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Samsung slurps set-top streamer

Samsung has moved to extend its in-TV recording and streaming capabilities with the acquisition of Israel-based set-top-box-based broadcast aggregation outfit Boxee.
Richard Chirgwin, 04 Jul 2013
Applied Micro shows off its X-Gene based HP Moonshot server node

Applied Micro, Mitac show off X-Gene ARM servers

ARM server chip upstart Applied Micro Circuits is bringing its eight-core X-Gene processor to market, and has launched a server aimed at developers with Taiwanese electronics and IT gear maker Mitac International for a microserver based on the impending X-Gene chip.

Decade to 2010 was hottest, wettest: WMO

Not only was the decade 2001-2010 characterised by extremes, according to the World Meteorological Organisation: there were more records broken in more places in the world than at any other time for which records exist.
Richard Chirgwin, 04 Jul 2013
Dark Blue Window - detail of Windows Server logo

It's alive! Shared-nothing migration puts the spark into Hyper-V

Shared-nothing live migration may be the most exciting feature to emerge from Microsoft's Hyper-V 3 virtualisation push.
Trevor Pott, 04 Jul 2013
Patent files

Boston U claims LED patent, files against tech giants

Boston University, which last year assessed the cost of “patent trolling” in the American economy at $US29 billion, has fired its litigation gun at a slew of tech companies – including Apple.
Richard Chirgwin, 04 Jul 2013

India's IT giants left gasping after water shortage

IT execs from some of India’s biggest tech firms are set to meet government officials this week after crippling water shortages almost shut down a large chunk of the country’s multi-billion pound industry last week.
Phil Manchester, 04 Jul 2013

Apple back in court as Shanghai firm takes offence at Siri

Apple has been back in a Shanghai court this week defending claims by a local company that Siri voice assistant technology infringes one of its patents.
Phil Muncaster, 04 Jul 2013

IT bloke inadvertently broadcasts smut on vast public screen

A Chinese techie who was supposed to be fixing a big screen overlooking a public square in Jilin instead accidentally broadcast 10 minutes of a Hong Kong grumble flick over the giant LED telly.
Lester Haines, 04 Jul 2013

NBN study: the analyst view

Pledges have reached almost $7,000 for The Register's crowd-funded NBN study, so we thought it's a good idea to let analysts explain how they'd approach the project. Today, IBRS analyst Guy Cranswick provides insights into his view of how to conduct the study.
Richard Chirgwin, 04 Jul 2013

Vulns 'like a hacker camped in the server room' all across the net

Security holes in server management technology create hacking opportunities almost on par with direct physical access, claims Metasploit creator HD Moore.
John Leyden, 04 Jul 2013

Olympus trio escape jail but firm fined £4.6 MEEELION

Three former Olympus execs have been found guilty of massive accounting fraud and the camera-maker fined ¥700m (£4.6m), although the disgraced trio escaped prison sentences.
Phil Muncaster, 04 Jul 2013

Flogging an iTunes app? Just 4k downloads will get you in Top 10

A free app in iTunes' US top 10 gets around 70,000 downloads daily, while a paid app needs just 4,000 nods from fanbois to get to the top of the tree – but markedly fewer on a Tuesday.
Bill Ray, 04 Jul 2013

Oracle's Sun rises over ZFS and Pillar

Oracle says version 12c of its database works better with Oracle's own Sun ZFS and Pillar Axiom storage, with better performance, easier storage config, and faster test and development set-up. But the ZFS product seems preferred over the Axiom.
Chris Mellor, 04 Jul 2013

Fines 4 U: Mobe insurer cops £3m penalty for grumble dumping

A firm that sells mobile insurance to Phones 4u customers has been smacked with a fine of almost £3million for ignoring customer complaints.
Jasper Hamill, 04 Jul 2013

If BlackBerry were a bunch of startups, would you invest?

AnalysisDespite recording top-line growth and an increase in cash, BlackBerry took a pummelling on Friday. Short sellers cashed in, and even the most loyal enthusiasts took to fan sites this weekend, questioning their own commitment. The renewed concern is because uptake of the new OS, BB10, came in below estimates.
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Jul 2013

Report: IPCom gets rich off Deutsche Telekom patent payment

Patent warehouse IPCom may have scored a massive royalty payout from Deutsche Telekom, with Reuters reporting the settlement to be worth hundreds of millions of euros.
Iain Thomson, 04 Jul 2013

Emulex 'hired Goldman Sachs to find themselves a buyer' - report

SAN storage adaptor supplier Emulex has hired Goldman Sachs to find a buyer, according to Bloomberg.
Chris Mellor, 04 Jul 2013
Sinofsky's Surface skateboard

Win 8 man Sinofsky's 'retirement' deal: $14m shares, oath of silence

Windows 8 architect Steven Sinofsky has officially “retired” from Microsoft having inked a deal in which he cops a share payout worth $14m in exchange for not joining the competition.
Gavin Clarke, 04 Jul 2013
National Lift Tower

