Real Media attacks real people via RealPlayer
Hackers have rooted into a server owned by internet advertising network 24/7 Real Media and used it to serve malware-laced banner ads that tried to circumvent security mechanisms on end users' machines, Symantec researchers said. The malware exploited a previously unknown vulnerability in Real Player that was patched on Friday.
AT&T asks king's ransom for Napster tunes
AT&T hopes to fool the youth of America into paying way too much for digital music.
Proposed blogging law outrages Italian netizens
Italian bloggers may be required to register with a national database, unless an ambiguously-worded new law is amended before it comes into force.
Dell to embed Xen hypervisor in PowerEdge servers
Citrix Systems has wrangled Dell as the first Tier 1 server vendor to embed the Xen hypervisor in its x86 servers.
IBM goes crazy with storage system updates
IBM is releasing details on a lot of storage stuff today. We mean a lot.
Open Season exposes the real price paid for Radiohead's new album
Radio RegForget the entertainment hacks. It takes a bunch of open source pundits to figure out how much people really paid for Radiohead's new album.
Technology is root of all evil, says IMF
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has this month brought out its World Economic Outlook for 2007, and the various heavyweights of financial news have all had their bash at reporting on it. Normally, no vulture would stir on his/her perch over this type of thing - unless, perhaps, Paris Hilton had been implicated in some kind of major economic upthrust - but in this case, the economists make some rather startling pronouncements about technology.
Apple: 1.4m iPhones sold, 250,000 unlocked
More than a quarter of a million people have purchased Apple iPhones and unlocked them, the handset's manufacturer admitted last night.
Dot, squiggle, plop
ColumnMy first response to the idea of a dot-sex web domain was: "Well, that's a rip-off". And when I heard about dot-tv and dot-euro I wasn't the only one to say: "Here we go again..." And I bet most of us were equally cynical about dot-asia.
Gang attempted to pass £500,000 notes, court told
An Australian "lawyer" is part of a gang of six up before Southwark Crown Court accused of attempting to convince the Bank of England to honour a breathtaking £28bn ($64.83bn) in moody £1,000 and £500,000 notes, AFP reports.
Transformers sets hi-def format sales record
More than 100,000 copies of Transformers on HD DVD were sold on the title's first day of release, the movie's distributor, Paramount Home Entertainment, revealed last night. It went on to sell 90,000 more copies during its first week.
iSales prop up Apple results
Apple is celebrating a strong fourth quarter with revenues of $6.22bn in the three months ending 29 September 2007, and a profit of $904m, or just over $1 a share.
Paris Hilton heads for the cryogenic freezer
There is some excellent news today for future generations who had until now been condemned to a bleak and meaningless existence without the entertaining presence of multi-talented former jailbird Paris Hilton, viz: the heiress intends to extend her life "by hundreds and thousands of years" in a cryogenic chamber.
2012 Olympics to be 'car-free'
The London Olympics of 2012 will be the first to prohibit spectators arriving by car, according to reports. However, some 80,000 officials, athletes and accredited media will be provided with parking - and will have special Soviet-style VIP lanes on important London roads for a period of two months.
EDS beagles blast 'absurd' BSkyB
Lawyers for outsourcing omnicorp EDS branded BSkyB's claim for £709m damages over a customer management system contract "absurd and extravagant" in the High Court yesterday.
Google takes Docs on the road
Google has slipped its Web 2.0 Docs application onto its mobile portal, allowing users to view documents, spreadsheets and presentations on their mobile phone browser.
TV-Links man was arrested under trademark laws
Gloucestershire police have confirmed that a 26-year-old Cheltenham man at the centre of an investigation into the website TV-Links was arrested under section 92 of the Trade Mark Act, on suspicion of supplying property with a registered trademark, without permission.
CSC announces another round of UK job cuts
CSC is shifting more UK jobs offshore in an effort to control costs.
Greenpeace: iPhone crit makes for more headlines
Eco-oriented non-governmental organisation Greenpeace has tacitly admitted it's been focusing its criticism of the mobile phone industry on Apple's iPhone because it gets more headlines.
Drunken Indian elephants take on electricity pole
A herd of 40 Indian elephants which quaffed rice wine, "went berserk" as a result and rampaged round a village looking for food, suffered six fatalities after toppling an electricity pole, the West Australian reports.
Government plots escape from renewable energy targets
Government ministers are trying to find a way to wriggle out of the Britain's commitment to derive a significant portion of its energy from renewable sources, according to The Guardian.
BT tells staff to shape up in anti-cancer push
BT has launched a campaign to encourage its workers to eat less crap, get some exercise, quit smoking, and go easy on the sunbathing.
ODF calls time on da Vinci coding
The Open Document Foundation (ODF) has quietly ended all work on its da Vinci project after failing to secure approval from the Organisation for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS).
Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot K850i camera phone
ReviewSo here it is, the new big boy on the block. Replacing the old K800i/K810i at the top of the Sony Ericsson cameraphone family tree, the K850i shoulders quite a burden of expectation. After all, as far as Sony Ericsson is concerned this is pretty much as good as it gets.
