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Anonymous attacks Israeli websites over Gaza bombings

Hackers operating for Anonymous have been launching DDoS attacks and defacing websites to demonstrate their displeasure at Israel's recent military action in the Gaza Strip, which is currently in its second day.
Iain Thomson, 16 Nov 2012
Steve Jobs, credit Apple site, screengrab

Jobs biopic to focus on first Mac, NeXT, iPod

Writer Aaron Sorkin has revealed his planned structure for a Steve Jobs biopic, which he currently imagines will involve three acts, each depicting the serial entrepreneur backstage before an epochal launch.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Nov 2012

Ubuntu gaining ground in website deployments

Although it has chiefly been known as a desktop Linux distribution, Ubuntu has been gaining ground in data centers as well, according to the latest statistics from web survey outfit W3Techs.
Neil McAllister, 16 Nov 2012
Earth viewed from space. Image via NASA

Sun’s lost cousin may be to blame for wonky ecliptic

Sol may have had a near stellar neighbour at the time earth was formed, and its gravity could be the reason that planets in our solar system don’t orbit neatly around the Sun’s equator.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Nov 2012

Wordpress to accept Bitcoin without confirmations

Automattic, the company behind blogging platform WordPress.com ,has decided it will accept payment for some services through Bitcoin, the controversial open source currency.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Nov 2012
Mars Attacks!

Maybe Mars had 'warm' water after all

UK researchers have unearthed a new argument in the yes-but-no-but-yes scientific debate about Martian water, saying that meteorite samples suggest water on the red planet was once warm enough for life.
Richard Chirgwin, 16 Nov 2012
Suitcase bulging with cash

Google India slapped with £8.7 MILLION tax penalty

Google is facing more embarrassing revelations about its tax dealings after its Indian business was accused of misleading the government, violating accounting rules and slapped with a Rs76 crore (£8.7m) fine.
Phil Muncaster, 16 Nov 2012
Cellular antenna. Source: Vxla/Flickr

Ancient vulnerability sparks world-wide hypegasm

A class of attack against radio networks documented as far back as the year 2000 has pulled worldwide headlines by being highlighted in a submission to the US government.
Richard Chirgwin, 16 Nov 2012
An alternative Yahoo! logo, courtesy of a Flickr user

Vietnamese Google-killer searches like it's 1996

Google is facing another challenge to its dominance in Asia after home-grown Vietnamese search engine Wada launched with a mission to offer users there a more localised, intuitive alternative hat seems to borrow heavily from Yahoo!, circa 1996.
Phil Muncaster, 16 Nov 2012

SmartTrans pushes into China with former Aus ambassador

Australian online and mobile payments systems developer SmartTrans has scored a coup in its China expansion ambitions, securing former Australian Ambassador to China Dr Geoff Raby as chairman of the company.
Natalie Apostolou, 16 Nov 2012

GoDaddy puts gratuitous sexy pics on IT content

Web biz GoDaddy's virtual data centres are apparently best illustrated using a photo of a bootilicious young thing in a thong gazing thoughtfully at a tan-coloured bed spread.
Anna Leach, 16 Nov 2012
The Switchblade drone missile for the US Army. Credit: AeroVironment

China's cut-price drones attract Asian and African buyers

China’s inexorable rise as a hi-tech military superpower reached another milestone this week as it showcased a range of new drone aircraft remarkably similar to US machines but pitched at a lower price point to attract buyers from the developing world.
Phil Muncaster, 16 Nov 2012

Liberals propose law to regulate social media

Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott has floated a suite of online child safety ideas that would include legislation to regulate social media, which would become answerable to a “Children’s e-Safety Commissioner” charged with taking “a national leadership role in online safety for children.”
Simon Sharwood, 16 Nov 2012

How can UK TV product placement do better, asks report

A new analysis of paid product placements, which have been legal on UK television since February 2011, shows that it hasn't generated all the powerful stream of new revenue the industry had been hoping for. Worse, the technique is in danger of destroying a previously successful industry.
Bill Ray, 16 Nov 2012

Dell starts up 'Top Gun' for channel hotshots, leather jackets and all

Dell's chief storage guy, ex-fighter pilot Darren Thomas, has a new strategy to encourage the troops and get storage geeks to fly: make them Storage Top Guns with leather flying jackets to go with it.
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2012

Cisco offers pint-size cell relief, lets mobile data spurt freely

Cisco CEO John Chambers has confirmed that it will start making cellular base stations, just not very big ones, with a view to integrating the cellular tech into Wi-Fi access points.
Bill Ray, 16 Nov 2012
Office on Perceptive Pixel screen

Should Microsoft merge Office into Windows - or snap it off?

