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British prime minister slams Facebook and pals for votes

Nothing new in speech but then that wasn't the point

British prime minister Theresa May used Facebook, Google and social media companies as a vote-winning punch bag on Friday, slamming them for not doing enough to limit extremist content online.…

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 7:08 pm

Andy Rubin teases next week's launch of Essential phone

Is it a Tango? Is it a 360-camera? Or is it a let-down?

Android creator Andy Rubin has been running in stealth mode with his forthcoming smartphone startup Essential, but has now released a teaser picture of his new handset.…

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 11:15 am

Chipotle: Hackers did to our registers what our burritos did to your colon

Fast food chain cops to POS malware breach

Fast-food chain Chipotle says hackers infected its point of sale terminals to gain access to card data from stores in 47 states and Washington, DC.…

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 11:12 am

Your job might be automated within 120 years, AI experts reckon

Even AI researcher jobs at risk by the year 2105

Hundreds of AI researchers have taken a glimpse into their crystal balls to try to determine when machines will finally exceed human capabilities.…

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 10:49 am

TRUMP SCANDAL! No, not that one. Or that one. Or that one. Or that one.

Hackers target The Donald's businesses

The FBI and CIA are investigating an attempted hack on the Trump Organization.…

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 8:45 am

Bitcoin exchange Coinbase crashes after Asian buying frenzy

Japanese investors rush in after cryptocurrency was made legal

Over the past couple of weeks, the price of Bitcoin has gone up 50 per cent, spiking at over $2,700 per unit on Thursday. Demand has been so great that popular exchange Coinbase has been unable to keep up.…

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 8:10 am

Done and done: Blackberry ties up $940m settlement with Qualcomm

Patent case wraps up as sides agree on final tally

Former smartphone king BlackBerry has today finalized its settlement with Qualcomm in their long-running battle over royalty payments.…

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 7:27 am

Tech firms sends Congress checklist of surveillance reforms

Google, Facebook et al take on Section 702, Apple quiet

More than 30 big internet companies including Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft have sent a letter to the chair of the House Judiciary Committee asking for specific reforms to the law used for carrying out mass surveillance.…

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 6:25 am

It was bound to happen: Amazon launches first grocery store

Buy your bread n' butter from the Bezos Bunch

Amazon has once again expanded its reach in all things commerce, this time with its own take on the grocery store.…

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 5:15 am

The hold is filled with storage news! Grab a bucket and BAIL

Keelhauling through the week's movers and shakers

Behind every great enterprise and technology news website lies storage, humming away in the background heeded by no one. But the industry never stands still and every week El Reg is inundated with news – some significant, some less so. However, we're not solely a storage 'zine and we need somewhere to stack the shorter bits that wouldn't necessarily make a standalone story but we know you storageheads out there would appreciate. So pull up a pew, pour yourself a mug o' joe, and read on to find out about Bristol Uni's new supercomputer, Intel's SSD wins, Diablo Tech's Memory1 benchmarks, and much more.…

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 4:08 am

Pirates hack was a hoax, says Disney boss

'You are without a doubt the worst pirate I’ve ever heard of'

The supposed "Pirates hack" was only ever a hoax, according to Disney chief exec Bob Iger.…

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 3:00 am

Sainsbury's IT glitch spoils bank holiday food orders

Hoping to stock up for a barbecue? Tough

The sun is shining and the prospect of barbecue and beer over the bank holiday is almost in grabbing distance. But customers who ordered their groceries online with Sainsbury's today may be in for a disappointment.…

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 2:41 am

Brocade goes bye-bye: Out on a high note ahead of Broadcom slurp

Revenues increase as it faces dismemberment

+Comment  Say goodbye to Brocade as an independent company. It has just published its last quarterly results before being gobbled up and dismembered by Broadcom.…

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 2:31 am

'Do not tell Elon': Ex-SpaceX man claims firm cut corners on NASA part tests

Firm: Not what he was saying before we sacked him

A fired SpaceX worker has accused the company of leaning on its employees to forge test records for parts destined for NASA.…

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 2:11 am

'President Zuck' fundraiser opens for business

"I'm Commander-in-Chief, bitch!"

