22nd > May > 2008 Archive


Chicago demands ticket taxes from eBay, StubHub

The City of Chicago is suing eBay and its secondhand ticket outfit StubHub, claiming they've failed to collect millions of dollars a year in city taxes.
Cade Metz, 22 May 2008

NetApp shares fall on downbeat forecast

Despite reinventing itself with a "bold blue" new brand identity this quarter, NetApp's net income was practically flat in Q4 2008.
Austin Modine, 22 May 2008

Apple sued over Mighty Mouse

A US hardware manufacturer is taking Apple and broadcasting corporation CBS to court over the Mighty Mouse name.
James Sherwood, 22 May 2008

EU sets out mobile satellite services

The European Parliament has approved a proposal that demands mobile satellite services reach at least 60 per cent of every country in Europe, and 50 per cent of their populations, in order to get operating spectrum.
Bill Ray, 22 May 2008

Deutsche Post issues Rudolf Hess stamp

Neo-Nazis have left Germany's Deutsche Post rather red-faced after using its "design-your-own" stamp service - Plusbrief Individuell - to issue a limited edition Rudolf Hess stamp.
Lester Haines, 22 May 2008

Tories show they're ready for government...

The Tory Party is fighting a by-election in Crewe and Nantwich and showed yesterday that it is ready for power by engaging in computer incompetence that is normally seen as the preserve of our Labour overlords.
John Oates, 22 May 2008

MS bashes Gay(wood) Xbox Live gamer

A Brit gamer has fallen foul of an Xbox live policy that disallows any apparent references to the Friends of Dorothy in gamertags.
Lester Haines, 22 May 2008

Dutch boffin, astronaut in space-sickness breakthrough

A Dutch PhD student believes she may have developed a ground-based method useful for identifying people who are subject to space sickness, following lengthy research during which she whirled astronauts around in a centrifuge.
Lewis Page, 22 May 2008

Asus speaks out on UK Eee PC 900 battery issue

Asus today offered little solace for British Eee PC 900 buyers who've found that the machine packs a lower-capacity battery here than it does in some other countries.
Tony Smith, 22 May 2008

Pants purveyor punts handset-holding undies

NSFWWhat can we say? US company Vavoom has taken the old gag about girls and vibrating phones to its logical conclusion and come up with a pair of pants with a handset holding pouch on the front.
Hard Reg, 22 May 2008

China airlifts bamboo to quake-hit pandas

China has sent emergency relief to its Wolong Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda in the Sichuan earthquake zone - home to 53 of the endangered creatures.
Lester Haines, 22 May 2008

Samsung's F480 hitting Europe next month

Seoul-based electronics giant Samsung has finally confirmed that the credit-card sized F480 handset will land in Europe this coming June.
James Sherwood, 22 May 2008

Time to overcome Java misconceptions

Myths and legendsIt doesn't really matter which version of the Java platform you use, does it? Well I know for sure that thread context switching is expensive. Isn't it? OK, but there's no doubt that 32-bit Java Virtual Machines (JVMs) are faster than 64-bit JVMs. Right?
John K Waters, 22 May 2008
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Hackers exploit China earthquake to punt Trojan

Unscrupulous virus writers have inevitably latched onto the Chinese earthquake disaster, which killed more than 50,000, to punt malware. The Trojan-laced email attacks follow earlier phishing scams themed around the Sichuan province disaster.
John Leyden, 22 May 2008

Petrol stations deploy anti-theft stingers

A number of UK petrol station owners have installed a £10,000 anti "drive-away" stinger system designed to discourage ne'er-do-wells from making off with fuel without paying, the Telegraph reports.
Lester Haines, 22 May 2008

Nokia shows an Orange face to the world

Orange and Nokia have signed a strategic deal involving ten new handsets across the Orange businesses. Most importantly, it means Nokia's Ovi media service is becoming part of the Orange customer's experience.
Bill Ray, 22 May 2008

Moody's drafts in lawyers to probe ratings code 'screw-up'

Ratings agency Moody's has confirmed it has started an external review of how it screwed up ratings for mortgage debt packages.
John Oates, 22 May 2008

Palm Treo 850 snap reveals Wi-Fi connection

Palm's as-yet-unlaunched Treo 850 has appeared on the web, and it would indeed appear to be the company's first handset with Wi-Fi on board.
Tony Smith, 22 May 2008

Fujifilm to tempt lovers with smooch-sensing snapper

Just when you thought compact camera features couldn’t get much dafter – smile detection, anyone? - along comes Fujifilm with a camera sporting a feature dubbed… ahem… "Timer in Love".
James Sherwood, 22 May 2008

Broadband bumpkins overtake city surfers

Ofcom is prematurely claiming victory in closing the digital divide today, as its annual review of communications markets reveals that for the first time broadband uptake by country folk has overtaken that of urbanites.
Christopher Williams, 22 May 2008

The economy: A big Arab did it and ran away, claims PM

It's all OPEC's fault, according to Gordon Brown. Speaking at Google's recent Zeitgeist conference, the UK prime minister told the audience that the world's current economic woes can largely be blamed on the scandalous behaviour of the oil producer's cartel. They're just not pumping enough oil, he claims:
Tim Worstall, 22 May 2008
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EC takes own sweet time backing Microsoft ODF move

The European Commission is investigating Microsoft’s interoperability pledge that it will support OpenDocument Format (ODF) in Office 2007 service pack two (SP2).
Kelly Fiveash, 22 May 2008

Tesco VoIP goes mobile

Tesco has started extending its VoIP service, Tesco Internet Phone, onto mobiles, offering Wi-Fi capable handsets the chance to make free calls to other Tesco customers.
Bill Ray, 22 May 2008

