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Why are Google and 'VW group' having a 'global summit' in San Francisco today? -

Rumbled in the tech jungle

Pic A friend of The Reg today spotted something rather interesting in downtown San Francisco: an empty van bearing a sign reading “Google VW Group Summit.”

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 23:16:50 GMT)

FTC raps Machinima for paying YouTubers to plug Xbox One -

Video network agrees to settlement in pay-for-praise case

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has struck a settlement with video network Machinima over allegations that influential YouTube broadcasters were improperly paid to endorse Microsoft's Xbox One.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 21:28:43 GMT)

Dead Steve Jobs' Silicon Valley wage-rigging plot costs Apple, Google, Adobe, Intel $415m -

L-Koh gives O-K to settlement payout

Apple, Google, Adobe, and Intel's $415m settlement with Silicon Valley techies over wage-fixing accusations has been formally approved by a judge.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 20:05:28 GMT)

Sacré bleu! Apple, Nokia, Samsung et al end their three-year sulk over 'home taping' tax -

Big names decide they DO want a say in copying levies

Three years after stomping out, big tech manufacturers have returned to talk to the French government about private copying levies.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:15:13 GMT)

UK.gov claims 'success' over SME broadband scheme -

Can't give it away: Only two-thirds of original £100m target to be met

The government has admitted to falling substantially short of its original target to hand small businesses £100m in broadband vouchers.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:43:11 GMT)

128TB SSD by 2018? Toshiba promises much, delivers ... a little -

Fat solid state flash drive for the masses?

IFA 2015 "By 2018, SSD technology including 3D Flash could reach up to 128TB", Toshiba storage product manager Paul Han Lin told The Register today at IFA in Berlin.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:13:04 GMT)

Sparks and recreation: TomTom's stealth wearable success -

Well, it's a success compared with Android Wear, anyway

IFA 2015 Last year, TomTom shipped half a million fitness and sports watches, more than any Wear smartwatch vendor can boast – but short of the 10 million fitness bands Fitbit shifted. Today at IFA it launched a new range of sporty watches.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:45:06 GMT)

Ashley Madison hack miscreants may have earned $6,400 from leak -

Blackmail campaign unmasked through Bitcoin blockchain

Some blackmail attempts against victims of the ongoing Ashley Madison saga resulted in several – albeit modest – pay outs, according to new research.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:58:11 GMT)

Watch this cartoon on proposed new EU data rules – or you’re DOOMED. Maybe -

'Misleading' animation takes a swing at new regs, and misses

A strange new video designed to turn the so-called “Generation D” – generation digital, and the millennials in particular to you, chief – away from the EU's new data protection rules has met with criticism.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:10:07 GMT)

Microsoft boosts Azure's VM creds with price cuts and GS -

D-range storage drops its pants

Microsoft has increased the size of its compute-and storage-centric cloud VM instances while cutting prices by up to 27 per cent.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 14:46:08 GMT)

Samsung’s consumer IoT vision – stupid, desperate, creepy -

So, just like everyone else's, in fact

IFA Sketch While the business side of the Internet of Things looks in good nick, and isn’t actually anything new, the consumer prospects look remote. Samsung is one of the few global companies that’s able to project a vision of consumer IoT: it does technology as well as consumer electronics and white goods.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 14:25:09 GMT)

Brit school claims highest paper plane launch crown -

35,043m drop finally breaks PARIS Vulture 1 record

PICS+VID It's official: El Reg has finally relinquished its highest-altitude paper plane launch Guinness World Record, almost five years since the Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) Vulture 1 triumphantly swooped to earth from 27,310m.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:51:05 GMT)

Web hosting biz Servint hit by network-toppling DDoS attack -

Outage domino effect as network's customers' customers also hit

Web hosting provider Servint has been hit by a network outage, reportedly due to a DDoS attack.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 12:31:06 GMT)

Malvertising attack menaces Match.com users with tainted love -

Infected ads threaten lonely hearts' romantic pursuits

Update Security researchers have uncovered a malvertising attack run over ad networks and aimed at users of dating site Match.com.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 12:08:03 GMT)

HMRC breaches job applicants' privacy in mass email spaff -

Want to know if your nemesis is applying for the same job? You're in luck

HMRC is spewing job applicants' email addresses to potential rivals in mass circular responses it has blamed on "a technical glitch".…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 11:55:08 GMT)

IoT baby monitors STILL revealing live streams of sleeping kids -

The hacker that rocks the cradle

Internet-connected baby monitors are riddled with security flaws that could broadcast live footage of your sleeping children to the world and his dog, according to new research.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 11:42:08 GMT)

Anonymous UK 'leader' fined for revealing ID of rape complainant -

Man cleared of charges ranted a bit too much in online vid

The leader of notorious 'hacktivist' group Anonymous UK has been fined £400 for identifying the woman who accused him of rape.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 11:23:05 GMT)

Au oh, there's gold in them thar server farms, so lead the way -

You can also scrabble for Cu, Al, Fe, Ta, Ag, Sn, Si, Nd, OK?

