1st > February > 2011 Archive
Mozilla slips 'Do Not Track' header into Firefox nightlies
Mozilla has uploaded a working prototype of its "Do Not Track" http header into the Firefox nightly builds.
School reinstates Facebooker who called teacher 'douche bag'
A California high school student who was suspended for calling a teacher “a douche bag” on Facebook has been reinstated, following a legal showdown involving the American Civil Liberties Union.
The future is analog (at least part of it)
Open...and ShutThe times they are a' changing for digital media and software, but perhaps not always for the better, as recent reports suggest, and not always as completely or as fast as the Silicon Valley set would expect.
Home Office crime maps go to street-level detail
The Home Office has announced the rollout of a new online crime-map service for England and Wales that ministers describe as "more comprehensive than any other scheme" in the world. The new mapping service offers crimes arranged by street, rather than merely by ward or subdistrict as before.
Virgin Media kills 20Mb broadband service
Virgin Media is urging existing customers on its 20Mbit/s broadband service to splurge a one-off payment of £30 to upgrade to its 30Mbit/s offering, which launched today.
Archos 101 8GB Android tablet
ReviewThe Archos 101 – that's 'ten-one' – sits at the top of company's range of Android devices that also includes the 43 personal media player, reviewed here. So now, Archos can offer you an Android device with a screen anywhere between 2.8 and 10.1 inches – from a pocket media player to a fully-fledged iPad-esque tablet.
Assange traveled in drag to evade gov spooks
Julian Assange's wariness of government spooks ran so high that the WikiLeaks founder resorted to disguising himself as a woman when traveling, according to a profile published Monday by The Guardian.
Government put brakes on Bribery Act
The Government has delayed the implementation of the Bribery Act. It will not now come into force in April as planned, but will be put on hold while the Government rewrites guidance for businesses on how to comply with the 2010 law.
Amazon to sell Kindle through Currys, PC World
Dixons' stores are to sell Amazon's popular Kindle e-book reader.
LG touts glasses-free 3D smartphone
LG will show off a 3D-capable mobile phone at this month's Mobile World Congress show, the Korean company has teased.
Egypt loses last vestiges of connectivity
Thousands of Egyptians ignored the government curfew and camped out overnight ahead of today's "million-man march" protests.
Openistas question UK.gov's £300k crime-mapping website
Open data advocates are questioning why the Home Office splurged £300,000 on its shiny new police.uk crime-mapping website, which launched this morning. Sort of.
Samsung Android tablet sales smaller than thought
A Samsung executive has admitted that the Korean giant hasn't put quite as many Android tablets in the hands of punters as its recent claim that it has shipped 2m of the things suggests.
Alternative security conferences plot European editions
Organisers are putting together plans to stage two alternative security conferences in Europe this spring that aim to provide an alternative to vendor-driven events.
Apple tosses Sony iBooks rival from iTunes
Sony's plans to release a virtual version of its e-book reader on the iPhone and iPad have been dashed by Apple.
Boots punts over-the-counter paternity test
Boots is offering an over-the-counter paternity test kit, to the delight of some and the horror of others.
Wanted: 1 solution architect to fist bankers' asses
It's a cordial tip of the hat this morning to reader Simon Stahn, who has just been favoured with this employment opportunity by Jobserve:
DDoS bot infests food processing firms
A new family of malware agents is attacking the websites of firms involved in the industrial food processing industry.
Yahoo! mail servers blamed for WinPho 7 data spew bug
Microsoft's own Mail app and Yahoo! Mail have been implicated by the software giant as the cause of the Windows Phone 7 bug that has caused some handsets to rack up users' data transfer tallies.
Kaspersky plays down source-code leak
Leaked versions of source code for older versions of Kaspersky Lab's security software have been released through file-sharing networks over the last few days.
Apple clips publishers' wings
Apple is cracking down on applications that provide access to paid content, rejecting anything that looks as though its trying to bypass handing over 30 per cent to Cupertino.
Filth dominates net – shock survey
Pornography is the most popular genre of internet traffic, a new survey shows. The research also suggests that music business may have overestimated the exchange of P2P trackers and underestimated other forms of unlicensed music acquisition.
China drafts in parent army to battle internet addiction
China has sought to battle the scourge of internet addiction among the youth by giving parents the right to monitor their offspring's online meanderings.
IEEE releases next-gen powerline spec to gadget makers
Standards organisation the IEEE has published the final version of its 1901 ethernet-over-mains specification.
LG comes to the NFC party
LG Electronics plans to launch proximity payments in Europe before the end of next year, putting it into competition with just about everyone else.
Ofcom to review Digital Economy Act site-blocking measures
Communications watchdog Ofcom is to review sections of the Digital Economy Act to see if they are workable.
Oracle coughs $46m for bribe claims
Oracle is paying $46m to the Department of Justice to end an investigation into allegations that Sun Microsystems, now owned by Oracle, bribed resellers.
Discovery crawls to launch pad
Space shuttle Discovery reached Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A this morning after a seven-hour, 3.4 mile crawl from the Vehicle Assembly Building.
iPhone crashes car stereos, Toyota warns
Motor maker Toyota has warned Australian car dealers that iOS 4.1 devices can crash certain vehicles' sound systems.
Boffins hope for dimensional portal event at LHC by 2013!
Top boffins at international science alliance CERN have decided to postpone a planned upgrade and keep the Large Hadron Collider - arse-kickingest particle-punisher and largest machine of any kind built by the human race - running at current power levels to the end of 2012.
Baidu slurps up Google's leavings, pockets $1bn
Chinese search giant Baidu has almost doubled its income over the last year and made more than half a billion dollars in profit.
