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NatWest calls off legal attack dogs

Moving with the speed of an injured rock, NatWest has finally withdrawn its legal threats against a student advice site.
John Oates, 02 Aug 2010
Foo Call

Want cheap international calls? Pay foocall for the privilege

It's a tip of the hat this fine Monday morning to cheap international phone call outfit foocall - whose name suggests its service may be even cheaper than promised.
Lester Haines, 02 Aug 2010

UAE to cut off BlackBerry users

The United Arab Emirates will impose a ban on the email service on RIM's BlackBerry devices from October 1st this year because it's just too secure to be allowed to exist.
Bill Ray, 02 Aug 2010
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Satnav leaves family stranded in Outback for three days

We bring you today's GPS navigation mishap hilarity news from Australia, where a family of four were trapped in their car for three days after ignoring road signs.
Drew Cullen, 02 Aug 2010

ISS suffers coolant pump failure

The International Space Station's crew is "not in any danger" following the failure of an ammonia cooling loop pump on Saturday night.
Lester Haines, 02 Aug 2010

Sage walks away from TeamSystem bid

Sage is reportedly not bidding for Italian business management firm TeamSystem, after it mulled putting in a £542m (€650m) offer for the company last week.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Aug 2010

Apple ditches video evidence

Apple has expunged videos of competing cellphones exhibiting comparative reception problems, perhaps hoping that if it can just stop talking about the problem then everyone will forget it happened.
Bill Ray, 02 Aug 2010

Poisoned Angelina flick hits torrents

Cybercrooks have begun using booby-trapped QuickTime files to infect internet pirates' computers.
John Leyden, 02 Aug 2010

Is it all over for Mars Rover?

NASA is warning that we might have heard the last message from the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit because it might not survive the Martian winter.
John Oates, 02 Aug 2010

Hollywood claims Aussie ISP promoted BitTorrent use

In February, the Australia Federal Court ruled that iiNet, the country's third biggest ISP, was not liable for copyright infringements committed by customers.
Drew Cullen, 02 Aug 2010

Wikileaks publishes encrypted 'insurance' file

Wikileaks, the transparency website under pressure from the US government over its disclosure of intelligence documents from Afghanistan, has published a mysterious large file labelled 'insurance'.
Christopher Williams, 02 Aug 2010

Firefox market share drops as IE makes slender gain

Mozilla’s Firefox has lost market share against Google’s young pretender Chrome browser for the third month in a row.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Aug 2010

iRobot cops US Army droid order, aces Q2 results

iRobot Corporation, famous as pretty much the only major consumer robotics company in existence, has announced a new military order and results defying market expectations.
Lewis Page, 02 Aug 2010
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Limited end-to-end FCoE

VMware has certified a Cisco and NetApp end-to-end FCoE connection scheme but this doesn't mean a new dawn as core switches still don't support passing on FCoE messages, only top-of-rack-switches (TORS).
Chris Mellor, 02 Aug 2010

Job ads up despite coalition cutbacks

The latest quarterly survey of temporary and permanent job postings reveals an eight per cent increase in jobs, despite public sector cutbacks.
John Oates, 02 Aug 2010
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iPhone 4 jailbreak banks on browser exploit

Hackers have developed a browser-based tool able to jailbreak Apple's iPhone 4.
John Leyden, 02 Aug 2010

ITV preps pay TV service

ITV is expected to launch a pay-TV service that'll include a new channel and high definition versions of its current selection.
Caleb Cox, 02 Aug 2010

Calling data center professionals everywhere

Reader StudyHow does the world look to you? We want to draw a picture of the world from the point of view of the data center professional - several pictures in fact, depending on the size of your business, the way your IT environment is organized and your role in the whole thing.
Jon Collins, 02 Aug 2010

Lindsay Lohan released from screaming lesbian ordeal

Bespeckled thespiatrix Lindsay Lohan has been released from jail after serving just 13 days of her 90-day sentence for breaching parole.
Lester Haines, 02 Aug 2010
Wacom Cintiq 21ux

Wacom Cintiq 21UX interactive pen display

ReviewWacom may be best known for its standalone, pressure-sensitive tablets, but its current flagship product is a 21-inch LCD monitor, but with a difference. The whole screen of the Cintiq 21UX is one enormous graphics tablet that you can draw on directly.
Steve Caplin, 02 Aug 2010

Hacking into GSM for only $1500

A researcher at the DefCon hackers' meet has demonstrated kit for spoofing GSM base stations, allowing even those on a limited budget to intercept phone calls and text messages.
Bill Ray, 02 Aug 2010

DfT denies deliberately misleading on speed cam stats

The Department for Transport last week denied deliberately misleading the public by exaggerating claims of the beneficial effects of speed cams.
Jane Fae , 02 Aug 2010

Open source: A hardy few do all the work

A census of open source developers has provided a sharp reminder of the necessity of commercially viable open source companies, and also how important it is that commercially viable open source companies employ good people to write open source.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Aug 2010

