Server and desktop virtualization juggernaut VMware said that it saw the strongest "budget flush" in the fourth quarter of 2010 since it went public more than three years ago, and the extra spending helped pump revenues a bit and profits a lot.
Malicious code injected into Tunisian versions of Facebook, Gmail, and Yahoo! stole login credentials of users critical of the North African nation's authoritarian government, according to security experts and news reports.
Open...and Shut Do new startups need to choose between making money or making friends? The obvious answer is that startups should focus on revenue, that they should be "hungry for profit", as Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen writes. That is, after all, what companies are valued on, right? Their ability to generate cash?
Product Round-up OK, so it's that time of year again, and every newspaper, website, daytime television show and franchised gymnasium is bombarding you with Xmas-excess guilt. But if you have decided to get fit in 2011, you might find some of these gadgets useful in your quest to attract the opposite sex... er, sorry... improve your health.
Organisations that have lost personal data should be forced to disclose the data security breach, the European Union's privacy watchdog has said. Planned changes to EU privacy law do not go far enough, said the official.
The Coalition government might be doing a good job of slashing public spending, but it lacks the vision needed to get the UK economy back on track.
Sepaton's sixth generation dedupe software with OST support makes its clustered system faster than Data Domain's top system, rampaging through incoming data at 43TB/hour.
A Parliamentary committee has found the University of East Anglia's two "independent" enquiries into Climategate mildly troubling in parts – but says everyone should keep calm and carry on, only with a little more transparency.
It's official: the inexorable rise of China has rendered meaningless ancient units of area such as the square mile, as reporters struggle to express the extent of the country's megacities in terms the average reader can understand.
Virgin Media has added five more towns to its list of areas connected to its 100Mb/s cable telly broadband technology.
A UK lawyer who was controversially targeting online file-sharers has quit working on the cases currently underway in a patent court in London.
Reg Hardware Reader Awards 2010 The votes are in and counted, and so, without further ado, are the results of the 2010 Reg Hardware Awards.
Updated Security researchers have got their hands on the first sample of code from the merger of the ZeuS and SpyEye cybercrime Trojan toolkits.
Android and iPhone users of Google's online services can now print too, probably, and if they've got the right supporting equipment.
Panasonic has extended its range of cameras with a quartet of point-and-shoot snappers, including two that use GPS to ensure that users will never forget where they took their pictures.
Can it cross the chasm? Cirtas, a cloud storage startup, has hired a professional CEO and secured a $22.5m B-round funding boost. The two-year-old company now has to sustain its momentum and prove its technology's worth.
The Greek investment minister Haris Pamboukis said yesterday he wanted damages from Siemens following a year-long investigation into bribery allegations.
HP is offering its own Enterprise Cloud Services directly to enterprises, and announcing a cloud infrastructure building service based on a hybrid delivery model.
Research shows that Britons are now keener than ever on e-car technology, but their willingness to ditch their fossil fuel motors for hybrids or battery vehicles is still being hindered by big rocks in the road.
Huawei has applied for an injunction to stop Nokia Siemens Networks getting its hands on Motorola, claiming Moto is still stuffed with its trade secrets.
Toshiba, the effective monopoly supplier of 1.8-inch hard disk drives (HDD), has announced a 220GB tiny whopper.
A funeral director has described Redditch Borough Council's plan to use crematorium furnaces to heat a municipal swimming pool as "a bit strange and eerie".
Facebook will tighten up privacy in its "Friend Finder" feature, following demands from German data protection watchdogs.
Surfers who link their debit or credit card to iTunes have reason to be cautious after a Reg reader found his bank account plunged into the red overnight following £1,000 in fraudulent iTunes gift purchases.
Research In Motion (RIM) is developing software that will keep BlackBerry users' business use separate from pleasure.
The American International Trade Commission has ruled that neither the iPhone nor RIM's BlackBerry infringe Kodak's patent on previewing images, and so both can continue to be legally imported into the USA.
Two Britons landed themselves in a German hospital after they allegedly followed satnav instructions - and drove straight into a church.
The Scottish legal authorities have no time for criminals who – unsportingly – try to change their behaviour in order to avoid committing criminal acts and ending up in court.
Microsoft has filed a US trade complaint against TiVo in which it has demanded the company halts the import of television set-top boxes.
