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Monday's near-miss asteroid had a tiny MOON -

BL86 buzz-by revealed a travelling companion

Space-watchers peering at the fly-by asteroid 2004 BL86 will have missed a detail that NASA caught: the flying mountain has its own moon.…

(Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:58:50 GMT)

Boffins probe hot star's ring that's 200 times BIGGER than SATURN'S -

Makes our nearby gas giant look like a two-bit show

Pics The first planetary ring system outside of our Solar System has been spotted and it's massive – in fact, it's 120 million kilometers in diameter.…

(Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:57:05 GMT)

'Boozed up' US drone spook CRASHED UFO into US White House -

Geospatial intelligence man said to have fallen asleep at the wireless wheel

The drone that crashed into the US White House lost control because its government-staffer owner hit the bottle, according to the New York Times.…

(Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:28:20 GMT)

Chinese! web! bazaar! Alibaba! uninstalls! its! Bing! plugin! (YAHOO!) -

Y! says 'close, sesame' to its lucrative stake – but where will its profits come from now?

Yahoo! has announced plans to sell off all of its remaining stake in Chinese online giant Alibaba, even as its latest earnings report shows a company struggling to pull in revenue on its own.…

(Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:18:19 GMT)

Google reveals where AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable will next offer Gbps broadband -

Fresh cable-laying for telcos to sniff out

Google has named the next four areas in the US to get its gigabit-a-second fiber broadband.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:41:54 GMT)

'Super-secure' BlackPhone pwned by super-silly txt msg bug -

People always talk about your reputation ... Just be good to free()

Exclusive The maker of BlackPhone – a mobile marketed as offering unusually high levels of security – has patched a critical vulnerability that allows hackers to run malicious code on the handsets.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:41:00 GMT)

Government's rushed NBN migration plan off to the ACCC -

Consultation? We've heard of it

Industry objections notwithstanding, the federal government has okayed Telstra submitting its revised NBN migration plan to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:13:24 GMT)

FUMBLE! NFL app drops privacy ball just before Superbowl Sunday -

Leaks personal data faster than a lineman's brain

With Superbowl Sunday approaching, interest in the ritualized combat that is American football is peaking for the year – but fans of the action may be letting hackers slurp their personal details.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:11:13 GMT)

BOO! Grave remote-code exec flaw in GNU C Library TERRIFIES Linux -

When there's something strange in your gethostbyname, who y'gonna call? Ghostbusters

Security researchers have uncovered a critical bug in the GNU C Library (glibc), a key component of Linux and some other operating systems, which could render countless machines vulnerable to remote code execution attacks.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:42:26 GMT)

FTC to Internet of Stuff: Security, motherf****r, do you speak it? -

No new laws yet – emphasis on the word yet

US regulator the FTC says now is not the time for new laws on the "Internet of Things" – but security needs to be improved as we enter the era of always-on, always-connected gadgets, sensors and machines embedded in homes, streets and pockets.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:04:12 GMT)

Another day, yet another emergency Adobe Flash patch. Because that's how we live now -

Update your plugin now before someone pwns your PC

The new year hasn't been a pleasant one for Adobe: the Silicon Valley firm has scrambled to close yet more serious security holes in its Flash player.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:08:20 GMT)

Wall St wolves tear chunk off Microsoft: There goes $30bn! -

Quick, pass the HoloLens

The morning after Microsoft published its second quarter figures, its share price tumbled 10 per cent as markets opened in New York – wiping $30bn off its value.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:01:03 GMT)

Twitter ATTENTION SEEKERS can now blab to each other IN PRIVATE -

Profit-lite firm to flood network with 30-second video ads

Twitter is set to become even more annoying.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:21:48 GMT)

PwC: Forget margin, tech biz, HUSTLE for that SALE -

Also, you could be sold for parts. Sorry.

The phrase "turnover is vanity, profit is sanity" apparently does not apply to the tech sector, with PwC advising companies this year to focus on revenue growth above margins and "yield maximum shareholder value".…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:42:05 GMT)

NetApp embiggens E-Series flashbox: Gee, a benchmark... thanks -

Doubles speed and capacity

NetApp has doubled the speed and capacity of its all-flash E-Series arrays, and won an SPC-1 benchmark record in the process.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:07:33 GMT)

Anonymous: Snap on that Guy Fawkes mask, we're marching against child sex abuse -

'Member when we took on Scientology with #Chanology?

