15th > February > 2011 Archive

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Groupon tweets first Aus media release

Proving that coupon shopping – that strange internet creature that uses social media to add spice to an activity so old and dull that your grandmother would recognize it – has become the next Internet bubble, Groupon used Twitter to announce its first Australian press release.
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Lead Firefox developer exits Mozilla

Mike Beltzner – the man who oversees development of Mozilla's Firefox browser – will leave the organization after the release of Firefox 4, the latest version of the browser due for official release later this quarter.
Cade Metz, 15 Feb 2011
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Adobe open source code backs – gasp! – HTML5

Adobe believes in Flash on mobiles. But it believes in HTML5 too, and it would like the world to know that these two beliefs are not mutually exclusive.
Cade Metz, 15 Feb 2011
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Man matches machine in Jeopardy! showdown

Man has drawn with machine in round one of the much-hyped showdown between two wetware Jeopardy! champions and IBM's Watson supercomputer.
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Apple suppliers: Child labor, bribery, suicides

During 2010, Apple audited the facilities and management practices of 127 of its worldwide suppliers, and found instances of underage labor, unsafe working conditions, inadequate safety devices, lack of first-aid supplies, improper handling of hazardous chemicals, excessive recruitment fees, and more. Much more.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Feb 2011
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Pacnet opens Sydney data centre

Pacnet has opened a new data centre in the Sydney CBD, to be fully operational in March.
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Iomega SuperHero iPhone back-up gadget

Review The cost of losing a smartphone goes further than the hardware: don't forget all the data - contacts, apps, pictures, music and so on - you keep on it.
Tony Smith, 15 Feb 2011
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UK opposes EU plans for '28th regime' for contract law

There is no need to reform European consumer contract law and no evidence to suggest that the European Commission's preferred solution would work, the UK Government has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Feb 2011
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Qualcomm paints Gobi as WiMAX successor

Chip giant Qualcomm reckons its new Gobi chip will provide the standard connectivity that Intel planned, and failed to deliver, with WiMAX.
Bill Ray, 15 Feb 2011
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Computacenter splashes out on French reseller

Computacenter's French tentacle is paying €21m for Paris-based reseller Top Info SAS.
John Oates, 15 Feb 2011
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Spanish police hold alleged Nintendo blackmailer

Spanish police have arrested an alleged cyber-extortionist accused of using stolen personal details of 4,000 users to blackmail Nintendo.
John Leyden, 15 Feb 2011
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Are you crying out for virtualised storage tiering?

You can virtualise pretty much any technology these days, so the thinking goes, and that includes storage. This means hiding what's going on behind a virtualisation layer - including tiering. But why tier?
Manek Dubash, 15 Feb 2011
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Hardware keyloggers found in Manchester library PCs

Hardware keyloggers have been discovered in public libraries in Greater Manchester.
John Leyden, 15 Feb 2011
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Tax tribunal finds contractor wasn't employee

The Tax Tribunal has found that a contractor was not an employee in a case involving controversial tax avoidance law IR35.
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Feb 2011
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Twitter wants mobile industry followers

MWC First day at Mobile World Congress sees Twitter, that well-known mobile phone company, secure the second keynote. So ... not a carrier, not a handset manufacturer, and with no way of making money for the mobile industry beyond providing more traffic (and lots of things, like X-factor voting do that), the only thing that merits the first day billing is fashion.
Simon Rockman, 15 Feb 2011
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SaaS security: it comes down to knowing what you are doing

In this workshop on Software as a Service (SaaS), we’ve been having a good look at the issues of risk, trust and security in the cloud. A lot of things have happened recently that may cause us to think twice about SaaS and risk – Flickr showed just how absurd things can get if policies and processes are not properly thought through and managed. It also brings into sharp focus once again the importance of supplier selection and contract terms.
Andrew Buss, 15 Feb 2011
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Where to now for the data robot?

Comment Data Robotics has the great mass of business data centre computing closed off but the small business market is wide open and waiting for Drobo-isation.
Chris Mellor, 15 Feb 2011

The case for DV

Desktop virtualisation Ever since the PC landed on desktops in the early 80s, it has been a mixed blessing for IT administrators. On the one hand it has empowered employees, but on the other hardware refreshes, maintenance and support have entailed high capital and operational expenditure.
Danny Bradbury, 15 Feb 2011
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Pandora to spark music IPO goldrush?