It's seemed like a long road, perhaps, but arguably the destination has been reached. PDAs have incorporated mobile phones and acquired increasingly zippy and flexible mobile/wireless data connections. Cameras have come aboard, and in some cases have become quite good. The resulting smartphones have since added the capabilities of almost any handheld/pocket-size gadget you can think of: torch, satnav, compass, accelerometer/inclinometer, NFC payment/ID swipe-chips... everything possible has now been converged. Or has it?
Hitachi GST has announced the highest capacity large enterprise drive at 3TB.
Here's a puzzling thing that gets lost in the copyright wars. Why don't we demand more from music services? Today's P2P services are embarrassingly crappy – but is this the best we're ever going to get? The very proposition is an insult to our intelligence.
American media are reporting that investigators are unable to prove that WikiLeaks and its colourful figurehead Julian Assange obtained classified US files from jailed soldier Bradley Manning, allegedly the source of most of WikiLeaks' significant material. If true, this is likely to present serious obstacles to US-based criminal proceedings against Assange – though not against Manning.
Shots of what may be one of the year's most eagerly awaited sequels, Angry Birds 2, have appeared on German telly.
This, apparently, is the world's greenest mouse.
Apple has filed a patent for a hybrid keyboard, combining the utility of a FingerWorks surface with the tactility of physical keys though the practical application of cameras.
David Fincher's flick The Social Network has gobbled up eight Oscar nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards.
Amazon is offering a bulk emailer for businesses via its cloud services arm Amazon Web Services.
The Bagle botnet has replaced Rustock as the single biggest source of email spam since the start of January.
A group of Oz agitators is demanding Blighty hand over the first map of the Lucky Country to use the word "Australia".
Google is hiring 1,000 more people to deal with European expansion.
Analysis As El Reg previously reported, HP this morning announced a private cloud stack of integrated servers, storage, switches, systems management tools, and virtualization hypervisors called CloudSystem. The CloudSystem setup is comprised of the BladeSystem Matrix blade servers, announced in April 2009, ironically on the same day that Oracle announced its $5.6bn takeover of Sun Microsystems after IBM declined a deal.
Are you entirely unsatisfied with the digital publishing revolution? Do you curse your Kindle? One bookseller has the answer: it'll swap your unwanted e-book reader for a stack of paperbacks, hardbacks and magazines.
The next round of Apple iPhones and iPads will include near-field communications tech, says one industry watcher, a move that would give further legitimacy to that point-of-sale payment system.
Servers belonging to the Fedora Project were breached over the weekend by an unknown hacker who gained access though a team member's account.
Google now lets you port your existing mobile phone number to Google Voice, the new-age telephony web service that lets you attach a single number to multiple phones and turn your voicemail messages into emails.
Gray beard Bell Labs scientists and Unix operating system co-creators Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson have been awarded the 2011 Japan Prize for information and communications.
Android handsets are nearly as popular as the iPhone among mobile app developers, according to a new study.
Verizon performed a "two steps forward, one step back" dance on Tuesday, first announcing that it would offer an unlimited data plan for its upcoming CDMA iPhone, then revealing that its bandwidth munificence would be available only as an introductory offer.
The HomeGrid Forum, the organisation promoting the use of the G.hn, a next-generation powerline networking standard, has pledged to put in place what it needs to begin device interoperability testing during the first half of the year.
A popular Oracle-controlled open-source project faces a forking after the software giant reiterated that it will restrict what coders can change.</p
A Seattle man has been acquitted of all charges brought against him when he refused to show ID to TSA officials and videotaped the incident at an airport security checkpoint.
Jaspersoft has introduced an open source project designed to help you digest information held in Big Data web stores.
Yahoo! revenues dipped 4 per cent during its fourth quarter as the company adjusts to life as a Microsoft spouse.
Google Australia and New Zealand has appointed former deputy editor of The Australian Nick Leeder as its new managing director.
HPC management-tool provider Platform Computing has tweaked its Infrastructure Sharing Facility tools, adding support for public as well as private clouds, deepening integration with VMware's vSphere stack, and adding a "cloud cockpit" with which sysadmins can monitor all of their cloudy services.
APNIC Chief Scientist Geoff Huston – long known as an address space tracker and one of the founders of Australia’s Internet connectivity – has warned Linux Conference Australia 2011 delegates that new address allocations are about to cease.