US Navy spares Silicon Valley's 'Alexandria Lighthouse'
Hangar One, the onetime airship station that has long symbolized California's Silicon Valley, won't be destroyed after all. The US Navy will allow it to stand - without its clothing.
Sumerians cracked world's oldest joke
UKTV has published what it claims to be the world's oldest joke - a Sumerian rib-tickler dating back to 1,900 BC which goes: "Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband's lap."
Blighty's nuke-power push stalled as EDF buy falls through
The British government plan to build a new generation of nuclear power stations is on hold, after French energy giant EDF's bid to buy the UK's existing nuke base was rejected at the last moment. Reports have it that the deal fell through after existing shareholders in British Energy - thought to be large UK pension funds - demanded more than EDF was willing to pay.
Toyota unveils Segway rivals
With the Segway’s popularity taking off around the world, Toyota has seen the opportunity and designed its own deceptively similar two-wheeled motorised transportation device.
Google buys vid editing firm to spice up Youtube
Google has bought Omnisio - a web video editing firm based in Palo Alto, California - which will be used to add extra functions to YouTube.
Blu-ray to rule by 2011
Blu-ray backer Sony has announced that the format’s likely to outsell DVD globally in 2011, with over 5m Blu-ray discs having been sold around the world this year already.
Foreign Office reports five data losses to Info Commissioner
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has reported five significant data breaches to the Information Commissioner's Office in the last financial year, in total affecting less than 188 people.
Electoral Commission criticises London e-counting
The Electoral Commission has registered concerns over the electronic counting of votes in London's recent elections.
McAfee: Why we blacklisted SANS
AnalysisMcAfee's SiteAdvisor security tool briefly blacklisted the respected SANS Institute on Wednesday. The incident highlights wider concerns about the reliability of the safe surfing tool.
Worms spread via spam on Facebook and MySpace
Miscreants have created a pair of worms targeting MySpace and Facebook users. Two variants of a new worm - dubbed Koobface - are the first to use social engineering sites to press-gang infected machines into botnets, warns net security firm Kaspersky Lab.
Sony Ericsson W350i entry-level Walkman phone
ReviewChecking into the Walkman phone range with a sub-£80 pre-pay price tag, the W350i’s appeal is built around its key music player features, a touch of slimline chic, and just enough eye-catching style.
Northgate buys Anite Public Sector
Northgate Information Solutions has bought Anite's local government and secure information systems businesses for £54.3m - minus £3.8m owed by the parent company to Anite Public Sector, and an unspecified amount left behind to grease working capital. Northgate is owned by the private equity house Kohlberg Kravis Roberts.
Treasury coughs £80m tax credit for R&D
The UK government will dish up an extra £80m a year in tax credits to encourage small businesses to invest in more research and development.
US Congress to vote on in-flight mobile ban
US lawmakers could ground moves to permit in-flight mobile phone calls. New laws to permanently silence mid-air yammering will go forward to a vote in the House of Representatives.
US scientist commits suicide as Feds prep anthrax charges
A senior US government bioscientist thought to be facing charges over the 2001 anthrax attacks has apparently committed suicide.
Trashman arrested for YouTube threats
A New York man has been arrested after posting videos on YouTube claiming to have poisoned thousands of jars of Gerber baby food.
Holographic Wii storage en route?
Nintendo has already admitted that the Wii has a storage-related “issue”. But a patent application’s revealed that the firm could be considering a futuristic storage format as a solution to the problem.
McAfee snaps up data loss prevention firm
McAfee has agreed to pay $46m to buy data loss prevention firm Reconnex. The deal, announced Thursday and expected to close in the third quarter of 2008, follows a string of acquisitions in the data loss prevention (DLP) arena.
Westcoast rings up Avenir for convergence emergence
Westcoast is teaming up with a b2b telecoms distie called Avenir Telecom, so that it can offer IT resellers the full mobile data shilling.
Late-breaking April Fool prangs snoozing Guardianista
Debate on the opening up of DNS allocation was today thrown into chaos, as the ruling council of San Serriffe put its foot down and demanded international recognition of its exclusive rights to ownership of the .ss top-level domain. "There is", thundered Lifelong President General Pica, "considerable value in the .ss domain. It may not be politically correct to say so: but worldwide, large numbers of military enthusiasts and right-wing political groups are interested in paying premium rates to use it."
US customs: Yes, we can seize your laptop, iPod
The Department of Homeland Security has outlined what we've all known for some time - that border agents are allowed to snoop through files on your computer, mobile phone or any other digital device.
Apple 'jams iPhone-as-modem app'
UpdatedApple has apparently put the blocks on an iPhone application that turns the device into a modem for a PC. Macrumours reports that Canadian software company Nullriver Inc. released the application, called NetShare, yesterday through Apple's iTunes store, but it was withdrawn within hours.
Microtronica sticks band-aid on UK ops
Here's a weird thing. The computer components distie Microtronica doesn't want to be a distributor anymore. Not in the UK, at any rate, where it has told PC builders that they must go to Scan Computers, the computer retailer, for their supplies.
Obama critical of Bush regime's bioterror fearmonger gap
In a speech on security policy a couple weeks ago, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama signaled that a change in administration probably wouldn't change the way the establishment views threats.
