Facebook price tag drops (another) $3.5bn
Facebook's Russian sugar daddy has offered to buy back employee shares for $14.77 a pop, which means the ostensible value of the social networking site has dropped another $3.5bn.
Nokia notices, finally targets Danger Sidekick generation
"Why should business get all the good gadgets?" we asked in 2004, reviewing the first Hiptop to debut in Europe. Well, Nokia has finally something to offer avid texters who pay for their own phones. It's a niche that's super-served in the United States, but ignored in Europe. Unfortunately the new phone is only available through stateside carrier AT&T ... so far.
Cats mix baby 'cry' with purr to score dinner
Hungry house cats have a way of changing their purr to manipulate humans into making a dash for the can opener, a new study shows.
Ryanair agrees website clarifications with OFT
Ryanair will change the way it advertises its services after being referred to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) by advertising regulator the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA).
Dell Studio 15
ReviewDell is going big on personalisation with the Studio 15, with five colours and 11 artistic designs available to choose from. If you really want your laptop to stand out from the crowd, then you could opt for one of the colourful finishes from designers such as Mike Ming, Derek Welch, Joseph Amedokpo, Siobhan Gunning or Bruce Mau. This comes at a cost, however, with three colours (lime green, purple and red) adding £29 to the bill and artistic designs an extra £69.
Staten Island manhole swallows texting teen
A Staten Island teen paid an unexpected visit to the borough's sewer system after falling down a manhole while texting, Staten Island Advance reports.
Mobile and desktop Nehalems coming closer
DigiTimes has got its mitts on what it reckons are updated Intel release schedules for its mobile and desktop Nehalem implementations.
MPs decry lack of honeybee action
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) says the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has given "little priority" to protecting the UK's honeybees, and wants the department to up its game in the face of a dramatic population decline.
Hitachi catches up with new 2TB drive
Hitachi GST has built a 2TB drive, according to online drive retailer J&R.
NASA promises 'greatly improved' Moon landing footage
NASA has tantalisingly announced that it will release "greatly improved video imagery from the July 1969 live broadcast of the Apollo 11 moonwalk" on Thursday.
PC shipments slide through June
Sales of PCs through distributors are flat year on year, and saw their biggest drop in June.
OCZ boosts Vertex SSD series speeds
Another month, another new, faster solid-state drive from OCZ. This time its a "Turbo" version of its Vertex SSD series.
Ofcom clears decks for WirelessHD
UK regulator Ofcom is removing the licence restrictions on intra-home video links knocking 66GHz, as well as allowing the use of automated level measuring and precise positioning though radio technologies.
Cyclists offered cut-price shag at German brothel
A recession-hit German brothel has come up with a novel way of generating trade and simultaneously saving the planet: Discount shags for cyclists.
Hitachi releases mini Nas adaptor for USB HDDs
Hitachi Global Storage's SimpleTech subsidiary has rolled out a pair of portable USB hard drives - and a wee adaptor that turns them into basic Nas boxes.
Asus punts monitor with built-in TV tuner
Most if not all HD TVs now have computer VGA and/or DVI connections, but that hasn't stopped Asus coming at the problem from the other direction and introducing a boundary blurring monitor that has a built-in TV tuner.
Pssst... Apple tablet on way, whisper Chinese moles
A Mac tablet is on the way, according to a China Times report.
Second unpatched ActiveX bug hits IE
Scallywags are using an unpatched vulnerability in an ActiveX component to distribute malware, Microsoft warned on Monday. The development adds to already pressing unresolved Internet Explorer security bug woes.
Anonymous web data can be personal data, claims expert
A data protection specialist claims that users can gain control of their browsing history and have it protected by the UK’s Data Protection Act just by contacting companies such as Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft and telling them their identities.
Unlock your iPhone, miss your messages
Apple's notification system for the iPhone won't work on devices that have been unlocked to run on different networks, much to the annoyance of developers who are being left to explain the situation to customers.
Phone hack obsession obscures NotW privacy scandal
CommentOne of the more curious aspects of the ongoing News of the World privacy invasion scandal is the focus on mobile phone hacking accusations, when a far wider range of dubious and downright criminal tactics were allegedly in play at the tabloid newspaper.
Windows 7 still baking in oven, insists Microsoft
Microsoft has denied rumours that suggest the latest leaked build of Windows 7 is the final iteration of the upcoming operating system.
