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OkCupid falls out of love with 'anti-gay' Firefox, tells people to see other browsers

Dating website OkCupid has urged lonely hearts to stop using the Firefox browser following the controversial appointment of Brendan Eich as Mozilla's new CEO.
Neil McAllister, 01 Apr 2014
Apple MacBook Air 13in mid 2011

Boeing, Cupertino to 'explore weaponisation of Apple technologies'

Boeing and Apple will work together to "weaponise" Apple technology, after the aerospace giant found aluminium-milling techniques developed by Apple to build the MacBook Air's case result in a stronger, more versatile aircraft wings than it is possible to create with its own manufacturing practices.

FCC doubles 5GHz spectrum in prep for one-gigabit Wi-Fi

In a rare bit of bipartisanship, the Republican and Democratic commissioners of the US Federal Communications Commission have unanimously voted to loosen the rules governing the operation of Wi-Fi devices operating in the 5GHz band.
Rik Myslewski, 01 Apr 2014
Google 'Glass' patent application illustration

Australia proposes privacy tort

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has released a discussion paper that canvasses the idea of a tort of privacy invasion for Australians.
carving of kiwi

Dotcom wants NZ to have fiat-backed crypto-currency

Either New Zealand is leading the world in April 1 news stories, or Kim Dotcom's Internet Party is not only proposing a government-backed crypto-currency, but thinks it should operate in parallel to the country's fiat currency.
Huawei campus Shenzhen

Huawei rakes in £2 BEEELLION in profits

Chinese tech success story and NSA spy target Huawei has seen profits jump by a third over the past year to 21 billion yuan (£2bn) on the back of strong growth from its enterprise and consumer businesses.
Phil Muncaster, 01 Apr 2014
Polymer heatsink

Georgia Tech touts polymer heatsink interface

Researchers at Georgia Tech say they've created a polymer that can improve the interface between silicon and heatsinks, and offers a long lifetime in terms of heating and cooling cycles.

Asia's internet in peril as cable network breaks in TWO places

Asia Pacific’s internet traffic is likely to be up the spout until mid-April after a key pan-regional undersea cable system suffered damage in two places.
Phil Muncaster, 01 Apr 2014

BlackBerry sucker-punches TV star Ryan Seacrest in patent brawl

Troubled mobe maker BlackBerry has received a welcome bit of good news from a California court, which has blocked sales of a physical iPhone add-on keyboard the company says copies its hardware.
Shaun Nichols, 01 Apr 2014

BT Tower to be replaced by 3D printed BT Tower

April Fool Prime Minister David Cameron will announce a futuristic addition to London’s skyline today. The familiar shape of BT Tower, opened in 1965 by Harold Wilson, will give way to a 3D printed tower – believed to be the largest additive polymer construction in the world.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Apr 2014

Can you tell a man's intelligence simply by looking at him? Yes

A group of Czech researchers has conducted a study in which they determined that the perceived intelligence of men correlates strongly with their actual intelligence – but the same doesn't hold true for women.
Rik Myslewski, 01 Apr 2014
Tesla Model S

Researcher lights fire under Tesla security

A security researcher is calling on Tesla to introduce two-factor authentication for access to the combination of services that make its Tesla S model one of the most “Internet of Things” vehicles in the world today.

Chinese patent app tries to own Wine on ARM

A group of coders from China is trying to patent the ability to operate the popular Wine environment on ARM processors.
CloudSpeed product shot

SanDisk offers Cloudspeed flash options for pockets deep and shallow

SanDisk has revved its CloudSpeed SATA SSD line, adding a tad more random read speed, slowing down the random write speed and reducing the sequential read and write speeds a trifle, too.
Chris Mellor, 01 Apr 2014

Snowden leaks made us look twice at cloud suppliers – biz bods

Businesses are conducting more due diligence on cloud suppliers and demanding more localised storage of their data in the wake of reports about US surveillance activities, according to a new survey.
OUT-LAW.COM, 01 Apr 2014

Titanfall, shoot-'em-up gamers, cloudy contracts and cattle

Sysadmin blog A "servers are cattle, not pets", DevOps-style approach is the only feasible way for a small number of people to run modern cloud-scale data centres.
Trevor Pott, 01 Apr 2014
hands waving dollar bills in the air

