Microsoft shutters YouTube clone
Last month, Microsoft said it would "significantly scale back" its YouTube-mimicking Soapbox service. And now, true to its word, Redmond has scaled the service back so significantly, it will soon cease to exist.
Open source and the cloud: An unbalanced marriage
There's no question that open source software is helping vendors build utility-style infrastructure - or as the world insists on calling it: cloud computing.
Microsoft opened Linux-driver code after 'violating' GPL
Microsoft was in violation of the GPL (General Public License) on the Hyper-V code it released to open source this week.
Yahoo! confirms Gmail add-on buy
Yahoo! has confirmed it will acquire Xoopit, a San Francisco-based startup that offers tools for mining and redistributing photos, videos, and other files that pile up in web-based email clients.
ICO finally gets new data protection penalty powers
Privacy regulator the Information Commissioner will be handed new powers to issue fines next April. The Commissioner's office has confirmed for the first time the date on which it will be able to hand out new fines.
iRex Digital Reader DR1000S
ReviewiRex extended its electronic book line back in September last year, but it's taken us more than a couple of weeks to get used to its new DR1000s Digital Reader and understand that this is really a new class of product, rather than an evolution of the smaller readers of the past.
Authorities release Nuremberg Nazi gnome
Prosecutors in Nuremberg have decided not to take action against an artist who created a series of gnomes giving the Nazi salute, despite German laws which apparently prohibit even garden ornaments giving it a bit of the old Sieg Heil.
Capita loving the recession
Everyone's favourite outsourcing firm and public sector provider Capita has had a solid start to the year, growing revenue by 11 per cent - eight per cent in organic terms - and growing profit before tax by 18 per cent.
EU privacy watchdog warns on transport monitoring
New systems planned by the European Commission to ease traffic problems across Europe do not adequately protect the privacy of travellers, according to the regulator set up to monitor the privacy implications of Commission actions.
Drobos flying off the shelves
Nobody told Geoff Barrall's Data Robotics there was a recession. Sales have just doubled year-on-year in its second quarter, the company says.
Council punished over theft of laptops from locked room
Privacy watchdog the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has taken action against a local authority which lost two laptop computers, despite the fact that they were stored in a locked office and password-protected.
Samsung intros skinny watchphone
Samsung has unveiled a super-slim watchphone, just weeks before the impending UK launch of LG’s GD910 Dick Tracy device.
Carphone Warehouse enjoying 2009
Carphone Warehouse is bearing up as it prepares to bisect itself, despite Charles Dunstone's dire predictions.
GTA IV's second update dated
The launch date for Grand Theft Auto IV’s second update - The Ballad of Gay Tony – has finally been confirmed.
Breathe Networks asks for euthanasia
ExclusiveInternet service provider Breathe Networks Ltd (BNL) has applied to be struck off the UK Register of Companies, The Register has learned.
HTC to up Android smartphone numbers?
Over half of HTC’s smartphones will ship running Google’s Android platform next year, it’s emerged.
LSI buys struggling ONStor
Storage array, software and silicon vendor LSI Corporation has bought struggling clustered filer supplier ONStor for $25m, giving ONStor's venture capital backers at least a $105m loss on their investment.
Spinvox: Why I quit
The worst kept secret in the mobile industry is out: disgruntled Spinvox call centre staff have been telling the BBC that they're not actually robots, or even highly advanced man-machine cyborg hybrids. But this is a surprise only to the gullible, or people who have never used Spinvox.
ST-Ericsson sees losses balloon
ST-Ericsson, now the second largest wireless chip maker, has managed to more than double its quarterly losses compared to last year, bleeding $165m over the last three months.
BlackBerry battles for Nortel assets
Research In Motion - the firm behind the BlackBerry - has complained that Canadian telco provider Nortel has unfairly stopped the company from bidding for part of its wireless business.
Minor CO2 issue cuts short ISS spacewalk
Mission specialists Chris Cassidy and Dave Wolf yesterday cut short the third STS-127 International Space Station spacewalk, due to "higher than normal carbon dioxide levels" in the former's spacesuit.
Tata threatens govt over e-car loan decision
Leccy TechThe government’s relationship with Indian car maker Tata could be turning sour, following delays over a multi-million pound e-car loan.
Virgin Media to deploy performance monitoring tech
Virgin Media will install specially-adapted kit in some of its customers' homes, to monitor and report the performance of its network. The move takes place against a background of increasing regulatory scrutiny of the discrepancy between advertised and real world speeds.
