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Google's 'copied Java code' disowned by Apache
When Oracle sued Google over Android, many assumed the database giant would target code Google lifted from the Apache Foundation's open source Java incarnation, Project Harmony. But Oracle just pinpointed six pages of Google code, claiming they were "directly copied" from copyrighted Oracle material, and according to Apache, this code is not part of Harmony.
Crystal ball sees tepid IT growth to 2014
If you were expecting the IT market to suddenly start expanding again like it was 1999, you are in for a splash of cold water in the face to wake you from that dream.
Scottish police IT sorely lacking, audit finds
Audit Scotland has said that the Scottish Police Services Authority (SPSA) 'is not yet able to meet all its customers' ICT needs'.
App Store II: Steve Jobs sucks Mac's soul
CommentApple has hacked the Mac's software ecosystem in two.
Top Ten Retro PC Games
Product Round-upHave you ever considered the qualities a game needs to feature on your own favourites list or any top ten gaming list for that matter? Opinions vary for sure, but for me it really must be like nothing you have ever seen before or at least innovate in such a way as to be stand-alone phenomenon in its genre.
YouTube founder quits
YouTube founder Chad Hurley is ending day-to-day involvement with the video-sharing site.
iPhone alarm bug: now it's the UK's turn
Reports from UK readers have been flooding in - OK trickling in - that their iPhone alarms woke them up an hour late today. In other words their phones ignored the switchover to GMT on the early hours of Sunday morning.
PayPal hardware failure fingered for worldwide outage
Hardware failure hit PayPal on Friday, leaving the payment service unavailable for around two and half hours.
Hollywood ruling sends piracy chill through Google
Hollywood is going after advertising companies who help fund pirate websites, and has now won a landmark victory.
Artificial replacement human livers made in lab
Topical news - and intrinsically splendid news for many Register readers and almost all Reg hacks - today, as boffins in the States say they have "reached an early, but important, milestone in the quest to grow replacement livers in the lab".
The terabyte iPad is coming
BlogIt's coming isn't it; the terabyte tablet, and it's easy to see how. Let's double the flash memory in Apple's sexy slab each year and we get a terabyte iPad in 2015. It will probably arrive sooner.
Chip trio aims for 10nm class NAND
Intel, Samsung and Toshiba have formed an alliance to jointly devise ways to slim semiconductor line width down to the ten nanometre level, leading to higher capacity DRAM and flash memory, such as a 400GB flash chip and faster processors.
Sacked IT director banged up for revenge hack attack
An IT director who took revenge on his former employer following his dismissal by hacking its website and deleting files has been jailed for 27 months.
E-commerce smackdown as PCI standards revised
AnalysisRevisions of the Payment Card Industry's security standards, due to come into force in January, were published on Thursday following months of negotiations.
Cameron gets small biz adviser
David Cameron has appointed Lord Young his enterprise tsar, tasked with ensuring that small and medium-sized businesses get a fair share of government spending and are treated fairly by legislation.
Google rejects spy-happy Android app
Google has decided that eavesdropping is a step too far for even Android's laissez-faire attitude to application vetting, and rejected such an app despite waving it through first time.
Vulcan bomber lives to fly another day
The campaign to keep the last flying Vulcan bomber in the air looks to have been successful.
AdMob main man walks away from Google
The founder of Google-owned AdMob has quit the company citing “personal reasons”.
Stay at home and watch telly, trade bodies urge Brits
In a desperate application of herd-mentality tactics, home entertainment trade organisations are once again trying to persuade us to buy more kit and content by telling us that's what almost everyone else is doing.
Murder victim-mocking troll jailed
The penalty for crossing the line online can be pretty severe – as internet troll Colm Coss discovered to his cost last week.
Enormous Paleozoic flesh-eaters created in lab
UpdatedCrazed boffins in the USA say they have successfully carried out a Jurassic Park-style project in which enormous flesh-eating creatures from the remote prehistoric past have been successfully bred in the laboratory. Incomprehensibly this laboratory is not located on a remote island.
Microsoft squats the living room with XBox LIVE refresh
Microsoft today rolls out the latest edition of XBox Live today complete with new dashboard and a bunch of media partners.
Tech grads least likely to find a job
The number of graduates unable to find work in the UK continues to grow, and IT grads are among the worst hit.
No wonder CompSci grads are unemployed
OpinionRecently a director at a huge bank asked me “Do British students learn algorithms?”
Microsoft chips away at 3D tech with Canesta buyout plan
Microsoft plans to buy privately-held gesture chip maker Canesta Inc.
Freecom Mobile Drive CLS storage
ReviewThe turn of the century spelled the death of VHS and cassette tapes, along with the plastic cases they came in. Fast-forward to 2010, and you can once again store your data in a translucent case with a paper label adorned with an indecipherable scrawl.
BBC radio chief: You may experience a little pain (but not much)
Tim Davie, the BBC's director of audio and music, has spelled out the difficulty of the digital switchover in an intriguing interview.
Gentlemen, start your engines – with your phone!
OnStar will soon let users unlock their cars, activate the horn, check the fuel and oil levels and even start the engine, all from the comfort of their smartphone handset.
