME 3.12: Pixel perfect ... but homeless
ReviewWhen the GNOME 3.x desktop arrived it was, frankly, unusable. It wasn't so much the radical departure from past desktop environments, as the fact that essential things did not work properly or, more frustratingly, had been deemed unnecessary.
Molyneux: Working at Microsoft is 'like taking antidepressants'
Game Developers ConferenceLegendary game producer Peter Molyneux has claimed that working on Microsoft is like being dosed up on antidepressants.
Drobo: Our Q4 numbers were not that NASty
Glossy storage boxen flinger Drobo has "adjusted" its prices and snuggled up to partners and says it is experiencing a resurgent demand for its products. A new 4-bay product should benefit from that.
Hackers force innocent mobes to join crypto mining gangs
Cybercrooks are turning smartphones into digital currency-mining bots using mobile malware.
Forkin' 'L! Facebook, Google and friends create WebScaleSQL from MySQL 5.6
Four internet giants have teamed up to create a branch of the MySQL database that's designed to handle massive web applications.
FINALLY Microsoft releases Office for iPad – but wait there's a CATCH
Microsoft has, after years of speculation, released some of its Office applications for Apple iPad owners – but you'll need an Office 365 subscription to use them in anything other than a lobotomized form.
Intel just installed itself in Hadoop guru Cloudera – and why their rivals should be worried
AnalysisIntel is canning its own Hadoop distribution in favor of using Cloudera's flavor of the analytics software. And the chip giant is making a "significant equity investment" in the upstart that's higher than had been reported elsewhere.
LenovOUCH! Thinkpad's overheating batteries spark recall alert
Lenovo has recalled a slew of ThinkPad batteries after two customers reported overheating problems.