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Paul Ceglia

Tough luck, Zuck! Man who claimed to own half of Facebook has fraud trial delayed six months

The man accused of trying to cheat Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg out of half of the social network has had his fraud trial delayed by six months so he can take time to go over his case with his new lawyer. Paul Ceglia, who allegedly forged a contract he claimed gave him ownership of at least half of Facebook, was scheduled to …
Neil McAllister, 15 Sep 2014
Scrooge McDuck

Microsoft buys Minecraft for $2.5bn. Notch: I'm getting the block outta here

When Microsoft acquires Minecraft maker Mojang for a dizzying $2.5bn, the game's creator won't be coming along for the ride. Markus "Notch" Persson, who released the first version of Minecraft in 2009, said in a blog post on his personal webpage that he will be leaving Mojang following the acquisition, citing his desire to stay …
Neil McAllister, 15 Sep 2014
RadioShack

As bankruptcy looms for RadioShack, we ask its chief financial officer... oh. He's quit

The chief financial officer of struggling US electronics retailer RadioShack has resigned – as the company faces a fiscal crisis from which it has warned it may not be able to recover. John Feray, who had served as RadioShack's CFO for nine months, stepped down on September 12, a new filing with the Securities and Exchange …
Neil McAllister, 15 Sep 2014
Admiral Ackbar

Google to startup kids: Pssst, try our CLOUD ... the first $100K is FREE

Google is offering startups a cool $100,000 in credit if they're willing to power their apps using the Chocolate Factory's cloud services, rather than the competition's. The online advertising giant launched the new program, dubbed Google Cloud Platform for Startups, at its Google for Entrepreneurs Partner Summit in Mountain …
Neil McAllister, 12 Sep 2014

T-Mobile US goes gaga for Wi-Fi calling, AT&T to launch in 2015

Now that Apple has announced Wi-Fi calling as one of the major new features of the iPhone 6 series, multiple mobile carriers are scrambling to support the tech, with AT&T announcing that it will offer it for the first time starting next year. T-Mobile in the US and EE in Europe were the two carriers mentioned when Apple …
Neil McAllister, 12 Sep 2014
Gun and dollars

Ex-Autonomy execs: HP's latest wad blows apart fraud allegations

Another week, another round in the ongoing bunfight between HP and the former management team of Autonomy. This time, the ex-Autonomy bods have claimed that new court documents filed by HP prove the latter has misrepresented the reasons why it had to write down $8.8bn in its botched acquisition of Autonomy in 2011. In a lengthy …
Neil McAllister, 12 Sep 2014
HP cloud

HP gulps cloud upstart Eucalyptus, says Helion is all-in for ... OpenStack

HP has acquired open-source hybrid cloud software maker Eucalyptus, in a surprise move to bolster its Helion cloud offerings – but what that means for the Eucalyptus software is anyone's guess. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a Reuters report cited an unnamed source who claimed it went down for less than $100m. …
Neil McAllister, 11 Sep 2014
Two mobiles man

Movirt-who? BlackBerry gobbles maker of multi-line smartphone tech

In a bid to firm up its pitch to enterprise customers, troubled mobile biz BlackBerry has bought Movirtu, a maker of tech that allows a smartphone to have multiple phone numbers active at the same time using a single SIM. Movirtu says its Virtual SIM Platform is based on "standard network technology," rather than VoIP, and it …
Neil McAllister, 11 Sep 2014
Russian matyoshka dolls

Not appy with your Chromebook? Well now it can run Android apps

To help bridge the gap between its two mobile platforms, Google has released a beta version of a technology that allows Chrome OS users to run Android apps on their desktops. Google OS boss Sundar Pichai first previewed the tech in March, during one of the less buzzed-about segments of his I/O conference keynote. Dubbed the App …
Neil McAllister, 11 Sep 2014
Intel's Kirk Skaugen at IDF 2014

