AT&T censors Pearl Jam's anti-Bush sing-along
AnalysisAT&T has apologized for the censorship of lyrics that were critical of US President George W. Bush during a webcast of a performance by rock band Pearl Jam at a recent Lollapalooza festival.
Vonage works around Verizon patents
Vonage is still smarting from that legal tete-a-tete with Verizon, but after throwing together a trio of patent workarounds, it's confident that a full recovery is on the way.
EnterpriseDB chases Oracle and MySQL on Web 2.0
LinuxWorldHaving spent three years trying to get purchase on Oracle's mighty database business, EnterpriseDB is embracing Web 2.0 developers with a bundled version of Postgres.
Linux vendors and Microsoft follow the money
LinuxWorldNovell's recently unpopular chief executive was doing more than reading from a crudely scripted speech when he told LinuxWorld to get with the program and deal with Microsoft and mixed source.
Harry Potter and the Virus of Doom
Spoiler AlertA lot of people have been wondering what Harry Potter's future is really like. I have the answer: he's going to be an amateur detective. But nobody will know this, because he'll be working in a tech support call centre for Weasley Computers.
OGCbs drops transformation framework
OGCbuying.solutions has cancelled its plans for a framework agreement on integrated solutions.
Punch out your own code on a Greenphone
Trolltech's Qtopia is a commonly used mobile Linux. It's used in a large number of different devices – from Sony's mylo communicator, to Motorola and Panasonic's Linux phones. While you might not have come across it in the Carphone Warehouse, it's a common platform in one of the biggest mobile markets going – China.
Nokia revises chipset strategy
Nokia is to outsource most of its chip development to other manufacturers in order to reduce its R&D spend and concentrate on developing core chipset technologies. The Finnish firm, which is the world's largest mobile maker, said the new licensing and multi-sourcing model would allow it to broaden its pool of chip suppliers, while enabling the firm to focus on its core competencies in chipset development.
UK gambling ad ban hits overseas operators
Online gambling companies based outside the European Economic Area are to be banned from advertising in the UK. The Gambling Act will be used to bar the advertising of over 1,000 websites.
NASA: astronauts do not fly drunk
There is no evidence to support allegations that NASA astronauts have been flying drunk, NASA said this week.
'Wild West' internet needs a sheriff
The government needs to do more to protect ordinary users from cybercrime and safeguard the growth of e-commerce, according to a report from the House of Lords' Science and Technology Committee.
New MoD push to silence internal dissent
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has brought in sweeping new rules intended to prevent military personnel from releasing information which shows the MoD in a bad light.
Doctor Who signs up thinking man's crumpet
In a flurry of hyper-drive, telephone box powered activity, the Beeb has announced yet more guest stars for the forthcoming, much-awaited fourth series of Doctor Who.
'Portable' CD player puts MP3 into a spin
During the transition period between technology formats, such from CDs to MP3s, consumers inevitably go through a period where they want 'all in one' players'. So, one designer has developed a concept MP3-cum-CD player that promises to play MP3 and traditional CDs, but in a way that’s anything but traditional.
Ex-MI5 agent Shayler claims to be chav messiah
Well-known former MI5 officer and 9/11 conspiracy theorist David Shayler has taken a further step along the path to fruitcakeville, suggesting to a TV news interviewer that he is the Messiah.
Universal tests DRM-free future
Universal Music Group, the world's largest music label, has said it will temporarily allow the sale of thousands of its albums and tracks DRM-free.
So you wanna program games?
Editors' BlogIf computer game development is your thing, save your pennies and get yourself over to the Los Angeles Convention Centre.
China to map 'every inch' of the moon
China has announced plans to map "every inch" of the surface of the Moon as part of its ambitious space-exploration programme.
Panasonic showcases future TV line-up
Panasonic has launched seven new Viera 1080p HD TVs. The range includes six plasma TVs ranging from 42 to 65in and a single 37in LCD TV, all with a selection of futuristic features.
US Navy seeks hydrogen-powered forklifts
US Navy boffins are seeking to kit out American military stores depots with hydrogen-powered forklifts, or - as they prefer - "hydrogen-fueled material handling equipment".
Orange lands Lampard TV coup
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard got his own TV channel yesterday, admittedly only available to Orange customers watching on their mobile phones, but it's one up on a MySpace page.
Fibre Channel gets an 8Gig kicker
The first 8Gbit/s Fibre Channel storage networking products are out, and could drive the final nail into the coffin of 10Gbit/s Fibre Channel. However, the new technology seems unlikely to stem the drift to iSCSI over 10Gbit/s Ethernet, although it might perhaps slow it a little.
SNIA offers green advice
SNIA, the Storage Networking Industry Association, has set up a task force and technical working group to address "green storage". The groups will develop resources to help IT managers understand and address environmental issues, the organisation said.
ATI driver flaw exposes Vista kernel
An unpatched flaw in drivers from ATI creates a means to smuggle malware past improved security defences in the latest version of Windows and into the Vista kernel.
Watchdog pokes Sky's Amstrad deal
Sky's £125m buyout of Amstrad will face scrutiny from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), regulators have announced.
Google starts charging for storage
Google has begun charging users for additional storage once they fill their free allowance, according to a blog post by one of the company's lead software engineers.
Evesham boss changes tune on tax break scheme
Evesham Technology chairman and founder Richard Austin appears to have performed an impressive U-turn over the reason behind the firm's current financial crisis, which has seen some 150 staff made redundant.
Nokia N800 gets WiMAX
Nokia's N800 tablet is to get Mobile WiMAX connectivity in order to be used on Sprint's US WiMAX network next year, though it's probably keeping Wi-Fi and Bluetooth just in case.
Securo-prof claims to invent new, much deadlier dirty bomb
Researchers from King's College London have raised the spectre of a new terrorist technique which would "kill an order of magnitude more people than a dirty bomb" and is "likely to incite considerably more fear".
Another 1,400 Sony batteries sent for slaughter
Batteries continue to be a hot topic for Sony, but not in a good way. Toshiba American Information Systems has announced the recall of some 1,400 Sony batteries used in its Satellite and Tecra notebook range.
HTC rumours hot up
HTC doesn't seem to be running short of ideas for smart phone concepts. It's rumoured the manufacturer has developed a new touchscreen handset and that it could also be working on a separate slider smartphone.
Earth will feel the heat from 2009: climate boffins
Chuck out your thermals: global warming is coming, and it isn't waiting for 2100. A new climate model predicts that by the end of this decade, there is an even chance that global temperatures will be hotter than 1998, the warmest year on record.
Outlook grim as Cloudmark update crashes email clients
A dodgy spam definition update from Cloudmark has crashed users' email clients.
Web designer-turned-hacker avoids jail
The boss of a British website design firm has received a suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to hacking into a competitor's website.
Taking the trade out of tradeshows - start-ups set for failure
LinuxWorldIt's becoming easier and easier to spot start-ups likely to fail. Take, for example, FastScale.
eBay seller nabs $1500 for Jesus-like garage stain
An American family just sold the stain on the floor of their garage for more than $1500. This may or may not be a sign from God.
Dissecting penguins for fun and profit
Radio RegSemi-Coherent Computing goes penguintastic this week as I hit the LinuxWorld tradeshow in search of data center justice.