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Microsoft banks Windows Phone 7 on Silverlight

Microsoft's Flash-challenging Silverlight media player could be the hidden secret driving Windows Phone 7, the Redmond mobile OS unveiled this week.
Gavin Clarke, 18 Feb 2010

Almost 2,500 firms breached in ongoing hack attack

Criminal hackers have penetrated the networks of almost 2,500 companies and government agencies in a coordinated campaign that began 18 months ago and continues to steal email passwords, login credentials, and other sensitive data to this day, a computer security company said.
Dan Goodin, 18 Feb 2010

Oracle should cannibalize JavaFX Frankenstein

CommentOne of the survivors of Oracle's mammoth takeover of Sun Microsystems is JavaFX, the Flex wannabe and illegitimate son of Swing.
Matt Stephens, 18 Feb 2010
Toshiba Regza 26DV615DB

Toshiba Regza 26in combi TV

ReviewThe Toshiba 26DV615DB is rather big and chunky for a 26in telly, but that's because it has a DVD player built into the casing. The result is that it measures 100mm in depth, so it's by no means thin.
Leo Waldock, 18 Feb 2010

Founding investor still believes InPhase can fly

CommentA founding investor in defunct holographic storage developer InPhase is still hopeful of restarting the firm, even as 'For lease' signs go up on its building in Longmont, Colorado.
Chris Mellor, 18 Feb 2010

FriendsReunited sale cleared

The Competition Commission has cleared ITV's sale of FriendsReunited to Brightsolid - a subsidiary of DC Thomson the publisher of the Beano.
John Oates, 18 Feb 2010
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX55

Sony swims up with slimmest, smallest sub-aqua cam

Sony has introduced its first swim-friendly Cyber-shot - a gadget, it claimed, is "the world’s thinnest and smallest waterproof digital still camera".
Tony Smith, 18 Feb 2010

Google back in court for book deal

Google is in court later today New York to face critics of its agreement with US publishers to digitise the world's books.
John Oates, 18 Feb 2010
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55

Sony intros 10x optical zoom compact

Here's Sony's new Cyber-shot DSC-H55, a chunkier snapper than the slimline TX5 also announced today.
Tony Smith, 18 Feb 2010

Recession exacerbated Jobcentre computer woes

Research has revealed that IT problems hindered Jobcentre Plus in dealing with an influx of people at the beginning of the recession.
Kable, 18 Feb 2010

Windows Phone Classic to coexist with Windows Phone 7

Windows Mobile 6.x is to be known as "Windows Phone Classic" once its replacement launches, and apparently isn't to be taken out and shot as might have been expected.
Bill Ray, 18 Feb 2010

Smoke free Nokia looks for a spark

MWCTrade shows tend to expire pretty quickly once the biggest exhibitors pull out. The small fish are there to do deals with slightly bigger fish, and if they're absent, or only present half-heartedly, there's a chain reaction down the industry.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Feb 2010

T-Mobile announces pay monthly package revamp

T-Mobile has formally torn up its old monthly contracts and replaced them with new ones it claims "give customers greater choice and flexibility".
Tony Smith, 18 Feb 2010

Northamber pares loss as revenue slips

Veteran disty Northamber highlighted a "harsh" and unsettled market today as it unveiled a fall in revenues and a reduced loss for the first six months of its financial year.
Joe Fay, 18 Feb 2010

'Fat birds get laid sooner, have more one-night stands'

German boffins have carried out a groundbreaking study into the habits of fat birds as compared to thin ones. They say that the plumper subjects in their sample had more one-night stands than the slim ones, and that the chubbies in general achieved sexual congress sooner than their lightweight counterparts.
Lewis Page, 18 Feb 2010

Google buys app, removes from app store

Google has bought the publisher of iPhone mail search app reMail, and promptly pulled the application from the iTunes store until further notice.
Bill Ray, 18 Feb 2010

Swiss prostitutes armed with defibrillators

Prostitutes in the picturesque Swiss lakeside town of Lugano are adding defibrillation to their list of services following the death of several elderly punters whose hearts just couldn't take the pace.
Lester Haines, 18 Feb 2010

CIA-linked startup touts all-seeing eye for net spooks

A security startup with close links to the CIA is touting a system to the UK government that monitors every IP address on the internet for malware, as part of its declared aim of improving cyber war capabilities.
Christopher Williams, 18 Feb 2010
Signature SWaP

SWaP Signature watchphone

ReviewThe Smart Watch and Phone (SWaP) Signature looks enticing. It fits on your wrist, yet packs in a touchscreen, music and video playback, a camera good for video and stills, Bluetooth with stereo audio, a Micro SD card slot, and a suite apps including an e-book reader. Telephony runs to tri-band GSM with GPRS, but not to 3G.
Sandra Vogel, 18 Feb 2010

Industry groups leap to Chip and PIN's defence

AnalysisBanking industry suppliers have lined up to defend Chip and PIN, following the release of research last week from Cambridge University demonstrating how cybercrooks might be able to bypass security controls on credit and debit card transactions in shops.
John Leyden, 18 Feb 2010

