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Twitter's got a new UK public policy wonk... 'You are the product' Big Brother Watch bloke!

Twitter has hired a well-known privacy campaigner to head up the UK wing of its public policy team. Big Brother Watch director Nick Pickles is moving over to what some might consider to be the dark side by taking such a job, having been a vocal critic of US tech companies' privacy practices in the past. In February 2012, for …
Team Register, 01 May 2014
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Samsung chairman wins £500m legal fight with brother

A legal battle that threatened Samsung's stability has ended after company chairman Lee Kun-hee’s brother decided not appeal a court decision against him. Older sibling Lee Maeng-hee ended the two year legal dispute over their inheritance by accepting a Seoul appeal court’s decision to reject his demand for a 940 billion won (US …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Feb 2014
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Big Brother's software firm Palantir valued at $9 BEEELION

How much does it cost to buy out one of big brother's favored toolmakers? Around $9bn, according to a recent valuation of Silicon Valley darling Palantir. The "Big Data" analysis company made a Form D filing with the SEC on Thursday disclosing a $58m cash infusion, and other reports by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times …
Jack Clark, 06 Dec 2013

We're ALL Winston Smith now - and our common enemy is the Big Brother State

The latest thing we've all got to worry about in this brave new world of ours is that the young, not having read Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, are simply too eager to give up their information and privacy to the tech giants. Those richer in years have been forewarned by the novel and are thus less likely to get sucked into this …
Tim Worstall, 11 Jun 2014
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Be your own Big Brother: Monitoring your manor, the easy way

If you've ever had the misfortune to be burgled, you'll know how nervous it can make you feel. After my own experience some twenty years ago, it took a long time before I could leave the flat without fretting, and perhaps using my new-fangled mobile phone to call the home computer and check that it was still there to answer the …
Nigel Whitfield, 14 Sep 2014
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Big Brother? Social networks are far worse, says Estonian president

Fears about states' Big Brother-style invasions of peoples' privacy are outdated, and citizens should instead be worrying about how social networks and supermarkets are using their private data, says the president of Estonia. Toomas Hendrik Ilves explained today at the annual International Conference on Cyber Conflict that …
John Leyden, 05 Jun 2013
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Former fax salesman made head of Brother's UK ops

Brother has promoted former fax machine salesman Phil Jones to head of UK operations. Jones, who started at the company 18 years ago and was most recently sales and marketing director, replaces previous UK bigwig of more than four years Hiroshi Miura. As UK country head and deputy MD, Jones will report to Yuji Ishiguro, Brother …
Paul Kunert, 21 Mar 2012
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Snowden's Big Brother isn't as Orwellian as you'd think

Few will forget learning the truth about Santa Claus. Many also felt deep shock on realising that a hitherto ultra-secret NSA/GCHQ programme, revealed in documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, was constantly rating everyone on a naughty-nice metric based on indiscriminate covert surveillance all their online activity …
SA Mathieson, 11 Jun 2014

Brother, can you spare a DIME for holy grail of secure webmail?

Lavabit founder Ladar Levison promised attendees at security conference DefCon that he'd carve out a secure messaging service from the wreckage of the email service favoured by rogue NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden within six months. The Dark Internet Mail Environment (DIME) project is promising, but recent problems experienced by …
John Leyden, 20 Aug 2014
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Applicants sought for one-way trip to Martian Big Brother house

A Netherlands-based non-profit group called Mars One is seeking video applications from pioneers willing to take a one-way trip to Mars and become stars in a new interplanetary reality show. "This will be the biggest thing that humanity has ever done. In 15 years people will still be watching," Mars One's co-founder Bas Lansdorp …
Iain Thomson, 18 Apr 2013
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Brother poaches HP vet to manage channels

HP veteran Andy Forsyth has jumped ship to rival Brother to beef up the firm's reseller channel. Forsyth has held various senior positions in HP during his 17-year tenure at the vendor including UK and Ireland channel boss and several directorships in the Imaging and Printing Group. Phil Jones, UK sales director at Brother, …
Paul Kunert, 03 Oct 2011
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Computacenter bigwig dethrones older brother to head up Camwood

Fresh from its MBO, application portfolio management firm Camwood has lured Computacenter (CC) alliances director Adrian Foxall to move across as CEO. The board of the London-based Camwood bought out backers Matrix Partners and Foresight in April, some nine years after the venture capitalists first invested in the business. …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jun 2012
Xyratex ClusterStor 9000

Speedy brother joins Xyratex ClusterStor: And 9000 makes four

Xyratex has added a fourth, high-end storage array to its ClusterStor line, the 9000, which is half as fast again as the previous top array, the 6000. These ClusterStor 1500, 3000, 6000 and 9000 arrays provide a Lustre parallel file system store, Xyratex having bought the Lustre IP from Oracle in February. For reference DDN's …
Chris Mellor, 22 Nov 2013

'Who knew in 1984 that Steve Jobs would be Big Brother?'

