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Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, settle employee-fiddling class action suit

A series of secret pacts among some of the biggest employers in Silicon Valley to cheat their staffers could turn out to be a rather expensive mistake, with Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe now agreeing to settle the antitrust class-action lawsuit out of court.
Iain Thomson, 25 Apr 2014
Screenshot of an image Andy Warhol made with an Amiga

Lost artworks by Andy Warhol found on 80s-era FLOPPY DISKS

The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has recovered a trove of previously unknown works by the pop-art pioneer from an unexpected, yet suitably modern source: a set of Commodore Amiga floppy disks.
Neil McAllister, 25 Apr 2014

All men are part of a PURE GENETIC ELITE, says geno-science bloke

According to a new research from genetics gurus, the Y chromosome that all men carry is not at all hobbled by its missing bit.
Team Register, 25 Apr 2014
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Teen student texter busts 20-second tongue-twisty SMS barrier

The nimblest texting fingers on the planet belong to a 15-year-old US student named Gaurav Sharma.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2014
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Microsoft's 'evil open source' man on life as HP's top cloud-wrangler

He brought Microsoft the open source it had viewed with such dread and now former Redmond man Bill Hilf is challenging the thinking at Hewlett-Packard.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2014

LOHAN spaceplane's budget minicam punches well above its weight

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Lester Haines, 25 Apr 2014
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Watch out! KILLER HP firmware update bricks ProLiant server mobos

HP has warned customers that one of its firmware updates can accidentally brick the network hardware in 100 ProLiant Server models.
Paul Kunert, 25 Apr 2014
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It woz the Reg wot won it: UK mobe network EE fixes voicemail hack flaw

Since we alerted EE to the security flaw in its voicemail system that allowed us to access the messages of anti-terrorism bods, the mobile telco has been working to close the hole.
Simon Rockman, 25 Apr 2014
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Tales from the Internet World Cup: ICANN tell nothing will change

NetMundial's internet conference, the much-hyped, over-excited lovechild of Edward Snowden's NSA revelations, has been significantly more subdued than people thought it would be.
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Apr 2014
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Beijing's anti-smut crackdown catches 'Chinese Twitter' Weibo red-handed

Sina, the company that owns China’s über-popular Twitter-like service Weibo, has had two key licences withdrawn by Beijing in retaliation for allegedly allowing the publication of articles and videos containing pornographic content.
Phil Muncaster, 25 Apr 2014

So far, so SOPA: Web campaigners to protest world's biggest ever free trade deal

Internet activists are planning a major on- and offline protest at what has been described as a "secretive, SOPA-like" agreement being hammered out as the world's largest economies attempt to agree the world's biggest ever free trade deal.
Phil Muncaster, 25 Apr 2014
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Techies: Hands-on lab to find out what AWS Cloud can do for you

Promo The annual Amazon Web Services Summit kicks off in London on 30 April, 2014 and there are still some spaces available for this free all-day event.
David Gordon, 25 Apr 2014
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Order delays hit Avnet Tech Solutions' results, profits slide

The postponement of projects in North America led to "weaker than expected" results at Avnet's enterprise IT wing, Technology Solutions, as ops in EMEA continued to limp along during fiscal Q3 ended 29 March.
Paul Kunert, 25 Apr 2014

Spy back doors? That would be suicide, says Huawei

Chinese hardware manufacturer Huawei says allegations it provides backdoors for espionage in its kit remain unproven and would be “commercial suicide”.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Apr 2014

El Reg posse prepares for quid-a-day nosh challenge

The countdown to this year's Live Below the Line challenge has begun, and next week, the elite El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse will attempt to survive for five days on a food budget of just £1 per day.
Lester Haines, 25 Apr 2014
School of Rock

Brain surgery? Would sir care for a CHOC-ICE with that?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Another Easter, another long weekend, another splurge of CVs sent into the ether. Englishmen joke about Bank Holidays reliably bringing rain but the other thing you can count on following a public holiday is an exodus of staff seeking pastures new – or rather, pastures less strewn with the rank, metaphoric faeces of their current bovine bosses.
Alistair Dabbs, 25 Apr 2014
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UK bank heist-by-KVM gang sent down for 24 years after nicking £1.2m

A gang has been jailed after secretly installing hardware in Barclays bank branches to control PCs and steal £1.2m.
John Leyden, 25 Apr 2014
Google Chocolate Factory

Google+ maker Vic Gundotra: My work on this 'NETWORK THINGY' is DONE

Comment Now that Google's "network thingy" is melded into the web giant's product line-up, the man behind Google+ Vic Gundotra has quit Mountain View to pursue a yet-to-be-revealed new venture.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Apr 2014
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Tim Cook: Apple's 'closer than it's ever been' to releasing new product range

Tim Cook has claimed that Apple is "closer than it's ever been" to the release of a new product range.
Jasper Hamill, 25 Apr 2014
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Have you heard the one about Goldilocks and the Micron hardwares?

