Microsoft's pledges mobile open source love
Microsoft is clarifying which open source apps are allowed in the Windows Phone Marketplace just as a survey reckons that a number of iPhone and Android open source apps are breaking those platforms' licensing rules.
Google to kill Gizmo5 VoIP on April 3
Google will shut down the standalone Gizmo5 VoIP service on April 3, 16 months after acquiring Gizmo5 and rolling the startup's engineers into its Google Voice team.
Facebook lets users report friends who post suicidal content
Facebook has introduced a service that allows users to report friends who have posted suicidal content on their account pages.
Q2 motion-controlled internet radio
ReviewThe Q2 is the simplest Internet radio you’re likely to find. It’s good looking too, with its tidy cube shape, rubberised casing and five colour options: white, black, lime and a couple of flowery pink and blue versions.
Govt working on 'browser-based' solution for new cookie law
The government is working with browser manufacturers to create new settings that will help businesses comply with a controversial new EU law on cookies that is due to come into force in May.
Bury council considers mass outsourcing
Bury council is considering a transformation programme that would involve transferring the delivery of most services to private or third sector organisations.
Google guilty of copyright wrong
A French court has found Google guilty of copyright infringement and ordered it to pay half a million euros compensation to rights holders.
Anobit shipping flash stash
Secretive Israeli flash controller start-up Anobit is now shipping its controller with 2-bit (we think) Hynix NAND to "a world-leading provider of mobile computing devices". Well (hint, hint), Hynix supplies Apple, iPad two is shipping ... nuff said.
VMware buys WaveMaker to float casual developers' boats
VMware has bought open-source web apps outfit WaveMaker for an undisclosed sum.
EMC blows benchmark away - again
EMC has blown another file-serving benchmark away with a result more than four times faster than the previous best.
Irish distie grabs Advent
Irish distributor DCC has bought Advent Data Limited – the Leeds-based office consumables supplier.
Mole points to April iOS 5.0 outing
Apple may have announced the release of iOS 4.3 will take place this coming Friday, 11 March, but within weeks it will show off iOS 5.0, it has been claimed.
Samsung teases with trim tablet snap
Samsung has posted a teaser shot for its upcoming 8.9in Galaxy Tab, which for some reason interweb pundits believe proves the tablet will be a skinny affair.
Croatian brainboxes deploy calculus-based CAPTCHA
Boffins at Croatia's Ruđer Bošković Institute are confronting surfers with difficult maths problems as an alternative to conventional CAPTCHA conundrums.
iPhone lead in ad revenue generation slipping away
Android users are seeing almost as many adverts as iPhone users, in Europe at least, and that is despite Apple customers seeing more than a billion adverts in January from independent ad network InMobi alone.
Government needs to bring IT skills in-house
A parliamentary committee heard yesterday that government relies too much on outsourcing and needs better in-house IT skills.
Apple MacBook Pro 13in
ReviewLove or loathe Apple, you can't deny it makes gorgeous-looking computers. Are there cheaper machines? Sure. Better spec'd? Maybe not, now that the new MacBook Pros are here, complete with Intel's very latest mobile processors and an interconnect tech no one else has yet.
ASA rules BT Wi-Fi service works with invisible routers
The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that BT's Wi-Fi network does extend into open spaces, even if the router isn't visible in the adverts.
Logitech circulates surround sound successor
Logitech has upped the volume on its surround sound speakers with the release of a new 5.1 set, the official successor to the popular Z-5500 series.
Anti-religious campaigners smack down census Jedis
First signs that the purity of census results may be swayed by internet campaigning emerged this week, as the Twittersphere declared itself opposed to Jediism. Elsewhere, Jewish organisations were urging people to put themselves down as Jewish, in order to increase pressure for more Jewish faith schools.
Gwyneth Paltrow rouses Discovery crew
The crew of space shuttle Discovery was roused this morning by Gwyneth Paltrow's Coming Home, a choice wake-up ditty selected by the space station flight controllers in Mission Control.
Dentist cuffed for using lost credit card to pay for pizza
A millionaire has been busted after allegedly buying pizza with credit card he found on the street.
Murdoch's music dot.com pockets $77m
"Beyond paid downloads, beyond subscriptions, beyond piracy, and Beyond Oblivion is Music Liberation." In true 1999-era dot.com style, that's how Adam Kidron's music startup signs off its corporate communications.
Man jailed after cops uncover 'crack in bum'
A sharp-eyed Reg reader has alerted us to the hardline policing approach taken by coppers investigating drugs crime in North London, as exposed by the Islington Gazette.
Pr0n stars to demo against .xxx
Porn stars are set to rally against the proposed .xxx top-level domain name outside the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) public meeting in San Francisco next week.
