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Forget WHITE BOX, it's time for JUNK BOX NETWORKING

On the way to "Powering the Cloud" with Greg Ferro and Chris Evans, we got to discussing Greg’s book White Box Networking and whether there could be a whole series of books discussing White Box storage, virtualisation, servers etc and how to build a complete White Box environment. This led me to thinking about how you would …
StorageBod, 30 Oct 2014
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Alleged 'Xbox 720' dev box eBay'd for $20,100

Would you buy an Xbox 720 development kit for 20 grand? Someone just has - paying in dollars rather than sterling, of course - after the "Microsoft Xbox Durango Development Kit" appeared on eBay last night. Durango Xbox development kit After 43 bids, the non-descript black tower system, said by the seller to contain an Intel …
Tony Smith, 13 Aug 2012
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eBay: It's safe to buy busted lava lamps and bug-infested rugs again

eBay has resolved a cross-site scripting bug on its website that independent experts warned posed a significant risk of fraud to users of the auction site. The XSS flaw meant that, once logged into a seller account on eBay, an attacker could insert an XSS exploit code into a listing of an item for sale. The XSS security flaw on …
John Leyden, 22 Nov 2012
Assange

WikiLeaks' Cablegate server touted on eBay for $3k-plus by Swedes

Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has attacked a former ally after one of the servers used to host the infamous Cablegate material was put up for auction on eBay. The document-leaking operation – headed by Julian Assange™ – slammed Bahnhof, a Swedish internet service provider, for flogging the once-rented Dell Poweredge R410 …
Jasper Hamill, 03 Sep 2013
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E-tailing beats the high street: eBay

Australian internet retailers are making hay while the sun casts shadows on their high street cousins, according to eBay Australia. In its annual survey, eBay's Online Business Index (OBI), research revealed that ebay’s top 2000 sellers experienced 45 per cent revenue growth in the last year with around 160 Australian businesses …

White House backs US web sales tax - eBay hits panic alarm

The White House has backed a bill that would give US states the ability to demand sales tax from online retailers, while the Senate clears the law for formal voting. The senators voted 74 to 20, with six abstaining, to limit debate on the Marketplace Fairness Act and get on with final vote on the legislation. The MFA, proposed …
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Bloke flogged $1.2m of pirated Microsoft gear on eBay, say Feds

A US man has been charged with selling counterfeit Microsoft software valued at more than $1.2m. Bruce Alan Edward, 48, of Atlanta, Michigan, is accused of five counts of criminal copyright infringement, and one count of mail fraud, over the alleged resale of pirated software sourced from the far East. According to his charge …
John Leyden, 09 Nov 2012
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eBay frets as right to resell comes under scrutiny

eBay has launched a “grass roots” campaign to defend America’s first sale doctrine, as a Supreme Court hearing approaches that could subject second-hand and resale trades to the approval of rights-holders. The online auctioneer is lobbying in defense of the first sale doctrine, and has launched “eBay Main Street” to mobilize its …
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eBay invites mystic wrath over ban on spells, potions and lotions

The ire of the world's witches, warlocks, and other practicers of the psychic arts will be focused on eBay shortly, after the company banned a range of intangible mystic items from its site. According to the Fall Seller Update, from September "advice; spells; curses; hexing; conjuring; magic; prayers; blessing services; magic …
Iain Thomson, 17 Aug 2012
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Dual-dock prototype iPad eyed on eBay

Some time back, an Apple was granted a patent which showed an iPad with two dock connectors, allowing the device to be docked in either landscape or portrait mode. It was claimed back then that Apple was planning to add the second dock connector to a second-generation iPad. It never did, of course, and it now turns out that the …
Tony Smith, 28 May 2012
Google Glasses will not be welcome at one Seattle bar

Google Glass will SELF-DESTRUCT if flogged on eBay

Buyers of Google Glass have been warned they cannot sell their pricey new techno-spectacles on eBay or anywhere else. In terms of sale posted on its website, the advertising giant said a Google Glass was for life, unless you wanted to give it away for nothing. Anyone who failed to follow the rules will have their devices …
Jasper Hamill, 18 Apr 2013
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eBay beats Q1 forecasts with PayPal mobe cash mountain

eBay has seen its revenues and income rise in the first quarter this year, boosted by PayPal's moves in the mobile payments sector. The web marketplace reported a 29 per cent lift in revenue from the same quarter last year, rising to $3.3bn (£2bn), while net income was up 17 per cent to $725m (£450m), beating analysts' …
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Windows! Icahn! Taxes! It's all on Vulture Central's news round-up

