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Samsung: You won't settle? Fine, we'll do this the Huawei

Samsung has filed a countersuit against Huawei in China over allegations of patent infringement. The South Korean electronics behemoth filed allegations of infringement on six patents it holds in China. According to filings seen by Reuters reporters in Beijing, the Samsung claim would seek to collect 161 million yuan (around …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2016
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OneDrive go for Pokemon Go

Continuing its commitment to adding features nobody asked for, Microsoft has added Pokemon detection to OneDrive. The Redmond giant screenshots from Pokemon Go uploaded to OneDrive accounts will now be automatically detected and labeled as coming from the game as well as the Pokemon that appear in the shots. "A lot of players …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2016
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Revealed: How Dell can afford $67bn for EMC – by selling $650k laptops

World exclusive Dell's ingenious strategy for financing its audacious $67bn acquisition of EMC is a secret no more. Dell is already facing a staggering debt mountain to fund the takeover. Now a crack Reg investigative team can reveal that the Round Rock computing giant has an ambitious plan in place to raise the cash necessary for the deal …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2016

Yahoo! sale! almost! done!

The long-running saga over the fate of Yahoo! may be nearing its end. A report from Bloomberg suggests that Verizon is in the final stages of acquisition talks with the embattled web pioneer. The deal would reportedly top out at around $5bn, which may or may not include the huge tracts of Silicon Valley real estate Yahoo owns …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2016
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Warframe leaks 800k addys

Users of the online shooter game Warframe are being alerted after a hacker managed to harvest the email addresses of more than 775,000 players. Warframe administrators said the attacker used a SQL exploit to harvest the addresses of hundreds of thousands of users. Though other data such as passwords and payment details are …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2016
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AT&T: Money? Oh, sure, no I'm fine – I'm doing great (if you ignore my phone business)

AT&T says wireless revenues are down in what was an otherwise solid quarter for the US telecom giant. Its second quarter of 2016 [PDF] period was, overall, a success thanks to solid returns from the newly-acquired DirecTV. They were, however, tempered by falling revenues in other areas. Quarterly revenues were $40.5bn, up 22 …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2016
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Tight-wad Apple repair techs swapped our damaged iGear with used kit – lawsuit

Apple has been presented with a class-action lawsuit filed by customers who say the expensive electronics giant replaced their damaged devices with used models. More specifically, the suit [PDF] filed to the Northern California District Court alleges the Cupertino behemoth has been replacing damaged or defective devices with …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2016

Apple Watch craze over before it started: Wrist-puter drags market screaming off a cliff

Smartwatch shipments are in freefall thanks to slowing sales of the Apple Watch. Research house IDC says that year-over-year shipments were down 32 per cent in the past quarter, with Apple far and away taking the biggest hit as its Watch shipments fell an eye-watering 55 per cent from last year. Analysts say that the drop is …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2016

Snowden's anti-snoop tool

NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden and hardware guru Andrew “Bunnie” Huang have designed a gizmo that wraps around your iPhone 6 and alerts you when the mobe unexpectedly leaks your location. Basically, if you put your smartphone into airplane mode – ie: maintain radio silence – to avoid being tracked, the gadget will kick off if …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2016

Verizon kicks its punters

Verizon won't be winning over too many customers with its latest moves. The US telco giant has pushed out policies that will likely prove unpopular with both mobile and land-line customers. On the mobile side, Verizon is planning to disconnect "unlimited" data customers that slurp upwards of 100GB per month on their 4G LTE …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2016
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What do you call a spreadsheet with decent numbers for a change? qualcomm_q3_2016.xlsx

Qualcomm is crediting strong sales in China and an infusion of back royalty payments for a better-than-expected quarterly return. The California-based mobile chip designer said that it was able to turn around a lacking performance last quarter thanks to improved licensing revenues from smartphone sales. Additionally, Qualcomm …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2016

Everyone's favorite infosec biz – Blue Coat – must cough up $40m to rival in patent rip-off row

Blue Coat has lost its appeal challenging a nearly $40m patent infringement lawsuit brought by rival security company Finjan. The California Northern District Court upheld the 2015 jury decision awarding $39,528,487 to Finjan for infringement by Blue Coat on five of its patents: 6,804,780 identifying downloadable files 6, …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2016

