6th July 2007 Archive


eBay goes after itself

eBay has challenged itself to a duel in the web classifieds market. Last week, the company that owns a 25 per cent share in Craigslist launched a Craigslist rival, unveiling a U.S. version of Kijiji, the classifieds site it's been running in various other parts of the world since early 2005.
Cade Metz, 06 2007

Red ring of Xbox death costs Microsoft $1bn

Microsoft is taking a $1bn hit to fix Xbox 360s, conceding residual hardware faults in its games console are causing users frustration and an "unacceptable number of repairs."

Showdown persists over '100% undetectable' rootkit

The public feud over the effectiveness of a proof-of-concept rootkit said to be completely undetectable continued on Thursday, as a researcher once again challenged those claims.

Heathrow to trial RFID tags

In September, Heathrow Airport will become the largest in Europe to trial RFID-based tags for tracking passenger luggage, comparing accuracy and read rates against their existing barcode-based systems.
Bill Ray, 06 2007
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Police hunt renegade cow sex youth

Warning: no IT angle North Yorkshire police are on a state of high alert after a youth was spotted coupling with an English longhorn cow at a specialist breeder's farm in Skipwith, The Sun reports.
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Skin cancer claims sun bed 'addict'

A 29-year-old Salford mother of two has died of skin cancer thought to have been caused by excessive sun bed use, the Manchester Evening News reports.

BT opens wallet for Brightview

BT has coughed £15.8m cash for Brightview, the ISP group behind internet access from Waitrose, Madasafish, and Global.

Oracle sends bloke cardboard laptop

Long-term readers may recall the strange case of Microsoft's "rock-in-a-box" anti-piracy campaign, apparently exhorting honest citizens to stone to death those involved in disseminating illicit copies of Redmond apps.
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Dawn mission hiding out after lightning threat

Brief The threat of lightning has forced NASA to postpone the launch of the Dawn mission to the asteroid belt by 24 hours.

Nintendo launches face training game

Nintendo's creative department must be in overdrive as the Japanese console giant is poised to release software aimed at making users look younger.
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Google: Our data retention is not data protection watchdogs' business

The retention of search engine query data is a security matter and not one for Europe's data protection officials, according to Google's global privacy chief.
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Dinner party guest makes gruesome discovery

A dinner party guest in Verviers, eastern Belgium, made a hasty exit from her host's house after discovering the bodies of his wife and son in the freezer.

Apple 8GB iPhone components 'cost $220'

Apple's 4GB iPhone costs $200 in components to make. The 8GB model's parts total just $20 more. So claims US market watcher and device stripper-down Portelligent.
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Helium balloon Brit breaks distance record

Intrepid Brit adventurer David Hempleman-Adams this morning broke the distance record for a AA-06 (37,000 cu ft) helium balloon, having by 4am travelled 3,434km across the Atlantic, thereby claiming the FAI (Federation Aeronautique Internationale) crown.

Intel said to have released G31, P31 entry-level chipsets

Intel has begun sending P31 and G31 entry-level desktop chipsets out to motherboard makers, it has been claimed.
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Dell delays filing fiscal reports...again

Dell will once again hold back filing its 2007 financial statements to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) because it is yet to complete an internal investigation into its accounting practices.

UK firm preps iPhone unlocking software

A UK firm that specialises in unlocking mobile phones reckons it's close to developing an application that would allow iPhone owners to use the device with carriers other than America's AT&T.
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Microsoft tells GPLv3 to talk to the hand

We were all wondering what Microsoft would do about GPLv3. Turns out the firm wants nothing to do with it, and has issued a statement outlining exactly how it plans to ignore the new license.
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BOFH: Computer room deluge

Episode 23 Episode 23 "Water!" the PFY gasps, entering Mission Control from the computer room. "Where?" I ask, to which the PFY responds with an urgent wave to his entry point. "F%**" I say moments later as I survey the steady stream of water coming down the computer room wall. "Where's it coming from?" "Dunno," the PFY says, shaking …

Trojan creates bogus webmail accounts to punt drugs

Miscreants have created a strain of malware capable of setting up bogus Hotmail and Yahoo! accounts in order to send spam.
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Durex seeks hardened condom testers

Durex Down Under is looking for Aussies over the age of 18 to fill 200 positions as condom testers, stuff.co.nz reports.

Insuring iTunes: are your digital downloads covered?

