The Week in Summary

Twitter probes terror threat: Medieval murder mob ISIS allegedly puts co-founder in crosshairs

Twitter says it is investigating menacing threats made against its employees allegedly by deranged terror bastards ISIS (or IS, or ISIL, or whatever.)
Shaun Nichols, 02 Mar 2015
SpaceX launches electric satellites into orbit

SpaceX lofts two all-electric ion-drive comsats to Clarke orbit

Pics Another month, another successful SpaceX launch. This time, a Falcon 9 sent into orbit a twin set of communications satellites that eschew chemical-engine propellant in favor of solar power.
Iain Thomson, 02 Mar 2015
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US court rubber-stamps dragnet metadata surveillance (again)

A US federal court has rubber stamped approval for the NSA to carry on with its controversial dragnet collection of Americans' phone records.
John Leyden, 02 Mar 2015
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Insight: Have you heard about Windows Server 2003 support?

As organisations using Windows Server 2003 march - perhaps with ill-found confidence - toward the expiry date for Microsoft support, Insight Enterprises has scare stories galore warnings for them.
Paul Kunert, 02 Mar 2015
Groovy programming language

Groovy Java guy off for Restlet

Guillaume Laforge, leader of the Groovy project, is joining Restlet, a small company which supports the open source Restlet framework.
Tim Anderson, 02 Mar 2015
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HDS blogger names HDS flash array as latency winner

Flash array response times climb as load increases, with good ones able to delay the response time uptick for longer.
Chris Mellor, 02 Mar 2015
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NXP snaps up Freescale to form new chipzilla

Dutch chip company NXP has snapped up US rival Freescale Semiconductor for $11.8bn (£7.7bn).
Kat Hall, 02 Mar 2015
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Jolla launches Sailfish 2.0, now with added security

MWC 2015 Jolla, the smouldering platform which was born out of Nokia’s decision to go Microsoft, has announced its new version of the Sailfish OS.
Simon Rockman, 02 Mar 2015
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Google dips into U.S. wireless market with 'small scale' MVNO offering

MWC 2015 Google confirmed on Monday that it plans to enter the wireless carrier market Stateside within the "coming months".
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Mar 2015
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HP gulps down Aruba Networks for $3bn

After a period of abstinence from mega buys, HP has dipped into its cash reserves to find $3bn (£2bn) for wireless infrastructure biz Aruba Networks.
Kat Hall, 02 Mar 2015
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Silent Circle revamps secure smartphone

MWC 2015 Silent Circle ‪has lifted the lid of the Blackphone‬ 2 smartphone and ‪Blackphone‬+ tablet.
John Leyden, 02 Mar 2015
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ASML‬ plays down mystery hack attack

‪Semiconductor supplier ASML‬ has admitted that unnamed hackers broke into its systems.
John Leyden, 02 Mar 2015
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High Court: IBM staff refused pay increases can claim damages

IBM employees who were refused salary increases because they would not agree to changes to the company's pension scheme are entitled to claim damages, the High Court has ruled.
Kat Hall, 02 Mar 2015

First peek at the next Ubuntu 15.04 nester line-up

Ubuntu 15.04 is here – almost. The first beta of Vivid Vervet has been delivered, and with it have come images of the penguin flock that nestles on this OS.

Coms CEO: Sorry about accidentally buying 20k shares, I'm off

The chief of Coms Plc appeared to be close to the exit following his public spat with the rest of the board last week. Sure enough, the company today confirmed he’s stepped down.
Paul Kunert, 02 Mar 2015
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Ericsson, Telstra and Qualcomm up the ante with 600Mbps demo

MWC 2015 Qualcomm, Ericsson and Telstra are set to demonstrate a new tri-carrier LTE-A solution capable of delivering 600Mbps over mobile at this week's Mobile World Congress.
Simon Rockman, 02 Mar 2015
BlackBerry Classic QWERTY key smartphone

Have it all: BlackBerry to port crown jewels to iPhone, Android

MWC 2015 At Mobile World Congress, BlackBerry said it will port key client platform features – like its soft keyboard, Universal Search and Hub – to iPhone and Android, and also throw them into its enterprise software bundles.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Mar 2015

Would you trust 'spyproof' mobes made in Putin's Russia?

A Russian firm is developing its own anti-surveillance enterprise smartphone prototype - the TaigaPhone.
John Leyden, 02 Mar 2015

3 spectastic Lumias for price of 1 rival flagship: Microsoft sells biz on cheapie experience

MWC 2015 Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop emerged from cryogenic storage at Microsoft to announce two new phones and give a glimpse of mobile Office for Windows 10. But not a lot – more will be revealed at Microsoft’s developer event, Build, in April.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Mar 2015
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Network vendors need something far more real than ‘5G’

MWC 2015 The big infrastructure vendors all made significant announcements in advance of Mobile World Congress, holding their beauty parades before the distractions of the event itself. While there was a lot of the inevitable "5G" vision-making on show, the main focus was on something more real: new platforms which could be deployed in a one-to-two-year rather than a five-year timeframe.
Wireless Watch, 02 Mar 2015
Bradley Horowitz. Image credit: Google

Bradley Horowitz on ailing Google+: Islands in the stream, that is what we are ...

Google product veep Bradley Horowitz is now heading up the ad giant's fading fast Google+ service, but its name appears to have put the willies up Mountain View's execs lately – to the point where they simply don't mention it any more.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Mar 2015
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HP Services engineer dispatch tool 'broken', say engineers

An automated service call system pilot at HP – which we are told cost $72m to develop – is fundamentally flawed because it often relies on patchy web connectivity, engineers are complaining.
Paul Kunert, 02 Mar 2015
Tangle of cables attached to a telegraph pole

VMware makes NFV telco play by snuggling up to OpenStack

MWC 2015 VMware has clambered aboard the network function virtualisation (NFV) bandwagon with “vCloud for NFV” - and has announced that Vodafone has been in production with the software for a while.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Mar 2015
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WD reveals NASty new boxes for home and small biz use

WD has updated its My Cloud NAS products, adding more oomph for prosumers and two boxes for small-business-filing fanatic users.
Chris Mellor, 02 Mar 2015
Car-2-Car

The car in front has Kaspersky deep inside

Kaspersky Lab is taking anti-virus in a different direction by embedding it in SCADA-based industrial control systems, components of the Internet of Things, and yep, even cars.
John Leyden, 02 Mar 2015
Hitachi mining shovel and rigid dumptruck

HDS makes its move beyond storage with telco data analyser

MWC 2015 Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has taken big step away from storage by releasing a realtime telco traffic monitor.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Mar 2015
Zombie rising from the grave

Windows XP's market share grows AGAIN!

It's the first Monday of the month, so time for us to have a look at desktop operating system market share again!
Simon Sharwood, 02 Mar 2015
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Just want a simple, low-power GPU for your smart-gumble? Try using your Imagination

MWC 2015 Getting tired of chip designers bragging how their latest and greatest GPUs are stuffed full of transistors and can process a bazillion polygons a second? Well, Imagination has an antidote – the PowerVR G6020, which is aimed at smartwatches and embedded stuff where a slick 2D user interface is preferred over 3D might.
Chris Williams, 02 Mar 2015

Tulsa woman bludgeons man mercilessly with laptop

This is not a good way to come out of deep sleep. A US man was awoken from his drunken stupor by the pain of his girlfriend sinking her fangs into his gentleman’s sausage and bludgeoning him with her laptop.
Paul Kunert, 02 Mar 2015
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Twitter triples abuse team, knocks dox

Twitter has tripled the size of its abuse support team after the number of reports it handled increased five-fold in six months thanks to an expansion of harassment controls.
Darren Pauli, 02 Mar 2015

US Navy satellite EXPLODES, scattering debris

In a story reminiscent of the movie Gravity, near-Earth orbits have a bunch of new space junk chunks to worry about after a satellite exploded.