Intel 'Sandy Bridge' mobile platform
ReviewSandy Bridge is the codename for Intel's second generation of Core processors that covers Core i3, i5 and i7 for both side of the desktop-mobile divide. If you've been following the news lately, you'll know that Dell has discovered flaws in the Cougar Point chipset that, while not revealing a fault in the actual Sandy Bridge CPU, has implications for Sata devices used in this new generation of silicon. In the process of reviewing this whitebook sample, issues affecting storage did come to light as, you'll discover.
Cisco promises half a billion dollars for Cameron's BIG idea
Cisco chairman and CEO John Chambers met UK Prime minister David Cameron yesterday, pledging half a billion dollars over five years to help the UK private sector solve the unemployment problem, and avoid the Olympic legacy being more about white elephants than east London renewal.
The lowdown on storage and data protection
Deep diveEl Reg has teamed up with the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) for a series of deep dive articles. Each month, the SNIA will deliver a comprehensive introduction to basic storage networking concepts. The first article explores data protection.
Elon Musk looking to get into 'black' spy sat market
Upstart startup rocket company SpaceX, helmed and bankrolled by renowned internet nerdwealth tycoon Elon Musk, is already taking NASA business away from the established American rocketry industry. Musk now appears to be targeting the potentially much bigger market for launching secret US spy satellites.
Google boss preps seriously 'wonky' book
Eric Schmidt has made sure he won't be hanging around cluttering up the house when he finishes his stint as Google CEO, by immediately seeking to have someone jot down his words of wisdom for a book. A real one, apparently on paper.
Japan plans space debris fishing trip
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has a cunning plan to tackle the menace of orbiting space debris - a really big metal net.
China bets on thorium
China has committed itself to establishing an entirely new nuclear energy programme using thorium as a fuel, within 20 years. The LFTR (Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor) is a 4G reactor that uses liquid salt as both fuel and coolant. China uses the more general term TMSR (Thorium Molten-Salt Reactor).
Public Wi-Fi is a dog's dinner, says Cloud founder
Britain's Wi-Fi networks need masses more investment if they're to fulfill their potential, says the founder of The Cloud. George Polk founded the network in 2003 and left in 2007. BSkyB snapped it up last week.
Dating site and hacker in online spat over security breach
The founder of Canadian dating website PlentyOfFish.com has become embroiled in an online spat with a white-hat hacker who found security bugs on the site and a reporter who began asking questions about the flaw.
Embrace your outsourced future
The impact of outsourcing and the internet means people in the UK will need to create their own jobs, rather than hope to walk into a job as in the past.
PS3 to float into cloud
Sony has popped its head in the cloud and informed developers of a feature to store saved game data online.
Second Samsung Wave smartphone slaps UK
Samsung today said its second-generation Bada based smartphone is now available to Britons.
Speedlink goes gold for Competition Pro silver jubilee
Speedlink is celebrating 25 years of joystick jubilation, with the release of a limited edition gold Competition Pro - the ultimate home arcade accessory.
eSilo does dashing damp dedupe
Cloud backup and archive supplier eSilo has a novel twist on deduplicating backup data at source before sending it to the cloud - rehydrating it at the source as well so restore time from the cloud is cut.
Microsoft Bing man puts self up for auction at eBay
Microsoft's principal development manager for its Bing search engine has quit the role in favour of a job at online tat bazaar eBay.
ARM Holdings eager for PC and server expansion
RISC chip designer ARM Holding has closed out a record Q4 and 2010, and is laying the foundations to expand into desktop PCs and servers through the aggressive and enlightened self-interest of its growing licensee base.
Netgear CEO sorry for 'when Steve Jobs goes away' bit
Netgear chairman and CEO Patrick Lo has apologized for comments he made on Monday that, as he put it, "have been construed by some to be references to Steve Jobs' health."
Newest PS3 firmware hacked in less than 24 hours
Hackers say they unlocked the latest firmware for the PlayStation 3 game console, less than 24 hours after Sony released it in a desperate attempt to stuff the jailbreaking genie back in the bottle.
Open-source forkers declare Oracle independence
Opensourcers running a popular code management project have declared independence from Oracle by voting to fork rather than leave the giant in charge.
Cisco: Mobile web grows 26X by 2015
In 2015, over 5.6 billion mobile devices will stuff the interwebs with 75 exabytes of data, according to a new report by Cisco Systems. That's a 26X bigger load than currently burdens today's already-overcrowded networks.
M2 acquires Clear Telecoms
M2 Telecommunications yesterday announced to the Australian Stock Exchange that it had acquired Clear Telecoms.
Google to Microsoft: You're stealing our search results!
Google has accused Microsoft of copying its search results, after running a "sting operation" that indicates Redmond's Internet Explorer software is tracking what searchers find on Google and using this data to tweak results on Bing.
Intel, Google, Facebook back Obama startup love
Intel, IBM, HP, Google, and Facebook are putting their money where the mouths are in support of the Obama administration's new business-boosting initiative, the Startup America Partnership. Well, some are giving more mouth than money.
VMware: Attack of the co-presidents
Server virtualization behemoth VMware has announced that it has named four co-presidents and removed the president job from Paul Maritz, the hot-shot Microsoftie brought in by EMC to battle his old employer in the virtualization racket.
EMC lets go of Greenplum Community Edition
EMC's Greenplum data warehousing appliance and database division has a new Community Edition of its eponymous parallel database. The Community Edition replaces the single-node edition of the database, which was not as useful for companies trying to create parallel databases for warehouses and business analytics.