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Is this the worst Blockchain idea you've ever heard?

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:02:12 GMT

Peak Blockchain. Just stop

Poll The music industry has been a petri dish for some fairly atrocious digital ideas, but few can be as desperate as Blockchain.…




Third of Donald Trump's debate deplorables are mindless automatons

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:35:36 GMT

Twitter bots make a lot of noise but thankfully can't vote in elections

Hillary Clinton may have the most human supporters among those running for the US presidency, but Donald Trump has an edge among automatons.…




Facebook, Amazon, Twitter and BT bid for Indian cricket online

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:03:05 GMT

Indian Premier League TV audiences top 100m, online audience barely tapped

Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and BT have been revealed as bidders for rights for India's top sporting attracting, the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket competition.…




Spinal Tap’s bass player sues former French sewer

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:45:11 GMT

It's about artists' rights, argues Harry Shearer

Actor, writer and director Harry Shearer, who played Derek Smalls in the band Spinal Tap, is suing the owners of the movie This Is Spinal Tap over royalties. The 1984 film is often cited as the best comedy of all time.…




Google has unleashed Factivism to smite the untruthy

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 12:45:38 GMT

But who checks the fact-checkers?

Analysis I remember when I first noticed “factivism”. It was more than 10 years ago.…




So. What's North Korea really like?

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:01:16 GMT

A look inside the DPRK

First hand accounts from The People’s Republic of North Korea (DPRK) are very rare - only around a hundred outsiders get to see it each year week. Simon Buckby spent two weeks exploring the secretive state, and have reported back with a fascinating, 8,000 word account which is by far the most detailed you’ll have ever read.…




Hypernormalisation: Adam Curtis on chatbots, AI and Colonel Gaddafi

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 11:29:04 GMT

It's a techno-utopia on the BBC

Interview Hypernormalisation, the new film by English documentary-maker Adam Curtis, dives deeper into technology than any of his previous films for the BBC. It goes up on the Beeb's iPlayer on Sunday (at 9pm in the UK) and “it’s a bit of a monster”, he admits.…




Twitter yanks data feeding tube out of police surveillance biz

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 19:53:52 GMT

Tracking for marketing, that's fine – but the cops? No way

Updated Twitter has suspended its commercial relationship with a company called Geofeedia – which provides social media data to law enforcement agencies so that they can identify potential miscreants.…




'Facebook and eBay need to be subject to greater scrutiny' - Margaret Hodge

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:02:11 GMT

Parliamentary committee needed to make global businesses accountable

Former chair of the Public Accounts Committee Margaret Hodge has renewed calls for greater transparency of global companies' tax affairs - following revelations of Facebook and eBay's recent tax affairs.…




Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 11:34:58 GMT

Unlucky, commentards: You're all thought criminals now

Social media users who engage in flame wars or retweet the doxing of others will be treated in the same way as those making fake bomb threats over social media, British prosecutors have announced.…




Disney aims for Netflix. If the deal was made, it would shoot itself in the foot

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 08:27:43 GMT

That's the prediction, anyway

Analysis People that invest in Netflix and people that invest in Disney should never meet each other – they would not get on. But it seems there is a danger, according to the Wall Street Journal, that the two shall be thrown together in an unholy Alliance.…




Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Spotify serving malware, no escape from reality

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 21:39:29 GMT

Open your eyes, look up to the skies and see

Spotify has apologized to its subscribers after it served up malicious adverts that attempted to infect listeners' computers.…




Can Facebook influence an election result?

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 09:21:08 GMT

Will people vote the same way they'll claim to have voted on social media? LOL

Analysis Facebook was in hot water this May over allegations of a liberal bias in its “Trending” topics feature.…




WikiLeaks claims 'significant' US election info release ... is yet to come

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 10:43:49 GMT

Has Assange just trolled us all?

Julian Assange has said WikiLeaks intends to publish documents ahead of the presidential race between Clinton and Trump that will include "significant" material about how the US election operates.…




If someone can translate Salesforce's $700m cool Krux plan into English, we'd be really grateful

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 23:36:51 GMT

Data slurper slurped is the best we can tell

Salesforce is buying data aggregator and analytics outfit Krux for US$700m in cash and shares.…




FCC keeps secret Google TV landgrab under wraps forever

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:16:56 GMT

While comms commish faces a doxing for defying Silicon Valley

Analysis US broadband regulator the FCC dramatically cancelled the much-anticipated vote on its secretive TV set-top box plan on Thursday – and it's keeping the details confidential.…




Invasion of the Brandsnatchers: How Nokia and BlackBerry inhabit the afterlife

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:03:08 GMT

Ghosts in the Machine

Analysis Early next year you should able to buy Nokia phones and BlackBerry phones, two of the giant names of the Noughties. None of these phones will be made by Nokia or BlackBerry, and all of them will be Android phones. The famous brands will inhabit new bodies, with the licensees hoping to rekindle some nostalgia both giants once enjoyed.…




