11th > November > 2010 Archive
Cisco to 'power through' tough fiscal 2011
Networking giant and server wannabe Cisco Systems gave Wall Street another shock when it said its orders fell short by more than $500m in the first quarter of fiscal 2011, holding revenues down to $10.75bn.
Nasty IE 0day exploit hosted on Amnesty International site
Visitors to Amnesty International's Hong Kong website are being bombarded with a host of lethal exploits, including one that attacks an unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser, researchers at security firm Websense said.
Java cloud fluffer lands Hudson build brain
Start-up CloudBees has bought the brains behind the Hudson open-source continuous build system, as part of its effort to fluff Java development in the clouds.
Motorola lands 16-patent countersuit on Microsoft
UpdatedMotorola has countersued Microsoft, alleging infringement of sixteen patents by Microsoft's PC and server software, Windows mobile software, and Xbox products.
Content producers should chip in for mobile internet costs
Consumer fees alone are not enough to pay for the infrastructure needed to deliver content to mobile phones, according to O2 chief executive Ronan Dunne, hinting at an erosion of the principle known as network neutrality.
Pure One Mi portable DAB/FM radio
ReviewThe traditional battery powered transistor FM radio still takes some beating when it comes to listening in places like the bathroom or garden shed, if that’s where you choose to spend any length of time. Indeed, Pure had a big success with its £45 palm-sized One Mini so it has sliced a few millimetres from that model, shrunk the name to Mi and knocked £10 off the price.
HP pays off investigators
The Department of Justice has accepted a $16.25m payment from HP to end an investigation into alleged corruption by the ink giant.
EMC buys into mainframe VTL market
EMC is the Dyson of storage companies, hoovering up other storage companies with no loss of appetite however many it buys. It has just sucked up mainframe virtual tape library (VTL) supplier Bus-Tech.
IPTV platform seeks partner(s) for technical intercourse
Would-be UK IPTV standard setter YouView has called on content providers to register their interest in supporting the platform it is developing.
Commission urged to force transparency on network traffic shaping
The European Commission has been told that it should force companies to define themselves either as neutral internet service providers or as "managed services" that give priority to content providers that they are in a business relationship with.
BT sees revenues slip in first half, but jacks up profits outlook
BT reported a slip in revenues in its interim results this morning, but for once, its Global Services arm was not the main culprit.
Our PARIS becomes GLOBAL MEDIA SENSATION
The Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) balloon mothership spaceplane project - named in homage to the socialite and inadvertent internet sensation of all our hearts - has finally won the recognition she always deserved.
Facebook account-protection push opts for scare tactics
Facebook has quietly begun testing new account-protection features but the scary wording of prompts to try out the technology might easily be mistaken for a sophisticated phishing attack.
First day WinPho 7 sales top 40k, claims market watcher
Microsoft and its WinPho 7 partners sold only 40,000 smartphones running the new OS on the days of its launch, it has been claimed.
Northamber sees sliver of light in Q1
Veteran disty Northamber reported "positive progress" today as it unveiled its interim management statement.
So did Windows Phone 7 'bomb in US'?
CommentThe Windows 7 phone seems to have met with a lukewarm reception in the United States.
US comms watchdog probes Google Street View Wi-Fi slurp
Google’s Street View service is being probed by the US Federal Communication Commission to determine whether the company’s “worrisome” Wi-Fi data slurp broke any laws.
Seagate and Western Digital sued by patent ambulance-chaser
Specialist patent enforcement firm Rembrandt IP is suing both Seagate and Western Digital for patent infringement.
Israeli robot trouser snake 'too big' to penetrate backdoors
The Israeli military is working on a smaller version of its famous trouser(ed) snake robot, intended for penetration missions into such locations as the smuggler tunnel complexes of the Egyptian border - in effect, the backdoor to Gaza. Reportedly the original robo-snake, seen in the vid below, was considered too large and insufficiently flexible.
Microsoft and IBM web-control war finally silenced
One era in web politics has passed with the closure of the Web Services Interoperability (WS-I) organization just as another era has opened.
Cloud Engines Pogoplug Pro DIY cloud box
ReviewSince Reg Hardware reviewed the earlier version of this device in February, the vendor, Cloud Engines, has made some significant firmware and hardware improvements that justify a second visit.
