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2011: The year open source (really) goes capitalist
Open...and ShutIf 2010 was the year that taught open source "how to disappear completely," 2011 will be the year we're reminded that "anyone can play guitar"…or open source. At present, open source is de rigueur with the underdog class, those vendors seeking to challenge incumbents like Apple and Oracle.
Mind your own: Scotland unveils privacy principles
The Scottish Government has published new guidance on achieving privacy-friendly public services. The five principles should encourage good practice and ensure personal data is always handled with respect, according to the the Scottish Government.
Restaurant held up with iPhone, not gun
New London, Connecticut ne'er-do-well Jerome Taylor thought his iPhone to be a suitable facsimile for a handgun in his failed attempt to hold up a local restaurant.
O2 promises to tap-up customers in 2011
O2's location-based advertising arm, O2 More, has been successfully hooking in the punters, and the operator expects NFC to increasingly contribute to that revenue next year.
Skype makes wobbly return, offers compo to paying punters
Skype is slowly coming back to life after suffering a major outage over the past few days and, in an effort to say sorry, the firm is offering to compensate its paying customers.
Sony buys PS3 chip plant back off Toshiba
Sony is to buy back the Cell processor plant it sold to Toshiba in 2008.
Which storage technologies and vendors will fly in 2011?
QuestionsAt this turning point of the year, as Dell wraps up Compellent and InSite One, and Atrato slides under the waves, it's timely to look ahead at the storage world in 2011 and ask que sera?
Android Marketplace gets AT&T billing
Google's Android Marketplace has added AT&T to the short list of network operators who'll collect your money on behalf of developers.
Coca-Cola fizzes over pornforacoke.com
Coca-Cola has filed a trademark infringement case against the operators of pornforacoke.com, which offers "tons of porn for the price of a daily glass of coke".
Pirate Bay mouthpiece disses Assange's legal wrangles
Julian Assange needs to turn himself in to the Swedish authorities and stop “dragging WikiLeaks down with him”, according to The Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde.
Mobile operators handed content billing blueprint
An allegedly leaked presentation from Allot Communications suggests that mobile customers might end up paying €3 a month for Skype, and 2 cents per MB for Facebook.
IBM races bits along a nanowire track
IBM scientists have found out how to move bits precisely at an atomic scale along a nanowire, bringing racetrack memory closer to reality. It's glamming up this project by saying a portable racetrack memory box could store a year's worth of movies.
Mozilla takes on web data miners with privacy icon release
Mozilla has pushed out a series of privacy icons that tell web surfers how their online data might be used depending on what site they've visited.