23rd > February > 2007 Archive

Sprint Nextel more reliable than Cingular, Shock!

Cingular has again been forced to defend claims made in a big money advertising campaign about the reliability of its network.
Christopher Williams, 23 Feb 2007
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Microsoft told to pay Alcatel $1.5bn in MP3 patent spat

Microsoft is reviewing its legal options after a US court ordered it to pay Alcatel $1.5bn for infringing the French telecoms' company's MP3 technology in Windows.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Feb 2007

Chimpanzees sharpen spikes for bush baby killings

Chimpanzees in West Africa have been observed using sharpened branches as "spears" to hunt other primates.
Christopher Williams, 23 Feb 2007

Rushing to the defense of the Baghdad Sniper

LettersOur story on the Google Video footage celebrating Juba, the Baghdad Sniper may or may not have been the cause of the clip having been removed. What we can say for sure is it ruffled the feather of many a reader. The award for most most outraged blowhard goes to Jürgen, whose 1151-word diatribe is included in its entirety at the end.
Dan Goodin, 23 Feb 2007

BEA sales supremo exits as regions fizzle

One of the executives credited with helping stabilize BEA Systems is quitting as the company continues to iron out troubling kinks in its global sales operations.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Feb 2007

Mysterious 'Vladuz' again hacks eBay employee servers

A hacker has once again managed to pilfer eBay credentials that allow him to masquerade as an official company representative even as he taunts eBay officials on the company's message boards. It's at least the second time the person going by the name Vladuz has pulled off the prank, which is causing many users to question the adequacy of eBay security.
Dan Goodin, 23 Feb 2007

ICANN rides to the rescue in Registerfly meltdown

In a sudden about face, ICANN has concluded that it does indeed have authority over renegade domain pusher Registerfly.
Burke Hansen, 23 Feb 2007

Ebuyer caught pinching content from rival site

Online retailer Ebuyer has been caught copying content from a rival website.
John Oates, 23 Feb 2007

New Europol powers need new protection, says watchdog

Europe's police data protection policies must be more consistent before Europol's powers can be increased, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has said (PDF). The European Parliament last week proposed increasing the police body's powers.
OUT-LAW.COM, 23 Feb 2007

Man due in court on letter bomb charges

A man is due in court in Oxfordshire today to face 12 charges relating to the recent string of letter bombs in the UK.
John Oates, 23 Feb 2007

Doctors back controversial NHS IT system

NHS doctors have given the controversial new £12bn IT system their backing, but say that no more money should be spent on it. In a survey of 3,000 doctors, 66 per cent said they think the new system would make a positive change to the NHS.
OUT-LAW.COM, 23 Feb 2007

EU endorses flexible frequency use

The EU has released a policy document calling for frequencies to be allocated with no restriction put on what they can be used for.
Bill Ray, 23 Feb 2007

Torture and '24' - because it hurts us less than the real thing?

The terrorism action show "24" is now thought to be such heady stuff to the average American, media sources have decided to complain about it. And what is the objection? The contrived plots or the utterly unrealistic grasp and use of technology? No, it's the torture.

Trojan phishing attack claims multiple victims

Security watchers have discovered a string of malicious websites that install Trojan code, allowing hackers to compromise end-user banking credentials for more than 50 financial institutions and ecommerce websites.
John Leyden, 23 Feb 2007
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Bruce Willis thwarts cybergeddon

Bruce Willis will face down cyberterrorists in upcoming blockbuster Live Free or Die Hard.
John Leyden, 23 Feb 2007
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DSG 'consults' on future of French operation

DSG International has put its French PC City operation on notice, after kicking off a “consultation process” ahead of the reorganization of its Gallic assets.
Joe Fay, 23 Feb 2007

Murdoch buys online ad firm

Fox Interactive Media (FIM), part of News Corp, is buying online advertising firm Strategic Data Corporation (SDC).
John Oates, 23 Feb 2007

BOFH: The takeover

Episode 8
Simon Travaglia, 23 Feb 2007
LG LAN9600R in-car sat-nav

In-car entertainment by LG

In the true spirit of healthy competition, LG Electronics has launched a rival to Pioneer's in-car SatNav entertainment device. The LG LAN9600R has a seven-inch touchscreen DVD monitor, MP3 player and CD tuner with European street-level navigation and integrated Bluetooth hands-free calling.
Dan Ilett, 23 Feb 2007

MoD extends procurement to fire services

The Ministry of Defence is rolling out a shared service procurement initiative that is expected to shave up to 20 per cent a year off Fire and Rescue Authority phone bills.
Kablenet, 23 Feb 2007

KGB trumped OS on UK mapping

Detailed maps of the UK created by the KGB between 1950 and 1990 have gone on sale in digital format for the first time.
John Oates, 23 Feb 2007

British council prepares action on Dell

Californian lawyers have applied to bring a class action law suit against computer giant Dell with Wolverhampton City Council's pension fund as lead plaintiff.
Team Register, 23 Feb 2007

eBay fingered in cash for honours scandal

We're delighted to report that New Labour has decided to extend its cash for honours scheme to the great unwashed masses.
Lester Haines, 23 Feb 2007

