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Google's $1 fiber deal will cost Provo, Utah $1.7m

Google's sweetheart deal to take over the city of Provo, Utah's loss-making fiber network will come with hidden costs, the city's mayor has revealed.
Neil McAllister, 25 Apr 2013

Rackspace plugs event monitoring into its servers

Rackspace has broadened the capabilities of its cloud monitoring technology by letting admins put an agent on their servers to get a clearer idea of how apps are using hardware resources.
Jack Clark, 25 Apr 2013
Windows XP Start Screen

Got a Windows XP end-of-life plan? Neither does anyone else

OpinionApplications are the glue that connects people with IT, that much is obvious, and in turn software has a powerful influence on business performance.
Nic Merriman, 25 Apr 2013

Mutant hybrid upstart joins pushback against storage giants

Three hybrid flash-disk array upstarts are eating away at the incumbents' market share - and El Reg has peeked under the bonnet of one to find out how.
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2013

O2 to turn your innocent nipper into Silicon Roundabout hipster

O2 will be running 28 UK events titled Think Big School, pushing 3,000 youngsters through two days of training so they can learn to write code and pitch business ideas like a skinny-tie-and-sneakers-wearing Shoreditch type.
Bill Ray, 25 Apr 2013

Bogus gov online test tells people on dole they're just SO employable

Bloggers have discovered that the Department for Work and Pensions is using an obviously defective personality test in a bid to get jobseekers off the dole and into work.
Jasper Hamill, 25 Apr 2013

Tough luck, lappies: Brits favour fingersome fondleslabs, phones

Tablets have been outselling desktop and notebook PCs combined here in Blighty, and they could well be about to generate more revenue for their manufacturers too, data from GfK, a market watcher, suggests.
Tony Smith, 25 Apr 2013

Crackdown looming on premium-rate phone number internet ads

Time may be short for companies who make a living with internet-promoted premium phone numbers, as the UK regulator of such matters opens a second consultation aimed at denying them obscurity.
Bill Ray, 25 Apr 2013
WD Sentinel DX4000

Review: Western Digital Sentinel DX4000

Western Digital makes Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices and recently sent a Sentinel DX4000 to El Reg for review. When I was asked to write about it I was initially unsure exactly how I would approach this: where's the novelty in a small consumer or SME device?
Trevor Pott, 25 Apr 2013

UK.gov coughed over £2 MEELLION in data breach fines in the past year

The total number of self-reported* data breaches in the UK increased from 730 between March 2011 and February 2012 to 1,150 in a similar period in the year up to early March 2013. The lion's share of the fines paid out originated from the public sector.
John Leyden, 25 Apr 2013

O2 scoffs at call-centre outsource fears, forgets to rule it out completely

Rumours that O2 UK plans to outsource all its telephone support work have been dismissed as speculation by the mobile network operator. The cynical among us will note that's not the same as completely ruling it out.
Bill Ray, 25 Apr 2013

UK faces hacking doom, but think of the money, security startups!

Infosec 2013The UK government is hit by more than 33,000 pieces of malicious email a day, ranging from casual phishing to targeted espionage attacks.
John Leyden, 25 Apr 2013
Samsung S9

High-rollers’ shop pitches wallet-pounding, wall-pummelling MONSTER TV

Suddenly found yourself with £35,000 in your pocket and can’t think what to spend it on? Wander on down to posh shop Selfridges which says it has the answer: Samsung’s S9, an Ultra HD enormo-telly boasting 4K x 2K resolution.
Tony Smith, 25 Apr 2013

Nick Clegg: Snooper's Charter 'isn't going to happen'

UpdatedDeputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has strongly rejected Home Office plans to massively ramp up surveillance of Brits' internet activity in a very public rebuttal of Theresa May's proposals this morning.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Apr 2013
Exablox box

Wannabe ZFS rival Exablox decloaks MYSTERY NAS box

Mystery storage startup Exablox has finally uncloaked its secret project - which turned out to be a simple scale-out filer managed through a cloud-based utility.
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2013
Dell logo in crosshairs

Major Dell investor cashes in ALL of its 24.5 million shares

Venture capitalist Blackstone's decision to withdraw from the bidding for Dell has spooked The Oakmark Funds into offloading its major stake in the Texan PC baron.
Paul Kunert, 25 Apr 2013
ubuntu 13.04 photolens

Ubuntu 13.04: No privacy controls as promised, but hey - photo search!

