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Whisper. Explain this 'questionable' behavior – senior US senator

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 12:31am
Jay Rockefeller demands briefing with not-so-anonymous app maker

US Senator Jay Rockefeller has sent a terse letter [PDF] to the CEO of "anonymous" messaging app Whisper about its privacy policies.…

HEY! GET A ROOM, yells Facebook as it discovers IRC, slaps it in an app

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 11:52pm
Party like it's 1999

Facebook has revealed its solution for allowing people to anonymously gossip with one another online: internet chat rooms.…

Microsoft: Cloud-o-bile still only a small slice of softening revenue pie

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 10:52pm
New areas show growth, but still only 13 per cent

Microsoft reported revenues and earnings that beat estimates for the first quarter of fiscal 2015, boosted by strong growth in cloud and mobility. But its solid-looking numbers belied ongoing softness in its traditional core markets.…

Hello, Ello. Still no ads and no features to sell. What do? Bag $5.5m

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 9:23pm
Did you LOL at Ello? Now see who's laughing ... all the way to the bank

Hipster-chic anti-Facebook wannabe Ello is today $5.5m richer, apparently – and hopes to silence critics of its no-ads manifesto with a renewed vow to never sell adverts nor user data.…

Apple: We're still GREAT pals with GT and we'd LOVE to team up again

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 8:44pm
But give us back our $439m

Apple hasn't given up on scratch-resistant sapphire glass for future products and it might even continue to work with GT Advanced Technologies on the material despite its past difficulties with the company, according to documents released on Thursday.…

Adobe spies on readers: EVERY DRM page turn leaked to base over SSL

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 7:57pm
Spot the difference from last time

Adobe has tweaked its Digital Editions 4 desktop ebook reader to now encrypt the data it secretly sends back to headquarters – data that details a user's reading habits.…

France to draft blacklist banning alleged piracy websites – what could POSSIBLY go wrong?

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 6:53pm
La censure! Le bord mince de la cale de fromage, mes amis!

France looks set to increase funding and power for its controversial piracy-battling Hadopi agency.…

Upstart brags about cheaper-than-Amazon private cold data cloud

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 3:57pm
Storiant man asks you to check out their racks

Storiant is an object storage startup which claims its customers can use its technology to store petabyte-scale data in a private cloud at a price below public cloud storage. How does it pull this trick off?…

Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 3:25pm
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that

Hoping to woo the ladies with your shiny new Google Glass? Don't bother, because no woman in her right mind would let a Glasshole anywhere near her data centre, an HP bigwig has claimed.…

Entity Framework goes 'code first' as Microsoft pulls visual design tool

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 3:01pm
Visual Studio database diagramming's out the window

Microsoft will retire the visual design tool for its Entity Framework (EF) database tool in the upcoming version 7, in favour of a text-based “code first” approach.…

Ubuntu 14.10 tries pulling a Steve Ballmer on cloudy offerings

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 2:41pm
Oi, Windows, centOS and openSUSE – behave, we're all friends here

“It hurts my eyes,” Steve Ballmer once joshed during a demonstration of Microsoft’s Virtual Server 2005 Service Pack 1 managing Red Hat Linux.…

Lollipop unwrapped: Chromium WebView will update via Google Play

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 2:18pm
Faster updates, and more Google control for Android

Android 5.0, codenamed Lollipop, has introduced a key change to the WebView component, used by app developers to display HTML 5 content within their apps, making new features more readily available.…

Amazon's AWS opens data center in Germany – just as we said

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 2:05pm
Scalability away from Uncle Sam, in theory

Amazon’s European mainland customers wary of US spies can now build scalable clouds on AWS and stay entirely on the Continent. The giant today announced the opening of a data centre in Frankfurt, Germany – just as we reported it would in July.…

Speaking in Tech: Too fat for MARS!

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 1:37pm
And Sarah HATES Doctor Who

Ad-borne Cryptowall ransomware is set to claim FRESH VICTIMS

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 1:19pm
Cybercrooks slurping hundreds of thousands from innocent marks, say securo-bods

Security watchers are warning of a surge in CryptoWall ransomware victims this month that will coincide with a campaign to spread a new variant of the malware though advertising networks.…

DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 1:02pm
Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated

Tim Cook's dream of bonking-to-pay global domination has taken a serious battering after customers using the new Apple Pay system were double charged.…

Consumers start feeling the love as Chromebook sales surge

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 12:28pm
Samsung, Acer, HP take three quarters of Google-based market

Chromebooks are set to become the next big thing in personal computing devices after sales skyrocketed by two thirds over the last quarter.…

Zuckerberg bombshell: Man married to Chinese woman speaks Chinese in China

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 11:58am
Oh stop the world, we want to get off

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shocked a Chinese audience with his mastery of Mandarin – a language that's as difficult to master as his website's privacy settings.…

Web Developers: Autumnal webinars throw light on the Cloud

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 11:42am
Special guests for special webinars

Promo  Microsoft is running a raft of Azure training events throughout October to help you get onboard its cloud platform, whether you’re a neophyte or an experienced web developer.…

Hey, Joe. Give EMC the gun and SHOOT IT DOWN - before someone else messes 'round town

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 11:22am
You built it up; tear it down while you still can

Comment  What should we do about the EMC Federation and the coming retirement of its founder and architect Joe Tucci?…