Sun's Schwartz finished under Ellison?
Jonathan Schwartz is reportedly getting ready to quit Sun Microsystems, four years after being given the job of putting the giant on a course for success.
Motorola seeks ban on US BlackBerries
Motorola is hoping to convince US trade regulators to ban the sale and import of certain BlackBerry phones, which it claims infringe on several patents.
AOL seeds future with video buy
Still-existing web outfit AOL has spent $36.5 million to acquire StudioNow, a Nashville-based startup that builds online video platforms for other companies.
Red Hat sponsors open source religion
Commercial Linux distributor Red Hat started out as a catalog business peddling Linux and Unix software and started tucking a homegrown Linux created by Marc Ewing in the back of the catalogs. It didn't take long to realize that the Linux was worth more than the catalog business, and thus the poster child for the commercialized open source movement was born.
German court finds parent liable for child's file-sharing
Parents can be legally responsible for the unlawful behaviour of their children using home internet connections, a German court has ruled. It said that a woman had a duty to monitor the use to which her internet connection was put.
SourceForge bars 5 nations from open source downloads
Open-source code repository SourceForge.net has begun automatically blocking the internet addresses of users from countries such as Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Sudan, and Syria in an attempt to enforce a policy forbidding them from downloading free software.
Google Vulcan death grip
Another Lotusphere is behind us, with news for IBM's business hivemind and collaboration software aplenty. But why does Big Blue host its shindig way over in Orlando, Florida, when it's easier to peek at Google's portfolio on the other coast?
Apple tablet wins open source Appceleration
Appcelerator - the Silicon Valley outfit whose open source Titanium platform lets you build desktop and mobile apps with web-happy development tools - has announced that the platform will soon generate native runtimes for "the new Apple tablet."
Adultery website boosted by Christian publicity campaign
A purportedly Christian man claims to be running a campaign against a website which offers dates for married people.
MPs probe Climategate
The UK Parliament will examine the 'Climategate' affair, probing issues raised by the public release of source code and correspondence from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit (CRU).
Apple: iPhone App and iTunes stores don't make money
Apple's App Store and iTunes Store aren't moneymakers. They're lures for prospective handset customers.
HMRC warned on wrong tax codes
The Inland Revenue should be doing more to warn people about wrong tax codes - with 25m being sent out this year there are bound to be more errors than usual.
Smut-peddling hackers pwn TechCrunch
UpdatedPopular technology site TechCrunch was hit by potty-mouth hackers late on Monday, leaving the site temporarily unavailable.
Adobe processor price switch riles developers
Programmers are shocked and angered by a change to how Adobe charges for its LiveCycle Data Services 3.0, raising questions over their continued loyalty to Flex.
Remember CVE? Say hello to CVN
Move over EMC: NetApp is also partnering with Cisco and VMware. In an imitation of the CVE (Cisco, VMware and EMC) vBlock integrated stack concept, Cisco, NetApp and VMware have settled on an integrated stack architecture - without the orderable integrated blocks of product and an Acadia-like entity.
'Cyber Genome Project' kicked off by DARPA
Applecart-bothering Pentagon boffinry bureau DARPA is at it again. This time, the military scientists want to establish a "Cyber Genome" project which will allow any digital artifact - a document, a piece of malware - to be probed to its very origins.
'You own the road!': Google gets spanking from media giant
Google chief legal officer David Drummond was on the receiving end of an unexpected mugging yesterday, as the CEO of Burda Media - one of Germany's largest and most successful publishing companies - tore into the Jolly G Giant, accusing it of controlling the market, lack of transparency and, effectively, running off with the bulk of the money.
The DoD's very cloudy thinking over Gmail
In the wake of the Google vs. China dustup, we’re starting to see some discussion of the greater implications for computing, both in general and the cloudy Google way.
Solicitor General takes fresh pop at PunterNet
The website PunterNet, which provides a forum for sex workers and clients in the UK, was singled out for a slapping last autumn by Harriet Harman. Naturally the site saw its figures rocket as it was brought to wider attention. The government is now gunning for it again, but who'll benefit this time?