What's an Ultrabook? Now Intel touts 2-in-1 typoslabs to save PC biz

The PC hasn't lost the race to mobes and fondleslabs, Intel says; far from it. It's just been waiting to be reinvented yet again, and Chipzilla is now ready with this year's flavor. "Phones and tablets have been outstanding consumption devices, but we are creation people at heart," Kirk Skaugen, senior VP of the chipmaker's …
Neil McAllister, 11 Sep 2014
Hadoop Elephant

Intel: Hey, enterprises, drop everything and DO HADOOP

How important will Big Data be to the typical enterprise IT department within the next few years? More important than any other workload, if you believe Intel. "Within a couple of years, Hadoop will be the number one application. It will be running on more servers than any other single app. It will be more common for enterprise …
Neil McAllister, 10 Sep 2014
gavel_judgment_channel

Microsoft tells judge: Hold us in contempt of court, we're NOT giving user emails to US govt

At Microsoft's own request, a judge has held the software giant in contempt of court for failing to comply with an order to give US authorities access to customer emails housed in a data center in Dublin, Ireland. Redmond's request was made jointly with government prosecutors, with the aim of expediting its appeal of the July 31 …
Neil McAllister, 10 Sep 2014
IE8 patch

Microsoft unloads monster-sized can of bug spray on Internet Explorer, again

True to form, Microsoft has released its latest batch of monthly security fixes, although as expected, September's Patch Tuesday update is a relatively light one. As Redmond warned us, the only critical patches this time around are included in a big roll-up of fixes for Internet Explorer, which addresses one publicly disclosed …
Neil McAllister, 09 Sep 2014
Brian Krzanich

Look! Look at me! We do wearables, mobile stuff too! says Intel today

While most of the industry's eyes were on Cupertino with its new iPhones and Apple Watch on Tuesday, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich took to the stage at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco to explain how Chipzilla will be at the heart of mobility, wearables, and the Internet of Things (IoT). "If you believe Gartner, …
Neil McAllister, 09 Sep 2014
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos

Amazon axes hated Fire Phone price: 99 pennies but a niche? Ain't none

Amazon's much-hyped Fire Phone was the talk of the town when it finally appeared in June, but the buzz died down quickly, and these days it seems like the e-commerce giant can hardly give the thing away – not that it isn't going to try. On Monday, Amazon slashed the price of its mobe to just 99 cents, provided customers sign up …
Neil McAllister, 09 Sep 2014

Microsoft's Office Delve wants work to be more like being on Facebook

Microsoft on Monday began rolling out its promised social-networking features for Office 365, in the form of a product it has freshly dubbed Office Delve. The tech, which was first unveiled at Redmond's SharePoint conference in March under the codename "Project Oslo," aims to present Office 365 users with the information that's …
Neil McAllister, 08 Sep 2014
Intel Xeon E5-2600 package

Intel's DDR4-friendly Xeon workhorses bolt for workstations, servers

Intel's latest-generation Xeon E5 v3 processors first showed up in systems from the likes of Dell last month, but Chipzilla made them generally available on Monday – with all of 32 different parts heading for OEMs and the channel. The new Xeon E5-2600 v3 and E5-1600 v3 chips are all based on Intel's x86-64 Haswell …
Neil McAllister, 08 Sep 2014
DigitalOcean + CoreOS

DigitalOcean floats alpha images of Docker-happy CoreOS

Fast-growing hosting biz DigitalOcean on Friday released virtual machine images for CoreOS, the slimmed-down Linux distribution designed for running massive deployments of clustered servers. The company says it built the new images in partnership with the CoreOS development team, which will also be providing its CoreOS Managed …
Neil McAllister, 06 Sep 2014
Terror at 20,000 feet

'Everywhere I look ... it's bad': HP claims email shows Autonomy CFO panic, pre-buyout

In the latest court filing in HP's rancorous legal squabble with former Autonomy execs, the tech giant has revealed what it describes as a damning email from ex-Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussain, prompting a spokesperson for the latter to again accuse HP of "smear tactics." HP is seeking to settle a lawsuit brought by its own …
Neil McAllister, 06 Sep 2014
Intel's 14nm package, codenamed "Broadwell"

