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Copyright: Copyright 2016, Situation Publishing

Hardware ain't hard, money is: Crowdfunding, bootstraps and startups

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:24:10 GMT

Can you rattle the tin for marketing? Really?

Radbot Our quiz on startup branding revealed that a worrying number of you are not to be trusted with a hot iron - branding, soldering, or even wool setting, it seems.…

Google cranks out new developer center in San Francisco – inexplicably, we were at the opening

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:37:01 GMT

Sustainable biz, welcome – the rest of you, not so much

Google has opened a 14,000 square foot developer space in the heart of San Francisco to encourage the next generation of startups to use its products.…

Sage advice: Avoid the Windows 10 Anniversary Update – it knackers our accounting app

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:02:04 GMT

Try this workaround if you're frozen out

Accounting software developer Sage has warned that the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition may break your Sage 50 installation.…

Intel pulls out hard cash to gobble virtual CPU upstart Soft Machines

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 07:39:06 GMT

Chipzilla's silicon acquisition spree continues with a $250m deal

Exclusive Intel is in the process of acquiring Soft Machines Inc, a Santa Clara-based chip designer, according to two people familiar with the matter.…

You're guilty but broke, judge tells – the 'Uber of laundry'

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 19:44:32 GMT

Upstart is everything that's wrong with Silicon Valley

A judge in San Francisco has rejected a settlement between startup poster child and angry former employees – because the company can't afford it.…

Spinning that Brexit wheel: Regulation lotto for tech startups

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 08:02:08 GMT

Divorcing Europe, custody arrangements, post-nups and more...

The reality of running a new business or doing something innovative is that you're hunting for cracks and niches that others have not yet filled – spaces too small for the big girls and boys already in the market. And many of those niches are fragile, formed in part by chance, opportunistic spaces in the current markets and regulations.…

VC vampire: Peter Thiel wants to live forever

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 22:59:28 GMT

And he'll buy your blood to do so, as long as you're young

Just when you thought Peter Thiel couldn't become any more of a megalomaniac, the billionaire VC proves you wrong.…

Really Scary Telecoms Stuff? Nah – telephony's just an app

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:50:13 GMT

How to pick your hosted solutions

In 2009, I moved to Jersey to become the network and telecoms manager for a multinational company. It was tremendous fun, as I had a variety of kit to play with.…

Correction: There was no hangman's noose, claims Hyperloop countersuit ... it was a cowboy's lasso

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 21:42:09 GMT

Oh, and BamBrogan's a childish drunken misogynist, allegedly

An extraordinary fight at tube-travel company Hyperloop One has hit warp speed with a court filing filled with more wild claims.…

Did mock cop bot trot on fraught tot? Maybe not

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 23:05:33 GMT

Mall patrol droid maker hits back at claims its machine ran over a kid

The maker of the security guard robot that allegedly ran down a toddler in a Silicon Valley shopping mall last week has claimed its droid is innocent.…

Using Comcast biz phones? Hope you liked your afternoon off

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 23:23:01 GMT

Business service goes dark amid mystery outage

Comcast says it is still investigating the cause of outages that killed its business phone service in the US on Tuesday.…

Tech upstarts to pocket up to $5m from crowd-fund suckers, er backers

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 21:55:56 GMT

When I started out, all I had was just a dream ... and millions in donations

A pair of newly passed bills in the US Congress will increase the amount of money tech startups can raise to cover their early expenses.…

Biz security deadline knocked back 3 months 'cos Brits ignored it

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 08:02:07 GMT

A thousand shopkeepers stood firm and said 'you what, mate?'

A deadline for businesses to make sure they were compatible with new payment security measures has been extended after around 1,000 UK companies failed to take the necessary action.…

FFS, Twitter. It's not that hard

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 22:38:09 GMT

A clear and simple guide to get from implosion to success

Howto With the news that Twitter is looking for yet another head of product – the fifth in under three years – it's clear the social media company is still at a loss over what to do next with its service.…

Theranos bins two years of test results

Thu, 19 May 2016 18:23:06 GMT

Can blood-testing company survive latest revelation?

The controversial blood-testing company Theranos has voided two years of results and issued tens of thousands of corrected reports, further undermining its credibility and raising serious questions over its future.…

Catastrophic 123-reg VPS cockup deletes Ross County FC website

Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:33:10 GMT

Biz admits coding error 'affected' thousands of servers

Ross County Football Club's website was among those deleted amid a web-hosting company 123-reg's mega cock-up.…

Gridstore boss George Symons ejects, leaves hyper-upstart headless

Mon, 18 Apr 2016 18:23:45 GMT

Biz still defragging its management, it seems

Gridstore CEO George Symons left the company in February after almost three years at the helm, with no successor appointed.…

Web backup biz Monster Cloud monstered after monster price hike

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 06:55:12 GMT

Fuming punters hit El Reg's inbox

London-based online backup biz Monster Cloud is under fire from customers after hiking its prices and switching up its subscription plans.…

Uber explains itself after 'moving the goalposts' on its new bug bounties

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 19:38:10 GMT

Moneybags upstart accused of shafting people? Who'd have thought it?

