Australia’s eBay shopping grows strongly
American companies drive Australian journalists to distraction with their refusal to provide any detail about their local operations.
CA Technologies signs up to Fujitsu cloud
CA has decided to host its cloud-based CA Clarity PPM On Demand suite within Australia, and has selected Fujitsu to provide the hosting infrastructure.
iPhone, Android app offers 3D ads in Oz Open
Australian tennis fans are about to get the opportunity of a lifetime: they can download an app for iPhone or Android that will add a 3D “augmented reality” overlay to advertisements for KIA Optima cars.
Google accused of copying (more) Oracle Java code
A well-known open source advocate has accused Google of copying at least seven and up to as many as 43 Android files directly from Oracle's Java source code.
Taxpayers shafted as Classic FM gets licence back for peanuts
The richest commercial radio station in the UK has had its licence renewed automatically - avoiding a competitive auction, and depriving the taxpayer of millions of pounds of cash.
Report shows €240bn drop in music retail over 7 years
Even if you're all numbered out, there are some interesting nuggets in the latest annual compendium of figures from IFPI, the sound recording industry's global trade group.
The Last Airbender up for nine Razzies
The nominations for the 31st Annual Razzie Awards are now available for the viewing pleasure of the long-suffering moviegoing public, and it seems likely that The Last Airbender and Twilight Saga: Eclipse are poised to take a righteous shoeing.
What's Oracle got up its sleeve?
CommentA disk drive array can't cut it: Oracle says its 31 January game-changing announcement will provide a "dramatic leap in storage technology" for enterprise data centres. A disk drive array alone can't provide that. What can the technology be?
ICO slaps NHSBT for wrong organ donor data
The Information Commissioner's Office has reprimanded NHS Blood and Transplant for wrongly recording organ donation preferences over a decade.
Nokia MeeGo tablet spied on web
Nokia's rumoured media tablet based on the MeeGo operating system it created with Intel has allegedly been photographed and the snap posted online.
Renault denies tech at heart of spy scandal
The boss of Renault said spies found within the company's electric car division were after business information not technical secrets.
$50bn-valued Facebook goes public about going public
Facebook finally confirmed on Friday that it had indeed raised $1.5bn courtesy of brokerage Goldman Sachs and Russian investor Digital Sky Technologies.
The beginner's guide to near field communications
Near-field communications (NFC) will take off very quickly - once it's clear who can make money from it.
LG Android tablet spied in boy-band vid
LG's upcoming widescreen Android tablet has turned up on, of all things, a Korean music video.
Beeb say sorry for Stephen Fry A-bomb quip
The BBC and Talkback Thames have apologised for Stephen Fry's description of double A-bomb survivor Tsutomu Yamaguchi as "the unluckiest man in the world".
Sony PSP2 to keep in touch with 3G
Sony's upcoming handheld games gadget, the PSP 2 has been exposed in a Japanese newspaper, with several specs revealed.
Toshiba shows second-gen tablet
Toshiba has coughed up some of the specs its upcoming Android Honeycomb tablet will sport.
The cost of beating Apple's shrewd screws? £2
Apple has been switching the screws that hold its latest iPhone shut, but cries of conspiracy are somewhat refuted by the realisation that a $2 screwdriver fixes the problem.
BSkyB to scoop up The Cloud in bid to rival BT wireless biz
BSkyB is reportedly poised to buy wireless hotspot provider The Cloud later this week.
Hackers sell access to hacked .mil and .gov sites
Cybercrooks are offering hacked domains, including military sites, for sale through underground marketplaces.
NASA rovers to lose comms this week as Mars moves behind Sun
NASA has announced that its surviving Mars rover will be unable to receive commands from Earth for much of the week, as the red planet is about to pass behind the Sun. The plan is for rover Opportunity to spend the blackout period sitting stationary, (gently) blasting a rock with a cobalt-powered radiation beam.
BBC axes some Online sprawl
The BBC Trust has approved proposals to cut the Beeb's sprawling online empire, with half of its 400 "top-level domains" to close, and the loss of 360 jobs.
Smartphone makers to embrace multi-core chips
By the end of the 2011, 15 per cent of us will be using smartphones with multi-core processors.
HTC Desire Z Android Qwerty smartphone
ReviewHTC may have been making a bit of a splash with its Windows Phone 7 handsets of late, but that doesn’t mean it’s been neglecting its Googlephone products. The Desire Z, features Android 2.2 OS, plus a slide-out Qwerty keyboard and an HD video camera.
