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HP rides EDS buy through Meltdown
It is beginning to look like Mark Hurd, chairman and chief executive officer of IT giant Hewlett-Packard, has one of the easiest jobs in the market. Maybe second only to Sam Palmisano, IBM's chairman and CEO and Hurd's chief rival in the IT space.
Yahoo! offloads Kelkoo for a song
Yahoo! has sold Kelkoo, the European comparison-shopping service, to a hereto unknown English private equity firm called Jamplant.
(Real estate) developer sues Apple over Jesus Phone browser
Apple is facing yet another Jesus Phone patent infringement suit. This time, an opportunistic patent holder wants some cash for "the way the iPhone navigates the Internet."
Fedora 10 debuts with nips, tucks
The Fedora Project today will take the wraps off the open development Fedora 10 release, six months and twelve days since Fedora 9 came on the scene and more or less in sync with the six month development cycle that the project has established for the code base that eventually becomes Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Heavyweight games pirate jailed for three years
A UK man who had plastic surgery after growing fat through his pirate film, music and videogame empire, has been jailed for three years.
Ofcom: Where's the broadband beef?
UK regulator Ofcom has been looking into what customers dislike in their communications, culminating in the publication of the third annual report on what's been riling users most over the last 12 months.
Offshore hosting firm HavenCo lost at sea
Controversial hosting provider HavenCo - which operated from the 'nation' of Sealand, an old naval fort off the coast of Suffolk which was declared a 'sovereign principality' by its quirky owner Roy Bates - has finally gone offline.
HP HDX16-1000 16in multimedia laptop
ReviewWith laptop prices plunging, you'd expect a lot from a multimedia media machine that costs a grand, right? Well, HP has certainly jemmied a lot of tech into its new HDX, including a Blu-ray drive, a TV tuner and a 16in, 1080p full HD screen.
Boffins crack secret of dolphins' aquatic prowess
American boffins believe they have cracked the scientific riddle known as "Gray's Paradox" - the mystery of how dolphins can manage their amazing physical feats. Famed zoologist Sir James Gray clocked the speedy cetaceans doing better than 20mph in 1936, leading him to theorise that they must have super-slippery hides or some other special seagoing sauce.
Straw grants ICO half its wish list
More than a year after the government lost the discs containing the UK's entire child benefit database Jack Straw is offering to increase the funding and powers of the Information Commissioner's Office.
What the hell is an optimum working environment?
Last week we heralded a beautiful webcast arising from a "bitch of a survey" we ran at the start of the month and which many of you completed. Thanks for that.
Queen’s Uni nets £25m funds for cybersecurity research
Queen’s University Belfast has become the envy of cash-starved UK start-ups, to say nothing of specialist e-crime policemen and rival unis, after securing £25m in funding to help it become the UK's leading centre in developing technology to thwart internet attacks.
Lords told to listen to science on cannabis
A group of scientists has urged the House of Lords to listen to scientific advice rather than the ranting of Home Secretary Jacqui Smith and reject her proposal to change the classification of cannabis from C to B.
Hynix ramps GDDR 5 clock speed to 7GHz
Hynix has introduced GDDR 5 memory capable of running at a whopping 7GHz, though you're going to have to wait until next year to get hold of it.
Sony said to be planning Spring PS3 price cut
A substantial cut to the price of the PlayStation 3 could be announced by Sony next Spring, a company insider has claimed.
Tax break phishing scam aims to harvest details
Fraudsters with their finger on the financial pulse have launched a scam designed to exploit interest in UK government tax breaks.
DVLA under scrutiny over penalty notice dating game
The Department of Transport is to look at allegations that the DVLA has been breaking the law in its treatment of off-road penalty notices, and that it is hiding behind "client privilege" to refuse to answer questions about its conduct.
US utilities moot huge electric vehicle order to boost car biz
The idea of somebody picking up the phone and ordering 10,000 Chevy Volts should be more than enough to improve any General Motors executive's day - and it may not prove to be that hopelessly optimistic.
NASA's Juno set for Jupiter jaunt
NASA has confirmed a 2011 launch date for its Jupiter-bound Juno spacecraft, equipped to probe the planet's "formation, evolution and structure".
Nokia introduces second 6260
Nokia could be running out of useable model numbers, because it’s been forced to borrow one from a discontinued handset in order to launch its latest slick slider.
Home Office team continue work on net snooping masterplan
A group of Home Office officials are continuing to work on plans for a giant central database of email, web browsing, phone and mobile location data, even though the laws the government had planned to legitimise it won't be put to parliament until 2010 at the earliest, and possibly not at all.
Samsung pitches '15,000rpm HDD speed' SSD
Samsung has begun churning out 256GB solid-state drives, and it claimed the new models are more that twice as fast as their predecessors.
Apple quietly releases Safari 3.2.1
Apple has pumped Safari with yet another update less than two weeks after version 3.2 of the browser was released.
Blockbuster launches set-top film-download box
Blockbuster has finally realised what we’ve all known for years: traipsing back and forth to its stores with discs is a pain in the bum. So the rental firm’s launched a set-top box to deliver films directly to your living room.
German national library rocks blogosphere
The German blogosphere has got itself into a bit of a tizz over the Nationalbibliothek's alleged plan to catalogue the entire local internet - in the process obliging every website owner and blogger to submit material or face a €10,000 fine.
iPhone developer stoops to straight bribery
One iPhone developer has found a novel way to increase rankings in the iTunes store: pay people $5 a time to post positive reviews, thus ensuring the general public gets an unbiased view of application quality.
A sex show of truly Olympian proportions?
