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One BEEELLION dollars: Apple sues Qualcomm, one of its chip designers

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 01:08:55 GMT

Snapdragon biz's bad week just got worse

Following the lead of the FTC, Apple has filed suit against Qualcomm alleging it was charging excessive patent royalty fees for cellphone technology.…

Chinese investors gobble up owner of PCWorld, Macworld etc

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:58:04 GMT

IDG into the hands of the Middle Kingdom – except its HPC bit

Two Chinese investors are buying the owner of PCWorld magazine and the IDC market research outfit – International Data Group (IDG) – but IDC’s high-performance computing research businesses are not included in the sale.…

350,000 Twitter bot sleeper cell betrayed by love of Star Wars and Windows Phone

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:35:12 GMT

Computer researchers uncover yuuuge dormant army

Computer boffins Juan Echeverria and Shi Zhou at University College London have chanced across a dormant Twitter botnet made up of more than 350,000 accounts with a fondness for quoting Star Wars novels.…

Chevy Bolt electric car came alive, reversed into my workbench, says stunned bloke

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:06:53 GMT

Self-driving ride take on a whole new meaning

The future of self-driving cars is already with us – although maybe not in the way we had hoped.…

CIA boss: Make America (a) great (big database of surveillance on citizens, foreigners) again!

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:42:33 GMT

New spymaster Pompeo ponders massive metadata collection, death for Snowden

While Washington is busy with the inauguration of President Trump, not all political business has stopped. The incoming administration is hoping to get its new CIA boss appointed today, but the Senate is having none of it.…

Welcome to the Wipe House: President Trump shreds climate change, privacy, LGBT policies on

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:22:08 GMT

We're gonna have the best 404s! The greatest 404s!

With Donald Trump taking over the presidency Friday morning, a different type of transition has also taken place: a digital transition.…

Rap for crap WhatsApp trap flap: Yack yack app claptrap slapped

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:08:12 GMT

Security gurus condemn sensational reporting of encryption backdoor-that-wasn't

Computer security experts and cryptographers have accused The Guardian of overblowing what was reported to be a backdoor in WhatsApp's encryption.…

General Electrics plays down industrial control plant vulnerabilities

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:30:12 GMT

Only a local hacker in a facility would be able to run an attack

General Electric (GE) has pushed out an update to its industrial control systems following the discovery of vulnerabilities that create a way for hackers to steal SCADA system passwords.…

IBM is letting storage hardware revenues slip gently off into the night

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:00:08 GMT

Benign neglect, managed decline, whatever

Analysis <IBM's fourth quarter and full year 2016 results showed the now traditional storage hardware revenue decline, while all-flash array and software-defined storage revenues grew double digits.…

Trump's 'cyber tsar' Giuliani among creds leaked in mass hacks

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:33:39 GMT

We've got four more years, people

Passwords used by Donald Trump's incoming cybersecurity advisor Rudy Giuliani and 13 other top staffers have been leaked in mass hacks, according to a Channel 4 investigation.…

XIV goes way of the dinosaurs as IBM nixes fourth-gen storage array

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:00:12 GMT

Incoming FlashSystem A9000 with 3D TLC makes it obsolete

IBM is not going to develop a fourth-generation XIV storage array because an upcoming FlashSystem A9000R using 3D flash can be sold for the same cost as disk.…

Sigfox veep: Our gear will be less pricey than kit for NB-IoT customers

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:30:13 GMT

As for that fabled IPO? May happen 'when market is right'

French Internet of Things connectivity folk Sigfox are still hoping for a 2018 IPO – but it is not an "end in itself", a company rep told The Register.…

All the cool kids are doing it – BT hikes broadband and TV bills

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:02:11 GMT

Move 'unjustified', says analyst

BT is to hike its broadband and TV prices in an inflation-busting increase that will come into force this April.…

Elementary, my dear IBM: When will Watson make money?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:31:04 GMT

Big Blue talks 'silver threads'

IBM Watson has taken heat from Wall Street for not adding to Big Blue's revenue as the company reported a 19th successive quarter of decline.…

Lords slam 'untrammelled' data sharing powers in Digital Economy Bill

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:04:23 GMT

'Deeply concerned' about possibility of sharing citizen info with companies

A House of Lords committee has slammed the "inappropriate" and "untrammelled" powers laid out in the Digital Economy Bill to share citizen data across the public sector.…

Chinese chip shop looks hot to trot as Tsinghua drops $30bn on factory

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:32:07 GMT

Largest fab in the Middle Kingdom to be surrounded by huge 'international city'

China’s flash-fancying Tsinghua Unigroup is going to build a $30bn-plus flash fab.…

