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Amazon man: 'Clouds will juice hardware spend'
Amazon Web Services boss Andy Jassy believes that so-called cloud computing will ultimately help the hardware market – not hurt it.
Twitter man: Tweet ad demand exceeds supply
Twitter founder Evan Williams says that demand is far outstripping supply on the company's fledgling ad platforms.
Whitehat cracks notorious rootkit wide open
A malware analyst has deconstructed a highly advanced piece of crimeware believed to be the work of the notorious Russian Business Network
Palm Pixi Plus budget smartphone
ReviewFollowing on from its Pre revamp which saw the Palm brand reinvented for the 21st Century, two recent releases have seen the brand expand with the Palm Pre Plus slider and the slimline Palm Pixi Plus. The less expensive Pixi Plus is the slimmed down in body and spec version though it still manages to cram in a Qwerty keyboard, HSDPA, social networking, GPS and a 2Mp camera.
Ofcom sets out mega-auction timetable
Ofcom's chief executive has laid out the timetable for auctioning off the digital dividend spectrum, and it will be 2014 before it fills up with 4G radio.
Virgin demands ISPs end broadband speed 'con'
ISP Virgin Media said today that it wants other ISPs to bring an "end to misleading broadband advertising" by stressing typical or average speeds rather than the infamous "up to" broadband bandwidths they claim to offer.
Capita says gov cuts hit hard
Capita shares are down nearly five per cent this morning after it warned that government cuts were hitting revenues harder than expected.
Facebook message security risks 'open door to Web 2.0 botnet'
Security watchers have already begun fretting about the security implications of Facebook's new messaging system, warning that compromised accounts might be used to create potent Web 2.0 botnets.
India claims RIM data deal, again
Indian government sources are again claiming that RIM will provide lawful intercept of all BlackBerry communications, despite the technical impossibility of doing so.
Violin uses Gear6 tech to make super-fast arrays
Violin Memory is using acquired Gear6 NFS caching technology to turn its flash arrays into super-fast access NAS heads.
Swedish prosecutors seek Assange arrest
UpdatedThe Swedish prosecutor leading an investigation of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is today seeking a court order for his arrest, so she can interrogate him on allegations of rape and molestation.
Qualcomm outs dual-core ARM-based, LTE-capable pad chip
Faster tablets in 2011? You betcha: Qualcomm has said it will release 28nm dual-core Snapdragon ARM CPUs next year.
Google Docs finally goes mobile
On-line editing with Google Docs is now possible on Android and iOS devices, with real-time synchronisation so everyone can see you're your mistakes as you make them.
Hasbro unleashes 'Spastic' Transformer
Kiddies toy outfit Hasbro has pulled off a bit of a branding blinder with the release of its "Spastic with Stunticons" Transformer, which apparently forms part of its Power Core Combiners 2011 Wave 2 range.
Easynet blames network collapse on dodgy router update
Early investigations of a nationwide collapse of the Easynet network have pointed the finger at a software update to a Cisco router.
Windows malware dominates Mac malware detection chart
Malicious files that use the the scripting capability of Microsoft Media Player to infect Windows machines have emerged as the main threat detected on the machines of Apple users who have taken advantage of Sophos' recent offer of a freebie anti-malware scanner application.
Has CERN made the VATICAN ANTIMATTER BOMB for real?*
So - Dan Brown's turgid blockbuster Angels and Demons, in which a nefarious papal official nicks a vial of antimatter from CERN as part of a complicated scheme to become Pope by menacing the Vatican with explosive destruction. Twaddle? Or actually a perfectly feasible plan ripped from today's headlines, style of thing?
Microsoft pings first Office 2010 service pack beta at testers
UpdatedMicrosoft has released a private test build of the first service pack for its Office 2010 product to a select bunch through its MS Connect web portal.
Google signs French book deal
Google and French publishing house Hachette have signed a deal to allow the search and ad giant to scan its books.
A young and pretty Linux server OS that takes a bit of work
ReviewZentyal 2 is something a little bit different, although it too has changed its name recently: version 1 was called e-Box. A decade younger than its rivals, it is based on Ubuntu, but its developers skip the normal semi-annual releases, and only use the Long Term Support ones that Canonical releases every other year. E-Box version 1 was based on Ubuntu 8.04 and version 2, now called Zentyal, uses Ubuntu 10.04.1.
iPhone 4 gets slide-out keyboard
Saddened that your iPhone 4 lacks a slide-out Qwerty keyboard? Soon you'll be able to add one.
