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Microsoft profits fall in Q1

Xbox fans helped propelled Microsoft's business during its latest quarter as the repercussions of last year's Windows Vista launch continued to be felt.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2008

Backlash starts against 'sexy' databases

The relational database - a mainstay of enterprise computing for 25 years - has been under siege. New approaches to data storage are threatening the RDBMS and precipitating what database guru Mike Stonebraker and others described recently as a "group grope" to find a new database engine.
Phil Manchester, 25 Apr 2008

MS patch system poses 'significant risk', say researchers

A group of four computer scientists urged Microsoft to redesign the way it distributes patches, after they created a technique that automatically produces attack code by comparing the vulnerable and repaired versions of a program. The technique, which the researchers refer to as automatic patch-based exploit generation (APEG), can create attack code for most major types of vulnerabilities in minutes by automating the analysis of a patch designed to fix the flaws, the researchers stated in a paper released last week.
Robert Lemos, 25 Apr 2008

'Safe' mobile phone battery firm goes titsup

Exradia Limited, the company selling batteries that protect users from potentially harmful radiation, has gone into liquidation owing thousands of pounds to suppliers.
Bill Ray, 25 Apr 2008

Hellboy helmsman to direct The Hobbit

Guillermo del Toro, director of Hellboy and Oscar-winning Pan's Labyrinth, will direct two Lord of the Rings prequels slated for release in 2010 and 2011, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 25 Apr 2008

Q1 post-Xmas lull reverses iPhone growth curve

Apple's iPhone shipments plunged during Q1, figures from market watcher Strategy Analytics reveal. But then the handset business as a whole was less successful in the first quarter of 2008 than it was in the previous one.
Tony Smith, 25 Apr 2008

Welsh student exposed to nude webcam operators

A Welsh student has described herself as "amazed and disgusted" at a couple of Jobcentre Plus ads punting for nude webcam operators at £10 an hour plus 50 per cent commission, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 25 Apr 2008

Spike Milligan goes mobile

Spike Milligan's work has found a new home, with content including mobile wallpaper, ring tones and audio books, all available though Rok Global Media.
Bill Ray, 25 Apr 2008

Developer leads buff the Ruby slippers

Ruby implementors, including Ruby creator Yukihiro Matusomoto, held their first design meeting this week to hash out niggles with the scripting language.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2008

Starbucks exits music biz

Starbucks has offloaded its music tentacle Hear Music just a year after pulling off a major coup in signing Paul McCartney to the label, Variety reports.
Lester Haines, 25 Apr 2008

Sony, Samsung LCD JV to double 8G panel production

Samsung and Sony will fund an extra eighth-generation LCD production line to be run by the two consumer electronics giant's S-LCD joint-venture company.
Tony Smith, 25 Apr 2008

UK airports to trial face scan passport checks

The UK Border Agency hopes to conduct trials of automated passport-check gates at UK airports this summer. The gates would use computer software to compare a traveller's face with the information stored in new biometric passports, removing the need for human staff.
Lewis Page, 25 Apr 2008

Carphone Warehouse cleared out of 8GB iPhones

The move made by O2 and Carphone Warehouse to offer Apple's 8GB iPhone for £100 less than the standard price has proved successful - in a week. CW has no more left to sell, and O2's apparently down to the last few.
Tony Smith, 25 Apr 2008

Sagem proffers classy caller

Sagem has smartened itself up and designed a classy silver handset for more discerning purchasers of cheap mobile phones.
James Sherwood, 25 Apr 2008

Senate outlaws genetic discrimination

The US Senate has unanimously voted in favour of a bill to ban genetic discrimination by insurance companies and employers in a bid to speed up research on inherited diseases.
Christopher Williams, 25 Apr 2008

Do biofuels cause famine? EU President opens probe

The President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso has asked for an investigation into whether the push for biofuels is to blame for rising food prices.
John Oates, 25 Apr 2008

Asus Eee PC 900 Linux Edition

ReviewIt's not even a year since Asus first demo'd the machine that would become the Eee PC 701 - aka the Eee PC 4G - and here we are reviewing the second version, the 900.
Tony Smith, 25 Apr 2008

BOFH: PFY's mum pays a visit

Episode 15
Simon Travaglia, 25 Apr 2008

Prank callers crash Dublin Zoo phone system

Dublin Zoo was forced to shut down its switchboard yesterday after thousands of Irish mobile users fell for a new take on one of the oldest phone tricks in the book.
Joe Fay, 25 Apr 2008
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Scotland Yard pokes crooks on Facebook

Scotland Yard has set up a team to monitor social networking websites such as Facebook and YouTube for snippets of intelligence from clueless crooks who brag about their exploits online.
John Leyden, 25 Apr 2008

BAE to build DARPA's 'intrinsically secure' mobile net

Global military-ware behemoth BAE Systems announced yesterday that it had won a Pentagon contract to develop a new and "intrinsically secure" mobile networking system.
Lewis Page, 25 Apr 2008

Boris backs weed for pain relief

Senior Tory and candidate for London Mayor Boris Johnson has backed the legalisation of cannabis for chronic pain relief.
John Oates, 25 Apr 2008
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Harman hack horror has blog backing Boris

Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman's blog defected to the Conservative Party for several hours yesterday, after it fell victim to a hacker.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Apr 2008

