IBM sics lawyers on Bigger Indigo deal
IBM has deployed its lawyers to scrutinize a possible acquisition of Sun Microsystems.
Girls Aloud obscenity trial delayed
Readers expecting the long-awaited and landmark "Girls Aloud" obscenity trial to start last week in Newcastle will have to wait a little longer.
Pan-European network share for Vodafone and O2
Vodafone and Telefonica, which trades as O2 in the UK, have signed a massive network sharing deal to work together across Europe.
The death of mobile innovation?
CommentI’ve written before about the demise of competition in the Old Kent Road/Mediterranean Avenue end of the mobile market, but I’ve always thought that the Park Lane/Park Place and Mayfair/Boardwalk end was safe. We’ve got Symbian, Windows Mobile, more flavours of Linux than Ben and Jerry could dream of, Palm with two OSes and more - but the portfolio of Android devices seems to mean that there will be a winner.
Ministers spending billions on unlawful databases
A report on the Database State (pdf) claims that 40 out of 46 key government databases are not fit for purpose, and 11 of those are "almost certainly illegal under human rights or data protection law and should be scrapped or substantially redesigned".
Carbonite tells Promise: You're toast
UpdateOnline backup service supplier Carbonite is suing Promise Technology, a supplier of disk drive array technology, for failing to protect data as it promised it would.
Eclipse to unwrap Swordfish in early April
The Eclipse Foundation will soon be unwrapping the first release of Swordfish, an open source Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) run-time framework that's taking aim at the market's many proprietary approaches to SOA.
Compellent promises fast hot data and cooler temps
SAN drive array supplier Compellent is going to offer solid state drive storage (SSD) in its arrays with active and inactive data being transferred to and from the SSDs automatically.
The Register’s third annual Good, Bad and Ugly IT vendor survey
Roll up, roll up to the The Register’s third annual Good, Bad and Ugly IT Vendor survey. In previous years, we have garnered many thousands responses. We'll compare this year's views with past surveys to measure how things are changing. But we need your input.
Zero-G vanishing bone issue solved, says prof
American brainboxes funded by NASA say they have found a way to deal with one of the most severe problems of space flight - that is, the way one's bones gradually become as flimsy as dry twigs after long exposure to microgravity.
Nude Oz politico snaps a 'con'
Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph has apologised to right-wing Oz politician Pauline Hanson over the publication of nude photographs it claimed were of the One Nation party founder, admitting the whole thing was "one giant con".
BT names first 29 exchanges for fibre rollout
BT has released new details of its fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) rollout, including a list of the first 29 exchanges to be upgraded to offer faster broadband in early 2010.
Firms fight over LG Arena launch date
Much has been written about LG’s upcoming Arena smartphone, but panting punters have never been told when they can get their mitts on the handset - until now.
Data Domain shows second quadcore box
Data Domain has introduced another quadcore deduplication array, the DD660, slotting underneath the top-end DD690 and replacing the older DD580 product.
Street View caught taking the piss - again
It's evident that Google is having a busy time of it down on Blighty's mean Street View - pulling dodgy content left right and centre as quickly as net wags gleefully pinpoint outrages against common decency.
Apple Time Capsule
ReviewThis update of Apple’s Time Capsule Wi-fi access point-cum-NAS box went rather unnoticed amid the recent barrage of Mac revamps. However, it works well and boasts an ease of use that justifies its slightly above-average price tag.
Asus unfolds Origami laptop launch window
Asus has confirmed that its Origami-style folding laptop will be available to buy later this year.
Overland off Nasdaq non-compliance hook - for now
Struggling data protection vendor Overland Storage has avoided being booted off the main Nasdaq index because of its weak share price and market capitalisation. It's now off the delisting hook "because the company currently meets an alternative maintenance standard."
Bletchley Park fires up replica Turing Bombe
Bletchley Park will tomorrow fire up a replica Turing Bombe to celebrate the Engineering Heritage Award which recognises the 13 years of hard graft which have gone into recreating the legendary Enigma-busting kit.
Scareware affiliates playing search engines
The growing trade in rogue security software is being driven by the gaming of search engines to direct surfers to sites peddling scareware.
German Mickey Mouse radio snoops on cops
The German powers that be are investigating a kids' miniature Mickey Mouse radio which apparently entertains nippers with police radio traffic.
Nikon Coolpix S225 unveiled
Nikon’s Coolpix range of compact point-and-shoot compact snappers has expanded with the creation of a new feature packed model - the S225.
North East, Nissan to explore e-car promo plan
'Leccy TechRegional development agency One North East (ONE) continues to try to make the north east of England the centre of 'leccy car stuff in the UK.
Emotional arguments do not make Street View illegal
OpinionA privacy campaigner has vowed to bring a legal challenge over the launch of Google Street View in the UK. It is understandable that some people are uncomfortable with Google making an enormous photo album of 25 towns and cities, but that doesn't make it illegal.
Aussie ISP pulls out of firewall trial
iiNet, Australia's third largest Internet Service Provider, is withdrawing from the government's censorship trial.
Parents in dark about kids' school life
Becta has warned that a three-way communication breakdown between schools, parents and kids could have a harmful affect on individuals’ educational performance.
