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Dell CTO Kevin Kettler to step down in January
Dell has confirmed its chief technology officer Kevin Kettler plans to step down soon, although the PC vendor is adamant his retirement is not a part of Dell's recent layoffs and cutbacks.
Maradona rubbed from Yahoo! web by Argentinian judge
Following a judge's temporary restraining order, Yahoo! Argentina has blocked all web searches for the country's most famous son: notorious football cheat Diego Maradona.
MS dreams big as IE 6 for Windows Mobile nears
Microsoft is prepping developers for the latest version of Internet Explorer on Windows Mobile, while trying to lock America's biggest wireless carrier into an internet search deal.
AMD buys (a little) breathing room with Shanghai
Today, x64 chip maker Advanced Micro Devices will launch its "Shanghai" quad-core Opteron processors for servers and workstations, concurrent with its annual financial analyst day meeting and ahead of schedule by AMD's reckoning.
ICANN to terminate notorious registrar's credentials after all
After a brief delay, the non-profit group that oversees the internet's address system has decided to proceed with plans to revoke the credentials of EstDomains, a domain name registrar with a reputation for catering to cyber criminals.
Apple bans iPhone app for changing version number
Apple has banned version 1.3 of return7's CastCatcher internet radio service from the iPhone App Store, complaining that it's "transferring excessive volumes of data over the cellular network."
Shure SE102 sound-isolating earphones
ReviewUsing cheap earphones on your expensive MP3 player is as pointless as spending all your money on a triple SLI graphics set-up and using a 14in CRT to watch it all on.
BT waves goodbye to 10,000 temps and permies
BT is to cut 10,000 permanent and contractor jobs before the end of the financial year in March.
Intel shocks with profit warning
A month ago Intel CEO Paul Otellini didn't know "what impact the financial crisis will have on end customer demand". He does now and it's not good. Intel has cut fourth quarter revenue guidance by ten per cent, citing weakening global demand and PC supply chain inventory reduction.
CBI calls for UK lo-carb tech spend 'equal to weapons'
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has called for the British government to give development of low-carbon technology the same emphasis as it does that of weaponry.
MoJ cancels tender for prison mobe detectors
The Ministry of Justice has cancelled a tender for mobile telephone detection equipment in prisons, having failed to find a suitable vendor.
Texas cop tasers himself
This is short and sweet - big time law enforcement fail in Texas, courtesy of FAIL Blog:
Carbon Fibre MacBook Air to waft in soon?
Apple's next MacBook Air may be made out of carbon fibre, sources close to the company have claimed.
Mobe number middleman turns old sims into gold
A new mobile number sales middleman has sprung up, calling itself Numbuz. The company aims to facilitate sales of memorable mobe numbers, while taking a cut for its services.
Brits allowed in to OLPC's 'give one, get one' scheme
The One Laptop Per Child buy one, give one scheme kicks off again next week, and this time the offer's open to Europeans.
Ancient Rome rises on Google Earth
Google Earth has hooked up with the University of Virginia to produce a 3D rendition of Rome in the year 320AD featuring 250 "highly detailed" and 5000+ other buildings:
Firefox update fixes four critical flaws
Users of Firefox need to update their browser software again following the publication of patches by Mozilla on Wednesday.
HTC unwraps 'world's first' WiMax, Wi-Fi phone in Russia
HTC has taken the wraps off its rumoured "4G" phone - the world's first handset to integrate WiMax, Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity.
Distrust means cop databases suffer arrested development
Police data sharing across the Atlantic and within European is being stymied by technical hurdles and caution over privacy and operational security.
NetApp peers into the economic gloom
NetApp is refusing to give guidance for the next quarter. You can guess why.
Euro court blocks Lego trademark bid
Lego has failed in its bid to register the shape of its play bricks as trade marks. A European court said that the brick shape was functional and that it had to be that shape to operate as it did, so could not be registered as a trade mark.
Tragic Twitterers tweet goodbye to family life
Here's a conundrum. Top Media People want to come out of the shadows and get "closer to their listeners" - it's what the Web 2.0 people urge them to do. BBC people in particular are obsessed with being seen to be bossy or "out-of-touch" - especially since three out of four license payers have a gripe with the corporation.
Express Scripts posts $1m reward to net cyber-extortionists
A US-based prescription processing and benefits firm has taken the unusual step of offering a $1m bounty for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of an unknown group which targeted it in a cyber-extortion scam.
Microsoft gives Windows Live launch a Web 2.0 scrub-up
Microsoft is giving its Windows Live services a social networking makeover in the hope of being a contender in the ulcerative Web 2.0 world.
ARM to fuel netbook, internet gadget drive with Ubuntu
Chip maker ARM is to get Ubuntu Linux up and running on its ARMv7 processor architcture, part of its plan to get its chips into netbooks and handheld internet devices.
Nominet director quits over boardroom rift
One of Nominet's four non-executive directors has resigned amid accusation and counter accusation of wrongdoing at the not-for-profit company that runs the .uk registry.
CRB database wrongly labels thousands as criminals
More than 12,000 people have been wrongly branded criminals due to mistakes on their criminal records, the government has revealed.
Royal Society of Chemistry defines perfect Yorkshire pud
The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has ordained that a Yorkshire pudding is not in fact a Yorkshire pudding if it's less than four inches tall, and has issued the definitive recipe for the traditional pud so aficionados can bake 'em up just like granny used to.
Qualcomm pitches 'PC alternative' nettop, netbook reference design
It's not just ARM that wants a piece of Intel's Atom action - Qualcomm does to. It's launched a "new PC alternative" reference design based on its 3G technology in a bid to win over netbook makers.