Vodafone brings African tech to Europe

Vodafone is to launch mobile-money-for-the-masses service M-Pesa in Romania, which introduces and interesting challenge for the European telcos and banks who have spent a decade wrangling over mobile money and got nowhere.
Simon Rockman, 01 Apr 2014
NSA parody T-shirt

NSA plans to FREE YOUR DATA with range of cloud services, analytics

April Fool An earlier version of this article was published in error carrying a sub-editing note which, if taken out of context, could have implied that we had offered line by line copy approval to an individual named "Sir Iain". We'd like to clarify that this is actually a friendly nickname for one of our editorial staff and that we did not in any way offer copy approval to the head of GCHQ or any other intelligence agency on this piece. -Ed.
Lewis Page, 01 Apr 2014
Playmobil's Security Check Point

Security: Survive the attack of the known unknowns

Live today Some vendors will tell you that security problems are solved by sticking a device on the edge of your network, but we all know that 100 per cent security is a fantasy.
David Gordon, 01 Apr 2014

That's it, we're all really OLD: Google's Gmail is 10 ALREADY

Gmail shook up the world of free web email in the mid-2000s, but 10 years after going public in 2004, Google’s service offers much more than simply firing emails around the world.
Gavin Clarke, 01 Apr 2014

Google asks April Fools: Want a job? Be our 'Pokemon Master'

Video Google's Maps team has made an early entry into this year's April Fools' crop of pranks with the introduction of Pokemon to the mobile application.
Shaun Nichols, 01 Apr 2014
Two mobiles man

MPs attack BT's 'monopolistic' grip on gov-subsidised £1.2bn rural broadband rollout

The UK government has completely screwed up the deployment of faster internet connections to Brits living in the countryside because it failed to properly address competition concerns as a result of its awarding all its broadband contracts to BT, politicians concluded today.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Apr 2014
BigFoot 4U Object chassis and rack

Scality slips its Ring around Kinetic drives

Scality is developing its RING object storage system to use Seagate’s Kinetic drives.
Chris Mellor, 01 Apr 2014

HP settles lawsuit after Mad Leo's WebOS and PC biz shenanigans

HP has agreed to pay $57m to shareholders miffed by the management of Leo Apotheker. This comes after the plaintiffs sued the firm for defrauding them by abandoning its business model.
HTC One M8 camera tricks

HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

Review If phone companies were car manufacturers, HTC would be Alfa Romeo to Samsung's BMW. Customers look at the HTC One, see how it matches the Galaxy spec for spec, how it's that little bit more interesting and significantly nicer as a physical object... and then buy the Samsung anyway.
Simon Rockman, 01 Apr 2014

Yahoo! keen! to! slurp! news! video! distie! site!

Yahoo! is reportedly chatting up the folks at online video service News Distribution Network for a potential acquisition worth $300m.
LSI Nytro MegaRAID 8140-8e8i

LSI embiggens MegaRAID flash stash

LSI has doubled the amount of flash on its MegaRAID card to 1.6TB and quadrupled the number of ports to 16 so the mighty little beast can be used to accelerate servers in hyperscale environments.
Chris Mellor, 01 Apr 2014

HP workers under shadow of the axe edge towards ballot box

The Public and Commercial Services union is to ballot members working at HP over 600 planned job cuts to the services operation in the latest futile exercise to influence the company's decision making.
Paul Kunert, 01 Apr 2014
LaCie Fuel

LaCie adds fire to Fuel: Revs Wi-Fi external storage gadget to 2TB

Seagate sub LaCie has revved its Fuel Wi-Fi external storage capacity from 1 to 2TB and claims it's the highest capacity wireless 2.5-inch drive on the market.
Chris Mellor, 01 Apr 2014
Huawei E586

Three daddy Hutch has no interest in O2

Three network owner Hutchison Whampoa has ruled out making a bid for O2 in the UK.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Apr 2014

Capita splashes £80m on network biz Updata

Capita has coughed an eye-watering £80m in cash for fellow Public Services Network (PSN) provider Updata, as El Chan predicted months ago.
Paul Kunert, 01 Apr 2014

