Google exec announces departure as Page takes reins
Larry Page took over as Google chief executive on Monday, and his first day on the job saw another significant change to the Google management team. The company's head of product management, Jonathan Rosenberg, announced he will be leaving the company.
NBN Co construction chief resigns
Patrick Flanagan, head of construction at NBN Co, has reportedly resigned according to reports on the Sydney Morning Herald and the ABC.
Facebook Comments kill web freedom
Open...and ShutIt turns out that the web's Wild West days may be over. Fueled in part by the early promise of unfettered freedom, the web has lately succumbed to middle age and a newfound sobriety that will simultaneously make the web less appealing to the tech elites and hugely useful for Main Street.
Google relocates Australian AdWords customers
One of the anchor-tenants of what was formerly the Irish economic miracle, Google, is moving the administration of Australian AdWords customers to Singapore.
Virally spreading scam spreads over Twitter
Twitter has been struck by a virally spreading worm that attempts to make money by scamming users into filling out surveys and viewing advertisements.
Marantz Melody Media music combo
ReviewApple’s AirPlay audio streaming facility is beginning to trickle out to an increasing range of devices, but Marantz took it to market first with the Melody Media – an enticing box of audio tricks, which includes a CD player, FM/AM/DAB+ tuner and Internet radio plus a 2 x 60W amplifier.
Ofcom finalises ambitious annual plan
Ofcom has a busy year planned, involving auctions, action and investigations, not to mention taking responsibility for the Post Office too, and all for less money than last year.
Google may face 'broad US antitrust probe'
The US Federal Trade commission is considering a broad antitrust investigation of Google's search business, according to a report citing two people familiar with the matter.
Android App of the WeekTurning your Android phone into an impromptu picture frame can be the perfect source of escapism during a dull day and while there’s nothing actually wrong with the basic slideshow feature of the standard Android gallery it’s just that, basic.
Anonymous hacks Sony PS3 sites
Several Sony PlayStation sites are unavailable this morning thanks to what looks like a distributed denial of service attack launched by Anonymous.
SugarCRM in Jobsian Flash rewrite
SugarCRM is going mobile in a big way. The company has purchased iEnterprises's iExtensions CRM – a tool that provides access to Lotus Notes contacts on smartphones and tablets – and it has announced new versions of its own software for Android, BlackBerry, and iPad.
EMC buys NetWitness after its impressive hack smackdown
EMC has announced its acquisition of network security monitoring and analysis platform outfit NetWitness. Financial terms of the deal, announced Monday, were undisclosed.
Seagate ships slim slab of storage
Seagate has launched a 320GB slim slab of disk storage which will cost content rich but space poor users a measly £80.
'Yuri Gagarin' blasts off to ISS
Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome last night paid tribute to Yuri Gagarin as the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft, decorated with the name of the first man in space, blasted off to the International Space Station.
Teens who listen to music a lot are at high risk of depression
In a development which confirms what many of us perhaps knew all along, research has shown that listening to music all the time as a teenager turns you into a doleful depressive (or alternatively that being a doleful depressive teenager makes you listen to music all the time). Youngsters who read, by contrast, tend to be in tiptop mental health.
VMware 'buys' Mozy for its cloudy goodness
EMC has transferred its Mozy online backup service, assets and staff to VMware, signalling VMWare's intent to be far more visible as a cloud IT service provider.
iPhone 4: Now with added jailbreaky fun
iPhone 4 and Windows Phone 7 owners can now jailbreak their handsets.
Real Time Information trial to begin April 2012
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed that its Real Time Information (RTI) system, developed to improve the operation of PAYE taxation, is to go ahead with a pilot beginning in April 2012.
Desktop virt roll-outs: Upfront pain for long-term gain
How can IT departments build a business case for desktop virtualisation? Look at the numbers, says Robin Birtstone - but make sure you see all of them.
Quick CEO change for Quantum
Quantum chief operating officer Jon Gacek will take over as new CEO and member of the board, while incumbent Rick Belluzzo moves to executive chairman.
SpyEye mobile banking Trojan uses same tactics as ZeuS
Cybercrooks have deployed a sophisticated man-in-the-mobile attack using the SpyEye banking Trojan toolkit.
ICO wags finger at York council after data breach
The Information Commissioner's Office has slapped York council for breaching the Data Protection Act, after sensitive information was wrongly collected from a shared printer and then redistributed.
Watchdog backs Top Gear in war with Mexico
Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has ruled that comments by the presenters of Top Gear, at the expense of "lazy, feckless" Mexicans, were "justified by the context".
Japan 'quake hits PSP2 launch?
The launch of Sony's upcoming PlayStation portable, the NGP, is to be pushed back, in the wake of last month's catastrophic tsunami in Japan.
UK's Reaper flying hunter-killer fleet 'to double'
The UK expects to double its fleet of "Reaper" robot hunter-killer aircraft, according to the machines' manufacturer.
Coalition fails business on banks, says survey
British businesses have seen no changes in bank attitudes to lending to despite the Coalition's claims that it had brought the banks into line.
Mozilla ditches Messaging wing, eyes social webby sweetshop
Mozilla has folded its Messaging subsidiary into the open source outfit's Lab division as it slowly backs away from the development of client-based email software.
Hacks arrested in phone hacking probe
Two men have been arrested by the Metropolitan Police today as part of the restarted investigation into voicemail "hacking".
Get shirty with Doctor Who
We love Doctor Who here at Vulture Central. And with the warmer seasons upon us, why not don some suitable attire while barbecue-ing over a steaming Dalek?
Ofcom refuses to interfere on powerline networking interference
Powerline Telecommunications kit fails EU standards, but Ofcom tells us there's no proof of interference - and even if there was it couldn't do anything. And even if it could, it wouldn't.
