3rd > November > 2009 Archive

The Register breaking news

Hacker charged in $1m cable ISP customer cloning scheme

Federal prosecutors have charged a California man with earning $1m over a six-year period by illegally selling products that allowed customers to get high-speed internet service for free.
Dan Goodin, 03 Nov 2009
AMD Phenom II X4
6

AMD desktop rejig: six-core 'Thuban' set for Q2 2010?

AMD is reported to have rejiggered its phase-out and phase-in plans for various members of its Phenom II and Athlon II processor lines.
Rik Myslewski, 03 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news
3

Yahoo! open sources uber web server

Yahoo! has open sourced the back-end software platform that underpins the company's webmail client and countless other applications offered up across its sweeping web portal.
Cade Metz, 03 Nov 2009
channel

Early adopters bloodied by Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

Ubuntu 9.10 is causing outrage and frustration, with early adopters wishing they'd stuck with previous versions of the Linux distro.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Nov 2009
Motorola
1

Motorola to boost smartphone range

Motorola was slow to join the smartphone bandwagon, but that’s all about to change. The firm has promised to launch no fewer than 20 top-end mobile phones next year.
James Sherwood, 03 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news
1

SpiderCloud weaves 3G into enterprise

Networking startup SpiderCloud wants to bring 3G networks into the enterprise, and hopes that network operators will pay for them.
Bill Ray, 03 Nov 2009
Sony Ericsson S312
2

Sony Ericsson S312

Review Sony Ericsson tends to get the most publicity from its Cyber-shot cameraphones and Walkman music phones. Not unusual, that, but the company also has a large array of mid-range and lower end mobiles. A case in point: the S312. At £100 Sim-free or £69 from T-Mobile on pay-as-you-go, it fits right into that lower price bracket.
Sandra Vogel, 03 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news

Big Blue red-faced over Congestion charge crash

Things did not go entirely smoothly for IBM on its first day in control of Transport for London's Congestion Charge systems yesterday.
John Oates, 03 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news

Google not normal for Norfolk

Good news for Microsoft's Bing today - Google does not have the whole search market sewn up and nor is it easy to use. At least one English county is apparently unable to fathom its mysteries.
John Oates, 03 Nov 2009
Windows and Android

T-Mobile: Google to open Android Market to Win Mo apps

Google has extended the reach of the Android Market online app store to Windows Mobile devies... if T-Mobile UK is to be believed.
The Register breaking news

Bono serenades fellow fader, Bill Gates

Bill Gates' fortune may have slipped by $18bn in the past year or so, but pop oldster Bono apparently thinks that the leftover $40bn still deserves a royal salute.
Rik Myslewski, 03 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news
3

Devious decryption scam rides ransomware Trojan

Devious virus writers have come up with a new twist on ransomware-style malware.
John Leyden, 03 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news

Irish brogue voted world's sexiest accent

There's some good news this morning for our readers from the Emerald Isle: their Irish brogue has topped a poll of 5,000 women worldwide to emerge as the world's sexiest accent.
Lester Haines, 03 Nov 2009
graph up
9

Big business bullies EU into open source U-turn

The European Union has long promoted open source software, but it seems that years of expensive lobbying by big software companies has finally worn down the bureaucrats' resistance.
John Oates, 03 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news
3

Airwave cop-comms to be 'brought to life' for Olympics

The Home Office has announced a £39m deal to upgrade its Airwave emergency-services comms net in and around the 2012 Olympics venues, allowing it to handle "several thousand users within confined geographical locations". Contractors described the requirement as "challenging", but anticipated meeting it by Games time.
Lewis Page, 03 Nov 2009
SE_Xperia_X3_sm

Sony Ericsson confirms Android Xperia

Sony Ericsson has finally undressed 'Rachael' – its latest flagship smartphone known for ages only by its sexy pseudonym.
James Sherwood, 03 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news

Desktops: To upgrade or not?

