2nd > February > 2011 Archive
Researchers pry open Waledac, find 500,000 email passwords
Researchers have taken a peek inside the recently refurbished Waledac botnet, and what they've found isn't pretty.
Unisys: balance sheet stronger, but sales lower
Unisys continues to feel the squeeze from its larger competitors in systems and services. In Q4 2010, the company reported revenues of $1.04bn, down 9.8 per cent compared to the Q4 2009. It brought $99.2m to the bottom line, a decline of 13.4 per cent.
Google and Microsoft relive Joan Collins catfight
We haven't seen a catfight like this since Linda Evans and Joan Collins. Or maybe even Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.
WildPackets adds inTechnology to keep an eye on things
Network and application performance management system vendor WildPackets has announced inTechnology Distribution as distributor for the Australian market.
US lawmakers eye internet 'kill switch'
US lawmakers plan to try once more to equip the president with an internet “kill switch,” a controversial measure that's become even more incendiary following last week's move by Egypt to pull the plug on the global network.
Gates: Killing the internet is easy
When the revolution comes, someone's always ready to tell you how Facebook and Twitter are powering history.
Citigroup clutches EMI to bosom
Ownership of EMI, home of The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Sir Simon Rattle, has passed into the hands of US mega money corp Citigroup.
Julian Assange wins peace prize
The Sydney Peace Foundation has awarded its gold medal for peace with justice to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. In the fourteen-year history of the Foundation, only three others have received the prize: the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, and Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda.
Motorola Defy Android smartphone
ReviewAs the first rugged - well, semi-rugged - Android handset, the Defy's ability to survive mistreatment by careless party-goers is the central pitch of Motorola's advertising campaign but there is rather more to it than that.
EC consults on procurement law overhaul
The European Commission plans to change the way that public procurement in the EU works, aiming to reform rules so that the process becomes easier and more transparent. It aims to encourage more smaller companies to participate, it said.
Yahoo! blasts Microsoft over WinPho 7 bug blame
Yahoo! has hit back at Microsoft, claiming it is the software giant's Windows Phone Mail app that is the root of the WinPho 7 phantom data bug – and not its email servers.
Rev slammed for PAYE failure
Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs failed in its duty to provide a proper computer system to work out how much Pay As You Earn taxpayers should be paying.
Three to offer Sony Ericsson Arc
UpdatedUK network operator Three is to get its mitts on Sony Ericsson's next major smartphone release, the Xperia Arc.
No new copters for Afghanistan troops
The Coalition government, having already cut an order for vital helicopters needed by British troops fighting in Afghanistan, may now cancel it altogether, according to reports.
Google grabs Oracle veep to lift EMEA cloud biz
Google has hired a former senior Oracle veep to head up the company's Enterprise division in EMEA.
Photo loss blogger to Flickr: You're f*cking kidding
Yahoo!-owned photo-sharing site Flickr has mistakenly deleted 4,000 photos belonging to a photoblogger, who opined that Yahoo! surely must be "fucking kidding".
Egypt back online
Egypt is returning to the internet even though protests are continuing in Cairo and other cities.
Botnets fuel internet DDoS insurgency
UpdatedDistributed denial of service attacks topped 100Gbps for the first time last year, during which attempts to flood websites with junk traffic went mainstream.
Amazon fiddling with film streaming service, says report
Online retail giant Amazon is reportedly working on a film streaming service.
LG Android 3.0 tablet out next month
LG will release its Android 3.0 Honeycomb-based 9in tablet next month.
NASA's NEOWISE wraps asteroid belt survey
NASA's Near Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, aka NEOWISE, has wrapped up its survey of our solar system's "small bodies, asteroids and comets".
Freesat to get Channel 4 in HD
Freesat viewers, you're going to get Channel 4 in all is HD glory two months from now.
Facebook plugs gnarly authentication flaw
Security researchers have discovered a flaw that creates a means for a malicious website to grab hold of a Facebook user's private data without their consent as well as to post messages impersonating the user on the social networking website.
MozyHome stiffs unlimited users
MozyHome, EMC's cloud backup service for consumers, is changing its free unlimited backup plan to a paid-for service. Now you get 2GB for free, after which you pay for data. Users are angry and competitors like LiveDrive salivating.
Mexico demands apology for Top Gear outrage
Mexico's ambassador to Britain has fired off a letter to the BBC demanding an apology for the antics of its Top Gear presenters, Reuters reports.
