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Bong Ventures LLC: We've been cyberhacked

¡Bong! Recent press reports have appeared suggesting that Bong Ventures LLC suffered a serious sustained cyber-attack resulting in the release of petabytes of confidential data onto the internet. We can confirm reports are true. In order to maintain the confidence of investors and partners, BongVentures LLC has decided to disclose more …
Steve Bong, 12 Dec 2014
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UK.gov STILL won't pop a cap on stolen mobile bills

Brits who have their mobes stolen are still facing shock bills, despite government promises that charges would be capped in a similar way to stolen credit cards. The Citizens Advice watchdog said that as many as 160,000 victims of phone crime were forking out up to £4m a year to pay for thieves’ texting and calls, although they …

Finland ditches copyright levy on digital kit, pays artists directly

Finland has decided to ditch copyright levies on digital devices... and let the taxpayer foot the bill. Instead a special government fund will be set up to compensate artists for private copying of music and movies. Following the national Parliament vote, Finnish MEP Henna Virkkunen said the new system would be “fairer to …
Jennifer Baker, 12 Dec 2014
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BT Infinity ‘working to fix problem’ after three days of outages

BT Infinity users have been suffering with outages and slow service for three days, as the network struggles with a DNS or routing issue. El Reg readers tipped us off that folks trying to connect with BT were getting problems such as failure to resolve DNS, slow web-page loading, interrupted web pages, and frankly rubbish video …
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NASA's British cloudy collab provider scores $51m from VCs

Cloudy storage and collaboration service provider Huddle has trousered millions more cash from vulture venture capitalists to spend on biz development on both sides of the Atlantic. The UK-based outfit, started by CEO Alastair Mitchell in 2007, last night took home a $51m Series D round of funding, valuing the business at …
Paul Kunert, 12 Dec 2014
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Euro consumers have TOO MUCH choice – telco operators

Three or four market players is plenty, at least according to the GSMA, the association that represents nearly 800 mobile operators. At an event in Brussels this week, GSMA director Anne Bouverot said it was ridiculous that there were nearly 100 players in the EU market while the US does perfectly well with four or five. In …
Jennifer Baker, 12 Dec 2014
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Sonic BOOM: 10 blast-tastic soundbars

Product round-up As much as we love our flatscreens, there’s no getting away from the fact that 99 per cent of them sound atrocious. The good news is there are plenty of ways to liven up living room TV audio, from soundbars with wireless subwoofers to pedestal-style soundbases. We've had a good look and listen to what's out there and the prices …
Steve May, 12 Dec 2014

Cool technology: Submerged blade servers escape the heat

Keeping servers cool is a challenge, even in a purpose-built data centre. Imagine for a moment the difficulty of doing so as part of an oil pipeline in the Australian outback, or as part of a military command post in the deserts of Afghanistan. I can tell you from experience that cooling is a serious issue even during a Canadian …
Trevor Pott, 12 Dec 2014
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Did we read that right... 46% growth? UK server market was HUGE in Q3

Perceived wisdom among server makers was that the era of year-on-year double digits revenue hikes each quarter was long gone - and yeah, they probably are - but UK suppliers still received a welcome financial fillip in Q3. The value of the market shot up 46 per cent, to $520m, following a downbeat Q2 following a relatively …
Paul Kunert, 12 Dec 2014

Tor takes off the gloves after sustained staffer harassment

The Tor project has revealed that one of its team has been subjected to “a sustained campaign of harassment for the past several months” and declared it will no longer tolerate such activity on the Tor network. In a strongly-worded post, Tor's “arma”, aka Roger Dingledine, says the female staffer “is not alone and her experience …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Dec 2014
Ford Sync 3

Ford dumps Windows for QNX in new in-car entertainment unit

As foreshadowed in February, Ford has announced a new in-car entertainment and communications system that will run on BlackBerry's QNX real-time operating system, not Windows as is the case for the company's current efforts. Ford Sync 3 will offer touch-screen and voice recognition controls. The latter will allow drivers to …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Dec 2014