Live Webcast With Windows 7 ready to bite, the recession drawing to a close - maybe - and a certain optimism crossing the land, we’ll soon enter the season for desktop upgrades. But seriously, what’s the rationale for keeping an up-to-date desktop environment?
Phil Mitchell, 03 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news

Opera Mobile sings out new Symbian version

Opera's latest Mobile version is out in beta for Symbian, providing the best mobile browsing experience with an interface borrowed from Opera Mini.
Bill Ray, 03 Nov 2009
Creative
1

Creative back on Apple's case with iPad-style media tablet

Creative Labs, one-time maker of major iPod challengers, is to take on Apple again - if the Mac maker releases its eagerly anticipated 'iPad' tablet, that is.
Tony Smith, 03 Nov 2009
For Sale sign detail
1

WD dives into SAS enterprise drive pool

Western Digital has jumped into the enterprise-class hard drive market with a 10,000rpm, 300GB capacity drive.
Chris Mellor, 03 Nov 2009
DSi_LL_SM
3

Nintendo hints at free DSi 3G connectivity

Recent comments by Nintendo’s CEO have sparked speculation that the gaming giant’s upcoming Nintendo DSi XL will offer free game downloads over an integrated 3G connection.
James Sherwood, 03 Nov 2009
channel
6

EMC/Cisco's V-Block faces the hard Cell from HP

Comment EMC and Cisco have announced a plan to sell virtual blocks - or V-Blocks - likely to be integrated stacks of virtualised servers, storage and switches, either as products or services. HP's Cell technology could achieve the same end: IT stacks provisioned on demand in private or public clouds.
Chris Mellor, 03 Nov 2009
802.11n

Atheros touts 802.11n chip for phones, handhelds

We may at last be soon able to see handheld gadgets equipped with 802.11n Wi-Fi. WLAN chipmaker Atheros has introduced a part aimed at just such devices, but don't expect full 802.11n speeds.
Tony Smith, 03 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news

M86 picks up Finjan to tackle web-based threats

Content security firm M86 Security has acquired web security appliance firm Finjan in a deal designed to allow it to offer better protection against both email and web-based threats. Terms of the agreement, announced Tuesday, were undisclosed.
John Leyden, 03 Nov 2009
Cat 5 cable

Boffins working on biodegradable flexi LED implants

Boffins in America are working on biodegradable, flexible electronic devices printed on silk, which could be implanted in the human body and would decay naturally over time. Applications could include LED displays inlaid beneath the skin, or direct nerve-controlled interfaces.
Lewis Page, 03 Nov 2009

Granada to start losing analog telly tomorrow

The Granada TV region will lose part of its analog signal tomorrow, paving the way for stronger Freeview digital broadcasts.
Tony Smith, 03 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news

MPs give offender system drubbing in scathing report

The Public Accounts Commitee, the funding watchdog, has reported back on its investigation into the failed National Offender Management System - which was abandoned in 2007 after wasting millions of pounds - without pulling any punches.
John Oates, 03 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news

Extortionist targets jailbroken iPhones

A Dutch hacker who threatened iPhone jailbreakers has relented on their threat to abuse unlocked handsets unless users pay €5.
Bill Ray, 03 Nov 2009
3M's 3D film
2

3M shows 9in naked-eye 3D display

Three-dimensional displays that don't rely on polarised or active-shutter glasses could be coming to handheld devices soon ther than you think.
Tony Smith, 03 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news
2

Friends Reunited reunited with ITV?

The Office of Fair Trading has sent the proposed takeover of Friends Reunited by DC Thomson to the Competition Commission.
John Oates, 03 Nov 2009
chart
5

Google wheels out Chrome, Wave updates

Google's developers clearly missed all the Halloween fun, with both the Chrome and Wave teams slinging out updates yesterday.
Joe Fay, 03 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news

Employers to take fingerprints for CRB checks

Private companies will take fingerprints from job applicants as part of a trial to improve the accuracy of Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) background checks.
T-Mobile Pulse

T-Mobile Pulse

Review There haven’t been that many Android smartphones in the UK yet, but T-Mobile is already looking to capitalise on the burgeoning demand Google's operating system by releasing the Pulse, the first pay-as-you-go Android handset.
Phil Lattimore, 03 Nov 2009
SGI logo hardware close-up

