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Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months

Mozilla has quietly shuttered its Labs, folding people and projects into the main organisation. The closure came to light through a blog post by former Labs staffer Ian Bicking, here. Labs was a separate organisation from Mozilla Reseach, as made clear here. The browser maker confirmed the change to The Register, saying the …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Sep 2014

Steve Jobs AIRBRUSHED from history by APPLE months before his death

Apple has been awarded a patent for the huge glass door and hallway that welcomes fanbois into its Shanghai shop. The fruity tech giant is known for the extravagant exteriors of its iThing emporiums. But this particular portal looks more like the engine room of a spaceship than a phone store entrance: it's made of curved glass …
Jasper Hamill, 02 Oct 2013

Texas teen jailed for four months over sarcastic Facebook comment

Concern is growing for a Texas teenager who has spent the last four months in jail after being arrested for making seemingly threatening comments on Facebook. Justin Carter, 19, is currently being held under suicide watch in Comal County Jail near San Antonio, Texas, after being arrested in February following a Facebook argument …
Iain Thomson, 08 Jul 2013
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ACMA gives telcos five months to clean up act

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has given telecommunications providers a five deadline to improve customer services as a result of the 12 month investigation into the industry’s consumer code of practice. ACMA chairman Chris Chapman said that improvements are “both urgent and necessary.” The report revealed …
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NASA Mars rover FINALLY equals 1973 Soviet benchmark

The plucky Opportunity rover-droid, whose wheels first touched the red Martian dirt back in 2004, has trundled past the 25 mile mark for the first time and in so doing claimed humanity's off-world long distance driving record. NASA records that Opportunity went for a 48 metre trundle on July 27th and in so doing saw its odometer …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jul 2014
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Weev gets 41 months in prison for exposing iPad strokers' privates

Andrew Auernheimer, a member of the grey-hat hacking collective Goatse Security, has been sent down for three years and five months in the slammer after he helped leak users' private email addresses via a flaw in AT&T's servers. Auernheimer, known online as Weev, received his sentence wearing shackles after he tried to bring a …
Iain Thomson, 18 Mar 2013
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C&W Worldwide boss out after 4 months

Cable & Wireless Worldwide is swapping boss John Pluthero with Vodafone exec Gavin Darby after exceptional charges pushed the firm into the red for the first half of 2011. The move comes less than five months after former chairman Pluthero replaced Jim Marsh in the CEO chair in June following the third profit warning in the …
Paul Kunert, 15 Nov 2011

BT befriends Google's lonely TV dongle – and saves YouView

BT is to make Premier League football available on Google's Chromecast TV platform, in a huge filip for the platform. Google started selling Chromecast in the UK last month - here's our review. While Chromecast bundles the usual OTTs (Over The Top) services including Netflix and YouTube, the only UK broadcaster support so far …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Apr 2014
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Oracle hires former SAP exec for cloudy push

Oracle has bagged itself a global head to manage the cloudy portfolio just a week after chief techie and erstwhile CEO Larry Ellison talked up the bets the company is placing behind the as-a-service model. The database titan has hired SAP’s former president of global cloud and line of business Shawn Price, after the German …
Paul Kunert, 12 Oct 2014

Pagers shout data center creds, pop star airport arrivals

Anyone wanting to know the time world leaders arrive in Australia for the coming G20 summit need only listen to broadcasts from Aussie airports, researcher Ed Farrell has claimed at the Ruxcon conference. News of VIP airport arrivals are just one of the interesting pieces of information the Sydney security consultant monitored …
Darren Pauli, 22 Oct 2014
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UK.gov IT slasher axes himself - after 5 months in new job

Former tech-spending axeman Ian Watmore is leaving the civil service just five months after taking up a new role as the permanent secretary at the Cabinet Office. He had previously headed up the reform and efficiency group, the unit tasked with cutting waste from the Whitehall budget. The Cabinet Office explained that Watmore …
Anna Leach, 17 May 2012
New Horizons blasts off. Photo: NASA

Diary note: Pluto's close-up is a year from … now!

