Did we say you can read that?
An issue that refuses to go away is whether some academic research now needs a license from the local police. Regular readers may remember the case of Hicham Yezza and Rizwaan Sabir, which we reported on in May.
Michael Dell mulls 'Newcastle Utd investment'
Here's an odd one, from the sports pages of yesterday's Daily Telegraph (can't find a link online, sorry). Citing reports, the paper says Michael Dell is mulling an investment in Newcastle United, the Premier League football club.
Facebook sued for Beacon blunder
Facebook is being sued for breaking privacy and wire-tapping laws by introducing Facebook Beacon - the ad service which tracked what you did on other websites.
Seagate said to be sniffing SanDisk
Is Seagate about to acquire SanDisk? That's one claim that's been doing the rounds at a US Flash storage conference this week.
Microsoft, Google and Yahoo sued for foetus sex selection ads
The Supreme Court of India has issued notices against Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! for advertising products to select the sex of foetuses.
Intel touts user-defined app cache Vista speed boost tech
Will Intel's revamped Turbo Memory software - the code that comes with its Centrino-oriented Flash cache modules - make good on the technology's promise to accelerate Windows Vista application load times?
HP takes shine to VIA's Nano CPU?
HP looks set to adopt VIA's ultra low-power Nano processor, but as yet it's not known what the PC giant will use the CPU for.
Brocade unfurls FCoE roadmap
Brocade is aiming to deliver an FCoE switch and FCoE server adapters, and sign a tier-one HBA OEM by the end of the year.
Healy vacates top slot at Calyx
Maurice Healy has resigned as CEO of Calyx, the Anglo-Irish reseller group he navigated through a €104m MBO last year, ENN.ie reports. His replacement is Tara Brady, who joined the company from Getronics in June as chief operating officer.
Arctic ice refuses to melt as ordered
Just a few weeks ago, predictions of Arctic ice collapse were buzzing all over the internet. Some scientists were predicting that the "North Pole may be ice-free for first time this summer". Others predicted that the entire "polar ice cap would disappear this summer".
Palm lets slip Treo Pro piccies
Palm's upcoming Treo Pro, the smartphone formerly assumed to be the Treo 850, has made an early appearance on the web - courtesy of the manufacturer itself.
Home Office reaches half-way hash in secure data handling
AnalysisThe UK Home Office has introduced procedures to handle encrypted personal data from external partners. However, guidelines on how the new Home Office Central Cryptography service will work raise concerns about possible shortcomings with the service which, while a big improvement, falls below best practice in sectors such as banking.
Sony intros sub-aqua touchscreen-friendly cam case
Sony has plumbed the depths of underwater photography to create a waterproof camera case that still lets you access the features of a touchscreen snapper.
Murdered Chinese students linked to online betting scam
The two Chinese Newcastle University graduates murdered last weekend could be linked to a complex web betting scam, Northumbrian Police believe.
Sats blunder firm sacked
The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority has put ETS out of its misery with an agreement to “dissolve” their five year contract for national curriculum tests after just one year.
Intel blogger slams employer over G45 IGP issues
If you've bought a PC based around Intel's G45 chipset - desktop or mobile - and your Blu-ray Disc performance is pants, change your software, the chip giant has suggested.
Samsung SGH-F400 music phone
ReviewSome phones get all the luck. Some get to be called Soul, or Tocco - we found out it's Italian for 'touch' - or even Omnia. But others get lumbered with a less emotive moniker. Like F400.
Thai court jails 'swirly-face' paedophile
A Canadian schoolteacher who was arrested after police appealed for the identity of a man depicted abusing boys on images circulating on the net has been jailed for three years and three months in Thailand.
M&S pimps school uniform for iPod era
Marks and Sparks has given the old-style school uniform a tech overhaul, by creating a blazer with integrated iPod cradle. Teachers beware.
Be Unlimited pulls plug on home CCTV service
A wheelchair user faces losing vital security and independence because his broadband provider Be Unlimited is withdrawing a recently launched network CCTV service.
Microsoft starts stoking hype for Windows 7
Microsoft has told the blogosphere it will reveal more about its next operating system, Windows 7, on 27 October.
US PS3 sales fell 45% in July
July's US console sales figures are in, and the PS3 managed to come in ahead of the Xbox 360 despite a massive drop in sales. Both consoles were again mightily thrashed by Nintendo's Wii.
Mashed up Met Police crime maps go online
A test version of the Metropolitan Police crime statistics map has gone online showing crime figures broken down by ward and sub-ward - about every 600 households.
Motorola puts phone 'overbite' to good use
Overbites aren’t usually something to be smiled at. But the overbite on Motorola’s latest sexy slider is more than just a questionable style feature.
Our plasmas last for 42 years, claims Panasonic
If you’ve always steered clear of plasma TVs because you think their average lifetime isn’t great, then think again. One manufacturer has claimed that its plasma TVs at least will last for over 42 years.
BT seals free Digital Vault
BT will shutter its free 2GB online storage service and press users to take a £4.99 per month 50GB package, it said today.
in to filthy restaurants
France’s bid to have its cuisine listed as a world treasure has been dealt a blow after it emerged that a quarter of its restaurants break hygiene rules or serve up food unfit for human consumption.
Orange to bundle free Eee with HSDPA modem, airtime
Orange will tomorrow offer Brits Asus' newly announced Eee PC 900 16G for... well... nothing at all. Orange will expect however, punters to sign up for a two-year, £25-a-month airtime contract.
Broken off USB cable Flash drive goes on sale
Earlier this year, a crazed cable junkie released a walkthrough for transforming a sawn-off USB cable into a Flash drive. Now the inventor's idea has been turned into a money spinner.
Harness XML with PHP 5 extensions
Hands onPHP is one of the most commonly used languages for developing web sites while XML has become an industry standard for exchanging data. Increasingly, web sites use XML to transfer data through web feeds such as RSS and Atom, or through web services.
Microsoft ramps up vuln ActiveX controls cull
This week's Patch Tuesday update was nearly as difficult to digest as a Michael Phelp's breakfast. It contained 11 bulletins covering 26 underlying vulnerabilities, the most in two years.
Apple preps patch for 'problematic 3G' iPhone?
An upcoming software patch may bring relief to iPhone 3G owners whose handsets have been struck down by inexplicable connection problems.
Mystery web attack hijacks your clipboard
A new web-based attack is making the rounds that tries to spread poisonous links by hijacking end users' clipboards.
Cock-up blamed for MCI customer site outage
Human error is the "official" reason for a two-day outage of a web-based customer account management system used by America's second-largest long-distance phone company.