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HTC inks patent pact with Myhrvold's Intellectual Ventures
Mobile handset manufacturer and Google pal HTC has announced a licensing deal that gives it access to the more than 30,000 patents owned by Intellectual Ventures (IV), the IP-gathering outfit founded by former Microsoft chief technology officer Nathan Myhrvold.
SAP ordered to pay Oracle $1.3bn
In a final act of ritual humiliation, SAP has been ordered to pay Oracle $1.3bn over stolen intellectual property.
Woman admits she helped sell bogus chips for military gear
A Florida woman has admitted she helped sell millions of dollars worth of counterfeit computer chips for use by the US military.
Numascale brings big iron SMP to the masses
SC10If you want big server iron but you have midrange server budgets, Numascale has an adapter card that it wants to sell to you. The NumaConnect SMP card turns a cluster of Opteron servers into a shared memory system, and in the not-too-distant future, probably Xeon-based machines, too.
Apache open sourcers welcome Google's unwanted Wave
Google's "clever" but misunderstood Wave is getting a fresh shot at life with open-sourcers at the Apache Software Foundation (ASF).
Nokia X3 Touch and Type
ReviewIf you think candybar handsets should have touchscreens then Touch and Type should be right up your street. This is Nokia's attempt to breathe new life into the rusty trusty S40 platform by adapting it for a touchscreen interface. The first two T&T handsets to be released in the UK are the X3-02 and C3-01 and it's the former I have on my desk at the moment.
Fujitsu in deal with Northern Ireland beaks
Fujitsu will provide a managed ICT and telecommunications service for the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service for the next five years.
Giffgaff shudders to a halt
Customers of the "people's network", Giffgaff, found themselves disconnected from the people when the entire network went down for three hours.
Android flaw poses drive-by data slurp risk
A security officer has stumbled across a serious vulnerability in the built-in browser of Android smartphones that might allow hackers to lift data from SD cards in the Google handsets.
Isilon may stay on Seattle scene
OpinionThe gossip around the water coolers of the storage world is that EMC is going to run Isilon like VMware, as a separate business unit.
Immigration caps won't touch tech transfers
Home Secretary Theresa May's announcement of restrictions to immigration have met a mixed response - because intra-company transfers, well used by technology companies, are excluded from the deal.
HMRC excise tracking to go online
HM Revenue and Customs is to switch from paper to a new online Excise Movement and Control System (EMCS) in January.
Now Oz to ban online cigarette ads
Once a government has become used to the idea of banning things, it can be a hard habit to give up – as Australian voters who still enjoy the occasional cigarette are likely to soon find out.
MP wants age verification for net smut
A Tory MP has proposed that all UK-based ISPs should implement an opt-in age verification system to gain access to internet porn.
Rogue apps 'worst Facebook feed malware baddies'
Stats from social networking safety apps suggest that one in five items on the news feeds of Facebook users lead to malicious content.
Apple I goes for twice the price of an Enigma
An Apple I sold yesterday for £133,250 while a three-rotor Enigma box went for £67,250.
Dell Duo to debut in December
There's no word on UK pricing yet, but Dell's Inspiron Duo - the PC giant's netbook-to-tablet convertible - will go on sale here on 2 December.
Sex abuse fax leak costs council £100k
A council that accidentally faxed details of a child sex abuse case to a member of the public was fined £100,000 by the Information Commissioner today, in the first use of his new powers to punish data breaches.
YES! It's the twists-in-midair FALLING GECKO ROBOT!
Grumbling taxpayers concerned that much so-called academic "research" actually consists of boffins basically mucking about at public expense can calm down. Today brings news of university researchers maintaining a laser-like focus and toiling hard on projects which deliver immediate and obvious betterment to a suffering humanity.
Location-based advertising grows up
AnalysisMobile advertising is huge, and only getting bigger; but can advertisers gather information without appearing creepy ... and should they bother when customers are so willing to share?
Kids want Santa to bring iPads not consoles
Reg readers may be grizzled old gits who have no truck with all that shiny fluff that Jobs bloke puts out, but younger generations are in love with the stuff.
Of Kuwait and DSLR cameras
The Kuwait Times, our source for the story first published as Kuwait bars DSLR cameras in public places, has retracted the claims on which the story was based. This means we were wrong too. We apologise.