Euro phone, broadband giants are the 1% – yes, single-digit growth. Wow

After six years in the dark, Europe’s telecoms providers see a light at the end of the tunnel. According to a new report commissioned by industry body ETNO, the sector should return to growth in 2016. The association's Annual Economic Report claims telecoms services revenues were 4 per cent lower in 2013 than the previous year …
Jennifer Baker, 12 Dec 2014
Bus jam

Vodafone to spend more time hanging out at bus stops

Vodafone has done a deal with poster giant JCDecaux to use posters sites and street furniture as sites for small cells. The project is based upon an experiment in Amsterdam that used 1800MHz and 2600MHz small cells. Unlike the EE rural project, the sites are not meshed. This isn't surprising since the focus of the project is …
Simon Rockman, 12 Dec 2014

Hackable intercom lets you SPY on fellow apartment-dwellers

Kiwicon Kiwi hacker Caleb "alhazred" Anderson has popped a video intercom device that could have allowed him to spy on the 700 apartments in his building. The GrandStream GXV3175 intercom unit has been patched after Anderson - who by day serves as Context Information Security's lead consultant - began the attack while "inspired" by a …
Darren Pauli, 12 Dec 2014

'I'm begging you to join' – ICANN's NetMundial Initiative gets desperate

Plans to create a new internet governance body have grown increasingly desperate … and confusing. A conference call [MP3] between the organizers of the "NetMundial Initiative" and business organization the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) earlier this week saw ICANN's CEO Fadi Chehade pleading with the group to withdraw …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Dec 2014
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VMware exiting 2014 with a bang and a security whimper

The productive bits of 2014 may be ebbing away fast, but VMware's not slowing down: the company's shoved a few notables out the door in recent days. The most urgent is a fix for a bug in the on-premises version of the mobile device management suite AirWatch. As Virtzilla 'fesses up, “These issues may allow a user that manages an …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Dec 2014
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Cisco to release flying pig – Snort 3.0

Cisco's going to release a flying pig. The porcine in question is Snort 3.0, a new version of Sourcefire's well-regarded intrusion protection system. Snort's mascot is a pig and Sourcefire has, over the years, had a lot of fun with toy pigs and calendars picturing its pig in provocative poses. That silliness is, happily, …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Dec 2014

Craft bazaar Etsy's security plan is candy to get devs talking

Kiwicon podcast Etsy's security chieftain Rich Smith has told the hacker faithful to secure their organisations by buttering-up devs with beer and candy. Speaking at the KiwiCon event in Wellington, New Zealand, the guardian of the popular hipster bazaar and co-founder of Iceland consultancy Syndis offered tips from running the fast-spaced …
Darren Pauli, 12 Dec 2014
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Microsoft pulls a patch and offers PHANTOM FIX for the mess

Another Patch Tuesday, another mess for Microsoft, which has pulled update 3004394, aka “December 2014 update for Windows Root Certificate Program in Windows”. Redmond says the patch “is causing additional problem on computers that are running Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. This includes the …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Dec 2014
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This week it rained in San Francisco and the power immediately blew out. Your tech utopia

Opinion It's amazing what 12 hours of something can do. For Silicon Valley, and particularly San Francisco, half a day of heavyish rain that would be described "April, maybe early May," by many Scots Highlanders, has caused massive problems and highlighted again why the area is losing its edge. At about 0730 PT on Thursday, a blown …
Iain Thomson, 12 Dec 2014
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Puppet Labs decides the time is right to pull Windows' strings

DevOps darling Puppet Labs has decided to share the love with Windows. “People who would not have looked at Windows a year or two ago are considering it as a development platform now,” Puppet CIO Nigel Kersten told The Reg. Kersten thinks that enthusiasm is emerging because, in part, “Microsoft is heading down the path of doing …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Dec 2014
A fake iPhone with electric shock capabilities

