Microsoft dodges multi-million dollar WGA payout
Microsoft has dodged a potentially-expensive legal fight after a case against Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) was denied class-action status.
Google betas Flash-free YouTube sans open codec
Google has publicly released an experimental YouTube player that uses the HTML5 video tag, as it continues the (very) slow process of moving the world's most popular video-sharing site away from Adobe Flash.
Hacker brings multitouch to Google's Nexus One
A celebrated Android hacker has released software that greatly enhances Google's Nexus One smartphone, endowing it for the first time with the same coveted multitouch features that grace Apple's iPhone.
Spring daddy looks to Oracle's MySQL commitments
Rod Johnson, open source Java pioneer and general manager of VMware's new SpringSource division, has welcomed the commitment European regulators appear to have squeezed from Oracle over the future of MySQL.
Quantum spruces up StorNext filesystem
Quantum has pushed out a major StorNext release, adding integrated filesystem deduplication and replication.
Public sector ICT 'under pressure'
The Society of IT Management has said that public sector ICT professionals are being squeezed between a cut in budgets and increased demand for their services.
The Equality Bill: Hidden agenda?
OpinionEmployment lawyers and HR professionals would be well advised to keep a close eye on the progress of the Equality Bill, currently being debated in the House of Lords. Initially intended as a legislative sweep-up, it now proposes major policy changes.
AMD preps for two-fisted two-socket catfight
AMD is hoping that its next move in the server space will bring it success in the massive two-socket market.
FCC website outs HP smartbook
HP has received US Federal Communications Commission approval for a device dubbed the Compaq AirLife 100 and listed on the FCC website as a "smartbook".
China swings at Clinton as Schmidt fudges exit plan
China has hit back at criticism from Google and Hillary Clinton accusing them of cultural imperialism by insisting that their view of freedom of information is somehow universal.
Storage is boring, right?
WorkshopIn the spirit of calling a spade a spade, it is fair to say that computer storage is generally perceived to be quite dull – in Douglas Adams terms it would qualify as ‘mostly harmless’.
Poetic justice for HK Taoist truck driver
The Hong Kong truck driver who duped an aspiring model into having ritual sex with him has been jailed for six years and nine months, HK's The Standard reports.
MS to release WinMo 7 to phone makers in September
Windows Mobile 7 will be handed over to smartphone makers in September, to allow them to ready devices based on the operating system for Q4 2010 or Q1 2011.
Lords mull Hail Mary penance for file sharers
MandybillThe Lords this week discussed new compensation for copyright holders this week - including a voluntary 'Hail Mary fine' payable by file sharers, instead of suspension - but nobody noticed.
Irish board hack prompts password reset
Popular Irish web discussion forum boards.ie has reset user passwords in response to a hack attack that compromised member login credentials.
Billionaire-funded e-car gets showroom date
Leccy TechThe electric e6 MPV manufactured by Chinese firm BYD and partly funded by American billionaire Warren Buffet will be launched later this year.
Police arrest MD of dowsing-rod 'bomb detector' firm
A British businessman who has made millions selling dowsing-rod "explosives detectors" to the Iraqi security forces has been arrested on suspicion of fraud.
Lenovo talks up LePhone launch
Lenovo has reiterated its plan - announced at the Consumer Electronics Shows earlier this month - to launch an Android-based smartphone later this year.
Ofcom opens debate on Freeview HD DRM to punters
Ofcom has begun asking the public whether the BBC should be allowed to apply DRM to Freeview HD broadcasts.
HP TouchSmart 600
ReviewEvery now and again, reviewing a new PC can be a pleasure rather than a chore. The feeling is not the result of blistering performance or a full set of ticks next to a spec list, but the natural response to using high-quality kit that works exactly as you want it to. HP’s TouchSmart 600 looks beautiful and reveals an approach to product design that suggests the company has thought carefully about every component and feature, and how best to implement them.
Super-soldier exoskeleton to get 3-day fuel cell powerpack
A radical powered exoskeleton under development for use by the US military is to be fitted with fuel-cell power supplies which will increase its endurance from hours to days - and furnish juice for the burgeoning load of electronics carried by modern soldiers, too.
UK.gov stacking up gang of clouds
The government's CIO has said he expects the public sector to use commercial cloud computing services as well as the 'G Cloud'.
Linux coders do it for money
Around 75 per cent of Linux developers raked in cash from their code crunching in the past year.