New ISS piss-recycler still troublesome
Technical snags continue to bedevil one of the key new technologies being installed aboard the International Space Station (ISS): one critical to plans for larger crews. We speak, of course, of the troubled urine-recycler space drinks machine - intended to turn golden astronaut juice into cool, lipsmacking refreshments.
Samsung unveils curvy, colourful netbook
The latest addition to the growing netbook market has emerged: a colourful, stylish machine, courtesy of Samsung.
Russian spy agencies linked to Georgian cyber-attacks
More circumstantial evidence has emerged linking the Russian authorities to cyber-attacks on Georgia that coincided with a ground war between the two countries in July and August last year.
Web giants urged to bar Phorm
Privacy activists have urged top web firms to ensure they tell Phorm not to monitor communications with their users, ahead of BT's proposed deployment of its interception and profiling system.
Intel responds to Psion countersuit
Intel has formally responded to Psion's countersuit, itself launched in response to a lawsuit from the chip giant in a bid to have Psion's Netbook trademark revoked.
Google designer quits over performance obsession
Google’s visual design leader quit the company on Friday because he was irked by the web giant’s obsession with performance data.
Cybercrime server exposed through Google cache
A reported 22,000 card records have been exposed through cached copies of data stored on a defunct cybercrime server.
Numbers should be portable, insists Reding
As the EU finalises the demands it's going to make of mobile phone operators in Europe, Viviane Reding has posted a passionate video arguing for 24-hour number portability across Europe.
Microsoft claims IE8 is 'a leap forward in web standards'
Microsoft may have failed the Acid3 test with the release of its Internet Explorer 8 browser, but that hasn’t dampened Redmond’s spirits a jot – in fact the company is busy making all sorts of noises about its new-found web standards credentials.
Satyam shortlist gets even shorter as iGate bails
The shortlist of possible bidders for Satyam is likely to be finalised this week, after the companies made their final "expressions of interest".
UK's child protection database delayed again
The government's child protection database, which will have entries for 11.3 million people who have contact with children or vulnerable adults, has been delayed again.
Ad-supported webcam border surveillance hits Texas
It has emerged that Australian pub boozers occasionally while away an idle hour monitoring drug smuggling and illegal immigration on the US southern border over the internet.
Mod man turns toaster into SNES
If your toaster’s nearly had it, then why not follow in one weirdo’s visionary’s footsteps by turning your crumbly old bread-warmer into a games console.
YouTube gets new mobile client
Video-sharing moneypit YouTube has launched a new mobile client, for S60 and Windows Mobile devices, providing mobile access to more than 30,000 videos of dancing cats.
Oracle raises software prices on IBM's Power6 iron
Oracle has quietly jacked up software prices on IBM's Power6 iron by 33 per cent, after removing a multicore scaling factor that was in effect to reduce prices.
LG pegs April for next netbook debut
The rise of the 10in, 1024 x 576 netbook continues. This time, it's LG's X120 now officially said to be out over here in April.
TomTom flexes Linux muscle in Microsoft's face
TomTom has belatedly joined a patent holding company, which champions the Linux ecosystem, in a clear message that the GPS maker won’t take its escalating legal spat with Microsoft lying down.
Apple says sorry for Mac Perl breakage
Apple has apologized for breaking Perl with its latest Mac OS X security update, saying it will distribute a solution to the problem with a future update.
Blu-ray Disc added to UK shopping basket
HD has officially entered mainstream consumer conscience, because the UK's Office of National Statistics (ONS) has added Blu-ray Discs to its list of everyday purchases.
Salesforce.com to empower corporate Twitter snooping
Twitter has become Salesforce.com's latest Web 2.0 darling, with a plug-in to the company's customer relationship management (CRM) system.
Intel freezes top salaries, reprices options
Intel will freeze the salaries of its top five officers for 2009 and restructure its stock-option plan, allowing employees to exchange their overpriced options.
iPhone rumor mill conjures multiple models
Rumors about the next-generation iPhone continue unabated, with the latest focusing on doubled internet-connection speeds and - finally - video-capture capability. And maybe more iPhones.
Qualcomm startup punts '4th game console' for developing nations
GDC 09A California-based startup backed by Qualcomm is launching a 3G-enabled home game console for emerging markets using hardware normally intended for high-end smartphones.
Battlestar Galactica eyes 'technology run amok'
Spoiler AlertNear the end of last Friday's finale of Battlestar Galactica, two of the characters most responsible for touching off the genocidal campaign that nearly wiped out civilization - or their "angels," if you believe in that kind of thing - reflect on the events taking hold on Earth, the planet called home since taking refuge there 150,000 years earlier.
Google behavioral ads tap DoubleClick eyeball
So, Google is now using your surf history to tailor online ads to your particular online interests. It's a rather creepy thought, but that's not the problem. The problem is that Google won't say how much of your surf history it's capturing - or how long it plans on keeping this potentially ginormous data hoard.
Will Big Blue mainframes run Windows?
An obscure mainframe software company called Mantissa Corporation bragged last summer on the IBM VM listserv - which is dedicated to virtual mainframe environments - that it was creating a product called z/VOS that would allow slices of a Windows operating system to run atop z/VM, the hypervisor-as-operating system for IBM mainframes. The product was due in the first quarter of this year, and the story of its impending release has been making the rounds.