MS Office for Mac 2011 out in October

Word up. Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 is available at the end of October and consumer prices are cut to bring them closer to its Windows sister.
Caleb Cox, 02 Aug 2010

Stealth fighter in Canadian Wikipedia brouhaha

National politicians in Canada have become involved in a row over government computers being used to amend the Wikipedia page describing the controversial F-35 stealth fighter, which the Canadian government intends to buy.
Lewis Page, 02 Aug 2010

Dell outsourcer lifts US woman's saucy pix from PC

UpdatedAn extremely naive American woman who contacted Dell’s tech support helpline reportedly got more than she bargained for, after some very personal photos were swiped from her computer.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Aug 2010

Carphone Warehouse unveils music locker that isn't

UpdatedCarphone Warehouse will finally launch its much-touted music service tomorrow. It will allow you to listen to your music anywhere, as well as dipping into a catalog of six million tracks. Carphone Warehouse has promoted the service via its MyHub portal for a while, and an iPhone app for it leaked out three weeks ago.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Aug 2010

Communications breakdown

WorkshopCommunications mechanisms in the workplace – from mobile devices to instant messaging and web conferencing – have proliferated over recent years. The days when a telephone was all you needed are long gone: nowadays, people juggle regularly between multiple mechanisms using various interfaces to communicate as they go about their jobs.
Josie Sephton, 02 Aug 2010

Council's school-snoop-op ruled illegal

Local officials who subjected a Dorset family to covert surveillance to find out if they had lied to get their youngest child into an outstanding primary school acted illegally, a landmark ruling said today.
Christopher Williams, 02 Aug 2010

RFID chips snooped from 66 metres

RFID tags can be read at a surprising range, a researcher has found.
Bill Ray, 02 Aug 2010
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Server sales do drunk cat bounce in 2010

For the last three quarters, the server business has been on the upswing, with strong growth relative to the perfectly awful sales levels set at the end of 2008 and in the first half of 2009. Intel is making money hand over fist, and even Advanced Micro Devices has put some black ink on its bottom line. The server business is back, right? Not so fast.
Hot and Cold glyph

Researchers: Arctic cooled to pre-industrial levels from 1950-1990

OpinionNew research by German and Russian scientists indicates that summer temperatures in the Arctic actually fell for much of the later 20th century, plunging to the levels seen at the beginning of the industrial revolution.
Lewis Page, 02 Aug 2010

DTrace co-creator quits Sun, hits delete on Oracle

The co-creator of DTrace has seemingly erased all memory of Larry Ellison’s Oracle from his mind, after quitting Sun Microsystems for an engineering veep role at Joyent last week.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Aug 2010

Chip sales stay high in June

Chip sales, thanks to the myriad types of computing and electronics gear that depend upon them, continued to boom in the latest quarter, says the Semiconductor Industry Association.

Botnet with 60GB of stolen data cracked wide open

Researchers have cracked open a botnet that amassed more than 60GB of passwords and other stolen data, even as it cloaked itself using a state-of-the-art technique known as fast flux.
Dan Goodin, 02 Aug 2010

Microsoft responds to IE8 'privacy quashed' report

Microsoft has responded to a report that claims it curtailed Internet Explorer 8's privacy architecture to benefit advertisers and marketers online.
Gavin Clarke, 02 Aug 2010

Win 7 up, Mac OS X down in market share wars

The latest operating system market-share figures are in, and the news is good for fans of Windows 7, and ho-hum for Mac OS X aficionados.
Rik Myslewski, 02 Aug 2010
iPhone 4

Voda NZ answers iPhone 4 complaint - with a song

We have written quite enough about Vodafone New Zealand's chaotic iPhone 4 launch last week, although Reg reader and Kiwi blogger Ahmad disagrees.
Drew Cullen, 02 Aug 2010

Microsoft rushes out emergency fix for critical Windows bug

Microsoft on Monday rushed out an emergency patch for a critical vulnerability that criminals are exploiting to install malware on all supported versions of the Windows operating system.
Dan Goodin, 02 Aug 2010
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IBM deploys x64 battle waggon

When Intel was rolling its Nehalem-EX Xeon 7500 processors into position on the hills high above the x64 war last Spring, IBM kicked out two boxes and promised it had another one in the works.

Android surges past iPhone in smartphone sales

Sales of Android-based smartphones are surging, tearing chunks of market share out of Apple, RIM, and Windows Mobile's hides.
Rik Myslewski, 02 Aug 2010

Conn. lawman grills Apple and Amazon over e-book pricing

Connecticut's top law enforcement official said he is investigating whether agreements Apple and Amazon.com have reached with e-book publishers violate antitrust laws by freezing competitors out of the market.
Dan Goodin, 02 Aug 2010

'Be careful' warning accompanies latest Linux kernel

The next Linux kernel has been released with a tidy little warning from Linus Torvalds for code committers to pay more attention and be more careful.
Gavin Clarke, 02 Aug 2010

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