Youtube Video Get the week's top tech news delivered in eggspert-style by Vulture's news anchor Regina Eggbert. You can get more on the stories, including the lowdown on Windows 10, the EU's Apple tax probe and Carl Icahn's eBay victory, here, here and here. ® Regina Egbert, El Reg's virtual news anchor
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Feds probe eBay over Craigslist plunder allegations

US prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into allegations eBay employees stole confidential information from Craigslist, according to a grand jury subpoena. The two internet companies have been slugging it out in the civil courts for years, with Craigslist insisting eBay used its stake in the classified ad website …
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PayPal Manager bug left web stores open to cyber-burglars

eBay-owned PayPal has plugged a vulnerability that potentially allowed thieves to seize control of merchants' online stores and empty the shelves. The bug – discovered by security researcher Mark Litchfield of Securatary – affected PayPal Manager, which is used to manage PayFlow accounts by people selling stuff online. PayPal …
John Leyden, 21 May 2014
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Notorious eBay hacker gets 3-year suspended sentence

Vladuz, the Romanian hacker who repeatedly accessed off-limits parts of eBay's website and then publicly taunted company officials over the security lapses, has been handed a suspended three-year sentence, according to news reports. The Bucharest appeal court issued the sentence on Wednesday to 23-year-old Vlad Duiculescu, AFP …
Dan Goodin, 03 Nov 2011
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eBay scam nets suckers on both sides of the road

Greedy eBay customers and merchants have both been caught by scammers punting empty boxes as containing high-priced kit at a 50 percent discount. According to the Victoria Police e-crime squad, the scam works like this: the perpetrators target merchants with a good reputation on eBay (usually via recruitment ads) and signs them …

PayPal mudslingfest TELEVISED: Icahn and Donahoe go on telly

The fight between activist investor Carl Icahn and eBay over the fate of PayPal has hit the media, after Icahn claimed that he'd "never seen worse corporate governance" at another firm. Speaking to CNBC television, Icahn criticised the firm's governance policy and also said that eBay chief exec John Donahoe shouldn't have …
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Secondhand Point-o-Sale terminal was horrific security midden

Second hand point-of-sale systems sold through eBay are likely to contain all sorts of sensitive information, according to the work of a security researcher at HP. HP sleuth Matt Oh bought an Aloha point-of-sale terminal on eBay for $200. This type of terminal is widely used in cash registers within the hospitality industry. …
John Leyden, 21 Jul 2014
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Better safe than sorry: SourceForge pushes password reset

Open Source software portal SourceForge is asking users to change their passwords following an update to the site's security systems. The company said that it would require users to choose new passwords upon logging into their SourceForge user accounts. The move comes as online retail giant eBay continues to wrestle with the …
Shaun Nichols, 22 May 2014

eBay fires up OpenStack cloud with Nicira network virt

If VMware needed another reason to justify its $1.26bn acquisition of network virtualization upstart Nicira, it need look no further than online auctioneer eBay. Nicira created Open vSwitch, a virtual switch that plugs into server virtualization hypervisors and provides a networking abstraction layer that's akin to a hypervisor …
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PayPal pushes eBay earnings

eBay is celebrating a 20 per cent jump in profits in the last quarter, thanks mainly to its payment system PayPal. The online tat bazaar grew net revenues in the first quarter of 2011 to $2.5bn, up 16 per cent and net income was up 20 per cent to £398m. eBay's chief executive John Donahoe said 2011 was off to a strong start …
John Oates, 28 Apr 2011
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Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD TO DIE, and this is WHY

Apple head honcho Tim Cook has explained why the iPod classic had to die: Apple couldn’t get the parts any more. Cook explained to the WSJ.D Live conference in California that “the engineering work” required to sustain the spinning-platters jukebox “was massive, and the number of people who wanted it very small. I felt there …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Oct 2014
Commodore MOS Kim-1

Pre-Pet Commodore micro up for grabs on eBay

Readers, you now have 12 hours or so to bid for a slice of computing history: a Kim-1 single-board computer, released some 36 years ago by the company that would become a key part of Commodore. Kim stood for Keyboard Input Monitor, and the device, based on the MOS 6502, was the equivalent of the Sinclair MK14 or the Acorn System …
Tony Smith, 17 May 2012
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eBay shopping lands wild colonial in lock-up

A 35-year-old man from the country town of Castlemaine in Victoria has been remanded in custody to face court after spending $AU17,000 on eBay buying bomb-making equipment. Phillip Marsh has told the Bendigo Magistrates Court his intention was to “make fireworks”, after amassing a collection that included potassium nitrate, …
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eBay opens real-world UK tat bazaar for Xmas greed peak

eBay is launching its first UK store, albeit temporarily, this Christmas to allow shoppers to browse in the physical world before buying online. The pop-up boutique opens in London's West End for just five days from 1 December in what is expected to be the peak buying period for the year. Dubbed a "Quick Response (QR) code …
Paul Kunert, 18 Nov 2011
Tesco Hudl

