Tumultuous Twitter torches top talent, topples COO
Twitter has announced that its chief operating officer (COO) will be leaving the company and will not be replaced.
Cisco: You think the internet is clogged with video now? Just wait until 2018
Networking megafirm Cisco has released a numbingly comprehensive report forecasting IP traffic up to and including 2018, which comes to the unsurprising conclusion that the market from which Cisco earns its bread and butter will continue to balloon for the foreseeable future.
Japan's DOCOMO suggests wearable SIM cards
Japanese mobile carrier DoCoMo has come up with an interesting idea: a wearable SIM card that authenticates all your devices on its network under a single account.
Oz refugee data leak a SNAFU, says KPMG report
Australia's Department of Immigration and Border Protection needs to tighten up its publishing processes to prevent repeats of a January incident that saw personal details of 10,000 asylum seekers placed on the Web for all to see.
DINOSAUR BLOOD: JUST RIGHT, as Goldilocks might say, if drinking it
It's one of the mysteries of the ages: what temperature was dinosaur blood? Some studies seemed to show the physiology of warm blood, others cold. Now, research led by the University of New Mexico suggests they fell neatly in the middle.
Australia and USA strike closer cyber defence alliance
Australia and the United States will forge tighter bonds in information security defence and incident response on the back of a White House meeting between the nation's leaders.
When will Microsoft next run out of US IPv4 addresses for Azure?
UpdatedMicrosoft's Azure cloud service has run out of occasionally runs out of US-based IPv4 addresses.
Google Fit will slurp YOUR heartbeat, weight, blood pressure from gizmos
If you have a disease that you don't want anyone to know about, maybe you shouldn't have it in the first place.
Australia.gov.au Alpha design revealed to grateful nation
Australia's Department of Finance, within which resides the Australian Government Chief Technology Office (AGCTO), has revealed designs for the nation's new home page.
Microsoft in hunt for the practical qubit
Redmond says it has joined the search for a practical qubit, in an effort to kick along the development of quantum computers.
US Marshals seek buyer for Silk Road's Bitcoin
The U.S. Marshals Service is seeking a buyer for 29,656.51306529 Bitcoin it says once “resided on Silk Road servers.”
Restaurant chain uses CARBON PAPER to fight credit card hack
Chinese restaurant chain P.F. Chang's China Bistro has resorted to mechanical credit card imprint-capture machines after credit and debit card information was stolen from some of its 200+ restaurants.
Hacker claims PayPal loophole generates FREE MONEY
A PayPal loophole can be exploited to earn free cash according to a convicted former NASA hacker turned white hat.
Microsoft promises no snooping in new fine print for web services
Microsoft has updated its Services Agreement, the legalese almost nobody bothers to read before clicking “I Agree” when signing up for online services.
Entirely new trojan quietly wheeled into black hat forums
An RSA researcher claims to have found an entirely new trojan during his trawls of the criminal underground.
Spaceplane design nipper Ariadne gets a promotion
We're delighted to announce today that Ariadne - the young nipper responsible for the design of our Vulture 2 spaceplane's fetching vinyl wrap, has been promoted to "Sub-orbital aesthetics consulting engineer" for the Special Projects Bureau.
IBM releases Software-Defined Storage For Dummies - no joke
IBM has written its own Software Defined Storage for Dummies book (PDF) focusing on – you guessed it – its home-brewed General Parallel File System Elastic Storage.*
CIA rendition jet was waiting in Europe to SNATCH SNOWDEN
As the whistleblowing NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden made his dramatic escape to Russia a year ago, a secret US government jet - previously employed in CIA "rendition" flights on which terror suspects disappeared into invisible "black" imprisonment - flew into Europe in a bid to spirit him back to America, the Register can reveal.
Waiting gamer slams no-show show: E3 – was that it?
Game TheoryBloodborne, No Man's Sky, Evolve, Rainbox Six: Siege, D4, Alien: Isolation, Sunset Overdrive, Witcher 3 and Inside. Call me a hipster, but this short list is made up of the scant few games that I was genuinely excited from this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, the gamerfest better known as E3.
NASA scrubs FLYING SAUCER over Hawaii ballocket mission
NASA has scrubbed the planned test flight of its rocket-powered flying saucer - the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) - due to unfavourable wind conditions.
Torvalds on patents: 'Sane people know it's bullsh*t but making real change is difficult'
QuoTWThis was the week when a piece of software (supposedly) passed the Turing Test, giving the world all the “robot overlord” headlines they could possibly need in a slow, sunny news week.
CIOs: Are you the governor? Or just one of the governed?
PollNext month we’ll be hosting a selection of The Register’s most senior readers for our first round table, where we will be discussing who really runs IT in most businesses.
S is for SMACKDOWN: Samsung takes Galaxy Tab slab war fruit-side
Samsung has raised the stakes in its assault against Apple's ever-popular iPad with its newest range of Galaxy fondleslabs, which are both bigger and have higher screen resolutions than those of its fruity rival.
