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LinkedIn slurps B2B marketing bods Bizo for $175m

LinkedIn has slurped its second company in as many weeks, splashing out $175m on advertising firm Bizo. Last week, the professional network bought Newsle, a startup that searches the web for articles about people you know (yes, much like Google Alert), for an undisclosed amount. Bizo is a marketing firm that specialises in tech …

MPs to sue UK.gov over 'ridiculous' EMERGENCY data snooping law

Two MPs are planning to sue the UK government over its controversial emergency data snooping law, which was rushed through Parliament last week with what they described as “ridiculous and unnecessary haste”. Conservative David Davis and Labour’s Tom Watson are looking for a judicial review of the Data Retention and Investigatory …
Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game

Turing biopic with Cumberbatch, Knightley to premiere at London Film Festival

Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the legendary codebreaker and computer boffin, will open the prestigious London Film Festival in early October. Official Imitation Game trailer on YouTube. The British Film Institute announced that The Imitation Game, a dramatisation of Turing’s life, will …

Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

A panicked motorway driver abandoned his car after the word “Fire” scrolled across his dashboard – but it wasn't a warning system kicking in: it was the name of the Adele song he was listening to. Stopping on the hard shoulder of British motorways is illegal unless it’s an emergency but folk still do it for all kinds of bizarre …

ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US

Seagate and LSI are off the hook for infringing Taiwanese firm Realtek’s semiconductor patents after the US International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that Realtek can't enforce its rights without a local presence. Realtek had accused Avago-owned LSI and Seagate back in 2012 of violating its patent on a way of making an …
Artist’s impression of deep blue planet HD 189733b

MARS NEEDS OCEANS to support life - and so do exoplanets

Everyone knows that exoplanets need to be in the sweet Goldilocks spot (“not too hot, not too cold, just right”) next to their sun to support alien life: but now British boffins have said they reckon oceans might be necessary too. Artist’s impression of deep blue planet HD 189733b Researchers at the University of East Anglia …
Christina Chong in Line of Duty

New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

Some meagre plot details for the new Star Wars movie have leaked online, revealed to BadAssDigest by “multiple sources” (some spoilers follow, obviously). Christina Chong in Line of Duty Newest cast member Christina Chong in Beeb TV show Line of Duty With no official word on plot from JJ Abrams, Disney or Lucasfilm, anything …

US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account

A US judge has ruled that the Feds can have access to a Gmail user’s entire account to search for evidence in a money laundering case, a decision which clashes with at least two other recent rulings on email privacy. New York District Judge Gabriel Gorenstein said in an opinion that email accounts were the same as hard drives as …
Mark Zuckerberg

'Oh my god – Mark Zuckerberg wants to meet me'

This was the week when we discovered that all you have to do to earn thousands of dollars a month is be an IT wunderkind that catches the eye of one of Silicon Valley’s many tech boy emperors. In a bid to secure the best possible talent, it appears that US tycoons are now drafting ‘em in young, wafting huge salaries and perks at …

Cosmic dust riddle BREAKTHROUGH: Study tackles stuff of the universe

Astronomers have long wondered where all the strange dust that hangs about in space originates. They're also interested in how all the cosmic dust clouds form despite all the solar flares, supernovas and other potentially dust-blasting events. A new study that was published in Nature this week may provide some answers. The …
Angry Birds pig

Apple rats on Google to FTC: You thought WE were in-app-ropriate?

Apple turned in Google to the Federal Trade Commission for the same in-app purchase issues for which the iPhone-maker itself had been criticised, according to a report in Politico. Earlier this year, the FTC started cracking down on iPhone and iPad apps that allowed kids to spend their parents’ hard-earned dosh without their …
NSA's Fort Meade headquarters

Ex-NSA boss Alexander joins bankers' CYBER WAR COUNCIL

Former NSA head Keith Alexander has been tapped up to advise a new cyber war council for government and financial institutions in the US, according to Bloomberg. The biz news site has seen a proposal from the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) that suggests that the industry needs a committee of execs …

Siri, did we just take a hit in that voice-recog patent fight?

