EC goes Apple hunting – reports
Not afraid of a challenge, the European Commission has decided to take on Apple and the major record labels at the same time.
Supreme Court rules on EPA's bad case of gas
Hippies have successfully harshed the US government's mellow by telling the Feds to get to work.
Sun to fry NetApp with FISH
Sun Microsystems has a near-term NetApp assault in store code-named 'FISHworks.'
New vulnerability strikes heart of Web 2.0
Whatever you think of "Web 2.0" (it's really not mandatory to release everything in permanent beta) you probably thought that this generic approach to mashups, Ajax and all that good stuff didn't change the usual coding "good practice" rules much.
Virgin TV launches Freeview box
Virgin Media has announced Virgin Free TV - basically a Freeview set-top box with a Virgin sticker on the front and a Virgin-branded electronic programme guide (EPG) inside.
iPod case features replaceable clickwheel covers
Accessory specialist Gear4's latest offering, this time for the second-gen iPod Nano, is the IceBox Rap. Daft name, perhaps, but the case has a novel feature: the clickwheel cover's replaceable so you can customise the look.
Transcend touts ExpressCard Flash disk
Want to do something useful with that unused ExpressCard 34 slot sitting there in your laptop? How about turning it into a Flash-based solid-state disk?
NHS delivers on X-ray specs
Connecting for Health has chalked up a success in the roll-out of its £12.5bn National Programme for IT (NPfIT).
BestTreatments.co.uk goes private
The website recommended by nhs.uk is no longer free at point of delivery.
iPod owners want radio in next player - survey
Size, it seems, no longer matters. Or rather it doesn't matter as much as a built-in radio. Yes, we're talking what consumers want from future iPods - at least what rock-centric radio station listeners demand, according to a new poll.
Bill Gates's Corbis loses battle for corbis.net
Stock photography company Corbis has lost its battle to gain control of the domain corbis.net. The company's claims that the small web design firm that owns the name registered it in bad faith were rejected.
US to consider evoting reform
US Senator Bill Nelson met yesterday with election supervisors to discuss his new election reform bill, the "Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act" and look for funding for his plan.
Aaardman signs three year deal with Sony
Aaardman Features has signed a three year deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment which will bring together "Aardman's unique and hugely successful animation expertise and SPE's global production, marketing and distribution operation", the company has announced.
Intelligent machines expert heads for the hills
A senior lecturer in Intelligent Autonomous Systems is conducting an experiment to see how, and if, humanity will survive once the oil runs out.
McKinnon loses fight against extradition
UpdatedGary McKinnon, the alleged Pentagon hacker, has lost his appeal against extradition to the US on hacking charges.
French claim fastest train title
The French today claimed the world's fastest "train on rails" title by accelerating a modified TGV to a white-knuckle 574.8km/h (356mph), the BBC reports.
Plusnet servers stuffed by spam
Plusnet's servers are spluttering again, with many of the BT-owned ISP's subscribers unable to access their email since yesterday morning.
US Navy ponders robot carrier planes
The killer-robot takeover in the American military continues to gather pace with news over the weekend that the US Navy has received concrete proposals for unmanned carrier planes.
Google primes DoubleClick bum rush
Google is preparing a spoiler to slap down Microsoft's bid to acquire online advertising broker DoubleClick, according to reports.
China reveals nuclear lunar rover
China is planning to send a nuclear powered rover to the moon in 2012 on its first unmanned mission to our natural satellite.
Make your own mobile network
Ever dreamed of setting up your own Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO)?
Serenity beats Star Wars in sci-fi movie poll
Serenity has outstripped Star Wars as the best sci-fi movie of all time in a poll of 3,000 fans by SFX magazine.
Computacenter reels in Allnet
Box shifting behemoth Computacenter PLC has acquired Allnet Ltd, the in-premises cabling division of Cable and Wireless.
Free music has never looked so cheap
AnalysisFor the major record labels, yesterday's deal between EMI and Apple doesn't herald a new beginning, but the beginning of the end.
