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Nutanix CEO nixes Cisco buy rumours, swears allegiance to Michael Dell

Nutanix CEO Dheeraj Pandey has nixed rumours of Cisco buying his co-founded hyper-converged server/storage/networking startup. The rumours were started by senior research analyst Jared Rinderer of Equity Capital Research Group. Pandey says Rinderer's analysis is off the mark. Pandey, who has consistently said he wants to take …
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2015
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Public cloud? Two vendors float on high, says Gartner

Gartner’s latest report on Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) places just two vendors in the coveted top right “Leaders” segment of its “Magic Quadrant” chart. The research and analyst firm presented the report at its Infrastructure, Operations and Data Center Summit in Sydney yesterday. Those two are Amazon Web Services …
Tim Anderson, 19 May 2015

YouTube Kids 'showed nippers how to make nooses, play with fire'

Two advocacy groups have filed an update to their Federal Trade Commission complaint against Google's YouTube Kids app for "false and deceptive marketing", alleging that Google is deceiving parents by marketing YouTube Kids as a safe place for under-fives when they believe the app is "rife" with inappropriate content. The …
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Toshiba pumps 'use-more-Ethernet-drives' cash into Exablox

Scale-out object storage startup Exablox has received a $7m investment from Toshiba to add to its existing $16m pot, taking total funding to $45.5m. Toshiba, actually Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) joins Dell Ventures as a strategic investor in Douglas Brockett's firm. The initial $16m in the C-round came …
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2015
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Zuck can EFF off: Internet.org is SO NOT the INTERNET

Update The Electronic Frontier Foundation has joined criticism of Facebook's Internet.org project, saying it runs "a real risk" of turning the few websites that Zuck & Co. select, "including, of course, Facebook itself", into a "ghetto" for poor internet users – instead of being a stepping stone to the full WWW. The EFF is quick to …
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Jay-Z freestyle attack on Tidal's rivals leaked to Tidal's rivals

Criticism of Tidal competitors, delivered by Jay-Z in an exclusive live-streamed performance for subscribers, has ironically been leaked onto those competitors' sites. Jay-Z's "B-Sides" concert has been uploaded to YouTube by an account we believe is unlikely to hold the rights to the recording. This is not the first time Tidal …
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CIOs: How can IT patrol the border in a multi-channel world?

Reg Events If you expect your company to be around five years from now, you can also expect that the IT department is going to be called on to help sales, marketing and procurement deal with the world far beyond the server room. We used to have an iron curtain between "them" and "us", but now we let suppliers and customers access our …
Team Register, 19 May 2015
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BT boss in shock 'bigger is better' claim as £12.5bn EE bid heats up

BT claimed on Monday that its planned gobble of EE was a good thing for competition in the UK – despite the fact that such market consolidation would make the former state monopoly more powerful. It called on the UK's competition watchdog to fast track the first stage of its merger probe into its proposed £12.5bn buyout of EE. …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 May 2015
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Blocking mobile adverts just became that little bit easier

For those mobile operators wanting to block adverts and prevent them reaching subscribers' screens (all in the name of reducing bandwidth usage and saving customers’ money of course) Israeli tech company Shine can make that happen. “There is a lot of grey in there between advertisers and publishers,” said Roi Carthy, the company …
Simon Rockman, 19 May 2015
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iiNet claims victory in Dallas Buyers Club case it lost

Australian internet service provider (ISP) iiNet has proclaimed a victory of sorts in its legal stoush with Dallas Buyers Club LLC (DBC) and Voltage Pictures LLC (Voltage). iiNet and other small Australian ISPs found themselves in court after DBC and Voltage secured the IP addresses of alleged pirates and asked for personal …
Simon Sharwood, 19 May 2015
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Baidu now backing Uber's bid for Nokia maps

Less than two weeks after Uber kicked off the bidding war for Nokia's HERE maps unit, the price has escalated and the rumoured alliances have shifted. When the car-hire-app company's interest first emerged via the New York Times, the industry's deep throats reckoned Chinese Web outfit Baidu was bidding with the big three of …
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FTC to scavengers: Radio Shack corpse doesn't include customer data

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued an official warning to the companies taking over the assets of North American electronics retailer Radio Shack — namely, don't touch customer data. "We understand that RadioShack’s customer information constitutes a potentially valuable asset," FTC Consumer Protection boss Jessica …
Shaun Nichols, 18 May 2015

You can't put a price on LOVE, says Apple after court's Samsung payout slash

Apple suffered a big legal setback today when a US court reversed part of its patent case against rival Samsung - losing a third of its $930m settlement against the huge Korean chaebol. The US Appeals Court (PDF) found that most of Apple's original infringement claims can stand, but the claim related to the overall look and feel …
Shaun Nichols, 18 May 2015

Reach for the popcorn: Obama opens personal presidential Twitter account

Hold on to your hats, Barack Obama has arrived on Twitter in his formal position of President of the United States. The @POTUS account - run by "Dad, husband, and 44th President of the United States" - tweeted earlier this morning and has, so far, managed over half a million followers in an hour or so. Obama follows 65 other …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 May 2015
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Man sues Uber for a BEEELLION dollars over alleged theft of concept

