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Chinese Bitcoin farms: From scuzzy to sci-fi

Somewhere in very rural northeast China lies a dusty and dirty factory where the deafening roar of machinery leaks from an armada of Bitcoin mining rigs. Inside a secret north china bitcoin mine. Copyright Jacob Smith (Bitsmith) @ The Coinsman - used with permission Inside the secret north China Bitcoin mine. Copyright Jacob …
Darren Pauli, 12 Aug 2014
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Telstra puts US$270 million into cloudy PVR biz Ooyala

Telstra has snapped up 98 per cent of digital TV streaming service Ooyala, a Silicon Valley outfit that it says combines streaming with analytics. In slinging US$270 million, the carrier is wrapping up the kind of TV retransmission that lost Optus a court case two years ago, when its TV Now service was ruled illegal by Australia …

Secretive Apple's super-secret university is full of BULL chic – leakers

Loose-lipped peeps have provided a rare glimpse into Apple's internal training college. A trio of employees, none of whom were willing to go on the record with a name or position, described the top-secret university Apple uses to indoctrinate new hires. According to their whispers to the New York Times, Apple maintains its …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Aug 2014

Oh, Emulex: Another quarter, yet more red-splattered results

Emulex results were dismal, never mind what president and CEO Jeff Benck said about achieving "the high end of our revenue guidance." Revenues were down and losses deeper for its fourth fiscal 2014 quarter - ended June 29 - and for the full year. Q4 of financial year 2014's revenues were $99.8m; they were $109.7m last quarter …
Chris Mellor, 11 Aug 2014

Stephen Hawking biopic: Big on romance, not so much with the science?

Video The first trailer for Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything hints at a movie heavy on the romance and tragedy of the renowned physicist’s life. Trailer for Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything The film, based on Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, the memoir of Hawking’s first wife Jane Wilde, …
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Amazon smacks back at Hachette in e-book pricing battle: We're doing it for the readers

Amazon’s latest PR stunt for its contract dispute with publisher Hachette has seen the mega etailer establish a “Readers United” group in response to writers’ group “Authors United” to put pressure on the publishing house to lower its book prices. This comes after writers including Philip Pullman and John Grisham took out a full …

NetScout sues Gartner over magic quadrant placement

NetScout has taken offence at its low placement in the all-powerful marketing tool, the Gartner magic quadrant, to such an extent that it's suing the analyst firm. In paperwork filed on August 5, the network software vendor has come out swinging at Gartner, accusing it of running a “pay-to-play” operation. “Gartner is not …
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Apple, Intel, Google told to stop being tightwads and pay out MORE in wage-fix settlement

A US Judge has smited an attempt by Apple, Intel, Adobe and Google to settle their wage-fixing case with former employees. Judge Lucy Koh ruled Friday that the $324.5m settlement deal the firms had negotiated with the plaintiffs' attorneys does not adequately compensate their ex-workers. The former employees claimed that the …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Aug 2014
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New twist in China Apple hardware ban riddle: THE TRUTH at last?

Chinese officials are denying reports that the state has banned the purchase of Apple hardware for government IT projects. The Middle Kingdom's bureaucrats told Reuters that Apple computers and gadgets are not on its list of approved products – but not because the Communist nation blacklisted Cupertino over security concerns. …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Aug 2014
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Recovering Quantum buys Dropbox-alike cloudy biz Symform

Quantum has bought cloudy firm Symform, a file sync 'n' share company where the users themselves are the cloud. Instead of being stored in a data centre in the public of Symform’s own cloud, users’ data is stored as redundant and protected blocks distributed across the Symform customers’ own storage devices. The users' own …
Chris Mellor, 8 Aug 2014
Space X Dragon in Orbit

Lawsuit claims SpaceX laid off hundreds without proper notice, pay

Former employees of Elon Musk's SpaceX filed a class-action lawsuit against the private rocketry firm this week, alleging it unlawfully terminated hundreds of employees without giving proper notice or payouts for back wages and benefits. SpaceX reportedly let go between 200 and 400 workers from its factory in Hawthorne, …

