Man accused of DDoSing conservative talking heads
Federal prosecutors have accused a man of carrying out a series of botnet offenses including attacks that brought down the websites of conservative talking heads Bill O'Reilly, Ann Coulter and Rudolph Giuliani.
Microsoft launches patent suit at Salesforce cloud
Microsoft has sued Salesforce.com, claiming that the cloudy outfit has infringed on its patents.
Sony Ericsson Elm
ReviewSony Ericsson has been busy producing a range of eco friendly handsets, produced under the GreenHeart banner. GreenHeart phones are made from recycled plastics and have no hazardous chemicals in the build. As a green marketing wheeze, by and large, these handsets have been given the names of trees. There’s an Aspen, a Hazel, the Naite (OK, that’s not a tree), and the one I am reviewing here, the Elm.
Yahoo! buys! city! of! bloggers!
Yahoo! has bought Associated Content - which brands itself "the People's Media Company" - a sort of Wikipedia with a business plan.
Personal data export clauses now in force
New 'model clauses' governing the exporting of personal data outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) have come into force. The new documents update one of the ways in which data can leave the EEA legally.
Spare Backup branches out with App Store
CommentSpare Backup, which supplies cloud backup services to consumer electronics retailers, has branched out and is offering them an App Store for users of mobile internet devices, Macs and PCs.
UK regulator warns targets over share scam sucker list
A UK regulator is taking the unusual step of contacting 38,000 potential share fraud targets after recovering a "suckers list" used by boiler room fraudsters.
O2 to release Palm pair on iPad day
O2 has followed its exclusive on the Palm Pre with the new Pre Plus and Pixi Plus smartphones, the telco said today.
TalkTalk told to kill bill claims
Voice-over in a TV ad for TalkTalk Telecom stated "Are you paying too much for your calls and broadband? Well, with Talk Talk we can cut your bill to just £6.49 a month ... for calls and broadband in your home ... including unlimited local calls to anyone in your area". On-screen text stated "£11.25 monthly line rental required. Connection fee £29.99 ... Unlimited local calls applies to calls to landlines in your local area and adjacent codes between 6am & 6pm weekdays".
Intel lays ground for larger netbooks
Intel has reportedly told netbook makers they can use its upcoming dual-core Atom processor, the N550, in 11.6in and 12.1in machines, and not just the traditional 9in and 10in form factors.
IBM punts commercial Hadoop distro
With so much of its future sales and growth staked on smart infrastructure and the data analytics that enables it, it comes as no surprise that IBM has taken a shining to the open source Hadoop big data crunching software that has found a loving home at the Apache Foundation. Today, IBM announced it has created a commercial version of Hadoop as well as some add-ons and - you guessed it - implementation services to make Hadoop more consumable for the Global 20000.
UK to get Diet Facebook
Facebook Zero, the cut-down version of the social networking service that comes without data costs, has been launched in 45 countries with the UK to be added soon.
Google Street View whacked by German prosecutors, Czech data watchdog
Google came under increased fire in Europe yesterday, after German prosecutors and the Czech data protection agency launched separate investigations into the company’s interception of private Wi-Fi data.
Newzbin goes titsup
Usenet indexer Newzbin has gone titsup thanks to legal action from the Motion Picture Association.
World's mightiest supercomputer to design new nuke plants
Nuclear supercomputer boffins in the States say they are unleashing the mighty power of the "Jaguar" - number one arse-kickingest computer in the world - to design the next generation of nuclear reactors, including the ITER fusion project.
British Library to scan 40m newspaper pages
The British Library and its commercial partner brightsolid - a division of DC Thomson - are to digitise 40 million pages of old newspapers.
Coraid jumps on ZFS bandwagon
Coraid is adding a ZFS-based NAS appliance to its EtherDrive SAN array product, joining other companies like Compellent in using ZFS in this way.
Best Buy tech finds 'child abuse' wallpaper on broken PC
A man allegedly caught using child abuse images as a desktop wallpaper faces a string of charges after he took in the malfunctioning machine for repair.
