8th > March > 2007 Archive

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Playtech parties on, hooks up with the Chinese Communist Youth League

House of Cards House of Cards Reds see green Leading gaming software provider Playtech announced in a press release that it has signed an agreement with Hong Kong-based Foundation Group Ltd. to provide P2P gaming software to the Chinese Communist Youth League (CYL). The CYL has apparently been given responsibility for implementing a “Green …
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eBay goes hacker hunting in Romania

Exclusive More than two months after breaching eBay's employee servers, a hacker who calls himself Vladuz remains at large, despite the best efforts of the online auctioneer's security team and officials with law enforcement agencies in the US and eastern Europe.
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Cuban gets stuck into YouTube, demands it squeals

Attention-seeking tech billionaire Mark Cuban has set the legal dogs on YouTube, demanding it snitch on users who uploaded video which one of his investments owns the rights to.
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Developers tell Eclipse why it sucks

EclipseCon Eclipse spent today weathering criticism from developers when it dared ask: "What sucks about Eclipse?"
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Adobe edits the development cycle

Interview For years the Adobe Photoshop team has been trying to get away from the traditional death march to a more agile development style. For its CS3 release, it made the jump, with the help of VP Dave Story. The result? More weekends off, and a third fewer bugs to fix. Mary Branscombe quizzed co-architect Russell Williams on how they did it.
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Valentine's Day SMS refund nipped in the bud

Punters who paid £1.50 to send an anonymous Valentine's Day message to the object of their affections (assuming they had a suitably equipped and configured handset) were disappointed to find that a technical fault prevented its delivery.
Bill Ray, 08 2007
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Italian gambling ban breaks EU law, rules European Court

Italy cannot use criminal law to stop gaming companies licensed in another EU nation from taking bets in the country, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Tuesday. Italian restrictions are incompatible with Community principles, the court said.
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NASA ejects nappy-wearing astronaut

NASA has fired Lisa Nowak, the astronaut who was charged last month with the attempted kidnapping of a woman she saw as a rival for the affections of fellow astronaut Bill Oefelein.
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EADS wins fire contract

Communities and Local Government (CLG) has awarded the contract to supply the Fire and Rescue Service with the infrastructure for nine regional control centres to EADS Defence & Security Systems.
Kablenet, 08 2007

NEC nears laptop-friendly natural light LCD

NEC has extended its range of LCD panels that can be read even in bright sunlight even closer to standard notebook screen sizes, bringing closer, we hope, the day when we can use laptops outdoors without having to squint like crazy.

Digital data will increase sixfold by 2010: study

Imagine 12 stacks of Harry Potter books reaching from Earth to the Sun - that's equivalent to the amount of data stored on digital devices within three years.
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MPs: UK defence project was crap

Another UK defence procurement project has been excoriated in yet another damning Parliamentary report.

Intel outlines PRAM production plan

Intel could begin punching out Flash-busting phase-change memory chips by the end of the year, the processor giant has announced. Its customers could get sample 128Mb chips as early as Q1 2008, it added.
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Turkey blocks YouTube

Turkey has taken steps to prevent access to YouTube after a video insulting Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, was posted on the site.
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Best Buy and Microsoft target SMBs

Microsoft and Best Buy have announced a partnership to meet the needs of small business customers who would like to establish a web presence but are reluctant to create sites on their own.

Game sends arcade enemies into the real world

Palm OS games developer ToySpring has updated its novel shoot-'em-up Arcade Reality - a game that superimposed alien attackers onto the output of a Palm Treo's digicam.

Samsung upgrades UMPC for Vista

Samsung has tweaked its Q1 ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) for Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system, boosting the handheld computer's specs to increase its processing performance.