Intel launches skinny nippy Core M – its new BRAIN for fondleslabs

Intel chose the IFA consumer electronics conference in Berlin this week to launch the Core M, its latest 14-nanometer processor aimed at high-end, two-in-one typoslabs. "Core M is the first of a new product family designed to deliver the promise of one of the world's thinnest laptops and highest performance tablets in a single 2 …
Neil McAllister, 05 Sep 2014
Asus EeeBook X205

Heads up, Chromebook: Here come the sub-$200 Windows 8.1 portables

Microsoft has been promising dirt-cheap Windows 8.1 devices for months now, and as the IFA 2014 consumer electronics conference kicks off in Berlin this week, the first round of penny-pinching Windows kit has finally started to arrive. Acer, Asus, and Toshiba have each announced sub-$200 Windows tablets or laptops at the show, …
Neil McAllister, 05 Sep 2014
Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core-plus-one ARM processor

Nvidia blasts sueballs at Qualcomm, Samsung – wants Galaxy kit banned

Nvidia claims to hold patents on core graphics processor technologies found in mobile phones and tablets, and is suing Qualcomm and Samsung as a result. The graphics chip giant has filed lawsuits against the two semiconductor goliaths, seeking damages and an injunction blocking US sales of what Nvidia claims are the companies' …
Neil McAllister, 04 Sep 2014

Don't bother with Apple's 9 Sept hype-day: Someone's GONE AND BLABBED IT ALL

Apple's next big press conference is still five days away, but The New York Times has stolen some of CEO Tim Cook's thunder by spilling the beans on what it says will be the company's new product announcements. Citing "multiple employees for Apple and its partners" who spoke on condition of anonymity, the NYT report says …
Neil McAllister, 04 Sep 2014

eBay, Facebook, Tumblr ALL go TITSUP in me-too MULTI-FAIL

In what proved to be a frustrating day for online time-wasters everywhere, eBay, Facebook, and Tumblr all experienced brief service outages on Wednesday. Rather than being the result of a coordinated retaliatory strike by Russian hackers, however, it appears that the downtime was all due to IT cockups within the companies' own …
Neil McAllister, 03 Sep 2014
Isis mobile wallet logo

Isis Wallet, NOT an Islamist militant group, reborn as Softcard

In a bid to distance itself from a violent Islamist militant group, US-based mobile payment company Isis has said that it will change the name of its Wallet service to Softcard. The company announced the rebranding plan in July, in hopes of avoiding being linked with the ruthless Sunni jihadist fighting force known variously as …
Neil McAllister, 03 Sep 2014
Internet of Things

Internet of Things: Major players agree on goals, but little else

The whole industry seems to be going wild about the Internet of Things (IoT), but the hard part about making this bold new vision happen is going to be as much about getting the vendors talking as getting the so-called things talking. In their separate keynotes at the LinuxCon 2014 conference in Chicago last month, Cisco's …
Neil McAllister, 03 Sep 2014
Internet of Things

Sony backs AllSeen Alliance in Internet of Stuff standards slap-fight

Sony has cast its lot with the AllSeen Alliance in the ongoing standards squabble over the pervasive-computing future tech known as the Internet of Things (IoT). The Japanese kit-maker has signed on to the open source consortium as a premier member, joining such consumer tech competitors as LG, Panasonic, and Sharp, in addition …
Neil McAllister, 02 Sep 2014

AMD claims record with latest overclock-happy FX Series chips, again

AMD has claimed another overclocking speed record for its latest eight-core CPUs, even as it tries to broaden the market for its chips for gamers and hobbyist customers. The chipmaker said in a press release on Monday that the latest CPUs in its FX Series offer "productivity at superior price points," while also making AMD's …
Neil McAllister, 02 Sep 2014

GitHub.io killed the distro star: Why are people so bored with the top Linux makers?

