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Russia 'incompatible with the internet', cries web CEO 'axed by Putin'

Tech mogul Pavel Durov – dubbed Russia's "Mark Zuckerberg" for creating a Facebook-a-like website – has said he will never return home until corruption is quashed in his country. Durov was CEO of VKontakte, an online social network, but fled the Putin-led nation after allegedly spending months resisting Russia's Federal Security …
Jasper Hamill, 29 Apr 2014

Brazil's anti-NSA prez urged to SNATCH keys to the internet from America

The nine men and one woman who guide the growth and development of internet standards and practices have delivered a stinging rebuke to the US hegemony of the transnational "series of tubes" – and have called for its management to be wrenched away from America's grip and fully internationalized. After a meeting in Montevideo, …
Rik Myslewski, 11 Oct 2013

Indian internet tunnelers trump Chinese web deniers

Asia accounts for four of the world’s top five VPN-using countries, although Indian netizens are more likely to hide their location than those in China, according to new research. Out of 28 per cent of global users who tunnel through the internet, only one fifth do so because they don’t want to be spotted by government snoopers …
Phil Muncaster, 07 Feb 2014

UK.gov: Forget Google and those other chaps... Use THIS open Internet of Stuff specification

The Internet of Things is all a question of semantics, according to a government-backed consortium that includes mega tech players like BT, IBM and ARM. IBM's master inventor (yes, that's a real job) Andy Stanford-Clark demonstrates IoT streetlight illumination IoT is a "hype term" that within 10 years will simply be referred …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Jun 2014

FCC headman Wheeler calls for an 'open internet' – but what the %$#@! does he mean?

Just how "open" is US Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler's "open internet"? To paraphrase ex-President Bill Clinton's famous weasel words, "It depends upon what the mean of 'open' is." On Thursday morning, Wheeler put to a commission vote a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) "to preserve and protect the …
Rik Myslewski, 15 May 2014
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Hackers ZERO IN on ZOMBIE XP boxes: Get patching, Internet Explorer 8 users

A newly uncovered attack specifically targeting out-of-support Windows XP machines running Internet Explorer 8 is being used to hack potential victims in multiple industries across Europe and North America, according to security researchers. This is the first “in the wild” attack spotted against Windows XP after Microsoft pulled …
John Leyden, 02 May 2014
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WAIT! What's that sound? It's Intel stomping into the 'Internet of Things'

Intel has set up an entire business unit to make sure that it doesn't miss out on the the whole "internet of things" movement. The chipmaker wants to make sure that it's not behind the curve on efforts to create a vast army of network-connected gadgets and sensors – ideally everything from remote-controllable toasters to your …

WhatsApp founder: Believe us, internet! 'Twas a DODGY network router WOT DONE IT

WhatsApp founder Jan Koum has said that a network router caused the outage of the messaging service this weekend, just a few days after it was acquired by Facebook. Koum apologised for what he described as the company's "longest and biggest outage in years". "We are sorry about the downtime," he said. "It was caused by a …

The Internet of Things helps insurance firms reward, punish

The more the Internet of Things knows about you, the more that insurance companies are able to slurp that data and incentivize you to walk the straight and narrow. "You know the way that advertising turned out to be the native business model for the internet? I think that insurance is going to be the native business model for …
Rik Myslewski, 23 May 2014
Windows 7

Internet Explorer 11 for Win7 bods: Soz, no HTML5 fun for you

Internet Explorer 11 arrived for Windows 7 last week but some key features are missing, particularly in the field of HTML5-enabled film, TV and audio. Microsoft has compiled a list of features you'll find in IE11 on Windows 8.1 but which have been pulled from the version of its latest browser that targets Windows 7. Some …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Nov 2013
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Vodafone buys into Internet of Stuff, sinks fangs into Cobra

Vodafone has announced that it is going to buy the Italian machine-to-machine company Cobra, which does a brisk business in stolen vehicle tracking. Cobra has done well out of the slip in Tracker’s market share and counts many of the major European car manufacturers – including Porsche – among its customers. The firm started …
Simon Rockman, 17 Jun 2014