NASA's New Horizons mission will arrive at Pluto 364 days from … now! Launched in January 2006, the craft passed Jupiter back in 2007. It hasn't had much to do since, as while it has passed the orbits of Saturn, Uranus and Neptune the planets weren't there at the time. NASA's not worried about that, because New Horizons' …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jul 2014
Puss considers how to respond to PayPal marketing overtures

Average chump in 'bank' phone scam is STUNG for £10,000 - study

UK consumers have lost more than £21m to "social engineering" scams where fraudsters impersonated bank employees and tech support since the beginning of the year, according to GetSafeOnline. A range of tactics including phishing emails, fraudulent phone calls asking for personal or financial information or phone calls from …
John Leyden, 26 Jun 2014
TiVo Mega

Rack-mount 24TB RAID 5 disk array for $5,000. Let's just check the label here. Uh, it's TiVo

TiVo has unveiled a massive new digital video recorder that costs $5,000 and can hold nearly three years of SD video, or 24 weeks of HD material. The TiVo Mega box is supposed to rid users of the pesky problem of ever actually running out of storage space by packing a 24TB RAID 5 system into a broadcast video recording box. …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Sep 2014
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

SCORE: Rosetta probe hits orbit of duck-shaped comet

After a 10-year-long chase of the pleasingly duck-shaped "67P", the European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe has become the first spacecraft in history to rendezvous with a comet. Watch live streaming video from eurospaceagency at livestream.com “After 10 years, five months and four days travelling towards our destination, …
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NBN Co says Melton test not valid, likely uses processes developed there anyway

Far from being an “unrepresentative” document based on bad data, the NBN Co internal presentation which leaked last week was the outcome of five months' work, instigated to create a benchmark for future fibre rollout areas. The furore – Vulture South could even go as far as to call it a kerfuffle – began with the leak of an …
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NetApp gives its FAS range a 4 MILLION IOPS dose of spit'n'polish

As we foretold in May, NetApp has completed the revamp of its unified storage FAS arrays with FAS2500s at the low-end and a monster FAS8080 EX at the top. We got the basic details, except for the FAS 8080 which has 36TB of (Virtual Storage Tier) flash and not the 18TB we thought. Apart from that it has up to 5.76PB of capacity …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jun 2014
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Brits: Google, can you scrape 60k pages from web, pleeease

Ten per cent of links expunged from the web under the European ‘right to be forgotten’ laws were based on requests from the good people of Blighty, Google has confirmed. The ad giant said it has removed nearly 499,000 links in the past five months, and this includes more than 63,000 pages from Brits that wanted them erased from …
Paul Kunert, 12 Oct 2014

Twitter rejigs layout, opens wide to swallow SLURRY OF ADS

It's been five months since the Twitter blabbergasm rolled into town. And, now that it's a grown up company trading on Wall Street, the micro-blogging site needs to crawl its way into the black. To do that, Twitter has suddenly gone a sombre grey with a layout tweak that surely signals to tweeting fans that the site is about to …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Apr 2014
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Google CFO nabs $1.2m bonus for five months' work

The Chocolate Factory's new chief financial officer has received a million-dollar bonus after just five months on the job. With a Tuesday SEC filing, Google said that in 2008, it splashed $6.3 million in bonus money on five of the top execs working under co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page and chief executive Eric Schmidt. …
Cade Metz, 03 Mar 2009

Hackers lay claim to exploit that defeats iPhone anti-theft tools

A pair of security researchers claim to have found a flaw which could allow an attacker to remove security measures on lost or stolen iPhones. Dutch researchers "AquaXetine" and "Merruktechnolog" were credited in a report from De Telegraaf as exploiting a "man in the middle" flaw that tricks a stolen iOS device into connecting …
Shaun Nichols, 22 May 2014
Satya Nadella

It's Satya! Microsoft VP Nadella named CEO as Bill Gates steps down

Microsoft’s new CEO is the executive running its $20bn server, tools and cloud computing businesses: Satya Nadella. Forty-six-year-old Nadella will, as earlier reports had suggested, assume the role immediately, Microsoft said on Tuesday. Also, as reported, Bill Gates is stepping down as Microsoft chairman. Gates will stay on …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Feb 2014
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F1 racing ace Michael Schumacher's medical records were pinched

Michael Schumacher's stolen "medical records" are being offered for sale.‬ The management team of the retired motor racing legend has confirmed the theft of files and warned that either the purchase or publication of the documents would provoke both a criminal complaint and a lawsuit. ‪Schumacher‬ left Grenoble Hospital last …
John Leyden, 24 Jun 2014
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Microsoft: Office 365 reached 1 million subs faster than Facebook

Microsoft's new Office 365 Home Premium subscription version has proven so popular with customers that it has reached one million subscribers faster than many popular online services have, the company has claimed. According to somewhat vague sales figures announced on Wednesday, it took the Home Premium edition of Office 365 – …
Neil McAllister, 29 May 2013
Lecpetex

Facebook scuttles 250k-strong crypto-currency botnet

Facebook has taken down a Greek botnet that at its peak compromised 50,000 accounts and infected 250,000 computers to mine crypto-currencies, steal email and banking details and pump out spam. The scuttled Lecpetex botnet spread malware including the DarkComet remote access trojan by social engineering techniques and was adept …
Darren Pauli, 09 Jul 2014
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BitTorrent man jailed for five months

