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James Woods demands $10m from Twitter troll for 'coke addict' claim

Actor James Woods is suing a Twitter troll for wrongly branding him a "cocaine addict." Woods, who says he is not a drug addict, wants $10m in damages. The Hollywood star's legal eagles have this week filed suit in the Los Angeles Superior Court against the whoever is behind the Twitter account "Abe List" over a July 15 tweet …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Jul 2015
Homer Simpson wearing a Glass headset to bed

Google sneaks out new clip-on tech goggles for saddo Glassholes

Google has reportedly been developing a revision of its infamous Glass product for use in the workplace. The Wall Street Journal cited sources familiar in reporting that the new version of Glass will be a clip-on system designed for specialized tasks. Google execs have previously said that the Chocolate Factory was looking to …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Jul 2015

Apple gobbles chunk of CNET, ZDNet – report

Apple is reportedly moving into San Francisco's stinky and noisy trendy South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood – by leasing office space in CBS Interactive's building. The iGiant will take 76,000 of the 283,000 square feet at 235 Second Street, according to a report by the San Francisco Business Times, citing sources in the real- …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jul 2015
FCC paddling

FCC swamped by 2,000+ net neutrality complaints against ISPs

The FCC has reportedly received over 2,000 complaints related to alleged violations of its Open Internet rules. A report from the National Journal cites FCC records it obtained in reporting that thousands of complaints allege throttling of internet service by local carriers. The National Journal was able, via a Freedom of …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jul 2015
Github octodex

Git a load of this: GitHub now valued at $2 billion

GitHub has received a $250m infusion of venture-capital cash that values the code-sharing website at $2bn. That means it's worth more than ZenDesk ($1.78bn), slightly less than the New York Times ($2.17bn), and more than stricken Yelp ($1.87bn). The San Francisco-based upstart said its Series-B funding round was led by VC …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jul 2015

Twitter will delete jokes after a DMCA takedown – but NOT my photos, fumes angry snapper

A photographer is suing Twitter, claiming it refused to remove unauthorized copies of her copyrighted snaps from its social network. Kristen Pierson has filed a copyright-infringement complaint [PDF] against Twitter in the Los Angeles District Court, alleging the website has ignored her request to take down images she snapped …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jul 2015
Yelp search

Yelp whelps yelp 'Help!' Chairman ejects, shares plunge 30%, losses grow

Yelp is in full crisis mode as the upstart's chairman is out – and its stock continues to free fall. The reviews website, headquartered in San Francisco's startup land, announced on Wednesday that a modest $2.7m profit in the second quarter of 2014 had turned into a loss of $1.3m in the second quarter of 2015. This is despite …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jul 2015
Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR)

Your voter-trolling autodialer is illegal: The cringey moment the FCC spanks a congresscritter

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler caught the members of the US House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology off guard Tuesday when he told them that one of their favorite campaign tools is against the law to use. Speaking alongside FCC commissioner Ajit Pai, Wheeler testified before the Congressional subcommittee on issues …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jul 2015

Hacked US Census Bureau staff to take anti-phishing classes

The US Census Bureau has asked for additional IT security training for its staff – including tips on how not to fall for phishing emails – in the wake of last week's server breach. The bureau said in a blog post over the weekend that the hackers who managed to pull employee records from its computers did so by targeting the …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jul 2015

Oh, Obama's responded to the petition to pardon Snowden. What'll it be?

The US White House has formally declined a citizens' petition to issue a pardon to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The President Obama-led administration on Tuesday issued its response to the "We The People" petition to grant Snowden a pardon and allow him to return to the United States without facing arrest and further …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jul 2015
SWAT

Bloke who tried to get journo killed by SWAT cops coughs to conspiracy charge

One of the individuals who swatted the home of investigative journalist Brian Krebs has pleaded guilty to a felony criminal charge. Swatting, for the uninitiated, involves calling 911 to falsely claim that someone is about to be shot and killed, and giving the police the address of an enemy or rival. What happens next is an …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jul 2015
Ouya

Game over, Ouya, the Android gaming console

Ouya has been purchased by games house Razer in a move that likely signals the end of the road for its self-titled Android gaming console. Razer said in a Monday release that it had agreed to acquire Ouya, taking on all of its staff members and software products. The Ouya hardware division, including the Ouya Android games …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jul 2015
Google+

Google bows to inevitable, stops forcing Google+ logins on YouTubers

Google will get rid of any requirement to "use" its tumbleweed-tastic "social network" Google+ from YouTube and others of its popular websites, following mounting annoyance among users. This means people will no longer be forced to use the ghost-town social network: you'll be able to log into YouTube, and other Googley …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jul 2015
Tengen's Gauntlet

