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Google hits back at EC's 'unfounded' antitrust charges

L'Inq - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 10:58am

Slams allegations as 'wrong as a matter of fact, law and economics'

Violin's breakeven within reach, but revenues still falling

El Reg - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 10:37am
There’s only so much lipstick you can put on this pig

It's like looking at a drawing of an iceberg when you know the bulk of it is under water; Violin Memory's revenues and net income I mean. Look at all that red ink below the profit waterline!…

One in seven people on Earth signed into Facebook on Monday

L'Inq - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 10:26am

Social network saw one billion users log-in on a single day

Mass redundancy marathon nearly over at HP

El Reg - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 10:03am
Brit heads to roll over the finish line... mostly in Enterprise Services

HP is making what looks to be a final round of UK redundancies before it breaks apart and is seeking volunteers to jump rather than be pushed.…

Pawn Storm: Fake EFF domain tricks users to deliver malware

L'Inq - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 9:43am

Spear phishing campaign uses Java exploit to run any code on a victim's machine

BACS Bank Holiday BALLS UP borks 275,000 payments

El Reg - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 9:34am
Employees left cashless. Planning to go away this weekend? Not anymore

Update III  Potentially millions of employees expecting to be paid ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend have been left without their salaries due to a cockup with the Bankers' Automated Clearing Services (BACS) payment system.…

ISRO Successfully Launches Satellite Into Geostationary Orbit

Slashdot - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 9:30am
vasanth writes: Indian Space Research Organization (Isro) on Thursday cleared all doubts on its cryogenic capabilities, successfully launching the Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-D6), placing GSAT-6, a 2,117kg communication satellite in orbit. The GSLV D-6 is the second consecutive successful launch of the GSLV series with indigenous cryogenic upper stage. ISRO had on January 5, 2014 launched GSLV D-5, after a similar attempt failed in 2010. For the country, ISRO perfecting the cryogenic engine technology is crucial, as precious foreign exchange can be saved by launching communication satellites on its own. Currently ISRO flies its heavy communication satellites by European space agency Ariane. ISRO has already perfected its Polar Launching Vehicle for launching lighter satellites, with decades of success stories. It has already put 45 foreign satellites of 9 nations into orbit. ISRO is to put 9 satellites in space using the PSLV launcher for the United States in 2015-2016.

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Windows 10 users will be able to stream Apple's iPhone announcement

L'Inq - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 9:17am

In other news, hell has frozen over

Wow, Barcelona really has a problem with tech disruptors. Watch out Airbnb

El Reg - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 9:02am
Another pillar of the 'sharing economy' in the city's crosshairs

Fresh from sending the Uber question* to the European Court of Justice, it appears the city of Barcelona is now spoiling for a fight with another tech disruptor – this time lodgings lister Airbnb.…

Honor 7 – heir apparent to the mid-range Android crown

El Reg - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 8:21am
Huawei's nicely honed handset with nowt left out

Review  With a starting price of £249, the Honor 7 is a quality phone that offers astonishing value for money: and it could be a genuine game-changer for how people buy phones. Not only is it (comfortably) the standout product in its price range, it also has the kind of features associated with much more expensive models, and a few unique tricks of its own that make it nicer to use.…

Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive

El Reg - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 8:05am
It's a web-based competition with a spider in it

Caption Competition  In an act of supreme kindness, we are giving you another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Hard Drive – in this week’s Vulture Caption Competition.…

Met Police to slash hundreds of IT jobs, hands £216m outsourcing gig to Steria

El Reg - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 7:35am
'Majority' of 440 techies transferring to Steria to be axed

Hundreds of back office IT jobs at the Metropolitan Police Service are to be made redundant under a ten-year £216m outsourcing deal with Steria, which will see service delivery moved out of the capital.…

OpenStack Foundation gains non-profit status and touts new container support

L'Inq - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 7:35am

Firm has become a 'framework for computing', says Foundation executive director

Ocean Cleanup Project Completes Great Pacific Garbage Patch Research Expedition

Slashdot - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 7:06am
hypnosec writes: The reconnaissance mission of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, dubbed the Mega Expedition by Ocean Clean, has been concluded. The large-scale cleanup of the area is set to begin in 2020. The primary goal of the Mega Expedition was to accurately determine how much plastic is floating in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This was the first time large pieces of plastic, such as ghost nets and Japanese tsunami debris, have been quantified. “I’ve studied plastic in all the world’s oceans, but never seen any area as polluted as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” said Dr. Julia Reisser, Lead Oceanographer at The Ocean Cleanup. “With every trawl we completed, thousands of miles from land, we just found lots and lots of plastic.”

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Spooks, plod and security industry join to chase bank hacker

El Reg - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 6:57am
Perp known as 'DD4BC' has some serious heat on his or her tail, with worse to come

A group of security boffins have joined police and intelligence spooks in a clandestine mission to identify those behind distributed denial of service (DDoS) extortion attacks against major banks.…

New low for humanity: ONE BEELLION lost souls log on to Facebook in one day

El Reg - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 6:29am
Free content ad network reveals Siri-slaying shopbot named 'M'

Humanity reached a new low point last Monday, 24 August: on that day a billion of your fellow homo sapiens logged on to Facebook, which subsequently decided humans can't be trusted to do their own shopping.…

What time is it Oxford Dictionaries? How about almost ‘beer o’clock’

El Reg - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 6:03am
We Vultures will all drink to the latest online vocab update

The online tentacle of Oxford Dictionaries has earned itself some big up rispek from El Reg by including "beer o'clock" in its latest quarterly update of new terms muscling their way into our beloved lingo.…

Google robo-car suffers brain freeze after seeing hipster cyclist

El Reg - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 5:31am
Devs try for frantic in-car fix as cyclist stands still

A cyclist riding a fixed-gear bike claims to have brought a Google robo-car to a standstill.…

Malvertising maniac messes MSN, serves corrupted creative

El Reg - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 4:57am
Yahoo! appetiser, HuffPo for mains, and MSN for desert.

A chap who might just be the world's worst malvertising marauder has popped MSN, potentially compromising some of the site's 10 million daily visitors with an exploit kit so capable it p0wns almost half of those who encounter it.…

Inside the Booming, Unhinged, and Dangerous Malvertising Menace

Slashdot - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 4:33am
mask.of.sanity writes: The Register has a feature on the online malicious advertising (malvertising) menace that has become an explosively potent threat to end-user security on the internet. Experts say advertising networks and exchanges need to vet their customers, and publishers need to vet the third party content they display. Users should also consider script and ad blockers in the interim. From the article: "Ads as an attack vector was identified in 2007 when security responders began receiving reports of malware hitting user machines as victims viewed online advertisements. By year's end William Salusky of the SANS Internet Storms Centre had concocted a name for the attacks. Since then malvertising has exploded. This year it increased by more than 260 percent on the previous year, with some 450,000 malicious ads reported in the first six months alone, according to numbers by RiskIQ. Last year, security firm Cyphort found a 300 percent increase in malvertising. In 2013, the Online Trust Alliance logged a more than 200 percent increase in malvertising incidents compared to 2012, serving some 12.4 billion malvertisement impressions."

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