FCC death vote looms for the Golden Age of American TV

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:00:29 GMT

The inside story of Google's plan to pwn the TV biz

Special report We’re living in a “Golden Age of TV”, and the United States makes the most envied popular TV drama in the world. Breaking Bad, The Sopranos and The Wire raised the bar for everyone in TV drama.…




Alleged German YouTube-to-MP3 ripper sued by labels

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:20:04 GMT

Herr Pirat, ist dieser Krieg

The music industry has opened fire on audio-stream rippers.…




Oh Snap! How intelligent people make themselves stupid for Snapchat

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:14:40 GMT

The very finest of new tech babbling

Comment Perv-magnet app Snapchat is no more. It has renamed itself Snap! as it wants to be a respectable media tech company. Specifically, it says “a camera company”.…




BBC to demand logins for iPlayer in early 2017

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:43:44 GMT

Not about licence enforcement, but we'll have 'access to the info', it claims

The BBC is going to require users to log in to access content on iPlayer from early 2017.…




Mark Zuckerberg and the $3bn cash fling: He's not your father's tech kingpin

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:08:12 GMT

History, philanthropy and the Victorian computing age

Lou Gerstner, Ray Noorda, Lew Platt. Remember them? Ever even heard of them?…




British bloke bailed after 'hacker plunders Pippa Middleton's iCloud'

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:30:00 GMT

Cops cuff, grill chap after tab tapped with offer of saucy pics for sale

A man in Northamptonshire, UK, has been quizzed by cops investigating attempts by a hacker to sell the private photographs of Pippa Middleton – the sister to the Duchess of Cambridge.…




Earliest ever recording of computer-generated music is restored

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:46:04 GMT

Remastered Turing-aided synthesiser tunes to make Christmas number 1?

Audio Kiwi boffins have claimed to have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, from 1951.…




Video service Binge On 'broke the internet' but 99pc of users love it

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:01:12 GMT

So shouldn't we Break The Internet more often?

Analysis Do you remember the butthurt and angst heaped on T-Mobile US when it launched its Binge On service earlier this year?…




Naughty Zuck: Facebook fudged its video ad numbers

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:36:11 GMT

Overstated average viewing times by up to 80 per cent

Facebook has been caught miscalculating viewing numbers for those watching ads on the site.…




Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:58:12 GMT

77 per cent feel guilty about ad blocking. Do you?

A survey of people using ad-blocking has mixed news for publishers. Thirty per cent of users deploying adblocking software were less inclined to visit websites that forced them to “whitelist” the site.…




Idris Elba thrashes Night Manager Hiddleston for James Bond job vacancy

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:05:46 GMT

Reg poll crowns most wanted as next 007

Pity Tom Hiddleston. Not only finished with, er, publicity-shy popstress Taylor Swift but ruled out of contention for the next James Bond film.…




Viacom, Mattel and pals busted for stalking kids with creepy web ads

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 19:28:14 GMT

Toy n' TV slingers will pay up $835K for COPPA violations

A group of toy and children's entertainment giants have been lightly fined for letting advertisers illegally track kids online.…




Ad flog Plus: Adblock Plus now an advertising network, takes cash to broker web banners

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:20:08 GMT

Everyone's got a price

The maker of ad-busting plugin Adblock Plus (ABP) has opened up a market to let publishers and advertisers link up on ads that it will not filter out.…




Daddy, what's 'P2P file sharing'?

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 17:53:21 GMT

YouTube rippers elbow aside old favorites

So long peer-to-peers, and farewell dodgy file lockers: young music fans now steal their music straight from YouTube instead.…




Ericsson strikes partnerships with Intel and Google for pay TV

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:04:04 GMT

Let it rain down from the cloud

Ericsson said at IBC this week that it will partner Google to allow Android TV set tops to work with its MediaFirst TV Platform. It will also partner Intel to look for ways of bringing video processing more efficiently to the cloud.…




Google-funded group mad that US Copyright Office hasn't abolished copyright yet

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 17:22:04 GMT

Can't you see the conspiracy?

Comment Following extensive coverage of Google’s capture of government policy making and its agencies, a Google-funded group has responded with a surreal report into “regulatory capture” – allegedly by people Google wishes weren’t there.…




Filmmaker Werner Herzog interviews Elon Musk for internet doco

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 16:26:05 GMT

It's just as weird as you'd imagine

Uncompromising filmmaker Werner Herzog has made a documentary film about the internet.…




Hello, Star Trek? 25th Century here: It's time to move on

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 09:02:09 GMT

A fragmented franchise and tired direction demand a new medium

Star Trek @ 50 Visiting the new Star Trek Exhibition in Blackpool recently I was reminded of my soft spot for quark – no, not the elementary particle or the curdled dairy treat but that ugly little alien who runs a strip bar in Deep Space Nine.…




Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 16:02:13 GMT

Alan Hely, why don't you just admit it and relieve the pressure in your skull?

