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Facebook: Hey journos, need help click-farming? Check out our NEWSWIRE -

FB Newswire lets journos see what's trending on social network, create Ouroboros of news

Critics of modern media like to say the industry is rife with lowest-common-denominator articles loaded with the kind of rubbish that gets shared vigorously across social networks. Advertising company and content-farmer Facebook appears to think the same, judging by its just-announced "FB Newswire" service.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:09:14 GMT)

Bankrupt Bitcoin bunker blender begins: MtGox admin starts liquefaction -

But where's the missing 650k-ish BTC?

The Tokyo District Court-appointed administrator for MtGox has begun formal proceedings to liquify the collapsed Bitcoin exchange.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:12:05 GMT)

Juniper Networks UK bigwig hotfoots it to Alternative Networks -

Mark Quartermaine made COO at one of network firm's largest channel biz

Juniper UK and Ireland boss Mark Quartermaine is hot-footing it to one of the firm's biggest channel partners, Alternative Networks, where he will be COO from next month.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:42:06 GMT)

Dell, Cisco, Microsoft, Google and friends shower OpenSSL in $$$s to make it all better -

Web, IT goliaths to pour gold into more open-source code

Tech's biggest names have vowed to pour cash into crucial open-source projects that glue the web together – and hopefully kill off any dire bugs that could wreck the net.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:02:48 GMT)

LulzSec's Sabu hacked foreign gov sites while under FBI control – NYT -

'Bank records to login information' dumped on feds' server, it's claimed

Ex-LulzSec chief Sabu orchestrated attacks on government computers in Iran, Syria, Pakistan and Brazil while under the control of the FBI, according to a New York Times investigation.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:32:04 GMT)

Teen girl arrested with 70-year-old man's four inch weapon inside her -

Charged with introducing .22 snubbie to penile facility. It wasn't firing blanks

A 19-year-old Tennessee girl cuffed earlier this week for allegedly driving with a suspended licence is in a spot more bother – after jail officers reportedly discovered a loaded .22 revolver in her vagina.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:57:10 GMT)

Top dog EMC’s dilemma: Seasonal dip or long-term problem? -

No fleas on VMAX, right...

Comment One swallow doesn’t make a summer nor one frost a winter. Does the dramatic drop in EMC’s VMAX revenues represent a long-term change or just a product transition blip?…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:33:06 GMT)

Don't believe the hype: But you CAN simplify IT with cloud apps -

Breaking the customisation habit

Reg Live TV Lots of you are considering cloud apps, but find it hard to figure out what’s most important when making decisions. We’re here today to help with that.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:59:06 GMT)

List prices mean zilch. Remember that when buying from upstarts -

Be nice to vendors – even if they're the new kids on the block

Storagebod Storage industry blogger Howard Marks has written about telling storage startups apart from upstarts. Except, when you dig into his piece, it reads more like how to be a savvy tech buyer.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:32:25 GMT)

Shut up, Siri, I'm watching telly! iOS 7.1 code reveals new role for Apple's PA -

SDK uncloaks mysterious new device family

It looks like Apple might send its personal assistant Siri to perch upon the next generation of its Apple TV set-top boxes.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:58:09 GMT)

Reg probe bombshell: How we HACKED mobile voicemail without a PIN -

Months after Leveson inquiry, your messages are still not secure

Special report Voicemail inboxes on two UK mobile networks are wide open to being hacked. An investigation by The Register has found that even after Lord Leveson's press ethics inquiry, which delved into the practice of phone hacking, some telcos are not implementing even the most basic level of security.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:34:10 GMT)

Euro recession over as sales rebound for mega distie Ingram Micro -

But huge IT biz suckerpunched in the profits by restructuring

Economic recovery on both sides of the Atlantic – and to a lesser extent sales of Apple's iPhone in certain countries across Europe – helped Ingram Micro offset declines in its mobility and Asia Pacific wings… but only just.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:17:47 GMT)

Shocking new low for SanDisk – 15nm flash chips rolling out its fabs -

Shrinking NAND storage for SD cards, PCIe monsters and enterprise drives

SanDisk has powered up the smallest NAND process in the industry, 15nm, meaning it should be able to get more working flash chips from each silicon wafer – and thus lower its costs.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:29:08 GMT)

Computacenter's UK biz up by a fifth. XPocalypse bounce? Well, sort of... -

UK enterprises falling over themselves to buy tech in Q1

The sun continues to shine on Computacenter's UK biz after a barnstorming first quarter was again boosted by the XP refresh and the firm's Professional Services order book, which it claims is in rude health.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:59:11 GMT)

Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks) -

That's £273 an hour to flick a Windows control panel setting. Nice work, chaps

Dell appears to be charging its customers almost a fiver to select power settings when it sells them a computer.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:41:14 GMT)

Flashy Fusion-io pleads the fifth – the fifth loss-making quarter, that is -

Low-hanging fruit of NAND PCIe cards picked and pressed long ago

Despite revenues rising steadily, Fusion-io cannot stem its cash bleed: it lost $30.7m in the third quarter of fiscal 2014, a 54 per cent increase on the loss it recorded in the same period a year ago.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:21:00 GMT)

