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Xbox modder prosecution dropped like white-hot potato
Federal authorities on Thursday dropped their prosecution of a southern California man charged with two felonies for modifying Xbox 360 consoles, following a severe berating by a judge and an admission they made procedural errors, Wired.com reported.
Fujitsu shoots low with BX400 baby blade box
Hewlett-Packard and IBM have been selling baby blade boxes suitable for office environments for the past couple of years, and now Fujitsu is chasing SMB shops with its own BX400 blade server chassis. The company is also chasing what it calls "very small businesses," hopefully not to be immortalized with the VSB abbreviation any time soon, with a new Micro Server.
Oracle asserts non-existent open source trademark
Oracle's trademark on the popular Hudson open-source project doesn't exist. At least for now.
Google in 'better' copyright protection vow
As it seeks to make nice with the big name record labels, TV networks, and movie studios, Google has announced that it's working to provide better protection against online copyright infringement. At least in four small ways.
Oracle stuffs Mongolian clusters with Sparc T3s
It's Sunrise at Oracle. But apparently, someone hit Larry Ellison's snooze alarm. The Oracle chief exec was 18 minutes late for the launch of two preconfigured Sparc/Solaris clusters that are part of a "Sunrise" reanimation of the Sparc platform.
Intel reveals 'the billion dollar lost laptop problem'
Intel is trumpeting a recent study that shows businesses and other organizations risking billions of dollars annually due to lost or stolen laptops. But worry not: it has a "third pillar" to prop up those losses.
Novell muddles through fiscal Q4
Software maker Novell – which is in the process of selling itself to Attachmate and Microsoft for $2.2bn – reported its financial results for its fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 ended October 31. Rather than face a lot of pesky questions from Wall Street analysts, the top brass at the company ducked out and just pumped out a press release.
Ten... dirt-cheap voice phones
Product Round-upWorld+Dog may be falling in love with smartphones faster than a large lass on a date with George Clooney, but there is still a place for the cheap and cheerful voice-centric handset.
Wikileaks' DNS pulls plug, citing collateral DDoS damage
Domain name provider EveryDNS has pulled the plug on Wikileaks after giving the site 24 hours' notice that it could not put up with the denial of service attacks the site was attracting.
NFC mobe-touchpay trial does end run round handset makers
A bank, a network operator and a transport company will be deploying a payment infrastructure based on Near Field Communications (NFC) technology in mobile phones, but without inviting handset manufacturers to the party.
Robotic High Noon in Colorado
Denver police earlier this week demonstrated the efficiency of their killbot emergency protocol by terminating a robotic potential threat to national security.
This year's comedy Xmas No. 1 contender: Silent song 4'33"
A motley crew of musicians backed by a Facebook campaign are plotting to hijack the poor beleaguered Christmas number one with a four-minute recording of silence.
Herts cops 'ate the evidence' at scene of crime, court told
Police may occasionally be accused of losing, abusing or even tampering with evidence – but eating it is almost certainly a first for any police force anywhere in the UK.
Three tots up iPad subsidy
Three has matched Orange's iPad discount, offering today the 16GB 3G-enabled tablet for £199 if you pick it up with a two-year, £25-a-month data contract.
UK.gov: One address-location database to rule them all
The Coalition has created a long-awaited joint undertaking between local government and the Ordnance Survey agency to amalgamate addresses into a single register for use by public sector workers and private businesses.
Unreleased Lady Gaga songs nabbed in audacious hack
A pair of Germans allegedly used malware to break into computers used by managers and agents of more than 50 music stars including Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake.
Times bullish: no longer throwing money down web toilet
It's too early to say whether the Times paywall is a success or not. But it's done wonders for conferences about newspapers.
Unfeasibly vast amphibian found croaked on video card
VentblockersAs a postscript to last week's Ventblockers II shocker, we felt we had to share a final image with you, giving a pretty good idea as to why this particular video card croaked it:
Sony sells Playstation-packing TV
All sorts of tech has been integrated into TVs from iPod docks to Blu-ray players, but now Sony has put a Playstation into one and it's available in the UK for under £200.
Outsourcing kingpin hands $2bn to Indian education charity
The boss of Indian offshorer Wipro Ltd, Azim Premji, is handing about $2bn to his own charitable foundation.