Apple has lost the first stage of a patent infringement battle in China over its voice-controlled assistant Siri – after a Beijing court ruled a speech-recognition patent held by the Chinese firm that launched the lawsuit is valid. The iPhone maker was arguing with both Shanghai-based Zhizhen Network Technology and the State …

DATA-SWAP SHOCK: A YES to bill that lets big biz, govt share user info

The US Senate Intelligence Committee has approved the controversial cybersecurity bill that will allow for the government and corporate worlds to share data on attacks. The committee chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and vice chair Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga) announced that the group had voted 12-3 to approve the legislation. “Cyber …
Gun and dollars

Samsung in Brazilian strip: Robbers snatch $6.3m in gear from plant

Armed robbers have snatched $6.3m in smartphones, tablets and computers from the Samsung Electronics factory in São Paulo, Brazil. The bandits got into the complex by carjacking a shuttle used by factory employees, and held workers hostage while clearing out truckloads of loot, Reuters reported a spokesman for the state’s public …
Artist's impression of world's largest flying bird, <i>Pelagornis sandersi</i>

'BIGGEST BIRD EVER': 21-foot ripsaw-beaked flying HORROR

Boffins have identified the fossil remnants of a vast creature that had a jagged-edged ripper beak, and appears to have had the largest wingspan of any bird ever. Artist's impression of world's largest flying bird, Pelagornis sandersi Artist's impression of world's largest flying bird, Pelagornis sandersi. Credit: Liz Bradford …

Star Wars: These are the 'unknown' actors we were looking for

Just when we were starting to suspect the next instalment of Star Wars would be a celeb-only affair, two relatively unknown actors were announced as cast members. Star Wars casts relative unknowns Pip Andersen and Crystal Clarke Open auditions for an unnamed film that everyone knew was Star Wars: Episode VII were held across …
New homepage of Gov.uk, credit screengrab gov.uk

Five arrested over money-grubbing fake UK.gov shocker

Five suspects in Blighty have been arrested during an investigation of copycat government websites that con folks out of money for items like new passports, driving tests and car tax discs. The sites try to pass themselves off as official and then trick people into paying for services that the government actually provides more …
IBM's System x3620 M3 server

China clears Lenovo's slurp of IBM server biz

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has finally approved Lenovo’s $2.3bn deal to buy Big Blue’s server biz, according to Reuters. The country’s anti-monopoly bureau has taken its time over the decision and the US authorities have yet to rule on the acquisition, but Lenovo has said it expects the deal to close this year. Chief exec …
Artist's conception showing the inner four planets of the Gliese 581 system. GJ 581g, potentially habitable, is in the foreground. Credit: Lynette Cook/NSF

ANGRY ALIENS hit by BEBO SPAMGASM probably don't exist

The world is breathing a collective sigh of relief today as interstellar war with aliens from the well-known prospective "Goldilocks" worlds orbiting the star Gliese 581 has been averted – because the planets don't actually exist. Youtube video of the planets orbiting Gliese 581 In the heady early days of the search for planets …

Google right to be forgotten 'looks odd and CLUMSY'

Something was rotten in the state of the internet this week, though it’s unclear who’s to blame. Reports started emerging from major news outlets that links to their stories had been pulled from the European web as part of Google’s new commitment to the EU right to be forgotten. Was Google hamming things up by letting slip the …
Grand Theft Auto Lindsay Lohan lookalike

Lindsay Lohan sues Grand Theft Auto V makers for 'using her image'

Actress Lindsay Lohan is suing game devs Rockstar and Take-Two for allegedly copying her into their Grand Theft Auto V (GTAV) game. Grand Theft Auto Lindsay Lohan lookalike Lohan claims that the character of the rather vapid actress "Lacey Jonas" in the game amounts to using her likeness without permission and has accused …
Researchers found that Titan's ice shell, which overlies a very salty ocean, varies in thickness around the moon, suggesting the crust is in the process of becoming rigid.

LIFE on Titan: If there's one thing aliens HATE, it's a SALTY BALL

Astro-boffins have come up with new and compelling evidence that the ocean buried inside Saturn’s largest moon Titan is probably as salty as Earth’s Dead Sea, sadly making it an unlikely location for alien life. Researchers found that Titan's ice shell, which overlies a very salty ocean, varies in thickness around the moon, …
Pigeon crapping on statue

Amazon reseller lobs sueball at etailer and Apple over listings yank

An Amazon electronics reseller has filed a lawsuit against the mega-etailer alleging that the firm "conspired" with Apple to put it out of business because it was selling iPad covers at a cheap price. Hard 2 Find Accessories (H2F) claims that Amazon revoked its seller’s privileges, effectively closing its operations down, …
Internet of Things

