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Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos rolls up another $437m, lights Amazon's cigar with it

It's not black magic that Amazon works on its financial results each quarter but red magic – because however massive a haul of cash the company pulls in, it just can't seem to turn a profit. Odd, that. The e-tailer's net sales were up 20 per cent for the third quarter of its fiscal 2014, year-over-year, bringing in a whopping $ …
Neil McAllister, 24 Oct 2014
Glorious future of China

Facebook, IBM, court future Chinese elite

Beijing's Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management has signed up two tech titans to its advisory board: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and IBM President and CEO Ginni Rometty. Tsinghua University is among China's most prestigious, is ranked the world's 47th-best tertiary education institution and its School of …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Oct 2014

Whisper. Explain this 'questionable' behavior – senior US senator

US Senator Jay Rockefeller has sent a terse letter [PDF] to the CEO of "anonymous" messaging app Whisper about its privacy policies. Referring to "questionable" behavior revealed last week, the letter requests a briefing from the company on four issues, each revolving around the fact that Whisper tracks users of its app even …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Oct 2014
Facebook Rooms

GET A ROOM, yells Facebook as it stumbles on IRC, slaps it in an app

Facebook has built an internet chat-room app that lets people anonymously gossip with one another, just like on IRC. The social network said its Rooms software for iOS lets netizens connect on shared interests and use pseudonyms in order to hide their identities from each other. Just like IRC. People can create their own room …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Oct 2014
Satya Nadella

Microsoft: Cloud-o-bile still only small slice of softening revenue pie

Microsoft reported revenues that beat estimates for Q1 of fiscal 2015, boosted by strong growth in cloud and mobility. But its solid-looking numbers belied ongoing softness in its traditional core markets. Total revenues for the three months ending on September 30 were $23.20bn, a 25 per cent year-on-year increase but flat from …
Neil McAllister, 23 Oct 2014
ello

Hello, Ello. Still no ads and no features to sell. What do? Bag $5.5m

Hipster-chic anti-Facebook wannabe Ello is today $5.5m richer, apparently – and hopes to silence critics of its no-ads manifesto with a renewed vow to never sell adverts nor user data. The social network upstart has declared itself a public benefit corporation with a statement never to plonk ads on its site or flog private …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Oct 2014
Tim Cook

Apple: We're still GREAT pals with GT and we'd LOVE to team up again

Apple hasn't given up on scratch-resistant sapphire glass for future products and it might even continue to work with GT Advanced Technologies on the material despite its past difficulties with the company, according to documents released on Thursday. In papers [PDF] filed as part of GT's bankruptcy proceedings, GT agreed to " …
Neil McAllister, 23 Oct 2014

Adobe spies on readers: EVERY DRM page turn leaked to base over SSL

Adobe has tweaked its Digital Editions 4 desktop ebook reader to now encrypt the data it secretly sends back to headquarters – data that details a user's reading habits. Previously, information on every single tome accessed by Digital Editions 4 was phoned home unencrypted, allowing anyone eavesdropping on a network to intercept …
Iain Thomson, 23 Oct 2014
Costumed pirate

France to draft blacklist banning alleged piracy websites – what could POSSIBLY go wrong?

France looks set to increase funding and power for its controversial piracy-battling Hadopi agency. Hadopi started life as a law to stamp out the illegal sharing of copyrighted stuff – primarily by sending warning emails to people caught pirating movies, games, and so on: after three strikes, your ISP is supposed to boot you …
Jennifer Baker, 23 Oct 2014
Storiant software

Upstart brags about cheaper-than-Amazon private cold data cloud

Storiant is an object storage startup which claims its customers can use its technology to store petabyte-scale data in a private cloud at a price below public cloud storage. How does it pull this trick off? It has a customer, Markley Cloud Services in New England, which it says stores 11PB of cold data in a Storiant silo – as …
Chris Mellor, 23 Oct 2014
Alun Taylor dons Google tech specs Google Glass

Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec

Hoping to woo the ladies with your shiny new Google Glass? Don't bother, because no woman in her right mind would let a Glasshole anywhere near her data centre, an HP bigwig has claimed. Ray Edwards, managing director for HP’s New Ventures division at Network Portfolio and Architecture, reportedly slammed the sex appeal of …
Jasper Hamill, 23 Oct 2014
Visual Studio

Entity Framework goes 'code first' as Microsoft pulls visual design tool

Microsoft will retire the visual design tool for its Entity Framework (EF) database tool in the upcoming version 7, in favour of a text-based “code first” approach. Entity Framework is an object-relational mapping (ORM) tool. It lets developers work at a higher level of abstraction, coding with application objects rather than …
Tim Anderson, 23 Oct 2014

Ubuntu 14.10 tries pulling a Steve Ballmer on cloudy offerings

“It hurts my eyes,” Steve Ballmer once joshed during a demonstration of Microsoft’s Virtual Server 2005 Service Pack 1 managing Red Hat Linux. “I know that's an important capability of the virtual server technology for our customers,” continued a humbled Ballmer. The ex-Microsoft chief exec's Saul-like conversion followed years …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Oct 2014

Lollipop unwrapped: Chromium WebView will update via Google Play

Android 5.0, codenamed Lollipop, has introduced a key change to the WebView component, used by app developers to display HTML 5 content within their apps, making new features more readily available. WebView — based on the open source Chromium project (Chrome without the proprietary bits) — will now be updateable via Google's …
Tim Anderson, 23 Oct 2014
JassyAWs

Amazon's AWS opens data center in Germany – just as we said

Amazon’s European mainland customers wary of US spies can now build scalable clouds on AWS and stay entirely on the Continent. The giant today announced the opening of a data centre in Frankfurt, Germany – just as we reported it would in July. The data centre – or "region" as Amazon calls them – is the company's second in the EU …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Oct 2014

Speaking in Tech: Too fat for MARS!

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Join Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela, co-hosts of our weekly techcast, who are missing the party in Barcelona to bring you the piping hot news from the world of technology … First off, they discuss the hypothetical all-female Mars crew – who needs men when you have robots? …
Team Register, 23 Oct 2014
Zombies, credit: Wikimedia from Night of The Living Dead

Ad-borne Cryptowall ransomware is set to claim FRESH VICTIMS

Security watchers are warning of a surge in CryptoWall ransomware victims this month that will coincide with a campaign to spread a new variant of the malware though advertising networks. More than 830,000 victims worldwide have been infected with the malware, a 25 per cent increase in infections since late August when there …
John Leyden, 23 Oct 2014
Woman puts hand in camera lens. Pic: Steve Purkiss

DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets

Tim Cook's dream of bonking-to-pay global domination has taken a serious battering after customers using the new Apple Pay system were double charged. Fanbois took to Reddit and Twitter after finding their Apple Pay transactions had been duplicated. Apple said it was aware of "a Bank of America issue impacting a very small …
Jasper Hamill, 23 Oct 2014

Zuckerberg bombshell: Man married to Chinese woman speaks Chinese in China

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shocked a Chinese audience with his mastery of Mandarin – a language that's as difficult to master as his website's privacy settings. The advertising kingpin was speaking at Tsinghua University in China, where he stunned attendees by ditching English and speaking in Mandarin for more than half an …
Jasper Hamill, 23 Oct 2014
Cloud_Computing

Web Developers: Autumnal webinars throw light on the Cloud

Promo Microsoft is running a raft of Azure training events throughout October to help you get onboard its cloud platform, whether you’re a neophyte or an experienced web developer. On October 28, its weekly webinar will also feature a 30 minute talk by guest speakers from Scaboodle on “Building a Cloud Business.” That’s on top of the …
David Gordon, 23 Oct 2014
Joe Tucci EMC

Hey, Joe. Give EMC the gun and SHOOT IT DOWN - before someone else messes 'round town

Comment What should we do about the EMC Federation and the coming retirement of its founder and architect Joe Tucci? Activist investors want it dismantled to provide more value for shareholders. Nobody sees a replacement candidate for Joe Tucci; someone who could hold the ring while the three strong and capable CEOs that run EMC …
Chris Mellor, 23 Oct 2014
Deinocheirus mirificus