ViewSonic tempts tablet triers with cash-for-kit deal
ViewSonic is offering up to £125 off the price of its ViewPad tablets to anyone who'll swap their netbook for a fondle slab.
Bill Gates oils up Microsoft's Lync product
Microsoft released its rejigged office communications server yesterday, which was anointed by none other than William Henry "Bill" Gates III.
GSMA opens the way for Apple SIM
The GSMA is to create a new standard for manufacturers who don't want their products sullied by an operator's SIM, taking Apple a step closer to world domination.
'Plastic surgeon' cuffed for in bar boob checks
Police in Idaho have put a call out to women who may have submitted to breast examinations in bars and clubs, after it emerged that a booze house female plastic surgeon from South Africa was allegedly no such thing.
Samsung SF310 13.3in notebook
ReviewAimed at the fashion conscious, the Samsung SF310 adopts curves and chrome to attract trendies to this 13.3in notebook. Literally, built along similar lines to the NF210 netbook reviewed recently, if the look and feel isn’t quite enough to have you shopping around and spending about £750 on this Core i5 machine, Samsung is chucking in a 60 quid a Microsoft HD webcam into the bargain, until the end of January 2011.
Internet Explorer 9 preview thinks inside box, outside browser
Microsoft released a seventh preview build of Internet Explorer 9 yesterday.
Dirty PCs: How much filth can you take?
Ventblockers IIIt's been a tad over a year since our shock insight into the darkest and most fearsome interiors of computing hardware, and by our reckoning that's just about enough time to recover from the trauma.
BlueArc boosting itself
Privately-owned super-NAS vendor BlueArc is letting it be known that it is on a roll. Of course it's only putting out the good news but, still, that's impressive: record third quarter revenues with the mid-range Mercury product selling well, 100 per cent quarter-on-quarter growth and a 20 per cent headcount increase.
DARPA: Hypersonic strato-ship crackup was no biggie
Radical Pentagon boffins say they now understand why their hypersonic aeroplane/missile prototype, the Falcon HTV-2, cracked up in flight above the Pacific in April - and say they are on course for another trial flight next year.
LIDL punts circular saw blades to innocent kiddies
The parents among you who reckon kids today get far too much mollycoddling are advised to proceed directly to LIDL, which evidently believes nippers need to be exposed to a little more risk.
Sweden to issue international arrest warrant for Assange
Swedish prosecuters plan to issue an international arrest warrant for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, after a court today approved their request to detain him over rape and molestation allegations.
Brits say 'no, no, no' to 3D TV
Brits are steering clear of 3D TV, with only one per cent of the population owning such a set already and a further one per cent hoping to acquire one this coming Christmas.
Oracle whacked by DoJ complaint
An industry group of 130 hardware maintenance providers has complained to the Department of Justice that they've been unfairly squeezed since Larry Ellison bought Sun Microsystems.
German 'hacker' uses rented computing to crack hashing algorithm
UpdatedA German security enthusiast has used rented computing resources to crack a password scrambled by SHA-1, a supposedly secure hashing algorithm.
Unlucky for some: Sex.com sold for $13m
Sex.com has been officially bought for $13m, after its skint owner Escom sold the domain through a deal brokered by Sedo, following an order issued by the US Bankruptcy Court in California.
Google Apps offer 'full spectrum' of Google services
Google is now allowing businesses, government agencies, schools, and other organizations to use more than 60 existing Google services from their Google Apps accounts. In May, Google announced that such a move was on the way.
Verizon revives Microsoft's unhappy hipster phone
Microsoft's KIN phones are back from hipster hell, with Verizon pushing the unwanted phones in the run-up to Christmas.
Mozilla millions still 86% Google cash
Google still provides 86 per cent of Mozilla's revenue, according to the open source outfit's latest financial statement.
iAds to flood UK iPhones, iPads
Apple's iOS-based iAd service will jump the pond next month and land in the UK and France, debuting with ads for L'Oréal, Renault, Louis Vuitton, Absolute Radio, and eight other deep-pocket brands.
Valley open-source star swallowed by Black Duck
SpikeSource –a Silicon-Valley startup once blessed by big names and championed as the future of making money on open-source – has shut-up shop after seven years.
Dell profits rise 144%
In another sign that the tech industry is maybe, just maybe, climbing slowly and haltingly out of the toilet, Dell announced Thursday that its third-quarter financial results were healthier than Wall Street thought they would be.