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Oh you crazy Frenchies. Iliad won't take no for an answer from T-Mob US

French telco Iliad, which earlier this year was shot down in its attempt to buy T-Mobile US, is once again hoping to make a play for the American carrier. According to Reuters' sources, Iliad will, by mid-October, either make another offer to buy T-Mobile US from its parent Deutsche Telekom – or give up entirely. In August, the …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Sep 2014

Yahoo! Made! $8bn! In! One! Day! And! You'll! Easily! Guess! How!

Sprawling web souk Alibaba didn't see its stock-market debut go as planned on Friday. It went much better. The Chinese giant closed its first day on the US stock market with a share price of $93, up 38 per cent from its opening price of $68 per share. The offering netted the biz $21.8bn in investment, and marked the largest IPO …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Sep 2014
Apple iPhone 6

Pop open this iPhone 6 and see where the magic oozes from ... oh hello again, Qualcomm

Apple's new iPhones have been torn apart to reveal their innards – and we're told if you're prone to lobbing your new handset at the ground, there's a good chance it's repairable. The chaps at iFixit have given both the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus and 4.7-inch the iPhone 6 seven out of ten in terms of repairability, after tearing …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Sep 2014
Stock ticker board

Gigantic bazaar Alibaba WILL turn share price up to 11, er, $68 for biggest IPO ever in US

Chinese internet giant Alibaba has set the price of its shares to the max for what is shaping up to be the largest initial public offering (IPO) in US history. The company, which operates like a mashup of eBay and Amazon in the world's most populous country, said it will begin trading on Friday at $68 per share. At that price, …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Sep 2014
SAP

How's this for a biz expense? SAP pops $8.3 BEELLION on company card for Concur

SAP has announced it has agreed to acquire enterprise travel and business expense management software purveyor Concur Technologies in an $8.3bn takeover deal. The Germany-based giant will shell out $129 per Concur share – a 20 per cent premium – in a deal it expects to close by the end of the year or early 2015. SAP plans to …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Sep 2014
Orange Credit Card

Home Depot: 56 million bank cards pwned by malware in our tills

Home Depot today admitted 56 million bank cards are at risk after they were used in malware-infected tills. The DIY giant on Thursday revealed that a software nasty infiltrated its PC-powered registers between April and September in the US and Canada. Cards swiped through the compromised machines could be accessed by the malware …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Sep 2014
steve jobs

Does this float your boat? Dead Steve Jobs to hijack yachts from BEYOND THE GRAVE

Apple cofounder Steve Jobs shuffled off this mortal coil in 2011, but his name is living on in patent filings. The patient and endearing CEO is listed as a co-inventor in a US patent application that describes a handheld gadget remotely controlling a large boat. The filing sets out a system in which a tablet or smartphone can …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Sep 2014
Apple New iPad vs iPad 2

Get ready for another HYPEGASM: New iPADs 'in October'

So soon after drowning the world in iPhone 6 and iOS 8 hype, Apple is said to be planning another party next month to launch more iPads and OS X Yosemite. Apple pushed out a new version of OS X Mavericks – specifically 10.9.5 – on Wednesday. But, according to Bloomberg, by late October the Cupertino iGiant will take OS X …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Sep 2014
iOS 8

iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!

Software using the super-hyped HealthKit API in iOS 8.0 has been pulled by Apple from the App Store due to a bug in the technology. Healthkit, new in iOS 8.0, is designed to allow applications to share and analyze information about a user's exercise routine, heart rate, weight, and so on, now that gadgets nagging about fitness …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Sep 2014

'Broken code' costs Yelp half a mil in child privacy dust-up with FTC

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has fined Yelp after accusing the reviews website of inappropriately gathering personal data on children. The FTC said Yelp and games maker TinyCo each allowed under-13s to register accounts without the explicit permission from their parents. The watchdog accused the pair of violating the US …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Sep 2014
Apple iPhone 6

First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

Apple will release iOS 8 – the latest major version of its mobile operating system – today. The downloadable update will come two days before the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets go on sale. In addition to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iOS 8 will run on iPhone models dating back to the 4S, tablets as old as the iPad 2 and 5th …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Sep 2014

Court flushes VirnetX's $368m check from Apple down the toilet

A US court has dashed a $368m windfall for technology hoarder VirnetX, which successfully sued Apple for patent infringement. The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington today tore up [PDF] the infringement damages figure given by a jury in a lower court – and sent the case back for reconsideration. A jury in the Eastern …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Sep 2014
Uber logo

Deutschland, Uber allowed (for now): Ban on taxi app lifted

A judge in Germany has scrapped a temporary injunction banning Uber's taxi service in the country. Today's decision by the Frankfurt Regional Court overturns an earlier ruling that put Uber's German operations on ice as it battles a legal challenge from the nation's taxi drivers. The injunction was made as Uber and Taxi …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Sep 2014
Tesla Sport

