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OFFICIAL: Fondling of Apple's slab declines – iPad sales DOWN in Q3

Global Q3 2014 iPad sales of have fallen by almost 13 per cent, year on year, against a backdrop of worldwide fondleslab growth, according to analyst figures released on Friday.
Kat Hall, 31 Oct 2014
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PureStorage flies flash arrays into OpenStack clouds

All-flash array startup Pure Storage has joined OpenStack, the open source cloud data centre OS body.
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2014
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More Home Office and MoJ jobs could move abroad, union warns

Jobs at the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office could be next in line to be offshored to India, the PCS union has warned, with both departments joining a £1bn shared services venture with outsourcing giant Steria.
Kat Hall, 31 Oct 2014
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DDN sails into Amazon clouds, adds Wonderful S3 for WOS

DDN has embraced the public cloud enemy, so to speak, by adding an S3 interface to its WOS object storage array.
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2014

Fujitsu Services ordered to reveal size of pay scale for ALL TECHIES

An arbitration court has sided with the Unite union and ordered Fujitsu Services to go open kimono about employee's pay structure, in a bid to aid collective bargaining during the annual pay review.
Paul Kunert, 31 Oct 2014

Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to hurl abuse at Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been bombarded with homophobic abuse after revealing his sexuality to the world on Thursday.
Jasper Hamill, 31 Oct 2014
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Marc Benioff tethers Salesforce cloud to Blighty

Salesforce has opened its first European data centre in the UK.
Gavin Clarke, 31 Oct 2014
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Samsung launches 'perfect pair' of skinny mid-range phones

The world’s biggest mobile phone manufacturer has unveiled two new Galaxy devices aimed at halting its falling market share and plummeting profits.
Simon Rockman, 31 Oct 2014
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Seth Rogen bags Woz role in Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic

It looks like beardy funnyman Seth Rogen will take on the role of Steve Wozniak in the second biopic of Apple guru Steve Jobs, which has Batman actor Christian Bale slated to take the lead role.
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Google’s dot-com forget-me-not bomb: EU court still aiming at giant

Google’s argument that its .com domain is not relevant in so-called "right to be forgotten" requests in Europe will not stand up in court, according a senior legislator at the European Commission.
Jennifer Baker, 31 Oct 2014
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DR LIPS warns: DON'T KISS that NEWT - it's got FLESH-EATING PLAGUE

Planning to kiss a frog, a newt or a salamander and turn it into Prince Charming? Think again, princess, because a deadly skin-eating fungus is wiping them out across the world.
Jasper Hamill, 31 Oct 2014
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Facebook sticks vid ads on faux retro photo app biz Instagram

Photo filter and poster biz Instagram has started serving up those pic and video ads it has been promising for a while now, with marketing from folks like Disney and the CW starting today.
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Hands on: Implementing Azure Active Directory

Broadcast The Register’s Tim Phillips is joined by Paul Gregory, from QA, to deliver a live hands-on session on Azure Active Directory on the 25th November at 11am. It’s your chance to learn from the experts and get answers to any questions you might have.
David Gordon, 31 Oct 2014
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Popular Science site shrugs off malicious code infection

Surfers visiting Popular Science would be well advised to check their systems following an attack that has left the site compromised and harbouring malicious code.
John Leyden, 31 Oct 2014
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Hungary PM ditches internet tax plans after mass protests

Following mass protests across the country over the past week, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced on Friday that he would scrap a planned internet tax.
Jennifer Baker, 31 Oct 2014
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Pixel mania: Apple 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display

Review It’s kind of ironic really, that the most expensive, over-the-top version of the iMac ever released should actually turn out to be pretty good value for money.
Stephen Dean, 31 Oct 2014
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How many telecoms firms left in Europe? Another mega-billion deal slated in France

French cable telecoms operator Numericable has won conditional approval for its multi-billion-euro takeover of Vivendi's SFR mobile network operator, paving the way for the firm to close the deal by the end of the year.
OUT-LAW.COM, 31 Oct 2014
Ghouls 'n Ghosts

One hard ghoulie: 1985's Ghosts 'n Goblins

Antique Code Show In the build-up to the Halloween of 1985, Capcom lobbed this little box of horrors into the unsuspecting crowd of arcade dwellers. With mid-'80s goggles on, it’s easy to see why Ghosts ‘n Goblins gathered attention with its spooky but colourful visuals, alongside some memorably atmospheric ditties and effects.
Giles Hill, 31 Oct 2014
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Microsoft patches GroupMe 'full account' hijack hole

Microsoft has patched a simple 'full-account takeover' flaw in its popular iOS and Android messaging client GroupMe.
Darren Pauli, 31 Oct 2014
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Facebook says vendor secrets forced it to homebrew switches

It's four months since Facebook first launched its Wedge switch and accompanying FBOSS operating system. Some forms of Wedge are in production and others are in testing, so El Reg decided to talk with Facebook's director of technical operations, Najam Ahmad, to see where The Social Network is at with its software-defined networking (SDN) efforts.
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Free government-penned crypto can swipe identities

The PLAID (Protocol for Lightweight Authentication of Identity) cryptography kit appears to be insecure.
Darren Pauli, 31 Oct 2014

So long, thanks for all the ...er, FISH BRIGHTER than boffins thought

Smug humans tend to think fish are the stupidest of all beasties. But that belief has turned out to be a load of barnacles after boffins revealed the true intellect of our fishy friends.
Jasper Hamill, 31 Oct 2014
HP's Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer

Multi Jet Fusion: THAT's HP's promised 3D printer, not crazy 'leccy invention

A year and eight days ago, The Reg was in the room when HP CEO Meg Whitman promised the company would deliver a 3D printer that service providers could wield by the middle of 2014.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Oct 2014
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Google heads out the back with rifle, puts down POODLE

Google will destroy vicious POODLE in a pending update to its flagship Chrome browser.
Darren Pauli, 31 Oct 2014
Intel Pentium 4

FIFTEEN whole dollars on offer for cranky Pentium 4 buyers

Intel will fork over fifteen whole American dollars to folks who feel that it and HP misrepresented the performance of Pentium 4 CPUs released way back in the year 2000.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Oct 2014
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Microsoft gets storage QoS and software-defined storage religion

Microsoft is starting to make a lot of noise about software-defined storage and the need for storage quality of service.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Oct 2014
Laser ablation to speed rockets

Plasma-spaffing boffins plan spaceships driven by FRIKKIN' LASERS

Russian boffins reckon with the right configuration, lasers can help make rockets more efficient, and could even herald an era of Mach 10 aircraft.

Desktop Linux users beware: the boss thinks you need to be managed

Desktop Linux users beware: IT has noticed you and decided it's time you were properly managed.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Oct 2014

Google's Mr Roboto Andy Rubin bids sayonara to Chocolate Factory

Longtime Google exec and former Android boss Andy Rubin, who lately led the Chocolate Factory's robotics efforts, has resigned.
Shaun Nichols, 31 Oct 2014
Sony PS4

Sony borks fanboi funboxes with dodgy PS4 update

Support staff for Sony's PlayStation 4 have been sent scrambling after users reported issues with the console's latest firmware update.
Shaun Nichols, 31 Oct 2014
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Danish court finds Pirate Bay cofounder guilty of hacking CSC servers

Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, cofounder of the Pirate Bay, has been found guilty of hacking charges by a court in Denmark, which ruled that he and a 21-year-old accomplice had hacked US technology company CSC to gain access to Danish government servers.
Iain Thomson, 30 Oct 2014
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CoreOS offers private Docker container registries for world+dog

Container-loving Linux vendor CoreOS has made its on-premises Docker container registry software available as a standalone product.
Neil McAllister, 30 Oct 2014

Brazil greenlights $200m internet cable to Europe in bid to outfox NSA

Brazil is moving ahead with plans to build an "anti-NSA" internet cable to Europe, even though it won't make the slightest difference to spying efforts.
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Oct 2014
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Verizon set to pay $64 MEEELLION for overbilling customers

Verizon has agreed to pay $64m to settle claims that the mobile carrier overcharged some customers on their bills.
Shaun Nichols, 30 Oct 2014
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Lenovo completes Motorola purchase for $2.9bn – $10bn less than Google paid for it

