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Snail photo Jurgen Schoner CC wikimedia

Chrome on Mac sucks (electrons), says Google, so we'll fix it

Mac users will soon be able to run Chrome without watching their battery status fall by the minute, with Google tweaking the code to cut down unnecessary system wake-ups.
Richard Chirgwin, 15 Jun 2015
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Patching celebration

Cisco issues 16 patches to pop pesky peccant packets

Cisco has issued a string of patches for 16 faults including a fix for a possible remote code execution in its IOS and IOS XE routing software.
Darren Pauli, 15 Jun 2015
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Snapchat slings SMS two-factor authentication

Snapchat has deployed two factor authentication as part of its push to increase security across the popular selfie slinging app.
Darren Pauli, 15 Jun 2015
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Ciscoblood

Chuck chucks Cisco's China C-suite

Incoming Borg boss Chuck Robbins has sliced a bunch of executives from Cisco's operations in China, in a response to the territory's ongoing weak performance.
Richard Chirgwin, 15 Jun 2015
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Speedometer by Nathan E Photography, Flickr under CC2.0

Taiwan incumbent adds G.fast to tech mix

Under pressure to accelerate Taiwan's broadband deployment, Chunghwa Telecom has announced it will start rolling out G.fast.
Richard Chirgwin, 15 Jun 2015
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Wine Taps by N Wong, Flickr, CC 2.0 License

Hyperconvergence isn't about hardware: It's server-makers becoming software companies

Public cloud is supposed to be a mortal threat to enterprise hardware vendors, whose wares look clunky and costly compared to a servers-for-an-hour-for-cents cloud and the threat looks scary … until you actually use a public cloud for a while.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jun 2015
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Cortana threatens to blow away ESC key

Toshiba USA has revealed that it will add a key dedicated to summoning Cortana, Windows 10's digital assistant.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jun 2015
CIE Oz Data Set

Australia's comms regs broken says Vodafone (as it would)

Telstra's continuing incumbency is an expensive luxury, according to the carrier's competitors, that sucks more than AU$3 billion into the carrier's maw each year.
Richard Chirgwin, 15 Jun 2015
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Uber petitions page p0wned, thanks to textbook code

Uber has pulled its petition sites offline after a hacker exploited web vulnerabilities lodging 100,000 fake votes and redirecting visitors to rival Lyft.
Darren Pauli, 15 Jun 2015
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WASP-33b Atmosphere and Stratosphere (small)

Stratosphere protects WASP's hot body, say boffins

The venerable Hubble Space Telescope has helped identify an exoplanet's stratosphere for the first time.
Richard Chirgwin, 15 Jun 2015
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This way to linux by https://www.flickr.com/photos/pfh/ cc 2.0 attribution https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Linus Torvalds asks kernel devs to take a break so he can too

In May, Linux overlord Linus Torvalds warned that his holiday might delay the release of Linux 4.1.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jun 2015
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Huawei HQ

Huawei humps up its DS8000 heavyweight array range

Chinese IT conglomerate Huawei has added a third generation to its VMAX/DS8000-class 18000 series arrays.
Chris Mellor, 15 Jun 2015
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Close up of elephant's face. Photo by Shutterstock

'Right to be forgotten' applies WORLDWIDE, thunders Parisian court

France’s data protection watchdog has ordered Google to de-link outdated and irrelevant information from its Google.com domain within two weeks or face a fine, as the “right to be forgotten” issue once again comes to the fore.
Jennifer Baker, 15 Jun 2015
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Asus X555LD

Intel inside: Six of the best affordable PC laptops

Product RoundupThe continued stagnation of the PC market is bad news for manufacturers, but good news for anyone who needs an affordable new laptop. Manufacturers are having to offer great value in order to attract buyers, and this means that you can now get some really attractive laptops that'll do the business for a good few years in the £500-600 bracket.
Cliff Joseph, 15 Jun 2015
Roughly 150kg of gold

Veeam-ing all the way to the bank: No IPO for these VM replicants

CommentAt a UK temple to old tech, the London Science Museum, storage firm Veeam introduced its new tech, promising replication of VM images to the cloud – and El Reg quizzed two top Veeamers about the company.
Chris Mellor, 15 Jun 2015
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Data Centre

EU steps (marginally, tentatively) towards new data protection law

European ministers are expected to reach some sort of agreement on new data protection laws later today, according to reports and sources, although discussions before a final decision are set to continue for months yet.
Jennifer Baker, 15 Jun 2015
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Sparks, image via Shutterstock

IBM lobs 3,500 staffers at Apache Spark

IBM has thrown its full weight behind Spark, Apache’s open-source cluster computing framework.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jun 2015
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OPEN WIDE: Microsoft Live Writer authoring tool going open source

Microsoft will release its blog authoring tool, Live Writer, as open source, according to a tweet from developer evangelist Scott Hanselman.
Tim Anderson, 15 Jun 2015
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Unlucky, Palmer: Facebook's going to BAN Oculus pr0n apps

Facebook has contradicted a statement by Oculus founder Palmer Luckey and declared that pornographic content will be forbidden from appearing on the Oculus store.
Alexander J Martin, 15 Jun 2015
slice of pizza