Hacktivist group Anonymous is calling for a day of protest against paedophiles who take advantage of their wealth and power to abuse children.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:36:11 GMT)

Post-modem Ericsson wobbles thanks to flat sales and falling profits -

Trouble at t'mill as scandal-hit board member steps down

Ericsson's flat sales last year were the result of its disappointing fourth quarter, especially in America, its latest financial results show.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:01:09 GMT)

Meat puppet security sucks... let machines find your flaws -

Darktrace: No, no, customers, you've got security all wrong

Commercial organisations have cash to burn on stopping hackers getting into the network, but relatively little to spend on dealing with a breach.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:28:07 GMT)

HMRC fails to plan for £10.4bn contract exit... because it's 'too risky' -

Small matter of £500bn down the drain if it goes titsup – MPs

HMRC's eye-wateringly expensive £10.4bn IT deal – "the largest technology contract in government" – could be too risky to change as the department has failed to plan for a new contract model, MPs have warned.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:53:11 GMT)

Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill -

Lord 'I am not a tweeter' King fears Snapchat jihadists

Analysis Bungling peers failed to thrust Theresa May's widely discredited Snoopers' Charter into the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill on Monday – but they did an excellent job of highlighting their ignorance about technology.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:32:47 GMT)

What's that, Microsoft? Yep, a Lumia and Surface SALES BOOM -

But are you making money?

Microsoft shipped a record number of Lumia smartphones in the final quarter of calendar year 2014, as Surface revenue finally started to make an impression.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:14:10 GMT)

Keylogger: Somebody STOP ME! Oh hang on, I just did -

We use 'dark arts' knowledge for good - says company man

Developers of a range of commercial keyloggers have switched sides and begun marketing anti-keylogging technology.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:59:06 GMT)

Facebook: Oi, Lizard Squad – we can take down our own site, ta -

#OMG #Allourownfault #doh! #facebookdown

A technical cockup – rather than hostile hacker action – is apparently the reason Facebook, Instagram and other Web 2.0 sweethearts fell off the internet on Monday.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:36:10 GMT)

Cash'n'Carrion January sale: Get in there while you can -

Final week at 20% off across the board

If you fancy enjoying 20 per cent off everything down at El Reg's merchandising tentacle, Cash'n'Carrion, you'd better get in there sharpish, because our January sale ends on Saturday.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:20:11 GMT)

Opera Jon weaves a brand new browser -

And strangely, it looks a lot like Opera

The man behind the Opera browser has created a new one, he says, because power users are poorly served. The new Vivaldi browser launched today in a "Technical Preview" form, with customisation and speed taking it in a different direction to the mainstream, where minimalism rules the day.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:58:06 GMT)

Want to win Microsoft's cloudy love? Just spend $500 -

Partners: Take sky bridge to cloud conference and pucker up

Channel partners that want to cosy up to Microsoft at this year’s Worldwide Partner Conference have got the option to be an extra special pet – cough $500 and they could be within spitting distance of the event… literally.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:24:10 GMT)

The firm that swallowed the Sun: Is Oracle happy as Larry with hardware and systems? -

One swallow didn't make a summer

Oracle-Sun anniversary One Sun swallow doesn’t make a hardware summer, and while it certainly hasn’t for Oracle, it is far from being in a hardware winter for the firm.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:03:08 GMT)

Snoopers' Charter amendments withdrawn – FOR NOW ... -

Battle won, yet the 'peeping powers' war rages on

The House of Lords rejected controversial last-minute amendments to the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill in a debate on Monday.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:42:12 GMT)

Euro mobile standards chiefs eye tiny beauty: It's the KEY to 5G -

Millimetre wave spectrum

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), which sets the standards for mobile comms, has just started work on five specifications for millimetre Wave Transmission – the 30GHz to 300GHz range.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:34:10 GMT)

There's life after Oracle, but very little left in Oracle's reseller channel -

Five years on, what did Larry's lot do to Sun's partner network?

Oracle-Sun anniversary A headstone in Santa Clara carries the names of the fallen in Sun Microsystems’ once illustrious reseller channel – it is five years this week since grim reaper Oracle bought the server giant.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:06:06 GMT)

Apple patch shields Macs from Thunderstrike -

But attack vector may stay open for next evil maid

Apple will mute the Thunderstrike attack in an upcoming OS X patch, according to a report.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:32:10 GMT)

Jellybean upgrade too hard for Choc Factory, but not for YOU -

Patching WebKit would be unsafe, Google tells 960 million users

Google says it won't patch Android Jellybean because it's too hard.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:04:06 GMT)

INTERNET of STUFF: Google to replace old Dropcams for $0.00 -

Good news: free upgrade! Odd news: reason for upgrade is back-end upgrade

Dropcam, the home video camera company acquired by Google's Internet of Things limb Nest, is giving away new cameras to owners of its old cameras.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:26:30 GMT)