It's been a number of years since an Apple PR staffer secretly admitted to one of our reporters that The Register was on a blacklist.…




Forget Khan and Klingons, Star Trek's greatest trick was simply surviving

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 10:01:11 GMT

How, by the numbers, Star Trek should – but didn't – go red shirt

Star Trek @ 50 Thirteen films, TV spin-offs, millions of loyal fans and the ultimate of accolades for any work of science fiction – spoofs. Confirmation indeed of Star Trek's status as a cultural force.…




Star Trek film theory: 50 years, 13 films, odds good, evens bad? Horta puckey!

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 09:00:12 GMT

How Kirk and Co bested Star Wars

Star Trek @ 50 So how many Star Trek fans does it take to change a lightbulb? As long as there are two, four, six or eight of them, it doesn’t matter. But you can forget about decent illumination if there are one, three, five, seven or nine of them.…




FCC goes over the top again to battle America's cable-box rip-off

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 19:49:18 GMT

Chairman Wheeler to propose agency act as copyright holder

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is to take another crack at breaking the multi-billion-dollar consumer rip-off that is cable set-top boxes by setting the regulator up as a copyright office.…




Meet Deliveroo's ‘bold and impactful’ new logo. No, really

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 14:28:06 GMT

Brimming with personality from the Strategy Boutique

Logowatch Fresh ripples of excitement reach us from the world of rebranding, after Deliveroo parked its bike against the walls of the Strategy Boutique.…




Facebook replaces human editors with McChicken romping, Fox News faking AI bots

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 22:46:34 GMT

Zuck's algorithm in full: 10 INPUT El Reg Bootnote Archive; 20 GOTO 10

On Friday, Facebook announced changes to its method of picking trending news stories to put on the front page of people's feeds. It's taking humans out of the equation and using algorithms instead – and the results were not pretty.…




Tech fails miserably in Forbes' most innovative companies

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:12:12 GMT

But don't worry, the methodology is suspect to say the least

The tech industry feeds off its reputation for being innovative but, according to Forbes at least, it may not be warranted.…




Larry Page snuffs out ‘too expensive’ Google Fiber project

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:56:13 GMT

Chocolate Factory cuts its own cords

Google is drastically scaling back its Fiber initiative because it’s too expensive – and only a fraction of the expected subscribers ponied up.…




WhatsApp is to hand your phone number to Facebook

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:28:32 GMT

Roses are red, violets are blue, Facebook knows all that you think, say and do

WhatsApp has updated its terms and privacy policy for the first time in four years as part of parent company Facebook’s plans to generate cash through app users' data.…




Facebook, Twitter and Google are to blame for terrorism, say MPs

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:33:06 GMT

Committee says press should uncritically repeat what government tells it to say

A UK parliamentary committee has claimed that Facebook, Twitter and Google are responsible for terrorist attacks in the West by “consciously failing to combat the use of their sites to promote terrorism and killings.”…




Google tells popup ads to p*** off on mobes

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:56:09 GMT

Annoying banners will send phone-friendly sites to hell – aka the second page of search

Google will be rejigging its search algorithm to downgrade websites that slap up a large advert, aka an "interstitial," before readers can actually get to see the content.…




North Korea unveils its home-grown Netflix rival – Manbang

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:28:26 GMT

Needs work on the branding

Denizens of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (aka Best Korea) get precious little internet access as it is, but the lucky (and loyal) few will now have a Netflix-style streaming service to match similar systems in the decadent rest of the world.…




Adblock Plus chalk talk takes stock: Facebook's gonna block our block of their block of our block? Let's rock

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:22:09 GMT

Filter-flinger suggests the FTC could even step in

The developers of the banner-busting Adblock Plus (ABP) browser plugin say they will continue efforts to shield Facebook users from the social network's sponsored content.…




Cisco joins Microsoft and flings out Skype-friendly collab app

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 16:33:12 GMT

Can't use your favourite OTT voice app? FTFY

Cisco has partially put aside its rivalry with Microsoft and launched a new collaboration product that is compatible with Microsoft’s Skype for Business.…




Ad-blocking ‘plateaus’, claims hopeful ad industry

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 12:23:29 GMT

Really?

The digital ad biz is hoping that ad-blocking has reached a plateau in the UK, after its rolling survey of users failed to detect an increase. The IAB's July poll, conducted by YouGov, found that 21.2 per cent of the sample used prophylactics, down from 21.7 per cent in February.…