Firefox to banish hidden Flash files – and kill off sneaky ad snoopers

Firefox will next month automatically block invisible Flash content that users cannot see when loading a page, says Mozilla as it continues its campaign against Adobe's plugin. This should protect netizens from dodgy webpages that load hidden malicious Flash files that attempt to infect their computers with malware or perform …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2016

CenturyLink punishes hogs

US ISP CenturyLink is going to charge some customers for what it deems is excessive data use. Under the new excessive use policy, subscribers with 1.5Mbps plans will be told not to download more than 150GB a month, and those with faster broadband access will be given a 250GB limit. That's a soft limit – you'll simply get a …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2016
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State hate for VW Dieselgate

A trio of US state attorneys general have sued Volkswagen for allegedly fudging emissions results. New York, Maryland, and Massachusetts have jointly dragged the German automaker in court, accusing it of violating environmental regulations. The charges stem from the revelation that testers manipulated emissions results on …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2016

How's this for irony? US Navy hit with $600m software piracy claim

A German software developer has accused the United States Navy of illegally copying $596m worth of its product. Bitmanagement Software GmbH claims that the Navy has copied "hundreds of thousands" of copies of its 3D modeling and tracking software BS Contact Geo without paying. They have filed suit [PDF] in the US Court of …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2016
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Google AI: I've got the power

Google is using its DeepMind machine-learning software to slash its data centers' energy bills. The ad giant uses the AI to monitor and optimize the power consumption of its server warehouses. The result: a 15 per cent power saving, according to ex-Reg man Jack Clark over at Bloomberg. The software studies the huge levels of …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jul 2016
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Shock: Apple patents the phone book

Apple has been granted a patent that suggests its future MacBooks will come with built-in phone hardware, giving the notebooks mobile broadband connectivity. The patent, granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office, describes a method for embedding high-speed LTE hardware into the shell of a notebook computer, using the …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jul 2016
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Apple kills eavesdrop bug in FaceTime

Apple has released a bundle of patches to fix security holes in OS X, iOS, iTunes and Safari. The bevy of updates also includes fixes for a number of issues in Apple's iCloud and iTunes for Windows software. Among the most startling vulnerabilities addressed in the updates is a man-in-the-middle flaw discovered in FaceTime by …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jul 2016
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Dying! Yahoo! writes! off! half! of! the! $1bn! it! paid! for! Tumblr!

Yahoo! fell short of already-low expectations as the shriveling internet icon continues to limp towards its impending sale. CEO Marissa Mayer had no update on the Purple Palace's quest for a buyer, but said the company was still working on the sale of its core business. "In addition to our efforts to improve the operating …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jul 2016
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Netflix and not chill

Netflix stock is in freefall after the streaming company fell well short of its own quarterly projections. The video service says that it added just 1.7 million new members in the second quarter of 2016 [PDF], down from 3.3 million additions in last year's quarter and far worse than its earlier projection of 2.5 million. …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jul 2016
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Hardball hacker thrown in the cooler for 46 months for guessing rival team's password

A former scout for the St Louis Cardinals baseball team has been sentenced to 46 months behind bars for hacking the player database of a rival Major League team. Christopher Correa pled guilty earlier this year to five counts of unauthorized access to a computer. He was sentenced Monday by the Houston Federal Court. He had …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jul 2016
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Opera sells open-source Chromium browser for $600m to Chinese bods

Opera will sell its web browser technology to Chinese investors for $600m after a larger sale worth $1.2bn fell apart. The Norwegian company said in a filing to the Oslo Børs stock exchange that it had agreed to an arrangement that will see the Chinese-backed Golden Brick Capital Management private equity fund take control of …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jul 2016

Starbucks bans XXX Wi-Fi

Coffee mega-chain Starbucks will ban X-rated websites on its free Wi-Fi networks following pressure from anti-porn groups. The US java-slinger says it will add filters to prevent surfers from peeping at saucy content while using the free wireless internet offered in its cafés. This comes after "food" chain McDonalds said it …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Jul 2016

Coup-Tube: Turkey blocks social networks amid military takeover

Access to YouTube, Facebook and Twitter is blocked in Turkey tonight amid an ongoing attempted military coup in the NATO nation. The cyber-blockade has failed to prevent pictures from the unfolding uprising spilling onto the internet, though. An intervention by a faction of the country's armed forces is underway right now as …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jul 2016