Massachusetts shoots down car dealers' Tesla-busting sueball

A court in Massachusetts, US, has ruled in favor of Tesla in a case that could have barred the company from selling its electric car in the state. A judgment [PDF] from the state's Supreme Court upheld claims that Tesla was not subject to laws that protect car dealers. A group of dealers had claimed that Tesla was in violation …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Sep 2014

Alibaba: Just kidding about that $21bn IPO ... we actually want $25bn

Chinese web bazaar Alibaba has raised the goal for its upcoming stock market debut in the US. The company said in an updated filing to US financial watchdog the SEC that it is now seeking out a maximum per share price of $68 – setting its initial public offering goal to $25.03bn. The company previously sought to haul in $21bn …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Sep 2014
ipod u2 edition

Apple gives fanbois The Sweetest Thing: A delete button for that U2 album

It's a Beautiful Day: Apple has created a utility to remove U2's Songs of Innocence album that was force-fed into people's iCloud libraries overnight. The delete tool, available from itunes.com/soi-remove, ejects the Irish boy band's free album from devices and iTunes accounts once and for all. "Once the album has been removed …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Sep 2014

Net neutrality fans' joy as '2.3 million email' flood hits US Congress

This week's internet slowdown protest has been, as one might expect, declared a roaring success by its organizers, after US watchdog the FCC was once again forced to change its comment policy under a deluge of opinions. Organizing group BattleForTheNet said 2,039,500 people took part in the September 10th day-long campaign, …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Sep 2014
STEREO image of the Sun. Pic: NASA

Sleepy spotless summer Sun's shock solar storm surge stuns scientists

The massive solar storm bathing Earth in radiation this week was a significant event not for its strength, but for its timing, say astronomers. On Wednesday, scientists detected a couple of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) which have been showering our planet, and will continue to do so over the next two days. As the peak of the …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Sep 2014
Apple iPhone 6

Sellouts! Fans snap up iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders to avoid store queues

Apple's online shop fell over at midnight, Pacific Time, when it opened for iPhone 6 "pre-orders" – what Apple calls orders for its first shipment of new things. Also as expected by anyone sane, the first batch of iPhone 6 Plus devices sold out quickly, so any further orders of the larger model are delayed, conveniently …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Sep 2014
Google People and Pages

Google purchases petite pollster Polar, purloined ppl punted Plus-wards

Google will gobble up Polar, a business that specializes in polling software for phones and things. The upstart announced on its website that it had agreed to shut itself down and join the Chocolate Factory's Google+ team. Polar's tools help websites and app-makers manage polls to be shown on desktop computers, tablets and …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Sep 2014
Apple iPhone 6

Order an iPhone 6 from midnight PT – if Apple's web store holds up better than its livestream

We've had the hype. Now it's time for fans to empty their credit cards. Apple will accept orders for the new iPhone 6 starting from midnight tonight, Pacific Time, or 0800 UTC wherever you are. Punters can head online and reserve their reassuringly expensive iGear ahead of the stuff being put in the post and going on sale …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Sep 2014
Concept art of a hypothetical HTC Facebook phone

Facebook's self-destruct status update beta test will self-destruct

Facebook has confirmed it is running a limited trial of a new feature that allows people to craft self-deleting posts. Some users spotted the social network including a new option on posts allowing them to be automatically removed after one hour to seven days. The feature allows a post to be visible for a set period of time and …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Sep 2014
Apple iPhone 6

iPhone 6, Watch: Hate it or really hate it, Apple's now a $604.77bn biz

As Apple unveiled its iPhone 6 and "the Watch" on Tuesday, its stock price went on a rollercoaster ride to $102.92 a share, then plummeted to $96.71, and now – after just one day of trading – it has settled on $101. That means, on Wednesday, Apple closed trading up $3.01 on the start of the day, a gain of 3.07 per cent. It was …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Sep 2014
Uber logo

Uber alles-holes, claims lawsuit: Taxi biz sued by blind passengers

Taxi hire biz Uber is being sued in northern California for allegedly violating the civil rights of blind people. A complaint filed by the National Federation of the Blind alleges that blind passengers who ordered Uber X taxi rides in the US state were illegally discriminated against or mistreated by the firm's drivers. …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Sep 2014

FTC: We didn't robocall you and thousands of others asking for bank details. IT'S A TRAP!

