NYT casts Assange as 'arrogant' (with a little 'Peter Pan')
WikiLeaks is hardly the journalistic enterprise many of its supporters claim, but it will be a sad day for American jurisprudence if the website is prosecuted for spilling government secrets, the top editor of The New York Times says.
Xen sends Citrix Q4 into the clouds
Citrix Systems shelled out $500m in 2007 to acquire XenSource, the company behind the open source Xen hypervisor, and in 2010, that bet paid off bigtime.
Mac daddy predicts all-knowing, all-seeing UI
MacworldIn the future, you'll use a speech-based interface to access all the world's knowledge – including your own personal memories – stored in the cloud, according to a legendary engineer who was a member of the team that designed Apple's original Macintosh user interface.
Samsung N350 dual-core netbook
ReviewThe debate as to whether netbooks are evolving fast enough rages on. Some say manufacturers are guilty of laziness by continuing to churn out similar models, while others argue that there’s simply no need for netbooks to evolve like standard laptops and that more attention should be put into making them cheaper.
Change to sustain public sector ICT spend
Public sector investment on ICT is set to remain steady over the next five years in the face of the government's spending cuts.
Mac Tel sends in the clouds
Australia’s emerging cloud computing market for the enterprise set is getting competitive with the entry of tier-two carrier Macquarie Telecom.
Intel's biggest ever buy is going ahead
The European Commission has approved Intel's buyout of McAfee – as long as the chip giant allows other companies access to its technology.
State of the Internet Down Under?
A quiet suburban town 18km away from Sydney with no CBD to speak of called Riverwood boasts Australia’s fastest average broadband speeds at 5.8Mbps, but according to Akamai’s latest ‘State of the Internet’ report this is a rare treat.
Met re-opens NoTW phone hack probe
Scotland Yard has re-opened an investigation into phone hacking at News of the World – more than four years after closing the book of the case.
UK proximity payments by phone this summer
Everything Everywhere is launching proximity payments in the UK this summer in collaboration with Barclaycard.
Sony preps PlayStation gaming for Android
Sony will bring PlayStation gaming to Android, the company announced this morning, firming up rumours and leaks that a future Sony Ericsson mobile will include gaming.
Anon hackers join Egyptian protests
Hackers affiliated with Anonymous have begun bombarding Egyptian government websites with junk traffic as part of a protest against net censorship that has accompanied recent civil unrest in the Arab country.
HP makes flash music with Violin
HP is working with flash supplier Violin Memory to make accelerated database systems competing with Oracle's Exadata go-fast boxes.
Lenovo and NEC to combine PC ops
It's official: after past denials, Lenovo and NEC are combining their PC operations - in Japan for now, but possibly further afield in due course.
Microsoft sues ex-general manager over Salesforce.com exodus
Microsoft is suing its erstwhile general manager Matt Miszewski, after he took a job with cloud computing rival Salesforce.com.
Forget Flash – content is king
My story begins with a blizzard. This blizzard dumped over a metre-and-a-half of snow on my hometown. This being Edmonton in the winter, we’re fairly used to this sort of thing. Those with big, heavy cars drive them into a road-shoulder snowbank and make their own parking spots. Those with smaller cars park behind them. My fiancée failed to remember she has a small car, managed to get stuck, and blew the reverse gear on her car’s transmission.
Theresa May announces
new counter-terrorism package
Home Secretary, Theresa May, yesterday announced radical government action to end the creeping threat to civil liberties in the UK brought about by counter-terrorism legislation and increased powers for the security forces – by replacing her existing powers with even better counter-terror legislation and new powers for the security services.
China Mobile asks Apple for LTE iPhone...
Apple seems set to produce an LTE - Long Term Evolution - 4G iPhone, for network operator China Mobile if for no one else.
MP: Googlepoly hurts British business
The UK is heading for a "bleakly uniform world of Google everything" unless the company is constrained, Parliament heard yesterday in a special debate on the power of search engines.
Middlesbrough cabbie relieves lad of iPhone
A Middlesbrough teen has been left "devastated" after a cabbie made off with the iPhone he'd demanded as guarantee the lad would pay the fare.
Blackadder style chemists transform gold into purest ... purple
Boffins in Utah have achieved a Blackadder-esque scientific feat by turning gold into purest purple. It's hoped that this will lead to a novel means of harvesting solar power.
BSkyB reels in Wi-Fi network operator The Cloud
BSkyB confirmed this morning that it bought Wi-Fi hotspot provider The Cloud Networks Ltd earlier this month for an undisclosed sum.
Man demands police protection from sex-mad missus
An exhausted Turkish man living in Germany has asked cops to protect him from his sex-mad missus, Bild reports.
LightSquared gets satellite waiver
The marginally insane plan for a US-spanning mobile network using frequencies reserved for satellite is looking more likely, thanks to an FCC decision that handsets won't have to be satellite-capable.
PSP 2 'as powerful as PS3'
The PSP 2 - or "Next Generation Portable", as Sony has codenamed it for now - has officially been revealed in Tokyo today, and the company claims it's as powerful as the PS3.