Love in an elevator.... testing mast: The National Lift Tower

Geek's Guide to BritainThe Tower rises above the flat plain of the Nene valley near Northampton - for centuries home of Britain’s shoe industry, but these days better known as the home town of 11th Doctor Matt Smith, comics auteur Alan Moore and El Reg operations manager Matt Proud - like some kind of latter-day Barad Dûr or Orthanc.
Tony Smith, 04 Jul 2013

EU chucks €18m at research for stupidly fast networks

The European Commission has inked a €18m research deal with Japan to fund six separate projects that will examine ways of improving networks to allow them to carry more data.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Jul 2013
Old US letter

Going lo-tech to avoid NSA snooping? Unlucky - they read snailmail too

Privacy-conscious US citizens looking to go retro in the wake of the ongoing controversy about PRISM-related snooping and the NSA harvesting metadata on an industrial scale will find little refuge in snail mail.
John Leyden, 04 Jul 2013

Americans attempt to throw off oppressive, unresponsive rulers on 4th of July

Online activists will leave their offices, bedrooms and basements today and fan out across America to protest against the US government's surveillance of digital communications.
Jasper Hamill, 04 Jul 2013
cookies_eyes_privacy evercookies flash cookies

Twitter to let ad pals TRACK COOKIES on micro-blogging site

Twitter needs to make more money from advertising - to do that it has decided to follow the lead of other free content social media networks by targeting its users' cookies to create tracking profiles for its ad partners.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Jul 2013

Irish gov refuses to haul Google, Apple into MPs' tax inquiry

An Irish parliamentary committee has voted against hauling in representatives from Google and Apple to answer for their tax affairs in the country, after the firms were accused of using Ireland as a base for their aggressive tax planning.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 04 Jul 2013
Quantum Scalar i40 tape library

Quantum hands out 190 pink slips... quits making own tape library

Quantum has decided to quit the business of manufacturing its Scalar tape libraries, outsourcing the job, and laying off almost 200 people in its Colorado Springs facility, with more to follow overseas, according to a person who is close to the action.
Chris Mellor, 04 Jul 2013

Zynga lures Microsoft's gaming chief with bulging package

Shiny new Zynga chief Don Mattrick will get a hefty package when he joins the firm next week, with around $50m hitting his bank account in the next few years.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 04 Jul 2013

US Navy coughs $34.5m for hyper-kill railgun that DOESN'T self-destruct

BAE Systems has been handed a $34.5m contract to design a new version of a potentially game-changing weapon of the future.
Jasper Hamill, 04 Jul 2013
Clapping children

Hitch climate tax to the actual climate, says top economist

CommentA Canadian economist has an idea to tackle global warming so simple, it’s stunning no one has thought of it before.
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Jul 2013

Sick of quarterly pelting in LSE stocks, Northamber AIMs for exit

Northamber is proposing to shift its stock listing from the London Stock Exchange to AIM, where it will not be required to play out its quarterly challenges in a public arena and can close corporate deals more easily.
Paul Kunert, 04 Jul 2013

Mastercard and Visa block payments to Swedish VPN firms

Mastercard and Visa have reportedly put a block on payment processing services for some anonymisation and virtual private network (VPN) services.
John Leyden, 04 Jul 2013
Toshiba Fab 5

Toshiba extends enormo flash fab, hopes to bust NAND capacity barrier

Toshiba has said it will expand its Fab 5 NAND fabrication plant at Yokkaichi Operations in Mie, Japan, following a SanDisk announcement about the same effort.
Chris Mellor, 04 Jul 2013

INVASION of the UNDEAD ANDROIDS: Hackers can pwn 'nearly all' devices

A four-year-old Android bug could be used to plant malware on 99 per cent of Android devices on the market, according to security researchers.
John Leyden, 04 Jul 2013

Whitehall's ball-breaking efficiency tsar quits for a quiet life in Oz

A high-flying Australian apparatchik who was parachuted in to save the coalition government's crisis-hit Universal Credit benefits system has quit the British civil service.
Jasper Hamill, 04 Jul 2013

Patriot hacker 'The Jester' attacks nations offering Snowden help

Soi-disant patriot hacker "The Jester" is taking aim at nations seen as offering aid and comfort to NSA sysadmin turned whistleblower Edward Snowden.
John Leyden, 04 Jul 2013

Big Blue storage supremo Andy Monshaw quits IBM

ExclusiveAndy Monshaw, general manager of IBM's storage business from 2005 to 2008 and most recently general manager of the company's PureFlex integrated systems, has left the building.
Chris Mellor, 04 Jul 2013

Cisco's Hens to sink teeth into worldwide distribution

Cisco has rejigged the chairs at its top table, with exec Julie Hens being made veep of worldwide distribution.
Paul Kunert, 04 Jul 2013

Cryptocat WIDE OPEN, new version a must

The encrypted online chat service Cryptocat is urging users to install a new version, following the revelation that its encryption could be cracked by brute force.
Richard Chirgwin, 04 Jul 2013

Apple files patent for 'Waze-plus'

Apple has filed a patent application for something that looks remarkably similar to Google's billion-dollar crowdsourced mapping buy, Waze - which earlier this year was rumoured to be an Apple takeover target.
Richard Chirgwin, 04 Jul 2013

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