AOL to sell or shutter Bebo
It's uncertain whether Bebo will or will not survive into June, but one thing is certain: the declining social networking website will no longer be under AOL's wing.
Friends of Ubuntu join hands for cloud watcher
Ubuntu friends GroundWork Open Source and Eucalyptus have unveiled a new tool for managing and monitoring virtual servers and software that span Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud and similar IT fluffiness floating inside your own data center.
North Korea mobilizes Red Star Linux rollout
Critics have often contended open source is a communist movement, and now North Korea is following Cuba and China by building its own Linux operating system.
Riverbed slips McAfee firewall into WAN optimizers
Riverbed Technology, which leads the WAN optimization appliance market in terms of customer count and installed base, has teamed up with security software and hardware appliance maker McAfee to load the latter's enterprise-grade firewall onto the its WAN appliances.
FTC rallies lawyers over Google mobile ad pact
The Federal Trade Commission has put together a team of lawyers for a possible antitrust challenge to Google's proposed $750m takeover of mobile advertising outfit AdMob, according to a report citing people familiar with the matter.
Spies caught plundering secret Indian docs
An espionage gang that infiltrated Indian government computer networks across the globe has been pilfering highly classified documents related to missile systems, national security assessments and the United Nations, according to researchers who tracked the intruders for eight months.
Are you really capable of supporting unified comms?
UCUnified Communications (UC), by its very nature, crosses a number of technical domains within the business, encompassing networking, server infrastructure, email management, business applications and so on. It may also involve the rollout of new devices, such as new mobiles or laptops.
Altec Lansing inMotion Compact
ReviewSpeaker maker Altec Lansing has had a Compact member of its inMotion family on sale for some time, but it recently revamped the portable speaker to bring its electronics in line with the demands of Apple's 'Works with iPhone' certification.
Sick of the election already? Get a bet on then
And they’re off! As Gordon Brown confirms what most pundits had been expecting for some months – that the General Election will take place on May 6 - Reg readers can now turn this otherwise tedious event into an opportunity for making money.
Sacked Fujitsu boss threatens to sue
The ex-president of Fujitsu, Kuniaki Nozoe is now threatening to sue the IT services giant, and asking it to sue some of its own executives.
Orange unpeels fresh biz-friendly mobile broadband plans
Orange has revamped its business-centric mobile broadband plans, rolling out four new contract plans.
Quantum scales up Scalar tape library
Quantum has moved its tape library range up-market by bolting four more expansion cabinets onto its existing top-end i6000 library and adding LTO5 support, bumping maximum raw capacity up to just under 8PB from the i2000's 2.8PB.
Mandybill set to survive
The Mandybill looks set to become law, with its teeth and gold fillings intact.
Police cuff 70 eBay fraud suspects
Romanian police have arrested 70 suspected cybercrooks, thought to be members of three gangs which allegedly used compromised eBay accounts to run scams.
Hitachi offers to double li-ion battery longevity
Hitachi has come up with what it claims is a compound capable of doubling the longevity of lithium-ion batteries - the rechargeable cells found in everything from e-cars to iPads.
Vodafone takes Opera to the masses
Vodafone has been working with Opera to customise Opera Mini for use on its networks in the developing world, pushing the mobile internet to those unfamiliar with the fixed alternative.
Murdoch tells old media to 'stand up' to Google, Bing
News Corp boss Rupert Murdoch has once again hit out at search engines, and called on newspaper publishers to stop the likes of Google and Microsoft’s Bing from freely displaying articles online.
Lower termination rates will bring pricey data
Ofcom has proposed a steep decline for termination rates, hitting a ha'penny a minute by 2014, but can a measure that saves consumers £800m a year be all good news?
Asset management And Service Management
WorkshopWhen it comes to providing users with access to the tools and information they require to perform their daily tasks, the notion of service provisioning is usually to be found close to the heart of IT operations. A wide range of new solutions are now available to ‘help’ IT deliver services to users but is the job getting any easier?
