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Free software repository brought down in hack attack
The main source-code repository for the Free Software Foundation has been taken down following an attack that compromised some of the website's account passwords and may have gained unfettered administrative access.
Interpol issues arrest notice for Wikileaks' Julian Assange
Interpol has issued a Red Notice for the arrest of Julian Assange for suspected sex crimes just two days after his Wikileaks website began publishing some 250,000 highly embarrassing diplomatic cables.
HDS sells 'more BlueArc than BlueArc'
According to a person who should know, Hitachi Data Systems is now selling more BlueArc systems than BlueArc itself.
HP ramps Superdome 2 shipments
Hewlett-Packard wants to remind everyone that it's still in the high-end server business. It wants you to know that since its blade-ish Superdome machines shipped at the beginning of the fall, sales are ramping up in line with competitive RISC/Unix iron from IBM and Oracle/Fujitsu.
We probe the Google anti-trust probe. Vigorously
AnalysisGoogle says it hides the inner workings of its search engine because it doesn't want websites and advertisers gaming the thing. But what's to stop Google from gaming its own search engine?
ReviewUniversal remote controls always sound like a good idea – one handy little remote to control all the digital gadgets cluttering up your front room – but they never quite seem to live up to the hype. The cheaper ones tend to be a finger-tangling clutter of buttons, while the more expensive models, such as Logitech’s touchscreen Harmony, can cost as much as £300-£400.
Incendiary MacBook blamed in house conflag inferno suit
Apple's oft-derided MagSafe power adapter is being blamed for a fire in a Connecticut home, and the insurance company that paid for the resulting damage is suing Apple to recover its payout.
Apple patents glasses-free, multi-viewer 3D
Apple has been granted a patent for a projection system that can enable multiple viewers to simultaneously view 3D images without the need for those dorky 3D glasses.
Forget Xmas: Get set for the octacore v Bulldozer DEATHMATCH
The great wheel of semiconductor life continues to turn. 'Tis the season to start gearing up for the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco. The ISSCC event is the second event of each new year, following the Consumer Electronics Show, where new PC processors and sundry other computing gadgets are brought to market. ISSCC is where the hard-core techies get to show off their etchings and their IQs, particularly with processors used in servers.
DDoS attack, sex warrant won't stop Assange's leaky discharge
The main Wikileaks site hosting US diplomatic cables has been downed, again, by an apparent denial of service attack.
LG to cut greenhouse gas output by 4kg per handset
Green TechLG is to use "eco-magnesium" in future mobile phones, ending the emission of some very nasty greenhouse gases in the process.
Compellent bolts on first VMWare SRM disaster parachute
Compellent is bundling VMware's Site Recovery Manager with its arrays to provide better disaster recovery in virtualised server shops. It will be the first VMware partner to do so.
Avatar tops Sky Xmas 3D bill
Sky would like you to know that it will be broadcasting Avatar in 3D on Christmas Eve - the first time in the world that the blockbuster will be shown on telly in stereoscopic format.
Cuffed Oz bank Trojan perp aiming to bleach his hat
A South Australian hacker who admits using banking Trojan malware to infect more than 2,300 computers and steal personal information wants to go from poacher to gamekeeper once his legal problems are behind him.
Dell rings up spin-screen Duo at £449
Dell hasn't yet said how much it'll ask for its netbook-cum-tablet Inspiron Duo over here, but it's offering Arqiva employees them for £449 a pop, we hear.
Coffers swell as Sage squeezes more juice from flat revenue
Shares in small biz accountancy provider Sage are up over four per cent this morning after the company announced a return to growth.
Chinese telecoms giant furiously scrubs links to Phorm
Huawei, the giant Chinese telecoms manufacturer, has deleted claims on its own website and by its staff that it is involved in a partnership with Phorm.
TomTom Go Live 1005 satnav
ReviewTomTom's Go Live 1000 series of high-end PNDs debuted in September in 4.3in form but the recently arrived 1005 model is the first TomTom to break the 5in barrier. In common with the lesser 1000 series models, the 1005 also has a capacitive touchscreen – Fluid Touch in TomTom speak – redesigned map and UI graphics, a revised menu layout and allegedly faster route planning.
LG kicks off work on quantum dot TV
LG is to co-operate in the development of quantum dot-derived LED TV displays capable of generating "brighter, richer colours" while consuming a fraction of the energy of today's LEDs.
