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Facebook CEO capitulates (again) on Beacon

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has issued a mea culpa to his 56 million users, saying he failed to give them the ability to control the personal information that is shared with others. He also announced a new switch that with one flip allows people to completely turn off the feature, which is dubbed Beacon.
Dan Goodin, 06 Dec 2007

Leap bounds into 700MHz auction

Leap Wireless will bid for the coveted 700MHz band - a juicy slice of the US airwaves - joining Google, Frontline Wireless, Cox Communications, and most likely Verizon and AT&T.
Cade Metz, 06 Dec 2007

AMD denies 'stop ship' with Barcelona because chip is not shipping

Since its launch, AMD's four-core version of Opteron known as Barcelona has lived in what you might call a processor protection program. The chip is apparently available in quantity, according to AMD, but customers struggle to find it.
Ashlee Vance, 06 Dec 2007

Codemasters sets legal dogs on file-sharers

Codemasters has fired off legal threats and cash demands to net users who it accuses of illegally distributing its videogames over P2P networks.
Christopher Williams, 06 Dec 2007

Salesforce nears one million milestone

On-demand software provider Salesforce.com is set to reach its one million subscription milestone later in December.
Ciara O'Brien, 06 Dec 2007

Rock managers propose tout tax

The businessmen behind some of the rock world's biggest names have called for a levy on the concert ticket aftermarket, where people sell on tickets they have bought for profit or because they cannot go to a concert.
OUT-LAW.COM, 06 Dec 2007
Pound Sterling

ComputerLand turns green into greenbacks

Services and hardware company ComputerLand grew revenues by ten per cent for the six months ended 31 October 2007.
John Oates, 06 Dec 2007

Transformers director blames MS for HD DVD/Blu-ray format war

Movie director Michael Bay has claimed that Microsoft is responsible for the HD DVD vs Blu-ray Disc format war, which he alleges is the Beast of Redmond's attempt to kill off physical formats and get everyone downloading instead.
Tony Smith, 06 Dec 2007

Microsoft accuses kids of bullying Santa into sex chat

Gigantic global software beast Microsoft has blamed two young girls for killing Santa.
Christopher Williams, 06 Dec 2007
For Sale sign detail

EVE Online update kills Windows PCs

Subscribers to EVE Online are being warned not to touch the latest update to the massive online game because it can damage Windows XP machines.
John Oates, 06 Dec 2007

Via Michelin X970T satnav

ReviewNavigate with your Michelin sat nav as you wear out your Michelin tyres visiting destinations that you've read about in the Michelin restaurant guides. Will the new budget X970T put this brand on the sat nav map?
Leo Waldock, 06 Dec 2007

Europe too cynical for iPhone

iPhone sales around Europe have been disappointing, with the French only pocketing 30,000 in the first five days - though that's three times the number T-Mobile managed to shift in Germany. But that's not stopped Google releasing an optimised version of its mobile application suite specially designed for the finger-driven interface.
Bill Ray, 06 Dec 2007
Warning Go

Microsoft releases battling OS release candidates

Microsoft has started printing up the invites for the launch of Windows Server 2008 as it finally sets loose release candidate 1 of the long-awaited server operating system.
Joe Fay, 06 Dec 2007

'Heavy' handset challenges all comers to prove its mettle

Handset manufacturer Sonim is so confident of its "indestructible" XP1 handset’s anti-smash capabilities that it’s inviting people to come and have a go if they think they’re hard enough.
James Sherwood, 06 Dec 2007

Judge brands Kirsty Wark's husband a snoop

A High Court judge described Kirsty Wark's husband Alan Clements as a dishonourable snoop yesterday and ruled against his case for constructive dismissal.
John Oates, 06 Dec 2007

Dell to dealers - you win

Dell has finally admitted how much it needs the channel and has launched a worldwide programme to help dealers and systems integrators to push its kit.
Joe Fay, 06 Dec 2007
Olympic rings

Acer inks Olympic partner deal

Acer has announced it's signed an agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which will from 2009 see the computer manufacturer "partner with the Olympic Movement in the official computing equipment product category" for the 2010 winter games in Vancouver and 2012 games in London.
Lester Haines, 06 Dec 2007

