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hands waving dollar bills in the air

One third of servers, storage and switches are sold to clouds

Analyst firm IDC reckons that cloud operations – private and public - now account for “almost a third” of the world's spending on servers, storage and ethernet switches.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2014
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The Pirate Bay's new IsoHunt logo

IsoHunt releases roll-your-own Pirate Bay

Torrent site ISOhunt has created a roll-your-own, open source, version of infamous file-sharing site The Pirate Bay.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2014
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Dangerous NTP hole ruins your Chrissy lunch

Critical holes have been reported in the implementation of the network time protocol (NTP) that could allow unsophisticated attackers root access on servers.
Darren Pauli, 22 Dec 2014
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Cher pointing, Cher point, Sharepoint

Microsoft shutters Office 365's free web site service

Microsoft is terminating its SharePoint Online Public Website service, effective January 2015.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2014
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Onions

STAY AWAY: Popular Tor exit relays look raided

As foreshadowed last week, Tor network exit nodes have gone down after what appear to be raids by law enforcement authorities.
Darren Pauli, 22 Dec 2014
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Working over Christmas? Government tech suppliers will be

The government’s tech procurement arm is asking suppliers to burn candles brightly over the festive season by filling in a 700-question Network Services tender after redrafting it.
Paul Kunert, 22 Dec 2014
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Elite

Space Commanders lock missiles on Elite's Frontier Devs

Elite: Dangerous, the re-boot of the hit eighties space combat and trading game Elite, launched last week, but the biggest buzz in the wake of its arrival is from disgruntled fans who want a refund.
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2014
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Hackers pop German steel mill, wreck furnace

Talented hackers have caused "serious damage" after breaching a German steel mill and wrecking one of its blast furnaces.
Darren Pauli, 22 Dec 2014
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YEAR of the PENGUIN: A Linux mobile in 2015?

It's nearly impossible to sum up an entire year of developments in something as large and nebulous as the world of desktop Linux, especially in a year like this one which has seen some the best releases that projects like Mint, Fedora and openSUSE have put out to date.
Scott Gilbertson, 22 Dec 2014
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Dragster

Big Blue stuffs data into backup at GIGABYTES/sec

IBM's TSM backup product goes super-fast when backing up to the Elastic Storage parallel file system, according to company trials. TSM stands for Tivoli Storage Manager, with Elastic Storage being the re-branded GPFS.
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2014
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Irish data cops will be ROLLING in CASH for 2015

Christmas has come early for Ireland’s data protection watchdog as the country’s Data Protection Minister, Dara Murphy, announced that the office will get a budget of €3.65m for 2015 - just under twice the allocation of €1.89m for 2014.
Jennifer Baker, 22 Dec 2014
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David Gerard and Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia UK "Bootstrap Meeting"

What's Jimmy Wales going to do with $500k from the UAE?

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales says he'll "start a foundation" to process a large amount of money he has received from the United Arab Emirates' regime.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Dec 2014
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Connected headset

Careful - your helmet might get squashed by a Volvo

Volvos will soon be capable of squawking their presence to cyclists wearing a helmet made by the cycling brand POC, letting the Lycra louts get out of the way of the four-wheeled Scandinavian middle lane hoggers.
Simon Rockman, 22 Dec 2014
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Crop of doctor with pen and clipboard

Care.data's a good thing? Tell us WHY, thunders watchdog

Patient concerns over the delayed NHS Care.data scheme must be addressed if the controversial plan to share GP records is to proceed, an independent watchdog has warned.
Kat Hall, 22 Dec 2014
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Funny money from south of the river

BONK for CASH in Brixton and help us EAT the RICH

The Brixton Pound (B£), the private currency for denizens of the slightly more affordable bit of earth next to Clapham, is to adopt near field communications, or NFC, payments.
Simon Rockman, 22 Dec 2014
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Crime in Russia

Sneaky hackers slurped $15 MILLION from banks

Millions of dollars, credit cards and intellectual property have been stolen by a newly discovered group of cyber criminals.
John Leyden, 22 Dec 2014
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Denon Envaya

Sound and battery: 20 portable Bluetooth speakers

Product RoundupThe arrival of Bluetooth 4, with its reduced hunger for power and support for audio codecs like aptX and A2DP means that there has been an explosion in the availability of Bluetooth speakers which connect to computers, tablets and smartphones, and are often small enough to be chucked in a bag and taken to the park or beach.
Kenny Hemphill, 22 Dec 2014
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Toshiba p-BiCS technology

Flash breaks free from the storage flat earth society

NAND used to be the sole prerogative of a two-dimensional flat earth society obsessed with shrinkage, but that approach is running into a technological dead end.
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2014
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Bitcoins

Bitcoin exec gets two years over illegal Silk Road funny money trading

Former Bitcoin Foundation exec Charlie Shrem has been jailed for two years for his part in helping people illegally swap cash for bitcoins on black market site Silk Road.
Kat Hall, 22 Dec 2014
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EU breaks 'legally binding' lobbying register promise

Civil rights groups are claiming the EU Commission has already broken its promises on lobby and reporting transparency, with a framework for lobbyists containing no legally binding elements now set to be implemented.
Jennifer Baker, 22 Dec 2014
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Nuclear bomb image

NUKE HACK fears prompt S Korea cyber-war exercise

The firm running South Korea's nuclear plants has decided to run cyber-war drills following the leak of sensitive data and threats from unidentified hackers.
John Leyden, 22 Dec 2014
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Openstack log

Symantec becomes Gold OpenStack member - while suing it

Symantec has been announced as the newest Gold member of OpenStack, a status the open source effort says means it “pledge[s] strategic alignment to the OpenStack mission.”
Lewis Page, 22 Dec 2014
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hands waving dollar bills in the air

Fancy a .trust domain? How's $150,000 sound?

The NCC Group has revealed how much it expects to sell new .trust domains for: $150,000. And that's just the wholesale price.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Dec 2014
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Google car

Google's first stab at control-free ROBOT car rolls off the line

The engineering wizards in Google's workshops have unveiled the Chocolate Factory's first attempt at a completely control-free robot car, where passengers entrust themselves entirely to the machine.
Iain Thomson, 22 Dec 2014
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Split could force NetMundial Initiative back to the drawing board

The controversial NetMundial Initiative (NMI) may be heading back to the drawing board following a meeting of the internet's big cheeses in Washington last week.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Dec 2014
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The Child Catcher

Edu-apps may be STALKING YOUR KIDS, feds warn

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning parents after the discovery of possible user-tracking activity by educational software for children.
Shaun Nichols, 22 Dec 2014
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Kim Jong-un

Norks' internet goes TITSUP in possible DDoS attack

If the North Koreans really do have an elite hacking squad, it'll be twiddling its thumbs at the moment, as all internet activity in the country has gone dark in an outage that bears the hallmarks of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.
Iain Thomson, 22 Dec 2014

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