Watchdog demands MSN Music mea culpa
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is demanding that Steve Ballmer make a public apology to all people silly enough to purchase tunes from MSN Music, Microsoft's long-defunct iTunes wannabe.
SpringSource claims first 'proper' application server
SpringSource has picked up on the trend for modular servers with the planned beta release today of the SpringSource Application Platform, its Java application server.
Blue Coat vows to fund the heck out of PacketShaper
Interop 2008We'll admit that the WAN acceleration joint Blue Coat has largely been cruising under our radar, so when the company bought its rival Packeteer for $268m last week, we did a double-take.
MS pulls plugs on XP SP3 mass launch
Microsoft has pulled the general release of Windows XP service pack three (SP3) at the eleventh hour, blaming a “compatibility issue” for the cock-up.
Radiohead diss freetards
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has said the band will not be repeating its In Rainbows experiment which allowed fans to download the album at a price of their choice - allegedly nothing, in most cases.
Discoverer of LSD dead at 102
Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann, who in 1943 accidentally discovered the hallucinogenic effects of Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), has died at the age of 102, Reuters reports.
Welsh blogger fined over 'menacing' plod blog
A Welsh blogger has been fined £150 by magistrates in Mold, Clywd, for posting an apparently menacing message about a policeman on his blog.
Anti-Israel hackers deface central bank site
The Bank of Israel website has been restored after it was knocked off the internet last weekend in an attack blamed on anti-Israel hackers.
Graphics biz shows first Q1 growth for six years
More graphics chips were sold in the first quarter of 2008 than in the final three months of 2007 - the first time the business has seen sequential grow between the quarters spanning the New Year since 2002.
UK physics chief next for the chop in funding bloodbath?
Professor Keith Mason, the man in charge of scything £80m from the UK's physics research budget, has been sharply criticised by MPs investigating cutbacks which have forced job losses in labs and threaten to shut down many projects.
Grand Theft Auto 4 queue man stabbed in head
A hooded male stabbed another man in the head and neck yesterday as they both queued to buy copies of Grand Theft Auto IV from a Croydon Gamestation store.
Hafta Man and the threat to agile design
This bloke once walked into a meeting I was attending and introduced a new word to my vocabulary: "Hafta", as in: "We hafta do it this way because..."
Mao to run 3Com from China
Networking equipment firm 3Com has ousted chief exec Edgar Masri in the wake of an abandoned buyout by Bain Capital Partners and Huawei, the Chinese networking firm.
AT&T to slash 3G iPhone price to beat unlockers?
AT&T is to follow the example of O2 in the UK and Germany's T-Mobile and chop the price of the iPhone. But not the current model - it's going to subsidise the anticipated 3G version to the tune of $200.
MP launches ten minute rule bill on in-UK roaming
Tunbridge Wells MP Greg Clark yesterday used the ten-minute rule to present the UK parliament with his ideas on intra-country roaming for mobile phones.
Police nick 460 a day for using mobiles while driving
More than 168,000 people were fined for using a mobile phone when driving in 2006, a rise of 30 per cent on the previous year.
How scanners and PCs will choose London's mayor
Very few politicians are recognisable by their first names only, but next week, two such larger than life characters will face each other in the closest battle for the office of London Mayor since it was re-established in 2000.
LG GGW-H20L Blu-ray HD DVD combo drive
ReviewWhile it's clear that Blu-ray Disc is going to rule the HD roost, unfortunately for Sony, the rival HD DVD format will take some time to wither away. Which leaves the buying public in a tricky position.
Microhoo! what's! going! on?
Microsoft is laying aside $1.5bn to keep Yahoo! staff happy and at their desks should the takeover go through.
Lesbians turn on lesbians in battle of Lesbos
Residents on the Greek island of Lesbos have declared that they alone have the right to call themselves lesbians, and yesterday launched a legal action against the Greek Gay and Lesbian Union (Olke) designed to wrest back control of the word from aficionados of Sapphic luuurv.
Wristwatch packs Wi-Fi sniffer, also tells time
Watches may have been created to tell the time, but these days it's much more cutting-edge to use your timepiece to tell you when you're in the vicinity of a Wi-Fi hotspot.
US beak pecks at RIAA's 'making available' filesharing attack
A US federal judge has shot down one of the Recording Industry Ass. of America's key arguments in its brave pursuit of students, idiots and grandmothers it accuses of sharing music over peer-to-peer networks.
