21st > April > 2011 Archive


Internet child porn investigators net South Aust MP

A South Australian state Labor MP has been arrested and charged for using the Internet to access child exploitation material, in an ongoing police operation called Operation Decimate*.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 Apr 2011

Lady Gaga helps ease the Vodafail pain

The customer backlash over Vodafone and 3’s extensive network outage issues has given rise to dedicated blogs, Facebook pages, websites, and now – wait for it – a Lady Gaga music video parody.
Natalie Apostolou, 21 Apr 2011

eBay buys mobile ad outfit Where

eBay – famous for letting people buy stuff for auction from anywhere in the world, to anywhere in the world – has joined the “hyper-local” goldrush and bought Boston-based Where Inc. for an undisclosed sum.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 Apr 2011

IPv4 addresses priced at $4 on new trading site

IPv4 address trading – long predicted by authorities such as APNIC (Asia Pacific Network Information Centre) chief scientist Geoff Huston – has arriving with a vengeance. Now there's even a site devoted to it: Tradeipv4.com, registered at the end of March by a German Python developer Martin von Loewis.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 Apr 2011

Ubuntu seeks Android-packin' Windows deserters

If you're packing an Android smartphone, not an iPhone, then you're the kind of free tech spirit that Canonical wants for Ubuntu Linux – version 11.04, to be precise.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Apr 2011
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Ubuntu Server 11.04: Fully baked in 7 days

If you have nothing better to do next Thursday after stuffing yourself full of Easter lamb or ham on Sunday, you might want to wander over to Canonical, get a slice of "Natty Narwhal", and chew on a bit of Ubuntu Server 11.04.

Microsoft online app melodrama wins federal certification

Microsoft's BPOS-Federal suite of online business applications has been certified for use by the US government. Which highlights the fact that it wasn't certified earlier.
Cade Metz, 21 Apr 2011
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iOS App of the WeekIt’s holiday time! But we’ve all heard horror stories about people coming back from holiday and getting hit with a huge bill for using their smartphone outside the UK.
Cliff Joseph, 21 Apr 2011

Cops refuse to say if they secretly snarf cellphone data

The American Civil Liberties Union has called on Michigan State Police to account for several pieces mobile hardware in its possession that can quickly download cellphone data without the owner's knowledge.
Dan Goodin, 21 Apr 2011

World's Biggest Pac-Man keeps growing

Want to relive those magic pill-munching days of dark rooms and repetitive electronic music? Then have a bash at The World's Biggest Pac-Man, an online version of the popular game that experiences continuous growth through user contributions.
Caleb Cox, 21 Apr 2011

Social networks must police kids' profiles, says EC

Social network sites must ensure that children's profiles are visible only to the child's friends and cannot be found on a search engine, the European Commission has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Apr 2011

ICT classes in school should be binned – IT biz body

Schools should stop teaching ICT lessons in their current form as the subject is failing both pupils and employers, according to trade bod Intellect.
Lewis Page, 21 Apr 2011

Watchdog sniffs Rihanna's 'gently thrusting buttocks'

ITV will not face action from TV watchdog Ofcom over X Factor performances by Rihanna and Christina Aguilera, despite the Daily Mail's insistence that the pair punted filth to wide-eyed kiddies.
Lester Haines, 21 Apr 2011

Royal wedding scareware scams arise as Big Day looms

Spyware scammers have unsurprisingly latched onto the upcoming royal wedding as a theme for rogue anti-virus scams.
John Leyden, 21 Apr 2011

Hubble celebrates 21st with gorgeous galactic 'rose' snap

NASA is celebrating the forthcoming 21st anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's launch with a fetching snap of a galactic "rose".
Lester Haines, 21 Apr 2011

PSN gaming network outage sparks DDoS rumours

Outage of the PlayStation network today sparked unconfirmed rumours that the downtime may be down to a denial of service attack.
John Leyden, 21 Apr 2011

Obama to pop down to Endeavour launch

Barack Obama will pop down to Kennedy Space Center for next week's launch of space shuttle Endeavour, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 21 Apr 2011

Government agrees terms with cloud supplier

A cloud computing service provider has claimed an agreement with a central government working group to make it the first supplier in the field to deal with government as a single customer.

Lasers set to replace spark plugs in car engines

Spark plugs in petrol engines are set to be replaced by laser ignition systems, following development of new manufacturing techniques by Japanese boffins.
Lewis Page, 21 Apr 2011

Animal lovers stamp on goldfish racing

A bar in Washington state has been obliged to cancel its weekly goldfish racing event following complaints from less-than-impressed animal lovers.
Lester Haines, 21 Apr 2011

What now for the anti-piracy law?

