17th > December > 2010 Archive
If you were thinking that that acquisition of Sun Microsystems was going to drag Oracle down financially, you were wrong. That means you, Hewlett-Packard. And especially you, IBM .
Open...and ShutOpen...and Shut The big open source news in 2010 is that open source became essentially invisible. It's not that the media stopped reporting on open source. Far from it. Up until 2010, coverage of open source had remained roughly static, as evidenced by Google News result for "open source" in 2007, 2008, and 2009.
2010: it's a wrap2010: it's a wrap Networkable media players aren’t new, but in 2010 the addition of BBC iPlayer and similar services to set-top boxes and TVs made more consumers aware of the possibilities of online entertainment pumped straight into the living room, while Windows 7 made it simpler to stream content from your PC’s hard drive.
The Android version of Google Maps for Mobile has added some new features in a major revision – with 3D panning, a proper compass and off-line caching, to name just three.
Ferris Research, an analyst firm focused on messaging, compliance and collaboration, is asking IT vendors to let the firm know if Gartner has ever improved any of their magic quadrant positions in return for cash. Gartner is currently battling a defamation and trade libel claim from an IT company which has not been ranked as well as it may have hoped.
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Compellent and Dell have cooked up a poison pill shareholder rights deal to discourage any other bidders from coming forward and paying more than Dell.
Yahoo! is reportedly in the process of retiring eight products, following the company's announcement earlier this week that it planned to axe 600 jobs worldwide.
Hosted appsHosted apps Would your data be more secure in the hands of Google or left where it is? Your answer to that depends on where you store business information at the moment and, of course, whether you feel Google can be trusted.
Prosecutors have further delayed a decision on whether anyone will be prosecuted over BT's secret trials of Phorm's web monitoring system.
Romanian police are claiming success in breaking up a cybercrime ring blamed for losses of more than €11m ($14.6 million) through telecoms call charge fraud.
Regcast: 14:00Regcast: 14:00 It's time to say goodbye to 2010, because - let's face it - it was rubbish. It's also time to look ahead to 2011. Will you keep your job? Will you even keep hold of your data?
OpinionOpinion Tablet media applications have a Google invisibility cloak around their stories. As this spreads a deadly revenue-denying dart could penetrate Google's media business model.
NetApp is end-of-life-ing its DataFort security appliance product line, with a planned migration path to Brocade products.
MySpace has finally inked a multi-year search and advertising deal with Google.
Scientology head David Miscavige has declared victory over Anonymous in an internal church magazine.
Google's regulatory worries are deepening today, with the news that the European Commission has agreed to broaden its inquiries into the dominant search engine's alleged anti-competitive practices.
Confusion over the censorship policy at Amazon continues to mount, with news this week that the company now appears to be removing incest-themed material from its Kindle.
The government's technology strategy is being scrutinised by the Common's Public Administration Select Committee (PASC).
Crowd-sourcing cybercrime reports could help the fight against online crime, according to a senior European Union official.
Ofcom has proposed simplifying non-geographic codes, making calls to 0800 numbers free from mobiles and finally bringing an end to the insanity of 0845 number usage.
STEC's 2-bit ZeusIOPS MLC (multi-level cell) flash will be supplied for the high-end DS8800, DS8700 Turbo, and Storwize V7000 storage, but not for IBM's DS5000 arrays. Maybe this s a "not yet" rather than a "not ever", as the DS5000 range does support SSD (solid state drive) use.
Nokia has filed for patent infringement against Apple in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, claiming ownership of more smartphone fundamentals.
ReviewReview Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light was released on Xbox Live and the PS3 back in the summer, and now it's been faithfully recreated for the iPad.
First Toshiba, now Sharp is a Japanese display maker said by local reports to be partnering with Apple on a enormo-factory to punch out iPhone screens.
Orange reckons that half the smartphones it sells in 2011 will have NFC built in, planning to ship half a million NFC-equipped handsets in the next 12 months.
WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange said on Friday that text messages in the possession of the Swedish government prove that rape allegations against him are a set up. “There are intercepted SMS messages between the women and each other and their friends that I'm told represents a set up,” Assange, who spoke from Suffolk, UK, said on ABC's Good Morning America. “Those SMS messages the Swedish prosecutor has refused to release and in fact stated that my lawyer, who was shown the messages by the police, is gagged from speaking about them.”
About a year ago, when Facebook set out to build its email-meets-chat-meets-everything-else messaging system, the company knew its infrastructure couldn't run the thing. "[The Facebook infrastructure] wasn't really ready to handle a bunch of different forms of messaging and have it happen in real time," says Joel Seligstein, a Facebook engineer who worked on the project. So Seligstein and crew mocked up a multifaceted messaging prototype, tossed it onto various distributed storage platforms, and ran a Big Data bake off.
Google has expanded a program designed to prevent search engine users from visiting websites that could scam them or install malware on their computers. The feature includes the words “This site may be compromised” to search results that contain sites that Google's automated tools indicate may be under the influence of third-party spammers, phishers or other scammers. Hackers often exploit vulnerabilities on legitimate sites so they can be used as a low-cost and stealthy platform for carrying out phishing attacks and spamming operations.
Silicon Graphics has a need for speed. Or, more precisely, some of its customers do, and those customers also have money to burn.
Update: Though this report appeared on the MINA site, it now appears to be a fake. A Serbian man has rescued the Egyptian tourist season by getting himself so drunk he jumped off a high dive and inadvertently killed a shark.