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PayPal rushes out patched iPhone app
PayPal has submitted an updated iPhone application after learning that the previous one failed to check the digital certificates that confirmed the authenticity of the online-payment website.
Oracle beefs chips and I/O on x64 blades
Oracle is playing hide-and-seek with its x64-based Sun Fire servers again, but El Reg has found two new ones and some new blade gadgetry lurking out there on the Oracle site.
HP parries Ellison's 'industrial espionage' subpoena
HP has refused to accept Oracle's subpoena for brand-new CEO Leo Apotheker, denying Larry Ellison's effort to put the Apotheker on the stand in this week's court battle between Oracle and archrival SAP.
Software engineer blogs own Starbucks wiretap
Firesheep – the Firefox extension that lets you nab people's cookies over insecure networks and hijack their web accounts – doesn't do anything that hasn't been done for years. But it makes for good theatre.
Oracle 'friend' fails crucial Java leadership test
Oracle has suffered an embarrassing set of results in a vote over who leads Java.
Pure Oasis Flow weatherproof DAB and Internet radio
ReviewPure’s range of digital radios has typically included portable DAB models and several Wi-Fi equipped versions for streaming audio from your computer and access to Internet stations. Many are designed with portability in mind if you’re inclined to splash out on the optional rechargeable battery packs. While the Oasis Flow might sound like some new kind of soft drink, it goes further than its predecessors by including a rechargeable battery as standard and cladding everything in a weatherproof casing.
First data fines on the way, says ICO
The information commissioner will announce the first organisations to be fined for failing to protect data later this month.
Man arrested in Phones4U mansion raid
Staffordshire police, with help from their colleagues on Merseyside, have arrested a man in connection with the aggravated robbery at Broughton Hall - home of former Phones4U boss John Caudwell.
Tesla scores $30m investment
Panasonic Corporation is paying $30m for a two per cent stake in electric car maker Tesla.
Orange bulks up SIM-only deals for people who text like a canary
Orange has tweaked its SIM only price plans with three "Canary" tariffs for people who "love to chat". And texting too from the look of it.
'Mr Backup' tracks race for dedupe speed trial domination
NEC's HYDRAstor crushes its competitors into the dust in the inline deduplication speed races, being more than three times faster than Symantec, which is in turn twice as fast as Data Domain.
Samsung: we'll sell a million-plus Android tablets this year
Samsung expects to sell more than a million Galaxy Tabs this year, the Korean giant said today.
Western Digital lets iPad users peek at pix
Western Digital has a free app for Android and iPhone smartphone users to look at photos stored on their home MyBook drive.
LG tablet to be flavoured with 'Honeycomb' Android
LG's decision to delay its Android tablet in order to bypass Android 2.2 'Froyo' - said by the company to be unsuitable for tablets - may see it skip a further release and adopt 'Honeycomb' instead of 'Gingerbread'.
Data protection law 'should contain costs recovery for ICO'
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) should be able to charge companies for audits he conducts on their privacy processes, according to a data protection consultancy.
SkyFire flees iTunes store
Pre-processing mobile browser SkyFire has been pulled from the iTunes app store after only five hours of offering access to streamed video content, because it's just too popular to cope.
Pesky weather grounds Discovery
Space shuttle Discovery will not now launch on its STS-133 mission to the International Space Station until tomorrow (Friday) at the earliest.
Nuclear reaction: what's next in energy science?
InterviewThis year, Imperial College graduated its first nuclear scientists for a very long time. After years in the doldrums, other universities are also increasing their activity. Is this a sign of a Nuclear Renaissance?
Ofcom clears deck for re-farming
Ofcom is now recommending that the UK government let Vodafone and O2 run 3G networks at 900MHz, arguing that the creation of Everything Everywhere removes any threat to competition.
'Pervy' private chat case springs back into life
The prospect of a dramatic extension of the Obscene Publications Act is once more back on the agenda, as the Crown Prosecution Service last week re-opened a case in which an individual is accused of obscene publishing in respect of a private online chat.
Europe demands right to be forgotten
The European Commission is setting out what it wants to see in the next generation of data protection principles for citizens across the community.
US census takers fight angry Americans for their data
The results from the US 2010 Decennial Census are guaranteed by the end of the year. However, those who collected it - called enumerators - already know quite a bit about the state of the nation. There's no good news.
MySpace quivers under News Corp axe
MySpace is continuing to limp along on the interwebs and the once hugely popular social network even gave itself a makeover last week. But News Corp, which owns the firm, could pull the plug on the entire operation within the year.
World's dumbest file-sharer guilty for third time
Jammie Thomas-Rasset, who was found guilty by a jury of her peers and fined for file-sharing in 2007, has again been found guilty and fined for file-sharing. Despite the presence of celebrity legal academic and poker lobbyist Charlie Nesson, the re-re-run was unsuccessful. This was the third trial for the same offences; the fine has been increased, and her lawyers plan to ... appeal again.
Apple coughs to time zone problems
Having upset the schedule of New Zealanders, Australians and Europeans, Apple has now admitted that iOS has a problem with summer time, three days before the Americans get inconvenienced.
HTC forgets Norwegian alphabet
The letter Ø is missing in HTC Desire HD touchscreen keyboards intended for the Norwegian market.
Acer outs mega-format media box
Acer will release its HD-capable DLNA media streaming box later this month.
EPOXI set to give comet some stick
NASA's EPOXI spacecraft is gaining fast on comet Hartley 2, ahead of a scheduled close approach tomorrow at around 14:00 GMT.
