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Head of Facebook EMEA tentacle to become Tech City UK chief

London's Tech City has poached a top Facebook VP to become its new CEO. In what is seen as a coup for the Tech City Investment Organisation, Joanna Shields, VP and Managing Director of Facebook Europe, Middle East and Africa has now taken up the £115,000-a-year CEO job. The work will involve her pushing forward Tech City's key …
Team Register, 22 Oct 2012
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Twitter censors bow to police, suppress Nazi tweets

Twitter has blocked access to a banned Neo-Nazi group in Germany after a request from the local police. Hannover police asked for the ban after disbanding the far-right group and seizing its assets during an criminal investigation into it. "All its accounts in social networks have to be closed immediately," the police wrote to …
Team Register, 18 Oct 2012

Speaking in Tech: 'Calling it a cloud doesn't make it so'

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise In this week's enterprise techcast, Ed Saipetch is steering the ship solo - live from Amsterdam. The lucky sod is in North Holland for Structure:Europe 2012, and has left Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela languishing in the States while he tears up canal-lined streets in the …
Team Register, 17 Oct 2012

Speaking in Tech: The worst PR in the tech industry

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another one of El Reg's enterprise tech casts, where we get into the nitty-gritty of everything that went down in the past few days in the world of electronics, mobile, services and more. This week your hosts are Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela as Ed Saipetch is playing …
Team Register, 10 Oct 2012
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Lancashire man JAILED over April Jones Facebook posts

A young man was jailed for 12 weeks today, after confessing to posting "grossly offensive" comments on Facebook about missing five-year-old April Jones. He posted some bad taste jokes culled from Sickipedia on a support group for April Jones's family and friends, according to press reports. Among the comments was: "I woke up …
Team Register, 08 Oct 2012
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Google settles epic US book-scanning battle with 5 publishers

Google has settled a seven-year-long dispute with publishers in the United States, bringing to an end a copyright infringement lawsuit first filed against the company in October 2005. Under the deal, the rights of the copyright-holders have been acknowledged by the search and ad giant. Five members of the Association of …
Team Register, 04 Oct 2012

Speaking in Tech: GoDaddy kills its cloud... GoDaddy had a cloud?

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise We invite you to enter the Techcast Enterprise, where Captain Greg Knieriemen, Commander Ed Saipetch and Commander Sarah Vela are waiting to take you on a journey across the tech universe. This week, it's just the three of them again as they toss around the latest tech on …
Team Register, 03 Oct 2012
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Beached whale on Suffolk coast - Reader snap

The UK media is giving some big play to the unfortunate whale which has trapped itself on a beach in Suffolk. We can't normally spare cross-platform media operatives for tasks of this sort: but even so the Eye of the Vulture misses little, and in this case we have a picture from the scene. A sad day on the beach at Shingle …
Team Register, 01 Oct 2012
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Tim Cook: 'So sorry for Apple's crap maps app - try Bing or Nokia'

Apple CEO Tim Cook has, out of the blue, apologised for the crap Apple maps app in iOS 6 - and suggested punters turn to rivals Microsoft, Google and Nokia. The letter published on Friday on Apple.com states that everyone at Apple is "extremely sorry" for "the frustration" that the new satnav-like software caused for loyal …
Team Register, 29 Sep 2012
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Google axes YouTube attack vid after Brazilian fuzz uncuff chief

Google's chief in Brazil has been forced to take down the YouTube video that got him arrested on Wednesday. Fabio Jose Silva Coelho, who did not make the video, was briefly detained for questioning by police for "disobedience" after Google refused to remove the piece. The vid broke the country's strict election laws by taking a …
Team Register, 28 Sep 2012
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Cops cuff Google exec over YouTube Brazilian whack vid

Google's senior exec in Brazil was detained by police for questioning yesterday after the firm refused to take down YouTube videos attacking a mayoral wannabe. Brazil has stringent election laws that prevent any campaigning that might "offend the dignity or decorum" of candidates. The two videos in question "slander, insult and …
Team Register, 27 Sep 2012
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Hobbyist star-gazer cops amazing eyeful of Jupiter's space ball

An amateur astronomer has captured stunning images of Jupiter's moon Ganymede. Emmanuel Kardasis used computer kit, a "hobby" telescope, an off-the-shelf camera and his own observing skills to snap the heavenly body, and produce a rough-round-the-edges albedo map of it: Nothing amateurish about this majestic image. Pic credit: …
Team Register, 26 Sep 2012
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Speaking in Tech: Watching Downton Abbey on your Kindle Fire?