Micron has brought out a middle-of-the-road flash drive for data centres – a Goldilocks product in other words: neither too hot, not too cold, too big, too small. You get the picture.
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2014
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JavaScript guru slots into Mozilla CTO seat left empty by anti-gay marriage ex-boss

Mozilla has named its new chief technology officer – the position previously held by Brendan Eich before his brief spell as Moz CEO ended amid an anti-gay marriage storm.
Jasper Hamill, 25 Apr 2014
Broke - empty pockets

Microsoft: The MORE Surfaces it sells, the MORE money it loses

The more Surfaces slabs Microsoft sells, the more the Redmond giant has to shell out.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2014
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Innocent surfers drafted into ZOMBIE ARMY by sneaky XSS vuln

Visitors to a video distribution website were unwittingly turned into participants in a hacker's DDoS battle against a third-party site earlier this month.
John Leyden, 25 Apr 2014
Fake photo of Satya Nadella shaking hands with Stephen Elop

Awkward? Elop now answers to ex-junior Nadella as Microsoft closes Nokia buyout

Microsoft has closed its $7.1bn garbage-trucks-colliding deal to buy Nokia’s struggling mobile handset business.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2014
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Hungry Barracuda Networks gobbles a profitable quarter at last

After several quarters of losses, Barracuda Networks has made a profit in its final three months of fiscal 2014, ended 28 February, paving the way for a profitable 2015.
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2014
The Samsung Galaxy S5 in 'copper'

Samsung Galaxy S5 owners hit by fatal camera error problem

Samsung's latest phone the Galaxy S5 has a fatal flaw that has been appearing in the wild.
Jack Clark, 25 Apr 2014
Al Pacino as Scarface

Silk Road dealer 'SuperTrips' faces 40 years for DVD drug imports

US law enforcement is claiming a victory in its 43-year War on Drugs™ after a Dutch man accused of being one of the largest drug dealers on the now-defunct Silk Road online bazaar agreed to plead guilty to a single drug conspiracy charge.
Iain Thomson, 25 Apr 2014

Microsoft's naughty Cortana NOT ALLOWED NEAR CHILDREN

Microsoft's new Cortana personal assistant platform carries privacy concerns that prevent it from being used by children – but Redmond appears to not be alone in its pre-pubescent banishment.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Apr 2014
Measuring up Apple

Will Apple's $130bn cash infusion keep investors onboard?

Analysis Apple may be cash-rich, but it's in a product-release quiet period – which may be why it's accelerating its efforts to return capital to its investors in the forms of steadily increasing dividends and a more aggressive stock-repurchase program, and will again "access the debt markets" to pull it off.
Rik Myslewski, 25 Apr 2014
Farquhar, his family, and ISEE-3

Privateers race to capture forgotten NASA space probe using crowdsourced cash

A team of engineers who helped decode archaic NASA data has moved onto hardware, and is trying to find the cash to recapture the International Sun/Earth Explorer 3 (ISEE-3) probe – the first spacecraft to pass through the tail of a comet – as it swings by Earth.
Iain Thomson, 25 Apr 2014
Tesla Model S

FTC: State laws blocking Tesla's direct sales are 'protectionist'

Tesla Motors has gained an influential ally in its battle to sell its electric cars direct to consumers: the US Federal Trade Commission.
Neil McAllister, 25 Apr 2014

No longer a 'hobby', Apple TV rakes in ONE BEEELLION DOLLARS

At Apple's shareholder meeting at the end of this February, CEO Time Cook removed the qualifier of "hobby" from the Apple TV, and during a conference call after releasing his company's financial results for the second quarter of its fiscal 2014, he explained why: money.
Rik Myslewski, 25 Apr 2014

Yes, there is now BITCOIN-MINING MALWARE for Android

Bitcoin mining on low-powered devices these days is a bad idea, to say the least. As cryptocurrency blockchains grow more complex, even high-powered dedicated mining rigs are having trouble effectively mining coins. Your smartphone, therefore, is going to be about as useful for mining Bitcoin as soup ladle is for mining actual gold.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Apr 2014

Reg hack hacked off by iPhone 5 repair notice

Updated Attention iPhone 5 owners: your Cupertinian earslab may be defective.
Rik Myslewski, 25 Apr 2014