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Craigslist: no plans to revive adult ads in US
Craigslist has no plans to reopen its adult services section in the United States amid pressure from law enforcement and prostitution opponents.
IE9 strips to win Chrome fans
ReviewMicrosoft took an unusual approach with Internet Explorer 9, first releasing "Platform previews" that showed off the new rendering engine but with little user interface, before finally issuing a beta that shows off its full features.
Revolution links R stats package to apps
In the knowledge economy (and boy are we using that term loosely), there are far too many people who need to use analytics than there are people who can create algorithms to crunch data in the open source R programming language. This is one of the reasons why Revolution Analytics, which wants to be the Red Hat for stats, has created a new tool called RevoDeploy R. The idea is to create interfaces that programmers are already familiar with that allow for R routines to be embedded into all sorts of applications.
Google sued by ex-iPhone location outfit
Google has been sued by Skyhook Wireless, the Boston-based outfit that offers a service for pinpointing a mobile device's location via nearby Wi-Fi signals.
Microsoft: IE9 will never run on Windows XP
Microsoft has ruled out putting Internet Explorer 9 on Windows XP, leaving millions of PCs open to Mozilla and Google browsers providing hardware-accelerated rich-internet.
GoPro HD Hero camera
ReviewFor show-offs and general posers outdoor enthusiasts everywhere, GoPro devices tap neatly into all sorts of extreme sports where cameras have previously been off-limits. Indeed, the Hero range can be stuck, worn, twisted and clipped in numerous tricky places.
In-house lawyers have no right to secrecy in EU competition cases, rules ECJ
In-house lawyers at companies being investigated for competition law offences do not enjoy the same privacy rights for communications with their companies as lawyers from external firms, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said.
Firefox fixes stability bug
Mozilla has pushed out a new version of its Firefox browser designed to fix a stability issue with the previous version of the open source application.
Big Blue bets on risk
IBM has bought OpenPages - which makes software to help companies manage risk and ensure compliance with regulations.
Boeing inks second space tourism deal
Boeing has announced it's inked a deal with Space Adventures to provide its Crew Space Transportation-100 (CST-100) capsule for low Earth orbit jaunts for those with deep pockets and lofty travel ambitions.
Devil manifests in Hungarian bathroom
A Hungarian couple have been reduced to washing in the downstairs sink after the Lord of the Flies' terrifying visage appeared in their bathroom.
Custom superchippery pulls 3D from 2D images like humans
Computing brainboxes believe they have found a method which would allow robotic systems to perceive the 3D world around them by analysing 2D images as the human brain does - which would, among other things, allow the affordable development of cars able to drive themselves safely.
You don't have to be crazy to work here
Sysadmin blogWebmin’s (see my last post if you don’t know what I’m talking about) strength flows from a plethora of modules which allow you to configure and control most elements of the underlying operating system. Common applications - for example, Apache - also have officially-supported modules that ship with the main Webmin installer.
Documents To Go not gone yet
BlackBerry maker RIM might have swallowed company assets and the majority of the staff for its forthcoming tablet, but DataViz reckons there's enough left to keep Documents To Go on multiple platforms.
Virgin Media set-top box modder gets 5 years
A man from Birmingham has been jailed for five and a half years for his role in a cable TV fraud.
Basketball megastar accused of phone hacking
Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal has been accused of hacking into the phone of a former employee and mistress as well as destroying evidence by throwing a laptop into a lake next to his home, accusations the NBA star denies.
Google pops warning on Popbitch
Google has slapped a viral warning on popular UK gossip website Popbitch.
1 in 10 Americans prefer colonoscopies to PC security
A third of Americans see nothing wrong with being connected to the web while on honeymoon, but would balk at hooking up during a wedding, a security firm has claimed.
South African police hunt Twittering speedcam spy
Police in Johannesburg are investigating a man who's been using Twitter to warn motorists about speed traps and other police activity.
eBay boss outbids everyone in election spending
Meg Whitman threw another $15m at her campaign spending chest on Tuesday, making her the biggest-spending electoral candidate in US history.
A quarter of Americans using mobile apps
The Pew Internet & American Live Project has been examining mobile apps, revealing the shocking news that rich people buy more applications, while the elderly poor buy fewer.