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another enterprise techcast with hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, we slow it down with everyone together for the first time in weeks. You'll also hear about Kindle Fire fights, The New York Times data centre and what went down at the Storage …
Team Register, 26 Sep 2012
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Google exec faces arrest after vid tears strip off Brazilian

A judge in Brazil has ordered the arrest of a Google exec after the company refused to remove YouTube videos that hit out at a mayoral candidate in the Latin American country. Google is fighting attempts by the authorities to cuff Fabio Coelho, who lives in San Paulo and is the firm's director in Brazil. His LinkedIn profile …
Team Register, 26 Sep 2012
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Speaking in Tech: We infiltrate Hitachi Data Systems' secret labs

It's that time again for the Speaking in Tech podcast hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela - although she's taking the week off while Ed and Greg are live at the Hitachi Data Systems Day in Santa Clara, California. speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Our special guests this week are Ken Wood, …
Team Register, 19 Sep 2012
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Google to axe IE 8 support, cuts off Windows XP lifeline

Google confirmed late last week that it would soon be killing off support for Microsoft's now aged browser, Internet Explorer 8, which also means it no longer gives a stuff about Windows XP hold-outs. The company said in a blog post on Friday that it would discontinue support for IE 8 on 15 November, claiming the move was …
Team Register, 17 Sep 2012

Apple 'hasn't really run out of iPhone 5s AT ALL'

In a revelation that seems set to shake the technology world to its very foundations, a clandestine Register source has informed us that secretive shiny-stuff behemoth Apple could easily supply more than enough iPhone 5s to meet initial demand: but that it deliberately chose not to. Our source, known to us only by the codename " …
Team Register, 17 Sep 2012

Speaking in Tech: In the cloud biz? Cut through the waffle and listen up

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Live from Chicago, it's a phenomenal techcast with some of the biggest brains in the cloudy business. Cloud and storage guru Ed Saipetch is manning the ship, live from Cloud Connect in Chicago, while Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela take the week off. Special guests this week …
Team Register, 12 Sep 2012

iPhone to account for half of US economy by 2030 - projection

Strange, terrible, yet curiously inevitable news today - the day before iPhone 5 day. Analysis based on figures from hefty Wall Street brains appears to show that the Jesus Phone is set to account for a large chunk - perhaps the majority - of US economic activity within a matter of decades. The Register's elite economic …
Team Register, 11 Sep 2012
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'Natural health' website apparently hacked by sinister forces

A two-man "natural health" website claims to be the victim of a DDoS and hacking attack after it mounted an attack on a scientific paper outlining the health benefits – or lack of same – of organic foods. At the start of the week scientists at Stanford University published a peer-reviewed study suggesting that organic foods …
Team Register, 06 Sep 2012
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Speaking in Tech: Lawyers are the enemy of the cloud

Enterprise tech guru Greg Knieriemen, cloud and storage expert Ed Saipetch and web2.0 ace Sarah Vela have wrapped it up at VMworld and are back to the grindstone, replete with tales of vOdgeball glory, San Fran's dice dives and more. speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week they take a look at the life of …
Team Register, 05 Sep 2012
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'Picture of Dorian Gray' borrowed in 1934 is finally returned

A rare book telling the story of a young man who sells his soul in a bargain whereby he stops ageing has been returned to a library after having been taken out in 1934. The tome in question is a valuable first edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray, the novel written by noted 19th-century writer, wit and theatrical luvvie Oscar …
Team Register, 04 Sep 2012
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Obama Q&A on Reddit briefly knackers entire site

US President Obama has his fingers crossed for another four years in the White House - and to bolster support for a second term, the Democrat took to Reddit.com for a cosy chat with left-leaning cat-worshipping netizens. The 30-minute "ask me anything" session ended up being fairly pedestrian even though it garnered 23,000 …
Team Register, 30 Aug 2012
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Yahoo! bureau! chief! sacked! for! Mitt Romney! racism! jibe!

Yahoo! News' Washington bureau chief has been sacked after he joked that Republican US presidential wannabe Mitt Romney was "happy to have a party with black people drowning". The quip was made as the right-wing party held its National Convention and Hurricane Isaac barrelled across the southern state of Louisiana, bringing days …
Team Register, 30 Aug 2012
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Speaking in Tech: VMware vNerds drop it like it's hot – LIVE

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Today we bring you a special live episode of our enterprise and consumer tech-cast, hosted by The Dude of enterprise tech, Greg Knieriemen, and cloud and storage master Ed Saipetch. Live from VMworld, they crash HP's customer appreciation reception. Today's special guests …
Team Register, 29 Aug 2012

Speaking in Tech: Can you sell technology without having AWESOME HAIR?

