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But pay-for-play is on the way

The Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler has confirmed reports that proposed changes to internet governance will abandon net neutrality principles and says companies can charge extra for some types of traffic so long as it's "commercially reasonable."…


FB Newswire lets journos see what's trending on social network, create Ouroboros of news

Critics of modern media like to say the industry is rife with lowest-common-denominator articles loaded with the kind of rubbish that gets shared vigorously across social networks. Advertising company and content-farmer Facebook appears to think the same, judging by its just-announced "FB Newswire" service.…


But where's the missing 650k-ish BTC?

The Tokyo District Court-appointed administrator for MtGox has begun formal proceedings to liquify the collapsed Bitcoin exchange.…


Mark Quartermaine made COO at one of network firm's largest channel biz

Juniper UK and Ireland boss Mark Quartermaine is hot-footing it to one of the firm's biggest channel partners, Alternative Networks, where he will be COO from next month.…


Web, IT goliaths to pour gold into more open-source code

Tech's biggest names have vowed to pour cash into crucial open-source projects that glue the web together – and hopefully kill off any dire bugs that could wreck the net.…


'Bank records to login information' dumped on feds' server, it's claimed

Ex-LulzSec chief Sabu orchestrated attacks on government computers in Iran, Syria, Pakistan and Brazil while under the control of the FBI, according to a New York Times investigation.…


Charged with introducing .22 snubbie to penile facility. It wasn't firing blanks

A 19-year-old Tennessee girl cuffed earlier this week for allegedly driving with a suspended licence is in a spot more bother – after jail officers reportedly discovered a loaded .22 revolver in her vagina.…


No fleas on VMAX, right...

Comment  One swallow doesn’t make a summer nor one frost a winter. Does the dramatic drop in EMC’s VMAX revenues represent a long-term change or just a product transition blip?…


Breaking the customisation habit

Reg Live TV  Lots of you are considering cloud apps, but find it hard to figure out what’s most important when making decisions. We’re here today to help with that.…


Be nice to vendors – even if they're the new kids on the block

Storagebod  Storage industry blogger Howard Marks has written about telling storage startups apart from upstarts. Except, when you dig into his piece, it reads more like how to be a savvy tech buyer.…


SDK uncloaks mysterious new device family

It looks like Apple might send its personal assistant Siri to perch upon the next generation of its Apple TV set-top boxes.…


Months after Leveson inquiry, your messages are still not secure

Special report  Voicemail inboxes on two UK mobile networks are wide open to being hacked. An investigation by The Register has found that even after Lord Leveson's press ethics inquiry, which delved into the practice of phone hacking, some telcos are not implementing even the most basic level of security.…


But huge IT biz suckerpunched in the profits by restructuring

Economic recovery on both sides of the Atlantic – and to a lesser extent sales of Apple's iPhone in certain countries across Europe – helped Ingram Micro offset declines in its mobility and Asia Pacific wings… but only just.…


Shrinking NAND storage for SD cards, PCIe monsters and enterprise drives

SanDisk has powered up the smallest NAND process in the industry, 15nm, meaning it should be able to get more working flash chips from each silicon wafer – and thus lower its costs.…


UK enterprises falling over themselves to buy tech in Q1

The sun continues to shine on Computacenter's UK biz after a barnstorming first quarter was again boosted by the XP refresh and the firm's Professional Services order book, which it claims is in rude health.…


That's £273 an hour to flick a Windows control panel setting. Nice work, chaps

Dell appears to be charging its customers almost a fiver to select power settings when it sells them a computer.…


Low-hanging fruit of NAND PCIe cards picked and pressed long ago

Despite revenues rising steadily, Fusion-io cannot stem its cash bleed: it lost $30.7m in the third quarter of fiscal 2014, a 54 per cent increase on the loss it recorded in the same period a year ago.…


Report: 20 major cash-holders to be probed by white hats

The Bank of England is planning to hire ethical hackers to conduct penetration tests on 20 "major" banks and other financial institutions, it has been reported.…


What's stopping a tinyputer invasion? An IP address shortage, says Cisco

Analysis  For more than 20 years, it has been clear that the internet will eventually run out of public IPv4 addresses. Despite that limit, online businesses have been slow to adopt IPv6, which has an abundance of addresses by comparison.…


Apple's baby set to kill its big brother, says analyst

The semi-mythical iWatch is set to make the iPod extinct, an analyst has predicted.…


Biggest student cluster clash yet

HPC Blog  We're in Guangzhou, China, for the final round of the largest student cluster competition in the world. And to make it even more tense, there's nearly $28k up for grabs...…


text The big Reg STORAGE SURVEY
2014-04-24T07:33:30Z

From RAID to FLASH and SDS ... and more

Tech Panel  Some of you have said you want to read more on storage, so here's a survey for you to get stuck into.…


Jack Dorsey's firm went cap-in-hand to three big tech giants, claim sources

Square, the darling of the first-world mobile payments community, is rumoured to be looking for a saviour. Despite having despite having raised huge amounts of cash the company is running out of the stuff.…


Quasi-Zenith Satellite System aims accuracy to within centimetres

Japan is set to fire seven satellites into orbit over the coming years as part of plans to enhance GPS so locations can be pin-pointed to within centimetres rather than metres.…


August go-live

AuDA has taken a tentative step towards the introduction of DNSSEC into the Australian domain space, signing the .au domain in its production environment as the first step in a four-month test.…


Election time forces EIGHTH consecutive quarterly decline

Global PC growth engine APAC suffered a record eighth consecutive quarterly decline in the first three months of 2014 thanks to political upheaval in the region and the continued popularity of smartphones and tablets, according to IDC.…