All these servers that we pack into the data centres have a limited life span, they're made of metal, metals even, and scrap metal has a value. So, what's the stuff that's in there and how much is it worth? As metal that is, once it's done its job of pumping the electrons around?…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 11:06:08 GMT)

Greater Manchester plod site targeted by nuisance DDoS attack -

'There will be more attacks today,' attacker proudly tells El Reg

The website for Greater Manchester Police was targeted by two Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks yesterday, which rendered the site unavailable for more than two hours. The operators of two Twitter accounts have claimed responsibility.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 10:34:11 GMT)

[NSFW] Feeling sweary? Don't tell Google Docs -

You've got more chance getting a f**k out of Ashley Madison than the Chocolate Factory

NSFW Google's turned on speech recognition for Google Docs users, but only if you're polite.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 10:03:04 GMT)

Tintri T850: Storage array demonstrates stiff upper lip under pressure -

Watch out, performance hogs. This is NOT a contention-based model

Review The Tintri T850 is Tintri's mid-line offering. It is a great example of the current line of Tintri products. Reviewing it has been something of a challenge, though that is the fault of your reviewer, not the storage array.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 09:35:09 GMT)

Mad Max: High-octane dystopian desert demolition derby -

Create your own car, crack on with combat collisions

Game Theory Having watched Mad Max: Fury Road I’ve been gagging to get my hands on my Magnum Opus car in the new Mad Max game. Up until the game’s release, all I have had to entertain myself has been news of the controversially rapey Furiosa comic and, joy of joys, a baking friend’s discovery for instant War Boy: silver spray icing.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 09:03:09 GMT)

Websites aimed at kids are slurping too much info, finds report -

Large number are also sharing that data willy-nilly with third parties

A large proportion of websites aimed at children are slurping a concerning amount of personal info, research from cross-border privacy authorities has revealed.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 08:27:07 GMT)

Wikipedia’s biggest scandal: Industrial-scale blackmail -

But can the stables be cleaned? And does anyone actually want to clean them?

Analysis “It’s the wisdom of the crowd that gives you the best results in the long-term.” Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 08:03:11 GMT)

Netflix releases reflected XSS audit tool for biz -

Sleepy Puppy latest in Open Source security love

Netflix has continued its contribution to the open source security community with the release of a tool to better help developers and admins identify cross-site scripting.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 07:30:08 GMT)

At LAST: RC4 gets the stake through the heart -

Google, Mozilla and Microsoft say 'enough is enough'

One of the security set's most intractable problems is the stubborn endurance of old standards – the kind of thing that left SSLv3 hanging around so that people didn't have to weed out “fallback” code, for example.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 06:56:08 GMT)

Almost all .science malicious, .cricket rigged, boffins find -

.work, .party equally dangerous.

Almost every one of the hundreds of thousands of websites in 10 top level domains including all under .review and .zip are malicious, according to research.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 06:30:08 GMT)

Stench of confiscated dope overwhelms Catalan cop shop -

Effects like 'having smoked something illegal', officers complain

Cops in the Catalan town of Olot are feeling the effects of 2,000 confiscated marijuana plants dumped in their station's basement garage, which they reckon are seriously affecting their law enforcement performance.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 06:01:13 GMT)

Shabby but persistent espionage group turn tables on researchers -

'Hey it's Mike, open this thing would ya?'

Researchers investigating an active online espionage group have themselves been targeted in persistent social engineering attacks.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:30:06 GMT)

CloudRouter now live -

Want your open-source NetOps? Here it is

The collaborative open-source CloudRouter project has come out of beta.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:56:09 GMT)

BEELION-dollar lasso snaps, NASA mapper blind in one eye -

'You got the warranty card?' 'I thought you had it!'

The “spinning lasso” antenna attached to NASA's SMAP satellite, launched in January, has stopped functioning and can't be recovered.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:30:11 GMT)

Work has started on VMware's secret security disruptor -

'Real code is being written' says NSX Daddy Martin Casado

Late in 2014, VMware's network virtualisation guru Martin Casado suggested that his next move after getting network virtualisation up and running as a business might be to try a new approach to enterprise security.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 03:56:05 GMT)

NBN cable rules spark electricity network push-back -

Government kicked for seeking free ride on power poles

Stop us if you've heard this one before: the federal government has managed to alienate important stakeholders in the telecommunications industry, and they're pushing back.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 02:56:09 GMT)

vAdmins facing DUAL vSphere upgrades -

vSphere 6 gets its first refresh this month, cloud on-ramp coming soon

VMworld 2015 Brace yourself, vAdmins: the first major update for vSphere 6.0 is coming, probably in late September, and a more major update is in the works.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 01:56:07 GMT)

Flash, holograms? Where will your archive end up? -

Will you still tape me tomorrow?