Helium hole hiccup halts Hadron
Leaks have been found in the vacuum of the Large Hadron Collider's insulating layer, causing yet another postponement of its restart from October to November.
Feminist org declines nude calendar cash
A group of Alloa women who got their kit off, in a charity-fundraising "Calendar Girls" stylee, are a little miffed that Scottish Women's Aid has declined to benefit from the proceeds.
Who could the big storage beasts be looking to buy?
CommentThe big beasts of storage - Broadcom, Dell, EMC, HP and NetApp - are on the prowl, and could be looking for new targets to snap up.
Signed mobile malware prompts Symbian security review
AnalysisThe recent distribution of digitally signed mobile malware raises troubling questions about Symbian's automated approval procedure.
Fujifilm confirms 'world's first' 3D stills and films compact
UpdatedFujifilm has finally officially unwrapped what it’s claimed is the world’s first compact camera capable of snapping both still pictures and films in 3D.
ISP redesign unites the web in nausea
Internet service provider Be There has redesigned its home page in a way guaranteed to get it talked about.
Paytard pirates press pause
Zookz - the bizarre Freetard-Paytard hybrid download service registered in Antigua - has stopped serving up music and movies and has refunded its customers.
Sony NAS-SC500PK Gigajuke
ReviewAfter a little less than a year on the market Sony has decided to give its Gigajuke wireless music system a bit of a facelift and make a few modifications. Evidently, the company intends to capitalise on the fact that, within the same twelve months, its Walkman range has gone from being a bunch of also-rans to a collection of some of the best personal music players on the market.
Total eclipse used to bait scareware scam
Wednesday's total solar eclipse over India and China has been exploited as a bait for sites punting scareware.
MoD sticks with 'most decrepit browser in the world'
Members of the armed forces will carry on using Microsoft's outdated Internet Explorer 6 browser, contravening the government's own advice on internet security.
EMC could be seeing bottom of the recession
EMC has just announced second quarter results for this year which show a rise over the first quarter, but a drop on last year's numbers.
Blighty's oldest working telly discovered
Despite the advent of HD TVs and Freesat, a UK-based telly that’s over 70 years old has won the…ahem…enviable title of being the country’s oldest working set.
Cops and ISP in paedophile data mix up
Police acting on dodgy data from an ISP raided an address and arrested a completely innocent person for being part of a paedophile ring, according to the government's electronic surveillance scrutineer.
Startup crafts DVD-Rs for the 31st century
A US startup has developed a new DVD-R technology that it claims will be readable for 1,000 years.
Breathe Networks out, Breathe Internet in
The assets of Breathe Networks Ltd (BNL) have been sold to the company's CEO, Steve Kaye, in a management buyout just one week after the ISP went into administration.
Verizon chief exec pnked in privacy prank
Verizon chief exec Ivan Seidenberg has been confronted with a comedian wielding a loudhailer and amplifier in a protest about privacy.
Rackspace open-sources cloud APIs
A week after adding API access to its Amazon-esque cloud, Rackspace has now open-sourced these APIs.
AT&T profits slip on iPhone investments
AT&T announced its second quarter financial results today, revealing numbers that make it increasingly clear that Big Phone is betting the farm on the Apple iPhone.
Cray punts smaller baby super
It looks like selling baby supercomputers based on a blade design and running the HPC variants of Windows and Linux is not as easy as Cray had hoped - which is why Cray has announced a new lower-end baby super, the CX1-LC.
Nexsan to uncage SATABeast 3
Nexsan might be about to announce the third iteration of its SATABeast in the shape of a 60-slot box.
Fujitsu says biz to pick up in 2010
Kuniaki Nozoe, president of Japanese IT giant Fujitsu, gave investors and customers an update on the company's financial situation in Tokyo this morning, and said that thanks to restructuring and acquisitions, he was hopeful that Fujitsu would be able to get profitable this fiscal year and boost profits in the following year.
Microsoft GPL violation hits memory hole
OSCON: updatedMicrosoft has dished up the warm fuzzies for the open-source faithful following an earlier sleight of hand on its massive code drop to GPL.
Boffins boast self-destructing cloud data
Just in time for the evolution to cloud computing, boffins at the University of Washington have developed a tool that makes electronic data self-destruct automatically after a set period of time.
PayPal moves to embed self in everything
PayPal has officially told the world it will open up its worldwide net payment platform to outside developers, offering a new set of APIs for embedding payment tools into third-party applications and, well, other development platforms.