Matthew Miller is a little concerned. As the new project leader for the Fedora Linux distribution, he thinks Fedora 20 is great and Fedora 21, when it ships, will be the best release ever. But he worries that to everyone else, Fedora – and Linux distros in general – are getting a little, well … boring. He doesn't just mean the …
Neil McAllister, 25 Aug 2014

Red Hat: ARM servers will come when people crank out chips like AMD's 64-bit Seattle

It's practically a given that the ARM processor architecture – so beloved by makers of small devices everywhere – will graduate to servers soon. But before ARM servers can ship in any significant volume, a standardized hardware platform that specifically targets the data center is a must. So sayeth Jon Masters, chief ARM …
Neil McAllister, 22 Aug 2014

Storage, chip slingers pledge allegiance to Linux, open source

As LinuxCon 2014 kicks off this week in Chicago, the Linux Foundation has announced that it has won new support from across the technology industry, including several hardware companies. The nonprofit organization said on Wednesday that SanDisk, Seagate, and Western Digital have become Linux Foundation members, all three of …
Neil McAllister, 21 Aug 2014
Robot wearing mortar board and brandishing certificates

Linux Foundation says many Linux admins and engineers are certifiable

The Linux Foundation on Wednesday introduced two new certification programs aimed at connecting employers with qualified Linux administrators and engineers. "The supply of labor has been far outpaced by the demand for Linux," said Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin, addressing the audience at the annual LinuxCon …
Neil McAllister, 20 Aug 2014
OneNote for Android

Eat up Martha! Microsoft slings handwriting recog into OneNote on Android

Microsoft has announced improvements to the mobile versions of its OneNote note-taking software, aimed particularly at those who prefer to do their jotting with a pen, rather than a keyboard. Most significant among the updates, the company has released a new version of OneNote for Android tablets that supports handwriting input …
Neil McAllister, 19 Aug 2014
Tools

EnterpriseDB chucks devs free tools to craft NoSQL web apps with PostgreSQL

Enterprise-class PostgreSQL database vendor EnterpriseDB has launched a free turnkey development environment designed to make it easier for coders to build web applications using PostgreSQL's new NoSQL capabilities. The open source PostgreSQL project has been adding NoSQL-like features for the past couple of versions, most …
Neil McAllister, 19 Aug 2014
Lock security

Linux kernel devs made to finger their dongles before contributing code

Beginning on Monday, the security of the Linux kernel source code has become a little bit tighter with the addition of two-factor authentication for the kernel's Git code repositories. Contributing code changes to the Linux kernel sources at Kernel.org already required more than just a password, even before the change. …
Neil McAllister, 18 Aug 2014
Angry woman on mobile

MongoDB tosses support lifeline to open source downloaders

Open source NoSQL database vendor MongoDB has added a new support option for customers who want to run the Community Edition of its software in production environments. "Our Production Support offering is now available as a standalone service – separate from our MongoDB Enterprise software," MongoDB marketing director Meghan …
Neil McAllister, 18 Aug 2014
usb-heated slippers

Microsoft Azure goes TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance)

Microsoft is struggling to sort out an Azure cloud outage that has today left users around the world unable to access various services. According to a message posted to the Azure service status page, the outage spans "Cloud Services, Virtual Machines, Websites, Automation, Service Bus, Backup, Site Recovery, HDInsight, Mobile …
Neil McAllister, 18 Aug 2014
Batteries

Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

The debate over which battery brands work best is almost as old as dry cells themselves, but one US city has learned that it's definitely not a good idea to skimp when it comes to powering important municipal equipment. Cash-strapped Detroit, Michigan – once the capital of US automobile manufacturing – has been looking for ways …
Neil McAllister, 16 Aug 2014
Lenovo

US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo

US regulators have given the thumbs-up to IBM's sale of its x86-based System x server business to China's Lenovo, Big Blue announced on Friday. "The approval of the $2.3 billion sale to Lenovo enables IBM to focus on system and software innovations that bring new kinds of value to IBM clients in areas such as cognitive computing …
Neil McAllister, 16 Aug 2014
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure

New Sprint CEO says he will lower axe on staff – but prices come first

The new CEO of US mobile operator Sprint says he's planning aggressive moves to regain market share starting next week, but the big changes he has in mind will make job cuts unavoidable. According to a report by telecoms industry news site Light Reading, Marcelo Claure, Sprint's newly minted chief exec, told employees at a …
Neil McAllister, 15 Aug 2014
Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Chrome update to raise alarms over deceptive download bundles