Open ... and ShutGartner research director Larry Cannell thinks Yammer gives Microsoft the impetus to "rethink Office". Cannell's point is that Microsoft needs to reshape Microsoft for the social age. He's right, but I don't think he goes nearly far enough.
Matt Asay, 16 Nov 2012
Thorn EMI Liberator

Liberator: the untold story of the first British laptop part 3

ArchaeologicIn the early 1980s, civil servant Bernard Terry devised a 'portable text processor' to make his fellow civil servants more productive in the office and out. Electronics giant Thorn EMI designed the machine with help of a team of former Dragon Data engineers. As the Liberator, it launched in September 1985 to become the first British laptop and beating the first PC-compatible laptop, Toshiba's T1100, to market. Read the earlier instalments of the Liberator story in Part One and Part Two.
Tony Smith, 16 Nov 2012

Adobe Connect breach pops lid off 'Letmein' logins of gov, army types

A breach of Adobe's Connectusers.com forum database has once again exposed password security foibles, as well as website security shortcomings on Adobe's part.
John Leyden, 16 Nov 2012
Dell logo

Dell and pals mash parts together, squeeze out first 16Gb FC stack

Dell's Compellent unit has worked with Brocade, Emulex and QLogic to offer the first end-to-end 16Gbit/s Fibre Channel storage networking setup, speeding access to SAN data.
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2012

Credit insurance: The hidden data-driven force which killed Comet

A quick look at what happened to high street electronics retailer Comet when its credit insurers slammed their wallets shut should be enough to get any IT business interested in cash-flow, insurance and credit lines.
Eddie Pacey, 16 Nov 2012

Long-suffering Virgin Media victims see no end to vid PURGATORY

Here on the networks desk at Vulture Central our inbox runneth over with complaints from fed-up Virgin Media customers who feel that they are being roundly ignored by the telco, which is yet to fix a network peering problem with a mysterious third party.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Nov 2012

BOFH: Hasta la Vista... luser

Episode 12
Simon Travaglia, 16 Nov 2012

Never mind fat-bellied tech titans, give enterprise upstarts a chance

Sysadmin blogIn the IT world, momentum is everything. The past few months of talking to various start-ups have been an eye-opener for me; but none so much as talking to Bill Karpovich of Zenoss. Zenoss's story reflects one I've heard from many other start-ups of late; they have great software and are growing rapidly, but there's always that risk that being good at what you do might not be enough.
Trevor Pott, 16 Nov 2012

Insight exec: Order-delaying ERP 'teething problems' now fixed

Insight UK says it is now on top of "teething problems" related to its ERP upgrade that delayed some customers' orders.
Paul Kunert, 16 Nov 2012

Apple and Samsung add iPhone 5, Note, S3 to brewing law-storm

A US judge has allowed Samsung and Apple to add some extra devices to their lists of allegedly infringing products, bringing the iPhone 5, the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the US version of the Galaxy SII into the mix.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 16 Nov 2012
An original member of the System/360 family announced in 1964, the Model 50 was the most powerful unit in the medium price range.

Easy to use, virus free, secure: Aaah, how I miss my MAINFRAME

Mention mainframe computers today and most people will conjure an image of something like an early analogue synthesiser crossed with a brontosaurus. Think a hulking, room-sized heap of metal and cables with thousands of moving parts that requires an army of people just to keep it plodding along.
Dave Mandl, 16 Nov 2012

LOHAN to join mile-high club with BRITNEY or NAOMI?

PollThe time has arrived to officially name the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission control board - the electronic heart of our audacious ballocket spaceplane mission.
Lester Haines, 16 Nov 2012
WiGi Alliance logo

WiGig crew to cut DisplayPort cables

VESA, the organisation behind DisplayPort and past monitor connection technologies, must have fallen a little out of love with wireless connectivity. Two years after entering into an alliance with WiGig, the 60GHz band high-speed WLAN standard, it this week felt the need to renew its vows.
Tony Smith, 16 Nov 2012

Avira antivirus patched but still not fully Windows 8 ready

Avira has rolled out a patch that makes its popular freebie anti-virus software more compatible with Windows 8.
John Leyden, 16 Nov 2012

