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Unsung DEAD WHALE EXPLODER hero, who gave the early internet a purpose, passes away

The internet is mourning the sad death of George Thomas Thornton, the man who gained immortal fame for blowing up a dead whale on TV and so created what was probably the first truly viral video. The video of the infamous exploding whale. Thornton became famous when a video showing his rather ill-advised decision to get rid of a …
Team Register, 05 Nov 2013
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Google accounts for quarter of US internet traffic – report

Data to and from Google's servers now accounts for a quarter of all US internet traffic, according to the latest network analysis by monitoring firm DeepField, with over 60 per cent of all end users and their devices having some business with the Chocolate Factory every day. "While it is old news that Google is BIG, the sheer …
Iain Thomson, 22 Jul 2013

1bn down, 6bn to go: Zuck to grow Facebook by touting 'free internet onramp' for the poor

Mark Zuckerberg has used his keynote address at this year's Mobile World Congress to expound on his rough plan to expand basic internet services to all humanity as a human right, and then sell them something on the back of them. He told the Barcelona audience that Internet.org – a partnership between Facebook and mobile …
Iain Thomson, 24 Feb 2014
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The internet is 'a gift from God' says Pope Francis

Pope Francis has shared his thoughts about the Internet, declaring it a wonderful thing but also expressing worries that it impair human relationships and inflict a kind of commercial violence on users. Francis' thoughts are published here under the title “"Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter" - …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jan 2014

Amazon DISAPPEARS from internet

Amazon.com has dropped offline*, amid widespread reports of trouble in the underlying Amazon Web Services infrastructure cloud. The problems began at about 11.50am Pacific Time on Monday in California, and Twitter quickly flooded with reports of people having trouble accessing both Amazon.com and the Amazon Web Services cloud, …
Jack Clark, 19 Aug 2013

Fiendish Internet Explorer 10 zero-day targets US soldiers

Cyberspies have used an unpatched vulnerability in Internet Explorer 10 in an exploit which appears to target US military personnel. Among three high-priority updates in the most recent Patch Tuesday (11 February) was a cumulative fix for Explorer which addressed a whopping two dozen different memory corruption vulnerabilities …
John Leyden, 14 Feb 2014

PM Cameron leaps aboard Internet of Thingies

Prime Minister David Cameron thinks he has spotted the "Second Industrial Revolution" – and it’s the Internet of Things. Speaking at the start of the CeBIT show in Hannover, Cameron foresaw British software and services companies working up with German engineering and manufacturing companies to turn IoT from a “slogan to a fact …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Mar 2014
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GE partners with Amazon for 'industrial internet'

GE has announced a cloud-based analytics platform for net-connected devices as the manufacturing giant tries to forge a set of technologies for what it terms "the industrial internet". The company has partnered with three major tech companies – Amazon, Accenture, and Pivotal – to help it build a platform for storing and …
Jack Clark, 18 Jun 2013
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Internet daddies win Blighty's 'Nobel for engineering'

The men who helped give birth to the internet have been awarded the first Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering at Buckingham Palace. Brit pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee, along with US computer scientists Bob Kahn and Vint Cerf and Frenchman Louis Pouzin will share the £1m spoils that come with the prize. A fifth prize winner, US …
Jasper Hamill, 26 Jun 2013
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Vint Cerf: 'The internet of things needs to be locked down'

Device manufacturers who are sticking internet connections into everything from TVs to toasters need to lock down their systems with strong authentication, Google's chief internet evangelist Vint Cerf warned the RSA keynote audience. Cerf said he was "frankly astonished" at the range of devices that now come with an internet …
Iain Thomson, 27 Feb 2013

WTF is the Internet of Things and how insurers will use it against you

What is "the internet of things" and why should we care? Put simply, the internet of things is a catch-all term for ultra-low-power embedded devices that mostly consist of sensors and control systems. This market segment is expanding rapidly; devices falling into this category will soon outnumber all other types of computers on …
Trevor Pott, 27 Nov 2013
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A14 to become UK's first internet-connected ROAD

New trials of White Space frequency-sharing technology will see BT wiring up the A14 road between Felixstowe and Cambridge, while Microsoft rolls out a Glasgow-wide Wi-Fi network – meaning these areas will be the first to find out whether White Space will work in Blighty. The trials will run later this year, ahead of next year's …
Bill Ray, 04 Oct 2013

