24th > February > 2010 Archive
Comcast (finally) brings security extensions to DNS
Comcast - one of the largest ISPs in the US - has deployed new technology designed to protect the internet against a well-known form of attack that allows attackers to surreptitiously lure end users to impostor websites.
IBM services help complicate cloud's horizon
Cloud computing is supposed to make IT easy. But if it was easy, no one would be able to make any money on the idea.
Yahoo! turns! Twitter! firehose! on! self!
Yahoo! has purchased direct access to the Twitter "firehose" - a gigantic stream of Web2.0rhea - providing near real-time access to public Tweets from its primary search engine.
Let us legally rip discs, campaigner tells govt
Consumer rights advocate Consumer Focus has called on the government to fix copyright laws broken by the rise of digital technology.
Juniper dangles $50m carrot over Junos
Juniper Networks is dangling a $50 million venture capital carrot over startups willing to focus on building software and applications for the Junos operating system.
Netezza to bake analytics into appliances
Data warehousing appliance–maker Netezza wants to set its TwinFins loose on data analytics, thereby doubling the usefulness of the boxes and positioning them to better compete with alternatives from IBM, Oracle, and Teradata.
Xerox sues Google and Yahoo! over patentspeak
Xerox has sued Google and Yahoo!, claiming that various services offered by the two web giants infringe on a pair of its patents.
Toshiba Camileo S20
ReviewToshiba’s Camileo S20 is aimed at a very demanding consumer. The type of consumer who wants a highly portable pocket camcorder with HD recording, and yet, has a budget of just £120. So, the Camileo S20 seems to offer it all – price, performance and portability. But can it really deliver so much for so little?
Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx to Facebook and Twitter you
PCs running Ubuntu will be getting more social thanks to changes that will set the popular Linux distro's look and feel for the next five years.
EC sharpens long Google probe
The European Commission is investigating Google to see if it has broken competition and anti-trust laws.
IBM plugs Netcool into Juniper's Space
Juniper Networks is reaching into IBM's service management portfolio to add some oomph to its new Junos Space network application platform.
BBC iPlayer rejects open source plugins, takes Flash-only path
ExclusiveThe BBC has quietly updated its hugely popular iPlayer with a verification layer that closes the door on open source implementations of RTMP (real-time messaging protocol) streaming, The Register has learned.
Logica hits targets for 2009
Logica has hit financial targets for the year - revenues are down three per cent pro forma or up three per cent on an actual basis.
Mad Aus gov accuses Sydney hacks of hacking
Australian state government ministers have accused journalists of hacking in order to get the low-down on transport plans in New South Wales.
Rom-coms, period dramas are rubbish: Mathematical proof
American boffins have carried out detailed research into movies down the decades using chaos theory, and decreed that auteurs have - by a process akin to natural selection - gravitated towards a shot rhythm which matches an underlying mathematical pulse beat found in music, economics and even engineering.
Google snubs Chinese Android developers
Google has pulled out of a scheduled Android developers' conference in Beijing, allegedly as part of its ongoing shift out of China.
Banking industry worker faces cosh over anonymous rant
Anonymous comments dissing Cambridge University computer scientists for their research into security weaknesses with Chip and PIN have been traced back to a banking industry group worker who acted without the permission of his bosses.
Elgato intros networked HD-capable TV tuner
Elgato has taken its TV tuners off the computer and added them to the network to allow any connected Mac or PC to be used to view and record HD content.
VDI: Desktop problem obliterator?
CommentDesktop virtualisation isn't a panacea that will slay infections and slash costs - it's a problem-filled journey that may not even solve the problems you started out wanting to fix. That's one lesson attendees at IDC's Desktop Virtualisation Conference 2010 in London learnt.
Acer extends laptop warranty for overseas travel
Acer has extended the duration of its International Travel Warranty - a support package intended to cover users against hardware failures that may hit its laptops used outside the country they were purchased in.
Tandberg goes atomic on NAS
Tandberg Data has announced a deduping Atom-powered NAS/iSCSI box for its channel along with deduplication software.
iPad nearly had video conferencing?
Developers pawing over the latest iPhone SDK have found references to a front-facing camera, and controls to manage video calls, despite the lack of announced hardware.
Google execs protest Italian guilty verdicts
Three Google executives have been given suspended sentences for breaching Italian privacy laws.
Antitrust incoming? Google hit by EU complaint, FCC filing
Shopping comparison site Foundem this week fired the opening shots in the coming Google antitrust battle, with a complaint to the European Commission and a filing with the US Federal Communications Commission accusing Google of posing "an immediate threat to competition and innovation." The US filing is in response to the FCC's net neutrality enquiry, and seeks to have search neutrality included in FCC rule-making.
Belkin preps SuperSpeed USB 3.0 adaptors
Accessory specialist Belkin is gearing up for the SuperSpeed USB revolution with a pair of products that will add the new 5Gb/s bus to your computer.