The rise, fall, and rise (again) of Microsoft's killer People feature

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:01:08 GMT

Here's what's in Build 15014

Microsoft has removed the much-anticipated "People Experience" from current beta builds of Windows 10, and will release it later this year instead of this spring.…

StorageCraft gobbles Exablox to become data management monolith

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:33:06 GMT

Data protection SW biz buys filer hardware startup

Analysis Backup SW biz StorageCraft has bought Exablox, a startup making scale-out deduping filer arrays using underlying object storage software.…

AWS offers $20 bribe to derps who buy old IoT condom-o-matic dunce dobbers

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:02:10 GMT

Internet of Things: Make ordering johnnies great again

Amazon Web Services is so desperate to shift its AWS Internet of Things Buttons that it is offering free AWS credits, tech support and even design services to anyone who buys them – and has relaunched its "enterprise program" to boot.…

Yet another committee gives a lashing for digital strategy delay

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:34:06 GMT

It's so important they held a 'three-week consultation'... over the Christmas hols

At the current rate Julian Assange is more likely to see the light of day than the government's digital strategy – with a second Parliamentary committee having criticised its long-overdue publication.…

DirecTV Now plagued with faults, but uptake not slowing

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:02:07 GMT

AT&T's streaming service only behind HBO's despite user complaints

AT&T's freshly hatched DirecTV Now OTT streaming service is forecast by most industry analysts to hit around 1 million subscribers after one year, following its launch at the end of November, but here at Faultline Online Reporter we believe the service has the potential to take off on a much bigger scale – providing it can overcome some initial obstacles.…

Toshiba scrambles to start chip biz minority stake sale – reports

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:34:46 GMT

US nuclear power plant fiasco prompts fears of writedown

Reuters is reporting that Toshiba has started its chip business minority stake sale process.…

Seven pet h8s: Verity is sorely vexed

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:03:09 GMT

Where's pocket Bjarne Stroustrup when you need him?

Stob Peter Wayner, a tech columnist, claims to have identified the seven most vexing problems in programming. According to his subheadings, these are: multithreading, closures, "too big data", np-completeness, security, encryption and identity management.…

My hole is a private thing – see for yourself

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:01:12 GMT

I am guilty of too much clouded thinking

Something for the Weekend, Sir? My neighbours are staring at my hole and shaking their heads disapprovingly. They were a little surprised to receive my invitation to view my orifice, and it may not be as big as theirs, but I needed their advice on how to fill it.…

Unbreakable Locky ransomware is on the march again

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:41:11 GMT

Necrus botnet wakes up and starts fresh malware-cano

Cisco is warning of possible return of a massive ransomware spam campaign after researchers noticed traces of traffic from the hitherto dormant Necrus botnet.…

Apple, Amazon smash audiobook cabal after European pressure

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:26:09 GMT

EU antitrust bod nods in approval as another market opens up

Apple and Amazon have agreed to end the exclusivity deal that gave Audible sole access to the iBooks store.…

Ain't no party like an 80-customer Cohesity party

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:59:09 GMT

Oh, bless

Analysis Secondary storage silo converging startup Cohesity has added entry-level hardware as it reaches 80+ customers and 100+ US resellers.…

Fired Ofcom Remainer bod sues UK gov for withholding his payoff

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:41:15 GMT

Board member claims he was sacked for slamming Trump and Brexit

A sacked board member of UK telco regulator Ofcom is suing the British government for refusing to give him a £75,000 ($92,500) payoff.…

Shocking crime surge – THE TRUTH: England, Wales stats now include hacking and fraud

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:19:06 GMT

'More realistic picture' we're told

Crime stats for England and Wales have shown a huge year-on-year increase. Don't panic, though: it's due to the inclusion of fraud and computer misuse offences for the first time.…

IT team sent dirt file to Police as they all bailed from abusive workplace

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:57:13 GMT

Saintly clients fled investment firm after workers revealed hellish smut mountain

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, which returns for 2017 with more tales of your fellow readers' experiences of horrible jobs at horrible times.…

Facebook bans Russia's RT ahead of Trump's Inauguration Day (then changes its mind)

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:29:09 GMT

Breaking news, literally

Facebook apparently blocked Russia Today – the Kremlin-bankrolled broadcaster now known as RT – from posting anything other than text messages on the social network.…

Viral Chinese selfie app Meitu phones home with personal data

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:02:10 GMT

Reg man submits self to invasive sparkly-unicorn androgyny transformation

PIC The Meitu selfie horrorshow app going viral through Western audiences is a privacy nightmare, researchers say.…

What's SimpliVity CEO Doron Kempel and Arnie got in common? They'll both be back

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 05:30:09 GMT

From the special forces to, um, HPE

Profile SimpliVity CEO and cofounder Doron Kempel is a two-time storage startup winner. With HPE buying his firm for $650m, what will he do next?…

