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Google's tax returns are trop petite says Hollande
France has had enough of the tax shenanigans of American Internet giants, and President Francois Hollande is going to … talk to Barack Obama about the issue.
KA-BLAM!! Marvel Comics opens super-powered data API to web devs
Comic-book giant Marvel Entertainment has built a huge database stuffed with information about its characters, comics, and creative talent throughout its more than 70-year publishing history, and now it wants to see what independent developers can do with it.
Report: IBM to peddle its chip wing
IBM is rumored to have retained Goldman Sachs to help it put a price on its semiconductor division.
Mars rover Curiosity snaps 'pale blue dot' image of Earth, Moon
NASA's Jet propulsion Laboratory has published the first image of the Earth and Moon taken from one of the camera systems aboard the Curiosity rover. We look very small indeed.
Apple ticks off trigger-happy Bitcoiners with App Store snub
Apple has issued a series of takedowns on Bitcoin trading apps, prompting outraged users to destroy iPhones in protest.
Snowden saga scares Oracle away from spy-flick sponsorship
The ongoing tensions between the government and private sectors over Edward Snowden's document leaks has reportedly pushed Oracle to cancel a high-profile film placement deal.
Firefox's touchy-feeling Windows 8 makeover now in beta
After a long development process, a beta version of the Firefox web browser that offers support for Windows 8's touch-centric UI mode is now available.
Cisco asks court to bin Rockstar patents
Cisco has thrown on the armour and couched the lance to defend itself and its customers from the zombie Nortel patent lawsuits.
CERN outlines plan for new 100km circumference supercollider
CERN boffins have started to imagine their next generation of atom-smashers, floating “an exploratory study for a future long-term project centred on a new-generation circular collider with a circumference of 80 to 100 kilometres.”
Hands up if you have one good reason to port enterprise apps to ARM
ARM servers look tantalising. Various CPU vendors offer multi-core silicon at a price that makes Intel go weak at the knees. Those CPUs also slurp so little power that by the time a senior manager reads about them in an in-flight magazine you'll be asked why you're not using them yet.
Open MPI hits milestone with FORTRAN-ready 1.7.4 release
The decade-old Open MPI project, beloved of the HPC community, has shipped code for a major feature release that brings it close to a complete MPI 3 implementation.
Time to pack in your job: Someone FINALLY needs a cat vids curator
This is not the sound of your ship coming in, but if you're sick of your current job as a Ruby on Rails developer, Oracle sysadmin, HPC guru or security whipping-boy, why not try your hand at the arts?
Dimension Data launches backup-as-a-service service
There's a new backup-as-a-service player in town, in the form of South African services outfit Dimension Data.
Think wearables are the next tech boom? Cisco's numbers beg to differ
Last year, according to IDC, world smartphone shipments passed the billion-unit mark, making up more than half of a global market of 1.8 billion mobile phones. By 2018 we'll be buying 2.3 billion phones a year.
Indian internet tunnelers trump Chinese web deniers
Asia accounts for four of the world’s top five VPN-using countries, although Indian netizens are more likely to hide their location than those in China, according to new research.
CommVault: Data-sifting cloudy archive shifter ... and now revenues lifter
CommVault's revenues are growing nicely, and so are its profits, but the rate of growth has slowed somewhat.
Opera founder von Tetzchner: It's all gone to crap since I quit
Interview"It's really sad, it's lost now," says Opera co-founder Jon von Tetzchner, reflecting on the fate of the company he left in 2011.
IBM to invest $100m and a decade into using Watson in Africa
IBM is planning to invest $100m and 10 years on getting Africa hooked on its Watson supercomputer system.
Commoditisation. It's HAPPENING. This is NOT a drill
StoragebodYour mileage may vary somewhat but 2014 is already beginning to get interesting from a storage point of view. And it appears to have little to do with technology or perhaps too little technology.
'I plead guilty to DDoS conspiracy and these GCHQ b*stards were doing the SAME thing?'
QuotwThis was the week when Microsoft finally announced who was going to take over from outgoing chief Steve Ballmer, awarding the heavy crown to Satya Nadella.
STRIPPED DOWN and EXPOSED: Business kit from the good old days
Something for the Weekend, Sir?A staple of radio phone-ins is to invite listeners to share their stories about funny things they found when moving into a new property.
Tech Data execs: Nooooo... It's the INCREDIBLE SHRINKING payslip
It's tough at the top. Just ask senior execs at distie titan Tech Data, who took home a smaller pay packet in fiscal '13 as sales and profits slipped.
EE rolls out Brightbox fix... but it WON'T stop packet sniffers, DNS meddlers – infosec bod
EE is rolling out an update to its BrightBox routers to fix a series of vulnerabilities which allowed hackers to access the devices by a simple copy and paste operation.