Bosch launches obligatory Internet of Things push

Bosch is the latest of the industrial majors to get on the Internet of Things bandwagon, setting up a new division to focus on devices, software, and expertise to consolidate its sensor-based applications. Announced at CES (where else at this time of year?), the division will initially focus on sensors in home automation, …
Fail whale

New exploding whale vid once again shows true porpoise of internet

As The Reg noted last month, exploding whales have made an important contribution to the Internet. But in the years since that marvellous film was made, inferior cat videos have become the net's dominant video content (we're not counting smut, okay?) and deflected the internet from its manifest destiny. Now, however, comes the …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Nov 2013
Mike Hudack of Facebook

Facebook exec: I HATE the INTERNET and I REALLY hate journalism

Modern internet journalism is terrible and full of trivial clickbait designed for Facebook, says Mike Hudack, director of product management at, um, Facebook. Of course, he didn't quite phrase it like that. Writing on (where else?) Facebook, Hudack takes aim at a mainstream media which he says has become a "hollowed out" husk: …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 May 2014
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MEPs: Specialised services? Oui. 2-speed internet? Nein

MEPs have called for greater restrictions on content producers' ability to set minimum internet service provider (ISP) service levels for their content. Producers and ISPs themselves need to be more restricted than is planned under new EU telecoms rules, they said. The European Parliament's Civil Liberties, Justice and Home …
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Jan 2014

Internet Explorer 11 at it again, breaks Microsoft's own CRM software

Compatibility problems continue to plague Internet Explorer 11, with some Microsoft customers once again complaining that the company's latest browser doesn't work with one of its own products. Users first raised red flags about IE11 in October, when reports surfaced that the browser was rendering a number of sites strangely, …
Neil McAllister, 06 Dec 2013

Internet overlords deny Google's 'dotless' domains dream

The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) has issued a statement in which it all-but-rules-out Google's plan to take over some new top-level domains and offer them in “dotless” configurations that would enable web addresses like “http://search". Google outlined its plans for .search, .app and cloud back in April. The idea of Google …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jul 2013
Tim Berners-Lee and Edward Snowden

ROBO-SNOWDEN: Iraq, the internet – two places the US govt invaded that weren't a threat

Whistleblower Edward Snowden has appeared on stage at a TED conference in Canada via a remote-controlled robotic screen – and was hailed as a hero by the Web's founding father Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Tim Berners-Lee and Edward Snowden Father of the web meets one of its sons ... Berners-Lee, far left, and right, the Robo-Snowden …
Iain Thomson, 19 Mar 2014
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Bluetooth Smart to tap IPv6-powered Internet of Things after 4.1 upgrade

The brains behind Bluetooth have published a new version of the wireless peripheral specification which will, they claim, enhance the standard’s support for the very low-power gizmos that make up the Internet of Things. Bluetooth’s suitability for wearable kit, from smartwatches to health monitors and fitness gauges, will be …
Tony Smith, 05 Dec 2013

IETF floats plan to PRISM-proof the Internet

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has posted “PRISM-Proof Security Considerations” aimed at making it much harder for governments to implement programs like the PRISM effort whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed as one of the tools in the NSA's spookery toolbag. The proposal has just one author - Phillip Hallam-Baker of …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Sep 2013
The Register breaking news

Andreessen, Metcalfe, Stallman and Swartz added to Internet Hall of Fame

The Internet Society has announced the latest inductees into the Internet Hall of Fame, and is including a posthumous entry for internet activist Aaron Swartz. The Internet Hall of Fame was founded last year, and this second round adds 32 appointees in three categories: Pioneers, Innovators, and Connectors. The new inductees in …
Iain Thomson, 27 Jun 2013

BT and Neul ink gov-funded deal: Milton Keynes to be test bed for Internet of Stuff

A taxpayer-subsidised project to run a test network for Machine-to-Machine communications – aka the Internet of Things – is getting underway in Milton Keynes, with kit being supplied by Brit telco BT and wireless bods at Neul. The main purpose behind the scheme is for Whitehall to get the one-time state monopoly and the …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 May 2014