Bad movie: Hackers can raid networks with burnt Blu-Rays

British hacker Stephen Tomkinson has found two Blu-Ray-borne attacks.
Darren Pauli, 02 Mar 2015
One Windows: Windows 10 will be delivered on multiple device types

Microsoft working on 'Nano' version of Windows Server for web-scale ops

Microsoft appears to be working on a new version of Windows Server aimed at web-scale operations.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Mar 2015
Clouds in blue sky

Citrix targets carriers with NetScaler

MWC 2015 Citrix is taking a leap into carrier-grade network function virtualisation (NFV) with a new release of its NetScaler platform.
Kim Dotcom

It's a Mega blast: PayPal drops Dotcom's Mega

PayPal has pulled support for Kim Dotcom's Mega.
Darren Pauli, 02 Mar 2015
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Microsoft Swarms all over Docker Machines

Microsoft has expanded its cloudy support for Docker, adding Docker Machine to Azure and Hyper-V, and supporting Docker Swarm.
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Blockheads bork Bitcoin Foundation board election

Those with doubts about Bitcoin's viability have some new ammunition, after the Bitcoin Foundation fluffed a board election it tried to run using its own technology.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Mar 2015
Cellular basestation antenna

Telstra takes lead in 5G, just like everybody else

Australia's dominant carrier, Telstra, has joined World+Dog in promising to take the lead in the 5G race, with a roadmap that reaches all the way to next year.
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Seagate NAS owners: hide it behind a firewall. Fast.

An Australian security researcher says a bunch of Seagate NAS devices carry serious vulnerabilities and should be kept away from the Internet.
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BitDefender bit trip slaps 'valid' on revoked certs

Bitdefender is set to fix a security flaw in its products that meant revoked certificates for potentially malicious sites could be replaced with legitimate ones.
Darren Pauli, 01 Mar 2015
Planet Labs' Doves in their coop
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Satellite cannon starts shooting Doves, this time under control

The nano-sat launcher aboard the International Space Station has stopped malfunctioning and started spitting its payload into space as intended.
Parliament House Canberra by Flickr user OzMark17 used under CC Share and Share alike licence
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Turnbull's model e-gov service is HIPSTER SHAMBLES

Australia's communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has often expressed his admiration for the United Kingdom's Government Digital Service (GDS), going so far to say as to say it is the model and/or inspiration for the recently-revealed Digital Transformation Office (DTO).
Simon Sharwood, 01 Mar 2015
Galaxy S6

Phabba-dabba-do: Samsung hypes up Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

MWC 2015 The grandeur of today's Samsung S6 phabgasm in Barcelona reminded your correspondent of the scene in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy when the day dawned for the announcement of the Answer (to life the universe and everything).
Simon Rockman, 01 Mar 2015
HTC and Valve's Vive

In Barcelona, no one can hear you scream ... HTC, Valve unleash Giger-inspired VR headgear

MWC 2015 HTC has followed in the footsteps of Facebook-owned Oculus and Microsoft with its own VR headset.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Mar 2015
Spacewalking outside the ISS. Image credit: NASA TV

NASA 'nauts complete another EPIC SPACEWALK to route cables around ISS

Astronauts working on NASA's International Space Station have snaked yet more cabling around the orbiting science lab.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Mar 2015

Out of time: Huawei, LG unveil watches nobody wants to buy

MWC 2015 China’s Huawei and South Korea’s LG showed off new watches in Barcelona today. The “smartwatch” is a misnomer: both will stop telling the time after a day, unless they are charged. Then they can tell you the time for another day.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Mar 2015

HTC One M9 hands on: Like a smart M8 in a sharp suit

MWC 2015 HTC's One is like a tasteful band that has been the critics' choice for years but never quite breaks through from cult status to superstardom. It's by far the classiest thing on the market – but its distinctiveness and craftmanship hasn't been rewarded by runaway success.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Mar 2015

BOOM! MediaTek parks tanks on Qualcomm's lawn

MWC 2015 This time last year MediaTek was still smarting about sniffy comments made by Qualcomm. "You can’t take eight lawnmower engines, put them together and now claim you have an eight-cylinder Ferrari," Qualcomm's senior VP Anand Chandrasekher had said, referring to MediaTek’s 610 and 615 eight core smartphone chips.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Mar 2015
wankband

W*nkers of the world unite to SAVE THE PLANET one jerk-off at a time

A standout smut peddler wants its customers to take a shot at saving the planet with a kinetic power generator, tastefully dubbed the Wankband, which uses the wrist action favoured by onanists.
Iain Thomson, 01 Mar 2015
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Watch out hipster nerds – Granny Beskind's behind you!

In a push back against the twenty-something, misogynistic Silicon Valley culture – along comes nonagenarian Barbara Beskind.
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Mar 2015
Acer M220 Windows Phone

Acer enters Windows Phone fray with cheap Liquid M220 mobe

MWC 2015 Acer is entering the Windows Phone market, with a low-end model that will retail for just €79, making it the cheapest mobile in the vendor’s range.
Tim Anderson, 01 Mar 2015
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Hadoop gets native C/C++ injection

Like Hadoop but it’s just a bit too Javary? There’s now an answer for that: MapReduce for C (MR4C).
Gavin Clarke, 01 Mar 2015
Panasonic TH-103PZ600

Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

Feature This month, the fabulously wealthy owners of houses with curved walls will be delighted to know that the world's largest curved TV arrives at the Knightsbridge tat-palace Harrods. With a 105-inch screen, LG's new set, the snappily named 105UC9V boasts a 21:9 aspect ratio, and all the latest technology.
Nigel Whitfield, 01 Mar 2015
Raphael's School of Athens

C'mon! Greece isn't really bust and it can pay its debts

Worstall @ the Weekend As I write we've just got the latest news that Greece has been saved from default, bankruptcy, being thrown out of the euro and everything is going to be lovely for The Men Without Ties. Which is, of course, lovely, but there really wasn't quite as much to worry about as people seemed to think.
Tim Worstall, 01 Mar 2015
Power lines

Ikea to start making electrified furniture. What could possibly go wrong?

MWC Ikea, having successfully branded Sweden as a country associated with family disputes and cupboards with wonky doors, has now taken on the challenge of improving how we all live through Qi wireless charging technology.
Simon Rockman, 01 Mar 2015
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott says food importers deserve help denied to telcos

Australia's government decided this week to impose two major new regulations on business.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Feb 2015
Tim Cook

Tim Cook chills the spines of swingers worldwide

Apple boss Tim Cook has claimed that Cupertino's Watch, which will be wheeled out on 9 March, will replace car keys.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Feb 2015
Google UK roof terrace
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Blurred vision: Google dreams of a campus mixing buildings with nature

Google has submitted plans to redevelop four sites at its headquarters in Mountain View, California.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Feb 2015
Grad James Stevenson, astronomer Jonathan Lunine and chemical engineer Paulette Clancy, with a Cassini image of Titan in the foreground of Saturn, and an azotosome, the theorised cell membrane on Titan. Credit: Cornell University

BOFFINS: Oxygen-free, methane-based ALIENS may EXIST on icy SATURN moon Titan

Scientists believe they have come up with a solid model for a new type of methane-based, oxygen-free life form that could thrive in the harsh, icy conditions of Saturn's mysterious freezing moon, Titan.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Feb 2015
Hyperloop plans

Elon Musk plans to plonk urban Hyperloop subsonic tube on California

Billionaire space baron Elon Musk has inked a deal with land developers in California to allow his company to begin installing an over-hyped, loopy new transport system appropriately dubbed Hyperloop.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Feb 2015
Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds movie still

At night, scary wildlife comes out to play in the chemical factory

On-call Welcome to On-Call, our semi-regular-ish weekend feature in which readers share experiences that happened late at night, in odd places.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Feb 2015
Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