Facebook slurps PrivateCore - 'cos your selfies need locking up

Facebook has just bought out the security firm PrivateCore in a bid to keep your selfies that little bit safer. Although the exact terms of the deal have not been publicly announced, Facebook has promised to incorporate the smaller firm's tech into its own stacks. Joe Sullivan, Facebook’s chief security officer, said: "I’ve …
Jasper Hamill, 8 Aug 2014
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US titan CSC: Our numbers are going nowhere this year

US titan CSC – you remember, the firm that botched the £10.1bn National Programme for IT – is bleeding out slowly, with revenues dwindling and income growth stalling. The bad news for investors and staff respectively is that things are not forecast to get better any time during this fiscal year, and the company is again …
Jasper Hamill, 8 Aug 2014

Serco welcomes former CSC boss to run gov unit

Gardening leave is almost over for former CSC UK bigwig Liz Benison, who is set to rock up at Serco to run its Brit and European local and regional government division from the start of next month. As revealed by The Channel back in April, Benison was replaced at the CSC helm by ex-Cognizant veep Dr Sanjiv Gossain, at the same …
Paul Kunert, 8 Aug 2014
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Smartcard firm Gemalto slurps SafeNet in $890m securo-boost deal

Security company Gemalto is buying data protection firm SafeNet. The deal, announced Friday, is valued at $890m and is being financed through cash and existing long-term credit facilities. Once completed the acquisition will add data protection technologies to Gemalto's core authentication products and services (e.g. smartcards …
John Leyden, 8 Aug 2014

Is the tech jobs market really on the up-and-up? Tell us about it

Survey After six lean years, the tech jobs market is supposedly easing up. So are you planning to check out the green shoots on the other side of the fence? Or are you struggling to fill jobs where you are? We’d love to know what your plans are, so we’d pleased as punch you can take a few minute to fill in this survey. ® Create …
Team Register, 8 Aug 2014
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Farmville maker Zynga delays new games after losing 57 MILLION users

Zynga has slashed its financial forecast for this year and delayed the launch of several new titles after reporting weaker-than-expected second quarter results. The company, best known for its FarmVille game on Facebook, has lost 57 million monthly active users since the same quarter last year, dropping to 130 million from 187 …
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Intel forced to shoot down viral 'Israeli boycott' whopper

A mischief-making political activist kicked up a stir Thursday with a phony press release claiming Intel was halting operations in Israel – over the bloody war between the nation and the Gaza Palestinian region. The site, constructed to look like Intel's official newsroom page, claims the chip giant was suspending funding of its …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Aug 2014
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BBC man Linwood 'was unfairly sacked' over £100 MILLION DMI omnifail

A BBC technology chief who took the fall for the Corporation's failed £100m Digital Media Initiative was unfairly dismissed, an employment tribunal has ruled.. The tribunal that found that the BBC broke the law in suspending its chief technology officer, John Linwood. The tribunal found Linwood was unfairly dismissed under the …
Gavin Clarke, 7 Aug 2014
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Simian selfie stupidity: Macaque snap sparks Wikipedia copyright row

Comment When a black macaque on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi took a selfie using photographer David Slater’s camera in 2011, it broke the barrier between man and monkey in more ways than one. Yes, it showed the world that speechless beasts are as self-obsessed – and location-aware – as humans. Give a monkey a camera and, inevitably …
Gavin Clarke, 7 Aug 2014
Dixons Carphone Warehouse

Newly spawned Dixons Carphone leaps onto LSE as £12bn sales org

The shotgun wedding between hard-pressed consumer biz Dixons Retail and Carphone Warehouse was consummated today as the £12bn turnover borg started trading on the London Stock Exchange. The merger between Dixons Retail, owner of Currys and PC World, and Carphone Warehouse was first announced back in May. Dixons Carphone - …
Jasper Hamill, 7 Aug 2014
Empty racks awaiting customer kit at HP's Aurora data centre

Are you managing your suppliers or are they managing you?

