24th > February > 2011 Archive

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Security shocker: Android apps send private data in clear

Cellphones running the Android operating system fail to encrypt data sent to and from Facebook and Google Calendar, shortcomings that could jeopardize hundreds of millions of users' privacy, a computer scientist says.
Dan Goodin, 24 Feb 2011
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Man admits hacking into NASA, e-commerce servers

A Texas man has admitted hacking into servers owned by an e-commerce company and making off with about $275,000.
Dan Goodin, 24 Feb 2011
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iiNet wins AFACT appeal

Another chapter in the iiNet versus the movie industry saga (colloquially known as “AFACT versus iiNet", after the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft, the industry’s mouthpiece) is closed, with the Federal Court dismissing the industry’s appeal against the ISP.
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Apple: iTunes ascends to the heavens this spring

Apple appears poised to float a flurry of its services into the cloud, as its $1bn data center in North Carolina approaches its start-up date.
Rik Myslewski, 24 Feb 2011
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Google opens Android front in Zuckerberg data war

Google has opened up yet another front in its longstanding war with Facebook over who gets to know who your friends are, updating its Nexus S Android phone so that the handset's contacts application no longer dovetails with Mark Zuckerberg's social networking behemoth.
Cade Metz, 24 Feb 2011
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BT Home Hub 3 ADSL Wi-Fi router

Review Everything is wireless these days, it seems. It’s convenient, effective and liberating not to be tied down to a laptop or whatever with wires. But if you find your Wi-Fi behaves erratically, dropping connections or stuttering to a stop when you’re streaming video, say, you’ll know it’s not always plain sailing. And then when you’re on the phone complaining to customer services it all seems to be working just fine again.
David Phelan, 24 Feb 2011
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Discovery poised for final mission

Space shuttle Discovery is poised to launch tonight on its 39th and final mission – a last trip to the International Space Station which will end a career stretching over 26 years.
Lester Haines, 24 Feb 2011
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QLogic: Software FCoE can't cut it

Interview What does a HW Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) vendor think of Intel's software FCoE stack? We asked QLogic's Host Solutions Group through Henrik Hansen, its European marketing director.
Chris Mellor, 24 Feb 2011
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Bloggable clickjacks its way into English

The interwebs and technology continue to exert their heavy influence on our beloved mother tongue, with the latest contributions to make the Oxford Dictionaries Online including “bloggable”, “clickjacking”, “cyberbullying”,“cybersecurity” and “scareware”.
Lester Haines, 24 Feb 2011
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New balesio appliance liposuctions fat out of files

Swiss Windows data reduction startup balesio has introduced an appliance to suck the fat out of unstructured Windows files.
Chris Mellor, 24 Feb 2011
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Doctors warn on patient data

Doctors' group the British Medical Association is warning the coalition government that it risks putting ease of access ahead of patient confidentiality as it reforms NHS IT systems.
John Oates, 24 Feb 2011
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Watching you, watching me: Video in the workplace

Webcast There have been many false dawns for video collaboration at work. We've all bought videoconferencing systems for the board that don't get used, struggled to find a use for the video cameras on our laptops and waited for the promise of video phones to be delivered.
Miatta Momoh, 24 Feb 2011
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Voyeurs invited to watch space truck dock

Fans of live video matings can catch the docking of the Johannes Kepler space truck and the International Space Station's Zvezda module later this afternoon.
Lester Haines, 24 Feb 2011
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Severe bug deadlocks BIND

Developers have published a fix to tackle a high-risk flaw in BIND, the widely used Domain Name Services (DNS) software. The flaw creates a potential mechanism for miscreants to crash systems running vulnerable version of the name-to-IP-address translation software.
John Leyden, 24 Feb 2011
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Firefox 4 squeezes onto phones

Firefox 4 is now available for Android, able to sync bookmarks with its desktop cousin and offer a stable, if occasionally slow, browsing experience.
Bill Ray, 24 Feb 2011
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Former Microsoft exec barred from taking job at Salesforce