The FTC says it has shut down a massive robocall operation that gathered personal information and bank account details on thousands of people. The US watchdog claims a company operating under the name The Cuban Exchange used a combination of calls and fake websites to pose as an "FTC refund" site in order to harvest account …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Sep 2014

Net neutrality protestors slam the brakes on their OWN websites

Those who log into their favourite websites today may notice that things seem a bit... slow. It's not a service outage or a shoddy connection, but a coordinated protest in support of net neutrality provisions in the US. A group called Battleforthenet is organizing the campaign in which participating sites plaster their pages …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Sep 2014
Apple iPhone 6

Why Apple had to craft a pocket-busting 5.5in Plus-sized iPhone 6 (thank LG, Samsung etc)

Apple's two-hour parade, topped off by a performance by ludicrous boy band U2, on Tuesday was a long-winded way of shoring up its size problem. The size of its iPhone touchscreens, specifically. The Cupertino giant opened its presentation by unveiling a pair of iOS 8 smartphones that boast larger screens: the 4.7in iPhone 6 and …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Sep 2014
Apple Watch

Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

Apple's monster event has now been and gone – revealing two new iPhone 6 models and an Apple iWatch Watch, just as everyone expected. First, there was the introduction of new iPhones. As rumored, Cupertino delivered a pair of larger models: the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the phablet-like iPhone 6 Plus, which sports a 5.5-inch …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Sep 2014
adobe

Everyone taking part in Patch Tuesday step forward. NOT SO FAST, Adobe!

Adobe has pushed back the release date for a planned security fix in Acrobat and Reader. The company said that the patch for both Windows and OS X versions of Reader and Acrobat due for tomorrow will instead arrive next week. The delay will give the company time to iron out problems spotted during testing, the company said in …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Sep 2014
TiVo Mega

Rack-mount 24TB RAID 5 disk array for $5,000. Let's just check the label here. Uh, it's TiVo

TiVo has unveiled a massive new digital video recorder that costs $5,000 and can hold nearly three years of SD video, or 24 weeks of HD material. The TiVo Mega box is supposed to rid users of the pesky problem of ever actually running out of storage space by packing a 24TB RAID 5 system into a broadcast video recording box. …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Sep 2014
Generic glass shot

5.5in iPhone 6, iWatch hypegasm: What will Apple reveal - BE the rumour

Tomorrow, in California, Apple will summon its pet hacks and erect a web video stream to unveil new iPhone- and smartwatch-shaped things. Just what do Cook and Co. have in the pipeline? As usual, the company isn't saying anything ahead of the event. However, by piecing together various rumors, it seems likely Apple will expand …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Sep 2014
iPad iBooks app

Shareholders throw the book at Apple for ebook price-fix drama

Apple is once again being sued by its own investors – this time they're irked by the ebook price-fixing brouhaha. The lawsuit alleges the iThing maker part in the scandal harmed its reputation and thus shareholders' investments. According to a court filing obtained by journalist Jeff Roberts, Apple chief Tim Cook, executive Eddy …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Sep 2014
Apple I set for auction

Want to buy a Woz-made Apple I? If you need to ask the price, you can't afford it

A US auction house is preparing to bid off a piece of Apple Computer history that could fetch more than $500,000. Bonhams will auction off a rare Apple I system handmade by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak when the biz was in its infancy. According to the auction house, the model was assembled by Woz in 1976 as part of an order …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Sep 2014

You can thank Brit funnyman John Oliver for fixing US broadband policy, beams Netflix

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings thinks Americans owe a debt to British satirist John Oliver for the FCC's tough stance this week on broadband monopolies in the US. Hastings said in a personal Facebook post on Thursday: FCC Chairman Wheeler talks about importance of gigabit for everyone and how fiber and cable can get us there. Much …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Sep 2014
AARP's RealPad

Gee, everyone who wants a tablet has a tablet. Waiddaminute....

Perhaps looking to open a new niche for tablets in the wake of stagnating sales, Intel is teaming up with the American Association for Retired People (AARP) to make a tablet for the elderly. Chipzilla said its Android KitKat (version 4.4) RealPad fogy-slab will sport a stripped-down user interface and troubleshooting software …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Sep 2014
Photo of burning books

Flaming heck! Watchdog scolds Apple Mac, iPad fab in staff safety probe

Apple is back in the crosshairs of human rights groups, which claim the corporation has not done enough to stamp out alleged mistreatment of workers at iThing factories. China Labor Watch and Green America claim that a joint investigation has uncovered dangerous conditions and excessive working hours at a plant that produces …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Sep 2014

Glasshole-in-chief QUITS Google to become CTO of America

The White House has hired former Google vice-president Megan Smith to take over the role of US Chief Technology Officer. The President on Thursday said that his administration had indeed hired Smith away from her role as veep of Google X, the advertising giant's lab that produced techno-specs Glass and self-driving cars. Smith …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Sep 2014
iPhone forensics beaten image

