The Week in Summary

Cyanogen Inc 'axes 20%' staff

Cyanogen Inc, which develops an alternative flavor of Google's Android, has laid off a bunch of staff.
Team Register, 23 Jul 2016
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Clash of Kings hack: 1.8m hit

The forums for hit mobile game Clash of Kings have been hacked, with 1.6 million usernames, email addresses, IP addresses and access tokens swiped, apparently.
Team Register, 23 Jul 2016
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IT boss 'set up fake companies to charge his employers $2.4m'

A former lead systems engineer with a US software development company has been accused of laundering $2.4m (£1.8m) in an IT consulting scheme.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2016
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Samsung: You won't settle? Fine, we'll do this the Huawei

Samsung has filed a countersuit against Huawei in China over allegations of patent infringement.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2016

WikiLeaks fights The Man by, er, publishing ordinary people's personal information

WikiLeaks prides itself on taking on The Man by finding and publishing information that the world's most powerful organizations want to keep hidden.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Jul 2016
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OneDrive go for Pokemon Go

Continuing its commitment to adding features nobody asked for, Microsoft has added Pokemon detection to OneDrive.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2016

White House to bung electric car industry $4.5bn in loans

The White House has said the US federal government will underwrite loans totaling $4.5bn to expand the use of electric cars.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Jul 2016
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Revealed: How Dell can afford $67bn for EMC – by selling $650k laptops

World exclusive Dell's ingenious strategy for financing its audacious $67bn acquisition of EMC is a secret no more.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2016

Silicon Valley's contribution to the US Republican Convention: Gayness

Analysis If ever there was any doubt that billionaire Peter Thiel was a contrarian, he put it to bed last night in a short speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, US.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Jul 2016
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Microsoft's 3D Jedi phone explored

A never-released Microsoft phone has surfaced, providing a glimpse of how Redmond's designers proposed to evolve touch-based user interfaces.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jul 2016
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Diablo conjures up hell of a DIMM: 128GB NAND pretend-RAM summoned

Diablo Tech's Memory1 128GB DDR4 system memory module is now available, and is claimed to be the highest-capacity system memory on the market.
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2016
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Yahoo! sale! almost! done!

The long-running saga over the fate of Yahoo! may be nearing its end.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2016
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Intel and pals chuck money at another Fibre Channel killer

+Comment Kazan Networks just got $4.5m A-round funding from Intel, Samsung Ventures and Western Digital Corp for its storage array access acceleration technology. So what?
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2016
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Guess who gets hit hard by IR35 tax clampdown? Yep, IT contractors

IT contractors in Blighty could bear the brunt of UK government plans to clamp down on self-employed workers not paying the correct employment taxes - with HMRC targeting 20,000 public sector contractors.
Kat Hall, 22 Jul 2016
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Third time unlucky? HPE in redundancy talks with UK services staff

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has told UK and Ireland Enterprise Services (ES) staff they face the axe once again – in a third round of redundancies in less than a year.
Paul Kunert, 22 Jul 2016
Microsoft's free upgrade offer for Windows 10 expires on 29th July

Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out... should you do it?

Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade offer runs out on 29 July 2016, one year after the initial release, and a few days before the Anniversary Update.
Tim Anderson, 22 Jul 2016
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Reasons to be cheerful at Insight: Let's start with bring your dog to work

Forget sales commissions, career progression or job satisfaction, Insight Enterprises has another type of employment glue to ensure staff stick around - and it involves dogs.
Paul Kunert, 22 Jul 2016

World religions stake out positions on Pokemon Go

Pokemon’s potential for precipitating the end of civilization has been starkly highlighted as the world’s major religions begin to take up positions on the game which sees grownups wandering the planet in pursuit of non-existent entities.
Joe Fay, 22 Jul 2016
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They kept that quiet. PC sales via distributors DID rise in Q2

It is a Friday and El Reg is pleased to be able to answer the burning question on the lips of readers across the land - just how did PC sales via distribution do in the second quarter? They went well.
Paul Kunert, 22 Jul 2016
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise: Brexit, weak pound. A price hike is coming

Exclusive Hewlett Packard Enterprise is to bump up the price of its infrastructure gear in Blighty from Monday, blaming the crash in the value of UK sterling currency for the hike.
Paul Kunert, 22 Jul 2016
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Mellanox plans to SoC it to storage speed with Multi-ARM BlueField

InfiniBand and Ethernet adaptor biz Mellanox has storage acceleration SoCs coming to provide faster external array access across NVMe fabrics.
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2016
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BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

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Simon Travaglia, 22 Jul 2016
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Oh dear, Vodafone: Sales dip in UK

Sales at Vodafone in the UK dropped 3.2 per cent in the first quarter of its financial year to €1.84bn (£1.5bn) - with the biz pointing to issues with its new billing system.
Kat Hall, 22 Jul 2016

Ingram Micro and Tianjin Tianhai: Go on, PROBE us

Ingram Micro and the Chinese logistics giant Tianjin Tianhai that wants to buy it confirmed they are to submit the proposed $6bn bid for review to the Committee of Foreign Investment in the United States.
Paul Kunert, 22 Jul 2016

She wants it. She needs it. Shall I give it to her or keep doing it by myself?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “Give it to me pleeeese!” she begs, staring longingly into my eyes. “I’m desperate and will do anything.”
Alistair Dabbs, 22 Jul 2016
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Oracle tools up for cloud wars with sales re-org

Oracle has shaken up its sales force to drive cloud business, multiple sources have told The Register.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2016
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UK employers still reluctant to hire recent CompSci grads

Computer science graduates continue to top the UK's higher education unemployment rankings, according to the latest figures compiled by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
Katyanna Quach, 22 Jul 2016
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Forget your RTO*: Real world Disaster Recovery needs garbage bags and bubble wrap