'Aurora' code circulated for years on English sites
UpdatedAn error-checking algorithm found in software used to attack Google and other large companies circulated for years on English-speakinglanguage books and websites, casting doubt on claims it provided strong evidence that the malware was written by someone inside the People's Republic of China.
DHS 'brainiacs' to commercialise airport liquids-OK scanner
The US Department of Homeland Security says that its "government brainiacs" are on the verge of rolling out an airport bag scanner which would avoid the need to separate frustrated travellers from their "liquids, gels, sprays" and even "spreads".
Analysts predict early upturn this year for tech deals
The number of technology company mergers and acquisitions fell by 60% and the value of those deals by 52% last year, according to figures produced by consulting form PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
Oz eyes Chinese cane toad market
An Australian businessman has come up with a rather brilliant way of tackling the country's cane toad plague: sell the amphibious pest to the Chinese.
IDC raises PC chip forecast as AMD claws back share
AMD has clawed back some share from Intel, as the PC processor market breaks free of recession and returns to normal seasonal patterns, according to IDC.
Belkin Home Base
ReviewThere is no shortage of wireless routers that will let you hook up a printer and maybe some USB storage too and make them available to anyone on the network. If your router lacks this ability, there are plenty of gadgets that will add it by bridging USB to an Ethernet port.
HP talks up slate launch
HP has confirmed plans to launch a tablet later this year, hinting that the machine will cost considerably less than $1500 (£930).
Dell bulks up on EMC products
Dell will supply additional EMC products this year, confounding speculation that ties between the two were weakening.
Fujitsu workers take strike to Parliament
Fujitsu workers will go to Parliament tomorrow - the next day of industrial action at the firm.
Aurora-style attacks swiped oil find data from energy giants
At least three US oil giants were hit by cyberattacks aimed at stealing secrets, in the months before the high-profile Operation Aurora attacks against Google, Adobe et al in December.
German retailer Tweets iPad details
German electronics retail giant Media Markt has Twittered the price of the iPad - and said when the tablet will launch in Europe. Or has it?
New inside out hover-magnet fusion reactor debuts at MIT
MIT boffins this week have taken the wraps off a new kind of nuclear fusion reactor, different from the humdrum tokamaks and laser-ignition chambers which have thus far offered such disappointing results.
Entire UK will be on ID database sometime in next 3 millennia
Applications to join the ID card register are running at 50 a day, meaning the Labour government will achieve its aim of chipping the entire population of these islands in somewhere between 136 and 3,342 years.
Large minority of users fancy touchscreen PCs
Almost a third of notebook PC users and more than a quarter of desktop PC owners are keen to have a touchscreen on their next computer.
Chinese Avatards scale Hallelujah Mountain
Chinese tourist bosses in Hunan Province have jumped energetically onto the Avatar bandwagon by renaming a peak in honour of the paradigm-busting sci-fi epic.
Panasonic intros compact camera foursome
Panasonic has kicked off 2010 by refreshing its compact camera line-up, launching four models to cater for everyone from first-time shooters to photography feature fanatics.
Dunstone vows to bash Tories on filesharing laws
TalkTalk boss Charles Dunstone has promised to continue his firm's campaign against laws meant to reduce illegal filesharing under a Conservative government, despite being friend of David Cameron.
Huffington Post retweets all of Twitter
US political blog The Huffington Post republished everything that appeared on Twitter last night.
StopBadware morphs into standalone non-profit
StopBadware, the anti-malware project started four years ago at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, has spread its wings and become a standalone nonprofit corporation.
Spanish towns vie for nuclear dump prize
The Catalonian town of Ascó yesterday voted to bid for a controversial €700m nuclear waste dump, joining Yebra in Castilla-La Mancha as the second candidate to date* for the lucrative honour of storing the spent output of Spain's nuclear power programme.
