6th > December > 2010 Archive
Major Facebook redesign, smoothed-off Zuckerberg unveiled
Facebook has redesigned its user profile page, pushing more personal info and photos to the top in an effort to make it "even easier for you to tell your story and learn about your friends."
Minister 'C*nt' promises £50m to get fabtastic fibre for all
Culture minister Jeremy Hunt has promised £50m in extra funding to put "a fibre point in every community in the UK by the end of the Parliament".
Toshiba charges up battery equipped LED TV
Toshiba has taken the wraps off what it claims is the world's first telly - a 32-incher - with a built-in battery.
Alleged Russian spam-lord hauled into US court
A Russian who allegedly at one time ran a network of compromised machines responsible for a third of global spam appeared in federal court in Wisconsin on Friday to deny the charges.
Inside the Ordnance Survey's new HQ for the digital era
In the past year, the Ordnance Survey organisation has survived a huge government cull of quangos, the prospect of ugly public sector cutbacks and a big shake-up of its licensing model. But the UK mapping service now arguably faces its biggest challenge yet: A move to a new office that, for many of its workers, is already proving to be a major culture shock.
Gov decides not to have scientific advice on drugs any more
The coalition government is ditching the requirement to seek scientific advice before setting drugs policy.
Seagate puts out Barracuda
Low Power Green
Seagate has quietly launched a green version of its Barracuda desktop drive, with three platters holding 1.5 or 2TB and spinning at a mere 5,900rpm.
BlackBerry to Indian gov: Ban us, you have to ban Skype too
RIM reckons it has convinced the Indian government that it can't intercept customer data, and that if it gets banned it's going to take everyone else down with it.
Microsoft 'Xbox TV' rumours: Over the Cable Guy's dead body
Xbox TV? We've heard it all before, and this time the rumour has replaced the word Apple with the name Microsoft, but it's essentially the same: saying that it will come to market as a virtual cable operator, delivering TV channels over the internet in return for a monthly fee.
Stuxnet expert nuke-boffin killing: Iran claims arrests
Iranian authorities claim to have arrested suspects over the murder of a nuclear scientist in the country last Monday.
White iPhone inbound for spring of 2011
The long-delayed white iPhone is back on the road map, scheduled for Spring next year, according to shop signage spotted by 9to5 Mac.
How I went from punting PCs to betting a quarter billion on Betfair
InterviewFormer channel man Peter Webb has become one of Betfair's leading customers and bets a quarter of a billion pounds annually on horseracing alone. He also sloshes a good amount on the X Factor market.
Crazed reindeer stalks, attacks Scottish woman with antlers
Children are advised to hide under the duvet if they hear sleighbells this Christmas Eve, after it emerged that reindeers appear to have developed a taste for human flesh.
Doctor Who: Return to Earth
ReviewDoctor Who has not fared well on Planet Videogame. So many titles been merely mediocre or just plain crap, often barely connected to the TV series and pumped out by publishers keen to cash in on the brand with minimal effort.
SpaceX's Dragon poised to go orbital
Elon Musk's SpaceX looks poised to send its Dragon capsule into orbit, following a successful static engine test of the Falcon 9 lifter.
Groupon shuns Google's $6bn takeover bonanza
Groupon walked away from acquisition talks with Google late last week, after speculative reports suggested that the world’s largest ad broker was willing to splurge up to $6bn to buy the e-commerce coupon outfit.
Smartphone users are faithless slappers - survey
Smartphone users have little brand loyalty, according to a survey of global consumers by GfK. Only Apple comes out of it well, with 59 per cent of iPhone users inclined to a repeat purchase.
Final mission of shuttle Discovery postponed until February
Space shuttle Discovery will not now lift off on its final STS-133 mission to the International Space Station until 3 February at the earliest.
CNN flashes gay todger over interwebs
NSFWGod alone knows what rotund gobshite Rush Limbaugh will make of it, but we suspect CNN editors will be wishing they'd never been born after they get the Excellence in Broadcasting treatment for this outrage:
Indian feds' site besmirched in tit-for-tat Pak hack attack
Pakistani hackers have responded to attacks by their Indian counterparts by defacing the website of India's federal crime investigation bureau over the weekend.
Google acquires DRM henchmen with Widevine buy
Google has bought DRM software outfit Widevine for an undisclosed sum.
Apple: white iPhone 4 out 'Spring 2011'
World+Dog will finally get their hands on official white iPhone 4s in "Spring 2011", according to signs posted in Apple Stores across the US.
Nottinghamshire back-end taken over by giant reseller
Nottinghamshire County Council is handing back office processes to Logica in a deal which hopes to save the local authority £5m a year thanks to shared services.
Judges reject Operation Ore appeal
The Court of Appeal has rejected claims that some individuals prosecuted under Operation Ore for incitement to distribute indecent photographs were themselves the victims of credit card fraud.
Nokia patents touch-tastic NFC operator leapfrog
A US patent from Nokia shows how a handset manufacturer can make money from NFC, without being forced into a relationship with the banks or even the network operators.
Anonymous attacks PayPal in 'Operation Avenge Assange'
Anonymous has launched a broad-ranging campaign in support of Wikileaks, starting with a DDoS assault on a PayPal website.
Operation Ore decision a 'serious miscarriage of justice' - lawyer
The solicitor who brought the Operation Ore appeal that was finally rejected today has questioned whether the British courts had the expertise to consider deeply technical cases.
Steelie Neelie floats pan-European phone number notion
The European Commission is opening a consultation on whether businesses would find a pan-European telephone number useful, or useless.
Juniper gobbles Altor Networks in $95m startup snack
Juniper Networks has acquired partner Altor Networks for $95m in cash, to beef up the security of networks and virtualized servers using its switches.
Google launches 'free' 'open' 'cloud' eBooks digiback service
Google has begun flogging books to US customers with the launch today of the company’s rather flat-sounding ‘Google eBooks’ business.
Google aims Nexus S smartphone at US, UK
It's official: the next Nexus smartphone will be out on 20 December.
Burmese junta strongman considered buying Manchester United
The leader of the Burmese military junta seriously considered a $1bn bid for Manchester United in January 2009.
WikiLeaks: Intel strong-armed Russian apparatchiks
UpdatedA WikiLeaked cable reveals that Intel was able to arm-twist Russian apparatchiks into letting it import 1,000 development platforms that ran afoul of import restrictions imposed by the government of that worker's paradise struggling economy.
Chinese hackers 'slurped 50 MB of US gov email'
The Chinese government may have used its access to Microsoft source code to develop attacks that exploited weaknesses in the Windows operating system, according to a US diplomatic memo recently published by Wikileaks.