A US man has been jailed for five months and sentenced to a further five months of home detention for his role as a leading participant in the BitTorrent tracker site Elitetorrents. US District Court Judge James P Jones also sentenced Grant T Stanley, 23 of Wise in Virginia, to a $3,000 fine and three years supervised release …
John Leyden, 27 Oct 2006

Google, Microsoft to add remote KILL switch to phones

Pressure from US lawmakers has convinced Microsoft and Google to add a kill switch to their smartphone operating systems in a move to deter the larcenous. The pressure came from "Secure our Smartphones" (SOS), an organization set up by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón …
Iain Thomson, 20 Jun 2014

Tosh: Fuel cell charger in two months

Toshiba is to make good on its pledge to launch external fuel cell chargers for portable gadgets on a commercial scale, if somewhat later than expected. The company made the promise late last year, stating that its first fuel cell-based chargers would appear by the end of March 2009. Five months on from March, Tosh has …
James Sherwood, 05 Aug 2009
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No woman, no drive: Saddo hackers lob Android nasty at Saudi women's rights campaign

Reactionary hacktivists have brewed up a strain of Android malware targeted against the Alsharif campaign, which encourages Saudi Arabian women to defy their country's ban on female drivers. Women have long been effectively banned from driving in the Middle Eastern kingdom, thanks to local interpretations of Islamic customs not …
John Leyden, 20 Nov 2013
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Soyuz brings new crew to International Space Station

Cast your eyes towards the heavens, dear readers, for a long way up there six astronauts did something amazing today. That thing was the connection of a Soyuz capsule to the International Space Station (ISS). Aboard were three new ISS crew: Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineers Karen Nyberg and Luca Parmitano. Those …
Simon Sharwood, 29 May 2013
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'Weev' attempts to overturn AT&T iPad 'hack' conviction

Lawyers for Andrew "Weev" Auernheimer went to court on Wednesday to appeal his conviction in a high-profile iPad data leak case. Auernheimer, a member of the grey-hat hacking collective Goatse Security, was jailed for three years and five months back in March 2013 after he was found guilty of leaking the private email addresses …
John Leyden, 20 Mar 2014

Reprieve for Weev: Court disowns AT&T hacker's conviction

Andrew "Weev" Auernheimer has had his troubling conviction and sentence under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act reversed and vacated. The Third US Circuit Court of Appeals announced on Friday [PDF] that Weev's conviction was being vacated due to it being tried in an improper venue, following an appeal by Weev. Weev had been …
Jack Clark, 11 Apr 2014
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Five in slammer over iTunes/eBay card-laundry caper

Five UK residents were jailed on Friday over a conspiracy to launder money using iTunes gift vouchers. The gang used stolen credit card details to buy vouchers which they sold at a discount via eBay and other auction sites. Suhail Tufail, 35, of Rochdale, Lancashire, masterminded the scheme which was estimated to have involved …
John Leyden, 17 May 2010
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Russian cargo ship drops off spacesuit puncture repair kit at the ISS

A Russian cargoship docked with the International Space Station without a hitch this weekend, carrying nearly three metric tons of supplies for the crew. Here's a video of the launch to the ISS: The Progress 52 docked with the station's Pirs compartment 260 miles (418km) over the Pacific Ocean roughly six hours after it was …
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IBM taps ex-Lenovo and services exec to run PureSystems server biz

Several weeks ago, El Reg told you that Andy Monshaw, the long-time head of IBM's Storage Systems Division and more recently the general manager of the PureSystems modular systems business, had left Big Blue. Due to the Independence Day holiday in the United States, IBM was unable to confirm Monshaw's departure, but late last …
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Here comes Windows 8.1! Microsoft grits teeth, pushes upgrade to world

Microsoft today unleashed Windows 8.1, the version to soothe folks ruffled by the touchscreen-friendly user interface. Crucially, the software giant really didn’t want to make this particular upgrade: it's effectively stepped back from the original Windows 8 blueprint. At 4am Pacific time (7am Eastern, 12 noon UK time), …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Oct 2013
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Dragons' Den badboy ups Expansys bid to £7.55m

Lanky Dragons' Den badass Peter Jones is edging closer to signing a deal to buy AIM-listed Expansys for a fraction of the price of some shares he placed on the market in 2010. The irascible tennis aficionado – Jones trained as a coach in his teens – launched an initial buy-out offer of £6.1m via PDJ Bidco in January, but upped …
Paul Kunert, 03 Mar 2014
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Five months at Oracle enough for CFO

