Articles about California

Dedupe, dedupe, dedupe dedupe dedupe... Who snuck in to attack Microsoft Edge?

Security researchers have discovered a means to use previously unknown vulnerabilities found in in-memory deduplication to attack otherwise well-defended systems. The well-known standard compression technique, which is ubiquitous as a way of reducing the memory footprint across virtual machines, is also a by-default feature …
John Leyden, 27 May 2016

$10bn Oracle v Google copyright jury verdict: Google wins, Java APIs in Android are Fair Use

Google has won the latest round in its long-running battle with Oracle over the use of Java class library APIs in Android. A San Francisco jury today found that Google's reuse of Java's core software interfaces in its own mobile operating system should be considered Fair Use – meaning Google can avoid paying royalties to …
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The Schmidt's hit by the fan: Alphabet investor sues Google bigwigs over EU antitrust ruckus

An Alphabet shareholder is suing company executives – including exec chairman Eric Schmidt, CEO Larry Page, and president Sergey Brin – for their roles in Google's EU antitrust case. Robert Jessup has filed suit [PDF] in a California state court against more than three dozen people, including the Google cofounders and long- …
Shaun Nichols, 26 May 2016
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Craig Wilson just can't catch a break. Tries to leave HPE, finds self back again

Will someone please spare a thought for industry old-timer Craig Wilson, the former UK boss of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services who - we are told - was glad to escape the firm’s internal politics. Wilson departed the job in autumn 2014 amid a reorg that saw Jacqui Ferguson take change of the local operation, returning from …
Paul Kunert, 25 May 2016
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iPhone 'Error 53' plaintiffs say Apple not giving reimbursements

A class of iPhone owners say that Apple has not lived up to its promise to reimburse customers for bricked handsets. A filing [PDF] in the California Northern District Court seeks to move forward with a class action case against the Cupertino iPhone maker on behalf of customers whose phones were locked when a February firmware …
Shaun Nichols, 25 May 2016
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Google-backed solar electricity facility sets itself on fire

A troubled heliostatic power station is set to hit the anti-renewables meme-factories, after misaligned mirrors set the tower on fire. The Google-backed, US$2.2 billion Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System generates power by focussing sunlight on boilers at the top of three 140-metre (439-foot) towers and using the …

Republicans threaten to derail internet transition

Republican congressmen are increasing their efforts to delay transition of a critical piece of internet infrastructure from the US government to a non-profit organization based in California. For the third time, a House Appropriations subcommittee has included a provision in a must-pass bill that would prevent the Department …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 May 2016

Theranos bins two years of test results

The controversial blood-testing company Theranos has voided two years of results and issued tens of thousands of corrected reports, further undermining its credibility and raising serious questions over its future. The discarded results were run both on traditional testing machines and on Theranos' "revolutionary" Edison …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 May 2016
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Anon attack Turkish hospital

Elements of Anonymous have pledged to launch attacks on Turkish medical facilities. Attacks against Turkey's hospitals are billed as a reprisal against recent ransomware attacks on Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, and Methodist Hospital in Henderson, Kentucky. The malware attacks were the work …
John Leyden, 19 May 2016
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Google: 'Here to stay on business cloud... but a long way to go'

Google is “very serious” about enterprise cloud – according to Google’s head of enterprise cloud. Diane Greene, Google senior vice president for enterprise business, is reported to have made the claim during a side-event at the firm’s annual I/O Conference in San Francisco, California. And, while she didn’t name names, Greene …
Gavin Clarke, 19 May 2016

NASA's stadium-sized sandwich bag overflies Oz

The NASA Super Pressure Balloon (SPB) which lifted off from New Zealand earlier this week is heading for the open Indian Ocean, having traversed the south of Australia. According to the handy tracking map, the mighty orb and its payload were earlier today travelling west at an altitude of 108,970ft (around 33,220m). The …
Lester Haines, 19 May 2016
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Six weeks later, Verizon customers still bemoaning Frontier flubs

More than a month after promising to smooth over migration issues, ISP Frontier Communications is still being criticized for spotty service to former Verizon customers. Frontier took over Verizon FiOS service in California, Florida, and Texas on April 1, and suffered almost immediate problems with connections in all three …
Shaun Nichols, 16 May 2016

