22nd > March > 2007 Archive


Liverpool Victoria blows £2m to become LV=

LogoWatchThe Strategy Boutiques have evidently been busy down at Liverpool Victoria, the UK's biggest friendly society, which has spunked £2m in triumphantly transforming itself into LV=.
Lester Haines, 22 Mar 2007

More dawn raids at Torex Retail

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) raided two residential properties in Gloucestershire and Warwickshire and a business address in Banbury, where Oxfordshire-based software firm Torex Retail has its headquarters, as part of its investigation into the company.
John Oates, 22 Mar 2007

Firefox update fixes compatibility snags

Mozilla pushed out a minor update to its Firefox web browser on Wednesday, chiefly designed to address glitches with a more significant security update issued late last month.
John Leyden, 22 Mar 2007

White label broadband scores big for satisfaction

A BBC satisfaction survey has fingered white label provider Brightview as the UK's most customer-friendly broadband outfit.
Christopher Williams, 22 Mar 2007

ICANN speaks out for registrar reform

As Registerfly fades into oblivion, ICANN has at last taken it upon itself to address many of the questions raised by the company's precipitous collapse.
Burke Hansen, 22 Mar 2007

Govt launches voucher scheme for R&D

In another clue that the great pre-election giveaway is well underway, the government has launched a voucher scheme for firms to "become more innovative".
Maxim Kelly, 22 Mar 2007

Intel puts $1m concept PC contest shortlist to a public vote

Intel has called on the rest of us to pick the compact PC with the best chance of beating Apple's Mac Mini - and net its designer a cool $1m.
Tony Smith, 22 Mar 2007

'No evidence' of Xbox Live, Bungie.net hacks, MS claims

Microsoft has denied claims that its Xbox Live online gaming network has played host to fraudsters. Neither has Bungie.net, it added.
Tony Smith, 22 Mar 2007

Lyons calls for council tax overhaul

A review into local government funding has said that council tax benefit should be renamed and the system fully automated.
Kablenet, 22 Mar 2007

Doctor Who series four is go

There will be a fourth series of Doctor Who, writer/producer Russell T Davies has confirmed, although he refused to say whether David Tennant would continue in the lead role.
Lester Haines, 22 Mar 2007

Motorola warns of quarterly loss

Motorola has warned that it expects to see a first quarter loss after a downturn in sales of its mobile phones.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Mar 2007
Pirates ahoy!

Malaysian pirates slap bounty on DVD-sniffing mutts

Malaysian DVD pirates have slapped a bounty on the heads of sniffer dogs which earlier this week helped seize around $3m* in fake DVDs, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 22 Mar 2007

ESA and Russia cosy up in space race

European and Russian space agencies have confirmed they will be working more closely together in their exploration of our solar system.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Mar 2007

El Reg announces 'Black Cocks' headline awards

It was a bit quiet yesterday lunchtime down at Vulture Central, so we retired en masse to the local boozer to verify Aberdeen University's Gaussian probability distribution darts theory.
Lester Haines, 22 Mar 2007

Philips to glitz up gadgets with Swarovski sparklies

So what do women really want from technology? That it should be easy to use? That it should work straight out of the box? That it should be, dare I say it, useful? Not at all, says Philips, we want it to sparkle.
The Hardware Widow, 22 Mar 2007

'Oxygen candle' caused sub explosion

Yesterday's accident in which two sailors were killed aboard the Royal Navy submarine Tireless did not involve any of the submarine's machinery or installed systems, it has emerged.
Lewis Page, 22 Mar 2007

JOnAS gets clustered

The OW2 Consortium - formed in January 2007 from the merger of the ObjectWeb and OrientWare open source communities - has added comprehensive, dynamic clustering support and a new batch of administration tools to support distributed applications in the latest version of its JOnAS application server, Version 4.8 Enterprise Edition.
Phil Manchester, 22 Mar 2007

Yahoo! and Google act on click fraud

Yahoo! and Google are taking action to counter click fraud. Yahoo! is appointing a click-fraud Czar and Google is trialing changes to its AdWords scheme.
John Oates, 22 Mar 2007

IBM touts novel chip-cooling technique - again

IBM likes the novel technqiue it's come up with for cooling chips so much that it's announced the breakthrough twice: back in October 2006 and, almost five months to the day, in March 2007.
Tony Smith, 22 Mar 2007

Paul McCartney signs for Starbucks

The music label tentacle of coffee house monolith Starbucks has signed Paul McCartney as its first major artist, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 22 Mar 2007

NASA: hail damage means no launch yet for Atlantis

NASA says it will not set a date for the next Shuttle launch until it has properly assessed the damage to the fuel tank.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Mar 2007
Fujitsu Siemens

Fujitsu Services drops IPO plan

Japanese technology giant Fujitsu Limited has told its UK-based subsidiary Fujitsu Services that it must drop its long-stated ambition to spin out on the stock exchange.
Mark Ballard, 22 Mar 2007

VoIP phreakers establish thriving black market

Telephone systems hackers have established a thriving black market in reselling stolen VoIP minutes.
John Leyden, 22 Mar 2007
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US Marines spoofed drone to cover up murder, court told

