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Man cops to botnet-fueled pump-and-dump scheme

An Arizona computer specialist has admitted taking part in a conspiracy that used large networks of compromised computers to inflate the value of stocks so they could later be sold at a profit.
Dan Goodin, 21 Oct 2010

Mozilla man accuses Jobs of 'bypass the web' scheme

On Wednesday, as Steve Jobs went "Back to the Mac", the fanbois of the world enjoyed their usual collective orgasm. But for Mozilla director of Firefox development Mike Beltzner, the reaction was decidedly different.
Cade Metz, 21 Oct 2010

European Parliament: If you don't pay, you will pay

Public authorities must pay their bills within 30 days and companies within 60 days, according to a new European Union Directive that has been approved by the European Parliament.
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Oct 2010
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iDapt i4 multi-purpose charger

ReviewCharging cables inevitably get knotted, misplaced or mistaken, yet appear a necessary evil to keep mobile devices going. So many proprietary connections are in circulation nowadays and, with most people owning at least two devices, cables soon become a mess and families fight over plug sockets.
Caleb Cox, 21 Oct 2010
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Apple signals disk free notebooks way to go

Apple's new MacBook Air is as cheap as the MacBook at £849, signalling the end of premium pricing for Apple's slim hinged flash slab.
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2010

EA takes Angry Birds publisher under its wing

Electronic Arts has purchased Angry Birds publisher Chillingo, thus buying up a significant part of the mobile gaming industry.
Bill Ray, 21 Oct 2010
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Intel broaches fresh barrel-o-Linux

Intel is not just a chip maker, but also a peddler of Linux and VxWorks operating systems for embedded devices thanks to its $884m acquisition last year of Wind River. This week, the semiconductor giant's Wind River subsidiary rolled out Wind River Linux, which has a Linux kernel that is so fresh that the heat from Linus Torvald's fingertips can still be felt on its bits.

MS to unveil fresh Flash challenge next week?

Microsoft may next week detail the next instalment in its Silverlight challenge to Adobe Systems' Flash.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Oct 2010
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Phone 7: Another Vista or another XP?

ReviewWe've been playing with a Windows Phone 7 device for a week or so now, and have been surprisingly impressed with the detail, though sadly disappointed with the bigger picture.
Bill Ray, 21 Oct 2010

Beeb pulls in Yank to direct Auntie's online digital opera

The BBC has hired an AOL veteran as the Corporation’s new digital, future media and technology director.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Oct 2010

Easynet axes 1 in 20 staff

Easynet's new private equity owners plan to make one in 20 staff redundant, they announced this week.
Christopher Williams, 21 Oct 2010


ReviewOnce the anonymous creator of white-label handsets for the networks, HTC has moved firmly centre stage with its own-brand Android and Windows Mobile handsets. The HD7 is the first of a plethora - seven of them actually, hmm, coincidence? - of new Windows Phone 7 handsets, part of a major push to relaunch the not-much-loved OS with a new look, new abilities and, perhaps, new cool.
Dave Oliver, 21 Oct 2010

Penthouse founder Guccione dead at 79

Bob Guccione, the man who founded Penthouse and brought full frontal nudity close to the mainstream, if not firmly into it, has died at the age of 79.
Joe Fay, 21 Oct 2010

BBC-led RadioPlayer may spark radio revival

A new RadioPlayer for the UK could be the start of the biggest change in radio listening since Marconi. Essentially, it's YouView for radio.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Oct 2010

Vulture 1 sprouts wings and a tail

The Paper Aircraft Released Into Space team is assembling for the imminent launch of our Vulture 1 aircraft into the blue yonder, and here for your viewing pleasure are some further constructional details of our advanced all-paper vehicle.
Lester Haines, 21 Oct 2010

X2 triplex super-copter to be offered as Army 'Raider' craft

US whirlycraft firm Sikorsky, having successfully flown its revolutionary (cough) X2 triplex sprint-chopper to an impressive 250 knots, says that it will now look to put the same technology into a prototype armed scouting craft aimed at the US Army. However, the company seems keen not to spend too much more of its own cash on the effort without some concrete sign of interest from the customer.
Lewis Page, 21 Oct 2010