Consumers building up extensive collections of digital music and movies should ensure their downloads are protected by their home insurance policy and will be replaced if the computers keeping them are damaged or stolen. Many insurers do not cover digital possessions, it has emerged.

Verbatim buys into portable HDs

Media manufacturer Verbatim has bought SmartDisk, a US-based vendor of portable and external disk drives and flash readers. The deal was agreed last month and finalised yesterday.

Sonnet Tempo SATA Express 34 ExpressCard eSATA adaptor

Review The External Serial ATA (eSATA) add-on interconnection standard is becoming more common on systems as users seek greater data transfer speeds. Macs are often among the first to get new technologies like these, but eSATA ports remain absent. For ExpressCard 34-equipped laptops at least, here's one answer.

Intel schemes to confound online gaming cheats

An Intel research project looks set to make good the maxim that a cheater never wins. It's developing specialist software and hardware to ensure that online gamers all play fairly.
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Rain fails to douse iPhone fever, bans and bombs

Life not so sweet at Honeywell In a world where people share music electronically, it's not unknown for IT staff to set up a bit of space on a server for people to swap tunes in order to reduce bandwidth demands. Not a good idea, of course, and illegal. As engineering firm Honeywell found out this week when police and the BPI …
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ISPs face down Tories on file sharing

ISPs have given David Cameron's call for them to block P2P music sharing short shrift, repeating their stance that they are not "the gatekeepers of the internet", as he insists.

University boffins squeeze 500GB onto a DVD

The University of Berlin, with partners Budapest University of Technology and Economics and Universita Politecnica delle Marche in Italy, has managed to work out how to store 500GB of data on a regular HD DVD or Blu-ray disc.
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EU's anti-fraud boss to be hauled before European Parliament

The EU's anti-fraud chief is to be brought before the European Parliament over allegations of conflicts of interest and operational irregularities at Olaf.

Fujitsu-Siemens launches Esprimo 3G-linked laptops

Fujitsu-Siemens (FS) is limbering up for the summer season with the unveiling of a three-model professional laptop range, dubbed Esprimo. Don't expect Vaio styling or an Alienware extravagance, because this line means business.
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Psst - wanna buy a pirate MPack toolkit?

The adage about no honour among thieves also applies to hackers, it would seem. Pirates are flogging knocked-off copies of the MPack hacker toolkit at a discount of up to 85 per cent, according to anti-virus experts at net security firm Symantec.
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Turing test challenges spam filters

Spammers have turned a widely-used anti-spam trick - fuzzy text that computers cannot recognise - to their own advantage, according to the head of an anti-spam software developer.
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Eckoh fined £150K over Richard & Judy quiz

The premium-rate regulator, ICSTIS, has completed its investigation into allegations against the quiz "You say, we pay", and concluded that Eckoh, which ran the competition, should pay a £150,000 fine for their "reckless disregard for viewers".
Bill Ray, 06 2007
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Another day, another iPhone rumour

Speculation was rife this week that O2 was about to sign a deal for UK distribution of the hypefest which is the Apple iPhone, though on Monday it seemed that Vodafone would be getting the deal, and prior to that those in the know were saying Carphone Warehouse was a dead cert.
Bill Ray, 06 2007

Security flaw marketplace lays out its wares

An online marketplace where researchers and vendors can trade in security vulnerabilities has been created by a Swiss research lab. WSLabi said its eBay-style marketplace will create a more open and transparent market for security flaws, enabling researchers to strike a fairer bargain for their work.

AMD blasts $7.5m right into Transmeta

The cash-starved, collapsed superstar of my enemy is still my friend, according to AMD, which has injected Transmeta with $7.5m.

Shy IBM storage spin-off tries to erase itself

IBM's Almaden Research Center appears to be getting ready to launch its first spin-off, but something is amiss.

Microsoft boots Savvis from data centers

Think Microsoft trails Google in the "wow" department by a country mile? You're right.
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Brit fumes over Wikipedia, lava lamps

Updated Is Wikipedia running a censorship board? John Barberio thinks so. After more than two years as an active contributor to the free online encyclopedia, the 27-year-old Oxfordshire man recently left the project over the behavior of its "OTRS volunteers," unpaid administrators who act on reader complaints about the site's content.
Cade Metz, 06 2007
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Alex Tatham leaves Bell Micro

Brief Alex Tatham is leaving Bell Micro after 10 years.