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HP plans to measure girth, thrust of channel pitches

HP will measure reseller pitch rates through the global rollout of the iQuote system, allowing it to market more aggressively or shift promotions.
Paul Kunert, 04 Jul 2011

Atmos 2.0 now shipping

EMC is now shipping its boosted cloud storage: it's faster, more efficient, and a drag 'n' drop interface for Windows users makes it look like just another folder.
Chris Mellor, 04 Jul 2011

Plucky Czechs force Street View changes

Google's Street View cars will soon be back on the streets of the Czech Republic after the data protection registrar forced changes on the search and advertising giant.
John Oates, 04 Jul 2011

UPDATED McGregor set to take control at Azlan

Azlan has concluded the search for a new boss with former Avnet Technology Solutions exec Colin McGregor set to take on the role, The Register can confirm.
Paul Kunert, 04 Jul 2011

Earth orbit for £1,000? You must be joking

We're obliged to all those readers who sent in suggestions as to just what El Reg's new Special Projects Bureau should be doing with its multi-billion pound budget and mountain fab bunker complex, and the first thing that caught our eye was the N-Prize – "a challenge to launch an impossibly small satellite into orbit on a ludicrously small budget, for a pitifully small cash prize".
Lester Haines, 04 Jul 2011

Pharmacy spam disguised as Google+ invites

Scammers have wasted little time in exploiting the launch of Google+ to mount a spam campaign ultimately designed to promote penis pills and other unlicensed pharmaceutical sales from dodgy websites.
John Leyden, 04 Jul 2011

Terrafugia flying car gets road-safety exemptions

The Terrafugia Transition "roadable" aircraft – a stylish combination of light aeroplane and car – has been granted useful exemptions by the US Department of Transportation.
Lewis Page, 04 Jul 2011

Fox News tweets hacked to show Obama death stories

A Twitter account maintained by Fox News has been hacked to post fake "Obama assassinated" stories.
John Leyden, 04 Jul 2011

EU cloud data can be secretly accessed by US authorities

Personal information belonging to EU users of US-owned cloud-based services could be shared with US law enforcers without the user being informed, Microsoft has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 04 Jul 2011

Aussie retailer accuses UK shops of HDMI 'scam'

Want a free HDMI cable? Buy a telly from either John Lewis or Currys and you'll get one - not from those retailers but from upstart Aussie e-tailer Kogan.
Tony Smith, 04 Jul 2011

Spooks made 1,061 bugging errors in 2010

MI5 wrongly collected subscriber data on 134 telephone numbers as a result of a software error, according to interception of communications commissioner Sir Paul Kennedy's annual report.

Facebook's 'awesome' plan to hook up with Skype?

Facebook is reportedly about to launch a new video chat product powered by Microsoft-owned Skype.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Jul 2011

Anti-censorship Radiohead tap into online Chinese market

Radiohead have launched their own microblog in China, even though the British band oppose the country's human rights and censorship policies.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Jul 2011
editorial only image of Whitehall. Pic Daniel Gale/Shutterstock

Can Liam Fox break the power of British Army, Navy, RAF chiefs?

AnalysisLast week, the Defence Secretary announced the publication of the Levene report into the way the UK Ministry of Defence is run: and Dr Fox stated that he agrees with all the recommendations it makes. The MoD has formally announced that it "will publish a blueprint setting out all the major changes the Department is embarked on later this year".
Lewis Page, 04 Jul 2011

Sony to launch PlayStation 4 in 2012, say moles

Sony will begin producing the PlayStation 4 -equipped with Kinect-style movement control tech - by the end of this year, and will launch it in 2012, it has been claimed.
Caleb Cox, 04 Jul 2011

Apple v Samsung: Jobs strikes back

Last week Samsung went to the International Trade Commission to try to ban the import of Apple's phones into the US. In response Apple has now tried to stop the sale of four specified Samsung handsets on claims that they infringe Apple patents.
John Oates, 04 Jul 2011

Pissed-off elves bombard Icelandic town with rocks

The good burghers of the Icelandic town of Bolungarvik have intervened to prevent further action by elves who are evidently unhappy they weren't consulted about the construction of an anti-avalanche barrier.
Lester Haines, 04 Jul 2011

Scotland Yard still have no idea why their network fell over

The Metropolitan Police Service is still trying to get to the bottom of the outage that prevented staff accessing some IT services nearly a month after it first emerged.
Paul Kunert, 04 Jul 2011

Microsoft inks Bing deal with Baidu

China-based Baidu has reportedly inked an English-language search agreement with Microsoft's Bing.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Jul 2011
80's Phone

Telcos: up your prices, lose customers

Mobile providers rely on their customer base, yet unlike hardware manufacturers, developing a loyalty is difficult. With so much competition, increasing prices can have a significant impact and send customers sniffing elsewhere.
Caleb Cox, 04 Jul 2011