On-Call If it's Friday morning it must once again be time for On-Call, El Reg's end-of-week meander down memory lane to explore readers' reminiscences of jobs that went bump in the night.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016
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Salesforce slurps uptime startup Coolan for global infrastructure scale-out

Salesforce.com has acquired a startup called Coolan that builds tools “to track and analyze infrastructure reliability for increased uptime and optimized efficiency.”
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016

Juno's 1,300-pic Jupiter vid

NASA's Juno probe has uploaded 1,300 images captured during its approach to Jupiter. And NASA has assembled them into the video below.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016

Apple, Facebook and Coinbase coughed data to finger alleged pirate king

The United States case against alleged Kickass Torrents (KAT) boss Artem Vaulin is built on data obtained from Apple, Facebook and Coinbase.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016

Gartner's hype cycle turned upside down to assess Brexit

Gartner veep and fellow Mark Raskino has applied the analyst firm's famed Hype Cycle to Brexit.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016
Study Confirms High Effectiveness of Low Speed Autonomous Emergency Braking

Tesla's Model S autonomous mode may have saved a life

Elon Musk has revealed a letter from a Tesla driver offering an account of the Model S braking in time to avoid hitting a pedestrian.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016
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Please don't upgrade NSX just now, says VMware

VMware is advising users of its NSX network virtualisation not to upgrade it to the version 6.2.3 released in early June.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016
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nbn™ talks up HFC upgrades to gigabit speed

nbn™, the entity building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has started to talk up the scalability of the hybrid fibre-coax (HFC) networks it will use to provide services to many Australians.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016
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OpenStack bronze for Fujitsu

Fujitsu wants to become one of the top three contributors to OpenStack.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016
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We're not looking for MH370 in the wrong place say investigators

Dutch geosciences company Fugro has denied that the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has been conducted in the wrong place.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016
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Warframe leaks 800k addys

Users of the online shooter game Warframe are being alerted after a hacker managed to harvest the email addresses of more than 775,000 players.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2016
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AT&T: Money? Oh, sure, no I'm fine – I'm doing great (if you ignore my phone business)

AT&T says wireless revenues are down in what was an otherwise solid quarter for the US telecom giant.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2016
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IETF boffins design a DNS for digital money

Digital currency engineers are working on a domain name system (DNS)-style protocol to enable money to be shared across different networks.
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Jul 2016
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XtremIO heading for the bin? Total BS, thunders CTO Itzik Reich

Storage industry jungle drums heard by El Reg suggest EMC is axing XtremIO product line development and putting it into maintenance mode due to scalability and data availability issues.
Chris Mellor, 21 Jul 2016
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Tight-wad Apple repair techs swapped our damaged iGear with used kit – lawsuit

Apple has been presented with a class-action lawsuit filed by customers who say the expensive electronics giant replaced their damaged devices with used models.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2016

Official: AMD now stands for Avoiding Miserable Death

AMD fans are over the moon today as their favorite processor designer has sold more chips than expected in the three months to June 25.
Chris Williams, 21 Jul 2016
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EFF declares anti-piracy DMCA unconstitutional in new legal showdown

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched a lawsuit claiming that a controversial anti-digital-piracy law in the US is unconstitutional.
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Jul 2016

Apple Watch craze over before it started: Wrist-puter drags market screaming off a cliff

Smartwatch shipments are in freefall thanks to slowing sales of the Apple Watch.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2016
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Snowden's anti-snoop tool

NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden and hardware guru Andrew “Bunnie” Huang have designed a gizmo that wraps around your iPhone 6 and alerts you when the mobe unexpectedly leaks your location.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2016
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Rumor on repeat: Spotify IPO

Music streaming service Spotify is again rumored to be preparing to go public.
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Jul 2016
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Verizon kicks its punters

Verizon won't be winning over too many customers with its latest moves.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2016
Ashlee Vance, Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is shaping our Future

Fear not, humanity – Saint Elon has finished part two of his world-saving 'master plan'

Solar-panel roofs on cars, compact SUVs, and high-passenger-density urban transport are all part of Elon Musk's self-titled "master plan, part deux" for the world.
Katyanna Quach, 21 Jul 2016

Bosses at UK infosec biz Quadsys confess to hacking rival reseller

Five men working at UK-based IT security reseller Quadsys confessed today to hacking into a rival's database.
Paul Kunert, 21 Jul 2016

Nope, we can't find dark matter either, says LUX team

An international team of researchers working on the Large Underground Xenon dark matter experiment announced today that they have failed to detect any dark matter particles.
Katyanna Quach, 21 Jul 2016
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UK councils refuse to push data into the cloud

The majority of the UK's local councils run two or more data centres each, suggesting cloudy adoption is still a long way off for local gov, according to Freedom of Information research.
Kat Hall, 21 Jul 2016
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Seagate in 10TB drive brand brainstorm

Seagate has added three new 10TB helium drives, simultaneously re-branding its desktop/laptop disk and SSHDs, NAS and surveillance drive products in a complicated scheme involving disparate drive technologies.
Chris Mellor, 21 Jul 2016

Stack Overflow takes on technical documentation

Stack Overflow, a popular site for developer and IT admin problem solving, is taking on technical documentation, with support from companies including Microsoft, Paypal, Twilio and Dropbox.
Tim Anderson, 21 Jul 2016

GOP delegates suckered into connecting to insecure Wi-Fi hotspots

A Wi-Fi hack experiment conducted at various locations at or near the Republican National Convention site in Cleveland, US, underlines how risky it can be to connect to public Wi-Fi without protection from a VPN.
John Leyden, 21 Jul 2016
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Ransomware gang: How can I extort you today?