Reg Events When it comes to answering the big questions in IT management, who do you ask? The big cheeses who read The Register, of course. That’s why, following the success of our July Roundtable on IT Governance, we’re inviting our senior Reg readers to come to our next roundtable on 30 September at the Soho Hotel in Central London. …
Joe Fay, 7 Aug 2014

US giant Avnet plots cost slash fest in EMEA enterprise tech arm

The EMEA wing of enterprise distie Avnet Technology Solutions is again in cost-cutting mode after a double-digit sales dive blighted a growth spurt across the pond as local PC system builders missed out on the XP refresh. Revenues for Q4 of fiscal’14 ended 28 June were $2.73bn, up 0.3 per cent on an organic basis, or 4.2 per …
Paul Kunert, 7 Aug 2014
Register Roundtable at the Soho hotel

Why do Reg readers deserve the big bucks? Here's why...

Reg events The Register recently gathered together some of the great and good in an attempt to work out what is going on in corporate IT. Here's what happened next... In the aptly named Sandra Blow Room of London's Soho Hotel, my role was to provoke conversation on the subject of IT governance and the structures by which large scale IT is …
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This is your chance to help Blighty beat off moneymen's spambots

It used to be said that age knows no class. Perhaps the same can now be said of spam advertising. Some annoying message or other must have reached the gilded timeline of someone at the Financial Conduct Authority, because it has launched a bid to clamp down on the uniquely irritating social media promotions industry – at least …
Jasper Hamill, 7 Aug 2014

UK.gov eyes up virtual currencies, fingers red tape dispenser

The UK government is to review the trade in virtual currencies to investigate whether it should regulated. Chancellor George Osborne said the review would look into the potential of "alternative payment systems" to boost UK growth and would include an assessment of the need to regulate the use of virtual currencies in …
OUT-LAW.COM, 7 Aug 2014

OK Google: Gobble chat app Emu. OK Google, now shut down Emu

Google has confirmed that it has opened up its wallet to acquire the development team behind the mobile chat app Emu. The web giant has not said what Emu's developers will work on at the Chocolate Factory, but we do know that the new jobs will not include maintaining any of the startup's products. Members of the Emu team posted …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Aug 2014
Nutanix cloud appliance

Compute+storage upstart Nutanix reveals $200m-plus run rate

Nutanix, the converged compute+storage box-shifter is shifting more boxes and says it has reached a $200m annual revenue run rate 11 quarters after starting shipments. Its VCP (Virtual Computing Platform) has been bought by 800 customers in 43 counties – the country total was 30 in January. The firm adds that more than 16 …
Chris Mellor, 6 Aug 2014

Speaking in Tech: 'I think Ballmer tried to DERAIL MICROSOFT', says ex-Redmond man

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 and Sarah Vela with their guest, ex-Microsoftie and long lost podcaster Marc Farley, who has since joined …
Team Register, 6 Aug 2014
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Hungry Brit giant Daisy Group plans to gobble 'mid-market' tech sector

Logicalis can add group CTO to its list of vacant staff roles as current incumbent Chris Gabriel heads for the door to join mid-market comms and tech beast Daisy Group. Slough-based Logicalis is already looking for a local chief techie to cover the UK and Ireland. The exit of big hitter Gabriel will likely come as a blow to the …
Paul Kunert, 6 Aug 2014
Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond debate Scottish independence

Scottish independence debate: STV player flops under weight of viewers

In what could be taken as an ominous sign for the future, Brits below the Scottish border were unable to live stream the debate on Scotland’s independence last night – because the STV Player crashed under the weight of viewers trying to watch the event. The debate between pro-independence First Minister Alex Salmond and Labour …
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IBM can't give away its chip business: report

