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California takes a shot at mobile 'killswitch' mandate

Lawmakers in California have introduced a bill that would force vendors to equip all mobile phones and tablets in the state with a remote-wipe tool. Senate Bill 962 would mandate that all handsets and tablets sold in California be pre-equipped with a "killswitch" option that would allow an owner or law enforcement to render a …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Feb 2014

Proposed California law demands anti-theft 'kill switch' in all smartphones

California may soon become the first US state to require mobile phone makers to include a feature that can remotely disable their handsets in the event they are stolen. A new law proposed by California state Senator Mark Leno and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón would require all smartphones sold in the state to …
Neil McAllister, 19 Dec 2013
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KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline

The nearest most of us get to a sponge is when it's sitting on the bathroom shelf, but scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have found four new species of carnivorous sponge that are chomping their way through undersea life off the coast of California. Most sponges filter particles of food from …
Iain Thomson, 16 Apr 2014

FREEZE, GLASSHOLE! California cops bust Google Glass driver

California cops have issued what is thought to be the first ticket for wearing Google's head-mounted Glass computers while driving. "A cop just stopped me and gave me a ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving!" said Cecilia Abadie on her Google+ page. "The exact line says: Driving with Monitor visible to Driver (Google …
Iain Thomson, 30 Oct 2013

California high school hackers expelled for grade tampering, test thievery

A group of students have been kicked out of a California high school over charges that they hacked teachers' computers in order to change their grades. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District said that it had voted to expel 11 students in connection with charges of grade tampering and unauthorized access to teachers' computers …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Feb 2014
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California OLDSTER in WILD golf course SKATEBOARDING spree

A Californian pensioner has invented a bizarre new golf buggy inspired by a skateboard, which he claims will open up this fusty sport to a younger audience. The GolfBoard is a motorised device which allows putters to pootle around the course at a speed of up to 12 miles per hour (19kmph). It was originally launched on …
Jasper Hamill, 23 Dec 2013
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Space shuttle to slip surly bonds of Earth one last time over California

Retired space shuttle Endeavour is set for a sightseeing tour of California and LA today, in a whistle-stop flyover of the state. Space shuttle Endeavour over Reliant Stadium and Astrodome The shuttle, piggybacking on its 747 jumbo-jet, will fly over the north of the state and a large part of the Los Angeles basin, buzzing …
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California begins crackdown on mobile app developers

In the next few weeks, up to 100 mobile application developers will be getting a letter from California's government ordering them to install privacy protection warnings on their apps or face the legal consequences. The letters warn that "an operator of a commercial Web site or online service that collects personally …
Iain Thomson, 31 Oct 2012

Amazon opens doors to Kinesis: The Hotel California of the cloud

The more data you put in a cloud, the harder it is to migrate away. And so Amazon's new "Kinesis" data ingester is a neat piece of technology, and at the same time a canny way to turn Amazon Web Services into the Hotel California of the cloud. Kinesis was announced by the web bazaar's chief technology officer Werner Vogels in a …
Jack Clark, 14 Nov 2013
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California clears way for Steve Jobs' 'private Apple spaceship'

Apple's giant glass doughnut with apricot groves will be fast-tracked through the planning system, Cupertino City Council announced, smoothing the approval process for its 3 million square foot (278,709m2) Campus 2 building. The move comes six weeks after Apple buried its neighbours in publicity material explaining how great the …
Anna Leach, 05 Jul 2012
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Brocade: California taxman took off with our profits

Storage networking and Ethernet supplier Brocade has grown its latest quarter's revenues but swung from profit to loss after changes to the state of California's tax code. It reckons it will soon be doing even better now on the back of its 16GBit/s Fibre Channel kit and added that software-defined networking has opened up a …
Chris Mellor, 15 Feb 2013
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Facebook IPO to stuff $2.5bn in California tax coffers

California state budget analysts report that Facebook's impending IPO will bring the state a tax windfall of nearly $2.5bn. "Facebook's possible IPO ... [is] likely to generate substantial capital gains and other income for a small number of Californians and, in so doing, generate additional state tax revenues over the next few …
Rik Myslewski, 06 Mar 2012
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Musk to blast right of way through California with railgun Concorde

Elon Musk dropped a few further hints about his Hyperloops transit plan in London last night, saying it was "a cross between a Concorde and a rail gun" whose biggest hurdles included "right-of-way" issues. And it seems that the ultimate destiny of the futuristic system would be to shift aging tech entrepreneurs around their …
Joe Fay, 16 Nov 2012
University California Riverside holo memory prototype

