The Week in Summary

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Biometric behavioural profiling: Fighting that password you simply can't change

Security researchers have developed a browser extension that supposedly defeats biometrics based on typing patterns, with the exercise designed, in part, to promote greater awareness about the emerging technology and the privacy risk it might pose.
John Leyden, 28 Jul 2015
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Chat about Safe Harbour all you like, the NSA's still the stumbling block

The EU’s Justice Commissioner met her US counterparts last week in an effort to break the stalemate over data protection rights.
Jennifer Baker, 28 Jul 2015
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Cybercrime forum Darkode returns with security, admins intact

Crime forum Darkode has relaunched with renewed security two weeks after it was obliterated in a global police raid that shut down the site and saw members arrested.
Darren Pauli, 28 Jul 2015
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Ford's parallel PARCing: Motor giant tries to craft new tech just like Xerox

Ford is scared of the future. It has to figure out how to survive in a time when manually driving your car to work is as archaic as commuting by horse.
Simon Rockman, 28 Jul 2015
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LinkedIn users rebel after personal data siphon crimped

LinkedIn has reversed a recent decision to make it harder for members to download information about those who've decided to connect with them on the business-centric social network.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jul 2015

Hole in (Number) Two: MYSTERY golf-course pooper strikes again

A spectre is haunting Stavanger Golf Club, a spectre which has been defecating into specific holes on the course.
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Xen reports new guest-host escape, this time through CD-ROMs

The Xen Project has reported another guest/host escape bug, its third for the year including the VENOM vuln and the XSA-135 SNAFU.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jul 2015
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Intel tests definition of insanity with (leaked) typoslab Skylake CPUs

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.
Chris Williams, 28 Jul 2015
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Sysadmins: Your great power brings the chance to RUIN security

Risk management bod Kris French Junior has offered 10 tips to help security teams bin their boring, technical, and uniformed education schemes
Darren Pauli, 28 Jul 2015
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Wi-Fi 'reflector' hooks you up at 0.1 per cent of current power budget

By using absorption and reflection to indicate data states, NASA reckons it's created a Wi-Fi device for the wearable market that uses just 0.1 per cent of the power of ordinary transceivers.
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OnePlus 2: The smartie that's trying to outsmart Google's Android

First look Last April, OnePlus put their first handset on the market with an invite-only system that has been highly praised by some Android enthusiasts and panned by the major manufacturers who scoff at the unusual model.
Iain Thomson, 28 Jul 2015
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Gamers zap brain-to-computer kit market to US$200m by 2020

Brain-to-Machine Interface (BMI) products will become a US$200m market by 2020, and the action will kick off this Christmas season according to analyst outfit ABI research.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jul 2015
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SOHOpeless: Security stains on Honeywell's Tuxedo home automator

Honeywell has issued an urgent firmware update for its three-year-old Tuxedo Touch home automation controller to patch vulnerabilities that could, among other things, let an attacker unlock users' deadlocks.
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Automattic says spooks asked for something it can't reveal

Automattic, the company behind content management and blogging platform WordPress, has complained that it can't reveal the full extent of state intelligence agencies' requests to probe users' accounts.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jul 2015
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Microsoft plays whack-a-mole with Windows 10 bugs – with just TWO days left on the clock

The Windows 10 launch is just two days off, but Microsoft is still beavering away trying to patch over the remaining bugs in its hastily assembled new OS.
Neil McAllister, 28 Jul 2015
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Bloke who tried to get journo killed by SWAT cops coughs to conspiracy charge

One of the individuals who swatted the home of investigative journalist Brian Krebs has pleaded guilty to a felony criminal charge.
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jul 2015
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Secretive trade pact the TTIP: Death of the web – or a brave new horizon?

Analysis The trinity of trans-Atlantic trade deals that have been under negotiation for two years appear to be heading toward some kind of initial conclusion.
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Jul 2015
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Buy a Tesla for the good of Australia, say country's dino-burners

Australia's energy industry, overwhelmingly dominated by the burning of dinosaurs, has decided the country needs more electric vehicles (EVs).
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Software spec slip denies Westpac chance at a MILLION A DAY

Some of Australia's major banks' databases don't distinguish between loans to housing investors and owner-occupiers, meaning they're missing out on the chance to charge differential interest rates.
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NSA: We'll move your metadata into /dev/null when you stop suing us

The NSA has said it will delete its mountain of private telephone records belonging to millions of Americans – just as soon as people stop suing it for having done so.
Iain Thomson, 27 Jul 2015
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Debian Project holds Sparc port's hand, switches off life support

Following years of waning popularity, the Debian GNU/Linux Project has dropped support for the Sparc architecture, effective immediately.
Neil McAllister, 27 Jul 2015
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Ahem, FCC, who do you think you are? The FTC?

A US Congressional hearing this week will ask two heads of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) some pointed questions about its recent spate of decisions, in particular auction rule changes and why it thinks it's the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Jul 2015
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Game over, Ouya, the Android gaming console

Ouya has been purchased by games house Razer in a move that likely signals the end of the road for its self-titled Android gaming console.
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jul 2015
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Bin your Android phone: 1 BILLION mobes can be infected by text message

Android smartphones can be secretly infected by malware hidden in text messages, allowing criminals to slip inside as many as 950 million devices.
Iain Thomson, 27 Jul 2015

Hold that upgrade: Critical bug in .NET 4.6 'breaks applications'

A critical bug in the optimizer in the just-released .NET 4.6 runtime could break and crash production applications, we're warned.
Tim Anderson, 27 Jul 2015
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Google bows to inevitable, stops forcing Google+ logins on YouTubers

Google will get rid of any requirement to "use" its tumbleweed-tastic "social network" Google+ from YouTube and others of its popular websites, following mounting annoyance among users.
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jul 2015
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Don't suit up: Microsoft drops dress code for Android visitors

Windows will run Android binaries "unchanged", according to a Microsoft job posting.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jul 2015
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EU graciously lets Dutch splurge €33m on 'leccy car charger network

The Netherlands is to fork out nearly €33m in public funds for electric car chargers after the European Commission gave its permission for the plan to go ahead on Monday.
Jennifer Baker, 27 Jul 2015
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Zorawar Biri Singh lands Cisco CTO post as firm shuffles its top brass

Cisco has swapped one high-profile chief technology officer for another as incoming CEO Chuck Robbins expands his collection of new top brass.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jul 2015
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Email apparently from Home Office warns of emails apparently from Home Office

The Home Office has sent unsolicited emails to the public, warning that the Home Office will never send unsolicited emails to the public, and will not ask for personal information or passwords in an email.

