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Sina's self-censorship scheme swamped with spam, not rumours

It's become fashionable for the likes of Facebook and Twitter to reveal how often spooks ask them to retrieve data. Chinese micro-blogging giant Sina Weibo has now more or less done likewise and revealed its army of 5,500 community reviewers have been more busy dealing with spam complaints over the past year than politically …
Phil Muncaster, 10 Jul 2013

Motorola parcels up enterprise Wi-Fi biz amid selloff rumours

Motorola – the bit which makes money and wasn't bought by Google – is looking to offload its Wi-Fi business now that everyone and their dog is flogging access points to enterprises. Motorola Solutions sells enterprise radios, from handheld walkie-talkies to citywide internet access networks and wireless LAN technologies, but …
Bill Ray, 22 Oct 2013
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Sweet little lies: Rumours from the flash world reach El Reg's scribe

Rumours was a great Fleetwood Mac album to listen to. Now hear this: El Reg's Storage Rumour Control has three good ones (rumours, not Fleetwood Mac albums – sadly) for your delight. The first is that IBM is developing a full DS-class flash array using FlashSystem (acquired TMS RamSan) technology. The flash modules would be …
Chris Mellor, 22 Nov 2013
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Apple-aligned firm opens sapphire glass factory. iPhone 6 rumours, DEPLOY

Apple manufacturing partner GT Advanced has embarked on a hiring drive for its brand new sapphire-glass-producing iFactory. The fruity firm's friend will produce the "state of the art material" in Mesa, Arizona. GT sent around a postcard which announced that jobs were available at the production facility. It said: "Right now …
Jasper Hamill, 22 Jan 2014
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Apple rubbishes rumours of iPhone for the masses

Apple has denied that it is considering increasing its market share and beating off competitors with a cheaper iPhone. Rumours went around earlier this week that the fruity firm was getting a cheap mobile ready for market, but marketing chief Phil Schiller told a Chinese newspaper that Apple was doing no such thing. "We are not …
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Two new C-suite bods kiss the Scality ring as IPO rumours gather

Object storage upstart Scality has hired two C-level execs and more senior hires are on the way. Ewan Menard, who was DataDirect Networks’ chief operating officer (COO) up to July last year, becomes Scality’s COO, reporting to CEO Jérôme Lecat. Before DDN he was with HP. He is object storage-aware, DDN having its own object …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2014

Pakistan in YouTube unblock rumours

Pakistani authorities could finally be ready to unblock YouTube after a year-long ban in the country following the appearance of a provocative anti-Muslim video on the site. Sources there told TechInAsia that the Google site had become available to some web users again, although it wasn’t working across the board. YouTube was …
Phil Muncaster, 02 Oct 2013
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iWatch rumours grow as Apple hires Nike fitness guru Jay Blahnik

Apple has hired a healthy living guru who helped Nike develop the FuelBand fitness bracelet to work on a mystery project for the fruity firm. Jay Blahnik started work at Cupertino earlier this month, according to reports from unofficial Apple blog 9to5Mac. He is likely to have been hired to work on the near-mythical iWatch, …
Jasper Hamill, 20 Aug 2013
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China purges coup rumours from social media

Two of China’s biggest social media companies, Tencent and Sina, have reportedly been punished by the government and forced to temporarily suspend comments on their micro-blogging sites, after the authorities clamped down in response to unsubstantiated online rumours of a coup in Beijing last month. Rumours started to swirl a …
Phil Muncaster, 02 Apr 2012
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Fanboys frolic on recyled rumours of Q3 iPad Mini debut

Take care with fresh claims that Apple will have an 'iPad Mini' out in Q3: they seem to be simply repeating a similar claim made back in March. Then, Taiwanese moles said the Mac maker would have the scaled-down iPad out in the third quarter - or at least launched within that three-month period. These claims echo rumours …
Tony Smith, 16 Apr 2012
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Facebook Phone rumours are back: And probably true this time

The Facebook Phone rumours are back again. This time it's absolutely, positively, certainly, proven to exist by gadget blog Pocket-Lint and its "very reliable source". Sarcasm aside, it's true that a Facebook Phone has never had a better reason to exist. Pocket-Lint reckons the Facebook Phone, made by HTC and named "HTC Opera UL …
Bill Ray, 05 Nov 2012
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Vodafone swaps in new VHA boss, denies sellout rumours

Vodafone has moved to settle its troubled Australian joint venture with Hutchison, Vodafone Hutchison Australia, installing Bill Morrow as CEO while denying rumours that the business is for sale. In addition, Hutchison Whampoa GMD Canning Fok has been named chairman of VHA. The venture has had difficulties in the Australian …