Microsoft opens Xbox 360 Arcade
Microsoft has taken the wraps off its latest and cheapest Xbox 360 console, dubbed the Arcade. The model replaces the Core edition, and is set to hit UK shops this week.
Amazon leaks US Zune launch date
Microsoft has confirmed that its three new second-generation Zune portable media players will be released on 13 November in the US, following a shipping date leak by Amazon.
Gosling ready to kill-off lame duck J2ME
James Gosling, godfather of the Java programming language, has expounded on the future of JavaFX Mobile, and it's a future which doesn't feature J2ME at all, as the micro edition is phased out over the next decade or so.
Sharp to show world's skinniest phone display
Sharp will tomorrow demo what it claims is the World's thinnest mobile phone display panel, a 0.68mm-thick unit with a 320 x 240 resolution.
Cops crash invite-only BitTorrent network
Police raids in the North East of England and the Netherlands today have shut down invitation-only BitTorrent music sharing operation OiNK.cd.
US Border Patrol laughs off spyplane prang wristslap
The US border patrol will press ahead with plans to enlarge its fleet of unmanned surveillance aircraft, despite embarrassing revelations about the programme which have emerged following a crash last year.
Darling won't move over gains tax
UK business leaders met Chancellor Alistair Darling yesterday to detail their objections to his proposed changes to how capital gains tax is charged. Darling announced the end of taper relief for capital gains in his pre-Budget report two weeks ago.
Sonos brings wireless to multi-room music rigs
Multi-room digital music streaming specialist Sonos has finally gone completely wireless. Today, it rolled out the ZoneBridge BR100, a WLAN add-on for the company's ZonePlayer units that replaces the system's last wired link.
Hitachi presses shut-down on PC line
Hitachi pulled the plug on its home computer business today, becoming the latest casualty of the fast consolidating PC market.
Europe considers blue card for immigrants
European justice commissioner Franco Frattini is expected to back a commission proposal for "blue cards" for immigrants to the EU from countries outside the community.
Fight malware by upgrading to Vista, urges MS
Microsoft is pushing improved malware defences as a reason to shift over to Vista.
KPN completes Getronics takeover
Netherlands telco KPN has completed its takeover of Getronics, following successful public offers for the Dutch service provider's ordinary shares and convertible bonds.
Acme unveils 'ideal' mobile gaming PC
Most people seeking a portable gaming system are happy with a Sony PSP. But in the US, where everything’s larger, one company has developed a PC-in-a-box product that unpacks into a three-screen display.
Austria OKs terror snooping Trojan plan
Austria has become one of the first countries to officially sanction the use of Trojan Horse malware as a tactic for monitoring the PCs of suspected terrorists and criminals.
Jailed terror student 'hid' files in the wrong Windows folder
Careless use of Windows folders cost a Scottish student a lengthy prison stretch today, as an Edinburgh High Court Judge sentenced Mohammed Atif Siddique to eight years for possession of terrorism-related items. During his trial the jury had been told by Michael Dickson, a forensics analyst for the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit, that Siddique's laptop computer had contained material placed in a Windows folder where it would be difficult for an inexperienced user to find.
Pentagon hacker wins right to UK appeal
Gary McKinnon, the self-described "bumbling amateur" who allegedly got access to US government and military computers while researching space aliens, has been given leave to appeal his case in the UK.
UK gov advisor proposes 'licence to smoke'
A government advisor has suggested that the problem of Brits continuing to smoke themselves to death might be tackled by requiring nicotine addicts to obtain a £200 annual licence, the Telegraph reports.
Microsoft to reach out and take control
This evening Mr Ballmer is to announce Microsoft's "System Center Mobile Device Management 2008", which will compete with Nokia's better-named Intellisync to remotely manage mobile devices in the enterprise.
IT majors forge SAFECode alliance
Leading IT vendors have clubbed together to form a new organisation geared to increasing trust in IT products and services through software assurance.
Microsoft sharpens Visual Studio with functions
How do you get the advantages of scripting languages, strong typing, a simple efficient testing regime and a object-oriented development environment? According to Microsoft you plug into one of its esoteric research projects - coming to a Visual Studio near you some time soon.
Vinyl lives! And why the net isn't (entirely) killing music
In The CityManchester's In The City music conference this year was the first without the presence of co-founder Tony Wilson, who died two months ago.
Space shuttle Discovery launched
The space shuttle Discovery was successfully launched today, despite zero-hour concerns about a chunk of ice on the fuel tank.
Cisco borgs Navini Networks
Cisco is buying a plot in the WiMAX space with the $330m cash purchase of Navini Networks.
Hands on with MDX
Following our introduction to MDX (to be found here) this follow-up article is a get-you-started guide to using this powerful language to manipulate multi-dimensional data.
Considering Microsoft’s 'rift with the web'
I enjoy the SmoothSpan blog but I’m not convinced by this article on Microsoft’s rift with the web.