Google earnings soar despite paid click dip
Google has stuck it to the naysayers by reporting higher-than-expected earnings - even as the weakening US economy and research showing a slowdown in ad clicks raised doubts about the search king's continued prospects. Shares, which have declined about 35 per cent this year, rose 17 per cent following the report.
Coupling and the power of accidental relationships
Book extract, part threeIn the third extract from his book, Emergent Design: The Evolutionary Nature of Professional Software Development published by Addison Wesley, Scott Bain tackles the complex issue of coupling, and looks at how unnecessary complexity can be injected through accidental or bad coupling.
Cheapo textable landline numbers for all
I've been at the Telco 2.0 "Executive Brainstorm" this week. It's where British telco strategy executives brainstorm about how they can turn these slow-moving, bovine beasts around to create new markets and revenue opportunities. And so, with perfect timing, up pops a new service that illustrates how the telcos' stupidity allows so many of these potential markets to slip away.
FCC chief claims power over network management
Left Coast Comcast HearingUS Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin wants everyone to know his agency has all the power it needs to regulate the likes of Comcast.
Pissed Russian sleeps off knifing
A Russian electrician who was stabbed by a workmate during a robust after-work booze session was unaware he had a six-inch kitchen knife in his back until his missus alerted him to the fact - by which time he'd crashed out for a bit, got a bus home, had some breakfast and collapsed back into bed.
Choose and Book mixes up patient appointments
The NHS hospital booking service has sent up to 340 patients incorrect appointment data, delaying a software upgrade.
eBay ponders Skype bail out
eBay is considering flogging off Skype, the VoIP provider it paid $2.6bn for in 2005.
UK consumers lose £6.6bn a year to unfair treatment
British consumers are being cheated out of £6.6bn a year by unfair treatment from business, with telecommunications and personal banking topping the list of problem areas, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has said.
AMD's Q1 loss comes in as planned
Chipmaker AMD posted its sixth consecutive loss yesterday, for the first quarter of 2008. The firm brought in revenues of $1.51bn, but made a net loss of $358m and an operating loss of $264m.
Cow turds fuel Blighty's hydrogen filling station embrace
Britain is about to get a new wave of hydrogen filling stations, allowing those few organisations and individuals in possession of hydrogen vehicles to top them up.
Nvidia preps rival for AMD's Radeon HD 3830
Nvidia will next month roll out the GeForce 9600 GSO, it has been claimed by graphics card maker moles.
Price cut fails to push Xbox 360 past PS3 in UK
ExclusiveMicrosoft this week claimed to have more doubled the Xbox 360’s European sales thanks to its recent price cut, but that still hasn’t been sufficient to put it ahead of the PlayStation 3 or the Wii in the UK.
MySpace profile hack provides early warning to predators
A security issue on MySpace may put a spanner in the works of law-enforcement efforts to track miscreants using the social networking site.
Sony Ericsson K660i internet phone
ReviewIt may not be as eye-catching as a Walkman music mobile or a Cyber-shot cameraphone, the K660i's web-focused features may grab another type of user in a similar way, Sony Ericsson hopes.
El Reg celebrates 10th birthday
We're delighted to report that El Reg earlier this week celebrated its tenth anniversary as a daily publication with a right royal piss-up in the very Central London hostelry where the world's favourite IT website was born.
IBM continues storage land grab with Diligent acquisition
Big Blue has made yet another storage buy, this time scooping up privately-held Diligent Technologies for an undisclosed sum, although rumors peg the price at $200m.
Samsung chairman faces tax dodging charges
The chairman of Samsung will be prosecuted for allegedly hiding millions of dollars to avoid paying taxes, South Korean authorities have announced.
Avnet sees blue skies with Horizon buy
Irish reseller Horizon Technology has agreed a recommended cash offer from IT distie Avnet, valuing the firm at €101.3m.
