16th July 2007 Archive


Saudis to execute Sri Lankan teen

Amnesty International has condemned Saudia Arabia's decision to execute a 19-year-old Sri Lankan maid accused of murdering a baby in her care - despite the fact she was 17 at the time of the alleged offence and has denied confessing to the crime.
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Top 10 e-commerce developments of the decade

Google has topped a list of the 10 most significant e-commerce developments of the past 10 years, as chosen by staff of the Software & Information Industry Association, a trade association for the software and digital information industry.
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Your boss could own your Facebook profile

Employers could have grounds to demand ownership of employees' social networking profiles, such as those generated on Facebook, MySpace or Bebo, according to a leading intellectual property lawyer.

Net paedophile jailed for life

A Derbyshire paedophile was last Friday jailed for raping the two-year-old daughter of a woman he met online, the Derby Evening Telegraph reports.
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Mum given young nympho's phone number

A 34-year-old mum who swapped lines from BT to Virgin Media was somewhat shocked to find her new phone number besieged by chaps demanding to speak to "the young nympho", the Sun reports.

Bang&Olufsen BeoSound 6 surfaces

Bang and Olufsen (B&O) has expanded its BeoSound portable music player range with model number 6, a stylish silver-clad player with simplistic operation and, more than likely, a designer price tag.

How to recover your 'unrecoverable' laptop

Q: When does a backup not fulfil its function? A: When you cannot actually recover from it. Is this a rare problem? No, not if you are talking laptops on the move - and if you are mobile worker that probably means you. It is also a major headache for IT departments who have a responsibility for their employees' laptops (as well as their PDAs and mobile phones).
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US gov demands Saudi-BAE documents

The US government has asked for full cooperation with its investigation into Saudi-BAE arms deals from the British Home Office, and Whitehall is considering its response. The US Department of Justice has asked officials to hand over all documents related to BAE's payments to Saudi royals.

Intel launches Core 2 Extreme for laptops

Intel has apparently announced its long-awaited mobile Core 2 Extreme gaming processor. It's a dual-core chip clocked at 2.6GHz and with 4MB of shared L2 cache.
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Antigua attorney speaks out on landmark WTO case

House of Cards With the recent news that the Conference of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has joined the EU, Japan, and India in supporting tiny Antigua in its WTO case against the US regarding the cross-border provision of gambling services, we thought the time was right to finish our interview with Mark Mendel, lead counsel for Antigua in this landmark trade case, that we began back at GIGSE in Montreal.

Buffalo targets Mac users with 1TB high-speed storage box

Japanese peripherals maker Buffalo has developed an external HDD for the Mac that it claimed is able to offer better-than-USB data-transfer rates and a storage capacity ranging up to 1TB.
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Mobile roaming. Do you care?

If there is one topic that is guaranteed to raise the blood pressure of the average corporate telecoms manager, it's mobile roaming charges. The level of fees imposed by mobile operators on customers making or receiving calls when travelling internationally has been a bone of contention for many years.

Sony BMG sues DRM developer

Record label Sony BMG is suing the maker of digital rights management (DRM) software which was accused of harming computers in 2005. The company is seeking $12m in damages to compensate for the effects of the software.

Belkin unveils Wireless USB hub

Updated Accessory maker Belkin has launched a USB hub that uses the wireless version of the popular peripheral plug technology.

Netgear XEPS103 powerline power brick

Review We at Register Hardware like powerline networking - using mains electricity cabling to send data throughout your house - very much, but an issue with most powerline adaptors is their 'one power socket, one data port' implementation.
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US seeks mini-Imperial Walker mule-bots

Ever since the days of the Roman legionary, foot soldiers have struggled to carry all their gear, and have preferred that someone or something else give them a hand.

Cisco and Sprint set new pattern of collaboration in IP

Cisco and Sprint have co-developed an enterprise WAN product that indicates the way the IP giant is likely to attack the next generation mobile market.

VeriSign takes $160m hit to cover stock option mess up

VeriSign's chief financial officer resigned last week as the digital certificates firm announced it would take a $160m hit to cover mishandled stock option grants.