MEGA PATENT DUMP! Ericsson, Smartflash blitz Apple: iPhone, iPad menaced by sales block

Linkfest Emboldened by its $533m patent-infringement win against Apple just a few days ago, Smartflash is suing the iPhone maker AGAIN – and Ericsson is joining the fray.
Shaun Nichols, 28 Feb 2015
Bang by Guian Bolisay

'The troll stats saddened me as a human, but didn't surprise me as a boffin'

QuoTW This week, we saved the internet, screwed up our smart TVs and made absolutely no money from our YouTube accounts. In the process, we uttered some memorable lines.
Team Register, 28 Feb 2015
The Nether

Murky online paedo retreat: The Nether explores the fantasy-reality divide

Theatre Review On a bare stage, two chairs face each other across a table. At the table sits Morris, an investigating detective employed by The Nether – the virtual counterpart to the In-World – where users in the year 2050 can live out their every fantasy. Opposite sits her quarry, Sims, a businessman in his 60s who has been up to no good. His crime: he has created a virtual space, or “realm”, that breaks the rules.
Steve Caplin, 28 Feb 2015
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So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Style and The Buried Giant

Page File El Reg bookworm Mark Diston leafs his way through three forthcoming releases. Remains of the Day author Kazuo Ishiguro's first book in a decade takes us on a mythical journey. Jon Ronson engages in a journey of his own having been victim of a social networking stunt. And Joseph Connolly entertains with his tale of guilty pleasures and domestic obsessions.
Mark Diston, 28 Feb 2015
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EU governments are CRAP at cloud, moans Brussels' infosec watchdog

European governments haven’t got a clue how to implement cloud services. So say the EU's own cybersecurity experts.
Jennifer Baker, 28 Feb 2015

I, ROBOT ~ YOU, MORON. How else will automated news work?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? They want to replace me with a robot. This is an excellent idea. In a world of unlimited connected information, it’s about time that the middleman stopped getting in the way. Things happen, facts materialise, they end up online, then you read them. Simple, really. What’s a journalist for?
Alistair Dabbs, 28 Feb 2015
Github octodex

FORK ME! Uber hauls GitHub into court to find who hacked database of 50,000 drivers

Uber has subpoenaed GitHub to unmask netizens suspected of hacking its database of thousands of taxi drivers.
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Feb 2015
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New Xen vuln triggers Amazon, Rackspace reboot panic redux

Newly discovered vulnerabilities in the open source Xen virtualization hypervisor have once again sent major public cloud companies scurrying to patch and reboot their systems before attackers can pull off a massive exploit.
Neil McAllister, 28 Feb 2015
Icelandic chasm

FCC says cities should be free to run decent ISPs. And Republicans can't stand it

Analysis A decision by the FCC has opened up a partisan chasm by quashing US state laws that hamper the rollout of city-owned broadband.
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Feb 2015
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

He's baaack: Microsoft's axeman Nadella to give Chinese staff the chop

More Microsoft staffers will lose their jobs next month when the software giant closes two smartphone factories in China, according to reports.
Neil McAllister, 28 Feb 2015
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Make room, Wi-Fi, Qualcomm wants to run LTE on your 5GHz band

Qualcomm says it will begin shipping new chips later this year that will help relieve mobile network congestion by routing LTE mobile broadband traffic over short-range, unlicensed radio frequency bands.
Neil McAllister, 27 Feb 2015

Google pulls out of gaping Blogger smut black hole

Google has backed down on its frigid threat to tug filthy porno pics and raunchy grumble vids off Blogger.
Shaun Nichols, 27 Feb 2015
Leonard Nemoy

RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

Obit Leonard Nimoy, the actor who became the most recognized face of the Star Trek franchise, has died at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 83.
Iain Thomson, 27 Feb 2015

Reckon YOU can write better headlines than us? Great – apply within

Job The Register is expanding in the States: we're seeking a full-time US Production Editor to work in our San Francisco bureau in California.
Chris Williams, 27 Feb 2015
Samsung UE105S9 5K 105-inch flexible TV
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Guess who filed most Euro patents in 2014? Yep, still Samsung

The European Patent Office (EPO) has released its latest annual figures showing that the number of patents filed reached an all-time high in 2014.
Jennifer Baker, 27 Feb 2015
Bingo Hall sign in San Antonio, Texas (August 2007). Photo by Peter Rimar. licensed under creative commons 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en
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GAMIFY your FRIDAY with our Public Sector Innovation Bingo!

Bored with another grey Friday? Here is a game for two players. The exercise allows you to keep up to date with vital subsidy-seeking buzzwords – while retaining the vital element of "fun".
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Feb 2015
Infosec

Lenovo: We SWEAR we're done with bloatware, adware and scumware

Barely a week after the breaking of the Superfish scandal, Lenovo has done a complete reverse ferret on bloatware - promising that by the time Windows 10 comes out its systems will be as pure as they can be.
Iain Thomson, 27 Feb 2015

BP: Oil prices crashed, so must our ICT budget

BP has confirmed it is looking to squeeze costs from its annual ICT budget on the back of crashing oil prices, and well-placed sources tell us the business wants to identify $300m in savings.
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2015
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SCC bags universal credit hosting contract

Reseller and IT services outfit SCC has won a two-year hosting deal for the Department for Work and Pensions' (DWP) troubled universal credit programme for a sum worth "over six figures".
Kat Hall, 27 Feb 2015
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Ministry of Fun tries again on mobile mast planning permission

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has announced a consultation (PDF) on reforming the Electronic Communications code. This is crucial ingredient to the “landmark” not-spots deal announced at the back end of last year.
Simon Rockman, 27 Feb 2015
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Nimble revenue diet gets fibre supplement

IPOed hybrid array market star Nimble Storage beat the street with fourth-quarter revenues of $68.3m, and lost less money than last quarter as Fibre Channel sales kicked in. Can it keep on like this?
Chris Mellor, 27 Feb 2015
A large hand flicks an icon of a little red man. Image via shutterstock (Lasse Kristensen)
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ANOTHER shake-up at HP Enterprise Services

A mini shake-up of the Enterprise Services (ES) division at HP has seen the role of UK public sector veep Stuart Bladen carved up and shared out among several others.
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2015
Frog on dime, credit Rittmeyer et al, journal PlosONE
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Google pumps $60m into music company Kobalt

Google Ventures has pumped $60m (£39m) into London-based music tech company Kobalt Music, which helps publishers keep tabs on streaming services such as Spotify.
Kat Hall, 27 Feb 2015

Ingram Micro: Damn you Europe for our ghastly margins

Weaker margins in Europe due to forex losses and cut-throat retail pricing was the only major blip in an otherwise decent end to the calendar 2014 for Ingram Micro. It was not a vintage year though.
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2015
Roller shutter

Thousands of UK drivers' details leaked through hole in parking ticket website

Thousands of UK drivers have been caught up in a data breach at a UK parking firm.
John Leyden, 27 Feb 2015
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Flashy upstarts facing IPO pressure. Get on with it then

Comment Conventional wisdom has it that VC-funded tech start-ups get acquired or, hopefully, go through an IPO to become successful stand-alone companies. However, such may not be the fate of the five main surviving all-flash array (AFA) vendors in the face of fast and furious mainstream supplier reaction to their success.
Chris Mellor, 27 Feb 2015

NTT Com Security to wed UK cyber specialist Nebulas, say sources

NTT Com Security is to acquire rapidly growing London-based Nebulas Solutions Group, according to well-placed industry tipsters.
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2015

TalkTalk 'fesses up to MEGA data breach

TalkTalk has admitted to a major breach of sensitive user information, which may have led to some customers handing over bank data to hackers.
Kat Hall, 27 Feb 2015
Mad Catz Mojo Android gaming console