P2P badboys show online piracy is alive and humping

NSFW  The Pirate Bay has hit a historic milestone after celebrating its 10 millionth upload. However, the auspiciousness of the occasion was dampened slightly by the fact the content in question was a pirated copy of a smut film from the "Intimate Lesbians" series.…


Images, videos, location and other data easily exposed, they claim

Popular Whatsapp-like messaging service Viber is exposing users to man-in-the-middle and other attacks because it isn’t encrypting various data at rest and in transit, security researchers have warned.…


Sniffs at poison chalice

With both political parties and most law enforcement agencies devoted to implementing more data retention in Australia's Internet, the Commonwealth Ombudsman has suggested it could have a role in overseeing such a regime.…


On the Internet, GaussianFace knows you're a dog

A pair of Hong Kong researchers is claiming a first, developing software that can identify people from photographs better than humans can.…


Security report also notes skills shortage

Everybody – at least every multinational that Cisco checked out for its 2014 Annual Security Report – is hosting malware of some kind, and there aren't enough security professionals to go around.…


Financial fast track to replace level competitive playing field, report claims

US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler has had a major change of heart when it comes to net neutrality, it's reported.…


HK schoolkids loaded up with handsets, sent back to Shenzhen

Cross-border school kids as young as 10-years-old are being used as mules to smuggle iPhones and other electronic gadgetry from Hong Kong into China where they can be sold at a premium.…


Don't worry, everything else is still safe ... we think

Apple has posted a security update to address instances of the Heartbleed security vulnerability in its AirPort router and file back-up gadgets.…


The price of a single share will drop by almost 86%

Apple surprised Wall Street on Wednesday by announcing the most aggressive stock split in its history – and just a month after Google executed its first-ever split.…


Virtualization's likely successor gets another boost

Although admins have been free to run Linux containerization technology Docker on top of Amazon Linux running on its rentable EC2 servers for some time, the company on Thursday announced that Docker had been integrated with Elastic Beanstalk.…


Social network will get new CFO as Ebersman departs

Facebook once again topped analyst forecasts with the delivery of a $2.5bn revenue quarter on the strength of a 72 per cent jump in revenues.…


Speedy space walk by snorkel-equipped spacemen followed by trash day

Two astronauts aboard the International Space Station have taken a wander over the outside of the station to replace a critical backup computer that conked out.…


But it's invites-only for now, and you might also need a hammer

Vid  After months of teasing, Chinese smartphone startup OnePlus has formally launched the OnePlus One, a budget Android handset with specs so enticing that some industry watchers had suspected it of being vaporware.…


Plans seven-for-one stock split, $130bn capital return

Despite not introducing any significant new products during the second quarter of its fiscal 2014 ended in March, Apple has announced unexpectedly healthy revenues and profits for the quarter, with the all-important earnings per share numbers crushing analysts' expectations.…


Chip designer sees market picking back up after Q4 drop

Chip design firm ARM has seen a dip in mobile sales that led to falling financial returns in the last financial quarter, a shift the company hopes will be temporary.…


Visual 'Wayback Machine' covers 2007 to the present

Google is adding historical images to its Street View image library so that users can step backwards and forwards through time and track development from when the Chocolate Factory cameras cars last rolled by.…


Google mulls 'third-generation of warehouse-scale computing' on Big Blue's open chips

IBM is going to ride out the storm rippling through the hardware industry by donating one of its crown jewels to a consortium of partner companies with the hope it can make a bit of cash off the ensuing sales.…


New 'ExpressRoute' connections in 16 Equinix bit barns across world

Microsoft and Equinix have interlaced their fleet of data centers to let customers go directly to the Azure cloud from inside 16 co-location data centers around the world.…


Sales edge up but profits collapse by a third for fiscal Q1

EMC's share price dipped today after it revealed that fiscal Q1 profits crashed by close to a third on the back of rising operational costs and falling sales of enterprise kit.…


Marco Civil bill enshines 'net neutrality', 'privacy' as law

A bill guaranteeing civil rights on the internet was signed into law by Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff at the NetMundial Internet Governance conference today.…


Our trio talk travel tips, hypervisors and more


World Mobile Telephone Factory No.3 won't fling the big bucks around just yet

Huawei insists its won’t splash the cash to compete with Samsung and Apple in Europe’s overcrowded consumer market. Late last year, Huawei became the world’s No 3 phone maker* from a standing start: it only began selling branded phones three years ago.…


Nearly half a billion dollars of funding to date. But no IPO?

All-flash array startup Pure Storage has just trousered another $225m of funding, less than a year after enjoying a $150m E-round. Why on earth does it need more cash now?…


Actually, a tip-top comms network for our 999 heroes

The UK Home Office is touting a mega contract worth up to £1.2bn to build a next-generation comms network for Blighty's brave emergency services.…



Nokia Lumia 1320 review
text Nokia Lumia 1320 review The Nokia Lumia 1320 brings 4G and a large screen to those who want Windows Phone at a wallet - friendly price – but does it do enough to please in all departments? (itproportal)
Ferry Disaster: Sewol Captain Faces Arrest
text Ferry Disaster: Sewol Captain Faces Arrest Prosecutors ask for an arrest warrant for the ship's captain as investigators look into whether the third mate turned too sharply. (skynews world)
Royal tour: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge given surfboard for Prince George
text Royal tour: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge given surfboard for Prince George The £2,200 surfboard was a gift from the mayor of Manly, Australia's "Surf City" near Sydney. (telegraph)