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Can't wait to get to Mars on a SpaceX ship? It's a cold, dead rock – boffins

SpaceX today parked Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster in Earth's orbit, using a Falcon Heavy lifter, with a rocket strapped to the flash motor to take it on to Mars.
Katyanna Quach, 07 Feb 2018

Of course a mystery website attacking city-run broadband was run by an ISP. Of course

AnalysisCable biz Fidelity Communications has been forced to admit it was behind an astroturfing campaign against a city-run fiber network in America's Midwest.
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Feb 2018

Google's cell network Project Fi charged me for using Wi-Fi – lawsuit

Google's mobile telecom service Project Fi is billing customers for internet data delivered over home and public Wi-Fi networks, according to a lawsuit filed in the US on Monday.
Thomas Claburn, 07 Feb 2018
Cat stares at vacuum cleaner robot. Photo by shutterstock

Web analytics outfit Mixpanel slurped surfers' passwords

Website analytics outfit Mixpanel has admitted to harvesting passwords.
Richard Chirgwin, 07 Feb 2018

Amazon explained ‘Key’ crack before it shipped fix, says hacker who found the hole

The researcher behind the teaser of a new method to crack Amazon.com’s “Key” connected door locks has revealed how his method works, and criticised Amazon’s response to his work because it detailed the flaw before shipping a fix.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Feb 2018
Inside LISA Pathfinder

LISA Pathfinder sniffed out gravitational signals down to micro-Hertz

In other space news today, the boffins in charge of the European Space Agency's LISA Pathfinder mission have wrapped up the final results for the space-based gravitational wave dry run.
Richard Chirgwin, 07 Feb 2018
Edible Arrangements store

Basket case lawsuit: Fancy fruit florists flail Google over rotten ads, demand $200m damages

Google is being sued for more than $200m (£143m) by makers of fruit bouquets – because the web giant unfairly prioritized competitors' wares over their arty produce in search results, allegedly.
Shaun Nichols, 07 Feb 2018

Uber: Ah yeah, we pay women drivers less than men. We can explain!

Uber drivers who identify as women make seven per cent less than their male counterparts on average, research has found.
Shaun Nichols, 07 Feb 2018

Registrar Namecheap let miscreants slap spam, malware on unlucky customers' web domains

UpdatedNamecheap has admitted it accidentally let miscreants set up and control fraudulent subdomains on websites belonging to other customers.
Iain Thomson, 07 Feb 2018

Uber quits GitHub for in-house code after 2016 data breach

Uber’s confessed that it didn’t use multifactor authentication on its GitHub account, an omission ultimately led to the data breach it revealed in 2017 after keeping it secret for more than a year, after using its bug bounty program to bribe the hacker to stay schtum.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Feb 2018

Beware the looming Google Chrome HTTPS certificate apocalypse!

Tens of thousands of websites are going to find themselves labeled as unsafe unless they switch out their HTTPS certificate in the next two months.
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Feb 2018
Arlo Security Camera System

Arlo, can you go? NETGEAR spins out its security cameras biz

NETGEAR has announced it will spin out its “Arlo” security camera range as a new, listed, company of the same name.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Feb 2018

MPs: Lack of technical skills for Brexit could create 'damaging, unmanageable muddle'

Whitehall has not done enough to prepare for the "byzantinely complicated task" of Brexit, including putting the right technical skills and resources in place, a report by Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has warned.
Kat Hall, 07 Feb 2018
Tianjin crater

Infinidat techie: Let me tell you a thing or two about ruler-format SSDs

InterviewWe spoke to several people about Intel ruler and Samsung mini-ruler SSDs and thought we'd have some fun getting a point of view from Infinidat.
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2018

Look at stupid, sexy Kubernetes with all the cloud firms hanging off its musclebound arms

Red Hat, better known for its Linux distro despite years of work in middleware and Java, last week pushed further into cloud through the purchase of CoreOS for $250m.
Danny Bradbury, 07 Feb 2018

Mobe network Three's 'Make The Air Fair' ads deemed 'misleading'

Three's campaign for a spectrum cap on mobile operators has been deemed "misleading" by the UK Advertising Standards Authority for implying it was run by an independent body.
Kat Hall, 07 Feb 2018

Wileyfox goes TITSUP*: Smartmobe maker calls in the administrators

UK budget smartphone maker Wileyfox has called in the administrative receiver Quantuma, The Register can confirm.
Kat Hall, 07 Feb 2018

Boffins crack smartphone location tracking – even if you've turned off the GPS

Religiously turning off location services may not save you from having your smartphone tracked: a group of IEEE researchers have demonstrated it's possible to track mobes even when GPS and Wi-Fi are turned off.
Richard Chirgwin, 07 Feb 2018
A bouncer. Pic: Shutterstock

Indiegogo to ailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm: End of May... or we call the debt collector

Retro Computers Ltd, the infamous ZX Spectrum Vega Plus firm, has been given until May by crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to deliver its years-late product or expect a visit from a “third party collections agency”.
Gareth Corfield, 07 Feb 2018
globe with magnifying glass

CLOUD Act hits Senate to lube up US access to data stored abroad

Tech giants including Microsoft, Google and Apple have given a proposed US law on overseas data sharing the thumbs-up.
Rebecca Hill, 07 Feb 2018
Intel Xeon logo

Monday: Intel defector touts Arm server chip. Wednesday: Intel shows off new server chips

Intel will today add the D-2100 x86-64 system-on-chip to its lineup of Xeon D x86-64 processors, billing it as its "fastest low-power edge processor."
Shaun Nichols, 07 Feb 2018
an elf with his back t the camera waits for a subway train

ASA tells Poundland and its teabagging elf: Enough with the smutty social ninja sh*t

The UK's gummy-mouthed Advertising Standards Agency has given Poundland a gentle spank over a series of smutty tweets and posts on Facebook published over the Xmas period.
Paul Kunert, 07 Feb 2018
EU egg timer, photo via Shutterstock

Austrian privacy chief handed leash to EU's data protection beast

The leader of the Austrian data protection authority has been elected chair of the body responsible for helping organisations follow European privacy laws.
Rebecca Hill, 07 Feb 2018
Old people

Oh FNZ, Aviva! System back up, still trudging through queries backlog

Aviva's shiny new online pension system has had a very senior moment that caused difficulties with processing payments, running quotations, accessing valuations or accepting new applications.
Paul Kunert, 07 Feb 2018
A DJI Spark drone in flight

Bzzzt! If you're in one of these four British cities, that was a drone

Four British cities have been picked as testbed areas for drone operators hoping to work out new business models for their wares.
Gareth Corfield, 07 Feb 2018

I see you're writing a résumé?!.. LinkedIn parked in MS Word

Microsoft has glued LinkedIn and Office 365's Word together so it can automatically help folks write or update their résumés – and find them new jobs at the same time.
Shaun Nichols, 07 Feb 2018
Elon Musk

What did we say about Tesla's self-driving tech? SpaceX Roadster skips Mars, steers to asteroids

PicThe final rocket burn of the SpaceX craft carrying Elon Musk's personal Tesla Roadster into the cosmos pushed the billionaire's flash jalopy much further than anticipated. It's now heading out toward the Solar System's asteroid belt rather than swinging close by Mars as planned.
Iain Thomson, 07 Feb 2018

Your day's going crap? Let's rap. Snapchat self-splat chat app chaps zap $350m, Wall St saps clap

Snapchat maker Snap's stock price is through the roof today after the self-destructing-image flinger managed to lose only slightly less money than analysts predicted.
Shaun Nichols, 07 Feb 2018

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