Greg Maffei has become the latest CFO to last less than a year at database giant Oracle. Maffei, who ran Microsoft's vast and swelling finances between 1997 and 2000, is leaving to follow a "terrific personal opportunity" after just five months at Oracle. Maffei follows Harry You, who left in March after eight months in the …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Nov 2005

Amazon won't break into sweat about Google's cloud. Yet

When Google took the wrapper off its Amazon-like Compute Engine service last week, investors in rival cloud companies – including Amazon – panicked. Shares in Amazon and the OpenStack-backer Rackspace fell as investors feared Mountainview would translate its dominance of internet search and ads to cloud hosting. There's …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Dec 2013

Snowden leak: Microsoft added Outlook.com backdoor for Feds

There are red faces in Redmond after Edward Snowden released a new batch of documents from the NSA's Special Source Operations (SSO) division covering Microsoft's involvement in allowing backdoor access to its software to the NSA and others. Documents seen by The Guardian detail how the NSA became concerned when Microsoft …
Iain Thomson, 11 Jul 2013
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Canadian family gives up modern tech to live like it's 1986

Disappointed that their children seemed to enjoy using iPhones and iPads more than playing outdoors, a couple in Guelph, Ontario, Canada has chosen to spend a year using only technology invented before 1986. Photo of Blair McMillan and Morgan Patey of Guelph, Canada Deprived of iPads, a Canadian family experiences an atavistic …
Neil McAllister, 07 Sep 2013

We've done it - we've gone and made LONG-LIFE BEER

Researchers at Australia's University of Adelaide have unlocked the secret to letting beer age without it tasting like old socks. Doctor Jason Eglington of the university's School of Agriculture, Food and Wine explained that barley contains an enzyme called “lipoxygenase”. The enzymatic process produces several substances, among …
Simon Sharwood, 06 May 2013

REJOICE! Windows 7 users can get IE11 ... soon they'll have NO choice

Following a swift development and testing process, Microsoft has delivered the final version of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7, less than a month after it was made available to Windows 8 users via the 8.1 update. Redmond shipped its first developer preview of IE11 for Windows 7 in July, and a second, final preview appeared …
Neil McAllister, 07 Nov 2013
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IT manager, turned cracker, jailed for five months

An IT manager was sentenced this week to five months imprisonment over a January 2003 hacking attack against his former employers, Santa Clara-based Manufacturing Electronic Sales Corporation (MESC). Mark Erfurt, 39, from Orange County, southern California, was also ordered to pay $45,000 in compensation to MESC by US District …
John Leyden, 16 Mar 2005
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A startup could've made a better Obamacare site, says CloudFlare boss

The White House claims its sickly medical insurance portal healthcare.gov is finally finding its feet – but after weeks of stability problems, one web specialist has told The Reg: a startup would have done better. The site is under fire after struggling to stay running as hundreds of thousands of Americans piled in to check out …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2013
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HP wheels out ProLiant refresh for some channel lovin'

HP says the soon-to-launch ProLiant Gen8 servers represent a much-needed refresh opportunity for dealers. Codenamed Project Voyager, the line was designed to be easier and cheaper to manage: HP claims it has a 95 per cent first-time fix rate and 70 per cent more compute power per watt. The boxes hit the street at the end of the …
Paul Kunert, 19 Mar 2012
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Symantec slams Web Gateway back door on would-be corporate spies

Symantec has plugged a series of critical flaws in its Web Gateway appliances which included a backdoor permitting remote code execution on targeted systems. The flaws, discovered during a short crash test by security researchers at Austrian firm SEC Consult, created a means to execute code with root privileges - or the ability …
John Leyden, 29 Jul 2013

Capita slurps crashed 2e2's ex-flack-in-chief to bolster sales

Troubled integrator-cum-reseller Capita IT Services (CITS) has hired fallen channel giant 2e2's former sales and marketing director. Ian Thomas rocks up at CITS today as sales boss in a move that was confirmed to staff by managing director Peter Hands. "Ian has a background in travel, telecoms and IT services and spent 14 years …
Paul Kunert, 08 Apr 2013
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IBM's PureSystems mod boxes bust kilo-customer barrier

Every market has its own psychological barrier, and for IBM systems the magic number seems to be 1,000. As part of the recent tweaks to its PureSystems line, Big Blue brags that it now has more than 1,000 unique customers worldwide using the new boxes. IBM did not supply any numbers regarding the volume of server nodes or racks …
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Theresa May DDoS case: Man cuffed by eCops

A man has been arrested in Stoke-on-Trent by police investigating a DDoS attack on Theresa May's website and the Home Office website in June. The 41 year old was arrested this morning by officers from the eCrime unit. He was later bailed until December. The man was arrested on suspicion of assisting or encouraging the denial of …
Anna Leach, 07 Nov 2012