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RadioShack

Spavined RadioShack to file for bankruptcy next month – report

Ailing electronics retailer RadioShack is teetering ever closer to insolvency, reports claim, with a potential bankruptcy filing to come as soon as next month.
Neil McAllister, 16 Jan 2015
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Apple wants your fingerprints in the cloud

Apple wants to collect and store your fingerprints to spread its payment service and simplify download authorisation.
Darren Pauli, 16 Jan 2015
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Bank vault

Ex-Apple, Google, Intel geeks in line for $415m over wage-fix pacts

As expected, a four-year-long wage-fixing case could be over – after Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe offered to pay out $415m to make the case go away.
Iain Thomson, 16 Jan 2015
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Xen accelerates ARM server race with version 4.5

Version 4.5 of the Xen hypervisor is upon us.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jan 2015
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Supreme Court Building

Come now, don't be beastly to cellphone giants, Supremes tell America's town halls

The US Supreme Court has made it a bit easier for telcos to build cell towers in America.
Shaun Nichols, 16 Jan 2015
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GRENADE! Project Zero pops pin on ANOTHER WINDOWS 0-DAY

Google has once again decided Microsoft's moving too slowly on the security front – by dropping yet another proof-of-concept attack against a Windows 7 and 8.1 bug that Redmond tried and failed to fix this week.
Darren Pauli, 16 Jan 2015

It's Friday. The pub is looming. IDC tells us 'bottoms up'. We'll drink to that headline

IDC has released a flash-based array study saying it's used a (and we quote) "bottoms-up approach." We'll raise a glass to that notion.
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2015
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NINETY new DOOM ASTEROIDS found in 2014

In December 2013, NASA re-activated the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) and in the twelve months since the project discovered three new comets and 40 previously-unknown near-earth objects, eight of which have Earth-bonking potential.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jan 2015
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turbine

For pervasive 5G and IoT, prepare for wind turbines on cells

As growing user populations and hunger for mobile capacity drive ever-smaller cell sizes (even before the advent of 5G), electricity becomes a problem.
Richard Chirgwin, 16 Jan 2015
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Mt Gox Bitcoin baron: I was NOT Silk Road boss Dread Pirate Roberts

Mark Karpeles, the boss of collapsed Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox, has denied he is, or was, Dread Pirate Roberts – the anonymous mastermind of the online drugs bazaar Silk Road.
Shaun Nichols, 16 Jan 2015
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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: 1.5 MILLION SCOVILLE masala omelette

"Lester Haines is evil. Not once did he ever say, 'No Shax, don't do it'."
Lester Haines, 16 Jan 2015
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Virgin, Qualcomm, back 600-satellite space internet plan

WorldVu, an outfit that last year looked to have Elon Musk and Google backing its vision for a fleet of broadband-beaming low-earth orbit satellites, has scored support from Virgin Group and Qualcomm.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jan 2015
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Please use TWO HANDS to access AdultFriendFinder

Four hosts are behind one in two typosquatting attacks against the top 500 websites, research has found.
Darren Pauli, 16 Jan 2015
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Citrix X1 mouse

Citrix goes into the mouse business

Citrix is getting into the mouse business.
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jan 2015
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You'll get sick of that iPad. And guess who'll be waiting? Big daddy Linux...

After such a banner year of Linux releases it might seem overly pessimistic to pause and ask this question: is there a future beyond this?
Scott Gilbertson, 16 Jan 2015
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Lloyds supplier payments TITSUP: What, you want money from a bank?

ExclusiveLloyds Banking Group’s (LBG) failure to settle debts with some tech suppliers over the past few months has reached “crisis” point, and could have dire consequence for smaller players, sources tell us.
Paul Kunert, 16 Jan 2015
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Acer Chromebook 13

Acer Chromebook 13: The best Googletop on the market?

ReviewTake a quick gander at any decent tech news site and you'll find stories about Chromebook sales doubling in 2014 and the Googly laptop being a gadget that is here to stay. That’s why every self-respecting PC maker is muscling in on the Chromebook scene.
Alun Taylor, 16 Jan 2015
Source: Simply Smile Photography by Georgia Stephenson

S3-lover Cloudian's hybrid object store gets Amazonian backend

CommentObject storage startup Cloudian is expanding into Big Data analytics via a tie-up with HortonWorks.
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2015
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BEAGLE 2 probe on Mars. Pic: University of Leicester

Missing defective BEAGLE FOUND ON MARS! Amazing claim

VidThe UK Space Agency revealed on Friday that the Beagle 2 - the ill-fated probe which went missing in December 2003 after being launched on 2 June that year - has been found.
Kat Hall, 16 Jan 2015
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The future of air war

US and UK declare red-team cyber war – on each other

The US and the UK are planning a series of joint war games involving cyber-warriors from either side attacking each other in a bid to expose security weaknesses before they are abused by criminal hackers or hostile governments.
John Leyden, 16 Jan 2015

Trustmarque ready to rock n roll in tech channel again

InterviewWith the branding issue out of the way, an enlarged Trustmarque has cut costs, embedded the exec team and is hiring - a far cry from the less than certain outlook for the business last summer.
Paul Kunert, 16 Jan 2015
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EU-turn: Greenpeace pressure WON'T mean axing of Chief Scientist

After months of mixed signals and confusion it appears that the European Commission will make a U-turn and keep the role of Chief Science Advisor.
Jennifer Baker, 16 Jan 2015
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Lake Tahoe

Fertiliser doom warning! Pesky humans set to wipe selves out AGAIN

The human race's profligate use of fertilisers may be about to breach "planetary boundaries" and render our planet unable to support civilisation, an American limnologist has claimed.
Lewis Page, 16 Jan 2015
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big droplets falling from rain cloud

Microsoft Azure was most FAIL-FILLED cloud of 2014

Microsoft’s cloud had the worst service reliability of the three main players in 2014, according to annual metrics from uptime experts CloudHarmony.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jan 2015
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BEAGLE 2 probe on Mars. Pic: University of Leicester

LIFELESS BEAGLE on MARS: A British TRIUMPH!