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's all about virtualisation and the cloud this week at our enterprise techcast, hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. Our special guest this week is Vaughn Stewart, director of cloud computing and virtualisation evangelist at NetApp, who gives us the …
Team Register, 22 Aug 2012
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Sacrebleu! Googleplex insists Bush is still le président américain

Google wonks beavering away at translating snippets of French into the English language might wish to take note of the following fact - their system thinks "le président américain" is "Bush". That's George W Bush, we suppose. Reg reader Robert spotted the amusing cockup when he tried to translate an article from daily French …
Team Register, 20 Aug 2012
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Speaking in Tech: The rock'n'roll lifestyle of VMware vNerds

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise The stars of our enterprise tech-cast are back and ready to speak their brains on everything from OpenStack noise to noisy babies on aeroplanes. Hosted by Greg Knieriemen and Ed Saipetch, this week's podcast features special guest Stephen Spellicy, director of enterprise …
Team Register, 15 Aug 2012
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Climate change blamed for rise of LIFE-DRAINING HORRORS*

Climate change could help parasites get nastier and nastier preceding a terrifying global epidemic, possibly. A study on frogs - yes, frogs - showed that they were more vulnerable to deadly fungus if the temperature changed unpredictably, which the researchers said could have a big impact on biodiversity and humans. "Given that …
Team Register, 13 Aug 2012

Speaking in Tech: Virtualisation, storage and flying balls

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise The crew at our enterprise tech-cast have brought you another storage and virtualisation scoop with the second part of their interview with Chad Sakac, senior vice president at EMC. Your hosts Greg Knieriemen, cloud and storage expert Ed Saipetch and new media ace Sarah Vela …
Team Register, 08 Aug 2012
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Devon NHS trust left data of 1,373 staff online for MONTHS

A painful £175,000 fine has been slapped on a health trust in Torquay, Devon, after it published sensitive details of nearly 1,400 employees on its website. The Information Commissioner's Office issued the penalty, following the embarrassing incident that took place in April 2011. A spreadsheet containing the information was …
Team Register, 07 Aug 2012
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The Curiosity Show - Mars rover touches down at 5:31 GMT

NASA's biggest rover yet, Curiosity, is hours away from boldly going where no semi-autonomous vehicle has gone before. El Reg's Iain Thomson is shoulder-surfing real, live, space boffins at NASA's Pasadena facility to get as close to the action as was possible after our bid to travel aboard the craft was rejected on the grounds …
Team Register, 06 Aug 2012
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Daily Mail group in screeching U-turn on parody tweet persecution

The Daily Mail group has dropped its legal action against a Twitter user who sent up one of its executives - just three days after news barons attempted to slap four criminal charges on the twit. The retraction of the writ was revealed by the spoof tweeter, UnSteveDorkland, who parodied Steve Auckland, the CEO of the Daily Mail …
Team Register, 03 Aug 2012

Speaking in Tech: We grill EMC's Mr VMWare

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another enterprise and techcast with Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, your hosts are grilling a special guest: EMC's Chad Sakac. Last night they spoke to the storage guru, prolific blogger and virtual geek – who become a senior veep at EMC in …
Team Register, 01 Aug 2012
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@UnSteveDorkland Twitter satirist faces 4 charges in US court

The anonymous satirist behind spoof Twitter account @UnSteveDorkland faces four criminal charges in a Californian court for making fun of a Daily Mail group executive. @UnSteveDorkland has been charged for computer fraud and abuse, data access and fraud and for defamation and online impersonation - all for a series of tweets …
Team Register, 30 Jul 2012
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Google snaps bird's eye view of Olympic Village

Twitter fanatics and texting-obsessed supporters of Team GB may have hampered the GPS units of competitors taking part in the Men’s Olympic Cycling Road Race on Saturday, but no bother as Google has added a pretty picture of the London 2012 village to its Maps service. The search and ad giant updated its high resolution aerial …
Team Register, 30 Jul 2012
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Daily Mail group boss spoof tweeter fights to protect anonymity

An anonymous wag who lampooned a Daily Mail group boss using a spoof Twitter account has six days to prevent his unmasking. The publishing giant launched legal action in California to compel the social network to reveal the identity of whoever's behind the @UnSteveDorkland handle. The account sends up Steve Auckland, the former …
Team Register, 26 Jul 2012
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Speaking in Tech: VMware is building the Death Star

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise The "Stack Wars" are on and VMware is adding the final touches to its ultimate weapon ... Your hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela chat to special guest Dave Graham of Juniper Networks this week and discuss VMware's latest moves, Cisco's reactions, Google's …
Team Register, 25 Jul 2012

Speaking in Tech: Did Yahoo! suddenly get ... interesting?

