Already under fire for its thriving Adult Services section, Craigslist on Monday was subpoenaed by Connecticut's top law enforcement official, who is investigating whether the site is doing enough to get rid of ads for prostitution and other illegal activity. The demand came from Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal who is co-heading a group of 39 states that has expressed concern over the ads. In addition to law enforcement agencies, groups opposed to human trafficking have also criticized the ads. The controversy intensified last week when a company estimated that sales this year from adult services will triple to about $36.3m compared with sales from 2009.
Google has sunk $38.8 million into a pair of American wind farms, calling the move its first direct investment in a "utility-scale" renewable energy project.
Less than two thirds of surfers are now using Microsoft's browser on the web as Google's Chrome continues its northward assault.
ReviewReview Emporia bills its handsets as lacking "unnecessary extras" so what you get it as very stylish and well made handset designed to make calls and send texts but nothing else.
ReviewReview The UK product lists of the major phone makers are surprisingly barren of handsets designed specifically for the more advanced in years, but I thought it wise to include at least one from a major name that can be picked up on the high street with a PAYG deal.
ReviewReview The Amplicom is a traditional candybar phone design with a conventional keypad, menu and shortcut buttons. However, all the buttons are usefully larger than you will find on most regular mobile handsets, while the high contrast mono screen is not only very easy on the eye but is one of the most crisp and clear I have ever come across.
Group TestGroup Test Explaining to your grandmother how to use a mobile phone can be a challenge. To those of us under the age of 40, the basic menu structure and controls of a mobile handset need no more explanation than the act of breathing, but to the over-60s it may as well be a concept that has dropped through a stargate from some far-away galaxy.
ReviewReview Binatone's SpeakEasy isn't aimed at the hard of hearing, but rather at users who simply want a large-buttoned phone with some aids for the elderly.
ReviewReview Beafon's S50 is one of the more stylish handsets here. It's a sleek and curvy slider finished in gun-metal gray, and when the handset is shut, the only controls on display are the call make and break buttons, and a vertical rocker nav control.
ReviewReview Without doubt, this is the easiest phone to use among those grouped here. The Doro 334 dispenses with a keypad altogether in favour of four pre-assigned dialer shortcuts. Who you have assigned each button to can then be written on a small notepad that attaches to the face of the phone. Five notepad pages are included along with a plastic cover to keep them in place.
The combined forces of Spider-Man and the Jedi Knights took time off from battling Green Goblin and The Empire on Saturday to bust an Adelaide comic store thief.
Agilysys might have gotten out of directly distributing server technology from all the tier one players a few years back, but just the same its financials can be hammered by what the server makers do - and don't do. And so it is with the fourth fiscal quarter ended in March for Agilysys, which peddles various application stacks on IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Oracle/Sun systems.
UpdatedUpdated Apax Partners has bought a majority stake in UK-based net security firm Sophos in a deal announced on Monday valuing the company at $830m.
Compellent is to offer dynamic block deduplication, a move it puts down to the end of the manufacturing age and the dawn of the Facebook era.
The server virtualization wave might have crested by the time the Transaction Processing Council and its vendor members get a virtualization benchmark into the field, but the TPC has to be given credit for coming up with a useful test to gauge how virtualized environments perform and scale and what kind of bang for the buck they offer.
Florida State Senator Mike Bennett was busted last Thursday eyeballing a bevvy of topless* beauties during an evidently dull debate on a "controversial abortion bill", Sunshine State News reports.
Asus' Eee Keyboard - a full netbook built into a keyboard chassis - has been demo'd time after time by the manufacturer and now, more than a year after it was first seen, the computer may actually be coming to market.
Fruity boffins in America say they have identified a type of strawberry which would be ideal for growing in hydroponic spacegoing mini-farms to feed astronauts on long-duration space voyages of the future - missions to Mars, for instance.
Tuesday marks the tenth anniversary of the infamous LoveBug worm, the prolific malware strain that proved opening "flirty" emails from acquaintances seriously endangers internet hygiene.
A Yorkshire man has been jailed for five years for operating a chipping service for games consoles.
Demand from home and overseas customers is helping UK small and medium manufacturers, but getting credit from banks is still a nightmare.
Product Round-upProduct Round-up You've taken delivery of your shiny new Android handset, you've logged into the Googleverse and now you're thinking 'what next?'. Well, you can start by downloading the following ten apps that will help you get the most from your handset. Whether you want to read, write, chat, work, travel, watch some TV or just to keep your handset in tip-top form there is an app for that.
Apple has decided psychic healing has no place in the App Store, despite last week approving a "distance healing" application for warts available for only $12.99.
Google is to offer @gmail.com webmail addresses to British users again, after resolving a long-running branding dispute.
The company behind the proposed .xxx internet domain has accused ICANN of trying to weasel its way out of approving the porn-only domain.
Amazon UK is now stocking all of John Grisham's titles as Kindle books, the first time the author's books have been available electronically to UK or EU customers.
Nokia has released a beta version of its Qt SDK, allowing developers to create applications that will compile down for Symbian, Maemo and even MeeGo.
