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McNealy to Ellison: How to duck death by open source
InterviewLet's forget the last few years ever happened — the last five, at least. Possibly 10. In the 1980s Sun Microsystems was on fire.
Nimbula punts instamatic cloud kit to world+dog
Nimbula — the build-your-own-cloud startup founded by Amazon's former vice president of engineering — has released a public beta of its so-called cloud operating system, Nimbula Director.
Apache loses Java showdown vote to Oracle
ExclusiveThe Apache Software Foundation – one of tech's most influential open-source groups – is closer to quitting Java's governing body after losing a stand-off vote against Oracle on Java.
Google unloads Nexus S Gingerbread phone
The "Pure Google" Nexus S, announced Monday, enters an increasingly crowded, turbulent smartphone marketplace in which the eventual winner — or winners — are far from certain.
Oracle slashes software prices on own iron
Well before Oracle was even close to buying Sun Microsystems, the company was kind enough to tweak its per-core pricing for its eponymous database software to make it competitive on processors with fewer threads and higher clock speeds. Now, the company is making its software pricing less attractive on servers using Itanium 9300 processors from Intel - which pretty much come from only Hewlett-Packard these days. The idea is to help Oracle's new Sparc T3 Unix boxes steal some business in HP-UX shops.
Hacker brings enhanced security to jailbroken iPhones
A computer consultant is embarking where Apple has refused to go, adding a security measure known as ASLR to iPhones to make them more resistant to malware attacks.
Cisco and BMC in fluffy IT chase
Server wannabe Cisco Systems and application and system management tool maker BMC Software have forged a tighter partnership to peddle cloudy infrastructure. Cisco has stopped short of shelling out big bags of cash to have BMC all to itself, though.
UK cops have warrant to cuff Assange, talking to his lawyer
Julian Assange's lawyer said he is talking to the Metropolitan Police this morning, after which he and his client will decide what to do next.
Samsung readies less sockety servers for 3D stacked memory
Samsung has worked out a way to stack memory chips vertically, increasing memory density and decreasing power needs.
StorSimple wheels out head-in-Cloud, feet-on-premises solution
Startup StorSimple is SAShaying to the cloud with a small and medium business on-premises appliance for active data storage – and bulk data banished to the cloud.
ASSANGE ARRESTED in London - in court later today
Wikileaks spokesman Julian Assange has been arrested by police in London and will appear in court later today.
British troops in A'stan find festive minutes in Santa's sack
British soldiers on active service will get an extra half-hour of phone calls home this Christmas, and cheaper calling from Afghanistan too.
Apple 'iPad 2' shipping in three months
Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn will punch out 400,000-600,000 iPad 2s within the next 100 days, the company's factory managers have been told.
Brussels goes in to bat for beleaguered bees
The European Commission has launched a plan to restore bee health in response to widespread reports of increases in bee mortality.
iPad 2 to arrive around Valentine's Day - Taiwanese reports
Apple looks set to release the next version of its iPad in February next year – that is if a claim bubbling up in Taiwan is to be believed.
Financial vice tightens on Wikileaks, hacktivistas retaliate
The financial squeeze has been put onto Wikileaks, with MasterCard refusing to process donations to the whistleblower site and the suspension of the personal bank account of founder Julian Assange in Switzerland.
Why is Google's new Nexus S like no other smartphone?
Google and Samsung have jointly announced the Nexus S, but the new flagship Android handset has more wireless than previously seen with Near Field Communications built in.
Facebook revamp gives away even more info, warn pros
Security watchers have warned that Facebook's latest revamp will create the tendency to expose more user information.
Wikileaks are for-hire mercenaries - Cryptome
Wikileaks has always been a commercial enterprise hiding behind a narcissistic "public interest" PR, says Cryptome operator John Young in a scathing critique of the site.
Theft scribe picked for Intellectual Property review
Five advisers have been appointed to Ian Hargreaves' review into intellectual property growth, the IPO announced yesterday. Two of the choices may cause consternation among creators' rights representatives.
