29th > February > 2008 Archive

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LG Glimmer slider spied online

LG may be unwilling to admit the existence of its latest slider, set to be called Glimmer, but pictures of an advertising flyer photos have already slipped out in the US.
James Sherwood, 29 Feb 2008
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'Googirl' unloads on Google Health

A week after Google announced that a few thousand Clevelanders will soon kick the tires on its long-awaited/long-feared online health service, a company VP with a famous nickname has provided a few extra details on how the service will actually work. And a few screenshots.
Cade Metz, 29 Feb 2008
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Dell takes aim at costs and employees in Q4

Dell used to love the conference call ritual which accompanies the release of a quarter's financial results. The vendor would get a chance to tout its amazing business model in front of Wall Street's finest analysts and brag about how much better it did than competitors. But we get the feeling that Dell's not so fond of the calls anymore.
Ashlee Vance, 29 Feb 2008

Apple unearths Time Capsule

Apple has begun shipping pre-ordered units of its wireless network-attached storage box, Time Capsule, this morning.
Austin Modine, 29 Feb 2008
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Will EV SSL stop phishing attacks? Probably not

Security vendors like VeriSign consider a new technology called EV SSL an important measure against phishing attacks. But two recent items suggest it will do little to stop skilled conmen from spoofing trusted websites.
Dan Goodin, 29 Feb 2008
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7000 Leap Year Babies attack Steve Ballmer

Seven thousand leap year day babies have revolted against the Toys R Us giraffe, skewering Steve Ballmer along the way.
Cade Metz, 29 Feb 2008
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Software company says it can still resell Microsoft licences

The founder of a company set up to re-sell Microsoft software licences claims he will still be able to do so, despite changes made by Microsoft to its software licences which appear to be designed to stop the re-sale.
OUT-LAW.COM, 29 Feb 2008
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Symantec and Trend grapple with buffer overflow bugs

Security products from both Trend Micro and Symantec - two of the big three anti-virus players - have become the subject of serious security vulnerabilities.
John Leyden, 29 Feb 2008
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Swedes demand return of heraldic lion's todger

Disgruntled Swedish heraldists are demanding the Nordic Battlegroup reconsider a decision to emasculate their crest's lion which has seen the rampant beast relieved of his todger.
Lester Haines, 29 Feb 2008
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Broadband big boys waiting on data pimping

Phorm, the advertising company that wants to pay your ISP to hand over information on which websites you visit, has convinced the UK's three largest providers to trust it, but regulators and the rest of the industry are less impressed.
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Sun does Google's dirty work on MySQL

Sun Microsystems will fine tune MySQL for some big-name customers unwilling to get their hands dirty supporting the open source database themselves.
Gavin Clarke, 29 Feb 2008
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HMRC appoints 37 data guardians

HM Revenue and Customs has appointed 37 staff to protect information, since it lost personal records on 25 million people last November.
Kablenet, 29 Feb 2008
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Dutch tax office deletes 730,000 tax returns

Early tax return filers have been punished rather than rewarded by the Dutch tax office, as a computer glitch meant all their information was deleted.
Jan Libbenga, 29 Feb 2008

Metal Gear Solid 4 to launch on 12 June

It's official: Konami has announced that the fourth instalment in its extremely successful Metal Gear Solid series, Guns of the Patriots, will be released across Europe on 12 June.
Scott Snowden, 29 Feb 2008
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Time for UML tools to evolve

There's an audible rhythm to development tools. Modern integrated development environments (IDEs) go like this: tap, tap, bam! Diagramming tools go like this: point, click, pause, point, click, pause...
Matt Stephens, 29 Feb 2008
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Armed robbers target Oz biker shindig

Two robbers who decided to target a Sydney club picked the wrong night for their armed assault - a monthly meeting of bikers who duly whupped their asses.
Lester Haines, 29 Feb 2008
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Sony preps Blu-ray boosting PS3 bundle

Now that HD DVD is effectively dead, Sony is going on the Blu-ray offensive and targeting potential customers with a specialist PlayStation 3 starter pack for film fans.
James Sherwood, 29 Feb 2008
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Gooner fan site nobbled by malware

An Arsenal fan site has been compromised to serve up sophisticated malware. Malicious code smuggled onto Onlinegooner.com redirected users to sites in Asia and Russia that download a wide variety of nasties onto vulnerable Windows PCs.
John Leyden, 29 Feb 2008

BOFH: Vampires!