MAD Students Union bars 'racist' ZOMBIE PHYSICISTS
Indicating just how deeply the modern zeitgeist has been corrupted by tidal waves of zombie-themed fictional claptrap, it has now been revealed that students' union leaders have decided that zombies are an ethnic minority in need of protection from racism.
Botnet takedowns curb spam volumes
Spam volumes almost halved in the three months between August and the end of October, according to Symantec.
How I built a zero energy cost, zero carbon home server
How do you make the electricity bill for your home computing disappear? I decided to try to find out.
Nokia slips out Designed By Community handset
Nokia's has published drawings and specifications for the perfect handset, designed by the user community and bearing a striking resemblance to the existing N8 handset.
Google releases open source web data sifting tool
Google has slapped some Mountain View Chocolate Factory lipstick onto the Freebase Gridworks software the company scooped up when it bought Metaweb Technologies in July.
Why Zadie Smith is wrong about Facebook and autism
Andrew's MailbagIsn't it time for a War on Stupid Generalisations? These usually need a Czar, and I'd gladly volunteer.
Retailers threaten Steam game ban
Major retailers may stop selling games that connect to Valve Software's Steam download system.
Nirvanix bags new CEO and $10m in race to the cloud
Now we know - QLogic's worldwide sales and marketing SVP Scott Genereux jumped ship to run Nirvanix which, as well as announcing its new CEO, said it had gained $10m in a B-round funding exercise.
Spin-out OS33 uncloaks in puff of cloud, lets tools hang out
A startup called OS33 has just come out of stealth mode and wants to run your cloudy infrastructure from its cloud-based tools. This is what you might call cloud-on-cloud action.
Netezza pays to shut down CIA killer drone lawsuit
Netezza has settled a lawsuit in which it was accused of supplying inaccurate, illegally hacked software to the CIA's drone assassination programme.
Pan-Euro cyber security exercise 'too focused' on DDoS
Organisers are hailing the first pan-European cyber security exercise as a successful ’cyber stress test’ of key internet infrastructure systems.
Comet bomber flyby pics show spaceball belching ancient dry ice
Excellent snaps sent back by a NASA probe craft during a rendezvous with the comet Hartley 2 have revealed that the spectacular "jets" of glowing gas which make it so spectacular result from dry ice subliming in its interior.
Tory councillor arrested over 'stoning to death' tweet
A Tory councillor has been arrested and questioned following a comment on Twitter "calling" for the stoning of newspaper columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.
Cloud OS crowd readies own-brand netbook
Jolicloud, the company that offers a cloud-centric Linux distro for netbooks, is getting into the hardware business.
Riverbed speeds app and backup cloud access
Network optimisation supplier Riverbed has introduced products to speed client access to applications in the cloud and to speed cloud backup and restore operations.
Twitter joke martyr loses appeal
UpdatedPaul Chambers, the Twitter joker turned misdemeanour conviction martyr, has lost his appeal against conviction for posting a tongue-in-cheek message "threatening" to blow Doncaster airport "sky high".
Agreement paves way for PSN services
A Cabinet Office official has said there has been an agreement for some of the first services on the Public Sector Network (PSN).
AMD chip chief: 'one day, microprocessor skyscrapers'
Although today's processors are all residents of Flatland, AMD's head chippery honcho says that multi-level, multi-core processors may be the wave of the future.
Great and Good honour the designer of world's first laptop
Forgotten TechThe British designer of the world's first laptop has pipped Vivienne Westwood to win the 2010 Prince Philip Designer prize.
Google leaves sites in dark over October demotions
Google reserves the right to update its search algorithms whenever it likes. As it should. The trouble is that outsiders have little to no insight into why Google makes a change — or even if a change was made at all. To an outsider, a change looks no different than a bug,
Fedora bars SQLNinja hack tool
Fedora Project leaders have banned a popular penetration-testing tool from their repository out of concern it could saddle the organization with legal burdens.
Nexus One resuscitated as 'Pure Google Nexus S'
Rumors of a Google Nexus One resurrection refuse to die.
Nvidia poised to challenge Jobs on tablets
Nvidia claims it has turned the corner, saying it's looking ahead to a recovery in its Fermi product line for servers, workstations, and high-end PCs and a very fast ramp for its Tegra chips for handhelds and tablets. That means it's buddying up to Steve Jobs while also antagonizing the man - not exactly a comfortable position to be in, but better than the alternative. Perhaps.