A fundraising vehicle to help get the world's fifth richest man Mark Zuckerberg elected as President of the United States will now take your money.…

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 1:38 am

Hyper-converged trashes all-flash: Nutanix out-grows Pure Storage

$100m+ quarterly loss fuels relentless drive for growth

Nutanix is racing on to the billion dollar revenue mark for next year with a $100m net loss fuelled quarter of growth.…

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 1:01 am

Scientists are counting atoms to figure out when Mars last had volcanoes

Astroboffin-in-training makes dating breakthrough

Astroboffins have figured out a new way of dating planets and meteorites by counting individual atoms in rock samples snatched from the depths of space.…

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 12:41 am

‪WannaCry‬pt ransomware note likely written by Google Translate-using Chinese speakers

Signs of machine translation spotted by analysts

The ‪WannaCry‬pt extortion notes were most likely written by Chinese-speaking authors, according to linguistic analysis.…

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 12:13 am

Apple fights off iTunes patent spat appeal

That bit where you said we didn't have to give them $500m – stick with that

Apple is trying to kill off an attempt by Smartflash to reverse a patent panel's ruling and thereby force Cupertino to hand it $533m in a Federal Circuit dispute.…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 11:52 pm

Ouch! Latest Qualcomm sueball comes from ... its own shareholders

Legal flingball fingers Snapdragon 810 debacle

Qualcomm's own shareholders have added to the barrage of lawsuits being fired at the mobile chip giant.…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 10:38 pm

'Major incident' at Capita data centre: Multiple services still knackered

Still on knees some 36 hours later

A major outage at a Capita data centre has knocked out multiple services for customers – including a number of councils' online services – for the last 36 hours.…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 10:10 pm

What happened when 300 DevOps experts took over the QE II?

Continuous Lifecycle: Fill-up with speaker videos, slides

Events  If you couldn’t join us last week for Continuous Lifecycle London 2017, you can still get a flavour of the event with our speakers’ presentations and selected video highlights.…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 9:36 pm

The revolution will not be televised: How Lucas modernised audio in film

Thank God for Jedi (and other words I thought I'd never use)

Star Wars New Hope @ 40  The opening sequence of Star Wars is designed to give you a jolt. It's heightened by those moments after the legend "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..." has faded, leaving you sitting in a silent, pitch-black cinema auditorium.…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 9:06 pm

El Reg straps on the Huawei Watch 2

Sports ready, LTE ready, but still a solution looking for a problem?

Real World Test  Back when Captain Scarlet was still fresh, in the 1970s, I wanted a watch that made phone calls. I think I might have drawn one on my arm with a Biro. This has been a sci-fi staple since Dick Tracy in the 1950s. Now I’ve got one, I wonder why I ever wanted it.…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 8:36 pm

Life is... pushing all the right buttons on the wrong remote control

Or I could press 'Play' via the evil internet

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  Mrs Dabbsy is getting cross. I know this because she has said "grrrr".…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 8:17 pm

Sysadmin finds insecure printer, remotely prints 'Fix Me!' notice

Once you're through the web interface the email-to-printer address is easy to find

ON-CALL  Well what do you know? The working week is all-but over, which means it is time to share a story from a reader's working life in our weekly On-Call column.…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 7:06 pm

Japanese lab's 'value-aware' SSDs last longer, recognise images faster

Special error correction techniques work around degrading drives' dying cells

Japan's Takeuchi Lab has proposed a “value-aware” solid state drive that it says can recognise images faster than rivals, while also extending drives' working life.…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 6:36 pm

Windows 10 love to see PC market grow again. Future iPhone to be clear. Elvis to re-appear

Analyst firm IDC just made one of these three improbable predictions for the year 2019

Analyst outfit IDC thinks the PC market will grow again, although things are going to get worse before they get better. And the growth will come because people like Windows 10.…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 5:30 pm

Battery-hungry cars roll over Lenovo's FY 16/17 bottom line

Data centre unit 'still under transformation' and losing money, as is mobile business

Lenovo has returned to growth, posting a pleasing set of fourth quarter numbers, but apparently has plenty of work to do in the mobile and data centre markets.…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 4:09 pm

IBM asks contractors to take a pay cut

Big Blue is 'shifting service delivery model to dedicated employee workforce' but clients aren't happy

Exclusive  IBM is not just banning the hire of new contractors and telling existing contractors they won't get new gigs: now it is telling some current contractors they will have to take a pay cut.…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 2:08 pm

Init freedom declared as systemd-free Devuan hits stable 1.0.0 status

Devuan 'Jessie' is done and will get long term support beyond the life of Debian Jessie

POLL  The self-described “Veteran Unix Admin collective” that in 2014 promised to give the world a cut of Debian without systemd has delivered: Devuan 1.0.0 LTS hit the web today.…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 1:02 pm

Don't rely on fitness trackers to track number of calories burned

Study shows energy readings off over 90%

Your fitness tracker might measure a heart rate accurately, but not the amount of calories burned, according to a study published in the Journal of Personalised Medicine.…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 12:15 pm