Three out of four ransomware criminal gangs are willing to negotiate the shakedown price. And all the operators of file encrypting ransomware scams will give victims more time to pay up.
John Leyden, 21 Jul 2016

All you need for quantum computing at room temperature is some mothballs

Much of the current research on the development of a quantum computer involves work at very low temperatures. The challenge to make them more practical for everyday use is to make them work at room temperature.
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Semiconductor $s to fall

Worldwide semiconductor spending is forecast to shrink by 0.7 per cent to $64.3bn, according to the data druids at Gartner.
Paul Kunert, 21 Jul 2016

HMRC research finds 'resistance' to proposals to shift contractor tax compliance burden

There is "general resistance" among both the public and private sectors to plans that would shift responsibility for ensuring that third party contractors are paying the right employment taxes from the individual to public sector employers, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has found.
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Jul 2016

Whoa! Shanghai Stock Exchange delays $6bn Ingram Micro takeover

Tianjin Tianhai, the Chinese logistics giant, has delayed next week’s shareholder meeting to rubber stamp the $6bn takeover of Ingram Micro as it gathers data requested by the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE).
Paul Kunert, 21 Jul 2016

Speaking in Tech: Hyperconvergence hype, Microsoft, ARM and more

Podcast Podcast This week our intrepid podcasters Sarah, Ben and Amy dish up Silicon Valley product placements, ARM's acquisition and Microsoft’s big quarter. Their special guest this week is Jason Collier, co-founder of Scale.
Team Register, 21 Jul 2016
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BT customers hit by broadband outage ... again

BT customers in the UK are once again banging their heads against their keyboards this morning: a power outage has thrown them offline for the second day running.
Kat Hall, 21 Jul 2016
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Need a Brain Lift? Welcome to the Reg Summer School

Reg Events Whether you’re getting ready to hit the beach, or just hit the sofa, holidays needn’t necessarily mean turning off your brain for the summer.
Joe Fay, 21 Jul 2016
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DDoS, the cloud and you

Private cloud computing can be a useful way to offload some computing overhead and manage your costs effectively. The switch to operating expenses from capital expenses, the elasticity, the business continuity benefits – they're all real. But so are the dangers of DDoS disaster.
Danny Bradbury, 21 Jul 2016

The cloud ain't making it rain for Intel right now: Tech giants pause server chip sales

Analysis Intel's stock price fell on Wednesday after it became clear the processor maker is not selling quite as many server processor chips as investors had hoped.
Chris Williams, 21 Jul 2016
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UK's digital strategy must account for Brexit, say MPs

The UK government must explain how its long-awaited new digital strategy will be impacted by the country's decision to leave the EU, a committee of MPs has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Jul 2016
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Microsoft and pals re-write arms control pact to save infosec industry

Microsoft and a team of concerned engineers from across the security sector have joined forces to suggest a major re-write of the arms control pact the Wassenaar Arrangement, as they fear the document's terms are a threat tot he information security industry.
Darren Pauli, 21 Jul 2016
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Selfie-proof smartmobes will hit stores for Christmas

Corning has revealed version 5.0 of its Gorilla Glass, the ubiquitous covering for smartphones. And this time around it says the substance has been toughened up again and will now remain intact “up to 80 percent of the time when dropped face-down from 1.6 meters onto rough surfaces”.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2016

Google tests its own quantum computer – both qubits of it

A couple of years ago, a quantum physicist suggested to Vulture South that one of the best uses for quantum computers might be to model reality. Now, Google reckons its boffins have done just that.
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Facebook's billion sheeple

Facebook says one billion people now use its Messenger service each month.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2016

Microsoft to rip up P2P Skype, killing native Mac, Linux apps

In the same month Microsoft announced its alpha WebRTC-based Skype for Linux client, Redmond has put that native app and the native OS X Skype client on an end-of-life list.

Alleged skipper of pirate site KickAss Torrents keel-hauled in Poland

The world's favourite torrent website, KickAss Torrents, is down and out with Polish cops arresting its alleged operator Artem Vaulin.
Darren Pauli, 21 Jul 2016
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Microsoft delays Azure updates so you can catch up with the cloud

In the cloud, we're constantly told, we won't have to bother about staying up to date with new versions of stuff. Our service providers will make non-disruptive upgrades for which we'll be non-disruptively grateful.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2016
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Cisco UCS gets critical patch

Cisco's just posted a patch rated critical for its Unified Communications System Performance Manager.
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New Google cloud bit barn

Google's thrown the switch on a new cloudy data centre.
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2016
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WhatsApp goes to Rio (again), but the battle is far from over

WhatsApp is back in Brazil, and the company hopes this time it's permanent.
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Tor for IoT toothbrushes

If you want to hide your Internet of Things devices within the anonymizing Tor network, there's now a guide here for you to follow.
Chris Williams, 21 Jul 2016
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Wavering about Apple's latest security fix? Don't, says Talos

Here's another reason to press “install” on Apple's latest OS X and iOS security patches: a slew of image-handling vulnerabilities.
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Asian nations mull regional 'Europol' in fight against cybercrime

RSA APAC A closed-door meeting of cabinet ministers from more than a dozen countries met yesterday to mull the creation of a Europol-style organisation to crack down on cyber crime in the region and abroad, The Register has learned.
Darren Pauli, 21 Jul 2016

Nitwit has fit over twit hit: Troll takes timeless termination terribly

Comment Twitter this week permanently banned a high-profile self-proclaimed troll, marking a possible sea-change in how the social network tackles its worst users.
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Jul 2016
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What do you call a spreadsheet with decent numbers for a change? qualcomm_q3_2016.xlsx

Qualcomm is crediting strong sales in China and an infusion of back royalty payments for a better-than-expected quarterly return.
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2016
The first color picture of Mars from Viking 1

40 years ago today the US govt sent a taxpayer-funded robot to invade an alien hostile world