US boffins turn up the spin on holographic memory

Alongside the “beat Moore's law” stream of research, computer science boffins have also spent years working on increasing memory density. Now, University of California Riverside researchers have demonstrated a holographic memory based on a phenomenon called spin waves. As the university explains in this canned statement, spin …
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Judge halts spread of zombie Nortel patents to Texas in Google trial

Google has won a victory in its battle against patent troll Rockstar, with a US District Court judge having denied Rockstar's request to try the case in the troll-friendly Eastern District of Texas, rather than in California. Google, which is headquartered in Mountain View, California, filed suit against Rockstar in December and …
Neil McAllister, 18 Apr 2014
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'Amazon Tax' California decision pushed back a year

Amazon's bosses have their fingers crossed in hope that the US government will come round to their way of thinking on sales tax for online retailers after winning a year's reprieve from legislators in California. A new amendment to AB155, the so-called Amazon Tax law that will allow California to collect sales tax from online …
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Amazon to give up the fight in California

Amazon has cut a deal to lay down its arms in its battle with Californian legislators over the introduction of a sales tax for online retailers in the state. The deal would postpone the imposition of a sales tax on Amazon until September 2012 and in return, the retailer would agree to stop spending its millions fighting the tax …
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Gulf of California terrorized by ONE-EYED MUTANT SHARK!

Scientists have decided that the “Cyclops shark” caught in the Gulf of California back in June is the real deal: a mutant rather than a hoax. First coming to light on the Pisces Fleet Sportfishing Blog, the images of the one-eyed dusky shark – actually a fetus found inside someone’s catch – were originally dismissed as a hoax. …

Yes: You CAN use your phone as a satnav while driving – appeals court

An appeals court in California has told drivers they can view maps on a smartphone while driving. The ruling was handed down on Thursday by the Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District, in Fresno – and reverses an earlier case against a man, Steven Spriggs, who was given a ticket for looking at a map on his mobe. California …
Jack Clark, 01 Mar 2014
The Scarecrow stand-in (for the Curiosity Mars rover) in tests in the Mojave desert. credit: NASA/JPL

NASA found filming August's Mars landing in California desert

NASA boffins have been found at a site deep in California's Mojave desert with a Mars rover of the exact type they say will land on Mars this August, filming the machine as it drove about among the Earthly sand dunes. The Scarecrow stand-in (for the Curiosity Mars rover) in tests in the Mojave desert. credit: NASA/JPL 'Hey, we …
Lewis Page, 16 May 2012
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Amazon throws tax hissy-fit, dumps California affiliates

Amazon and Overstock have severed their agreements with affiliates based in California, in an overnight response to the imposition of a sales tax for online retailers of physical goods. Online retailers are exempt from sales taxes, but dead-broke California introduced such a law on Wednesday night. "We oppose this bill because …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Jun 2011
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Apple cash stash dash results in Icahn v CalPERS bitchfight

Activist investor Carl Icahn has gone to war with the pensioners of California over his bid to get his grubby mitts on Apple's mammoth money pot. The moneyman wants Apple to launch a $50bn share buyback, which would give shareholders a profitable but brief payday. But the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS …
Jasper Hamill, 06 Feb 2014
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Feds cuff revenge smut site boss Hunter Moore on hacking charges

FBI agents today arrested Hunter Moore – best known for running the infamous revenge porn website isanyoneup.com – on charges of conspiracy, hacking and identity theft. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) said that Moore, and a second man called Charles "Gary" Evens, were both nabbed in California: Moore will now appear this …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jan 2014
Cecilia Abadie wearing Google Glass

Google Glass driver told she CAN wear techno-specs while on the road

It's safe to wear Google Glass behind the wheel after a California court struck down a woman's traffic citation – which was issued by a highway patrolman for wearing the head-mounted computer. Cecilia Abadie wearing Google Glass Cecilia Abadie and her lawyer meet the media after beating the rap (Credit: San Diego Union Tribune …
Iain Thomson, 17 Jan 2014
Copper, before and after graphene

Tiny heat-sucker helps keep Moore's Law going

Adding graphene to copper can improve its heat-conducting properties – and that's good news for electronics developers. One of the barriers to the continuing shrinking of electronics is that as you pack more features into a smaller space, you also pack more heat into that space. That makes heat a hurdle standing in the way of …

Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account

A five-year-old boy has found and exploited a password flaw in his Xbox to hack into his father's Xbox Live account. Still of Kristoffer playing on the Xbox Look out, Mitnick ... Kristoffer Von Hassel on his Xbox (Credit: ABC 10 / KGTV) The parents of Kristoffer Von Hassel, from Ocean Beach in San Diego, California, noticed …
Iain Thomson, 04 Apr 2014

