Genesis ex-CEO settles after SEC inside trading charges
The former CEO of a Silicon Valley chip company has been charged with insider trading by the US Securities and Exchange Commission today, for allegedly buying company stock in the midst of confidential merger negotations with STMicroelectronics.
China Skype service snags and stores users' messages
Human rights advocates have uncovered a huge surveillance system in China that monitors and archives text messages sent with the Tom-Skype chat client when they contain politically charged words.
Interwebs page channels Palin twaddle
US vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin doesn't give many interviews. They tend to expose her inability to form coherent sentences.
Nokia chief: Mobile superiority coming to America
North America is tough neighborhood for Nokia. While the Finland-based cell phone giant is reputed to control over 40 per cent of the mobile market globally, its brand is stamped on a mere 10 per cent of America's sets.
Handango cashes in on Android
Selling mobile applications can be profitable, but the Android Marketplace is only dealing in freebies at launch - so Handango is offering a more familiar route to market that could be essential for the future of Google's platform.
DARPA seeks ultrasonic auto-scab tourniquets
US researchers intend to develop an automated ultrasonic cuff which could be fitted to the arms or legs of wounded troops to stop blood loss and so save the limb - or indeed the whole soldier.
Toshiba demos Cell HD TV - again
Toshiba has re-iterated its plan to bring HD TVs kitted out with the Cell processor to market in a year's time and showed off its prototype at the CEATEC show in Japan this week.
Apple ups the ante in Psystar battle
Apple has filed to dismiss with prejudice clone-maker Psystar's monopoly complaints.
It's Time that Google forgot
CommentShares in United Airlines crashed last month, and trading in the stock was suspended, after a glitch in the Google Matrix.
Branson brand floats into mobile broadband
Virgin Media has added wireless broadband to its range of offerings, with a service bearing a remarkable resemblance to T-Mobile's deal, except without the Wi-Fi hotspot access thrown in.
'Luxury' Wind netbook wafts in
MSI's Wind Small, Cheap Computer is going up in the world: a "luxury" version appears to be on the cards. In essence, it's a standard Wind with a wireless upgrade.
BBC jumps gun on Ofcom rethink
The battle for the digital dividend is far from over, with Viviane Reding firing another salvo in Dublin yesterday, but the BBC yesterday decided to unilaterally declare Ofcom is rethinking the auction in response to received comments.
Crashed aircraft is Fossett's, authorities confirm
UpdatedAuthorities have confirmed that the crashed Bellanca Super Decathalon in the mountains of eastern California is that of Steve Fossett, although the wreckage contains no body.
Nintendo introduces redesigned DS
Nintendo has finally spoken out over rumours that it’s redesigned the DS handheld console, and has released details and pictures of the upcoming machine.
Report: UK physics 'damaged' by budget blunder bloodbath
An authoritative review into the management of physics in the UK has concluded that overall things are in good order. However, the panel led by Professor Bill Wakeham also identified "weaknesses" in the present physics setup, and said that "significant damage" had been caused by recent funding decisions.
Honda shows Insight hybrid in Europe
'Leccy TechHonda will show its Insight concept hybrid at the Paris Motor Show this week, allowing Europeans to take a look at the motor maker's first hybrid-only auto.
MS intros Gears of War 2 Zune
As Xbox 360 gamers patiently await next month’s release of one of the biggest videogame sequels since Halo 3, Microsoft’s begun adding to the launch hype by unveiling a Gears of War 2 Zune.
Is Fujitsu spinning out of the hard drive business?
Fujitsu is thought to be planning to scale down its storage business after reports that it may sell its hard disk drive business to Western Digital for ¥70bn to ¥100bn ($662-945.5m).
'We'll sell 10m PS3s inside one year,' says Sony
Sony Computer Entertainment America chief Jack Tretton has forecast that the firm will have sold 10m PlayStation 3s by the end of its current financial year.
Remote access tech nabs smut-fan laptop theft suspect
A US victim of a laptop theft was able to recover his laptop after using remote access software to log in and monitor what the thief was doing.
Ofcom to create 116 bureaucracies
UK regulator Ofcom is pondering how to best allocate the new vexation - as opposed to emergency - numbers mandated by the EU, to be standardised across Europe as freephone numbers starting 116.
Philips PET723 portable DVD player
ReviewCombining a portable DVD player with a digital photo frames sounds like a neat idea. But the two aren’t the best of bedfellows, especially when you equip them with a low-resolution screen.
US sky marshals submit to Heart of Gold randomware
Californian securo-researchers are pleased to announce that America's pistol-packing undercover airline lawmen are considering the use of their cutting-edge unpredictability 'ware.