Whether it’s unstructured rich media, traditional business documents and files, or the audiovisual library of a media company, there is more data about than ever before. And more than ever, it has potential value – whether that is to build new content, to improve customer relationships, to answer the demands of regulators, or even to protect your organisation and its intellectual property in court.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 01:35:08 GMT)

Boffins learn to send boredom-beating suggestions to smartphone-fondlers -

What fresh hell is this?

Your smartphone will become even more of a pest, if researchers from Telefonica and the University of Stuttgart have their way: they want to detect when you're bored, and get the phone to push content at you.…

(Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:56:12 GMT)

Windows admin added to Puppet Enterprise -

DSC, WSUS modules give the Win admin *nix-like automation, apparently

Puppet Labs has noticed the deep, dark secret of enterprise IT: that there's still lots of Microsoft Windows out there that could do with a bit of automation.…

(Wed, 02 Sep 2015 23:59:31 GMT)

HP's TippingPoint security bods on the block, suits shuffled to make way for 3D printers -

Tipping point for TippingPoint

HP is apparently hoping to sell off its TippingPoint security branch – and has reshuffled execs at the top of its printer and PCs biz – as the looming corporate breakup closes in.…

(Wed, 02 Sep 2015 23:40:15 GMT)

Australia the idiot in the global village, says Geoff Huston -

Net luminary unloads on data retention

One of the individuals who first brought the Internet to Australia, Geoff Huston, has unloaded on the federal government's chaotic attempt to introduce its data retention regime.…

(Wed, 02 Sep 2015 23:30:11 GMT)

Sony's 4King with us now: Xperia Z5 mobe has UltraHD screen, cam -

High-res audio too, but will users care?

IFA2015 Sony announced the Xperia Z5 series mobile phones at the IFA consumer electronics event in Berlin, including the first smartphone with 4K video playback and capture.…

(Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:38:53 GMT)

Sorry, Californians, you can't have this: Asus to build WATER COOLED notebook -

Oh no, steam leak! Ayymm Mellltingggg

Asus has unveiled a gaming notebook that comes with its own water cooling system.…

(Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:02:02 GMT)

TREE-HUGGER? Your WOODEN HAREM is much BIGGER than thought -

Quite literally TREELLIONS of trunks for cuddling

Tree-lovers rejoice! It turns out there are really hugely more trees on planet Earth than anyone had thought.…

(Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:09:25 GMT)

Popcorn time at Popcorn Time: More vid slurpers hauled into court -

Sixteen Does fingered for piracy in Portland

Another US movie studio has filed suit against users alleged to have illegally viewed movies with the Popcorn Time app.…

(Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:04:23 GMT)

Nexenta, SanDisk hop into bed, one thing leads to another – now they've got a 512TB flash brat -

It's game over, spinning disks

Nexenta and SanDisk are integrating the latter's dense InfiniFlash JBOF with the former's NexentaStor to build a half-petabyte-in-3U all-flash array starting at $1.5/GB raw. At these prices disk may not be dead, but it's heading for the mortician's parlor.…

(Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:40:05 GMT)

It's MediaTek v Qualcomm in the motherboard of all battles -

Rumours and leaks for 2016's hottest processors

The two big boys of the mobile chip world, MediaTek and Qualcomm, are about to see their flagship products – the Helios X20 and Snapdragon 820 respectively – come to market, with details starting to emerge; and it's likely to be all about the numbers.…

(Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:56:12 GMT)

Damn well knew it! Seagate has helium drives in its labs -

Spinner's analyst day revelation

Seagate told analysts on Wednesday it is crafting its own helium-filled drives in its development labs, and is months away from shipping them as products.…

(Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:35:25 GMT)

Turkey cites crypto software find in terror charges against TV crew -

They use the same programs, so they must be helping the PKK, claims clueless gov

Possession of an encryption program used by jihadists is being cited of evidence against two Vice News journalists and a local fixer / translator arrested in Turkey, who now face terror-related charges.…

(Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:01:04 GMT)

Chinese mobe market suffers pre-pwned Android pandemic -

Amazingly, it might not even be the Chinese government causing it

Security researchers have discovered more examples of pre-installed malware on Android smartphones.…

(Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:29:11 GMT)

Euro telly bods say 'non' to spectrum sharing with mobiles -

If the LTE gang gets its way DTT is toast, says report

With WRC–15 only a few months away, the battle to protect terrestrial television isn't over yet. Last week the European Broadcasting Union released a fact sheet (PDF) that summarises the key issue – can LTE share spectrum with digital terrestrial television?…

(Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:55:05 GMT)

Return of the Pocket PC: Acer shows off Jade Primo PC Phone -

Cause if you get it wrong, you'll get it right next time (next time)

IFA 2015 Acer will release the "Jade Primo" PC Phone later this year, running Windows and taking advantage of Microsoft's Continuum feature to behave like a PC when connected to an external display, keyboard and mouse.…

(Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:38:11 GMT)