LONG ARM of the SAUR: Brachially gifted dino bone conundrum solved

The secrets of a long-armed, “totally bizarre” dinosaur have finally been plumbed after bone-boffins unearthed a much fuller specimen of the odd creature. Deinocheirus mirificus Since 1965, when scientists in Mongolia dug up two huge dino forearms measuring 2.4m, baffled boffins have wondered what kind of giant lizard they …
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There's a lot more to backup than you thought

If backup is too often an afterthought, have you considered its even poorer relation, archive. You haven’t? What a surprise. The fact is, businesses and their infrastructure depend upon common services for general efficiency, management focus and cost control. All organisations do, and it would be a nightmare if they didn't. …
Chris Mellor, 23 Oct 2014

Nokia STORMS back into profit, FREE from phones and Windows

Nokia reported solid results on Thursday even after giving long-suffering shareholders a dividend and taking the hit of a one-time charge. Profits (non-International Financial Reporting Standards*) rose to €353m on earnings of €3.3bn, up from €2.9bn a year ago. With the Windows Phone albatross thrown to a reluctant new owner, …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Oct 2014

Are there sounds on Mars? NASA launches audio athenaeum

Audiophiles at NASA have published more than 60 samples of historical space artefacts to the administration's Soundcloud account. The athenaeum opens up the opportunity to listen to some of space exploration's idiosyncratic oddities, including quips and musings between Houston and astronauts, pings from the distant Kepler, or …
Darren Pauli, 23 Oct 2014
Steve Crocker, ICANN chairman

The future health of the internet comes down to ONE simple question…

Analysis When was the last time you gave any thought to how the internet actually works? Despite the extraordinary and never-ending growth in people and devices that connect to the internet every second of every day, we have never seen the equivalent of Twitter’s Fail Whale. The internet, as a whole, just doesn’t go down. There are two …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Oct 2014
Flash Gordon

Flash! Ah-ahh: Storage in 2014

Register now to watch our webcast that explores the benefits of cheaper Flash Storage in 2014 — How do you buy, configure and manage it? Watch this live event on 27 November at 11:00 GMT — if you can't make it, just sign up and we will email you when the recording is available. Handy synopsis for you A year ago our Regcast …
David Gordon, 23 Oct 2014
Lenovo N20p touchscreen Chromebook

Vulture trails claw across Lenovo's touchy N20p Chromebook

Review A friend recently introduced me to a North West fast-food tradition called half-and-half. That’s chips, rice and curry sauce to those of us born and raised in the more enlightened parts of the realm. It’s not a combination I’d considered before, but truth be told it’s a pleasant repast. Especially after a beer or three. Lenovo …
Alun Taylor, 23 Oct 2014

Xen says its security policies might be buggier than its software

The Xen project has asked for help to ensure future bugs aren't as disruptive as the XSA-108 flaw that saw major cloud operators reboot an awful lot of servers. XSA-108 emerged in late September and saw the likes of AWS, SoftLayer and Rackspace patch and reboot many servers. Such reboots are just the kind of thing that cloud …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2014
gTLD graphic

Want to own .app, .blog or .pet? Best sell a third of yourself for $100m on London Stock Exchange

Internet registry Afilias hopes to build a $100m (£62.3m) war chest by floating on the London Stock Exchange – just in time to spend the cash snapping up the rights to new dot-word domains. The company will sell 30 percent of itself next month, ahead of a critical dot-word auction planned for 17 December. Some 21 valuable new …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Oct 2014
Adobe Media Server for HDS/HLS streams on HP servers

Microsoft EU warns: If you have ties to the US, Feds can get your data

Apple, Cisco, Verizon and AT&T are considering joining Microsoft’s battle against the US government to safeguard customers' privacy – but European corps should also take note. Microsoft is embroiled in a legal case to resist US authorities’ efforts to seize emails stored on servers in Ireland. The warrant was issued in December …
Jennifer Baker, 23 Oct 2014

