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Tinder sexual harassment suit settled in undisclosed deal

Tinder has settled the lawsuit brought by former marketing veep Whitney Wolfe alleging a catalogue of sexual harassment and discrimination at the dating app startup. Lawyers for Wolfe told Reuters and others in a statement overnight that the suit had been resolved, but they didn’t reveal the terms of the settlement. "Whitney's …
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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC that markets its products around the world, has told Australia's government that heavy users of “IP obfuscation tools” are so suspicious that internet service providers (ISPs) should consider them as likely content pirates. The organisation states that case in a submission (PDF) to …

Applelutely fappulous: Fashionistas bow down before the JESUS PHONE

Fashionistas are a rare sight at tech events, where the level of stylishness on display tends to be more dowdy bore than haute couture. But that could be set to change following Apple's decision to welcome the fashion set into its fruity fold for the very first time. Cupertino has invited a number of trendy folk to a not-so- …
Jasper Hamill, 9 Sep 2014
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Europe's Google wrangle: PLEASE, DOMINANT Mr Schmidt? More?

The European Commission apparently wants Google to make even more changes to its web search results, beyond those that Brussels has already requested. Brussels and Google are trying to reach a settlement following claims the advertising giant unfairly dominates the search market in Europe. The US goliath's rivals allege that …
Iain Thomson, 9 Sep 2014
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Microsoft bins Bing image widget after Getty sueball

Microsoft has taken down the Bing images widget that so offended Getty Images that it flung a sueball in Redmond's direction last week. As Getty's complaint (reg-and-paywalled) states, “The Bing Image Widget allows website publishers to embed a panel on their websites that will display digital images supplied by Defendant …
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Rack-mount 24TB RAID 5 disk array for $5,000. Let's just check the label here. Uh, it's TiVo

Pic TiVo has unveiled a massive new digital video recorder that costs $5,000 and can hold nearly three years of SD video, or 24 weeks of HD material. The TiVo Mega box is supposed to rid users of the pesky problem of ever actually running out of storage space by packing a 24TB RAID 5 system into a broadcast video recording box. …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Sep 2014

Microsoft's Office Delve wants work to be more like being on Facebook

Microsoft on Monday began rolling out its promised social-networking features for Office 365, in the form of a product it has freshly dubbed Office Delve. The tech, which was first unveiled at Redmond's SharePoint conference in March under the codename "Project Oslo," aims to present Office 365 users with the information that's …

Salesforce: Oh no! Dyre RATs are thirsty for our customers' logins

Salesforce has warned that miscreants are trying to infect its customers with a remote access trojan (RAT) dubbed Dyre that siphons off Salesforce.com login data. "On September 3, 2014, one of our security partners identified that the Dyre malware (also known as Dyreza), which typically targets customers of large, well-known …
Iain Thomson, 8 Sep 2014
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T-Mobile US lobs sueball at Huawei: Claims Chinese giant stole robot tech

T-Mobile US has filed a suit accusing Huawei of stealing the tech behind its mobile phone testing robot, nicknamed “Tappy”. The carrier claims that Huawei employees, who were authorised to to use the robot for testing, allegedly stole the software and specs for the ‘bot, including illicit photos of the machine at work, to help …

CenturyLink said to have pondered Rackspace buy

US telco CenturyLink is said to be considering an attempt to acquire Rackspace, according to Bloomberg. The newswire's report is sparse: nobody is saying anything concrete and folks familiar with the situation are the source. Let's try to guess what's afoot here. CenturyLink already operates a 57-strong global bit barn network …
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NBN Co correction: We're rubbish at broadband rollout and NEVER improved

NBN Co has issued a press statement assuring media that in spite of what looked like a favourable assessment of its fibre-to-the-premises rollout procedures, things really were dreadful until the new government commissioned the Strategic Review. Or perhaps things weren't dreadful, but they're really, truly, definitely better now …

India government: 'net should not be censored

India's communications and IT minister, tasked with attracting foreign investors to the country's tech sector, has defended controversial IT laws while saying that Internet censorship should be minimal. Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad made the remarks to The Hindu Business Line in response to criticisms of Section 66 of the country …
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'Serious flaws in the Vertigan report' says broadband boffin

Rod Tucker, a laureate emeritus professor at the University of Melbourne, IEEE fellow, and networking researcher has posted an article that offers very heavy criticism of the Vertigan Review's cost-benefit analysis of Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN). Tucker's beef is with analysis provided by Communications Chambers …
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Former Bitcoin Foundation chair pleads guilty to money-laundering charge

Former Bitcoin Foundation chair and BitInstant CEO Charlie Shrem has entered a guilty plea on charges that he operated an illegal currency trading operation, and will fork out nearly a million dollars to the US government, in a deal that avoids a trial that was due to start on September 22. Shrem, who resigned his position at …
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Thieves steal more iPhones than any other handset, warns UK government

Apple iPhone owners in England and Wales are the most likely group of citizens to have their handsets snatched by thieves, the UK government warned today. Whitehall published its first Mobile Phone Theft Ratio report (PDF) on Sunday morning. It comes after Home Secretary Theresa May said earlier this week that the government …
Kelly Fiveash, 7 Sep 2014
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Limits to Growth is a pile of steaming doggy-doo based on total cobblers

Worstall @ the Weekend Keeping a technologically based civilisation on the road isn't all that easy. There must be stuff available to make stuff from and there's got to be energy to do the transforming of that stuff. If we posited something like The Culture by Iain M. Banks, where there's a universe of stuff to transform and an entire universe's worth …
Tim Worstall, 7 Sep 2014

SHIP OF FAIL: How do we right capsized institutions we thought would NEVER go under?