Pics The surviving members of the Viking Mars probe team have been celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first probe to make it down onto the surface of the Red Planet, send back pictures, and perform scientific experiments.
Iain Thomson, 20 Jul 2016
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Raving mad: Glow sticks are secret weapon in Facebook's 2.1Gbps laser internet drones

At Facebook's F8 Developer Conference this year, Mark Zuckerberg revealed more details about his laser-firing drones that will encircle the world and relay Facebook, sorry, the internet to far-flung places, reaching potentially all seven billion of us.
Iain Thomson, 20 Jul 2016
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Data retention grants still not flowing to Australia telcos

Australia's telcos and internet service providers still have not been told when they will receive promised grants to help them implement mandatory metadata collection.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jul 2016

Everyone's favorite infosec biz – Blue Coat – must cough up $40m to rival in patent rip-off row

Blue Coat has lost its appeal challenging a nearly $40m patent infringement lawsuit brought by rival security company Finjan.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2016

Microsoft ordered to fix 'excessively intrusive, insecure' Windows 10

Updated A French regulator has issued Microsoft a formal warning over Windows 10, saying the operating system collects excessive amounts of personal data, ships that information illegally out of the EU, and has lousy security.
Iain Thomson, 20 Jul 2016

Firefox to banish hidden Flash files – and kill off sneaky ad snoopers

Firefox will next month automatically block invisible Flash content that users cannot see when loading a page, says Mozilla as it continues its campaign against Adobe's plugin.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2016
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ISS chases the Dragon

The SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule has arrived at the International Space Station after a two-day trip in orbit.
Iain Thomson, 20 Jul 2016
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Internet exchange Linx cuts peering prices by 40% after rip-off claims

The London Internet Exchange (Linx) has announced it will slash prices – just one month after the non-profit was pointedly criticized for charging too much.
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Jul 2016
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300k Turkey govt emails leak

The Turkish government is blocking WikiLeaks after the whistleblowing website published a huge archive of emails from officials of the ruling Justice & Development Party (AKP).
Iain Thomson, 20 Jul 2016
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CenturyLink punishes hogs

US ISP CenturyLink is going to charge some customers for what it deems is excessive data use.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2016
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Teradata and Nuix are dancing in the dark

Teradata has teamed up with Nuix to enable customers to process "dark data" using its Aster Analytics technology.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2016

SpectraLogic sits in the Cyberducking stool

Spectra has entered the Cyberduck universe; data stored in SpectraLogic's disk, tape and public cloud repositories can be transferred to/from other on-premises storage and public clouds with a BlackPearl Cyberduck plug-in.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2016

GMB tests Uber 'self-employed drivers' claim at London tribunal

UK union the GMB has brought two test cases to the Central London Employment Tribunal today to determine if Uber acted unlawfully by not providing its drivers with “basic workers’ rights”, such as holiday pay and a national minimum wage.
Katyanna Quach, 20 Jul 2016
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Logicalis: Top line shrinks as UK restructuring continues

Restructuring at Logicalis that weighed heavy on the integrator’s financials in recent times will be over and done with at some point before the, er, end of next February.
Paul Kunert, 20 Jul 2016

Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

Review The original Star Trek series and subsequent sequels stubbornly and persistently refused to frame their dramas in black-and-whites. Balance of Terror, for example, transformed heretofore-unseen Romulans from villains into tragic heroes over the course of an hour. As happened in so many episodes, the writers avoided the cheap path of good versus evil.
Mark Pesce, 20 Jul 2016
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Acronis 12 is fastest backup product out there

French data protection supplier Acronis is making a big move into enterprise data protection with a comprehensive new software release, Acronis 12, a beefed-up marketing team, and a profile-raising one race-only sponsorship deal with the Toro Rosso Formula 1 Grands Prix team.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2016

Microbe drives tropical butterfly species to a male-killing frenzy

Spiroplasma, a small helical-shaped microbe, is responsible for bringing out a ‘male-killing’ instinct in African Queen butterflies, according to research published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.
Katyanna Quach, 20 Jul 2016
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Kaminario flashes service guarantees

Kaminario, the all flash storage array vendor, has come up with six individual guarantees - assurances - that build on its original 2013 Perfomance Consistency Guarantee programme.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2016
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BT internet outage was our fault, says Equinix

Telecity data center owner Equinix has 'fessed up to a "brief outage" that knocked 10 per cent of BT internet subscribers offline in the UK as well as a number of other providers on the morning of 20 July.
Kat Hall, 20 Jul 2016
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UK.gov digi peeps hunt open source chief

The British government’s Digital Service is looking for a chief penguin to head up open source.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jul 2016
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Schrödinger's cat explained with neutrinos

Physicists have found that neutrinos keep their quantum weirdness over the longest distance that quantum mechanics has been tested to date.
Katyanna Quach, 20 Jul 2016
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Red Hat redraws Ansible Tower so even enterprise managers can get it

Red Hat has given its Ansible Tower a good scrubbing down before smoothing the UI to better penetrate big money corporate accounts.
Joe Fay, 20 Jul 2016
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TalkTalk: 9,000 broadband customers did the walk walk last quarter

UK ISP TalkTalk has confirmed 9,000 customers abandoned its broadband services in the first three months of fiscal '17 ended June – and that overall group sales were pretty much flat on the prior year period.
Kat Hall, 20 Jul 2016
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EMC staffers: We are crashing into Dell within weeks

Staffers at EMC and its subsidiaries are to get Dell email addresses from the start of next month as the proposed mega buy edges closer, insiders have told The Register.
Paul Kunert, 20 Jul 2016
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Los Desaparecidos di Disruption: The Final Days of Conservative 2.0

¡Bong! Special We’d been jeered, we’d been jostled. Overnight, we’d become un-people.
Steve Bong, 20 Jul 2016
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Diablo 'decisive' court victory

