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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.
Matt Asay, 24 Dec 2010
Police Scotland employees stand outside the Scottish Parliament. Pic: Shutterstock

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.
Kable, 24 Dec 2010

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.
Bill Ray, 24 Dec 2010

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.
Bill Ray, 24 Dec 2010

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.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Dec 2010

Sony buys PS3 chip plant back off Toshiba

Sony is to buy back the Cell processor plant it sold to Toshiba in 2008.
Tony Smith, 24 Dec 2010
Hard disk with salt shaker

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?
Chris Mellor, 24 Dec 2010

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.
Bill Ray, 24 Dec 2010

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".
Team Register, 24 Dec 2010

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.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Dec 2010

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.
Bill Ray, 24 Dec 2010

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.
Chris Mellor, 24 Dec 2010

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.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Dec 2010

Masked Santas disarm Swedish royal guard

Two masked men dressed in Santa hats robbed a royal guard of his automatic weapon in Stockholm last night.
Christopher Williams, 24 Dec 2010

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