Sulky fans biggest threat to gaming, says Black Ops developer
Activision has expanded its content for Call of Duty: Black Ops, with a handful of downloadable multiplayer maps, even as an executive from the game's developer, Treyarch, slammed certain fans for stifling industry creativity.
Google's Chrome browser market share hits 10% mark
Google's Chrome browser broke the 10 per cent market share barrier last month, according to Net Applications.
Who say Management and SaaS don't mix?
Management in IT is a challenge for many organisations. Integrated management is a tough nut to crack and many companies struggle with fragmented management environments just to keep their systems operational.
Ryanair disses booking system security fears
UpdatedBudget airline Ryanair has reacted with indignation to suggestions that its booking system ought to be more secure.
Sales show WinPho 7 off to a flying start
Smartphone market watchers have generally focused on the battle between the big boys - Nokia, Apple, Research in Motion (Rim) and the Android crowd - in their analysis of the last quarter's sales.
UK probes ebook pricing
The Office of Fair Trading has confirmed it has opened an investigation into ebook pricing following complaints.
X-ISS builds turnkey HPC for the masses
X-ISS is an interesting company. Based out of Houston, it's been around for almost 20 years, offering a full slate of HPC systems and services.
Official: PhD in 'Essential Oils' or 'Natural Toiletries' = 'a Scientist'
The Advertising Standards Authority - in these benighted short-attention-span days, perhaps one of the most important guardians of the English language - has described the fields of "Natural Preservatives in toiletries" and "Essential Oils" as being "traditional scientific disciplines" and ruled that people qualified in these areas may fairly be described as "scientists".
Flash versus HTML 5
“The mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short,” says Apple CEO Steve Jobs in his notorious Thoughts on Flash. “New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too).”
Denon Ceol with Apple AirPlay
ReviewDenon has been holding back on the release of its new Ceol music system until it received an Apple AirPlay upgrade, which happened this week. Now, as well as playing CDs, docking your iPod/iPhone, playing FM/AM and internet radio and streaming music from a wireless network, it can also link up with iTunes on your computer or iOS4 device. Throw in support for Internet streaming services from Napster and Last.fm and you’ve got a very versatile system.
UK.gov doesn't know its IT spend – but insists it will spend less
The government has put the kybosh on IT projects worth £1bn, but has no idea how much it will still be spending, as it doesn't keep an overall tab on its tech spend.
Nokia receives two credit-rating warnings
Two credit agencies have warned Nokia of a possible downgrade in its credit-worthiness. Standard & Poors has warned the company that a downgrade is "likely" once a three-month review into the company's prospects has been completed. Moody's made a similar warning last week after Nokia's earnings call, the FT notes.
Murdoch, The Daily, and life without the web
News Corp doesn't get a whole lot of love on the web, nor does it seek it. Just over a year ago company chairman Rupert Murdoch described news aggregation as "almost wholesale misappropriation of our stories… it's theft", and shortly afterwards the paywalls went up at the Times and Sunday Times. Web readership plummeted, subscriptions have been slow to take off, and when the papers' arch-rivals at the Guardian say the papers have entered "a vault of darkness" they might just have a point.
Republican reps push for mandatory gun ownership
Republican politicians in South Dakota have filed a bill that would require every citizen in the land-locked virtually empty state to buy a gun as of next year.
ICO drops BT, ACS Law probe
The Information Commissioner's Office has ended an investigation against BT for handing over customer information to file-sharing-chaser law firm ACS:Law, which then leaked online.
Moons, rings PROBED by interplanetary space robot
Space probe Cassini, in orbit about the mighty ringed gas-giant Saturn, has sent back a new selection of nifty pictures.
Coders tool up for 10 petaflop Blue Waters super
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois has published an interview with professor Laxmikant Kale, who is helping scientists tune their applications for the 10 Petaflop Blue Waters supercomputer that will come online sometime in 2011.
Nokia's pedal-powered charger rolls into stores
Nokia has finally pedalled out its mobile phone charger for bicycles. The gadget is now available to buy in the UK.
Verizon iPhone 4 orders taken tomorrow
Verizon customers will be able to order an iPhone 4 tomorrow.
Wrinkle-faced smartphoners demand 'BlackBerry Botox'
Those of you who feel in need of a further bit of evidence that western society is going to frikkin' hell in a handcart are directed to the shock revelation that "young women are developing premature wrinkles from staring at their smartphones all day".
BBC's uber-project is a loss-bleeder
The BBC's ten-year long Digital Media Initiative has already fallen tens of million of pounds short of achieving cost saving, a study by the National Audit Office for the BBC Trust has found.