Trident delay by the Coalition: Cunning plan, or bad idea?
AnalysisThe Coalition government, as part of its ongoing strategic review of UK defence, may decide to postpone replacement of the Trident nuclear deterrent by five years. What would that mean?
Mobile phones for minimalists
John's Phone, from the designer firm John Doe Amsterdam, could be the greatest grandparent phone of all time. It is certainly an interesting minimalist experiment in usability.
Project Canvas becomes YouView
Project Canvas has a CEO and a name now - it’s YouView™. BBC insider Richard Halton, a veteran of the corporation’s Strategy Boutique, will lead the venture, reporting to chairman Kip Meek.
Nikon points D7000 camera at high-end enthusiasts
Nikon hauled in London's camera and tech press corps yesterday to show off its latest DSLR, the Nikon D7000. We shall post a review soon enough, but for now, here's a run down of the spec.
What Nokia (and everyone else) needs to learn about smartphones
When Gene Roddenberry was devising the original Star Trek in 1965, he predicted humans would make common use of teleportation and faster-than-lightspeed travel. But one 23rd century innovation was either missing, or absent because nobody wanted it: converged electronic devices.
HP buffs up its new big iron
VMworld Video BlogTo round out our visits with the major hardware vendors, we stopped by Hewlett-Packard’s booth. We had our new pal Steven give us a walk-through on their newest big x86 iron – an eight-socket monster (64 cores total max). The system is composed of two 4-socket chassis, each of which sports up to 64 DIMM slots – meaning that filled up, you can get 2TB of RAM to go with your 64 cores of processing.
Popbitch blames tainted ad server for Google malware warning
Popbitch has confirmed that tainted ads were to blame for the classification of the site as a potential security risk on Thursday.
Adobe urges 'caution' for 64-bit Flash player beta
Adobe is offering a beta version of its Flash player which includes support for 64-bit chips and Internet Explorer 9.
Facebook follows papal line on censorship
What do the Pope and Facebook have in common? They both abhor public displays of nudity.
Vote for your fave in Vodafone mobe app compo
Four finalists remain vying for Vodafone's €150,000 Mobile Clicks prize money, with the public being invited to contribute their votes to help decide who gets the cash.
Group recommends joint NATO-Russia 'cyber' war games
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Russia should undertake joint information-warfare exercises so the two countries can better protect critical digital infrastructure, policy wonks at an international group said.
Apple said to prep iPad news sub service
Apple is preparing to throw an iPad lifeline to the rapidly sinking news biz by offering to host a newspaper subscription service on its "magical and revolutionary" device.
Oracle offers Java distraction to Google fisticuffs
Oracle has promised to follow Sun and continue working on open-source Java in an apparent attempt to create a distraction from the damaging spectacle of its legal showdown with Google.
Yahoo! 'handicaps' its search ad auctions
ExclusiveSearch ad systems such as Google's AdWords and Yahoo! Search Marketing are billed as auctions. But the line between auction and non-auction is more blurred than the average netizen might think.
Yahoo! sneak peeks revamped Mail
Yahoo! has unveiled new incarnations of its Mail, Search, and News services, each due to reach US users sometime this fall.
Ellison: 'We can double Oracle's hardware biz'
Larry Ellison, Oracle's chief executive officer and cofounder, ain't messing around with systems. In fact, he is playing doubles with tennis partner and now Oracle co-president, Mark Hurd. Ellison will handle the creation of so-called "engineered systems," which stack up Oracle hardware and software, and Hurd will peddle them and make sure support works well.
Yahoo! boffin scores pi's two quadrillionth bit
A Yahoo! engineer has calculated pi's two quadrillionth bit using Hadoop, the open source distributed number-crunching platform based on Google's proprietary MapReduce technology.
Intel Sandy Bridge many-core secret sauce
IDFDuring the coming-out party for Intel's Sandy Bridge microarchitecture at Chipzilla's developer shindig in San Francisco this week, two magic words were repeatedly invoked in tech session after tech session: "modular" and "scalable". Key to those Holy Grails of architectural flexibility is the architecture's ring interconnect.