Larry Page to wed on Branson's luuurv island

Larry Page, the multi-gazillionaire co-founder of evil search empire Google will this weekend tie the knot on Richard Branson's sun-kissed Caribbean enclave of Necker Island, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 06 Dec 2007

Ofcom grabs reins on premium rate scams

Ofcom has launched a shakeup of how premium rate numbers are governed in the wake of a series of TV phone-in scams. The communications watchdog will apply closer scrutiny to PhonepayPlus, the premium rate regulator.
Christopher Williams, 06 Dec 2007

Apple-Volkswagen 'iCar' talks over

Discussions between Apple and Volkswagen have failed to result in a joint product-development deal, a German magazine has claimed.
Tony Smith, 06 Dec 2007

Wii tops online search poll

Nintendo’s Wii was the most searched for product on the internet last month, according to a poll of British online shoppers.
James Sherwood, 06 Dec 2007
HMRC Her Majesty Revenue and Customs

HMRC coughs to more data losses

David Hartnett, director general of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), admitted yesterday that the loss of the child benefit database was just the latest, and largest, giveaway of supposedly private data by the department.
John Oates, 06 Dec 2007

World's smallest Bluetooth headset

If you’re into minimalism then Nextlink’s latest headset should appeal to you. It claims the Invisio G5 is the world’s smallest Bluetooth earpiece.
James Sherwood, 06 Dec 2007

Giant athletic todger defends Pennsylvania

It's taken 'em a while, but our American cousins appear to have finally realised that enormous profanities are an excellent way to welcome extraterrestrial visitors to our planet:
Lester Haines, 06 Dec 2007

Tiscali in shock customer satisfaction win

Tiscali, the tightwad's ISP of choice, has come from left field to win the annual JD Power broadband customer satisfaction survey.
Christopher Williams, 06 Dec 2007

Newly-homeless kids get free iPod

Apple handed out 100 iPod Nanos to kids who lost their homes in the recent Californian fires, though without homes or computers it's not clear how they'll manage to get any music onto them.
Bill Ray, 06 Dec 2007

Mother launches attack on epilepsy inducing video games

Videogame developers may be forced to cut scenes from their offerings if tests show they could cause epileptic seizures, if a British mother's campaign for a change in the law is successful.
James Sherwood, 06 Dec 2007

Second ex-Brocade exec hit with guilty verdict

A second former executive at Brocade was convicted Wednesday for participating in the company's stock option backdating skulduggery.
Austin Modine, 06 Dec 2007

Software maker releases the hounds on security vuln reporter

Legal attack dogs for enterprise search provider Autonomy have threatened action against Secunia after the vulnerability publisher asked for information relating to a serious bug in an Autonomy product.
Dan Goodin, 06 Dec 2007
Warning: roadworks

Serena promises dev teams shorter hours

Those awfully nice folks at Serena Software have promised to cut your workload with tools that'll let non-IT staff take care of tedious, line-of-business Office applications.
Gavin Clarke, 06 Dec 2007

The world's most fantastic, imaginary server start-up

CommentSome hacks have immense amounts of ambition. I don't. And it's that lack of ambition that's keeping me from making millions of dollars in the server market.
Ashlee Vance, 06 Dec 2007

Wikipedia black helicopters circle Utah's Traverse Mountain

Exclusive"We aren't democratic." That's how Wikipedia founder Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales described his famously-collaborative online encyclopedia in a recent puff piece from The New York Times Magazine. "The core community appreciates when someone is knowledgeable," he said, "and thinks some people are idiots and shouldn't be writing."
Cade Metz, 06 Dec 2007

AMD's Barcelona benchmarks are a'comin down

AMD's four-core Opteron saga continues with a trio of nasties concerning the chip reaching The Register.
Ashlee Vance, 06 Dec 2007

Microsoft readies seven patches for Tuesday

Microsoft plans to issue seven security patches next Tuesday, three of which are rated "critical" because they could allow an attacker to remotely execute malicious code on an end user's machine.
Dan Goodin, 06 Dec 2007

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