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Open sourcers pump Eucalyptus clouds with data
Eucalyptus Systems - the operation offering an open source platform meant to mimic Amazon EC2 inside private data centers - has partnered with fellow open-sourcer Terracotta to help customers upload and then access their data in private clouds.
Webhost in five day server FAIL
UpdatedUpdate: This story has been updated with additional facts from Cirtex CEO John Xie.
Microsoft drops open-source birthday gift with FAST
As birthdays go, it's not a bad present. Microsoft's decision to sacrifice FAST's Enterprise Search Platform (ESP) development on Linux and Unix for Windows potentially gives open-source search providers like Lucid Imagination a free pass.
Big Blue says Power7 will make world smarter
If you believe that putting sensors on all manner of infrastructure systems, gathering telemetry on them in real time, and automating how they perform to the nth degree will all make the world a better place, you're well suited to a job at IBM selling its vision of a Smarter Planet - and some Power7 servers.
USB hack connects Droid to printers, video cams, and more
A reverse engineering expert has disclosed a way to make his Motorola Droid host USB-enabled devices, a hack that allows the smartphone for the first time to directly connect to printers, video cameras, TV tuners, and a wide variety of other peripherals.
UK inserts battery take-back scheme
Can't decide what to do with all those old batteries you've got lying around? Got a box full of them? Or have you simply been binning them as they've run out? Properly disposing of flat AAAs, AAs,Cs, Ds and 9Vs should now be a more easy process thanks to UK legislation which came into force this month.
DoH splurges £2.72m on Adwords
The Department of Health has been promoting its online services through the use of the Google Adwords bidding systems.
Google stock shunned by China
China has released its first public disclosure of its US stock investments, and there's one profitable, fast-growing company that's conspicuous by its absence: Google.
Boffins spy liquid water on Saturn's moon
There's little doubt now that the Saturn moon Enceladus hides a vast, liquid ocean beneath its icy surface.
Morse ups profits on flat sales
Morse Group failed to grow revenue in the six months ended 31 December, but did manage a big jump in profits.
Mandybill reaches milestone, teeth intact
The Digital Economy Bill has reached the Report Stage in the Lords. It's survived intact, the Lords rejecting a clutch of last minute Google-friendly amendments. It may yet sprout more amendments before arriving in the Commons after a Third Reading.
Tech salaries up slightly
IT workers in the US can expect a slight pay rise this year - but not enough to offset inflation.
Kaspersky defends false detection experiment
Kaspersky Lab has defended its handling of a controversial experiment criticised by some as a marketing exercise of questionable technical value.
China Mobile puts boot into NFC
China Mobile has placed an order for three million "RF SIM" devices, confirming that we won't be seeing NFC in China any time soon.
It's on: Micron is buying Numonyx
As NAND process geometries shrink, so too does the number of suppliers. That number is decreasing by another one as Micron agrees to buy Numonyx for $1.27bn in an all-stock deal.
Microsoft genuinely chuffed as judge drops WGA case
Microsoft has claimed victory in a long-running lawsuit brought against the software giant over its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) scheme, after a US judge dismissed the case.
Orange overshares in bcc blunder
Orange accidentally shared the email addresses of more than 300 customers yesterday during a bid to find out what they think of the company.
Bumper Patch Tuesday tackles multiple Windows flaws
Microsoft has released 13 bulletins, covering 26 vulnerabilities, as part of a bumper Patch Tuesday.
MTV Mexico pulls South Park episode
MTV in Mexico pulled an episode of South Park on Monday night because it didn't have the necessary government permission to show the Mexican flag featured in the cartoon.
Seagate serves up 600GB Savvio 10K
Seagate has a fourth generation Savvio 2.5-inch drive boasting 600GB, three platters and both SAS and Fibre Channel interfaces.
Opera auditions for iPhone browser spot
Opera Software will be demonstrating its eponymous browser on Apple's iPhone next week, but don't expect to see it popping up in iTunes any time soon.
Activists unleash Operation Titstorm on Aussie.gov
Cyberactivists have launched an distributed denial of service attack on Australian government servers, as part of a protest against proposed anti-porn and net censorship regulations.
5000 desktops and a virtualisation project
WebcastIf you’ve got ‘Virtualise Desktops’ on your to-do list for 2010, you might want to hold your horses a minute, because we’ve got something that might make that project a little more pleasant.