Revival of fortune: Mad Catz Mojo Android gaming micro console

Review Like the Kickstarter poster-child Ouya, Mad Catz’ Mojo was sent before its time into this breathing world, scarce half made up. Or to put it in a less Shakespearean way, it lacked the full Google Play experience and was a bit pricey.
Alun Taylor, 27 Feb 2015

El Reg regains atomic keyring capability

It's official: El Reg's merchandising tentacle Cash'n'Carrion has regained its atomic keyring capability with the arrival in our virtual emporium of the Nite Glowring.
Team Register, 27 Feb 2015
This black phone is a rival to Blackphone

Paranoid Android Kaymera smartmobe takes on Blackphone

MWC2015 Security specialist Kaymera – based in Herzliya, Israel – has launched a mobile security platform aimed at paranoid corporations.
Simon Rockman, 27 Feb 2015

CloudFlare crypto gets faster on old mobes

Popular denial of service deflection platform CloudFlare is deploying new speedy cipher suites previously championed by Google, maths boffin Nick Sullivan says.
Darren Pauli, 27 Feb 2015
Moto E front and back view. Pic: Motorola

Moto E 2015: The builder's cheapie gets a serious upgrade

Hands On Why can't everybody make a bargain basement phone as well as Motorola? They're as fashionable as egg and chips in a 1970s Wimpy Bar, but the popularity of the small, robust, no-nonsense Moto E and G models has helped revived the brand. The Chinese-owned phone operation yesterday upgraded the Moto E yesterday, adding some quality to the popular Android cheapie, for a slightly higher price.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Feb 2015
Google logo

Google open-sources HTTP/2-based RPC framework

Google has open-sourced something called “gRPC” that it says represents “a brand new framework for handling remote procedure calls” using HTTP/2.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Feb 2015

Churchill's blood valued at £560,000. Take that Stalin!

The blood circulating in Winston Churchill's veins was worth around £560,000, on the basis of a valuation placed on a small phial of it being auctioned next month.
Kat Hall, 27 Feb 2015
Apple's latest notification of hypegasm

NERDGASM as Apple announces 'special event'

Apple's hype machine has creaked into life again, with media outlets on Cupertino's “nice” list* reportedly showered with a new invitation to pay homage to the company on March 9th. The company's also updated its live events page with news of a to-be-streamed event on the same day.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Feb 2015
Parliament House Canberra by Flickr user OzMark17 used under CC Share and Share alike licence
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Australia to get spooks charter at cost of at least AU$188m

Australia's Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has recommended that the nation adopt a telecommunications metadata retention regime.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Feb 2015
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Scavengers pick bones of collapsed telly-spaff upstart Aereo

Erstwhile TV streamer Aereo has held the auction to sell off its remaining assets to help cover its debts.
Shaun Nichols, 27 Feb 2015
Leisure Suit Larry screenshot
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To beat Oracle, find jurors who care about Leisure Suit Larry not Larry Ellison

When you kick a giant in the shins and threaten to cut it off at the knees, do it in a jurisdiction you believe will provide you with a sympathetic jury.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Feb 2015

Net neutrality: The world speaks its brains on secret 'open' 'net rules

Comment Look at this photo of FCC chairman Tom Wheeler holding hands and smiling with the two Democrat commissioners who backed his "open internet" regulations, the pair wearing vivid blue outfits. It sums all that was both good and worrying about the decisions today to pass secretive net neutrality rules.
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Feb 2015
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Iran hacks America where it hurts: Las Vegas casinos

US director of National Intelligence James Clapper has accused Iran of orchestrating a 2014 hack of the Las Vegas Sands casino. The attack crippled the magnificent cultural institution's IT infrastructure.
Darren Pauli, 27 Feb 2015
Samsung Smart TV

EPIC asks FTC to stick a probe up Samsung over 'snooping' smart TVs

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has lobbied the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate Samsung's collection of user information in its Smart PCs.
Shaun Nichols, 27 Feb 2015
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EFF fears crims are getting smart to Superfish SSL flaws

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) says it has found evidence that the security problems with Superfish could be much worse than first thought.
Iain Thomson, 27 Feb 2015
Huawei HQ
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Check out our HOT AIR INTERFACE for 5G – Huawei

Jockeying for position in the yet-to-be-real 5G market continues, with Huawei announcing that it's going to demo a new air interface at Mobile World Congress in March.
Google UK office logos
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Dot-word sensation: Google forks out $25m for a fist of .app-y pills

Google has spunked $25m on the rights to sell domains ending in ".app", beating off competition from 12 other bidders, including Amazon and almost every large internet registry.
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Feb 2015
Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy book cover
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Alleged Aussie Anon hauled in for Indonesia phone tap hacking spat

A Melbourne man has been charged with instigating an Indonesian-led hack of Australian intelligence websites as an alleged member of the Anonymous collective.
Darren Pauli, 27 Feb 2015
IBM Headquarters, Armonk, NY
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If in doubt, blow $4bn: IBM says it will fatten up on cloud, mobile, Big Data cake by 2018

IBM is betting billions that it can claw its way back to growth by focusing on what it calls its "strategic imperatives," including cloud, data analytics, mobility, social networking, and security.
Neil McAllister, 26 Feb 2015
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NBN Co says TWO broadband connections are better than one

+Comment NBN Co, the entity building Australia's national broadband network, has come up with an odd suggestion: two broadband connections, each running on different access technologies, are better than one.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Feb 2015
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Reddit showers gold on drugs, hippies and Tor-rorists

4chan-for-beginners website Reddit has announced the winners of its charity give-away.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Feb 2015
Free Robot Hugs by Ben Husmann https://www.flickr.com/photos/benhusmann/sets/72157594246596196

Facebook sad-nav: How to put depressed chums on internet suicide watch

The signs of future suicide often pop up on social media, so Facebook has partnered with the University of Washington (UW) to roll out new tools that can hopefully provide a lifeline to those in need.
Iain Thomson, 26 Feb 2015
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Errant update borks Samsung 850 Pro SSDs

Turning social media against Samsung, a Facebook group has been set up to get the Korean company to fix a firmware update that borks the 850 Pro SSD.
Chris Mellor, 26 Feb 2015

Net neutrality secrecy: No one knows what the FCC approved (BUT Google has a good idea)

Analysis US watchdog the FCC formally approved new net neutrality rules on Thursday for America. But you're out of luck if you want to know exactly how your access to the internet will be now be governed.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Feb 2015
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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

Microsoft says it decided to start from scratch with a new web rendering engine for Windows 10 because keeping up with web standards while maintaining compatibility with older, noncompliant versions of Internet Explorer had simply become too much of a burden.
Neil McAllister, 26 Feb 2015
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FinFisher, the spyware loved by cruel dictators, stomps all over human rights, says UK govt

FinFisher, the spyware sold to police and tyrants around the globe, has gained the dubious honor of becoming the first piece of software judged by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development to have trampled human rights. The OECD is an influential consortium of world powers.
Iain Thomson, 26 Feb 2015

Colt sales slide, profits turn to mush in shiny new cloudy world

A double-digit sales crash in the carrier voice division led top-line declines at Colt in 2014, as a series of one-off costs – including a major restructuring programme – downed profit.
Paul Kunert, 26 Feb 2015

Net neutrality victory: FCC approves 'open internet' rules in 3-2 vote

US watchdog the FCC today approved its strongest ever rules governing internet access. The regulations were passed in a 3-2 vote by commissioners.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Feb 2015
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Oh Big Blue, can't you think of anything new for your product line?

