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My Friend Cayla and i-Que robot

Playtime's over: Internet-connected kids toys 'fail miserably' at privacy

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and the European Consumer Organization (BEUC) are calling for US and EU data protection authorities to take action against insecure networked toys. Declaring that "My Friend Cayla," a Bluetooth-enabled doll released in 2014, and "i-Que," a connected robot released last year, " …
Thomas Claburn, 08 Dec 2016

Hyperloop One settles hangman lawsuit

The extraordinary lawsuit/soap opera surrounding tube-travelling Hyperloop One has been brought to a close. On Friday, the company reached a confidential settlement with four former employees who had seemingly tried, and failed, to stage a management coup earlier this year. "Hyperloop One is pleased to announce that it has …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Nov 2016

Uni students float into Hyperloop finals with levitating prototype

A team of students from the University of Cincinnati has passed through to the final round of Elon Musk's Hyperloop challenge by demonstrating the magnetic levitation of hover engines. A loud whirring sound was emitted on October 17 as the 14-foot-long Hyperloop prototype floated above the ground by a quarter of an inch. The …
Katyanna Quach, 20 Oct 2016

NSA, GCHQ and even Donald Trump are all after your data

Comment As production and usage of data keeps growing globally, it’s worth remembering that the US government wants access to your information and will use warrants, decryption or hacking to get to it. That’s not news and the US government has many tools in its box. Many had already heard of the Uniting and Strengthening America by …
Frank Jennings, 20 Oct 2016

Meanwhile, in America: Half of adults' faces are in police databases

Images representing 117 million American adults – almost half the grownups in the country – can be found in the facial recognition databases maintained by US law enforcement agencies, according to a study conducted by the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law School. That figure is expected to grow as facial …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Oct 2016
The Google/Facebook PLCN cable route

Google, Facebook toss cash into LA-to-Hong Kong sub cable corp

Mere months after its first trans-Pacific cable venture lit up, Google has announced it's friended Facebook as part of another cable consortium. The two have joined the consortium building the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN), first announced by Pacific Light Data Communication (PLDC) and TE SubCom in November of 2015 to …
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Digital Realty gets into the cloud interconnect caper

Bit barn baron Digital Realty has decided it needs to be a player in the cloud connection caper. The company's therefore cooked up something called “Service Exchange” that offers software-defined links between its data centres and those operated by the likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, IBM SoftLayer and Microsoft's …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Sep 2016
Tom Cruise plays with impressive looking giant touchscreen in still from the movie Minority report (based on book by Phillip K DIck))

Brit boffins get $800k for Los Angeles Twitter pre-crime tech

Researchers from the University of Cardiff have been awarded more than $800,000 by the US Department of Justice to develop a pre-crime detection system. Boffins from the University’s Social Data Science Lab, which brings together a range of scientists to study the methodological, theoretical, empirical and technical dimensions …
CAIDA network diagram

CAIDA adds geo-tags to its Internet AS dataset

We know what you're thinking, “when did a label on a diagram rate a news story?” but bear with us: the 'net-boffins at CAIDA have added labels to the vast dataset that maps AS-AS links worldwide. Autonomous systems (AS) are collections of IP addresses administered by a single entity. There are lots of ASes in the world – more …
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ROBO-PLOD! 'Droid snatches scumbag's shotgun in standoff

A stealthy robot run by a Los Angeles SWAT team has successfully disarmed a murder suspect by sneaking up behind him and stealing his weapon. Ray B Bunge, 52, of Lancaster, California, was on the run from the police after charges of attempted murder, criminal threats, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery and felony vandalism …
Iain Thomson, 20 Sep 2016

Student charity's ex-IT boss in the cooler for stealing $1.3m through fake tech contracts

A former IT executive has been ordered to spend the next 45 months behind bars after he stole $1.3m from a charity in Virginia, US. Demetrius Arnold Washington, 51, of Louisa, must also pay back the mountain of dosh that he funneled into his pockets via bogus tech consultancies. He was jailed after pleading guilty to mail …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Sep 2016
Star Trek toys photo by Willrow Hood via Shutterstock

Forget Khan and Klingons, Star Trek's greatest trick was simply surviving

Star Trek @ 50 Thirteen films, TV spin-offs, millions of loyal fans and the ultimate of accolades for any work of science fiction – spoofs. Confirmation indeed of Star Trek's status as a cultural force. Fifty years ago this week, the genesis of that legacy played to unsuspecting and uninitiated US viewers. Star Trek the original TV series …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Sep 2016

Fake Twitter accounts, coup plots ... Wacky Hyperloop One lawsuit turns it up to 11