Google is planning to roll out an update to the Safe Browsing feature of its Chrome web browser that will alert users to a new category of suspicious downloads: ones that look like they're installing helpful software but could also include additional, unexpected payloads. Safe Browsing already issues alerts to known malware …
Neil McAllister, 15 Aug 2014
Monty Python Norwegian Blue dead parrot sketch

SpiderOak says you'll know it's secure because a little bird told you

Edward Snowden–endorsed cloud storage provider SpiderOak has added an additional safeguard to ensure that its users' data doesn't fall into the hands of law enforcement without their knowledge, in the form of a "warrant canary." The term takes its inspiration from the practice of bringing actual canaries into coal mines that …
Neil McAllister, 14 Aug 2014

Visual Studio Online goes titsup as Microsoft wrestles with database

Microsoft's Visual Studio Online services for software developers are in the midst of a total outage that has lasted for more than four hours. The Redmond giant has blamed a database snafu. The services, which were launched in November 2013 to coincide with general availability of Visual Studio 2013, are hosted on Redmond's …
Neil McAllister, 14 Aug 2014
Face recognition

Face-recog tech spots US fugitive wanted for 14 years ... from a photo

The US Federal Bureau of Investigations says it has captured a fugitive who has been wanted for the last 14 years on child sex abuse and kidnapping charges, and it credits modern face recognition technology for the arrest. The accused, Neil Stammer, originally of New Mexico, was arrested in 1999 but released on bond pending …
Neil McAllister, 14 Aug 2014
Broke - empty pockets

Marvell: NO WAY should we have to pay jumbo $1.54bn patent judgment

Fabless semiconductor firm Marvell has fired the opening volley in its appeal of the record-breaking $1.5bn judgment against it in its ongoing patent dispute with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). "No patent infringement judgment for more than a billion dollars has ever received this Court's imprimatur, and the $1.535 billion …
Neil McAllister, 13 Aug 2014
Zhang Xinzhu

Chinese regulator fires antitrust advisor over alleged kickbacks from Qualcomm

A Chinese academic has been booted from a government antitrust advisory committee amid allegations he accepted payouts from Qualcomm in exchange for giving testimony favorable to the company in an ongoing monopoly probe. State-run media outlet China News Service reported on Wednesday that Zhang Xinzhu, director of the Research …
Neil McAllister, 13 Aug 2014
CoreOS

CoreOS takes Manhattan with Quay container-hosting gobble

Cloud-friendly Linux vendor CoreOS has snapped up Docker container hosting startup Quay for an undisclosed sum, in a move designed to flesh out its offering for business customers. "We are building out a set of products to offer a complete solution for users who are running their infrastructure in this new, container-y way," …
Neil McAllister, 13 Aug 2014
apothekerCHANGES2

Autonomy ex-moneyman: 'Visionary' Léo would have made HP merger work

The former chief financial officer of Autonomy has struck back against HP's claims that he defrauded it and its shareholders, arguing that HP's execs were solely responsible for bungling the company's $10.2bn acquisition of Autonomy in 2011. "HP's Opposition swells with bile, but its sound and fury signify nothing," lawyers for …
Neil McAllister, 12 Aug 2014
Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Red Hat spruces up 2011's enterprise Linux with RHEL 6.6 Beta

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 hit general availability in July, but that doesn't mean Shadowman has stopped polishing the version 6 branch of its flagship Linux distribution, despite it being nearly four years old. RHEL 6.6, which went into beta testing on Tuesday, is a long-promised maintenance release that will be the …
Neil McAllister, 12 Aug 2014

WinPhone's Halo hottie Cortana to hit desktop in next Windows – report

Microsoft may be planning to graduate Windows Phone 8.1's Halo-inspired Cortana digital assistant from the small screen to a full-fledged desktop utility in the next version of Windows, if the Redmond rumor mill is to be believed. The snoops over at Neowin.com first noticed Cortana running on prerelease builds of Windows " …
Neil McAllister, 12 Aug 2014