Bitcoin was illegal in California? Whoops, governor fixes that 165-year-old money law
California Governor Jerry Brown has signed off on a law legitimizing Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies for use in the state.
Microsoft's anti-malware crusade knackers '4 MILLION' No-IP users
Microsoft has won a court order to gain control of 23 No-IP domains owned by dynamic DNS (DDNS) provider Vitalwerks Internet Solutions. The US software giant claimed the domains were being used by malware developed in the Middle East and Africa.
SUPER EARTH possibly home to life FOUND in our 'solar backyard'
A team led by Australian astronomers has discovered a huge planet relatively close to Earth that resides in the so-called Goldilocks zone, where conditions are right for liquid water to exist on the surface.
Conformist Google: Android devices must LOOK, WORK ALIKE
Don't expect to see "skins" like HTC Sense or Samsung TouchWiz on kit made with Google's new versions of Android for devices, a source familiar with the company's plans has said.
China's world-beating Tianhe-2 super has brawn, not brains
China has put a lot of iron into its 2.5 billion yuan (roughly $US400 million) world-beating home-grown supercomputer, but concerns are now emerging that too much attention on the hardware has come at the expense of giving the system usable software.
Anti-snoop Android 'Blackphone' sees the light of day
The “Blackphone”, a super-secure Android handset promised to arrive in late June has just made its deadline, with the announcement that the first batch started to ship on the last day of the month.
Keep monopoly or make network expensive, NBN Co warns
Australia doesn't need to revise its telecomms competition policy, says NBN Co – except if the policy is interpreted as allowing infrastructure-based competition to its national network.
Cambridge's tiny superconducting magnet breaks strength record
Boffins at the University of Cambridge say they've packed the equivalent of three tonnes of magnetic force into a superconducting material roughly the size of a golf ball.
SPACE: The FINAL FRONTIER. These are the TEN-YEAR images of star probe Cassini
NASA is chuffed to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the splendid Cassini spacecraft's arrival in orbit around mighty Saturn, the ringed gas colossus of the outer solar system.
Redmond reinstates infosec mailing list after Canadian law panic
Microsoft has resurrected its Lazarus security mailing list, following apparent confusion over Canada's Anti-Spam Law (CASL) that came into effect on July 1st.
MIT and CERN's secure webmail plan stumped by PayPal freeze
The Proton Mail project, which offers end-to-end encrypted webmail from the user's browser, has had a stick thrust into its operational spokes courtesy of PayPal.
Catch cack-handed baggage handlers in the act with Ericsson's SPY SUITCASE
Do you ever get the feeling that your luggage is having a better time than you on long-haul flights? An indulgence from Ericsson's engineers could let you know for sure.
Speed of light slower than we thought? Probably not
With the simple headline “Einstein was wrong”, yet another piece of questionable physics has garnered world attention.
Analyst: Chinese buyers shunning IBM, EMC, Oracle and Cisco
For years, the world's largest technology vendors have assumed that China represents a colossal opportunity, albeit with an unusual set of hoops to jump through in order to do business.
New Russian law punishes online 'extremism'
Foreign non-Government organisations, football hooligans and possibly even hacktivists could be jailed for six years for creating or sharing unpalatable content online under new anti-extremism laws signed off by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.
NBN Co reveals 1 Gbps business plans in new product roadmap
NBN Co, the entity charged with building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has released a detailed product roadmap stretching out until 2016.
Los Alamos National Laboratory likes it, puts Scality's RING on it
Scality has upgrade its RING object storage software to v4.3.
BBC offers briefest of teasers for the next Doctor Who
The BBC has released the briefest of brief teasers for the new series of Doctor Who, coming in at just 15 seconds of Peter Capaldi’s first turn behind the wheel of the Tardis.
Pension quango's £18.5m project FINALLY goes live... 2 months late
ExclusiveAn £18.5m project carried out on behalf of the UK's Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has finally gone live - two months late.
Cambridge Assessment exams CHAOS: Computing students' work may be BINNED
UpdatedBudding tech teens - who have taken close to 40 hours of Computing GCSE controlled assessments - face the agony of seeing some of their work scrapped by a leading Brit exam board, after it said it was withdrawing tasks for key units amid cheating claims.
REVEALED: The sites blocked by Great Firewall of Iraq
ExclusiveThe Register has obtained a list of the websites which are still blocked by the Iraqi government despite its decision to lift partial and total internet blockades around the country.
