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Zuckerberg: You work for me, I’d work for you (but I’m still the boss) -

Doesn't that just give you the warm-fuzzies, free-content-giving ad farm inhalers?

Linguist Mark Zuckerberg reckons he only hires people he himself would work for, which, using the same principle of reciprocity, presumably means he'd work for every single Facebook user contributing to his giant content farm ad platform for free.…

(Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:58:08 GMT)

Virtual reality WHIPLASH CHAIR in shutdown scare -

Organisers ban any errant electric sitting

MWC 2015 Incongruous among the mobile marketing solutions and miscellaneous apps in the Spanish section at Mobile World Congress was the VR experience from Spanish company Whiplash.…

(Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:03:06 GMT)

PATCH FREAK NOW: Cloud providers faulted for slow response -

Pitting 90s technology against modern hackers is ‘no contest’

Hundreds of cloud providers are still vulnerable to the serious FREAK cryptographic vulnerability.…

(Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:05:12 GMT)

The Hausman interview: CloudPhysics' analytics strategy revealed -

‘Serendipity of potential timing’ is always handy

Harmsel biz blog CloudPhysics uses Big Data analytics techniques to look into virtualised infrastructures and improve data centre operations. It operates with a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model and offers predictive analytics.…

(Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:01:03 GMT)

Why Wi-Fi won't solve mobile telcos' data dilemma -

You know what ... you should buy our kit, suggests Bluwan

If mobile operators rely upon Wi-Fi to relieve themselves of data traffic they are going to need to find some way to get the data home. Right now they're heading for a data bottleneck.…

(Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:02:12 GMT)

Upper house of Parliament joins the drone debate -

Droning on and on ... just like their Lordships usually do

The House of Lords has today called for an online database or app to track and manage the growing use of civilian drones.…

(Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:47:09 GMT)

‪Obama criticises China's mandatory backdoor tech import rules -

It’s our way or the highway, says the Asian giant

US prez Barack ‪Obama has criticised China's new tech rules‬, urging the country to reverse the policy if it wants a business-as-usual situation with the US to continue.…

(Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:25:12 GMT)

Super SSD tech: Fancy a bonkers 8TB all-flash PC? -

Novachips has the chops

Fancy an 8TB SSD? Put one in a PC or notebook and you've got yourself a smoking hot system, fast and with a gaping capacity for data.…

(Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:21:12 GMT)

Another day, another load of benchmarketing, this time from HDS -

Enough of this meaningless tosh

Storagebod I had hoped we’d moved beyond the SPC-1 benchmarketing but it appears not. If you read HDS veep Hu Yoshida’s blog, apparently the VSP G1000 is "the clear leader in storage performance against the leading all flash storage arrays."…

(Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:01:07 GMT)

Symantec: Corporate divorce starts on April Fool's Day -

Unhappy bedfellows split sales team from next month

Symantec is to operate as two separate storage and security organisations from April Fool’s Day, as the deadly serious game of long-term survival begins in earnest.…

(Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:31:11 GMT)

CloudExpo makes me thirsty. Barman, a pint of storagebeer for my friend -

ExCel needs beer break

Storagebod It’s late notice for the CloudExpo crowd, but it has been suggested that we need another #storagebeers event and a pretty good opportunity has presented itself.…

(Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:33:13 GMT)

How many Androids does it take to change a light bulb? -

One. But it has to be the right kind of Android. And the right kind of bulb

Breaking Fad For an awfully long time, there have been just two types of lights, more or less. There were ordinary incandescent bulbs and there were fluorescent ones. Sometimes, there were fancy circular fluorescent ones, but that was about as complicated as it got – save for fiddly things like the battle between weirdo continental screw fittings and the mighty British bayonet cap.…

(Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:02:10 GMT)

Cisco, MapR first to top Big Data TPC benchmark tree -

Although there's no actual tree yet. Or even a shrub

Cisco and MapR have posted the first Big Data TPCx-HS benchmark, but, of course, there's nothing to actually compare it with yet.…

(Thu, 05 Mar 2015 09:01:10 GMT)

Broadband routers: SOHOpeless and vendors don't care - Feature Basic net access device in millions of homes is an insult to IT (Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:28:12 GMT)

Euro ministers ditch plan to ban roaming charges -

National ministers do U-turn

Europe’s telco ministers appear to have done a U-turn over a proposed total removal of mobile phone roaming charges by the end of the year.…

(Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:02:07 GMT)

EU annoys industry and activists with net neutrality proposal -

GSMA, MEP and others queue up to give it a kicking

Europe’s telco ministers have finally come to an agreement on net neutrality – but it’s one that makes both digital activists and industry unhappy.…

(Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:31:03 GMT)

UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing? -

Must-haves: aerodrome, few people... Bonus: coastline

The UK's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has narrowed its shortlist of potential locations for Europe's first spaceport, which would provide a UK base for future commercial space flights and satellite launches.…

(Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:01:09 GMT)

Choc Factory splatters 51 bugs, Mozilla bumps cert checker -

Bad certs now killed faster

Google and Firefox have upgraded their flagship browsers, crushing bugs and cracking down on bad certificates along the way.…

(Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:29:11 GMT)

'Hi, I'm from Microsoft and I am GOING TO KILL YOU' -

Tech support scammer says hit squads roaming Canada, eliminating holdouts

Apparently, the growing hobby of tagging along with “Microsoft tech support” scam calls to waste their time is starting to bug the scammers, with a Canadian man reportedly threatened by a caller from India.…

(Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:57:03 GMT)

'Domain shadowing' hijacks registrar accounts to spawn attack sites -

Industrialised hack site creation exploit on the rise

Fiends behind the world's most infamous exploit kit Angler are stealing login credentials to create tens of thousands of pop-up domains used in hit-and-run -style attacks.…

(Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:31:08 GMT)

IBM's secret growth plan is … Karaoke? -

♫ I guess that's why they call it Big Blue ♫

IBM might be planning a karaoke-led-resurgence, if a new patent titled “Enhancing karaoke systems utilizing audience sentiment feedback and audio watermarking” is any guide.…

(Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:01:08 GMT)

Huawei to build 5G patent book -

100 billion royalty payments can't be wrong

MWC1015 Huawei has talked up its plans for 5G at Mobile World Congress, with an emphasis on building its patent book for the next mobile standard.…

(Thu, 05 Mar 2015 04:33:11 GMT)

.hotels. .hoteis ... not a typo but a window into ICANN's baffling world -

DNS overlord wins independent review over dot-word, flags flawed system

Analysis Domain-name overseer ICANN is facing widespread criticism after it emerged victorious from an independent review into its decision over the top-level domain .hotels.…

(Thu, 05 Mar 2015 04:00:08 GMT)

Australia threatens to pull Square Kilometre Array funding -

Government ties research cash to wider reform agenda

A political impasse is putting at risk Australia's participation in the ginormous Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope, along with a slew of other major research science projects.…

(Thu, 05 Mar 2015 02:58:07 GMT)

Frontier promises it won't 'dumb down' Elite: Dangerous for Xbox -

'Powerplay' mods coming soon, VR support already there

The Elite: Dangerous massively multiplayer online role-playing game is breaking its reliance on the PC and coming to consoles, but maker Frontier Developments has told players not to panic – there'll be no compromises made in the translation.…

(Thu, 05 Mar 2015 02:28:08 GMT)

Boffins find Earth's earliest Homo in Ethiopian hilltop -

Mouthy ancestor sets human history back 400,000 years

It looks like mankind's earliest ancestors go back a lot further than first thought. After 13 years digging in the Rift Valley region of Ethiopia, team of researchers have found a 2.8-million-year-old jawbone from our genus.…

(Thu, 05 Mar 2015 02:00:01 GMT)

Apple: We could expose our WHOPPING 12 INCH iPad - but it's not real -

Thing that doesn't exist will continue not existing, says firm

Apple has reportedly delayed the manufacturing of its much speculated-upon - yet never confirmed - 12.9in iPad.…

(Thu, 05 Mar 2015 01:29:12 GMT)

Storm in a K-Cup: My SHAME over the eco-monster I created, says coffee pod inventor -

John Sylvan speaks out on Keurig tech

The inventor of the increasingly popular – and apparently environmentally unfriendly – coffee pod feels guilty about his invention.…

(Thu, 05 Mar 2015 01:02:06 GMT)

Cisco wraps Hadoop in warm embrace of resale partnership -

Borg swallows a little bit of elephant

Cisco wants to keep it in the family: since the Internet of Things is going to be a source of lots of data, it's signed reseller agreements with Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR.…

(Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:42:12 GMT)

Snowden, NSA spying, hard drive malware ... what we need is a UN privacy watchdog! -

EFF writes a very angry letter asking United Nations to write a very angry letter to the US

The Electronic Frontier Foundation thinks the United Nations needs to get its arse in gear and safeguard people's privacy from government snoops.…

(Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:58:11 GMT)

Connected Data gets serious about the business of file sharing -

No public cloud security risk, you say

It’s now available in Europe – yep, Connected Data has upped its peer-to-peer, file sync ’n share game with Transporter for Business, a way of sharing files that has no public cloud security risk at all.…

(Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:38:04 GMT)

Docker hires'n'acquires to cure its security, networking headaches -

Container wrangler adding staff to tackle top issues

Application container firm Docker is staffing up, having brought on new talent to further its security and networking development efforts.…

(Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:18:09 GMT)

Complicit Kiwis sniffed Pacific comms says Snowden -


New Zealand snooped on friendly Pacific island nations' communications to hand the haul to the NSA, according to the latest nugget to pop out of Edward Snowden's PR machine.…

(Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:51:06 GMT)

Uber snaps up hip map startup -

Taxi firm stops, opens door, orders deCarta to get in

Uber, the "sharing economy" company which rose to infamy for being accused of profiteering during the Sydney siege, has bought data mapping and search startup deCarta.…

(Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:02:08 GMT)

'Data center OS' Mesophere plans 2015 hire and roadmap drive -

Integrated dream for big-data brains

When Mesosphere landed $36m VC funding in December 2014 it also released the first part of its Datacenter Operating System (DCOS).…

(Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:41:10 GMT)

IBM buys 'deep learning' upstart Alchemy API, hires 40,000 devs -

Soz ex-staffers, we want people who can smarten up Watson-as-a-cloud

Big Blue has taken a break from its busy axe wielding cost-cutting schedule to buy startup AlchemyAPI and insert 40,000 developers into its "community".…

(Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:19:09 GMT)

Nvidia waves 4King big Android Shield at games console warzone -

Can it play Crysis? Yes.

Pic Nvidia is tossing its hat into the already crowded home console market with an Android-powered gaming device - the Shield.…

(Wed, 04 Mar 2015 20:45:55 GMT)

WHY are GoDaddy and Verisign stockpiling patents? Do I smell war? -

Is the domain-name industry heading into a techno-legal battle?

A raft of patent applications has presaged a possible legal war in the rapidly expanding domain-name industry.…

(Wed, 04 Mar 2015 20:19:06 GMT)

Sophie the Stegosaurus was a teenaged fat lass claims triple-D model -

She's not fat, she's big boned

Pic + vid Scientists at the Natural History Museum have used 3D models to work out what its famous Stegosaurus would have weighed when she was alive. And the answer is: a lot.…

(Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:46:19 GMT)

International effort to wrangle t'internet from NSA fizzles out in chaos -

Is it time to put web governance effort out of its misery?

The launch of the ICANN-Brazil-led internet power grab dubbed NetMundial has been cancelled for a second time, raising questions over its continued existence.…

(Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:31:08 GMT)

HP: Windows Server + OpenStack will lure biz bods from the Amazon -

Microsoft lends muscle to server on 'Linux for cloud'

Hewlett-Packard is gunning for Amazon's corporate cloud business, with fully backed Windows Server on its cloud.…

(Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:01:09 GMT)

Stop press! NHS trust finds G-Cloud, BUYS SOMETHING with it -

£450/year/seat Lync SaaS deal boosts Outsourcery's coffers

G-Cloud can help public sector buyers dodge the bureaucracy of a European tender process – but there is no centralised coalition-led push to get more agencies and departments using it.…

(Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:06:06 GMT)

Samsung-Microsoft deal will bundle Office 365 with Android Knox -

Love-in will bring Office to corporate mobes

MWC 2015 The man behind Samsung Knox, Dr Injong Rhee, says a deal with Microsoft will see Office 365 bundled with the Knox secure enterprise workspace.…

(Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:02:10 GMT)

IBM may swing axe on same departments more than once -

Job security in tech? Maybe try another industry

Such is the lack of job security at IBM that staff in certain departments could be at risk of redundancy on more than one occasion during this year, The Channel can reveal.…

(Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:05:06 GMT)

Paul Allen hunts down sunken Japanese WWII super-battleship -

IJN Musashi's final resting place revealed

Pics A team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has located the final resting place of monster Japanese battleship Musashi, some 70 years after she was consigned to the depths off the Philippines during the 1944 Battle of Leyte Gulf.…

(Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:25:07 GMT)

SanDisk flash array launch signals imminent AFA battle -

Wait 'til you see the niche in the market

Comment With SanDisk joining the ranks of all-flash array vendors, that makes 15 AFA suppliers I know of: far, far too many for industry stability.…

(Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:37:15 GMT)

Speaking in Tech: Tinder Plus: 4 times pricier... if you're an OVER-28 wrinkly - Podcast HP swipes right for Aruba hookup (Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:18:05 GMT)

Saygus aims buffed up V2 Android mobe at Samsung -

Shows Koreans where to stick the memory

MWC 2015 At a pre-MWC preview, Utah-based Saygus showed off its V2 Android phone, which turns up a notch all the specs.…

(Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:02:08 GMT)

Lost WHITE CITY of the MONKEY GOD found after 500 years -

They were digging in the RIGHT place

In a scene straight from Raiders of the Lost Ark, archaeologists believe they have found the fabled lost White City of the Monkey God in Honduras.…

(Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:38:07 GMT)

Ex-Systemax execs Carl & Gilbert Fiorentino jailed over $27m fraud -

Brothers get five and six years of stripey suntan time

Shamed former Systemax execs Gilbert and Carl Fiorentino were last night sentenced to five and six years in the slammer respectively for masterminding a $27m fraud when employed at the company.…

(Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:05:40 GMT)