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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


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.…

'Daddy, what's a Blu-ray disc?'

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 08:03:07 GMT

4K revives forgotten format

Vinyl LPs aren’t the only antiquated disc format that’s enjoying a revival. So is the almost forgotten Blu-ray disc.…

Adblock Plus blocks Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook ads

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 21:02:27 GMT

This arms race will never end

Those hoping for a quick resolution to the cat-and-mouse game between Facebook and Adblock Plus will be disappointed to know that the back-and-forth battle shows no signs of letting up.…

Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:57:52 GMT

Web advertising arms race intensifies

The makers of Adblock Plus (ABP) have already found a way to defeat Facebook's anti-ad-block tools.…

Bleeping Computer countersues Enigma in software review libel row

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:57:57 GMT

We bleeping didn't run a bleeping smear campaign, says site, you bleeping ran a bleeping smear campaign!

PC fix-it site Bleeping Computer has hit back at Enigma Software's defamation lawsuit with several counterclaims that accuse the software house of running a "smear campaign" to discredit it.…

Cox stiffed for $25m after letting subscribers pirate music online

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 19:10:39 GMT

ISP didn't do enough to curb illegal downloads, appeal court rules

US cable provider Cox has to pay $25m to music publisher BMG for failing to crack down on its subscribers' music piracy.…

Facebook to forcefeed you web ads, whether you like it or not: Ad blocker? Get the Zuck out!

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 19:18:23 GMT

These silos of your personal information don't run themselves for free, folks

Facebook will circumvent browser ad-blocking tools to push web adverts onto people's screens.…

BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

Sat, 06 Aug 2016 06:01:12 GMT

Auntie denies it 'sniffs packets' for licence-fee dodging

Updated The BBC's creepy detector vans will be dragged into the 21st century to sniff Brits' home Wi-Fi networks, claims the UK Daily Telegraph's Saturday splash.…

Google, er, Alphabet takes on 10,000 more staff, banks more and more billions from ads

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:51:10 GMT

Still totally reliant on advertising

Alphabet, the holding company for Google and the Chocolate Factory's other concerns, has reported strong growth in the second quarter ending June 30, with revenues up 21 per cent from this time last year.…

Here WeGo! Google Maps rival drops Maps branding

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:06:07 GMT

Clever, huh?

Google’s only major consumer mapping rival, HERE, has dropped Maps from its app name in a bold rebranding exercise. After many hours in the Strategy Boutique, the map apps is now named after the ancient British football chant... Here We Go.…

BBC will ‘retain your viewing history’

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:26:10 GMT

Imagine an Auntie who never forgets

Last week the BBC launched a mobile app, called BBC+, delivering “customisable content collections” to your phone or tablet. It’s a personalised service which requires an email address.…

EFF declares anti-piracy DMCA unconstitutional in new legal showdown

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 20:14:06 GMT

Controversial Section 1201 of US law comes under fire

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched a lawsuit claiming that a controversial anti-digital-piracy law in the US is unconstitutional.…

Nitwit has fit over twit hit: Troll takes timeless termination terribly

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 01:18:18 GMT

Can Twitter now save itself?

Comment Twitter this week permanently banned a high-profile self-proclaimed troll, marking a possible sea-change in how the social network tackles its worst users.…

Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:02:11 GMT

Trek works when the struggle is within, not when the fights are fast and furious

Review The original Star Trek series and subsequent sequels stubbornly and persistently refused to frame their dramas in black-and-whites. Balance of Terror, for example, transformed heretofore-unseen Romulans from villains into tragic heroes over the course of an hour. As happened in so many episodes, the writers avoided the cheap path of good versus evil.…

Dying! Yahoo! writes! off! half! of! the! $1bn! it! paid! for! Tumblr!

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 01:45:12 GMT

'Still some value there' Gartner analyst tells El Reg as web biz writhes in pain

Yahoo! fell short of already-low expectations as the shriveling internet icon continues to limp towards its impending sale.…

Coup-Tube: Turkey blocks social networks amid military takeover

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 23:48:27 GMT

Quick, man the VPNs!

Access to YouTube, Facebook and Twitter is blocked in Turkey tonight amid an ongoing attempted military coup in the NATO nation. The cyber-blockade has failed to prevent pictures from the unfolding uprising spilling onto the internet, though.…

Ad blockers responsible for rise in upfront TV ad sales, claims report

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 15:07:09 GMT

Web schmeb: Telly is back ad-slingers

The upfront market for broadcast and cable networks has taken an unexpected U-turn from last year’s dip, seeing an increase in advertising sales of $800m to $18.6bn in the most recent completion.…

Google on piracy: We really, really care

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:08:09 GMT

But we'll only turn on filters if you use our Ad Monopoly

Comment Google has returned some punches in the PR war over YouTube, claiming it has handed over $3bn in royalties from artists using its Content ID system, or $1bn since 2014. But Content ID is actually one of musicians’ biggest beefs.…

Spotify, YouTube pay musicians with ever-shrinking buttons

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 12:58:13 GMT

With CD and downloads crashing, is this the end?

Digital music is a loss leader for tech giants, driving traffic to other parts of the plantation as they harvest personal data. But it’s creators who are carrying the loss.…

YouTube stars shilled for Warner Bros, screwed up, and now the FTC has written an angry letter

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:18:47 GMT

US watchdog channels Hans Blix

Warner Bros has settled a complaint that YouTube celebs it paid to promote its video game online didn't declare that they were taking the entertainment giant's coin.…

Facebook deleted my post and made me confirm pics of my kids weren't sexually explicit

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 23:27:45 GMT

When automated censorship goes awry

Usually when you read about Facebook blocking accounts or taking down videos it's because something serious has happened: like a woman filming her boyfriend dying at the hands of traffic cops; or someone going on a racist rant.…

Ad agency swipes 'unnamed bloggers' for calling out its cynically fake 'save a refugee' app

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 00:56:05 GMT

Hands back ad award, says attacks were unfair

Ad agency Grey Singapore has thrown a tantrum and handed back the Cannes Lion bronze award it won for its now-infamous “I Sea” app.…

Philando Castile death-by-cop vid mysteriously vanishes from Facebook

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 19:50:35 GMT

This revolution will not be televised

Updated Since the publication of this story, new information has come to light. Read: Facebook ‘glitch’ that deleted the Philando Castile shooting vid – it was the police, claim sources

Australia's ABC suspends presenter over 'Wi-Fi is dangerous' claims

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 23:05:08 GMT

Catalyst's Dr Maryanne Demasi off air, programme under review

Australian public broadcaster ABC has suspended the presenter behind its unscientific “Wi-Fried” Catalyst programme that aired earlier this year.…

Wealthy youngsters more likely to be freetards than anyone else – study

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 13:57:04 GMT

Middle class self-entitled whingers also Remainians? Yarr.

The well-groomed throng of bourgeois protesters that shunned the weekly Waitrose shop and headed for London’s Parliament Square on Saturday had something in common other than a common desire to remain in the EU. The demographic that closely mirrors keen Remain voters is more likely to download content illegally than any other UK demographic.…