AnalysisBT and TalkTalk threw the kitchen sink, legally speaking, at the Digital Economy Act and made very little stick.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Apr 2011

Phones4U gets the jump on Samsung's Galaxy S II

Samsung's upcoming handset, the Galaxy S II will be offered through Phones4U in the week prior to release, making the retailer the first in the UK to market the smartphone.
Caleb Cox, 21 Apr 2011

ICO makes school stand in corner over data theft

The ICO has given an Oldham school a stern telling-off after an unencrypted laptop with pupils' details was stolen from a teachers' car.
Joe Fay, 21 Apr 2011
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Eight... spatial soundbars

Product Round-upTV’s have been getting thinner and thinner over the last few years, with some of today’s LED sets almost impossibly slim. Although picture quality has been improving, the tight amount of space available in these slim-line chassis means that they tend to house tiny speakers that produce audio that’s got less bottom end than most size zero models.
Niall Magennis, 21 Apr 2011

TalkTalk claims wooden spoon for highest level of broadband gripes

Communications watchdog Ofcom placed TalkTalk at the the top of the list of companies it had received complaints about from UK broadband and landline customers between October 2010 and February this year.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Apr 2011
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Dell refreshes Alienware laptops

Dell has boosted its Alienware line-up with some fresh gaming-centric laptops, the M11x, M14x and M18x.
Caleb Cox, 21 Apr 2011

Microsoft inks Nokia deal with phones set to fly in 2012

The marriage between Microsoft and Nokia was today splashed in ink with the two companies signing a definitive deal for their 10-week-old strategic union.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Apr 2011

Multimillionaire's private space ship 'can land on Mars'

Famous upstart startup rocket company SpaceX, bankrolled and helmed by renowned internet nerdwealth hecamillionaire Elon Musk, has once again sent its goalposts racing ahead of its rapidly-advancing corporate reality.
Lewis Page, 21 Apr 2011

Nokia market share dips below 30% in Q1

Nokia's global mobile phone market share significantly fell below 30 per cent for the first time in 10 years during the company's first quarter, when it announced a new pact with Microsoft.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Apr 2011

Robotic waiter service uses Kinect to see

We've already seen Microsoft's Xbox Kinect used as the eyes for a robot, but here it is again, in a device offered commercially.
Caleb Cox, 21 Apr 2011

Skype plugs Android privacy flaw

Skype has plugged a privacy flaw in the Android version of its VoIP telephony software.
John Leyden, 21 Apr 2011

Amazon cloud sinks, smothers Web 2.0 darlings

Whole swathes of Web 2.0 disappeared to the dark side of the cloud today, as an outage at one of Amazon's EC2 data centres torpedoed the likes of Quora and Reddit.
Team Register, 21 Apr 2011

Son of Kaspersky Lab's CEO 'kidnapped'

The 20-year-old son of Kaspersky Lab's CEO has reportedly gone missing, with kidnappers said to be demanding €3m for his release.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Apr 2011

Japanese gov makes Fukushima evac zone compulsory

Japanese authorities have elected to make a recommended evacuation zone around the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear powerplant compulsory and ordered residents of some communities beyond the zone to evacuate, despite the fact that radiation levels beyond the plant fence are dropping steadily and are nowhere such as to cause health concerns.
Lewis Page, 21 Apr 2011

Google to sell subscriptions to Chrome OS notebooks?

Google will sell Chrome OS notebooks and accompanying software services for a $10 to $20 monthly subscription fee, according to a report citing a "reliable source".
Cade Metz, 21 Apr 2011
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Google Linux servers hit with $5m patent infringement verdict

A jury has found that in using Linux on its back-end servers, Google has infringed a patent held by a small Texas-based company and must pay $5m in damages.
Cade Metz, 21 Apr 2011

Geeks break time machine record

A cabal of engineers from the Purdue Society of Professional Engineers and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers has broken the world record for a Rube Goldberg contraption, executing a review of history from the Big Bang to the Mayan 2012 apocalypse in 244 steps — to water a single flower.
Natalie Apostolou, 21 Apr 2011

Facebook restores fan page of social scam warning site

Facebook has restored the fan page of an anti-scam site after earlier turfing out the Bulldog Estate.
John Leyden, 21 Apr 2011
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AMD balance sheet not exactly an Intel clone

Advanced Micro Devices is no longer a fabricator of chips, but it is still benefitting from spinning out its wafer-baking unit to GlobalFoundries.

Amazon outage spans clouds 'insulated' from each other

It's not surprising that Amazon's infrastructure cloud has gone on the fritz. This is what happens to internet services from time to time. What is surprising – or least more troubling – is that today's outage affected multiple "availability zones" across the service.
Cade Metz, 21 Apr 2011
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Microsoft chucks bigger salaries and cash bonuses at staff

Cash is the new king in Microsoft's battle to recruit and retain talent against the twin gravitational forces of Google and Facebook.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Apr 2011

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