ISA chairman assures nation: Your data is safe
CommentFears were growing this week over the safety of ultra-sensitive personal data, as the BBC - in the shape of Jeremy Vine - finally caught up with the new Independent Safeguarding Authority, and quizzed its chairman over their security procedures.
Women face 'glass cliff' after breaking glass ceiling
Women rising to high leaderships positions in business and politics - so having broken through the "glass ceiling" - are then faced by the additional menace of a "glass cliff".
ReviewPioneer may be a well established name on the Blu-ray spinning circuit by now, but the company's deal with Sharp last year to pool their BD resources means that the BDP-320 is likely to be one of the last pure Pioneer Blu-ray players off the production line.
Cambridge Council denies iPad plan
Cambridge City Council has said press reports that it is planning to buy a batch of Apple iPads are incorrect.
India PayPal mess will take months to fix
PayPal India has used another blog post to update customers mystified as to why personal payments have been switched off.
Apple bets on Mac-only photo land grab with Aperture 3
Apple launched Aperture 3 via its online store yesterday, following a brief self-imposed hiatus from the interwebs that led many to speculate that the Jobsian outfit might be announcing UK prices for the iPad.
Play.com touts Nexus One with added price
Customers who want a Nexus One but don't want to buy from Google can now pay an additional hundred and fifty quid to have one shipped through Play.com.
Toshiba commits to Freeview HD
UpdatedToshiba is preparing a Freeview HD set-top DVR. TVs with Freeview HD tuners are coming too.
Viking frogmen chase Street View spymobile
Last weekend saw the launch of Google's privacy-busting Street View in Norway, and it didn't take long for locals to spot a traditional Viking welcome for the Great Satan of Mountain View's spymobile on the streets of Bergen:
Sony unwraps 3D Blu-ray player pair...
Sony Europe today announced its intention to release 3D Blu-ray Disc players over here, though it was silent on two crucial details: when and how much they will cost.
BAA poo-poos Bollywood star's pervscan printout put-on
BAA has been forced to deny that its security staff are circulating printouts of perv-scanned celebrities after a Bollywood comedian's late night riffing was taken at face value.
SONAS offering from IBM covers much ground
IBM has launched Scale-Out Network-Attached Storage (SONAS) from one of the far corners of its widespread storage empire - out of the (big) blue, you might say.
Arab conned into marrying bearded lady
A Dubai man whose fiancée kept her charms hidden under a niqab opted for a quick divorce after his first glimpse beneath the veil revealed she was cross-eyed and sported a beard.
NHS appraisal toolkit yanked offline
The UK's Department of Health has taken the highly unusual step of suddenly taking a doctors' appraisal website offline for three weeks over concerns it was vulnerable to hacking attacks.
Toshiba tunes into TransferJet
Toshiba will bring Sony's TransferJet technology to its product range in the latter half of the year.
Warner Music gives up on free streaming services
Warner Music is to stop licensing its music to free streaming services.
Real to lose Rhapsody
The new management at Real has lost little time in deciding what to do with Rhapsody, its well-regarded music service. It's getting shot of it.
Microsoft volume licensing site serves up customer details
Microsoft’s woes over at its revamped but pretty flaky Volume Licensing Service Center website continued today, after the firm inadvertently let slip the wrong subscription information to at least one of its customers.
'Clumsy' French cop tasers schoolkid
A "clumsy" French cop is facing discliplinary measures after accidentally tasering a 15-year-old schoolkid, TF1 News reports.
Toshiba preps telly-friendly content store
Toshiba is to take on LaCie, Western Digital, Seagate and all the other HDD sellers offering drives designed to be hooked up to an HD TV.
NASA's Sun-gazing sat grounded
NASA has cancelled today's planned lift-off of its Solar Dynamics Observatory due to unfavourable wind conditions at Cape Canaveral.
Microsoft erases Windows 8 optimism
Microsoft has apparently killed a Microsoft employee's blog posting eulogizing its planned successor to Windows 7.
Google will build 1Gbps fiber networks to the home
After building its own browser, its own operating system, its own mobile OS, its own smartphone, its own DNS service, and what amounts to its own private internet, Google is now building its own ultra-high-speed fiber networks to American homes.
Dell servers block un-Dell HDDs
Dell is barring the use of non-Dell-qualified hard drives on its newest PowerEdge servers, after years of allowing such drives to be installed with only a warning.
YouTube saves dumb children from offensive content
YouTube has announced an optional feature designed to protect your dumb and impressionable kids from viewing sexual content, graphic violence, and salty comments on the website.