WikiLeaks sues Visa, Mastercard over 'financial blockade'

WikiLeaks is suing Visa and MasterCard over their decision to suspend payment facilities for the whistleblowing website in the wake of last year's US diplomatic cables release row.
John Leyden, 04 Jul 2011
For Sale sign detail

Logicalis coughs $34m for Netarx

Logicalis has paid $34m for US IT services biz and fellow Cisco Gold partner Netarx.
Paul Kunert, 04 Jul 2011
Samsung NS310

Samsung NS310 netbook

ReviewWill the tablet kill off the netbook? Probably not. Granted the netbook has never quite fulfilled its promise due to a combination of prices that went up with specifications that didn’t. Even so, I’ve yet to find a fondleslab that can truly replace my Windows 7/Ubuntu dual-booting Samsung N140.
Alun Taylor, 04 Jul 2011

When Oracle bought Pillar for £zilch

CommentIt was a telling omission when Oracle introduced a storage guy to talk about why Pillar Data was such a great acquisition. It wasn't Mike Workman, Pillar's CEO and founder, but Phil Bullinger, Oracle's SVP for Disk Storage.
Chris Mellor, 04 Jul 2011

Boffins fix dead satellite using 'dirty hack' in space

Engineers and ground controllers at the European Space Agency are overjoyed to announce that they have managed to bring an unexpectedly defunct, critical science satellite orbiting the Earth back to life – by hacking it.
Lewis Page, 04 Jul 2011
Richard Grant speaker designs

Custom speakers that should be seen as well as heard

Audio speakers come in various shapes and sizes, but it's rare to find sets as funky as these.
Caleb Cox, 04 Jul 2011

Nissan backs off from Goodwood reverse-race car stunt

Organisers of the Goodwood Festival of Speed have stopped Nissan's attempt to drive one of its jalopies up the Hill Climb course backwards.
John Oates, 04 Jul 2011

Apple site hacked 'by LulzSec' - report

Hackers claim to have broken into Apple's systems before posting a list of names and password hashes online.
John Leyden, 04 Jul 2011

BBC mulls talent Twitter ban to prevent storyline spoilers

UpdatedA ban on the use of Twitter and other public forums is being considered by BBC bosses, in an effort to prevent stars and writers from talking about details of the broadcaster's confidential upcoming productions online.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Jul 2011

Google trebles its force of lobbyists ahead of FTC probe

Google now has 18 lobbying firms on its books, after it hired 12 more companies late last week to help fight a recent antitrust investigation kicked off by the US Federal Trade Commission.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Jul 2011

Stieg Larsson: Oxfam's number one best seller

The author Brits are most likely to hand to charity store Oxfam is Dan Brown - the man responsible for turgid Vatican romp the Da Vinci Code.
John Oates, 04 Jul 2011

Pacific rare-earth discovery: Actually just gigatonnes of dirt

There has been a lot of excitement over a recent paper by Japanese researchers who have discovered billions – hundreds of billions – of tonnes of rare earths under the Pacific Ocean. Those rare earths, you will recall, are essential to so much of modern technology, from those sweet little earbuds of your iPod and the magnets in a hard drive, through to planet-saving windmills and the crystals that make an MRI machine work.
Tim Worstall, 04 Jul 2011

Top level domain explosion could wreak MAYHEM on NET

A plan to populate the internet with hundreds or thousands of new top-level domains has security researchers pondering some of the unintended consequences that could be exploited by online criminals. Some of the scenarios aren't pretty.
Dan Goodin, 04 Jul 2011
fingers pointing at man

IBM chases Itanium shops with 'Breakfree' deals

When you live in a glass house – like IBM does, both metaphorically and literally – you don't throw stones. So when Oracle suddenly pulled the plug on future software development for the Itanium processor back in March, Big Blue didn't say squat about the situation. But the company's top brass have been taking pot-shots at the Itanium chip in recent weeks, and that was in preparation for an IBM assault on the Itanium base code-named "Project Breakfree".

Operation Antisec lames out again

A Twitter account, some already-public data, some Apple survey server admin logins: the more people get on board the “Antisec” campaign, the more laughable their achievements become.
Richard Chirgwin, 04 Jul 2011

Ex-BigPond chief uploaded to Quickflix

The former head of Telstra Big Pond and Telstra Media, Justin Milne, will resurface as deputy chairman of Quickflix. Milne's appointment is expected to be announced today.
Natalie Apostolou, 04 Jul 2011

Amazon swallows UK online bookseller

The world of online book retailing is about to get that little bit less competitive, with Amazon announcing that it’s reached agreement to buy UK seller The Book Depository.
Richard Chirgwin, 04 Jul 2011

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