Employee data sans frontières...not in France, Tyco told
The French data protection authority has fined a subsidiary of US firm Tyco Healthcare over the transfer of employee information across borders and inadequate data safeguards. Tyco Healthcare France was fined €30,000.
UK firms contest 'absurd' software patent ruling
A group of small British businesses has mounted a challenge to changes made by the Intellectual Property Office's (formerly known as the Patent Office) to the scope of the monopoly a patent holder can be granted for a software patent.
Sanyo results hint at financial recovery
Scandal-hit electronics firm Sanyo showed signs it may be on the road to recovery despite posting net losses of ¥45bn (€275m) in its annual results.
Poland probes gay Teletubbies
Poland's government is investigating the possibility that one or more of the Teletubbies may be covert Friends of Dorothy, Reuters reports.
The enterprise data warehouse vision
Traditionally, enterprise data warehouses (EDWs) were regarded as systems of record. Thought of simplistically, queries were either run directly off the EDW or from a data mart that referred back to the EDW as and when necessary (hence its status as a system of record).
Panasonic premieres 12.2 megapixel compact
Panasonic has announced a brand new compact digital camera boasting a massive 12.2 megapixel resolution plus the ability to record high-definition video.
Blog your way to the dole queue
Blogging is a risky business which could interfere with your greasy climb up the company ladder, according to a not-so-revelatory study.
UK regulator urges caution on data sharing
The Information Commissioner has published some advice for government bodies that want to share information but think data protection laws prevent them from doing so.
French newspaper gets e-edition
French daily Les Echos will be published electronically on the iLiad, a portable device that lets you read and write as you do on paper.
No charges for webcam suicide audience
Chatroom users who watched a man hang himself live via webcam in March will not face any charges, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has confirmed.
Endemol in 'win a kidney' TV show rumpus
Dutch TV station BNN is rejecting calls to axe a TV programme in which a terminally-ill woman will choose one of three contestants to receive her kidney, the BBC reports.
Nokia says patent dispute hurts 3G
The success of 3G phone technology is being put at risk by a patent dispute between Nokia and Qualcomm, Nokia said today.
NASA says goodbye to love triangle astronaut
Astronaut Bill Oefelein, who you may remember from the tale of nappy-wearing astronaut Lisa Nowak, is leaving NASA, the space agency said on Friday.
'Dettol Man' cleans himself to death
A coroner has recorded a verdict of death by misadventure on a reclusive Manchester man whose obsession with cleanliness led local children to dub him "Dettol Man".
iSoft rescue package in jeopardy
Sickly NHS provider iSoft was predicted to make a full recovery - thanks to a takeover bid from Aussie company IBA Health.
Bulldog fingers sacked employee for credit card scam
Cable and Wireless, the former owner of ISP Bulldog, has blamed a sacked employee for the illegal use of a database containing 100,000 customer details.
Google faces multiple privacy probes
Google is reported to be facing a fresh regulatory investigation: this time in the US, and into its acquisition of ad serving firm DoubleClick.
Creationists open biblical history museum
The science desk here at El Reg has long held that creationism belongs in a museum. Now it seems that the creationists agree with us, as they have opened just such an institution.
Son of Star Wars test aborted
The latest test of the Pentagon's controversial space ICBM interceptors has been aborted after the target failed to work.
Vodafone cuts losses
Vodafone Group PLC said this morning that it has met expectations for its most recent financial year but conceded that market conditions remained difficult in Europe.
Ofcom's termination cap will hurt profits, 3 UK says
3 UK has lodged a complaint with the Competition Appeal Tribunal against Ofcom's capping of termination rates, claiming it will restrict its ability to turn a profit.
Tiscali rained off in marathon email snafu
Tiscali subscribers have been unable to send emails since last Monday, and the ISP has given no word of when it will fix the cockup.
Brit cuffed for German towel-torching raid
A Brit coach driver successfully liberated Italian Riviera sun loungers from foreign occupation by setting fire to the towels traditionally used to denote German territorial sovereignty.
Ask.com's bogus Information Revolution
ColumnOver the past couple of months, the British public have been subject to a widespread poster campaign, imploring them to join the "Information Revolution".
Sony unveils Vaio TZ notebook range
Today in London in a somewhat understated fashion, Sony released details of its latest Vaio notebook range: the TZ series, aimed predominately at the higher end of the market.
Half of black Britain on track for DNA database
Half of all black British males are destined to become records on the police National DNA Database by 2010, according to an analysis of government figures by the Liberal Democrats.
Logica CEO retires early
Logica CMG's CEO Martin Read is to retire after 14 years at the IT services firm.
T-Mobile internet biz buys a slice of VoIP action
Jajah, the Austro-Californian VoIP outfit we profiled last week, has announced that the mystery second investor in its third funding round is Deutsche Telekom (DT).
Blazing winds tear through gigantic binary system
NASA astronomers think they have identified one of the most extreme binary systems ever, containing two extremely massive stars in very tight orbit.
Online games turn British man into hero
UpdatedWhenever anyone goes crazy with a gun, the press are usually quick to blame video and computer games for the young person's violence.
EU defence agency wants open skies for flying robots
The European Union's nascent military ministry, the European Defence Agency, is mounting a push to allow flying robots to operate alongside regular air traffic.
Ex-Altera CEO killed in bike accident
Former Altera chief Rodney Smith died last week after being struck by a car.
Google acquires 'sandbox' technology for secure browsing
Google is acquiring GreenBorder, a Silicon Valley startup that helps protect web users against malware.
GoDaddy now RegisterFly's daddy, says ICANN
The RegisterFly clusterf**ck took a major step towards resolution today with the official announcement by ICANN that GoDaddy will take control of the approximately 850,000 domain names still in the clutches of RegisterFly CEO Kevin Medina. The internet rumors of a GoDaddy takeover turned out to be true, and Medina now can devote himself completely to fending off the angry public with whatever resources he has left.