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ICANN cast as online scam enabler
Note: Officials at LogicBoxes and Directi take strong exception to the reports discussed in this story. Their objections are detailed in this follow-up story.
Big demand for pay by phone tech, claims Nokia
Nokia is championing the success of its UK NFC trial, claiming that almost 80 per cent of users want contactless payment systems on their mobile phone - a happy coincidence for Nokia, since no one else is making NFC handsets as yet.
Reding tells Euro MPs to back telecoms reforms
Telcoms commissioner Viviane Reding has told the European Parliament to back proposed changes to telecoms regulation across Europe.
McKinnon a 'scapegoat for Pentagon insecurity'
As accused Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon hopes against hope to avoid being extradited to the US, another reformed military systems meddler considers his own case - and how different the outcome was.
Dixons Group still suffering
Dixons Store Group International shares fell another five per cent this morning after the company reported poor results for the three months ended 23 August 2008.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 to land next month
Sony Ericsson has overcome most of the problems it encountered attempting to run Windows Mobile 6.1 on its upcoming Xperia X1 handset and has set a firm release date for the phone.
Sony e-book reader to debut in UK tomorrow
Sony's PRS-505 Reader goes on sale in the UK tomorrow and will "revolutionise reading", the company ebulliently claimed today.
Lenovo offers online backup deal
Lenovo is making EMC’s Mozy backup-to-the-cloud service available to ThinkPad SL buyers with a trial offer of unlimited online backup for $49.
Buffalo touts 'first' external SSD
Buffalo has released what it claims is the country's first external solid-state drive.
Northrop in electric blaster cannon milestone
US war-tech behemoth Northrop Grumman announced yesterday that it had achieved another milestone in its battlefield raygun programme - ahead of schedule. Company blaster cannon execs believe that the first tests at combat power - 100 kilowatts - will take place as planned by the end of this year.
NebuAd CEO quits
The founder of NebuAd, the company best described as the US version of Phorm, has quit as its CEO.
Google's Austro-Hungarian ambitions laid bare
Our shock revelation yesterday that Google had redrawn the map of Europe to apparently cede several European nations to a Greater Germany provoked a flurry of comments suggesting what on God's Green Earth the search monolith was up to:
Clever, clever Adaptec
Wrapping a green cloak around its shoulders Adaptec has impressively extended its RAID controllers' capabilities by making them spin down disk drives as well. It's also joined the Green Grid, the IT industry's data centre greening group.
Carpetbomb bug tarnishes Google Chrome
Google Chrome isn't officially out yet, but security researchers have already picked the browser apart to discover a security vulnerability.
Government kids database under fire, again
The Government’s ContactPoint database - designed to keep tabs on children at risk of social exclusion - is in trouble again, coming under fire on two separate fronts.
Getac B300 rugged laptop
ReviewThis laptop is squarely aimed at those who find themselves biding their time waiting for a Sahara sandstorm to pass, or need to check email while hanging upside down from an offshore oil rig.
eMusic rattles ISPs over legal downloads
The boss of Apple’s iTunes nearest rival eMusic has warned that recent deals struck between the music industry and UK internet providers could threaten the existence of legal sites.
Dell Inspiron 910 mini-laptop to be a hardware hacker's dream?
Is Dell going to launch its Small, Cheap Computer, the Inspiron 910, tomorrow? That's certainly what one newspaper is claiming today, and there's evidence to back up that claim.
Chinese boffins crack invisible-shed window problem
Everyone, one hopes, is well aware by now of metamaterial - remarkable conceptual stuff which might be used in coming years to make invisibility cloaks; or more realistically, invisible sheds. Few, however, have spotted the critical flaw in a metamaterial cloak, shed or cladding - people so concealed would no more be able to see out than those outside could see in.
Medion launches mini laptop in UK
Medion has formally launched its entry into the Small, Cheap Computer arena: the MSI Wind-based Akoya Mini E1210.
Nokia starts to ship N96
Nokia may have said in the past that its N96 flagship multimedia phone would arrive here in October, but it announced today that the N95 follow-up has begun shipping.
Sainsbury's and HP buddy up on recycling jamboree
HP and supermarket giant Sainsbury’s are asking Londoners to recycle IT kit they no longer use.
UN email hacker jailed
A worker who hacked into his UN diplomat boss's email account has been jailed for three months.
PNY calls Ghostbusters to boost 2GB Flash drive sales
UpdatedIn a bid to sell more cheap USB Flash drives, Memory maker PNY is to flog a special edition 2GB stick with a copy of Ghostbusters on it.
Opera boss: Imitation is flattering
Google's new Chrome browser borrows so much from Opera's browser, we had to ask Jon von Tetzchner, Opera's CEO, an obvious question today - had Google hired any of his staff?
Mozilla claims mass Ubiquity mobilisation
Firefox developer Mozilla has claimed its decision to reinvent the command line to make mashups easier has received an overwhelming response from developers.
Linux desktop freaks out Ubuntu man
Not many things make the founder of the Ubuntu distro Mark Shuttleworth nervous, but recommending people replace Windows with Linux on their desktop, it seems, is one of them.
Grid computer recreates ancient Greek lute
Researchers have harnessed the awesome power of grid computing to answer one of the great mysteries facing mankind: what exactly does an epigonion sound like?
Thailand clamps down on rude websites
Thai authorities have reportedly moved to shut down hundreds of websites they view as a threat to national security, amid ongoing civil unrest in Bangkok.
Sun splits DARPA photon-linkage cake with Kotura
Kotura Inc announced today it has been awarded a $14m contract by Sun Microsystems, to assist with photonic linking of processor cores in future supercomputers and power-limited multicore systems. Sun is carrying out the optical core-hookup work for the US military.
Mythbusters RFID episode axed after 'pressure' from credit card firms
Update: Since we published this story MythBusters host Adam Savage has backtracked on claims that Discovery Channel caved into commercial pressure in canceling a planned show on RFID technology. See new story here.
Reg launches Chrome-o-drome
Round-upIt's got to be the most exciting event in science since Thomas Edison electrocuted elephants in order to try and discredit Nikola Tesla! It's like finding a Cornish-speaking Flores Hobbit nurturing a Higgs boson particle behind an invisible garden shed! It's [get on with it - Ed]...
Oracle buys ClearApp
Oracle has bought SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture) business software maker ClearApp for an undisclosed sum.
HP launches virtualization armada
Hewlett-Packard is launching a fleet of virtualization products today, including four new thin-client PCs, a StorageWorks virtualization blade, an enterprise storage package, updates to HP-UX, and plenty of service offerings.
Homeland Security backs deportation with Wikipedia
The Department of Homeland Security has attempted to justify the deportation of an asylum seeker using an entry to Wikipedia.
Emails allege ATI-Nvidia price fixing conspiracy
New details have been released on the evidence backing a civil lawsuit against Nvidia and ATI (now owned by AMD) - evidence that allegedly indicates the two companies participated in a graphics card price fixing cartel.