OCZ prods Z-Drive to go faster
OCZ has boosted the speed and doubled the capacity of its solid state Z-Drive as well as making it upgradable with interchangeable NAND modules.
MPs criticise 'impossible' e-Borders schedule
An influential group of MPs today claimed the government's timetable for the £1.2bn e-Borders programme is "impossible" and criticised the lack of progress on legal problems.
Israel using Facebook as 'spying tool' in Gaza
Hamas has accused Israel of using Facebook to recruit spies from among the Palestinian community in the Gaza strip.
How Labour’s Web2.0rhea cockup helped the photographers
Maybe photographers have a guardian angel, after all. The Stop 43 campaign to throw out the orphan works clause may be the only part of the vast Digital Economy Bill where activists have achieved their goal – rather than made things worse. With the Tories pledging to drop the clause, it’s unlikely to survive the wash-up – although we won’t know for sure until very late tonight.
Broadband tax scrapped in 'wash-up'
The Tories forced the government to drop a 50p-a-month tax on every landline last night as ministers made deals to get their budget plans through before the election.
Sky revamps News app for general election
Satellite broadcaster Sky has updated its Sky News iPhone app to provide punters - be they Sky subscribers or not - with live-feed general election coverage.
BlackBerry sees iPhone shrink in rear view mirror
Research in Motion's Blackberries have extended their lead over Apple's iPhone as the top smartphone platform in the US.
Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB Sata 3 SSD
ReviewThe 256GB Crucial RealSSD C300 breaks new ground, as it is the first SSD to use a Sata 3.0 interface with its theoretical connection speed of 6GB/second. Alas, the use of Sata 3.0 interface on a conventional hard drive wasn’t so convincing, as revealed in Reg Hardware’s Seagate Barracuda XT review. In closing that piece, the thought hung in the air of how a solid State Drive with a Sata 3.0 interface would perform. Now, that time has come.
Giant solar-powered aircraft takes to the skies
Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard today moved one step closer to fulfilling his ambition to fly a solar-powered aircraft round the world as his Solar Impulse completed its first full-fat test flight.
Apple shrugs to iPad Wi-Fi problems
Apple has admitted that its iPad isn't very good at Wi-Fi, and suggests that customers having problems move nearer to their hotspot to get a signal.
Microsoft launches iPad-happy website for wimmin
Microsoft launched a website for women yesterday based on Adobe’s Flash technology, and it renders particularly well on Apple’s iPad.
iPad anti-virus shield guards against phantom threat
Mac security specialist Intego has begun offering the first antivirus scanner capable of inspecting Apple's much-hyped iPad, despite the questionable need for security scans on the device.
Google Checkout checks out
The UK version of Google's payments service Google Checkout has been foundering for two days, and is currently completely offline, with no explanation from the company.
US weather meisters buy mini Cray
Supercomputer maker Cray has managed to get the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, to take delivery of a Cray XT5m minisuper, getting its foot back in the door of a facility that helped put Cray on the map.
Adobe mulls changes to close hole in PDF apps
Adobe Systems may make changes to its widely used PDF programs to prevent attackers from using them to mount attacks that hijack users' computers.
Apple's iPad - the device for execs who create nothing
After the iPad was unveiled in late January, someone inside Apple quietly contacted the San Diego-based startup Mellmo to "encourage" the company to port its Roambi app to the keyboard-free device.
Microsoft's web privacy push: 'We're the anti-Google'
Signs are emerging that Microsoft has realized it can exploit concerns over what Google does with information involving where you've surfed and what you've searched for.
Microsoft's HPC Server 2008 R2 goes beta 2
Microsoft is a supercomputing wannabe, and with Windows HPC Server 2008 R2, the company will be coming at the Linux-dominated HPC community from a few oblique angles that play to Microsoft's - not the Linux community's - strengths. With the second beta of HPC Server 2008 R2, Microsoft is allowing for supercomputer clusters to tap into vast amounts of latent processing capacity in Windows 7 PCs, and it's allowing developers creating HPC applications to use the same Visual Studio that commercial developers employ.