Internet streaming site Pandora has filed for an IPO – a rare event in the tech world and even rarer for music companies. The flotation values the company at $100m.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Feb 2011
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Supermarket blows £70m on kid-commerce site

Supermarket Morrisons is spending £70m on buying Kiddicare.com - a UK-based website which flogs stuff for kids and babies.
John Oates, 15 Feb 2011
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Dissenting Nokia shareholders: Bring us the head of Stephen Elop

A group of purported Nokia shareholders and former employees has vowed to challenge the new company's strategy at the next AGM in May.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Feb 2011
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Julian Assange gets helping hand from OJ Simpson's briefs

Julian Assange has a new member of his defence team – Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz, who once served as an adviser on OJ Simpson's legal counsel.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Feb 2011
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Boffins demand: Cull bogus A-Levels, hire brainier teachers

Today the Royal Society, Blighty's pre-eminent boffinry institution, has issued its "state of the nation" report into science education in the UK – and it doesn't make encouraging reading.
Lewis Page, 15 Feb 2011
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Telstra dropkicks femtocell business model

MWC Australia's biggest network operator has rejected the business model behind domestic femtocells, claiming the technology is already redundant, though not everyone agrees.
Bill Ray, 15 Feb 2011
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HTC takes a flyer on tablets

MWC 2011 HTC has entered the tablet game, announcing at Mobile World Congress a 7in, 1024 x 600 Android slate that will arrive in Q2.
Tony Smith, 15 Feb 2011
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Dell Venue Pro WinPho 7 smartphone

Review When the first wave of Windows Phone 7 handsets washed up on our shores back in October one handset was noticeable by both its absence and its form factor - the Dell Venue Pro. Now however it's finally made it to Blighty if only through third-party suppliers rather than from Dell itself.
Alun Taylor, 15 Feb 2011
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EMC joins Storage Performance Council

In a few days' time, EMC will sign up and join the Storage Performance Council, notwithstanding how much it has dissed benchmarks in the past.
Chris Mellor, 15 Feb 2011
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'Vacuous' - Twitterati hail Eric Schmidt's midnight tweet

Google boss Eric Schmidt has commented on the goings on in Egypt - vaguely, very quietly, and, possibly, in the middle of the night.
Team Register, 15 Feb 2011
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DARPA to pay hackers and hobbyists for help

Internet grandfather DARPA (US-based Defense Advanced Research Project Agency) is throwing open its doors and wallet in an attempt to solicit unconventional security solutions.
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BlackBerry OS 6 – Red Star Rising

It would be both right and wrong to describe the new BlackBerry Operating System as just eye-candy on the existing java based system.
Simon Rockman, 15 Feb 2011
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Visa's chip-and-PIN exemption rules given cautious welcome

Visa has relaxed its regulatory rules so that European high street merchants who capture at least three-quarters of their take through EMV-enabled chip-and-PIN terminals will no longer have to pass Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) audits every year. The programme, which will help high street shops to reduce compliance cost, kicks in from 31 March 2011.
John Leyden, 15 Feb 2011
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OFT waves through UK.gov's national addressing database

The government's national addressing database venture with the Ordnance Survey was cleared by the Office of Fair Trading today.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Feb 2011
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European child abuse image law a step closer

The European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee has passed a draft law to remove all child sex abuse images hosted in EU countries.
John Oates, 15 Feb 2011
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Clinton demands net freedom for all... 'cept Wikileaks

Hillary Clinton will bang the drum for internet access as a human right today when she outlines the US vision for the net in the wake of recent political turmoil in the middle east, and its own savaging in the wake of the Wikileaks disclosures.
Joe Fay, 15 Feb 2011
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May promises £63m for cybercrime fight

Home Secretary Theresa May has announced a £63m boost to police budgets for combatting cyber crime.
John Oates, 15 Feb 2011
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Toshiba £300 'entry level' Froyo tablet back on sale next month

