23rd > December > 2009 Archive


Hackers break Amazon's Kindle DRM

UpdatedHackers from the US and Israel say they have broken copyright protections built in to Amazon's Kindle for PC, a feat that allows ebooks stored on the application to work with other devices.
Dan Goodin, 23 Dec 2009

Google 'open' memo betrays deep corporate delusion

Google has sent itself a memo as part of an ongoing effort to perpetuate the self-delusion that it's the world's most open company.
Cade Metz, 23 Dec 2009

Pair plead not guilty to Galleon insider trading charges

Raj Rajaratnam, the owner and manager of the Galleon Group hedge fund that is at the center of two insider trading scams, and his compatriot, Danielle Chiesi, formerly of the New Castle Funds hedge fund, have both entered pleas of not guilty to US District Court Judge Richard Holwell.
LG GD510 Pop

LG GD510 Pop

ReviewLess, they say, is more, and that's certainly a maxim LG believes in if the Pop - aka the GD510 - is anything to go by. This is one small phone, yet it presents a full touch-based user interface and simple, clear styling that will make some wonder if it's one answer to the long hoped for iPhone Nano.
Tony Smith, 23 Dec 2009

Verizon shares 4G updates

Verizon has published updated specifications for its 4G network, in the hope that this time there will be some applications by the time it deploys the technology.
Bill Ray, 23 Dec 2009

Legal highs now illegal

The law banning GBL, BZP, synthetic cannabis and other "legal highs" comes into effect today.
John Oates, 23 Dec 2009

ISS crew don festive hats

The crew of the International Space Station have posed with festive hats following a successful docking of the Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft with the orbiting outpost yesterday.
Lester Haines, 23 Dec 2009

Imminent launch for mobile Firefox

The first mobile version of Firefox is days away from delivery, Mozilla project chiefs have told the BBC.
John Leyden, 23 Dec 2009

Vodafone gives away internet over Christmas

Vodafone UK is giving away internet access between Christmas and the new year, but only to those who have their APN set correctly.
Bill Ray, 23 Dec 2009

BOFH: Key performance undertakers

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Simon Travaglia, 23 Dec 2009
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Exanet back from the grave

Exanet is coming back from the grave, just two weeks after its founder and board chairman, Dr. Giora Yaron, said it was closing down. This comes after a Tel Aviv court ordered the injection of extra funds.
Chris Mellor, 23 Dec 2009

Lawyers scared of computers

A Crown Court judge has blasted a lawyer's excuse for printing huge bundles of documents rather than delivering them on disc.
Christopher Williams, 23 Dec 2009

i4i pats self on back for Microsoft patent win

The Canadian software maker that saw a US federal appeals court uphold a ruling against Microsoft yesterday, has described the decision as a "war cry for talented inventors whose patents are infringed."
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Dec 2009

Nuke-bunker-nobbling US megabomb delayed

Efforts by the US military to equip the batwinged B-2 "Spirit" Stealth bomber with a huge penetrator weapon - suitable for use against underground Iranian nuclear facilities - have been delayed.
Lewis Page, 23 Dec 2009

Pharma link spammers invade Live Space

Cybercrime affiliates of unlicensed pharmaceutical websites have begun moving on from attacks purely designed to poison Google search engine results, and are now targetting Microsoft's web properties.
John Leyden, 23 Dec 2009

My hospital HAL - Google man moots syringe that says no

Google VP Jonathan Rosenberg's windy sermon on 'Open' has been widely panned, but his interesting intervention on identity, health records and medical procedures has been little remarked, so far. Which is a pity, considering how close Google's High Command is to the High Command of the party likely to win next year's election, and what that party might well do about the health service.
John Lettice, 23 Dec 2009

Opera hopes to push fast engine envelope with 10.5 preview

Opera boldly catapulted a pre-alpha version of its latest browser onto the interwebs yesterday, for brave testers to tinker with over the holiday season.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Dec 2009

Multiple travel firms refuse ID cards as passport alternative

The supposed usefulness of UK ID cards has been called into question by news that major travel companies are telling would-be passengers that ID cards are NOT valid travel credentials for travel in Europe.
John Leyden, 23 Dec 2009

Homemade airship prang closes highway in Oklahoma

A homemade airship went out of control above Oklahoma last week and came down on an interstate motorway, causing startled highway patrolmen to hurriedly close several lanes to traffic.
Lewis Page, 23 Dec 2009

US mum calls 911 over Grand Theft Auto

A Boston mum whose 14-year-old son refused to stop playing Grand Theft Auto in the early hours called in the cops to put a stop to his late-night gaming.
Lester Haines, 23 Dec 2009

Microsoft issues wipe clean Word tool for OEMs

Microsoft spat out an Office 2007 patch for Stateside OEMs in October that pre-empted yesterday's Word XML appeal ruling, when a court upheld an injunction against the software giant.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Dec 2009
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Comcast to pay $16m over BitTorrent busting

Comcast has agreed to pay $16m to settle a class action suit brought against the company after it was caught secretly busting BitTorrents.
Cade Metz, 23 Dec 2009

5-megapix 'iPhone 4' set for June?

The fourth generation iPhone has already been spotted in the wild. It will debut on June 28. It will have a 5-megapixel camera. And it will contribute to the 40-45 million iPhones that Apple plans to sell next year.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Dec 2009

BlackBerry outage hits America for second time in week

North America has been hit with its second Blackberry email outage in seven days..
Austin Modine, 23 Dec 2009

3Com profit bump surprises Street

Networking equipment maker 3Com beat its guidance for revenues and profits in its fiscal 2010 second quarter, but revenues are still being compressed by the soft global economy.

Novell stacks Linux and Mono for mainframes

When IBM announced its Linux-only Enterprise Linux Server variants of the System z mainframe two weeks ago, what the company did not say is that software partner Novell had cooked up software bundles specifically for these boxes.

Googlephone Nexus One leaks more news

Google only admitted that its rumored smartphone was real about a week ago, and today comes word that the first units will go on sale at the beginning of next month.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Dec 2009

US regulators deepen Google mobile ad probe

The US Federal Trade Commission has expanded its antitrust review into Google's proposed $750m acquisition of the mobile advertising outfit known as AdMob.
Cade Metz, 23 Dec 2009

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