UK internet filtering shouldn't rely on knee tappers, says Tory MP

Claire Perry MP today defended the government’s net filtering policy, claiming that David Cameron's government don’t actually want to regulate internet service providers – but that without some sort of lead, global companies would simply sit on their hands. The UK’s biggest net providers are rolling out an opt-in filtering …
Joe Fay, 29 Jan 2014

iiNet to buy Adam Internet

iiNet has announced it will acquire Adam Internet for $AUD60m. The announcement comes just weeks after Telstra abandoned its quest to acquire the ISP. Telstra's ambitions were roundly criticised as anti-competitive when it announced its intentions in October 2012, with Vodafone Hutchinson Australia, iiNet and Macquarie Telecom …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Aug 2013

Tales from the Internet World Cup: ICANN tell nothing will change

NetMundial's internet conference, the much-hyped, over-excited lovechild of Edward Snowden's NSA revelations, has been significantly more subdued than people thought it would be. After the first day of the two-day internet shindig in São Paulo, Brazil – the Global Multi-stakeholder Meeting on the future of Internet Governance – …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Apr 2014
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EMEA prez James Heard exits internet backbone biz Level 3

The EMEA regional president of internet network operator Level 3 Communications is leaving the company after a year in which the company axed five per cent of its British workforce and 700 employees worldwide. Chief financial officer Sunit Patel will be serving as interim regional head on top of his usual duties until the firm …
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Microsoft, Facebook: We'll pay cash if you can poke a hole in the INTERNET

While Facebook and Microsoft already run security bug bounty programs of their own, the two companies are now working together to reward researchers who can find flaws in some of the underlying technologies behind online communications. The Internet Bug Bounty program will pay a minimum for $5,000 for flaws in sandboxed …
Iain Thomson, 07 Nov 2013
What car shall I drive today?

Look what's screeching into the Internet of Stuff: SELF-DRIVING CARS

Semiconductor maker Freescale is a notable player in embedded processing for the automotive industry, among other things, so it was perhaps no great surprise to find various car components on its stand at the Future World Symposium this week in London. Freescale's hybrid game at play Freescale's hybrid game at play By …
Bob Dormon, 02 May 2014

Internet Explorer 11 BREAKS Google, Outlook Web Access

The Windows 8.1 rollout has hit more hurdles: the new version 11 of Internet Explorer that ships with the operating system does not render Google products well and is also making life difficult for users of Microsoft's own Outlook Web Access webmail product. The latter issue is well known: Microsoft popped out some advice about …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Oct 2013

You've heard of the internet, right? Well this here might just be the INTERCLOUD

Equinix has removed one of the most intractable stumbling blocks in cloud computing's evolution from a high-price, differentiated market into one of low-cost utilities – by making it trivial for customers to suck data out of one provider and pour it into another. The colocation provider announced its Cloud Exchange service on …
Jack Clark, 30 Apr 2014
Tim Berners-Lee, photo by Paul Clarke

Berners-Lee: 'Growing tide of surveillance' is destroying the internet

Tim Berners-Lee has warned that snooping spooks are destroying the free spirit of the internet. He said a "growing tide of surveillance and censorship" was drowning the democratic nature of the web. Sir Tim was speaking at the launch of the World Wide Web Foundation's annual web index report, which analyses the web's " …
Jasper Hamill, 22 Nov 2013

Verizon finally drags FCC into court fisticuffs to end one-speed internet for all

Broadband provider Verizon and US watchdog the FCC will face off in court today in a crunch battle for net neutrality – a longstanding principle that guarantees a fair and level playing field for all on the web. Verizon and fellow ISPs want to charge websites and other online businesses a premium for piping their data faster to …

Reports: NSA has compromised most internet encryption

The NSA and the GCHQ have compromised much encryption used on the internet through a potent mix of technological theft, spycraft, and collaboration with major technology companies, according to new reports. In a series of news articles that highlight how the code-breaking crypto-fiddling agencies NSA and GCHQ are doing their job …
Jack Clark, 05 Sep 2013
Intel Edison