Angela Merkel: Let US spies keep their internet. The EU will build its own

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has lent her support to the idea of building out new European data networks to help keep Europeans' email and other data out of the hands of US spies. In the latest edition of her weekly podcast on Saturday, Merkel said she planned to raise the issue among other topics in a meeting with French …
Neil McAllister, 17 Feb 2014

Oh My GOD! Have the TORIES ERASED THE INTERNET?*

A story that the Conservatives “made the internet disappear” has ignited news channels today. In fact, the story demonstrates yet again how ignorant most journalists are of the basic workings of the internet - and it demonstrates how the thirst for conspiratorial thinking dominates political news. Perhaps not surprisingly, this …

Australia's anti-smut internet filter blueprint lasts LESS THAN A DAY

Australia goes to the polls on Saturday to elect a new national government - but the likely winners of the election have just suffered an embarrassing reversal after a day during which they proposed, then withdrew, a plan for a national anti-smut internet filter. The proposal was contained in a policy document published today, …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Sep 2013

Hang in there, Internet Explorer peeps: Gaping zero-day fix coming Tues

Microsoft is preparing to close a wide-open security hole in Internet Explorer - a vulnerability state-backed spies are exploiting to mine organisations across Asia. A update to fix the flaw is among four critical patches Redmond has lined up for the October edition of Patch Tuesday, due next week. Versions 6 through to 11 of …
John Leyden, 04 Oct 2013
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Internet cafés declared 'illegal businesses' in Ohio

Having solved all of the state's other problems, the Ohio legislature has passed a bill outlawing that most foul of societal ills: the internet café. As reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, House Bill 7, which passed the State Senate with a bipartisan vote of 27 to 6 on Wednesday, effectively cuts off the main source of …
Neil McAllister, 24 May 2013
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Egyptian navy captures divers trying to cut undersea internet cables

A spokesman for the Egyptian military has reported that three scuba divers have been arrested in the Mediterranean as they tried to cut a submarine data cable owned by local telco Telecom Egypt. Egyptian submarine cable saboteurs Looks like a pretty low-tech operation Col. Ahmed Mohammed Ali said on his Facebook page that the …
Iain Thomson, 27 Mar 2013

Need a job? The 'Internet of Things' WANTS YOU

If you're looking for your next career move, one that will guarantee you job security with a company that's dying to hire you, ARM's CEO has three words for you: "Internet of Things." The Internet of Things – or the IoT as chief exec Simon Segars referred to it during his keynote at the ARM TechCon geek-fest in Santa Clara, …
Rik Myslewski, 30 Oct 2013
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Tech quango coughs £800k to hook your child up to Internet of Things

Over the summer term eight UK schools will get £800,000 worth of sensors, servers and cloud to inspire them into learning about and getting interested in the Internet of Things. The money comes from the Technology Strategy Board, a government quango which prefers to be known as "Innovate UK", and will be spent developing …
Bill Ray, 22 Aug 2013
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Schmidt calls China's attempts to take over internet 'egregious'

Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt has told an audience in India that China is the worst example of a nation trying to take over and censor the internet. "As the internet has emerged in many of these different countries, there's quite a few countries that have no laws that pertain to the internet at all and those internets …
Iain Thomson, 21 Mar 2013
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Internet fraud still stings suckers

Australians fell prey to online scams to the tune of around $AUD93.5 million in 2012, and reported nearly 84,000 “scam-related contacts” to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The Commission has just released the results of its 2012 report on scam activity, published as part of Australia's National …

Indonesia becomes MOST DANGEROUS place on the internet

Indonesia has had the dubious honour of supplanting China as the number one source of attack traffic globally in the second quarter, according to the latest stats from content delivery and security firm Akamai. The vendor’s State of the Internet report for Q2 found Indonesia accounted for 38 per cent of the world’s attack …
Phil Muncaster, 17 Oct 2013

New Internet Explorer chief is man behind Windows Phone reboot

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) has a new chief - the exec who has led the company’s Windows Phone rebirth for four years. Joe Belfiore, Windows Phone program management and design vice president since early 2009, tweeted today that he’s added responsibility for IE and Windows UX (“user experience”) to his “next role focused …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Nov 2013
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Comrade! If you dare f$%^ing swear on the internet, WE'LL SHOOT

Websites publishing profanities will either have to delete the offending material within 24 hours or be hauled offline - so says a new amendment to a law aimed at – what else? – protecting children. Another attack on Blighty's freedom of speech? Not this time. Instead, Yelena Mizulina - head of the Russian State Duma's Committee …
Gareth Corfield, 29 Jul 2013
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Internet Villain face-off: Spy queen Theresa May v Twit-hate Turkish PM

