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Salesforce woos punters with Spring cloud
Salesforce.com has rolled out the Spring edition of its hosted customer relationship management platform. The cloud software dealer said the release adds more than 50 features, including some new sales collaboration toys.
US lawmaker injects ISP throttle into Obama rescue package
US Senator Dianne Feinstein hopes to update President Barack Obama's $838bn economic stimulus package so that American ISPs can deter child pornography, copyright infringement, and other unlawful activity by way of "reasonable network management."
Evesham Technology confirmed dead
Evesham, the defunct British computer maker, has been dissolved following a lengthy administration.
Dell punts green gear with 0% interest
Here's a new twist on an old idea.Dell US announced today that it was extending a zero per cent interest, 36-month financing deal from its high-end EqualLogic disk arrays to laptops and servers suitable for small and medium businesses. But, rather than just providing financing across its whole product line, Dell is only offering the deal on its most energy efficient gear.
Microsoft takes scissors to Srizbi
Microsoft security teams have struck what they hope is a fatal blow at Srizbi, the once-powerful spam botnet that has been fighting for its life since last year's demise of two US-based network providers that offered vital lifelines.
Red Hat cranks up JBoss rollouts engine
The next few months should see three supported and modular versions of Red Hat's JBoss application server rolled out, scaling from web to full enterprise-class scenarios.
IDC themes: Quick fixes and virtualized storage
European storage buyers are looking for quick fixes, cost reductions and virtualized storage to match their virtualized servers.
Morse taps new boss, new structure
Morse has appointed a new chief exec as it continues to restructure the business.
Americans get indoor iPhones
Femtocells have arrived on the AT&T network in the USA, or "microcells" as it prefers to call them. Whatever the name, they will still offer 3G connectivity for iPhone users from the comfort of their own home, and over their own broadband.
Sony Ericsson hits road with Bluetooth jukebox
Sony Ericsson has promised that its new Bluetooth stereo streaming unit will turn your car into a wireless jukebox.
Mobile app could Save lives
A mobile phone application has been developed that’ll summon the emergency services after your car's hit something, bounced across the tarmac, rolled down the ravine and hit a tree.
Vladimir Putin denies penchant for Abba
Russia has written a mildy-worded letter of protest to the Times denying that Abba tribute band Bjorn Again performed a private gig for Vladimir Putin at a cost of £20,000.
Cambridge Silicon Radio buys into GPS
UK wireless-chip specialists CSR, makers of Bluetooth and WiFi chips used by everyone from Nokia to Samsung, has bought up GPS-chipset manufacturer Sirf at a knockdown price
Nokia E63 Qwerty keyboard smartphone
ReviewLast year, Nokia introduced the E71, a do-it-all smartphone clearly modelled on recent examples of the Qwerty-keyboard toting BlackBerry. Unlike many other would-be BlackBerrys, it proved to be a worthy rival, with a solidly functional keyboard, fault-free push email, 3.2Mp camera, A-GPS, HSDPA 3G and Wi-Fi, all in a slimline package. The E63 misses out on a couple of functions, but basically it's a cut-down version of the same phone.
Data Retention Directive has sound legal basis, rules ECJ
The European Union's Data Retention Directive has a sound legal basis because it connects to policing but does not actually cover policing functions, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said.
ICO tears school CCTV a new peephole
The debate on the use of CCTV in schools moved on this week, as the Information Commissioner ever so politely read the riot act over the use of CCTV systems in schools and colleges.
Squatting spammers take over Facebook protest site
Spammers have seized control of a 1.5m user Facebook group.
Virgin Media trials longer bandwidth throttling
Virgin Media's heaviest cable broadband users will be hit with tighter bandwidth throttling at peak times, as the firm tries to cope with increasing demand across its network.
EMC gives nothing away
CommentWhat's the term for a collection of hints that don't exist? Right, it's an absence of hints, and that's what we see on the EMC World 2009 agenda.
Adobe relaunches AIR developer's trading website
Adobe Systems hoped for second time lucky yesterday with the relaunch of its directory of AIR applications that it has dubbed “Marketplace”.
Armed cops contain Wild
West Leicestershire toy gun menace
A Leicestershire couple who decided it would be a wheeze to celebrate renewing their wedding vows with a Wild West-themed party got a bit of a shock when armed police backed by a helicopter descended on the bash.
Beeb borrows copyrighted Flickr image
A Brum snapper is a little annoyed with the BBC after it apparently borrowed a copyrighted snap from Flickr showing Birmingham's crepuscular skyline and used it as a "live" news backdrop.
Jobs market bleak for grads as banking weakens
Graduates being spat out by the UK's sprawling Higher Education sector this year will face the first fall in the number of grad job vacancies since 2003.
Top MI6 spy: Terrorism less serious than bird flu
Counter Terror ExpoA former Assistant Chief of the UK's shadowy Secret Intelligence Service (SIS, aka MI6) has played down the threat of jihadi terrorism, saying that other dangers are more serious. The ex-spy also said that global counterterrorism database plans were "unlikely ever to succeed".
Score 18%, pass a science exam
The Royal Chemistry Society says it's disappointed with the response of British examiners, after discovering that pupils needed to score only 18 per cent in a science exam to gain a pass grade.
Mobile heavyweights mass to get Carter over 2Meg for all
Heads of three of the five UK network operators are meeting with Lord Carter, the communications minister, tomorrow morning, along with representatives of the other two, to talk about his demand for 2Mb/sec for all and how to achieve it.