Three years ago, Google splashed out $12.5bn for struggling mobe manufacturer Motorola, and on Thursday the Chocolate Factory completed its sale of Motorola's physical assets to Lenovo for just $2.91bn.
Iain Thomson, 30 Oct 2014

EE launches 150Mbps '4G+' in Central London

Mobile network EE has announced that higher speed LTE-A is now available in select areas. This will give speeds of up to 150Mbps.
Simon Rockman, 30 Oct 2014
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BT: Consumers and cost cutting save the day

Cost cutting and 88,000 new broadband punters helped BT bank more profits in calendar Q3, although revenues went in the opposite direction as all divisions outside of the consumer wing reported declining fortunes.
Paul Kunert, 30 Oct 2014
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Struggling tape bods Quantum a few quids in after good quarter

One swallow doesn’t make a summer but two certainly does indicate warmer weather is on the way. So too for Quantum, which has just made a profit – the first one after four quarters of losses.
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2014
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Samaritans 'suicide Twitter-sniffer' backfires over privacy concerns

In response to public outcry via Twitter and personal blogs on Wednesday, the Samaritans have announced an opt-out function for their stalker-friendly app Samaritans Radar.
Jennifer Baker, 30 Oct 2014

NHS quango fatcats spend £2m tax dosh on iPads and iPhones

Government health chiefs have admitted to spending millions of pounds furnishing bureaucrats with Apple iPhones and fondleslabs.
Jasper Hamill, 30 Oct 2014
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Watch out, Samsung and Apple: Xiaomi's No 3 in smartphones now

Chinese Android mobile firm and fierce Apple rival Xiaomi has nabbed the third place finish in the world’s largest smartphone vendors just three years after first setting up shop.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Programming Office 365: Hands On with Microsoft's new APIs

Analysis Microsoft has announced new APIs and mobile software development kits for Office 365, its cloud platform for email, document storage, and collaboration.
Tim Anderson, 30 Oct 2014
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BIGGEST THREAT to Europe’s cybersecurity? Hint: not hackers

Forget cyber-espionage, cyber-warfare and cyber-terrorism. The biggest threat to Europe’s infrastructure cybersecurity are power outages and poor communication.
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Apple dealer CANCOM: We're RAKING IT IN

Apple dealer CANCOM has announced whopping third-quarter results, way in excess of the same period last year, citing that old favourite "solid business demand".
Team Register, 30 Oct 2014
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The ULTIMATE CRUELTY: Sandworm uses PowerPoint against Swiss bank customers

The Sandworm vulnerability is being actively abused to attack Swiss banking customers, Danish security consultancy CSIS has warned.
John Leyden, 30 Oct 2014
Satya Nadella speaking at a Microsoft cloud event

Facebook OCP crowd to ogle MICROSOFT'S server-room SECRETS

Microsoft has released a second clutch of secret blueprints from its server bunkers to Facebook’s Open Compute Project.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Oct 2014
Antares rocket fails

Ex-Soviet engines fingered after Antares ROCKET launch BLAST

Speculation is rife that the Antares rocket accident at Wallops on Tuesday evening was caused by the 1960s-era Russian engines powering the craft, though the official investigations have only just begun.
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UK smart meters arrive in 2020. Hackers have ALREADY found a flaw

British consumers could easily hack into controversial new smart meters, allowing them to illegally slash their energy bills, cyber-security experts have warned.
Jasper Hamill, 30 Oct 2014
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Making an entrance: Remote door-opening tech

Breaking Fad For a lot of Reg readers, home automation is probably an internal affair – that is, if you're using technology, it's probably to control things inside the home, like heating, lighting and so on. And indeed, that also makes up the bulk of what's available when it comes to the major suppliers.
Nigel Whitfield, 30 Oct 2014
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Sales down at UK's oldest tech distie: Northamber losses widen in fiscal '14

The prognosis for Northamber’s future is brighter, according to its colourful chairman, despite widening losses and revenues remaining in free fall for fiscal ’14 ended June.
Paul Kunert, 30 Oct 2014
Samsung Galaxy Note Android tablet and phone

Samsung's flagging phone fortunes hit profits hard

Samsung has promised to shake up its smartphone line-up to try to win back some of the ground it has lost in the sector, after it revealed that its third-quarter operating profit was the lowest in more than three years.
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Keep up with the fast-moving world of flash array storage

An all-flash networked array can do wonders in speeding up data accesses by applications running in connected servers.
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2014
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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'

Apple bossman Tim Cook has come out as gay and has vowed to spend the rest of his life helping to "pave the sunlit path" towards equality and justice.
Jasper Hamill, 30 Oct 2014

UK consumers particularly prone to piss-poor patching

UK consumer patching practices have worsened still further over the last three months, increasing the threat of malware problems, according to a new study by IT security provider Secunia.
John Leyden, 30 Oct 2014
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All change at the top of HP's enterprise biz

A change at the top of HP’s enterprise distie team across both European and UK ops may well help solve the disconnect that occurred when a regionally drafted strategy was executed locally.
Paul Kunert, 30 Oct 2014
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SkyHawk array swoops down, 136TB claws extended

All-flash array startup and packing density expert Skyera has got itself a new version of its skyHawk array, encompassing a threefold increase in capacity.
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2014
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Distie titan TD Azlan to cut ties with Huawei

TD Azlan is quietly and gradually cutting ties with Huawei Enterprise, according to multiple sources close to the matter.
Paul Kunert, 30 Oct 2014
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This time it's SO REAL: Overcoming the open-source orgasm myth with TODO

What can the world learn from Google, Twitter and Facebook - apart from how to make millions through ads flinging? How to run a successful open-source project.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Oct 2014
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Forget WHITE BOX, it's time for JUNK BOX NETWORKING

Storagebod On the way to "Powering the Cloud" with Greg Ferro and Chris Evans, we got to discussing Greg’s book White Box Networking and whether there could be a whole series of books discussing White Box storage, virtualisation, servers etc and how to build a complete White Box environment.
StorageBod, 30 Oct 2014

China set to be buried under mountain of surplus robots, warns biz chap

China has been warned of an approaching robot bubble fuelled by Beijing's desire to massively overdevelop the internal automation market.
Jasper Hamill, 30 Oct 2014

Humanity now making about 41 mobes EACH SECOND

The world is now manufacturing just under 42 mobile phones a second thanks to an uptick in global production, IDC's presumably-very-tired handset-counters say.
Darren Pauli, 30 Oct 2014
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Microsoft fitness bands slapped on wrists: All YOUR HEALTH DATA are BELONG TO US

Microsoft has joined the wearables market with “band”, a fitness-monitor-cum-smartwatch, which is accompanied by a suite of online services dubbed “Microsoft Health”.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Oct 2014
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Amazon's hybrid cloud: EC2 wrangled by Microsoft's control freak

Hybrid clouds are the new black: world+dog has decided that some workloads just won't ever ascend into the elastosphere, but that running a private and public cloud from separate control freaks is a dumb idea.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Oct 2014

NASA: Spacecraft crash site FOUND ON MOON RIM

NASA boffins are chuffed as ninepence this week to announce that they have discovered unmistakable signs of a crashed spacecraft far away from the Apollo landing sites on the far side of the Moon.
Lewis Page, 30 Oct 2014
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Remember Internet2? It's now a software-defined metacloud

America's Internet2 research network is embracing the cloud, launching an SDN implementation designed to let academics create their own private clouds.

Carders offer malware with the human touch to defeat fraud detection

A new cybercrime tool promises to use credit card numbers in a more human way that is less likely to attract the attention of fraud-detection systems, and therefore be more lucrative for those who seek to profit from events like the Target breach.
Darren Pauli, 30 Oct 2014
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Mozilla releases geolocating WiFi sniffer for Android

Mozilla has released a new app, Stumbler, that “collects GPS data for our location service” by detecting WiFi access points and mobile phone cells towers, then “uses these wireless network locations to provide geolocation services for Firefox OS devices and other open source projects.”
Simon Sharwood, 30 Oct 2014
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Twitter, IBM, in deal to create brainy Big Blue Bird

IBM and Twitter have assembled their buzzwords, ranked them into a regiment, and jointly set them loose to march upon a waiting world, by announcing that the avian network will feed data galore to Big Blue's cloudy enterprise big data analytics offerings.

