Whisper. Explain this 'questionable' behavior – senior US senator
US Senator Jay Rockefeller has sent a terse letter [PDF] to the CEO of "anonymous" messaging app Whisper about its privacy policies.
Facebook, IBM, court future Chinese elite
Beijing's Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management has signed up two tech titans to its advisory board: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and IBM President and CEO Ginni Rometty.
Jeff Bezos rolls up another $437m, lights Amazon's cigar with it
It's not black magic that Amazon works on its financial results each quarter but red magic – because however massive a haul of cash the company pulls in, it just can't seem to turn a profit. Odd, that.
Moscow, Beijing poised to sign deal on joint cyber security ops
Moscow and Beijing will next month sign a deal to commence joint information security projects and operations, and to increase cooperation in the space, according to a popular Russian newspaper with ties to President Vladimir Putin.
Would you blow $5.6m to own a dot-word? Meet a bloke who did just that
A further $13m was spent yesterday on auctions for the ownership rights to three new soul-sapping dot-word domains: .spot, .salon and .realty.
Samsung gets virtual with tiny S5 upgrade and goggle grab
A small upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S5 has popped up on Samsung's dutch web site? The phone is identical in all regards to the S5, save in the fact that it uses a Qualcomm CPU running at 2.5 Ghz. The original S5 runs at 2.7Ghz.
Remember the Aereo streaming TV service? Wasn't it COOL? Well, it's pretty much dead now
Embattled streaming TV service Aereo was dealt a fatal blow Thursday as a US judge barred the service from broadcasting live television streams.
Yahoo! Timestamps! Now! Block! Facebook! Email! Snoops!
Facebook has begun using a Yahoo! email standard created in August last year to prevent snooping through the acquisition of old addresses.
Boffins want to put Quanta in containers, after docking
Don't laugh: a group of Japanese and Australian boffins want to use container ships to carry around entangled quanta.
'Careful management of headcount' for Juniper after tepid quarter
Juniper Networks has reported a difficult third quarter that left CEO Shaygan Kheradpir “disappointed” by “lower-than-anticipated demand from service providers, particularly in the U.S.”
MAVEN snaps eight-bit SPACE INVADER
Comet Siding springs is proving a tricky subject for photography.
Adorkable overshare of words like photobomb in this year's dictionaries
Adorkable, photobomb, overshare, Tinder. What do these words have in common? Apart from being ridiculous portmanteaus and brand names that have made their way into common usage, they’re also words that will feature in this year’s new dictionaries.
Rackspace launches big red rack eater
Rackspace has flicked the switch on the third version of its RackConnect hybrid cloud-maker.
COMET 67P is basically TRAILING a HORRIFIC STENCH through space
The Rosetta probe that is orbiting comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko is mainly preoccupied with firming up its plans for landing on the surface: however, there's still science to be done – and boffins have been taking a sniff at how the space snowball smells.
Google absorbs Oxford Uni boffins in artificial intelligence boost quest
Google has hired seven academics from Oxford University and signed partnerships with the engineering and computer science facilities to help it develop its DeepMind artificial intelligence system.
Pssst. Want to buy a timeshare in the clouds?
CommentThree questions: is baby turning into a monster? Are we desktop/notebook/tablet/smartphone users becoming the near-as-dammit slaves of social media and retail monopolists? Are these monopolists destroying jobs and impoverishing people faster than networked smart device and software technologies are creating jobs and enriching their users' lives?
Kingston's aviation empire: From industry firsts to Airfix heroes
Geek's Guide to BritainHe learned to fly aged 22, set up his first aircraft factory aged 24 and by 30 his fighters dominated the skies over the Western Front.
Cisco patches three-year-old remote code-execution hole
A three-year-old dangerous remote code execution hole affecting Cisco kit has been patched.