Apple Fanbois (and girls) already lining up for NEW iPHONE

Apple has yet to formally introduce or set a release date for its next iPhone, but that hasn't stopped rabid fans of iStuff from queuing up for Cupertino's next shiny release. Customers in New York have already begun camping out in front of the company's flagship store for the honor (and attention) of being the first in line to …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Sep 2014
Miner sculpture

Intel says NO MORE BLOOD PENTIUMS by 2016

Intel has set 2016 as the deadline for its transition to a 100 per cent conflict-free product line. Under the plan, Chipzilla will look to receive gold, tantalum, tungsten, and tin only from those smelting facilities that it has certified as taking materials exclusively from ethically-mined sources. The company unveiled the …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Sep 2014

Comcast merger-bait spinoff to be known as GreatLand Connections

US cable giant Comcast has provided further details on its plans for a spinoff venture designed to coax the Federal Communications Commission to approve its $45.2bn gobble of Time Warner Cable. The company said that the hypothetical spinoff – heretofore variously referred to as SpinCo and Midland Cable LLC – would officially be …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Sep 2014
Rendering of Apple's planned headquarters in Cupertino, California

Drone captures shots of budding APPLE SPACESHIP HQ

An amateur drone video is shedding new light on Apple's future headquarters. Shot in August with a GoPro Hero 3 camera mounted onto a DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter drone, the video shows construction on the iStuff maker's new Cupertino headquarters. The creator of the video said that footage was shot at the FAA-approved altitude of …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Sep 2014

Hot Celebrity? Stash of SELFIES where you're wearing sweet FA? Get 2FA. Now

Apple has denied any compromise of its systems in relation to this weekend's nude celebrity photo dump. The company said that none of its iCloud or Find My iPhone databases were breached in the attack, which resulted in the release of nude photos of a number of prominent actresses and models. "After more than 40 hours of …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Sep 2014

Are we there yet, are we there yet? Ballmer 'like a small child' upon buying basketball club

Microsoft mogul Steve Ballmer was as happy as a kid on Christmas morning getting a new toy, according to the woman who sold him a basketball team. Shelly Sterling, the former caretaker owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, said that Ballmer's enthusiasm to purchase the NBA club was "like a small child." Speaking in an interview …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Aug 2014
Angry Birds

Angry Birds CEO hops into slingshot, goes 'WEEEEE!'

The CEO of the company behind mobile gaming hit Angry Birds has announced his intention to leave the gaming firm. Rovio Entertainment said that Mikael Hed, long time business leader of the Finnish games firm that made flinging wildfowl a global craze, would be stepping down from the company on New Year's Day. His replacement …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Aug 2014
Photo of the White House at dusk

America's CTO leaving role for Silicon Valley in White House shakeup

The CTO of the United States is set to resign his post, but will remain with the Obama Administration. The White House has confirmed that Todd Park will be leaving his post as technology chief of the US and a search for a replacement is underway. Park will become a special adviser to the White House in Silicon Valley and will be …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Aug 2014
Google UK office logos

Google's 'Captain Moonshot': I will BOMB you with DELIVERIES

Google has unveiled a new programme to build autonomous delivery drones that are capable of carrying items into remote areas. Project Wing Google's Project Wing The company said that its Project Wing craft will provide unmanned craft which could bring light deliveries to people in areas where automobile or large-scale …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Aug 2014
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TROLL SLAYER Google grabs $1.3 MEEELLION in patent counter-suit

Google will pocket a tidy $1.3m in fees after prevailing in a case against a patent holding firm that turned on its customers. A US District Court has ruled that Beneficial Innovations will have to cover the Chocolate Factory's legal costs after the company lost a jury case earlier this year. Google successfully argued that …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2014
Apple panel patent

End of buttons? Apple looks to patent animating iPhone sidewalls

Apple has filed for a patent on technology to put small displays in the sidewalls of a smartphone. The documents submitted by the company to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) describe a device which uses a flexible screen capable of being bent around the corners of the casing. The bent screen, according to Apple, could …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2014
The new Twitter logo. Pic: Twitter

Twitter gives ANALYTICS to the unwashed masses

Twitter has announced that it is making its full analytics platform available to everyone. The company had made the service available in July to advertisers and verified accounts in a limited rollout. Now everyone can check out their stats. The news was broken by Twitter engineer Ian Chan via, characteristically, a Tweet: …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2014
New York City's Manhattan skyline

New York looks to PROBE TWC over US outage

The Governor of New York is planning to investigate a massive outage which left Time Warner Cable (TWC) customers around the US without service for hours. Governor Andrew Cuomo said that the state would be looking into the outage on the grounds that a disruption in internet service also brings a halt to many personal and …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Aug 2014