DRUPAL-OPCALYPSE! Devs say best assume your CMS is owned

Drupal websites that had not patched seven hours after the disclosure on a "highly critical" SQL injection (SQLi) hole disclosed on 15 October are essentially hosed, the content management tool's developers say.
Darren Pauli, 30 Oct 2014

Big Retail: We don't hate Apple, we hate the credit card companies

The Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) went on a PR offensive on Wednesday to explain what happened in the hacking attack that saw its testers' emails exposed, why its member retailers banned Apple Pay and Google Wallet, and what makes its CurrentC mobile payment system so great.
Iain Thomson, 30 Oct 2014
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Has the United Nations taken over the Internet yet?

For the past five days, and the next nine, dozens of government representatives are in Busan, Korea discussing changes to the international telecommunications regime.
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Oct 2014
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NATO declares WAR on Google Glass, mounts attack alongside MPAA

Moviegoers will soon be asked to stash their Google Glass before taking in a flick, much like they're asked to pocket their mobile phones today.
Shaun Nichols, 30 Oct 2014
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Microsoft opens Office 365 to devs with APIs, SDKs

Microsoft is putting its Office 365 crown jewels on display, opening up APIs to the environment to attract third-party developers to the platform.
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Australia's media regulator to oversee new data retention regime

Australia's government has tabled its data retention Bill and outlined a willingness to assist carriers and internet service providers (ISPs) pay for their retention rigs.
Simon Sharwood, 30 Oct 2014

The NO-NAME vuln: wget mess patched without a fancy brand

Sysadmins: another venerable and nearly-ubiquitous *nix tool, wget, needs patching because of a bug first reported by HD Moore.
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No nudity, please, we're GAMING: Twitch asks players to cover up

Twitch, the streaming site where users show off their gaming prowess to the public, has altered its terms and conditions to ban users from being cheeky by playing in the buff.
Iain Thomson, 29 Oct 2014

Hate the BlackBerry Z10 and Passport? How about this dusty old flashback instead?

The barren husk of BlackBerry is looking to recapture a stake in the smartphone market by going back to its roots as a maker of business communication devices.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Oct 2014
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Turnbull: Coding skills 'will be almost as important as literacy and numeracy'

Australia's Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has come out in favour of teaching kids of all ages to code.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Oct 2014
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Australian E-Health records breached twice in the last year

Australia's Office of the Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released its Annual report of the Information Commissioner’s activities in relation to eHealth 2013–14, complete with a report on two data breaches in the systems used to store personally controlled electronic health records (PCEHRs).
Simon Sharwood, 29 Oct 2014

Naked and afraid: that's how Telstra's Wi-Fi security makes you feel

Sit down, open up the laptop, join the advertised SSID, and go online.
Mark Pesce, 29 Oct 2014
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

More Microsoft staffers shown the door in Round 3 of job cuts

Microsoft sent another 3,000 staffers packing on Wednesday, after the third round of layoffs in CEO Satya Nadella's multi-phase restructuring program.
Neil McAllister, 29 Oct 2014

Bad dog: Redmond's new IE tool KILLS POODLE with one shot

Microsoft has issued new guidance on the POODLE (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption) SSL vulnerability, including a one-click utility that can automatically disable SSL 3.0 in Internet Explorer.
Neil McAllister, 29 Oct 2014
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Big Retail's Apple Pay killer CurrentC HACKED, tester info nicked

CurrentC, the mobile payments system being pushed by some of the biggest retailers in the US, has been hacked – before the system is even fully up and running.
Iain Thomson, 29 Oct 2014

FCC boss Wheeler clears way for internet TV and cable unbundling

Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler has outlined a plan which could lead to a change in the way Americans pay for television and internet services.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Oct 2014
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Banksy denies Banksy impostor's claim to Banksy.com – which isn't owned by Banksy

Street artist Banksy is renowned for satirizing society through the unexpected, and a battle over his namesake dot-com domain seems to have provided him with another opportunity.
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Oct 2014

Lawyers mobilise angry mob against Apple over alleged 2011 Macbook Pro crapness

A legal firm has launched a class action against Apple over claims the 2011 MacBook Pro suffered from "random bouts of graphical distortion, system instability and system failures".
Jasper Hamill, 29 Oct 2014
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Catalogic data copy sprawl smacker CEO Walsh talks to the Vulture

Interview Joining Actifio and Delphix in the general data copy management space Catalogic has launched its ECX product which classifies and catalogs existing copies instead of creating a master copy.
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2014
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PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 is least popular Cupertino mobile OS in all of HUMAN HISTORY

Half of all fanbois and gurlz have finally installed iOS 8 on their iThings, hammering home the point that Apple's new mobile operating system is much less popular than previous versions.
Jasper Hamill, 29 Oct 2014
Memblaze

Hey - who wants 4.8 TERABYTES almost AS FAST AS MEMORY?

Chinese flash product supplier Memblaze has launched an almost memory-speed server flash card with a 14 microsecond latency - and up to 4.8TB capacity - for the hyperscale market and open compute project applications, according to a company statement.
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2014

UK.gov rushes out broken 'Orphan Works' system as EU Directive comes in

+Comment The Government has rushed out its controversial “Orphan Works” licencing scheme – but it’s broken on arrival, and if it doesn't start working almost at once it probably won't get the chance.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Oct 2014
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Return of the disk drive bigness? Not for poor old, busted WD

Western Digital has reported mixed numbers for its latest quarter, with a small revenue rise and a larger profits drop compared with the numbers it reported a year ago.
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2014
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Dragon's Outsourcery flaunts UK.gov cloud bazaar credentials

Outsourcery is crowing about the O-Cloud platform receiving pan government accreditation - IL2 in old money - that will allow it to unleash IaaS and hosted Microsoft apps on tech buyers in the Digital Marketplace.
Paul Kunert, 29 Oct 2014
Dell EqualLogic blade array in the M1000e chassis

Storage, probably like a college girl buying a belt. Be ready for the freshman 15

Storagebod Provisioning and utilisation seem to be a perennial subject — there still seems to be a massive problem with large enterprises who appear to have far too much storage for the amount of data they store. There are many reasons for this, and there is certainly fault on both the customer and vendor side.
StorageBod, 29 Oct 2014
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This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Review It must sting Samsung that the criticism most often levelled at the manufacturer is that its flagship Galaxy S devices feel cheap and plasticky. And for once the criticism is not just coming from Apple fans.
Alun Taylor, 29 Oct 2014
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Has NetApp solved the TLC for biz puzzle? We look at its MYSTERY SSD Mars sauce

Analysis NetApp is pinning FlashRay's future on TLC flash, which everyone else says is not fit for enterprise use. We talked to NetApp to find out how and why it's apparently got hold of secret TLC sauce that no one else has.
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2014
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Speaking in Tech: Amazon's Fire is being snuffed out

Podcast Podcast Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week Sarah is out while Ed and Greg are joined by special guest Sam Johnston, director of cloud and IT Services at Equinix. Join us for a discussion on the joys of European air travel, Equinix's deal with Hitachi Data Systems, Amazon's next steps after yet …
Team Register, 29 Oct 2014
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WHITE HOUSE network DOWN: Nation-sponsored attack likely

Hackers have disrupted computer operations at the White House after breaking into its unclassified internal network.
John Leyden, 29 Oct 2014

UK.gov set to burn half a BEELLLION POUNDS on one-dole-to-rule-em-all IT, claims PAC chair

The UK government's deeply troubled Universal Credit omni-dole project is expected to lead to IT write-offs of more than £500m, according to Public Accounts Committee chair Margaret Hodge.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Oct 2014
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Whoa, back up a little CommVault: ANOTHER weak quarter?

CommVault has reported a depressing set of results as sales headcount and mid-market product and pricing strategy faux pas cause a stumble – another stumble, in fact, as first quarter results were poor too.
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2014

IBM, backing away from hardware? NEVER!