Sony Walkman NWZ-E436F music and video player
ReviewWith the release of the A-series Walkman, Sony finally bid a probably less-than-fond farewell to its ATRAC and SonicStage past. Now with the release of the B-, E- and S-class Walkman players, Sony is fleshing out the range.
Telecoms switchers baffled by pricing info, say MPs
British punters are getting short-changed by telecoms companies because they struggle to get enough information to properly decide which tariff or deal to accept.
McLaren teams up with chip firm for F1 hybrid tech
McLaren Electronic Systems has partnered chip maker Freescale to not only improve the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) in sibling company McLaren Racing's 2011 Formula 1 challenger but also of seeing smaller, lighter, more efficient hybrid systems trickle down to the average motorist.
Retro piracy - Should the Royal Navy kick arse?
AnalysisAs everyone knows, runaway piracy is a terrible threat. Unchecked, pirates might destroy the very business models which underpin much of our economy, bringing legitimate commerce to a halt - with devastating consequences both for those who make things and for those who use them.
WiMAX gets a handset, but no free ride for evolution
The WiMAX camp should be celebrating the launch of the first WiMAX/GSM mobile phone, but instead the technology backers are under fire from the ITU for trying to paint a redesign as an evolution.
World's first AI birth achieved using frozen rhino sperm
An alliance of Eastern-European boffins has achieved what they describe as a "landmark technique for AI". The I in this case, however, stands not for Intelligence but Insemination, and the breakthrough is the the world's first live birth achieved using frozen rhinoceros semen.
DiData ups revs and profits
Dimension Data grew revenues by 19.5 per cent and net profits by 32.8 per cent in the year ended 30 September 2008.
3 launches Facebook phone
Network operator 3 has unveiled a handset that’ll make Facebook fans up and down the country jump for joy.
'UK workers bear brunt of global HP job losses': Unite
Unite has hit out at Hewlett-Packard for making more job cuts in Britain - mostly among its EDS staff - than anywhere else in Europe.
Console modders banned from Xbox Live
You’d better watch out if you own a modified Xbox 360 and are a fan of Xbox Live - Microsoft has got its eye on you.
Over-feeding phishers struggle to make ends meet
Contrary to popular belief, phishers make little or no money, according to a study by two Microsoft researchers.
Microsoft spreads $1bn R&D love in China
Microsoft will cough up more than $1bn for research and development projects in China over the next three years.
Endeavour crew set for ISS gig
The crew of space shuttle Endeavour is set for tomorrow's scheduled launch to the International Space Station on mission STS-126 to equip the outpost with extra kit for its intended expansion to accommodate six full-time residents.
Advertisers should speak up on where Yahoo assets should be
When thinking about the Google Yahoo deal and why we felt it was out and out anti-trust, we were reminded of an old joke. When it was told to us years ago it was about an accountant, but the punchline was the same.
Elite server makers open up for Shanghai Opterons
In the ramp ahead of the launch of the new "Shanghai" quad-core Opteron processors for servers and workstations, Advanced Micro Devices lined up some niche players in dense rack and blade servers for commercial data centers and high performance computing clusters often used at government and academic supercomputing centers. But none of the tier one server partners were at the Shanghai pre-launch event.
Net pharmacies raided in nine countries
Raids hit suspected internet drug peddling operations in nine countries on Wednesday as part of a international crackdown coordinated by Interpol.
DARPA: Self-repairing, learning kill-robot tech is go
Once again the observant techbeat watcher finds his or her lower-torso garments endampened by fear, as news emerges that heavyweight US military nerds believe that they have developed IT tech which can "regenerate" autonomously, allowing it to self-repair in the face of shutdown attempts - and even to learn and develop its capabilities. More terrifyingly still, plans are afoot to put this technology into the US forces' next generation of robotic weaponry.
Intel rallies rivals on parallel programming education
Intel has enlisted chip rivals to push for making parallel programming a higher priority on computer science courses.
Drug dealing sysadmin cops to hacking and burglary offences
A former sysadmin faces six-to-12 years behind bars after admitting using his IT skills to conduct a series of burglaries, computer intrusions, and identity thefts in San Jose, California.
Cisco battles Meltdown with mobile and video
Cisco CEO John Chambers claims to have a ‘playbook’ for coping with recessions, and two of its principles of survival are to prepare for the upturn in order to benefit more than rivals, and to use customers’ own pressures during the bad times to deepen relationships with them. Both of these principles will be tested in the company’s strengthening push into the wireless and converged carrier market, for which its new ASR 9000 edge router – designed for the ‘zettabyte era’ – is a flagship product.
IBM employee poaching suit hypes Apple
Mark Papermaster is a Power microprocessor God - a Powermaster, if you will - and must not enter Apple's paradise. He could make miracles happen there and screw IBM's competitive positioning.
Google shares plummet past $300, reach three year low
Google's share price has dipped below $300 for the first time in three years, after some Wall Street guessmen decided the ad broker's revenues are on the wane.
Attorneys for Palin email hacker: 'Don't call him hacker'
Attorneys for the University of Tennessee student accused of breaking into Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's email account have filed a small forest's worth of court documents in defense of the high-profile suspect. Among them is a motion to prohibit prosecutors from referring to their client as a hacker.
Wii whacked with patent infringement claim - again
The Wii’s been hit with yet another patent violation claim, this time by a US firm alleging that the console’s controllers its ‘Human Movement Measurement System’ (HMMS).
Microsoft bets future on search bribery
Microsoft wants you to know that its Live Search bribery program has seen "positive traction," claiming that searchified cashback offers have resulted in a significant return on investment for its advertisers. The question is whether Microsoft will ever see ROI for itself.