Cisco plays hardball over Tandberg buy

Cisco is warning shareholders of Tandberg - the video conferencing firm it is buying for $3bn - that it will not pursue the takeover at any price.
John Oates, 03 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news

Tories will scrap 'pre-crime' vetting

An incoming Conservative government would take steps to cut the vetting database down to size and would balk at 'pre-crime' behavioural vetting techniques.
Jane Fae , 03 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news
1

Nokia Siemens Networks to slash almost 6,000 jobs

Nokia Siemens Networks is planning to shave €500m off annual running costs over the next 26 months, with cuts that could include six thousand jobs.
Bill Ray, 03 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news

BetOnSports founder Kaplan jailed for four years

The founder of BetOnSports.com was imprisoned for four years and three months on Monday after pleading guilty to violating the Wire Wager Act and racketeering offences.
John Leyden, 03 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news

FBI techs shy away from facial recognition

A senior FBI technologist declared last month that after decades of evaluation, the agency sees no point in facial recognition.
David Moss, 03 Nov 2009
graph up
5

Adaptec CEO on the ropes after dreadful results

Adaptec's November 10th AGM runup has been bespoiled by dreadful quarterly results and the company is facing the likely ejection of its CEO from the board.
Chris Mellor, 03 Nov 2009
homeless man with sign
5

3Leaf makes big SMPs out of x64 clusters

Everybody is looking to shake up the server business this days, it seems. But everyone had better get in line behind 3Leaf Systems, which is launching its much awaited "Aqua" system pooling and virtualization chipset and an intriguing x64 system to match.
The Register breaking news

Volcanic African 'unzipping' could see continent divided

An enormous 35-mile-long rift which "unzipped" in "just days" across the face of Ethiopia has now been confirmed by boffins as the beginning of a process which will see Africa split in two by a new ocean.
Lewis Page, 03 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news

Who does what in the server room?

Workshop The “architectures” deployed in server rooms are beginning to change dramatically. Organisations are seeking to increase service delivery to their customers while keeping a strong hold on costs, both in terms of acquisition and, increasingly, operation. This trend in turn is shaping the skills required to run the datacentre and branch / remote systems, especially as virtualization solutions are used to support mainstream business processes.
Tony Lock, 03 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news

Reg hack pursues Street View spymobile

You know how it is: you pop out in the morning to buy some milk and before you know it you've been recorded for posterity by a prowling spymobile from Google's Street View.
Lester Haines, 03 Nov 2009
homeless man with sign
3

Microsoft chops cloud costs

Microsoft is cutting the cost of its hosted cloud business productivity bundle.
John Oates, 03 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news

Americans promised all you can eat Twittering for $99

Millions more Americans will now be able to engage in SMS inane babble and update the world on their lunch habits with the official launch of the TwitterPeek, a handheld device that does nothing but let you Twitter.
Joe Fay, 03 Nov 2009
channel

Arkeia digs deep for dedupe technology

Backup supplier Arkeia is buying Kadena Systems and its deduplication technology for an undisclosed amount.
Chris Mellor, 03 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news
3

Trojan pokes Facebook for zombie commands

Crimeware distributors have begun using Facebook as a command and control channel for a Trojan that turns compromised Windows PCs into zombie drones.
John Leyden, 03 Nov 2009
graph up
4

Cisco, EMC, and VMware join hands and plunge into cloud

Cisco Systems, EMC, and VMware this morning announced the formation of a new joint venture called Acadia and a stack of data centre servers, storage, networking.
Peugeot_BB1_SM

Peugeot's bulbous BB1 e-car bound for Blighty

Leccy Tech Following its official unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Peugeot's visually arresting BB1 e-car has been sent on a European Grand Tour to drum up interest and give the masses a chance to kick the tyres.
Alun Taylor, 03 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news