Storagebod "If in doubt, rebrand" ... has IBM completely run out of ideas with its storage offerings? The Spectrum rebrand of its storage offerings feels like the last throw of the dice.
StorageBod, 26 Feb 2015
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Ex-Logica beancounter pleads guilty to insider trading

A financial planning manager at the outsourcer formerly known as Logica has today pleaded guilty to three instances of insider dealing.
Kat Hall, 26 Feb 2015

Mark Starkey quits Logicalis UK

Exclusive Logicalis UK boss Mark Starkey has quit the business to “step back” from the coalface and spend more time with his family, he told staffers in a note today.
Paul Kunert, 26 Feb 2015
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SOLD: Emulex – for 34% less than shareholders were offered 6 years ago

Comment Data networking outfit Emulex, harried by activist investor Elliott Management, has given up its independence and shopped itself to Avago Technologies for $606m in cash – $8/share – giving execs and investors a nice windfall.
Chris Mellor, 26 Feb 2015
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SkyProwler VTOL transformo-drone set to darken skies

Joe Public's appetite for new UAV tech must surely have a limit, but that's still some way off if the case of the SkyProwler "Multi-Mission VTOL Transformer Drone" is any indication.
Lester Haines, 26 Feb 2015
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Soz, HP. IBM has out-mega-dealed you – tech analyst

Having hoovered up a number of megadeals last year, IBM has left rival HP eating its dust in the infrastructure space, according to an analyst report.
Kat Hall, 26 Feb 2015

Outsourcery wins first G-Cloud deal, justifies spot on SME panel

It only took almost 20 months to win any business via G-Cloud’s online services catalogue but Outsourcery has finally signed a deal.
Paul Kunert, 26 Feb 2015
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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

Parliament's Culture Committee has revived the idea of "conditional access" for BBC TV services – which means that if you don't pay, you won't receive the full package.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Feb 2015
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Google to tame Android's Wild Wild West to please suits

Google is recruiting Android app authors to help tame Mountain View’s Wild, Wild West mobile platform for businesses.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Feb 2015
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Salesforce boss: One day I'll run a $10bn... er, software biz?

Marc Benioff has accused the world’s largest business software maker and the industry’s biggest database firm of not cutting the mustard on Salesforce's cloudy home turf.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Feb 2015
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Parallels parallels Citrix, VMware with mobile app delivery slurp

VMware made its name in server virtualisation and Citrix rose to fame with application delivery technologies. Both now compete in both fields and in the emerging market for application delivery to, and management of mobile devices.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Feb 2015
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Syneto: Behold, blockheads – an all-flash array... based on ZFS

A ZFS-based all-flash array? There's a thing to note in this block-focused all-flash array world. Europe-based Syneto has developed the product and it has updated its SMB-focused, ZFS-using Extreme 220 product.
Chris Mellor, 26 Feb 2015
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NO ONE is making money from YouTube, even Google – report

It seems no one is making money from online goggle box YouTube, least of all Google – despite reports that the company generated $4bn (£2.6bn) revenue last year.
Kat Hall, 26 Feb 2015

Visa: One million bonks a month for Europeans from next year

There is a quote attributed to Visa International that NFC has had “more pilots than the RAF”. Well, that may or may not be true, but what's beyond doubt right now – according to Jeremy Nicholds, Executive Director, Mobile, Visa Europe – is that people will soon be using mobile phones to tap to pay.
Simon Rockman, 26 Feb 2015
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Money from apps? It's all about Apple iOS, says survey

A new survey of mobile app developers shows that Apple iOS is where the money is, despite Android's higher market share among mobile devices.
Tim Anderson, 26 Feb 2015
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Small cells are like DRUNKS. They don't use lamp posts for light, they use 'em for support

A new design of mobile cell site that sits on top of an existing street light has been developed British design company The Technology Partnership (TTP).
Simon Rockman, 26 Feb 2015
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Britain needs more tech immigrants, quango tells UK.gov

The government's migration quango says the UK needs more immigrants from outside the EU in four key IT areas, namely senior developers, product managers, network security specialists and "data scientists"*.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Feb 2015
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Gamma Global goes titsup after running out of cash

Manchester-based broker Gamma Global has shut up shop after running out of cash, The Channel can reveal.
Paul Kunert, 26 Feb 2015

BOFH in mugnificent return to Cash'n'Carrion

With the rebirth of El Reg merchandising tentacle Cash'n'Carrion, we asked readers just what they'd like to see stocked on our virtual shelves.
Team Register, 26 Feb 2015
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Barclays punts instant Twitter mobile payments app – best avoid while drunk

UK banking giant Barclays has confirmed plans to allow Brits and small businesses to use their, er, Twitter handle to make payments online.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Feb 2015
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Bank of England could mint own brand of Bitcoin

The Bank of England (BoE) has issued a piece of research suggesting, among other things, that it may not be a bad idea for it and other central banks to issue digital currencies.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Feb 2015

Firefox 36 swats bugs, adds HTTP2 and gets certifiably serious

Mozilla has outfoxed three critical and six high severity flaws in its latest round of patches for its flagship browser.
Darren Pauli, 26 Feb 2015

And the buggiest OS provider award goes to ... APPLE?

Apple's operating systems and Linux racked up more vulnerability reports than Windows during 2014, according to research from security outfit GFI.
Darren Pauli, 26 Feb 2015
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P0wned plug-in puts a million WordPress sites at risk of attack

Up to a million WordPress websites could be open to full compromise through a vulnerability in the WP-Slimstat plug-in, security bod Marc-Alexandre Montpas says.
Darren Pauli, 26 Feb 2015
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Spotty Ceres baffles boffins with bright patches

The Dawn spacecraft sent by NASA to investigate the asteroid belt's largest bodies has spotted a second bright spot on the surface of Ceres, sparking speculation that the dwarf planet might be significantly stranger than first thought.
Iain Thomson, 26 Feb 2015

Laughing gas and rubber: A recipe for suborbital flight?

This summer, the skies above Nevada will thunder to the sound of a mighty hybrid rocket motor, as the Boston University Rocket Propulsion Group (BURPG) sends its Starscraper vehicle past the symbolic 100km Kármán line.
Lester Haines, 26 Feb 2015
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EU's zombie data-grab plan climbs out of coffin

The European Parliament is divided over new efforts to revive a plan to slurp citizens' travel info.
Jennifer Baker, 26 Feb 2015

Intel, Apple and Cisco crossed off Chinese Gov's kit list

Update: Cisco denies report China appears to have lopped Cisco and Apple from the list of vendors approved to sell to its government.
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MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

Samsung smart TVs have been turned into dumb goggle boxes for the past two days – after the devices have been unable use the internet. Coincidently, Sony smart TVs are also having troubles using the web.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Feb 2015
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Intel's Atoms gain new (cosmetic) X-Factor

Intel's decided that its Atom processor needs to get in line with its other ranges, so has given them new names.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Feb 2015
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Arista, Puppet Labs share the DevOps love

Puppet Labs has added support for Arista kit to its automation suite.
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Trolls prevail because good men do nothing: boffins

A recent study into online bullying has found that nine out of 10 internet users won't do a thing to stop it.
Shaun Nichols, 26 Feb 2015
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Bad dog! PrivDog chews HTTPS, hurls clear text

Sysadmin Hanno Böck has scratched a few more holes in the PrivDog privacy tool, reporting it tracks and sends in clear text a users' visited web URLs to creator AdTrustMedia.
Darren Pauli, 26 Feb 2015
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US Army plots new petascale monster and 'tactical cloudlets'

The US Army Research Labs (ARL) has put forward a plan to outrun China in the supercomputer stakes, develop quantum computing, and create The Terminator.*
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NBN fibre: activations accelerated as footprint expanded

It's a matter of ups and down for the National Broadband Network: the fibre rollout (which will be replaced by hybrid fibre/coax (HFC) and node/basement fibre in future geographies) accelerated and the activation rate improved.