Microsoft joins Qualcomm's gang in Internet of Stuff standards fight

Microsoft has joined a standards-setting consortium of 50 companies that is hoping to be instrumental in setting up interoperability for the Internet of Things. The software giant has signed up to the Allseen Alliance, which also counts companies like Qualcomm, LG, Cisco and Symantec among its members. The group is trying to …
Sleazy bloke pinches girl's bottom

Lords try shoehorning law against REVENGE SMUT into justice bill

Two peers in the House of Lords have tabled an amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill that will add criminal sanctions for so-called "revenge porn". Lib Dem Baroness Olly Grender and Lord Jonathan Marks asked for a clause to be added to the bill, which is currently working its way through Parliament, that would hand …
Nationwide

Nationwide Building Society's services out for the count

Nationwide Building Society is suffering from an outage that’s taken out its internet, mobile and faster payments services. The financial institution’s service status page says that online banking, mobile and payments are down and it’s working on restoring them. Both outgoing and incoming faster payments are currently being …
Encapsulation of OCO-2 ahead of launch

NASA: Satellite which will END man-made CO2 debate in orbit at last

NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 (OCO-2) not only managed to lift off today, it also achieved successful separation from its booster stack and got into orbit. Youtube Video The satellite – which will study the absorption of sunlight by carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere – is the third attempt to get a CO2-measuring craft …
Tinder screenshots

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. Tinder screenshots In a filing at the Superior Court in Los Angeles, Wolfe …
Encapsulation of OCO-2 ahead of launch

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. The space agency’s last effort to measure the CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere was the Glory satellite in 2011, which crashed into the …
Peter Capaldi in costume as Doctor Who

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. Youtube Video We can, I suppose, count ourselves lucky that the teaser features some actual talking, although there’s only some time to squeeze in a …
Monty Python foot UHDTV

And now for someone completely brilliant: Stephen Hawking to join Monty Python on stage

Renowned physicist and boffin of the highest order Stephen Hawking is to join famous 1970s British surrealist comedy group Monty Python on stage in the comedians' first live show in decades. Youtube Video A video intro at the press conference featured some gentle ribbing from Mick Jagger about the fact that the Python crew – …

Samsung admits its Chinese supply chain STILL has labour-rights and safety problems

Samsung has admitted that its Chinese suppliers are still guilty of legal and safety violations, despite its repeated promises to clean up its factories. In its annual sustainability report, the firm said that this year’s audits had found a number of instances of poor working conditions for people at 100 of its suppliers. The …

Aereo presses pause on 'tiny antenna' TV-streaming service

TV-streaming biz Aereo suspended its services over the weekend, after the Supreme Court ruled last week that its operations breached US broadcasters’ copyrights, but the firm has vowed to fight on. In a letter to users on its website, Aereo chief and founder Chet Kanojia said that the firm was just “pausing services temporarily …
Yahoo search results refined

Yahoo!: Yes you, YouTube content-maker. GET IN MAH BELLY!

Yahoo! has put in a bid of $250m for YouTube content creator Fullscreen as it continues its policy of gobbling up firms to try to bolster its presence. The Purple Palace is in competition with existing shareholder The Chernin Group for the media company, Sky News reported. Chernin Group is an investment vehicle that was launched …
GoPro HD Hero

Strap-on cam pro GoPro in IPO share grow show

GoPro’s shares soared on its stock-market debut, gaining 30.5 per cent to give the wearable camera-maker a market value of $3.9bn. The firm’s clip-on high-def video cameras, beloved of extreme sports enthusiasts and amateur rocket-builders, have become the top-selling camcorders in the world, according to beancounters at IDC. …

HP gets 'Playboy model and the ex-CEO' lawsuit kicked out ... AGAIN

A lawsuit against HP over alleged violations of an internal ethics code relating to ex-CEO Mark Hurd’s alleged misbehaviour has been dismissed once again after shareholders failed to make their case. The shareholder plaintiffs alleged securities fraud for the second time, claiming that back in 2006 when HP adopted a “Standards …
FAIL

'Our entire corporation cannot send or receive emails from Outlook'

This was the week when Microsoft’s top legal eagle said the fallout from the NSA snooping scandal was only getting worse for US tech companies. In a speech at the GigaOm Structure conference, Redmond’s general counsel Brad Smith said that unless the US government started taking control of its spy agencies, the country’s tech …