It has been less than a week since Uber launched its bug bounty program and already security researchers are calling foul.…

Uber woos security gurus with open bug bounty, loyalty scheme

Tue, 22 Mar 2016 23:59:08 GMT

HackerOne deals with the details, Uber can poach the staff

Uber is joining the public bug bounty movement. The taxi cab app has recruited HackerOne to offer up to $10,000 for critical flaws in its servers, with additional cash on offer as a loyalty bonus.…

New-economy poster child LivingSocial slashes staff amid another startup collapse

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 19:37:12 GMT

Looks like the tech shakeout is with us

In a sign that the long-anticipated tech shakeout has begun in earnest, poster child for the new economy LivingSocial has announced it is slashing its workforce in half.…

DataGravity axes gear, sheds staff as it pulls away from black hole

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 19:58:57 GMT

Bye-bye hardware and hello big vision

+Comment The DataGravity array is no more as Paula Long reorganizes her company and axes some of its workers.…

F-me! Couchbase yoinks $30m in yet another fundraising round

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 18:30:12 GMT

We are about to IPO, I think, this time we will, I'm sure of it, says CEO Wiederhold

Open-source NoSQL database purveyor Couchbase has raised $30m in a series-F funding round.…

You're fired! No – you're acquired! Reality TV hits Silicon Valley startups

Sat, 05 Mar 2016 01:57:07 GMT

First, Trump with The Apprentice. Now, Jason Calacanis in San Francisco

First comes satire then something that makes satire impossible.…

Microsoft Office 365: You don't need 27 floppies, but there is desktop friction

Wed, 17 Feb 2016 12:44:06 GMT

It's as clear as the clouds...

Microsoft would like us to think of Office 365, its hosted email and collaboration service, as “cloud”. And it is in many ways; you can even get all your email and OneDrive-stored documents direct from a web browser.…

Good news ... and bad news for Skype-using Apple fans and small biz

Wed, 17 Feb 2016 00:46:48 GMT

iOS app now offers native support for Office. End of the road for Managed Accounts

Microsoft is pulling Apple-leaning Skype users deeper into its lair.…

Uber, Taskrabbit, other Silicon Valley darlings urge Europe not to screw their business

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 20:41:52 GMT

47 sharing-economy outfits ask not to be limited by local laws

Uber, AirBnB, Taskrabbit and another 44 online businesses built around the "sharing economy" have written to the European Union urging politicians not to limit their development through new laws.…

Fired Norse Corp CEO blames the media

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 20:40:40 GMT

And has a good old moan at his former employees

Norse Corp cofounder Sam Glines has hit out at the media after he was fired on Monday as CEO of the threat intelligence company.…

Networks First chairman Titmus to exit, dog pool biz awaits

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 12:16:04 GMT

Long-serving chairman to call it quits, in IT that is...

Networks First chairman Peter Titmus is to exit the IT industry once he completes the handover of the business he founded 26 years ago to the new owners - but the old dog has some bite in him yet.…

Billion-dollar blood-test unicorn biz Theranos 'putting lives at risk'

Wed, 27 Jan 2016 23:44:39 GMT

US federal agency threatens to shut down Silicon Valley upstart's testing facility

Controversial blood-testing upstart Theranos has been told to take immediate action at one of its testing facilities – or lose its certification.…

dotCloud dotGone: Ex-Docker PaaS passes away amid bankruptcy

Fri, 22 Jan 2016 21:55:02 GMT

CEO confirms app hosting service will shut down at end of February

Platform-as-a-service upstart dotCloud will shut down next month after its parent Cloud Control filed for bankruptcy.…

Docker bags unikernel gurus – now you can be just like Linus Torvalds

Thu, 21 Jan 2016 14:00:04 GMT

Wannabe a kernel developer? Well, soon you can be and rather easily

Analysis Linux container biz Docker has bought Unikernel Systems, a startup in Cambridge, UK, that's doing interesting things with roll-your-own operating systems.…

No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 01:53:40 GMT

This is like the Night of the Living Dead

Microsoft's relentless campaign to push Windows 10 onto every PC on the planet knows no bounds: now business desktops will be nagged to upgrade.…