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Simon Travaglia, 29 Feb 2008

Paramount, DreamWorks rip up HD DVD release list

Paramount has confirmed its last ever HD DVD releases will go on sale in the States on Tuesday, 4 March. From then on, it's DVD and Blu-ray Disc only.
Tony Smith, 29 Feb 2008
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Ofcom to clamp down on 'unfair' charges

Telecoms firms must stop lumping "unfair" charges onto consumers' bills, according to new proposals put forward by Ofcom.
Tracey Cooper, 29 Feb 2008
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Vote now for your fave sci-fi movie quote

Reader poll It's Friday, so what better way to waste a bit of the firm's time before beer o'clock than by participating in our fun-for-all-the-family top sci-fi movie quote poll?
Lester Haines, 29 Feb 2008
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Tiscali confirms sell-off is on the table

Tiscali has ditched its CEO and is mulling options to sell off its broadband business, including its two-million-strong UK subscriber base.
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Alleged Kiwi botnet mastermind in court

An 18-year-old suspected of masterminding a botnet-fueled international cybercrime network has appeared in a New Zealand court.
John Leyden, 29 Feb 2008
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Asus to drive in Lamborghini-brand handset

Rumours that Asus is to release a Lamborghini handset are true, it seems, and the phone’s already available for pre-order.
James Sherwood, 29 Feb 2008
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Samsung Armani mobile phone

Review Following the fashion set by LG with its Prada Phone, Samsung has become the latest mobile maker to bring together couture culture and touchscreen technology. Running up its own style-savvy Giorgio Armani number, Samsung has embraced the iconic Italian fashion house chic for this premium label handset.
Phil Lattimore, 29 Feb 2008
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Nokia starts tagging photos

Nokia Beta labs has released an application for tagging photographs with GPS coordinates, with a view to embedding the technology into future versions of the S60 platform. However, few seem to realise that Nokia handsets are already tagging their pictures with a country of origin deduced from the cell location.
Bill Ray, 29 Feb 2008
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Microsoft class action to go ahead as spammers crack Gmail captcha

Privacy matters Google continues to try to muddy the waters around the debate over the privacy of IP addresses by saying that, sometimes, IP addresses can change and be shared. Which, of course, implies that sometimes they remain a way to identify people.
Robin Lettice, 29 Feb 2008

Mobo maker builds 'powerless' processor cooling fan

Mobo maker MSI has come up with a novel way of keeping processors cool and conserving energy at the same time: the CPU to drive its own fan.
Tony Smith, 29 Feb 2008
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Sony rolls out new digicam, quite literally

Sony usually plugs digicams with titanium shells, exorbitantly high numbers of megapixels and extended battery lives, but that’s not the case with its latest handset. The Japanese electronics giant has designed a prototype camera that doesn’t need batteries and doesn’t even have a display.
James Sherwood, 29 Feb 2008

Most spam comes from just six botnets

Six botnets are responsible for 85 per cent of all spam, according to an analysis by net security firm Marshal.
John Leyden, 29 Feb 2008
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O2's Companion halted

Some O2 customers being migrated to their new all-singing-all-dancing billing platform, known as Companion, have discovered their bolt-on data packages have been cancelled and are being threatened with no connectivity until the next billing cycle in March.
Bill Ray, 29 Feb 2008

Intel prices up next-gen desktop chipsets

Intel has added a low-end discrete chipset to its upcoming 'Eaglelake' product line, it has emerged.
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Microsoft cuts Vista price

Microsoft is knocking $80 off the price of the US edition of Windows Vista Ultimate from $399 to $319, and the Home Premium edition falls $30 from $159 to $129.
Bill Ray, 29 Feb 2008
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Feargal Sharkey on three strikes… and after

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Andrew Orlowski, 29 Feb 2008
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How Phorm plans to tap your internet connection

Exclusive Internal BT documents obtained by The Register for the first time provide solid technical information on how data from millions of BT, Virgin Media and Carphone Warehouse customers will be pumped into a new advertising system.
The Register breaking news

The Phorm files

Updated We've had a busy time digging into the deals signed by BT, Virgin Media and Carphone Warehouse to report your browsing habits to Phorm, a new advertising company.
Team Register, 29 Feb 2008
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eBay makes nice with MercExchange

After six years of legal bickering, which included a trip to the highest court in the land, eBay and MercExchange have finally settled their long running patent dispute.
Cade Metz, 29 Feb 2008
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Brocade punts new SAN router for kid enterprises

Brocade is punting a new incarnation of its Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP) storage and SAN extension router, with its functionality clipped to appeal to the purses of smaller businesses and remote offices.
Austin Modine, 29 Feb 2008
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iPhone jailbreak tools updated to open firmware 1.1.4

The latest version of iPhone activation, jailbreaking and unlocking tool, ZiPhone, has been released. The tool promises full access to Apple's handset in under five minutes.
Tony Smith, 29 Feb 2008
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Orkut worm feeds on scraps

Malware authors have written a worm for Orkut, Google-owned networking site that's big in Brazil.
John Leyden, 29 Feb 2008