Destroying sandboxes

One of the mechanisms used by anti-malware applications is to institute a virtual "sandbox" to isolate suspicious files from the rest of the system while they are quickly analysed for malicious content or behaviour.

Motorola Pebl to be reborn... as a music phone

Motorola has apparently been secretly working on a project to capitalise on the popularity of its Pebl handset series, by adding in musical functionality and by launching it onto the market as the Rokr U9.
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Crazy cyber-jihadi emails planned death for Mayport, FL

Younis Tsouli - irhabi007 - was earlier this month jailed for ten years. It's a good sentence for the cyber-jihad twit, someone who became fodder for television news shows like 60 Minutes. Wishing to show how al Qaeda was beating the pants off the good guys on the Internet, Tsouli was the perfect example for them, one of fearmongering at its finest.

Blu-ray body bites back at HD DVD sales claims

Recent claims made by the European HD DVD Promotion Group that Toshiba HD DVD players currently account for 74 per cent of European next-gen optical disc players are "misleading" because they exclude PS3 and PC drive sales, the organisation's opposite, the Blu-ray Disc Association European Promotions Committee, has alleged.
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Sony snaps Grouper shut, gives Crackle a pop

Sony Pictures is challenging YouTube's dominance of the user-generated content market by turning its online acquisition Grouper into a mini studio.
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Vodafone denies vapour Verizon bid

Vodafone has denied rumours that it is considering a leveraged buyout of US giant Verizon.
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Programming constructs in BPEL

In this column in our series examining BPEL and its use within Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) systems, I'll will be looking at BPELJ and Compensation.
John Hunt, 16 2007
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Dismal Q2 evidence of deeper problems at Motorola?

Comment Having seen off the challenge to his leadership from billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn, Motorola CEO Ed Zander is under renewed pressure as the company warns of a dismal second quarter and a full year of losses in the core handset unit.
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Iraq base plans left on open servers

Reporters trawling un-indexed FTP servers have recently been able to download large amounts of secret US military data, it has been revealed.

Java and Flash fixes tax system security

Sys admins hoping to put their feet up after Microsoft's monthly update, which went far from smoothly, faced the problem of pushing out Java and Flash security updates issued at the tail end of last week.
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Man uses tank in phone mast flattening rampage

An Aussie bloke went on a phone mast destroying spree yesterday, on the grounds that his health had been damaged by mobile phone signals.
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Alltunes.com claims win in Russian copyright case

Updated Alltunes.com has won a court case against a Russian agent of Visa over its decision to disconnect the online music stores' payment system.

Italian police net 26 in phishing takedown

Italian police have arrested 26 people allegedly involved in an international phishing operation.

Zune DRM stripped

Hackers have released an application that strips off copy-protection features on music bought via the Zune Marketplace, Microsoft's online music store.

His 'n' Hers USB kits to end battle of the sexes?

Buying presents can be an arduous task, but when pondering the perfect gift for the gadget geek - or geekette - in your life then look no further than the His and Hers USB gift set.

EMC goes disk mad with storage bonanza

As previously anticipated, EMC is rolling out a major storage initiative, upgrading almost every storage platform the company offers. Today's announcement covers the Symmetrix, Celerra, Centera, and Clariion lines, as well as a new entry-level file management application.

Intel gives Solaris a telco squeeze

Intel and Sun Microsystems have found some telco-filled fruits to go with their labor. The former mortal enemies and now partners have revealed a pair of Intel-based boxes certified to run Sun's Solaris x86 operating system.

IBM to buy DataMirror for $161m

IBM plans on purchasing Ontario-based data protection firm DataMirror for approximately $161m. IBM will pay cash for the company, acquiring all outstanding stock for $25.88 per share.

Ex-Broadcom CEO broadsided by cocaine and orgy torture charges

The latest caper looming over the technology sector makes us long for the days when HP spied on reporters and Oracle went slumming through Microsoft's garbage. Those were wholesome scandals centered on good, old fashioned corporate espionage.

El Reg lobs iPhone at Genius Bar

Analysis Friday was one of life's great days: I returned my iPhone. I was tired of Apple's adult-proof keyboard. I was tired of AT&T's piddling wireless network. But most of all, I was embarrassed that I'd bought the thing in the first place.
Cade Metz, 16 2007