Juno's first data causing boffins to rewrite the text books on Jupiter

Sadly no black monolith found

Scientists were expecting a lot of new data from the Juno space probe orbiting Jupiter, and they haven't been disappointed. The most massive planet in the Solar System is turning out to have a lot of surprises.…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 11:45 am

T-Mobile goes Apple/Google route by separating phone numbers and devices

'Digits' marks a shift for the phone industry

T-Mobile is taking a leaf out of the tech industry book and separating phones from their numbers.…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 11:30 am

Congresscritters float benefits for gig workers

Bill would let contractors get unemployment and paid leave

Two US legislators are drafting bills to provide "gig" contract workers many of the same benefits afforded to those who work full time.…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 11:09 am

Apple has finally found someone to support HomeKit

But Belkin's new bridge only reinforces the problem of a locked-down ecosystem

It's been a year since Apple officially launched its internet-of-things smart-home service – an event that we noted at the time was somewhat undermined by the fact that there were virtually no products that worked with it.…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 10:56 am

Three Nigerians sentenced to 235 years in prison for online scamming

Don't expect princely borrowing emails to stop any time soon

A court in Mississippi has sentenced three Nigerian men to 235 years in prison for running online scams that duped people out of tens of millions of dollars.…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 10:11 am

US citizens complain their names were used for FCC robo-comments

Allegedly astroturfed Americans speak out over net neutrality filings

Fourteen Americans (with the help of an advocacy group) are complaining to the FCC that their names were used without permission to file fake comments on the proposed net neutrality overhaul.…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 9:47 am

Microsoft court victory prompts call for data-grabbing regime

Legislators mull over modernizing legal process for seizing cloud data

The Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism on Wednesday held a hearing to explore the government's inability to have its cake and eat it too.…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 8:52 am

Astroboffins spot a new type of galaxy bursting with stars

Star formation rate is a hundred times faster than our Milky Way

A team of astronomers has stumbled across a new kind of galaxy that may be the missing piece of the puzzle regarding how ancient galaxies grew to such massive sizes.…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 8:12 am

Venezuela increases internet censorship and surveillance in crisis

Latin American country going the China route

Venezuela is increasingly censoring its internet and expanding online surveillance of citizens.…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 7:12 am

Cloudflare doubles down on its troll-hunting crusade

Bounty for invalidating Blackbird Tech patents increases

Cloudflare has today stepped up its efforts to run patent litigator Blackbird Technologies into the ground.…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 6:32 am

Capita payments service Pay360 goes TITSUP

'Major incident' in data centre

Capita Pay360 service, which allows small businesses and councils to accept online transactions such as paying parking fines, has gone down in the UK and Ireland due to a "major incident" in its data centre.…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 5:16 am

Domains tainted by RoughTed malvertising reap half a billion hits

Some of which comes from Alexa top 500 websites

A strain of adblocker-aware malvertising is responsible for a range of scams, exploits and general skulduggery.…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 4:38 am

Walkers' Crisps pulls backfiring Tweet campaign that paired Gary Lineker and a bunch of nasties

Pranksters game promo to feature sex crims, murderers, terrorists....

Walkers' Crisps is desperately scrabbling to clean up a Twitter promo campaign after miscreants gamed it to broadcast videos of Gary Lineker holding up photos of paedophiles, murderers, terrorists and other such scum of the earth.…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 4:21 am

Pure's punchy first fiscal 2017 quarter opens door to billion-dollar year

Moving into co-processing with the big 3 public cloud players

All-flasher Pure Storage has a feeling this could be its first billion-dollar year and is moving into tightly coupled co-processing between Pure and big 3 public cloud players.…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 4:04 am

HP Inc CEO reports 'breakthrough' quarter as PC sales shoot up

Look at me go, Mum!

For the first time in more than half a decade HP Inc has managed to report quarterly growth in both its PC and printer businesses, a point CEO Dion Weisler described as a watershed moment in the company's recent history.…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 3:34 am

Captain Kurian steers good ship NetApp back on course after $8m loss

Final quarter is third in a row to show revenue and profit growth

No drama, no worries, just the slick sounds of a well-oiled machine doing its stuff. That's NetApp with its latest quarterly results.…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 3:02 am

Auntie sh!tcans BBC Store after 18 months

Customers offered Amazon vouchers or a full refund

The Beeb is to shut its online paid-for streaming service BBC Store from November, just 18 months after it launched.…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 2:29 am

NHS Digital stopped short of advising against paying off WannaCrypt

Trusts may have had corrupted backups... or none at all

NHS Digital stopped short of advising health organisations in England not to cough up for the WannaCrypt ransom attack because it couldn't be certain that all hospitals had backed up patient records.…

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 2:04 am