Inside Microsoft's Autopilot: Nadella's secret cloud weapon
ExclusiveSatya Nadella may have just taken the reins as Microsoft's chief executive, but he's already intimately familiar with one of the company's key internal tools to let it compete with Amazon and Google: a complex software system named Autopilot.
Facebook-for-suits biz LinkedIn shares drop on weakened 2014 outlook
Shares in business networking site LinkedIn have dropped 7.8 per cent in after-hours trading, struggling back from an earlier low of 15 per cent, after it predicted weaker-than-expected results for the first quarter.
Baby's got the bends: LG's D958 G Flex Android smartie
ReviewAsk any consumer technology pundit and they will tell you the future of communications gadgets is all about physical flexibility and wearability. With its new G Flex tablette, LG has embraced the former and produced a device with a flexible screen and a flexible battery.
Woz he talking about? Apple co-founder wants iPhones to run Android
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has infuriated fanbois everywhere after suggesting the fruity firm should start building Android iPhones.
Dell's channel love-in: We've picked 500k accounts (from direct reps' garden)
With Valentine's Day on the way, Dell is showing more love to the channel by rewarding direct sales reps who push up to half-a-million customer accounts to partners.
Fusion-io tinkers in lab, unleashes fresh wave of MUTANT FREAKS
PCIe flash card supplier Fusion-io has launched an all-flash array and a hybrid flash/disk array for its channel partners to sell.
Xerox names former HP veteran as UK channel royalty
Former HP veteran Norman Richardson has landed at Xerox to run UK channels, the copier titan has confirmed.
MEP: Google's SECRET deal will cause crisis of trust for Europe
Google's secret backroom deal with the EU's competition chief can only worsen the crisis of trust in the European institutions, one MEP tells us. This week the Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia said he would advise the Commission to reject complaints made about Google's business practices, thus allowing the search giant to avoid a costly competition trial.
Whacking Joaquin: EU competition chief defends handling of Google search case
Microsoft is wrong to suggest that the European Commission has caved in to Google's revised package of concessions to resolve a long-running competition dispute over the ad giant's search biz, antitrust boss Joaquin Almunia said today.
Samsung leaps out of volume PC game as UK market crashes
Samsung withdrew from the fight at the sharp end of Blighty's PC market last quarter, figures from Gartner indicate.
Mass domain hijack leaves Reg reader angry with 123-Reg
UpdatedA customer of domain name and web hosting provider 123-reg blames the firm for a domain hack that redirected surfers to malicious sites pushing a ransomware scam.
Tim Cook dangles 'new product categories' carrot over $14bn Apple share buyback
Tim Cook has embarked on a massive $14bn share buyback in a bid to calm the nerves of tetchy Apple shareholders.
Twitter may sue US government over right to disclose snooping orders
Twitter says that the current compromise allowing tech companies to disclose some of the data requests orders made in secret by the US intelligence services isn't good enough, and it may sue to get the right to be more transparent.
15,000 London coppers to receive new crime-fighting tool: an iPad
London's Metropolitan Police are about to be equipped with a new crime-fighting tool: Apple's iPad mini.
Larry Ellison: Technology has 'negatively impacted' children
Tech magnate and extremely rich chap Larry Ellison bemoans the effect technology has on children.
Bitcoin value plunges as Mt.Gox halts withdrawals and Russia says 'nyet'
The value of Bitcoins dropped sharply on Friday after leading Bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox suspended all withdrawals and the Russian Federation declared virtual currencies illegal.
France demands that Google post badge of shame on its pages
Officials in France will force Google to display a notice on its French home page of a recent privacy court ruling against the company.
Snowden documents show British digital spies use viruses and 'honey traps'
At the start of this week, documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden detailed DDOS attacks on chatrooms by a British online intelligence unit dubbed the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG). Now he has released a new trove showing that JTRIG is about much more than purely online annoyances.
IBM opens 'JumpGate' code to help devs navigate among clouds
IBM has developed a tool to tackle fragmentation in the cloud management ecosystem, and hopes its approach will encourage more providers to support OpenStack-based applications without having to run OpenStack.
Rampaging Google now second most valuable company ON EARTH
Apple may handily hold the title of World's Most Valuable Company when measured by the size of its market capitalization, but the number-two spot, long held by fossil-fuel pusher Exxon Mobil, has been usurped by one of Cupertino's craftiest competitors: Google.
California takes a shot at mobile 'killswitch' mandate
Lawmakers in California have introduced a bill that would force vendors to equip all mobile phones and tablets in the state with a remote-wipe tool.