Pope loses grip on Antarctica: Clergy withdraw from austral landmass

The Catholic Church is abandoning Antarctica as a faithless wasteland of pr0n-guzzling irredeemables – or, as the rest of the world knows them, scientists.
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Hawking, Musk, Woz: BAN the KILLER ROBOTS NOW and we mean NOW

+Comment Famed physics brainbox Stephen Hawking, rocket kingpin Elon Musk, Apple founder Steve Wozniak - and actress minx Talulah Riley too - have demanded a ban on killer robots. Or "autonomous weapons", as the advocates prefer to dub such technology.
Lewis Page, 27 Jul 2015
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UK.gov: Are we talking about Big Data enough? Should we plug it more?

The UK government's Science and Technology Committee has today opened an inquiry tasked with "examining the opportunities and risks of big data."
Kat Hall, 27 Jul 2015

The Register presents its official Programming Competition

Calling all you programmers out there, we have a simple challenge and if you win you bag yourself a rather smart Smart TV.
David Gordon, 27 Jul 2015
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Plexistor's latest box sounds a lot like flash memory as virtual DRAM

Comment It's all about speed; the faster apps run the better, which means they can access and process data faster. In that vein, Plexistor, born in Israel's tech startup hot-house, claims it can turn commodity servers into data munchers running at incandescent speed.
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2015
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Hurrah! Windfarms produce whopping ONE PER CENT of EU energy

The colossal, hugely expensive windfarms that are spread across huge areas of Europe's land and sea, which are projected to drive up household energy bills by more than 50 per cent in coming years, have achieved ... almost nothing in terms of reducing EU carbon emissions.
Lewis Page, 27 Jul 2015
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Samsung emits mobe charging monitor. For your 'active lifestyle'

Samsung's latest SE370 monitor will have a wireless charging pad built into its plinth. This aims to de-clutter office drones' desks, or at least provide more space for other forms of clutter.
Simon Rockman, 27 Jul 2015

We put Windows 10 on a small fondleslab: STILL not ready, 3 days to go

With Windows 10 now just days away, we thought we'd put it on a small slablet of the sort you can pick up cheaply and see how it did - in this case a Linx 8. In short, it did not do well.
Tim Anderson, 27 Jul 2015
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Five data centres you can't live without

Ever wondered what happened after you clicked on ‘Like’ or did a search on Google? Well wonder no more because here’s five data centres that run your life.
Marcus Austin, 27 Jul 2015
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Ballmer's billion-dollar blunders: When he gambled Microsoft's money and lost

Analysis Less than two years into Satya Nadella's tenure as CEO of Microsoft, he's already had to report a lossmaking quarter. It's only the second time that's happened in the software giant's three decades as a public company, and the $8.44bn write-off Redmond posted earlier this week is the largest in its history.
Neil McAllister, 27 Jul 2015
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Violin Memory thinks it'll boost sales by copying face cream giants

Comment The Grateful Dead concert was only the start to a sustained, brand-led marketing effort by Violin Memory, which aims to rewrite the rules of tech product marketing.
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2015
HP Spectre x360

If Microsoft made laptops, it'd make this: HP Spectre x360

Review What happens when you lock a group of product engineers from a major PC manufacturer and a team software developers from a separate company together in a room? HP's Spectre x360 does. It's the result of some serious conversations between the lads and lasses at Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft; put simply, if Microsoft made a Surface laptop, it would be a lot like this.
Alun Taylor, 27 Jul 2015
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Unhinged Linux backdoor still poses a nuisance, if not a threat

Internet Igors have stitched together a new Linux backdoor. Fortunately for internet hygiene the botnet agent – which packs a variety of powerful features – is faulty and only partially functional.
John Leyden, 27 Jul 2015
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Gamers Steaming over dumb Valve password vuln

Over the weekend, game publisher Valve patched a vulnerability that let user accounts have their passwords reset without proper validation.

'Plague Scanner' controls multiple AV engines, for $0.00

Security researcher Robert Simmons has released a tool that offers a new level of stealth to the malware cat-and-mouse skirmish by shrouding binary analysis.
Darren Pauli, 27 Jul 2015
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Google to block access to unofficial autocomplete API

Google has decided the autocomplete API it informally offers will no longer be available for “unauthorised” users as of August 10th.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jul 2015
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New study into lack of women in Tech: It's NOT the men's fault

A new study into causes of the scarcity of women in technical and scientific fields says that it is not discrimination by men in the field keeping the ladies away. Nor is it a repugnance felt by women for possibly dishevelled or unhygienic male nerds.
Lewis Page, 27 Jul 2015
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AT&T: Sorry vendors, SDN is eating your lunch

In news that will chill purveyors of big networking iron, AT&T last week told its earnings call it reckons its software-defined network (SDN) rollout will cut its capital expenditure.
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Software-defined what? Look at our glorious ASICs says Cisco

Cisco's taking up arms against a sea of white-box vendors, touting US$150 million worth of silicon in the form of an ASIC.
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Oracle storage analytics break Oracle storage appliances

Oracle has warned that the analytics features of its ZFS storage appliances can result in “unresponsive” systems.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jul 2015

Invisible app ads slug smartmobes with 2GB of daily downloads

Invisible rogue mobile apps are wasting petabytes of data a day through an advertising hijacking technique researchers say could inflict US$1 billion in damages this year.
Darren Pauli, 27 Jul 2015
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Pakistan bans BlackBerry Enterprise Server

Pakistan has reportedly ordered the nation's carriers to cease offering services that route email through BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), a product that among other things encrypts email.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jul 2015

Today's smart home devices are too dumb to succeed

At the end of 2012, working hard on my own connected lighting startup, MooresCloud, I got very excited to find out that Philips planned to launch Hue, the company's own full-spectrum connected lights. I bought a ‘starter pack’ of three soon after release, and played with them for weeks.
Mark Pesce, 27 Jul 2015
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Australia to tax ALL international online purchases

Australia's treasurer Joe Hockey has hinted that the mooted changes to the way the country's Goods and Services Tax (GST) is collected may apply to anything purchased from overseas, regardless of value.
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Ubuntu defibrillates 14.10 for one LAST patch

Ubuntu has changed its mind on an end-of-life announcement, giving Version 14.10 one last kernel patch to cover off some big vulns.
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Oz opposition spraying perfume on metadata dead cat

The Australian Labor Party, which first conceived what ultimately became Australia's telecommunications data retention legislation and then, from opposition, waved the laws through, is having second third forth thoughts a pang of regret.
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Optus tells Department of Comms to sit down and shut up

