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Australia mulls dumping the .com from .com.au – so you can bake URLs like chocolate.gate.au

Australia may ditch the .com in .com.au and offer citizens straight .au domain names following increased competition from the explosion of dot-word addresses. A discussion paper [PDF] published by the .AU Domain Administration (AuDA) puts forward the case for making the aforementioned change. It notes that while it has …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Apr 2015
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Microsoft to open first flagship Store beyond North America

All the fun and excitement of Microsoft's wan clone of Apple Stores will soon be available beyond the United States for the first time, after the company announced it will open its first offshore store in Sydney, Australia. Microsoft's billing the store as a flagship not just for Australia but “a center piece of the Microsoft …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Apr 2015

Tale of 2 cyber-confabs: Govts, nerds on one side. Shock hotel room searches on the other

Analysis Last week, the fourth annual global conference on cybersecurity (GCCS) was held in The Hague in the Netherlands. The two-day conference is put on by a different government each year, starting with the first in London in 2011. It is billed as a place for "representatives from governments, private sector and civil society" to meet …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Apr 2015

That's right: FBI agents can't pretend to be ISP repairmen to search homes without a warrant

Evidence gathered by FBI agents who posed as broadband repairmen to enter a suspect's villa without a warrant has been thrown out by a US judge. The District Court of Nevada has decided [PDF] that the g-men violated the Fourth Amendment rights of poker ace Wei Seng Phua when they searched his Las Vegas bolthole while disguised …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Apr 2015
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NetApp nails 11PB Oz supercomputer storage deal

NetApp is supplying ONTAP FAS, E-Series and EF-Series arrays to boost data capacity and access for Australia's NCI Raijin supercomputer. NCI is Australia's National Computing Infrastructure organisation and the Raijin system "is a Fujitsu Primergy high-performance, distributed-memory cluster." It comprises: 57,472 cores (Intel …
Chris Mellor, 20 Apr 2015

IBM feathers pillow with System z cash – but still losing sleep after 12 quarters of decline

IBM weathered a tough first three months of its fiscal 2015, reporting its twelfth successive quarter of year-on-year revenue declines. As has become a common refrain among tech execs, Big Blue CFO Martin Schroeter blamed some of the company's woes on unfavorable foreign exchange rates. But even correcting for currency …
Neil McAllister, 20 Apr 2015

Nokia will be the mobile comeback kid in 2016 – wishful-thinking sources

Nokia is gearing up for a bombastic return to the smartphone world in 2016, according to new whispers. The Finnish firm's Nokia Technologies division has been quietly hiring staff, and already has products under development, with an eye to reenter the market next year, we're told. The second half of 2016, not coincidentally, is …
Neil McAllister, 20 Apr 2015
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Twitter direct message INVASION: How to stop EVERYONE spaffing into your DMs

Twitter has changed the way it delivers direct messages: anyone on the micro-blabbing site, even those you're not following, can now send you private tweets – if you so wish. Normally, only the twits you've decided to follow can send you direct messages, so this feature, when enabled, throws inboxes open to the whole world. The …
Team Register, 20 Apr 2015
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Web advertising giant (Google) to spew ads over web – using HTTPS

Google has vowed to serve ads over HTTPS from its massive advertising network. The move will make it easier for website owners to go fully SSL-protected, serving their webpages and ads over HTTPS rather than just the pages over HTTPS and mixing in ads over HTTP, which is insecure. It also means each ad and its link can't be …
Darren Pauli, 20 Apr 2015

Windows 10 MURDERED your Lumia? Microsoft says it may have a fix

Microsoft has made some changes to the Windows Phone Recovery Tool that should keep it from accidentally disabling users' phones, but Lumia owners whose devices have already been trashed by the tool aren't necessarily out of the woods yet. Complaints began surfacing last week that customers who tried to roll their devices back …
Neil McAllister, 20 Apr 2015
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Comcast, Time Warner Cable in crunch talks with FCC, DoJ over $42bn mega-merger

The proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable (TWC) is on the rocks, it appears. Sources close to the two companies have told The Wall Street Journal that the US Department of Justice and the FCC are not happy with the proposed business gobble, and both want to hold face-to-face talks to discuss the ins and outs of the …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Apr 2015
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Ex-Windows designer: Ballmer was dogmatic, Sinofsky's bonkers, and WinPho needs to change

A former Windows Phone and Office lead designer has shed some valuable insight into Microsoft’s internal processes, design and strategy. Designer Jon Bell* left Microsoft a year ago but his Reddit AMA is still vastly more informative than anything that emerges from the Redmond politburo. Steve Ballmer killed an early version of …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Apr 2015
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Loose lips slip when Windows 10 ships: 'End of July' says AMD CEO

AMD's chief exec Lisa Su may have inadvertently narrowed down the shipping date of Microsoft's Windows 10 in a conference call with financial analysts. During a chat to discuss her firm's first-quarter earnings, Su was asked to discuss the chipmaker's business outlook for its next fiscal quarter. Her comments appeared to include …
Neil McAllister, 20 Apr 2015
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NASA guy to White House: Be really careful with that HTTPS stuff

A webserver and database administrator at NASA has penned an epic plea on the White House's GitHub repository to include a waiver process as part of the HTTPS-Only project, which is intended to improve security for citizens visiting federal websites, but may interfere with niche services. Joe Hourclé has taken to GitHub to …
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IT'S WAR: Hacktivists throw in their lot with spies and the military

Feature Hacktivism has lost its innocence. Once characterised in the early days of Anonymous back in 2008 by assaults against the Church of Scientology, it has now become part and parcel of far darker plans, such as the spread of terrorist propaganda by Islamic militants. Meanwhile, over in the Ukraine, cyber militias of patriot hackers …
John Leyden, 20 Apr 2015
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BuzzFeed: We don't pull 'articles' due to advertiser pressure VERY OFTEN

Devilish mediabomination site BuzzFeed has confessed that it removed "content"* because it drew complaints from the site's advertising partners. "Editor-in-chief" Ben Smith sent the results of an internal review to staff last Saturday which revealed three instances on his watch in which content had been removed after it had …
Team Register, 20 Apr 2015
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Huawei P8: Chinese mobes have arrived and the West should tremble

Analysis Networking kit giant Huawei didn’t even make mobile phones four years ago, but its classy new P8 flagship shows what astonishing progress it’s made to come within striking distance of the market leaders. The Shenzen-based, employee-owned company unveiled its P8 at a huge, splashy launch in London’s Old Billingsgate Market. There …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Apr 2015
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Whizzy-fast Microsoft Azure Premium Storage now available. With a catch, natch

Microsoft has announced general availability of Premium Storage for its Azure cloud computing platform. Users of Azure VMs can now get speedier disk I/O thanks to the new service. Premium Storage uses SSDs (Solid State Drives) and delivers up 32TB of storage with up to 64,000 IOPS (operations per second), according to executive …
Tim Anderson, 20 Apr 2015
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Hutchison Whampoa launches wholesale global MVNE venture

Hutchison Whampoa, which owns the Three network in the UK, has launched a global mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) via its mobile wholesale business unit. It will act as a single point of entry for MVNOs wanting to create global coverage quickly and easily, by accessing Hutchison Whampoa’s networks across Europe and Asia. …
Simon Rockman, 20 Apr 2015
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Post Office denies IT blunders led to criminal charges against posties

The Post Office has refuted a report which concluded that its Horizon IT system was responsible for accounting cockups that led to sub-postmasters being prosecuted for stealing from their tills. Forensic accountancy group Second Sight was appointed in 2012 by the Post Office — at the request of MPs — to conduct an independent …

VMware fires Photon torpedo – a homegrown Linux for microservices

VMware has created its very own Linux distribution, dubbed 'Project Photon', as part of an effort to create a stack for what it's calling “Cloud-Native applications”. The rest of us would probably call them “microservices”, the technique of spawning instances of an application to handle a small user population – maybe even an …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Apr 2015
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Thought your dept was on budget this year? THINK AGAIN, matey