This was the week when Linus Torvalds, chief Penguin of LinuxLand, unleashed not one, but two mighty rants on the interwebs. First, Torvalds said he resented recent attacks on the integrity of the kernel's security. This is after a call was made for the use of Intel processor instruction RdRand for generating random numbers to …
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Big Brother security tech gets $20m

Skyhigh Networks has trousered $20m from VC firms keen on the security company's tech for snooping on corporate networks and locking down banned apps. The $20 megabuck Series E investment round was led by Sequoia Capital along with pre-existing investors Greylock Partners, the company announced on Tuesday. By scanning …
Jack Clark, 22 May 2013
Motorola Moto X

X-rated Android antics: Motorola's Moto X puts boot in chunky brother

When the Moto X was launched in the US back in August, it was a pretty big deal. Why? Because it was the first handset wholly conceived by Motorola under Google's stewardship, it was assembled in the States itself rather than the Far East, it was available with a dizzying number of personalisation options thanks to the Moto …
Alun Taylor, 04 Mar 2014
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Big Brother refunds Facebook credits after vote crash blunder

Ofcom has let Channel 5 off the hook after it agreed to let Big Brother viewers carry over surplus Facebook credits, or get a refund, if they were unable to vote in the show's evictions. The last series of Big Brother was a UK telly first by accepting votes through the use of paid-for Facebook credits. However, these had to be …
Bill Ray, 06 Mar 2012
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10 million iPad minis to 'outshine' their big brother this quarter

Reports have surfaced that Apple is planning for over 10 million iPad minis – or whatever they'll be called – to be available in the fourth quarter of this year, and that the design of the new 7.85-inch fondleslab could "outshine" its bigger brother, the iPad itself. The Wall Street Jounal reported on Sunday that sources among …
Rik Myslewski, 08 Oct 2012

Apple unveils iPad mini, upgrades its big brother

Yes, it's called the iPad mini – and that was one of the few heretofore unknown facts about the new iPad that Apple rolled out at its "a lttle more" event on Tuesday in San José, California. That and its price: $329 for the entry-level, Wi-Fi model. Pre-announcement speculation was somewhere in the $299 range, with some overly …
Rik Myslewski, 23 Oct 2012
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Samsung boss sued by his brother over stock inheritance

Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee is being sued by his brother over stocks inherited from their father, the Samsung Group founder Lee Byung-chull. Lee Maeng-hee has filed the suit in Seoul, alleging that his younger brother secretly incorporated a huge amount of Samsung stocks into his assets, Korean news agency Yonhap …

Zombie patents raid TI's wallet for $US3 million

Yet another patent troll non-practicing entity (NPE) has accumulated important wins in US courts, with US Ethernet Innovations (USEI) scoring a $US3 million win against Texas Instruments in a Texas US District Court. The company, which acquired patents from 3Com, had filed its suit against Texas Instruments in 2011, complaining …
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Big Brother is prosecuting you: More cops to use court vid chats

Coppers will soon give evidence in almost half the courts in England and Wales from their police stations via video-conferencing links. Justice minister Damian Green announced the government will triple the number of installed video connections to further free up officers' time and potentially save taxpayers some cash. The …
Anna Leach, 09 Jan 2013
HDS array range

HDS's young HUS array gets BIG new brother

HDS has merged its high-end array code with its low-end HUS hardware. The unified file, block and object storage HUS 100 array is barely two months old and now has a larger brother. HUS VM in HDS array range The HUS VM is the enterprise version of HUS, and combines microcode from HDS's enterprise VSP array with the HUS …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2012
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UK.gov wants public sector to rip up data protection law

The British government is in the preliminary stages of designing a controversial system which will share citizens' sensitive personal information across government departments without their consent. Leaked documents show civil servants are planning to mimic the data-sharing systems used by firms like Amazon or Tesco. This could …
Team Register, 04 Aug 2014
Brother HL-2035

Brother HL-2035

This squat, square printer has a surprisingly good specification and can be found for a very reasonable asking price. The slide-out paper tray at the bottom of the front panel holds a full 250-sheets and is fully covered when closed, so you don’t need to remove paper to avoid spills when not printing. There’s a single-sheet feed …
Simon Williams, 04 Oct 2010

