Trojan-powered scam network dismantled
Banks, telecos, hotels, airlines and international betting services were among those affected by the creation and sale of Briz Trojans, a malware-creation-for-hire scam recently uncovered by security researchers.
Dixons ditches the High Street
Dixons Store Group (DSG) is pulling Dixons off British High Streets - the brand will continue, but only as a website. All Dixons stores will be rebranded as "Currys.digital" shops, starting in early May.
Negroponte tells software industry to slim down
Nicholas Negroponte has criticized the software industry, including those building Linux, for churning out bloatware that slows down even the fastest PCs.
IBM takes different track on SOA
The one thing more predictable than mighty IBM every few months staking a bigger claim on the market for service oriented architectures (SOAs) than it did last time, is for its competitors to also wheel out some "me too" PR news.
Developers get busy with open source bugs
Developers have fixed more than 900 bugs in a brace of popular open source projects and applications since details were first made public last month.
Lucent sues Microsoft in Xbox 360 patent clash
Microsoft's Xbox 360 console contains illegally used technology, Lucent alleged last week - and filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the software giant to back up its claim. It is seeking unspecified damages and a jury trial.
Spitzer blitzes adware
New York state's pugilistic Attorney General has spyware in his sights. Eliot Spitzer has sued Direct Revenue for deceptive advertising, computer tampering and trespass.
Verizon email blockade - rebate offered
Verizon is offering a cash rebate to net users who had messages blocked during a notorious period either side of Christmas 2004.
Intel 'Conroe' pricing leaks out
Freshly leaked Pentium D pricing information has added weight to claims that Intel will ship the next model in the series, the 960, at the end of this month before slashing prices in Q3 when its next-generation architecture 'Conroe' processor debuts.
P2P radio now free
Although an unscientific poll last year revealed that only 0.2 per cent of Register readers think "Web 2.0" is worthwhile, net services companies continue to believe the buzzword can buff up their brand.
EC calls time on internet betting bans
The European Commission (EC) is making official requests for information to Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden as to why they are restricting access to internet betting services. This is the first stage to a full investigation or "infringement procedure".
NHTCU disappears into SOCA
The Government yesterday launched the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), dubbed the British FBI, with the aim of tackling drug trafficking, organised immigration crime, money laundering, and identity fraud.
Unipalm adds to security offering
Unipalm is to distribute Network Engines' security appliances in the UK and Ireland.
BT broadband punters must register for 8 meg upgrade
BT Retail's 2.3m broadband customers will not be automatically upgraded to the telco's new ADSL Max 8 meg service. Instead, BT broadband customers desperate for more speed will have to register their interest at a BT website (www.bt.com/getbroadband) and wait their turn.
Overseas credit card purchases are protected
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has won an appeal ruling which means consumer safeguards on credit card purchases made in the UK will generally extend to cover purchases made abroad, whether in person or online.
Hitachi readies high-density desktop hard drives
Hitachi will ship its latest 3.5in desktop hard disk drives in Q3, the company said yesterday. The new units will feature the company's latest, 160GB-plus, 1.2bn bits per square inch density platters allowing it to deliver 500GB of storage capacity using just three disks, reducing drive complexity and power consumption.
More accurate on the eye
The Home Office identity cards team has reported progress in improving verification by iris scans, but problems with other biometrics apparently persist.
VIA preps single-chip C7, Eden chipset
VIA today said it will begin shipping its first single-chip chipset for its C7 and Eden CPUs later this quarter, the better to pitch the low-power x86 processors at embedded applications. Cramming North Bridge and South Bridge components into one chip reduces the motherboard area requirement by 34 per cent, VIA said.
Intel and Red Hat team for speed
Intel and Red Hat are working together to help customers speed up deployment of solutions by testing them either online or at one of 14 global centres.
Jesus's 'walk on water' illusion exposed?
Florida scientists have said the 'walk on water' miracle described in Matthew's gospel may have been no more than a spot of ice skating.
BT takes on cellcos in converged services for SMEs
The cellular operators have been chasing the small and medium enterprise (SME) market aggressively in the past year, but in the UK they look to have been trumped by the wireline carrier, BT.
UK retailer claims Bluetooth iPod imminent
Is there a Bluetooth-equipped iPod on the way? UK girls'n'gadgets magazine Stuff certainly thinks so, based on a conversation it's had with an unnamed British retailer. If Apple's telling retailers to prepare for such a product, it can't be far off launching the thing.
IBM and Novell go after SMBs
IBM and Novell are teaming up to sell middleware to Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs).
EU caps may dent competition
The debate over international roaming charges in the EU has raised the issue that always dogs telecoms in the region – whether consumers should be safeguarded by legislation or by the free market.
Mastercare to be folded into DSGi
Mastercare - the outfit that provides after sales service for customers of high street electrical retailers Dixons and Currys - is to be folded into its parent company DSGi.