HP sets net to snare Aruba: reports

HP looks like breaking its long embargo on large acquisitions by snaffling Aruba Networks, according to emerging reports.
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Flash flushed: Google's AdWords to convert ads to HTML5 automatically

In the latest blow to Adobe's little-loved Flash graphics format, Google has begun nudging customers of its AdWords ad network to wean themselves off Flash by offering automatic conversion of Flash ads to HTML5.
Neil McAllister, 26 Feb 2015
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SIM hack scandal biz Gemalto: Everything's fine ... Security industry: No, it's really not

Six days ago Gemalto, the world's largest SIM card manufacturer, was told that back in 2010 it had been ransacked by NSA and GCHQ hackers. Today the company gave itself the all-clear: no encryption keys, used to secure phone calls from eavesdroppers, were stolen, it claims.
Iain Thomson, 25 Feb 2015
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Google deal means game over for mobile payments firm Softcard

Google may not have bought Softcard – not exactly – but the online ad-slinger's deal with the mobile payments firm has apparently left Softcard with nothing to do but shut down its service.
Neil McAllister, 25 Feb 2015
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Google tackles enterprise BYOD with Android for Work

Google is making a bid for the enterprise with its new Android for Work program, which aims to give businesses more control over the apps and data that employees store on their smartphones.
Neil McAllister, 25 Feb 2015
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Oh No, Lenovo! Lizard Squad on the attack, flashes swiped emails

Updated Lenovo's domain name lenovo.com appears to have fallen victim to cyber-mischief-makers Lizard Squad.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Feb 2015
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WANTED: A plan to DESTROY metadata, not just retain it

Australia's data retention proposal suggests the nation's telcos and ISPs need to store data for two years. But agencies accessing the data can seemingly keep it forever and are not, to date, required to securely store or destroy data they retrieve from the nation's putative data trove of personal information, miscalled "metadata".
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PernixData RAMs in yet more speed to FVP

PernixData, the clusterable VMware IO cacher, has added compression to its RAM caching, meaning more effective data in RAM and more caching with its FVP software.
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2015
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Boffin: Use my bionic breakthrough for good, and not super cyborgs

Austrian scientists have used a technique dubbed "bionic reconstruction" to connect a robot hand to human nerves, enabling directly brain-controlled prosthetics for the first time.
Iain Thomson, 25 Feb 2015

What exchange rate blues? Our storage revs have grown – HP

Comment Despite lousy dollar exchange rates, HP storage revenues are climbing – unlike those of NetApp, which fingered those same exchange rates as the cause of its woes.
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2015
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Say cheese! Europe's antitrust chief has Google boss in her sights – reports

If reports are to be believed, Google big boy Eric Schmidt is to meet Europe's new competition chief for the first time soon, in an effort to sort out the long-running court case against the Chocolate Factory and avoid a possibly substantial fine.
Jennifer Baker, 25 Feb 2015
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COSMIC FATTY from the DAWN of TIME simply can't exist – astroboffins

Researchers from Australia and China have turned up an unfeasibly large black hole that almost dates back to the beginning of time.
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NetApp shows hybrid love, revamps products for Amazon's cloud

NetApp is cosying up even more to Amazon in pursuit of its hybrid cloud data fabric ideas.
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2015

Nokia blasts Ericsson out of water, demos 600Mbps data speeds

In the arms race for faster data speeds, Nokia Networks has pulled out 600Mbps over Ericsson’s 450Mbps by using 4X4 Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) technology.
Simon Rockman, 25 Feb 2015
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There's more than one way to back up your data

In the world of data protection you don't get fired for losing money, you get fired for losing data.
Trevor Pott, 25 Feb 2015
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Solidfire offers unlimited SSD wear guarantee, punts software at market

All-flash array startup Solidfire has a new array and is selling its software, minus hardware, to hyperscalers.
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2015

W3C recommends Pointer Events standard – but it's a touchy subject. Right, Apple?

Comment The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published the Pointer Events standard as a recommendation, but its future is in doubt as Apple and Google are refusing to implement it.
Tim Anderson, 25 Feb 2015
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Big data = big loss for Hadoop-flinger Hortonworks

If the future of big data is Hadoop, those peddling it still have a long journey ahead of the them.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Feb 2015
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Europol shuts down darn RAMNIT botnet

Euro cybercrime cops have taken down the RAMNIT botnet, which has infected 3.2 million computers worldwide, including 33,000 in the UK.
Kat Hall, 25 Feb 2015
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Chaos reigns as Coms plc CEO tries (fails) to stage boardroom coup

A senior level dust-up has erupted at Coms Plc with CEO David Breith trying to stage a boardroom coup, amid widening losses and a spat over Coms shares that he quietly bought.
Paul Kunert, 25 Feb 2015

Azlan UK boss made 'redundant' amid restructure

Tech Data (TD) UK has restructured its Azlan enterprise tech business unit, taking out the top dog Gareth Hansford in a cost cutting shimmy.
Paul Kunert, 25 Feb 2015

Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

Mobile phone company Kazam has been put on the naughty step by the Advertising Standards Authority after viewers complained its "world's slimmest phone" ad caused offence by overtly sexualising women.
Kat Hall, 25 Feb 2015
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New Dell boxes reverberate with Blue Thunder

Dell has revealed a range of new hyper-converged XC appliances, running on Nutanix software and containing 13G PowerEdge servers.
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2015
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It's the EU and me against the world – Euro digi-chief

Europe must stick together or the US will suck out our brains data; so warned Europe’s digi chief Gunther H-dot Oettinger on Tuesday.
Jennifer Baker, 25 Feb 2015
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Soz SMEs, we're not interested in your direct biz

Small biz suppliers received no more love from government procurement departments last year, with direct spend dipping by 0.1 per cent compared with 2012/13 to £4.5bn.
Kat Hall, 25 Feb 2015
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Denmark tops European tech table, two other Scandis right behind

The European Commission has published its league table of digital countries and the Best of Europe’s tech world is, you guessed it, Denmark!
Jennifer Baker, 25 Feb 2015

Not even GCHQ and NSA can crack our SIM key database, claims Gemalto

SIM card manufacturer Gemalto has given more details of what it understands is behind the reports that GCHQ and the NSA got their mitts on the encryption keys for its SIM cards.
Simon Rockman, 25 Feb 2015
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Speaking in Tech: 'He's walking around with a rubber horse's head on'

Podcast Podcast Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week the three amigos jump on HP, exploding kittens and magic. This week's special guest is Bryan Beal, VP, Global Alliances at Brocade.
Team Register, 25 Feb 2015
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XenData’s storage Jurassic Park: PC tape backup is BAAAAACK

Back in the old days, those dim and distant ones before the millennium, before the '90s even, you could backup your PC to external tape drives. It was a nightmare mix of weird software and slow transfer speeds ... and then external disks came along to rescue us.
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2015
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Microsoft cuts Facebook Messenger, Google Talk from Outlook.com

Microsoft is doubling down on Skype by killing integration with Google Talk and Facebook Messenger in Outlook.com.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Feb 2015
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Storage modernisation reality check

Keeping up with evolving storage demands is tough. This came through strongly in a recent Reg research study.
Dale Vile, 25 Feb 2015
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Who uses the Universal Credit system? ALMOST NOBODY, says report

Very little progress has been made on the Department for Work and Pensions' disastrous Universal Credit programme, with just 0.3 per cent of the eligible population using it, the Public Accounts Committee has said.
Kat Hall, 25 Feb 2015
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$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

Apple has been ordered to pay nearly half a billion dollars to Texas-based patent licensing company Smartflash after a jury found that Cupertino's iTunes music service had violated three patents.
Team Register, 25 Feb 2015

Elementary, my dear penguin: It's the second beta of Freya

Review Elementary Linux has released the second beta of the imminent Freya release of its OS.
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Russia considers keeping its own half of the ISS alive after 2024