Qualcomm Mirasol color e-ink set for CES demo
Qualcomm's colour e-ink display, Mirasol, will indeed be demo'd in public early next year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), one of the company's device partners has let slip.
Parent-thwarting bypass tool takes kids to internet badlands
Cybercrooks have developed a new ruse primarily designed to expose kids to malware and survey scams.
Where is Compellent's technology going?
Compellent's latest controllers are over-powered for their work and form the basis for a series of developments to help it to scale out its storage more and improve its efficiency.
Fugitive tech CEO settles backdating case with SEC for $53m
A former tech firm CEO has finally settled a stock backdating case with the Feds, almost five years after skipping the US and heading to the South West African bolthole of Namibia.
Sony qicks off Qriocity streaming service
God save us from the branding 'specialists' who came up with "Qriocity", the name Sony has selected for its movie streaming service, which is now live in the UK.
Toyota Auris hybrid e-car
ReviewIt's hard not to feel a little sorry for Toyota. Over the years the Prius – reviewed here – has not only been a healthy sales success, but the name has become synonymous with hybrid motoring technology.
Boris bikes for all from next week
Transport for London's Boris bikes will be available for tourists and other casual users from next week.
Pentagon braces for Wikileaks' diplomatic dump
The Pentagon expects Wikileaks to expose a huge cache of classified diplomatic communications by as soon as Friday, it has warned politicians.
Unarmed Royal Navy T45 destroyer breaks down mid-Atlantic
The Royal Navy's new Type 45 destroyers continue to suffer from technical mishaps, with first ship of the class HMS Daring arriving a week late in Portsmouth on Saturday following emergency propulsion repairs in Canada. The £1.1bn+ ship had previously broken down in mid-Atlantic.
Pumpkin pie could prompt Thanksgiving sexual free-for-all
The US will become a seething mass of unbridled passion tomorrow, as millions of American men succumb to the penile enlargening properties of that traditional Thanksgiving dish pumpkin pie.
How I used Space Shuttle tech to insulate the living room
Now that the Space Shuttle is being decommissioned, what are we to do with all that lovely high-performance insulation that protects it from the heat of re-entry?
Privacy-protecting social network opens up
Diaspora, the open-source based social network touted as a privacy-conscious alternative to Facebook, has opened up for business.
App maker asks $600 for BlackBerry bling
Affluent BlackBerry users can spread their smugness further with a pointless $600 (£379) app that shows they aren't just stupidly rich but also rich in stupidity.
iPads improve image of IT industry
The IT industry is seen as a more desirable place to work, thanks to the likes of Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg and fondleslabs like the iPad.
SeeSaw offers ads-free catch-up telly
UK IPTV service SeeSaw is to allow punters to prune out the ads with it pads out the programmes it offers.
NHS enables Facebook to track surfers on health info website
Privacy experts have expressed dismay at a decision by the NHS to allow Facebook and Google to track users on one of its sites.
USA to bin colour-code terror warning system - report
The widely-derided US system of colour-coded terror warnings may soon be binned, according to reports.
Boffins bring us one step closer to a quantum network
Researchers claim to have demonstrated how it is possible to move quantum information from individual sets of multi-partite entangled atoms to four entangled beams of light (previously they had only managed with two). In simple terms, this a a big step forward in information science because it paves the way toward quantum networks.
Opera Mobile 10.1 lands 'Carakan' engine on Symbian
Heavenly server kit open sources moist turkey plug-in
Sysadmin ThanksgivingCloudkick has once again expanded the reach of its web-based infrastructure monitoring service. First, it moved beyond Amazon EC2-like compute clouds and into private data centers. And now, it's pushing into turkey smokers.
Apple accused of iPhone ban on 'all single-station radio apps'
UpdateUpdate: This story has been updated with comment from Apple and had been updated in other places to reflect that statement and further conversations with Jim Barcus.
Windows 0day allows malicious code execution
Antimalware provider Prevx has sounded the alarm about a serious vulnerability in fully patched versions of Microsoft Windows. It allows attackers to execute malware, even in versions designed to withstand such exploits.
Xbox modder can't claim fair use, says judge
A California man facing criminal charges for modifying his Xbox 360 will not be allowed to use fair use grounds to defend himself at a trial scheduled for next week, the judge hearing the case said in a ruling that could have profound consequences for other hardware hackers.