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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Actian grabs Amazon Redshift's secret sauce
Actian has acquired database specialist ParAccel, whose technology formed the guts of Amazon's RedShift.
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.
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.