Revenue up 62 per cent, as Redcentric posts bumper post-buy results

Managed services biz Redcentric reported a significant increase in sales and profits for its full-year 2015 results, as the firm's acquisition strategy began to bear fruit.
Kat Hall, 15 Jun 2015
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Drilling, image via_ Shutterstock

Salesforce's $20 billion challenge: to go deep, deep, deep

Salesforce last month announced another quarter of growth, up 23 per cent, year on year. Only this time, there was also profit — the first in 18 quarters.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jun 2015
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big dog little dog, image Shutterstock

How OpenStack became the big dogs' game – and why it's still for you

If you did have any doubts, recent events should have assuaged them, the division between the public and private cloud is here – and widening.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jun 2015
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Grumpy EU ministers agree shaky pact on new data protection law

EU states' justice ministers seemed to be competing to sound the most disappointed as they grudgingly agreed to move forward on a new data protection law.
Jennifer Baker, 15 Jun 2015
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Limited edition Iron Man S6 sells for $91,000 thanks to ... serial number

A limited edition Iron Man-themed Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has been bought for $91,000 by an anonymous bidder in China.
Alexander J Martin, 15 Jun 2015
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Japanese female fish in sperm-producing strangeness

Japanese fish boffins have discovered – for the first time in vertebrates – a genetic switch which determines whether germ cells (essentially reproductive precursors) become either eggs or sperm.
Alexander J Martin, 15 Jun 2015
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Edward Snowden

'Snowden risked lives' fearfest story prompts sceptical sneers

AnalysisA row has broken out over claims that Russian and Chinese have reportedly decrypted files of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, identifying British and US secret agents in the process.
John Leyden, 15 Jun 2015
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Wall St bull image via Shutterstock

The Hound of Hounslow: No $40m Wall Street wobbler

I'm keen on energy efficiency. Some would also describe me as a cheapskate (I'd sue 'em all if I could find a cheap lawyer.)
Damon Hart-Davis, 15 Jun 2015
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Abbott and Costello dressed as policemen

It's curtains for you, copper: IBM boffins push the LIGHT FANTASTIC

IBM last month claimed a breakthrough in photonics – the practice of using light pulses rather than electrons to quickly send signals in chips.
Dave Wilby, 15 Jun 2015
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The European flag

Would EU exit 'stuff' the UK? Tech policy boss gets diplomatic

One of the official cheerleaders of Europe’s digital industry said he couldn’t believe the UK would be mad enough to vote itself out of Europe in the upcoming EU referendum, and leave itself effectively stuffed as a tech power.
Joe Fay, 15 Jun 2015
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Germany celebrates winning Fifa world cup 2014 in Brazil

Deutsche Telekom, Huawei: Let's rain on Amazon’s euro cloud together

Deutsche Telekom claims to have Amazon and Google in its sights (thanks to a little lens polishing from a Chinese big boy) as it ramps up its cloud business and attempts to dominate the sector in Europe.
Joe Fay, 15 Jun 2015
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Duqu 2.0‬ malware buried into Windows PCs using 'stolen Foxconn certs'

The super-sophisticated malware that infiltrated Kaspersky Labs is craftier than first imagined.
John Leyden, 15 Jun 2015
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Angela Merkel. Pic: Christliches Medienmagazin

Chancellor Merkel 'was patient zero' in German govt network hack

The recent cyberattack on the German government began with the compromise of Chancellor Angela Merkel's personal computer, it is alleged.
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jun 2015
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Canada to ICANN in dot-sucks dot-rumble: Take off, you hoser!

The Canadian government has responded to a request from domain-name overseer ICANN about the .sucks top-level domain – by shaking its head and sending a form letter.
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Jun 2015
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Hyperloop car

POD RACING: SpaceX will build the Hyperloop railgun tube-way – you bring the ride

Elon Musk's private space transport company SpaceX is throwing its weight behind Musk's concept of the Hyperloop ground transport system, although it says it's not doing it to make money.
Neil McAllister, 15 Jun 2015
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Silicon Valley season closer: Would you like fried servers with that?

RecapThe final episode of season two of Silicon Valley was a blast: almost literally.
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Jun 2015
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LastPass got hacked: Change your master password NOW

Password-storing cloud biz LastPass is urging its users to change their master passwords after hackers broke into its network at the end of last week.
Neil McAllister, 15 Jun 2015
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Sunday Times fires off copyright complaint at Snowden story critics

The Sunday Times has apparently sent a copyright complaint to critics of its article that claimed British and American overseas spies have had their covers blown by Edward Snowden.
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jun 2015
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Node Knockout code

It's about forking time: Node.js, io.js to mend differences, remerge

The Node.js open source project and its fork, io.js, have decided to kiss and make up, with the aid and support of the Linux Foundation.
Neil McAllister, 15 Jun 2015
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Xbox One

Microsoft finally finishes its PowerPC emulator

E3 2015Microsoft kicked off this year's E3 gaming conference by announcing that its x86-powered Xbox One console can now play games built for the PowerPC-based Xbox 360.
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jun 2015
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White Hat for Hackers by Zeevveez, Flickr under CC2.0

Australia needs MOAR L33T WHITE HATZ, says Federal Police

Australia needs a bunch more experts in disciplines you're barely allowed to discuss here, according to the Australian Federal Police.
Richard Chirgwin, 15 Jun 2015

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