Bank of England seeks 'HACKERS' to defend vaults against e-thieves -

Report: 20 major cash-holders to be probed by white hats

The Bank of England is planning to hire ethical hackers to conduct penetration tests on 20 "major" banks and other financial institutions, it has been reported.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:37:16 GMT)

DeSENSORtised: Why the 'Internet of Things' will FAIL without IPv6 -

What's stopping a tinyputer invasion? An IP address shortage, says Cisco

Analysis For more than 20 years, it has been clear that the internet will eventually run out of public IPv4 addresses. Despite that limit, online businesses have been slow to adopt IPv6, which has an abundance of addresses by comparison.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:04:06 GMT)

Look behind you, 'declining' sub-$5bn iPod. The iWatch has come... to EAT YOU -

Apple's baby set to kill its big brother, says analyst

The semi-mythical iWatch is set to make the iPod extinct, an analyst has predicted.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:27:05 GMT)

Sixteen hot students, 3 kilowatts, $29k in CASH: It's cluster combat, China style -

Biggest student cluster clash yet

HPC Blog We're in Guangzhou, China, for the final round of the largest student cluster competition in the world. And to make it even more tense, there's nearly $28k up for grabs...…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:02:04 GMT)

The big Reg STORAGE SURVEY -

From RAID to FLASH and SDS ... and more

Tech Panel Some of you have said you want to read more on storage, so here's a survey for you to get stuck into.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:33:30 GMT)

No longer Square: Pear-shaped payments biz seeks buyer - report -

Jack Dorsey's firm went cap-in-hand to three big tech giants, claim sources

Square, the darling of the first-world mobile payments community, is rumoured to be looking for a saviour. Despite having despite having raised huge amounts of cash the company is running out of the stuff.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:00:13 GMT)

Japan plans SEVEN satellite launches to supercharge GPS -

Quasi-Zenith Satellite System aims accuracy to within centimetres

Japan is set to fire seven satellites into orbit over the coming years as part of plans to enhance GPS so locations can be pin-pointed to within centimetres rather than metres.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:29:07 GMT)

AuDA starts final round of DNSSEC tests -

August go-live

AuDA has taken a tentative step towards the introduction of DNSSEC into the Australian domain space, signing the .au domain in its production environment as the first step in a four-month test.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:02:07 GMT)

APAC PC sales plummet 11 per cent after political upheaval -

Election time forces EIGHTH consecutive quarterly decline

Global PC growth engine APAC suffered a record eighth consecutive quarterly decline in the first three months of 2014 thanks to political upheaval in the region and the continued popularity of smartphones and tablets, according to IDC.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:31:04 GMT)

[NSFW] Pirate Bay's 10 millionth upload: Colour us shocked, a SMUT FLICK -

P2P badboys show online piracy is alive and humping

NSFW The Pirate Bay has hit a historic milestone after celebrating its 10 millionth upload. However, the auspiciousness of the occasion was dampened slightly by the fact the content in question was a pirated copy of a smut film from the "Intimate Lesbians" series.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:03:10 GMT)

Researchers slurp unencrypted Viber messaging data with ease -

Images, videos, location and other data easily exposed, they claim

Popular Whatsapp-like messaging service Viber is exposing users to man-in-the-middle and other attacks because it isn’t encrypting various data at rest and in transit, security researchers have warned.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:29:08 GMT)

Oz Ombudsman calls for wiretap oversight -

Sniffs at poison chalice

With both political parties and most law enforcement agencies devoted to implementing more data retention in Australia's Internet, the Commonwealth Ombudsman has suggested it could have a role in overseeing such a regime.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:03:07 GMT)

Boffins claim machines now beat humans at face-matching -

On the Internet, GaussianFace knows you're a dog

A pair of Hong Kong researchers is claiming a first, developing software that can identify people from photographs better than humans can.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:02:03 GMT)

Cisco: Hey, IT depts. You're all malware hosts -

Security report also notes skills shortage

Everybody – at least every multinational that Cisco checked out for its 2014 Annual Security Report – is hosting malware of some kind, and there aren't enough security professionals to go around.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:02:08 GMT)

RIP net neutrality? FCC boss mulls 'two-speed internet' -

Financial fast track to replace level competitive playing field, report claims

US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler has had a major change of heart when it comes to net neutrality, it's reported.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:04:55 GMT)

Cross-border kids used as Easter iPhone MULES in China -

HK schoolkids loaded up with handsets, sent back to Shenzhen

Cross-border school kids as young as 10-years-old are being used as mules to smuggle iPhones and other electronic gadgetry from Hong Kong into China where they can be sold at a premium.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:03:12 GMT)

Apple stabs Heartbleed bug in AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule gear -

Don't worry, everything else is still safe ... we think

Apple has posted a security update to address instances of the Heartbleed security vulnerability in its AirPort router and file back-up gadgets.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:56:32 GMT)

