Intel: 'All your clouds are us inside'
Intel is getting used to being the big chip on the data center campus, and it is not about to let upstart vendors peddling other chips (that means you, Advanced Micro Devices) or architectures (that means you, ARM Holdings and friends) move in on its server turf. Not without a serious fight, at least, and certainly not in the cloudy infrastructure portion of the server racket that is exploding.
Mozilla challenges Apple, Google with 'open' app store
Firefox daddy Mozllla has released early code in its campaign to create a completely open alternative not only to Apple's app stores but also Google's fledging Chrome web store.
Salmat to close city and regional call centres
Call centre outsourcing company Salmat has announced that Telstra is dispensing with most of the call centre services it supplies to the carrier.
Google vanishes 'DroidDream' malware from citizen phones
Google has acknowledged that it removed "a number" of malicious malware applications from the Android Market on March 1, and it has now reached out over the airwaves to remove the apps from end users devices as well.
Asian server sales make like a tiger
The box counters at IDC and Gartner have already given out their report cards for server sales and shipments in the fourth quarter and for the full year on a global basis, which El Reg has dutifully reported and analyzed. Just for fun, and perhaps to show us all what a real server market looks like, Gartner put out a set of statistics for the Asia/Pacific region.
NASA scientist spies extraterrestrial life
A NASA scientist claims to have identified signs of extraterrestrial bacteria in meteorites, and if he's right, it means a strong boost to the theory that such entities are common and could be the origin of life on Earth.
HP overtakes NetApp in IDC rankings
NetApp's long run of growth could be slowing; IDC's quarterly storage tracker shows a resurgent HP overtaking it in worldwide external disk storage systems factory revenue.
Second US 'secret space warplane' now in orbit
The second X-37B "secret space warplane" operated by the US military has successfully reached orbit at the beginning of a classified mission, whose intent and duration remain unknown.
We7 revamps for radio
Mass market music service We7 is moving closer to Pandora and Last.fm with the latest revision of its mobile app. It's not something that will appeal to music fanatics, who know exactly what they want, but should prove popular to the more traditional radio audience.
Orange first with iPad 2 sales pitch
Orange has confirmed it will offer the iPad 2 3G at some point in the future.
YouTube punts filth to shocked Reg readers
NSFWWe're obliged to shocked reader Darrin Maunders and indeed to all of you who emailed to express your disgust at copping an eyeful of filth down at YouTube over the weekend.
WD works on hybrid drives
Western Digital is working on developing a hybrid drive combining spinning disk and solid state storage, along the lines of Seagate's Momentus XT.
Three pushes UNLIMITED data to PAYG punters
Three today extended its unlimited - no, honest - data package to pay-as-you-go customers, who can now gobble up as much content as they like for £15 a month.
Amazon outlines Android bill of rights
Amazon's foray into mobile applications is getting firmer, with the company's approach to copy protection showing how it plans to differentiate itself from Google's Marketplace, or not.
Charlie Sheen fake filth flick powers Facebook survey scam
Scammers have exploited actor Charlie Sheen's increasingly bizarre antics as a lure for the latest in a long line of survey scams on Facebook.
Captain Kirk hails space shuttle Discovery
The crew of space shuttle Discovery were roused from their slumbers this morning by the theme from Star Trek and a special message from actor William Shatner.
CBI demands action from Osborne
Business lobby group the CBI warned Chancellor George Osborne that the Budget must focus on helping UK companies grow by improving access to finance, cutting energy costs and increasing exports.
BAE Systems faces 'debarment' from exporting US war-tech
US-centred but UK-headquartered arms globocorp BAE Systems may soon face serious restrictions on its operations imposed by the US government.
Toshiba NB500 budget netbook
ReviewFew netbooks have been truly cheap - well, few of the decent ones, anyway - but now we're at the third generation of Intel's Atom processor family, an opportunity has arisen for netbook makers to offer less pricey models based on older chippery.
Wordpress traces 2nd DDoS assault to China
Blogging service WordPress suffered a further series of denial of service assaults on Friday, days after recovering from a particularly debilitating attack.
Crime UK site gets 400m hits, drives down property values
The UK's crime map has received over 400 million hits as worried citizens desperately try to get a grip on the level of hoax calls.
Punters take tech to bed, breakfast
There are two winners of the Sybil Fawlty "bleedin' obvious" award this week.
Multimillionaire hires ex-NASA 'naut to work on private spaceship
Upstart startup rocket company SpaceX, bossed by renowned geek idol and internet nerdwealth kingpin Elon Musk, has recruited a NASA astronaut to help make the company's spacecraft ready to carry people into space.
Spaniards bemoan 'joke' speed limit cut
Spanish drivers are less than impressed with a "temporary" reduction of the maximum speed limit on motorways from 120 to 110 km/h, which came into force today as a measure to reduce petrol imports by five per cent a year.
