27th > November > 2007 Archive


Second ex-Brocade exec goes on trial over options accounting

The trial of the second former Brocade executive charged with stock option backdating opened today in San Francisco with prosecutors painting Stephanie Jensen as a key enforcer of the data storage equipment maker's accounting irregularities.

HP wallops server rivals in Q3

HP tore through both the low- and high-ends of the server market during the third quarter, according to the latest figures from research house Gartner.
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Facebook and ABC News get political

Facebook and ABC News are to offer a new online destination for election-obsessed social networkers.
Cade Metz, 27 2007
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Reiser's ex-wife portrayed as sadomasochist

A lawyer defending the Linux developer Hans Reiser against charges he murdered his wife tried to debunk claims that she was a devoted mother. In court today, he asked questions about personal ads she placed on Craigslist and a sadomasochistic relationship she allegedly had with Reiser's former best friend.
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MoD budget train crash behind Brown v forces rumpus

Comment A complicated battle is going on behind closed doors in Whitehall at the moment regarding the British armed forces' budget. Some of those involved are making public statements; others are briefing the media off the record; others still are saying nothing at all.
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European online gambling party continues push eastward

Not to be left out of a potentially lucrative source of tax revenue, the Bulgarian Ministry of Finance last week submitted proposals to regulate and tax online betting, iGamingBusiness reports.

Apple 'looking into' duff Chinese hard drive claims

Apple has admitted it is examining claims that a number of its MacBook laptops include poorly manufactured hard drives that expose users to data loss.
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US woman fingered for Porky Pig drugs outrage

They say your past always catches up with you in the end - something one Sue Jones of Grand Junction, Colorado, can certainly attest.
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Cartels to face private lawsuits under OFT plans

Companies that break competition law could face lawsuits from trade and consumer bodies if the UK Government adopts new proposals published by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) today. The right to sue will no longer depend on action by a competition authority.
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OFT goes Christmas shopping to test website compliance

The UK's top 600 retail websites will be checked by the Trading Standards officers in about 100 local authorities during December to ensure they comply with key requirements of online shopping laws, the Office of Fair Trading has said.
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Firms fear disgruntled staff: report

Who do Irish organisations consider the biggest threat to their finances? Possibly you, according to a new survey from Citrix.
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Biometrics won't fix data loss problems

Six leading academics have written to a Parliamentary committee to express their dismay at the way biometrics has been used as a magic wand which would have supposedly stopped Darling's great data giveaway.
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Intralot to offer Aussie punters lottery by cellphone

Greek gaming powerhouse Intralot has raised eyebrows in Australia with plans to allow Aussies in Victoria to purchase lottery tickets over their mobile phones. Quite the slippery slope, it seems.
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Child protection site to show Scottish sex offenders

Scotland's police forces are preparing to use the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre's (CEOP) "Most Wanted" website.
Kablenet, 27 2007
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Gov advisers pick six crucial techs for UK

The Council for Science and Technology, which advises the Prime Minister and First Ministers on medium to long-term science strategy, has chosen six technologies it reckons are crucial for the UK.

Alba readying cut-price Blu-ray Disc player for Europe?

Are low-cost Blu-ray Disc players coming to Europe in the near future? They are if claims that local consumer electronics company Alba has ordered 4000 players a month from January are to be believed.

FCC reveals Motorola Z6c handset

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) website has come up trumps once again. It’s revealed some definitive specifications of Motorola’s latest handset, the Rizr Z6c.
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Britain's home front must go green, study

The UK's domestic carbon footprint could be reduced by 80 per cent by 2050, and a good start can be made using existing technologies, according to a report from an Oxford University academic.

Firefox update puts lid on Jar bug

Mozilla released an update to its Firefox browser on Monday designed to address a trio of vulnerabilities.
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TV heavyweights build on-demand supersite

The UK's top broadcasters have 'fessed up to working together on a single system for distributing TV online. ITV, Channel 4 and the BBC's commercial tentacle said today that they aim to launch the joint service on an unspecified date next year.

Sony pops cap on lippy-like music stick

Someone at Sony - a man, probably - said the new Walkman NW-E013 looked like a lipstick dispenser, so now the compact MP3 player is being dispensed to women. It's other femme-friendly characteristics: a bright, glossy casing coming in an array of charming colours.
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New BAE destroyer launches today on the Clyde

Comment HMS Diamond launches today at the BAE Systems Govan shipyard, third of the Royal Navy's new Type 45 destroyers. There will be rejoicing up and down the Clyde and quieter satisfaction in many parts of the Navy. Meanwhile in the warzones of Southwest Asia, British soldiers and marines are fighting and sometimes dying, hamstrung by lack of money.

Dell puckers up to Carrefour

Computer giant Dell said today that it has given Carrefour the go-ahead to punt its notebooks and desktop PCs to three locations in the European market.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T200 compact camera

Review The first thing you see when you pull the T200 out of the box is a great big sticker proclaiming the camera delivers “Full HD 1080” still images. So you would've thought that Sony would make it easy to enjoy this feature. But no - it’s only when you read the instruction book that you discover that the HD connecting cable is an optional extra. Duh.
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Webroot taps UK-based email filtering firm

Anti-spyware firm Webroot has announced a deal to merge with UK-based security as a service firm Email Systems. Terms of the deal, announced Tuesday, were not publically disclosed. The merged firm will be called Webroot.