Sony US cuts PSP Core Pack price
Sony has formally announced its plan to knock $30 off the price of the basic PlayStation Portable package in the US. The PSP Core Pack will now retail for $170.
Robot Cop ends tense Massachusetts siege
The long-anticipated robot police are in action at last. Old-fashioned fleshy cops in Hingham, Massachusetts, were forced to call in mechanised assistance on Saturday as a tense siege situation spiralled out of control.
EU needles Apple, EMI
A day can be like a lifetime in politics and perhaps the same adage can also be extended to the man with a penchant for black roll-neck sweaters, Apple boss Steve Jobs.
Magnet supports give way at LHC
A routine test of the almost-complete Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN ended in near disaster last week when the structure supporting the particle accelerator's key magnets failed.
Microsoft hits Middle East pirates
Microsoft is taking legal action against several companies it accuses of selling academic copies of Office to ordinary punters.
Giant pirate dumps cartoon lover on MySpace
LettersWe recently went to a party thrown by a typography firm. It was great, there was a limitless supply of barbecued beef and everything, so we won't hear a word against the industry. We were therefore very upset to learn that small businesses are harbouring pirated fonts, we even cried hot, inky tears. You were less sympathetic:
Xerox makes $1.5bn document management buy
Printing and copying giant Xerox has announced its intention to run off 1.5 billion crisp dollar bills to buy document management firm Global Imaging Systems (GIS).
Expansys set to float
Updated:Gadget website Expansys is gearing up to float on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM).
HP ProCurve recruits allies for war on Cisco
HP ProCurve has announced an alliance scheme to take on Cisco, and signed up its first four allies, namely Mitel, AirWave Wireless, DVTel and ShoreTel.
Homeland Security grabs for net's master keys
The US Department of Homeland Security is pushing to get hold of the master keys for a proposed revision of the internet's domain name system.
Renting elastic servers
So, it seems that the early adopters of the move towards rentable hosted services are not the bleeding edge, state-of-the-art businesses that the likes of Sun Microsystems had hoped to target with its Grid computing service. Instead, it has been applications developers that have latched on to the technology, particularly as a means of testing new developments on large installations without actually having to buy them.
Trash-talking Texas sues RadioShack
RadioShack is being sued in Texas for allegedly exposing its customers to ID theft. The lawsuit follows allegations that it carelessly discarded sensitive records outside one of its stores.
Slammed by the WTO, slammed at home
AnalysisAs Alberto Gonzalez, loyal Bushie par excellence, stares up at his own sword of Damocles, his record of mediocrity has sharpened into focus. Memos advocating what the civilized peoples of the world consider torture, a misplaced priority on public morals prosecutions at home, suspension of habeas corpus rights, FBI investigations run amok, politicization of the US Attorney’s Office – his failings as Attorney General are as numerous as they are dispiriting.
Informatica wins $25m, maybe more, from Business Objects
Business Objects may have to shell out at least $25m to data integration specialist Informatica, after losing a long-running patent infringement battle.
XenSource caters to Windows 2000 laggards
Like a titanium-wired bra, XenSource has become more supportive.
Imagine, it's Cup time
Here’s a question, what do they put in the water in Hull that makes the students there keep winning the UK heat of Microsoft’s annual Imagine Cup?
Windows Vista license change tackles virtualization
Microsoft has updated Windows Vista licensing for centralized and thin-client computing, as virtualization offers users a chance to cut their software and hardware costs.
Napster purrs over Q4 sales
Napster has warmed the hearts of investors by upping its fourth quarter revenue forecast.
Data Domain readies de-duping IPO
Storage start-up Data Domain filed a registration statement with the SEC for an initial public offering late Friday.
Marvell gets [SIC] on Sun's NIC
Sun Microsystems's new chip unit has wasted no time picking up a customer. The company today revealed that Marvell will craft a set of products built around one of Sun's networking chip designs.