A long-running and convoluted breach of contract lawsuit between Netlist and Diablo Technologies concerning flash DIMMS appears to be over, with Diablo prevailing over its former development partner.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2016
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Really Scary Telecoms Stuff? Nah – telephony's just an app

In 2009, I moved to Jersey to become the network and telecoms manager for a multinational company. It was tremendous fun, as I had a variety of kit to play with.
Dave Cartwright, 20 Jul 2016
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Reg readers head to pub to hear about the digital home

Reg Lecture Every inventor wants to build a better moustetrap, so it’s no surprise that IBM master inventor Andy Stanford-Clark make sure he applied his IoT expertise to inflicting mayhem on his unwanted mursine visitors.
Joe Fay, 20 Jul 2016
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Web meltdown: BT feels heat from angry punters

A raft of BT customers in the UK were knocked offline this morning due to a power problem at one of its web peering partners’ sites in London.
Kat Hall, 20 Jul 2016
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Question: What's missing in Microsoft's data science professional degree?

Comment Microsoft grabbed the headlines this week when it announced a Professional Degree Program at its annual partner conference. It starts with data science.
Andrew Cobley, 20 Jul 2016
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Electric Cloud offers cautious corporates Canary choice

Electric Cloud has promised a raft of new deployment options in the latest release of its application deployment platform as it looks to bring the joy of DevOps to even the most crusty and sprawling customers.
Joe Fay, 20 Jul 2016
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Hacker shows Reg how one leaked home address can lead to ruin

Unrestcon It takes nothing more than a home address for hacker "Nixxer" to find enough information to ruin your life.
Darren Pauli, 20 Jul 2016
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Microsoft tweaks TCP stack in Windows Server and Windows 10

Microsoft has announced it will add five new features – some experimental - to the TCP stack it will ship in Windows Server 2016 and the Anniversary Update to Windows 10.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jul 2016
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Gigabyte heads ARM push

Motherboard maker Gigabyte has announced a dozen or so standard rack-mountable server systems powered by Cavium's 64-bit ARMv8-compatible processors.
Chris Williams, 20 Jul 2016
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Prometheus 1.0 rises

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation's second project, Prometheus, has hit version 1.0.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jul 2016
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Spectra Logic preserves black pearls in Amazon's deep freeze

Spectra Logic has added direct archive to Amazon's S3-accessed public cloud from its BlackPearl object storage gateway.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2016
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VMware/Cisco software-defined spat thaws as ACI comes to vSphere

When VMware acquired Nicira and released its NSX product, it looked like Virtzilla and Cisco were on a collision course. But now Cisco has added a vCenter plug-in to the new version of its own software-defined networking (SDN) software, one of several signs that the two companies are working together while also competing to manage networks.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jul 2016
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Torrent is a word, and you can't ban words, rules French court

The High Court of Paris has decided there's a limit to France's unpopular anti-copying regime: Google and Bing can't be required to block the word “torrent” from their search results just because BitTorrent is sometimes used for piracy.
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What's big and red and squashes 276 bugs, 19 of them critical?

Oracle has emitted its quarterly patch payload, along the way claiming an unwanted record by squashing an all-time-high 276 problems across 84 products.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jul 2016

EU Net Neutrality debate heats up as Tim Berners-Lee weighs in

It's hard to work up a good lump in the throat in sympathy for a bureaucrat, but staff at the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) probably need just a little: they're going to have to work through 400,000 submissions about Net Neutrality in the EU.

Flaws found in security products from AVG, Symantec and McAfee

Updated Hundreds of security products may not be up to the job, researchers say, thanks to flawed uses of code hooking.
Darren Pauli, 20 Jul 2016
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South Korea mulls TREEELLION-Won fine for Qualcomm

South Korea's Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) has Qualcomm in its sights again, telling the Korea Times the company could be up for a trillion-won fine (nearly US$880 million) over anti-trust violations.
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An anniversary to remember: The world's only air-to-air nuke was fired on 19 July, 1957

Vid The date was 19 July, the year was 1957 and America was worried that the Soviet Union could amass too many bomber squadrons to be stopped.
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Microsoft Azure doubles up to $800m a quarter – and is wiped out by dying phone sales

Analysis All eyes were on Microsoft's cloud business today as it published its fourth-quarter and full-year financial results.
Iain Thomson, 20 Jul 2016

WordPress admin? Thinking of spending time with the family? Think again

The Dutch hacking community's Summer of Pwnage (SoP) has disclosed three vulnerabilities in WordPress plugins, including an XSS in the popular Ninja Forms.
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After Monday's landing, SpaceX wants to do it in triplicate

SpaceX has applied to local authorities for permission to build two new rocket landing pads in Florida ahead of the launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket later this year.
Iain Thomson, 20 Jul 2016
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WhatsApp gets another Brazilian whack as magistrate blocks it again

Update The standoff between Brazil's legal system and Facebook's WhatsApp messaging platform continues, after a Rio de Janeiro judge ordered all carriers to block the app as of next Tuesday.
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State hate for VW Dieselgate

A trio of US state attorneys general have sued Volkswagen for allegedly fudging emissions results.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2016

How's this for irony? US Navy hit with $600m software piracy claim

A German software developer has accused the United States Navy of illegally copying $596m worth of its product.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2016
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VMware executive shuffle

VMware has made a couple of executive changes.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2016
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Google AI: I've got the power

Google is using its DeepMind machine-learning software to slash its data centers' energy bills.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jul 2016

Handover of US internet control to ICANN officially blocked in Republican policy

The planned transition of the internet's critical technical functions from the US government to a technical body may come under further attack after the Republican Party officially agreed to block it on Monday.
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jul 2016

Correction: There was no hangman's noose, claims Hyperloop countersuit ... it was a cowboy's lasso

An extraordinary fight at tube-travel company Hyperloop One has hit warp speed with a court filing filled with more wild claims.
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jul 2016
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Shock: Apple patents the phone book

Apple has been granted a patent that suggests its future MacBooks will come with built-in phone hardware, giving the notebooks mobile broadband connectivity.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jul 2016
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Apple kills eavesdrop bug in FaceTime

Apple has released a bundle of patches to fix security holes in OS X, iOS, iTunes and Safari.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jul 2016

What keeps former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani awake at night?

