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EMC buys cloudy Canuck security company CloudLink

Fri, 17/04/2015 - 2:19pm
Encryption in the cloud to become a licence-free service

EMC has bought CloudLink – a 20-person Canadian firm specialising in cloud data security software – for an undisclosed price.…

UK now part of another Euro data-spaff scheme

Fri, 17/04/2015 - 1:58pm
Don’t want Bulgarian military police taking your banknotes? Tough!

The United Kingdom has joined the European Union's new Schengen Information System II (SIS II), a multinational database-sharing platform for member states' authorities to access each others' databases in real time.…

Flash dead end is deferred by TLC and 3D

Fri, 17/04/2015 - 1:38pm
Behold, data centre bods, the magical power of three

Comment  The arrival of a flash dead-end is being delayed by two technologies, both involving the number three – three-level cell (TLC) flash and three-dimensional (3D) flash – with the combination promising much higher flash chip capacities.…

G Cloud 6? No, not for us, say hundreds of suppliers

Fri, 17/04/2015 - 1:21pm
Over 400 quit when the fifth iteration ended. Here's WHY

Government Digital Services witnessed an exodus of suppliers – both big and small – when it ushered in the sixth iteration of G Cloud, The Channel can reveal.…

ICANN banked $60m from dot-word auctions. Just what exactly is it going to spend it all on?

Fri, 17/04/2015 - 12:58pm
Chairman forced to show hand on gTLD piggybank's fate

The chairman of ICANN has finally been pushed into revealing his plans for the $60m the domain-name overseer has banked from auctioning off the rights to dot-words.…

Slack raises $160m from investors, gets mega $2.8bn valuation

Fri, 17/04/2015 - 12:26pm
Company once valued at a mere $1.2bn

Workplace chat app Slack has confirmed it has raised $160m (£106m), valuing the company at $2.8bn (£1.9bn), according to reports.…

Are YOU The One? Become a guru of your chosen sysadmin path

Fri, 17/04/2015 - 11:58am
Deeper than training, knowing yourself

Systems administrators are system administrators, right? Not really. Once upon a time systems admins were jack of all trades and (perhaps) master of them all. Most of the IT-related functions were performed by an administrator and if some new technology came along they adapted and learnt the new package or system.…

Lack of secure protocol puts US whistleblowers at risk, says ACLU

Fri, 17/04/2015 - 11:39am
Quick, implement an HTTPS-only standard

Responding to the recent proposal for a "HTTPS-Only Standard", the American Civil Liberties Union has stressed the value of a more thorough and timely implementation of functional transport encryption.…

'Hackers racked up $$$$s via the Android Play Store, and Google won't pay me back'

Fri, 17/04/2015 - 11:19am
Cali woman accuses ad giant of, well, a lot of things

A California woman is suing Google, alleging hackers exploited the ad giant's inadequate security to run up thousands of dollars in charges on her Play Store account.…

Transparency thrust sees Met police buying up to 30,000 bodycams

Fri, 17/04/2015 - 11:02am
Fewer police complaints, quicker convictions, say plods

The Metropolitan Police is to begin buying up to 30,000 body cameras, as part of its ambition to become "the most transparent police force in the world", The Register has learned.…

Want to go green like Apple, but don't have billions in the bank?

Fri, 17/04/2015 - 10:38am
Cooling data centres without landing in hot water

Going Green: Strategy (Part 1)  How much energy is required to power the ever-expanding online world? With data centres the factories of the 21st Century, this may be a conundrum high on the environmentalist’s agenda, but what about those building the new Satanic mills?…

Sources: Coms calls on corporate financer to flog telco biz

Fri, 17/04/2015 - 10:03am
Board sets two week deadline to get shot of voice unit

Embattled London-listed corporation Coms plc has tasked Knight Corporate Finance with finding a buyer for its voice division – and sources tell us that time is of the essence.…

VMware makes it all Good again after patent brouhaha

Fri, 17/04/2015 - 9:31am
Mobe firm enters into licensing agreement with data centre gros fromages

Mobile security provider Good Technology has resolved its legal brawl over a patent dispute with VMware.…

Graphic designs: Six speedy 17-inch gaming laptops

Fri, 17/04/2015 - 9:04am
Big ol' beasts of burden with bang aplenty

Product Roundup  Gaming laptops have a reputation for being big and heavy and providing battery life that is counted in minutes rather than hours. Slowly, though, increased power efficiency in both CPU and GPU designs has given rise to a new generation of gaming laptops that are at least semi-portable.…

WW2 German Enigma machine auctioned for record-breaking price

Fri, 17/04/2015 - 8:33am
Bletchley-baiting three-rotor code box sold for six-figure sum

A three-rotor Engima machine was sold for a record $269,000 at a Bonhams auction earlier this week. The machine is in complete working condition and was manufactured for the German military in Berlin in July 1944.…

You! GOOGLE! HAND OVER the special SAUCE, says Senate (of France)

Fri, 17/04/2015 - 7:56am
AND put links to 3 competitors on homepage – or we'll pout

Google’s European woes continued on Thursday as the French senate voted to force the search monster to expose its algorithm and highlight rivals on its welcome page.…

While AMD, Apple et al thrash around, chippery fat-cat TSMC is grinning all the way to the bank

Fri, 17/04/2015 - 7:31am
But does 20nm sales slump spell trouble?

Chip-baking industry heavyweight Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) emerged from another quarter of gangbusters year-on-year growth on Thursday, even as it reported flat revenue from the previous sequential quarter and it warned that the next quarter might be somewhat less spectacular.…

‘Right to be forgotten’ prompts more French privacy concerns

Fri, 17/04/2015 - 7:08am
Fewer than 100 incidents actually reported to Google, however

French data protection authority CNIL received 260 complaints last year related to the so-called 'right to be forgotten' ruling.…

Google drives a tenth of news traffic? That's bull-doodie, to use the technical term

Fri, 17/04/2015 - 6:33am
Veep backtracks on figure – and here's why

Comment  Google has been forced to retract a claim that it only delivers 10 per cent of traffic to news websites after one of those cited – The Guardian – said the figure was "nonsense."…


Fri, 17/04/2015 - 6:31am
USS Independence may still have aircraft in its hangars

The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says it has found the final resting place of the USS Independence, a World War Two aircraft carrier.…