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Oracle gooses Exadata clusters with chunky Intel chips
Oracle's new co-president Mark Hurd took the stage at the OpenWorld extravaganza Monday to dutifully help with the product rollouts. He paced the stage, no doubt making the cameraman dizzy as he stomped about, talking about the new Exadata X2-8 data warehousing and online transaction processing clustered appliances as glowingly and as forcefully as he ever talked about products from HP or Teradata — maybe more so, as Hurd gets comfortable wearing his new Oracle shoes.
Apple borgs Swedish face rec boffins
Apple has acquired Swedish face-recognition outfit Polar Rose, according to multiple reports.
Belarusian extradited to US for one-stop ID theft site
US prosecutors have extradited a Belarusian national accused of running a website that helped thousands of criminals exploit stolen financial information.
Oracle on Unix biz: We can rebuild it
While Oracle's homegrown Linux kernel, new Exalogic Web application clusters, updated Exadata OLTP/BI appliances, and Sparc T3 processors and servers hogged the stage at the OpenWorld event in San Francisco over the past two days, the software giant and new hardware player did find some time to give its upcoming Solaris 11 Unix some love.
Apple iPod Touch 4G
ReviewThe rumour mill was flying thick and fast last year with speculation that the new third-generation version of the iPod Touch would include a camera for the first time. However, the model unveiled featured a faster processor but no camera, leaving the Apple faithful feeling somewhat underwhelmed.
Online hotel bookings to be probed for price-fixing
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is investigating whether the sale of hotel room bookings on the internet breaches competition law, looking into whether an allegedly long-established pricing mechanism is anti-competitive.
Check Point defends ZoneAlarm scareware-style warning
Check Point has defended controversial marketing tactics that confronted ZoneAlarm users with what critics describe as a scareware-style dialogue box to convince them to upgrade to paid-for personal firewall software.
Microsoft waves Zune Pass at UK
Yet another internet music subscription and sales service has tipped up in the UK, this time from Microsoft.
Sony piques PS3 fans with PlayTV patch fee
Sony is to charge PlayStation 3 users for a PlayTV firmware update that brings to the tuner and console the ability to view a seven-day programme guide and record entire series of shows at the push of a button - features DVR owners already take for granted.
German gov gives Google Street View privacy deadline
German officials have given Google until December 7 to set acceptable privacy standards for its Street View service.
T-Mobile UK pushes German Froyo to Desire users
Top marks to T-Mobile UK... er... Orange... er... Everything Everywhere, which has just pushed out an update that will take owners of its HTC Desire smartphone to Android 2.2.
Thieves jam key-fob lock signals in mystery car thefts
Surrey police are exploring the theory that a gang of car thieves are jamming central locking systems to make it easier to steal goods from cars.
Orange outs budget Android 2.1 handset
Orange has launched what it says will be the "first in a series" of low-cost Android smartphones.
Vodafone pulls 360 trick on Froyo hungry users
Android updates are causing problems again, with Vodafone trying to foist 360 apps on users while T-Mobile does much the same thing, only in German.
Harrow flicks pirate thrown in slammer
A man from North-West London has been jailed for six months, after admitting to fraudulently filming Hollywood movies at a Vue cinema and then distributing the wares illegally online.
iPhone mules are taking our handsets, damnit!
Thirty years ago, I met a Frenchman who lived in Kent and was on the dole. He had to sign on every two weeks. He was also registered as unemployed in France, where he signed on once a month.
GPU Technology Conference video deep dive
HPC BlogThe 2010 GPU Technology Conference got underway on schedule in San Jose today. We got an exclusive show preview (exclusive because we were the only ones who were there with a camera) from Sanford Russell, general manager of NVIDIA's GPU business.
Sony 3D photo update for PS3 imminent
Sony has released the panoramic 3D photo update it promised a wee while back for the PlayStation 3.
Indiana judges dismiss girl's nipple exposure appeal
A court has ruled that women's nipples do not enjoy freedom of expression under the US Constitution.
Betfair set fair for float
Betfair is set to offer its shares for sale on the London Stock Exchange for the first time.
Firefox wraps its gums around the iPhone
Mozilla has skinned the iPhone's safari browser with a Firefox-compatible wrapper that synchronises bookmarks and history, and integrates search.
Intel slips anti-theft tech into hardware to deter thieves
Intel is building anti-theft technology into hardware in a bid to make life harder for laptop thieves.
Crash grounds RAF Eurofighters - for Battle of Britain Day!
The RAF was left eggfaced in recent weeks as its entire force of fighters - nowadays made up of new and horrifyingly expensive Eurofighter "Typhoons" - was grounded following discovery of faults in their ejector seats. The grounding was particularly embarrassing as it came into force on Battle of Britain Day, the 70th anniversary of the RAF fighter force's greatest victory. Fortunately, Blighty was not left completely defenceless: WWII-vintage Spitfire and Hurricane fighters remained operational for flypasts and displays as their expensive successors became hangar queens.
