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Europe: Hold my wine glass, I've got an internet govt to build

Sat, 20/12/2014 - 7:02am
Like ICANN's NetMundial but with an actual goal and without the boycotts

The European Commission has signed a contract to create a system that will gather up the world's policies on governing the internet, and put 'em all under one roof. That way, people can look over them and work out how to best run the 'net.…

Kepler's STILL GOT IT! Space telescope spots SUPER-EARTH 180 light years away

Sat, 20/12/2014 - 1:59am
Damaged 'scope still producing good science

The Kepler space telescope might be damaged goods, but the clever hacks created by NASA's boffins have kept it running and it has spotted a new – if distant – planet that could harbor water, just like Earth.…

Heads up! If Tor VANISHES over the weekend, this is why

Sat, 20/12/2014 - 1:33am
Developers warn of swoop plot to cripple privacy network

The Tor Project is warning that its network – used by netizens to mask their identities on the internet – may be knocked offline in the coming days.…

If at first you don't succeed ... Fire, FIRE again: Amazon mulls smartphone sequel

Sat, 20/12/2014 - 1:05am
Mobe software tweak released amid Fire Mark II rumor

Amazon hasn't learned its lesson from the thundering belly flop of its Fire Phone, and according to some accounts it's apparently beavering away at a second version.…

Google sues Mississippi Attorney General 'for doing MPAA's dirty work'

Sat, 20/12/2014 - 12:23am
Turns out Sony's stolen emails weren't all bad news

Google is taking legal action against the Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, alleging he exceeded his authority in suing the ad giant over piracy – and taking his cues from the Motion Picture Ass. of America.…

Staples comes clean: 1+ million bank cards at risk after hack

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 11:40pm
Run for the tills! Run for the tills!

Staples says malware that infected its registers in 115 stores had access to bank card numbers from 1.16 MILLION customers.…

Super Cali's futuristic Tesla batt swap focus – even though car tech test is an expected bonus

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 10:55pm
Free charge or a fast battery switch – take your pick

Tesla Motors has a Christmas present for a few owners of its Model S all-electric cars, in the form of a pilot program for its new battery-swapping technology beginning in California next week.…

ICANN: The TRUTH about that hacker attack on our DNS zone file database

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 9:54pm
But vague details raise questions about org's security

The internet's critical IANA body – which allocate IP addresses and manage global DNS – was not compromised by hackers who broke into domain-name overseer ICANN's systems, the organization has stressed.…

Sony Pictures hack is Hollywood's 'Snowden moment' say infosec bods

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 9:43pm
Keys to sysadmin accounts nicked, abused, it appears

Hackers obtained system administrators' passwords to pull of the mega-hack against Sony Pictures' servers, according to reports. This will come as no surprise to IT professionals.…

BlackBerry CEO Chen says to expect profits ... in 2016

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 8:56pm
For now, revenues still spiraling toward drain

In a conference call with financial analysts on Friday, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the firm kept costs under control and even eked out a meager profit in the third quarter of its fiscal 2015, but he couldn't hide that the ailing mobe-maker's revenues continued their steady decline.…

T-Mobile US to refund $90m for bogus charges: Un-Carrier to Un-Crammer

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 8:38pm
Scram, cram scams, thank you, ma'am

T-Mobile US will pay out $90m to settle cramming allegations raised by the US trade watchdog.…

Feds finger Norks in Sony hack, Obama asks: HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE KOREA?

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 7:52pm
Blaming Kim Jong Un is like Saddam's WMDs all over again

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has claimed to have found evidence linking North Korea with the hackers who ransacked Sony Pictures' servers and dumped gigabytes of sensitive data online.…

The Shock of the New: <em>The Register</em> redesign update 4

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 5:58pm
Some changes for your delectation

Readers, thanks for all the feedback. Here's a list of tweaks we rolled out today.…

<i>Vulture 2</i> design hero describes epic 'hobby' project

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 5:23pm
Chris Dodd talks spaceplane with The Engineer

It's a traditional SPB tip of the hat today to Vulture 2 spaceplane designer Chris Dodd, who's been chewing the fat with The Engineer about his involvement with the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) project.…

Hackney council leaked thousands of locals' data in FoI blunder

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 5:03pm
Names, addresses and rental accounts outted in spreadsheet snafu

Thousands of Hackney residents are fuming after their personal information was leaked by the council online in a bungled Freedom of Information request.…

Apple v BBC: Fruity firm hits back over Panorama drama

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 3:56pm
Guess who's off Tim Cook's Christmas card list

Apple has refuted claims made by the BBC’s Panorama programme that it is not working hard enough to protect the rights of workers.…

Windows Server 2003 custom support could cost MILLIONS

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 3:04pm
Got a few million tucked under the mattress for Microsoft?

Business leaders who dismissed calls from the IT department to migrate off Windows Server 2003 as nothing more than a maintenance exercise could be left rueing a potentially costly seven-figure financial howler.…

UK air traffic bods deny they 'skimped' on IT investment after server mega-fail

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 1:57pm
90s kit isn't 'ancient', indignant chief exec tells Parliament

The chief executive of the National Air Traffic Services, Richard Deakin, has denied the body “skimped" on its IT investment after being hauled in front MPs this week to account for its major computer outage.…

Love the cloud? Be a ‘Cloud Hero’ with Microsoft

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 1:00pm
Take the challenge, win prizes

Promo  Microsoft UK are offering you the chance to bank some ‘Cloud Hero’ kudos along with a raft of prizes in exchange for completing some tasks in Azure.…

Welsh council rapped for covert spying on sick leave worker

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 12:38pm
'Incredibly intrusive' use of powers prompts slap from ICO

A council that ordered covert surveillance of a sick employee has been ordered to review its practices following an investigation by data privacy watchdogs.…