HPC Blog So, it looks like IBM has moved its chipworks over to Globalfoundries, as described by Reg hack Tim Worstall here. But what are the implications for IBM's systems business?

Samsung wants a bite of flash cache, will eat Proximal Data – sources

Samsung is buying Proximal Data, a flash caching software company, people close to the situation told The Register, although no formal announcement has been made.
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2014
Apple iPad Air 2

Apple spent just ONE DOLLAR beefing up the latest iPad Air 2

New iPad Air 2 components cost Apple just one dollar more than the previous model, according to the teardown bods at IHS.
Jasper Hamill, 29 Oct 2014

Inside the EYE of the TORnado: From Navy spooks to Silk Road

Comment TOR is the most widely used system for the provision of anonymity for internet users. I'll look at how TOR came about: its beginnings in the US Navy; growth and use by both pro-democracy freedom fighters and the less savoury elements of the internet; and how the NSA may have managed to peel the onion router for the FBI to help it collar its suspects.
Stuart Burns, 29 Oct 2014

IT JOB OUTSOURCING: Will it ever END?

Worstall on Wednesday HL Mencken once told us that in a democracy the electorate should get what they voted for – and good and hard too. So, on that basis, I present to you a piece on outsourcing, as requested by one Gordon 10.
Tim Worstall, 29 Oct 2014

Apple to PROTECT YOU from dreaded TROUSER EXPLOSIONS

Apple has patented a fireproof material that could finally banish the misery of mobile phone trouser explosions.
Jasper Hamill, 29 Oct 2014

Google may hook Kubernetes deep into own cloud

Google's Cloud Platform Live event in the USA next week may offer up some news on how The Chocolate Factory will allow developers to put Kubernetes to work in its own cloud.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Oct 2014

BlackEnergy crimeware coursing through US control systems

Industrial control systems in the United States have been compromised by the BlackEnergy malware toolkit for at least three years in a campaign the US Computer Emergency Response Team has dubbed "ongoing" and sophisticated.
Darren Pauli, 29 Oct 2014
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Storage array giants to point their back ends at Azure

Azure has turned itself into a destination for storage of SAN snapshots captured on devices provided by EMC, NetApp, HP and Hitachi Data Systems, further enhancing the Microsoft Cloud's disaster recovery prowess.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Oct 2014
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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

A surefire way of holding off that scourge of male health, prostate cancer, is to sleep with lots of women - according to the latest research. However, perhaps unfortunately for those gentlemen inclined that way, sleeping with a lot of other men has quite the opposite effect.
Lewis Page, 29 Oct 2014
Earth and moon from Chang'e 5t1

China lunar mission readies for return to Earth

China's Chang'e 5T1 mission has passed its half-way point, rounding the far side of the Moon and beginning its brief trip to Earth for its scheduled October 31 return.
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Bangkok gets 'net exchange with help from ISOC

The Internet Society has nominated Alcatel-Lucent to supply kit for a new Internet exchange in Bangkok.
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Indian DEITY reveals Internet of Things policy

The marvellously-named Indian Department of Electronics and Information technology - DEITY - has created a policy that calls for the nation to create an Internet of Things (IoT) industry worth US$15 billion by 2020.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Oct 2014
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Cisco: We made UCS secure but need your help to finish the job

Cisco has released a hardening guide for its unified computing system (UCS) that reveals the company's servers do most things right - all manner of potentially-insecure services are off by default - but also offers plenty of suggestions to make sure risks don't increase during production.
Darren Pauli, 29 Oct 2014
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Find My Phone does just one thing but Samsung's messed it up

Researcher Mohamed Baset has reported a zero day flaw that allows hackers to lock a host of Samsung phones with the lost device feature.
Darren Pauli, 29 Oct 2014
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Deloitte's dumb rules stop us from telling you about everyone else's dumb rules

Deloitte Access Economics in Australia is pitching the idea – quite possibly correct – that corporate bureaucracy is more costly than government regulation.
Antares rocket fails

BONFIRE of the MEGA-BUCKS: $200m+ BURNED in SECONDS in Antares launch blast

Vid Reps from NASA and Orbital Sciences have been furiously explaining themselves at a press conference in the wake of the destruction of Orbital's Antares rocket – and possibly the partial loss of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
Iain Thomson, 29 Oct 2014
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Devs: Imagine a lithe, lightly-clad, sweaty body and what you'd do with it

Google has released the software development kit (SDK) for its Google Fit service.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Oct 2014
Telstra logo

Telstra (re)launches am app store (again)

Telstra has taken the defibrillator to the in-house app store idea, announcing the business-focussed Telstra Apps Marketplace.
CSIRO's Workspace - workflow screen editor
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Top research shop releases free boffinware for all

Updated with video Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), which lists the formative work behind WiFi among its successes, wants to boost researcher productivity, and has published a free-for-boffins scientific tool called "Workspace" to help.

Cisco and friends chase WiFi's searing speeds with new cable standard

Cisco is buddying up with three semiconductor companies to push Cat 5e and Cat 6 connections beyond the gigabit mark, to bring the Ethernet world into line with speeds on the table from future WiFi network standards.
Social media buttons

Australia plans 'penalties' for social networks that don't think of the children

Australia has devised a small stick and big stick approach to cyber-bullying material stored on social networks.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Oct 2014

Verizon bankrolls tech news site, bans tech's biggest stories

Updated Telecoms giant and proud defender of the third estate, Verizon, has entered the media market on its own, bankrolling a new tech news site, SugarString. There is a small catch, however.
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Oct 2014
Google sign outside Mountain View headquarters

OK Google, do I have CANCER?

Google says it is looking to develop a pill that could help detect the early stages of cancer or heart disease.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Oct 2014
Pirate Flag

Big Content outs piracy hotbeds: São Paulo, Beijing ... TORONTO?

The Motion Picture Ass. of America (MPAA) is once again looking to rat out known piracy hotbeds to the US government, both online and in real life – and Canada's largest urban center remains high on its list.
Shaun Nichols, 29 Oct 2014
Antares rocket fails

KRAKKOOOM! Space Station supply mission in PODULE PRANG EXPLOSION CHAOS

Pics+Vid Orbital Sciences just can't seem to catch a break. Monday's launch of its Antares rocket was scrubbed by a rogue sailboat and on Tuesday the rocket exploded just seconds after launching from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
Iain Thomson, 29 Oct 2014
Pierce Brosnan in Tomorrow Never Dies

'GCHQ's surveillance data gulp is BULKY and WARRANTLESS', human rights groups moan

Britain's spooks routinely rummage through reams of intelligence data from the NSA and other foreign spy agencies without first having to request a warrant, it has been claimed.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Oct 2014
Facebook WhatsApp
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Facebook shares flutter as firm reports user growth slowing

Facebook's shares dropped 10 percent on the news that it is planning to spend more on roughly the same number of users next year.
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Oct 2014

Swedish 'Future minister' doesn't do social media

Social media is something you would think your "future minister" is active on. Not so in Sweden.
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Oct 2014
The HTML5 logo

Yes, Virginia, there IS a W3C HTML5 standard – as of now, that is

After nearly 10 years of development, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has promoted the HTML5 specification to Recommendation status, its highest level of maturation, effectively making the markup language a formal web standard.
Neil McAllister, 28 Oct 2014

EMC wolfs down cloudy upstart Maginatics, swallows 'protection' too

EMC is buying cloud storage gateway software biz Maginatics, as predicted, but also plans to buy startup Spanning, which makes cloud-to-cloud data protection technology.
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2014

Rise of the machines: Silicon Valley hardware store to deploy ROBOTS for customer service

A California hardware store has decided to bring everyone's dystopian nightmares to life by using robots to perform basic customer service.
Shaun Nichols, 28 Oct 2014
Q and Bond, Skyfall
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Security Avengers team up to take down Chinese hacking group

Security firms are claiming credit for putting the skids under a Chinese cyber-espionage crew thought to have been operating for at least six years.
John Leyden, 28 Oct 2014
Spock
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EMC goes full Star Trek, flops out Vblock-based Federation SDDC Edition