MEP tries to ban lightbulbs with mercury amendment

As Bismark pointed out, laws and sausages have things in common - both are highly useful, but you don't want to see either of them made. An example of the turning of lips, ears and arses into comestibles came this week in the European Parliament. One idea quite seriously put forward was to close down the entire European lightbulb manufacturing industry - well, except for the lucky customers of one exclusive company.
Tim Worstall, 22 May 2008

Logitech Z Cinema advanced surround sound system

ReviewIs Logitech’s answer to the demands of a media-centric PC world the next logical step in home entertainment - or just more boxes to knock over or spill stuff on while working at the computer?
Lewis Caliburn, 22 May 2008

Epson rolls off A4-size e-paper panel

Epson may be inking plans to replace tabloid newspapers, because the firm has developed a prototype A4 size e-paper display.
James Sherwood, 22 May 2008

Boffins sound exam cheat warning on brain enhancing pills

A group of leading medical scientists has called on the government to investigate what effects the use of brain performance-enhancing drugs by healthy people could have on society, education and the workplace.
Christopher Williams, 22 May 2008
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CPS apologises for DNA disc blunder

The Crown Prosecution Service has apologised unreservedly for misplacing a disc of DNA profiles sent by Dutch authorities in January 2007.
John Oates, 22 May 2008

'Loitering Munition' prowler-bomb in Welsh test

A consortium of missile companies has announced a successful test firing of a sophisticated new "loitering munition" intended for service with the British Army.
Lewis Page, 22 May 2008

WD pitches Firewire pocket HDD

Western Digital has released a Mac-friendly version of its My Passport Studio portable external hard drive, fitting the unit with a Firewire 400 port and pre-formatting it with Mac OS X's HFS+ file system.
Tony Smith, 22 May 2008

Wii still king in US

US sales of the Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 all declined last month, but the Nintendo console remained head and shoulders above its rivals, according to the latest market analysis.
James Sherwood, 22 May 2008

Undercover teachers to track gang members online

Teachers will be forced to become undercover homies as part of a government strategy to combat the rise of teenage gangs, the children’s minister will say today.
Joe Fay, 22 May 2008

Too dim to set up your phone? Pay someone else to do it

A new service from WDSGlobal will send your mobile all the configuration settings it needs, and the company reckons you'll pay a quid for it too, despite network operators offering the same thing for free.
Bill Ray, 22 May 2008
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Cisco breaks cycle with IOS patch

Cisco released a trio of updates on Wednesday. The advisories cover denial of service vulnerabilities in IOS Secure Shell and its Secure Control Engine software. The escalation update involves Cisco's voice engine portal software.
John Leyden, 22 May 2008
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Lenovo undershoots Wall St as US disappoints

Lenovo today posted fourth quarter results that fell short of analyst forecasts, despite doubling its earnings and seeing strong sales in China and Europe.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 May 2008

Social networking site bans oldies over sex offender fears

A social networking site has deleted most of its users over the age of 36 because it claims older users pose a danger of sex offending. It claims to be forced into the action by the Government, but the part of a law it cites is not yet in force.
OUT-LAW.COM, 22 May 2008

Iomega launches leather-bound pocket drive

Iomega has redesigned its portable hard drive, the eGo, for storage connoisseurs, by wrapping the drive in gentlemanly brown leather.
James Sherwood, 22 May 2008

Boeing robot whisper-copter team claims record

Mammoth US arms'n'aerospace firm Boeing has announced test successes for its prototype robot whisper-copter, the A160T "Hummingbird". The company believes it has broken the world endurance record for unmanned aircraft in the A160T's weight class with a flight lasting longer than 18 hours.
Lewis Page, 22 May 2008

Samsung tightens grip on world LCD TV sales

If you’ve got a Samsung LCD TV at home, then the South Korean giant owes you some thanks, because the company’s now led the global LCD TV market for the ninth consecutive quarter.
James Sherwood, 22 May 2008

IBM and Dell lick their lips as Microsoft and Google buy billions in gear

Radio RegVoracious buyers such as Yahoo!, Microsoft and Amazon represent a niche in the server market - a very lucrative niche. So, we've seen companies such as IBM and Dell come out recently with gear aimed right at the service provider set.
Ashlee Vance, 22 May 2008

Researchers out Apple over unpatched iCal bugs

Researchers at Core Security have released details of three vulnerabilities in Apple iCal scheduling application, after four months of talks with the company.
John Leyden, 22 May 2008
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Tech Data sales, profits up in Q1

Tech Data net income more than doubled to $23m in Q1 FY09 (Q1 2008: $9m) on sales up 12.3 per cent to $6.1bn (Q1'08: $5.4bn).
Team Register, 22 May 2008

Lifelock's fraud-prevention service takes more legal flak

LifeLock's dubious fraud-prevention service is attracting more flak, this time from disgruntled customers in three US states who say it fails to provide the comprehensive protection its CEO and high-profile pitchman claims.
Dan Goodin, 22 May 2008

Print-on-demand crusader tags Amazon with anti-trust suit

After threatening to limit print-on-demand sales to books printed by its very own print-on-demand printer, Amazon is facing an anti-trust lawsuit.
Cade Metz, 22 May 2008
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IBMers answer call for IBM-free Eclipse

If Eclipse was hoping to escape its current over reliance on IBM then it's off to a slow start judging by early work on its next platform - E4, due in 2010.
Phil Manchester, 22 May 2008

Electrical grid overlords take drubbing over cyber attack vulnerability

US lawmakers ripped into the organization that oversees North America's electrical grid, saying it isn't doing enough to prevent cyber attacks that could cripple the economy.
Dan Goodin, 22 May 2008

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