GoDaddy to try to GoPublic – again – with $100 million IPO
US-based internet domain registrar GoDaddy is planning to file an initial public offering (IPO) through which it hopes to raise as much as $100m.
Bitcoin ransomware racket makes bank
Criminals appear to be pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars with upgraded Cryptowall ransomware that has encrypted scores of hard drives across Britain, America and Australia demanding victims pay hefty Bitcoin ransoms.
New Apple iOS to help fanbois thwart Wi-Fi network spies
Apple says it will tweak the networking stack in its forthcoming iOS 8 smartphone OS that'll put an additional stumbling block in front of advertisers, marketers, and other snoops looking to collect information about you from your mobile devices.
HP targets supercomputers with Project Apollo
HP is imprisoning powerful Intel Xeons inside water-cooled cages ... for science!
Facial recognition tech convicts man in Chicago robbery case
A Chicago man has received a 22-year prison sentence after becoming the first person to be convicted with evidence from the city's facial recognition technology.
VMware to offer converged compute and storage hardware
UpdateVMware looks like it is about to start selling hardware.
Five eyes spies good for us: Tony Abbott
While America has found itself apologising to the world at large – and to some allies, such as Germany – specifically, Australia's government has decided that the “Five Eyes” spook alliance is nothing to apologise for.
Cisco pitches small cells into BYOD-heavy enterprises
With the acquisition of UK small-cell outfit Ubiquisys completed last month, The Borg's next step is to line up the channel, and to that end, it's announced a partner program to help carriers convince companies they need indoor 3G/4G cells on their campuses.
Remember Control Data? The Living Computer Museum wants YOU
If you've got a bunch of old computer languages under your belt, the Living Computer Museum in Seattle, Washington, wants you.
Crypto-boffins propose safer buddy list protocol
One of the attractions of presence in communications services is that you know someone's available before you try to contact them. The flipside is that presence is also inimical to privacy. Now, a group of researchers has put forward a way to improve privacy of “buddy lists” but still allowing friends to know each others' presence.
Four years in chokey for Haxxor behind George W Bush NUDE SELFIES
The Romanian taxi-driver-by-day-hacker-by-night who offended the world by publishing stolen nude self portraits of former US president George W Bush has been sentenced to four years jail.
Massive news in the micro-world: a hexaquark particle
A German research synchrotron is trumpeting its find of a new exotic particle with six quarks – the largest quark number ever observed.
Cunning Reg reader cracks LOHAN hot coupling condundrum
We invite fans of our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) project to raise a glass or two today to the Reg reader who finally cracked the problem of just how to hook up our Vulture 2 spaceplanes's rocket motor heater.
Boob Tube BOFFINS finger Red Button, trigger TELLY MAYHEM
The standards body behind a broadband-powered television system has downplayed talk of dramatic attacks on the security of tens of thousands of smart TVs.
Torvalds hits 'Go' button for Linux 3.15
Linus Torvalds has pressed the “Go” button on version 3.15 of the Linux kernel.
Russian Interior Ministry cuffs iPhone ransomware suspects
Russia's Interior Ministry has announced the arrest of two chaps suspected of conducting ransomware attacks on iPhones.
Dell Australia managing director steps down
Joe Kremer, Dell's veep and managing director for Australia and New Zealand, has called it a day.
Semiconductor boffin: 3D NAND don't need NO STEENKIN' TSVs
Blocks and FilesChip analyst Jim Handy of Objective Analysis took exception to several issues raised in a recent 3D NAND story, and El Reg storage desk asked him a few short questions for clarification.
One EURO PATENT COURT ruling for all from 'early 2015'
New EU rules have been created which allow the judgments of new unified patent courts (UPCs) to have legal effect from early 2015.
Silent, spacious and... well, insipid: Citroën's electric C-Zero car
ReviewFrench car manufacturer Citroën's logo represents the pioneering gear system designed by André Citroën. The company has a long history of innovation from the Traction Avant to the amazing DS – so is Citroën's C-Zero electric car similarly pioneering?
HP Simplivity buyout rumours: Could it be worth HALF a BILLION?
HP is said to be in talks to buy Simplivity, a startup whose main offering is the Omnicube converged server/storage/networking systems.
Facebook's new self-destructing pic app SELF-DESTRUCTS
Facebook mistakenly hit the button to unleash a new app called Slingshot that's similar to Snapchat – clumsily releasing it early on Apple's iTunes store yesterday.
HP unveils federated backup that won't get your back up ... it hopes
HP DiscoverMeg Whitman's mega firm is federating backup appliances to ease the pain of managing multiple silos and claims management overhead is reduced by 75 per cent through no more "physical mapping of backup jobs to individual backup appliances".