And so to Piccadilly, London, where the great, the good and the downright drunk and rowdy gathered for the 15th Internet Service Providers' Association awards - which this year saw the title of Internet Villain handed to Mr Censorship AKA Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Erdogan. But Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May - whose …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Jul 2013

Boffins: Internet transit a vulnerability

If you think of an Internet exchange, you probably think of infrastructure that's well-protected, well-managed, and hard to compromise. The reality, however, might be different. According to research by Stanford University's Daniel Kharitonov, working with TraceVector's Oscar Ibatullin, there are enough vulnerabilities in …
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FCC votes to bring faster internet to US schools

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to overhaul its E-rate program, which subsidizes internet and telecommunications access for schools and libraries, with a goal of facilitating greater availability of modern, high-speed wired and wireless networks. "Preparing our nation's students with the skills they need …
Neil McAllister, 19 Jul 2013
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Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?

In a surprising move, one startup has been forced to migrate its data out of a trendy NoSQL database and into a traditional relational one after running into numerous technical issues with the fluffy new tech. The move by internet-of-things startup Revolv was disclosed by the head of its cloud engineering group, Matt Butcher, in …
Jack Clark, 11 Apr 2014
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European Parliament votes to fight ITU internet power grab

The European Parliament has passed a resolution protesting plans by the International Telecommunications Union to seize regulatory control of the internet. "[The European Parliament] believes that the ITU, or any other single, centralised international institution, is not the appropriate body to assert regulatory authority over …
Iain Thomson, 24 Nov 2012
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US spy court says internet firms can't report surveillance requests

The US Department of Justice has issued a formal response to requests by Google, Microsoft, and other internet companies to disclose more information about government requests for user data under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. And – surprise, surprise – it's firmly against the idea. "Although the Government has …
Neil McAllister, 02 Oct 2013
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Internet Explorer makes modest gains against Google Chrome

The browser world war, which appeared to have already been handily won by Google Chrome, is heating up again – well, "warming up" might be more accurate – with Microsoft's Internet Explorer having reversed some of its long, relatively steady decline. A mere two years ago, Internet Explorer was the undisputed king of the browser …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Apr 2013
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What does the post-Snowden internet need? A price list

Fujitsu’s CTO has warned that moves to localise the internet in the wake of the NSA scandal risk fracturing the system and are ultimately unnecessary given the possibility of better cloud management. Joseph Reger, talking to us last month at the firm’s Fujitsu Forum event, also warned of the security and privacy issues raised by …
Joe Fay, 12 Dec 2013

4 Brits cuffed after shutdown of internet drug shop Silk Road

British cops have nabbed four men in connection with the shutdown of the Silk Road internet drug shop. They said they expect to arrest more in the coming weeks as they tighten the net on the dark web's illicit marketplaces. Police from Blighty's newly launched National Crime Agency said they had worked with US law enforcement to …
Jasper Hamill, 08 Oct 2013
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That time when an NSA bloke's son borked the ENTIRE INTERNET...

It's 25 years since the Morris Worm taught the world that computers were capable of contracting viruses. The Morris Worm hit on 2 November 1988, spreading rapidly by exploiting vulnerabilities in sendmail, the email server software that was the most commonly used technology of its type at the time. Many contemporary Unix …
John Leyden, 04 Nov 2013

Hackers just POURING through unpatched Internet Explorer zero-day hole

An as-yet-unpatched zero-day vulnerability affecting Internet Explorer is being abused much more widely than analysts had previously suspected. The vulnerability first came to public attention last week with the Operation DeputyDog attacks against targets in Japan, as first reported by net security firm FireEye. Websense, …
John Leyden, 01 Oct 2013
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Speaking in Tech: $65 JUST for internet and my ISP has the BALLS to throttle a service?