Google yanked its Docs offline function offline for good yesterday, much to the chagrin of some users.
WorkshopWorkshop Setting and maintaining desktop policy and provisioning equipment and software sounds like something that should be done once and then left to gather dust while people just get on with things in the knowledge that it’s all been agreed. Perhaps this would be practical if such interesting developments weren’t afoot in consumer device and freebie software land - and if we could lock down human nature indefinitely.
The US Air Force - perhaps the keenest of America's armed forces to get stuck into network warfare - has unveiled the cyber "wings" which will be worn on the chests of its digital warriors.
On demand TV is in huge demand in the UK and Virgin Media is a player.
ZigBee-equipped underpants are being used to detect incontinence in Australian care homes.
WorkshopWorkshop In the current economic climate access to spending money is tight across all businesses. In truth, the spotlight has been thrown ever more closely onto IT spend over the course of the last decade, not just the past two years. This focus on IT spend has brought forward the question of the best way to budget for IT systems and operations.
After the US launch of the 3G/Wi-Fi version of the Apple iPad, the tablet has passed the one million sales mark, prompting the firm's co-founder Steve Wozniak to say the PC-Mac war was over as the new formats took Apple well beyond its traditional user base. But other players will bid for the upper hand in the hybrid PC/mobile space too, with Hewlett-Packard and Nokia among those readying products based on new platforms. And of course, in its escalating war with Apple, Google is unlikely to stand still. It is putting the finishing touches to its new Chrome OS, geared to tablets, smartbooks and the cloud, and has acquired its latest start-up, BumpTop, maker of a 3D user interface.
LabLab What does ‘high availability’ actually mean in the context of IT today? We’ve written elsewhere about more general availability and good systems design, but what if you want to assure availability when things go unexpectedly wrong?
The Australian government appears confused as to whether or not it will try to pass laws concerning net filtering before a general election.
Iron Man 2 is the latest Hollywood blockbuster to be leaked onto The Pirate Bay ahead of the movie’s official release in the US.
I’ve been bloviating about predictive enterprise analytics for more than a year now, discussing it with clients, vendors, my mom, the kid who mows my lawn, and anyone else who will listen. I think it’s going to be the ‘next big thing’ in business, and thus enterprise technology.
InterviewInterview Beggars Group office in a suburban street in Wandsworth doesn't look much like a media corporation. There's no chocolate ice sculpture in reception, and no giant video screens or inspirational slogans. It does look a lot like you'd expect a real independent record company to look, though: behind the receptionist's desk is the kitchen sink. Boxes of records are strewn everywhere. Chairman and founder Martin Mills sits in the cramped, buzzing open-plan office, along with everyone else.
A 17-year-old Philadelphia Phillies fan, who "scurried around the outfield" during his team's clash with the St Louis Cardinals last night, had his home run attempt brought to an abrupt end by a solid tasering.
How do you engage Britain's apathetic, apolitical, antipolitical teenagers in the political process? Simples.
Two of the three suspects arrested for allegedly running the infamous Mariposa botnet in February personally applied for jobs with Spanish firm Panda Security, whose researchers helped track them down just a month earlier.
Cloud.com, formerly known as VMOps, has come out of stealth mode today as it raised its second round of funding and launched its first products for managing virtual server infrastructure across private and public clouds.
WebcastWebcast In my latest webcast, I talked to Nathan Brookwood, chief analyst at Insight64, about the current state of the chip wars. Nathan is one of those analysts who really knows the market and isn’t shy about expressing his opinions.
Opera has released a beta of its latest desktop browser for Linux and FreeBSD.
A civil liberties watchdog has challenged Facebook's legal claims that an unauthorized third-party site that helps users login automatically violates criminal laws. In a friend-of-the-court brief filed Monday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation said Facebook users have a legal right to choose how they access their accounts. It went on to argue that Facebook attorneys were misapplying California's criminal hacking statutes to prevent account holders from using alternative methods of accessing their data.
Tech companies are playing hardball on smart phones, but Linux could gain the upper hand with Intel and Nokia going on the defensive with MeeGo.
Nvidia's Fermi graphics coprocessors have begun shipping through its OEM partner channel with a slew of tier-two players hoping the flop-happy GPUs give them a competitive edge against established players in the HPC server racket.
Web 2.0 ExpoWeb 2.0 Expo Twitter says it's the end of the sysadmin as we know it.
A North Carolina man's scheme to steal as much as $350,000 during an automatic teller machine hacking spree was thwarted by an ex-convict, who turned the man in to authorities, federal prosecutors allege. Thor Alexander Morris approached the Texas-based ex-con looking for help identifying the locations of specific models of ATMs that are known to be vulnerable to tampering, the prosecutors said in court documents filed late last month. With that information in tow, Morris allegedly planned to reprogram the machines to overpay him by changing the cash denominations from $20 bills to $1 bills.
Call it a testimony to the changing nature of workloads, evolving computing architectures, and the passing nature of your IT vendor.