31st > May > 2007 Archive

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Glory fades on Novell's Microsoft deal

Novel has turned a year-ago profit into loss as the impact from its controversial distribution and patent protection deal with Microsoft fades.
Gavin Clarke, 31 May 2007
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EU OK's Welsh Assembly Wi-Fi

The EU has ruled that Wi-Fi deployments in Wales and Prague do not constitute state aid, as neither will compete with commercial hotspot deployments.
Bill Ray, 31 May 2007
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'Brown should rethink EU proposal on VAT'

Gordon Brown has been warned that plans to simplify VAT rules will severely impair the European Union's ongoing battle against tax fraud.
Kelly Fiveash, 31 May 2007
Pound Sterling

CD WOW! vows to take £35m High Court defeat to Europe

CD WOW!, the British online music retailer, will continue its legal fight against the music industry despite a £35m award against it in the UK courts this week. The firm says that it will take the battle to the European Court of Justice if it can.
OUT-LAW.COM, 31 May 2007
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Hot babes cruise planet Google

It didn't take you lot long to find something noteworthy on Google Maps' new Street View facility - now offering ground-level, photographic panoramas of Denver, Las Vegas, Miami, and New York.
Lester Haines, 31 May 2007
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Westminster street lamp pay-back cut to 750 years

Someone owes Westminster City Council an apology: the amortisation period on its new planet-saving street lamps is not, as we reported yesterday, an astounding 1,450 years, but a rather more modest 750 years.
Lester Haines, 31 May 2007
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Eircom to slash up to 400 jobs

Telecoms operator Eircom has confirmed it is to seek job cuts before the end of the year.
Ciara O'Brien, 31 May 2007
Warning Go
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Dixons Store Group loses head

Dixons Store Group (DSG) is losing its long-serving chief executive John Clare.
John Oates, 31 May 2007
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Data protection watchdogs' letter to Google goes public

A letter from an influential group of privacy experts in Europe saying that Google's new privacy policies appear to breach the requirements of the EU's data protection regime was published today.
OUT-LAW.COM, 31 May 2007
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Doctor Who faces extermination

Doctor Who will reportedly be exterminated next year after the end of the fourth season of the revived series.
John Leyden, 31 May 2007
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Security analogies: the key to educating laymen

Comment The following is a written version of a speech I gave at The Open Solutions Summit (AKA LinuxWorld NY) in New York City in February. It's long, but I think you will find it interesting. If you want to get to the website I announced, jump to the last section.
Scott Granneman, 31 May 2007
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Jobs waves iPhone, talks applications

Steve Jobs revealed a little more about Apple's iPhone at the All Things Digital conference, promising the much-awaited device will hit its June deadline, and talking up the possibility of third-party applications.
Bill Ray, 31 May 2007
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Vodafone data bundle pricing slips out

When Vodafone announced it would be bringing in new pricing on 1 June, a data bundle was mentioned, but no details were to be made available until the launch.
Bill Ray, 31 May 2007
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Another day, another UK newspaper website goes down

The Independent newspaper's website fell over early this morning and is still struggling to get back on its feet.
John Oates, 31 May 2007
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Motorola lays off another 4,000

Motorola has announced another round of layoffs - 4,000 to add to the 3,500 jobs it slashed in January.
Bill Ray, 31 May 2007
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US Stingray style sub motherships test missiles

The US Navy's Stingray-esque SSGN underwater special-forces motherships have seen good news and bad news in recent days.
Lewis Page, 31 May 2007
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eBay makes another baffling buy

Online auction house eBay has confirmed it has bought StumbleUpon, the website which offers user-created reviews and recommendations of other websites.
John Oates, 31 May 2007
For Sale sign detail

World fails to implode during Gates-Jobs gagfest

We were expecting to wake up to technological armageddon this morning, following the endlessly trailed public meeting of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates at the All Things Digital conference (D5) near San Diego last night.
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Finding missing galaxies: Spitzer triumphs again

NASA's Spitzer observatory has logged more than 1,000 previously unknown dwarf galaxies hiding out in a giant cluster of galaxies.
Lucy Sherriff, 31 May 2007
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EU on web-terror: Something must be done

EU ambassadors have agreed on a draft statement regarding "cooperation to combat terrorist use of the internet". Justice and Interior ministers are expected to endorse the document in June.
Lewis Page, 31 May 2007
Google

Google Gears up for offline web apps

Google has poked its fingers into the offline web application pie with today's launch of browser add-on Gears.
Kelly Fiveash, 31 May 2007
Sharp LC37XD1E HD TV
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Sharp Aquos LC37XD1E 37in HD TV

Review There's HD and then there's full HD. While both will give you better pictures than normal TV, the latter offers a degree of future proofing by enabling you to take advantage of 1080p, the highest HD resolution currently in use. With both Blu-ray and HD DVD supporting it, you'll need a Full HD TV such as Sharp's LC37XD1E to experience the best high definition currently has to offer.
Will Head, 31 May 2007
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Sex.com: read it if you dare

Book review OK, I'm going to let you in on some of the secrets of how the internet was built.
Guy Kewney, 31 May 2007
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Channel carousel sees resellers, execs change places