Boffin demos melon-matching tech
NSFW-ishWith a firm grip on facial recognition tech already, Japanese boffins have turned their attention to food and developed a tool to identify fruit and veg.
HP to put a WebOS in every PC
HP is planning to put WebOS onto every PC it sells in 2012 in an attempt to attract developers to the platform, not to mention selling HP as a provider of cloud services.
Cute download Firefox, 'treat a cub' vid downed by IE glitch
Mozilla is trying to encourage more people to download the final beta of its soon-to-be-released Firefox 4 browser by streaming various web cams capturing red panda cubs in captivity at Knoxville Zoo in Tennessee.
Canonical pares Ubuntu down to 2 editions
Canonical, the commercial entity behind the Ubuntu distribution of Debian Linux, is going to make it easier for people to consume its operating system.
Police expert caught with abuse images
A technology expert given special clearance to examine police computers has been caught with child sex abuse images.
Honey I shrunk the chip ... now what?
Bigger is better in pastries, paychecks and bank accounts, but not in electronics. A recent story in HPCwire caught my interest and got me thinking about what the end of the shrink road might portend – and the potential alternatives.
Fusion-io files for IPO
Privately-owned solid state storage vendor Fusion-io has filed for an initial public offering (IPO), hoping to cash in on the booming flash market.
DDoS botnet attacks gold miners and wine makers
Security researchers have discovered a strain of DDoS botnet agent that launches an attack against large corporate investment groups and mining-related interests.
Toyota plans major electric car roll outs
Toyota is banking on a big jump in the price of oil: it said today that it plans to launch rather a lot of new e-cars by 2015.
Angry Birds flies to Facebook
Rovio's Angry Birds is officially in-flight toward Facebook, with a version planned to hit the social network site this May.
The public cloud ... why bother?
Given the amount of noise around cloud computing at the moment, the signal can be difficult to discern. One question that tends to be forgotten in the debate is – why should you bother? Is it just about the money, as some pundits would have you believe? Given that the public cloud is not going to be right for everything, when does it make sense?
Internet Explorer 9 pulls on best pants for 14 March release
Microsoft is to release its forthcoming browser Internet Explorer 9 on 14 March.
Republicans believe in 'climate change' but not 'global warming'
The likelihood of an average American agreeing that world temperatures are rising is strongly affected by the name used for the phenomenon. Americans believe strongly in "climate change", but acceptance that "global warming" is taking place is much less common.
Discovery glides into history
Space shuttle Discovery ended its 39-mission career this afternoon at 16:57 GMT, when it landed at Kennedy Space Center.
Google juices VP8 open source video codec
Google has released a new SDK for its open source and royalty-free VP8 video codec, promising faster encoding and improved video quality.
Gmail auto sorts bulk mail, notifications, forum messages
Google has introduced a new Gmail tool designed to automatically identify and sort certain types of messages, including "bulk" mail, group mailing list "forum" messages, and notifications such as online account statements and receipts.
Microsoft to Apple: 'Oh, yeah? Well, your font is too small'
Microsoft has filed another legal salvo at Apple in the ongoing dust-up over whether the term "App Store" is worthy of being trademarked.
VMware lets Apple fondleslabs tickle Windows VDI
Hot on the heels of a new 4.6 release of its View virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), launched last week, VMware is allowing a new client to reach back across the internet or internal corporate networks to use server-based Windows desktops: Apple's iPad and impending iPad 2 fondleslabs.
Trujillo embraces his inner amigo
Australia's favourite Ex-Telstra CEO, Sol Trujillo, may have left the country with an extra $30m in his pocket after a four-year stint taunting the government and shareholders, but that didn’t stop him from branding the experience as marred by racist "amigo-heavy" slurs.
DDoS malware comes with self-destruct payload
Attacks that have wreaked havoc on dozens of South Korean government websites over the past week have included another nasty surprise: a malicious payload the causes the infected machines recruited to carry out the assaults to spontaneously self-destruct.
Smartphones now half of Aussie browsing, says Nielsen
Smartphones are now the engine-room of digital content consumption, according to the Nielsen Australian Online Consumer Report. For the first time, mobile internet penetration has hit 50 per cent with smartphones in the hands of over a third of online Australians.
HP lays cuckoo egg in Microsoft nest
AnalysisMicrosoft's biggest partner has laid a cuckoo's egg in the nest. Next year, every Hewlett-Packard Windows PC will ship with the Linux-based webOS as well.
Oz governments find new use for censorship
Australia’s government has once again exhibited its enthusiasm for censorship, with the Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O'Connor reportedly considering setting the country’s content classifiers onto Apple's App Store and Google's Android Marketplace.