Google seen sniffing over a Dish of mobile spectrum

Google has been chatting to Dish about cooperatively launching a mobile phone network in the USA, using the same loophole LightSquared failed to exploit to build a national network.
Bill Ray, 16 Nov 2012
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 game review

The knives have been sharpened, the vitriol pumped, the maps cleared of bodies and the zombies starved. It can only mean one thing: Call of Duty: Black Op 2 is upon us.
Mike Plant, 16 Nov 2012
Apple iPad Mini

Brits kept waiting as iPad Mini LTE arrives Stateside

The 4G LTE version of Apple's iPad Mini is set to hit US stores this weekend, and some pre-order customers are already starting to receive their slight slates. But over here buyers are being forced to wait until the end of the month.
Caleb Cox, 16 Nov 2012

Boffins: Proto-humans had stone spears HALF a MILLION YEARS BC

An international team of boffins has shown that early proto-humans were using stone spearpoints much earlier than had been believed.
Lewis Page, 16 Nov 2012
Huawei green datacentre cabinet

HP big cheese: Is the cloud even proper IT? Whoops, I said it

AnalysisIn an industry where the number of vendors and distributors seems to be shrinking by the week, Canalys’ Channels Forum offered dealers and value-added resellers something that felt like choice.
Joe Fay, 16 Nov 2012

Facebook offers $10 to each of its Sponsored Stories victims

A US judge is considering a revised settlement proposal from Facebook in the class action suit over Sponsored Stories.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 16 Nov 2012

Power to the people - if you can find a spare socket

Something for the weekend, Sir?Changing family circumstances have resulted in my need to use long-distance trains more frequently. They used to call them "InterCity" services back in "the age of the train" but the less said about that the better.
Alistair Dabbs, 16 Nov 2012

'You can say I'm paranoid about it, but they will kill me'

QuotwThis was the week when Belizean police started the search for securities firm founder John McAfee, a suspect in the murder of his neighbour.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 16 Nov 2012

Greenpeace, unions attack 'secret UN plans to seize the INTERNETS'

Greenpeace and the International Trade Union Confederation are the latest to lay into the UN International Telecommunications Union for trying to grab hold of the internet, blithely unconcerned by the complete lack of any such plan on the ITU's part.
Bill Ray, 16 Nov 2012

BBC iPlayer downloads BORKED by Adobe Air update

An update to Adobe's Air application has crippled the BBC's iPlayer Desktop software, which is used by telly and radio fans in the UK who want to download programmes to view and listen to offline.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Nov 2012

Dead Steve Jobs was dead wrong on Flash, bellows ColdFusion man

The founder of the ColdFusion markup language has lent his voice to a growing list of big names expressing concern over the death of the open web.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Nov 2012

Curiosity latest: MARTIAN DUST DEVILS assail prowling robot rover

Dust-devil tornadoes have swirled around Mars rover Curiosity during its time on the planet's surface, its weather-watching instrument reports.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 16 Nov 2012
The BBC HD Testcard

Bong Broadcasting Corporation. Let ME replace Entwistle

Sony Xperia T

Sony confesses: we can't beat iPhone... yet

Sony has conceded that its Xperia smartphone range lacks a clear iPhone 5 beater. But it promises a contender will be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2013.
Caleb Cox, 16 Nov 2012

Musk to blast right of way through California with railgun Concorde

Elon Musk dropped a few further hints about his Hyperloops transit plan in London last night, saying it was "a cross between a Concorde and a rail gun" whose biggest hurdles included "right-of-way" issues.
Joe Fay, 16 Nov 2012
Sony PS3 Even Slimmer

Sony surges past 70 million PlayStation 3 sales

Sony is commemorating the shipment of 70 million PlayStation 3 consoles this week. Reaching the milestone essentially puts it neck and neck with Microsoft's Xbox 360 in terms of overall global lifetime sales.
Caleb Cox, 16 Nov 2012

Another Microsoft Trojan? Sinofsky might just want a RIM job

AnalysisYou are the Mussolini of Microsoft: you have the engineering operations of Windows and Office running on time, smashing their reputation for lateness.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Nov 2012

Boss wrong to demote man over anti-gay-marriage Facebook post

A Christian man who expressed his unfavourable views about gay marriage on Facebook - and was subsequently demoted with a 40 per cent pay cut by the Manchester-based housing trust he worked for - has won a breach-of-contract case against his employer.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Nov 2012