WANdisco plunges into the Hadoop foam party, shakes its replication booty
WANdisco is bringing continuous wide-area availability to Hadoop big data users.
HP and shareholders to gang up against 'Brit Bill Gates'
Hewlett-Packard and its disgruntled shareholders have settled three lawsuits related to the $10.7bn acquisition of British search specialist Autonomy.
Comet-chasing Rosetta spies SWEATY prey
The European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta comet-chaser has clocked 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko "releasing the equivalent of two small glasses of water into space every second" - enough to " fill an Olympic-size swimming pool in about 100 days".
Twitter swallows BEHAVIOURAL AD firm TapCommerce
Twitter plans to buy mobile behavioural ad outfit TapCommerce for an undisclosed sum.
NASA aborts third attempt at finally settling man-made CO2 debate
NASA's third attempt to bring some much-desired clarity to the debate over human-produced carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has been postponed today after two previous rocket liftoffs ended in disaster.
Iraq civil war: You can fight with an AK-47 ... or a HOME-COOKED Trojan
Iraq's bloody civil war has spilled over onto the internet, notes a researcher that has spotted a large increase in cyber-espionage tools and other forms of malware.
GCSE Computing teachers cry victory as board decides NOT to bin tech teens' work
Frustrated GCSE Computing teachers who battled against OCR's shambolic handling of cheating claims say they are relieved to see the awarding body has finally reached a "common sense" decision on the matter.
Keith McMahon, tech analyst, dies at 50
ObitWe're very shocked to hear of the death of one of the telcomms industry's wisest and best-loved experts, Keith McMahon, aged just 50.
Deja-vu alert: Russian hackers target US, Euro energy giants
You may be wondering where our coverage is on the "Dragonfly" malware used by mystery Russia-based hackers to target European and US-based energy companies.
New research: Flash is DEAD. Yet resistance isn't futile - it's key
Flash is at a crossroads. It cannot keep shrinking dies because, beyond a certain point, NAND cells produce too many errors, are slower to respond and have a shortened working life. Yet a University of Michigan professor's research may hold the key to the future of flash storage technology.
Dating app Tinder faces sexual harassment suit from ex-exec co-founder
Whitney Wolfe, a former executive and co-founder of dating app Tinder, has sued the company and majority stakeholder IAC Inc for “atrocious sexual harassment and sex discrimination”, which allegedly included being called a “whore” at a company event.
New NSA boss plays down impact of Snowden leaks
Incoming NSA chief Admiral Michael Rogers has played down the impact of the Snowden revelations on the spy agency's work.
Viv Reding quits justice commish role - heads for EU parliament
European justice commissioner Viviane Reding resigned from her Brussels' post today, after taking up her recently won seat in the European Parliament.
British and European data cops probe Facebook user-manipulation scandal
ExclusiveUK and Irish data watchdogs are investigating claims that Facebook failed to seek the consent of its users before allowing researchers to manipulate their emotions via newsfeed meddling.
'Maximized minimalism' is Samsung's spiel for Galaxy S5 Mini
Samsung is shrinking its flagship Galaxy smartphone to produce a 4.5in S5 Mini handset, a trick it says represents "maximised minimalism".
PayPal says sorry: Fat fingers froze fundraiser for anti-spy ProtonMail
PayPal has lifted its embargo on ProtonMail, the Swiss startup raising funds via Indiegogo to build a communications system hardened against surveillance.
Microsoft thumbs nose at NSA, hardens crypto for Outlook, OneDrive
Microsoft has flipped the switch to activate stronger encryption on its OneDrive and Outlook.com cloud services as part of a broader effort to make it harder for the NSA and other spying agencies to snoop on its customers' data.
FTC: T-Mobile USA took '$100s of millions' in bogus txt charges
T-Mobile US has been accused of hitting customers with bogus text-message charges running into hundreds of millions of dollars.
'I don't want to go on the cart' ... OpenSSL revived with survival roadmap
The OpenSSL project, having suffered sharp criticism following the revelation of a string of serious security vulnerabilities, has published a roadmap explaining how it plans to address users' concerns.
Sorry, chaps! We didn't mean to steamroller legit No-IP users – Microsoft
UpdatedMicrosoft has admitted that it did disrupt a significant number of legitimate users of No-IP's dynamic DNS service, but says the problem is now sorted out.