Renesas rumours: Semi seeks $1.3bn stimulus, stiffs 12,000

Down-on-its-luck semiconductor biz Renesas Electronics announced today the first step of a rumoured restructuring plan that's believed to include 12,000 job cuts. Reports over the weekend suggested that Renesas could axe employees and look for a helping hand of up to ¥100bn ($1.3bn, £803m). The Japanese microcontroller maker is …
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Brocade sale rumours bursting out

Based on a Reuters report, rumours of Brocade shopping itself to private equity buyers are pouring onto the net. Brocade is the dominant supplier of Fibre Channel SAN switches and directors, and also has an Ethernet switch business through buying Foundry Networks. It is struggling to grow fast and make consistent profits. A …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2012
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China's censors out in force as coup rumours spread

China’s internet censors have been forced into overdrive this week after rumours swirled the country’s popular micro-blogging weibo platforms of an attempted coup in Beijing and the mysterious death of a man driving a Ferrari in the capital. Twitter users presumably using a VPN or other set-up to access the banned site in China …
Phil Muncaster, 23 Mar 2012

Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen

Fruity toy maker Apple’s next iPhone looks like it will definitely have a significantly bigger screen, if you believe the latest images to have found their way onto the Chinternet. One shot, which appeared on Sina Weibo (via VR-Zone), shows a front panel purportedly from the currently in-production iPhone 6 dwarfing a black …
Phil Muncaster, 17 Apr 2014
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Wookiee! CHEWIE'S BACK in Star Wars Ep VII – blab Hollywood 'sources'

Whispers surrounding the mysterious newest instalment of the Star Wars franchise have hinted that actor Peter Mayhew may be onboard to reprise his role as Chewbacca. Sources have told The Hollywood Reporter that the world's favourite Wookiee will be back for the new movie, the plot and characters of which have remained fairly …
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Comet owner boosted by closure rumours

Kesa Electricals – the owner of Comet – has seen its shares jump almost 8 per cent today, on rumours that it may close the UK chain Comet and return to its roots in France. Kesa said last week that UK trading had been poor, while French revenue, through the Darty chain, was up 5 per cent despite the downturn. Group like-for-like …
John Oates, 16 May 2011
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So, Mystic Joe Tucci: Is a hyper-converged tool in EMC's future?

EMC could be getting into hyper-converged systems via VMware and software-defined hardware components, though the storage firm is yet to confirm industry rumours. So far neither the parent company nor virtualisation juggernaut VMware has substantiated reports by CRN on "Project Mystic", supposedly a more converged appliance than …
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2014
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Android console on the way? Amazon slurps gamehaus Double Helix

Amazon has bought a video games studio called Double Helix, fuelling rumours that it will soon release its own branded console. The High Street Herod has already done its bit to hobble the book and record shop sectors. Now it may have its sights on putting the boot into former console kings Nintendo, or even trying to nibble …
Jasper Hamill, 06 Feb 2014
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White House blasts Samsung for tweeting Obama-Ortiz selfie

The White House has criticised Samsung for tweeting a selfie taken by Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz of himself with the US President, using a Sammy mobe. Big Papi, Big Selfie. RT @DavidOrtiz What an honor! Thanks for the #selfie, @BarackObama pic.twitter.com/3I7ckLjquf — Samsung Mobile US (@SamsungMobileUS) April 1, 2014 …
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Chinese hacks face life ban for nicking rumours from web

The Chinese government has issued new regulations for journalists that require them to provide two sources for everything they print. The new rules, issued by the General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP), are widely being interpreted as a move from the government to stop Chinese journalists publishing stories they …
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Japanese investment company looks to snap off Sony's PC arm

Sony could be set to offload its Vaio PC business to investment fund Japan Industrial Partners after the firm refused to deny a report by local news service Nikkei that a ¥50 billon (£302m) deal is imminent. The buyout firm would create a new company for Sony to sell its PC business to – for anywhere between ¥40-50bn. Under the …
Phil Muncaster, 06 Feb 2014

Boffins: You'll see, TWITTERNET! We'll get the TRUTH out of you...