NASA flashes cash at advanced aerospace concepts

NASA has announced the eight projects with "the potential to transform future aerospace missions" which will receive funding under Phase II of its NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program. The awards of up to $500,000 over two years will allow the recipients to advance their ideas, which "successfully demonstrated …
Lester Haines, 16 May 2016
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Theranos boots COO

Troubled blood-testing company Theranos has booted out its president and chief operating officer and added new board members in an effort to rebuild confidence. Sunny Balwani is "retiring" according to a blog post by the company, just a month after it was revealed federal regulators were considering banning Balwani and CEO …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 May 2016
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Lie back and think of cybersecurity: IBM lets students loose on Watson

IBM is teaming up with eight North American universities to further tune its cognitive system to tackle cybersecurity problems. Watson for Cyber Security, a platform already in pre-beta, will be further trained in “learning the nuances of security research findings and discovering patterns and evidence of hidden cyber attacks …
John Leyden, 12 May 2016

Dwarf planet intumesces before astronomers' gaze

Astronomers have used observations from the Kepler space telescope and the Herschel Space Observatory to determine that the trans-Neptunian object "2007 OR10" is bigger than previously thought, and now ranks third in the solar system's dwarf planet size league table, behind Pluto and Eris. The distant body was first spied back …
Lester Haines, 12 May 2016
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Dragon splashes down

After a month in orbit the SpaceX dragon capsule splashed down safely in the Pacific. The capsule hit the water at 1151 PT (1851 UTC) around 261 miles southwest of Long Beach, California, after successfully detaching from the International Space Station. It was successfully recovered and is now on its way back to the mainland …
Iain Thomson, 11 May 2016

Lending Club CEO booted out for dodgy deals

The CEO of online money merchant Lending Club, Renaud Laplanche, has been fired, raising more questions over tech startups and how far from business norms - and the law - they have strayed in an effort to make money. Laplanche resigned this week after an internal investigation revealed the company - a lauded startup "unicorn" …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 May 2016

Valley VC Peter Thiel becomes an official Trump delegate

Paypal co-founder, Facebook investor, dope-loving Silicon Valley VC Peter Thiel is an official Trump delegate for California. The bombastic billionaire (Trump that is) released the delegate list [PDF] for California this week and alongside politicians like House majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Representative Darrell …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 May 2016

ICANN knifes Africa's internet: New top-level domains terminated

Domain-name overseer ICANN has killed off the majority of Africa's new internet. California-based ICANN, which has faced repeated criticism for its failure to reach beyond a North American audience, saw just 17 applications from Africa out of just over 1,900 applications for new dot-word domains back in 2012. Of those 17, …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 May 2016
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Facebook image-tagging to be tested in Californian court

Facebook has lost the first round of a US class action lawsuit in Illinois, with a judge ruling it can proceed to trial. The first sueball in the action was lobbed last September, on the basis that the ZuckerBorg was breaking that state's 2008-era Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). Plaintiffs Nimesh Patel, Adam Pezen …
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HPE: Where IT shops ... for their CEOs

Nariman Teymourian, an ex-SVP and general manager for converged systems at HPE, has been appointed as Gridstore CEO, replacing the departed George Symons, who left on April 19. Teymourian was the former chairman and CEO of Gale Technologies Inc, which was acquired by Dell in November 2012. Before that he founded Caspian …
Chris Mellor, 06 May 2016

Cops deploy StingRay anti-terror tech against $50 chicken-wing thief

Police in Maryland, US, used controversial cellphone-tracking technology intended only for the most serious crimes to track down a man who stole $50 of chicken wings. Police in Annapolis – an hour's drive from the heart of government in Washington DC – used a StingRay cell tower simulator in an effort to find the location of a …
Kieren McCarthy, 04 May 2016
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Space boffins win $3m prize for discovering gravitational waves

The team of scientists involved in the successful detection of gravitational waves has been awarded the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics – along with $3m. The Breakthrough Prizes, awarded for scientific achievements, are funded by Russian billionaire and physicist Yuri Milner, along with tech entrepreneurs …
Katyanna Quach, 04 May 2016
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Lost: One Scality CMO

Syed Hoda is Chief Marketing Officer at Sight Machine. No surprise there, except that he was CMO at object storage software startup Scality, joining in December last year, and leaving in April this year. That's a CMO stint of just three months, signalling a sudden and deep misfit between person and post. Hoda was recruited to …
Chris Mellor, 04 May 2016
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Ex-HP boss Carly Fiorina sacked one week into new job