The relationship between the Australian government and the telco sector continues to deteriorate, with more carriers pushing back against Canberra's micro-management of their operations, with both industry regulation and security reforms as ongoing battlegrounds.
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Sydney adopts 'world's first' e-ink parking signs

The Australian city of Sydney has adopted e-ink-equipped parking signs.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jul 2015
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SPACESUIT, once FOUND ON MOON: Crowd action saves it for the public

The very suit in which pioneering 'naut Neil Armstrong made his historic moonwalks is to go on show to the public – thanks in large part to a successful crowdfunding appeal for half a million bucks that will bankroll the exhibition.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Jul 2015

Boffins' audacious plan to blow up aircraft foiled by bomb-proof bag

Forsaken planes have been used in a series of boffinry experiments this week to test whether a bag lined with bomb-proof material could withstand an explosive blast.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Jul 2015

Fiat Chrysler recall blunders could lump car manufacturer with $105m fine – report

Fiat Chrysler faces being slapped with a record fine from regulators after a litany of recalls.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Jul 2015
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A NEW, LUSH EARTH just waiting across the Stars: Kepler 452b

QuoTW It was definitely a week defined by one event; the announcement by NASA that its space telescope Kepler, peering through the vasty interstellar void, had spied out another world like Earth orbiting a far-away star.
Team Register, 26 Jul 2015
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Happy birthday Alf Garnett, you daft, reactionary old git

Feature It’s 50 years ago this week that writer Johnny Speight leapt to fame with his creation of the bigoted conservative Cockney known as Alf Garnett, the loudmouth star of Speight’s sitcom Till Death Us Do Part.
Phil Strongman, 26 Jul 2015
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IT in Iran: Servers sold on the grey market, and the rule of FOSS

The eXpat Files Usually for the eXpat Files we talk to folk who have moved to another country. But this week, Vulture Weekend has varied things a little to chat to 28 year-old Roozbeh Shafiee from Tehran, Iran.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jul 2015

So what the BLINKING BONKERS has gone wrong in the eurozone?

Worstall @ the Weekend A while ago, one of The Register's anonymous cowards posted a question about inflation.
Tim Worstall, 26 Jul 2015
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Game over for epic 15-year-long console ban, China says

Videogame giants will soon be able to make and sell consoles in China, after Beijing confirmed plans to lift a ban first instituted in 2000.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jul 2015
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Boffins go to FUNGI town: Riddle of 100-year-old HAIRY, ICY dead wood finally cracked

Strange "hair ice" found sprouting on old wood has finally been explained by scientists: it's caused by fungi.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jul 2015

MEGABOFFIN Stephen Hawking to rattle off answers online for MORE THAN A WEEK

Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking will be, as of Monday, answering questions posted on Reddit for more than a week.
Team Register, 25 Jul 2015

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Southern biscuits and gravy

Our call for reader post-pub nosh neckfiller suggestions continues to bear fruit, and for your wobbly dining consideration today we present "biscuits and gravy", courtesy of Robbin Nichol.
Lester Haines, 25 Jul 2015
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US State of Georgia sues 'terrorist' for publishing its own laws ... on the internet

The State of Georgia in the US is suing the owner of the Public.Resource.org website for publishing the State of Georgia's own laws online.
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Jul 2015
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Happy 30th anniversary, Tengen! Your anti-DRM NES chip fought the law, and the law won

In 1985, Japanese giant Namco got out its wallet, and bought control of Atari Games – the coin-op arcade games maker that was doing rather well compared to its ailing home console cousin, Atari Corp.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jul 2015
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The Lazarus Effect: Saved by Linux and Cash Converters

Feature I was recently stuck in a quandary, when, having just moved to Portugal, my trusty MacBook Pro departed this mortal coil. No time to mourn those sweet memories with a deadline fast approaching and replacement to be sought. I’d no intention of buying a new machine with a Portuguese keyboard so I went in search of something secondhand.
Mark Diston, 25 Jul 2015
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EU rubber-stamps Nokia's proposed Alcatel-Lucent gobble

The proposed mega-merger between Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent cleared a major hurdle on Friday, with the European Commission having given the deal its blessing.
Neil McAllister, 25 Jul 2015

It’s DEJA VU: Customer forgets to tell us about essential feature AGAIN

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Déjà vu. I’ve just walked into the offices of a prospective new client for the first time and everything looks familiar, from the faux marble cladding and chromed door handles in the reception to the roughened white wallpaper and very specific shade of blue carpet tiles on the main floor.
Alistair Dabbs, 25 Jul 2015
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YOW! Pluto STUNS boffins with HAZY, SHRINKY atmosphere

Pics and vid The latest New Horizons data blurt from the Kuiper Belt has yet again left astroboffins' flabbers gasted, this time because of its sensational revelations regarding the atmosphere of frosty freezeworld Pluto.
Iain Thomson, 25 Jul 2015
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Google: Hey startups, want in on our patent gang? First hit's free

Google is looking to recruit 50 startups to participate in its patent licensing network.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jul 2015
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YOU! DEGRASSE! It's time to make Pluto a proper planet again, says NASA boffin

Those who feel that Pluto has always been a planet and jolly well ought to be one again have received a boost - this time from a top NASA boffin, albeit a slightly biased one.
Iain Thomson, 24 Jul 2015

Q. How much did Google just spend applying political pressure in the US? A. $4.6 million

Moneybags Google has topped the list of tech-giant political lobbyists again, spending $4.62m in the past three months alone in Washington DC and elbowing its way into an enormous range of issues.
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Jul 2015
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AT&T swallows DirecTV in $50 BEELLION biz gulp – moments after FCC OK

The FCC has formally approved AT&T's acquisition of satellite TV giant DirecTV, clearing the way for the nearly $50bn deal to go through.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jul 2015
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Take off, eh, you Uber: Ontario lobs $300m lawsuit at cab app biz

Uber has been hit with a CAN$400m (US$305m) lawsuit in Canada accusing the upstart of violating taxi laws.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jul 2015

Crazy Chrysler security hole: USB stick fix incoming for 1.4 million cars

Fiat Chrysler's bad week just got even worse: the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recalled 1.4 million of the manufacturer's cars after a dangerous software flaw was revealed just days ago.
Iain Thomson, 24 Jul 2015
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How to waste two years and lose $415m: Cisco's now-dead Whiptail deal

Exclusive + analysis Cisco has confirmed that the Invicta all-flash array line is no more, telling The Register: "As part of product lifecycle management, we withdraw technology from the marketplace when necessary to focus our efforts on what is critical for the future of our customers' business as well as our own."
Chris Mellor, 24 Jul 2015

