17th > April > 2009 Archive

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Microsoft accepts US antitrust oversight extension

Microsoft had agreed to an 18-month extension of federal court oversight of its business practices mandated by its settlement in a landmark antitrust lawsuit.
Dan Goodin, 17 Apr 2009
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Analyst postpones PC industry recovery

Don't get too optimistic about a potential recovery in the global PC market.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Apr 2009
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Prepare for Apple's self-resizing iPhone interface

Apple has filed a patent that could see the iPhone and iPod touch interfaces adjust the size of their elements in response to motion.
Rik Myslewski, 17 Apr 2009
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Jedi officers enlist with Scottish police

Scotland's largest police force employs a significant number of Jedi to ensure peace and justice this side of the Galactic Republic.
Austin Modine, 17 Apr 2009
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Carphone Warehouse blocks union website

Carphone Warehouse employees at the Irlam site were unable to get to their union website yesterday, as Carphoneworker.co.uk found itself on the list of unapproved sites for publishing information about forthcoming shift changes.
Bill Ray, 17 Apr 2009
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Tory 'terror' affair shows danger of ubiquitous surveillance

Comment Few will be surprised by the verdict of the Home Affairs Select Committee on the Damian Green affair.
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Councils to lose some spy powers

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has opened a public consultation on how snooping laws should be used by local authorities
John Oates, 17 Apr 2009
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Pirate Bay co-founder claims 'we lost'

The Pirate Bay has lost the trial against the entertainment industry according to co-founder Peter Sunde, who cites a “trustworthy source”.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Apr 2009
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Ford faces tax bill for unsold cars

A court ruling has thrown into doubt a company's right to reclaim VAT relating to goods that it later repossessed. The ruling could undermine the usefulness of businesses retaining the right to repossess goods they supply to other businesses.
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Apr 2009
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Boeing: Raygun dreadnoughts will rule the oceans by 2019

US aerospace mammoth Boeing has made a bold announcement, saying that it will "transform naval warfare in the next decade" by developing powerful warship raygun turrets able to blast enemy missiles and aircraft out of the sky from afar.
Lewis Page, 17 Apr 2009
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Peugeot's on-road, off-road ‘leccy ATV

'Leccy Tech The internet’s awash with wacky conceptual designs for ‘leccy vehicles of one form or another. But Register Hardware’s come across one that would surely steal the hearts and minds of many: the Peugeot Capsule.
Alun Taylor, 17 Apr 2009
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Pirate Bay loses trial: defendants face prison time, hefty fines

It's official - the four defendants in The Pirate Bay versus entertainment industry trial have been found guilty in a Swedish court of being accessories to breaching copyright laws.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Apr 2009
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MotionPlus not backwards compatible, Nintendo confirms

Gamers hoping to use the upcoming MotionPlus peripheral with some of their existing Wii titles are in for a disappointment, because Nintendo’s confirmed that the add-on won’t be backwards compatible.
James Sherwood, 17 Apr 2009
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Police, Cameras, Inaction!

Comment It's finally official: Photographing police officers up to no good is an offence under anti-Terror legislation.
Jane Fae , 17 Apr 2009
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Swedish woman charged over 'stun gun castration attempt'

A Swedish man allegedly narrowly escaped castration by his former girlfriend, after he dodged the enraged ex's opening shot from an electric stun gun.
Joe Fay, 17 Apr 2009
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Rogues besmirch F-Secure with dodgy ad campaign

Miscreants have attempted to trick users interested in finding out more about Finnish security firm F-secure into buying a rogue utility.
John Leyden, 17 Apr 2009
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NetApp coughs up $128m to close over-charging case

NetApp has formally agreed to pay $128m to the US General Services Administration to end over-charging accusations relating to US government agencies' purchases of NetApp products and services.
Chris Mellor, 17 Apr 2009
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Epson gets into interactive coffee tables

Watch out Microsoft Surface, because there’s a new touch-sensitive interactive coffee table in town: the X-Desk.
James Sherwood, 17 Apr 2009

