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The new Twitter logo. Pic: Twitter
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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.
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jun 2014

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.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Jun 2014
Sim card
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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.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jun 2014
Parliament House Canberra by Flickr user OzMark17 used under CC Share and Share alike licence
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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.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jun 2014
Siats meekerorum

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.
Cyber friends - Kiwicon 7
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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.
Darren Pauli, 13 Jun 2014
Broke - empty pockets

When will Microsoft next run out of US IPv4 addresses for Azure?

Updated Microsoft's Azure cloud service has run out of occasionally runs out of US-based IPv4 addresses.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jun 2014

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.
heart.australia
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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.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jun 2014
qubit

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.”
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jun 2014
O2 Pre-Paid Credit Card

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.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jun 2014

BOFH: On the contrary, we LOVE rebranding here at the IT dept

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Simon Travaglia, 13 Jun 2014
australian credit cards fraud contactless

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.
Darren Pauli, 13 Jun 2014
man_inks_deal_channel signs contract services

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.
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jun 2014
Pandemia

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.
Darren Pauli, 13 Jun 2014
The LOHAN team poses with the finished spaceplane

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.
Lester Haines, 13 Jun 2014
Software-Defined Storage for Dummies. It's a real book!
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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.*
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2014

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.
Duncan Campbell, 13 Jun 2014
Sunset Overdrive

Waiting gamer slams no-show show: E3 – was that it?

Game Theory Bloodborne, 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.
Mike Plant, 13 Jun 2014

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.
Lester Haines, 13 Jun 2014

Torvalds on patents: 'Sane people know it's bullsh*t but making real change is difficult'

QuoTW This 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?

Poll Next 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.
Joe Fay, 13 Jun 2014
The tablet comes with loads of subcriptions

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.
Simon Rockman, 13 Jun 2014
Neil Cardy's massive bacon sarnie from a cafe on the A90

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.
Lester Haines, 13 Jun 2014
This geometric figure illustrates the concept of magic states and their relation to contextuality. The triangular region contains quantum states that are not magic and do not exhibit contextuality. States outside the triangle do exhibit contextuality and may be useful as a resource in the magic-state model of quantum computing.

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".
Satellites over Earth

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.
Jasper Hamill, 13 Jun 2014
Star Wars: The Complete Saga

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.
Lewis Page, 13 Jun 2014
IMFT 25nm Flash die
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Shiny happy people holding DIMMs: Plus Facebook's data centres are going all-flash

HP Discover HP'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.
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2014

Smartphone SEX APPS will give you CUPID'S MEASLES - study

Have you fondled your slab in the hope of finding sex with a handsome stranger? Then you may want to get down the clap clinic pronto, because people who seek sex using smartphone apps are more likely to catch a nasty STD.
Jasper Hamill, 13 Jun 2014
Twitter girl

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.
Alistair Dabbs, 13 Jun 2014
Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump waxwork. Pic: Shawn Perez

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.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Jun 2014

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.
Jasper Hamill, 13 Jun 2014
Elite: Dangerous

Live Chat: Elite brains David Braben OBE answers YOUR Qs

Live Chat On 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.
Simon Rockman, 13 Jun 2014
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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.
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2014
NEMA 5 plug socket

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.
Jasper Hamill, 13 Jun 2014

Join me, Reg readers, and help me UPGRADE our CHILDREN

Appeal The venerable Royal Institution - of Christmas Lectures fame - has at last got funding to do something about Computer Science education in the UK.
Dominic Connor, 13 Jun 2014
Four of EMC/XtremIO's Project X all flash arrays
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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.
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2014
Uncle Sam recruiting poster

Blame WWI, not Bin Laden, for NSA's post-9/11 intel suck

Edward Snowden anniversary week You 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.
John Leyden, 13 Jun 2014
Microsoft Kinect

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.
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jun 2014

'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.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Jun 2014
Angelina Jolie in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrwo

Angelina Jolie 2.0 NOT an inspiration for Huawei phones, says exec

Huawei’s head of mobile phone design reassured journalists last week that its future phones and tablets will look nothing like Angelina Jolie. Or, at least, nothing like the current incarnation of the stick-thin, slightly scary actress-turned-humanitarian crusader.
Joe Fay, 13 Jun 2014
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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.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Jun 2014

FCC launches probe into Verizon/Netflix spat

The Federal Communications Commision (FCC) has announced it will investigate whether Verizon deliberately slowed traffic from Netflix.
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jun 2014
Anchorman street fight

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.
Jack Clark, 13 Jun 2014

Splash! Three times as much water as ALL of Earth's oceans found TRAPPED underground

A group of US researchers has discovered evidence that deep below the Earth's surface there may be as much as three times as much water as in all of our oceans combined.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Jun 2014