Femtocells in spotlight as new route to LTE

MWCAs expected, femtocells are one of the big themes of this year's Mobile World Congress.
Wireless Watch, 18 Feb 2010

Salesforce offers collaboration beta to elite group

Salesforce.com is offering 100 companies the chance to beta test its collaboration software Chatter - a kind of Facebook for businesses.
John Oates, 18 Feb 2010

Kodak prompts ITC to consider iPhone ban

The US International Trade Commission has launched another investigation into Apple, and RIM, this time prompted by Kodak's accusations of patent infringements.
Bill Ray, 18 Feb 2010

NASA's WISE opens 'candy store of images'

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has dispatched to Earth its first full-fat photos following a calibration shot released in early January.
Lester Haines, 18 Feb 2010

Twitter 'airport bomb hoax twit' charged

A man who allegedly made a joke threat to bomb a UK airport on Twitter has been charged with sending a menacing message.
John Leyden, 18 Feb 2010

Airport scanners face double exposure

A warning shot from the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) suggests that yet again, the UK government may be erring on the wrong side of the law – this time over the vexed question of airport scanners.
Jane Fae , 18 Feb 2010
iPhone Warning

Apple opens the iPhone to lotteries

Apple has modified the iPhone SDK terms to allow lottery-style applications, so now you can lose your shirt from anywhere.
Bill Ray, 18 Feb 2010

Castleford locals storm Tickle Cock bridge

Irate locals in Castleford, West Yorkshire, have forced the council to reinstate the suggestive name of Tickle Cock bridge - a railway underpass traditionally used by courting couples to do their... courting.
Lester Haines, 18 Feb 2010

Why you subsidize Google's Soviet-style Net

Google certainly likes to throw a party. Its annual, roving Zeitgeist conference sees politicians and policy-makers beating a path to the door for inspiration. As a result, Google and policy makers have got very, very cosy together. But how much are ordinary net users and taxpayers subsidising Google?
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Feb 2010

Another NHS hospital stricken with Conficker virus

AnalysisThe infamous Conficker worm has infected yet another NHS facility.
John Leyden, 18 Feb 2010
Windows Phone 7 Series

Windows Phone 7 will not translate to Win Mobile after all

Confusion over a Dutch translation has prompted Microsoft to confirm that its new mobile platform is not backwards compatible, though new documents point towards a .NET and Silverlight future.
Bill Ray, 18 Feb 2010

'Optionally manned' spy plane to fly this summer

A make of spy plane known to be in use by the British forces is now confirmed to have an "optionally manned" version, allowing it to be crewed - for legal reasons, or to save bandwidth - or to fly itself, as desired.
Lewis Page, 18 Feb 2010

Newspapers slam BBC iPhone app plans

Newspaper publishers are calling on the BBC Trust to rein in the broadcaster's plans to start making applications for smartphones.
John Oates, 18 Feb 2010

Firefox update takes down three critical flaws

Mozilla pushed out a new version of Firefox on Wednesday that fixes five browser bugs, three of which present a critical risk of hacker attack.
John Leyden, 18 Feb 2010

Large Hadron Collider to fire up again next Thursday

ExclusiveThe Large Hadron Collider (LHC), most powerful particle-smasher ever assembled by the human race and possible portal to other dimensions, is to fire up its beams following the Xmas break in a week's time.
Lewis Page, 18 Feb 2010

Regulators approve Microhoo! search deal

Microsoft and Yahoo! today announced their web search deal has cleared both EU and US competition hurdles, despite complaints from Google.
Christopher Williams, 18 Feb 2010

Amazon spreads Kindleware to BlackBerries

Amazon has released Kindleware for BlackBerry handhelds - though it's only available to US users. At least for the moment.
Cade Metz, 18 Feb 2010

Silicon Valley plane crash kills 3 Tesla employees

A small plane crashed into a residential neighborhood in Silicon Valley on Wednesday, killing the pilot and two passengers — all employees of Tesla Motors — and triggering a widespread electricity outage that cut power to thousands of homes as well as companies like Hewlett-Packard and Facebook.
Austin Modine, 18 Feb 2010

Google typosquat cash pegged at $497m per year

Google may earn as much as $497m a year from typosquatters, according to a study from Harvard professor and noted Mountain View critic Ben Edelman.
Cade Metz, 18 Feb 2010

OpenSolaris devs 'ignored' by Oracle

Alarm bells have started ringing inside the former Sun Microsystems' OpenSolaris community over the project's potential future with database giant Oracle.
Gavin Clarke, 18 Feb 2010

Attack code for Firefox zero-day goes wild, says researcher

A Russian security researcher on Thursday said he has released attack code that exploits a critical vulnerability in the latest version of Mozilla's Firefox browser.
Dan Goodin, 18 Feb 2010

PayPal to feed Facebook ads, virtual goods

Facebook and PayPal have announced a partnership that will see the mega-social-networking site process both advertising and virtual goods payments through eBay's ever-expanding currency swap platform.
Cade Metz, 18 Feb 2010

Researcher spies new Adobe code execution bug

A researcher has unearthed a bug in software used to install Adobe's ubiquitous Reader and Flash applications that can be exploited to remotely install malicious files on end user PCs.
Dan Goodin, 18 Feb 2010

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