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Host Greg Knieriemen – sans trusty sidekicks Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela – brings you a piping hot, brand spanking-new podcast wrapping up all the latest in enterprise tech in an easy-to-digest chat with a squirt of social media, lettuce optional. This week he chats to …
Team Register, 18 Jul 2012
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Skyhook offers 'Always-On' background STALKING feature

Location data provider Skyhook has debuted a new "Always-On" feature in version 4.6 of its mobile software development kit for coders. The Boston-based outfit said that more and more applications, particularly in the social networking market, demanded persistent background location information. But smartphones with location- …
Team Register, 18 Jul 2012

Speaking in Tech: Will big biz swallow the seven-inch tablet?

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another episode of The Register's enterprise tech cast, and this week your hosts – Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela – are debating whether it's still worth engaging with social media – Greg thinks not – and whether widespread adoption of the 7-inch slab is …
Team Register, 11 Jul 2012
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Museum of Computing recognised as PROPER MUSEUM

The Museum of Computing has been awarded full accreditation with the Arts Council of England, which means it is now officially a brilliant curator of all things tech. The museum, which is located in Swindon town centre and open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays, was required to meet stringent standards to bag the …
Team Register, 10 Jul 2012
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Speaking in Tech: Apple, Oracle and Google SUCK at cloud

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Our special guest this week at El Reg's enterprise tech-cast is George Reese, CTO and co-founder of enStratus, a cloud infrastructure management solution for deploying and managing enterprise-class applications in public, private and hybrid clouds. Your hosts Greg Knieriemen …
Team Register, 04 Jul 2012
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'That new Google button was our idea', claims lawsuit

Google has reportedly been slapped with a lawsuit from a New York-based startup that claimed a video sharing feature added to YouTube and Google+ was similar to the one it pitched to the company in 2011. Be In, which maintains a website called CamUp, made the allegations in a suit filed [PDF] in San Jose, California on 28 June …
Team Register, 03 Jul 2012
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Speaking in Tech: Who uses Google Wallet?

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week in El Reg's enterprise and consumer tech-cast, our hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela chat about slabs, VMWare's new desktop virtualisation strategy, Microsoft's Yammer buyout and more. This week they discuss: Uncle Larry buys an island Google's …
Team Register, 27 Jun 2012
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Speaking in Tech: NASA dumps OpenStack... for Amazon cloud

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Host Greg Knieriemen and his trusty sidekicks – storage and virtualisation Hoosier Ed Saipetch and new media strategist Sarah Vela – are back from the Dell Storage Forum with a piping-hot new podcast crammed with all the latest happenings in enterprise tech. This week they …
Team Register, 20 Jun 2012
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Speaking in Tech: Dell loves acquired firms like 'adopted kids'

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise The crew at our enterprise tech-cast pushed past the storage crowds yesterday at the Dell Storage Forum in Boston to bring Reg readers a special recording of Speaking in Tech. Greg Knieriemen, cloud and storage expert Ed Saipetch and new media ace Sarah Vela recorded the …
Team Register, 13 Jun 2012
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Source code smoking gun links Stuxnet AND Flame

A direct link exists between the infamous uranium enrichment sabotage worm Stuxnet and the newly uncovered Flame mega-malware, researchers have claimed. Russian virus protection outfit Kaspersky Lab said in a blog post yesterday that although two separate teams worked on Stuxnet and Flame, the viruses' programmers "cooperated at …
Team Register, 12 Jun 2012
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Microsoft 'hardens' Windows Update from Flame penetration

Microsoft has "hardened" its Windows Update system after researchers discovered the Flame virus can infect PCs by offering itself as an update masquerading as official Microsoft software. The sophisticated worm has been hurtling through computers in the Middle East and beyond for up to two years before being unearthed by …
Team Register, 07 Jun 2012
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Speaking in Tech: Don't be an IT costing fool

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week, the gang at our enterprise tech-cast talk about IT costings, Cisco, IBM and HP and more... Join The Dude of enterprise tech, Greg Knieriemen, cloud and storage expert Ed Saipetch and new media ace Sarah Vela for a chat. This week they discuss: Twitter picks out …
Team Register, 06 Jun 2012