Major manufacturer tells reviewer: sample our kit in... er... a shop
BootnoteWhat do you do if you're a consumer website and you want to review the latest in 3D telly technology from a very well known major consumer electronics company? Go to John Lewis.
Wikileaks founder relieved of passport in Oz
More apparent evidence last week of Australian government sensitivity to criticism, as immigration officials relieve Wikileaks founder Julian Assange of his passport on arrival at Melbourne airport.
Atlantis 'nauts on battery-swap duty
Atlantis mission specialists Steve Bowen and Michael Good kicked off the second STS-132 mission spacewalk at 10:38 GMT today.
Operators line up to pitch HTC Wildfire
Three, T-Mobile and Virgin Media have all now said they will offer HTC's latest Android handset, the budget Wildfire, in the future.
Dell Latitude XT2 XFR ruggedised laptop
ReviewDell’s XT2 tablet PC has been around for just over a year, and now the company has come up with a fully-ruggedised version in the form of the XT2 XFR. Able to withstand drops, freezing temperatures and rain, it’s primarily aimed at those who have to cope with something a little more testing than a daily commute on the train.
DARPA witchfinder-ware to SMITE America's IT traitors
Our old friends at DARPA - the US military research bureau - have broached another intriguing and mildy upsetting scheme this week. This time the Pentagon boffins want nothing less than some kind of automated witch-finder technology able to finger "increasingly sophisticated malicious insider behavior" in the USA.
HP Software turns to mediums for market expansion
Hewlett Packard's software division has realised the world is full of medium-sized enterprises and launched a new sales program and range of "lite" management apps at the market that was there all the time.
The commercial cuckoo hiding in the BBC's global mission
Check the calendar dates and a possible cunning plan emerges. On Thursday 6th May, there was a strong possibility that the UK would elect a Tory government, one that would be eyeing BBC funding suspiciously. On Tuesday 11th of May, BBC director general Mark Thompson gave a speech at Chatham House on "Nation Speaking Peace unto Nation: The BBC's Global Mission". So the fight-back begins?
Ball lightning is all in the mind, say Austrian physicists
Physicists in Austria say they have solved the conundrum of "ball lightning", mysterious glowing spherical apparitions which baffled boffins have struggled to explain for centuries.
Robot Sergey Brin stuns crowd
Self-help guru Tom Robbins and Google co-founder Sergey Brin employed bots of their wetware selves at a San Francisco fundraiser this month, "strutting the room and chatting it up like the rest of us", according to a blogger present.
HP Software targets more customers with fewer partners
HP Software will cut its number of partners targeting mid-sized enterprises in Europe from 1200 to 300, as it reorganises a channel that had become swollen in the wake of its four-year acquisition drive.
Clegg promises liberties restoration
Nick Clegg promised government that will restore individual liberties and value dissent this morning, as he set out his Deputy Prime Minster's brief to repeal Labour laws this morning.
User Data: Here, there, everywhere
BlogEvery computer user in the world has heard tales of “the computer that ate my files”. Perhaps the magical write-limit fairy arrived and turned your SSD back into a pumpkin. The infamous “someone, definitely not me” could have opened an infected email or Facebooked up an infected flash ad, corrupting the OS and causing all sorts of merriment.
McKinnon family awaits final, final extradition decision
Supporters of Gary McKinnon are anxiously awaiting a Cabinet Office decision on whether the coalition government will halt his extradition proceedings.
Remote access in real life
BlogIn order to have a meaningful discussion about the specifics of remote access software, we need to get a few concepts out of the way, and some terminology nailed down. The first concept that needs to be dealt with is that of “sessions”. A session is the interface you see on the screen when you log in: your background, your applications available to you, your bookmarks and shortcuts and all other things that make your desktop yours. When you sit down in front of your computer and log into it, you are accessing the “console session”.
Mechanic drove three miles with angry bloke on bonnet
A Northern Ireland garage mechanic who drove for three miles with a disgruntled customer clamped to the bonnet of his car has been cleared of a raft of charges including assault and dangerous driving, the Belfast Telegraph reports.
DRAM makers fined €331m for euro cartel
The European Commission has fined ten memory chip makers a total of €331m - as part of the first settlement made for cartel charges.
