11th > March > 2011 Archive


Google contradicts own counsel in face of antitrust probe

Google has admitted that it uses whitelists to manually override its search algorithms, more than a year after its European corporate counsel denied the existence of whitelists when defending the company against antitrust complaints in the EU.
Cade Metz, 11 Mar 2011

iPhone and BlackBerry brought down in hacker competition

Smartphones from Apple and Research in Motion were the latest devices to take a beating at an annual hacker contest that has come to expose the inherent weaknesses of internet communication.
Dan Goodin, 11 Mar 2011

Apple patent foresees ultra-svelte iDevices

Apple has filed a patent application for an audio port that accommodates a jack which is larger in diameter than the thickness of the device into which it's plugged.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Mar 2011
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Intel and server buddies forge micro boxes

The Server System Infrastructure forum, which has been trying to establish blade and rack server standards for years, is moving into a new category called micro servers. And Intel is blazing the trail for the tiny form factor, together along partners Dell, Tyan, and Quanta Computer, which make motherboards and systems.

US Trans-Pacific Partnership proposal leaked

The group Knowledge Ecology International has scored a leaked copy of the IP protections the United States has proposed for the so-far-secret Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty.
Richard Chirgwin, 11 Mar 2011
Marshall Major

Marshall Major over-ear headphones

ReviewMarshall, a name most widely associated with the kind of huge stacked guitar amplifier cabinets seen at stadium rock gigs, has launched two sets of headphones. The Marshall Minor is an in-ear set designed for mobile phones, and includes a mic on the inline remote control.
Kenny Hemphill, 11 Mar 2011

Sony starts PS3 imports again

A Dutch court yesterday lifted the injunction banning the import of Sony PlayStation 3s into Europe.
John Oates, 11 Mar 2011

BMI taken out by Anonymous

Hacktivists affiliated to Anonymous have taken out the website of Broadcast Music Incorporated in a protest against its stance against file-sharing.
John Leyden, 11 Mar 2011

Lords vote for electronic devices in their chambers

The Upper House yesterday took its first trembling steps into the 21st century, by agreeing to allow the use of electronic devices in the Lords – but only so long as they are hand-held and don’t make nasty clicking noises!
Jane Fae , 11 Mar 2011

Apple iOS 4.3 cracked

Apple's iOS 4.3 has been jailbroken - good news for anyone who wants to install apps that haven't made it through - or can't pass - the Mac maker's iTunes App Store vetting process.
Hard Reg, 11 Mar 2011

World's bees face multiple threats

The United Nations has suggested that the world's bees face multiple threats and unless something is done to halt their decline, there could be serious long-term consequences for food supplies.
Lester Haines, 11 Mar 2011
iLuv iEP515

iLuv iEP515 in-ear earphones

Txt TakeProduct reviews in 140 characters.
Tony Smith, 11 Mar 2011

W3C squeezes XML into portability

Web-standards group the W3C has published its preferred standard for compressing XML documents into something more suitable for transmission over radio, and perhaps everywhere else too.
Bill Ray, 11 Mar 2011

Analyst says white iPhone 4 out next month

The white iPhone 4 may finally lose its rocking-horse-poop rarity next month.
Tony Smith, 11 Mar 2011

Giant 5-year-mission aerial wing-ship to fly in 2011

US military plans to build a mighty unmanned wing-ship able to cruise the stratosphere on flights lasting five years have moved forward with the announcement that flight tests of the "Vulture II" prototype are expected to commence next year.
Lewis Page, 11 Mar 2011

Endeavour crawls to Kennedy launch pad

Space shuttle Endeavour this morning complete its leisurely 3.4-mile journey from Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39A, ahead of its scheduled STS-134 mission launch on 19 April.
Lester Haines, 11 Mar 2011

Lenovo offers schools Intel Classmate PC

Lenovo has begun pitching the latest incarnation of Intel's Classmate PC, a netbook for nippers.
Hard Reg, 11 Mar 2011

XBox promo code exploit set Microsoft back $1.2m

Hackers managed to figure out the algorithm used by Microsoft to generate promotional codes tied to XBox Live, costing Redmond an estimated $1.2m before it put a stop to the scam.
John Leyden, 11 Mar 2011

AOL waves goodbye to 900 staffers

AOL pointed 900 of its employees towards the door marked Exit yesterday, as part of the company's effort to recast itself as a media content provider.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Mar 2011

Google adds tool to block shabby, dirty, vulgar sites from search results

Google has switched on a tool that allows web surfers to block searches for sites they don't want to see pop up on the results page.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Mar 2011

Balanced, neutral journalism is RUBBISH and that's a FACT

New research has revealed what we here at the Register have always known to be the self-evident, hard, cold, factual truth: which is that balanced, neutral journalism is not just incredibly boring, it is also bad for readers' mental health and turns them into apathetic drones who can't be bothered to engage with the world around them.
Lewis Page, 11 Mar 2011

Microsoft pushes back cut 'n' paste update

Microsoft is promising to get cut and paste into Windows Phones later this month, a delay brought on by the problems experienced by Samsung users with the last update.
Bill Ray, 11 Mar 2011
Gareth plays Fallout

Disabled gamers get place to play

A charity that helps the handicapped play videogames has now opened a centre for them to test gaming gear and get advise from specialists.
Caleb Cox, 11 Mar 2011
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Oracle accused of stifling HP TPC benchmark

Oracle has been accused of stifling the publication of an HP/Oracle DBMS benchmark that indicates its own SPARC SuperCluster world-record benchmark system cost almost 60 per cent more per transaction than a similar test on an HP Proliant system.
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2011
iPhone 5 design

iPhone 5 design drawings spied on web

Engineering schematics for the upcoming iPhone 5 have slipped out onto the web.
Tony Smith, 11 Mar 2011
Dragon Age II

