Judge to music industry: 'Worth trillions? Forget it'
The music industry is sticking to a self-valuation that has been rejected by various courts and has now been described as “absurd” by a New York judge.
Intel and HP defend honor of Itanium
Intel, the maker of the Itanium family of server processors, and Hewlett-Packard, the main customer for the chips, have fired back at an Oracle announcement late yesterday that it was stopping software development on the Itanium chip.
iiNet against the world: final round draws near(ish)
The Federal Court of Australia judges were wrong, according to AFACT, and it’s off to the High Court for the movie studios and iiNet. In particular, the studios will seek leave to appeal their loss to the High Court.
Red Hat: The first $1-billion-a-year open source outfit (almost)
The money just keeps rolling in at Red Hat, and it looks like this year will be even better as the company is poised to become the first open source software company to break through the $1bn mark.
Slow Shutter Cam
iOS App of the WeekI’m not the best photographer in the world, so I’ve tended to eye the many photographic apps for iDevices with wary suspicion.
Government shells out £2m for ID card compo
The government has released details of how it is paying suppliers £2.253m to compensate them for the cancellation of contracts connected to the scrapped plans for identity card.
Spurned nonagenarian lets rip with semi-automatic
A 92-year-old Florida woman refused a kiss by her 53-year-old neighbour responded by pumping four rounds from a semi-automatic pistol into his house.
Asda slashes Samsung tablet price
Will Samsung clear the way for its new, much more svelte 8.9in and 10.1 Galaxy Tabs by selling off the original, 7in model cheap? If it won't, retailer Asda will.
Russian jailed for 6 years for smutty billboard stunt
A Russian man has been jailed for six years for putting smut on a streetside video billboard.
Dell opens Exanet-based R&D centre
Dell has opened an Israeli research and development centre, based on its Exanet acquisition, to focus on developing storage technologies and cloud computing.
Quantum shoots down SpectraLogic product claims
SpectraLogic recently claimed it is the first tape library vendor to have integrated data integrity validation. But competitor Quantum says it introduced this last year.
Mobile Bing comes over all HTML5
Microsoft has revamped its mobile search offering, dropping location-based and iTunes app searching into HTML5 layouts.
BAA promises to get its Heathrow act together
Heathrow operator BAA has promised to spend £50m at the airport to prevent a repetition of last December's anarchy, which saw the "wrong amount of snow" stranding thousands of passengers.
Apple should grant TV makers licence to stream
Apple wants TV makers to build its AirPlay media-sharing protocol into their sets - if a claim that it's pondering licensing the technology is true.
The curious incident of Oracle and HP-UX on Itanium
CommentWhen I saw the news on Wednesday morning, I thought I had picked the wrong week to give up sniffing glue. Or maybe Oracle did. Either way, Oracle’s announcement that it is halting development on HP-UX/Itanium versions of its products touched off a firestorm of phone calls, emails and tweets that just won’t let up.
HDS and its awfully good VMware integration
I'm here sitting at the second Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) blogger's day with a bunch of other bloggers to hear about the company's vision and strategy.
Microsoft skills up IT pros for jobs in the cloud
You can tell that cloud computing is huge by the number of certifications and training programmes and user groups setting out their stalls.
Ofcom gives shonky Sitefinder Google Maps boost
Ofcom has finally overhauled its Sitefinder database, overlaying the data on Google Maps and saving a fortune - though that data is getting less complete and more inaccurate every day.
Apple bashes 'gay cure' app
Apple appears to have bowed to pressure from gay rights groups, and withdrawn a controversial "gay cure" app sponsored by Exodus International, an evangelical Christian group claiming to be "the world’s largest ministry to individuals and families impacted by homosexuality".
ProStor's InfiniVault sells slowly
ProStor has announced that just 200 customers have bought its multi-disk InfiniVault archive whereas there are 250,000 customers for the single slot RDX removable disk product.