UK forces tested, rejected psychic techniques

Britain’s military spent taxpayers' money to test out “remote viewing” as recently as 2002, only to conclude the technique had little value.
Joe Fay, 23 Feb 2007

The Screwpole Emails- Fytte the Third

Uncle Screwpole, the devious master manipulator of IT projects, has promised his nephew Mugwort that he will reveal the secrets of time estimation…
Phil Rice, 23 Feb 2007
Sagem H4 Bluetooth headset

Sagem shows off Uhura-style earpiece

If you have small ears and require your telephony to be of equally diddy proportions, Sagem has released a Bluetooth headset that could fit the bill. The Sagem H4 is a tiny glossy black earpiece that is 35x18x12.5mm in size and weighs just eight grams. The company goes as far to say that it could be the smallest of its kind to date...
Dan Ilett, 23 Feb 2007

DiVitas turns mobiles into enterprise clients

Californian start-up DiVitas has claimed that its mobile convergence system can link smartphones to enterprise applications, including voice over IP (VoIP), email, instant messaging, and others such as CRM. It also provides cellular to Wi-Fi roaming, the company said.
Bryan Betts, 23 Feb 2007

NASA and Virgin Galactic ink space deal

NASA and Virgin Galactic announced this week they'd agreed to work together on future projects such as "development of space suits, heat shields for spaceships, hybrid rocket motors, and hypersonic vehicles".
Lester Haines, 23 Feb 2007

Comic Relief cans Jade Goody sketch

Comic Relief organisers have canned a Question of Sport spoof featuring Celebrity Big Brother "contestant" Jade Goody.
Lester Haines, 23 Feb 2007

Airline revamps 'unlucky' logo

LogoWatchBrussels Airlines recently found itself in some unexpected turbluence when superstitious passengers complained about its spiffing logo.
Lester Haines, 23 Feb 2007
Sony PlayStation 3

Reduced backwards compatibility for European PS3

Sony Corp has said today that the European version of PlayStation 3 will play fewer PlayStation 2 games when it launches on March 23 compared with models launched earlier in Japan and America. "The backwards compatibility is not going to be as good as the U.S. and Japan models," a Sony spokesman said.
Scott Snowden, 23 Feb 2007
Windows Vista teaser

Reg reader trapped in Vista network folder hell

A Reg reader got in touch to tell us that since installing Vista on his machine he can no longer rename folders he creates on the network.
John Oates, 23 Feb 2007

US trawls Second Life funny money

LettersNow and again, we at Vulture Towers feel it is our honour bound duty to purge the English language of offending little dittys that get up your noses.
Tracey Cooper, 23 Feb 2007

Microsoft seeking SaaS, Web 2.0 partners

Microsoft may be going gangbusters on Web 2.0-related technology, but the arrival of tools such as Expression and WPF means little unless they are out there being used.
Martin Banks, 23 Feb 2007

UPS threatens to cancel A380 order

United Parcel Service (UPS) will cancel its order for 10 freight versions of the A380 superjumbo if there are any further delays to a revised delivery schedule, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 23 Feb 2007

FAST acts against corporate file sharers

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has taken action against "a high profile training company" for allowing its network to be used for file sharing.
John Oates, 23 Feb 2007
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India's wave of e-waste

India's production of high-tech waste is far higher than previously thought, according to a report by Delhi-headquartered environmental organisation Toxics Link.
Bryan Betts, 23 Feb 2007

Samsung showcases super speedy memory card

Samsung has increased the data transfer speed of its fast graphics memory by two thirds. Using 80nm technology, the 4Gbps GDDR 4, which runs at 2.0GHz, is 66 per cent faster than other "commercially available memory" and Samsung's own.
Dan Ilett, 23 Feb 2007
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Intel and Microsoft plug into the Green Grid

ExclusiveCome Monday, the elusive Green Grid consortium that focuses on the energy consumption of data centers will announce the acquisition of two industry heavyweights - Intel and Microsoft, The Register has learned.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Feb 2007

Canadian hockey geeks now courting Sun's McNealy

Shame on us for assuming that Canadian hockey geeks cared more for homegrown hero RIM CEO Jim Balsillie than Sun Mircrosystems' chief puck chaser Scott McNealy. It turns out that the Geeks on Ice have invited McNealy to their April hockey tournament meant to celebrate the might of Canadian IT.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Feb 2007

New Yorkers get an eyeful of beaver

A wild beaver has been spotted New York City for the first time since the British were in charge.
Christopher Williams, 23 Feb 2007

Pro golfer sues over Wikipedia postings

Pro golfer Fuzzy Zoeller is suing to track down the Wikipedia user responsible for posting claims he abused alcohol and drugs and treated his family harshly, and an education consulting firm in South Florida has found itself caught in the cross fire.
Dan Goodin, 23 Feb 2007

Overstock director picks Wall Street over crusade

Overstock.com appears to have a lost a board member due to its $3.4bn lawsuit against Wall Street.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Feb 2007

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