Eating a fat bacon sarnie? Have a defibrillator handy
A study has grimly concluded that men who fill their faces with more than 75g of processed meat a day are significantly more likely to suffer a fatal heart attack.
Boffins lay out 'practical requirements' of 'realistic' quantum computer
Canadian boffins have brought quantum computers a step closer to reality, by identifying one feature that will be key to finally building one – "contextuality".
Google in talks to nail Virgin as 'partner' in satellite internet plan
Google is reportedly in talks with Virgin Galactic for a multi-million dollar joint venture and an equity stake in the business, according to Sky News.
London commuter hell will soon include 'one card to rule them all'
Government-funded bods at a tech incubator called the Transport Systems Catapult are working to design a "one-card-to-rule-them-all" system that includes London's buses, underground and overground trains as well as its black taxis, The Reg has learned.
Han Solo headed for lengthy stay in bacta tank after Bay Door Control cockup
Someone at Pinewood Studios' equivalent of Bay Door Control is probably in a good deal of trouble after septuagenarian Hollywood heart-throb Harrison Ford had his ankle broken "by a garage door" on the set of the new Star Wars movie.
Shiny happy people holding DIMMs: Plus Facebook's data centres are going all-flash
HP DiscoverHP's Discover conference, held over 10-12 June in Las Vegas, featured sessions from Intel, SanDisk and Toshiba as well as HP, and flash featured highly on the agenda. We've rounded up the most useful storage titbits for your reading pleasure.
Move over, John Pilger, let us IT scandal-mongerers stick it to you
Something for the Weekend, Sir?Many thanks to the gentle readers who wished me well over the last couple of weeks as I lay in bed watching the ceiling spin.
Tom Hanks NICKED my COPYRIGHTED PIC, claims Brit photog
Hollywood film actor Tom Hanks' WhoSay page is attributing copyright of a photograph to the millionaire rather than to the British photographer from Cornwall to whom it actually belongs - and the plucky Brit is now fighting for the recognition he deserves.
Latest casualties of Iraq fighting: Facebook and Twitter
Iraqis appear to have been blocked from using Twitter and Facebook after the Islamist insurgent group ISIS, now in control of much of the country, thanked Allah for social networking.
Live Chat: Elite brains David Braben OBE answers YOUR Qs
Live ChatOn 17 June at 2:30pm BST, legendary gaming dev David Braben – who just this weekend was made an OBE for the work he has done for Blighty's video game and computer industries – answered your questions on Elite, the Raspberry Pi and how software development has changed.
IBM officially biggest all-flash array shipper - analyst
No, it isn’t the greatly anticipated all-flash array magic quadrant, but it's great Gartner analysis nonetheless. The number-crunchers at Gartner HWQ have produced a Market Share Analysis: SSDs and Solid-State Arrays, Worldwide, 2013. Yummy. Let’s see what’s inside.
Apple: REIGN OF FIRE coming to Europe courtesy of old iPhone chargers
Apple has recalled an iPhone charger over fears it could burn down fanbois' houses.
Join me, Reg readers, and help me UPGRADE our CHILDREN
AppealThe venerable Royal Institution - of Christmas Lectures fame - has at last got funding to do something about Computer Science education in the UK.
It's tough at the top: Yet another hybrid startup knocks EMC
Nimble Storage is setting its sights on would-be EMC clients with competitive data tables showing that its product is better than both VNX hybrid arrays and also XtremIO all-flash arrays.
Blame WWI, not Bin Laden, for NSA's post-9/11 intel suck
Edward Snowden anniversary weekYou might think the dragnet surveillance tactics employed by the National Security Agency (NSA) detailed by inside man Edward Snowden were born in the aftermath of Osama Bin Laden's attacks on 11 September, 2001, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people as well as the destruction of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and part of the Pentagon in Virginia. You'd be wrong.
Yet another reason to skip commercials: Microsoft ad TURNS ON your Xbox One
Xbox One users are complaining that Microsoft's newest ad for the console is randomly activating their systems.
'Hashtag' added to the OED – but # isn't a hash, pound, nor number sign
The venerable Oxford English Dictionary has added a word beloved by the Twitterati to its collection of 171,476 current and 47,156 obsolete words: hashtag.
Twitter for iOS embraces Bing Translate in time for World Cup 2014
Just in time for the multilingual, global sportsgasm that is World Cup 2014, Twitter has added Bing Translate to its iOS apps for Apple's iPad and iPhone.
FCC launches probe into Verizon/Netflix spat
The Federal Communications Commision (FCC) has announced it will investigate whether Verizon deliberately slowed traffic from Netflix.
VMware: Amazon's cloud calculator a load of flatulant FUD
VMware says Amazon's new total cost of ownership calculator uses "biased and inaccurate assumptions" when comparing the cost of VMware's software with Amazon's.