BT befriends Google's lonely TV dongle – and saves YouView

BT is to make Premier League football available on Google's Chromecast TV platform, in a huge filip for the platform.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Apr 2014
Angry Birds

Angry Birds developers downplay fresh data leak claims

The developers of Angry Birds have hit back at renewed allegations that the ultra-popular game leaks users' personal information.
John Leyden, 01 Apr 2014

BT merges iNet and Engage IT divisions under one roof

BT has slapped together the IT Engage and iNet businesses from today, April Fools' Day, but the move is no laughing matter for staff put at risk of redundancy.
Paul Kunert, 01 Apr 2014
Hybrid NAND disk controller Marvell 88SE9230

US judge tells Marvell to pay Carnegie Mellon Uni $1.5bn in patent fallout

Chipmaker Marvell Technology has been hit with an extra $370m in damages for "wilfully infringing" on two hard disk drive patents owned by Carnegie Mellon University.

Oracle shoves IBM out of world's No 2 software seller spot – Gartner

Oracle sold more software than IBM last year for the first time ever, making Larry Ellison’s database giant second only to Microsoft, at least according to analyst Gartner.
Gavin Clarke, 01 Apr 2014

Password bug let me see shoppers' credit cards in eBay ProStores, claims infosec bod

A serious vulnerability that potentially allowed shoplifters to empty eBay ProStores shops and swipe customer credit cards has been fixed – according to the security researcher who says he found the hole.
John Leyden, 01 Apr 2014

Intel's DIY MinnowBoard goes Max: More oomph for half the price

Updated Intel has announced a new version of its pricey Raspberry Pi challenger, the MinnowBoard, which upgrades its Atom processor, shrinks its footprint, and slashes the price in half for one of two new models.
Rik Myslewski, 01 Apr 2014
World Cup kicking exoskeleton

Soccer's dull? A MIND-CONTROLLED robo-suit will be used to take first World Cup 2014 kick

Pic When the football (soccer for our American readers) World Cup 2014 kicks off in June, the first person to put boot to ball will be a Brazilian paraplegic person using a robotic exoskeleton controlled by an electronic skull cap.
Iain Thomson, 01 Apr 2014

Hotmail-gate: Windows 8 code leaker pleads guilty to theft of trade secrets

A former Microsoft employee accused of leaking prerelease Windows 8 software has pleaded guilty to stealing the company's trade secrets.
Neil McAllister, 01 Apr 2014

Page through Page's page page-views: Google+ shows how many saw your profile

Google has added a new feature to its Google+ kinda-social network that identifies how many people have looked at your profile page, blog and photos on Google+.
Iain Thomson, 01 Apr 2014

Psst, you want NoSQL? We got NoSQL, says MariaDB: v10 now out

MySQL fork MariaDB has, with version 10 out today, shown it has woken up to the importance of giving its users access to non-relational databases.
Jack Clark, 01 Apr 2014

'iPhone 6' with '4.7-inch' display 'coming soon', but '5.5-incher' 'delayed'

Apple's Asian suppliers will begin producing 4.7-inch displays as soon as next month for a next-gen iPhone release this fall, but 5.5-inch displays for an even bigger Cupertinian handset are said to be delayed due to production problems.
Rik Myslewski, 01 Apr 2014
Ross Ulbricht

Money? What money? Lawyer for accused Silk Road boss claims you can't launder Bitcoin

An attorney for Ross Ulbricht, the man accused of masterminding the online drugs marketplace Silk Road, has asked that the money-laundering charges against his client be dropped on the basis that Bitcoin, Silk Road's preferred medium of exchange, doesn't count as money.
Neil McAllister, 01 Apr 2014
Air pollution in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, northeastern China, in October 2013

Chinese company counters pollution by importing fresh air

Citizens in a smog-choked part of China have been queuing for bags of air imported from the country's mountain regions.
Shaun Nichols, 01 Apr 2014
Proposed bayonet camera mounts for future iPhone models

Apple poking at idea of bayonet phone fittings

Apple has been granted a patent for a system which could bring interchangeable camera lenses to its iOS hardware line.
Shaun Nichols, 01 Apr 2014