US sees 'hot-tub related injuries' increase triplefold

According to a recent study, those US citizens who manage to survive swine flu, terrorists, meteor strikes, guvmint agents fixin' to pry their guns from their cold dead fingers and other such perils of the modern age are still doomed. They will almost certainly be killed - or anyway badly injured - in some kind of horrific hot-tub-related accident.
Lewis Page, 03 Nov 2009
Spring Designs' Alex
8

Barnes & Noble nobbled for 'nicking' Nook-e Reader notion

Spring Design is suing Barnes & Noble for allegedly stealing its e-book reader designs.
Bill Ray, 03 Nov 2009
USB 3.0 SuperSpeed

Buffalo adds add-in card adaptor to USB 3.0 line-up

Storage specialist Buffalo has re-announced its first USB 3.0 hard drive and this time it's also offering punters stuck in the USB 2.0 era - all of them, in other words - a PCI Express Card containing a pair of SuperSpeed ports.
Tony Smith, 03 Nov 2009
channel
9

Microsoft's SQL Server gets appliance of iron

Near-final code for Microsoft's next SQL Server database is due today, wrapping in hardware from partners to help counter Oracle's proprietary Exadata appliance.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news

Can Darwin help us find little green men?

Life as we know it on Earth is mostly ugly, sometimes monstrous, and to a statistically small but nevertheless disquieting magnitude, it's composed of wandering packs of ravaging blood-thirsty wolves. Curiously, this beastly menagerie comes from what is essentially the same biological recipe that also spawned Academy Award-winning actress and unquestionably classy dame Joan Crawford.
Austin Modine, 03 Nov 2009
1

VIA intros Nano 3000 netbook, notebook CPUs

VIA has introduced out its latest Nano CPUs, pitching the new 3000 family of low-power processors at makers of thin'n'light laptops and of all-in-one desktops.
Tony Smith, 03 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news
2

Dell hit by $12.8m camera conspiracy verdict

A New Orleans jury has found Dell liable for $12.8m in damages on conspiracy and unfair competition charges in a lawsuit about the city's problem-plagued crime camera program.
Austin Modine, 03 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news
4

PayPal opens 'embed everywhere' APIs to world+dog

PayPal X Innovate PayPal and eBay have opened their PayPal X developer platform to world+dog. Named with a nod to PayPal's original url, this new collection of APIs is pitched as a way for developers to embedded payment processing in everything from third-party web apps to online app stores to outside dev platforms.
Cade Metz, 03 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news
8

ChiPhone fails to ignite consumer frenzy

Legal iPhones have been available in China since last Friday, but Chinese consumers aren't falling over themselves to buy the pricey smartphones.
Rik Myslewski, 03 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news

Turkey whacks Google with £28.7m fine, claims tax dodging

Google has run afoul of Turkish tax laws to the tune of 71m Turkish Lira ($47m, £28.7m).
Rik Myslewski, 03 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news

Bug in latest Linux gives untrusted users root access

A software developer has uncovered a bug in most versions of Linux that could allow untrusted users to gain complete control over the open-source operating system.
Dan Goodin, 03 Nov 2009
channel
1

Red Hat pitches x64 virtualization with KVM rollout

Commercial Linux distributor Red Hat today got its freestanding, bare-metal Enterprise Virtualization hypervisor, a hardened version of the KVM hypervisor it took control of last summer, to market. That makes Red Hat a player as x64 servers the world over are set for a massive wave of virtualization.
cloud
5

Inside Acadia: the Cisco, EMC, VMware love child explained

As El Reg reported earlier Tuesday, Cisco Systems, EMC and VMware announced a partnership to peddle integrated server, storage, and networking stacks to data centers that want to buy preconfigured and integrated x64 servers running VMware's vSphere 4.0 software.
The Register breaking news
7

IBM hurls defiance at Microsoft after communications pitch flop

Enterprise 2.0 IBM suffered through an extremely glitchy demo of its unified communications software at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference today, but it still preserved enough bravado to challenge Microsoft to a throw-down.
Austin Modine, 03 Nov 2009
graph up

Microsoft adds higher price to SQL Server's new features

Microsoft is bumping up the price of its SQL Server database for the first time in four years.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Nov 2009