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Spear phisher targeted eBay employees
UpdatedThis article has been updated to correct erroneous information included in DIICOT's press release and an earlier blog post by Gary Warner.
Nvidia boss: cloud, ¡Si! Intel, ¡No!
GTCNvidia chief exec Jen-Hsun Huang sees the computer industry on the cusp of radical changes. And with his company now about 65 per cent devoted to parallel computing, you can easily guess which technology he believes will drive that transformation — and which company he believes will lose.
Coalition's quango hit list revealed
A hit list of 177 quangos which the coalition government plans to abolish in order to save money has been revealed.
Fraunhofer boffins develop 'Titanium foam' endoskeletal implants
Titanium - it's everywhere these days, long having spread beyond its initial uses in aerospace. Fruitbite laptops are cased in it, high-end tools and cutlery are made from it, there's even jewellery.
When double D isn't enough - go 3D
GTC Video BlogThe inflatable black cone in the corridor of the GPU Technology Conference, along with the table piled high with 3D glasses, was a dead giveaway. Ok, so it's yet another 3D demonstration. These are fairly common at this conference and the first keynote address was full of astounding graphic routines - all of them in stunning 3D. So what could Micoy (the owners of the aforementioned tent) add to the mix?
Facebook blames outage on internal config flaw
Facebook has published a detailed explanation of an internal configuration flaw that left the site unavailable for around two and a half hours overnight - the social network's worst downtime in four years.
Tribunal orders DWP to release IT contract details
The Information Tribunal has ordered a government department to publish most of the till-now withheld details of a major IT contract, after ruling that the public interest was served better by disclosure than secrecy.
School caretaker jailed for fitting up colleague
A school caretaker has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a "wickedly evil and vile plot" to get a workmate sacked by putting child sex abuse images on his laptop.
Vodafone secures email-flashing barn door
Vodafone has secured the security breach that allowed anyone with a bit of time on their hands to collect subscribers' email addresses and phone numbers.
Daily Mail savages Data Protection Act over stolen dog
The Daily Mail is laying into the Data Protection Act again, this time accusing the legislation of keeping a stolen dog from its rightful owner.
Dell getting serious about networking
Dell has recruited a Cisco vet as the first VP of a boosted networking division.
Sony Ericsson delays X10 Android 2.1 update
Sony Ericsson has revised its roll-out schedule for Android 2.1 updates to its X10 smartphones.
Review“Time is everything,” said Horatio Nelson. “Five minutes make the difference between victory and defeat.”
Channel islanders attack Street View car
Two of Google's Street View cars have been vandalised on the Channel Island of Guernsey.
CIA used 'illegal, inaccurate code to target kill drones'
The CIA is implicated in a court case in which it's claimed it used an illegal, inaccurate software "hack" to direct secret assassination drones in central Asia.
Microsoft splatters Hotmail with even more updates
Microsoft has plastered Hotmail with yet more updates, after customers continued to complain about the firm’s recent shaky overhaul of its free web email service.
Second piracy threat lawyers withstand DDoS attack
UpdatedThe attack on a second law firm with a history of involvement in copyright litigation has turned out to be something of a damp squib. Anonymous extended its fight against organisations supporting anti-piracy efforts to solicitors Davenport Lyons on Thursday night, with plans to flood its website with spurious traffic and carry out a defacement.
Dell, Samsung Android iPad rivals demo'd
VideoFor your lunchtime viewing pleasure, we have a couple of items of interest to those of you with an eye on the emerging Android tablet biz.
PGI compiles on GPU train
GTC Video BlogThe Portland Group (PGI) came in for a fair amount of attention at the 2010 GPU Technology Conference in San Jose. The company announced that it will offer a CUDA C compiler for garden variety x86 based systems. This will allow developers to use the same code they developed using CUDA for GPUs (albeit recompiled) on x86 boxes - including clusters.
ConLibs get shifty on spam and behavioural ads
Last week, the government published its ideas as to how it would implement the changes to EU Directive 2002/58/EC. In relation to spammers and behavioural advertising it has decided to keep the low privacy standards that were acceptable to the previous New Labour government.
