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Mozilla has uploaded a working prototype of its "Do Not Track" http header into the Firefox nightly builds.
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.
Open...and ShutOpen...and Shut The 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.
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 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.
ReviewReview The 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.
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.
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.
Dixons' stores are to sell Amazon's popular Kindle e-book reader.
LG will show off a 3D-capable mobile phone at this month's Mobile World Congress show, the Korean company has teased.
Thousands of Egyptians ignored the government curfew and camped out overnight ahead of today's "million-man march" protests.
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.
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.
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.
Sony's plans to release a virtual version of its e-book reader on the iPhone and iPad have been dashed by Apple.
Boots is offering an over-the-counter paternity test kit, to the delight of some and the horror of others.
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:
A new family of malware agents is attacking the websites of firms involved in the industrial food processing industry.
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.
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 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.
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 has sought to battle the scourge of internet addiction among the youth by giving parents the right to monitor their offspring's online meanderings.
Standards organisation the IEEE has published the final version of its 1901 ethernet-over-mains specification.
LG Electronics plans to launch proximity payments in Europe before the end of next year, putting it into competition with just about everyone else.
Communications watchdog Ofcom is to review sections of the Digital Economy Act to see if they are workable.
Oracle is paying $46m to the Department of Justice to end an investigation into allegations that Sun Microsystems, now owned by Oracle, bribed resellers.
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.
Motor maker Toyota has warned Australian car dealers that iOS 4.1 devices can crash certain vehicles' sound systems.
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. This decision has been made because scientists believe there is a serious chance that extremely interesting dimension portal events will soon be generated by the colossal matter-mangler.
CompetitionCompetition Reg Hardware has teamed up with Research in Motion (RIM) for a spiffy competition called the BlackBerry Super App-rentice.
Chinese search giant Baidu has almost doubled its income over the last year and made more than half a billion dollars in profit.
ReviewReview Sandy 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 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.
Deep diveDeep dive El 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. Part1: Fundamental Concepts in Data Protection Data protection is about making data available when something is going wrong.
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.
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.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has a cunning plan to tackle the menace of orbiting space debris - a really big metal net.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Sony has popped its head in the cloud and informed developers of a feature to store saved game data online.
Samsung today said its second-generation Bada based smartphone is now available to Britons.
Speedlink is celebrating 25 years of joystick jubilation, with the release of a limited edition gold Competition Pro - the ultimate home arcade accessory.
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's principal development manager for its Bing search engine has quit the role in favour of a job at online tat bazaar eBay.
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 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."
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. Sony announced the release of Version 3.56 on Wednesday. That same day, game console hacker Youness Alaoui, aka KaKaRoToKS, tweeted that he had released the tools to unpack the files, allowing him to uncover the new version's signing keys.
Opensourcers running a popular code management project have declared independence from Oracle by voting to fork rather than leave the giant in charge.
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 Telecommunications yesterday announced to the Australian Stock Exchange that it had acquired Clear Telecoms.
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. Microsoft indicates this is indeed happening – but on a small scale.
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.
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'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.
Yahoo! has killed off its Hadoop distro, choosing to put its weight behind the core Apache Hadoop project instead.