Google's WiFi snoop - who knew and who didn't?
How do you mistakenly spend three years collecting personal data from the world's open WiFi networks? We're not quite sure. We can only hope that when Google asks an outsider to scrutinize the WiFi-snooping habits of its Street View cars, the results are released to the public.
Microsoft sneak peeks Hotmail makeover
Microsoft has realized there's more to maintaining its lead over Gmail than shoveling buckets of storage at Hotmail users.
Sir Paul McBeatle: 'Me, I'd love Beatles to be on iTunes'
You can blame him for "Band on the Run" or "Ebony and Ivory," but according to Sir Paul McCartney, it's not his fault that the Fab Four's oeuvre isn't available on iTunes.
Packard Bell dot S2
ReviewIt’s been a couple of years since Acer gobbled up Packard Bell as part of its quest for world domination, and the Taiwanese giant seems perfectly happy to continue churning out netbooks under both brands.
Delivering a secure information infrastructure
LabI recently had the task of writing an explanatory paper about Good Practice Guide (GPG) 13, a UK-government sponsored piece of guidance around "protective monitoring" – that is, being able to keep an eye on what's going on in your IT environment in order to spot when security breaches happen.
LimeWire knackered by US courts
Peer to peer (P2P) software company LimeWire induced its users to infringe copyright by the unauthorised sharing of music and film files and shares responsibility for that infringement, a US court has ruled.
Garlands folds: 1000 call-centre jobs axed in Northeast
Garlands Call Centres has gone into administration with the likely loss of 1,000 jobs in the north east.
US airforce shifts 30,000 troops to 'cyberwar front lines'
The US Air Force reports that it has assigned no fewer than 30,000 digital troops to "the front lines of cyber warfare". This is close to a third of the number of US troops deployed in Afghanistan.
Spotify waves £5 plan at freeloaders
Spotify is adding two new plans, one paying, one decidedly limited. Spotify Unlimited a £4.99 a month all - the music you-can-stream-on-your-PC- and-no-ads- option.
Reg reader applauds World's Crappiest phish
There is we believe some kind of worldwide minimum standard for phishing expeditions, which demands at least a level of literacy, a false bank log-in page and a plausible alert to hook victims.
Pirate Bay resurfaces after German legal depth-charge
The Pirate Bay file tracking site is currently offline - apparently forced to close by a German court injunction filed last week.
iPad to become inflight fatcat fun-slab
The iPad is bound for ever greater heights (etc) as BlueBox Avionics, suppliers of in-flight entertainment kit to the airline industry, has launched an iPad-based system.
Luke Skywalker to helm movie of own comic, Black Pearl
Mark Hamill will make his first foray into big screen directing by taking the helm for a film adaptation of his own comic book Black Pearl, AP reports.
What’s in the box?
WorkshopSelecting the right choice of components for an industry standard x64 server is much more than the speed of the CPU and the size of the hard disk. Virtualisation puts fresh demands on CPU performance and crucially, stretches memory, networking and IO performance.
Koobface gang counter-poohpooh nemesis sec-pro Danchev
The gang behind the infamous Koobface worm has responded to a post by a security researcher on their activities and motives with an answer buried in the latest version of their malware.
Microsoft coughs up $200m, licensing in VirnetX patent case
Microsoft has agreed to pony up $200m in a one-time patent infringement settlement payment to VirnetX Holding Corp. Redmond will also licence the internet security software maker's technology from now on.
Mobile phone users have fewer brain tumours
AnalysisMobile users have a lower risk of developing brain cancers than non-mobile users, a ten-year €19m study by the UN has shown. But the epidemiologists are doubtful about the results, which aren't alarmist enough, and have called for more funding additional research.
Brits have no love for bits and bytes
Brits have a shaky grasp of bits and bytes, placing "little monetary or emotional value" on the digital value they own. This is the conclusion of HP, which recently surveyed 1,000-plus British consumers.
Acer denies Chrome OS netbook launch is near
Acer has gone on record to state that it will not be launching netbooks based on Google's Chrome OS in the "short term".
Vodafone chortles over blabber bonanza
Vodafone has been cutting costs and increasing profits, resulting in a top end-of-financial-year filing and confident predictions for the future, as long as voice minutes don't continue to decline.
Google gobbles up confab-over-IP firm GIPS for $68m
Google has bought a Swedish VoIP company called Global IP Solutions - which is traded on the Oslo Stock Exchange.
Ofcom creates piracy havens at small ISPs
Ofcom has decided that only fixed line ISPs with more than 400,000 subscribers will be forced to comply with the Digital Economy Act's controversial anti-filesharing provisions.
FOSS vendors lick chops over ConLib IT plans
AnalysisIn the run-up to the General Election both the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats made positive noises about open source software in their respective manifestos.
Apple, Rim surpass Motorola handset sales
We've seen the success Apple and Research in Motion (Rim) have had in the smartphone market, but how have they fared in the broader handset arena? Not too shabbily, figures from market watcher iSuppli suggest.
You paid €20m for UN mobe-fear - and that's just the start
CommentThe Interphone study has spent 10 years failing to find any evidence that mobile phones cause cancer, but there's no end in sight for the gravy train powered by the public's paranoia.
Linux gets jiggy with more filesystems in 2.6.34 kernel release
On Sunday a new version of the Linux kernel rocked up, with two new filesystems loaded into the distro.
Freebie Spotify is back, also £5 no-ads option
Spotify closed its doors to new free listeners in the UK last August, except by invitation, and the waiting list - according to some readers - is months. Now it's introducing 20 hours of free listening for which no invitation is necessary. You'll hear ads, of course, on this package which is called Spotify Open.
