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Is iPhone data collection legal?

According to Gizmodo (and many others), it’s “no big” deal that Google, Microsoft and Apple are collecting location data from mobile devices.
Richard Chirgwin, 02 May 2011

HP forges 32-socket Itanium iron

What's going on with Hewlett-Packard's Itanium-based Integrity server lineup? It has been over a year since HP got its first machines using Intel's "Tukwila" quad-core Itanium 9300 processors into Integrity machines, and the company has still not delivered machines spanning 32 and 64 sockets. This is the kind of big iron that key HP-UX accounts need.

Space shuttle Endeavour launch delayed until at least May 8

NASA has once again delayed the final launch of the space shuttle Endeavour, as it works to correct the electrical problem that postponed Friday's original launch attempt.
Cade Metz, 02 May 2011

Skype sex cadets charged for misusing telco services

Police in Australia have finally worked out how to charge two Australian Defence Force Academy cadets at the center of the ‘Skype sex scandal’.
Natalie Apostolou, 02 May 2011

Tiscali wants Scality's ring

Struggling Italian ISP Tiscali has called on Scality and its RING product to build a cloud storage service.
Chris Mellor, 02 May 2011
Arcam FMJ BDP100

Arcam FMJ BDP100 Blu-ray Disc player

ReviewIf you’re an Arcam aficionado, there must have been times when you thought the arrival of a Blu-ray Disc player would never come. The brand’s original strategy, to support both HD DVD and BD with a universal player, was shunted off the road when the HD format war came to an abrupt end.
Steve May, 02 May 2011
DVD it in many colours

Welcome your robot overlairds, robots

Silicon servitudeIn 2002 we got our first domestic robot, a basic Roomba which is long dead now, but since then our household robots have kept the place tidy, and the children in line.
Bill Ray, 02 May 2011

Sony closes PC games site over security 'concern'

Sony shut down its website for online PC games on Monday, almost two weeks after it closed the PlayStation Network following a criminal intrusion that stole personally identifiable information from 77 million account holders.
Dan Goodin, 02 May 2011

Pakistani IT admin leaks bin Laden raid on Twitter

UpdatedBefore Osama bin Laden knew that a squadron of US Navy Seals was approaching his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, their approach had been tweeted to the world by a 33-year-old IT admin, Sohaib Athar.
Rik Myslewski, 02 May 2011
hands waving dollar bills in the air

Cisco rolls out data center pods

Server wannabee Cisco Systems is now a containerized data center wannabe too.

Canada's internet future at stake in Monday election

The future of the Internet is at stake in Monday's Canadian election.
Trevor Pott, 02 May 2011

Mozilla answers Google's Crankshaft with IonMonkey

Mozilla is developing a new JIT compiler for SpiderMonkey – the Firefox JavaScript engine – aiming to provide a new set of JavaScript optimizations. Known as IonMonkey, this will be SpiderMonkey's third JIT, but Mozilla hopes to consolidate all its optimization work on the new platform.
Cade Metz, 02 May 2011

Microsoft maps WinPhone 7 path for iPhone coders

Microsoft is again reaching out to iPhone application developers, this time trying to siphon off some of the Jobisian magic juice for Windows Phone 7.
Gavin Clarke, 02 May 2011

Free iPad content for Time, Fortune subscribers

Apple and Time Inc., have inked a pact that allows subscribers of hard-copy rags published by the largest magazine flogger in the US to freely download digital copies of those same issues onto their Cupertinian fondleslabs.
Rik Myslewski, 02 May 2011

Small Oz carriers get license fee cut

Senator Stephen Conroy, Australia’s minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, has moved to placate an industry increasingly dissatisfied with his handling of the country’s National Broadband Network with cheaper carrier licenses.
Richard Chirgwin, 02 May 2011
graph up

Pure Storage to dethrone 'evil' hard disk

CommentThe problems with networked storage is the hard drive. It's evil – nothing can be done to fix its primary latency and seek problems except by giving up on them and going flash. That's Pure Storage's preferred option, and it's betting the farm on it.
Chris Mellor, 02 May 2011

Stolen smart-meter SIM leads to outrageous 3G bill

Skeptics who think 3G data services can’t be used for volume downloads, think again: a Tasmanian woman has been jailed for racking up a bill of nearly A$200,000 on a SIM stolen from an electricity smart-meter.
Richard Chirgwin, 02 May 2011

Google intros video chat on Android

Brace yourself for a new round of 3G service bill-shock horror stories: Google has announced Android support for video chat and voice chat using Google Talk.
Richard Chirgwin, 02 May 2011

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