Apple stuns world with rare SEVEN-way split: What does that mean? -

The price of a single share will drop by almost 86%

Apple surprised Wall Street on Wednesday by announcing the most aggressive stock split in its history – and just a month after Google executed its first-ever split.…

(Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:32:36 GMT)

Amazon loads Docker app containerization into its cloud -

Virtualization's likely successor gets another boost

Although admins have been free to run Linux containerization technology Docker on top of Amazon Linux running on its rentable EC2 servers for some time, the company on Thursday announced that Docker had been integrated with Elastic Beanstalk.…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:56:02 GMT)

Zuck talks up mobile shift as Facebook money mill rolls on -

Social network will get new CFO as Ebersman departs

Facebook once again topped analyst forecasts with the delivery of a $2.5bn revenue quarter on the strength of a 72 per cent jump in revenues.…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:08:35 GMT)

Space station astronauts pop outside to replace crippled computer -

Speedy space walk by snorkel-equipped spacemen followed by trash day

Two astronauts aboard the International Space Station have taken a wander over the outside of the station to replace a critical backup computer that conked out.…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:01:06 GMT)

OnePlus One equals 'killer' new mobe running CyanogenMod -

But it's invites-only for now, and you might also need a hammer

Vid After months of teasing, Chinese smartphone startup OnePlus has formally launched the OnePlus One, a budget Android handset with specs so enticing that some industry watchers had suspected it of being vaporware.…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:27:57 GMT)

Apple's strong iPhone sales crush Wall Street moneymen's tepid expectations -

Plans seven-for-one stock split, $130bn capital return

Despite not introducing any significant new products during the second quarter of its fiscal 2014 ended in March, Apple has announced unexpectedly healthy revenues and profits for the quarter, with the all-important earnings per share numbers crushing analysts' expectations.…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:17:24 GMT)

ARM brushes off dip in mobile revenues with sunny forecast for coming year -

Chip designer sees market picking back up after Q4 drop

Chip design firm ARM has seen a dip in mobile sales that led to falling financial returns in the last financial quarter, a shift the company hopes will be temporary.…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:47:51 GMT)

Google adds a sense of history to Street View with archive footage -

Visual 'Wayback Machine' covers 2007 to the present

Google is adding historical images to its Street View image library so that users can step backwards and forwards through time and track development from when the Chocolate Factory cameras cars last rolled by.…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:48:37 GMT)

IBM rides nightmarish hardware landscape on OpenPOWER Consortium raft -

Google mulls 'third-generation of warehouse-scale computing' on Big Blue's open chips

IBM is going to ride out the storm rippling through the hardware industry by donating one of its crown jewels to a consortium of partner companies with the hope it can make a bit of cash off the ensuing sales.…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:07:07 GMT)

Microsoft Azure adds global HUSH-HUSH connection routes with Equinix -

New 'ExpressRoute' connections in 16 Equinix bit barns across world

Microsoft and Equinix have interlaced their fleet of data centers to let customers go directly to the Azure cloud from inside 16 co-location data centers around the world.…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:33:40 GMT)

EMC feels burn of declining demand for enterprise storage -

Sales edge up but profits collapse by a third for fiscal Q1

EMC's share price dipped today after it revealed that fiscal Q1 profits crashed by close to a third on the back of rising operational costs and falling sales of enterprise kit.…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:02:04 GMT)

Brazilian president signs internet civil rights law -

Marco Civil bill enshines 'net neutrality', 'privacy' as law

A bill guaranteeing civil rights on the internet was signed into law by Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff at the NetMundial Internet Governance conference today.…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:29:12 GMT)

Speaking in Tech: Yes, yes. Storage, VMs, all very important. But what about beating jet lag? - Podcast Our trio talk travel tips, hypervisors and more (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:02:09 GMT)

Huawei exec: 'Word of mouth' will beat Apple and Samsung in Europe -

World Mobile Telephone Factory No.3 won't fling the big bucks around just yet

Huawei insists its won’t splash the cash to compete with Samsung and Apple in Europe’s overcrowded consumer market. Late last year, Huawei became the world’s No 3 phone maker* from a standing start: it only began selling branded phones three years ago.…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:26:09 GMT)

Pure Storage opens wide, VCs shovel in yet MORE millions of $$$ -

Nearly half a billion dollars of funding to date. But no IPO?

All-flash array startup Pure Storage has just trousered another $225m of funding, less than a year after enjoying a $150m E-round. Why on earth does it need more cash now?…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:38:07 GMT)

Who fancies a billion-quid bonanza? Just flog the Home Office some shiny walkie-talkies -

Actually, a tip-top comms network for our 999 heroes

The UK Home Office is touting a mega contract worth up to £1.2bn to build a next-generation comms network for Blighty's brave emergency services.…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:57:08 GMT)

UK.gov chucks £28m at F1 tech for buses and diggers plan -

Well, not really F1 but who's heard of LMP and VLN*?

Grant money amounting to over £28m will be awarded to four British engineering companies to take technology initially designed for Formula 1 cars and develop it for more widespread use.…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:32:12 GMT)