The extraordinary legal fight at Hyperloop One has grown even crazier – with the company claiming former CTO Brogan BamBrogan planned a detailed coup of the business. An amended complaint [PDF] filed Wednesday in a Los Angeles court includes several new accusations about cofounder BamBrogan, including the claim that he held …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Aug 2016
Australian $20 burning

Australia's Telstra and Optus outed as two of the world's six most expensive ISPs

Content delivery network Cloudflare has outed Australia's Optus as one of the six most expensive internet service providers in the world, and says the other major local player Telstra is rubbish too. CloudFlare's measuring transit costs for its assessment: as a CDN it is more concerned about shuttling data over carrier …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Aug 2016
Auctioneer with hammer

FCC airwaves auction opens bidding

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has formally opened the bidding process on a spectrum auction that looks to raise billions in revenues and expand the coverage and quality of wireless broadband networks. The Commission on Tuesday kicked off the "clock phase" portion of the auction, in which telco providers submit …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Aug 2016
League of Legends' black demon

League of lawsuits: Game developer sues cheat-toting website

The makers of the popular game League of Legends have filed suit against the operators of a site that helps players cheat. In a complaint filed to the Central California US District Court in Los Angeles (yes, the Central California court is in LA... we don't know why either), Riot Games says that 13 people who run the …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Aug 2016
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New Google cloud bit barn

Google's thrown the switch on a new cloudy data centre. The Oregon Cloud Region (us-west1) currently only offers Google's Compute Engine, Cloud Storage and Container Engine, plus two Compute Engine zones to support high availability applications. Google reckons that users in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2016

Hyperloop One lynched in hangman lawsuit

Tensions at the tube-traveling startup Hyperloop One have burst into the open with a lawsuit alleging physical threats, financial mismanagement and a sugardaddy chairman leaving a hangman's noose on a cofounder's chair. The lawsuit [PDF] was brought before a Los Angeles court yesterday by Hyperloop cofounder Brogan BamBrogan, …
Katyanna Quach, 13 Jul 2016
Fibre, image via Shutterstock

Trans-Pacific FASTER fibre fires first photons, finally

Backed by Google and built by NEC, the FASTER consortium submarine cable has been lit up. The 9,000 km trans-Pacific cable connects two locations in Japan – the Chiba and Mie prefectures – to US hubs covering Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Portland and Seattle. As well as The Chocolate Factory, the 60 Tbps design …

Visiting America? US border agents want your Twitter, Facebook URLs

The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency wants to collect links to social network accounts of people visiting the Land of the FreeTM. Under new proposals, each traveler filling out an I-94 travel form or applying for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) visa will be asked for "information associated …
Iain Thomson, 27 Jun 2016
EU egg timer, photo via Shutterstock

Don’t let the Barmy Brexiteers wreck #digital #europe

¡Bong! I have always considered myself an internationalist. Expensive Swiss private school. Los Angeles rehab clinic. East London loft workspace and incubator. My assistant มาลัย (which means "Garland of Flowers" in Thai) is from somewhere in Indo-China. My refreshments are Colombian. I am a borderless child of John Perry Barlow, of …
Steve Bong, 10 Jun 2016

UCLA shooter: I killed my prof over code theft

The student who shot and killed his engineering professor and then himself at a Los Angeles university had accused the professor of stealing his code. In a blog post on March 10, Mainak Sarkar, 38, said Professor William Klug, 39, "is not the kind of person when you think of a professor. He is a very sick person. I urge every …
Kieren McCarthy, 02 Jun 2016

Republicans threaten to derail internet transition

Republican congressmen are increasing their efforts to delay transition of a critical piece of internet infrastructure from the US government to a non-profit organization based in California. For the third time, a House Appropriations subcommittee has included a provision in a must-pass bill that would prevent the Department …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 May 2016
CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope

Anon attack Turkish hospital

Elements of Anonymous have pledged to launch attacks on Turkish medical facilities. Attacks against Turkey's hospitals are billed as a reprisal against recent ransomware attacks on Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, and Methodist Hospital in Henderson, Kentucky. The malware attacks were the work …
John Leyden, 19 May 2016
An angry mob

Six weeks later, Verizon customers still bemoaning Frontier flubs

More than a month after promising to smooth over migration issues, ISP Frontier Communications is still being criticized for spotty service to former Verizon customers. Frontier took over Verizon FiOS service in California, Florida, and Texas on April 1, and suffered almost immediate problems with connections in all three …
Shaun Nichols, 16 May 2016
Hyperloop