IBM's SPSS buyout: FBI cuffs two on insider trading charges

Two stockbrokers have been arrested and charged with insider trading related to IBM’s £1.2bn acquisition of software firm SPSS in 2009, after three others pleaded guilty. Daryl Payton Jr and Benjamin Durant III have both claimed innocence in the face of charges of conspiracy and securities fraud after being arrested by the FBI …
Particle jets belching from the supermassive black hole at the centre of Centaurus A. Credit: ESO/WFI (visible); MPIfR/ESO/APEX/A.Weiss et al. (microwave); NASA/CXC/CfA/R.Kraft et al. (X-ray)

Black hole three-way: Supermassive trio are 'rippling' space

Boffins have found three supermassive black holes orbiting each other at the heart of a galaxy – and the trio could be rippling the very fabric of space and time. Particle jets belching from the supermassive black hole at the centre of Centaurus A. Credit: ESO/WFI (visible); MPIfR/ESO/APEX/A.Weiss et al. (microwave); NASA/CXC/ …

US Supreme Court: Duh, obviously cops need a warrant to search mobes

In a landmark decision, the US Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that police need a warrant if they want to search the mobile phones of the folks they arrest. Chief Justice John Roberts, who penned the ruling, said the huge amount of data stored on phones means police cannot routinely inspect mobes as they would the contents …
Micro SIM Card

Mobile SIM chip-makers 'will be fined by EU' for price-fixing, say sources

EU antitrust regulators are set to fine Samsung, Philips, Infineon Technologies and other tech firms for fixing the prices of chips used in mobile SIM cards, familiar folks whispered to Reuters. The European Commission kicked off a probe of the chips used in telly smart cards, passports, mobiles and ATM cards all the way back in …
eyeofSauron

Warrantless snooping on American man was LEGAL in terrorism case, rules US judge

A US judge has ruled that warrantless electronic surveillance is legal when he upheld the terrorism conviction of an Oregon man. Mohamed Osman Mohamud, who was convicted of attempting to blow up a van he thought was full of explosives at a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, tried to get the ruling overturned because …

US trading, energy watchdogs asked: Does Google's Skybox gobble pass the sniff test?

Consumer advocacy group Public Citizen has asked US energy and trading regulators to probe Google’s acquisition of satellite firm Skybox Imaging, which it claims could give big players in commodities trading an unfair advantage. In a letter to the authorities, Public Citizen said that banks and hedge funds already used the intel …
Capitol By Matti Mattila licensed under Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Web moguls ask YOU to stump up big money to STOP big money from winning in Washington

Tech moguls and financiers have clubbed together to raise a load of money to stop Washington politics from being decided by people with a, er, load of money. In an irony-laden crowdsourcing venture called Mayday, web entrepreneurs including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel and LinkedIn co-founder …

Google mulls splashing MEEELLIONS on laying fat pipe in watery depths

Google is mulling over splashing some of its cash on a new, multimillion-dollar undersea cable for its private network. The ad giant is considering laying the new cable under the Pacific Ocean to link its data centres in Oregon and Japan, familiar people whispered to the Wall Street Journal. By investing in the cable itself, …

It's a Doddle: Amazon inks train station parcel deal with Network Rail

Amazon has reportedly signed a deal with Network Rail’s Doddle to let Blighty customers pick up parcels from around 300 train stations across the country. Doddle, a joint venture of Network Rail and Travelex millionaire Lloyd Dorfman, is planning to invest £24m to get click-and-collect points into hundreds of stations over the …
View of the LHC tunnel sector 3 to 4

Higgs boson even MORE likely to actually be Higgs boson - boffins

Boffins are becoming increasingly hardline in their stance on the particle discovered in 2012 and lauded as the Higgs boson. They say it is, in fact, the Higgs boson and not something else. CMS event showing characteristics expected from the decay of the Higgs boson Researchers have discovered that the bosons decay into …

Judge could bin $325m wage-fixing settlement in Silicon Valley

A US judge is reportedly worried about the settlement for tech workers in the no-hire pact lawsuit in Silicon Valley. Judge Lucy Koh has to approve the $324m payout from Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe, after employees sued the four firms along with Pixar, Lucasfilm and Intuit over an alleged conspiracy to keep wages down by …
A black hole

COSMIC BELCH from supermassive black hole stuns boffins

The dimming of the bright centre of an active distant galaxy may be the result of unexpected behaviour from a supermassive black hole at its heart, according to NASA. A black hole Bad gas ... Artist's impression of a black hole The scientists, using NASA and ESA space observatories including the Hubble Space Telescope, …