ICANN further implicated in .Africa controversy

Analysis Staff at domain-name overseer ICANN repeatedly rejected independent expert advice to ensure the .africa top-level domain was won by their preferred applicant – and then tried to hide their influence by censoring the results of an independent inquiry into the affair.
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Jul 2015

Vive le Act Patriotique: Liberté, égalité, fraternité, pick any two. No, not those

France’s constitutional court (Conseil Constitutionnel) has ruled that the new French version of the Patriot Act is legal.
Jennifer Baker, 24 Jul 2015
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Vodafone sales dip, waits for fixed broadband to kick in

Sales at Vodafone dropped marginally to £10.1bn, revealed the global mobile operator's second quarter results.
Kat Hall, 24 Jul 2015
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Global drug-dealing cyber crime web was centred on ... Aberdovey

A 30-year old man from Aberdovey has been sentenced to two years in prison, thanks to his dark web drug dealing.
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Google burnishes Chrome to patch over 43 bugs

Google has pushed out a new cross-platform version of Chrome that fixes no less than 43 security bugs.
John Leyden, 24 Jul 2015
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The Wilson Doctrine isn't legally binding, MPs CAN be spied on, says QC

The Wilson Doctrine, long believed to forbid Blighty's spooks from tapping the phones of British politicians, has been repudiated by a senior lawyer.
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Intel promises 'scores' of deals to underpin enterprise cloud

Intel has decided the cloud isn’t quite built for the needs of enterprises, and has promised to strike “scores” of collaborations and investments to solidify a Software Defined Infrastructure that will redress the balance.
Team Register, 24 Jul 2015

Three Estonians jailed for malware spree that infected 4 MILLION computers

Three Estonians have been sentenced to a cumulative 11 years for their cybercrime activities which infected more than four million computers with malware across more than 100 countries.

John McAfee: Ashley Madison hack may ‘destabilise society’

Wildcard former securityware kingpin John McAfee reckons the Ashley Madison adultery-site hack threatens to "literally destabilise society", and was definitely the work of an individual acting alone.
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Jeep breach: Scared? You should be, it could be you next

Other vehicles may be at risk from hacking following the Jeep Cherokee incident, according to one of the two researchers who pioneered the spectacular auto exploit.
John Leyden, 24 Jul 2015
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Acer Revo One RL85: A pint-sized PC for the snug

Review Acer has produced a number of small form factor systems over recent years, and the Revo One RL85 is the latest incarnation. It's designed very much as a home PC, and comes in an upright enclosure that's about two thirds the size of a shoebox – 106.6mm square and 155mm tall – but still manages to pack a fair bit inside. Not the PSU, though; that's a small external 65 watt unit.
Nigel Whitfield, 24 Jul 2015
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Slippery, slimy find: LEGGY, WRIGGLY fossil shows SNAKES weren't legless. Or ARMLESS

A strange fossilised snake possessing four limbs which it could use for walking or gripping things has upset the applecart in the world of palaeo-snake boffinry.
Lewis Page, 24 Jul 2015
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Unisys halts and catches fire: Mainframe builder dives into the red

Mainframe maker Unisys plunged into the red during its second quarter of 2015, posting losses of $58.2m (£37.6m).
Kat Hall, 24 Jul 2015
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Sneaky students parade their bulging racks for Big Iron cluster daddies

HPC blog This year’s crop of student clusterers brought perhaps the most diverse set of equipment ever to grace a cluster competition in the modern era. We have servers with high node counts, low node counts, some with only CPUs, some with more GPUs than CPUs, and even a cluster that uses ARM CPUs.
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SPLAT! STAR THWACKED, GUTS flung into space at 15 per cent of LIGHTSPEED

In perhaps the most violent punch that has ever been witnessed by humanity, a speeding pulsar has smashed right through a disk of matter bulging from the middle of a hefty star and blown a massive chunk of it guts into interstellar space at a significant fraction of light speed.
Lewis Page, 24 Jul 2015
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Palantir raises $450m in latest fund-raising round

CIA-backed Palantir has raised $450m (£289m) from investors, valuing the biz at $20bn (£13bn).
Kat Hall, 24 Jul 2015
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WTO cuts tariffs on $1tn worth of 'IT' gizmos

Wealth is now available to all in IT, following the World Trade Organisation's members agreeing to update the Information Technology Agreement, cutting tariffs on $1tn worth of IT products.
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Antitrust this! EU Commish goes after HOLLYWOOD’s big guns

After an 18-month investigation, the European Commission on Thursday decided to file antitrust charges against US movie studios 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Sony Pictures, Paramount, NBCUniversal, and Sky TV.
Jennifer Baker, 24 Jul 2015
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CIOs ready to leap boundaries in our omni-channel world

Reg Roundtable It’s an omni-channel world, they say, and the dissolving lines between organisations and their customers, and their suppliers, are countered by the multitude of ways they might be hitting your systems. Systems that might be driven as much by the apparent whims of other departments as traditional IT planning.
Dominic Connor, 24 Jul 2015
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Now car hackers can bust in through your motor's DAB RADIO

Car brakes and other critical systems can be hacked via car infotainment systems, security researchers at NCC Group have revealed.
John Leyden, 24 Jul 2015
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All wristjobs are as insecure as $#@%, reveals unsurprising research

Update A study by Hewlett Packard (HP) has revealed that a hefty 100 per cent of smartwatches contain significant security vulnerabilities.
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LinkedIn ices over bountiful executive phishing spot

Kaspersky researcher Ido Naor says LinkedIn users could be phished thanks to vulnerabilities in its notification system.
Darren Pauli, 24 Jul 2015
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Microsoft delivers Exchange 2016 Preview

Microsoft has revealed the first Preview of Exchange Server 2016.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jul 2015

HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

Exclusive Troubled HP has hit upon what it thinks is a terrific idea to revive its fortunes: tell techies to leave their T-shirts and shorts at home and obey the corporate "smart casual" dress code instead.
Chris Williams, 24 Jul 2015

Want longer battery life? Avoid the New York Times and The Grauniad

Software developer Santeri Paavolainen says the code powering today's websites is taxing browsers so much, it's having a significant impact on power consumption.
Darren Pauli, 24 Jul 2015
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US beats Iran as Japan's tincan footie team wins robot World Cup

American and Iranian robots faced off on Wednesday in a battle which even the most positive end to the nations' recent nuclear talks could not avert.