Twitter for iOS embraces Bing Translate in time for World Cup 2014

Just in time for the multilingual, global sportsgasm that is World Cup 2014, Twitter has added Bing Translate to its iOS apps for Apple's iPad and iPhone. Twitter with Bing Translate Spanish? No problema. Turkish? Büyük sorun. (click to enlarge) It's another iOS win for Microsoft's Bing. Last week, Apple SVP for internet …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Jun 2014
Brother MFC-490CW

Brother MFC-490CW

Brother has a wealth of all-in-ones looking much like the MFC-490CW. The gently curved upper surface makes it look slightly old, though this is mitigated by the widescreen LCD, which allows for a photo thumbnail and a menu to be displayed side by side. The controls are well laid out, and the front lip of the machine contains two …
Simon Williams, 15 Jul 2010
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New York cops testing Big Brother crime-data Android app

Watch out, crooks! The New York Police Department is trying out a new weapon in the war on crime – namely, putting its own intelligence in the hands of patrol officers. As The New York Times reports, the NYPD has issued around 400 specialized Android smartphones to officers as part of a pilot program begun last summer. The …
Neil McAllister, 12 Apr 2013

Speak your brains on SIGNAL-FREE mobile comms

Our previous article about goTenna, a new device which allows mobile phones to communicate without signal, stirred up a lot of interest from readers and fellow journalists. goTenna CEO Daniela Perdomo and her brother, CTO Jorge Perdomo, held a live chat on El Reg this Friday, 1 August, at 3pm BST. Daniela Perdomo has worked in …
Simon Rockman, 30 Jul 2014
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Big Brother man: TV viewers will swap privacy for content

The man who brought Big Brother to the UK this week painted a nightmare vision of the future where people trade their personal information for the chance to watch TV programmes. Peter Bazalgette, former chief creative officer of Endemol turned digital media investor, said old advertising models could not much longer support TV …
Joe Fay, 20 May 2011

Facebook turns 10: Big Brother isn't Mark Zuckerberg. It's YOU

Facebook turns 10 this month, which means a bombardment of anniversary pieces lauding the social network. This blabbergasm will stress how Facebook “changed everything” and speculate on how “unimaginable" life might be without Facebook. But Mark Zuckerberg’s greatest achievement isn't financial or technical. Facebook has turned …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Feb 2014

Software biz founders cough up $5.8m after insider trading brouhaha

Three software company founders must cough up $5.8m to settle insider-trading charges brought by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The watchdog claimed Lawson Software’s co-chairman Herbert Lawson took advantage of inaccurate media speculation and analyst reports about merger discussions with Infor Global …
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Brother creates direct retinal imaging specs

Brother has developed a pair of high-tech specs that could soon let you openly view naughty images or read top secret documents in complete privacy. Brother_RID_02 Brother's Retinal Imaging Display glasses The firm's specs are based on Retinal Imaging Display (RID) technology which projects light directly onto the wearer’s …
James Sherwood, 22 Oct 2009

'Hacked docs' prove MtGox has 1 MILLION Bitcoins, claim blog-snatchers

Hackers have released what they claim are genuine documents which they say prove the stricken exchange still controls almost a million Bitcoins. As Bitcoin exchange MtGox was filing for bankruptcy in the US on Sunday, a group of hackers took over MtGox CEO Mark Karpeles' personal blog, which has since been taken down, and posted …
Jasper Hamill, 10 Mar 2014
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Panorama stalks alleged stalker's twin brother

The Beeb's Panorama team demonstrated they've got the investigative right stuff by stalking an alleged stalker's twin brother. The hit squad working on Stop Stalking Me staked out the chap's house in Ormskirk, Lancashire, for a week, then moved in for the kill. Front man Richard Bilton collared his victim on the street and " …
Lester Haines, 31 Jan 2011
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Google buys shagadelic playlist biz Songza

Google has acquired music streaming biz Songza for its data-harvesting capabilities. The Pandora-like website creates "mood music" playlists for specific contexts, so it will suggest a playlist of songs for when you're about to, say, have a shower - or have sex. Songza's CEO rather gave the game away when he told CNET: There …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Jul 2014
International Space Station

Twin GEEKS: NASA studies identical brothers – one on Earth, one IN SPAAAACE

NASA on Friday announced a set of ten experiments designed to study the effects of spaceflight on the human body by comparing identical twins – one being up in space and the other down on Earth. Back in November 2012, astronaut Scott Kelly – a veteran of three previous space voyages – was chosen to join Russian cosmonaut …
Neil McAllister, 07 Mar 2014
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Amazon wires up email-to-Kindle to its gigantic online hard drive

Amazon.com has just switched on an email-to-the-cloud service for owners of its Kindle gadgets. The cloud giant gives each Kindle an @kindle.com email address and firing files at one of those inboxes uploads the documents to the corresponding device: after a brief registration process to ensure a Kindle only accepts incoming " …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Apr 2014