Get comfortable with mobile device management

This article was produced in association with JAMF Software Mobile device management (MDM) is very much the thing at the moment. And frankly it's about time. Get comfortable with mobile device management Until quite recently if you wanted users to have mobile devices connected BlackBerry-style to the corporate network – …
Dave Cartwright, 11 Dec 2014
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Canadian watchdog goes to court to probe Apple's iPhone deals with mobe networks

Watchdogs in Canada are investigating Apple over concerns the iPhone giant violated antitrust laws in its dealings with Canadian telcos. A spokesperson for Canada's Competition Bureau confirmed the Cupertino goliath is the subject of a probe into possible violations of the nation's Competition Act. "I can confirm that the …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Dec 2014
Laser weapon aboard USS Ponce

US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

Pic and video After years of promises the US Navy has deployed its first operational laser cannon, which has been built into the USS Ponce and sent into a combat zone. The 30-kilowatt laser weapon system (LaWS) has been mounted high up on Ponce's superstructure, and a flashy video released by the Navy shows it blowing up parts of boats and a …
Iain Thomson, 11 Dec 2014

Europe's top court mulls vandal's right to privacy after bloke catches thug on home CCTV

Europe’s top court ruled Thursday that data protection rules apply to private surveillance cameras if they record people on the public footpath. The regulations in question – the Data Protection Directive – insists personal information can't be held for longer than necessary, and that consent must be given, and so on, although …
Jennifer Baker, 11 Dec 2014

Dell draws Midokura into Open Networking project

Dell has expanded its Open Networking initiative with the addition of network virtualisation (NV) specialist Midokura. Under the partnership, Midokura's MidoNet software will become part of Dell's Open Networking reference architecture, and the two vendors will cooperate on marketing under a global reseller agreement. Vijay …

Hinge: An app that scours Facebook friends for dates banks $12m

A dating app that uses your Facebook friends to make recommendations has scored $12m in series-A funding, bringing its total funding to $20.5m. Hinge hopes to compete with market leader Tinder by offering a better dating experience. Its unique selling point is that recommendations are friends-of-friends - the idea being that …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Dec 2014
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Web daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Back off Putin, I'm no CIA stooge

The internet is a basic human right – and most certainly not the work of CIA agents – says the man who brought about the World Wide Web. Sir Tim Berners-Lee has called out Russian President Vladimir Putin over his claims the internet is run by the CIA as a US intelligence operation. "It was the academic community who wired up …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Dec 2014
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Lenov-OUCH! 500,000 laptop cables recalled in burning mains cock-up

Lenovo is recalling about 500,000 AC power cords for its B, G, and V-series laptops and IdeaPads – after 15 cases were reported of the cables overheating, sparking, melting and burning. "Only the AC Power Line Cord is being recalled," Lenovo said on its global recall website. "The Adapter that connects to the computer is not …
Iain Thomson, 11 Dec 2014
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The Register website gets a lovely makeover

Site news The Register got a fresh lick of paint today, with the front page getting its biggest overhaul in six years. The brief for our in-house team was "quick, modern and fresher" and these key threads translated into a project scoped for front page, story page and navigation. Of course we know you will love all the changes - ok so …
Drew Cullen, 11 Dec 2014
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No more free Windows... and now it’s all about the services

Microsoft won’t give Windows 10 away for free, and plans to charge for new services instead. That’s according to salesman-in-chief Kevin Turner, who promised new services would roll out in early 2015. Microsoft's chief operating officer was grilled by one investor at a recent Wall Street conference who wondered whether the …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Dec 2014
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Speaking in Tech: Sony breach proves you can NEVER defend perimeter

