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BT fibre 'availability checker' looks into FAR-OFF FUTURE. Again

One-time national telco BT misled customers with unsubstantiated claims regarding its broadband download speeds, the UK's advertising watchdog has ruled today.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 May 2014
Sign outside the National Security Agency HQ

Report: Google's NSA dealings not as bad as you thought – THEY WERE WORSE

Google and other technology giants were working far more closely with the NSA government than originally thought, if a set of uncovered internal emails are to be believed.
Shaun Nichols, 07 May 2014

Investors eye Yahoo!'s future as China's Alibaba files for US IPO

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba filed paperwork with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday for its much-anticipated initial public offering, a move that could have dramatic implications for Yahoo! and other US businesses.
Neil McAllister, 07 May 2014

ARM exec: Forget eight-core smartphone chips, just enjoy a SIX-PACK

The last person that you'd expect to tell you that eight-core smartphone SoCs are overkill would be a man whose company licenses and gets royalties from those cores – but that's exactly what ARM's director of mobile solutions James Bruce told attendees at last week's ARM Tech Day.
Rik Myslewski, 07 May 2014
dropbox privacy security eye

Dropbox squashes boring bug, restores file sharing

Dropbox has restored sharing services after patching a flaw that allowed attackers to access shared files under specific conditions.
Darren Pauli, 07 May 2014
Google sign outside Mountain View headquarters

Google updates Maps app for iOS, Android, adds Uber support

Google has issued a major update to its Maps app for iOS and Android, including integration with the Uber private taxi app and an improved local business search that spells bad news for Yelp.
Iain Thomson, 07 May 2014

EMC: Sync 'n' share not all about size, how you do it matters too

The business sync 'n' share market has, of late, been all about size with Microsoft and Dropbox announcing their respective offerings now come with 1TB and unlimited storage.
Simon Sharwood, 07 May 2014
Falcon sleeping

ANZ Bank coughs up as Broome biz fleeced in man-in-the-middle diddle

Fraudsters have nicked $50,000 from a Broome Real Estate business after breaking into the agency's ANZ Bank account and altering payment details.
Darren Pauli, 07 May 2014

IoT silos bad for business: Rackspace

Today's Internet of Things (IoT) devices have to break out of their vendor silos if they're to be taken seriously in the corporate environment, according to Rackspace Asia's CTO Alan Perkins.

Vendors pushing fibre on developing countries, says Oz minister

Australia's communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has told the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) that developing nations should follow his country's lead in abandoning fibre-only network rollouts for his beloved “multi-technology model”.

Slow IPv6 adoption is a GOOD THING as IETF plans privacy boost

The glacial pace of the worldwide IPv6 rollout might cause hand-wringing among 'net boffins, but at least it's leaving time for engineers to pry around for possible problems before the whole world's on the protocol.
Dave Akerman and Heston Blumenthal

Potato in SPAAAAACE: LOHAN chap cooks up stratospud with Heston Blumenthal

Pics Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team member Dave Akerman confirmed his status as one of the UK's go-to guys* for high-altitude ballooning (HAB) launches when he popped up on Channel 4 last week in Heston Blumenthal's Great British Food series.
Lester Haines, 07 May 2014
VMware VSAN Concept

Why not build your own VSAN hardware, asks VMware

When VMware launched its virtual storage area network (VSAN), it announced a laundry list of partners it said would be offering tricked-up servers to act as “ready nodes” real soon now.
Simon Sharwood, 07 May 2014

Solaris deposed as US drone-ware, replaced by Linux administration

Hey, Linux fans: a high-profile, colossal, global outfit is about to dump a proprietary operating system and replace it with Linux in a very, very, demanding application that literally involves life and death situations.
Simon Sharwood, 07 May 2014

Yaarrgh! LOOK OUT! UK set to be BURIED under MOUNTAIN of TABLETS

Retailers and distributors are buried under a "consumer mountain" of fondleslabs with the major channel-cramming culprit – according to our sources – a certain large South Korean vendor whose name begins with an S.
Paul Kunert, 07 May 2014
Dell's Converged Blade Data Center stack

Hack-smacked Alphadex bought by iRack Ltd ... or is that Networks Ltd?