Vatican endorses Darwin, slights intelligent design
The Vatican gave the Creationist lobby a left right sign of the cross today, announcing it would stage a conference on Darwinism next month and declaring that it was one of the Fathers of the Church that thought up the idea in the first place.
Take-apart phone launching this year
The firm behind a mobile phone that can be physically altered to suit different requirements has unveiled the handset’s first “jackets” - and confirmed that the interchangeable talker will be available later this year.
Analyst predicts cut-price, updated 3G iPhone models
A market analyst has compiled a list of potential features that he’s claimed could be included on an upcoming cut-price iPhone.
Dell confirms Wasabi portable printer
Dell has officially unveiled its oddly named Wasabi inkless photo printer.
Red Dwarf touches down in Coronation Street
Friday 10 April will, as we previously reported, see the first installment of Red Dwarf: Back to Earth - digital channel Dave's resurrection of the classic sci-fi series which forms part of its Red Dwarf weekend.
SanDisk shows off multi-level cell make-over
SanDisk and Toshiba have announced the world's smallest NAND flash die and the world's highest-capacity flash die using 32nm and 43nm process technologies.
Obama orders 'root and branch' cybersecurity review
President Obama has ordered a wide-ranging review of the US's cybersecurity defences.
Microsoft kills off public availability of Windows 7 beta
Microsoft has slammed the door shut on its Windows 7 beta download program, though anyone still keen to get their mitts on it can simply trundle along to Pirate Bay or similar for a copy.
Jacqui Smith ecstatically ignores more scientific advice
Jacqui Smith is set to again ignore scientific advice on drug misuse by rejecting advice on reclassifying ecstasy.
IDC confirms PC chip sales have fallen off a cliff
PC and microprocessor shipments dived into the depths in the last quarter of 2008, IDC reports, with the first quarter of 2009 already looking bleak.
EU threatens 'formal action' against UK.gov on Phorm
ExclusiveThe European Commission has given its strongest signal yet that it will hold the UK government to account for its failure to act over BT and Phorm's secret and allegedly illegal internet monitoring trials in 2006 and 2007.
Novarra offers to infest mobile data on laptops too
Novarra, the company providing the technology that inserts Vodafone's branding into Vodafone Live sessions and which has just relaunched US Cellular's mobile internet service, is expanding its capabilities into laptop browsing.
Firefox's Fennec trots onto Windows Mobile
Fennec, the mobile version of the Firefox browser from Mozilla, has reached a milestone release with a version for the HTC Touch Pro, though initial reports seem to indicate it lacks key functionality.
German Interior minister's website pwned in wiretap protest
Lax password security allowed hackers to bust into the German interior minister’s website.
Vanessa Redgrave braces for The Day of The Triffids
The BBC has announced the cast for its remake of John Wyndham classic The Day of The Triffids, including mother and daughter thesp pair Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson.
Civilisation is awful: Let's stop it right now
Andrew's mailbag"Let's find out what everybody is doing - and stop them doing it" - A P Herbert
Last US sat radio gang mulls bankruptcy
Sirius XM, the remaining satellite radio broadcaster in the USA, is reportedly considering filing for chapter 11 protection from creditors as it becomes unable to service its huge debt.
Dell gets the finger from Pivot3
CommentA US casino operator video surveilling its customers has ripped 90 Dell servers and replaced them with Pivot3 storage arrays.
NetApp boss flying high on Phenom?
As 500 NetApp staffers get their pink slips, it appears their their boss has a new airplane, an EMB-500 turbo-jet.
Hackintosh maker leaves web doors unlocked
Add Psystar to the growing list of companies that have have allowed sophomoric mistakes to jeopardize the security of their websites in recent days.
Google axed Android multitouch at Apple's request?
It seems there's a reason that T-Mobile's new G1 touch-screen smartphone doesn't have a multitouch display: Google doesn't want to upset Apple.
Nvidia to power Dark Knight on Vista netbooks
Want to play Medal of Honor or enjoy The Dark Knight on a Windows-Vista-powered netbook? Your chance could be coming this summer.
perfume ad teaser site for Macbook Air rival
Dell is definitely taking a page from Apple with the imminent launch of its Adamo ultra-portable laptop. Not only does the PC giant have the anticipated mobile pinned as a Macbook Air killer, Dell has been as tight-lipped on details as the Cupertino-based cult.
IBM lobs biz software at Amazon cloud
If compute clouds want to succeed as businesses instead of toys, they have to run the same commercial software that IT departments deploy internally on their own servers. Which is why a deal struck between IBM and Amazon's Web Services subsidiary is important, perhaps more so for Amazon than for Big Blue.
Authors Guild to Amazon Kindle: Shut up
Amazon's new eBook reader, the Kindle 2, was just announced on Monday, but it's already drawing complaints from the publishing industry.
Prime Minister out-nonsensed by Conservative Wikifiddler
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales still hopes to equip his free online encyclopedia with its very own nonsense filter. But at the moment, the Wikinonsense is alive and well.
Fugitive VOIP hacker cuffed in Mexico
A fugitive hacker accused of illegally rerouting millions of dollars worth of VOIP calls through telecommunications companies' networks has been apprehended in Mexico.
Microsoft celebrates 10,000 US patents
Microsoft announced it's been awarded its 10,000 patent in the US. The big "ten-oh-oh-oh." Quintuple digits. That works out to an average of 294 patents per year since Microsoft was founded.
Palm unfazed by Apple patent threat
Palm CEO Ed Colligan isn't worried about a possible legal battle with Apple over the upcoming Palm Pre smartphone.