Giving your old Tesco Hudl to Auntie June? READ THIS FIRST

UK supermarket Tesco’s Hudl tablet will offer up data from past users – even if it’s been factory reset. The Register spoke to Ken Munro from security firm Pen Test Partners, who said he'd bought 17 Hudls and AllWinner tablets from eBay and found that not only does the reset process not wipe all the data, it’s possible to …
Simon Rockman, 15 Aug 2014
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Amazon, eBay, banks snub anti-fraud DNS tech, sniff securo bods

Despite the best attempts of security vendors, neither online stores nor the financial industry seem particularly keen to adopt DNSSEC tech - an anti-fraud mechanism that makes it difficult for fraudsters to spoof legitimate websites. DNSSEC (DNS Security Extensions) uses public-key encryption and authentication to guard against …
John Leyden, 18 Feb 2013
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British athlete puts self on eBay

A British sprinter has put himself on sale on eBay to try to get the sponsorship he needs to run in the London 2012 Olympics. James Ellington, who is the UK’s third fastest 200m runner, missed out on getting a sponsorship deal after four years of injuries, but is now coming from “his best ever season”, according to the eBay ad …
HP CEO Meg Whitman

HP CEO Meg Whitman dons TRIPLE CROWN of POWER

HP CEO and president Meg Whitman has consolidated power at the top of the corporation by taking on the role of chairman as well. The manoeuvring comes days after HP confirmed that Ralph Whitworth is to step down due to health concerns, the exact nature of which were not revealed. Whitman joined HP's board at the start of 2011 …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jul 2014
Bitcoins

Do you accept Bitcoin? That'll do nicely, says Apache

Open-source project shop the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is now funding its projects with Bitcoins. The US-based non-profit says it’s received 5.35915909 in BTC – just over $2,600 – in just 48 hours after saying it would accept the virtual currency. ASF says it decided to accept the e-coinage in response to an email …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Sep 2014
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eBay calls for cheap 4G networks

eBay wants 4G radio spectrum to be cheap, claiming that mobile commerce is a lost opportunity in the UK, but the shopping portal's motives aren't quite as altruistic as they appear to be. The UK regulator, Ofcom, is currently consulting on how best to flog off the old analogue TV frequencies, which are expected to end up …
Bill Ray, 31 May 2011

PayPal is bleeding market share and it's all eBay's fault

Six years ago, PayPal could claim a 91 per cent market share in the US. Today it's struggling to claim long-term relevance in the surging online payments market, the market it helped to create. The problem isn't really a matter of functionality, it's a matter of focus and being able to sell its new services clearly and concisely …
Matt Asay, 18 Jul 2012
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eBay slurps Hunch to match ads with shoppers

eBay has bought data-mining firm Hunch in a move to increase the effectiveness of personally targeted ads on the online auction house’s sales site. Hutch was set up in 2009 by Chris Dixon, Tom Pinckney, and Matt Gatti, and uses a mixture of data mining and predictive modeling to build individual “Taste Graphs” of personalized …
Iain Thomson, 21 Nov 2011
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Modern Warfare 3 flogged on eBay for a grand

Copies of Activision's forthcoming FPS Modern Warfare 3 have been selling on eBay for staggering prices, with one auction ending yesterday at $1725. Earlier this week, Xbox versions of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 were available to buy from Kmart after the US retailer accidentally put them on shelves early. Many of those who …
Caleb Cox, 04 Nov 2011
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Former PayPal, eBay hackers strap a rocket onto MongoDB

If ObjectRocket told you all of the secrets behind its bespoke cloud for running the MongoDB data store super-fast, then it would have two choices: It would either have to kill you or hire you and make you keep the secret. Alternatively, you could just use the ObjectRocket cloud to host your NoSQL data and not care about how it …

Magento bug left user credentials vulnerable: researcher

Security researchers have reported a cross-store vulnerability in the Magento commerce platform that lets attackers create administrative users on any store. Securatary says before it was patched, the bug would allow an attacker to access the account details of “any customer” on the 200,000 merchants that Magento claims to host …
Apple iPhone 6