Happy 30th anniversary, Tengen! Your anti-DRM NES chip fought the law, and the law won

In 1985, Japanese giant Namco got out its wallet, and bought control of Atari Games – the coin-op arcade games maker that was doing rather well compared to its ailing home console cousin, Atari Corp. The deal was the first step toward a massive legal battle that changed the way console manufacturers produced, licensed, and …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jul 2015
Google's unlock to app patent

Google: Hey startups, want in on our patent gang? First hit's free

Google is looking to recruit 50 startups to participate in its patent licensing network. The Mountain View ad giant said its Patent Starter Program would offer startups free Google Patents as well as the ability to view Google's entire portfolio with the option of acquiring further patents. In exchange, the startups will be …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jul 2015
Mr Creosote prepares to gobble

AT&T swallows DirecTV in $50 BEELLION biz gulp – moments after FCC OK

The FCC has formally approved AT&T's acquisition of satellite TV giant DirecTV, clearing the way for the nearly $50bn deal to go through. On Friday, the US watchdog backed the $48.5bn buyout plan two days after chairman Tom Wheeler announced he would put the proposal up for approval. The deal was waved through with …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jul 2015
Bob and Doug McKenzie of Canada

Take off, eh, you Uber: Ontario lobs $300m lawsuit at cab app biz

Uber has been hit with a CAN$400m (US$305m) lawsuit in Canada accusing the upstart of violating taxi laws. The class-action suit, filed on behalf of cabbies in the Ontario province, claims Uber's dial-a-ride service operates as a fleet of illegal cabs, picking up people and taking money for journeys without obtaining proper …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jul 2015

Happy birthday, Amiga: The 'other' home computer turns 30

On July 23, 1985, Commodore kicked off a new era in its history with the launch of the Amiga 1000. Through the 1980s and into the early 90s, the Amiga built for itself a cult following and gained a reputation as a personal computer ahead of its time. The tangle with Atari Part of the story behind Amiga is the tale of two …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jul 2015
Virgin Media Tivo

Help! Our Virgin Media TiVo boxes are stuck in a loop! Help! Our Virgin..

Virgin Media subscribers are complaining that their TiVo set-top boxes are randomly and repeatedly restarting in what appears to be a widespread service disruption. Lots of Brits posting to the UK cableco's support forum say the TV boxes, provided by Virgin Media, being thrown into reboot loops. The issue appears to have …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jul 2015
Bob and Doug McKenzie of Canada

Canucks: Hey, Big Dog Telcos. Share that fiber with the little guys, eh?

The government of Canada has ruled that large broadband providers will have to open up their fiber data lines for use by smaller carriers. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) said Wednesday that large incumbent companies who control high-speed data lines will now be required by law to make …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jul 2015

You can secretly snoop on someone if they butt-dial you – US judges

A US court of appeals has ruled that phone calls started by accident in your pocket – so-called butt dialing – can be lawfully recorded. The Ohio Sixth Circuit appeals court found in favor [PDF] of a woman who recorded the conversations of a colleague who had unknowingly dialed her number before entering a meeting. James …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2015
apple music

'Apple lures labels from free streams – and why is no one doing anything about it' shrieks group

A pressure group in America has urged US watchdog the FTC and Uncle Sam's Department of Justice to probe Apple Music for signs of antitrust violations. Consumer Watchdog has written a letter [PDF] to the five commissioners of the FTC as well as DoJ attorney general Loretta Lynch and assistant attorney general William Baer …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2015
DirecTV

$50bn AT&T-DirecTV GOBBLE almost at BELCH stage: DoJ, FCC boss give nod

AT&T has scoffed DirecTV up - now it's just about digestion time. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has OK'd the deal, and the head of the FCC is on side as well. The DoJ said Tuesday it would not be challenging the proposed $48.5bn (£31.2bn) acquisition of DirecTV by AT&T, removing one of the largest hurdles to the deal. …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2015
Scrooge McDuck

BREAKING NEWS: Apple makes money

Apple has kept up its record pace, posting a third-quarter profit of $10.67bn (£6.43bn), up 38 per cent year on year, from revenues of $49.6bn (£31.8bn). The Cupertino giant said it flogged 47.5 million iPhones in what was its best-ever third fiscal quarter performance [PDF] to date. Revenues from the three-month period to …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2015
Toshiba

Toshiba CEO and execs quit over $1.2bn six-year accounting scandal

Toshiba CEO Hisao Tanaka and seven other bigwigs have quit after a probe concluded profit figures had been inflated beyond their real values. The Japanese electronics giant said in a brief statement [PDF] today that $1.2bn (£770m, 151.8bn yen) was incorrectly added to Toshiba's income-before-tax figures in the 2008 to 2014 …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2015
Tomahawk music player