Xiotech's go-much-faster storage brick
Xiotech has announced its go-faster hybrid ISE storage brick containing a mix of solid state drives and spinning disk drives.
Pothole-spotter app aims to stop arse ache
A simple way to report potholes which need repairing means you can now see how well, or badly, your local council is doing keeping the roads safe.
HTC DG H100 Media Link DLNA adapter
ReviewHTC’s DG H100 Media Link is handy little gadget that can connect any HDMI-equipped TV to a DLNA-enabled wireless home network, so you can stream audio and video content direct from your phone or PC to the big screen.
Data retention 'ineffective' in fighting serious crime
Comms data retention is ineffective for the prosecution of serious crime, according to a study of German police statistics by local privacy activists.
UK cops arrest five in Anonymous attacks probe
Scotland Yard has arrested five people under the Computer Misuse Act as part of its investigation into alleged attacks by the Anonymous hacking collective.
Cameroonians cleared in 'surreal' dyed banknote scam
Two Cameroonian cousins of the Lads from Lagos, who took a Spanish property developer for €200k in a classic "black money" ploy, have been cleared of any wrongdoing on the grounds that "not even the naïvest person would have believed" the "surreal and incredible" dyed banknotes scam.
Antique Nimrod subhunters scrapped – THANK GOODNESS!
CommentThe UK press is bursting with indignation today as the process of scrapping the Nimrod MRA4 submarine-hunting aircraft begins. But in fact the four planes now being broken up were a financial and engineering disaster. Had they gone into service they would have become a terrible, cripplingly expensive millstone around the neck of the Ministry of Defence. We are much, much better off without them.
Mexican army interdicts dope-slinging catapult
The Mexican army has seized a dope-slinging catapult capable of projecting 4.4lb (2kg) bundles of marijuana into Arizona.
Heroic London carbon trading scheme fails
"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons" - TS Eliot
Hubble squints at most distant galaxy
The Hubble Space Telescope has squinted at what's "likely to be the most distant object ever seen in the universe" – a galaxy some 13.2 billion light-years from Earth.
Google disappears torrent terms from autocomplete search results
Google has been true to its pre-Christmas word about getting ever so slightly tougher on copyright infringement by killing some terms users look up via its ubiquitous search engine.
Distie PC sales swell in US
Sales of PCs to disties are up 38 points in the US over the last two years.
Chaps tolerant of girl-on-girl cheating by other halves
Academics in America have carried out groundbreaking research in which they find that men are much less likely to break up with a cheating girlfriend if she cheats on them with another woman, rather than with another chap.
Smartphone shipments surged in 2010
Apple and Android ate into the world smartphone market share of both Nokia and BlackBerry boys Research in Motion during 2010, though since everyone is selling more handsets than ever before, none of them should complain.
Microsoft insists autistic Xboxer is a cheat
Jennifer Zdenek, the mother of an 11-year-old autistic boy, is outraged at Microsoft's Xbox Live for labelling her son a cheat and taking back all his online achievements, which she claims were earned fairly.
Fanboi king hails Apple 'love affair with open web'
MacworldWhen Google yanked the royalty-encumbered H.264 video codec from its Chrome browser, saying its goal was to "enable open innovation", John Gruber promptly convinced an army of tech pundits that Mountain View was guilty of an epic hypocrisy.
New Nokia boss drops grenade: hints at strategy shift
Nokia's new CEO Stephen Elop dropped a grenade in his first full quarterly earnings conference today. Elop took charge in September.
Deliveries for final Apple Xserves stalled to April
Apple is killing off its Xserve rack-mounted, Xeon-based servers on January 31, but if you thought you could go for one last rack refresh today and get a reasonable delivery, you're about to get your second Xserve-related unpleasant surprise.
Scareware mongers cough up $8m to settle fraud charges
Federal authorities will collect $8 million from members of a scareware operation that duped more than a million people into installing bogus security software on their computers.
Mellanox itching to close Voltaire, crank up InfiniBand
While many IT players are seeing revenue and profit flushes in the fourth quarter, the results were mixed at network adapter and InfiniBand chip and switch maker Mellanox Technologies.
Oracle spurns Ruby devs for Java love
Ruby-on-Rails, once an exciting Web 2.0 language flirted with by Sun Microsystems, has no future at Oracle.
Court orders seizure of PS3 hacker's computers
A federal judge ordered prolific hacker Geohot to turn over his computers and hard drives and to stop publishing the tools used to root Sony's PlayStation 3 after finding his hack was likely a violation of US copyright law.
RC flyer to watch over fires
Melbourne’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade is to deploy an Australian-developed “eye in the sky” remotely-controlled aerial camera from WA-based developer Cyber Technology.
AMD uncloaks Fusion dev kit
AMD has released the software development kit for its Fusion line of CPU/GPU mashups, an update and renaming of its ATI Stream SDK.
Amazon boasts first $10 billion quarter
Amazon's quarterly sales topped $10 billion for the first time in the fourth quarter of last year.
Happy New Year text prematurely blows up suicide bomber
A suicide bomber's plan to detonate explosives in Central Moscow on New Year's Eve was foiled when she received an unexpected text message that caused her deadly payload to blow up too early, according to news reports.