Microsoft signs MOU with Siberia

Microsoft said yesterday that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Siberian government which could see the software giant park its latest data centre on a remote, sub-arctic part of Russia*(see Reader Comment below).

Blu-ray discs outsell HD DVDs almost 3:1 in Europe

European consumers have bought more than 1m pre-recorded movie Blu-ray Discs, the next-gen optical disc format's backers said today. That's roughly 73 per cent of all HD discs sold in Europe in the past 12 months, they claimed.

Mio re-routes its sat nav range

You can tell it’s nearly Christmas when a company that’s been relatively quiet since the summer suddenly launches a wave of products in one go. Unfortunately, Mio’s only updating and, in one case, downgrading the features of existing models.
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Top government boffin urges rethink on GM crop ban

Dr David King will press the government to reopen the debate on genetically modified crops as his parting shot as the UK's chief scientist.

Xbox 360 gets friendly

Microsoft looks poised to add a Facebook/Friends Reunited social networking facility to the Xbox 360, when it updates the console’s dashboard later this year.
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Rose Tyler beams back into Doctor Who

Billie Piper will appear in three episodes of next year's series four of cult sci-fi series Doctor Who, reprising the role of Rose Tyler, the BBC has confirmed.
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Is that a watch in your pocket?

TAG Heuer, Swiss maker of fashion watches, has signed an agreement with French design house Modelabs to create TAG phones for those who need a logo to talk to.
Bill Ray, 27 2007
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Boffins ponder Galileo signals as ocean monitors

Private enterprise might not know how to make any money from it, but academics are already thinking of uses for it. Yes, it is the Galileo system, Europe's answer to GPS.
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US navy's robot carrier plane building fast

The US Navy's new stealth robot carrier plane is now "structurally complete", according to its maker, and is now being fitted out with subsystems while software tests begin. The Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) is expected to make its first flight the year after next, and its first carrier deck landing in 2011.
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UK firm 'recalls' 575 knee implants

UK "advanced medical devices" firm Smith & Nephew has recalled about 575 knee implants because they contain "too much iron", the BBC reports.

Tag Heuer clocks onto mobile phone branding

These days a clothing label isn’t fashionable unless it’s got a mobile phone to its name. But now Swiss watch-maker Tag Heuer has clocked onto the idea and has announced plans to launch a range of luxury handsets.
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Daft users and insecure web apps dominate threat index

Cyber criminals and spies have shifted their focus of attack in response to improved security defences.
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Nokia and O2 get on the tube

O2, Nokia and Transport for London are to trial Near Field Communications (NFC) handsets to host Oyster cards - so you'll be able pay for your tube journey using your mobile.
Bill Ray, 27 2007

Al Gore climate change site hacked

A blog on a site promoting Al Gore's climate change documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, has been hacked by penis pill-promoting spammers.
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UK gov superfast broadband summit decides... erm... nothing

The Whitehall summit on next generation broadband on Monday concluded with government, regulators and industry firmly agreeing that they definitely need to start thinking around what to do about the UK's creaking internet infrastructure at some unspecified point in the future (perhaps).
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Dinosaurs derail desalination drive Down under

A fossilised spanner has been thrown into the works of plans for Australia's largest desalination plant, as a hoard of dino-remains has been uncovered on the beach near the proposed site. The plant, intended to protect Melbourne from drought, was being built at a cost of A$3bn, but the dinosaur discovery has put its future in doubt.
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'Use me as a mouthpiece' - Guardian hack pleads

Ben Goldacre, The Guardian's Mr "Bad Science" writes witheringly about sloppy science journalists. Many of them are simply "juggling words about on a page, without having the first clue what they mean, pretending they've got a proper job, their pens all lined up neatly on the desk," he writes.
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Darling could backtrack on capital gains

Chancellor Alistair Darling today defended the government's "controversial" plans to bring a single rate of capital gains tax into play, but also hinted at a possible U-turn.
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Only bicarbonate of soda can save mankind!

A US firm has come up with a plan to turn the carbon dioxide emitted by coal-burning power plants into bicarbonate of soda.

Choice breeds complexity for Linux desktop

The success of the Everex gPC this month raises once again the possibility that Linux can make inroads into the desktop market. In stock at Walmart, initial sales of the gPC caused panic on a scale comparable to the recent stock market panic. Not only has the gPC sold well - it has also proved popular.

Universal chief rues Apple's 'golden handcuffs'

Universal Music Group boss Doug Morris, profiled in the current issue of WiReD, isn't the first person to regret a business arrangement with Steve Jobs. As the head of the world's biggest record label, Morris' blessing was instrumental to the success of iTunes Music Store.
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Hacker defaces temples to OS X

A self-described Apple user, presumably fed up with the smug superiority of "Mac," the hipster mascot featured in the ubiquitous "Get a Mac" commercials, is targeting OS X enthusiast sites with defacements that accuse them of excessive fanboyism.
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Verizon agrees to personality transplant

Just two months after it launched a legal attack against the Federal Communications Commission for embracing open access to the US wireless spectrum, Verizon has embraced open access to the US wireless spectrum.
Cade Metz, 27 2007

Toshiba and NEC reaffirm 32nm chip marriage

Toshiba and NEC are forging ahead with plans to jointly develop manufacturing technology for 32 nanometer chips to better compete with rivals.