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Bitcoin bloodbath

Mt Gox staff tried to warn CEO of Bitcoin loss risks – reports

Staff at fallen Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox in Japan have claimed that they raised alarms about how the company was handling client funds as long ago as 2012, according to Reuters.

Hardwired crypto certificate FAIL bricks Juniper router kit

Sysadmins with older Juniper Networks kit have been left scrambling to keep their networks running after a security certificate expiration bricked their boxen.
Cellular antenna. Source: Vxla/Flickr

Range Networks unleashes rewritten OpenBTS

A doubling of its engineering team has let Range Networks launch a substantial re-write of its open source mobile network code base as it targets the service provider market.

New IPCC report: 8 ways climate change will throw world INTO PERIL

Debate about climate change is about to, er, heat up, after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) delivered its fifth assessment report, snappily known as WGII AR5.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Mar 2014
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Amazon is decompiling our apps in security gaffe hunt, says dev

Amazon's crackdown on mishandling AWS credentials has astonished one software developer, who says the cloud giant is reverse-engineering Android apps for inspection.
Julian Assange, photo by Espen Moe

Assange not running in new Australian election

Julian Assange will not, as previously indicated, run for Australia Senate again.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Mar 2014

Google confirms Turkish ISPs 'intercepted' its DNS service

Google confirmed over the weekend that its Domain Name System (DNS) service has been “intercepted” by Turkish ISPs after government orders to block Twitter.
Phil Muncaster, 31 Mar 2014

Mozilla DENIES reported claims of board rift over new chief Eich

Updated The Mozilla Foundation has denied that the departure of three members of its board is a vote of protest regarding the controversial appointment of Brendan Eich as CEO.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Mar 2014
Monty Python foot UHDTV

Artists install Monty Python silly walk signs in Norwegian town

A Norwegian town has reminded denizens that a normal gait is preferable to a strange one after Swedish revolutionaries installed a pair of silly walk signs.
Jasper Hamill, 31 Mar 2014
Mushroom cloud schematic

Tokyo to TXT warning of incoming Norks nukes

The Japanese government will launch a new service on Tuesday designed to notify users of the country’s three major phone networks if they are facing an imminent inbound missile strike.
Phil Muncaster, 31 Mar 2014

Selfies are OVER: Welcome to the age of 'Sleeveface'

When "selfie" made it into the Oxford English Dictionary, and was then anointed word of the year, it was clear that selfies themselves were kind of a big deal in 2013.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Mar 2014
Great Wall of China

China's CERT blames US for a THIRD of all attacks on Middle Kingdom PCs

China’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CNCERT) has claimed in a new report that backdoor attacks on systems jumped by over 50 per cent over the past year, and once again fingered the US as the main culprit in 2013.
Phil Muncaster, 31 Mar 2014

US to strengthen privacy rights for Euro bods' personal data transfers

The US will take steps before the summer to comprehensively strengthen the "Safe Harbour" framework that helps facilitate some transfers of personal data to the US from the EU.
OUT-LAW.COM, 31 Mar 2014
WD My Passport Pro

Don't tase me Pro: WD brings out Thunderbolt external drive

WD has bought out a Thunderbolted My Passport Pro external drive with power delivered over the speedy data cable.
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2014
Merlin Data Center Cold Aisle

How much data must you have before you need Cleversafe? If you have to ask ...

Analysis: Cleversafe is the leading object storage supplier, according to an IDC marketscape chart (see below). How did it get there?
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2014
Sean Bean in Game of Thrones

Dish and DirecTV deal: Damned if they merge, damned if they don't

Analysis Almost like a delayed reaction, the news that Dish Network had been actively courting DirecTV once again in the US has driven up both companies’ share prices, triggered by the Comcast Time Warner Cable deal.
Faultline, 31 Mar 2014

LOHAN team gears up for Punch and Judy show

It's all go on the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) front as the British contingent of the team gears up for the forthcoming "Punch" and "Judy" test flights.
Lester Haines, 31 Mar 2014

C'mon, Commvault: You have the tech to build VM mutants...

Blocks and Files Commvault, the arch archiver and backup biz, appears to have a virtual machine "mutation" facility, and this has prompted some speculation here at El Reg storage desk.
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2014
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Facebook, you fools! Forget Oculus, you could have bought TRON-type headsets

Review It's quite exciting putting on the Durovis Dive virtual reality headset, but watching someone else do it is even better as they coo and gasp at the world in which they have become immersed.
Simon Rockman, 31 Mar 2014
Microsoft Surface tablets

Partner firms: Microsoft kept Surface from you for YOUR OWN GOOD

Those caring souls at Microsoft initially cut the technology channel out of the Surface supply chain because execs wanted to finetune forecasting and spare sales partners from a potential inventory pile-up.
Paul Kunert, 31 Mar 2014
The Sun's 360 degree view of Wembley. Pic: Jeffrey Martin, 360Cities.net

Treat yourself to some FA or NFL action at Wembley

Promo Clients are a fickle lot, but most would leap at the chance to see the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium. Or a big pop concert. No? Maybe a NFL game could tickle their fancy.
David Gordon, 31 Mar 2014
Costumed pirate

UK cops: Keep yer golden doubloons, ad folk. Yon websites belong ta PIRATES

British police have launched a who's who of pirating websites in an attempt to stop advertisers from spending money with sites deemed illegal.

