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Novell slaps iPhone interface on cloud control kit
Novell said it would do rapid release cycles when it launched its Cloud Manager tool back in September, and sure enough, the beleaguered (and acquired) software maker is already kicking out the 1.1 release of its cloud control freak.
Salesforce wants some Ruby love
Dreamforce 2010Why would a company that spent 10 years delivering CRM as a service drop $212m in cash and $27m in stock on a 30-person startup that hosts Ruby on Rails apps for devs on Amazon?
LaCie XtremKey all-terrain USB flash drive
ReviewData security can mean a lot of things, from encryption to defence against cyber attacks. There’s backing up and archiving too, but with the XtremKey, LaCie has in mind the idea that you might want to secure your data against the rough and tumble of everyday life. So if trouble follows you around, you can be assured your torrents PowerPoint presentations will be safe.
Feds seek 'compliance program' for US kit reseller
Two men have been charged with fencing stolen EMC equipment and wire fraud offences relating to almost a million dollars of nicked hardware. A US equipment reseller firm allegedly implicated in fencing of stolen kit also faces a landmark suspended-sentence "compliance program".
Sprint CEO admits WiMAX gamble didn't pay off
Dan Hesse has admitted that his company's gamble in investing in WiMAX hasn't paid off in providing Sprint with a first-mover advantage – even if it has turned out great for customers.
Has Seagate added a 1TB SFF drive to its Constellation?
Some online disk drive sites are listing a 1TB 2.5-inch Seagate Constellation drive, which shouldn't exist.
Apple patches QuickTime to root out 15 ugly vulns
Apple plugged 15 vulns in its QuickTime media player earlier this week.
World of diamonds bigger than the Ritz discovered
A curious world orbiting a star 1200 light years from our own solar system could be home to diamonds of enormous, unparalleled size, say boffins.
Microsoft wins tasty US federal gov agency cloud contract
Microsoft secured a cloudy contract win with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday in its latest cat-and-mouse play with rival Google to score lucrative deals with government bodies Stateside.
Google Voice brings expectation management to Santa 2.0
Google has set up a Santa calling service, offering personalised calls from the man himself, along with Facebook and Twitter updates, as the man in the red suit goes high tech.
Lost ancient civilisation's ruins lie beneath Gulf, says boffin
Refugees from a lost civilisation whose ruins and relics lie submerged on the seabed deep beneath the Persian Gulf may have founded ancient, advanced Middle Eastern societies thousands of years ago in the time before the Pharaohs.
iPad-smuggling women pinched in China
Chinese customs caught 14 women trying to smuggle iPhones and iPads into China from Hong Kong.
Donkey Kong Country Returns
ReviewIf Doctor Who: Return to Earth shows how weak some Wii games can be, Donkey Kong Country Returns demonstrates the exact opposite. This game is bloody good, and I really need say no more.
Nick Cave smashes speed camera with Jag
Australian singer, actor, writer and Kylie-killer* Nick Cave laid waste to one of Hove's speed cameras when he crashed his car into it.
E-book reader demand boom near
Sales of e-book readers are going to skyrocket - but not for a few years yet. So says market watcher ABI Research, and it's conclusion is largely backed by fellow analyst Gartner.
Three bumps up mobile broadband contract charge
Three is pushing up the price of its broadband, applying a rather-generous inflationary rate to customers who thought they were on fixed-rate contracts.
Bloated US patent holder sues 9 tech companies
An Intellectual Property-gathering outfit founded by ex-Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold has thrown a patent infringement sueball at nine tech companies.
Death of ID card scheme left £6.5m of kit going begging
The government is working out what to do with £6.5m worth of kit left gathering dust after it pulled the plug on the ID card scheme earlier this year.
Visa approves wireless payment chip
Visa has approved a microSD card for proximity payments, slotted into the BlackBerry Bold or Samsung Galaxy S, paving the way for payWave transactions on a mobile phone.
PARIS concocts commemorative cocktail
NSFD *The Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) team is delighted to announce today that it has concocted a cocktail in honour both of our patron saint Paris Hilton and the heroic Playmonaut who on 28 October piloted the Vulture 1 vehicle to earth from a dizzying 89,591 feet.
Facebook boydroid to hand over theoretical riches to charity
Mark Zuckerberg clearly has more invisible money than he knows what to do with, given that the Web2.0 paper billionaire has agreed to offload most of his wealth to charity.
Anonymous hackers' Wikileaks 'infowar' LATEST ROUNDUP
Online "warfare" between the friends and enemies of Wikileaks continues, with an increasing number of organisations involved.
Dell and Compellent are exclusive
Dell and Compellent are talking about a possible business combination.
Lock and load: Birmingham launches gunfire location IT
The Safer Birmingham Partnership has begun to use communications technology developed in the US to locate the source of gunfire in the city.
Wikileaks whistle-blower: Where's the money, Julian?
"There has been an unconscionable failure [in conventional journalism] to protect sources. It is those sources who take all the risks... journalists don't take their job seriously" - Julian Assange.
Redstor schools the cloud with EMC's ATMOS
UK-based cloud backup provider Redstor is moving into cloud storage using EMC's Atmos hardware and software and a data centre build out programme.
ICO makes mincemeat of nativity data protection piffle
The Information Commissioner’s Office (pdf) is sending a seasonal note to schools to reiterate that parents taking pics of their offspring kitted out as angels or shepherds is not a Data Protection matter.
Call of Duty DDoS attack police arrest teen
A 17-year-old from Manchester has been arrested by the Metropolitan Police's e-crime unit (PCeU) on suspicion of being behind a denial of service attack against the online game Call of Duty.
Amazon Kindles cash from Wikileaks
UpdatedAmazon's UK tentacle is selling a Kindle version of the Wikileaks documents for £7.37.
Apple turns to Intel for low-end laptop graphics
Apple is said to be gearing up to use the next generation of Intel graphics in its MacBook and - probably - MacBook Air - laptops in place of the Nvidia technology they currently use.
Google morphs Gmail into Microsoft backup service
Google has unveiled a service that lets businesses use Gmail as a back-up for Microsoft Exchange.
WikiLeaks supporters milk Twitter API in DDoS attacks
WikiLeaks supporters are milking Twitter's application programming interface to carry out attacks that have led to crippling slowdowns at MasterCard.com, Visa.com and other websites that cut off funding to the whistle-blower outfit.
Flame throwing Apache flees Oracle's Java group
UpdatedApache is officially quitting Java's governing body after 10 years, slamming Oracle, the JCP, and fellow JCP members in the process.
Canonical COO jumps clear after 10 months
Canonical's chief operating officer is leaving the company after less than a year, and heading to an HTML5 start up.
Google 'open' to Chrome Web Store without the Chrome bit
Update: This story has been updated with comments from Mozilla's Jay Sullivan.
Dutch police arrest 16-year-old WikiLeaks avenger
Dutch police said they have arrested a 16-year-old boy for participating in web attacks against MasterCard and Visa as part of a grassroots push to support WikiLeaks.
MokaFive does VDI for Windows 7
MokaFive is offering an alternative to the pain and expense of migrating corporate desktops to Windows 7 with with release 3.0 of its virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) MokaFive Suite.
Google 'Crankshaft' inspired by Sun Java HotSpot