Mandybill: innocence restored, fines for copyright cockups
MandybillOvernight amendments tabled by Lord Mandelson give significant concessions to critics of the Digital Economy Bill.
Lingerie model ran 'Charlie Angels' drug gang
Argentinian police are hunting a 30-year-old former lingerie model accused of running an all-women cocaine-smuggling gang, Argentina's La Nación reports.
Google profits from UK.gov's climate change quango rivalry
The government department responsible for climate change policy has admitted bidding against one of its own quangos for advertising on Google, forcing up the cost to taxpayers.
Mozilla warns of 'Microsoft monoculture' in South Korea
The lemur-obsessed Mozilla crew have this week mostly been pushing their hippy ideals in the hope of reminding people that there's more to life than Microsoft's Internet Explorer.
Google Books loses lions of literature
Documents released as a result of last week's hearing into Google's book-scanning settlement reveal thousands of authors asked to be excluded from the project.
Hordes of new threats ahead for mobile networks
Malware on smartphones is just the first in a series of new security threats for mobile networks ushered in by the embrace of internet technologies, according to mobile phone encryption firms.
IBM diligently adds mainframe dedupe
IBM mainframes can now send backed-up data to a deduping virtual tape library instead of physical tape.
What's on the mind of the Freetard eBookworm?
To Mayfair, where at the crack of dawn we find a huddle of eBook technology companies and investors.
Silicon Valley hypegasm for miracle shoebox powerplants
AnalysisA Silicon Valley startup backed by the rainmaker who got Google off the ground is about to formally announce a miraculous, shoebox-sized device capable of powering a house - "anywhere, with no emissions" according to the BBC.
Ofcom probes TV climate porn
Ofcom is to investigate the Government's notoriously emotive 'Drowning Dog' prime time TV advertisements. Ad industry self-regulator the ASA is already conducting its own investigation of the 'climate porn' campaign.
Montblanc's Gandhi pen run out
Luxury pen maker Montblanc has suspended sales of its £16k* Mahatma Gandhi fountain pen pending an Indian court decision as to whether it's legit to punt the extravagantly-priced writing device.
HP-Cisco split allows competitors to pick up pieces
Fighting is ongoing in the aftermath of Cisco stripping HP of its favoured partner status. We even heard, inaccurately as it happened, that HP has discontinued the Cisco switch for the C series blade chassis.
HP puts own man in charge of ex-EDS
HP today stamped its authority on day-to-day operations at the former EDS by replacing the services unit's boss Joe Eazor with its own man, Tom Iannotti.
Pocketgear, Handango join to create app store giant
Independent application stores are usually overshadowed by the vendor-owned ones, but two of them have merged to create a mobile storefront that is larger than any of them, except the Apple App Store and Android Market.
US unveils planet-hugging London embassy
The US has unveiled the design of its new embassy in London - a "carbon neutral" glass cube described as a manifestation of the "core beliefs of our democracy - transparency, openness, and equality".
Creaky old Windows flaw rises, divides doommongers
A new Windows-based denial of service attacks reportedly exploits a 10-year old OS flaw to crash vulnerable systems.
Gartner report card gives high marks to x64, blades
After Dell and Hewlett-Packard reported their financial results for their most recent fiscal quarters last week, the box counters at Gartner and IDC could tweak their models to figure out how the server makers stacked up in the final quarter of 2009. Gartner got its grading done first and handed out report cards today.
Twishers reel in 'distracted' Boing Boing blogger
Add prominent blogger Cory Doctorow to the list of people successfully phished by a new Twitter worm that's making the rounds.
Microsoft aims thin clients at the classroom
UpdatedWith today's talk of application and desktop virtualization, it's easy to forget there's another, older way to deliver software in a controlled way to resource-constrained PCs: thin-clients.
PayPal opens polls on developer X games
PayPal has opened the virtual polls at X.com, taking votes on the new-age payment applications vying for the $50,000 top prize in its inaugural Developer Challenge.
Linux kernel R&D worth over 1bn euros
How much would it cost the European Union to cobble together the Linux kernel from scratch?
Cray inks $45m super pact with DoD
Supercomputer maker Cray has staked a lot of its financial 2010 on its future "Baker" massively parallel Opteron-based servers and their new "Gemini" interconnect. And today, 2010 got off to a good start as Cray announced that the US Department of Defense has forked over more than $45m in tax dollars to drop three new Baker machines into three DoD super centers.
HyTrust nets $10.5m in funding
HyTrust, a startup that came out of stealth mode last April with a security appliance to lock down and manage virtual servers running on VMware's ESX Server hypervisor, has two new best friends: server wannabe and networking giant Cisco Systems and venture capitalist Granite Ventures.
3 Bulgarians charged in 44-day ATM hacking spree
Three Bulgarian men were charged Wednesday with defrauding banks of more than $137,000 in a scheme that attached electronic skimming devices to numerous automatic teller machines in Massachusetts.