TITSUP: Apple Music, App Stores, iCloud, iTunes, Radio, iBooks

Updated Apple's web stores, music-streaming jukeboxes, and cloud services have been struggling to stay online for the past three hours. As of 0959 PT (1659 UTC), Apple's status page is still reporting partial outages for the iOS and OS X App Stores and Apple TV, as well as the iTunes services, Apple Music, and Radio. The systems fell …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2015
Andres Iniesta of FC Barcelona

Reg top tip: Don't have the same name as someone else if you use Facebook's Instagram

An apparent account mix-up briefly lead to Spanish soccer star Andrés Iniesta inadvertently hijacking the Instagram account of another man with the same name. Andrés Iniesta, a Spanish man who is not a member of FC Barcelona, said that his account (ainiesta) was abruptly removed and linked to the account of the star athlete of …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2015
Neil Armstrong's Lunar suit

Neil Armstrong's MOON spacesuit: One small donation from you - one giant leap for Mankind

The Smithsonian Institution has launched a bold attempt to raise $500,000 from the public so that it can exhibit the historic spacesuit worn by Neil Armstrong for the first landing on the Moon. The Washington DC organization marked the 46th anniversary of Apollo 11's touchdown on the Moon by creating a Kickstarter campaign to …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2015
Josh Greenberg

Grooveshark cofounder Josh Greenberg dead at 28

One of the cofounders of music-sharing site Grooveshark has died. The Gainesville Sun newspaper reports that the body of Josh Greenberg was found in his bed Sunday by his girlfriend. The cause of death has not yet been determined, though the report says drug use and foul play are not believed to be involved. Greenberg was 28 …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2015
Doctor Nick Riviera

Hackers invade systems holding medical files on 4.5 million Cali patients

UCLA Health hospitals say hackers may have accessed personal information and medical records on 4.5 million patients. The California medical group admitted today that miscreants infiltrated its computer systems as long ago as September. It is possible the intruders accessed databases holding patient names, addresses, dates of …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jul 2015
FCC paddling

Flubbed hardware fix knocked out 911 calls, T-Mobile US cops big fine

T-Mobile US will cough up a $17.5m (£11.2m) fine after a botched equipment upgrade cut off emergency 911 calls for millions of Americans for hours. In a settlement [PDF] with US watchdog the FCC, T-Mob today promised to pay up, and improve its network in America to prevent future outages. T-Mobile US made a $247m profit last …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jul 2015
rage meme

Reddit scrubs up: Child abuse? Gone. Drugs? Cool. RACISM? FINE

Freeloading commentblurt site Reddit is to implement a limited scrub-off of some of its more noxious communities - but others will stay. Reddit CEO Steve Huffman said the message-board website he cofounded will crack down on harassment, threats, and posts that break the law. Under the new regime, spam, child-abuse imagery, …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jul 2015

Running SAP? Checked for patches lately? Now's a good time

SAP has released its July pack of security fixes, including critical patches one researcher says demand your urgent attention. Alexander Polyakov of ERPScan noted a handful of security vulnerabilities patched by the release that could potentially be targeted for attacks. Among the patches is a fix for an authorization bypass …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jul 2015
Sim card

Apple and Samsung are plotting to KILL OFF the SIM CARD - report

Smartphone goliaths Apple and Samsung are reportedly confabulating at a high level regarding plans for hardware which would replace SIM cards in mobile devices - this technology would be embedded in phones, tablets etc and would not be exchangeable to different devices. This is according to the Financial Times, which claims …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Jul 2015
hacker

Bloke thrown in the clink for hacking SIXTY PER CENT of Americans

A Vietnamese crook has started a 13-year stretch behind bars for hacking into corporate America, and offering to sell personal information on 200 million US citizens. Hieu Minh Ngo, 25, pleaded guilty to wire fraud, identity fraud, and access device fraud charges, and four counts of computer fraud and abuse. Judge Paul J. …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Jul 2015
Netflix

Merger-killer Netflix: We're actually OK with Charter's TWC gobble

Netflix has publicly backed the proposed merger between Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable (TWC). The video-streaming giant has filed with US watchdog the FCC in support of the proposed deal. Netflix is offering its support of the deal thanks to an offer Charter has made to continue its free interconnect deal with …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jul 2015

iPod dead? Nope, says Apple: New Touch has iPhone 6 brains

Pic Apple has whipped out a new iPod Touch model with an eight-megapixel camera, a new processor, and more case colors. The iPhone-without-the-phone gizmo – which many assumed would be killed off by Apple – will now come in space gray, silver, gold, pink, or blue. It will also use Apple's A8 ARM-compatible CPU, which first …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jul 2015

Google: Maps editing is back – but, please, no more p*ss-taking robots!