IBM's monster tape will take three days to fill
IBM Research has devised technology with FujiFilm to create a 35TB capacity tape, but it will take 3 days to write the data at LTO5 speeds.
Top Gear's Stig prowls Loch Ness
We're obliged to all those readers who rushed to alert us that The Stig of Top Gear fame has been spotted on the shores of Loch Ness:
Orange serves up Monkey's brains to advertisers
UpdatedOrange has launched a new advertising platform, aimed at advertisers wanting to exploit customers on its Monkey tariff, using technology inherited from Blyk.
EMC emerges from recession doldrums
EMC is emerging from the recession, with revenues back to where they were a year ago, but higher quarterly profits.
Apple's Tablet won't save Big Dumb Media
There are many harmless and very entertaining pages on the internet devoted to speculative history, some of which are devoted to Moses' Ark of the Covenant. It was apparently some kind of electrical apparatus. Possibly involving fusion. It performed magic. It transformed the destiny of people who used it wisely.
Windows Mobile 7 to arrive on HTC smartphone?
HTC’s Touch Diamond 2 bagged the Editor’s Choice award among Register Hardware’s top Windows Mobile smartphone of 2009. But it appears the firm is already working on a successor, this time designed to run Windows Mobile 7.
Nokia's X6 now Doesn’t Come With Music
Nokia has updated its X6 Comes With Music (CWM) handset with a rehashed model that... er... doesn’t come with music.
Symantec dishes equal backup dedupe portions
Symantec is delivering on last year's deduplication promises by adding client/server and media server deduplication to its two backup products, NetBackup 7 and Backup Exec 2010.
Red Hat mulls BI strategy as Oracle overlords close in on Java
Red Hat is looking to fill gaps in its increasingly burgeoning portfolio of software goodies by declaring it may soon get into the BI game.
Teen attacks father in Fifa 2009 fight
Critics often blame violent videogames when any youth who owns a console steals or stabs. But a teenager in Italy has proven that violent games aren’t always the driver for physical brutality.
Voltaire pairs InfiniBand and Ethernet
Network convergence may be all the rage, but the reality is that many shops have a mix of Ethernet and InfiniBand networks. Voltaire wants to sell customers - particularly those running financial trading systems or parallel database clusters - one box that will span both kinds of networks, and hence the Grid Director 4036E.
HP to appeal over potentially massive BSkyB ruling
BSkyB has claimed victory in its long-running contract dispute with EDS, the services giant now owned by HP.
Amazon EC2 watcher kick-starts cloud of clouds
Cloudkick - the San Francisco startup that recently spied a latency slowdown on Amazon's sky-high Elastic Compute Cloud - has officially launched its eponymous cloud-management service, a means of juggling server instances across Amazon EC2 and similar on-demand compute offerings.
Microsoft yanks leaked Windows Mobile 6.5 tools
Microsoft has quickly withdrawn a test version of the Windows Mobile 6.5 software development kit (SDK), after it was accidentally posted to the web on Friday.
Novell beefs software appliance kit
Novell says that its SUSE Appliance Toolkit is ready for primetime.
IBM reloads Sun poaching gun
With the European Union finally giving approval to Oracle's $7.4bn acquisition of Sun Microsystems last week, IBM is stepping up efforts to exploit any untapped feelings of uncertainty in shops using Sun iron.
Google's Voice speaks from iPhone
Google has launched a new app that give US-based iPhone and Palm Prē and Pixi users access to its Google Voice service.
Google to ape Apple with Nexus One 3G patch
Google's Nexus One is following in the iPhone's footsteps. Its 3G connectivity is spotty, and Google is hurrying a patch, just as Apple was forced to do when it introduced the iPhone 3G.
Defects in e-passports allow real-time tracking
Computer scientists in Britain have uncovered weaknesses in electronic passports issued by the US, UK, and some 50 other countries that allow attackers to trace the movements of individuals as they enter or exit buildings.