Steven Moffat promises 'darker' Doctor Who
Steven Moffat has teased that the forthcoming new series of Doctor Who will kick off with episodes "darker than any other opener of a season".
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Android smartphone
ReviewSony Ericsson’s Xperia series got off to a rocky start back in 2008 but improved greatly with last year’s X10. The Xperia Arc is the company’s latest flagship offering that runs the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and features an 8.1Mp camera with a low noise CMOS sensor and a high-end screen with a Bravia engine. Evidently, Sony Ericsson wants you to know it means business.
Russia, NASA to hold talks on nuclear-powered spacecraft
Russia, the US and other nations are to discuss cooperation on building a nuclear-powered spacecraft, according to the head of Roscosmos – the Russian space agency.
Nintendo trades blows with The Sun over 3DS returns
This morning saw Nintendo 3DS complaints reach a new low, after The Sun ran a story on the headaches and dizziness associated with the device. Nintendo has already hit back, calling the report "incorrect".
UK gov 'draws US attention' to Bradley Manning concerns
The UK government has formally raised concerns with the USA regarding the treatment of the imprisoned US soldier Bradley Manning, who is charged with various offences under military regulations and the US criminal code.
Fired Gucci IT worker accused of tearing up network
A fired network engineer has been charged with mounting a revenge hack attack against the American branch of Gucci.
Wannabe baby-kisser lies on political honesty phone-in
A Derby council wannabe's political career got off to a promising start when he lied on a radio phone-in about honesty in politics.
iPhone morphs into pinball machine
Pinball machines are hard to come by these days, and even the pre-installed version on Windows has died out. Fret not, Pinball Wizards! You can turn your phone into a miniature machine and relive those childhood arcade moments.
Facebook, Google et al grapple with France in privacy row
Facebook, Google and around 20 other internet firms are reportedly set to file a complaint against a decree issued by France's State Council that requires the companies to retain web surfers' personal data for 12 months.
Dig deep! Radio asks taxpayers for blank cheque
Timing is everything, comics say. So it is in politics, too. With the UK flat broke after Labour's nine-year drunken spending splurge, the taxpayer is now being asked to pay for lots of new radio masts, and associated infrastructure.
Money mule scam offers CAPTCHA-protected malware
Fraudsters are seeking to hoodwink small business owners into signing up as money mules.
Spanish cops rush to cuff 'webcam killer'
Spanish police yesterday swiftly arrested a man who stands accused of murdering his wife and then showing the body to his father in Romania via webcam.
Riverbed speeds backups to Nirvanix storage cloud
Riverbed has beefed up its Whitewater appliance – a device designed to automatically back data up to online storage services – adding hooks for the Nirvanix "cloud storage" service and support for backup software from EMC, Quest, and CA.
The Microsoft mobile reboot needs rebooting
MicroBiteLate last year, plagued by a falling mobile market share, Microsoft "rebooted" its Windows mobile franchise with the launch of Windows Phone 7. Reviewers loved the smartphone operating system. The gadget press lapped it up. Even hardened skeptics felt some love for Microsoft they had forgotten they could feel.
Toshiba readies 'cinema specs' 3D TVs
Toshiba World 2011Toshiba could have 40in-plus glasses-free 3D TV sets - the ZL2 family - out in Europe by the end of the year, but specs-essential sets based on cinema-style passive technology on sale much sooner.
US court boots and moots Verizon net neut suit
Verizon's lawsuit against a US Federal Communications Commission order that imposes network-neutrality rules has been tossed out of court by a three-judge panel who deemed the suit premature.
Intel charges premium for Xeon E7 scalability
Intel has refreshed its high-end x64-based server processors with the launch of the "Westmere-EX" chips, now known to the outside world as the Xeon E7s, and it wants some more money for them than you might have been budgeting.
Microsoft's first Window 8 tablet app spotted
Bloggers have uncovered an application for Windows 8 that blurs the line between Windows, the web, and mobile using a new architecture from Microsoft.
MythBusters: Savage and Hyneman detonate truthiness
They've built working crossbows using rolled up newspapers, shot frozen chickens at airplane windshields, and tried to paint a room using dynamite. They say their crowning moment was actually floating a lead balloon, disproving the old cliché. And when their 2011 season debuts Wednesday night in the US, they'll determine whether Mission Impossible–style masks can really bypass security systems.
Google Chrome to warn of malicious Windows executables
Google says it's expanding its blacklist of malicious websites to include those that use deceptive claims to push harmful Windows programs.
Intel expands 'Sandy Bridge' Xeon E3 lineup
Intel is rolling out more chips for single socket workstations and servers from its "Sandy Bridge" Xeon E3 lineup.
Burnout Crash gets PG rating
If there’s an “oops” moment here, it belongs to the game publisher rather than Australia’s Classification Board, but Electronic Arts’ unannounced game Burnout Crash has been unveiled because the Board gave it a PG rating.
Facebook Data Center: If it won't run ARM, what will it run?
In August, the rumor was that Facebook planned to pack its first custom-built data center with ARM servers, abandoning traditional x86 chips from the likes of Intel and AMD. The trouble was that the rumor arrived via a site calling itself SemiAccurate, and Facebook promptly told the world it wasn't accurate at all.
HP whips out 6 ILM products
HP has updated its information lifecycle management portfolio with six product announcements.
Canonical kills free Ubuntu CD program
Say goodbye to Ubuntu on CD. Canonical is killing the free distribution of its Linux on disc, while ramping up cloud trials for penguin-curious Windows fans.
Pac Fibre invites tenders for Au-NZ-US cable
Pacific Fibre has announced that it has invited the submarine cable industry to tender for building its proposed Australia-New Zealand-US link.