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week in Speaking in Tech, your hosts Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela hold down the fort while Eddie Saipetch parties in Vegas. This week they are joined by special guest Joe Onisick, technical marketing engineer at Cisco, and shoot the breeze about everything from the …
Team Register, 12 Feb 2014
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Senators propose permanent ban on internet sales and access tax

Two members of the Senate Commerce Committee have introduced a mini-bill that would permanently block both taxes on internet access and "multiple and discriminatory taxes" against e-commerce. "E-commerce is thriving largely because the internet is free from burdensome tax restrictions. Unfortunately, tax collectors see it as a …
Iain Thomson, 31 Jan 2013
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BAN SMUT, rage MEPs: Purpose of internet must be EXTERMINATED

MEPs are being urged to back a non-binding resolution that calls on the European Parliament to, in effect, ban pornography from the internet. A group of Euro politicos hope the web filth block will bring about a "genuine culture of equality" online. A motion was tabled this week by the EU's committee on women’s rights and gender …
Team Register, 08 Mar 2013
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Intel slumps into mud despite lobbing Internet-of-Things, etc at buyers

Intel has reported modest growth in its financial results for the third quarter of 2013 over the previous three months. But measured against this time last year, the chip giant has barely grown at all. Revenues grew five per cent on the second quarter of 2013 to $13.5bn, giving it an earnings per share of 58 cents, and an …
Iain Thomson, 15 Oct 2013
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Dammit internet... you promised naked videos of my Facebook friends

Hundreds of people have been tricked into installing Trojan malware after clicking on a new Facebook scam that falsely promises naked videos of their "friends". The scam – which relies on tricking users into installing a fake Flash player supposedly needed to view the racy footage – can multiply itself rapidly across multiple …
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2014
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Quit the 2D internet, flee your cave, and GET LAID, barks rock star

Rock star Jack White, formerly of The White Stripes and The Dead Weather, has told fans to switch off the "two-dimensional" internet, get out of their "cave" and start experiencing something in "the real world". Recently appointed as an ambassador for the world's official Record Store Day, the musician has been getting into the …
Anna Leach, 21 Feb 2013
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Internet evildoers stitch together vile ransomware-survey scam chimaera

Internet Igors have fused genomes from two of the web's most noxious scam strains to create a repulsive chimaera. The new ransomware doing the rounds locks up victims' PCs before forcing their users to complete a survey in order to receive an unlock code. Traditional ransomware scams typically involving locking up systems …
John Leyden, 15 Jul 2013
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Internet Explorer tracks cursor even when minimised

A security researcher has published yet another reason not to use Internet Explorer for anything, under any circumstances: it can track your mouse cursor movements, even when it’s minimised. Affecting all versions newer than IE 6.0, and with no plans for a fix by Microsoft, the bug is demonstrated here (not being an IE user, …
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Facebook Messenger tech to glue 50bn-strong Internet of Stuff

A communications protocol for the Internet of Things - the posh name for a future global network of 50 billion interconnected gadgets - has been chosen by a top standards body. The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), best known for its OpenDocument format, will adopt and promote the MQTT …
Bill Ray, 01 May 2013
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Internet giant you may still remember (AOL) gobbles vid ad biz Adap.tv

AOL has bought advertising company Adap.tv in a bid to future-proof its online video services. The internet giant claimed the acquisition will make it the second biggest player in the online "video space", presumably behind Youtube. Adap.tv specialises in programmatic advertising, which allows media buyers to avoid the bulk …
Jasper Hamill, 07 Aug 2013
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Televisions in living rooms now the fastest-growing internet platform

The humble television holds the future of the interwebs, we're told: New numbers from Netbiscuits shows the lean-back experience more than doubled over the last six months and put other platforms into the shade. Tablet use is also up, by more than 50 per cent, while smartphones have - it seems - plateaued with a meagre four per …
Bill Ray, 27 Mar 2013
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Websites to 'close' for China's 'Internet maintenance day'

Today, 4 June, is the 24th anniversary of what China calls the “counterrevolutionary riot” in Beijing's Tiananmen Square . Much of the rest of the world records the incident as a massacre, after Chinese troops ended protests in the square by dealing out lethal force. China now represses discussion about the events of 4 June, …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Jun 2013

US.gov - including NASA et al - quits internet. Is the UN running it now?

The US government has disappeared from the internet after a hard core of Republican party lawmakers forced the superpower's state agencies to shut down over a budget dispute. The House of Representatives refused to agree a budget that would keep cash flowing to public departments, meaning that the entire government was forced to …
Jasper Hamill, 01 Oct 2013
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Ad man: Mozilla 'radicals' and 'extremists' want to wreck internet economy

Randall Rothenberg, president and CEO of industry group the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), thinks the Mozilla Foundation's policy on third-party cookies is way out of line, and he's taken to the web with a 4,000-word screed essay to make his case. It was in February that Mozilla first said that a future version of its …
Neil McAllister, 17 Jul 2013