First the bad news: most of the big new features planned for Ubuntu 13.04, or Raring Ringtail, haven’t made it – they’ve been pushed back to 13.10, due in October. Despite this, the Ringtail is actually rather good.
Scott Gilbertson, 25 Apr 2013

Alibaba and the thwarted thieves: Cops, bazaar to tackle China's piracy

The biggest e-shopping site in China - a nation considered the counterfeit capital of the world - has promised to help decapitate the "snake" of knockoff goods.
Phil Muncaster, 25 Apr 2013

Google's Euro antitrust offer: Fine! We'll link to our search rivals

Google's rivals have been given one month to weigh up the advertising giant's now-public proposed changes to how it runs its European search business.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Apr 2013

Ginni blasts 'slow' IBM staff after poor Q1 results

IBM chief Virginia Rometty has issued a company-wide dressing-down to staff who are "too slow", after the firm's disappointing first quarter results.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 25 Apr 2013
Antares launch on 21 April. Pic: NASA

Outsourced space trucks battle for US middleweight lifting title

CommentThere was much popping of champagne corks and back-slapping last Sunday when Orbital Sciences Corporation's Antares rocket finally blasted off from the launch pad at NASA's new Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
Lester Haines, 25 Apr 2013

Virgin Media: SO SORRY we fined your dead dad £10 for unpaid bill

Virgin Media has apologised after charging a dead man £10 for being unable to pay his broadband bill.
Jasper Hamill, 25 Apr 2013
N Mark for NFC

Mobes' pay-by-bonk just isn't cool enough, sniffs Tesco bod

Tesco reckons contact-less pay-by-wave technology in phones has had its day - and the shopping giant is moving back to relying on cash and traditional payment cards.
Bill Ray, 25 Apr 2013
Fusion-io revenues to Q3 fy 2013

Not even Facebook, Apple's millions can halt Fusion-io's bleed

Storage firm Fusion-io reported ugly results for its third fiscal 2013 quarter, with revenues down - albeit higher than analysts had expected - and a thumping loss.
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2013

Smug Red Hat buoyed by UK gov's open-source three-line-whip

The UK government's love affair with open-source technology has given software house Red Hat a shot in the arm, we're told.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2013

Guess who PC-slaying tablets are killing next? Keyboard biz Logitech

The industry shift to slabs didn't just catch out major PC makers: peripherals builder Logitech also found life hard going, judging by the amount of red ink scrawled over its Q4 2012 financial figures.
Paul Kunert, 25 Apr 2013

Vietnamese madam cuffed after advertising girls on Facebook

Police in Vietnam have swooped on a prostitution ring after spotting one enterprising lady-of-the-night using Facebook to advertise her girls’ wares to potential punters.
Phil Muncaster, 25 Apr 2013

Peak Apple: Cupertino belatedly spends some money on R&D

Apple is ploughing more cash into research and development ahead of new product launches expected in the coming 12 months.
Jasper Hamill, 25 Apr 2013
Microsoft Surface Pro

Microsoft carves out 'niche' in tablets, says numbers chap

Apple had to watch Android match then exceed its share of the smartphone market and now it’s having to watch Google’s OS do the same thing in the tablet space.
Tony Smith, 25 Apr 2013

Kindlevision? Amazon reportedly developing set-top tellybox

Amazon will be the latest tech biz to release a set-top TV box later this year, according to the rumour mill, incorporating its video-on-demand services.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 25 Apr 2013

Enormo-distie Avnet's profits nosedive FORTY PER CENT

Avnet chief Rick Hamada said his IT distribution giant will need to cut another $40m in costs to turn itself around - after its net income dropped nearly 42 per cent in its fiscal third quarter.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 25 Apr 2013

Opscode cooks up deals to serve Chef automation from IBM, Joyent clouds

Opscode's Chef configuration, change, and cloud management tool is spreading around the clouds and has been formally adopted on the heavenly infrastructure from IBM and Joyent.