Dragon Age II

ReviewDragon Age 2, sequel to 2009’s Dragon Age: Origins, plunges us once more into the realm of swords and sorcery – even adapting its history based on your Origins' saved game (if you have one). However, in terms of style and gameplay, there is perhaps more here that fans of Mass Effect will find familiar than series veterans.
Mike Plant, 11 Mar 2011

Iron Mountain hit by hedge fund attack

Data-vaulting company Iron Mountain has been hit by a hedge fund shareholder attack that accuses management of disastrous forays into digital data storage and international expansion. It should become a real estate-focused company delivering cash to shareholders instead of wasting it on fruitless growth ambitions, says the fund.
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2011
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Hated contractor tax might disappear

IR35 – the tax on one-person service companies – might be revoked by upcoming changes to UK tax law.
John Oates, 11 Mar 2011

YouTube seeks workers for fun times, cosy chats and ... political unrest

There might be carnage going on over at AOL today, but things are looking decidedly rosier for anyone seeking a job at Google's yet-to-turn-profit video-sharing site YouTube.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Mar 2011

InterWorx admits password security FAIL led to attack on users

Web-hosting administration outfit InterWorx has warned users to change their passwords following a deep penetrating hack attack.
John Leyden, 11 Mar 2011

Dim Brits think TARDIS IS REAL

In the BBC series How TV Ruined Your Life, one-time games reviewer Charlie Brooker talks at length about the British public literally believing what is seen on their screens.
Caleb Cox, 11 Mar 2011

TVonics intros 'durable' DVR

UK DVR specialist TVonics has introduced its second Freeview HD recorder, this one with a rather more discreet design than the company's first such offering.
Tony Smith, 11 Mar 2011

Scareware slingers exploit Japan tsunami disaster

Pond-life malware writers have wasted little time poisoning search results based on Friday's devastating earthquake in Japan with links to scareware portals.
John Leyden, 11 Mar 2011
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

Xperia Play gets UK debut date

Sony Ericsson's PlayStation phone - the Xperia Play - now has a UK release date and price. It has also been confirmed that the gadget will come with six pre-installed games.
Caleb Cox, 11 Mar 2011

Average Brit has three mysterious keys

British people carry an average of nine keys around with them, but can identify only six of those, with no idea what the other three came from, or what they unlock...
Bill Ray, 11 Mar 2011

Stephen Fry explains... how TV works

CompetitionIt's Fryday again, which means it's time to unleash more reader-contributed luvvie-speak of complicated technical things. You know – the sort of thing Stephen Fry might say when he doesn't have the correct answer placed in front of him on a piece of card by unpaid interns. Possibly.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Mar 2011

EU ministers give approval to patent scheme

A new patent agreement covering 25 of the EU's 27 countries was given the green light by EU member states yesterday. The European Commission will now draw up a specific proposal for the scheme.
OUT-LAW.COM, 11 Mar 2011

Betfair promises problems are behind it

Betfair suffered a brief outage this morning – one of several glitches the site has suffered in recent weeks.
John Oates, 11 Mar 2011

Apple bans iPhone 3G patch omission talk from forum

A Reg reader who brought up Apple's decision to exclude the iPhone 3G and other older devices from its latest security update on an official forum has received a firm rebuke for his effort.
John Leyden, 11 Mar 2011
For Sale sign detail

SGI buys back spun-out Japanese unit

Supercomputer maker Silicon Graphics wants a lot more business in Japan, the world's third largest economy. To get that business, the new SGI (the combination of Rackable Systems and Silicon Graphics) is buying back a Japanese unit that the old SGI sold off when it went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy back in May 2006.

Google man opens curtain on cloud apps firewall glitch

As Google builds HTML5 offline access into its Google Docs web-based word processor, the company has introduced a change that inadvertently causes problems for some netizens using the service behind a network firewall. Google will not reverse the change, saying that it's required for offline access, due later this year. But it has provided businesses and schools with (extensive) instructions for reconfiguring firewalls so that the service can operate normally.
Cade Metz, 11 Mar 2011

Japanese earthquake sparks nuclear emergency

UpdatedThe magnitude 8.9 or 8.8 earthquake that struck northeast Japan Friday has forced the evacuation of thousands within a three-kilometer radius of a nuclear power plant, after a failure in its cooling system lead to the threat of a fuel-rod meltdown that's yet to be fully mitigated.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Mar 2011

Cray strides past another $12m DARPA milestone

Supercomputer maker Cray has passed another milestone in its research and development effort for the "Cascade" massively parallel supercomputers it is developing for the US Defense Advanced Research Project Agency.

Megaquake cuts Japan phone lines

Telephone communications across Japan have been disrupted following Friday's massive earthquake, although data center operations appear to be holding up.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Mar 2011

App Store not invited to web's date with destiny

Open...and ShutJust as the web seemed to have won - with consumers living their lives online through Facebook and Google and enterprises embracing cloud computing - along comes the mobile app to spoil the party.
Matt Asay, 11 Mar 2011
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iPad slaps Acer, pumps Dell's number two PC maker rank

Dell has strengthed its position as the number-two PC seller in the world, thanks to Apple's iPad kicking Acer in a place it'd have preferred not to have been kicked.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Mar 2011

HP squeaks past IBM into number one server seller spot

European server sales and shipments may have been muted when compared than in the world at large in the fourth quarter, but business was healthily up: revenue grew by 9.1 per cent to $4.3bn, the highest seen in EMEA since Q1 2007, according to IDC – and HP slipped into the number-one server-seller spot, besting worldwide leader IBM by a mere $10m.

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