NSFWDayglo and faintly squidgy – or looking as though it might turn up as weaponry in the hands of a hostile alien: the future of stimulation is techno-sexual, and it was on display this weekend at Erotica 2008.
Facebook wins record $873m fine against smut spammer
Facebook has won a $873m judgment against a Canadian sued for spamming users of the social networking site with "sexually explicit" messages after hacking into the profiles of its members.
Endeavour ISS gig extended one day
Endeavour's STS-126 mission to the ISS has been extended by one day so crew can "continue troubleshooting" the orbiting outpost's new Water Recovery System, which has proved somewhat bothersome.
Samsung Q1 music and video player
ReviewSilly names notwithstanding, Samsung's recent MP3 players have been a decent enough bunch. Both the YP-P2 and YP-T10left us reasonably impressed. The new kid on the block is the YP-Q1, a player that fits in between the two previous models and is the standard bearer for Samsung's latest sound technology.
Reviewers, spin crews tussle over Tomb Raider: Underworld write-ups
The UK PR firm working with gaming giant Eidos has denied that it asked a writer to delay the publication of a Tomb Raider: Underworld review if he’d given it less than 80 per cent.
Sky mulls PVR software rollback
UpdatedSky is considering reversing an update to the software on its PVR boxes after it froze customers out of the programme guide and left them unable to record TV.
Beatles stay off iTunes cos of 'heavy negotiations', man
Paul McCartney has pooh-poohed the suggestion that Beatles tracks could finally appear on iTunes because negotiations with EMI have once again stalled.
Did Parallels ship pre-release version 4 code?
Parallels has admitted shipping two versions of its Parallels Desktop v4.0 (PD4) software with a 22-day difference between them, leading to accusations it has shipped pre-release software into the channel.
Texan prof sees big future for graphene storage
A Texan boffin says he has seen the future of storage - and it's graphite based. Professor James Tour of Rice Uni in Houston believes that his proposed graphene arrays could be many times denser and faster than existing storage tech, and they'd be more reliable too.
InterDigital and Samsung bury hatchet
Samsung and InterDigital have settled their patent spat, with the former agreeing to pay the latter an undisclosed sum for both 2G and 3G products until the year 2012.
Mobile web access skyrockets
UK mobile internet use grew by 25 per cent between Q2 and Q3 this year, thanks in part to unlimited mobile data tariffs, market watcher Nielsen Online has discovered.
China slams Guns N' Roses album
China has unsurprisingly taken exception to Guns N' Roses' new album Chinese Democracy, slamming it as a "venomous attack" which "turns its spear point on China".
Rock-solid Fedora 10 brings salvation to Ubuntu weary
ReviewFedora might not be getting a complete makeover or flashy new features in version 10, out today, but some welcome enhancements under-the-hood make this a worthwhile upgrade.
IBM's Transitive buy presents interesting server options
Here's a story you've heard a bunch of times: IBM liked the software so much, it bought the company. And so the story ran again last week, when Big Blue bought software emulation specialist Transitive for an undisclosed sum. Transitive makes a bit of software called QuickTransit, which allows applications created for one chip to be encapsulated and run on completely different architectures.
China's richest man disappears
The chairman of China’s largest electronics retailer, Gome, has disappeared, although some reports suggest he's been detained by the police over alleged financial misconduct at the firm.
More Tasers for cops: not in London
The Home Office's recently announced plan to issue Taser electric stunguns more widely to police has been endorsed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). However the extra Tasers have been turned down for now by the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA), the governing body of London coppers.
US prosthetic todger pair plead guilty to conspiracy
NSFWThe two men responsible for the Whizzinator - a prosthetic todger designed to beat those pesky drugs tests - have each pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to defraud in a federal court in Pittsburgh.
YouTube on your telly
Watching YouTube funnies on a PC or a phone isn’t always ideal. So a set-top box has been launched to bring the web’s entire collection of... ahem... outstanding video content directly into your living room.
Jamming convicts' mobiles works
On Friday CellAntenna demonstrated it could jam mobile phones within a 1000 square meter area within a prison, without noticeably affecting those passing. This opens the door to widespread adoption of the technology.
IBM updates power management for servers
It took a little bit longer than expected, perhaps, but IBM has finally delivered its Active Energy Manager plug-in for its Systems Director system management tool. The tool can be used to monitor power consumption and thermal conditions of IBM and non-IBM systems, as well as capping the power that can be used on selected server models.
Apple claims MacBooks are world's greenest laptops
Apple may not have scored too well in the latest Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics, but that hasn’t stopped it from claiming that its redesigned MacBooks are the "world’s greenest family of notebooks".
Unofficial fix issued for Vista networking flaw
A system-crashing bug with potential malware implications has been uncovered in Vista. But a fix for the vulnerability, which revolves around flaws in the operating system's network stack, may have to wait until the next service pack.
Opera Mini makes 4.2
Opera Mini has found its way onto the Android Market with version 4.2, an incremental release that increases execution speed as well as linking to native media players and bringing back the skinning feature that vanished with version 4.
One million Googlephones expected in '08
Google's Android platform appears to be a much hotter seller than first anticipated by HTC, maker of the T-Mobile G1 phone.
Sirius satellite radio squashes 6-year-old bug
It may have taken six years, but a bug that allowed people to get satellite radio broadcasts for free has finally been squashed by Sirius XM Radio.
Google to jettison 'second class citizens'
Google is to "significantly" reduce the number of contractors on its books. But it claims this has nothing to do with The Meltdown. And it insists there are no plans to layoff full-time employees.