US gov may forbid BAE Eurofighter sale to Saudis
A controversial British deal to supply Eurofighter jets to Saudi Arabia may have hit an obstacle. It appears that the Eurofighter - long touted as proof that the UK and its continental partners can make serious combat kit without American help - actually contains significant amounts of US technology, and that Washington may not permit the Saudi sale.
Mystery HDD maker orders kit to build monster-capacity drives
Hard drives could experience a massive increase in capacity next year now that a "major" HDD maker has placed an order for equipment to mass-produce 'patterned media' drives.
Japan: Wii Mario Kart more popular than PSP erotica
A claim that Wii game Mario Kart has been outsold by a breast-baring erotic videogame in Japan have been overinflated, recent sales figures.
F1 chief seeks French ban on orgy video
Formula One boss Max Mosley is seeking a French ban on the video footage showing him engaging in unsavoury activities with five prostitutes.
Blockbuster gets legal poke for Facebook Tupperware campaign
A woman in Texas is sueing Blockbuster for using Facebook's controversial "Beacon" advertising system to reveal to her friends which movies she rented.
Malodorous Europe gasses UK
The Met Office has firmly pinned the blame for the foul stench hanging over the south of England - dubbed "Euro-whiff" - on our continental cousins, the BBC reports.
Ofcom lifts the lid on L-band bidders
UK regulator Ofcom has published the list of approved bidders for the forthcoming L-Band spectrum.
eBay software faker jailed for ten months
A UK eBay scammer has been jailed for flogging £46,000 of counterfeit software on the world's favourite online tat bazaar.
Motorola remodels mobile division
Motorola is sprucing up its neglected devices division to make it more attractive to investors.
Microsoft buys travel search site
Microsoft has bought Farecast - a travel search site which finds flights for you and, if you're flying from some US cities, can also tell you if the price is likely to go up or down in future.
DARPA in search for five-year-mission solar wingship
The Pentagon's blue-sky technology office has finally announced the three contenders who will take forward its Vulture project.
Ballmer bitch slaps Vista
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has admitted that Windows Vista is an incomplete product, even though the operating system has been on the market for more than a year.
You'll learn to love mobile TV
CommentProphets predict the mobile phone will kill the fixed line and the internet will kill newspapers.
Nimbus-led alliance hopes to big up 10Gb Ethernet
A number of big name IP networking vendors teamed up earlier this week to create a new Nimbus-led partnership to raise awareness of 10Gbit/sec Ethernet.
Warning sounded on Microsoft and Google's health records landgrab
Two leading proponents of electronic health records have urged regulators and governments to wake up to Microsoft and Google's growing interest in storing medical information.
Apple gets (slightly) less sneaky with Windows Safari play
Apple has updated Apple Software Update, giving iTunes and Quicktime users (a bit) more notice before slipping Safari onto their Windows machines.
AT&T waves goodbye to 4,600 staffers
AT&T is sacking 4,650 staffers, about 1.5 per cent of its 310,000-strong workforce. Wearing the pink slips, mostly, are managers in the home landline business who don't talk to customers.
'Rowdy' rectal extraction op vid hits YouTube
Hospital authorities in the Philippines are none too pleased with three doctors and a nurse who extracted a 15cm spray canister from a male patient's rectum in a "rowdy" operation, footage of which subsequently popped up in three-minute video on YouTube
Notorious eBay hacker arrested in Romania
Vladuz, the notorious hacker who repeatedly accessed off-limits parts of eBay's network and then publicly bragged about it, has been arrested, the online auctioneer says.
Commodore goes titsup (again)
Commodore International is close to folding. The Dutch company that owns the brand was declared bankrupt this week, but a spokesman said it will appeal the court order.
Pirate Bay-probing cop on Warner Brothers payroll
A Swedish policeman who helped investigate The Pirate Bay is now working for Warners Brothers, one of the big-name film companies that helped drive the investigation and is now a plaintiff in the pending court case against the swashbuckling P2P file sharing site.