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ILLEGAL ACTIVITY? 'Limited info is shared with Feds' Whisper's CEO Michael Heyward responded late on Saturday to claims that his company's anonymous messaging app was quietly tracking the location of its users.…

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NASA to observe Comet Siding Spring whizz past Red Planet Pic  A cosmic rock that is older than mankind is expected to come within 87,000 miles (139,500 km) of Mars later today.…

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Populist campaign goes off at half cock Downrange  The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has announced a legal tweak intended to allow police officers to turn up at the homes of gun owners, without warning, and demand to inspect guns stored on the premises. A new Crimestoppers hotline is also in operation to encourage people to dob in gun owners they suspect of wrongdoing. However, as even the police themselves admit, gun crime is falling.…

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UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob' The Tory-led government is hoping to push through amendments to existing legislation in England and Wales to crack down on trolls who post malicious comments online.…

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The Innovators: Explained Page File  This is an enthralling but slightly flawed read written by Walter Isaacson – of Steve Jobs' authorised biography fame.…

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We feel obliged to point out the headline statement is total, utter cobblers CoTW  What's more important: Angry Birds or the Space Shuttle? According to one Register commentard, it's the former. No, really - and yes, it's time for Comment of the Week once again.…

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Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead Worstall @ the Weekend  As is ever the case, by the time squares have caught on to the value of whatever hipsters have been doing this week, the latter are off doing something else entirely. Much the same happens with economic fashions: it takes time for those not actually involved in the subject to grok to what the cool kids are saying and by the time they do actually grasp it it's all entirely out of date.…

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Hm. Do optimists really have more fun? QuoTW  Google researchers came clean about a nasty little security vulnerability they discovered in SSL 3.0 this week, though not before El Reg first caught wind of it.…

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43mpg from a Jaguar XJ-S Crawling from the Wreckage  Cars are mass-produced consumer products sold to users who mostly know very little about them. They are optimised to make a profit for the manufacturer, so low build cost is paramount for most manufacturers – which automatically excludes many design and engineering ideas that would raise efficiency. John Watkinson has been busy in the garage and applied those concepts to his own vehicle and found that they work.…

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Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing eXpat Files  Welcome once again to The eXpat files, our Vulture Weekend feature in which readers who've well and truly left the nest explain what it's like to ply their technological trade in another land.…

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We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already TV Review  El Reg's resident Doctor Who fans – Brid-Aine Parnell, Gavin Clarke and Jennifer Baker – have come together to discuss the plot of tonight's episode, Flatline.…

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Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew! Facebook's security bods routinely trawl public "paste" sites for email addresses and passwords stolen from its users, as part of an effort to outfox wrongdoers trying to hack into personal data on the free content ad network.…

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Fiery star's hidden depths probed by astro boffins Vid  …

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The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat Apple has quietly removed Bose headphones from its stores, following a noise-cancelling patent dispute that Cupertino settled with the music tech company last week.…

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iTouch myself, so Cupertino IDs me Fanbois can now pre-order Apple's iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 online, after Cupertino unveiled its latest fondleslabs on Thursday.…

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Tune in for this week's top stories, pre-recorded at Vulture Central Vid  Youtube Video…

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Time for users to HIT self-destruct button permanently? Snapchat has begun serving up adverts to its willy-waving, boob-jiggling users in the US.…

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Forget the character - concentrate on the PLOT ... against YOUR freedom Review  There is no subtlety in the political stance of Laura Poitras, which makes Citizenfour a completely one-sided documentary. Yet oddly enough, this bias doesn’t detract from the power of the film that covers a week in a Hong Kong hotel bedroom, during which Edward Snowden reveals himself and the extent of the NSA’s cyber-surveillance to Poitras, Glenn Greenwald and fellow Guardian journalist Ewen MacAskill.…

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Cringeworthy, crude and crass jokes abound in Steven Erikson’s sci-fi debut Page File  Anyone who’s read Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen, a searingly bleak and intricate fantasy series, will be bitterly disappointed with Willful Child (and yes, pedants, that is how he spells it).…

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This organic crowd sourced viro- social fertiliser just got REAL #VultureTRENDING  We here at #VultureTRENDING are quite literally shitting in our pants with excitement over the latest app startup to take the internet by storm - Ploppr!…

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And we also have stroppy teenagers saving the world Page File  Phil Strongman joins El Reg bookworm Mark Diston to review the pick of publishing this week. Neil Young's second autobiography is more, much more than cars and girls, while the nation's omnipresent telly scientist Brian Cox offers insights to our origins. Also, James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton team up for the first time for a teen adventure fantasy that's already been snapped up by Hollywood.…

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Over £200 worth of the good stuff up for grabs There is no techie angle to this competition, so we're not going to pretend there is. Everyone loves chocolate, though, so who cares?…

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Honestly, it’s a piece of piss Something for the Weekend, Sir?  When you have to go, you have to go. And when you do, don’t rush it otherwise you can end up with damp socks… as my father-in-law discovered during a hurried slash-and-dash in a not-so-lonely lay-by one night.…

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Beep, beep the foot is reversing from the mouth, beep beep Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who earlier this month made astonishingly sexist comments to a room full of women, has decided its about time to make his workforce more diverse.…

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Commission examines plans to add new spectrum room The FCC is opening up an investigation into a possible new class of wireless broadband services which could improve mobile network performance and reliability in the US.…

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