McKinnon faces final appeal against extradition
Accused US military hacker Gary McKinnon faces a legal hearing on Tuesday afternoon key to his long-running campaign to avoid extradition to the US on hacking charges.
Garmin Nüvi 1340T
ReviewAs part of Garmin's recently refreshed in-car satnav range, the Nüvi 1340T will be the one satnav you won't want to leave stuck to your dashboard. With an easily portable slimline design, the Nüvi 1340T features a pedestrian mode that includes the ability to hold your hand on London's underground network.
Regulator sniffs around Live Nation, Ticketmaster merger
The UK’s competition watchdog is continuing to probe a possible merger between Ticketmaster and Live Nation, to determine whether such a deal would stifle competition in the live music market.
China halts memory-wiping electric shocks for net addicts
The Chinese government has declared that electric shock treatment is not a suitable therapy for youths allegedly addicted to the internet.
Yorkshire cops accused of copyright theft
Police in West Yorkshire are facing High Court accusations they illegally cribbed and sold copyright data from a commercial mobile phone forensics application.
Can outsiders improve MS-Exchange?
RegcastLast week Chris Scharff of Dell joined Gabriel Consulting’s Dan Olds in the Reg studio, to discuss the big challenges that organisations face in minding the company email.
Cutting the cord: future mobile broadband tech
Wireless telephony is undergoing a revolution, with technology and implementation philosophy each holding the other back in turn as the industry struggles towards wireless nirvana.
Italian bride's bouquet downs ultralight
An Italian wedding reception ended badly when the bride's bouquet downed an ultralight aircraft, the Corriere della Sera reports.
Irish ISP downed by DDoS
Ireland's largest internet service provider Eircom is blaming hackers for its second bout of recent downtime.
Unpatched Firefox flaw lets fox into henhouse
UpdatedAn unpatched memory corruption flaw in the latest version of Firefox creates a means for hackers to drop malware onto vulnerable systems.
Sun: Q4 sales to drop by a third, sees deeper losses
Server and software maker Sun Microsystems, whose shareholders are getting ready to vote on the $5.6bn takeover deal by Oracle this Thursday, got some food for thought as it announced sales were slammed in the fourth fiscal quarter and that it would be driven to a steep loss for the period.
Microsoft's Azure cloud price pipped by Amazon's Linux
WPCMicrosoft has announced pricing for Azure that marginally undercuts Amazon on raw computing for Windows-based clouds but remains more expensive than the mega book warehouse's Linux option.
iTunes App Store: 1.5bn served
Apple's iTunes App Store has reached another mind-numbing milestone: 1.5 billion apps downloaded in its first year of operation.
IBM's DS8000 getting thin provisioning
IBM has added thin provisioning to its high-end DS8000 storage array and has enhanced its XIV storage product.
Sports site sues Facebook for click fraud
Amidst a sizable number of online advertisers complaining that Facebook is billing for clicks that never happened, the inevitable class-action lawsuit has made its way to California court.
BlackBerry update bursting with spyware
An update pushed out to BlackBerry users on the Etisalat network in the United Arab Emirates appears to contain remotely-triggered spyware that allows the interception of messages and emails, as well as crippling battery life.
IBM drops Istanbuls into big Opteron box
Big Blue has begun certifying Advanced Micro Devices' six-core Istanbul Opteron processors for its System x product line, and on Tuesday announced support for the processor in its fattest Opteron box, the System x3755.
CBS, Comcast in web TV trial subs
Comcast has snagged reluctant online broadcaster CBS to join in testing a service that will let cable subscribers have access to cable television online at no extra charge.
WiMAX numbers up, profits down
Tuesday brought a good-news, bad-news pairing to those pushing WiMAX as the next-generation wireless broadband standard.
Ballmer gets tough with girly Microsoft partners
WPCMicrosoft's chief executive has served up some tough love to software partners concerned they'll lose business to rival web services offered by their software benefactor.
Intel posts $1bn net, EU nets it all
Intel is digging itself out of the rubble caused by the economic implosion of late last year and early this year, announcing a 12 per cent revenue increase over its previous quarter - the company's most dramatic growth rate in 20 years.
MontaVista boasts 1-second Linux boot
It's getting to where a fellow can't enjoy a nice relaxing boot time these days. The latest perpetrator of the conspiracy: Linux application tool vendor MontaVista, which said today that it is demonstrating an embedded Linux system that boots in just one second.