Google is set to reopen its Maps service to user-submitted edits and labels albeit through a new moderating process. The web goliath will use a team of hand-selected users to screen edits to its maps and approve any changes. Previously, Google employees were taxed with monitoring all submitted revisions of Maps. "Map Maker …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jul 2015
Daniel Craig in Casino Royale

ACLU wants to end NSA mass spying forever – good luck with that

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing James Clapper – the US Director of National Intelligence – and other government bigwigs to stop the NSA from gathering innocent citizens' phone records in bulk. In a filing [PDF] to the United States Court of Appeals (2nd circuit), the union claims that even though a section …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jul 2015

Microsoft kills TWO Hacking Team vulns: NOT the worst in this Patch Tues either

Microsoft has released fixes for 59 CVE-listed vulnerabilities in its software – including a patch for the elevation-of-privilege flaw in Windows exploited by spyware maker Hacking Team. There's a patch (MS15-065) for a remote-code execution bug in Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7 and 8.1 that also emerged from the Hacking …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jul 2015
Game Boy Advance

Q. Why did Nintendo force GitHub to take down an emulator? A. It was stuffed with ROMs

Nintendo has demanded GitHub take down a JavaScript-powered Game Boy Advance emulator. An outrage against perfectly legal software? No. The emulator was apparently bundled with more than three dozen copies of copyright-protected game titles. Code-hosting site GitHub has posted a copy of the DMCA takedown request it received …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jul 2015
Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Swimming in smartmobe profit? Let us guess, you're Tim Cook?

Apple single-handedly accounted for nine-tenths of smartphone profits in the first months of 2015, beancounters claim. Analysts at Canaccord Genuity have told the Wall Street Journal that the Cupertino giant brought in 92 per cent of profits amongst the eight top smartphone vendors. Samsung claimed 15 per cent of profits for …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jul 2015
Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata 1959-2015

Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata was MORE than a suit – he was a CODER

Obit Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata died late last week after a battle with cancer. Born on December 6, 1959, the 55-year-old Iwata headed up Nintendo from 2002 until the time of his death, but prior to leading the world's largest game house, Iwata had already established himself as an icon in the gaming world. In …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jul 2015
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Uber to drivers: You make a ton of dosh for us – but that doesn't make you employees

Uber is arguing in court that 160,000 drivers who offer people rides for money via the upstart's app are not actually its employees. The taxi-booking software startup told the California Northern District Court that its smartphone app was only a "lead generation" tool, and that drivers who operate on Uber are more akin to …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jul 2015
Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

Bernie Sanders wants FCC to probe broadband prices (but wait, is there an election coming?)

A group of US Senators led by presidential candidate Bernie Sanders want the USA's broadband regulator FCC to investigate whether Americans are being overcharged for internet access. In a letter (PDF) to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, Sanders (I-VT), along with Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Al Franken (D-MN), and Ed Markey (D- …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jul 2015
iOS9 home screen

Apple's iOS 9 public beta lands: El Reg pops it on a slab, strokes it up

First look The Register has slipped the first iOS 9 public beta onto an Apple 'slab to have a bit of a go with the software. It's a solid, if not monumental, update for Apple's mobile operating system. There's nothing too earth-shattering for most users, but since it's going to be a free update for anyone running iOS 8, you're going to …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jul 2015

Want to be an unpaid SLAVE for Tim Cook? How to get the iOS 9, El Capitan public betas

Apple has - out of the goodness of its heart - allowed everyone, not just developers, to help it get its new El Capitan and iOS 9 betas debugged. For no money. Users will now be able to try out the upcoming version of Apple's mobile operating system prior to its general release in the fall. Getting the new version of iOS will …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Jul 2015
Office 2016 Word for Mac

Microsoft emits Office 2016 for Apple Macs (you'll need Office 365)

Microsoft has released Office 2016 for Mac, which will include new versions of Word, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, and PowerPoint for Apple computers. To get the suite right now, you'll need an Office 365 subscription. The Windows goliath is touting the applications' revamped high-resolution user interface, which is designed to …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Jul 2015
Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Apple: Factory minions, need another 90 million iPhones over here, stat

Apple is expecting to sell up to 90 million of the next iPhone, apparently. People whispering to the Wall Street Journal claim that the Cupertino giant expects to shift 80 to 90 million handsets when the new models go on sale later this year. Accordingly, the biz has told its factories to crank out enough handsets to meet that …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Jul 2015

Hacking Team: Oh great, good job, guys ... now the TERRORISTS have our zero-day exploits

Spyware peddler Hacking Team is moaning that, since its internal source code was leaked online, its tools for infecting PCs with malware are now in the hands of "terrorists and extortionists." The Italian biz is not wrong ... in a way: the leaked code, which exploits vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash and the Windows operating …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Jul 2015