Tech buyers will likely need to revisit budget forecasts at the month's end with another price hike on commodity hardware to be pushed through by vendors in response to the relative appreciation of the dollar. Since last summer the US currency is up 15 per cent against the UK Pound (the impact on the Euro is even more pronounced …
Paul Kunert, 20 Apr 2015
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Raytheon borgs Websense to create cybersecurity behemoth

Defence giant Raytheon has agreed a deal with Vista Equity Partners to form a new company combining Websense with Raytheon Cyber Products. The new joint venture (Raysense? Webtheon?) will combine Raytheon Cyber Products with Websense's TRITON line of web filtering and other enterprise security products. Raytheon – known for the …
John Leyden, 20 Apr 2015

Seagate's third quarter results looking lacklustre as profits tumble

Seagate has reported year-on-year declines in third-quarter revenue and profit, as notebook enhancements went unnoticed. Third fiscal 2015 quarter revenues were $3.3bn, 3 per cent down on the $3.4bn recorded a year ago and 11 per cent lower than the second full-year 2015 quarter's $3.7bn. Profits were $291m, 26 per cent down on …
Chris Mellor, 20 Apr 2015
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Azure Fabric Service is Microsoft's answer to 'microservices' app dev

Microsoft has taken another step into the world of modern web app development with a new service aimed at making it easier to compose complex applications out of multiple interconnected components. Azure Service Fabric is Redmond's stab at a platform-as-a-service PaaS offering that lets developers compose apps from what have …
Neil McAllister, 20 Apr 2015
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Apple will cut down 36,000 acres of forest in 'conservation scheme'

Apple has purchased more than 36,000 acres of forestland to supply timber for its paper and pulp mills, and is describing the venture as part of a “conservationist scheme”. "Apple is focused on using only the resources it needs," said Lisa Jackson, veep of environmental initiatives at Apple, and Larry Selzer, CEO of the …
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UH OH, it's MOBILEGEDDON! Your site may lose, well, PENNIES

Comment Google has adjusted its algorithms so websites it deems to be "mobile-friendly" will – from today, Tuesday – rank higher on the advertising colossus' search listings, if they are searched for from a mobile device. Inevitably, the move has triggered gripes to the effect that businesses – in particular small online players – will …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Apr 2015

Want to give your data centre a makeover? Spend half a day learning how

Promo Are you happy with your data centre? Let’s face it, wouldn’t you like to redo it and get it right this time? Or perhaps you’d just be interested in slashing your management costs? Microsoft wants to help you modernise whatever you have underpinning your company and so invites you to one of its Transform the Data Centre Immersion …
Team Register, 20 Apr 2015
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Kremlin hackers exploited TWO 0-day Flash, Windows vulns

A hacking group probably backed by Russia has been making use of two zero-day exploits to target foreign governments. The so-called "Operation RussianDoll" attackers used zero-day exploits in Adobe Flash and Windows to target a specific foreign government organisation. Security firm FireEye says the pattern of the attacks fits …
John Leyden, 20 Apr 2015
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HP's $3 BEELLLION Aruba buy ‘significantly undervalues’ wireless operator

Hewlett-Packard’s proposed $3 billion purchase of wireless mobile specialist Aruba Networks is facing a legal hurdle. A case has been filed in a US court against HP, Aruba, its management and board members claiming HP’s price drastically undervalues the firm. The case (5:15-cv-01502) claims the proposed deal is unfair, because …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Apr 2015
Ice cores stored in a snow trough at the Bruce Plateau camp. Credit: Ellen Mosley-Thompson, OSU

The data centre design that lets you cool down – and save electrons

I started my commercial data centre experience in London in the late 1990s. Even back then, most of the service providers were parroting the same mantra: “Your power provision is limited, and we'll charge you through the nose for anything over the basic consumption figure you've signed up to.” The logic most of them gave was the …
Dave Cartwright, 20 Apr 2015

Anonymous unleashes online petition against US info-sharing bills

Activist and hacktivist collective Anonymous has launched an online awareness-raising operation opposing pending controversial US information-sharing bills. Critics from across the political spectrum, including libertarian-minded technologist Robert Graham, argue that the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act sacrifices privacy …
John Leyden, 20 Apr 2015
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What keeps CIOs awake? Leaky data centres – or leaky C-suites?