IBM's attempt to offload its chipmaking business to GlobalFoundries saw it dangle a billion dollars in front of the putative purchaser, but that offer was rejected as inadequate. So says Bloomberg, quoting a “person familiar” with the failed deal. IBM's chippery chaps make fine product, but not so fine or in sufficient volumes …

Who will kill power companies? TESLA, says Morgan Stanley

With Tesla and Panasonic prepping the giant erection called the GigaFactory, Morgan Stanley has penned an investor note predicting that Elon Musk's big battery footprint will become a major disruptor to power utilities. It's hardly disinterested, since the financiers were underwriters for a Tesla fundraising round in the past, …
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Sprint spits out T-Mobile US gobble bid, says goodbye to CEO – claim

Sprint is set to give up its attempt to acquire T-Mobile US and plans to replace its own CEO, or so it is claimed. The Wall Street Journal cited unnamed sources in reporting that fears monopoly watchdogs would nix the merger led US carrier Sprint to abandon its pursuit of T-Mob US. The deal was rumored to be worth as much as US$ …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Aug 2014
Dev Ittycheria

NoSQL startup MongoDB names BladeLogic founder as new CEO

MongoDB has appointed venture capitalist and former entrepreneur Dev Ittycheria as its new chief executive, adding fuel to speculation that the NoSQL database firm may be planning to go public soon. Ittycheria, who most recently served as managing director of Openview Venture Partners, replaces outgoing CEO Max Schireson, who …
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Samsung sticks with CHILD labor shame fab: Zero-tolerance means 30% less trade

Samsung will do 30 per cent less business with a Chinese parts maker reportedly caught with underage workers at its factory – despite the supplier’s promises to comply with labour laws in future. The South Korean chaebol suspended business with Dongguan Shinyang Electronics, a subsidiary of Shinyang Engineering, when US charity …
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LinkedIn settles missed overtime pay case: Will pay $6m to staffers

LinkedIn has agreed to pay around $6m in unpaid overtime wages and damages to 359 of its employees in four states after a US Department of Labor investigation. The government agency found that the business networking firm had failed to record and account for all the hours their staff worked in a week, leaving some staff out of …

Oracle cold bath shrinks Larry Ellison's pay package

Oracle's Larry Ellison, one of the world’s richest men and best-paid CEOs in the US, is getting his pay cut by more than half. The database giant's chief executive has been awarded just 3 million stock options by its compensation committee in its annual review process. That’s down from 7 million the year before and every year …
Gavin Clarke, 5 Aug 2014

Kickstarter hopefuls promise high-res aerial maps for the masses

San Diego-based Drones Made Easy is nudging the Kickstarter target of $30,000 it needs to bring "mapping to the masses" with an site allowing people to "upload raw aerial imagery for processing into high quality stitched aerial imagery". The idea is to take the grunt work out of creating your own stitched imagery "at up to 20 …
Lester Haines, 5 Aug 2014
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BlackBerry boss John Chen: We're FINISHED (with the job cuts)

BlackBerry has finished its long and painful restructuring process – and is even considering adding new employees. That's according to a leaked staff memo apparently sent by BlackBerry chief exec John Chen. In the file, he wrote that the process of laying off workers, which started three years ago, has now come to an end: "We …
Sony PRS-T2 Reader

Sony reads the future, quits e-reader market says German report

Earlier this year, Sony decided to quit the North American e-book market and get Kobo to supply content for readers in the US and Canada. The company then staged similar retreats in Europe and Australia. Now, the former Japanese powerhouse has decided to quit the device market as well – worldwide. According to German site Lesen. …

HP says it will sue former Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussein

HP has confirmed that it plans to sue Sushovan Hussain, the former chief financial officer of data analytics software firm Autonomy, whom HP claims "was one of the chief architects of the massive fraud" that forced HP to write down $8.8bn of the $10.2bn it paid to acquire Autonomy in 2011. In documents [PDF] filed with the US …