BOFH: Grand Theft Auto

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Simon Travaglia, 17 Apr 2009
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Altec Lansing inMotion Max iPhone speaker

Review The world is not exactly short of portable iPod speaker systems, ranging from the merely adequate - such as Logitech's Pure-Fi Anywhere - to the rather good - such as Intempo's InSession. Generally, they sell for about £100, are about the size of a large house brick and produce a sound that while fine for the odd hour or two in a hotel room when you're on the road, isn't really what you'd choose for prolonged, serious - or loud - listening.
Alun Taylor, 17 Apr 2009
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Sony-Ericsson calls time on another 2,000 jobs

Struggling mobile maker Sony-Ericsson is cutting another 2,000 jobs as the recession continues to bite.
John Oates, 17 Apr 2009
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BT chief: People don't need fibre to the home

Digital Britain Summit BT chief executive Ian Livingstone defended his firm's limited plans for faster broadband today, arguing there is not enough demand for fibre to the home to justify its cost.
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Doughnut balloon-chute spaceships to reach Mars, Neptune

NASA-funded R&D engineers are working on plans for future spaceships to enter orbit around Mars using a doughnut shaped, steerable balloon-chute to slow down by flying through the Red Planet's atmosphere.
Lewis Page, 17 Apr 2009
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Sony demos 21in XEL-2

The miniscule 11in screen on Sony’s XEL-1 OLED TV has always the main bugbear for critics. So the electronics giant’s demoed a much larger version.
James Sherwood, 17 Apr 2009
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Pirate Bay fans: Lay off our neo-Nazi Sugar Daddy

Mail On Friday we learnt the verdict on the Pirate Bay trial in Stockholm. Whilst the Pirate four were hit with jail time and fines, the legal fisticuffs are nowhere near over, with the newly convicted quartet vowing to appeal the decision all the way to the European Court.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Apr 2009
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Facebook vote a 'massive con trick' says privacy advocate

Facebook has deliberately changed the rules around its much-hyped "user vote" to ensure that it won't have to follow decisions made.
John Oates, 17 Apr 2009
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Google puts Chrome tabs on options list

Google has updated its tab feature in Chrome, allowing users of the open source browser to remove web page thumbnails. Previously the option came in default mode.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Apr 2009
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Wikimedia becomes latest to ban Phorm

The Wikimedia Foundation has asked Phorm to exclude all its domains and websites - including Wikipedia - from Phorm's BT trials, because it considers such scanning to be an infringement of its users' privacy.
John Oates, 17 Apr 2009
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Tough on e-vehicles, tough on the causes of e-vehicles

Tough on e-vehicles, tough on the causes of e-vehicles? The Government's ultra-low carbon vehicles strategy,* unveiled this week, seems at best a mechanism for keeping UK electric car development in a holding pattern for the next decade, and at worst a cunning, albeit inadvertent, plan to miss the boat entirely.
John Lettice, 17 Apr 2009
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HP packing workers seal bosses in conference room

Workers bossnapped five execs at a French logistics plant yesterday, amidst anger at HP's decision to switch printer packaging activities to Malaysia.
Joe Fay, 17 Apr 2009
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Dixon of Threadneedle Street plan threatens confusion

City of London police are to trial the use of specialist squads to tackle data theft and other crimes against business.
John Leyden, 17 Apr 2009
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Pirate Bay guilty verdict: Now what?

The four men behind BitTorrent tracker website The Pirate Bay were handed stiff sentences of one year each this morning and ordered to stump up $3.6m in damages to the entertainment industry.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Apr 2009
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iPhone beta OS cracks before release

Those devoted to cracking Apple's iPhone have outdone themselves, breaking the latest beta release of version 3.0 of the OS within a couple of days and well before anyone outside the testing community is even using the software.
Bill Ray, 17 Apr 2009
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'Soon soldiers will have 3 tiny choppers in their pocket'