Microsoft ex-worldwide government general manager Matt Miszewski has been told by a US judge that he can't take a similar job with cloud computing rival Salesforce.com.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Feb 2011
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Conviction overturned for abuse images bought from bookshop

A London judge has dismissed child pornography charges brought against a man who was prosecuted for possessing books bought from a bookshop.
John Oates, 24 Feb 2011
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Court OK's Assange Sweden extradition, given 7 days to appeal

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is to be extradited to Sweden, following a ruling by a judge at South East London's Belmarsh magistrates court this morning.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Feb 2011
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'Most stupid criminal ever' blew cover on Facebook

A man who stole a laptop, then used it to post a gloating self-portrait of himself on the victim's Facebook page is challenging for the title of the world's thickest criminal.
Lester Haines, 24 Feb 2011
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Capita to get fat on govt cuts

Outsourcing giant Capita turned in "robust" results for 2010, despite a challenging business environment and a tightening of the government spending tap.
Joe Fay, 24 Feb 2011
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IT pros get Google Apps certified

Google is offering certification to IT professionals who can show their skills in flogging, installing and maintaining the search giant's online applications.
John Oates, 24 Feb 2011
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Facebook 'stalker tracker' tool just makes you a spammer

Scammers are attempting to tap into users' concerns about social network privacy with a tool that supposedly allows surfers to monitor who's stalking them on Facebook.
John Leyden, 24 Feb 2011
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Samsung goes super slim with Notebook 9 series

Samsung released a super-slim notebook today in a bid to compete with Apple's MacBook Air. The company also said it will increase laptop sales by 80 per cent in 2011.
Caleb Cox, 24 Feb 2011
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Electric cars not as 'green' as advertised

Electric cars may be cheaper to run, but they're as guilty for CO2 emissions as the internal combustion engine.
Caleb Cox, 24 Feb 2011
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Samsung Wave II Bada OS smartphone

Review The original Samsung Wave came out last year to general approval as a cut-price smartphone running on the company’s new Bada operating system – a curious development given Samsung’s own endorsement of Android.
Dave Oliver, 24 Feb 2011
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Operators to get new SMS 999 obligation

Operators will soon have to support emergency text messaging, as Ofcom updates the universal service obligations to include number-porting within a day and a 24-month cap on contracts too.
Bill Ray, 24 Feb 2011
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John le Carré archives to rest at Bodleian Library

John le Carré has donated his literary archive to Oxford's Bodleian Library, delivering a crushing blow to archive-hungry American universities and a well-known East Anglian breeding ground for moles alike.
Team Register, 24 Feb 2011
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Nintendo brings fibre to Elephant & Castle

Nintendo is brightening up south London's Elephant & Castle today, with a colourful array of knitted fabrics to celebrate the release of Kirby's Epic Yarn for Wii.
Caleb Cox, 24 Feb 2011
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Survey sets out to pin down nation's pr0n habits

A ground-breaking and timely survey of how individuals use porn was launched yesterday.
Jane Fae , 24 Feb 2011
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WikiLeaks boss labels UK extradition order a 'rubber stamping process'

Julian Assange was awarded bail this afternoon, after his lawyers secured funds understood to total £200,000.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Feb 2011
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Apple's MacBook Pros chucked out ahead of iPad 2

Apple parked its most diehard fans on the horns of a dilemma this afternoon, as it launched a range of new Macbook Pros, just a week before it unveils the latest iPad.
Team Register, 24 Feb 2011
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Norway gov mulls blocking online gambling

The Norwegian government this week indicated it is considering blocking the ISP addresses of companies that offer gambling online.
Jane Fae , 24 Feb 2011
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LightSquared squares off against GPS worriers

The FCC refused to rescind LightSquared's licence over potential GPS interference, so now the general public is being courted in the hope of a less well-informed decision.
Bill Ray, 24 Feb 2011
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Microsoft bricking lesson bodes badly for Elop's Brave New Nokia