Reg Events If you’re a tech boss who wants to get yourself into the spotlight, one guaranteed route to notoriety is to preside over a major security breach. But it’s the last thing you really want to do. Rather, for the sake of your employer, your customers, or, let’s face it, the sake of your career, you’re going to want to keep your …
Team Register, 20 Apr 2015

NatWest and RBS' mobile banking apps go TITSUP

UPDATE RBS and NatWest customers have been left unable to access their accounts via the banks' mobile apps. In an identically-worded tweet both banks said this morning: "We're sorry if you're having trouble getting into Mobile Banking, we're working hard to resolve the issue. Thank you for your patience." NatWest and RBS are currently …
Kat Hall, 20 Apr 2015
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Green your data centre – without ending up in the Job Centre

Going Green: Tactics (Part 2) Data centres are big, noisy places that seem to have an emphasis on generating heat and making lots of bright lights flash. The first time you visit one, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the service provider's emphasis was on anything but the green credentials. And of course you'd occasionally be quite right: there are DCs …
Dave Cartwright, 20 Apr 2015
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Met Police puts iPads, Windows and Android mobes on trial

The long-awaited arrival of mobile devices in the Metropolitan Police is still another two years away, interim chief technology officer of the Met Stephen Deakin has told El Reg. The Met is currently trialling 850 iPads. However, Deakin said the force is also assessing commodity devices running Windows, Android and iOS. "We are …
Kat Hall, 20 Apr 2015
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Chinese 'Superphone' manufacturer declares war on Apple

Under the moniker of “Superphones”, streaming TV company LeTV has launched a trio of high-end mobes with all the subtlety of a hippo with toothache. As the first devices to have a new reversible USB type C, the specs are impressive. The key application for the device is LeTV’s over-the-top video service, akin to Netflix. As a …
Simon Rockman, 20 Apr 2015
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Qumulo gets fat appliance alongside skinny fast one

Qumulo – the start-up building a better-than-Isilon scale-out NAS and staffed by Isilon vets – has launched a capacity-focused hardware product to complement its fast skinny one. Qumulo’s QC24 is a 1U appliance focused on performance, with 24TB of raw disk and 1.6TB of raw flash capacity (2 x 800GB eMLC SSDs) per node with the …
Chris Mellor, 20 Apr 2015
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iPhone vs. Galaxy fight hospitalises two after beer bottle stabbing

Tulsa, Oklahoma, TV station KTUL is reporting that two men were left with “cuts all over their bodies … covered with blood” after an argument over the merits of Android and iOS “escalated”. The station's report suggests the two were discussing the competing merits of the iPhone and Samsung's new offering – probably the Galaxy S6 …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Apr 2015
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Microsoft absorbs open-source internal startup MS Open Technology

In what would once have been thought of as an Ominous SignTM, Microsoft has decided it's time for the MS Open Technologies “startup subsidiary” to be absorbed back into Redmond proper. Rather than being ominous, the move seems encouraging, with Microsoft promising to set up a new open source program office in Redmond proper, …
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30 per cent of servers, storage and switches now sold to clouds

Three in ten servers, storage arrays and ethernet switches are now being sold to clouds, either private or public, says abacus-wielder IDC. The company's Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker for 2014's fourth quarter found that “total cloud IT infrastructure spending grew by 14.4% year over year to $8.0 billion”, …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Apr 2015

High on bath salts, alleged Norse god attempts tree love

A 41-year-old Florida man is facing a pantheon of charges after allegedly getting hammered on bath salts, declaring himself to be Norse storm god Thor, attempting to commit "a sexual act on a tree", shrugging off two taserings, and assaulting a police officer. According to this report, Kenneth Crowder was spotted this month …
Lester Haines, 20 Apr 2015