Chinese Twitter to double staff
China's own Twitter, Sina Weibo, is planning to almost double its staff.
Storage sale SHOCK: WD to buy Hitachi GST
Western Digital is buying Hitachi Global Storage Technologies for $4.25bn in a friendly takeover – so much for a Hitachi GST IPO.
RIPA changes in Freedoms Bill don't protect privacy enough
CommentThe “Protection of Freedoms Bill” has a wholly misleading title; the legislation simply does not do what it says on the tin. The CCTV provisions (see here) have more to do with efficient surveillance than privacy protection. We reviewed the Information Commissioner’s concerns about the use of personal data in DNA profiling or in vetting here.
US companies added lots of jobs last month
A snowy January put hiring in the United States on ice, but it looks like things thawed out a bit in February.
Sony to serve up Wimbledon in 3D
This year's Wimbledon is to be filmed in 3D for the first time, with the finals screened in HD in cinemas around the world.
Legally binding e-documents: Germany pushes secure email option
Germany is putting its legislative and industrial muscle behind a new secure email system, dubbed De-mail, that aims to become an alternative to conventional paper documents for legally binding transactions.
Clear Channel turns digital billboards into 'store fronts'
The CEO of Clear Channel says there will be fewer billboards in the future, but that those which remain will be screens, and able to sell you stuff too, the Financial Times reports.
Football goal-line tracking tech delayed
A programme to test the use of goal-line technology in football has been extended by a year, after none of the ten systems trialled last month met the criteria set by Fifa.
Alan Sugar takes hot seat at YouView
Lord Sugar is to become the new non-exec chairman of YouView, formerly Project Canvas. His predecessor, Kip Meek, had been in the job less than eight months.
NEC goes out on a limb with arm-tap gadget control
NEC has taken Nintendo's Wii Remote to its logical conclusion and announced that it is developing device controls you wear on your wrist.
Nokia washes hands of Qt
Nokia is flogging off the Qt commercial licensing and services business it acquired with Trolltech three years ago. Finnish software house Digia will pick up the business – and 19 developers from Nokia – for an undisclosed sum.
Intel's vPro biz chips cross Sandy Bridge
UpdatedThe vPro line of Core chips for business-class desktop PCs launched today, and Intel is working on extending vPro to upcoming laptops and workstations, too.
New 'supercritical' generators to boost nuclear output by 50%
US government boffins say they – or perhaps their rivals – will soon roll out a new and much more efficient type of turbine generator which is expected to be a boon to so-called "thermal" powerplant technologies such as coal, gas, oil and nuclear.
Hacker kills his own Pwn2Own bug for Android phones
UpdatedA vulnerability that a researcher planned to use to compromise an Android cellphone at a hacking contest later this week got squashed after Google fixed the underlying bug in the Android Market.
Obama to overhaul heinous US patent system
The Obama administration is launching an effort to reform the slow-motion train wreck that is the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Google ads banned from Facebook apps
Facebook applications are now barred from using Google's AdSense advertising network, and though the story behind the ban is less than clear, we can safely blame it on the increasingly heated rivalry between the two web giants.
Shuttleworth sees fewer clouds in Ubuntu's future
There are some tough decisions ahead about which cloud open sourcers should support in the next major version of Ubuntu.
Skype to test advertising
If you’re one of the millions of people who have learned to love unreliable service and uncertain call quality, Skype has good news: its intention to introduce advertisements to inflate its value ahead of the IPO won't change a thing.
Nine drives away from Carsales.com
Australia’s old media continues to shuffle its new media plays, with TV network owner Nine Entertainment flogging its 49.1 per cent stake in Carsales.com for AU$565.5m.
Mobile app developer heads to the valley
Australian DIY mobile app developer MobileNation has made its international debut at the DEMO start-up conference in the US and is currently dong the VC rounds. MobileNation was the only Australian company of the 53 start-ups selected to launch at the DEMO.
Casual games trump meds for depression
"Family friendly" casual games are not merely a mindless way to waste time, but are also an effective treatment against depression, according to a year-long study.
Opera opens phone-agnostic mobile app store
Opera has opened an app store that works across disparate mobile platforms. The store can be accessed from virtually any mobile browser on any major phone platform, but it's built straight into the company's Opera Mobile and Opera Mini browsers, currently used by over 100 million phone owners across the globe.
Attachmate acquisition stalls Novell's Q1
Novell is in the process of being eaten by Attachmate and having some juicy patents sold off to a holding company controlled by Microsoft, Apple EMC, and Oracle. And the company's top brass took a zero for the day and didn't face Wall Street when Novell announced its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2011 ended in January.