Sketch So, what, if anything, keeps former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani awake at night? Actually, he told a BlackBerry event today, there is this one thing.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Jul 2016
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Eat me, Michael: 98% of EMC shareholders back Dell mega-gobble

EMC shareholders have voted overwhelmingly to accept Dell's $60bn plus offer to merge the two companies into a new entity called Dell Technologies.
Iain Thomson, 19 Jul 2016

US govt is in, EFF told to take a hike in post-Safe Harbor wrangling over privacy and EULAs

An Irish high court judge has accepted the US government into a high-profile case involving Facebook and mass surveillance – but rejected a number of civil liberties groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jul 2016

BlackBerry chief: We don't have to make phones to make phones

BlackBerry CEO John Chen said his company has an internal project to bring Android security up to the level of its BlackBerry 10 platform, which should bear fruit after the release of Android N.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Jul 2016
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DDoS trends: Bigger, badder but not longer

DDoS attacks once again escalated in both size and frequency during the first six months of 2016.
John Leyden, 19 Jul 2016

Carbon Black snaps up cloud-dwelling threat-sniffing 'next-gen AV'

Endpoint security firm Carbon Black has bought "next-generation antivirus" firm Confer.
John Leyden, 19 Jul 2016
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Docker Cloud under fire after DDoS attacks slam DNS, knacker websites

Updated Websites running on the Docker Cloud hosted container management and deployment service were taken down by an apparent DNS outage on Monday.
Gavin Clarke, 19 Jul 2016
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IoT baby monitor style hacks still a threat

Lessons have not been learned from an incident where a Russian website provided links to access baby monitor cameras, according to the UK’s data protection watchdog.
John Leyden, 19 Jul 2016

Big Blue's boxes: No IBM storage numbers, but it's a drop

+Comment The storage hardware portion of IBM's quarterly revenues continued its long-term decline, with a 13 per cent annual drop.
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2016
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Three pence in a pound awaits Steljes' trade creditors

Unsecured creditors of audio visual distributor Steljes that are owed £6.72m by the fallen specialist will likely receive just three pence in the pound, according to the company’s administrator.
Paul Kunert, 19 Jul 2016
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UK South East Coast Ambulance slammed for creaking emergency dispatch IT

Ambulance service union the GMB has called for an urgent review of the UK's South East Coast Ambulance’s computerised dispatch system for control centre staff handling emergency calls.
Kat Hall, 19 Jul 2016
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Pokemon Go driver woes

A worrying minority of drivers freely admit to using their smartphone while behind the wheel.
John Leyden, 19 Jul 2016

FibreChannel dead? Nonsense, says Brocade, here's our Gen 6 kit

Brocade's having none of this FibreChannel doomsaying, with the launch of its FibreChannel Gen 6 director family.
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Blighty's Coastguard goes into battle against waterborne Pokemon

Suspicions are rising that Pokemon Go is some sort of massive Darwinian experiment, after HM Coastguard was forced to warn the UK populace about the dangers of attempting to capture waterborne varieties of the non-existence pocket monsters.
Joe Fay, 19 Jul 2016

Top IT bod Sally Howes leaves the UK's National Audit Office

Sally Howes, the executive lead at the UK National Audit Office responsible for working with departments on their IT programmes, has stepped down after six years in the role.
Kat Hall, 19 Jul 2016
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Your antivirus doesn't like Ammyy. And fraudsters will use that to RAT you out (again)

Crooks have once again targeted users downloading Ammyy's remote access software as a conduit for spreading malware. The tactic – which has been witnessed before, specifically in the infamous Lurk banking trojan – has been in play since early February, 2016.
John Leyden, 19 Jul 2016
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UK 'emergency' bulk data slurp permissible in pursuit of 'serious crime'

Bulk collection of data from phone calls and emails by carriers acting under government orders could be permissible in the pursuit of “serious crime”.
Gavin Clarke, 19 Jul 2016
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Kepler's K2 mission confirms 104 Earth-like planets

An international team of astronomers has confirmed a treasure trove of new exoplanets spotted by NASA's Kepler spacecraft during its K2 mission.
Katyanna Quach, 19 Jul 2016
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Ex-CTO: Yes, Nutanix is buying PernixData

Exclusive PernixData's outgoing CTO and technology evangelist Frank Denneman says Nutanix has bought PernixData.
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2016

Envy NVMe? Mangstor flashes $5m cash to bulk up array line

The NVMe-over-fabrics flash array startup Mangstor has had a $5m funding round.
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2016
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VCs: Can't see an IPO or acquisition for your startup? Don't throw in the towel

Comment There surely must be an alternative to the two preferred exits for VC-backed startups – IPO or acquisition – in these times of near-VC funding drought and what seems like IPO fatigue.
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2016
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Scalr hosting hit with outage

Cloud management biz Scalr.com was yesterday hit by an outage which knocked customer websites offline.
Kat Hall, 19 Jul 2016
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EMC: Sales flat but wallets fat. Ready to vote on the merger?