BURN ALL BLOGS! WordPress has a critical cross-site scripting flaw

Wordpress has warned users of a “cross-site scripting vulnerability, which could allow users with the Contributor or Author role to compromise a site” and urged all users “to update your sites immediately.” Installations that auto-upgrade should already be patched.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jul 2015

Boffins sting spooks with 'HORNET' onion router

Five academics have developed a Tor alternative network that can handle up to 93Gb/s of traffic while maintaining privacy.
Darren Pauli, 24 Jul 2015
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Rare cases of corruption strike Apple. Data corruption, that is

Apple has warned owners of 2015 MacBook Pros that they're at risk of data corruption.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jul 2015
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BlackBerry vows to make even fewer phones

It isn’t just Microsoft that’s going on a drastic phone diet. BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen today indicated that the Canadian enterprise vendor would cut its device portfolio from the four devices previously promised for 2015 to “two or one” a year.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Jul 2015

Choc Factory research shows users just don't get security

Antivirus software has copped another beating from security experts, who axed the tool from their list of top five security-enhancing recommendations.
Darren Pauli, 24 Jul 2015
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IBM slurps database-as-a-service outfit Compose

IBM has acquired Californian database-as-a-service concern Compose, formerly known as MongoHQ, for an undisclosed sum.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jul 2015
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Google gives away 100 PETABYTES of storage to irritate AWS

Google has flicked the switch to take its “Nearline” archival cloud storage service live, and tossed in an offer of 100 petabytes of free storage to set the snowball rolling.
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jul 2015

Happy birthday, Amiga: The 'other' home computer turns 30

On July 23, 1985, Commodore kicked off a new era in its history with the launch of the Amiga 1000.
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jul 2015
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Moneybags Bloomberg whips out checkbook to gobble spoof website

Bloomberg has filed with the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) to get hold of the domain name that embarrassed the organization and boosted Twitter's share price temporarily last week.
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Jul 2015
Breaking bad

NIST in suspected 'meth lab' blast: US Congress is demanding answers

US Congress has opened an investigation into a blast at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) facility in Gaithersburg, Maryland, that is suspected to be the result of a drug-cooking operation gone wrong.
Iain Thomson, 23 Jul 2015
Telstra phone booth by Ed Dunens from Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/blachswan/

Telstra eats its own VMware-flavoured hybrid cloud dog food

Telstra's not only hosting the Australian incarnation of VMware's vCloud Air public cloud, it's also using it.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jul 2015
Windbot

ROBOT SEEDS to be scattered into upper atmosphere of JUPITER: NASA scheme

Jupiter and Saturn - mighty gas giants of the Outer System beyond the asteroid belt. How to explore them, given that their lower atmospheres are a roiling, superheated, overpressurised hell?
Iain Thomson, 23 Jul 2015
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Embarrassed Amazon admits to actually MAKING MONEY as cloud biz blooms

Wall Street got a nasty Q2 shock today from Amazon, which announced an unexpected profit driven largely by its cloudy AWS business.
Neil McAllister, 23 Jul 2015
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US Census Bureau IT systems hacked, data leaked by Anonymous

Anonymous hackers have swiped databases from servers used by the US Census Bureau, and dumped their contents online. The bureau, as you might imagine, collects information on the American population every 10 years – although the leaked data does not include citizens' census records.
Chris Williams, 23 Jul 2015
Virgin Media Tivo

Help! Our Virgin Media TiVo boxes are stuck in a loop! Help! Our Virgin..

Virgin Media subscribers are complaining that their TiVo set-top boxes are randomly and repeatedly restarting in what appears to be a widespread service disruption.
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jul 2015
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Plummeting SanDisk snaps awake, pulls hard on the control stick

After a terrible first quarter of the year, SanDisk revenues continued to fall in its second quarter, which has just ended. However, profits went up sharply, giving hope that a turnaround at the wannabe enterprise flash storage supplier is under way.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2015
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NASA: 'Closest thing yet to ANOTHER EARTH' - FOUND

Pics NASA boffins say they have found the closest thing yet to another Earth – Kepler-452b. Apparently the Valeria*-esque planet has heavy gravity, such that should humans ever colonise it they would become immensely strong.
Iain Thomson, 23 Jul 2015
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The green salamander is OUT: Cisco gives up on Invicta flash arrays

That’s that then: it was a $415m mistake. We have heard from several sources that Cisco has laid off virtually the entire Invicta all-flash array engineering and development team. If true, Cisco – still led by John Chambers – has admitted the 2013 Whiptail acquisition was a complete cock-up.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2015
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BlackBerry pecks up crisis squawker AtHoc to add sauce to BBM

BlackBerry shed some light on its latest acquisition target, AtHoc, today. It looks an improbable fit at first: AtHoc does crisis comms for emergency services and campuses, and its big customers include the military, the Department of Homeland Security and the DoD.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jul 2015
The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) by night, under the Magellanic Clouds

Galactic BIRTH: ALMA peers THIRTEEN BEELLLION years into Dawn of Time Itself

Far back - quite literally into the earliest mists of time, when cold hydrogen fog cloaked the birth pangs of the early universe - the galaxies were born. Now, top boffins have pierced that fog and snapped a live action pic of one such galactic birth.
Lewis Page, 23 Jul 2015
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Accenture still a little peckish as it snaps up digi biz Chaotic Moon

Outsourcing giant Accenture has snapped up digital biz Chaotic Moon for an undisclosed pile of cash.
Kat Hall, 23 Jul 2015
Tools

Tin eraser to storage glue: Virtualisation's past, present and future

Virtualisation was once seen as little more than a hardware reduction method. It was fundamentally viewed as a tool, albeit an extremely clever and complex one, for reducing the amount of tin in a data hall.
Tom Baines, 23 Jul 2015

Contactless card fraud? Easy. All you need is an off-the-shelf scanner

Consumer association magazine Which? has highlighted a security flaw in contactless card systems, which, if combined with a lack of checks by retailers, could be exploited by thieves to make expensive online purchases.
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2015
Exoplanet around a star

NASA briefing in HOURS: 'We are upon the CUSP of finding ANOTHER EARTH'

Updated Everyone knows the Kepler space telescope, whose six year mission (so far) has seen it discover many planets orbiting other stars - the task it was specifically built for, indeed.
Lewis Page, 23 Jul 2015
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EMC's turbulent trifecta temporarily ties Tucci to top table

Comment Succession, transformation and a customer buying pattern sea-change are simultaneously embroiling EMC’s top management and board in a perfect storm, according to CEO Joe Tucci in the quarterly results earnings call.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2015
Parliament in the clouds

Parliament wants to splash £6m on network build 'n' run contract

The Houses of Parliament is looking to splash up to £6m on a data network management and support services network.
Kat Hall, 23 Jul 2015