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Without further delay, here's another episode of El Reg's tech podcast, wherein the question is posed: "It's 3am! Do you really want to upload that picture?" Join your host Greg Knieriemen and guest Adrian DeLuca, APAC CTO of HDS to chew the fat on the Sony data hack; …
Team Register, 11 Dec 2014
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Lawmakers should grab red pen and let it RIPA on snoops law – experts

Legal experts have called for a full legislative review of the controversial Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) that goes "far beyond" updates to the codes of practice governing its use. This week the Home Office published a code of practice for the use of covert surveillance under RIPA, and on Tuesday it also …
Kat Hall, 11 Dec 2014

Storage firm Box: We're BIG enough... to FLOAT

Market concerns over the delayed public offering of personal cloud content manager Box could be easing, after it filed updated IPO documents showing reduced losses during a nine-month period in its fiscal 2015 year. The offering, with the S1 document filed in March, was delayed initially as players saw the growing losses as …
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2014
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Microsoft shells out the pucks for analytics firm HockeyApp

Microsoft has acquired HockeyApp, a service for testing and analysing apps in development for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Mac OS, for an undisclosed amount. The Stuttgart-based team launched HockeyApp in 2011. Using the service, developers can deploy preview apps to testers, get feedback, analyse crash reports, and view …
Tim Anderson, 11 Dec 2014
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FreeBSD developers VANQUISH Demon bug

Developers have quashed a potentially nasty security bug in FreeBSD. Security researchers at Norse discovered that a programming error creating a buffer overflow in the stdio (standard I/O) library's __sflush( ) function. The bug created a possible mechanism to inject hostile code into vulnerable systems running the open source …
John Leyden, 11 Dec 2014

Dedupe, dedupe... dedupe, dedupe, dedupe: Oracle polishes ZFS diamond

Oracle's ZFS is widely lauded as a great file system even though several suppliers that use it for their own products have replaced its deduplication code with their own. One such was GreenBytes, a startup which developed an all-flash array for virtualised servers and focused on VDI. It switched to a software-only model after …
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2014

Microsoft BEATS Apple, Google ... to accepting limited Bitcoin payments

Microsoft has quietly added Bitcoin as a payment method for digital content - games and music - thanks to a deal with Bitpay that allows customers to use the cryptocurrency to add money to their MS account. Trouble is, the synthetic dosh still can't be used to pay for physical goods directly, and initially at least, it's Bitcoin …
Lindsay Dodgson, 11 Dec 2014

Elderly zombie Asprox botnet STILL mauling biz bods, says survey

The Asprox botnet was responsible for about 80 per cent of all attack sessions recorded during October 2014, impacting nearly 2,000 different organisations. These figures, from a new report by Palo Alto Networks, provide evidence that the Asprox (AKA Kuluoz) malware family is continuing to plague businesses, despite multiple …
John Leyden, 11 Dec 2014

Hungry, hungry CPUs: Storage vendors hustle to get flash closer to compute

Multi-socket, multi-core CPUs are demanding entities: they have a gargantuan appetite for data which they suck up through a CPU-memory channel from DRAM, the server's memory. This access happens in nanoseconds, billionths of a second. Getting data from places beyond memory, such as PCIe server flash cards, SSDs directly attached …
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2014
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Don't you forget about VCE... Cisco gets cosy with Pure Storage

Comment Not content with partnering with IBM and its storage to sell its UCS servers, Cisco is now doing a Flexpod-style dance with EMC’s arch flash array enemy Pure Storage. These recent shocks to the VCE alliance between EMC and Cisco must surely have contributed to Cisco’s tactical withdrawal and EMC’s taking of VCE in-house. Joe …
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2014
Philips Goya TV from 1972

The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

Breaking Fad The future of television’s so bright you’ll have to wear shades. At least, that might be the case if plans to evolve television to a High Dynamic Range (HDR) future gather traction. HDR has been exciting the creative community for some time now. Regular LCD (left) vs. 1000 Nit HDR (right) Seeing is believing: regular LCD (left …
Steve May, 11 Dec 2014