Google backslaps Schmidt with $100m award
Google’s outgoing CEO Eric Schmidt, who will be succeeded by the company’s co-founder Larry Page in April, will reportedly pocket a $100m equity award.
Hot air: Energy industry talks shale gas
With standing room only for Future Energy Strategies' seminar on shale gas last week, there's no doubt what the big excitement in energy is right now. Shale... It's the new thorium!
'Personal Air Vehicle' VTOL jump-copter in key flight test
A radical autogyro jump-copter "Personal Air Vehicle" able to make vertical takeoff and landings but cruise in winged flight like an aeroplane has achieved a key flight-test milestone.
O2 Germany offers Bada apps paid for on phone bills
O2 customers in Germany will soon be able to have Bada applications added to their phone bill, with another platform set to follow later in the year.
Matrix 4 and 5 in works, threatens Keanu
Another two Matrix films may be leaping into cinemas, the Grauniad shrugs.
Utilitybidder gets disconnected by developer
Utility price comparison site utilitybidder.co.uk has been reduced to an almost blank template over the weekend following an apparent run-in with its web developer.
Apple $10k winner hangs up on 'prank caller'
An Apple customer nearly missed out on a $10,000 gift card from the company, after she was convinced that her daughter – who had downloaded the 10 billionth app from the iPhone maker's store – had received a "prank call".
Intel commits $10bn to buybacks, juices dividend
Intel got the technology sector rolling this morning by announcing that it would be shelling out big bags of cash to buy back its own shares from Wall Street. The company also did a modest increase of its dividend.
Italy sues Microsoft for box-bundling bungling
The Italian consumer watchdog is suing Microsoft over the "Windows Tax" – the near impossibility of an ordinary user getting a refund if they decide to delete Microsoft's software from a new computer or laptop.
French president recovers from Facebook hack
The Facebook account of Nicolas Sarkozy was hacked over the weekend to post the false rumour that the French president would not seek re-election next year.
Copyright monitoring: costs to be shared
A draft order vital to the implementation of anti-piracy measures has been laid before Parliament.
NOVA 2 for iOS
ReviewSupersoldier required for highly autonomous role in planetary defence organisation. Duties include relentless futuristic combat, security door hacking and driving through superfluous vehicle sections. Must be highly competent with a variety of human and alien weaponry, and must wear own advanced battle armour. Will be comfortable cowering behind scenery while recharging shields and happy to engage in clichéd banter with stacatto-talking female AI sidekick. Only candidates with recent experience in fighting belligerent alien alliances and disarming omnipotent ancient artefacts need apply.
Mozilla plans 'Do Not Track' bottle-stopper for private surfers
Mozilla is planning to add a so-called "do-not-track" feature to browsers for Firefox users who want to outfox cookie-bothering behavioural advertisers.
EMC wages psych war against NetApp
EMC parked three EMC-branded BMW Minis outside NetApp's Sunnyvale HQ on Tuesday (Jan 18) as it escalated the rumble in the storage jungle against its strongest storage competitor, the boys in ONTAP blue.
Google 'Do Not Track' extension preempts feds, Mozilla
Google has released a Chrome browser extension that lets you opt-out of tracking cookies from multiple online advertising networks. The move comes less than two months after the US Federal Trade Commission called for a "Do Not Track" mechanism that would let "consumers choose whether to allow the collection of data regarding their online searching and browsing activities" and just hours after Mozilla unveiled a proposal for such a mechanism.
Listing disto Dicker Data leaps 5% on day one
In practically the only tech float currently slated for 2011 on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), Dicker Data is trading at 21 cents per share, after listing at 20 cents.
HP euthanizes Neoview data warehouse iron
With IBM's Watson question-answer machine getting ready to play the Jeopardy! game show next month and Oracle's Exadata and SuperCluster data warehousing appliances hogging a lot of the headlines last year, HP's Enterprise Business group needs to come up with something flashy to get some attention and do a little business.
IT job market to revive in 2011
Job sites Dice and CareerBuilder have taken the pulse of the IT market, and the good news is that it looks like there actually is going to be a pulse in 2011.
Eric Schmidt 'eyes own TV show'
Some say Eric Schmidt is stepping down as Google CEO because he lost "energy" and "focus" after Larry Page and Sergey Brin pulled the company from China against his wishes. But another report indicates his rather large head was turned by the possibility of his very own TV show.