16th > September > 2009 Archive
Facebook acquires 300 millionth user
As of today, Facebook has 300 million participants and is "cash flow positive," according to founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Trial set for 'botnet for hire' duo
A federal judge has cleared the way for the trial of two men accused of waging a cyber attack on a webhosting company so they could demonstrate the effectiveness of their botnet to potential customers.
Opera Mini gets facelift, sprouts tabs
Opera is bringing multipage browsing to its popular Mini browser, with a beta rolling out today. Mini 5.0 also gets a slick visual makeover, and touch support on devices that accept touch input.
Rights commission slams police DNA database advice
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has criticised the Association of Chief Police Officers' advice to chief constables to continue adding profiles of innocent people to the DNA database.
Dedupe start-up GreenBytes gets green light
Start-up GreenBytes has announced its GB-X products that deduplicate primary data, both NAS and iSCSI SAN, and which are based on an enhanced ZFS file system.
James Martin apologises for cyclist outrage
TV chef James Martin has apologised for unkind comments he made regarding cyclists in a Mail on Sunday review of the Tesla Roadster.
Motorola's latest enterprise handset screams as it falls
Motorola's latest enterprise-ready mobile computer is really a mobile phone, but don't tell the handset division, as they're Android mad over there.
Crackdown on dodgy mobile deals
Ofcom is cracking down on dodgy mobile deals and is making mobile operators responsible for the dubious practises some retailers and resellers engage in on their behalf.
Bus driver becomes Julius Andreas Gimli Arn MacGyver Chewbacka
Norwegian bus driver Andreas Jankov has officially become "Julius Andreas Gimli Arn MacGyver Chewbacka Highlander Elessar-Jankov", thereby apparently claiming the country's longest name crown.
Archos adds Android 'andheld to PMP collection
Archos has launched a super-sexy internet tablet based on the OS of the moment – Android.
Archos Android 'tablet phone' confirmed
Media player specialist Archos will launch an Android-based mobile phone next year, the company has revealed.
Firms fail to focus on most dangerous security threats
Enterprises are focusing their information security efforts in the wrong areas, leaving themselves more open to hacking attacks and malware infections as a result.
Muse eye Bond theme
British rock band Muse have told the BBC they'd like the chance to have a go at the next James Bond theme.
Belkin preps Wi-Fi gadget-sharer
We've been waiting for one of these. Plenty of wireless routers will let you hook a printer up to them in order to share it on the network. That's fine - provided your printer is proximate to your router. If it's not, you're out of luck.
YouTube Lad from Lagos stranded in London
Pity if you will poor Prince Obi - our fave Lad from Lagos who last month made a YouTube appeal for assistance - because the poor bloke's apparently stranded in London having flown in to do business with one James Alexander Smith.
Dell pays $4m to settle NY 'deceptive practices' claim
Dell will cough up $4m to the New York Attorney General's Office to resolve charges of "fraudulent and deceptive business practices" related to its finance and service promotions.
O2 gets into fixed line with BT
O2 will start offering business customers fixed line telecoms services from October.
Renault unveils e-car foursome
Leccy TechRenault has announced four e-cars at the ongoing Frankfurt Motor Show.
Google bolts 'stable' Chrome 3 onto interwebs
Google has released a “stable” Windows-only version of Chrome 3, and admitted it’ll be “exceptionally disappointed” if it hasn’t grabbed at least five per cent of the browser market by this time next year.
Cracks show in music industry over P2P enforcement
Divisions inside the music business have prompted its umbrella trade organisation to issue a statement today denying any serious rift, while dodging the issue of whether it will urge the government to cut off persistent pirates from the net.
Sears told to destroy data gathered by online tracking software
US retailer Sears has been ordered to destroy all the customer data it collected from a piece of online tracking software that consumer regulator the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said was unfairly used.
NO2ID beats off ad complaint
The Advertising Standards Authority has rejected a complaint about a NO2ID advertisement which warned of the likelihood of personal information leaking from the proposed National Identity Register.
Dell 2145cn colour laser
ReviewDell’s 2145cn is a mid-range multifunction device, designed for small office and modest workgroup use, but includes several, big-machine functions. Unusually, it’s also built around a colour laser engine.
HP chases Cisco with ProCurve blade switches
Hewlett-Packard is getting its converged networking act together.
US Spec Ops operates psywar websites targeted at UK
The secretive US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has awarded arms globocorp General Dynamics a $10m contract to set up a network of psychological-warfare "influence websites" supporting the Global War On Terror. France and Britain are specifically included as "targeted regions".