Uber is being sued by the founder of a small wireless business who claims Uber stole his idea for a ride-sharing app. Kevin Halpern, founder of a company called Celluride Wireless, is suing Uber and its CEO Trevor Kalanick, along with several other early investors in the company, accusing them of having misappropriated trade …
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NHS Scotland to refresh creaking, 25-year-old apps

NHS Scotland is dragging its big iron software into the 21st century by putting out a call for suppliers to replace some very dusty applications, which in some cases are a quarter of a century old. A contract notice for the Mainframe Solutions Transformation Programme was published in the Official Journal of the EU, and the …
Paul Kunert, 18 May 2015
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Unite: CSC using staffers' profitability to shape the future

The Unite union reckons some of CSC’s highest-paid Brit staff could be headed for the chopping block in the company's latest job purge, as it enters consultation with local management. The beleaguered integrator is bundling 800 workers out of the door to cut costs, with a proportion of those roles to be off- and near-shored, El …
Paul Kunert, 18 May 2015
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Welsh police force fined £160,000 after losing sensitive video interview

South Wales Police has been hit with a £160,000 fine for losing a video recording which formed part of the evidence in a sex abuse case. The lost DVDs contained film of an interview with a victim, who had been sexually abused as a child. Despite the DVDs containing a graphic and disturbing account of events, the discs were …
John Leyden, 18 May 2015
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ALIBABA Vs AMAZON: Let the Global Tat Bazaar war begin

Chinese Amazon equivalent Alibaba has unveiled plans to become the dominant international tat bazaar, aiming to shift more Chinese wares to the international market while simultaneously encouraging foreign companies to flog more goods to Chinese punters. The company has launched its B2B import biz, 1688.com, aimed at wooing …
Kat Hall, 18 May 2015
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EMC to channel: Put all your sales eggs in our basket and we'll hurl cash at you

EMC is dangling fatter back-end loaded rebates in front of channelites who agree to all but wipe rivals from their sales ledger. The True programme was introduced at the EMC World knees-up in Las Vegas. Stateside is where it will stay for the time being because competition laws in Europe are preventing a local roll-out, the firm …
Paul Kunert, 18 May 2015
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Ex 'Tech City' chief Shields appointed junior Fun minister for internet safety

Tory Baroness Joanna Shields OBE, ex-Tech City supremo, ex-head of Bebo*, ex-head of Facebook Europe and ex-MD of Google EMEA, has been appointed minister for internet safety and security. Shields was awarded the OBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours list and elevated to the peerage the following August. The Telegraph reports that …
Simon Rockman, 18 May 2015
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Violin acknowledges Valley's hippy roots with Grateful Dead gig lottery

In a move calculated to appeal to the aging hippies who now run Silicon Valley, Violin is entering readers of its marketing white paper-type docs into a Grateful Dead concert ticket sweepstake. Marketing head Amy Love said that with "the directional relevance of being 'Grateful that Disk is Dead', we are enabling our customers, …
Chris Mellor, 18 May 2015

Cisco tipped to buy 'dominant' STORAGE BADBOY Nutanix

+Comment Jared Rinderer, a senior research analyst at Equity Capital Research Group, has claimed Cisco is about to buy converged infrastructure enfant terrible Nutanix. Rinderer reckons Nutanix is the dominant player in the industry, so is therefore the most likely acquisition for Cisco as it looks to make sure the EMC Federation doesn't …
Simon Sharwood, 18 May 2015
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Ofcom: Oi, BT! Don't be greedy – feed dark fibre to your rivals

Britain's communications watchdog wants BT to open up its fibre broadband network to rival telcos. The one-time national telecoms giant responded negatively to Ofcom's proposals, which were floated on Friday. BT claimed that "mandating dark fibre" could "disadvantage" ISPs that do not have the "capability to deploy" the …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 May 2015

Arista revenue rises to US$179 million in March quarter

Arista Networks has reported continuing growth, taking its revenue to US$179 million, but at the cost of a slimming of its margins to 65.8 per cent (down from 69.4 per cent a year ago). The revenue growth was strong at nearly 53 per cent higher than a year ago, but it slowed at the end of the period and was only 3.2 per cent up …
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Steve Jobs movie gets October release date

The Aaron Sorkin-penned, Danny Boyle-directed and Michael Fassbender-starring Steve Jobs movie has emerged with a release date and teaser trailer. The film, titled Steve Jobs, will see the light of day on 9 October. The sparse teaser trailer, below, gives us a look at Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, Jeff Daniels as John Sculley …
Team Register, 18 May 2015
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Australian dark matter hunter wins AU$1.75 million funding

In among the continuing bad-news stories for science funding in Australia, the federal government has at least found some spare coins for dark matter research. It did, at least, find money in the budget to sling AU$1.75 million towards the planned Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory. The lab would convert a played-out mine …
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Border Force bureaucrats become super-spooks

Australia's long sleepwalk into a surveillance state continued last week, with the largely-uncontested passage of the suite of bills creating the Australian Border Force (ABF). As well as telecommunications metadata access, the legislation wrapped the Australian Border Force (ABF) in a protective coating of spook-power. Last …
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Your metadata and the cost of collecting it belong on your phone and internet bill