Buying memory in an iPhone 6: Like wiping your bottom with dollar bills

So, Apple charges £539 for a 16GB iPhone, £619 for a 64GB device and £699 for a 128GB jeesus! Phone. Which means that if you buy your memory in the form of a more expensive iPhone, you pay something on the order of £1.60 for a gigabyte. Which, in turn, might just be why the Jesus mobe doesn’t come with an SD slot. A little eBay …
Simon Rockman, 19 Sep 2014
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eBay buys mobile ad outfit Where

eBay – famous for letting people buy stuff for auction from anywhere in the world, to anywhere in the world – has joined the “hyper-local” goldrush and bought Boston-based Where Inc. for an undisclosed sum. Where plays in the mobile location services space, delivering local-area advertising to mobile customers. eBay’s …
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Windows 8 fondleslabs rock up on eBay

Can't wait to touch and poke a Windows 8 fondleslab? Well now you can, but it'll cost you big bucks. A trio of Samsung tablets running the developer preview of Windows 8, which were dished out to 5,000 attendees of Microsoft's BUILD Conference, have popped up on auction site eBay. Microsoft has not yet given a release date for …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Sep 2011
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eBay splashes $2.4bn for ecommerce services firm

eBay has splashed out $2.4bn to buy ecommerce services outfit GSI Commerce in a deal will do little to dampen concerns about wonky valuations in the tech sector. eBay is paying $29.25 a share for the firm, which it says is a 51 per cent premium over the target's Friday closing price, and a 47 per cent premium over its average …
Team Register, 28 Mar 2011
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World's only twin jet-engine bike drives onto eBay

A motorbike powered by a pair of pulsejets popped up for auction on eBay this week. Custom created by jet engine fan Bob maddox as an exclusive model for a wealthy customer, the intention was to build a two-wheeler that could exceed 200mph, biking blog Kneeslider notes. Twin-jet engine Harley Davidson That well-heeled punter …
Caleb Cox, 11 Nov 2011
Evil Android

Researchers warn of preloaded spyware in Android handsets

Security firm G-Data is warning users about their discovery of malware shipping preinstalled on some Chinese mobile phones. The German researchers said that they followed up on customer tips to study the Star N9500 mobile phone. The handsets, sold on eBay and many other online retail sites, are said to primarily be shipped out …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jun 2014
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eBay boosts mobile payments with Zong acquisition

Mobile payments outfit Zong is to be assimilated into the PayPal world, following the announcement that eBay is handing over US$240 million in cash to acquire the company. Zong runs the kind of operation that looks like someone anybody could manage: buyers enter their mobile phone numbers when they want to buy something from a …
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Microsoft Bing man puts self up for auction at eBay

Microsoft's principal development manager for its Bing search engine has quit the role in favour of a job at online tat bazaar eBay. Scott Prevost has already joined eBay as the company's search product management veep as his LinkedIn account shows here. He joined Microsoft in 2008, when the software vendor bought Powerset for …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Feb 2011

Apple tool: Buying an iPhone in a carpark? Find out if it's STOLEN

Apple has rolled out a new service allowing buyers to check if the iPhone they're about to purchase is actually stolen. All you need to do is place the phone's IMEI or serial number into this website to be politely informed as to whether or not that dodgy bloke down the market (who generally avoids direct eye contact) has ripped …
Jasper Hamill, 02 Oct 2014
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eBay biz millionaires proliferate as high street suffers

The number of eBay UK millionaires could rise to over 150 this year, while high street shops battle increasing retail gloom. The online tat bazaar said million-pound businesses were set to rise by 25 per cent in 2011, with most of them (98 per cent) boosting their sales through exports. "New figures project that 11 of this year …
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Six charged over StubHub e-ticket heist for Elton John gigs

Six suspected cybercriminals have been indicted over their alleged involvement in a hack attack on eBay-owned ticketing website StubHub. Thieves got into more than 1,600 of StubHub customers' accounts and used their credit card details to fraudulently buy tickets for events through the online ticket reseller. The scam - reckoned …
John Leyden, 24 Jul 2014
PayPal

XSS marks the spot: PayPal portal peril plugged

PayPal has plugged a potentially nasty flaw on its internal portal. The vulnerability, discovered by security analyst Benjamin Kunz Mejri of Vulnerability Laboratory, involved security shortcomings in PayPal's backend systems. More specifically, he said, it was an application-side filter bypass vulnerability in the official …
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2014
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Microsoft: HP, eBay polishing Azure cloud-in-a-box (honest)

A year after they were announced and six months after they were to be delivered, Microsoft has offered a fleeting glimpse of its Windows Azure cloud-in-a-box appliance parnerships with HP and eBay. At its Worldwide Partners Conference (WPC) in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Microsoft said that HP has a Windows Azure appliance running …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Jul 2011