The UK’s Beagle 2 mission - the ill-fated Martian probe which went missing in December 2003 - was in some way not a glorious British failure, a British space boffin said today.
Kat Hall, 16 Jan 2015
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CIOs: What jobs do you have to fill before you can get on with yours?

Reg EventsYou’ve snagged the top job and you’re now defining the digital future not just for IT, but for your entire company. But without the right team to pull it all together, you’re going to get precisely...nowhere.
Joe Fay, 16 Jan 2015
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Nimble gives Mann severe kicking while he's down

CommentNimble's w-w sales VP Eric Mann resigned abruptly a few days ago and the firm has released an unflattering statement about his departure.
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2015
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Canada Day celebration

Go Canada: Now ILLEGAL to auto-update software without 'consent'

Installing computer programs without consent became a civil offence punishable by fines in Canada this week.
John Leyden, 16 Jan 2015
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Cartoon of fist clutching dollars smashing out of smartphone

Microsoft & Paypal link hands, turn round and slap Apple Pay

Microsoft will start supporting PayPal’s "PayPal Here" hardware, so people can buy things with their mobile phones.
Simon Rockman, 16 Jan 2015
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Young CHAP CUFFED in Blighty over Xmas Sony and XBOX hacks

UK coppers and the FBI have arrested a man in connection with the denial of service attack on Sony Playstation and Xbox systems in 2014.
Kat Hall, 16 Jan 2015
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Gun and dollars

Hyperconverged IDC shamans mumble mantras over market

The MarketScape wizards at IDC have pounced on the hyperconverged systems market for their latest escapade, putting Nutanix well ahead of Simplivity.
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2015
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

Amazon's tax deal in Luxembourg BROKE the LAW, says EU

Amazon’s sweetheart tax deal with Luxembourg is illegal, according to the European Commission.
Jennifer Baker, 16 Jan 2015
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Night scene of bank station in central london

Lazy FTSE 350 firms think lawyers can fight off cyber-security worries

Poor communication between boards and front-line management as well as a growing reliance on legal remedies mean UK companies are still falling short when it comes to cyber-security.
John Leyden, 16 Jan 2015
Cloudian scheme

Two tiers to stop storage weeping: It's finally happening

CommentEnterprises are storing much more data than they did in the past (no news here), and they are going to be storing much more than now in the next future (no news here either). About a year ago I wrote an article about the necessity for enterprises to consider a new two tier strategy based on flash and object storage technologies.
Enrico Signoretti, 16 Jan 2015
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"334/365 this is a phoooonne!!!" - Lazurite

UK's landmark mobile not-spot deal already falling apart

The made-of-straw “landmark deal” to fix the not-spots in mobile phone infrastructure - which has made the UK the poor man of Europe in mobile coverage - is already starting to crumble.
Simon Rockman, 16 Jan 2015
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BMW's remote parking tech

BMW: ADMEN have asked us for YOUR connected car DATA

US technology companies and advertisers have been seeking access to the data generated by sensors in so-called "connected cars", a senior figure at German car manufacturer BMW has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 Jan 2015
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Hand screwed to a cross

Microsoft turns the power of fine print onto enterprise licensing

New wording in Microsoft’s enterprise licensing agreements could see customers forced to pay more to Redmond while simultaneously jumping through new licensing hoops.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jan 2015
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Falcon explodes

Elon Musk: Wanna see a multimillion-dollar rocket EXPLODE? WATCH THIS

VidSpaceX boss Elon Musk has released video footage of the catastrophic attempt to land one of his multimillion-dollar Falcon 9 rockets on a floating ocean spaceport – revealing why the landing barge looked quite so toasted.
Iain Thomson, 16 Jan 2015
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management regulation1

Comcast sued for – you guessed it – allegedly SCREWING OVER CUSTOMERS

A Chicago man is suing cable giant Comcast for allegedly breaking the law by running a check on his credit history after he'd paid them not to.
Shaun Nichols, 16 Jan 2015
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UK Prime Minister David Cameron with US President Barack Obama

Prez Obama snubs UK PM's tough anti-encryption crusade at White House meet

The UK and the US will collaborate more closely to prevent "cyberattacks," the two countries' respective leaders so bravely promised in a joint press conference on Friday.
Neil McAllister, 16 Jan 2015
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Saudi govt pauses flogging dad-of-3 for Facebook posts – after docs intervene

It's been a case of one step forward and two steps back for Raif Badawi, the Saudi man facing 10 years in prison, and 1,000 lashes, for posting that he was an atheist and supporter of women's rights on Facebook and running a web forum for liberal Saudis.
Iain Thomson, 16 Jan 2015

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