When Australia's federal government legislated a carbon tax, some electricity companies tweaked their bills so that customers could see it as a line item. The motivation was purely political: companies that did so were owned by States of Australia whose governments were of a different political hue to the Federal government of …
Simon Sharwood, 17 May 2015

Google and Max Mosley settle thrash'n'tickle sex vid spat

Google has struck a private settlement deal with Max Mosley over images that show the ex-Formula One chief engaging in a sadomasochistic sex pantomime. However, videos and photos of the thrash'n'tickle sex sesh were still viewable via Google.co.uk's search engine, at time of writing. The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 May 2015

ATTACK of the DINKY DRONES! US military creates ROBOTIC CARRIER PIGEON

A tiny drone that can apparently fit in the palm of your hand has been developed by U.S. military boffins. According to the AFP, the "micro air vehicle" – which was named after the cicada insect – is a bit like a mobile handset with wings. A prototype of the dinky drone cost a few thousand dollars to make but the Naval Research …
Team Register, 17 May 2015
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So why the hell do we bail banks out?

Worstall @ the Weekend Much to my joy, I have been asked a question I can actually answer. As opposed to those difficult ones, like does my bum look big in this, do you love me and has your cocaine use ever been more than recreational? That question, coming from commentard John Smith 19, and it is, in essence, well, why do we bail out the banks? One …
Tim Worstall, 17 May 2015
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Google fastens buy buttons to paid mobile search results – report

Google is reportedly planning to imminently add "buy" buttons to its mobile search results in an apparent move to compete with online retail giants eBay and Amazon. According to the Wall Street Journal, which appeared to have been briefed by Google, the buttons will pop up on search result pages in a matter of weeks. The …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 May 2015
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Pandora ordered to pay up extra royalties in BMI row

Pandora has lost a legal decision that will see the company fork out more money to performing rights clearing house group BMI to pay for its content. A court in New York found the streaming music giant to be liable for additional royalties, bumping the fees it owes to BMI up from 1.7 per cent to 2.5 per cent of revenues. The …
Shaun Nichols, 15 May 2015
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Samsung boss commences complicated succession plans

Samsung's ailing chairman has started handing over responsibility for some of the company's key assets to his son, in what looks to be part of a complicated succession process. The 73-year-old Lee Kun-hee has not fully recovered after suffering a heart attack in May last year. His son, Lee Jae-yong, is understood to have …
Kat Hall, 15 May 2015
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Putin's lapdog? Zuckerberg questioned over quisling claims

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has publicly denied that he is Vladimir Putin's stooge, after Ukrainian Facebookers complained about posts and accounts being deleted, even though they didn't break the site's rules (according to them, at least). After President Petro Poroshenko joined in with calls for a separate Ukrainian …
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Law changed to allow GCHQ hacking ... just as GCHQ hauled into court for hacking

Updated Government legislation to exempt GCHQ from prosecution on charges of illegal hacking has been passed and come into effect – apparently torpedoing an ongoing claim against the surveillance agency being heard by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal. Last July, a coalition of internet service providers and international organisations …
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Facebook is VIOLATING your SEXUAL privacy, warn Belgian data cops

Belgium’s privacy watchdog has pilloried Facebook for its tracking of users and non-users, saying it is in breach of EU law. The Commission de Protection de la Vie Privée (CPVP) said it was staggered by the fashion in which Facebook tramples users’ rights and tracks them across the web whether they want it or not. The Belgian …
Jennifer Baker, 15 May 2015
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Symantec: Look at our Q4 numbers ... no, not those ones

The road to separation continues to be anything but smooth for Symantec’s security operation, particularly on the consumer front, as it again suffered from sales shrinkage, unlike the breakaway storage biz. In the last set of full year numbers from the firm, sales fell three per cent to $6.5bn, including a four per cent slip in …
Paul Kunert, 15 May 2015
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Splitters! CSC to break itself into pieces following job cull

The break-up craze among the largest tech vendors may have reached the channel, with talk that CSC will separate its North America government unit from the rest of the private-sector sales organisation. The split could come as early as next week, according to Reuters, when the loss-making company takes the covers off its latest …
Paul Kunert, 15 May 2015

Row at UN domain-name body WIPO: Probes shut down, payout from controversial chief

Exclusive United Nations agency WIPO (the World Intellectual Property Organisation) is in the spotlight again after staff members wrote to UN ambassadors demanding to know why investigations into the behaviour of WIPO head Francis Gurry have been closed down. El Reg can also exclusively reveal details of a mysterious payment made by Gurry …
John Oates, 15 May 2015
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All hail Mad Frankie Maude, noble Lord of Cabinet Office Axemen

Former Cabinet Office minister and architect of the coalition government's IT spending controls Francis Maude has been handed a life peerage. The announcement means Mad Frankie can can continue to wield his axe against the IT "oligopoly" behind the scenes and in perpetuity from the House of Lords. Maude announced he would be …
Kat Hall, 15 May 2015