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Google Chrome OS goes native (code)

Google's Chrome OS does not run local applications or store local data. Everything is handled inside the browser. But when the much-hyped operating system debuts on netbooks at the end of next year, you can bet it will execute native code on behalf of online Google applications such as Gmail or Docs and Spreadsheets.
Cade Metz, 24 Dec 2009

Apple iPad to launch January 26 (maybe)

We've got a fiver to wager on Apple's intensely rumored iPad being launched on Tuesday, January 26.
Rik Myslewski, 24 Dec 2009

Publisher asks Google, AT&T to unmask network intruder

A federal judge has cleared the way for the publisher of GQ magazine to subpoena Google and AT&T in an attempt to learn the identity of a computer intruder who stole unpublished editorial content and posted it online.
Dan Goodin, 24 Dec 2009

Ofcom proposes squeezing £4m out of airlines

UK regulator Ofcom is again consulting on charging airports for the frequencies they use, even if the spectrum can't be used for anything else.
Bill Ray, 24 Dec 2009

Facebook boss joins Disney

Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg is to join the board of Walt Disney.
John Oates, 24 Dec 2009

UK government considers open source Ordnance Survey data

The government has released a 91-page consultation paper on how UK citizens could get more access to Ordnance Survey mapping data from next year.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Dec 2009

Micron's near billion dollar turnaround

DRAM and NAND flash manufacturer Micron recorded a $204m million profit in its first fiscal 2010 quarter, contrasting vividly with a $718m loss in the year-ago quarter.
Chris Mellor, 24 Dec 2009

Twitter buys geo-firm

Twitter has bought Mixer Labs - the makers of GeoAPI - a tool kit for developers of geographically-aware applications.
John Oates, 24 Dec 2009

Nominet legal boss quits

Emily Taylor, Nominet's long-serving legal and policy director, has resigned.
Christopher Williams, 24 Dec 2009

Tiny TV could make billions for FCC

The CTIA and CES have produced a white paper outlining how to extract 180MHz of TV-broadcast spectrum without impacting TV quality or coverage, and it's worth reading.
Bill Ray, 24 Dec 2009

Top Gear tops iPlayer hit list

The Beeb's Top Gear was the most watched show on the corporation's iPlayer during 2009, with the first episodes of series 13 and 14 clocking up 1.7m and 1.3m hits, respectively.
Lester Haines, 24 Dec 2009

Santa sticks up bank to 'pay elves'

Nashville cops are hunting a rogue Saint Nick who on Tuesday robbed a SunTrust Bank because "Santa needed to pay his elves", as the perp explained to staff.
Lester Haines, 24 Dec 2009

Software fraudster 'fooled CIA' into terror alert

A con man fooled US spooks into grounding international flights by selling them "technology" to decode al-Qaeda messages hidden in TV broadcasts, it's claimed.
Christopher Williams, 24 Dec 2009

DDoS attack scrooges Amazon and others

Service to Amazon, Wal-Mart and several other shopping sites was briefly blocked on Wednesday evening when their DNS provider was hit by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.
Austin Modine, 24 Dec 2009

Inmate gets 18 months for thin client prison hack

A former prison inmate has been ordered to serve 18 months for hacking the facility's computer network, stealing personal details of more than 1,100 of its employees and making them available to other inmates.
Dan Goodin, 24 Dec 2009

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