EMC has birthed another converged system called the Federation SDDC Edition. Star Trek rules in the cloud, okay. This is based on Vblocks with public cloud links.
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2014
traffic lights

You! AT&T! The only thing 'unlimited' about you is your CHEEK, growl feds

The US Federal Trade Commission has begun legal action against AT&T over its unlimited data plans, claiming the telco didn't tell customers that their data services would in fact be throttled.
Iain Thomson, 28 Oct 2014

FBI impersonated newspaper to finger school bomb threat suspect

A US newspaper has reacted angrily after it emerged that the FBI impersonated its website in order to locate a target using snoopware.
John Leyden, 28 Oct 2014
Apple first-generation iPod

Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD TO DIE, and this is WHY

Apple head honcho Tim Cook has explained why the iPod classic had to die: Apple couldn’t get the parts any more.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Oct 2014
Russell Haworth, Nominet CEO
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New Nominet CEO: I'll embrace past but look forward to the future

"It's too early to tell what areas of growth will be best for Nominet," says Russell Haworth, "but the company has got some smart people, a good board and an active membership base so if we can corral all three, everybody wins."
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Oct 2014

Yelp continues Euro gobble campaign with French Cityvox

Just days after acquiring a German review site, Yelp announced on Tuesday that it has taken over Cityvox in France. It’s a clear sign that the company means business in Europe.
Jennifer Baker, 28 Oct 2014

Hey, YouTube lovers! How about you pay us, we start paying for STUFF? - Google

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has confirmed that the Google vid service is open to introducing subscriptions.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Oct 2014

Microsoft unwraps new auto data-protection in Office 365 tools

Microsoft is expanding its Data Loss Prevention (DLP) tools. DLP is a way of tagging content to mark it as sensitive data and subject to policy, such as a rule that states “data must be encrypted” or “may not be shared outside the organisation”.
Tim Anderson, 28 Oct 2014
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Peep peep! All aboard the £300m UK education IT procurement express

The clock is ticking for tech suppliers wanting to grab a seat on the soon-to-be refreshed UK "ICT Services for Education" framework gravy train, estimated to be worth up to £300m over four years.
Paul Kunert, 28 Oct 2014
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos
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Amazon sells Fire Phone in UK ... on CONTRACT

Hasn’t Amazon sold mobile phones before? Wasn’t the first third party deal Amazon did in Europe with Carphone Warehouse back in 2001? The answers are no... and yes.
Simon Rockman, 28 Oct 2014
Stock ticker board
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Acer puts fundraising plan on ice as stocks struck by chilly winds

Acer could well postpone cash-raising activities on the Taiwanese Stock Exchange due to some volatility in its share price, according to founder Stan Shih.
Paul Kunert, 28 Oct 2014
One Night in Hell - diableries animation

El Reg spends One Night in Hell with Queen's Brian May

Pics The sight of rock stars indulging their interests can sometimes leave onlookers feeling a little queasy – remember McCartney's fondness for Rupert Bear? No? Well let's not go there… However, Brian May, yes he of Queen fame, appeared at Dolby’s private Atmos cinema in London yesterday to tell of where one of his abiding passions has led him.
Bob Dormon, 28 Oct 2014

Hungary's internet tax cannot be allowed to set a precedent, says EC

We cannot allow Hungary to set a precedent with its internet tax, the European Commission’s digital agenda spokesman said on Tuesday.
Jennifer Baker, 28 Oct 2014
The European flag
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IP Freely? ECJ to rule on privacy rules for dynamic IP addresses

The European Court of Justice has been asked to rule on the issue of whether or not dynamic IP addresses constitute private data.
Jennifer Baker, 28 Oct 2014
Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla: Spidermonkey ATE Apple's JavaScriptCore, THRASHED Google V8

Mozilla Distinguished Engineer Robert O’Callahan reports that the Spidermonkey JavaScript engine, used by the Firefox web browser, has surpassed the performance of Google’s V8 engine (used by Chrome) and Apple’s JavaScript Core (used by Safari) on three popular benchmarks: Mozilla’s own Kraken, Webkit’s SunSpider and Google’s Octane.
Tim Anderson, 28 Oct 2014
Frodo and the One Ring

HP crowns one veep to rule ALL server, storage, network sales

A rejig within HP’s Enterprise Group aimed at making the tech tanker more agile – and no doubt cutting some costs to boot – will see all sales teams consolidated under a single UK and Ireland overlord.
Paul Kunert, 28 Oct 2014

Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report

A worker at a US government contractor is suspected of being the second leaker who turned over sensitive documents on the US government's terrorist watch list to journalist Glenn Greenwald, according to recent reports.
John Leyden, 28 Oct 2014
UCP for VMware

HDS flings cloud-in-a-box at EMC Vblock, NetApp FlexPod

HDS has started competing with EMC Vblocks and NetApp Flexpods with an offering its own managed, on-premises cloud-in-a-box.
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2014
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos

Amazon hopes FIRE STICK will light up its video service

Amazon hopes a new dongle will revive its flagging video ambitions.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Oct 2014

Arrrr GOSH! Argos website goes titsup to make it EVEN BETTER

UK High Street retailer Argos, which recently made a big deal of sexing up its store, is suffering from a major online outage right now.
Team Register, 28 Oct 2014

I'll cap internet tax, says Hungarian PM as mob attacks his party HQ

Following a protest by tens of thousands of people on Sunday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has promised to cap a proposed new internet tax.
Jennifer Baker, 28 Oct 2014
Ardbeg head distiller Dr Bill Lumsden in his lab

Jim Beam me up, Scotty! WHISKY from SPAAACE returns to Earth

A Scottish distillery is celebrating the return of the first ever space-matured batch of whisky.
Jasper Hamill, 28 Oct 2014
Logging onto Windows 10 with a mobile for 2-factor authentication
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Microsoft shows off spanking Win 10 PCs, compute-tastic Azure

TechEd Europe Microsoft's TechEd Europe conference is under way in Barcelona, and this morning Microsoft corporate VP Joe Belfiore showed new management features in the forthcoming Windows 10.
Tim Anderson, 28 Oct 2014
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Arrow ECS UK sales director Johnny Ellis set to exit building

Distie veteran and colourful channel figure Johnny Ellis is to exit the UK and lreland sales director’s office at Arrow ECS with the intent of ploughing his furrow in another area of the industry.
Paul Kunert, 28 Oct 2014
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EvilToss and Sourface hacker crew 'likely' backed by Kremlin – FireEye

Russia is "likely" sponsoring a hacking outfit that targets foreign governments and security organisations, the US intelligence firm FireEye claims.
Darren Pauli, 28 Oct 2014
Tim Cook Apple CEO with glowing green eyes, dark glasses a la Demon Headmaster

Even a broken watch is right twice a day: Not an un-charged Apple Watch

The Apple Watch will require daily charging thanks to its poor battery life, Apple CEO Tim Cook has admitted.
Jasper Hamill, 28 Oct 2014
Flash Gordon
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Mind the product overlap gap, cloud ONTAP... make way for FlashRay – NetApp veep

Ty McConney is a NetApp corporate veep for flash solutions, handling its EF flash array, all-flash fabric-attached storage (FAS) and FlashRay. We sat down at a press meeting and grilled him about all-flash arrays (AFAs) from NetApp.
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2014
Photo of billboard marketing Microsoft Surface with Windows RT

Get a face-to-face with Microsoft at Future Decoded

Promo Time is running out to attend Microsoft’s huge conference – Future Decoded – in London’s ExCeL centre on 10 to 12 November.
David Gordon, 28 Oct 2014
A map of Europe's solar potential

Looking for a job in Europe? Experienced IT staff needed in UK, Italy and Germany

Qualified IT worker? Fancy working in Europe? Come on over... but only to the UK, Italy and Germany.
Jennifer Baker, 28 Oct 2014

ROGUE SAIL BOAT blocks SPACE STATION PODULE blastoff

Orbital Sciences was forced to scrub the launch of a Cygnus cargo-craft to the International Space Station yesterday when a sailboat wandered into the area.
European Union Flag