Airport scanner staff object to vetting
Security staff at Heathrow airport are reportedly furious at the suggestion that any of them would ever use pics taken from the new body scanners for lewd or lascivious purposes.
Rickets rise linked to excessive gaming
The number of British kids suffering from the deficiency disease rickets is soaring, medical experts have claimed. The cause: too many hours indoors playing videogames.
O2 halts Mobile Landline signups
O2 has suspended its popular 'Mobile Landline' service temporarily. The service provides business with a landline number that reroutes to an O2 SIM, without connection charges, an attractive proposition for SMEs.
Tor software updated after hackers crack into systems
Privacy-conscious users of the Tor anonymiser network have been urged to upgrade their software, following the discovery of a security breach.
UK government rebuffs cries for free postcode database
Number 10 has responded negatively to a petition signed by over 2,000 people that asked the government to convince the Royal Mail to offer a free postcode database to non-profit and community websites.
Avon & Somerset cop computers titsup?
A South-West Tory MP has well and truly put the cat among the proverbials with a question in the House of Commons about what he claimed is the "collapse of Avon and Somerset police's computer system".
Crusty fireball space mango wrecks US doctor's office
A "mango-sized" meteorite crashed into a doctor's office in Virginia this week at more than 200 mph, according to reports. The space rock smashed through the roof, an internal wall and an upper floor before shattering into several pieces on a concrete slab.
NSA beats warrantless wiretap rap
A Federal judge has dismissed a complaint against the National Security Agency's (NSA) Bush-era warrantless wiretapping programme, prompting suggestions the US government is now able to mount mass surveillance operations unhindered by the courts or constitution.
Indian Nokia workers ready to up tools
A two day strike at Nokia India is ending with most staff heading back to work, having been asked nicely and told that management will explain.
Chris Morris jihad film good to go
Chris Morris, the genius-man behind The Day Today, Brass Eye and Blue Jam, has spent the last few years researching and making a film about some hapless British would-be terrorists.
BT to throttle P2P for faster broadband
Hopes that BT's new faster broadband technology might improve peer-to-peer downloads have faded with the firm's confirmation that subscribers will be subject to the same restricitions as those on less expensive tariffs.
Zero-power LCD aims to reduce paper use
Pen and paper remains the simplest and often quickest way of scribbling down messages. Now US-based screen manufacturer Kent Displays has launched a power-free LCD writing tablet designed to reduce the world’s paper use.
BBC and ITV chase gaming cash
ITV and the BBC will soon fight it out for more than just viewer numbers. It has emerged than both broadcasters are to create videogame versions of their most popular TV shows.
Schwartz puts comforting arm around stricken Sun
Employees at Sun Microsystems concerned at the prospect of yet more lay-offs at the company will not have been comforted by a company-wide memo from president and CEO Jonathan Schwartz yesterday.
MS knew of Aurora exploit four months before Google attacks
Microsoft first knew of the bug used in the infamous Operation Aurora IE exploits as long ago as August, four months before the vulnerability was used in exploits against Google and other hi-tech firms in December, it has emerged.
TSA screener plants powder baggie in flier's luggage
A screener for the US Transportation Security Administration lost his job after pretending to plant a plastic bag of white powder in the carry-on luggage of a passenger at the Philadelphia International Airport.
Facebook busts ground on first custom data center
Facebook is building its first custom-designed data center, after years of leasing data center space from third parties.
Fujitsu puts systems chief at helm
Since last September, struggling IT supplier Fujitsu has been trying to right itself and do so without a president, with double-duty falling on the shoulders of Michiyoshi Mazuka, the company's chairman. But Fujitsu has now tapped an executive who has run several Fujitsu divisions and who currently runs its systems business, hoping to steer the company back to profitability.
Web2.0rhea infects International Space Station
A US astronaut has made a giant leap in social-networking history by sending the first tweet from space.
Boffins birth uber 'net neutrality' dowser
Researchers with the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, California have unveiled a completed version of their Netalyzr service, a tool designed to detect when your ISP is interfering with your net connection.
NASA pegs Noughties as hottest decade on record
The past decade was the warmest ever on record, showing that global warming is "continuing unabated," according to a new report from NASA.
Amateur goof makes Twitter account hijacking a snap
Twitter is sitting on an amateur configuration blunder that makes it trivial for attackers to take control of user accounts, a researcher said Friday.