Google data center born without chillers
The cooling system inside Google's Belgium data center has no chillers. It uses nothing but outside air - so-called "free-cooling" - to keep temperatures down. And if the Belgian air gets too hot, Google shifts the data center's compute loads to other facilities.
Amazon sued for cracks in Kindle
An Amazon Kindle owner is angrily suing the online bookseller marketplace, alleging that his Kindle's cracks were caused by Amazon's own supposedly protective Kindle Cover.
Microsoft 'deal factories' fast-track customers to block rivals
WPC ExclusiveMicrosoft is rolling out "deal factories" run by executives with the power and authority to cut quick deals with customers, so they don't go to rivals.
O2 gets into banking business
O2, the UK brand of Spanish network operator Telefonica, has got into bed with NatWest Bank to launch two payment cards, as it expands into financial services.
Synology Disk Station 409Slim
ReviewAt first glance, the Synology Disk Station 409 Slim seems a rather strange concept. Why use 2.5in disks in a four bay Nas enclosure? Surely, you’d want to cram as much storage space as possible into a NAS? Moreover, 2.5in drives are currently limited to around one quarter of the capacity of their 3.5in counterparts, hence, limiting the total internal capacity of the device to 2TB.
Zombies bite into Symbian smartphones
Security researchers have identified the first known spam bot client for 3G phones.
Lords cut Irish travel from e-Borders
The e-Borders programme suffered a setback after the government dropped plans to introduce immigration controls between UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands.
BMW to ride in with 115-mile range e-scooter?
Leccy TechBMW has cracked the electric scooter nut and will start to sell what appears to be a genuinely usable electric bike in 2011.
Airbed-fixing German blows up
Some light airbed-fixing DIY ended badly for a Düsseldorf man when he blew up his flat instead of the inflatable mattress he was attempting to fix.
Child protection groups undermine Aussie Firewall
You know your child protection policy is in trouble when even mainstream children’s charities speak out against it – and this is just the latest in a string of bad news to hit Australian Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy over the last seven days.
Government defeats Tories in 'McKinnon' extradition vote
An opposition motion calling for a review of the extradition treaty between the US and UK failed in Parliament on Wednesday after Labour supporters of US extradition target Gary McKinnon fell behind the party whip.
Brits don't think musicians should be paid
A poll suggests an emergent misanthropic streak in British adults, with only 38 per cent agreeing with the statement that musicians should earn royalties from online transactions.
The tragedy of the Creative Commons
The Creative Commons initiative fulfilled a major ambition last week - but it's taken only days for the dream to turn to crap.
City turns up nose at Autonomy's cautious optimism
Autonomy shares bombed more than 10 per cent this morning, after the software firm reported its second quarter results.
Anti-trust bomb falls on LCD market
AnalysisIn all probability the anti-trust bomb that landed on Philips and LG Displays desk this week, courtesy of the European Union, is unlikely to be the only one dropped by the European Commission in this recession.
Panasonic Viera TX-P42G10 Freesat HD TV
ReviewIt was a smart move by Panasonic to time its recent ad campaign to coincide with the French Open and Wimbledon tennis season. Indeed, tennis is certainly the sort of sport that highlights benefits of the company’s 600Hz ‘intelligent frame creation’ technology used in its Viera NeoPDP televisions.
California skateboard dude swipes Reg logo
LogoWatchIt's come to our attention that California "retail boutique" Primitive Shoes - owned by professional skateboarder and thesp Paul Rodriguez Jr, aka "P-Rod" - has been playing it a bit free and easy with our beloved El Reg Vulture logo:
Picsel Technologies goes dark
UpdatedThe future of Picsel Technologies is in doubt today after its website disappeared amidst claims that it has gone into administration.
India plots 1.2bn user biometric ID cards project
India is pushing ahead with plans to issue each of its 1.2 billion citizens with biometric-based ID cards, linked through an online database of Himalayan proportions.
Tattooed Swedish devil girls sexually molest cyclist
Warning: No IT angleSwedish cops are on the look-out for a quintet of tattooed girls who dragged a 50-year-old man off his bicycle, pulled down his trousers and smalls and "sexually molested" the poor bloke.
Virgin Media sets throttle on hardcore hogs
Virgin Media's bandwith throttling policy will in future be more targeted towards the minority of customers the firm says "hammer" its network.
Vulture Central plans Brit-Yank dictionary
It's come to our attention (again) that some of our Stateside cousins continue to struggle with El Reg's flavour of the Beloved Mother Tongue™.
Former astronaut takes control of NASA
The US Senate yesterday confirmed former astronaut Charles Frank Bolden as the new NASA head, with Lori Beth Garver occupying the deputy administrator's office.
