Call girl gets six years for Googler's drug death
A former call girl has plead guilty to felony charges in the death of a senior Google executive from a heroin overdose.
India plans space telescope launch in second half of 2015
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) says it is ready to launch its first “mission aimed at studying distant celestial objects.”
Rand Paul stages Senate filibuster against Patriot Act
UpdateSenator Rand Paul (R-KY) is currently four hours into a filibuster on the Senate floor over plans to renew sections of the Patriot Act that allow mass surveillance of American citizens.
The Internet of Things becomes the Game of Thrones in standards war
There is an "internet of things" standards war coming and Z-Wave will emerge triumphant, at least according to two of its leading advocates.
Huawei announces tiny 10 KB IoT kernel
Huawei has offered up a good look at its Internet of Things strategy, using its Network Congress 2015 to show off a microkernel that will be the bedrock of its future efforts in the field.
Google DOG WHISTLING fails to send URLs across the room
Google has released an experimental plug-in for Chrome that does something odd: sending URLs around the room using sound.
Extreme Networks restructures again, promises SDN pivot
The indifferent revenue growth and ongoing losses announced earlier this month are having the usual effect on vendor Extreme Networks: it's announced a restructure.
HP looks set to ditch 3Com-spawn H3C Tech
H3C, a networking business that started life as a joint venture between 3Com and Huawei but is now owned by HP, is to become a majority-owned subsidiary of the state-controlled Tsinghua Unigroup.
Andreessen tips spare change into sensor startup Samsara
The founders of Cisco-acquired Meraki have resurfaced with their next venture, an Internet of Things sensor outfit called Samsara.
Odin (formerly Parallels) bets big on Docker and OpenStack
Junior virtualiser Parallels has split into two companies.
Delphix offers a mask for your data
Data virtualisation outfit Delphix is looking to the acquisition of Axis Technology Software to let enterprise developers work with real data, while protecting the personal information that data represents.
Mobiles at school could be MAKING YOUR KID MORE DUMBER
Restricting smart watch and mobile phone use can be a low-cost policy to reduce educational inequalities. This is the conclusion of a report by Louis-Philippe Beland and Richard Murphy working at the London School of Economics Centre for Economic Performance (pdf) and Louisiana State University.
Intel wants containers to be alone again, naturally
Intel's taken its turn trying to advance containerisation technology by announcing a new approach to container security.
Hacker launches ransomware rescue kit
Security bod Jada Cyrus has compiled a ransomware rescue kit to help victims decrypt locked files and avoid paying off crooks.
NASA plots interplanetary cubesat swarms
NASA has revealed it is working on CubeSat Application for Planetary Entry Missions (CAPE), a plan to use small satellites to explore the solar system.
Dell inserts Hyper-V smarts into its DL backup boxen
Dell has added two new back-up appliances to its range, top-and-tailing its existing DL1000 product and adding neat features such as virtual standby VMs.
NINTENDO assigns BOWSER to run North American sales. No, really
Nintendo has announced it has hired Bowser as its new veep of North American sales.
Daisy Group offers to gobble Phoenix IT Group for £133m
Acquisitive B2B tech and comms player Daisy Group has bid 160 pence per share for LSE-listed Phoenix IT Group valuing the services operation at around £133m.
King's Bounty (1990): Enter the kleptomaniac dragon
Antique Code ShowSo as Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt stakes its claim as RPG of the millennium, I figured it’s time to look back on a turn-based fantasy questing classic of yesteryear, which definitely doesn’t feature any stuffed unicorn sex.
Choose Deutsche Telekom for all your bargain spying needs
An Austrian newspaper has published what it claims is evidence that Deutsche Telekom spied on Vienna for German spooks for the miserly sum of just €6,500 a year.
A good effort, if a bit odd: Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi 2
First LookMicrosoft has released a preview of Windows 10 for Raspberry Pi 2, the £30 ARMv7 computer board produced by the Cambridge-based Raspberry Pi Foundation.
Post-PC era? Surely you're joking, says Lenovo as computers fly out of door
Computers are still flying out of the door for Lenovo but Q4 profits crashed by more than a third due to a hike in operating expenses that followed several acquisitions.
It pays to fake it: Test your flash SAN with a good simulation
It is pretty obvious that storage systems vary. You could reply, with some justification: “No shit, Sherlock!”
China spending $182 BEEELLION on net construction by end of 2017
Beijing has announced a $182bn programme of network infrastructure spending, supplementing the development of China's service sector over the next two and half years.
Belgian telco prepares to tear out last of nation's phone boxes
Proximus, the Belgian mobile operator, is about to complete the process of removing its last 300 phone boxes. The last will be ceremonially felled on June 1 in Antwerp.
Salesforce: Profit pah! We’ll be back in the red before you know it
Software service slinger Salesforce.com banked its first operating profit in 18 quarters — yes, you read that correctly — but reassuringly confirmed it will be back in the red again in the next trading period.
Imation CEO voted off board in proxy war bombshell
Imation's CEO has been provisionally voted off the company's board, as shareholders supported the activist investor Clinton Group in its view of Imation's alleged leadership failures.
Backpage child sex trafficking lawsuit nixed thanks to 'internet freedoms'
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought against a classified ads site used by pimps to facilitate underage prostitution, arguing that the “internet freedom” of website operators trumped the rights of three girls who were trafficked and raped.
Coho Data spawns all-flash MicroArray with fresh funding help
Storage service array startup Coho Data has nearly doubled its funding and got itself a new product to boot.
WHOOPSIE! Vast US health insurer CareFirst plundered of 1.1 MEELLION records
More than 1.1 million user records have been compromised following a hack against US health insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.
NetApp's customers resisting Clustered ONTAP transition
Customer resistance to complex Clustered ONTAP migrations caused a slowdown in hardware sales at NetApp, with revenues clearly shrinking.
Governance the key if you don't want mobile workers escaping your control
Mobile computing is great. No longer are we chained to our desks when using technology and doing proper work. Not only are laptops getting smaller, lighter and cheaper, it is also possible to do real, productive stuff even more freely using phones and tablets.
Apple announces 'Home' iOS 9 app to run the Internet of Stuff
As humanity lumbers towards its techno-utopian future, Apple's clever-clogs have put together an iOS 9 app called "Home".
Spotify smashing new media paradigms with something called ‘video’
Streaming music pioneer Spotify wants to broaden its appeal beyond music buffs by incorporating podcasts, video, and Pandora-style personal “radio stations” into its music service.
404 Boss not found — Bye bye ICANN CEO Chehade
ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade has surprised the internet community by announcing he will step down from the job after just three years in the post.
New Windows 10 Build 10122 aims to fix file association hijacking
Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 10, named 10122, which includes an effort to fix file association hijacking, where a newly installed application becomes the default for opening documents with a particular extension, such as PDF, docx, jpg or MP3.
Grand Theft Auto maker lobs sueball at BBC over biopic
A spat between the creators of Grand Theft Auto and the BBC has spilled over into a legal feud.
SpaceX signs off on another successful mission with Pacific splashdown
SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule has made a splash-landing in the Pacific Ocean as planned after detaching from the International Space Station.
Singapore to trial 10Gbps home broadband
Singapore's dominant telco, Singtel, has announced a pilot deployment of 10Gbps broadband to a select group next quarter, and says that it expects the blistering fast Internet service to be generally available by the later part of this year.
City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea
Using secret questions to give people access to their passwords is a terrible idea, according to a new paper from Google.