Meet Mr Gamification: He's got a NUDGE or two for you
Battle of IdeasDo you ever get invited to talk and wish that Steve Bong was there instead of you? That’s what happened to me last weekend. The subject was "gamification" at the Battle of Ideas. Things got really strange, really quickly – I think you’ll find what is coming up to be quite eye-opening - but I’m sure Steve would have taken it all in his stride.
We chat to CloudFlare about its 'EVERYBODY GETS SSL' venture
InterviewCloudFlare boss Matthew Prince is hoping the firm's project to roll out SSL support to customers who use its free cloud-based web hosting service will inspire other internet firms to build out a fully encrypted web.
Lucky you. Twitter offers you its 'Digits' (for mobe app sign-ins)
Twitter's launch of a service that provides a new way to sign up to apps without using passwords has received a cautious welcome from security experts.
Dropbox-but-with-an-actual-box firm touts new biz appliances
Private cloud firm Connected Data has birthed a business-class, private cloud/file sync 'n' share product based on its consumer Transporter product's base.
CBS goes OTT, releases EVERY EPISODE of Star Trek EVER MADE
Only a day after HBO announced its OTT intentions, CBS followed suit and unveiled its own online ambitions – with archived content, current shows and livestreams in CBS’s 14 largest markets.
Bitcasa bins $10-a-month Infinite storage offer
CommentOne of the oddest cloud storage offers ever has just been binned as Bitcasa bumps into reality. When sprats are competing with killer whales what do you expect?
Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster
AnalysisThis weekend marks two years since Windows 8 and Surface were launched at a press event at Pier 57 on the Hudson River in New York.
Ubuntu's shiny 10th birthday Unicorn: An upgrade fantasy
ReviewFor a celebratory 10th birthday release, Ubuntu 14.10 is a bit of a damp squib.
Microsoft discovers long-lost phone division down back of sofa
Nokia phones generated $2.6bn in revenue for Microsoft as the division arrested its decline. Redmond sold 9.3m Lumia devices in the quarter, the most ever.
iMessage SPAM floods US mobile networks
China-based counterfeiters are spamvertising knock-off designer goods using Apple iMessage instead of using conventional email spam runs.
32,000 Hungarians plan to take to the streets for 'internet tax' protest
More than 30,000 people have pledged to stage a protest against Hungary's proposed internet tax law in the capital on Sunday.
Screw the guvmint, vows CEO of ubiquitous Korean jabber app KakaoTalk
The boss of South Korea's leading messaging app KakaoTalk has apologised for handing access to users' private conversations to the country's authorities and vowed it won't happen again.
Activist investors force Riverbed into climbdown over cash 'n' costs
CommentAnother one bites the dust as activist investor Elliott Management forces networking biz Riverbed into a strategic review of its options.
Moment of truth for LOHAN's servos: Our US allies are poised for final test flight
The matter of whether our Vulture 2 spaceplane's servos will freeze at altitude will be resolved on Saturday by our US allies at Edge Research Lab, when they send a complete spaceplane autopilot/battery/servo rig stratowards.
FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on
Chipmaker FTDI has pulled a driver from Windows Update that could brick devices containing knockoff versions of its USB-to-serial bridge chips, but says it won't back down on its aggressive anti-counterfeiting stance.
Wanna hop carriers with your iPad's Apple SIM? AVOID AT&T
If you're pumped about using the new iPads' multi-carrier Apple SIM in the US, don't pick AT&T as your first choice – or you'll lose the ability to switch to another operator altogether.
Silicon Valley scrooges paid staff $1.21 an hour in a 122-hour week
A successful Silicon Valley firm has admitted paying staff $1.21 an hour and working them for more than 120 hours a week.
Revealed: The amazing magical innovation in the iPad Mini 3 – a lick of paint
TeardownReady to ditch your iPad Mini 2 for the latest and greatest miniature fondleslab from Apple? You may not get much more for your money.
Breaking records: Google exec in terrifying SKY PLUNGE DRAMA
A top Google exec has broken the record for the highest free fall to Earth – in a largely self-funded stunt to explore the stratosphere.