Boffins who stare at goats: I do believe they’re SHRINKING

Climate change may be causing alpine goats to shrink in size, according to biologists at Durham University. Researchers analysed records of alpine animal sizes to discover that Chamois goats now weigh 25 per cent less than they did back in the '80s. Dr Tom Mason from the School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Durham …
Team Register, 23 Oct 2014

Quick PHP patch beats slow research reveal

Patches have been flung out to cover vulnerabilities in PHP that led to remote code execution and buffer overflows. The flaws were detailed this week by Swiss researchers High-Tech Bridge in versions 5.4.33, 5.5.17 and 5.6.1 on a machine running Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS and the Radamsa fuzzer. A patch issued last month for CVE-2014- …
Darren Pauli, 23 Oct 2014
padlock

NIST to hypervisor admins: Pro-tip, secure your systems

US standards body the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has laid out the basics of hypervisor security in a draft publication released for comment on 20 October. The sysadmin guide presents 22 security recommendations, under the key headings of isolating VMs from each other and the host hypervisor; …
BMC Software logo

Newly-private BMC gets cloud/social/mainframe (!) religion

Newly-privatised BMC thinks it can re-invent - nay, disrupt - itself by cashing in on on all of 2014's biggest buzzwords: cloud, social, mobile and disruption. And mainframe, for good measure. The company's recently-appointed head of global sales Paul Appleby today told The Reg in Sydney today that one of the reasons he joined …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2014
Obama and Silicon Valley dinner, Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web

On February 8, 2000, the US government signed a contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to run the so-called "IANA functions" – which glue together the internet as we know it. Ever since that day, people have been trying to end that contract. This time next year, it will finally happen. …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Oct 2014
The concrete blocks available for our rocket motor testing

Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit

Reports are emerging that chip-maker FTDI has declared war on chip counterfeiters with a driver update that bricks USB devices recognised as fakes. Hackaday reports that the issue has been noticed in various forums – EEVBlog and Arduino among them – and pins the issue down to drivers setting the USB product ID to 0 if a USB …
iMac with Retina 5K Display

Forget the $2499 5K iMac – today we reveal Apple's most expensive computer to date

Pic When Bonhams put a vintage Apple I computer on the block, the Brit auction house thought the tech antique would fetch as much as $500,000. It was wrong. Instead, the 1970s-era circuit board fetched an eye-watering $905,000 (£564,000) in New York on Wednesday. The winning bid came from the Henry Ford Museum, which said it will …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Oct 2014
Neanderthal display in museum

RUMPY PUMPY: Bone says humans BONED Neanderthals 50,000 years B.C.

Boffins in Germany have extracted the oldest human DNA yet discovered – from a 45,000-year-old thigh bone found in Siberia. And after studying the genetic goop, the researchers have concluded that humans started interbreeding with their Neanderthal cousins about 60,000 years ago. 45,000 year old human bone 'What a slut' A …
Iain Thomson, 23 Oct 2014

Disney and chums halt Comcast-TWC, AT&T-DirecTV weddings

US watchdog the FCC has hit the brakes while scrutinizing the proposed mergers of Comcast-Time Warner, and AT&T-DirecTV. On Wednesday, the comms industry monitor said [PDF] that its comment and review processes for the pair of mergers would be put on hold following pressure to publish the cable companies' contracts with TV …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Oct 2014
Glorious future of China

Smartphone giant _____ puts citizens' private data beyond reach of oppressive regime _____

Chinese Apple wannabe Xiaomi says it's spent much of the past year migrating its online services out of its Beijing data centers so that it can better serve customers in international markets. The Middle Kingdom's smartphone upstart is virtually unknown in the West but is already outselling Samsung in China and has lately moved …
Neil McAllister, 22 Oct 2014

How to hit the top of Google's rankings: 'Use a new dot-thing gTLD'

If you want to get higher up Google's search rankings, it turns out that using a new dot-thing domain – such as .guru or .ninja – may give you the edge. Two recent studies into the impact of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) have claimed that, far from Google's official position, using the right domain ending can bump you up …
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Oct 2014