Tehran conscripts Ninja masters to crush democracy
The Iranian government has been attempting to co-opt the country's Ninjas and other martial artists to help out with some light repression duties, US diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks claim.
Google targets iPad with Android 3 Honeycomb tablet yumminess
Google's Andy Rubin has been showing off Honeycomb, the next version of Android and one with proper tablet support, explaining how Android applications will work across form factors.
MS waves enticing moolah at Oracle, Salesforce punters
Microsoft has written to Salesforce.com and Oracle punters urging them to ditch the cloudy database offerings of Marc Benioff and Larry Ellison in favour of its own CRM system.
Sky music service goes titsup.fm
BSkyB is closing down its Sky Songs subscription music service, blaming poor take-up. The fiver-a-month offer bundled unlimited ad-free listening to a catalog of 5 million songs, and five MP3s to keep a month.
Salesforce.com parks cloudy database over Ellison's head
Dreamforce 2010Larry Ellison's got a new database competitor in the form of Salesforce.com, with the launch of Database.com from his one-time protégé Marc Benioff.
Latest botnet rankings: Rustock still mother of them all
Spam levels – hit by recent botnet takedown efforts – have begun to return to their previous noxiously high levels.
Blighty's kids nosedive down global reading, maths rankings
Britain's schoolchildren have slipped down the international league in reading, maths and science, according to the latest batch of numbers from the OECD.
Apple sells more mobile PCs than Dell
Apple is now a more successful global seller of mobile computers than Dell, according to new third-quarter numbers from market watcher DisplaySearch.
Police back ends must be slimmed, says Home Sec
Home Secretary Theresa May has said that police forces need to ensure that they protect frontline staff by making cost savings on IT.
Sage Pay prevents punters blowing Xmas wad
Sage Pay has apologised for a four hour outage yesterday that left online merchants with no way to process payments for Christmas orders.
Judge puts Assange behind bars ahead of extradition hearing
Wikileaks editor Julian Assange told Westminster Magistrates Court he would not consent to extradition to Sweden where he is wanted for alleged sexual offences.
Alan Sugar's 'cockup braindead in call centre clueless' BT row
Alan Sugar showed UK business how to secure tip top service from BT today, pursuing a dual strategy of ranting on twitter while pulling the "don't you know who I am" line on the call centre staff.
Tumblr tumbles down, stays there for 24 hours
Tumblr has blamed a database problem for an outage that left the popular microblogging service largely unavailable for more than 24 hours.
IBM gorges on cheap debt for share buybacks, acquisitions
IBM sometimes behaves like a bank, and sometimes like a private equity firm. Sometimes it even behaves like an IT vendor.
Sony adds Sky News to Bravia net TVs
Whatever you think of Sky news, the fact is you can now view it on internet-connected Sony Blu-ray Disc players and Bravia TVs.
Samsung blows wad on Bada bling app compo starlets
Samsung's Developer Challenge is over, with the top app earning a prize of $300,000 as the company continues to big up its third mobile platform.
Quantum crypto experts dispute potency of 'blinding' hack
A dispute has emerged between experts in quantum cryptography over the effectiveness of a recently discovered attack that takes advantage of implementation flaws in high-security key exchange systems.
Google delays Chrome OS, punts brandless beta netbook
Google has announced that the first Chrome OS netbooks will arrive in "mid-2011" from Acer and Samsung. Originally, the company said that devices would arrive by the end of this year.
Microsoft unveils 'do not track' option for IE9
Microsoft says it will offer a privacy setting in the next version of Internet Explorer that will make it easy for users to keep their browsing habits from being tracked by advertising networks and other third-party websites.
Salesforce's Benioff: 'Ellison flunks vision test'
Dreamforce 2010Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce, has fired back at Larry Ellison and his beloved Exadata for cloud computing, saying that the server fails the cloud test and that Oracle lacks a genuine vision.
Whitehats peer into new botnet's heart of 'Darkness'
Whitehat hackers are tracking a new botnet that's quickly become a popular platform for launching web attacks.