BBC One HD launch date revealed

UpdatedThe BBC will begin simulcasting BBC One in HD on 3 November, the Corporation has revealed.
Hard Reg, 21 Oct 2010

Somali rebels threaten mobile banking group

Network operators in Somalia have been given three months to pull the plug on money transfers by mobile phone, or face the consequences.
Bill Ray, 21 Oct 2010

Acer upgrades Aspire One netbook

Acer has added Intel's new dual-core netbook processor, the 1.5GHz Atom N550, to its Aspire One D250 mini-laptop and re-released it as the D255.
Tony Smith, 21 Oct 2010
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Dell takes aim at Apple with upmarket pledge

Dell will spend "hundreds of millions" to upscale its image and stop majoring on its cheapness, after years of slithering down the brand pole.
Joe Fay, 21 Oct 2010

EU privacy watchdog pans passenger data plans

The European Commission's rules for transferring air passengers' details to destination countries are still not entirely justified, according to EU privacy watchdog Peter Hustinx.
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Oct 2010

DARPA orders miracle motor for its flying car

Intriguing news today on the flying-car front - and indeed many other fronts. A Californian space-rocket company says it has received US government funding to develop a miraculous engine that would offer as much power-for-weight as a gas turbine, but would be much cheaper and simpler to make and maintain.
Lewis Page, 21 Oct 2010

Crown Paint probed by ICO for 'possible' online data breach

ExclusiveA website owned by Crown Paint is being investigated for a “possible data breach”, after Register readers spotted that the company’s customer database was published in full online.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Oct 2010

Google says hardly any Germans opt out of Street View

Google has said that just 2.89 per cent of German households have asked for their homes to be taken off Street View - but sadly it will not be able to oblige all of them when it launches in the country next month.
Joe Fay, 21 Oct 2010

Bechtolsheim races Arista to zero latency

Arista Networks, Andy Bechtolsheim's creation, is in a race to zero network latency. That's the situation he presented at IP Expo in a keynote pitch today.
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2010

Nokia to cut 1,800 jobs

Nokia is to lay off 1,800 people even as it reports increasing earnings and good profits.
Bill Ray, 21 Oct 2010

OpenStack unfurls first full cloud fluffer

The OpenStack project, which has NASA and Rackspace Hosting and now 35 other organizations co-developing computing and storage controllers for cloudy infrastructure, has launched its first release, codenamed Austin, right on schedule.

Inside Opera 11: extensions and benchmarks

Opera issued a feature-incomplete alpha version of its desktop browser today. The two aspects introduced in 11.00 are the revised JavaScript engine and Extensions. More features will follow - sometimes these are introduced late in the release cycle.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Oct 2010

Apple's FaceTime for Mac debuts with security holes

This article is being updated to note that, according to Apple Insider, this bug is no longer reproducible. Apple has provided no comment, and no update for the beta was released to effect the change.
Dan Goodin, 21 Oct 2010

Adobe Shockwave bitten by code execution bug

Security researchers have disclosed an unpatched vulnerability in the latest version of Adobe Shockwave that allows attackers to remotely execute malicious code on end user machines.
Dan Goodin, 21 Oct 2010

Cisco eats own cloud food

Server wannabe Cisco Systems is trying to drive server and storage network convergence and benefit from the inevitable shift to virtualised servers, storage and networks. And the best way to sell a new architecture is to use it.

Apple threatens Java with death on the Mac

Apple has "deprecated" Java on Mac OS X, meaning it will pay even less attention to upkeep of the platform, and it may kill the platform entirely on a future version of its operating system.
Cade Metz, 21 Oct 2010

Linux bug bestows attackers with 'superuser' powers

Security researchers have disclosed a vulnerability in the Linux operating system that allows unprivileged users to gain “superuser” rights on target systems.
Dan Goodin, 21 Oct 2010

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