SPACE FARMER 'nauts arrive safely at International Space Station

Three fresh 'nauts have arrived at the International Space Station, bringing it up to its regular complement of six - and clearing the way for the first off-Earth farming.
Lewis Page, 23 Jul 2015
Giant Red Hat shadowman logo in field, with message, "Calling all enterprisers"

Red Hat bolts the stable with RHEL 6.7

Enterprises are rarely in a rush to upgrade their operating systems – they want others to do the battle testing for them first. As is the way with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, released in June 2014.
Drew Cullen, 23 Jul 2015
Herdwick sheep walk towards the camera

You can do more with backup than just cloning your data

As we all know, the world of backup is changing, and not just in obvious ways such as the move to disk and cloud-based backup, the adoption of deduplication, the need to copy, back up and restore virtual machines, and so on.
Bryan Betts, 23 Jul 2015

Blessed are the cheesemakers, for they have defined the smidge

We're obliged to Reg reader Stephen Gunnell for providing a possible answer to the pressing question of how much exactly is a "smidge".
Lester Haines, 23 Jul 2015
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Investors fling fresh cash at Mike Lynch-backed Darktrace

Cyber security outfit Darktrace, which is backed by billionaire superyacht owner Mike Lynch, has raised yet more cash, this time drumming up the princely sum of $22.5m (£14.4m).
Kat Hall, 23 Jul 2015
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We need the power of corporates, says OpenStack exec

The OpenStack Foundation’s executive director has defended the community project’s growing corporatisation following criticism from a former colleague and lead pioneer.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jul 2015
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Four phone hijack bugs revealed in Internet Explorer after Microsoft misses patch deadline

Updated Microsoft has run out of time to fix four critical security vulnerabilities in the mobile edition of Internet Explorer – prompting HP's Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) to disclose their existence without revealing any damaging details.
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2015
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Object storage adoption: Why, when, where… and, importantly, but

Comment In one of my recent posts, I wrote about private object storage not being for everyone, especially if you don’t have the size to make it viable. On the other hand, we are all piling up boatloads of data and users need to access it from many different locations, applications and devices at anytime.
Reconstruction of past climate. Credit: Insititute of Geography, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

SCORCHIO! This JUNE was the SIXTY-SIXTH HOTTEST on record

The press is full of reports that Planet Earth is undergoing it's hottest year EVER - that the first half of 2015 is the hottest first half yet seen, according to the NOAA among others. Is it true?
Lewis Page, 23 Jul 2015
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NSPCC: Two nonces nailed by cops every day

Two years on from the launch of David Cameron's internet crackdown in Blighty, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) reckons two offenders are convicted every day for possessing child-abuse images.
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Were the FIRST AMERICANS really FIRST? MYSTERY of vanished 'Population Y'

A long-vanished race of humans, whose descendants now survive only among certain indigenous peoples in Australasia and in the Amazon jungles, may have been the true, original Native Americans, according to new genetics research.
Lewis Page, 23 Jul 2015
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How to keep track of your flexible workers

It has been two years since Yahoo! chief Marissa Meyer hauled her remote working employees back into the office, intent on eliminating flexible working. The concept is becoming more popular, though, whether people like Ms Meyer like it or not.
Robin Birtstone, 23 Jul 2015
GCHQ Benhall doughnut aerial view

Galloway and Greens challenge Brit spooks over dragnet snooping

A trio of politicians are challenging the government in a rare public hearing at the Investigatory Powers Tribunal today, alleging that British authorities ignored a ban on the tapping of MPs' and peers' telephones under a system of "blanket surveillance".
Marconi and transmission equipment

Austrian court rules online radio streaming is not broadcasting

An Austrian court has ruled that online radio streaming does not actually constitute “broadcasting”, and therefore listeners do not need to pay a licence fee.
Jennifer Baker, 23 Jul 2015
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How British spies really spy: Information that didn't come from Snowden

Feature David Anderson QC’s review of Britain’s anti-terrorism laws, published earlier this month, has mostly been examined for its potential impact on the government’s plans for a new act of Parliament on surveillance, known as the Snooper’s Charter to opponents.
SA Mathieson, 23 Jul 2015
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Cyber poltergeist threat discovered in Internet of Stuff hubs

New security research has revealed a whole new area of concerns for the soon-to-be-everywhere Internet of Things – smart home hubs.
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2015

Ad rivals whimper: Hey Commish, we've 'ad it up to here with ad giant Google

There’s seemingly no let up in Google’s European antitrust woes, as yet another new possible battlefront opens.
Jennifer Baker, 23 Jul 2015
Microsoft's new "Send" email client

Even Microsoft thinks Outlook is bloated and slow

Microsoft has admitted that its Outlook email and calendar app is too weighty and slow, releasing a new version, essentially a lighter and faster email client for the times you want to send snappy messages.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jul 2015
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Flash zero-day monster Angler dominates exploit kit crime market

SophosLabs researcher Fraser Howard says the Angler exploit kit is dominating the highly competitive underground malware market: Angler's market share has exploded from a quarter to 83 per cent within nine months.
Darren Pauli, 23 Jul 2015
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Cisco exits set-top box biz, sheds US$1.8bn of revenue

Cisco's Connected Devices Division, a purveyor of set top boxen for service providers, is off to Europe having been acquired for €550 million / US$600 million by Technicolor.

Universal Pictures finds pirated Jurassic World on own localhost, fires off a DMCA takedown

Universal Pictures France appears to have tracked down one source of pirated copies of dino-flick Jurassic World: the loopback address of one of its own boxen.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jul 2015
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Cloudy VMs leak ID details that could allow attacks, says researcher

Research published by a US masters student reaches the somewhat unsettling conclusion that current cloud technologies don't separate virtual machines (VMs) as well as they could.
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Hacking Team had RATted on Android: Trend Micro

The next piece of weaponised malware to emerge out of the Hacking Team leak has arrived: a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) for Android.
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Cheaper broadband will slow NBN adoption, says Turnbull

Australia's Department of Communications has argued that higher broadband prices are necessary in order to protect the under-construction National Broadband Network (NBN).
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jul 2015
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Microsoft launches Advanced Threat Analytics

Microsoft's Advanced Threat Analytics is going general-availability next month, so – as Redmond says – enterprises can more quickly spot intruders in their networks.
Team Register, 23 Jul 2015

OpenSSH server open to almost unlimited password-guessing bug

A flaw in OpenSSH lets attackers bypass simple limits on the number of password login attempts that can be made per connection.
Darren Pauli, 23 Jul 2015