While even emergency services have embraced Twitter as a way of conveying information to people quickly, the premature obituaries and malicious rumours seen on the social network every week show that you cannot trust what others tweet. That's why computer boffins from five European universities have started work on a lie …
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PSN gaming network outage sparks DDoS rumours

Outage of the PlayStation network today sparked unconfirmed rumours that the downtime may be down to a denial of service attack. Perhaps the PSN network is just having a bit of a nap, but global problems in logging into the online gaming network have given rise to speculation that it is due either to a DDoS or hacking from a …
John Leyden, 21 Apr 2011
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It's a BLOCKBUSTER: Minecraft heads to the silver screen

The creators of smash gaming hit Minecraft have confirmed rumours that the blocktastic game will be turned into a film by Hollywood studio Warner Brothers. Warner Brothers have bought the rights to Minecraft and Roy Lee, director of the recent Lego Movie, is rumoured to be at the helm. The game has sold more than 35million …
Jasper Hamill, 28 Feb 2014
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Quizzed Quantum veep quashes hardware quit rumours

Is big data and big storage biz Quantum finally moving away from its hardware business to the cloud? This question was raised by a statement from Henrik Rosendahl, Quantum's Cloud Solutions SVP: Quantum is transitioning its business from being a predominantly hardware-based, on-premise data protection provider to turning into a …
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2013
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Apple flops out latest OS X Mavericks beta, hopes sound+graphics sorted

Apple has rolled out a brand new beta version of Mavericks to devs in the hope they will test its updated graphics and audio drivers. The new version of Mavericks is numbered 10.9.3 (13D17) . It was first seeded to developers earlier this month, but this latest iteration is a proper pre-release build. Mavericks has proven …
Jasper Hamill, 14 Mar 2014
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TV writer quells rumours of Doctor Who movie

TV writer Steven Moffat has dismissed rumours of a Doctor Who movie coming soon, despite comments from director David Yates, supposedly in the driving seat for the adaptation. MTV News quizzed Yates, director of four Harry Potter films, on the red carpet last night about Doctor Who's silver screen incarnation, which he had …
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Sina rumoured to be prepping Weibo for $500m US-based IPO

Chinese web giant Sina has picked two of the big banks to prep its Twitter-alike microblogging site Weibo for an IPO in the US. Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse have been taken on to help the site manage a debut onto the market in New York, sources told the Financial Times and Reuters. Weibo, which is hugely popular in China, is …
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Amazon's EYE-OF-SAURON KindlePhone will watch you with FOUR cameras - report

Amazon's long slog to developing its own smartphone will bear fruit with the launch of two new models in 2014, the details of which appear to have been revealed in an unverified post by an "insider" on HN heard all over the tech world. All the project has yielded so far are some wildly improbable net rumours that need to be …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Oct 2013
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Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted

BBC Three fans seeking their fix of that ugly phenomenon chillingly known as factual entertainment will soon only be able to watch programmes commissioned for that channel on the iPlayer, Auntie has said. The Corporation confirmed rumours on Wednesday that suggested that BBC Three would be axed from our telly screens. It's the …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Mar 2014
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Lenovo shares in trading halt ahead of 'disclosable transaction'

Lenovo has halted trade in its shares, "pending the release of an announcement in respect of a discloseable transaction which constitutes an inside information of the Company." That quote comes from this statement (PDF), the second such document emitted by Lenovo in recent days. The previous statement (PDF) said "the Company is …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jan 2014

Everything's going to be all white: Google Nexus 5 mobe expected Friday

Google’s LG-made, plastic-backed Nexus 5 smartphone, possibly one of the most leaked as-yet-unannounced handsets ever, will be available in white as well as black, as yet another leak has revealed. The Nexus 5 - of either hue - will contain a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon chip running at up to 2.3GHz and equipped with 2GB of RAM …
Tony Smith, 28 Oct 2013
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Pop music, tech bubble... what could go wrong? Spotify said to be closer to IPO

Spotify could be making its much-rumoured market debut as soon as six months from now, after reportedly starting talks with investment banks for an IPO. Those chatty sources "familiar with the process" told Quartz that the music streaming service was considering going public in autumn this year. The report adds fuel to a well- …
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Indonesia considers smartphone tax to spur local mobe-makers

In a move which won’t go down well with foreign smartphone-makers the Indonesian government is planning to levy a 20 per cent tax on all imported mobile phones, in a bid to support domestically made handsets. The luxury goods sales tax (PPnBM) was originally to be levied only on smartmobes costing above Rp 5 million (£260). …
Phil Muncaster, 10 Apr 2014
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Reports pump fuel into iCar gossip: Apple in 'talks' with Tesla

Apple and Tesla reportedly met to discuss a deal that could clear the way for a Cupertino-designed iCar. The San Francisco Chronicle suggested that Apple and Tesla met last year to discuss a possible link-up. Citing an unnamed source, it claimed Apple's merger and acquisitions chief, Adrian Perica, met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Feb 2014
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Sorry Dick: 3 reasons why Twitter will NEVER be unblocked in China

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is in China this week visiting the country but rumours of the microblogging platform’s resurrection there have been greatly exaggerated. Twitter and Facebook have been blocked in the Middle Kingdom since 2009, when the government claimed they had been used by protesters to organise ahead of deadly anti- …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Mar 2014
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Mango release rumours leave Nokia behind