Microsoft laid its cards on the table - or its pictures at any rate - with the announcement of its table-top computer technology, dubbed Surface Computing.
Billy MacInnes, 31 May 2007
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iTunes Plus - plus user details that is

Apple's much touted DRM-free music download service launched yesterday under the moniker iTunes Plus.
Kelly Fiveash, 31 May 2007
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New theory for sun's ring of fire

Scientists have proposed a new mechanism to explain the so-called ring of fire that is visible around the sun during a full solar eclipse.
Lucy Sherriff, 31 May 2007

Spam King arrested in Seattle

A 27-year-old man, dubbed the Spam King by investigators, has been arrested in Seattle where he has been indicted on charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, fraud in connection with electronic mail, and money laundering.
John Oates, 31 May 2007
Apple TV and remote control

Apple TV gets 160GB HDD

Apple, it seems, is hell bent on making this new foray a success and consequently has announced a build-to-order 160GB version - four times the capacity of the existing version that soon-to-be-very-cross customers have forked out for up until now.
Scott Snowden, 31 May 2007
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Facial drones spot passport frauds

The Passport Office has stopped 600 fraudulent passport applications using a facial recognition system it rolled out as a pilot across its fraud units last year.
Mark Ballard, 31 May 2007
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Dell's channel shake-up ripples across to Europe

Dell is considering an authorised resellers program for Europe, after taking the plunge into the channel in the US.
Jan Libbenga, 31 May 2007
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Larry Lessig in the lion's den

CISAC Professor Lawrence Lessig is used to hostile audiences - but he faced the most prickly and feisty gathering of 500 he'll ever address yesterday in Brussels.
Andrew Orlowski, 31 May 2007
Linux Programmers Toolbox

The Linux programmer's toolbox

Book review Linux, like the other *nix platforms, has a reputation of being a good environment for developers. In fact, Linux and hacking – in the original sense of the word – seem to go hand in hand, so much so that some commentators still find it hard to conceive of it as anything but a server and/or development platform.
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Google ducks angry authors

CISAC Google gave a keynote speech to the biggest global gathering of authors' societies today.
Andrew Orlowski, 31 May 2007
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DARPA to create brain-chipped cyborg moths

Famed US military mad-scientist bureau DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is engaged in an effort to grow/build cyborg moths for use as spies. No, really.
Lewis Page, 31 May 2007
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DHS calls in sci-fi writers as consultants

The feds at the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have this week called in some self-described "deviant" consultants to aid them in the battle against terrorists, illegal immigrants, smugglers et al.
Lewis Page, 31 May 2007
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PC Tools snags behaviour protection tech

Anti-spyware firm PC Tools has announced a deal to buy behavioural protection security technology from developer Novatix for an unspecified amount.
John Leyden, 31 May 2007
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Clarity lacks, er, clarity over CEO

Software vendor Clarity Commerce Solutions has been getting itself in a spin over the future of its CEO Graham York.
Kelly Fiveash, 31 May 2007
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Tories appoint former tabloid editor as chief spin doctor

The Conservatives have appointed former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, who resigned after his paper was embroiled in a royal phone-tapping scandal, as its new director of communications.
John Leyden, 31 May 2007
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Whale rescue hotline hacked

Even a pair of stranded whales and the legions of people dedicated to saving them aren't safe from trolls, it seems.
Dan Goodin, 31 May 2007
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Joost views ex-Cisco prodigy as CEO

Joost is wooing former Cisco senior executive Mike Volpi to take the reins as CEO of the online video service, according to reports.
Austin Modine, 31 May 2007
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Fedora 7 suppresses Red Hat separation anxiety

Fedora developers have performed a catch and release with their beloved operating system, unleashing today the final cut of Fedora 7.
Ashlee Vance, 31 May 2007
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Dell cheers Q1 with workforce decimation

Dell will decimate its workforce over the next year, eliminating more than 8,000 jobs. The company released word of this restructuring as it dished out first quarter financial results that beat market expectations.
Ashlee Vance, 31 May 2007
MySQL
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MySQL warns Microsoft on open source credibilty

Microsoft must work with, not against, open source otherwise it risks sacrificing developer support and credibility among customers - even Windows loyalists.
Gavin Clarke, 31 May 2007
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Brocade and Mercury rain cash on SEC to settle charges

Brocade and Mercury Interactive have coughed up $35m between them to settle charges they deliberately flouted SEC rules by falsifying dates of stock option grants.
Gavin Clarke, 31 May 2007
Linux
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OpenSolaris fans in a tizzy over 'Project Copy Linux'

Sun Microsystems has moved one mailing list posting closer to explaining how it plans to mimic the Linux distribution model with OpenSolaris.
Ashlee Vance, 31 May 2007
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Brocade barges into HBA market

Brocade intends to muscle in on more of the networking market by expanding its product catalog to include host bus adapters (HBAs) and intelligent server adapters.
Austin Modine, 31 May 2007
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Freescale scales back staff

Texas semiconductor manufacturer Freescale is cutting jobs across the company as part of a strategy to reduce costs during a sluggish year.
Austin Modine, 31 May 2007