EMC-Dell deal EMC saw totally flat revenues in its second quarter but profits rose 19 per cent. It could have been better as late orders couldn't be fulfilled.
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2016
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ASUS first Asian PC maker to warn of price hikes... in 2.5 months

Exclusive ASUS has confirmed the UK list price of computers are expected to rise on average by nine per cent in the Christmas quarter due the weakening of the British pound versus the US dollar.
Paul Kunert, 19 Jul 2016
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MPs tell BT: Lay more fibre or face split with Openreach

BT has "significantly under-invested" in IT infrastructure subsidiary Openreach and a full split should go ahead if it fails to offer "appropriate reforms and investment assurances", according to a report by MPs.
Kat Hall, 19 Jul 2016

Software can be considered 'goods' for purpose of commercial agent rules – High Court

Software suppliers can be forced to pay damages to self-employed intermediaries they contract with to promote their products under UK commercial agents regulations, according to a recent High Court ruling.
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 Jul 2016

Governments Googling Google about you more than ever says Google

Google has published its latest “Transparency Report”, the disclosure in which it reveals how many times governments asked it to cough data on users. And this time around there's mixed news.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2016
China will see you on the dark side of the moon

Maxthon web browser blabs about your PC all the way back to Beijing

A web browser developed by Chinese company Maxthon has allegedly been collecting telemetry about its users.
John Leyden, 19 Jul 2016
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Harvard gives solar batteries performance-enhancing vitamins

Harvard University researchers reckon they can make flow batteries cheaper using an electrolyte based on vitamin B2.
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If managing PCs is still hard, good luck patching 100,000 internet things

Internet of Things (IoT) hype focuses on the riches that will rain from the sky once humanity connects the planet, but mostly ignores what it will take to build and operate fleets of things.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2016
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Netflix scores new Trek tellie

Netflix has won the rights to stream the new Star Trek television series.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2016

Reader needs Aircon help

Reg reader "PG" has mailed looking for advice on "a suitable air conditioning unit for a small office/data centre."
Team Register, 19 Jul 2016

LTE-U vs. WiFi fight gets closer to a settlement

FCC filings by Broadcom reveal the chip-maker is still feeling bullish about the controversial LTE-U (LTE-Unlicensed) push.

Guilt by ASN: Compiler's bad memory bug could sting mobes, cell towers

A vulnerability in a widely used ASN.1 compiler isn't a good thing: it means a bunch of downstream systems – potentially mobile phones and cell towers – will inherit the bug.
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World-Check terror suspect DB hits the web at just US$6750

The World-Check database that lists "heightened risk individuals and organizations" is reportedly up for sale on the dark web.
Darren Pauli, 19 Jul 2016
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Oz boffins cook quantum computing out of mothballs

A Sydney University researcher has burned naphthalene to create a material that can hold quantum qubit information at room temperatures.
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Dying! Yahoo! writes! off! half! of! the! $1bn! it! paid! for! Tumblr!

Yahoo! fell short of already-low expectations as the shriveling internet icon continues to limp towards its impending sale.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jul 2016
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Xen roadmap hints

Xen Project chairperson Lars Kurth has revealed some future directions for the open source virtualisation project.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2016
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VMware promises multi-cloud connection and management products

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger has dropped a very strong hint that the company plans to get into multi-cloud connectivity and management.
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2016
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Drone bloke cuffed after gizmo stops firemen tackling forest inferno

A man was arrested by officers from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection after his drone allegedly got in the way of them tackling a major blaze.
Iain Thomson, 19 Jul 2016
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Netflix and not chill

Netflix stock is in freefall after the streaming company fell well short of its own quarterly projections.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jul 2016
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Hardball hacker thrown in the cooler for 46 months for guessing rival team's password

A former scout for the St Louis Cardinals baseball team has been sentenced to 46 months behind bars for hacking the player database of a rival Major League team.
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jul 2016
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What's big, blue and red all over? IBM. Profit, z Systems down, cloud up

IBM today reported its second quarter financial results and the figures don't look good, with profits falling nearly 30 per cent.
Iain Thomson, 18 Jul 2016
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Australia gets one-quarter of a minister for national infosec

If you were hoping tech would get some kind of boost in the Turnbull government's third ministry, prepare for disappointment.
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US gov open data, code push

The White House has set a deadline of September 15 for all US government departments to post details of their "open government" plans.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Jul 2016

For $800 you can buy internet engineers' answer to US government spying

The long-awaited response from internet engineers to Edward Snowden's revelations of mass surveillance by the US government has been launched in Berlin.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Jul 2016
Study Confirms High Effectiveness of Low Speed Autonomous Emergency Braking

What will laws on self-driving cars look like? Think black boxes and 'minimum attention'

The recent high-profile crash of a Tesla driving in Autopilot mode has sparked a rush to develop new laws for self-driving cars.
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Jul 2016
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How to scam $750,000 out of Microsoft Office: Two-factor auth calls to premium-rate numbers

Gaming two-factor authentication systems with premium rate phone numbers can be very profitable – or it was until the flaws got reported.
Iain Thomson, 18 Jul 2016
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Opera sells open-source Chromium browser for $600m to Chinese bods

Opera will sell its web browser technology to Chinese investors for $600m after a larger sale worth $1.2bn fell apart.
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jul 2016

15-year-old security hole HTTPoxy returns to menace websites – it has a name, logo too

A dangerous easy-to-exploit vulnerability discovered 15 years ago has reared its head again, leaving server-side website software potentially open to hijackers.
Darren Pauli, 18 Jul 2016
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Lock up yer cargo: Commvault wants to be your container bouncer

Data-protection slinger Commvault has plans to deliver stateful container protection by the end of the year.
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2016

Boffins unveil 500TB/in2 disk. Yeah, it's made of chlorine. -196˚C, why?