Intel bungs PC on an SD: Tiny computer for Internet of Things and wearables

Intel has put a PC into an SD card-sized casing. Dubbed Edison, the micro-microcomputer marks the chip giant’s first attempt to address the emerging wearable computing business; part of its strategy to cope with a world where punters buy far fewer traditional personal computers. Or, more specifically, where ARM and not Intel is …
Tony Smith, 07 Jan 2014

Unsupervised Brit kids are meeting STRANGERS from the INTERNET

Brit kids are engaged in risky behaviour online, including arranging meetings with people they meet on the internet and playing games intended for older age groups, according to a new study. A survey of 1,162 primary school age children in the south east and Guernsey found that many were sharing personal information on the web …
Great Wall of China

China's lifting of internet blockade denied by state media

Hopes that the Chinese government was about to relax its strict internet censorship regime in Shanghai appear to have been dashed after state-run media ran stories denying previous reports. An “exclusive” from Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post on Tuesday, referencing anonymous government sources, claimed that the Great …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Sep 2013
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Department of Human Services removes Medicare from internet

Australia's Department of Human Services (DoHS) is working to re-instate redirects from some of its legacy websites. The DoHS is the umbrella agency for delivery of the Australian government's health insurance, income support and child support services. The Department's site offers access to all of those services, but many users …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jan 2014

Oooh! My NAUGHTY SKIRT keeps riding up! Hello, INTERNET EXPLORER

Microsoft has come up with a new way to market Internet Explorer to Asian customers, and it's a major departure from the kinds of ad campaigns we're used to seeing from Redmond here in the West. Inori Aizawa, the 'personification of IE' Here she is, Miss Internet Explorer Meet Inori Aizawa, Microsoft's latest spokeswoman. Or …
Neil McAllister, 08 Nov 2013
Xbox One and chum

XBOX ONE and PS4, you'll make us RUN OUT of INTERNET

Web puritans Blue Coat are predicting that the end of internet days because of the release of Xbox One and rival PlayStation 4 gaming consoles. That's the stark message from a preposterous article - titled Will Xbox One and PS4 finally break the internet? - that reached our inbox on Friday morning. This had nothing to do with …
John Leyden, 22 Nov 2013
Internet map

New tool lets single server map entire internet in 45 minutes

Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a new tool that allows a single server with a gigabit Ethernet port to scan the internet so quickly that it can map 98 per cent of the world's IPv4 connections in under 45 minutes. Mapping internet nodes is nothing new – companies and researchers have been doing it for …
Iain Thomson, 19 Aug 2013

Whoa, hold on, Earth: Wolfram's discovered the 'Internet of Things'

Wolfram Research likes big datasets, and there's a growing number and variety of Internet of Things connected devices, so it's a natural pairing really: the company ha announced a project to create what it calls a “definitive, curated, source of systematic knowledge about connected devices”. In fact, the company's ultimate hope …
AllSeen Alliance

Open source bods magic up Qualcomm tech to unlock Internet of Things

The Linux Foundation has established an industry-wide initiative to create an accessible-to-all framework for the Internet of Things - or the “Internet of Everything”, as the Foundation now wants us to call it. Dubbed the AllSeen Alliance - sounds a bit Harry Potter or Terry Pratchett, no? - the organisation will do what no one …
Tony Smith, 10 Dec 2013
Terror at 20,000 feet

Weird PHP-poking Linux worm slithers into home routers, Internet of Things

Symantec has stumbled across a worm that exploits various vulnerabilities in PHP to infect Intel x86-powered Linux devices. The security biz says the malware threatens to compromise home broadband routers and similar equipment. However, home internet kit with x86 chips are few and far between – most network-connected embedded …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Nov 2013

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

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
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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

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
Musaic video

Kickstarter cup-rattling, light-dimming Internet of Stuff upstart takes on Sonos, Bose

Kickstarter-funded Musaic hopes to outsmart Sonos and beat Bose with speakers that play higher fidelity music across normal Wi-Fi, support Bluetooth and integrate with home automation lighting and security products. Wi-Fi is becoming the smart home network. Sonos, the streaming speaker king, takes advantage of that but …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 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