NPfIT champion suspended after speaking out

A prime mover in the much maligned National Programme for IT has been suspended from his job at its lead supplier after speaking openly about its problems.
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Godless coins released in US mint cock-up

America is braced for a nationwide treasure hunt as the Philadelphia mint confirmed it had made a mistake when minting some of a new batch of dollar coins.
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Borat's human rights restricted in Kazakhstan, US says

The forced closure of Sacha AliG Baron Borat Cohen's Borat.kz website has been listed by the US State Department as an example of the Kazakhstani government's restrictions on freedom of speech and other human rights abuses.
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Police investigate e-tailer as site goes off air

Exclusive Shortlived ecommerce outfit PCPartsandMore.co.uk disappeared from the web yesterday afternoon as Dabs.com accused the site of lifting its HTML and Trading Standards and police both confirmed they were investigating the operation.
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Who classifies the bugs?

I enjoyed Mary Branscombe's piece on Adobe development practices (here).
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3 starts giving away content

Mobile media company (aka: network operator) 3 will start giving away video content in April, paying for it with carefully-placed advertisements from companies such as Microsoft and Unilever.
Bill Ray, 08 2007

Smut spam drops to all-time low

Spam messages punting pornographic websites dropped in frequency to reach an all time low last month.
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South Korea to detail robot etiquette

The South Korean government is working on a set of guiding principles to outline how people and robots should interact.
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Carphone Warehouse hangs up on Big Brother

Carphone Warehouse has pulled its sponsorship of Big Brother after the racism allegations which plagued the last series of the celebrity-obsessed voyeurfest.
Bill Ray, 08 2007
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Volunteers sought to scrutinise UK e-voting trials

A campaign group is seeking volunteers to scrutinse e-voting trials during May's local elections in the UK.
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Unhelpful Microsoft help denies helpless millions help

Stob Here is a little contest, to which all fellow Windows programmers are invited. What is the API function LockWindowUpdate for? How might you use it? You are definitely allowed, nay encouraged, to use the official Microsoft documentation.
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ICSTIS denies it's a watchdog without teeth

Icstis chairman Sir Alistair Graham denied he was running a watchdog which had lost its bite at a press conference today.
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Biscit goes titsup

Company insolvency specialist Piper Thompson has confirmed it is handling the administration of broadband provider Biscit.
Bill Ray, 08 2007
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Zicplay out to wow with Ewoo wireless iPod remote

Here's Ewoo, the distinctly iPod-like iPod remote control unit from Swiss accessory maker Zicplay. The remote communicates by 2.4GHz radio to the docked iPod, sending commands one way and picking up what's on the iPod to allow you to navigate through songs, pics and videos.
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Skype founder's high-flying hanky-panky

As an entrepreneur, Janus Friis fancies himself a disrupter. But that term could just as aptly apply to his high-flying hanky-panky aboard a recent transatlantic flight with the stepdaughter of one-time 007 actor Roger Moore.
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LexisNexis hacker jailed and fined

A Massachusetts hacker who pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit computer fraud and identity theft has been jailed for a year.
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OpenPGP presentation bug unscrambled

A flaw in the way encryption programs present data to users makes it possible for a block of unsigned and unencrypted data to appear no different to users from encrypted data in a message.

Israelis produce miniature Terminator

Israeli killer-robot maker Elbit Systems today unveiled the "Viper," a small ground-crawling combat machine "roughly the size of a small television".
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Electric cars may not be solution to all world problems

Recent Reg coverage of the green motoring field has been sternly criticised by some for too brusquely dismissing the fully-electric car, so we're back today with a look at battery-powered wheels.

Blu-ray provides price cut agony to HD DVD device sales

Sony’s announcement this week of a new Blu-ray device in time for the Summer season in the US is more about stopping people going out and buying a HD DVD player, than making more sales of its existing device.
Faultline, 08 2007
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Microsoft turns its guns to IPTV surveys and statistics

Analysis Microsoft may have continuing problems on the home front where AT&T slowly grinds out its IPTV rollout, but in France it is winning plaudits.
Faultline, 08 2007

SEC bars trading in 35 spam-touted companies

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today hit back at 'pump and dump' fraudsters by suspending trading in 35 companies that have been the "subject of recent and repeated spam email campaigns". Next step of its pleasingly named "Operation Spamalot", is to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
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Vonage ordered to pay $58m in Verizon patent flap

A US District Court jury said Vonage Holdings violated three patents held by Verizon Communications and ordered the VoIP telephony company to pay $58m in damages and annual royalties.