European aviation authorities say that mobile phones would improve security on commercial air flights without posing a safety risk to the passengers on-board.
The United Nations has declared peace on the internet. The Working Group on Internet Governance, currently studying the problems of spam, network security and cyber-crime, will submit its report to Kofi Annan ahead of a world summit on information later this year.
BT has signalled its commitment to making local loop unbundling (LLU) work in the UK by promising not to cut charges for its wholesale broadband products until there are 1.5m unbundled lines in the UK.
Electronic forgery is becoming a greater risk as more company information is stored electronically. But many organisations are ignoring the issue.
Bango - the UK outfit that helps companies flog content via mobile phones - has raised around £7m following its debut on London's Alternative Investment Market (AIM).
Site OfferMore and more large organizations such as Yahoo!, Cisco and Google are adopting MySQL as a solution for their database management needs. Many of the applications being built for these companies using MySQL's technology are mission-critical and accordingly, they need to get the best reliability and performance MySQL offers.
Elpida has developed a 2Gb DDR 2 SDRAM chip - the highest capacity part of its kind, it claims. However, don't expect to get hold of one until next year.
Micron blamed falling DRAM prices for plunging into the red in Q3.
AOL UK is to start charging customers who call its customer and technical support helplines.
Toshiba's new chairman has vowed to fight a California court ruling that the Japanese giant stole trade secrets from rival manufacturer Lexar.
Sony's European PlayStation division, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) has denied it has any plans to grab PlayStation Portables from UK punters who bought their consoles from unofficial importers.
The Intel-backed Mobile PC Extended Battery Life Working Group has published guidelines for vendors keen to create fuel cells to power portable PCs.
Australia is prosecuting the first alleged spammer under its new-ish Spam Act. The Australian Communications Authority (ACA) accuses Perth-based Clarity1 of sending at least 56 million junk emails since the Spam Act came into force in April last year.
AnalysisLos Angeles! New York! Paris, France! Berlin! London! Like the leaders of a pair of heavy metal rock bands pimping their new album, the big names from Seagate and Hitachi have been touring the world these past couple of weeks, touting their latest wonder - the Defeat of Superparamagnetism. (Be honest, you can imagine a vinyl LP with a Roger Dean cover and that title, can't you?)
Cable & Wireless (C&W) and Energis are reportedly holding behind-the-scenes talks that could lead to the eventual merger of the two UK telcos.
All pornography in the US is now effectively classified as child pornography, unless providers can prove the ages of everyone taking part.
A German court has backed an army officer who had a conscientious objection to developing software he thought might be used in the Iraq war.
ReviewSamsung knows how to pack small handsets with lots of features and the E720 clamshell phone is no exception. It is one of the few new handsets to offer extra features without a penalty when it comes to size, writes Debbie Davies.
O2 is due to begin trials of broadcasting TV-to-mobiles next month as part of a deal with cableco NTL. Performance testing is due to get underway shortly before 350 punters in Oxford get the chance to view TV on the move from September.
ISP Lycos may have to reveal the name of a Dutch (Lycos) website owner who ridiculed a part-time stamp trader, at least according to the Dutch Advocate General.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has accused the government of wasting money on expensive IT consultants instead of ploughing funds into the fire service itself.
HM Revenue and Customs insisted today that it would press on with its attempts to crack down on VAT fraud after a judge’s withering criticism of its handling of one prosecution.
Yahoo is facing a $10m lawsuit from a victim of child abuse who claims pictures of their abuse were distributed by the firm.
Microsoft has bankrolled another "independent" study that happened to turn up some interesting results. Namely that Microsoft's software is less expensive to patch than open source products.
LettersThis week's letters round up has a distinct IP/Piracy/RIAA flavour to it, but with some interesting diversions, to save us all from being too angry on a Friday afternoon.
Sun Microsystems has laid off several hundred workers in the US, Canada and Latin America, as it continues to try and cut costs, El Reg can confirm.
Symantec and Veritas shareholders today gave the go ahead for the merger of the two software companies.
CommentIt's hot hiring time in China now! If you want to have a paid vacation for 6 months or 1 year, think about coming to China! Your English skills and IT skills are in demand right now.
The US Patent Office has struck down two more patents held by the IP company NTP, which has been a costly thorn in the side of Research in Motion. Seven out of eight patents that formed the core of NTP's litigation have now been invalidated.
Max Levchin co-founded PayPal in 1998, and saw it through a public flotation and its acquisition by eBay for $1.5bn in 2002. He now heads his own incubator, MRL Ventures.
Sometime lovers, sometime fighters Sun Microsystems and EMC made this the feel good week of the year for the two companies by announcing a broad technology collaboration. EMC has agreed to support Sun's new Solaris 10 operating system across its line of storage hardware. That's hardly a surprise given that EMC sells millions of dollars in storage attached to Sun servers. A more surprising element of their deal has EMC agree to support Sun's version of Solaris 10 for x86 systems. The vast majority of Sun's server business still hinges on UltraSPARC-based servers. EMC didn't necessarily have to help Sun out on its fledging x86 effort just yet, but it did. And that's a nice boost for Sun and its customers.