First successful Hyperloop test module hits 100mph in four seconds

Spectators in the Nevada desert have witnessed the first public test of a Hyperloop test vehicle as it accelerated from zero to over 100 miles per hour in a few seconds before running out of track. The vehicle, built by Hyperloop One (formerly Hyperloop Technologies), is intended to show off that the technology publicized by …
Iain Thomson, 12 May 2016

ICANN knifes Africa's internet: New top-level domains terminated

Domain-name overseer ICANN has killed off the majority of Africa's new internet. California-based ICANN, which has faced repeated criticism for its failure to reach beyond a North American audience, saw just 17 applications from Africa out of just over 1,900 applications for new dot-word domains back in 2012. Of those 17, …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 May 2016
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Drive for Lyft or Uber in SF? Your wallet is about to get lighter

The City of San Francisco will soon be requiring people who drive for ride-sharing services Lyft and Uber to have a business license. The city's Treasury Office said that it has begun notifying via mail drivers of transportation network companies (such as Uber and Lyft) that they have 30 days to obtain a license from the city …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Apr 2016
Embarrassed/exhausted man sits in front of laptop in hipstery office. Photo by Shutterstock

Admin fishes dirty office chat from mistyped-email bin and then ...?

ON-CALL+POLL Welcome again to On-Call, our weekly (and preponderantly prurient) piece in which readers share horror stories from their workplaces. This week, we're going interactive, because the situation in which reader “Flash” found himself describes an ethical dilemma The Reg feels un-qualified to address. Flash once had a gig “ …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Apr 2016

I bless the reins down on .africa ... Dot-word injunction hits ICANN

DNS overseer ICANN has been hit with a preliminary injunction ordering it to halt the delegation of the .africa internet space for a second time. The judgment [PDF] by the Central District Court of California slams the nonprofit organization for running a sham process over the top-level domain in an effort to hand it to its …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Apr 2016
Elon Musk

SpaceX's Musk: We'll reuse today's Falcon 9 rocket within 2 months

SpaceX supremo Elon Musk said his Falcon 9 rocket that made its historic robo-barge landing on Friday will be flying up into space again by June. "We'll bring the rocket back to Port Canaveral on Sunday and fire it 10 times in a row on the ground," he said. "If things look good then it is qualified for reuse and launch. We're …
Iain Thomson, 09 Apr 2016
cable

Uber $10m checks lawsuit

Uber will pay more than $10m to settle a lawsuit claiming it did not do enough to screen the criminal backgrounds of its drivers. The ride-hailing app-maker will now open its pocketbook to end legal action brought by prosecutors in Los Angeles and San Francisco in 2014. It was alleged that Uber drivers were not subject to the …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Apr 2016
James Franco and Seth Rogen in The Interview

Sony settles Interview breach suit

Sony Pictures has agreed to settle a class action suit brought by employees exposed in a 2014 data breach related to the movie The Interview. The deal, approved Wednesday by the US District Court in Los Angeles, requires that Sony pay for unreimbursed expenses and losses, and cover in the future the costs of identity …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Apr 2016
Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz slams DNS overseer ICANN a second time

Republican presidential wannabe Ted Cruz, along with two other Senators, has lambasted DNS overseer ICANN a second time for failing to answer questions over its former CEO's ties to China. In a letter [PDF] sent to ICANN chairman Steve Crocker on Monday, Cruz and Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Michael Lee (R-UT) demanded …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Apr 2016

Monster motor breathes fire in Mississippi

NASA has successfully tested the first RS-25 flight engine, destined to power the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS). Last year, the space agency and motor contractor Aerojet Rocketdyne rattled windows around Stennis Space Center in Mississippi with a 535-second burn of a developmental RS-25, destined purely for …
Lester Haines, 11 Mar 2016
Ahuna Mons on Ceres

Alien studs on dwarf's erection baffle boffins

Pics NASA has released images of a smooth-sided dome three miles (five kilometres) high, studded with bright reflective spots, on the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres. The pictures of the feature – dubbed Ahuna Mons – were sent back by NASA's Dawn probe, which has just completed its first year in orbit around Ceres – a strange …
Iain Thomson, 07 Mar 2016
A Chinese laundry on the back streets of Shanghai

SEC: Qualcomm hired relatives of Chinese officials to seal biz deals

Qualcomm has coughed up some cash after it was accused of bribing Chinese officials by giving their relatives plum jobs. The California chip designer today settled out of court with US financial watchdog the SEC for $7.5m. The deal ends an embarrassing investigation into claims the company broke the Foreign Corrupt Practices …
Chris Williams, 02 Mar 2016

