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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Legal highs now illegal
The law banning GBL, BZP, synthetic cannabis and other "legal highs" comes into effect today.
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.
Imminent launch for mobile Firefox
The first mobile version of Firefox is days away from delivery, Mozilla project chiefs have told the BBC.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BlackBerry outage hits America for second time in week
North America has been hit with its second Blackberry email outage in seven days..
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.