Carly Fiorina's astonishing career trajectory into oblivion remains on target tonight after her bid to be US Vice President was cut mercifully short. Just seven days ago, the ex-HP boss was chosen to be the running mate of Texan senator and Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz. On Tuesday evening, crushed into a sad paste …
Chris Williams, 04 May 2016
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Google ready van hailing

Google and Chrysler-Fiat have sealed a deal [PDF] to turn 100 minivans into self-driving vehicles. The two companies said that the partnership will see the Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans equipped with the cameras and sensors for the Google self-driving car platform. The 100 vans will be used alongside Google's current crop …
Shaun Nichols, 04 May 2016
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Twitter loses FISA fight

A US court won't let Twitter reveal government snoop requests. The US District Court for Northern California shot down (PDF) the microblogging site's argument that it be allowed to publish exact details on the number of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and National Security Letter (NSL) requests it gets from …
Shaun Nichols, 03 May 2016

Engineer uses binary on voting bumpf to flag up Cali election flaws

In the race for one of California's two Senate seats, one candidate has hit on a novel way to draw attention to himself and his platform: binary. The official voter information guide, delivered to all homes across the state, includes details of all of the 34 candidates standing, most including a paragraph of introductory text …
Kieren McCarthy, 02 May 2016

Getting shafted the Silicon Valley way

Recap If there was one standout moment from the latest episode of tech satire Silicon Valley it would have to be when our eponymous hero finds out he is being shafted by his new CEO while in the background a thoroughbred horse is literally shafted by a white stallion. Subtle? No. Hilarious? Yes. And so our favorite valley TV show …
Kieren McCarthy, 02 May 2016

Nearly two billion in the bank and yet this VC is slowly losing his beach-blocking battle

The six-year effort by VC Vinod Khosla to prevent public access to a California beach may be going against the billionaire. In a 3-0 ruling, a San Francisco appeals court reinstated part of a lawsuit brought against the Sun Microsystems co-founder that will now allow lawyers to argue that the land's former owners had granted a …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Apr 2016

UC Davis chancellor suspended after headlines like this one undo $175,000 online name-scrubbing efforts

Linda Katehi, the chancellor of the University of California, Davis, has been suspended pending an investigation into the decision to spent hundreds of thousand of dollars improving Google search results for her name, amid a range of other questionable activities. The decision to put Katehi on paid administrative leave was …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Apr 2016

Ford Googles self-drivers

Google and Ford have kicked off an initiative to push autonomous car rules. Also linking arms in the “Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets” are Volvo, Uber, and Lyft, and former official of the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is going to the group's counsel and spokesperson. The group wants the …
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Another failed merger, Carly? Ted Cruz to bring in ex-HP boss Fiorina as running mate

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz will announce his running mate at a campaign event on Wednesday afternoon – and the pick to revitalize his flagging campaign is Carly Fiorina. Fiorina ended her own bid for the presidency in February after a lackluster performance in which she proved herself to be factually challenged …
Iain Thomson, 27 Apr 2016

Apple man found dead at Cupertino HQ, gun discovered nearby

An Apple employee was found dead in a conference room at the iPhone giant's HQ in Cupertino, California, this morning. A gun was discovered nearby. Cops were called to the One Infinite Loop campus at about 8.35am. Sgt Andrea Urena of Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office described the death as "isolated incident," adding "nobody …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Apr 2016

Theranos lab safety probe

Controversial blood-testing company Theranos repeatedly failed to meet lab standards despite asking for extra time to come into compliance, new documents released by the US federal medical regulator CMS have revealed. The documents [PDF], released under a freedom of information request, highlight "serious deficiencies" at its …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Apr 2016

NASA eyes stadium-sized orb launch: Part 3

NASA is hoping to finally get off the ground with the Super Pressure Balloon mission which has been grounded twice by unfavourable winds at altitude since 1 April. The word from Wanaka Airport, New Zealand, is that there's a launch window between 9 and 11AM local time tomorrow (5 to 7PM EDT or 9 to 11PM GMT tonight). The …
Lester Haines, 26 Apr 2016
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Dell kills CRT suit

