20th November 2011 Archive
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Three Degree to light up Cambridge by bonking her gadget
Cynics who've been wondering what Near-Field Communications was for, wonder no longer - it's for switching on the Christmas lights in Cambridge. No other technology would do. Sheila Ferguson For generations, C-list celebrities have had to make do with a big red button. Yet on Sunday - as if to hammer home the utter …
Wireless 20 Nov 10:00
Analysis Fashionably late? Orange and Facebook are already loved up
Warren Buffett, the world's most famous investor, may have diluted his usual hostility to hi-tech stocks by betting more than $10 billion in IBM, but he remains averse to social networking companies (as well as to Apple) because he thinks it is "extremely difficult" to determine their value and understand their future plan. …
Networks 20 Nov 14:02
Go-live by year-end
Crowdsource-based review directory Yelp is gearing up for its imminent Australian launch with local carrier partner Telstra. Yelp Inc has registered both local Australian and New Zealand domain names, with Yelp.com.au secured in September. The San Francisco headquartered company has also been quietly hiring staff over the …
Business 20 Nov 21:35
And whose fault might that be?
Since current attitudes to copyright enforcement are failing artists and alienating the public, “we need to stop obsessing” about it, according to European Commission VP for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes. In a speech given to the Forum D’Avignon on Saturday November 19, Kroes looked underneath the high-profile rich artists …
Music and Media 20 Nov 22:30
Interview IBM on Big Data
Enterprises have a problem with data: its volume, velocity and variety is growing at an alarming rate. Analyst IDC says that there is already more data in the world than there is space to store it, and according to IBM every two days we create as much data as all the data that was created before 2003. According to The …
Data Warehousing 20 Nov 23:00
Bribes, spectrum and corrupt ministers...
Vodafone India’s Mumbai and Delhi offices have been raided by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) over a government investigation into the allocation of excess spectrum. The office of Airtel and the homes of former Department of Telecom (DoT) Secretary and ex-BSNL director Shyamal Ghosh were also raided in the …
Business 20 Nov 23:00
Putting a man-in-the-middle into an end-to-end protocol is dumb
It isn’t actually news as such: while the DoE’s own Sandia Labs has warned that the notorious Stop Online Piracy Act is a threat to the deployment of secure DNS – DNSSEC to its friends – the fragility of the protocol has been discussed for ages. The problem is this: an end-to-end protocol is the simplest way to ensure that a …
Security 20 Nov 23:30
- Geek's Guide to Britain INSIDE GCHQ: Welcome to Cheltenham's cottage industry
- Game Theory Is the next-gen console war already One?
- BBC suspends CTO after it wastes £100m on doomed IT system
- AT&T adds 61¢ 'Mobility Administrative Fee' for users
- Updated Reports: New Xbox could DOOM second-hand games market