Robotic hand relief
With the weekend approaching, many of you will be dreaming up ways to relax. Well, a robotic personal relaxation device is available that’ll help while away Saturday afternoon. For our male readers anyway.
IBM blows cloud computing foghorn
IBM is building a $360m data centre to gain a bigger foothold in the increasingly crowded cloud computing services market.
Dutch vacuum salesman pumps Google for €1m
A Dutch vacuum cleaner salesman is demanding a massive payday from Google in exchange for control of his company's web address, Knol.com.
Phoenix lander sucks up water on Mars
NASA has extended the Mars Rover mission by five weeks after confirming it had found water in a soil sample on the rocky red planet.
Is green storage a dead end?
The SCSI Trade Association website has run an article entitled The Data Center’s Green Direction is a Dead End by Steve Denegri. It argues that the storage industry is effectively in denial and that we need more energy, not less, for the health of our industry.
George Orwell joins blogging fray
George Orwell's diaries are to be made available online as a blog, starting from next Saturday.
Fujifilm quietly unveils an HD DSLR
Fujifilm has quietly unveiled a 10-megapixel Digital SLR (DSLR) camera online, which integrates an HD video recording mode should you get bored of still image snapping.
Sun profits evaporate as darkness falls on US economy
Sun promised to buy back $1bn worth of shares from stockholders today as it announced static revenues and a slump in fourth quarter profits.
Firefox 3.1 vs IE8: 'Alpha, beta testers step forward, please'
Microsoft is looking for additional testers for the second beta of its upcoming Internet Explorer 8 browser, while Mozilla has reached the first developer milestone of the next release of Firefox.
Rich data: the dark side to Web 2.0 applications
All web applications allow some form of rich data, but that rich data has become a key part of Web 2.0. Data is "rich" if it allows markup, special characters, images, formatting, and other complex syntax. This richness allows users create new and innovative content and services.
Millions chose torrents over Radiohead's own site - survey
At least 2.3 million people preferred to download Radiohead's In Rainbows from torrent sites rather than the band's own site, a survey this week reports, even though the cost was the same: Zero.
OLED video light switches?
If you’re often confused by the array of switches in your flat, then help is at hand. Push-buttons are going high-tech, because a manufacturer’s developed one with an integrated OLED display.
Thales wins first UK ID card contract
French defence provider Thales SA has won the first contract for the UK national ID card project.
John Glenn blasts Moonbase-to-Mars NASA roadmap
Famed US astronaut and politician John Glenn has said that that NASA's planned return to the Moon will be of no use to a future manned Mars mission.
Nvidia waves goodbye to chipsets?
The web is alight with rumours that Nvidia has had enough of the chipset business and is poised to leave.
Tardy Apple finally releases DNS patch
Apple has finally gotten around to defending against a high-profile Domain Name System flaw, days after security researchers called it out for dragging its heels on releasing a patch.
Expiring man vows Reg deathwatch
FoTWIt's ages since we saw any innovation in Flames of the Week. The noble art of the Hate Mail has been usurped by the Demented Comment. But here's something new. Someone who is so angry, they can't fill in their name properly in their email client.
Campaigners celebrate Comcastration
As expected, the US telecoms regulator has censured Comcast for violating "net neutrality" principles laid down in 2005. And as expected, Comcast has strongly hinted it will challenge the decision, arguing that it violates the FCC's own rule making obligations.
Cuil confesses 'serious file corruption'
Cuil - still pronounced "Cool" - has apologized for its quantum porn, blaming the incident on "a serious corruption of [its] files."
US Senate polishes new teeth for cyber cops
The US Senate has passed a bill to strengthen the hands of federal prosecutors who fight computer crime by removing some of the more common hurdles in prosecuting online miscreants.
Microsoft promises SP 'milestone' for Visual Studio 2008
First, it was Windows XP SP1. Then Windows Vista SP3. Now it's the Visual Studio and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1, due by the end of summer. The connection? Microsoft's service packs keep growing in importance as a means of updating key products between official releases.
Open Wi-Fi network wraps Mumbai man in bomb blast probe
Indian police raided the Mumbai home of an American expatriate after someone used his open wireless network to send an email that took responsibility for a bomb blast that killed at least 42 people.
Proprietary tech will dull blade server growth
While gazing into its crystal ball, Gartner has reached a spectacular conclusion about the future of the blade server market:
Yahoo! shareholders! back! Jerry! Yang!
Microhoo!Despite continued resentment over the aborted merger with Microsoft, Yahoo! shareholders have reelected the company's entire board of directors.
Apple DNS patch doesn't patch Mac clients
Apple was widely skewered for being among the last to fix a gaping security hole in the net's address lookup system that could allow the wholesale hijacking of users' internet connections. And now that the company has finally got around to issuing a patch, there's just one problem: it doesn't work on client versions of Mac OS X.
Privacy watchdog hoists Google by its own petard
In an effort to prove that Google is a serious threat to the personal privacy of people everywhere, the National Legal and Policy Center has exposed countless Google Street View pics that detail what are likely the home, cars, and daily commute of top Google executive Larry Page.