Riverbed settles de-dupe tech dispute
Riverbed and Quantum have settled their legal dispute over patented de-duplication technology, with the former coughing up $11m to release itself from all claims. Both companies have cancelled their legal assaults on each other.
DVLA: A licence to bill
Why worry about the government losing your data, when for a small fee they’ll cheerfully hand it over to criminals and big business anyway?
Apple probes poison-pumping Mac claim
Apple has found "no evidence" to justify a claim that new Macs are releasing toxic gases, it said yesterday.
UK minister looks for delete key on user generated content
The UKCCIS is go, with the aim of making the internet safe for kids. But is this the beginning of the end of the internet as we know it, or just a Minister reaching for the inevitable soundbite to round off a PR triumph?
T-Mobile launches 3G broadband sharing station
T-Mobile is on a mission to get all laptop users familiar with 3G, and so has unveiled a docking station for its 3G mobile broadband dongle.
Asus gets new girl as Eee lass makes Mac move
Asus' famous Eee PC beach babe has met her match: a new lass snapped with the Small, Cheap Computer maker's N10 notebook-not-netbook.
HBOS could shift 2,000 IT jobs to India
Halifax Bank of Scotland is considering moving as many as 2,000 backoffice and IT jobs to India.
California train smash driver sent text seconds before disaster
The driver of a Los Angeles commuter train that crashed into an oncoming freight locomotive last month, killing 25, was texting seconds before the impact, investigators confirmed today.
'First production-line energy weapon' now shipping
American weaponry colossus Northrop Grumman says it has delivered the first production-line solid state energy weapon to the US Air Force. However, the "Vesta II" raygun module doesn't have enough power to meet US military goals for combat applications.
Daylight savings shift to cause phone havoc Down Under
Unsuspecting Aussies could be in for a spot of aggro this weekend, because Down Under network operator Telstra has warned that some phones won’t support the country’s upcoming daylight savings adjustment.
Ecommerce standard tightens up wireless security
A revised version of an important security standard for ecommerce merchants was published on Wednesday.
Messenger closes on Mercury for second fly-by
NASA's Messenger spacecraft is closing on Mercury for a second fly-by, during which it will snap 1,200 images of the planet's remaining unseen surface.
Memory gluttony slims suppliers
Micron announced truly appalling results for its 2008 fiscal year and its senior executives took a 20 per cent pay cut as a mark of shame.
Catholic priests cane YouTube over blasphemous vids
A group of US priests has demanded YouTube show Catholics the same respect it shows to Jews when it comes to removing sacrilegeous videos.
WoW gets physical
The developer behind the 3rd Space sensory videogame vest has updated its jacket to include support for World of Warcraft.
Asus adds HDD to Atom-based old-style Eee
Asus' mix'n'match approach to Eee PC specifications and model numbers continues. A version of the Celeron M-based 900 - with an Atom processor and a hard drive - has popped up on Amazon.com.
US cybersecurity shake up would give prez more control
A bill that would see the White House take more involvement and control in leading US cybersecurity efforts has been tabled before Congress. The move follows recent criticism of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
California outlaws RFID tag skimming
California governor Schwarzenegger has signed a law making the illegitimate reading of RFID tags illegal, but blocked a measure making the unauthorised tracking of kids equally so.
Microsoft turns Live Searchers into gamblers
Believe it or not, Microsoft has added a Vegas-style slot program to its Dutch search engine to lure users away from Google. If useful search results don't work, then money or prices probably will.
Feds: Search engine bride was tax evading prostitute
The wife of Ask.com co-founder David Warthen is facing felony charges after allegedly failing to pay taxes on more than $133,000 she earned as a high-priced interstate prostitute.
Google to save US from fossil fuels
And we thought Google's work with NASA and private space entrepreneurs was part of a secret plan to escape the Earth before it's too late.
Nokia's free music offer isn't so free
Few music business people expect Nokia's unlimited free music giveaway to be repeated, or even last very long. There simply aren't enough large consumer companies prepared to take such an expensive gamble.
Red Hat chases Redmond with HPC play
As the largest supplier of commercialized Linux operating systems, it is a bit embarrassing for Red Hat that in the supercomputer market that gave Linux legs, other distributions own the high performance computing (HPC) space. That includes Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, but also a smattering of other Linuxes.
Facebook picks Dublin for international HQ
Social networking website Facebook plans to establish a new "international headquarters" in the Irish capital of Dublin.
Bastard Gator child dies sudden death
It seems that one of the world's most notorious adware outfits has died. Again.
IBM, EMC, Microsoft blasted for 'REST rip-off'
IBM, EMC, Microsoft and others have been blasted by the father of Representational State Transfer (REST) for making "misleading" and "idiotic" claims about a proposed specification for applications to talk to different vendors' content management systems (CMS).