OAR-some! 18ft SEA SERPENT discovered off US coast

A marine boffin has come across a terrifying 18-foot "sea serpent" off the coast of California. Youtube Video Marine science instructor Jasmine Santana was swimming along the coast of Catalina Island when she came across the huge beast, which was actually a rare oarfish, but nonetheless the "discovery of a lifetime", according …

BlackBerry sucker-punches TV star Ryan Seacrest in patent brawl

Troubled mobe maker BlackBerry has received a welcome bit of good news from a California court, which has blocked sales of a physical iPhone add-on keyboard the company says copies its hardware. A Northern California District Court judge on Monday granted an injunction that prevents the sale and import of Typo keyboards for …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Apr 2014

PayPal 13 plead guilty to launching DDoS attacks

Thirteen US defendants last week pleaded guilty to taking part in attacks by Anonymous against PayPal. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) said the accused had all admitted to carrying out a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) cyber-attack against PayPal in December 2010 in protest against the payment processing firm's decision …
John Leyden, 09 Dec 2013
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California Mrs cuffed in drugged-hubby todger slash case

A California woman who may have been a tad unhappy about her impending divorce allegedly drugged her estranged hubby's dinner, tied him to a bed, cut off his todger with a 10-inch kitchen knife, and then disposed of the detached penis in the garbage grinder. Police mugshot of Catherine Kieu Becker Catherine Kieu Becker, 48, ( …
Lester Haines, 14 Jul 2011

BOYCOTT FIREFOX, rage gay devs as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

A pair of gay developers have launched a boycott of Firefox in protest against the Mozilla Foundation's decision to appoint a CEO who appears to be an opponent of same sex marriage. Mozilla co-founder and Javascript creator Brendan Eich was awarded the top job yesterday. Hampton Catlin, creator of Wikipedia Mobile and CSS …
Jasper Hamill, 25 Mar 2014
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California set to impose 'Amazon Tax'

A California bill that would require Amazon and other online retailers to pay taxes to a state reeling in financial crisis took another step towards passage this week when it was approved by the state Assembly. "Each year, California loses over $1.145 billion in revenues as a result of unreported use taxes," wrote California …
Rik Myslewski, 02 Jun 2011
Martin's Beach road access closure

Want to go to billionaire Sun kingpin's beach? Hope you're a strong swimmer

Surf’s up, but not on this beach. A judge has ruled that Vinod Khosla, the billionaire venture capitalist co-founder of Sun, is allowed to block beach-goers from walking or driving across his property to access the 200-acre stretch of coastal sand in front of it. Martin's Beach road access closure Martin's Beach Road closure ( …
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2013
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You TWITS! Facebook exec erects billboards shaming texting drivers

A Facebook exec is so sick of drivers texting behind the wheel that he now photographs them and puts the images on billboards to shame them. "I've been blown away by the number of people texting while in traffic, on the freeway," Brian Singer, manager of communication design at Facebook, told Gizmodo. "For every nose picker, …
Iain Thomson, 26 Mar 2014
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Data scrapers used Amazon cloud to reap biz bods' CVs, wails LinkedIn

LinkedIn is still waging its battle against “scrapers”, who use software to automatically harvest publicly available personal information from the social network. And that fight has today wound up in a California court where the website's bosses are trying to unmask the miscreants who have reaped the site for users' employment …

I NEVER DONE BITCOIN, says bloke fingered by new Newsweek

A father of six living in Los Angeles County has denied he is Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto following a Newsweek cover story that claimed otherwise. After a bizarre series of events that included a car chase and a pack of reporters staking out the chap's house, Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto, 64, exclusively told the …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Mar 2014
Robbie Schoen's tribute to Steve Jobs (photo courtesy of Reg reader John P)

Forget the beach 'n' boardwalk, check out the Santa Cruz STEVE JOBS FOUNTAIN

When Apple cofounder Steve Jobs passed away in 2011, makeshift shrines and memorial tributes popped up around the globe. Steve Jobs fountain sculpture outside the Felix Kulpa Gallery in Santa Cruz, California Bow down and worship the Baked Apple (click to enlarge) Most of these iShrines were temporary in nature and were …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Apr 2014
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Report: Prez Obama kicks Healthcare.gov contractor to curb for web disaster

The Obama administration has reportedly patted CGI Federal on the back, forced it to pick up its various toys, and led it away from the fail-filled Healthcare.gov site it created and subsequently tried to repair. It's not usually this easy to get out of procurement contracts, but per the Washington Post, which made the claims …
Jack Clark, 10 Jan 2014