Crawling from the Wreckage John Watkinson writes the first in a series of essays for El Reg in which he examines failures in society from banking and education to transport and IT. But why whine about this stuff so much, he ponders, when we can simply get on with the business of problem solving? The last seven or so years since the economic crash has not …

Alibaba swings a large one with STONKING IPO legal bills

Alibaba's initial public offering legal bill has swelled to $15.8m. As noted by Reuters, that's six times the amount paid by Facebook ($2.6m) when it prepared to float onto Wall Street in May 2012. The Chinese e-commerce giant disclosed its big $15.8m payout to lawyers in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission …
Kelly Fiveash, 6 Sep 2014

Zuck: Yo, Mexico! My $19bn WhatsApp could connect THREE BEEELLION people

Mark Zuckerberg wore his special altruistic pants on a trip to Mexico on Friday to flaunt his messaging wares in the country, by claiming that WhatsApp could connect up to three billion people globally. He visited President Peña Nieto in Mexico City on what appeared to be a PR mission to help grow Facebook's business in that …
Kelly Fiveash, 6 Sep 2014

The Schmidt hits the clan: Google chief mauls publishers' 'abuse of dominance' claims

Google's exec chairman Eric Schmidt has hit back at publishers for complaining about the multinational's alleged dominance in the search market in Europe in a series of splashy newspaper ads today. He said in a blog post this morning that the "serious nature" of the claims - that Google favours its own search products, such as …
Kelly Fiveash, 6 Sep 2014
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Before I Go To Sleep turns out tense enough to keep you awake ...

Film Review The mark of a good thriller is usually that you don’t guess the who or the why or the what of it. Or, if you do manage to guess the who, why or what, at least you shouldn't be able to guess the how. But sadly, all that can be undone, if, after the big reveal, your first thought is: "But wait a minute, then why didn’t X and Y …
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Shareholders throw the book at Apple for ebook price-fix drama

Apple is once again being sued by its own investors – this time they're irked by the ebook price-fixing brouhaha. The lawsuit alleges the iThing maker part in the scandal harmed its reputation and thus shareholders' investments. According to a court filing obtained by journalist Jeff Roberts, Apple chief Tim Cook, executive Eddy …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Sep 2014
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'Everywhere I look ... it's bad': HP claims email shows Autonomy CFO panic, pre-buyout

In the latest court filing in HP's rancorous legal squabble with former Autonomy execs, the tech giant has revealed what it describes as a damning email from ex-Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussain, prompting a spokesperson for the latter to again accuse HP of "smear tactics." HP is seeking to settle a lawsuit brought by its own …
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Elon Musk says Tesla's stock price is too high ... welp, NOT ANY MORE

Elon Musk's mouth has cost him a pretty penny after he told the press that he thinks his electric car company is a tad overvalued at the moment. "I think our stock price is kind of high right now," Musk told CNBC. "If you care about the long term, Tesla, I think the stock is a good price. If you look at the short term, it is …
Iain Thomson, 5 Sep 2014

You can thank Brit funnyman John Oliver for fixing US broadband policy, beams Netflix

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings thinks Americans owe a debt to British satirist John Oliver for the FCC's tough stance this week on broadband monopolies in the US. Hastings said in a personal Facebook post on Thursday: FCC Chairman Wheeler talks about importance of gigabit for everyone and how fiber and cable can get us there. Much …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Sep 2014
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Shitty what? Almost half of MPs have never heard of Tech City

If Tech City UK is the beating heart of the local tech digital industry, someone forgot to tell almost half of MPs about the taxpayer-funded initiative. In a Parliamentary Snapshot Survey paid for by think-tank The Entrepreneur Network, 48 per cent of 105 MPs polled had not even heard of the venture, launched by David Cameron in …
Paul Kunert, 5 Sep 2014
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Go on, corporate drone, log in... We'd recognise your VEINS anywhere – Barclays

Barclays is ramping up its fight against online fraud with the roll-out of a biometric scanner that uses Hitachi’s Finger Vein Authentication Technology (VeinID). Unlike fingerprints, vein patterns are extremely difficult to spoof or replicate. Barclays Biometric Reader will allow customers secure access to their online banking …
John Leyden, 5 Sep 2014
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Judge: Google class action 'usual suspects' cash-fling 'smells'