It might not be just the Japanese who get to use Windows Phone 7.5, codenamed Mango, next month, as an international rollout is now being rumoured. Pocket-lint reckons "multiple trusted sources" have told it that on 1 September, Microsoft will start rolling out the new version of its mobile OS to existing, as well as new, …
Bill Ray, 12 Aug 2011
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HOT AIR-FILLED Apple fanbois SHUNNED iPad 2 at Xmas

Novelty-seeking Apple fanbois turned their backs on the iPad 2 in the run up to Xmas, heralding the imminent demise of the ancient legacy fondleslab. The fruity firm still sells the iPad 2, which costs about 20 per cent less than the super duper iPad Air, which is the latest model. According to a report from Consumer …
Jasper Hamill, 22 Jan 2014
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John McAfee tweets from BEYOND THE GRAVE: Drug binge death? Not me, mate

Antivirus software wild man John McAfee has joined Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen Mother, Fidel Castro, and poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge in receiving a premature obituary. Internet rumours that surfaced on Tuesday falsely claimed the self-described “eccentric millionaire” and entrepreneur had died at the Palms Casino Resort in …
John Leyden, 11 Sep 2013
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Rumour: Next Apple iThing to feature 65-inch screen. Four-limb multitouch, anyone?

Apple is rumoured to have ordered some 65-inch LED panels, which some say might be used to build a huge new iTelly. According to voluble Korean analysts, an unnamed firm is working with Cupertino to produce the epically large screens. “The company is making 65-inch organic light-emitting diode sample panels for Apple’s iTV in …
Jasper Hamill, 07 Apr 2014

NEC to ditch smartmobe biz after failed Lenovo talks - report

Japanese IT and electronics giant NEC is ready to throw in the towel on its ailing smartphone business after a deal with Chinese PC giant Lenovo failed, according to reports from Japan. Rumours emerged earlier this month that NEC had been chatting to the Chinese firm since 2013 about selling its smartphone biz or partnering up …
Phil Muncaster, 17 Jul 2013
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'China's Apple' heading to Asia and Latin America

China's smartphone darling Xiaomi has revealed ambitious expansion plans that will see the Beijing-based firm launch across Asia and Latin America. Xiaomi Global VP and former Googler Hugo Barra told the audience at the China 2.0 forum in Beijing last Friday that the firm would soon be expanding into Malaysia, Indonesia, the …
Phil Muncaster, 14 Apr 2014
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HP 'clarifies' firmware/support contract rules

A week after upsetting the user community with what looked like a “no patches without payment” policy, HP has moved to “clarify” its position. Rumours first emerged in December that ProLiant firmware would only be made available to customers with active support contracts, something confirmed in early February in a customer …
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Iranian cyberwar chief shot dead. Revolutionary Guard: Assassination? Don't 'speculate'

The chief of Iranian cyber-security has been shot dead, sparking rumours that he was murdered in a targeted assassination. The body of Mojtaba Ahmadi, commander of the Cyber War Headquarters, was found in isolated woodland near a town called Karaj, which is north-west of Tehran. He had been shot twice through the heart. Despite …
Jasper Hamill, 03 Oct 2013

Jail time promised for false tweets in China

Use of social media in China just got more dangerous after the country’s Supreme Court announced tough new guidelines which could see untrue posts which are viewed more than 5,000 times land their author in jail for several years. The court document stated that any post containing so-called “online rumours” viewed 5,000 times or …
Phil Muncaster, 10 Sep 2013

Alca-Lu plots enterprise exit, again

Alcatel-Lucent once again hopes to exit the enterprise business to concentrate on the carrier and service provider markets. Reuters is reporting the move as part of Alca-Lu's plan to shed €1 billion worth of assets by 2015. The news agency's sources have told it that Lazard Limited is advising the vendor on the sale. Finding a …
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Elon Musk ADMITS he met Apple: iCar 'great idea', keeps schtum on Tesla hookup

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has admitted holding a tête-à-tête with Apple - but has refused to disclose the exact nature of the discussions. Rumours have been swirling about a possible hook-up between the fruity firm and the electric car manufacturer. Although Musk confirmed that he had held talks with Apple, he gave no indication …
Jasper Hamill, 20 Feb 2014

'Leaked' iPhone 6 pics will make cool fanbois WEEP - it's a PHABLET

The days of 2014 haven’t even clocked up double figures yet and already the iPhone 6 rumour mill is grinding out more purported sightings of Apple’s next iOS handset design. This time we get to gaze upon blurry metal chassis images, apparently courtesy of Chinese site CTech, (C科技). Yet following this supposed leak, all and …
Bob Dormon, 09 Jan 2014