Clash fan nicked
A man from Teeside was dragged from a plane and questioned for three hours under the Terrorism Act after a cabbie reported him because he was worried about his choice of music.
NEC spotlights 'brightest' semi-reflective LCD yet
NEC today unveiled a 3.5in LCD it claims can reproduce colours "clearly and vividly" in brightly lit conditions. It does the trick by increasing the amount of light the display reflects back through its screen and also by boosting its luminance beyond that of any other panel of its kind.
EU beats MS with jewel-encrusted PDA
LettersGod alone knows what people used to talk about before Microsoft locked horns with the EU. Well actually, it was the weather, but these days you rarely see farmers leaning over five-bar gates discussing the possibility of rain with their neighbour. The conversation is more likely to begin: "So, Wurzel, do you think it's right that the EC should demand the unbundling of products from Windows Vista?" - to which the correct reply is: "Dunno mate, although I thought Foot and Mouth was about the worst thing that could happen until the missus told me about the possible consequences of built-in web browsers. She's on tablets from the doctor because of it..."
Crackpot satnav route leads to 100ft cliff
Locals in a North Yorkshire village are demanding that satnav companies remove from their databases a rural track recommended by in-car systems as a plausible route from Swaledale to Wensleydale, the BBC reports.
US Senators edge toward carbon cutting consensus
US Senators have made baby steps toward introducing federal carbon caps on the back of evidence from industry. Bizarrely, some electricity firms pleaded for the politicians to speed up the process.
Infected Windows PC? Just nuke it
The latest types of malware are so potent that organisations should forget about trying to cleanse infected systems, a top Microsoft security officer has advised. Mike Danseglio, a program manager in Microsoft's security group, said firms should think about establishing a process for backup and recovering rather than relying on anti-virus tools as a way of recovering from malware infection.
One-legged sexagenarian in car chase crash-and-burn
A one-legged, 60 year old woman has been warned she faces jail over a one hour, 24 mile car pursuit, which saw the sexagenarian low-speed merchant jump red lights, drive on the pavement and overtake on dangerous bends while a fleet of police cars and a spotter plane gave chase.
NY Times administers coup de grâce to crippled website
The New York Times website has certainly seen better days. The financially-strapped company blundered late last year with its TimesSelect gimmick, placing its regular columnists behind a subscription scheme and strangling its circulation.
New style reviews
We’re experimenting with various new review styles. One is to compare two products, both good of their type, and look at the different purposes each is fit for – there’s an example (for Perforce and Subversion) here.
Apple blesses Windows XP on Macs
Apple has formally given its thumbs-up to attempts to install and run Windows XP on Intel-based Macs. It has posted a tool called Boot Camp that allows iMac, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini owners to run the Microsoft OS more easily. The company also confirmed the next major Mac OS X release, Leopard, will integrate the twin-OS technology.
StobNatch, the Reg is your first port of call for the low-down on all the big product announcements.
Intel, EMC eye up SMB storage
Intel and EMC have teamed up to target the SMB storage market, particularly in emerging nations China and India.
BT silent on 'green goo' results
There's still no word on the identity of the "mysterious green goo" that has halted repairs to damaged cables in Aldershot for fears that it might be toxic.
Samsung SGH-Z320i 3G i-mode mobile phone
ReviewChelsea FC seems hell bent on alienating the entire world, but new sponsor Samsung has gone for a far more inclusive approach with the first 3G and i-mode combination handset, now ready for O2's UK customers.
LSD appeal for
cash global consciousness
The organisers of January's 100th birthday bash for the inventor of LSD, Albert Hofmann, have run out of cash. What happened? Gatecrashers, of course.
Tripe is absolutely offal: official
A poll of 4,903 people by the Beeb's foodie mag Olive has proved what anyone south of Lancashire has always known: tripe is completely disgusting and no-one in their right mind would touch it with a ten-foot fork.
Virus writers at war
The confrontation between virus writers and the anti-virus industry is escalating, with malware authors also going after fellow VXers.
Negroponte defends the hundred dollar laptop
Nicholas Negroponte has defended his proposed $100 laptop for kids in the developing world and promised they'll be shipping by later this year or early 2007.
Final drug trial victim out of the woods
All of the volunteers given an experimental immune drug in a London trial have now made it off the critical list at Northwick Park hospital.
Unisys sets LinuxWorld alight
This just in from open source love-in LinuxWorld, currently being enjoyed by pizza-lovers aplenty in Boston: Unisys this morning set the event alight with a magnificent display of inflammability on its booth 422:
From Boot Camp to Legacy API? An Apple timeline
AnalysisSo Apple has endorsed dual-boot Macs, and the only surprise is that it took Apple so long to disclose. What follows is an imaginary time-line that illustrates the opportunities and perils for ahead for Apple.
Net neutrality bid fails
A legislative bid to prevent US network operators from introducing discriminatory pricing for their own services has been defeated at the sub-committee phase in the lower house.