Humanity can defeat SkyNet with BOOKS, says IT think tank -

If CompSci kiddies read Neal Stephenson and Dave Eggers, our species will endure

A group of researchers working for National ICT Australia reckons computer science courses need to look at artificial intelligence from an ethical point of view – and the popularity of sci-fi among comp.sci students makes that a good place to start.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:02:08 GMT)

Facebook, Instagram, Tinder TITSUP*: HOW did anyone even FIND OUT? -

*Total Inability To Support Uninteresting People

Updated It appears Facebook and its snap-slinging subsidiary Instagram have fallen off the web. Hook-up-finder Tinder is also reportedly having problems.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 06:55:58 GMT)

Photons link arms on chip to hasten march of quantum crypto -

Cheap, fast, entangled photons for fun and profit

A multinational collaboration of boffins reckons it's come up with a chippable solution to one of the practical problems of quantum communications: getting a good source of entangled photons.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 06:31:13 GMT)

P0wning for the fjords: Malware turns drones into DEAD PARROT -

Parrot AR drones susceptible to flying firmware footling

Hacker Rahul Sasi has found and exploited a backdoor in Parrot AR Drones that allows the flying machines to be remotely hijacked.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 06:02:12 GMT)

HP reveals which execs have a chair once the splitting music stops -

Whitman and Weiseler confirmed as heads of Enterprise and HP Inc.

HP has revealed who'll be sitting where once the splitting song stops and the company has broken into HP Inc. and HP Enterprise.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:02:09 GMT)

Some Androids can be HOSED by WiFi Direct vuln -

Google intransigence or publicity vuln?

Google, which has been criticised by Microsoft for recent bug disclosures, is now downplaying a bug of its own.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:02:04 GMT)

IBM details PowerPC microserver aimed at square kilometre array -

Fedora fires up on Freescale T4240-powered dense and frugal server

IBM has revealed more about a PowerPC microserver it says will help to crunch data gathered by the square kilometre array (SKA), the colossal radio telescope to be built across South Africa and Australia.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 03:05:11 GMT)

Linux chaps want to recycle your mobe as a supercomputer -

Slot your old smartphone into this chassis and let penguins pick its brains

A Finnish group of phone developers, hoping to get the world interested in modular smartphones, has proposed a nifty idea for re-using their phone motherboards: turn them into clusters.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:57:07 GMT)

Secret Service on alert after drone CRASHES into White House -

Red-faced government employee owns up

The US Secret Service is investigating how a drone came to crash into the White House in the early hours of Monday morning.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:10:38 GMT)

VDI is heading for a minor DAAS-aster -

Desktop-as-a-service is getting good, fast, and can already replace some virtual desktops

Desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) services are getting good enough, fast enough, that organisations need to consider them as an alternative to desktop virtualisation (VDI).…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:58:04 GMT)

Wikileaks: We DO NOT approve of OUR secret stuff being LEAKED -

And we really don't approve of not being told about it

WikiLeaks is demanding answers from Google after learning that the company handed user information to the FBI and didn't acknowledge the incident for more than two years.…

(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:45:52 GMT)

Microsoft brings SUNSHINE – but it's a CLOUDY DAY -

Stock market's not feeling Redmond's way

Microsoft posted another quarter of respectable results on Monday, matching analysts' earnings estimates and slightly outperforming on revenue, but its strong showing couldn't disguise the continued shakiness in its core software business.…

(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:58:47 GMT)

Charlotte, NC thinks it has won the Google Fiber lottery -

Meanwhile, San Francisco stares at loading screens

Officials in Charlotte, North Carolina believe they will be the next to enjoy Google Fiber.…

(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:18:08 GMT)

NASA greenlights SpaceX and Boeing to carry crew to ISS in 2017 -

Russians can stick their Soyuz, we can do it for less, say Yanks

Crew and cargo resupply missions will be launched from US soil by 2017, with SpaceX and Boeing both sending rival systems into low Earth orbit from now on.…

(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:16:15 GMT)

Watchdogs critical of Oz data retention regime -

Too much data, too little protection

Ahead of parliamentary hearings this week into the Australian government's proposed data retention regime, privacy watchdogs have lined up to criticise the legislation.…

(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:14:19 GMT)

NASA greenlights SpaceX and Boeing to carry crew to ISS in 2017 -

Russians can stick their Soyuz, we can do it for less, say Yanks

Crew and cargo resupply missions will be launched from US soil by 2017, with SpaceX and Boeing both sending rival systems into low Earth orbit from now on.…

(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:12:14 GMT)

ICANN CEO criticizes domain 'hoggers' -

But just who's eating at the trough?

ICANN's CEO has infuriated domain investors by dismissing them as domain "hoggers" in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos.…

(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:52:37 GMT)