Netflix and other OTT giants use 'net neutrality' rules to clobber EU rivals

+Comment Cable giant Netflix and other big firms are using calls for greater net neutrality to drive down the prices they pay, according to recently published research.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Oct 2014
Apple iPad Air 2

iPad Air 2: Vulture chews on new Apple tablet

Review This year’s update to Apple’s full-size iPad looks like a minor one. With headline changes like a Touch ID sensor, a faster processor, and a further reduction in thickness and weight, it is tempting to write off the mods as a little window dressing to raise the iPad’s profile in time for the winter sales fest.
Richard Brenner, 28 Oct 2014
Nervous girl bites nails

ICO to fine UNBIDDEN MARKETEERS who cause 'ANXIETY'

Businesses that send spam text messages, make nuisance calls or carry out other types of unsolicited direct electronic marketing activity could be fined up to £500,000 if their actions cause "annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety", under new plans unveiled by the UK government.
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Oct 2014
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Canonical rolls out home-grown Ubuntu OpenStack distro

Exclusive Canonical is spinning its own OpenStack distro to simplify deployment of Linux clouds and ensure its place in an expected cloud winners' club.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Oct 2014
Ceremony to mark ARM's decision to open a CPU dev centre in Taiwan

Microsoft has Windows Server running on ARM: report

Microsoft looks to have created a version of Windows Server that runs on ARM processors.
Darren Pauli, 28 Oct 2014
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Intel bods to detail RSA birko crypto man-in-the-middle diddle

A pair of Intel security researchers will tomorrow delve into a class of dangerous vulnerabilities they found last month that allowed forged RSA certificates to be created by abusing the Mozilla Network Security Services (NSS) cryptographic library.
Darren Pauli, 28 Oct 2014
Bored girl

Cray-cray Met Office spaffs £97m on VERY AVERAGE HPC box

The UK's Met Office has settled on Cray as the vendor for its next supercomputer, with a 16 petaflop XC40 machine* to be shared between the Met Office and Exeter Science Park.

Caption this: CERN needs pic tags. Serious answers only, kids

The super bright minds at CERN have unearthed a massive cache of old photos - and they need your help working out what on earth is going on in some of them.
Jasper Hamill, 28 Oct 2014
Bohr atomic model

NTT thinks it's defined the PERFECT AMPERE with a cunning trap

Researchers from NTT in Japan have demonstrated what they hope will be that company's contribution to the definition of a new ampere: single electron transfer in silicon, at relatively high speed in a charge-confining trap.
NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson

Sorry about that profit, says NetSuite, our costs should be higher

NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson has attributed last week's estimates-busting results are partly due to enthusiasm for cloudy software, but also partly due to difficulties finding people to hire.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Oct 2014

Knock Knock tool makes a joke of Mac AV

Security research and development bod Patrick Wardle has released a tool to reveal executables that automatically boot in Mac OS X.
Darren Pauli, 28 Oct 2014
Thumbs Up Desktop Phone

Microsoft to bake Skype into IE, without plugins

Microsoft is going to try to bake Skype into Internet Explorer.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Oct 2014

Faster, Igor! Boffins stuff 255 Tbps down ONE fibre

The 2014 game of “leapfrog with fibre speed records” has a new and probably temporary leader, with boffins from China, the US and The Netherlands claiming a 255 Tbps record in a single fibre over 1 km.
Big Switch Networks logo

Got $100k to spare? Try this cloudy SDN starter kit

Big Switch is pitching a starter kit for the BCF bare-metal-plus-SDN combo it launched at the end of September.
Sorry we're closed

Apple, Google take on Main Street in BONKING-FOR-CASH struggle

When Apple honcho Tim Cook took to the stage to introduce Apple Pay, he promised it would simplify the way people pay for goods and services, but the road to that goal has not been smooth since.
Iain Thomson, 28 Oct 2014
Chameleon

Was ist das? Eine neue Suse Linux Enterprise? Ausgezeichnet!

Suse has kicked out a new version of its enterprise-grade commercial Linux distribution, Suse Linux Enterprise 12, more than five years after the last major-version release.
Neil McAllister, 28 Oct 2014

Shellshock over SMTP attacks mean you can now ignore your email

Yet another round of Shellshock attacks is emerging, according to the SANS Internet Storm Center – this time, botnets are tapping hosts over SMTP.
Parliament House Canberra by Flickr user OzMark17 used under CC Share and Share alike licence

AWS scores same Oz gov sec creds as Azure

Microsoft yesterday pressed the ON button for Azure Australia, and one of the things the Redmondian outpost was keen to point out was that it was the only cloud in Australia to have earned the Australian federal government's Industry Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP) certification.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Oct 2014

Amazon wants YOU to LOOK OVER its BOOKS – its slush pile, that is

Amazon wants you to help it figure out what books it should publish and sell on its e-book store.
Shaun Nichols, 28 Oct 2014

Why weasel words might not work for Whisper

Analysis Whisper's CEO has attempted to undercut criticism of his company by suspending its editorial team and penning a lengthy response to accusations of privacy abuses and user tracking.
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Oct 2014
TwitterIPO
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Feathers fly as Twitter squawks of record sales but slow user growth

Twitter outperformed analysts' revenue estimates again this quarter, but investors, dismayed by another quarter of deep losses and slowing user growth, battered the company's stock anyway following its third-quarter 2014 earnings report.
Neil McAllister, 27 Oct 2014
Whitewater

NetApp buys SteelStore from Riverbed

NetApp has extricated Riverbed from some nasty Whitewater rapids that threatened to drag it under and pummel it on the rocks below.
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2014
Cloud ONTAP
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NetApp offers ONTAP as a cloud for all seasons

NetApp has updated its ONTAP operating system release into what it calls a data fabric spanning private, hybrid, and public clouds, and includes a SW-only Cloud ONTAP edition running in public clouds.
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2014

Does the Googler tapped to run the US Patent Office still believe in patent reform?

Analysis The nomination of former Google lawyer Michelle Lee to run the US Patent and Trademark Office has been hailed as a victory for Silicon Valley. In 2007 Lee said the patent system was "out-of-balance" and needed "to be remedied". But does she still think that?
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Oct 2014

HDS launches compute-as-a-service in Equinix bit barns everywhere

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has come up with a new way to keep selling hardware in the cloud age, by creating a compute-as-a-service service that will live in Equinix's 32-nation-strong bit barn network.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Oct 2014
Supernova RCW 86
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Boffins snap first pics of hot white dwarf nova bursting out of its shell

Astronomers have caught the first pictures of a star in the early stages of going nova after a Japanese amateur skywatcher alerted the community to a new star showing up in the heavens.
Iain Thomson, 27 Oct 2014

Microsoft brings the CLOUD that GOES ON FOREVER

With cloud storage rapidly becoming a commodity, Microsoft has taken the next logical step in the file-syncing bunfight, doing away with storage quotas altogether for paying customers of its subscription Office 365 offerings.
Neil McAllister, 27 Oct 2014

Planning to fly? Pour out your shampoo, toss your scissors, RENAME TERRORIST WI-FI!

A US airline delayed a flight on Sunday evening after an unidentified person somewhere in or around Los Angeles International Airport picked a rather unfortunate name for a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Shaun Nichols, 27 Oct 2014
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Avnet CEO: enterprise tech spending on the turn in fiscal Q1

A dark cloud hanging above Avnet’s Asian and EMEA computing components biz cast a shadow over the relatively decent start to fiscal ’15 for the Technology Solutions division.
Paul Kunert, 27 Oct 2014
OpenStack: If it were only as easy as this picture makes it seem

OpenStack upstart SwiftStack slurps up $16m from backers

Interview OpenStack-using startup SwiftStack has got itself $16m in B-round funding, raising the total cash invested amount to $23.6m. Why should we care?
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2014
server room
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Recovery-ware upstart Zerto: From Hyper-V to VMware and back again

In a blow against hypervisor lock-in, Recovery-ware startup Zerto has extended its VMware hypervisor-based technology to embrace Hyper-V, providing cross-hypervisor replication from VMware to Hyper-V or vice versa.
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2014
LED

Samsung turns off lights on LEDs worldwide – except in South Korea

Samsung has decided to stop pushing its light emitting diode business outside of South Korea, despite reckoning it would be a growth area a few years ago.

