Stephen Fry chucks cash at hopeless browser plugin
Stephen Fry's reputation as a technology expert has taken another dent. The ubiquitous luvvie has invested in Pushnote, a commenting system for websites. "Makes the web one big democratic comment platform," Fry tweeted.
O2 chops away at middle-aged spread
Around 5 per cent of O2's UK workforce is to go, as the company rationalises its management structure in the hope of becoming more customer-focused.
The Social Network scoops four Golden Globes
The Social Network was honoured with four Golden Globes yesterday, suggesting the movie may be headed for Oscar glory.
EMC revs motor for upcoming launch
A clearly briefed Barrons' guy says EMC will have a Harley Davidson motorcycle fly over storage arrays during its VNX launch-fest.
Lane Fox promises sub-£100 PCs
Martha Lane Fox is promising £98 computers to tempt the last remaining digital refuseniks in UK to get online.
Raised res iPad 2 to sport four-core chip?
First out of the starting gate this Monday morning: iPad 2 speculation has gone into overdrive, with talk of a dual-core processor and a quadrupling of the 10.1in display's pixel count.
Apotheker to shake things up at HP
Now that chief executive officer Leo Apotheker has made his worldwide tour of Hewlett-Packard's sites and big customers – and dodged the ongoing lawsuit between rival Oracle and former employer SAP – he is settling down to remaking HP into something more closely approximating his own image of the IT racket.
DWP will make feuding parents pay
The Department for Work and Pensions has indicated that estranged parents using its statutory service for child maintenance will be subject to charges.
Online sync'n'store services
Group TestFor the last couple of years, I’ve been walking around with a tough, shock-resistant memory stick in my pocket . It contains an emergency back-up of all my current work files - and has prompted more than one comment along the lines of, "is that a memory stick in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?"
Volvo demos automobile auto-pilot tech
Hell, said French existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre, is other people. If the EU has its way, it could be other motorists.
Cyberwar hype is obscuring real security threats
Cyberwar hype is inhibiting government attempts to develop an appropriate response to cybersecurity threats, say computer scientists.
MSI tabulates WindPad Windows tablet
MSI has spec'd up its upcoming Windows-based tablet, the WindPad 100W.
Symantec launches scale-out NAS using Chinese hardware
Symantec is taking on NetApp and EMC with a scale-out NAS (network-attached storage) cluster using Chinese hardware.
Boffins play 'Pac-Man' with tiny living organisms
Topflight boffins in America have well and truly gasted the world's flabber by building a sort of miniaturised live arena version of Pac-Man, in which players guide minuscule single-celled organisms to gobble up little balls.
If it's on air, it's on sale, say majors
Two major labels are giving up one of their most powerful marketing tools - because they say it's "out of date". Universal and Sony have said they'll give make digital songs legally available the day they're first played on radio - moving to an "on air, on sale" policy from next month.
Shale ignorance! Lords blast gov for ignoring cool new fuels
Is it time to decouple "Climate Change" from the Department of Energy and Climate Change? If it was the plain old "Department of Energy" again, it might spend more time researching new fuel sources. Two peers last week took aim at the department because its latest energy blueprints are ignoring the potential impact of shale gas.
Creepy as hell: Facebook developers get to know you better
Facebook has added APIs for developers to access the home address and mobile numbers of users, so FarmVille can see where, as well as who, you are.
Mozilla slings out 9th beta for Firefox 4
Mozilla has squirted out the ninth test build of the next iteration of its upcoming open-source browser.
Small biz would pay more for simpler tax
Small business owners would pay more tax, if the system was simpler and it cracked down on tax avoidance by their competitors.
Orange salutes pub game with PAYG promo
It's all about change at UK telco Orange, which has launched a scheme to allow its Pay As You Go users top-ups from as little as ten pence a throw.
Badness-browsing Belgian busted on Brit break
A Belgian man last week week pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of children while on a visit to Manchester.
Nokia axes music bundle in 21 countries
Nokia has confirmed that it's terminating the music service formerly known as Comes With Music in most of the territories in which it operates, including the UK, by the end of the year. Subscriptions will continue in six remaining nations Brazil, China and India. This contradicts an earlier wire service report that suggests the bundle would be axed in all 27 countries.
Oz pair in blow-up sex doll whitewater ride
Police Down Under are less than impressed with a couple of jokers who decided it would be a wizard wheeze to ride inflatable sex dolls down a swollen Yarra River, prompting emergency service intervention to haul them from the torrent.
M&S signs up to O2 location grab
High street stalwart Marks & Spencer has joined the O2 More service, pushing out free smoothies to O2 customers passing by their doors.
US Eye-o-Sauron border scan tower project finally axed
The USA's troubled SBInet border security programme appears to have finally been given a mercy bullet, according to reports. The long-delayed, overbudget effort was meant to ensure that nothing and nobody could move along the southern US border without detection, using a line of netted-up sensor towers to achieve this.
PlayStation Phone spied in China
Sony Ericsson's upcoming Xperia Play handset - aka the PlayStation Phone - has turned up for sale in China.
Steve Jobs takes 'medical leave of absence' from Apple
Apple CEO Steve Jobs told staff at the company today that he was taking a "medical leave of absence".
Google flicks switch on video search results
Google has rejigged how video links appear in its search engine.
Cops break up Kinect Boxing bout
Eight Swedish cops last week stormed a couple's home in Uddevalla after a neighbour reported five people beating up a woman. It was a false alarm - they were just playing Kinect Sports.
Tunisia: Goodbye Ben Ali, hello (internet) freedom
The first glimmerings of internet liberalisation were evident in Tunisia this weekend.
Israel and US fingered for Stuxnet attack on Iran
The US and Israel jointly developed the infamous Stuxnet worm before using the sophisticated malware to sabotage key components of Iran's controversial nuclear program, according to an investigation by the New York Times.
Oh noes – they've stolen the internet!
Entanet customers relying on the firm's Stepney Green exchange are struggling without access today - thanks to thieves who got in over the weekend.
WikiLeaks gets Swiss bank info
A Swiss national, about to go on trial for breaking the country's strict secrecy laws, has handed Julian Assange two CDs containing names of 2,000 holders of secret Swiss bank accounts.
Nine per cent of gamer kids are 'addicted'
Videogaming is a normal activity for teenagers, but one in 10 are actually "addicted" to the activity, a recent study claims.
Cray hits Q4 revenue target
Supercomputer maker Cray has met its fourth quarter revenue target, pulling in at least $305 million.
Interview: Give staff access to info on a need-to-know basis
In the wake of the mass breach of Vodafone security last week, The Register spoke to Roger Clarke, chair of the Australian Privacy Foundation and long-time privacy campaigner, about what the industry can learn from the incident. Staff and partners at Vodafone have logins that allow them access to customer data on that database – and these details were leaked.
Local facilities in NBN Co contract win
One Australian firm, and two internationals with local manufacturing facilities, will share a potential $1.2 billion in NBN Co contracts announced yesterday.
Shoden draws a blank with Avere
UK systems integrator Shoden lucked out trying to sell Avere filer accelerator appliances. There was no interest, none. What does this mean for Avere's prospects?
Sales troubles ahead for HP EVA?
According to my contacts, as recently as last month (Dec 2010) HP planned to announce an EVA (Enterprise Virtual Array) refresh in mid-Feb. But at the very end of the year, HP surprisingly withdrew EVA clustering and allied thin provisioning. HP's 3PAR is supposed to fill the gaps.
Facebook equity offer closed to US investors
Goldman Sachs now says it will only offer Facebook equity to investors outside the US as the firm is apparently worried about scrutiny from regulators.