Zynga banks fluke profit - won't happen again, says CEO

Top dogs at Zynga say the online gaming firm just needs a little more time to turn around its losing streak - after forecasting worse losses than expected for this year's second quarter.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 25 Apr 2013

Google report shows record rise in government takedown requests

Google's latest transparency report has shown requests for content removal by governments around the world rose 26 per cent in the last six months of 2012, with complaints about defamation being by far the most common reason.
Iain Thomson, 25 Apr 2013

Internet freedom groups urge W3C to keep DRM out of HTML

A coalition of organizations led by the Free Software Foundation has petitioned the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) to reject the Encrypted Media Extensions (EME), a proposed expansion of the HTML spec that would create a standard digital rights management (DRM) mechanism for the web.
Neil McAllister, 25 Apr 2013

Verizon sniffing around Vodafone's US stake again

Verizon is putting together a $100bn bid for Vodafone's stake in its wireless business, and is ready to take the offer public if a boardroom deal can't be agreed.
Bill Ray, 25 Apr 2013
Kobo Arc 7in Android tablet with iPhone, iPad and Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2

Smartphone and tablet displays: Reg readers weigh in

Survey resultsIn January 2012 we ran a Reg reader survey to find out what you think about your smartphones and tablets, and the results are now in.
Team Freeform, 25 Apr 2013

The Germans are coming - Software AG borgs LongJump

Software AG has acquired LongJump, an enterprise-focused company that develops a platform-as-a-service which lets folk build applications without knowing how to code.
Jack Clark, 25 Apr 2013

Student falsely IDed by Reddit as Boston bomber found dead

Sunil Tripathi, the 22 year-old Brown University philosophy student mistakenly identified as a suspect in the Boston bombings by amateur investigators on Reddit, has been found dead in the Providence River, his family has said.
Iain Thomson, 25 Apr 2013

Samsung to launch Galaxy S 4 without Knox security layer

After hyping it for months, Samsung has delayed the release of Knox, its new enterprise security framework for its Galaxy line of Android phones, sources claim.
Neil McAllister, 25 Apr 2013

Actian grabs Amazon Redshift's secret sauce

Actian has acquired database specialist ParAccel, whose technology formed the guts of Amazon's RedShift.
Jack Clark, 25 Apr 2013
A storm is brewing (Mali, Sahel). Foto: F. Guichard & L. Kergoat, AMMA project, CNRS copyright.

Citrix hits turbulence, cuts profit outlook

Citrix Systems is the latest big IT vendor in the Q1 earnings season to report unexpected delays in closing orders, particularly with its key XenDesktop application and desktop virtualization product. The company has cut profit expectations for Q2 and for the full year, sending shares down seven per cent to just under $63 a pop as the market closed on Thursday.

Oz sports discovers IPTV, just a little

The rather-battered Australian Sports Commission has discovered the Internet and has mooted that it might be used to help put second-rank sports in front of a viewing audience.
Richard Chirgwin, 25 Apr 2013

Neutrinos from another galaxy hit ice with black-hole force

If they're neutrinos – the scientists are being cautious about that, not yet having the six-sigma certainty that particle physics likes – they're rather exciting excited ones: two neutrinos believed detected at the IceCube detector in Antarctica have huge energy and probably came from outside our galaxy.
Richard Chirgwin, 25 Apr 2013

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