Jeep hackers broke DMCA, says EFF, and that's stupid

It's pretty obvious really: the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has pointed out that the researchers responsible for the now-infamous “Jeep hack” broke America's Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
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Regulator okays Optus exit from HFC network

The deal between nbnTM and Optus has taken another step towards regulatory approval, with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) issuing a draft decision to let the deal go ahead.
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Sony eyes enterprise drone biz as next big little thing

Sony has found a bottle of Jeff Bezos' Kool-Aid lying around, drunk it, and signed a deal with Japanese UAV outfit ZMP.
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Chinese IT spending with western firms goes OVER A CLIFF

US tech companies report big trouble in China, despite official data claiming strong growth in the middle kingdom.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jul 2015
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Microsoft joins attack on 'non-consensual pornography'

Microsoft has joined the online drive against so-called "revenge porn" in which people's naked or otherwise embarrassing/erotic pictures are posted widely online.
Ashlee Vance, Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is shaping our Future

Intelsat to FCC: For the love of satellites, STOP ELON MUSK!

Elon Musk wants to use his commercial SpaceX rockets to put satellites into orbit that will bring broadband to the next billion, but one of SpaceX's own customers has thrown a wrench into the works.
Neil McAllister, 23 Jul 2015
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Canucks: Hey, Big Dog Telcos. Share that fiber with the little guys, eh?

The government of Canada has ruled that large broadband providers will have to open up their fiber data lines for use by smaller carriers.
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jul 2015
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Facebook fails to block NY DA's fat warrants for profiles of suspected September 11 fraudsters

A decision by a New York judge means that people's Facebook profiles are an open book to prosecutors armed with a warrant, despite the firm's best efforts.
Iain Thomson, 23 Jul 2015

You can secretly snoop on someone if they butt-dial you – US judges

A US court of appeals has ruled that phone calls started by accident in your pocket – so-called butt dialing – can be lawfully recorded.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2015
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Dear diary. Gotta axe 15% of staff, it's like I'm cracking up – Qualcomm

Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm says it's putting its business under the microscope with an eye to restructuring after posting lackluster third-quarter results, including revenue that missed estimates.
Neil McAllister, 22 Jul 2015
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Storage unicorns and their hyped-up horns

Comment A venture-capitalist-tracking website has revealed a list of unicorns, which are startups valued at a billion dollars or more. Eight storage companies are in the list; does this mean a glorious outcome for them?
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2015

Get root on an OS X 10.10 Mac: The exploit is so trivial it fits in a tweet

Code dive You can bypass Apple's space-age security and gain administrator-level privileges on an OS X Yosemite Mac using code that fits in a tweet.
Chris Williams, 22 Jul 2015

Security tool bod's hell: People think I wrote code for Hacking Team!

A respected security researcher has denied any involvement with Hacking Team after open-source code he wrote was found in smartphone spyware sold by the surveillance-ware maker.
Iain Thomson, 22 Jul 2015
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'Apple lures labels from free streams – and why is no one doing anything about it' shrieks group

A pressure group in America has urged US watchdog the FTC and Uncle Sam's Department of Justice to probe Apple Music for signs of antitrust violations.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2015
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Lottery IT security boss guilty of hacking lotto computer to win $14.3m

Iowa state lottery's IT security boss hacked his employer's computer system, and rigged the lottery so he could buy a winning ticket in a subsequent draw.
Iain Thomson, 22 Jul 2015

Hark, the Hacking Team angels sing, it’s not us who’ve actually sinned

The Hacking Team pushed out a new statement on Wednesday, moaning that the only victim of the mega-breach against its systems is Hacking Team itself.
John Leyden, 22 Jul 2015
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Open Container Project renames, says standard is just weeks away

One month after launching an industry-wide consortium aimed at creating a common runtime and image format for application containers, Docker and the Linux Foundation say the effort is making rapid progress.
Neil McAllister, 22 Jul 2015
Pebble Time

Neat but narky at times: Pebble Time colour e-paper watch

Review I love what Eric Migovsky has done with the Pebble by creating an antidote to modern smartwatches. The two generations of Pebble so far have been useful, durable and practical – qualities which elude the over-specced and costly Apple and Android kit.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jul 2015
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ATTOboy, says Nexenta as it lets you HA-ve a FibreBridge or two

NexentaStor MetroHA provides high-availability at city-wide distances for NexentaStor shared storage arrays, making it viable for high-availability needs.
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2015
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Storage slump? Dunno what you're talking about, beams EMC

EMC basically saw off most signs of a storage slump with a two per cent revenue rise in its second quarter 2015, although with revenue being reduced after paying $75m in a VMware pricing settlement with the US government.
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2015

AI finally understands primitive sketches – aka marketing presentations

Artificial intelligence scientists have developed a neural-network that understands incomprehensible scrawled drawings of the sort created by children, marketing departments, architects, design creatives, and so on.
Lewis Page, 22 Jul 2015
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Report links alleged US, Israeli cybercrims with JPMorgan MEGAHACK

Federal authorities in America have charged five men who are being indirectly connected with the attack and data breach at JPMorgan Chase last summer, after the global bank, with total assets of $2.6tn, lost the contact data for millions of customers.
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Pakistan wants to copy GCHQ and eavesdrop on world+dog's comms

Pakistan's intelligence agencies want to snoop on all communications crossing its borders.
Jennifer Baker, 22 Jul 2015
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Cut-throat cloud pricing not as cut-throat as you'd think

Cloud providers have taken a leaf out of the budget airlines playbook, with what looks like a suicidal price war masking static pricing on the added value services that customers actually need to run real businesses.
Joe Fay, 22 Jul 2015
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NHS England backs down over another data extraction scheme

NHS England has backed down from yet another data extraction scheme, after details emerged of backdoor plans to gather patient appointment information.
Kat Hall, 22 Jul 2015
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Catch 'em while you can! Presenting Druva's virtual open door detector

Think checking doors and windows every night so as to stop burglars scrambling through to rob you. Well, now your personal data can be handled in the same way, with Druva's end-point protection services identifying risky exposure to sensitive information loss by scanning backed-up data and alerting compliance teams.
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2015
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MariaDB seeks home-grown CEO for Oracle bout

Exclusive MariaDB is going after Oracle in its own back yard with plans for a fresh CEO drawn locally in order to tap funding from A-lister venture capitalists.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2015
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Google swallows, but won't digest, mobile app prototyping biz Pixate

The Chocolate Factory has snapped up mobile app prototyping biz Pixate for an undisclosed sum.
Kat Hall, 22 Jul 2015
Tesla's big saloon out-performs sports cars
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Speaking in Tech: Some douchebag put a bike rack on Tesla's new motor

Podcast Podcast Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Ed is back from Thailand while Sarah is out for tea. Ed and Greg discuss Thailand, OSCON, Kubernetes and OpenStack. Our special guest this week is Fred Nix from EMC.
Team Register, 22 Jul 2015

Windows 10 on Mobile under the scope: Flaws, confusion, and going nowhere fast

In Depth After five years, the radical design experiment of Windows Phone is to end; Windows on phones is being subsumed into Windows 10, and alas, this means Windows phones will not only be less distinctive and inherit many of the flaws, but they’ll acquires some flaws no mobile platform today suffers.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jul 2015

Keep your stupid drones away from piloted aircraft, rages CAA

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has complained of six incidents since May of last year in which boys and their toys almost collided with piloted craft in British airports' airspace.