Hezbollah sting bust sees first phone-unlock DMCA conviction
A Philadelphia federal court has accepted a guilty plea from one Mohamad Majed, who admitted breaching the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in unlocking thousands of phones for resale.
HP dumps Microsoft's Vail Home Server 'to focus on webOS'
HP has ditched Microsoft’s Windows Home Server operating system, codenamed ‘Vail’, just days after the software giant killed a popular feature in the product.
Winamp plug-in backdoor wide open to viral penetration
Winamp media player users need to update their software following the discovery of multiple security holes, some of which provide a means to distribute malware via booby-trapped media files.
Motorola tugs itself to bits in mobo-go-solo schism pact
Motorola will be splitting into two companies on 4 January, with existing shareholders getting a piece of the handset manufacturer, and the radio specialist, in exchange for their holding.
Airport face-scan gate unilaterally imprisons traveller
The watchdog for the UK Border Agency says that facial recognition checks at Manchester Airport are being undermined by unreliable IT.
Virgin unwraps three-tuner über set-top
Virgin Media's much-anticipated Tivo box will begin shipping "mid-December", the cableco said today, despite the fact that its own website has the arrival date down as "early 2011".
Facebook figures suggest WinPho 7 user base still small
Some interesting statistical jiggery-pokery hints that Windows Phone 7 isn't proving popular.
Yahoo! wonks! brace! for! lay-offs!
Job cuts at Yahoo! are reportedly coming before the year is out, with about 650 lay-offs at the Carol Bartz-run firm expected to kick off on 13 December.
Hitachi kicks open Door 4 in the House of Spinning Platters
The post-perpendicular magnetic recording world in the land of spinning disks had three land masses; HAMR, BPM and Shingled Writing. Now there's a fourth; microwave magnetic recording (MMR).
People's Republic says it will purge self of illicit software
China is to clamp down on counterfeit software installed on local and central government computers over the next year.
97% of INTERNET NOW FULL UP, warn IPv4 shepherd boys
Less than three per cent of IPv4 address space is still to be allocated, after two huge chunks were given to American and European ISPs.
Russia beats off US, floods world with spam
Russia has eclipsed the USA as the main villain in global spam distribution, according to stats published by Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab on Wednesday.
BURNING LUST for SEXY BUSTY BLONDES - Science explains
Women long for the classic Barbie figure with big boobs, long blonde hair and blue eyes because it makes men want to impregnate them, an evolutionary psychologist has proclaimed.
Feds pursue Russian, 23, behind ⅓ of ALL WORLD SPAM
FBI investigators have named a 23-year-old Russian as a prime suspect behind the operation of the infamous 500,000 Mega-D botnet, blamed for an estimated one in three spam emails prior to a take-down operation early last year.
German exec banged up in private-dick wiretap ring probe
A German court has jailed a former Deutsche Telekom manager for three-and-a-half years for his role in a spy ring based on bugged phone calls.
Bolivians still grimly browsing on Sony Ericsson phones
Canadians are in love with iOS devices, while Symbian stomps the opposition in Chad, and British affections are torn equally between Apple and RIM when it comes to smartphone platforms.
Quantum crypto hack smacked
A hack against systems running quantum key cryptography only worked because of implementation errors, according to new research.
IBM chips the laser light fantastic
Boffins at IBM have come up with a better way to embed laser communications onto processor and memory chips using plain vanilla CMOS manufacturing processes, paving the way for three-dimensional chips integrating hundreds of processors, their main memory, and on-chip optical networks that will, it is hoped, allow for the creation of power-efficient exascale systems. And really fast workstations for playing Crysis, of course.
Steve Jobs embraces Google's bastard grid child
Apple has embraced Hadoop, the open source distributed-computing platform based on Google's famously proprietary backend infrastructure.
Google extends security sandbox to Adobe Flash
Google has released a test version of its Chrome browser that extends its renowned security sandbox to Adobe's heavily abused Flash player.
WikiLeaks ousted from Amazon US
Update: This story has been updated to show that contrary to some reports, Senator Lieberman's statement did not say that Amazon removed Wikileaks' mirrors in response to his inquiry.
Oracle claims trademark on Hudson open source
Oracle is claiming ownership of yet another open-source project. This time, it's the Hudson project, the popular software build and monitoring service originally developed by Sun Microsystems.