Apple fires legal salvo at FBI for using All Writs law in iPhone brouhaha

Apple has filed a motion to effectively bin an earlier court order forcing it to help the FBI break into a San Bernardino killer's iPhone. The Cupertino giant said the Feds' demands were a "wild overreach" and would grant the US government a "dangerous" power. The extensive motion to vacate [PDF] tears apart the FBI's claims …
Iain Thomson, 25 Feb 2016
Protest

Apple fans take iPhone unlock protest to FBI HQ

As the Apple versus the FBI row rumbles on, demonstrators will take to the streets today in support of the American corporation. "People are rallying at Apple stores because what the FBI is demanding of Apple is going to make all of us less safe, not more safe," said Evan Greer, campaign director of activist hive Fight for the …
Iain Thomson, 23 Feb 2016
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Austinites outraged as Google Fiber tears up Texas capital

Residents of Austin, TX may be regretting the decision to bring Google Fiber to the city. The Austin American Statesman says that last year, 254 complaints were filed with the city over problems related to construction of the network. The complaints include reports of landscape and property damage caused by crews tasked with …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Feb 2016

LA hospital coughs up $17,000 to free PCs held to ransom by hackers

A hospital in Los Angeles, California, has paid a US$17,000 (£11,900, AU$23,800) ransom to hackers who injected its computers with malware that scrambled its files. It appears PCs at the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center were infected and paralyzed by ransomware, which silently encrypts documents and refuses to hand over …
Chris Williams, 18 Feb 2016
Suitcase full of money

US software biz fined $28 million for bribing Chinese buyers with free vacations, gifts

Massachusetts-based software maker PTC and two of its Chinese subsidiaries have been fined $28m for bribing buyers in the Middle Kingdom. US regulator the SEC found that PTC, which builds design and process management software, broke the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) between 2006 and 2011. The American biz bunged …
Iain Thomson, 16 Feb 2016
A Coachella School District bus

How one of the poorest districts in the US pipes Wi-Fi to families – using school buses

America's second-poorest school district is also home to a surprising IT program that has won it national acclaim. The Coachella Valley Unified School District, located east of Los Angeles in California's Riverside County, encompasses around 1,250 square miles of largely rural areas. It includes 20,000 students, most from hard …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Feb 2016

San Francisco prepares to open source its voting system software

San Francisco, home of the tech startup, is trying to show its tech credentials by becoming the first city to use open source software for elections. The proposal to adopt a solution in time for the end of the current contract on January 1, 2017 reappeared at the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday when Supervisor Scott Wiener …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Feb 2016

Did you know ... Stephen Fry has founded a tech startup?

Did you know Stephen Fry has just founded a tech startup called Pindex? It’s a “Pinterest for Learning” that he wants teachers to use. That’s a fact. Did you know Stephen Fry wants to restore our faith in “an online world that seems to centre around trolling, bullying, hating, trivialising and belittling”? He does. It says so …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Feb 2016

Internet idiots make hoax bomb threats to UK, Aus, French schools

A gang of internet idiots are using voice-over-internet-protocol (VoIP) services to phone-in fake bomb threats to schools across the UK, France, and Australia in exchange for Bitcoins. The group operating under the scuppered @Ev4cuati0nSquad Twitter account have called in fake bomb threats to dozens of schools in those …
Darren Pauli, 03 Feb 2016
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Nimbus Data settles lawsuit, moves to LA, promises new products

All-flash array supplier Nimbus Data, which has been quite quiet for around 18 months, has settled a lawsuit and has new products coming, as well as a refreshed website and a new office. The outstanding Maximus customer complaint issue with Nimbus Data has been settled by agreement of both parties, with the US court in the …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2016

Human cost of California gas well leak revealed

The BBC has published an entertaining analysis of the emissions of a blown-out natural gas well near Los Angeles, which is releasing so much methane that LA county supervisor Mike Antonovich was moved over the weekend to describe the disaster as "a mini-Chernobyl". For those of us wondering just how much is "so much", Auntie …
Lester Haines, 12 Jan 2016

New bill would require public companies to disclose cybersecurity credentials

A new bill introduced to Congress on Thursday would require US publicly listed companies to disclose who on their Board has cybersecurity expertise. If it passes, the Cybersecurity Disclosure Act of 2015 would oblige companies to add details of which, if any, of their directors know about online security in filing to the …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Dec 2015
Fiber optics

Chicago and LA teased with promise of Google gigabit pipes

Google has added two of the largest cities in the US to its ranks of potential fiber markets. The Mountain View advertising giant and sometimes ISP said it would be adding Chicago and Los Angeles as "potential" markets for its gigabit broadband internet service. As potential cities, Google has given no commitment or expected …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Dec 2015