Nato should tool up for cyber war, say globo-bigwigs
Nato believes there is not likely to be a conventional military attack on its members in the future but that some form of cyber-attack is one of three most probable dangers facing the alliance.
Apple tweaks MacBook spec
Apple has quietly upped the MacBook's processor to a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo. The old Nvidia GeForce 9400M graphics chip is out, too, replaced by a new GeForce 320M part.
Exploding-battery epidemic caused by 'lithium moss'
Researchers at Cambridge University have proposed using nuclear magnetic resonance to work out why lithium batteries keep exploding.
The iPad, news saviour? Murdoch may have something here
iPad diariesRupert Murdoch, in the face of widespread scepticism, thinks he can charge for news on the internet - but what if he's right? And the dead tree publishers, the derided MSM who initially welcomed the iPad as a potential saviour - what if they were right, too? Even if only a little bit?
World+bitch flocking to expose self on Facebook
Facebook is on track to reach 500 million users by June, despite a backlash over a series of recent anti-privacy changes that mean more and more users' information is exposed to all and sundry.
American Heart Association hails the Wii
Nintendo has won the backing of the American Heart Association for its active video games on the Wii.
Apple MacBook Pro 15in
ReviewRemember the Apple PowerBooks? They were pants. Of course, I didn't know this at the time. It's only now, having had the chance to play with Apple's latest MacBook Pro, that I realise that everything that came before it was so dreadfully ordinary.
Mozy backs up cloud backup with hard-drive storage
EMC-owned cloud storage outfit Mozy will become significantly less cloudy with plans to include local backup in its next release.
PARIS gets her very own private enclave
El Reg's Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) now has its very own section, nicely nestled in Science, the better for readers to follow the progress of our audacious upper atmosphere plane plan.
Solid state drives set for huge growth
Enterprise solid state drive (SSD) sales will grow by almost 90 per cent a year between now and 2015.
Chelsea fans hack Man Utd phone systems
Chelsea fans mocked their rivals at Manchester United last weekend by hacking into the Old Trafford club's phone system and changing its recorded message.
Blighty to get mobe-download barcode rail tickets
Barcode ticketing specialists Masabi have signed a deal with TheTrainLine.com for a national rollout of its mobile ticketing service, reducing tickets to downloaded images.
Fatso Office files get NXPowerLite diet
Office file bloat could be banished with NXPowerLite, skinnying down your flabby PowerPoint decks.
Pirate Bay now run from Pirate Party 'mountain bunker'
The Pirate Bay returned to the business of providing its BitTorrent technology to freetards earlier today with a new bandwidth supplier in the unlikely form of the Swedish Pirate Party, after the site was offline for the best part of a day.
Wobbly drive array problems? This'll stiffen your rack
Everyday background vibration in data centre drive arrays can slow drive random read performance by up to 246 per cent. Stiffer drive racks prevent this happening and make I/O-dependent apps go faster.
Mucky private chat could be illegal soon
Could 2010 be the year when the authorities finally clamp down on the internet – and in the process abolish some fundamental liberties we have been taking for granted for a very long time? The answer from two cases – one now over, though possibly subject to appeal, the other going forward to a full hearing later this year – could be a very worrying affirmative.
Quantum crypto boffins in successful backdoor sniff
Computer scientists have pulled off what is claimed to be the first successful attack against a commercial system based on theoretically uncrackable quantum cryptography.
Canadian mobe firm sued over disappearing husband
A disgruntled woman is suing Canadian telco Rogers Wireless for destroying her marriage.
Quantum's StorNext snuggles with cloud
CommentQuantum's disk plus tape storage software, StorNext, is set to have cloud functionality added to it.
Consumers still want it hard
Yesterday's HP media survey confirms something many Reg readers passionately believe - hard copies have great value, and they aren't going away any time soon.
Transit site coughs up private info for 168,000 passengers
Dutch authorities have shuttered a transit website after a hacker demonstrated it gave him access to addresses, birthdates, and other sensitive information belonging to some 168,000 passengers.
Dev goes 'Wild' with H.264 Firefox
A Dutch open source developer is building a version of Firefox that uses the HTML5 video tag in tandem with the H.264 codec.
Apple said to order 24 million iPhone 4Gs
Apple is betting big that its upcoming - and noticeably improved - iPhone 4G will be an instant worldwide hit, according to a report citing Taiwanese parts suppliers.
Microsoft fluffs boffins with supercomputer promise
Microsoft plans on delivering supercomputing power to a broader audience of scientists via its cloud computing and server technologies.
William Shatner to star in Twitter-inspired TV show
CBS will air a sitcom in which William Shatner plays a cranky old fogie whose rants are captured by a Twitter-obsessed son with a million followers. No, we're not kidding.
IBM freshens up System x servers
IBM continued to tweak its System x lineup Tuesday when it announced more machines supporting the latest Intel Xeons, and allowed Nvidia Tesla GPU coprocessors into the systems.
Yahoo!: 'Our search talent is here to stay'
Yahoo! says that even after Microsoft assumes control of its search engine listings, it will retain many of its most talented search engineers.
HP profits up 28% on freshened servers
The IT and investor communities were both a little jumpy this week, worried that IT bellwether Hewlett-Packard wasn't pulling in enough dough. But this was just borrowing trouble. Overall revenues at the HP were up 12.7 per cent to $30.8bn in the second quarter ended in April, and with HP keeping tight reins on costs, net earnings grew by 27.8 per cent, to $2.2bn.