Russia has decided that if Europe ends its involvement in the International Space Station (ISS), it will undock and keep its half alive.
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Zeus scumbag infects itself, buddies, with rival Trojan

A Zeus hacker cabal has infected itself and its colleagues with a rival malware in an act of poetic justice noticed by RSA researcher Lior Ben-Porat.
Darren Pauli, 25 Feb 2015

Gemalto: NSA, GCHQ hacked us – but didn't snatch crucial SIM keys

Gemalto, the world's biggest SIM card maker, has investigated the NSA's and GCHQ's infiltration of its computers – and says that while the agencies did get into its network, they didn't get in far enough to siphon off phone-call encryption keys.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Feb 2015

C’mon Lenovo. Superfish hooked, but Pokki Start Menu still roaming free

As Lenovo struggles to extricate itself from the controversy surrounding pre-installed Superfish scumware on its machines, a blast of cruft from the past may give the PC slinger's critics extra ammo this week.
John Leyden, 25 Feb 2015
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Bloody TECH GIANTS... all they do is WASTE investors' MONEY

Worstall on Wednesday The idea that the tech giants are simply going to waste the pots of cash with which they have been entrusted is certainly counter-intuitive, but it wouldn't surprise me at all if they did. For that's pretty much the fate of all investment: to be wasted.
Tim Worstall, 25 Feb 2015

Juniper okays Elliott Management's board nominees

Juniper Networks and activist investor Elliott Management are fluttering the “peace in our time” paper, with the network ironmonger agreeing to appoint two new Elliot-approved directors to its board.

Google offers 'INFINITY MILLION DOLLARS' for bugs in Chrome

Google is vastly expanding its popular annual Pwnium hack fest, by allowing hackers to vie try for limitless amounts of cash every day of the year.
Darren Pauli, 25 Feb 2015
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Who's un-dot-pressure? .com overlord Verisign sues .xyz kingpin

Dot-com registry operator Verisign is suing the largest new gTLD registry, dot-xyz, alleging false advertising.
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Feb 2015
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Snowden's favourite Linux - Tails - rushes sec-fix version to market

Tails, the secure live-boot Linux made famous by Edward Snowden, has had a major revision release to Version 1.3.
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F5 and Citrix alumni build CAFE to relax cloudy apps

Airline-magazine-grade chatter about cloud suggests that running an app in Azure, AWS or Google requires not much more than a few clicks before vaporised magic takes over, infrastructure bills decrease and scalability becomes infinite.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Feb 2015
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Cloud boffins build cheap content delivery network in the cloud

Take a bit of cloud, add a bit of money, and stir in a bit of boffinry, and you could build your very own content distribution network (CDN).
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Microsoft's patchy patchwork extends to Virtual Machine Manager

Redmond's patchwork mess has extended to Virtual Machine manager, after a recent patch spoiled when exposed to the sun.
Simon Sharwood, 25 Feb 2015
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Avaya joins SDN club with ONA-nism

Avaya is the latest of the big names to drink the software-defined networks (SDN) Kool-Aid, launching its Open SDN Fx architecture on a waiting world.

Amazon tries to patent 3D printers on trucks

Amazon has filed for a patent on a service that would see the company offer 3D-printed stuff on demand.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Feb 2015
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Lenovo CTO: Hey, look around – we're not the only ones with a crapware infection

On Friday Lenovo is going to tell the world about how it plans to regain the trust of its users in the wake of the Superfish clusterfuck – and may even launch an independent security audit of its products.
Iain Thomson, 25 Feb 2015
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Red or alive, you're coming with me: Feds offer $3m reward for 'CryptoLocker baron'

The US State Department and the FBI, have stumped up $3m in reward money for the arrest of Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, the 30-year-old Russian man accused of stealing over $100m with his malware.
Iain Thomson, 25 Feb 2015
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Why does the NSA's boss care so much about backdoors when he can just steal all our encryption keys?

NSA director Admiral Mike Rogers has said it is vital Uncle Sam's crimefighters snoop on people – and that this should be possible even if citizens use strong encryption.
Iain Thomson, 25 Feb 2015
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Visa's tokenisation scheme to debut in Australia

Australian and European shoppers will be able to use a throwaway Visa card token to shop online in a bid to reduce fraud.
Darren Pauli, 25 Feb 2015
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Sales of HP notebooks and servers are UP! And that's all the good news

HP kicked off its fiscal 2015 with a disappointing first quarter, reporting revenue and earnings both down for the three months ending on January 31, as compared to the year-ago period.
Neil McAllister, 24 Feb 2015
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$1.6bn VMware defence deal challenged by AWS, Citrix and Nutanix

Amazon Web Services, Citrix and Nutanix have protested a US government plan to sign a US$1.6bn software and support contract with VMware.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Feb 2015

Live a day in the life of Jennifer Lawrence: Tell Reddit to delete your stolen nude selfies

Reddit says it will crack down on the unauthorized posting of people's private nude photos.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Feb 2015
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NBN Co numbers suggest FTTP build could be done for close to Labor's budget

The real cost of completing Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) in its originally-planned fibre-to-the-premises configuration may well have been close to the $AU43 billion first budgeted, according to data presented by NBN Co's CEO and CFO to a Senate Estimates hearing.
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Glad you're not on the Anthem hacker hit list? Not so fast – millions more affected

US health insurer Anthem now says that the recent security breach that exposed the personal data of tens of millions of its customers also affected people who never did business with the firm.
Neil McAllister, 24 Feb 2015
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STOP! Pebble Time: New color watch clocks up $5m on Kickstarter

Pics Pebble today put its first color-screen smartwatch on sale on Kickstarter – and raised $5.4m from 26,000 backers in just a few hours.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Feb 2015

Wanna free web domain for a year? Hey, it's not rocket .science

This morning has seen the launch of the dot-science top-level domain – and one registrar at least is offering them for free.
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Feb 2015
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Google's Softcard hookup: Never mind Apple Pay ... it's about beating the networks

Comment So Google Wallet will come installed on Android handsets in the US. It is an assault on Apple Pay, but it's also end of a dream which saw operators as custodians of the electronic wallet.
Bill Ray, 24 Feb 2015
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FlashRay bang, wallop: NetApp bigwigs play musical chairs

El Reg has learned that NetApp's leadership of its all-flash array project FlashRay is changing: the original engineering head is no longer involved, and the veep for flash storage is absent.
Chris Mellor, 24 Feb 2015
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Apache finally signs off Hadoop database... after 7 years of development

A completed first version of what’s been called the Hadoop Database has been released, seven years after work started.
Gavin Clarke, 24 Feb 2015
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Deutsche Bank pens cloudy infrastructure deal with HP

Fat outsourcing contracts are relatively few and far between these days, so HP’s 10-year, multi-billion dollar global win with Deutsche Bank is a welcome shot in the arm for its declining Enterprise Services division.
Paul Kunert, 24 Feb 2015
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iHump? Apple buys Camel Audio – report

Apple appears to have scooped up British music software specialist Camel Audio Ltd.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Feb 2015
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NetApp’s effort to feed big data beast through NFS makes no sense

Opinion I’ve just finished reading some a few articles about NetApp on the Register and Val Bercovici on NetApp’s blog and I have a question. NFS for Hadoop? Really?
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Finally, a decent use for big data: Weeding out crooked City traders

Financial institutions in London could use "big data" technology to pinpoint malpractice by City traders in future, a panel advising the Bank of England has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 24 Feb 2015
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Springpath springs out of stealth with HALO-based platform

Springpath has emerged from stealth with a silo-melding storage data platform, offering a remedy which includes an annual subscription pricing scheme. Is it perhaps seemingly hoping to move in on a market that has too many (and too costly) separate storage silos?
Chris Mellor, 24 Feb 2015

Now with Grunt and Gulp: Cross-platform ASP.NET in new Visual Studio 2015 preview