Avaya files for bankruptcy

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 05:02:08 GMT

Decade-old capital structure needs a refresh for cloudier times

Avaya has filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code, which allows organisations to re-organise their affairs in part by temporarily relieving them of obligations to creditors.…

On last day as president, Obama's CIO shrouds future .gov websites in secret code

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 04:31:07 GMT

New .gov domains will only ever offer HTTPS, says US CIO

On United States president Barack Obama's last day in office, the U.S. Chief Information Officer and the Federal CIO Council have announced a new rule that will see all future .gov websites shrouded in impenetrable secret codes.…

Mozillans call for new moz://a logo to actually work in browsers

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 04:00:12 GMT

Logo picked to represent internet roots just confuses the internet

LOGOWATCH Mozilla, sorry Moz://a's new logo is causing problems because it doesn't work when typed into browsers' address bars.…

Operator of DDoS protection service named as Mirai author

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:02:13 GMT

Krebs says he's fingered author of epic IoT web assault code

The author of the massive distributed denial-of-service attack malware Mirai, which ropes infected routers and internet of things devices into remotely controlled armies, is a New Jersey man, according to journo Brian Krebs.…

Big Blue's blues diffuse: IBM's sales drain now more like a sad trickle

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:59:10 GMT

Biz optimistic 2017 will see cloud and mobile help boost bottom line

IBM is touting growth in its cloud and cognitive business units as the enterprise giant wraps up a year of double-digit revenue declines.…

Uber coughs up $20m after 'lying about how much its drivers make'

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:28:20 GMT

FTC settlement bars taxi app maker from publishing fiction about potential riches

Cab app Uber has agreed to pay $20m to settle charges that it exaggerated how much drivers using its software can earn and downplayed the cost of financing cars through the company.…

Assange reverse-ferrets on promise to fly to US post-Manning clemency

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:51:35 GMT

WikiLeaker folds hand in pledge poker

If US investigators were hoping WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange would be deliver himself into their hands, then they are due for a disappointment.…

SporeStack: Disposable, anonymous servers, via Bitcoin and Python

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:34:12 GMT

Code lets developers test applications without a hosting account

Hardware infrastructure, once the foundation of computing giants like IBM, has become an abstract commodity thanks to cloud computing, virtualization, and containerization.…

Ooops! One in three tech IPOs now trading below their starting price

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:05:27 GMT

The technical term for this, in the financial world, is: 'Boned'

Around 33 per cent of the technology companies to enter the market in the last ten years are currently valued at a price lower than their IPO mark.…

Deadly Tesla smash probe: No recall needed, says Uncle Sam

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:38:13 GMT

Autopilot update cuts prangs by 40 per cent, we're told

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation into a fatal Tesla crash last year has determined that the car manufacturer should face no further action and has improved safety considerably.…

Windows 10 networking bug derails Microsoft's own IPv6 rollout

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:10:15 GMT

No pressure, peeps: Techies are awaiting a fix from their Redmond coworkers

A bug in Windows 10 is undermining Microsoft's efforts to roll out an IPv6-only network at its Seattle headquarters.…

Wintel part deux? Microsoft Azure first for Intel Clear Linux

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:06:14 GMT

Stateless Linux data center released into the wilds

An alliance that dominated the PC industry is entering the world of fluffy white stuff and open source: Microsoft Azure is the first public cloud to include an Intel initiated and container-oriented Clear Linux OS.…

IBM, Microsoft, US Govt all to blame for globalisation backlash: Jack Ma

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:47:04 GMT

It's your own fault, Trump-friendly tycoon tells Davos

Silicon Valley’s tech plutocrats have kept a relatively low profile at Davos, the WEF’s schmoozefest for corporate, government and NGO elites. But into the void stepped Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba.…

Oracle slurps enterprise cloud API wrangler Apiary

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:16:51 GMT

Time for REST... and it's only January

Oracle’s first financial splash of 2017 has seen it snap up Apiary, an enterprise API specialist.…

Cumulus Networks writes its name on a white box

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:00:07 GMT

Badge engineering to make open networking easier for newcomers

Open networking operating system vendor Cumulus Networks is about to start selling hardware – but it's not going to start actually making the stuff.…

Building IoT London: Last chance to catch Early Bird Tix

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:36:07 GMT

Don't learn about IoT, learn how to do IoT

The early bird ticket offer for Building IoT London ends very soon, meaning you’ve got just hours to save a stack of cash on three days with the IoT world’s finest thinkers, doers and developers.…

'Beeeellion-dollar' mastercrooks in hotel, restaurant blitzkrieg

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:52:48 GMT

Carbanak: It's not just a caramel-flavoured choc-trocity. It's also malware

The Carbanak cyber criminal gang is abusing Google’s infrastructure as a conduit for botnet control.…