Silicon-happy ARM engorges its profits by a third – so its shares dip

ARM posted bumper sales and profits for its second quarter results – yet shares at the Cambridge-based outfit were still dragged down by Apple's "disappointing" results.
Kat Hall, 22 Jul 2015

SPECTRE-tacular: New trailer out for Bond 24. But where's the pussy?

James Bond fans chomping at the bit to enjoy the forthcoming 24th cinematic outing for 007 can avail themselves of a light aperitif in the form of the full-length Spectre trailer.
Lester Haines, 22 Jul 2015
Uber - living the dream

Spanish judge dodges the ultimate question – is Uber a taxi company?

Uber will continue to ferry food around Barcelona but not people, as yet another court case involving the ride-sharing pseudo-taxi service is sent to the European Court of Justice.
Jennifer Baker, 22 Jul 2015
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Lockheed Martin's bored with UK.gov IT and going back to fast jets

US defence giant Lockheed Martin is considering flogging off its under-performing government IT division.
Kat Hall, 22 Jul 2015
Unicorn. Detail from Domenico Zampieri fresco in Rome

Greece? Zzzz. EU bank says TWEETING can move the stock market

Worstall on Wednesday What is it that Twitter is better at than Google at doing? Over and above the obvious point that Twatter is better at broadcasting 140 character apercus to the world, while Google is better at telling you the answer to something?
Tim Worstall, 22 Jul 2015
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The French want to BAN .doc and .xls files from Le Gouvernement

Microsoft could get the boot from the French government if a new recommendation from an official advisor is adopted.
Jennifer Baker, 22 Jul 2015
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UK's Crown Commercial Service creams off £72m from frameworks

Government procurement body Crown Commercial Services had a bumper year in 2014/15, increasing its slice of commission and fees from government frameworks by 50 per cent to a cool £72m.
Kat Hall, 22 Jul 2015
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PEAK PLUTO: Stunning mountain ridge snapped by New Horizons craft

Photos Photographs of alien mountain ranges, weird splotches and more are still coming in from the New Horizons space probe as it hurtles beyond the orbit of Pluto: the craft is slowly beaming back oodles of data gathered during its flyby of the dwarf iceworld.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2015
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Nigerian prince swaps the sweet talk for keyloggers and exploits

Nigerian 419 scammers have taken to the crime-as-a-service model using cash to plug their technical capability shortfalls to build malware campaigns that could be making millions, according to FireEye researchers.
Darren Pauli, 22 Jul 2015
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Beaten blokes HATE the women who frag them in online games

Trick-cyclists from the University of NSW and Miami University have probably got themselves onto the “gamer-gate” hate list with a study that finds men who get fragged in online games really despise losing to a woman.

べーコンはどこですか? demands post-pub nosh fan

Our recent foray into the remarkable world of Hawaiian-Japanese fusion post-pub cuisine prompted some entertaining commentard chatter.
Lester Haines, 22 Jul 2015
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VMware sprawls across the data centre to post 'solid' Q2 results

VMware has posted what CEO Pat Gelsinger described as “solid” second quarter results that exceeded analysts expectations on earnings-per-share and fell over the line on the revenue growth front.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2015
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Yahoo! reverses! reversal! FLIPS! profit! into! loss!

Yahoo! has reported a $22m loss for its second quarter, as CEO Marissa Mayer tries to buy market share off Google and Facebook.
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Cisco re-orgs marketing to hide the brand, EMPTY YOUR WALLET

Given a relatively flat few years, it's probably no surprise that Cisco has told the warm bodies in its marketing departments to become cold-blooded revenue-making machines.

Oi, #tubby! You are what you Tweet, boffins find

Boffins from the USA and Australia have constructed a “Lexicocalorimeter” that parses social media for mentions of food, discovering a correlation between people's wellbeing, and the foods and activities they mention on Twitter.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2015
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Joomla Helpdesk Pro remote code exec vulns lead to server pwnage

Outpost24 researcher Kasper Bertelsen has warned of several vulnerabilities in Joomla's Helpdesk Pro which can lead to remote code execution on servers.
Darren Pauli, 22 Jul 2015
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Microsoft open-sources Sora software-defined radio

Microsoft has decided to open-source its six-year-old Sora software radio project.
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Google, Facebook and chums launch web blacklist to nail ad scammers

Tech big wigs including Facebook and Yahoo! have forged a giant blacklist to block fake web traffic contributing to advertising fraud, said Google ad man Vegard Johnsen.
Darren Pauli, 22 Jul 2015
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Australian carriers try to head off government telco security bill

Australian attorney-general George Brandis' plans to turn his department into a national telco chief security officer are to be carpet-bombed by a coalition of industry groups opposing the proposed laws.
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$50bn AT&T-DirecTV GOBBLE almost at BELCH stage: DoJ, FCC boss give nod

AT&T has scoffed DirecTV up - now it's just about digestion time. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has OK'd the deal, and the head of the FCC is on side as well.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2015
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BREAKING NEWS: Apple makes money

Apple has kept up its record pace, posting a third-quarter profit of $10.67bn (£6.43bn), up 38 per cent year on year, from revenues of $49.6bn (£31.8bn).
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2015
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Pirates also buy content legally, Australian gov study finds

As Australia's communications minister Malcolm Turnbull releases a survey designed to help justify the government's Internet not-a- filter legislation, the nation's opposition is showing signs of morning-after regret for waving the laws through parliament.
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Disaster-gawping cam drones to be blasted out of the sky in California

California politicians want emergency services to knock interfering drones out of the sky without fear of repercussion – after a gang of flying gizmos got in the way of firefighters tackling a terrifying blaze.
Iain Thomson, 22 Jul 2015