Samsung digital TV phone en route to Blighty
A Samsung broadcast has announced what it claims is the world’s first slider handset capable of receiving DVB-H mobile digital TV signals.
Slashdot website down
Updated:Linux lovers' favourite website Slashdot.org has been unavailable all morning.
MS supplies cops with DIY forensics tool
Microsoft has reportedly developed a USB key that allows investigators to extract forensic data from PCs.
Vultures crash out of the Indian skyscape
A catastrophic decline in the number of Asian vultures due to the continued use of drugs in livestock means the noble, if picky, birds could be extinct within a decade.
Ian McKellen to reprise Gandalf
Veteran Brit thesp Sir Ian McKellen has confirmed he'll be reprising his role of Gandalf in the forthcoming adaptation of The Hobbit, according to Empire magazine.
BBC iPlayer continues platform sluttiness with Virgin Media launch
The BBC's streaming iPlayer is now available to three and a half million Virgin Media cable TV customers via their set top box.
LG telly launch gulls Tinseltown stars
LG has taken the wraps off what it claims is the world’s slimmest LCD TV, dubbed Scarlet, following a launch party that made fools of many Hollywood A-List celebrities.
Telco spending will flatline in 2008
The global telecoms market is facing a chilly 2008 if Alcatel-Lucent’s latest financial forecast proves to be on the mark.
SAP reports profits drop, delays ByDesign rollout
SAP has increased revenues for the first quarter of this year, but net income has fallen and it is delaying the rollout of its webhosted business management product.
Time Warner to amputate cable tentacle
Time Warner has today confirmed widely-expected plans to pacify its long-suffering investors with a cash windfall from the sale of its US cable tentacle.
Plasma TV components applied to password cracking
Forget networked PCs or even PlayStation 3s, components commonly found in plasma TVs are the latest thing in password cracking tools.
School crossing guards join CCTV panlollycon
School crossing guards, known as lollipop ladies (or men) in the UK because of the signs they carry, are getting digital video cameras to provide evidence against the increasing numbers of drivers who ignore or abuse them.
Brits vote for useless gadgets
Obviously Register Hardware’s writers love their gadgets, but some inventions leave us a little perplexed as to their point. And we’re not alone, because a list of punters' most useless gadgets has been compiled.
Sony Ericsson puts a Flash into Java
Sony Ericsson is planning to offer developers the opportunity to embed Flash Lite applications inside J2ME midlets, in the hope that two mobile phone application platforms will prove better than one.
Game rating to confound censor, trade body chief claims
The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has rubbished reiterated claims from a games industry trade body that it won’t be able to cope with online videogame classification.
Toffs' phone maker goes loco over Rococo
Vertu has used an 18th Century French art movement as the inspiration for its latest range of exclusive, overpriced handsets.
Why have Radiohead broken copyright activists' hearts?
AnalysisAs you may have heard earlier today, Radiohead's Thom Yorke says the band won't be repeating the band's digital deal which allowed users to download a version of its most recent album for free.
Nigerian duped gullible NASA employee
A Nigerian man was sentenced to 18 months in prison after tricking a NASA employee into clicking on an email attachment that installed malware on her government-issued computer.
KVM funder takes a swing at desktop virtualization
Qumranet, a rather small software company, wants to make a very large play in the virtualization market with a new product. It's looking for Solid ICE to go up against the desktop virtulization wares from VMware, Citrix, Microsoft and a host of start-ups.
Citrix boss wants data center 'dinosaurs' to evolve
Interop 2008Day two of Interop Las Vegas 2008 opened with a modest IT proposal from Mark Templeton, President and CEO of Citrix.
Dubya archives White House email by hand
How does the George W. Bush administration archive its email? It asks someone to manually copy the contents of an Exchange folder.
Zango's adware fox desperate to guard net henhouse
CommentZango, creator of Hotbar, Seekmo Search Assistant and other adware programs of dubious value to end users, just can't seem to come to grips with reality. It's coughed up a $3m fine to the FTC and abandoned two lawsuits claiming anti-malware providers illegally interfered with its business after being laughed out of just about every court where it's pursued such actions.
Stanford grabs $6m to shape the future of software
Stanford University has mounted some gun turrets to its Ivory Towers. Just a few weeks after rival UC Berkeley revealed a mega-funding engagement with Microsoft and Intel around multi-threaded software, Stanford has returned fire by grabbing money from just about every other vendor on the planet with interest in improving code for multi-core chips for similar research.