24th > December > 2009 Archive
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.
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.
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of GQ magazine to subpoena Google and AT&T in an attempt to learn the identity of a computer intruder who stole unpublished editorial content and posted it online.
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.
Facebook boss joins Disney
Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg is to join the board of Walt Disney.
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.
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.
Twitter buys geo-firm
Twitter has bought Mixer Labs - the makers of GeoAPI - a tool kit for developers of geographically-aware applications.
Nominet legal boss quits
Emily Taylor, Nominet's long-serving legal and policy director, has resigned.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.