German cybercrime forum hacked
An underground cybercrime forum has been hacked, with once walled-off information uploaded onto file-sharing networks.
LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 portable hard drive
ReviewAlthough it has been said that it won't become mainstream until it is officially adopted by Intel in 2011, USB 3.0 - aka SuperSpeed USB - is steadily emerging from the shadows with more and more manufacturers bringing support for the protocol to the eager masses.
SUSE Linux 11 gets first service pack
Commercial Linux distributor Novell is hoping that the delivery of the first service pack update for its SUSE Linux 11 operating system for servers and desktops will give the software a bump. And not just because SP1 has support for lots of new hardware.
'Draw Mohammed' call prompts Pakistan Facebook ban
Pakistani authorities have ordered ISPs to block access to Facebook ahead of an "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" planned by users for tomorrow.
Flash and the five-minute rule
Comment"Flash is a better disk ... and disk is a better tape." So said distinguished Microsoft engineer Jim Gray in 2006.
Google open sources $124.6m video codec
Google I/OGoogle has taken a swashbuckling step towards open and license-free web video by open sourcing the leading codec from On2 Technologies, the video-compression outfit it acquired earlier this year for $124.6 million.
Atlantis 'nauts bolt on new battery goodness
Atlantis mission specialists Steve Bowen and Michael Good wrapped the second STS-132 mission spacewalk at 17:47 GMT today, having spent seven hours and nine minutes outside the International Space Station.
Facebook scrambles to close hole exposing private data
Facebook engineers are finishing a patch for a critical vulnerability that exposed user birthdays and other sensitive data even when they were designated as private, a security researcher said Wednesday.
Google readies Chrome OS web app store
Google I/OGoogle is launching an online app store for web applications. Its upcoming Chrome Web Store will be available through its Chrome web browser and Chrome OS, the upcoming netbook operating system based on the browser.
Oracle sneaks out carrier grade Sparc blade, Xeon rack
Oracle has hardened up the Sun Blade 6000 blade server to support telcos and other service providers, creating the Sun Netra 6000 chassis and its companion Netra T6340 blade server, based on the current Sparc T2+ processors designed by Sun and made by Texas Instruments.
Wave gravy splashes onto Google Apps
Google I/OMountain View has rolled Google Wave, its new-age online collaboration and communication tool, into its Google Apps suite of web-based business applications.
Anti-Oracle duo discover hardware love
SAP and HP, companies with axes to grind against Oracle, are following the database giant with their own hardware and software appliance.
Mobile sales soar, but numbers are squishy
Worldwide mobile phone sales are steadily rising, smartphone sales are skyrocketing, and Nokia maintains its lead in both categories. But when you try to dig deeper into the numbers, it all depends on whose numbers you're digging into.
Flash embraces Google's open video codec
Google I/OAdobe has rolled out an HTML5 development kit and announced that Flash will use Google's freshly open sourced VP8 video codec. The company wants you to know that despite its tussle with Steve Jobs, it very much believes in web standards.
Novell seeks rich suitors
It looks like Novell has formally put itself up for sale after rejecting the entreaties of a hedge fund two months ago.
ISP shuttered for hosting 'witches' brew' of spam, child porn
A federal judge has permanently pulled the plug on a California web hosting provider accused of harboring a "witches' brew" of pernicious content on behalf of child pornographers, spammers, and malware purveyors.
Google and SpringSource join hands in the heavens
Google I/OGoogle and VMware's SpringSource arm have teamed up to offer a series of development tools for building Java apps that can be deployed across multiple web-based hosting services. That includes Google's own App Engine, VMware-happy infrastructure services, and third-party services such as Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud.
Britons: iPhone eighth most important invention — ever
In the British mind, the iPhone is a more important invention than the automobile, calendar, or hot water, though not as important as its immediate forebears: the telephone, personal computer and the internet.
Sergey Brin: 'We screwed up' on Street View Wi-Fi grab
Google I/OGoogle co-founder Sergey Brin says the company "screwed up" when it equipped its world-roving Street View cars with software code that spent three years capturing personal data from open Wi-Fi networks.