Amazon cloud inspectors approve SAP's biz apps

SAP’s mighty business apps have been certified to run on the Amazon cloud.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Nov 2012

Galapagos islands bombed with 22 tonnes of Blue Death Cornflakes

Twenty-two tonnes of cereal laced with pesticide have been dropped on the Galapagos Islands over the past week to get rid of a rat menace that has seen 10 rats pack every square meter on the island of Pinzón.
Anna Leach, 16 Nov 2012

Thought you'd escaped Twitter? Think again as Twits get email button

Just to make sure that anyone who's not on Twitter knows about Twitter, understands the coolness of Twitter and sees that everyone they know is on it and that they should be on it too, Twitter has introduced sharing by email.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 16 Nov 2012

Facebook: Give us your credit card and pals' addresses as GIFTS

Why write on a friend's Facebook wall when you could send them cupcakes and they could chose the flavour of the cupcakes? That was Facebook's big pitch to users last night as they announced the rollout of Facebook Gifts at a glitzy New York media event.
Anna Leach, 16 Nov 2012
new instagram logos

Scammers use fake profiles to target Instagram users

Scammers are targeting Instagram users by creating fake profiles to gather personal details before attempting to trick users into signing up for premium-rate mobile services, among other ruses.
John Leyden, 16 Nov 2012

OMG! Aaaah! Apple TV! Yes! No ... Probably! Sometime!

After the iPad Mini rumours turned out to be true, fanboys are eagerly expecting the long rumoured Apple TVs to be announced.
Anna Leach, 16 Nov 2012

'Long Time Ago' and 'Far, Far Away' records broken by new GALAXY

With the power of Hubble and Spitzer combined, NASA has spotted the most distant galaxy ever pictured, around just 420 million years after the Big Bang.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 16 Nov 2012

LIVE NOW: Speak Your Brains on Windows chief's defenestration SHOCKER

Live ChatSteven Sinofsky, Microsoft’s Windows chief, left Microsoft suddenly and without adequate explanation a week ago.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Nov 2012

Plenty more fish (and other eukaryotes) in the sea, say boffins

While scientists have painstakingly documented the existence of 226,000 marine species to date, there remain two to three times as many sea-dwelling creatures yet to be discovered, a new study has suggested.
Team Register, 16 Nov 2012
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

Black Ops 2 takes HALF A BEELLION DOLLARS in just ONE DAY

Activision gloats that its Call of Duty franchise is again the "biggest entertainment launch of the year", after revealing a return of $500m (£316m) from day-one sales of Black Ops 2.
Caleb Cox, 16 Nov 2012

US team poised for second pop at PARIS spaceplane record

Students from the University of Southern Indiana are poised to make a second attempt on El Reg's Guinness World Record for the highest launch of a paper plane.
Lester Haines, 16 Nov 2012

Dell inhales Gale Technologies to blow away cloud rivals

Texan tech titan Dell is trying to turn itself into Big Blue, just like HP, Oracle, and Cisco Systems: its data center business was the one bright spot in its dismal third quarter financials reported last night.

Woz: Microsoft's innovation lead 'worries me greatly'

Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak worries that Microsoft may now be more innovative than the product developers at his former company. He also has a few harsh words for the management style of his fellow Cupertinian cofounder, Steve Jobs.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Nov 2012

Microsoft offers 60-day free trial of Office 2013

Microsoft is now offering a free 60-day trial of Office 2013 Professional Plus, the next generation of its nigh-ubiquitous desktop productivity suite, via its TechNet Evaluation Center website.
Neil McAllister, 16 Nov 2012

Reefer madness blasts pot machine maker's stock sky high

The management of marijuana dispensing machine manufacturer Medbox has asked investors to chill out and get a grip after the company's stock suddenly rose 3,000 per cent to over $215.
Iain Thomson, 16 Nov 2012

October global temps above average for 332nd straight month

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released its global temperature analysis for October, and – no surprise – the planet remains in a sultry mood.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Nov 2012

Survey: Win8 only HALF as popular as Win7 among IT bosses

Microsoft has staked a lot on Windows 8 being the key to its future, but preliminary numbers from analyst house Forrester suggest that business isn't too keen on the new OS.
Iain Thomson, 16 Nov 2012

Taliban official's email blunder leaks 400+ contacts

Anyone in the bulk email business should know never to mix up cc: ("carbon copy") and bcc: ("blind carbon copy") – especially if the materials you're sending out are Taliban press releases.
Neil McAllister, 16 Nov 2012

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