Landlocked Bolivia seeks legal route to Pacific
Bolivian president Evo Morales has pledged that his landlocked nation will reclaim access to the sea, 132 years after it lost its coastline to Chile.
BBC, British Library empires expand under Tory 'growth plan'
Every time Conservatives come to power, they promise to invigorate fusty old state institutions. They vow to set them free of the mediocre, the time-markers and the empire-builders they've acquired over the years, and renew them with competition and fresh thinking.
EU admits deep impact cyberattack in run-up to key summit
The EU has admitted to having been hit by a deep, penetrating cyber-attack.
Ten... on-ear headphones
Product Round-upHere we go again with another headphone roundup. This month we're looking at on-ear models, your everyday portable friends that cover the lugs and don't get coated in wax by sitting inside them.
Duke Nukem Forever DELAYED
Here's something that will make you chuckle: Duke Nukem Forever has been postponed… again. But only by a month, supposedly.
Securing the virtual desktop
Securing the endpoint has always been a headache for IT administrators. The less managed those endpoints are, the worse the headache is. In a virtualised desktop environment, where those operating systems and applications are more managed, does the problem go away?
Microsoft spends $7.5m on IP addresses
It’s official, IP addresses are now more expensive than domain names.
Hackers make off with TripAdvisor's membership list
Travel site TripAdvisor has warned subscribers to expect more spam following the theft of its member database.
Five jailed for £140m VAT scam
Five men have been jailed for their roles in a huge missing-trader fraud which netted £140m.
BlackBerry bans drink-drive apps
Responding to complaints from four US senators, RIM has expelled two applications that warn users when they're approaching a police checkpoint, though Apple has yet to do the same.
Tintri flashes unique VMware storage credentials
US startup Tintri aims to put every other storage array vendor on the back foot with the first dedicated VMware storage appliance using VMware storage abstractions instead of generalised files and LUNs.
NASA's Stardust set to 'burn to depletion'
The career of NASA's Stardust spacecraft comes to an end this evening when it performs a final firing of its engines, shuts down its transmitters and floats off into history.
Nokia launches new corporate font
Strategy BoutiqueNokia hasn't got much in the way of exciting and desirable new phones to show you - alas, the old management really buggered things up. The first Windows Phone won't be here until 2012. But here's the next best thing: a new corporate font will be unveiled in trendy Hoxton, the spiritual home of the web2.0 mediaslut.
Google open sources MapReduce compression
Google has open sourced the compression library used across its backend infrastructure, including MapReduce, its distributed number-crunching platform, and BigTable, its distributed database.
Oracle to HP: 'Liar, liar, pants on fire'
The tit-for-tat between Oracle and Itanium chip partners Intel and Hewlett-Packard rolls on.
Google faces possible antitrust probes in two other states
Google is facing a possible antitrust probe in the state of Ohio, and according to a report citing a person familiar with the matter, Wisconsin is weighing a Google antitrust probe of its own.
Microsoft's Novell patent pals return to SuSE's homeland
The Microsoft-led consortium of tech companies trying to hoover up nearly 1,000 of Novell's patents is back in business.
RSA won't talk? Assume SecurID is broken
CommentIt's been a week since RSA dropped a vaguely worded bombshell on 30,000 customers that the soundness of the SecurID system they used to secure their corporate and governmental networks was compromised after hackers stole confidential information concerning the two-factor authentication product.
Oz gov kicks off censorship review
For the first time in 20 years, the Australian Federal Government looks intent on updating the National Classification Scheme.
Oracle cash grows on new licenses, hardware
It looks like Larry Ellison's net worth is set to go up some more. And maybe yours too, if you own Oracle stock.
Steve Jobs vindicated: Google Android is not open
If you needed further proof that Android is not an "open platform", Google just supplied it. On Thursday, the company said that as its select partners release the first tablets based on Android "Honeycomb" – the latest version of its mobile operating system – it will not open source the Honeycomb code.