Not to heap more misery upon Nokia employees, but if you are a depressed Finnish employee, we recommend you stop reading now and turn to this adorable story about a rabbit adopting some kittens. What you are about to read throws Elop's challenge to the company into a whole new light.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Feb 2011
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Jester claims credit for knocking Westboro Baptist Church offline

Patriot hacker The Jester has claimed credit for denial of service attacks against the controversial Westboro Baptist Church.
John Leyden, 24 Feb 2011
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How to make power conversion less sucky

A stealth startup company whose power-conversion tech could save billions through reductions in energy loss, has gone public, revealing why companies such as Google and Kleiner Perkins have invested heavily in its ambitious plans.
Caleb Cox, 24 Feb 2011

Intel throws Thunderbolt

Now we know why Intel was dragging its feet with USB 3.0 support - it's got its own competing interconnect that's twice as fast in Thunderbolt (formerly known as Light Peak).
Chris Mellor, 24 Feb 2011
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Phone seller pre-peddles white iPhone 4 for UNDER A GRAND!

A UK phone sales house has advertised white iPhone 4s, along with a cracking £919 price tag.
Team Register, 24 Feb 2011
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SGI lays off 4 per cent of workforce

Supercomputer maker Silicon Graphics tightened its financial belt yesterday, announcing that it was laying off employees to make its fiscal 2011 numbers.
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AMD's Bulldozer cores to push to 3.5 GHz and beyond

ISSCC Chip maker Advanced Micro Devices lifted the veil a bit on the "Bulldozer" core module at the IEEE's International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco, showing off the power savings and faster clock speeds that the new design will allow for its workstation and server processors.
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Juniper flat-packs data centre networking

Juniper Networks has announced its QFabric "flat pack" single layer data centre networking scheme.
Chris Mellor, 24 Feb 2011
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Space truck docks with ISS

European space truck the Johannes Kepler successfully docked with the International Space Station this afternoon.
Lester Haines, 24 Feb 2011
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Lenovo flaunts ThinkPad with 30 hour battery life

Lenovo has unveiled the latest range of ThinkPads, which includes the T420s - a lightweight notebook with a battery life of up to 30 hours.
Caleb Cox, 24 Feb 2011
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Apple brings multi-touch, full-disk crypto to latest OS X

Apple has released a developer version of its next-generation Mac operating system, which the company says brings many of the features found in the iPad to its popular line of desktop and laptop computers.
Dan Goodin, 24 Feb 2011

Fujitsu relieves Ballmer's iPad pressure

Pressed by investors over the iPad's success, Steve Ballmer last year promised Microsoft's response was coming and - later - that it would shame the iPad.
Gavin Clarke, 24 Feb 2011
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Reactions to iiNet's copyright win

It may have taken A$6.5 million, but iiNet has secured a landmark court decision defending its position against a consortium of movie studios and AFACT, that is should not be held responsible for the illegal downloading of filmed content by its users.
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Intel: 'PC makers took the light out of Light Peak'

Intel originally designed its Light Peak interconnect as an optical technology that would replace all other PC connections, handling everything from LAN to storage devices to monitors. But after the company unveiled it in 2009, PC manufacturers called for a cheaper electrical incarnation – i.e. non-optical – and due to other market pressures, this electrical version, renamed Thunderbolt, will coexist alongside the likes of USB.
Cade Metz, 24 Feb 2011
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Thunderbolt: A new way to hack Macs

The 10Gbit/s interconnect Apple introduced Thursday in a new line of Macbook Pros may or may not change the way the world connects external hard drives and other peripherals to their computers. But it's safe to say the newfangled copper link likely contains the same security weakness that for years has accompanied another Mac innovation: the Firewire port.
Dan Goodin, 24 Feb 2011
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Google wheels (another) Trojan App inside Microsoft Office

Google has officially released its tool for turning Microsoft Office into an online Google collaboration machine.
Cade Metz, 24 Feb 2011