Top Norwegian microcopter boffins say they have now successfully tested the fagpacket-sized PD-100 Black Hornet vidcam whirlybird - outdoors. The firm has also released video of the tiny aircraft in indoor flight tests:
Lewis Page, 17 Apr 2009
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Fujitsu creates self-nuking Flash drive

Fujitsu has developed a USB memory stick ideal for anyone prone to mistakenly leaving sensitive documents lying around on trains. Why? Because this Flash drive has a self-destruct mode.
James Sherwood, 17 Apr 2009
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Symbian balances on an Atom

Some chaps at Symbian with way too much time on their hands have compiled the current version of the OS onto an Intel Atom processor - proving that you don't have to follow the ARM road to Symbian nirvana.
Bill Ray, 17 Apr 2009
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Doc invents videogame sedation headset

Drugging kids as they play on Game Boys is an odd and slightly creepy thought. But a gadget’s been invented that does just that.
James Sherwood, 17 Apr 2009
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Universal Music chief renews commitment to P2P battle

Digital Britain Summit On the day of his industry's victory against the operators of the world's biggest BitTorrent hub, Universal Music chief Lucien Grainge signalled the battle against illegal filesharing will continue in earnest.
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Twitter worm author gets security job

The self-confessed author of the recent Twitter worm has scored a potentially lucrative job doing security analysis and web development work.
John Leyden, 17 Apr 2009
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Homeless Frank and Microsoft's cookie-cutter PC campaign

When Disney or McDonald's advertise to children, they know they aren't just getting one purchase - the child - by targeting the parents' emotional weak spot. They are getting multiple sales: as the whole family will go to Disney World or buy their fast food, meaning two, three, four times as much money.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Apr 2009
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Conficker botnet wake up call only pinged zombie minority

The effective size of the Conficker botnet might be far smaller than previously thought.
John Leyden, 17 Apr 2009
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Football lottery scam targets UK punters

Fans of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United are being targeted in a new email scam that attempts to trick recipients into sending premium rate text-messages in the hope of winning non-existent Champions League final ticket prizes.
John Leyden, 17 Apr 2009
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Recession takes chunk out of game sales

"Recession-proof" ain't what it used to be. First Google's secret money making machine starts coughing up smoke, and now the video games industry takes a hit.
Austin Modine, 17 Apr 2009
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Microsoft targets Barmy Army with Silverlight

Microsoft was embarrassed when Major League Baseball dumped Silverlight, the company's fledging browser-based media player it had signed onto in less than a year.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Apr 2009
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Verizon eyes future iPhones

Don't expect the largest mobile telecom carrier in the US to add the iPhone to its stable of smartphones - at least until the next generation of wireless-broadband technology comes of age.
Rik Myslewski, 17 Apr 2009
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Brutish SSH attacks continue to bear fruit

The number of attacks against secure shells protecting Linux boxes, internet routers and other network devices has continued to climb over the past several years, an indication that they still bear fruit for the miscreants who mount them.
Dan Goodin, 17 Apr 2009
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Boffins build super-accurate atomic clock

The atomic clocks currently used for regulating international time zones are great and all, but who has the time every few million years to adjust them?
Austin Modine, 17 Apr 2009
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Hackers stuff ballot box for Time Magazine's top 100 poll

Time Magazine's poll of the 100 most influential people has been hacked by a motley band of online troublemakers who have managed to manipulate the top 21 names so their first letters spell "marblecake, also the game."
Dan Goodin, 17 Apr 2009
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Storage systems slot into Vegas line-up

A broad array of storage devices - from an 8U storage server powered by dual Intel Xeon 5500s to a multi-slot memory card reader/writer with four eSATA ports - will debut at next week's National Association of Broadcasters' 2009 NAB Show in Las Vegas.
Rik Myslewski, 17 Apr 2009
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Harvard Prof.'s hearing against RIAA can't be streamed online

The local rules of the land will keep the Recording Industry of America (RIAA) free from having their high-profile case against Joel Tenenbaum broadcast live over the internet, a federal appeals court in Boston has ruled.
Austin Modine, 17 Apr 2009