Toshiba will not be canning its Folio 100 10.1in Android tablet when its 10.1in Android Tablet arrives on the scene.
Tony Smith, 15 Feb 2011
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Old folks' phones set to take over from nurses

MWC Doro, the other mobile phone company from Lund, Sweden, has announced a couple of deals at Mobile World Congress that less grown-up companies would tout with words like "ecosystem", and "partnerships".
Simon Rockman, 15 Feb 2011
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UK.gov asks developers for views on Public Data Corporation

The UK government wants to know what British taxpayers think about its newly created Public Data Corporation, which was greeted with a slow hand clap by some openistas when it was announced last month.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Feb 2011
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Toshiba previews TV UI for cloud content

Toshiba today gave a sneak peek of the internet-TV-and-then-some user interface it plans to build into a number of its HDTVs later this year.
Tony Smith, 15 Feb 2011
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Ecstasy doesn't make rave-goers any stupider - official

Using ecstasy appears to have no effects on "cognitive performance", according to a new study which controls for other factors such as repeated sleep deprivation, dehydration and the possibility of being drunk or drugged while taking intelligence tests.
Lewis Page, 15 Feb 2011
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Opera Mini BREWs up

Opera Mini, the proxy-served edition of the third browser, is now available on BREW MP, the OS that used to be a platform, and still claims to be relevant.
Bill Ray, 15 Feb 2011
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Samsung readies Android-based iPod Touch killer

Samsung has launched its latest media player, and it's a clear case of 'iPod Touch meets Android'.
Tony Smith, 15 Feb 2011
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Intel updates Xeon six-shooters for servers

Advanced Micro Devices was not the only server chip maker in the x64 racket that updated its chips for Valentine's Day. Yesterday evening, chip giant Intel slipped out a blog posting announcing that it too had tweaked its server chip lineup.
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Steve Jobs unveils 30% subs model for ... everything

Apple finally unveiled the shape of its new subscription model for the App store today, confirming that it will force magazine and newspaper publishers to hand over 30 per cent of their cover price.
Team Register, 15 Feb 2011
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TiVo calls time on ageing set-tops

Long-time UK TiVo owners are up in arms because the company is to effectively stop their boxes from working to the full.
Tony Smith, 15 Feb 2011
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UK, Oz won't get latest AMD ThinkPad

Lenovo has given its European and Australian ThinkPad fans the finger by refusing to allow them to buy its upcoming AMD-based ThinkPad X120e sub-notebook.
Tony Smith, 15 Feb 2011
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Apple cripples iBooks for jailbreakers

Apple has opened a new chapter in its campaign against hackers with a feature that prevents jailbroken iDevices from accessing iBooks.
Dan Goodin, 15 Feb 2011
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Hacked BBC streaming websites serve up malware

Streaming sites operated by the BBC were hacked on Tuesday so they silently served visitors with malware, researchers from security firm Websense said.
Dan Goodin, 15 Feb 2011
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'Unlimited' misleading on throttled broadband: Federal Court

Australia's Federal Court has handed the ACCC a win over the misleading use of the word “unlimited” in broadband advertisements.
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Australian group buying soars

The Australian group buying market is set to grow by 284 per cent in 2011, generating A$242m and capturing 0.1 per cent of Australia’s A$200bn retail market.
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Money gone, people gone: Oracle's open-source blowback

Oracle loves open-source projects and technologies – it's just not crazy about other people running them.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Feb 2011
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Twitter off-limits for cricketers

Cricketers at this year’s World Cup one-day tournament have been told to keep their fingers off the Tweet button by the International Cricket Council.
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Mozilla: 'Internet Explorer 9 is not a modern browser'

Mozilla has taken a right swipe at Microsoft's Internet Explorer, telling the world that the latest incarnation of IE is not a "modern browser."
Cade Metz, 15 Feb 2011
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iPhone 5 rumors: bigger, smaller, cloudy, keyboard-equipped

The latest round of iPhone rumors point in multiple directions at once: a larger screen, a smaller phone, a slide-out keyboard, and cloud-only operation à la Google's still-gestating Chrome OS.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Feb 2011
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Dell busts through $60bn barrier

PC and server maker Dell has reached its long-time goal of breaking through the $60bn revenue barrier. Now what is it going to do?