HUGE SHARK as big as a WWII SUBMARINE died out, allowing whales to exist

It was the largest shark ever seen on Planet Earth - the size of some World War II combat submarines - but until now no-one really knew whether a stray Megalodon was still lurking somewhere out there in the ocean.
Jasper Hamill, 27 Oct 2014
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Ingram's CEO Monie: Show me the... Mobility, Mobility, Mobility

Acquisitions helped swing the sales dial north for Ingram Micro during calendar Q3 but the cost of the latest company-wide transformative activities took a chunk out of profits, the world’s largest tech distie has confirmed.
Paul Kunert, 27 Oct 2014
Kindle Big Brother

Schneier, Diffie, ex-MI5 bod, privacy advocates team up on Code Red

Security experts including Bruce Schneier and Whitfield Diffie are teaming up with privacy advocates to form a new privacy group that aims to champion privacy against the growing tide of intrusive government surveillance.
John Leyden, 27 Oct 2014
seagate 1in 12gb hdd
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Disk drive BIGNESS is back: Seagate revenues and shipments surge

Growth has returned to the disk drive business if Seagate's latest quarterly results are anything to go by.
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2014
Malware

Painfully trendy: Someone just spent $200k on ebola.com

Anyone looking to cash in on the zeitgeist by buying the domain name ebola.com has left it too late, because the domain name has sold for more than $200,000.
Jasper Hamill, 27 Oct 2014
Twickenham Rugby Ground - empty

Developers: Get down and dirty with IBM at Twickers

Promo If you want an extra dose of fireworks this autumn, get yourself down to Twickenham Stadium on 6 November for IBM DeveloperConnect 2014.
David Gordon, 27 Oct 2014
iCloud brute force

Apple's OS X Yosemite slurps UNSAVED docs into iCloud

Apple's OSX 10.10 – aka Yosemite – is silently uploading users' unsaved documents and the email addresses of their contacts to Apple's iCloud, according to security researcher Jeffrey Paul.
John Leyden, 27 Oct 2014
Newton MessagePad 120 - logo

Now: The REAL APPLE NEWS you need to know

Apple Watch? Bah humbug. Bonk to pay? Boring.
Jasper Hamill, 27 Oct 2014
Register Roundtable at the Soho hotel

How do Reg readers keep their vendors in line?

Reg Events It's difficult to speak openly about how to squeeze the best out of your suppliers. On the one hand, you always suspect there's more you could be doing. On the other, you don't want to give away your secrets.
Dominic Connor, 27 Oct 2014
Warehouse
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Wir streiken! German Amazon workers down tools

German warehouse workers haven’t given up on the idea that striking will help them to win their pay dispute with Amazon.
Sunset Overdrive

Sunset Overdrive: Exploding teddy bears, dragon fights and more in a tangerine blast

Game Theory With every passing moment of Sunset Overdrive you can almost feel developer Insomniac Games' collective relief at it being let off the leash. It's the antithesis to the rather dowdy, oppressive affair that was Resistance.
Mike Plant, 27 Oct 2014

UNCHAINING DEMONS which might DESTROY HUMANITY: Musk on AI

Electro-car kingpin and spacecraft mogul Elon Musk has warned that meddling with Artificial Intelligence risks "summoning the demon" that could destroy humanity.
Jasper Hamill, 27 Oct 2014
ULLtraDIMMs

Diablo boss on chipsets, ULLtraDIMM and the Netlist fracas

Opinion/Interview The Register does not endorse any particular viewpoint contained in this interview. We will update readers on the court's decisions as the case unfolds.
Trevor Pott, 27 Oct 2014
Scott Dietzen before (L) and after (R) shaving his head
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Pure Storage developing converged systems

Comment Pure Storage is set to build converged server and storage systems "to compete with commodity server hardware", said CEO Scott Dietzen, as the highly funded startup enters the next phase of its development.
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2014
IBM 5150 PC

Doctors urged to adopt default opt-out approach to care.data scheme

A patients' group has urged doctors to automatically opt their patients out of the new "care.data" scheme until the patients give consent for the disclosure of their medical data.
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Oct 2014
Proposed new HQ for Apple, credit Cupertino Council

How iPad’s soft SIM lets Apple pit carriers AGAINST each other

Analysis The SIM card is the most potent instrument of control in the mobile carrier’s hands, controlling the relationship with the customer and giving it unmatched information about how its users behave.
Wireless Watch, 27 Oct 2014

Lumia 830: Microsoft hopes to seduce with slim 'affordable' model

The Lumia 830, which is already available in the UK, is another midrange Lumia (from Microsoft, but it retains the Nokia brand) fighting for your attention. It squeaks in at under £300 SIM-free (it's £279 on PAYG at EE) or is free on contracts at around £25/month.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Oct 2014

Tor exit node mashes malware into downloads

A Tor exit node has been found slapping malware onto downloads as users exit the hidden network and enter the public web.
Darren Pauli, 27 Oct 2014

FATTIES: Boffins say their miracle sunshine skin cream 'prevents obesity'

Swingbellies: Take heed! An international team of top boffins say they have found that sunlight can reduce weight gain - and that they can duplicate the effect with a skin cream.
Lewis Page, 27 Oct 2014

Mozilla hopes to challenge Raspbian as RPi OS of choice

The Mozilla Foundation staged a Mozilla Festival in the UK over the weekend, and one of the projects developers delivered was a port of Firefox OS working to the Raspberry Pi.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Oct 2014
BAE Systems Railgun

BAE points electromagnetic projectile at US Army

BAE Systems, which has been working with the US Navy on its futuristic railgun weapon project, has suggested the Mach 7 electromagnetic metal-slinger could be useful for the next generation of the US Army's Bradley Fighting Vehicle.
iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3

Fanboi-and-fanfare-free fondleslabs fail to fire imagination

First Fondle Here's something new from Apple: a product launch without a queue, excited fanbois or, indeed, much enthusiasm at all.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Oct 2014
Burning copyright symbol. Photo by: Martin Fisch http://www.flickr.com/photos/marfis75/ on flickr"

An 'embed' link isn't a new infringement, says EU Court of Justice

The European Court of Justice has decided that even an unauthorised video can be embedded by a third party without creating a new infringement.
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ESXi is telling fibs to backup software

Redditor “tottenham12712” has pieced together a scary scenario for VMware users: ESXi might be feeding dud data to backup software.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Oct 2014
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Verizon Wireless token tracker triggers tech transparency tempest

Verizon Wireless is monitoring users' mobile internet traffic, using a token slapped onto web requests, to facilitate targeted advertising even if a user has opted out.
Darren Pauli, 27 Oct 2014
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HP releases OpenStack cloud

HP has put its stamp on the world of OpenStack clouds, with its Helion OpenStack community edition code general availability, as of today.
opensuse 13 beta 1 screen shot

OpenSUSE tidies up disto model ahead of 13.4

OpenSUSE has rolled up its Factory and Tumbleweed into a single project that will carry the name Tumbleweed from November 4.
Azure icon

Azure Australia launches, complete with full-fibre diet

Microsoft has, as expected, pressed the Big Blue Button to enliven the Australian “geo” of its Azure cloud service.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Oct 2014
Hacked sarcasm
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Pesky POS poison won't Backoff

Infections from the Backoff point-of-sale malware are still rising in America, according to security bods from Damballa.
Artist's concept of the Voyager spacecraft in space.