Zes, zir, zank you, zir: Zerto zucks in 50 zillion zucks in zenture zapital

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 20:56:09 GMT

The Veeam of DR keeps zooming along

+Comment Startup Zerto has picked up $50m in a fifth round of funding.…

Basho bashed by bolshy backer, ex-boss claims in court brouhaha

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 21:21:22 GMT

Early investors join former board chairman and CEO in suing NoSQL database biz

Basho Technologies is being sued by its cofounding ex-CEO, who alleges a major investor caused a disastrous fall in the company's finances.…

IT security is a safe job? Tell that to Norse staff laid off this week

Tue, 05 Jan 2016 19:33:44 GMT

Life in the VC lane

Exclusive One of the more promising security startups of recent years has laid off a sizable chunk of its staff, citing business pressures.…

Talko the devil and he shall appear: Microsoft buys Ray Ozzie's startup

Tue, 22 Dec 2015 00:24:14 GMT

Redmond can't bear to be without Lotus Notes creator

Lotus Notes daddy Ray Ozzie quit Microsoft five years ago – but Redmond just won’t let its former CTO go.…

Monster fund manager sticks pin in Silicon Valley's unicorn bubble

Wed, 02 Dec 2015 00:07:59 GMT

Silly-con Valley

One of the United States' largest fund managers has pricked the bubble of Silicon Valley by suggesting that today's enormous tech valuations are not realistic.…

£2.3m ZANO nano-drone crowdfunded project crashes and burns

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:57:01 GMT

Plug pulled, Kickstarter backers furious

The company behind the troubled ZANO nano-drone project has pulled the plug, leaving thousands of Kickstarter backers in the lurch.…

You're right to fear a second dot-com crash, says Intel VC boss

Wed, 04 Nov 2015 07:06:11 GMT

Chip giant's investment wing looks abroad as tech bubble grows

ICGS Fears of another technology startup bubble bursting are "legitimate," says the outgoing head of Intel's venture capital arm.…

Net neutrality debate: If startups want to rival Google, they must show some green to telcos

Fri, 30 Oct 2015 23:40:23 GMT

So says the CEO of Deutsche Telekom, a, er, telco giant

Just a few days after new net neutrality rules were passed by the European Parliament, the CEO of Deutsche Telekom has revived fears over how "loopholes" will lead to an unequal internet.…

Buy a slice of the next Facebook with just your credit card and browser

Fri, 30 Oct 2015 21:28:40 GMT

SEC OKs Kickstarter-on-steroids websites selling shares in private startups

America's financial watchdog says anyone with spare cash will be able to buy a slice of a startup online without having to fill out mountains of paperwork.…

Biz founded by Chris 'I hack airplanes' Roberts files for bankruptcy

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 21:51:15 GMT

Meanwhile, new FAA committee to develop cybersecurity protections

One World Labs, the infosec biz founded by Chris Roberts – the security expert famous for allegedly making an airplane move sideways mid-flight without leaving his passenger seat – has filed for bankruptcy protection.…

Furious LastPass fans fear password wrangler's fate amid LogMeIn's gobble

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 19:29:04 GMT

Firm tells users to stop sweating it over $125m buyout

LastPass has been acquired by LogMeIn, and people are deeply unhappy about the deal.…

Robin flies into storage aviary: Will it soar, or is it just winging it?

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 01:56:08 GMT

Is it a bird? Is it a data plane? No, it's a virtualisation container upstart

A new robin has landed in the storage startup tree, whose song promises to clear up the sprawling horrible inefficient mess that is today's Big Data munching and analysing customer IT infrastructure. If that strikes a chord then read on.…

IBM gobbles storage upstart Cleversafe

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 20:50:23 GMT

How very clever, to buy an object storage startup

IBM is buying object storage startup Cleversafe for an undisclosed amount of cash or shares.…

Startup promises to cancel your hated Comcast subscription for you for just $5

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 18:49:00 GMT

Two-man band says it'll sit through the pain

Free marketeers would be proud; a startup in the US has just started up to deal with one of the toughest and most frustrating corporate trials – cancelling a Comcast subscription.…

Apple gobbles Brit AI outfit VocalIQ

Fri, 02 Oct 2015 22:09:07 GMT

Reports suggest fruity firms has acquired biz which previously sneered at Siri as a 'toy'

Apple is reported to have snapped up UK artificial intelligence company VocalIQ, which had previously sneered at Cupertino's digital assistant Siri as being a mere "toy."…

Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 19:09:07 GMT

Here comes the irony grenade for Peeple founder

It was oh so predictable.…

IT supplier? Got a customer who won't pay? Dob them in to the Insolvency Service

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 11:01:12 GMT

You'll have to keep supplying, but this way you will get paid

From today IT suppliers are encouraged to begin shopping their failing customers into the Insolvency Service, under a new order coming into force that will guarantee payment to providers of companies entering administration.…