Exclusive Brit data hosting biz Alphadex has been rescued from administration and bought up by a new firm, though there seems to be some confusion over just which firm is its white knight.
Freescale Internet of Things car

Freescale: Cloudy dumb sensors? Nope, not OUR smart Internet of Things

Wearable devices are great examples of accessible stuff within the Internet of Things, but on the whole they’re pretty dumb sensors.
Bob Dormon, 07 May 2014
workman in high vis jacket bent over, super-imposed on cloud background

HP drops $1bn, two-year OpenStack cash bomb

Hewlett-Packard is has unveiled a $1bn, two-year campaign promoting its open-source cloud, now rebranded as Helion.
Gavin Clarke, 07 May 2014
Photo of a stack of $100 bills

EMC: We'll give you a MEELLLION dollars if our inline dedupe gear's not actually inline

EMC says its XtremIO deduplication is inline all the time – and is offering a million bucks to anyone who can prove otherwise.
Chris Mellor, 07 May 2014
BBC logo 2012

‘Scapegoated’ BBC tech boss calls foul, kicks off unfair sacking tribunal

The BBC’s former technology chief John Linwood claims he was made a scapegoat for the collapse of the Digital Media Initiative – the corporation’s £125m media sharing and archiving project that was axed a year ago with nothing to show for it.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 May 2014

Disappearing storage and server projects hit Arrow ECS

If ever proof were required that tanker sized distributors needs to keep acquiring to maintain growth levels then Arrow Inc's fiscal Q1 numbers provided the perfect test case.
Paul Kunert, 07 May 2014
Sample-collection drill hole on Martian sandstone target 'Windjana'

Alien invader plunges tool into virgin 'Windjana', sniffs powders

Curiosity, NASA’s nuclear-powered truck on Mars, has drilled into the planet’s surface for the third time, taking a chunk out of a sandstone slab dubbed Windjana.
Anna Chapman, one-time Russian spy turned model

Look out, sysadmins - HOT FOREIGN SPIES are targeting you

MI5 has warned that foreign spy agencies are targeting IT workers within big organisations as a means of gaining privileged access to sensitive data.
John Leyden, 07 May 2014
Playground spring horse

Virgin Media sales are a bit flat under the Cable Cowboy's reign

Virgin Media has been part of Cable Cowboy John Malone's Liberty Global family for almost a year now. Yet the takeover hasn't boosted the UK telco's flat first quarter sales, which the City was told about this morning.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 May 2014
Parrot Ar.Drone

Spain clamps down on drones

Spain's Agencia Estatal de Seguridad Aérea (State Air Security Agency - AESA) has issued a declaration in which it reminds citizens that the commercial or professional use of "drones" is illegal, and that amateur UAV operation is restricted to "authorised areas".
Lester Haines, 07 May 2014
Writer/Director/Producer J.J Abrams (top center right) at the cast read-through of Star Wars Episode VII at Pinewood Studios with (clockwise from right) Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Producer Bryan Burk, Lucasfilm President and Producer Kathleen Kennedy, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Adam Driver and Writer Lawrence Kasdan. Credit: David James

Star Wars Episode VII: The Ancient Fear of, er, a CHEESE-TASTIC title?

The seventh instalment of the Star Wars movie franchise will be named “The Ancient Fear”, whisper anonymous sources, while more rumours gather over the final cast list for JJ Abrams' latest feature.
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Web cesspit 4chan touts '$20 bug bounty' after hackers ruin Moot's day

Internet armpit 4chan now has a bug bounty – although with just $20 in "self-serve ad spend" on the website or an annual membership up for grabs, it's not particularly bountiful.
Darren Pauli, 07 May 2014

Analyst confirms: CommVault's sales stumble WAS down to staffing blunder

CommVault’s lousy results for its latest quarter, ended 31 March, were due to screw-ups in its North America HR and sales wings, those in the know have claimed.
Chris Mellor, 07 May 2014

How Google's Android Silver could become 'Wintel for phones'