Security stock slinger Symantec speeds up with latest Backup Exec

Symantec has announced the latest version of its Backup Exec software, with a newer product that's apparently "up to 100 per cent" quicker than its "challenging" older brother. The last major release was Backup Exec 2012 back in ... 2012. It was a controversial release, with many new and changed features and it has taken over 18 …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jun 2014
Artist's impression of an exoplanet orbiting a star in the cluster Messier 67

Give an exoplanet a new name: Fill in this form and hope these astro-boffins pick your $input

You won't be able to give a planet an insulting name to denigrate a politician, but if you're part of the amateur astronomy world, you can help bestow names on exoplanets. The International Astronomical Union has opened up 305 exoplanets for public input into naming, with public astronomical organisations, or “non-profit …
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Big Brother Watch manifesto makes plea for privacy

The latest manifesto into the lists (pdf) comes not from a party standing at election, but from a pressure group. Big Brother Watch has high hopes that the next government might listen to what it has to say on on the intersection of technology and civil liberties. Only occasionally alarmist, Big Brother Watch are generally …
Jane Fae Ozimek, 15 Apr 2010

Google in NOT EVIL shocker: Bins student email ad scanning

Google has taken the astonishing decision to stay partly true to its founding promise after deciding to stop scanning kids' emails. Until now, Google automatically rooted through all users' mails so they could be targeted for advertising. But now Mountain View has decided to abide by its "don't be evil" maxim and stop the …
Jasper Hamill, 30 Apr 2014

Look behind you, 'declining' sub-$5bn iPod. The iWatch has come... to EAT YOU

The semi-mythical iWatch is set to make the iPod extinct, an analyst has predicted. Christopher Caso, an analyst with Susquehanna Financial Group, prophesied the death of the iPod, which will be supplanted in Apple's product range whenever the new wearable computer comes out. He had been on a pilgrimage to the Far East, where …
Jasper Hamill, 24 Apr 2014
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LAST EVER British typewriter manufactured in Wales

Britain's last ever typewriter has rolled off the assembly line at Brother's factory in Wales. Sholes and Glidden typewriter made by Remington The first commercially successful typewriter The Brother CM1000 electronic typewriter, one of 5.8m typewriters made at the factory since 1985, has been donated to the Science Museum in …
AMD FirePro S9150

High five from AMD: New supercomputer GPU maxes out at 5.07 TFLOPS

AMD has upped the ante in its battle with Nvidia for the data center and high-performance computing (HPC) markets, with the launch of two new GPU cards for servers. The company's new big gun is the FirePro S9150 card, which maxes out at a blistering 5.07 TFLOPS peak single-precision floating-point performance and 2.53 TFLOPS …
Neil McAllister, 06 Aug 2014
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sTec flash founder cleared of insider trading charges

The wheels of SEC justice in the US grind exceedingly slowly and sometimes uselessly. Manouche Moshayedi, the founder and CEO of sTec, has just been cleared of insider trading charges filed almost four years ago. Since then sTec’s business has tumbled and it was bought by Western Digital for $340m – which was characterised as a …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jun 2014

LOHAN tunes into ultra long range radio

Our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) Vulture 2 spaceplane has taken a massive leap in transmitting power with the installation of a mighty 900MHz ultra long range radio module - the RFD 900u Radio Modem by Oz's RF Design. the RFD 900 rig The diminutive module plugs straight into the Pixhawk autopilot, replacing the …
Lester Haines, 28 Aug 2014
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Second galactic flip-flop pulsar surprises boffins

“Where did it go?” is the kind of question astrophysicists love to answer, and work by NASA's Fermi gamma-ray space telescope has helped find out what happened to a radio pulsar that seemed to go dark in 2013. The mystery arose in June 2013: a pulsar's radio beacon vanished to be replaced by a huge increase in its gamma ray …
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Microsoft OneDrive tip-off leads to arrest over child abuse images

Microsoft's tip-off has led to the arrest of a Pennsylvania man subsequently charged with receiving and sharing child abuse images. The as-yet-unnamed suspect is alleged to have saved an indecent image involving a young girl to a OneDrive cloud storage account. Prosecutors allege in court documents that the suspect subsequently …
John Leyden, 07 Aug 2014

French novel falls foul of Apple's breast inspectors

French publishing house Les Editions des Equateurs is protesting vociferously that Apple has declined to to carry its novel La Femme online, due to an excessively jubular cover. Bénédicte Martin's book is set for release on 20 March, but won't be available via the fruity monolith due to an "inappropriate" image of a topless …
Lester Haines, 18 Mar 2014