Dell has dropped an eight-year-long price-fixing lawsuit against LG. The two sides have filed in a Northern California District Court to end the case, in which Dell accused LG of illegally conspiring with other CRT monitor makers to hike up prices in the late 1990s. Each side will pay their own costs for the case. LG had been …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Apr 2016

Charter can gobble TWC for $78.7bn ... if it bins monthly download caps

FCC boss Tom Wheeler has put out the terms for his watchdog's approval of Charter Communications' $78bn acquisition of Time Warner Cable. Wheeler said Monday that he has passed along a proposed approval order and conditions for the other four FCC commissioners to vote on. "As proposed, the order outlines a number of …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Apr 2016

Uber settles class actions

Uber has paid $84m in two class-action lawsuits brought by US drivers. The ride-hailing app business announced it has settled cases in California and Massachusetts for $84m, which will rise to $100m if the company goes public and its valuation increases 150 per cent from its December 2015 valuation within the first year of the …
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Hands up, who prayed for AMD? Well, it worked

About a year ago, we asked you to pray for AMD. It's working. AMD has announced a joint venture with a Chinese manufacturer that will churn out server processors using mini-Chipzilla's technologies in the Middle Kingdom. It also said it will bank about $1.5bn from three new games console chips over the next three or four years …
Chris Williams, 22 Apr 2016
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Qualcomm channels Star Trek's Scotty as it faces a mobe chip wreck

Analysis Mobile chip designer Qualcomm typically channels Star Trek's Montgomery Scott, the chief engineer who under-promises to appear a miracle worker when he eventually delivers. The California-based biz follows the Scotty playbook by the letter. Just like the Enterprise's engineering guru would suck his teeth, cock his head, say it …
Chris Williams, 21 Apr 2016

US government sued by activists looking for backdoor smoking gun

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is suing the US government to reveal just how it compels tech companies to help agents spy on people. The activist group has hit the Department of Justice (DoJ) with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit in the US Northern California District Court requesting details on whether …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Apr 2016
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Bio biz Theranos probed

Troubled blood-testing company Theranos has confirmed it is being investigated by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the US Attorney's Office over claims it misled investors and government officials. In a letter to its partners, the company said it felt obliged to provide information on ongoing investigations …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Apr 2016

Google found 760,935 compromised web sites in a year

Google and university researchers say the tech giant found some 760,935 compromised websites across the web during a year-long research effort. Google's Eric Kuan; Yuan Niu; Lucas Ballard; Kurt Thomas, and Elie Bursztein joined the University of California, Berkely's Frank Li, Grant Ho, and Vern Paxson in writing Remedying Web …
Team Register, 19 Apr 2016
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Gridstore boss George Symons ejects, leaves hyper-upstart headless

Gridstore CEO George Symons left the company in February after almost three years at the helm, with no successor appointed. The Mountain View, California, biz is a hyper-converged infrastructure startup focussing on Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor. Symons is no longer listed as CEO on the company's website and, indeed, no CEO …
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2016

US poised to unleash stadium-sized sandwich bag

NASA's long-duration super pressure balloon (SPB) mission looks to be set for launch tomorrow morning from Wanaka Airport, New Zealand, now that "forecast surface and low-level winds are aligned", as the space agency puts it. The SPB is made of "22 acres of polyethylene film – similar to a sandwich bag" and swells to a …
Lester Haines, 18 Apr 2016

Chilling evidence emerges of Kilocat weapon

Our recent speculation that it might be possible to hoist 1,000 cats aloft under a helium-filled, stadium-sized sandwich bag and then drop them from 32km to devastating effect appears to be somewhat more than idle Friday afternoon pre-pub musing. Sensationally, we at El Reg have obtained solid evidence that the US has indeed …
Lester Haines, 15 Apr 2016

This headline will, in part, cost pepper-spraying University of California, Davis $175k

The University of California, Davis has spent $175,000 on search engine optimization (SEO) and online reputation management – to hide an embarrassing incident in which students were pepper-sprayed on campus. The massive bill has come to light this week after the Sacramento Bee filed information requests on the university's …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Apr 2016
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Theranos faces ban

Troubled blood-testing startup Theranos may lose one of its testing facilities and a functional management team following a damning report by federal health regulators. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has said it will revoke the company's license for its California lab and prevent its owners – Theranos CEO …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Apr 2016