Securing cyberspace against war, terror and red tape

InterviewIn September 2006, the US Secretary of Homeland Security appointed Greg Garcia assistant secretary for cybersecurity and telecommunications. With oversight for the National Cyber Security Division, the Office of Emergency Communications and the National Communications System, he is the federal government's point man for securing the nation's internet and telecommunications' systems against attacks from terrorists or countries that may target the US.
Dan Goodin, 25 Apr 2008

P2P site cries traffic shaping foul at Canuck ISP

Vuze wants to know if other ISPs are calling the same plays as Comcast.
Cade Metz, 25 Apr 2008

Apple blocks cheaper UK iPod sales

Apple is threatening legal action against 11 UK e-tailers unless they stop selling iPods imported from outside the UK.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Apr 2008

LG to mass-produce 32in OLED TVs by 2011

Sony may have already produced some dinky OLED panels, but LG Display has become the latest manufacturer to details its timeline for the mass-production of larger OLED displays.
James Sherwood, 25 Apr 2008

MP3 player looks like a cassette, is a cassette

During the 1980s something called the cassette was a popular recording format. Apparently. In the MP3 era, the analogue format's long forgotten, but it's coming back, thanks to this novel MP3 player.
James Sherwood, 25 Apr 2008

DARPA wants microscopic atom clocks on chips

Pentagon boffinry chiefs have announced that they'd like a very small, super-accurate atomic clock, so small that one day you might build it on a chip. Apparently, they would like to mount these nano superclocks inside the heads of their planned spy legion of brainchipped cyborg zombie insects.
Lewis Page, 25 Apr 2008

BBC defends iPlayer against Murdoch Jr's 'anti-competitive' claims

The BBC Trust, Auntie's independent oversight body, has today defended the iPlayer against claims by James Murdoch that it squashes competition and innovation in online TV.
Christopher Williams, 25 Apr 2008

EMC's love/hate relationship with thin provisioning

No man can serve two masters. Or at least things get tricky while trying to please both. Take EMC boss Joe Tucci who in the same earnings call called thin provisioning "mandatory in the storage landscape," and also "way overplayed."
Austin Modine, 25 Apr 2008

'Extreme porn' law could criminalise millions

AnalysisIf you use the internet for any purpose that might be construed as other than respectable – be afraid. Be very afraid.
Jane Fae , 25 Apr 2008

Boffins ponder 100-year archive made of TOMES

University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) researchers have designed Pergamum, a hundred year archive system using Ethernet-linked redundant and powered down intelligent disk drive building blocks.
Paul Roberts, 25 Apr 2008

El Reg obtains snap of OGC logo reveal

LogoWatch NSFWHot on the heels of our exclusive and shock exposé earlier this week into the new Office of Government Commerce logo, we're delighted to present this afternoon a quite remarkable image of the moment at which London design outfit FHD revealed the revised brand frontage to the HM Treasury tentacle's staff:
Lester Haines, 25 Apr 2008

RIM reportedly delays 3G BlackBerry to avoid next-gen iPhone

It has been claimed that Research in Motion (RIM) has delayed the launch of the BlackBerry 8900 so it doesn’t run slap bang into the launch of the 3G iPhone.
James Sherwood, 25 Apr 2008

Grand Theft Auto IV leaked online

Grand Theft Auto IV has been leaked online, just days before next Tuesday’s official launch.
James Sherwood, 25 Apr 2008

Ad-funded mobile co gets advertisers...

The UK's only ad-funded mobile phone network has managed to sign up 100,000 punters. It's done so six months earlier than expected, and even has some decent brands signed up to advertise.
Bill Ray, 25 Apr 2008

France's €4.9bn rogue trader gets IT job

French rogue trader Jerome Kerviel, who cost Société Générale €4.9bn (£3.8bn), has got himself a new job as a computer consultant.
John Oates, 25 Apr 2008

Server makers snub whalesong for serious windmill abuse

Car companies have the decency to prop sexy models on top of their gas-guzzling hardware to make it more appealing. The server set does not afford us the same courtesy.
Ashlee Vance, 25 Apr 2008

Motorised meat-smoker droid vigilante patrols Atlanta

A former US Marine bar owner has built a home-made robot which patrols the streets of Atlanta rousting winos and vagrants. The so-called "Bum Bot" is equipped with a panoply of glaring lights, an infrared camera, and a water cannon in a "spinning turret".
Lewis Page, 25 Apr 2008

Department of Homeland Security website hacked!

The sophisticated mass infection that's injecting attack code into hundreds of thousands of reputable web pages is growing and even infiltrated the website of the Department of Homeland Security.
Dan Goodin, 25 Apr 2008
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Nexan hopes to get rich off Beast and Boy wonders

Storage system maker Nexsan Technologies is taking the public leap, today proposing an $80.5m initial public offering to the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
Austin Modine, 25 Apr 2008

Apple gets into mine-sweeping, missiles and storage

Apple CEO Steve Jobs may need to order up a camouflage version of that infamous mock turtleneck.
Ashlee Vance, 25 Apr 2008

Anti-Spyware Coalition probes data pimping

The Anti-Spyware Coalition has launched a review of Phorm, NebuAd, and other behavioral targeting firms that track user data from inside the world's ISPs.
Cade Metz, 25 Apr 2008

Solaris update woos elderly apps

Sun Microsystems has released a fresh update for Solaris, but the 10 5/08 injection may appeal most to users running older generations of the operating system.
Austin Modine, 25 Apr 2008

Governator outs Dubya's global-warming 'time bomb'

The Governator thinks W is useless when it comes to regulating stuff spewed into the atmosphere by American cars and trucks.
Cade Metz, 25 Apr 2008

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