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Evil Android

Boffins tag Android app privacy fails

A group of researchers from universities in Luxembourg, Germany and the US say they can dramatically improve the detection of privacy leaks between Android processes.
Parrot Ar.Drone

Yosemite National Park bans drones

Iconic photographer Ansel Adams' fame was won, in part, by stunning photographs made possible by his willingness to schlep many pounds of camera gear around the steep terrain of Yosemite National Park.
Simon Sharwood, 05 May 2014

NBN Co hoses down 'user pays' story

NBN Co, the company building Australia's Notionally National Broadband Network, has moved to hose down claims that it's planning on getting out of the customer premises equipment (CPE) business – something which local reporters believe would shift install costs to end users.

SAP reshapes boards as innovation leader steps down

SAP has announced that Dr. Vishal Sikka, a member of the company's Executive and Managing Boards with responsibility for “leading all SAP products and innovation [and] development and delivery of all products across SAP’s product portfolio”, will leave the company immediately “for personal reasons”.
Simon Sharwood, 05 May 2014
Escalator Stairs

Acer founder Shih to step down for second time next month

Stan Shih, chairman and founder of ailing PC maker Acer, is set to retire next month as the company continues to try and claw back market share and force its way into the global top three.
Phil Muncaster, 05 May 2014

Trans Pacific Partnership still stalled

In spite of optimistic official rhetoric from the White House, Japan seems to be the latest speed-bump on the road to the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership trade treaty.
Covert Redirect modified logo

'Covert Redirect' OAuth flaw more chest-beat than Heartbleed

A recently reported new "vulnerability" in OAuth appears to be anything but.
Darren Pauli, 05 May 2014
Wrestler Gheorghe 'The Carpathian Bear' Ignat. Source: Wikipedia

Global cop co-operation treaties need cloudy reboot

International treaties that allow police forces and spookhaüses around the world to collaborate are starting to creak beneath the weight of the cloud, and will soon need a refresh, according to Tim Morris, national manager for high technology crime operations at Australia's Federal Police.
Simon Sharwood, 05 May 2014
Openworm screenshot

What's that PARASITE wriggling inside my browser?

The group that last year demonstrated open source software to simulate a nematode has gone on Kickstarter to try and accelerate its OpenWorm project.
Chrome Canary

You'll hate Google's experimental Chrome UI, but so will phishers

Phishers might have a tougher time hooking victims if a new feature introduced into the experimental strain of Google's Chrome browser makes it into a future full release.
Darren Pauli, 05 May 2014
 	soylent green - SIMPSONS - copyright 20TH CENTURY FOX FILM CORP.

Your legacy app sniffs the cloud cauldron and retches ... time to try another recipe

The battle between Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft for the public cloud gets a lot of attention, but global managed services provider Dimension Data has thrown its hat into an adjacent ring with a new hybrid Windows Server cloud.
Simon Sharwood, 05 May 2014
Aberdeen Stirling X888

Speedy storage server sales stumps sysadmin scribe: Who buys this?

Sysadmin blog Every once in a while I need to ask a question I know is going to get me in a world of trouble. It's the sort of question that triggers panicked emails from corporate PRs, and sometimes even the odd thinly veiled threat for daring to ask such things in a public forum.
Trevor Pott, 05 May 2014
Hitachi Accelerated Flash detail

EMC ships '17PB' of biz flash, brags it's NAND numero uno ... That's cute, grins HDS

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest flash shipper of them all?
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2014

HALF of London has outdated Wi-Fi security, says roving World of War, er, BIKER

Wireless security across London remains flaky despite the well-known risks, according to an infosec bod who has been riding his bike all around town identifying insecure wireless networks and highlighting shoddy user behaviours that could be exploited by rogue hackers.
John Leyden, 05 May 2014

EMC embarks on all-singing, all-dancing VNX jamboree

EMC World 2014 EMC has had a VNXgasm and announced future software for VNX, plus a buffed up VNXe box, a VSPEX addition, and the company is also making more encryption options available.
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2014
Flash Gordon

EMC gobbles up top-secret flash startup DSSD

EMC World 2014 Data storage giant EMC has acquired a stealthy startup named DSSD led by some of the top brains behind the ZFS filesystem.
Jack Clark, 05 May 2014

Target topples CEO in latest data breach domino

The CEO of Target is the latest casualty of the big-box retailer's disastrous holiday data breach.
Shaun Nichols, 05 May 2014

Mozilla asks FCC to unleash the nuclear option on net neutrality

Mozilla has filed a formal request to the US Federal Communications Commission asking it to reclassify internet-provision and content-provider's traffic under Title II of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, which would ensure the net remains neutral.
Iain Thomson, 05 May 2014
John McAfee

McAfee chap is back in crypto-wrap chat app back flap

Antivirus pioneer and one-time fugitive John McAfee has backed Chadder, a new instant-messaging app for smartphones that promises "the highest degree of security and privacy."
Neil McAllister, 05 May 2014

AMD beds ARM in 'Project SkyBridge' and home-grown 'K12' ARM architecture chips

AMD has announced that it will create pin-compatible 64-bit x86 and ARM SoCs in an effort it's calling "Project SkyBridge", and that it has licensed the ARMv8 architecture and will design its own home-grown ARM-based processors.
Rik Myslewski, 05 May 2014
Screenshot of Bill Gates appearing on Fox Business

Bill Gates: Sell off Bing? Nah. Xbox? Maybe...

Microsoft cofounder and board member Bill Gates says he's leery of unloading the company's historically loss-making Bing division, but he wouldn't necessarily be opposed to spinning off Xbox.
Neil McAllister, 05 May 2014
Dawn's image of Vesta. Pic: NASA

Truck-sized asteroid slips silently between Moon and Earth

In the early hours of Saturday morning an asteroid whizzed past Earth at what in astronomical terms a very close shave, skimming just 186,000 miles over our planet's surface.
Iain Thomson, 05 May 2014

Oculus rips ZeniMax over claims of Carmack foul play

Facebook-owned virtual reality house Oculus VR is hitting back over claims that the firm hired away id Software's John Carmack in order to swipe intellectual property from parent company ZeniMax.
Shaun Nichols, 05 May 2014
Turnbull with Switkowski in Blacktown

Turnbull says internet governance can ignore privacy

While the debate over Internet piracy rages in Australia, the nation's communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has headed overseas to endorse the unexceptional outcome of the NetMundial conference.
Cat 5 cable

NBN Co puts October date on first FTTB connections

NBN Co, the entity charged with building Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) has announced the expected go-live data for its first commercial fibre/copper services, saying its fibre-to-the-basement (FTTB) product will be ready by October 2014.

Amazon, Twitter, launch #AmazonCart tweet-to-shop service

Amazon.com and Twitter have teamed up to allow shopping by tweet.
Simon Sharwood, 05 May 2014