Voyager 1 now EIGHTEEN LIGHT HOURS from home

Something just a little bit remarkable happened last week.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Oct 2014
Jersey cow

Oz trade minister RUBBISHES TPP fears

Australia's trade minister has taken a swipe at critics of the Trans Pacific Partnership, accusing them of spreading “misinformation” about a trade treaty that's been kept as secret as possible since its inception.
IT Crowd. Source: Channel 4 / 2entertain

US court SHUTS DOWN 'scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff'

The US Federal Trade Commission has shuttered a New York-based tech support business, after scammers allegedly hoodwinked Facebook and Microsoft users into paying hundreds of dollars for tech advice from Pairsys Inc.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Oct 2014
Homer Simpson reading on a tablet

T-Mobile US chief SUCKS UP to Apple, gently ridicules rivals over SIM lockdown play

AT&T has been getting plenty of stick in the US, after it decided to disable Apple's SIM carrier-switching feature and greedily grab a customer's new iPad for good.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Oct 2014
ipod u2 edition

Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET

Elevation and Vertigo may be songs that hit the high notes for Apple boss Tim Cook's chums U2, but the same can't be said for sales of iTunes music right now, which have reportedly nosedived since the start of 2013.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Oct 2014
HP CEO Meg Whitman
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HP seeks to sell chunk of China networking biz: Report

HP is reportedly on the lookout for an Asian suitor to buy a majority of the company's stake in its China-based H3C Technologies.
Team Register, 26 Oct 2014
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Knocking Knox: Samsung DENIES vuln claims, says mysterious blogger is a JOKER

A damning security critique against Samsung's US government-approved Knox system has been dismissed by the South Korean tech giant.
John Leyden, 26 Oct 2014
Suri Cruise poop

Let's make an app that POSTS your POO to APPLE HQ

CoTW Can we build an app that automatically delivers large quantities of human excrement to Apple's doorstep? That is the question frothing on fanbois' lips as we enter another Comment of the Week.
Gareth Corfield, 26 Oct 2014

'It's NOT a fishing expedition', say police over random spot checks on gun owners

Downrange As opposition to the Association of Chief Police Officers' campaign to impose random spot checks on lawful gun owners' security arrangements grows, El Reg managed to get some responses out of the police chiefs' trade union.
Gareth Corfield, 26 Oct 2014
Rotten apple

The DRUGSTORES DON'T WORK, CVS makes IT WORSE ... for Apple Pay

Apple Pay has reportedly been refused by not one but two leading US main-street pharmacies - apparently because their parent company is developing its own payment system.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Oct 2014
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Cashing it in: Personal finance apps – the best and the rest

Review Greater individual control over personal finance is booming, with the British Bankers Association (BBA) reporting 5.7 million transactions a day are now made from smartphones. This is transformational stuff, but it’s not all about current account apps. Personal finance guru Jennifer Newton follows the money and finds the best apps for creative accounting.
Jennifer Newton, 26 Oct 2014
Peugeot 308 e-THP 110

Sporty in all but name: Peugeot 308 e-THP 110

Vulture at the Wheel Peugeot’s recent mid-sized hatchbacks have been a less than inspiring bunch. The 307 and the original 2007 model year 308 were dull, globulous mediocrities and not very well screwed together to boot. The all-new 308 however is a rather more interesting bag of bananas.
Alun Taylor, 26 Oct 2014

‘For the love of Pete, America, learn about decent chocolate’

eXpat Files If it's Sunday it must be time for another instalment of The eXpat Files, our weekly chat with a fellow reader who decided to move to another country in search of adventure, career advancement, and something else to do on weekends.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Oct 2014
Doctor Who In the Forest of the Night

Reg hacks see the woods or the trees In the Forest of the Night

TV Review El Reg's resident Doctor Who fans – Brid-Aine Parnell, Gavin Clarke and Jennifer Baker – have come together to discuss the plot of tonight's episode, In the Forest of the Night.
Space X Dragon in Orbit

Billionaire's pet DRAGON SPLASHES DOWN off Pacific Coast

Vid The "Dragon" private space podule - which delivered cargo to the International Space Station - has returned to Earth five weeks after its mission began.
Team Register, 25 Oct 2014
Steve Ballmer

SHOW ME THE MONEY! Ballmer on Amazon: 'They're not a real biz, they make NO cash'

Vid Ex-Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer has attacked retail giant Amazon for failing to make a profit after more than two decades of trading its wares online.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Oct 2014

CATACLYSMIC Sun BELCH causes hour-long RADIO BLACKOUT in SPAAACE

Pic NASA boffins witnessed another major solar flare on the Sun on Friday - the fourth such activity in the past week erupting from the biggest sunspot in nearly 25 years.
Team Register, 25 Oct 2014
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Google roolz! Nest buys Revolv, KILLS new sales of home hub

Google's thermostat maker Nest Labs has snapped up upstart Revolv for an undisclosed sum.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Oct 2014

This Changes Everything? OH Naomi Klein, NO

Worstall @ the Weekend Given that I'm from the rational, classical end of liberalism, I'm obviously not going to be greatly taken by the spoutings of someone like Naomi Klein. But if an ideological difference were all it was, then I'd have left her new book, This Changes Everything alone after I'd read it.
Tim Worstall, 25 Oct 2014
Barry Allen and Iris West in The Flash

The Flash lives up to its name with a fast-paced pilot full of potential

TV Review PILOT PREVIEW WITH VERY, VERY MILD SPOILERS ...

UK.gov pushes for SWIFT ACTION against nuisance calls, threatens £500k fines

The UK government is hoping to force through a change in law to lower the legal threshold on punishments handed out to companies that make nuisance calls and send annoying texts to Brits.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Oct 2014
Seventh Heven

Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring

Vulture at the Wheel When I took my seatbelt off, the Caterham 160 didn’t beep at me. I didn’t get electronically reprimanded when I got out and left the headlights on and I didn’t have any problems bluetoothing my phone to the radio because it doesn’t have Bluetooth. Or a radio.
Simon Rockman, 25 Oct 2014

'ANYTHING BUT STABLE' Netflix suffers BIG Europe-wide outage

Netflix was struck by what appeared to be a fairly significant 90-minute outage on its streaming service late on Friday night that affected folk across Europe.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Oct 2014
GCHQ as seen on Google Earth

GCHQ staff 'would sooner walk' than do anything 'resembling mass surveillance’

QuoTW This was the week when GCHQ boss Sir Iain Lobban managed to exit stage left from the spook play without ever mentioning the Edward-Snowden-shaped-elephant in the room.
Russell Brand

Weekend reads: Russell Brand's Revolution and Joy Division's Ian Curtis gets lyrical

Page File El Reg bookworm Mark Diston peruses the pick of publishing this week and finds he prefers Russell Brand when he's on the page rather than on the telly, as the media messiah offers more words of wisdom on society's ills. The work of Joy Division's vocalist and lyricist is presented as never before and Daniel Handler, known to many as Lemony Snicket, has an intriguing tale of the high seas to tell.
Mark Diston, 25 Oct 2014
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SKYPE has the HOTS for my NAKED WIFE

Something for the Weekend, Sir? My wife is parading naked in front of a webcam again. Here's the funny thing, though: she doesn't even know that the webcam is on. In fact, it's not even her computer – it's mine – and she's not doing it deliberately. Come to think of it, I wasn't even aware that my webcam was on until just now when the green LED illuminated all by itself when she walked into the room. It's as if the mere sight of Half Life half-dressed turned it on.
Alistair Dabbs, 25 Oct 2014

Time to test your sarcasm detectors: It's the UN's global comms shakeup extravaganza!

The United Nations is often mocked as an old boy's network where representatives spend all their time making speeches about nothing and attending social events while wasting millions of dollars congratulating each other for doing so.
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Oct 2014

Wanna see how Russia et al hope to shape the internet? ITU opens up (a little more) to public

Having tried and failed for a decade to understand and influence the internet, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) appears to finally be grasping the fundamentals of the open web.
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Oct 2014
Sundar Pichai
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Google boss Larry Page gives Sundar Pichai keys to the kingdom

Ten years after joining Google and with running Android, Chrome, and Google Apps already on his plate, Sundar Pichai's star has now risen even higher, gaining a new tranche of responsibilities in the process.
Iain Thomson, 25 Oct 2014
Angry woman on mobile
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Cheapo telcos fined for their cheapo security: Financial records on 305,000 people spilled

American watchdog the FCC is fining a pair of US mobile operators for an astonishing lack of security in handling customer information.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Oct 2014
LG Nuclun mobile SoC
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LG taps TSMC to bake its first-ever mobile chip

South Korea's LG Electronics has announced its first self-made mobile system-on-chip (SoC), along with plans to debut the chip in a new smartphone to be released within the week.
Neil McAllister, 25 Oct 2014