Marry Microsoft, analyst tells Nokia
In what looks suspiciously like part of a carefully-planned PR campaign, an investment analyst who follows Nokia has written to Microsoft and Nokia urging them to form a partnership.
Time Warner Cable bags NaviSite for $230m
Time Warner Cable is buying cloudy hosting company NaviSite for $230m cash.
AOL fails to suck up ad revs in Q4 results
AOL continued to struggle to sell online ads in the company's fiscal fourth quarter.
Canada? The computer vendor says no
I am not a front-row blogger invited to wine and dine at all the latest product releases. I don't write reviews for the hardware side of El Reg. When it comes to technology of any kind, I am in the same boat as you, dear readers. I have to buy the shiny with my own bent coppers. When I am in the market for a brand new something-or-other, I am faced with the double-edged choice faced by any victim of gadget lag.
Norwegian MP nominates Wikileaks for Nobel Peace Prize
Julian Assange could find just himself in the company of Barack Obama, the Dali Llama and Aung San Suu Kyi, after a Norwegian politician nominated Wikileaks for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Bradley Manning 'is British' – campaigners urge UK.gov to act
Campaigners in the UK are urging the British government to act on behalf of Bradley Manning, the American soldier now in US military custody charged with leaking classified files, on the grounds that his mother is from Wales. It's alleged that most of the significant material revealed in recent months by Julian Assange's famous WikiLeaks website was supplied by Manning.
Microsoft reinfects Chrome with closed video codec
Microsoft has reinfected Google's Chrome browser with the patent-encumbered H.264 video codec, banned by the search giant last month.
Google in Android 'Honeycomb' fondleslab demo fest
Google has given the world an extensive demonstration of Android 3.0, codenamed Honeycomb, a new incarnation of the mobile OS designed specifically for tablets.
Dell (finally) peddling Canonical UEC clouds
After nearly a year of futzing around, Dell and Canonical are tag-teaming to sell and support a mix of Dell servers and Canonical's Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud hypervisors and management tools to customers who want to build private or public clouds that are clones of Amazon's EC2 service.
Feds seize 10 domains accused of illegal sports streaming
Federal officials have seized the domain names of 10 websites accused of illegally streaming live pay-per-view sporting events.
World shrugs as IPv4 addresses finally exhausted
The central pool of IPv4 addresses officially ran dry on Tuesday after the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) allocated the last remaining blocks of address space.
Aussie advertisers call for more bloat in web ads
If you’re watching a free-to-air television program, your direct financial input to the communications channel between you and the TV station is effectively zero. Whatever it costs the broadcaster to use its spectrum is paid by the broadcaster. When an advertiser yells out the latest TV, computer and carpet specials, it’s because the advertiser paid to use a resource owned by the broadcaster.
Big Brother chooses Telstra for network
Acquisition-hungry TV production powerhouse Endemol UK has selected the international arm of Australian carrier Telstra to provide a suite of managed network services.
Oz service provider consolidation speeds up
iiNet, Australia’s third biggest ISP, claims it is in pole position to take advantage of the market consolidation that will occur in the lead up to the launch of the National Broadband Network.
Want grant money for programming?
Australia’s New South Wales Government is ramping up efforts to make the state of NSW the digital capital of Australia.
Google man: 'Honeycomb' only for fondleslabs (so far)
Google's "Honeycomb" incarnation of Android will run only on tablets, and not on smartphones. Or so it seems.
Hacker admits stealing $12m worth of chips from Zynga
A UK-based IT expert has admitted hacking into the servers of game developer Zynga and stealing $12m worth of gaming chips, according to news reports.
Content owners lock arms in front of Aus content review
After a start delayed by rain, NSW’s bushfire season got underway this week, and unlike previous years, there were no copyright objections raised against Google putting bushfire incidents on a map.
Murdoch & Co unveil iPad news rag The Daily
News Corp's long-anticipated newsy iPad app, The Daily, has launched in the US. Today it's only on the iPad, but Murdoch & Co plan to expand its reach to other tablets.
Jumbo quits on Manaccom
On 30 January, listed online lottery operator Jumbo Interactive announced to the Australian Stock Exchange that it had appointed Delloite as administrator of its software distribution subsidiary Manaccom Pty Ltd.
Amazon lobs Oracle onto heavenly servers
Amazon will soon offer Oracle Database 11g Release 2 as well as MySQL from its sky-high relational database service.
Google offers $20,000 prize in annual hack-off
The annual Pwn2Own hacking contest has been so merciless at thrashing the security of popular computing products that most vendors groan when they learn their wares will be entered.