Brits now spend more on debit cards than rustle or jingle money
British shoppers are for the first time spending more on their debit cards than in cash, according to banks.
Half of phish marks respond to scams within one 'golden hour'
Half the victims of phishing emails respond to fraudulent emails within an hour of the receipt of scam messages, according to to a study by transaction security firm Trusteer.
Bombshell in platterland: WD tried to buy Seagate
Bloomberg let off a mini-bombshell yesterday: Western Digital apparently offered to buy Seagate in October.
Gran Turismo 5
ReviewAfter spending six years on the waiting list for Gran Turismo 5, new owners might be surprised to find that the pristine Bugatti Veyron 16.4 they thought they had ordered has rolled off the forecourt more like a cut 'n' shut.
Nyah! Google is the Kevin the Teenager of th'interwebs
CommentFor years, Google has been the Stroppy Teenager Kevin when it comes to copyright - full of attitude, and refusing to tidy up the bedroom. But do yesterday's concessions make any difference?
Hefty porridge for £300m VAT ring
Five members of a missing trader fraud gang have received sentences of up to four and a half years for a £17m scam based around mobile phones, HMRC revealed yesterday.
Gov pays Greens to lobby it, says report
Government is handing over far too much of our hard-earned dosh to environmental campaigners, who then use the money to further distort government policy in favour of the interests and ideological preoccupations of narrow political elites.
BT tests 1Gbit/s broadband
BT hopes to show off the potential of its fibre-to-the-premises technology in the new year, with a trial in Suffolk that will push downstream speeds up to 1Gbit/s.
Anti-virus skulduggery - upgrade licence clock shock slammed
Anti-virus vendors AVG and Symantec have been criticised for sharp practices in selling consumer antivirus upgrades.
Diary of a Not-spot: One man's heroic struggle for broadband
Bringing connectivity to rural areas can involve lobbying MPs and signing petitions, but it can also involve knocking on doors, digging up sheep fields and climbing around on the roof in search of bandwidth.
American IT hires (some) new workers in November
The US economy is still not strong enough to give 15.1 million unemployed workers the jobs they need. This morning, the Department of Labor said that non-farm payrolls rose by only 39,000 workers in November, not even close to the 200,000 jobs per month that are necessary to keep up with population growth and the millions of jobs that need to be created to make a dent in the unemployment rate.
Firefox: freedom's just another word for 'kerching!'
Open...And ShutApparently, one can have too much freedom.
Supermarket techie in mega loyalty-point blag
A London IT worker has been found guilty of fraud offences related to scamming supermarket Sainsbury's out of loyalty points worth £70,000.
Brave new Boris-bikers banjaxed by broken boxes
Admittedly it is -2 degrees with flurries of snow in London today so hiring a Boris Bike is probably the farthest thing from anyone's mind, but the launch of the hire bike scheme for non-registered users today has been hit by another Serco system failure.
Siberian crooks dev'd custom malware in ATM slurp heist scheme
Russian cybercrooks contracted a virus writer to develop custom-made malware before launching a plot to loot compromised ATM machines.
Ellison: Sparc T4 due next year
As part of the Sparc SuperCluster rollout yesterday, Oracle chief exec officer Larry Ellison let slip that the future Sparc T4 chip was coming out next year. Oracle and Fujitsu also announced a revved up Sparc64-VII+ processor for the Sparc Enterprise M series of midrange and high-end SMP machines, but did not provide any details on future system and chip co-development between the two firms.
WikiLeaks dubs Amazon 'The Cowardly Liar'
WikiLeaks has dubbed Amazon both cowardly and a liar, after the American net giant booted the whistle-blowing website from its hosting service and then said its decision had nothing to do with complaints from the US government.
Popular sites caught sniffing user browser history
Boffins from Southern California have caught YouPorn.com and 45 other sites pilfering visitors' surfing habits in what is believed to be the first study to measure in-the-wild exploits of a decade-old browser vulnerability.
Researchers bypass Internet Explorer Protected Mode
Researchers say they have devised a way to carry out stealthy drive-by exploits even when victims are using recent versions of Internet Explorer with a feature known as Protected Mode.