+Comment A proposed settlement to the "referrer header" class action suit against Google has been rejected by a Californian judge. The that would have seen the search giant funnel millions to cherry-picked law schools and Google-friendly pro privacy groups. The lawyers for Google and the lawyers for the plaintiffs agreed to settle the …
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What could possibly go wrong? Banks could provide ID assurance for Gov.UK – report

Personal data could be stored by banks and used to verify the identity of individuals that wish to use government digital services, according to a new report. A pilot study undertaken by Lloyds Banking Group found that there is scope for banks to act as identity (ID) assurance providers for online government services (14-page/ …
OUT-LAW.COM, 5 Sep 2014
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iiNet slurps system integrator Tech2 Group

Australia's third-largest internet service provider iiNet has let it be known that it has acquired 60 per cent of the Tech2 Group , an outfit that provides consumer-and business-grade IT services. iiNet's ASX statement (PDF) announcing the deal says it “provides a complementary focus on customer service, a new sales channel, …
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OH SNAP: Getty Images sues Microsoft over Bing pics widget

Getty Images has flung a sueball at Microsoft, alleging that the new Bing Image Widget breaches its copyright. Microsoft says the widget “enhances your web site with the power of Bing Image Search and provides your users with beautiful, configurable image collages and slideshows.” The widget is easy to use: at this page you feed …
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TIBCO ponders new 'financial options', including sale or merger

It's hard to be a mid-sized enterprise software vendor these days. BCM last year went private and Compuware this week announced it would walk the same road. TIBCO looks set to do something similar, after on Wednesday announcing “a review of a variety of strategic and financial alternatives available to the Company through the …

Cyber-hoodlum tripped, fell, landed in Obama's Healthcare.gov server

Officials at the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have today confirmed that one of the Healthcare.gov servers was hacked. The system was compromised in July, when an as-yet unidentified miscreant managed to worm his or her way in and install malware. The security breach was spotted and the machine – which was …
Iain Thomson, 5 Sep 2014
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Flaming heck! Watchdog scolds Apple Mac, iPad fab in staff safety probe

Apple is back in the crosshairs of human rights groups, which claim the corporation has not done enough to stamp out alleged mistreatment of workers at iThing factories. China Labor Watch and Green America claim that a joint investigation has uncovered dangerous conditions and excessive working hours at a plant that produces …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Sep 2014

FCC boss Wheeler: Lack of broadband choice is screwing Americans

US Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler has issued his most damning indictment of America's broadband infrastructure to date – claiming more than half of citizens have only one ISP in their area offering 25Mbps or faster connections, and that competition has been crippled by a telecoms duopoly. "The simple …
Iain Thomson, 4 Sep 2014

Glasshole-in-chief QUITS Google to become CTO of America

The White House has hired former Google vice-president Megan Smith to take over the role of US Chief Technology Officer. The President on Thursday said that his administration had indeed hired Smith away from her role as veep of Google X, the advertising giant's lab that produced techno-specs Glass and self-driving cars. Smith …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Sep 2014

Hey hipsters: Tabs are so last year, fat phones are where it's at

Following a deep gaze into the crystal ball, IDC has decided the dominant growth trend in personal computing sales is phablet-shaped. Beancounters estimate roughly 175 million devices sized between 5.5 to seven inches will find a home in 2014, up 60 per cent, leapfrogging the 170 million old world portable PCs forecasted to ship …
Paul Kunert, 4 Sep 2014

Mouse-slinger Logitech: Gloves are off, number probe over

Human-computer interface slinger Logitech’s three month self-examination into suspected financial blunders has concluded and the outcome could have been worse, much worse. The keyboard, mouse and pointer slinger said in May that it, along with the SEC, was conducting a probe into previous financial restatements regarding …
Paul Kunert, 4 Sep 2014
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Speaking in Tech: Uber TRACKS me via GPS? Meh, it's just a taxi

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another episode of El Reg's weekly tech podcast, stuffed with news and views on everything that's happened in our world this week. Join your hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela with special guest (and favourite ginger) Josh Atwell of SolidFire. This week …
Team Register, 4 Sep 2014
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Suitors line up to bid for cash-challenged NHS supplier

Top brass at Trustmarque Solutions are locked in talks with interested parties in a bid to sell the financially challenged biz this week – at least that is the plan. As exclusively revealed by us earlier this week, Dunedin, private equity backers of the York-based licensing specialist, claimed a change in revenue recognition in …
Paul Kunert, 4 Sep 2014
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Power station fault cuts electricity, water and internet in Cairo

A massive power outage in Cairo has left the city sweltering in nearly 40˚C heat, without running water or internet services. A Reg reader, who is the chief tech officer at a global conference call provider, told us that the firm’s workers in the city have been without power for around four hours. “Our first concern is for our …
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Work in the tech industry? The Ukraine WAR is coming to YOU

Anyone in tech who thinks that the conflict in Ukraine - which has been smoldering since the end of 2013 - is not their business should think again. At the weekend Russia was given one week by European Union chiefs to reverse course in the Ukraine or face new sanctions. Russia has been accused of interfering in Ukraine, …
Gavin Clarke, 4 Sep 2014