Check Point kills scareware-style pop-up campaign
Check Point has backed down in a row over a controversial scareware-style pop-up message warning to users of its ZoneAlarm personal firewall product, admitting that it got it wrong, and withdrawing the marketing campaign.
Police issue lettuce e-fit
Hampshire Police have blamed dodgy software for an e-fit image of a burglary suspect with suspiciously salady hair.
Death of laptops greatly exaggerated, Best Buy boss insists
Best Buy's boss has downplayed reports that iPads are eating half of all laptop sales.
Google tuts at gov caginess with Transparency Report
Google is spotlighting governments that don’t play nice with the all-seeing search giant, by releasing a so-called “Transparency Report”.
Oracle bigs up 7000 ZFS storage line
Oracle has supercharged its 7000 unified storage line, effectively replacing two of the products and expanding the line's performance and capacity dramatically upwards. Users will get more scalability and more performance from the new line.
Samoan clerics finger homosexuals over global warming
Clerics in the South Pacific have fingered the key cause of climate change - homosexuals.
Half of Chinese are downloading mobile apps
Research firm Canalys reckons that over half of Chinese people surveyed have downloaded applications onto their phones - more than twice the level of downloads seen in Europe.
Steve Jobs in iPhone bitchslap to creationists, Tea Party
Steve Jobs' App Store for Apple's famous iOS devices - the iPhone, iPad et al - is no stranger to controversy lately. The company has been happy to take a firm and positive stance on various issues, weeding from its lucrative walled garden any dissenting program.
Twitter flaw creates micro-blogging mayhem
A cross-site scripting flaw on Twitter's website creates a means for posting code into updates, causing chaos across the network today.
Nokia' new UI god declares war on clutter
Nokia has seen some high profile departures recently - the CEO, the phones chief, and Psion employee #1 Charles Davies, but one new arrival has begun by hitting the right note.
Twitter plugs black-box website vuln
Twitter's security team said it has fixed a serious vulnerability on the site that created micro-blogging mayhem on Tuesday.
Seagate rolls out 1.5TB external whopper
Seagate has crammed 1.5TB in the 2.5-inch external drive format with its latest FreeAgent GoFlex model, meaning you can watch 60 high-definition movies one after the other.
The GPU tails wag the CPU dogs at Nvidia show
UpdatedThe Nvidia-sponsored 2010 GPU Technical Conference kicks off today in San Jose, California, and all of the key HPC players as well as some upstarts will be on hand to try to surf on the cresting wave of CPU-GPU hybrid computing models that will no doubt start taking over the HPC centers of the world and start moving out to our desktops and into corporate data centers in the coming years.
Stallman storms in on Oz software patent conflab
GNU founder and free software mouthpiece Richard Stallman reportedly gatecrashed a European Patent Office meeting in Brisbane, Australia today.
Google data center links shot down by 'bored' riflemen
Google may have fashioned a new-age contraption that automatically relocates data stores when one of its top-secret data centers is beset by traffic or hardware snafus. But it's still struggling to protect its data centers against hunters taking pot shots at aerial fiber connections.
Critical Internet Resources not so critical
Internet Governance ForumIf you were to list Internet conferences in terms of boredom, the IGF would come mid- to top-table.
Microsoft warns of in-the-wild attacks on web app flaw
Attackers have begun exploiting a recently disclosed vulnerability in Microsoft web-development applications that opens password files and other sensitive data to interception and tampering.
Nvidia CEO outs GPU roadmap
GTCNvidia president and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has outed the company's GPU roadmap.
Bill would let feds block pirate websites worldwide
US lawmakers have introduced legislation that would allow the federal government to quickly block websites anywhere in the world if they are dedicated to sharing copyrighted music or other protected content.
Oracle to webify mobile Java against Android
OpenWorld JavaOneOracle is throwing hardware-accelerated graphics and web integration into mobile Java to catch and contain Google's rogue Android
Facebook open sources live MySQL makeover
Facebook has open sourced a new MySQL utility that lets the social networking colossus update its database indexes and juice query times without staging the changes on test servers. With the tool – known as Online Schema Change for MySQL, or OSC – it can update indexes on live servers.
Server makers leap on GPU bandwagon
GTCServer makers are swarming the GPU Technical Conference put on by graphics card and GPU co-processor maker Nvidia in San Jose this week. They smell money – HPC money in its many flop-happy variants, including traditional HPC simulation as well as electronic design automation, data analytics, financial modeling, machine vision, and digital media rendering. Many applications are only now getting GPU extensions, and now the appropriate iron has to be brought into the field to do it.