Toshiba relaunches Satellite laptop line
Toshiba will release a quartet of new Satellite laptops at the end of the month, some bringing multi-touch touchpads to the line, all offering improved energy efficiency, the company said.
Mercedes' performance team confirm e-car plan
Leccy TechThe speed freaks at Mercedes-Benz's tuning subsidiary and skunkworks, AMG, are preparing an electric version of the forthcoming SLS AMG gullwing über-coupé.
Nokia sees sales, shipments and profits slide
The recession bit Nokia with a vengeance in the second quarter, with the company seeing most of its major metrics take a turn for the worst.
Builder blacklist boss hit with £5,000 fine
Ian Kerr, the man behind the Consulting Association, which held and maintained a blacklist of builders, has been fined £5,000 by Knutsford Crown Court.
Google puts Chrome updates on Courgette-only diet
Google has shrink-wrapped the way it delivers updates to its Google Chrome browser by releasing a new system dubbed Courgette.
UK to get Kindle in Christmas stocking?
Amazon's Kindle e-book reader will apparently be launched in the UK by Christmas, complete with a virtual network operator and GSM compatibility.
High spam response powers junk mail economy
Almost a third of consumers admit responding to messages that might be spam emails. Some acted out of curiosity or by mistake but a puzzling 96 from a sample of 800 (12 per cent) said they clicked because they interested in the product or service advertised in junk mail messages.
The curious case of Sun's hardware biz
CommentToday is the day that shareholders of Sun Microsystems will gather to decide the fate of the company, either approving or disapproving of Oracle's $5.6bn takeover of the server and operating system maker.
PCs do better than expected in Q2
It looks like the prognosticators at IDC and Gartner were a little too cynical about the state of the PC market, and shipments have apparently fallen less than they had predicted in the second quarter.
Move over, Apple: Symbian preps app warehouse
The Symbian Foundation has been waxing lyrical about its application warehouse, now titled Horizon, which will be available to all and sundry come October.
Sun shareholders approve Oracle deal
The shareholders that actually own Sun Microsystems - as opposed to the people who used to run it and behaved as if they owned it - approved of the $5.6bn takeover of Sun by software powerhouse and server and storage (not)wannabe Oracle.
Reg readers crack case of the $23 quadrillion overcharge
It seems an empty amount field is the culprit in the programming glitch that caused some 13,000 holders of prepaid Visa cards to receive warnings that their accounts were overdrawn by more than $23 quadrillion.
OpenOffice bug/feature stirs 'horde of angry chimps'
Update: This story has been updated to clarify when the described bug/feature occurs
Apple's panties in bunch over Microsoft ads
Apple's legal arm asked Microsoft to pull its ongoing series of Laptop Hunter ads, according to one Microsoft exec.
Mandriva's Linux-on-a-stick refreshed with Spring '09 release
Mandriva has refreshed its Linux-on-a-stick distribution to put the pocket-sized operating system in line with its desktop Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring release.
Lawsuits in Motion settles one more lawsuit
Research in Motion of BlackBerry fame has agreed to a patent-dispute settlement in the latest chapter of the long-running saga of RIM versus world+dog.
Mysterious organic blobs found in Alaskan waters
Enormous blobs of thick, black, gooey biological material have been spotted drifting in the waters off Alaska's northern coast, and nobody is quite sure what they are.
IBM: Revenues down, profits up in Q2
IBM's top brass must surely be glad that the acquisition of Sun Microsystems that was in the works since last November fell apart in the spring. Because the current configuration of Big Blue, with its emphasis on services and software and decreasing dependence on hardware, means it can continue to generate profit growth, even when hardware sales are slammed and software and services sales take some hits, too.
Google adds location-based searches to iPhone
Google has added location-based search capabilities to the iPhone 3.0-enhanced version of its mobile-device website.
Google profits climb 19% amid 'difficult environment'
CEO Eric Schmidt says Google has yet to find a mathematical model that can predict the future of the worldwide economy. But there's little doubt the company has developed a search ad monopoly capable of weathering the worst financial downturn since the Great Depression.
Sun Oracle server shops
Now that shareholders of Sun Microsystems have voted to approve Oracle's $5.6bn (£3.4bn) takeover, Unix rival HP is trying to cull customers from the Solaris herd and move them to ProLiant or Integrity machines running Windows, Linux, or HP-UX.
Webcams, printers, gizmos - the untold net threats
Forget mis-configured Apache servers and vulnerability-laden Adobe applications. The biggest security threats to business and home networks may be the avalanche of webcams, printers, and other devices that ship with embedded web interfaces that can easily be turned against their masters.