24th > March > 2011 Archive


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.
Richard Chirgwin, 24 Mar 2011
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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.
Richard Chirgwin, 24 Mar 2011
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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.
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Apple Mac OS X: ten years old today

Mac OS X is - formally - ten years old today.
Tony Smith, 24 Mar 2011
Slow Shutter Cam

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.
Cliff Joseph, 24 Mar 2011

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.
Lester Haines, 24 Mar 2011

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.
Tony Smith, 24 Mar 2011

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.
John Leyden, 24 Mar 2011
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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.
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2011
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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.
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2011

Mobile Bing comes over all HTML5

Microsoft has revamped its mobile search offering, dropping location-based and iTunes app searching into HTML5 layouts.
Bill Ray, 24 Mar 2011

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.
Lester Haines, 24 Mar 2011

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.
Tony Smith, 24 Mar 2011

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.
Dan Olds, 24 Mar 2011
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iPhone 4 SURVIVES plunge from plane

The iPhone 4 is indestructible. There, I said it.
Caleb Cox, 24 Mar 2011
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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.
Enrico Signoretti, 24 Mar 2011

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.
Team Register, 24 Mar 2011

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.
Bill Ray, 24 Mar 2011

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".
Jane Fae , 24 Mar 2011

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.
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2011

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.
Lester Haines, 24 Mar 2011

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.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Mar 2011

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.
John Leyden, 24 Mar 2011
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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.
Caleb Cox, 24 Mar 2011
Duke Nukem

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.
Caleb Cox, 24 Mar 2011

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?
Robin Birtstone, 24 Mar 2011

Microsoft spends $7.5m on IP addresses

It’s official, IP addresses are now more expensive than domain names.
Kevin Murphy, 24 Mar 2011

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.
John Leyden, 24 Mar 2011

Five jailed for £140m VAT scam

Five men have been jailed for their roles in a huge missing-trader fraud which netted £140m.
John Oates, 24 Mar 2011

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.
Bill Ray, 24 Mar 2011

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.
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2011

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.
Lester Haines, 24 Mar 2011

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.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Mar 2011

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.
Cade Metz, 24 Mar 2011

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.
Cade Metz, 24 Mar 2011

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.
Gavin Clarke, 24 Mar 2011

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.
Dan Goodin, 24 Mar 2011

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.
Natalie Apostolou, 24 Mar 2011

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.
Cade Metz, 24 Mar 2011

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