Nokia E5 Qwertyphone
ReviewUnder Nokia's new naming regime all future handsets will fall into one of four series; X for entertainment, N for high-end smartphones, C for consumer handsets and E for business and enterprise. Each handset's place within its series will be denoted by a number between 1 and 10.
Microsoft injects more juice into Office Web Apps
Microsoft claimed yesterday that more than 20 million people have accessed its Office Web Apps service in the past 100 days.
Pirate Bay appeal finally drops anchor in court
The Pirate Bay appeal will finally have its day in court next week, nearly a year and a half on from the high-profile trial that saw the four operators of the notorious BitTorrent site hit with a guilty verdict.
Ellison smacks lips over chips, NetApp
Oracle boss Larry Ellison said he'd love to have the 60 per cent of NetApp's business that plugs NetApp boxes into Oracle software, hinting that a NetApp purchase could be on his mind.
How do you copy 60m files?
Sysadmin blogRecently I copied 60 million files from one Windows file server to another. Tools used to move files from system to another are integrated into every operating system, and there are third party options too. The tasks they perform are so common that we tend to ignore their limits.
Moms stand firm against antenna madness
The American town of Hempstead, Long Island, has decreed that phone masts can't be placed within 1500 feet of children, making coverage nearly impossible.
419ers take council for £100k
A Scottish local authority lost £102,000 to an African gang after being duped by a targeted letter scam.
The BSA's fading twentieth-century piracy fight
Open...and ShutThe Business Software Alliance (BSA) has been wringing its hands about software piracy since 1988, but victory may soon be at hand.
Mimecast digs its way into the information bank
AnalysisMimecast is recasting itself as an information banker and looking for new types of data it could store and new ways to mine the banked information.
Sex Party proposes new classification system for Oz
The Australian Sex Party (ASP) today issued a direct challenge to what it sees as Australia’s narrow, repressive and intolerant regulations governing the censorship of erotic material. In the process, it may find it has set the ball rolling on a debate with global ramifications.
Apple's 11.6in MacBook Air release imminent?
Apple's previously rumoured 11.6in MacBook Air may be nearing release.
Twitter joke appeal adjourned
Paul Chambers, the Twitter joke marytr, began his appeal against a widely ridiculed conviction for sending a message "threatening" to blow Doncaster airport "sky high" on Friday.
VoIP hacker sentenced to 10 years
A Venezuelan citizen on Friday was sentenced to 10 years in US federal prison for hacking into the networks of telecommunications companies and then routing millions of minutes of voice over IP calls over their systems.
Google Percolator – global search jolt sans MapReduce comedown
Google Caffeine — the revamped search infrastructure recently rolled out across Google's worldwide network of data centers — is based on a distributed data-processing system known as Percolator. Designed by Google and, until now, jealously guarded by Google, Percolator is a platform for "incremental processing" — a means of continually updating the company's epic search index without reprocessing the entire thing from scratch.
Design mavericks show and tell
Video: 100% DesignSmaller than last year, but still beautifully formed, 100% Design is back again, the highlight in the London Design Festival itinerary. Here, the way we do life is rethought with lateral takes on home and work environments. Prototypes abound with design concepts taking shape and new materials fashioned to deliver anything from eye candy to eco-friendliness.
Most smartphoners don't give a flip about apps
Apple has over 250K offerings in its iTunes App Store, and the Android Market around 80K — but a new survey has shown that only 12.4 per cent of handset users cite the number of available apps as an influence on their decision of which phone to buy.
Apple in 873-page legal claim to word 'Pod'
Apple really, really, really wants exclusive rights to the word “Pod,” in names for tech products, the company has argued in an 873-page legal brief filed earlier this week.
Google 'recently extended' Apple search deal
Google "recently extended" its search deal with Apple, according to a new interview with Mountain View boss Eric Schmidt.
IBM 'one atom, one bit' storage breakthrough
If you've been hankering for a multi-terabyte USB thumb drive, you may be in luck: IBM scientists have developed a technique that could — eventually — help increase data-storage densities by orders of magnitude.
Apple now world's second-largest company
Apple is now the world's second-largest company, in terms of market value.