Nano-tech scientists have managed to create the world’s smallest hard disk. The 500TB/inch2 disk can store a kilobyte of memory in a few tiny chlorine atoms, according to new research published in Nature Nanotechnology.
Katyanna Quach, 18 Jul 2016
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UK's climate change dept abolished, but 'smart meters and all our policies strong as ever'

The closure of the UK government's Department of Energy & Climate Change should result in a major rethink of the organisation's shambolic and costly £11bn Smart Meter programme, campaigners have urged.
Kat Hall, 18 Jul 2016
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Cancer data firm funded

Proscia, the startup storing cancer patients' biopsy data in the cloud, has gained a million dollars worth of seed funding.
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2016
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We ain't in 1996 anymore, Dorothy: SQL Server 2016 proves it

Microsoft has had a database since 1989, initially working with Ashton-Tate and Sybase to create a variant of Sybase SQL Server for IBM’s OS/2.
Mark Whitehorn, 18 Jul 2016
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Good gravy, Toshiba QLC flash chips are getting closer

Backgrounder Toshiba is pushing flash chip capacity higher on two fronts: through, er, Through Silicon Vias (TSVs) and by increasing a cell's bit count to four.
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2016
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Trump? Terror? Turkey? Whoa, there's a Tentacool in that Bush...

If terror attacks, coups and the prospect of a Trump presidency aren’t enough to convince the end of days might just be at hand, a brief review of the weekend’s Pokemon Go related news should tip the balance.
Joe Fay, 18 Jul 2016
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Rubrik's tube: Pure play

Rubrik's r300/r500 Series backup appliances now go faster with Pure Storage FlashArray //m arrays in front of them, claims the vendor.
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2016
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Shelfware wars should be conceded, admits Microsoft compliance boss

The UK head of Software Asset Management (SAM) and Compliance at Microsoft, Mark Bradford, admitted at a recent seminar held by one of its enterprise licensing sellers Bytes that Shelfware issues “should be conceded”.
Martin Thompson, 18 Jul 2016
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Ed Vaizey booted to backbench, Hancock booted to DCMS

New UK Prime Minister Theresa May's reshuffle last week resulted in higher pile of bodies than a Game of Thrones wedding. Among a number of big hitters to be axed, including George Osborne, was digital and cultural minister Ed Vaizey.
Kat Hall, 18 Jul 2016
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£19.5m for quantum tech

Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council have pledged to invest £19.5m to support quantum technology projects.
Katyanna Quach, 18 Jul 2016
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UKFast owner slurps app security biz Pentest

Secarma, the cyber security business owned by UKFast chief exec Lawrence Jones, has bought application security specialists Pentest Limited reportedly for £10m.
John Leyden, 18 Jul 2016
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Softbank promises stronger ARM: Greater overseas reach and double the UK jobs

Brit-tech success poster child ARM holdings is to be acquired by Japanese telecom multinational Softbank.
Gavin Clarke, 18 Jul 2016
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Brexit has left a regulatory black hole for digital, say MPs

Brexit has left the UK peering into a digital regulatory void, according to MPs.
Kat Hall, 18 Jul 2016
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Facebook and Google show how the world really will be blanketed in 5G

Facebook has outdone even Google recently, in its efforts to shake up the mobile industry and accelerate the delivery of broadband services (and its revenue generators) to the entire planet. This is no longer just about using balloons and new spectrum to push affordable wireless access to underserved communities. It is about blowing apart the traditional mobile network supply chain, and the way those networks are deployed.
Wireless Watch, 18 Jul 2016
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Docker and storage – solving the problem of data persistence

In June I was in in Seattle, the home of Starbucks, Boeing and Microsoft, for DockerCon 2016. Compared to the normal events I attend, this one promises to be a more “casual” affair, so I sported polo shirts and vendor hoodies as my standard attire.
Chris Evans, 18 Jul 2016

Euro IP study finds 25 Tor-and-Bitcoin-loving pirate business models

Knock us over with a feather: a study by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has found that those who infringe intellectual property for a living are quite fond of anonymity technologies that cover their tracks.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jul 2016
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World's worst exploit kit weaponises white hats' proof of concept code

The new wearer of the crown for World's Worst Exploit Kit is compromising users with exploit code for a dangerous new attack published by a white hat researcher.
Darren Pauli, 18 Jul 2016
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Tor veteran Lucky Green exits, torpedos critical 'Tonga' node and relays

Tor's annus horribilis continues, with one of its earliest contributors, Lucky Green, quitting and closing down the node and bridge authority he operates.
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PokeCops catch no crims

The Police station in Manchester, New Hampshire, has attempted to cash in on Pokemon Go fever by using its Facebook feed to announce that a rare Charizard‬ could be found within its walls, but that only folks on a special list would be allowed access to find the virtual creature.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jul 2016
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Security firm clarifies power-station 'SCADA' malware claim

Malware hyped as aimed at the heart of power plants is nothing of the sort according to security outfit Damballa, which has put its name to analysis claiming the "SFG" malware is run-of-the-mill code without sufficient smarts to target SCADA systems.
Darren Pauli, 18 Jul 2016
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Run Dropbox compression

Dropbox has open-sourced its very own compression code.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jul 2016
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India tweaks tech colleges to 'become real power in software'

India's decided its massive successes of the last 20 years aren't enough and will tweak its Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IITs) to create home-grown technology colossi.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jul 2016
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New Mars rover is GO for 2020 says NASA

All being well, NASA will launch the successor to Curiosity Rover in 2020. And this time the agency hopes to prepare samples for an as-yet-blue-sky manned mission that could one day return them to Earth for analysis.
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Intel's SGX tiptoes towards Linux

Intel has fulfilled a promise made in April to open-source a Linux driver for its SGX technology.
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Extortion trojan watches until crims find you doing something dodgy

A newly-detected piece of malware dubbed "Delilah" has been fingered as probably the first such code created with the intention of extorting victims into stealing insider data.
Darren Pauli, 18 Jul 2016
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Brit chip biz ARM legs it to Softbank for $32bn

Updated British semiconductor designer ARM is about to be acquired by Japan's SoftBank.
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jul 2016
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Happy 50th birthday, optical fibres for telecoms

One of the seminal developments in modern telecommunications turns 50 years old this month: the paper that bootstrapped the world of optical fibre communications.