Stephen Fry MADNESS: 'New domain names GENERATE NEW IP NUMBERS'
Autocue extraordinaire Stephen Fry has cheerily claimed new domain registrations "generate new IP numbers which so far show no sign of giving out".
UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on
The UK government will today set out Second World War-style measures to keep the lights on and avert power cuts as a "last resort". The price to Britons will be high.
Zuckerberg and other directors sued over gigantic packages
A disgruntled shareholder is suing Mark Zuckerberg and other top Facebook execs over what he claims are unreasonably generous payment terms.
Chrome OS leaks data to Google before switching on a VPN, says GCHQ
The sexy-named Communications Electronics Security Group (CESG) – the bit of GCHQ that helps Brits protect stuff from foreign spies (never mind Blighty's) – has issued fresh advice for securing BlackBerry OS 10, Android and Chrome OS 32.
Apple seeks 'friendly' mouthpiece after losing tight-lipped Cotton spinner – report
Apple has launched a bid to become friendlier to the outside world after losing famously reticent publicity chief Kate Cotton.
Apple is KILLING OFF BONKING, cries mobe research dude
A new report by Juniper Research makes much less bullish predictions of NFC uptake than we’ve seen before – and the report’s author, Windsor Holden, blames Apple for snuffing out hopes of future pay-by-bonk and such wireless stuff.
Bank of England plans to shove cyber-microscope up nation's bankers
The Bank of England today announced it plans to penetrate Blighty’s banks to test the security of their critical computer systems.
Mobe-orists, beware: Stroking while driving could land you a £4k fine
Drivers who stupidly use their mobile phones while barrelling along Britain's roads could be hit with much bigger fines if measures unveiled today by the government come into force.
Pictures of elite 'Chinese military hacker' published
'Putter Panda' hack crew part of PLA SIGINT apparat, allege security bodsAmerican security bods have unmasked a shady state-sponsored Chinese hacking group dubbed Putter Panda.
Egghead dragged over coals for mining Bitcoin on uni supercomputer
The US National Science Foundation has suspended a researcher for using two university computers to mine Bitcoins.
'CAPTAIN CYBORG': The wild-eyed prof behind 'machines have become human' claims
For 14 years, The Register has been chronicling the publicity stunts of Kevin Warwick, an attention-seeking academic with a sideline in self-mutilation*. In fact, Warwick has been making improbable claims to the press for much longer than that: over twenty years. But the world has continued to relay Warwick's stunts and soundbytes unskeptically.
Container-friendly Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 hits general availability
On Tuesday, Red Hat announced general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, a version that it immodestly claims will "redefine the enterprise operating system."
Oracle rewrites 'the brain' of its database to take on SAP
Oracle's future is its rival's past, but the database giant isn't worried because the changes it has made to let its database store data in speedy consumer memory afford far more backwards compatibility than does SAP HANA.
Google to acquire satellite eye-in-sky Skybox for $500m
Google has entered into an agreement to acquire its Mountain View, California neighbor Skybox Imaging, a five-year-old satellite imagery and data-analysis startup.
Redmond patches 66 flaws on Patch Tuesday
Microsoft has released updates for critical flaws in Word, Office, and Internet Explorer, along with firmware updates for its Surface 2 tablet line.
Google, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Parallels bet on virtualization's surprising successor
DockerConDocker has spun off a key open source component of its Linux Containerization tech, making it possible for Google, Red Hat, Ubuntu, and Parallels to collaborate on its development and make Linux Containerization the successor to traditional hypervisor-based virtualization.
Alienware says it WILL ship a Steam Machine in 2014 – running Windows
High-end gaming PC vendor Alienware says it will still put out a Steam Machine console this year, even if it can't ship it with Valve's vaunted mega-controller – and it won't arrive running SteamOS.
Salesforce slings software for … sigh … wearables
Salesforce chief Marc Benioff runs his business from his phone and is annoyed that his favorite hotels don't recognize him when he walks in the door.
Cheap, backwards-compatible PCIe 4.0 on track for
PCI-SIGDevelopment of the fourth generation of PCI Express – unsurprisingly dubbed PCIe 4.0 – is moving along nicely, but don't expect the final specification to be completed until at least late 2015 or more likely early-to-mid 2016.
HP plots Amazon assault with bellicose Helion channel army
HP is building a clone army to take on Amazon's mammoth cloud.
Kiwis get cracking with gigabit residential broadband
While Australians wait for a copper network “upgrade” that can't be guaranteed to deliver better than 25 Mbps, a speed war has broken out across the Tasman, with residential gigabit plans arriving at wholesale prices that could see households pay under $NZ100 per month.