2013 data centre rental: Rackspace? Microsoft? No. Twitter nom-nommed through most megawatts

Twitter leased the single largest data centre of any tech, cloud or media company during 2013, beating the usual suspects in the size-really-does-matter race. The micro-blogging site topped a tech league table of the industy’s largest hitters, according to a survey of who rented and built what during 2013. One single data …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Jan 2014
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California Do-Not-Track web privacy law moves forward

Companies trading online in California could soon be forced by law to give consumers the right not to be tracked across the web. State politicians Tuesday voted to move forward a proposed bill that would see California's top law enforcement officials draw up rules protecting shoppers' online privacy by July 1 2012. California's …
Gavin Clarke, 04 May 2011

LinkedIn fires back against 'hack-and-spam' US class-action sue bomb

LinkedIn senior director of litigation had to work over the weekend after a class action lawsuit was filed alleging the firm "hacks" into members email address-books before spamming out marketing emails. The class action – filed in the US, in the Northern District Court of California (PDF, via Bloomberg) on behalf of four US- …
John Leyden, 24 Sep 2013

JAILBREAK! US smut spam king Kilbride flees minimum security prison

A manhunt is underway in California following the escape of convicted porn spammer Jeffrey Kilbride from a minimum security prison camp within the Lompoc Federal Correction Complex. Kilbride and his associate James Schaffer were jailed in 2007 on a variety of charges related to their long-running email business, including fraud …
Neil McAllister, 29 Dec 2013

Fukushima radioactivity a complete non-issue on West Coast: Also for Fukushima locals, in fact

A new study carried out in the "radiation zone" areas just outside the Fukushima nuclear powerplant in Japan has confirmed that the lifetime health risk to people living there from the damaged powerplant is so small as to be undetectable. Naturally, Californians almost 5,000 miles away are still terrified for their own safety. …
Lewis Page, 26 Feb 2014

VMware reveals 27-patch Heartbleed fix plan

VMware has confirmed that 27 of its products need patches for the Heartbleed bug. The bad news is that Virtzilla says it “expects to have updated products and patches for all affected products … by April 19th.” The 19th is Saturday. Easter Saturday. The previous day is Good Friday, a public holiday in the UK, Canada, Australia …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Apr 2014
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EVault hints it might snuggle up with daddy Seagate's Kinetic drives

Data backup biz EVault is implying it could start using parent Seagate’s Kinetic, Ethernet-addressed disk drives in its cloud archival service. The company is joining the Entertainment Storage Alliance and Amar Kapadia, its senior director of Open Cloud Strategy, will present on “recent advances in enterprise storage” at a 26 …
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2014
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Divers nearly DEVOURED by HUNGRY SEA BEASTS

Two divers nearly relived the Jonah myth when a pair of humpback whales surfaced, jaws first, right next to them in a dining methodology that leviathan-lovers call "lunge feeding". "We were just floating around in the water, hoping to get some shots of the whales in the distance, when all of a sudden the sardines started going …
Rik Myslewski, 23 Jul 2013
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Facebook spies Little Eye, gulps it down: They said we needed mobile

Facebook has bought an Indian startup that specialises in testing apps for Google's Android mobile operating system for an undisclosed sum. Little Eye Labs was only founded by a group of program analysis engineers about one year ago. The Bangalore, India-based outfit said that Android developers and testers had been using its …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jan 2014

Steve Jobs' boyhood home may become protected historical shrine

The modest Silicon Valley ranch-style home where Steve Jobs spent his boyhood may soon be designated as an officially protected historical property. Not that the garage of 2066 Crist Drive, Los Altos, California isn't already a venerated shrine among the Apple faithful – it's where the Two Steves, Jobs and Wozniak, created the …
Rik Myslewski, 23 Sep 2013

Beastie Boys settle with toy maker over Girls copyright dispute

The remaining members of the Beastie Boys have quietly settled their curious legal spat with US toy maker Goldieblox. The hip-hop stars bowled a sueball at Goldieblox in December last year, after the toy San Francisco-based company - which specialises in building blocks purported to get little girls interested in engineering - …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Mar 2014

Ex-Autonomy boss Mike Lynch goes nuclear: Claims HP 'misleads' its own shareholders

Mike Lynch, former chief of HP-owned Autonomy, tossed an explosive shareholder letter onto the internet today – just hours before HP's annual investors' meeting in Santa Clara, California. The scathing missive alleges Hewlett-Packard has been "misleading" its shareholders about the reasons behind the computer giant's $8.8bn …
Jack Clark, 19 Mar 2014