Microsoft has released a new preview of Visual Studio 2015, which is shaping up to be a major release. Community Tech Preview 6 includes cross-platform tools for its ASP.NET web application framework.
Tim Anderson, 24 Feb 2015
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Fears mount over future of hardware distributor Gamma Global

Concerns are mounting over the future of Gamma Global amid claims that top brass are reviewing strategic options after hitting a financial bump.
Paul Kunert, 24 Feb 2015
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Don't be fooled! He's not from the IT crowd... he's a CYBERSPY – FireEye

Impersonating IT departments in spear-phishing attacks is becoming an increasingly popular tactic among hackers, particularly in cyber-espionage attacks.
John Leyden, 24 Feb 2015
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Microsoft: You want on-prem wares, UK.gov? We'll make you pay

Government departments will pay up to 47 per cent more for the pleasure of using Microsoft desktop software under a volume licensing programme that is months away from launch.
Paul Kunert, 24 Feb 2015

Phoenix IT Group 'trading comfortably in line with forecasts'

It is almost a year since Steve Vaughan grabbed control of Phoenix IT Group, and the once-troubled tech services outfit no longer seems so ... well, troubled.
Paul Kunert, 24 Feb 2015
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MP resigns as security committee chair amid 'cash-for-access' claims

Former foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind is stepping down as chair of the UK Parliament’s influential security committee in the wake of "cash for access" allegations.
John Leyden, 24 Feb 2015
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BT fixes home hub drop-out glitch ONE YEAR after denying flaw existed

BT has finally fixed a snag in its Home Hub 5 more than 12 months since customers began complaining about mystery disconnections that were hampering the wireless router.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Feb 2015
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Logicalis: hello world, meet our new CEO

Logicalis has quietly slipped president and chief of operations Mark Rogers into the CEO chair in the hope that he’ll work out better than his predecessor.
Paul Kunert, 24 Feb 2015

SSL-busting adware: US cyber-plod open fire on Comodo's PrivDog

Updated The US Department of Homeland Security's cyber-cops have slapped down PrivDog, an SSL tampering tool backed by, er, SSL certificate flogger Comodo.
John Leyden, 24 Feb 2015
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Give in to data centre automation and change your life

As an IT professional, unless you’ve been living under a rock you are probably familiar with automation, even if only in passing.
Aaron Milne, 24 Feb 2015
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Get yourself connected: GrovePi+ Starter Kit

Review When it comes to hacking hardware, there’s an easy way and there‘s a hard way. The hard way involves connecting peripherals direct to one of the standard buses supported by your Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone or whatever. Buses like I²C, SPI, UART and 1-Wire. You’ll need to take care with your wiring: have you got the right pull-up or pull-down resistor? Is there too much capacitance in the line?
Tony Smith, 24 Feb 2015

UK.gov shuns IT support tower model. Now what the hell do we do?

Escaping the clutches of the big evil system integrators has long been part of the government's IT rhetoric. Yet confusion reigns as to what the strategy actually is now that previous "disaggregation" plans have been torn up – and those contracts are about to expire.
Kat Hall, 24 Feb 2015

How good a techie are you? Objective about yourself and your skills?

Sysadmin blog How objective are you? Can you design IT solutions outside your own experience? Are you capable of testing unfamiliar and uncomfortable software, services and solutions with an open mind or do you immediately lash out against the mere idea of change?
Trevor Pott, 24 Feb 2015
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Redmond boffins build coffins for exploit kits

Microsoft boffins have crafted what they say is the world's first platform specifically designed to kill exploit kits.
Darren Pauli, 24 Feb 2015
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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

British SciFi author Charles Stross once had the protagonist of his Laundry Files series, sysadmin/demon-hunter Bob Howard, narrate his day by saying “I'm sitting in my office, shivering over a cooling cup of coffee and reading The Register when my door opens without warning ...”*.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Feb 2015
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LinkedIn values your privacy at ONE WHOLE LOUSY DOLLAR

LinkedIn, which leaked millions of passwords in 2012, has settled the class action that followed its egregious error.

Love rats show sex while drunk will sober you up, say boffins

Sydney University boffins reckon there just might be such a thing as a sobering drug – and that it's something the body makes naturally.
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Cert-slurping security firms chop super-fishy features

Security companies Lavasoft and AdTrustMedia, have been found using the SSL slurping certificate - or something very similar - made infamous by the Lenovo-Superfish debacle.
Darren Pauli, 24 Feb 2015

Porn on Blogger – Google takes stiff action

Google has let it be known that as of 23 March, access to raunchy and pornographic blogs hosted on Blogger will be restricted.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Feb 2015
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Google opens 'Inbox' heir-to-email trial to biz users

The last time Google tried to “reinvent the way you get things done”, the term it uses to describe its heir-to-email app "Inbox", it wiped out with the solving-a-problem-people-didn't-know-they-had "Wave" service.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Feb 2015

Apcera goes hybrid

Platform-as-a-service outfit Apcera has announced its hybrid cloud solution is nearly ready to go, with demonstrations in March and general availability in Q3 of 2015.
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MIT demos picowatt radio for Internet of Things

MIT boffins working on low-power radio have given the International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) an insight into how standby power can be cut in Internet of Things devices.
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US trade bods: No, your iPhone can't detect CANCER

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has settled an investigation into a pair companies that claimed to have created mobile apps that could detect skin cancer.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Feb 2015
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Internet industry lends support to IANA transition

The internet's largest companies and providers, including Amazon, AT&T, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Time Warner and Verizon, have given a thumbs-up to plans to move the critical Internet Assigned Numbers Authority contract away from the US government.
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Feb 2015
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Samb-AAAHH! Scary remote execution vuln spotted in Windows-Linux interop code

Linux admins were sent scrambling to patch their boxes on Monday after a critical vulnerability was revealed in Samba, the open source Linux-and-Windows-compatibility software.
Neil McAllister, 24 Feb 2015
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Google looks to scrape away scumware, as only it can

Google is looking to cut down on the risk of attacks from web pages serving up unwanted downloads.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Feb 2015
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A billion things are already on the IoT: Verizon

Verizon reckons the Internet of Things is no longer a “nascent” market, reporting that there are already more than a billion devices out there running business-to-business IoT operations.

AMD's new Carrizo: The x86 notebook processor that thinks it's a GPU

ISSCC 2015 AMD claims its new x86-powered Carrizo system-on-chip for notebooks has more transistors and yet consumes less power than the previous generation Kaveri – and has shown off some of its engineering to help back that up.
Chris Williams, 24 Feb 2015
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I wish I'd leaked sooner says Edward Snowden in post-Oscar chinwag

In his first public comment since the documentary CitizenFour's Academy Award win on Sunday, Edward Snowden took questions from the public and revealed what he says is his biggest regret about becoming a whistleblower.
Iain Thomson, 24 Feb 2015

Burning Man hackers get burnt

Hundreds of entrepreneurial and impatient hackers have exploited a loophole to purchase early tickets to the Burning Man festival.
Darren Pauli, 24 Feb 2015

Give us a week to GUT Superfish, begs Lenovo CTO

Lenovo's chief technology officer Peter Hortensius has issued another statement on how the company plans to handle Superfish.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Feb 2015
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HP cloud reorg shock: Ex-Eucalyptus boss Mårten Mickos backs off

Leadership at HP's cloud division is in flux once again, with senior vice president Mårten Mickos backing away from day-to-day operations of the unit and familiar faces stepping up to take his place.
Neil McAllister, 24 Feb 2015

I'm the wire starter: ARM, IBM tout plug 'n' play Internet of Stuff kit

Pics ARM and IBM today hope to lure a few more engineers, tinkerers and the like into their Internet of Things (IoT) world with a cloud-connected development kit bundle.
Chris Williams, 24 Feb 2015