No third service pack for Windows Server 2003
Microsoft has outlined some support changes coming in July 2010 for wrinkly versions of its Windows Server platform.
Retailer says 'No' to PSP Go!
Sony would probably have you believe that retailers are climbing over one another to stock the PSP Go! But one Dutch retailer has refused to stock the firm’s latest handheld console.
US researchers demand cell phone safety tax
A US senate subcommittee was told this week by cellphone safety researchers that more money is needed to research cellphone safety, ideally through a $1 tax on every mobile-phone bill.
Cisco pumps up small business line
The nearest thing to Cisco's heart is clearly a nice, solid conglom to sell oodles of networking kit. But about a year ago, the company glued together products and people from across LinkSys and its US reseller channel to create a new unified SMB program.
Power grid takedown: A new how-to
A well targeted attack against a small power grid subnetwork might result in a cascading failure across the entire US West Coast electricity grid, according to a Chinese academic.
Fon community embraces GSM
Hotspot sharing community Fon has signed a deal with Ubiquisys to put GSM cells into Fon hotspots, just as soon as they can get a network operator to let them.
Exanet and 3PAR buddy up
Unified block and file storage has received another fillip, as 3PAR and Exanet have got together to layer Exanet's clustered NAS head onto 3PAR's InServ block array.
Tory surveillance backlash: Worthy, but is it workable?
Conservative proposals to roll back the surveillance state may score an A for effort – but maybe only a B for practicality.
Japanese chip giants merge
Two big players in Japanese chip making, NEC and Renesas are to merge their operations in a deal which could pave the way for government help.
Seagate links HDDs to web
We’ve all arrived somewhere only to discover that we left that all-important presentation or document on our home PC. So Seagate has launched its latest in access-anywhere storage: the FreeAgent DockStar.
Database containing 1.8m UK postcode locations leaks online
An alleged copy of the UK postcode list has tipped up on WikiLeaks.
Citrix gooses XenApp with virtualization
As if keeping track of the many similarly named products coming from Citrix Systems in the wake of its acquisition of virtualization upstart XenSource was not difficult enough, now Citrix is mixing and matching formerly separate technologies to give customers new ways to get centrally controlled applications out to corporate desktops.
Looking at the threat landscape
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Microsoft security tools give devs the warm fuzzies
Microsoft has released a general-purpose software tool for assessing the security of applications, part of a growing suite of free offerings designed to help third-party developers design safer programs.
Black hole swallows EMEA server revenues
The box counters at IDC gave their prognosis for the global server racket a few weeks ago, pointing to the worst sales quarter in terms of year-on-year declines, in the firm's history of tracking such numbers. If you were expecting some good news concerning server sales out of Europe, forget it.
White hats release exploit for critical Windows vuln
White-hat hackers have released reliable code that remotely exploits a critical vulnerability in the Vista and Server 2008 versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system.
Microsoft targets Google's mobile dream with Bing
Microsoft is building Bing with a view towards beating Google in an area its internet rival has highlighted as ripe for massive growth: mobile search.
Googlebooks crusade captures CAPTCHA king
Google has acquired reCAPTCHA, a free CAPTCHA service that also serves as a means of digitizing printed books and newspapers. Among other things, the Mountain View web giant is looking to juice its ever-controversial library-scanning Book Search project.
Second Life slapped with counterfeit sex toy suit
A pair of Second Life entrepreneurs are suing the game's creator, Linden Lab, for allowing other players to sell "knockoffs" of their virtual sex organs, erotic poses, designer clothing, and other trademarked items.
Skype founders sue eBay in license brawl
The founders of Skype sued eBay for copyright infringement almost two weeks after it agreed to sell a majority stake in the voice over IP business for $2bn.
Lucky iPhone developer gets very own App Store hotline
As a worldwide chorus of mobile developers howls over Apple's unwillingness to discuss the ins and outs of the iPhone App Store, Steve Jobs and his minions are providing at least one app seller with its very own support rep.
Oracle Q1 sales down, profit up
Oracle, the software giant and hardware wannabe, put its first quarter of fiscal 2010 ended August 31 to bed today, and like other software makers, sales of new software licenses continue to be crunched by the economic meltdown and the strengthening US dollar.
Inmate 'fesses to prison computer hack
A former US inmate has pleaded guilty to hacking into the prison's computer system to obtain the personal data of more than 1,100 prison service workers.