Webroot snares UK security firm Prevx
Internet security firm Webroot has acquired UK-based anti-malware firm Prevx. Financial terms of the deal, announced Monday, were undisclosed.
PARIS in 89,000 ft climax
The Paper Aircraft Released Into Space team has spent the last three days sipping champagne and analysing data and images following last week's triumphant space plane mission.
IBM sniffs around Fortinet
IBM last week polished off its acquisition of privately held Ethernet switch maker Blade Network Technologies for a rumored $400m. And just after finishing that networking meal, Big Blue appears still hungry for networking products as it is apparently sniffing around network security appliance maker Fortinet to do a possible takeover.
NASA Mars rover leaves moist skidmarks in boggy struggle
NASA's famed Mars rover Spirit, snared and immobile since last year - and, it is feared, never to be heard from again following its current deep hibernation through the Martian winter - may in fact be bogged down in an actual, watery (ish) bog.
Startup promises money for fanbois
Field Agent is an iPhone app that presents the user with questions or tasks, then pays the user a minimum of two quid for completing them in the name of market research.
Ballmer pulls on furs for Russia's answer to Silicon Valley MoU
Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer signed a memorandum of understanding in Russia today, to build a research and development centre – à la Silicon Valley – in a location outside of Moscow.
Dolphin speaks: Ditch the iPad, give me the Toughbook!
Dolphins are being taught to use computers to communicate with humans. A human-cetacean translation tool will be demonstrated in early 2011 - with hardware supplied by Panasonic and its range of Toughbook laptops.
Serco apologises for chiseling suppliers
Serco, one of the largest IT suppliers to government, has today apologised to its own suppliers for trying to squeeze them for 2.5 per cent cash rebates on existing contracts.
RIAA and Anonymous sites both downed by DDoS assaults
Hacktivists briefly took out the two main Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) websites on Friday afternoon as revenge for the organisation's long-running legal offensive against Limewire, which led to the closure of the controversial P2P service earlier in the week.
Amiga on the block (again)
Commodore, the American personal computer company felled by mismanagement many moons ago, lives on, here and there, through trademarks and brands long since parcelled up and sold to other companies.
Samsung Galaxy Tab data contracts compared
Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7in Android tablet officially goes on sale today. Want one? To help you work out which network will offer you the best 3G data deal, we've compared carriers' pre-pay tariffs to see how they match up.
Music biz vows to end CD scandal
Influential music groups in the UK have urged the record industry to end one of its most shocking scandals. You might think you've heard everything - but this silent disgrace has been unreported until now. Sensitive readers may wish to stop reading at this point.
Microsoft concedes on blank-screen operations
Applications running on Windows Phone 7 won't be halted when the lock screen kicks in, if they've got a note from Microsoft promising they won't drain the battery too much.
Shuttle Discovery to bring back PLAGUE RODENTS from SPACE
Worryingly, plans have been announced to expose a horde of rodents to bizarre, poorly understood space plagues and bring them back to Earth for experiments.
Google Wave crash helped push Maps man to Facebook
Google’s latest Facebook mutineer – Lars Rasmussen – recently quit the world’s largest ad broker in part because of the challenges associated with working for such a large company.
Sharp intros record-to-USB Freeview TV
Sharp has added a pair of edge LED-backlit tellies to its Aquos line.
Intel lets outside chip maker into its fabs
It looks like the makers of field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are not quite ready to cede the coprocessor market to GPUs just yet. Achronix Semiconductor, an FPGA maker based in San José, just down the highway from chip giant Intel, has announced that it will use Chipzilla's fabs to cook up a future generation of chips that will "extend the boundaries" of these exotic semiconductors.
Android phone sales up 1,309%
It's been a good year for Android-based smartphones: their worldwide sales are up 1,309 per cent, year-on-year, according to research outfit Canalys.
First official HTML5 tests topped by...Microsoft
The Worldwide Web Consortium has released the results of its first HTML5 conformance tests, and according to this initial rundown, the browser that most closely adheres to the latest set of web standards is...Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.
Spamhaus blocks fellow antispam outfit
UpdatedThe owner of a spam-prevention website said it has been taken down following unfounded complaints from fellow anti-junkmail organization Spamhaus. Spamhaus strenuously denied the claim.
Nokia, HTC, Sony attacked by hidden megatroll
Another day, another mobile phone patent dispute — and this time the plaintiff is again SmartPhone Technologies LLC, the vaporous entity that filed a similar suit against Apple, AT&T, Research in Motion, and six other companies this March.
Internet Explorer info leak festers for 2 years
For almost two years, Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser has been vulnerable to attacks that steal digital security tokens and other sensitive data, a security researcher said recently.
Google sues US gov for picking Microsoft
Google has sued the US government, claiming the Department of the Interior didn't give Google a fair shake when it settled on hosted email and collaboration services from Microsoft.
Google calls bug bounty hunters to YouTube, Blogger
Google has unveiled a pilot program designed to make Blogger, YouTube and other company-run websites more secure by paying significant bounties to researchers who report bugs that threaten users.