3CX Phone System takes on the corporate mobiles

It is hard to make phones sexy, never mind SIP phones and software. Yet increasingly my job requires me to be on the phone for hours every day to people all over the world.
Trevor Pott, 31 Mar 2014

NetApp and IBM's high fibre treat: First SPC benchmark using FCoE

NetApp and IBM have released SPC-1 benchmarks showing IBM’s 10 gig V7000 FCoE system being narrowly beaten by NetApp’s FAS8020 using 16gig FC. Let's rephrase that. A flash-assisted array using faster Fibre Channel beat an all-disk array using slower Ethernet. Quelle surprise.
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2014
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Dell tells customers: 'Opt out' if you don't want a channel service

Dell is asking half a million customers Stateside to hand over their privates to channel partners or to actively "opt out" of a sweeping programme to reduce the number of accounts the firm services directly.
Paul Kunert, 31 Mar 2014

Newsnight goes sour on Tech City miracle

+Sketch BBC's Newsnight decided to get a reality check on Britain's economic miracle of East London's "Tech City Cluster" on Friday, and asked me if I'd like to contribute.
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Mar 2014
management management

Outgoing boss of IT slinger Azzurri 'gets NED post at Alternative'

Outgoing Azzurri Communications boss Vim Vithaldas is to slip into a non-exec director's role at AIM-listed Alternative Networks, say sources familiar with the matter.
Paul Kunert, 31 Mar 2014
Parliament in the clouds

Crack CERT warriors arrive to save UK from grid-crippling hack attacks

The UK is finally getting a national Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), with the delayed launch of the organisation taking place today.
John Leyden, 31 Mar 2014
TDK TMR hard disk drive read/write head

Spin that disk drive forecast, Gartner: Watch those desktop units dive

Gartner is forecasting that total hard disk drive shipments will grow at a leisurely 2.9 per cent CAGR from 2013 (552 million units) to 2018 (635.1 million units). But bear in mind that's an average: desktop drives unit shipments will be shrinking at a -7 per cent CAGR over the period while high-capacity business drives grow at a 25.1 per cent CAGR.
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2014

Boss at 'Microsoft' scam support biz told to cough £000s in comp

A fraudster who conned consumers, particularly silver surfers, into parting with cash to fix phantom PC bugs was handed a suspended sentence on Friday and ordered to pay thousands of pounds in costs and compensation.
Paul Kunert, 31 Mar 2014
Apple iPhone 4 (left) and Samsung Galaxy S 4G (right)

New Sammy patent trial: Apple seeks $40 PER 'infringing' handset

Apple and Samsung are due to open up a new front in their epic patent war in the US today, with the fruity firm seeking an astonishing $40 per infringing device and Samsung planning to get Google engineers in to defend its case.

CCL Computers probing source of fake virus-riddled dispatch mail

Bradford-based reseller CCL Computers is investigating the origins of a fake dispatch email containing a virus that was today sent by a third party to at least a thousand of the firm's customers.
Paul Kunert, 31 Mar 2014
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US Supreme Court Justices hear arguments in game-changing software IP case

The US Supreme Court is hearing arguments today in a case that could help to set a new standard for when software is eligible for patent protection.

Snowden files latest: NSA and GCHQ targeted German satcomms

The NSA and GCHQ hacked into the systems of three German satellite communication providers, according to the latest leaks from the files of Edward Snowden, fugitive ex-NSA sysadmin.
John Leyden, 31 Mar 2014
Hadoop Elephant

Don't touch my trunk! Intel is $740m lighter after Cloudera cash shot

Intel has shoveled $740m into Hadoop company Cloudera, giving the chipmaker an 18 per cent stake in the data analysis firm.
Jack Clark, 31 Mar 2014
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft CEO Nadella names his Xbox and Cloud OVERLORDS

New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has made two important albeit expected appointments to his executive team.
Shaun Nichols, 31 Mar 2014

Dropbox nukes bloke's file share in DMCA brouhaha – then admits it made a 'HASH OF IT'

A Dropbox user sparked outrage after he revealed he was blocked from sharing a file he'd deposited in the online storage locker – because it was the target of a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) anti-piracy takedown notice.
Iain Thomson, 31 Mar 2014

Bechtolsheim's baby Arista Networks heads toward IPO

Networking startup Arista Networks is filing for an IPO as the scrappy biz tries to wrestle share away from incumbents like Cisco and Juniper.
Jack Clark, 31 Mar 2014

CERN team uses GPUs to discover if antimatter falls up, not down

GTC In the next year or two, researchers at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) should be able to answer one of the most fundamental questions bedeviling physicists: what is the effect of gravity on antimatter?
Rik Myslewski, 31 Mar 2014

When big biz is forced to compete: Now Microsoft latest to cut cloud prices

Microsoft will cut its Azure cloud prices after Amazon slashed its AWS prices in response to Google's cloud price cut.
Jack Clark, 31 Mar 2014