US Marines in Iraq staged an elaborate fake gunfight to foil an overhead surveillance drone and cover up a murder, according to court testimony.
Lewis Page, 22 Mar 2007

Intel exec confirms 45nm UMPC CPU plan

Intel's upcoming ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) processor will be fabbed at 45nm and should power portable systems later this year, a company executive revealed this week.
Tony Smith, 22 Mar 2007

Microsoft opens XBox Live to the PC platform

Microsoft this week extended the Xbox Live network to the Windows PC platform, as it launched a Windows Vista version of the Halo 2 game.
Faultline, 22 Mar 2007

Microsoft leads internet industry bid to fill up white space

CommentOne of the most dramatic battles in the war over the mobile internet could arise in the US from current lobbying over future use of the "white space" spectrum (the idle channels between the TV bands between 54MHz and 862MHz, set up to avoid interference, but now possibly to be used for internet access).
Faultline, 22 Mar 2007

All-female species goes 100 million years without a shag

A microscopic animal has shown its ability to evolve without reproduction, thereby refuting "the idea that sex is necessary for diversification into evolutionary species', the Times reports.
Lester Haines, 22 Mar 2007

Sex with dead deer is illegal, US man finds

The 20-year-old Wisconsin man last year charged with having sex with a dead deer has been sentenced to probation and evaluation as a sex offender, Yahoo! reports.
Lester Haines, 22 Mar 2007
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EC leaves personal use out of criminal IP laws

Criminal sanctions for copyright infringement moved a step closer to reality in Europe this week, as the European Commission's committee for legal affairs voted to pass a draft of a directive affectionally known as IPRED 2.
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Mar 2007

Sophos to bar Second Life on work computers

Security firm Sophos will offer sysadmins the ability to block users from online virtual world Second Life from next month.
Lewis Page, 22 Mar 2007
For Sale sign detail

Microsoft still dominating the market, commissioner says

European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes believes Microsoft is still benefiting from abusing its dominant position in workgroup servers.
John Oates, 22 Mar 2007

Hitachi cuts jobs, flees Mexico

Hitachi is shutting its hard drive plant in Mexico and is to delete 4,500 jobs.
Austin Modine, 22 Mar 2007

Dell deal made North Carolinians look like rubes

You know what you look like to me, with your good bag and your cheap shoes? You look like a rube. A well scrubbed, hustling rube with a little taste. Good nutrition has given you some length of bone, but you're not more than one generation from poor white trash, are you Agent Starling? And that accent you've tried so desperately to shed? Pure West Virginia. What's your father, dear? Is he a coal miner? Does he stink of the lamp? You know how quickly the boys found you... all those tedious sticky fumblings in the back seats of cars...while you could only dream of getting out... getting anywhere... getting all the way to the FBI – Hannibal Lecter
Ashlee Vance, 22 Mar 2007
Windows Vista teaser

Feds mandate 'secure' Windows set-up

Changes in US government purchasing policies due to come into effect this summer could have a huge effect on computer security, particularly for Windows desktops.
John Leyden, 22 Mar 2007

Judge restores Americans' right to online smut

A US judge has sided with online publishers and other lobbyists by ruling a controversial law designed to shield children from internet porn unconstitutional.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Mar 2007

NBC and News Corp. prime YouTube, Google stuffer

YouTube has a fight on its hands with News Corp. and NBC today announcing plans to create a premium online video distribution site well-backed by major media players.
Austin Modine, 22 Mar 2007

Laptops drive PC market

Proof that notebooks are the future comes in a new IDC forecast which predicts that laptops will surpass desktops to become the most popular type of PC by 2011. According to IDC, bulky beige boxes are out and slick, shiny new notebooks are in as far as consumers are concerned, and it's a trend that's likely to continue to grow going forward.
ElectricNews.net, 22 Mar 2007
For Sale sign detail

Rackable finds a sales chief

Server and storage maker Rackable Systems has picked up a hardware veteran as its new chief of sales.
Ashlee Vance, 22 Mar 2007

Cisco nabs 'Nipple Czar' for board post

Cisco picked up a convenient free agent on Thursday, hiring former US FCC (Federal Communications Commission) chief Michael Powell for its board.
Ashlee Vance, 22 Mar 2007

Cisco slugs FTC-addled McData

Cisco Systems appears to have made the most out of FTC scrutiny surrounding the union between Brocade and McData.
Austin Modine, 22 Mar 2007

Oracle sues SAP for website espionage

Oracle sued SAP, alleging employees with the German firm passed themselves off as Oracle customers so they could engage in the wholesale theft of proprietary Oracle support materials.
Dan Goodin, 22 Mar 2007

Sociable geeks wanted for networking

Ecademy - the MySpace 'for professionals' - wants more software developers to build on its Web 2.0 platform. Coinciding with the recent launch of a bunch of new member tools and services, Ecademy's chief technical officer Julian Bond told Reg Developer that he was keen to see development 'on the edge' of the Ecademy platform.
Phil Manchester, 22 Mar 2007

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