Analysis In the 1990s, Intel and Microsoft dominated the "open" PC standard – and it appears that Google now wants to do the same for its Android system, via its Silver programme.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 May 2014
Open-mouthed Burmese python

ViPR 2.0 sinks EMC's fangs DEEPER into software-defined storage

EMC has added a few sharp fangs to its ViPR product: file services; integration of ScaleIO’s block storage; support for OpenStack and therefore OpenStack-supporting arrays; native HDS array compatibility; and the ability to run on HP’s surprise commodity server hit SL4540.
Chris Mellor, 07 May 2014

Securo-borg FireEye coughs $70m to buy 'flight-recorder-for-networks' tech

Security vendor FireEye has bought network forensics firm nPulse Technologies in a $70m deal.
John Leyden, 07 May 2014

'Bladdered' Utah couple cuffed in church lawn sex outrage

Guests at a Salt Lake City church wedding were treated to an unexpected display of non-marital bliss on Saturday, cops said, as they reported a couple had got jiggy on the lawn outside the House of God.
Lester Haines, 07 May 2014

A first-world problem solved: Panoramic selfies, thanks to Huawei's Ascend P7

Pic Huawei took the number-three spot in smartphones last year – pushing aside Sony, HTC and Nokia – but it’s still practically unheard of as a smartphone brand in the UK. But that may change quite rapidly with the launch of its latest flagship model, the Ascend P7, unveiled today in Paris.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 May 2014

Speaking in Tech: 'I get told to wear makeup by other women'

Podcast Podcast Greg Knieriemen and Ed Saipetch are away, leaving podcast co-host Sarah Vela with a "hostile takeover" on her hands.
Team Register, 07 May 2014
Columns of coins in the cloud

HP-Foxconn wave cloud kit under the nose of Google, Facebook et al

As many as 20 cloud titans that order servers by the container load are fixed in HP's server team's sights – as a joint venture between contract manufacturer Foxconn and the PC giant begins.
Paul Kunert, 07 May 2014
USS Harry S Truman

Nuclear reactor sysadmin accused of hacking 220,000 US Navy sailors' details

A former US Navy sysadmin who worked in an aircraft carrier's nuclear reactor department has been charged with hacking into government networks using the USN's own computers.
Jasper Hamill, 07 May 2014
Microsoft Surface tablets

Microsoft may launch several new Surfaces on May 20 – report

Microsoft's Surface launch event on May 20 may be a bigger deal than was previously thought, with multiple new models to be unveiled, a new report claims.
Neil McAllister, 07 May 2014
Wii U

Ninten-DON'T: Wii U bomb blows Mario Kart giant off track – but new console promised

Nintendo has blamed lacklustre Wii U sales after the company finished its financial year $464m in the red. But it does have a rescue plan in mind – fresh gear for China and emerging markets.
Shaun Nichols, 07 May 2014
Protesters outside FCC headquarters

Net neutrality protesters set up camp outside FCC headquarters

A posse of net neutrality activists has set up a camp outside the Washington, DC headquarters of the Federal Communication Commission to protest the agency's plans to allow a pay-for-play internet.
Iain Thomson, 07 May 2014

Whoops! Nvidia lets slip Q1 earnings early – and they're solid

An internal communications cockup forced Nvidia to release its first-quarter 2015 results two days early, surprising Wall Street with revenues and earnings that beat analysts' estimates.
Neil McAllister, 07 May 2014

EMC: New products 'more ViPR than vapor'

Analysis Most big companies eventually get taken apart by an unforeseen competitor applying a technology in a novel way.
Jack Clark, 07 May 2014
NBN Co logo

NBN to expand wireless, rejig satellites, spend more

There's to be a shake-up in satellite and fixed wireless rollouts of Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), with the “last seven per cent” of users incapable of being served by some kind of wire to be rebalanced between the two services, and 25,000 premises added to the yet-to-be-commenced fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) network.
The US Navy NeRD readers

Hey sailor, fancy putting your hands all over a NeRD fondleslab?

The US Navy is looking to upgrade libraries onboard its ships and submarines by commissioning a run of tablets designed specifically for use in remote and high security locations.
Shaun Nichols, 07 May 2014