Toshiba ships Folio Android tablet
Toshiba isn't waiting for Honyecomb - it has begun selling its Android tablet, the Folio 100, with Froyo, it announced today.
Symbian rubbishes 'rebranding' reports
Surreal reports suggesting that the Symbian brand is dead - to be "replaced" by Symbeose - are rubbish, says the Symbian Foundation.
What's next for the mobile UI?
How things have changed. Fifteen years ago attendees at a select mobile conference might have been found sparring over spectrum allocation and control channels. Back then, 3G loomed large, and huge geo-political battles were being fought. Today the talk is - how do you make it all work nicely?
Teradata rides data analytics wave in Q3
Data warehousing and analytics is not a booming business, but it is doing a lot better than other sectors of the IT economy. Teradata is benefiting from the increasingly complex data types and sources that companies are chewing on to help drive new business and keep current customers happy.
Apple MacBook Pro 17in Core i7 BTO notebook
ReviewApple refreshed the MacBook Pro line earlier this year with Intel's Core i CPUs. While the glossy screens and unibody construction are now a familiar sight, Apple does offer several build-to-order tweaks that aren’t likely to appear on the shop floor. Ram and SSDs upgrades aside, MacBook Pro 15in and 17in users can opt for an anti-glare screen and another option exclusive to these models is to move up from a Core i5 chip and choose between a 2.66GHz or 2.8GHz Core i7 CPU. That's what I did.
Brussels blocks UK from biometric superdatabase
European judges have rejected an attempt by British security officials to gain access to a huge new store of visa application data being set up to combat illegal immigration, organised crime and terrorism.
Bare breast ballot finds scant support in small US town
A ballot measure that would have allowed women to walk around bare-breasted has failed to find support among voters in a small town in Massachusetts.
Nathan Barleys to fill Olympic chasm - Cameron
Prime Minister David Cameron has cast his gaze east across to Essex - and dreams of a landscape filled with social media marketing consultants and SEO boutiques as far as the eye can see.
US Cyber Command becomes 'fully operational'
The US military's new Cyber Command has formally "achieved full operational capability", according to the Department of Defense (DoD).
Apple vs Nokia not as wrapped up as it appears
Yesterday staff at the ITC said that Nokia wasn't infringing on some Apple's patents, but the war is far from over as the important ones had already been transferred out.
Europe attacks itself in cyber-warfare test
Security experts are launching fake cyber-attacks against various European institutions today to check the response of European cyber defence.
Public sector tech jobs still plummeting
Public sector job adverts fell by 36 per cent in the last quarter, but overall demand for IT staff is still high.
Clive Sinclair unveils 'X-1' battery pedalo bubble-bike
Famous home-computing pioneer, unsuccessful electric kart promoter and balding sugar-daddy Clive Sinclair has announced his latest product: a sit-down electric-assisted bicycle fitted with an egg-shaped plastic enclosed body.
Yahoo! invites world of boffins into 4,000-node Hadoop cluster
Yahoo! has opened up its Hadoop research cluster to computer science boffins at four additional US universities, including Stanford, the University of Washington, the University of Michigan, and Purdue.
Panasonic updates exchangeable-lens compact
A year and a bit after Panasonic released its first Micro Four Thirds ultra-compact, out comes its successor. Well, sort of - it doesn't go on sale until January 2011.
Macs get USB 3.0 thanks to LaCie
A week after Apple CEO Steve Jobs allegedly emailed a Mac user to say that native USB 3.0 support for the platform was a long way off, storage specialist LaCie has rolled out Mac drivers for its USB 3.0 expansion cards.
Ballmer, Bartz, Schmidt collide in London
CommentWhat do you get when you invite Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer, Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz, and Google chief Eric Schmidt to talk about tech opportunities in the UK?
Apple preps patch for MacBook Air screen snafus
Apple is said to be working on a fix for at least two of the graphical glitches affecting some of the new MacBook Airs.
Deep space COMET FLYBY: First PICS
NASA's former Deep Impact comet-bomber space probe, since renamed EPOXI* and reassigned to rendezvous with a second space snowball, has made a successful close pass by the comet Hartley 2.
Netbooks: notebook evolved - or stunted throwback?
Heads or FailsMarket watcher ChangeWave this week revealed that netbook popularity has plunged - but not necessarily in the wake of the iPad's introduction.
Android wins devs' hearts and minds
Mobile-app developers are gearing up for an Android push next year, with the rise of Google's mobile operating system likely to push iPhone app-development activity into second place behind the Mountain View juggernaut.
Forumware giant vBulletin sues ex-devs (again)
Internet forumware giant vBulletin has filed a second lawsuit against its former lead developer, who recently launched his own forum platform with the UK-based startup XenForo. With the new suit, vBulletin claims copyright infringement, breach of contract, and misappropriation of trade secrets.
Scroogle busted again after Google tweak
UpdateScroogle is once again offline after Google made yet another change to the auxiliary web interface the not-for-profit uses to serve up a privacy-friendly version of Mountain View's search engine.
Ex-Sun boss gives Ellison open source wedgie
Pg West 2010Former Sun Microsystems chief and co-founder Scott McNealy has re-appeared to champion open source and rough up billionaire Larry Ellison, the man who bought his baby.
Firefox 4 Android beta gets stomach stapled
Firefox 4 for Android has emerged from the fat farm, and it's 60 per cent less beefy.
Google's 'Instant' search engine goes mobile
Google has brought its "Instant" search engine to mobile devices.