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Apache and Google airbrushed from Oracle's Java victory
If you haven't heard of Google or the Apache Software Foundation, don't worry. It seems the flacks writing Oracle's press releases haven't heard of them either.
Google backs 'Chromoting' remote access for web-bound OS
Google has confirmed that it will offer remote access software with Chrome OS, the browser-based operating system now due for official release in the middle of next year.
US DoD plumps for Appro CPU-GPU hybrids
Supercomputer maker Appro International today announced that it has landed its first contract with the US Department of Defense and will build and install hybrid CPU-GPU machines that will be deployed in five supercomputer centers that have recently bought quite a lot of gear from Cray.
Google Books spanked by Amazon Kindle
First LookOn Monday, Google announced its semi-eponymous Google eBooks offering — its effort to challenge competitor Apple and chip away at the ebook dominance of Amazon.
SGI puts modular data centers on ICE
In the past, Silicon Graphics didn't sell containerized data centers — but the company that swallowed it and took its name nearly two years ago, Rackable Systems, did. And the new SGI is now taking its third stab at the idea.
NASA sells PC with restricted Space Shuttle data
NASA officials failed to wipe sensitive agency data from computers before releasing them to the public, a violation of procedures that are part of the plan to securely end the Space Shuttle program, an audit released on Tuesday said.
Storage shop ships storage for storage
Storage specialist LaCie's latest offering is storage in the broadest sense of the word. It's certainly solid state, too - but it's not a drive.
EU will change e-signatures laws to boost electronic invoice usage
The European Commission will revise the E-Signatures Directive in 2011 in a bid to encourage businesses to make more use of electronic invoices.
Vodafone scores soapy company deal
Vodafone will be supplying 50,000 mobile phones, equipping around a third of Unilever's staff, as part of a deal to make the company more mobile as well as more communicative.
Massive online database of bird calls unveiled
Twitchers among the Reg readership – and there must be a few of you, it's a hobby based on obsessive knowledge of minutiae and enhanced by gadgets – take heed. A massive online database of bird calls has been made available free online for your listening enjoyment.
Rim tempts tablet coders with freebie PlayBooks
Want a free Rim BlackBerry PlayBook? Then develop an app for it.
Personalised power cuts and pricey meat: Grey Britain in 2030
It's full steam ahead for a low carbon Britain, the UK Committee on Climate Change says in its fourth report, published today.
Police appeal for missing Taser
The Metropolitan Police ia appealing for the return of a Taser and four cartridges that were left on the roof of a police car, which was then driven away...
Orange overhauls app store
Orange's Partner Connect is promising a 48-hour response for developers submitting applications, though for the moment they'll need to be using Android, and only interested in selling to the French.
Microsoft spins out Visual Studio SP1 beta
Microsoft began pushing out the first test service pack for its Visual Studio 2010 software product yesterday.
Eircom launches streaming and MP3s bundle
ExclusiveSky Songs may have failed, but ISPs are apparently undeterred from having a dabble with streaming music services. Irish ISP Eircom will today launch a range of music bundles starting with free Spotify-style streaming for all of Eircom's broadband subscribers, up to a paid-for option that includes a bundle of 40 MP3s for €12.99. (Ireland is still in the Euro as of press time.)
Pro-Wikileaks hacktivistas in DDoS dustup with patriot contras
Online hacktivist collective Anonymous, operating under the banners Operation:Payback and "Operation Avenge Assange" have launched a series of DDoS attacks against organisations and people seen as being opposed to Wikileaks and its spokesman Julian Assange.
Ad man offers fine drugs and finer print to Macbook thief
A Philadelphia ad exec is offering a "fabulous drug stash" reward in a bid to get back the Macbook he foolishly left in his unlocked car.
Gartner hands out end of year grades to ECB storage market
Gartner has fingered three storage fliers and five followers in its latest quarterly report on the external controller-based (ECB) storage market.
Windows Phone 7 unlockers let off with a warning
Windows Phone 7 devices that have been jailbroken using the ChevronWP7 aren't getting locked up again by Microsoft - at least not yet.
Google Docs offline feature to return wearing HTML5 overcoat
In among Google's underwelming announcements about its delayed Chrome OS platform the company also confirmed yesterday that its Docs 'offline' feature was making a comeback.
DAB traffic info axed
The DAB-only Traffic Radio service is to be shut down, leaving literally dozens of drivers stranded. The Highways Agency quango said the UK government will no longer fund the service once the contract expires in August 2011, RadioToday reports.
Salesforce gets super chatty with Heroku buy
Salesforce.com has agreed to buy Ruby-hosting giant Heroku for $212m in cash.
Samsung dangles £200 lure at iPad-eyeing punters
Samsung is giving away £200 worth of digital content in a bid to tempt tablet buyers to take its 7in Galaxy Tab this Christmas.
Flatscreen makers fined €649m for price fixing
The European Commission has fined six LCD panel makers €649m for fixing the price of their screens.
Anthony Rose leaves YouView
The man who revived the BBC's new media fortunes, Anthony Rose, is to step down as CTO of the YouView venture, formerly known as Project Canvas.
Walmart falls in with Washington's war on terror
The US Department of Homeland Security has joined forces with the most relentless and observant patrol force available in the US - Walmart shoppers.
NetApp sympathetic to CommVault's Simpana
BlogThere is talk of a possible OEM or reseller deal between NetApp and CommVault next year.
Google sees printing in the cloud
While demonstrating Chrome OS, Google also slipped out its cloud printing solution, which might be the future, though for the moment you can't print anything other than a test page.
Mastercard downed by Anon-Assange-fans
Mastercard is feeling the wrath of the internet this afternoon - its website and at least part of its payment systems have apparently been brought down by a denial of service attack.
Elon Musk's Dragon capsule reaches orbit successfully
The Dragon space capsule built by SpaceX, the American private space company bankrolled and directed by famous PayPal nerdwealth tycoon Elon Musk, launched successfully from Cape Canaveral today.
French woman chased up tree by wild pigs, rescued by copter
A French woman was set upon by a herd of wild pigs on Monday, only escaping from them by clambering up a tree, from which she was later plucked by a rescue helicopter.
US Air Force studies fruit-flies to build killer insect swarm drones
The US Air Force is engaged in wacky research on fruit flies manoeuvring within a heavily instrumented "simulation tunnel" in order to develop tiny, potentially murderous insect-sized flying robots.
Diary of a server failure
Sysadmin blogI recently experienced a major server failure. This article is my post-mortem.
PayPal banned WikiLeaks after US gov intervention
UpdatedA PayPal executive said his company's decision to suspend payments to Wikileaks came after the US State Department said the whistle-blower site was engaged in illegal activity. The comment came shortly before PayPal agreed to release the remaining funds in the WikiLeaks fund-raising account.
EMEA server market grows some legs
Selling servers in Europe is no easy task these days, and probably not just because some of the economies in the region are wobbly or crashing. EMEA server buyers have always reacted a little differently when recessions hit, often getting out on the vanguard of where the rest of the world eventually follows. Such was the case with the rapid uptake of so-called open systems - what we now call Unix servers - nearly two decades ago.
EU telecoms to Apple, Google: 'Pay up!"
European telecoms want Apple, Google, and bandwidth-sucking service providers such as video streamers to help pay for improvements needed to support steadily increasing loads on their networks.
WikiLeaks payment service threatens to sue Visa, MasterCard
WikiLeaks' Iceland-based payment processor says it will take immediate legal action against Visa and MasterCard for suspending service to the renegade whistle-blowing website, according to ZDNet UK.