24th > May > 2011 Archive

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i3 touts sewer as NBN saviour

The i3 Group, this year dumped from building a fibre network in Brisbane, is back on the sales trail in Australia. The company has claimed that using utility ducts could slash 60 pecent off the deployment costs of the NBN and reduce deployment times by 50 percent.
Natalie Apostolou, 24 May 2011
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LinkedIn cookie vulnerable, claims researcher

Fresh from an IPO in which its bankers sent millions to pre-float insiders by low-balling its price, LinkedIn has been accused of slack security by Indian security Rishi Narang.
Richard Chirgwin, 24 May 2011
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Telstra turns on 4G

The race to deploy 4G services in Australia (whether or not 4G truly exists) continues, with Telstra claiming first place.
Natalie Apostolou, 24 May 2011
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Google borgs fledgling price comparison site

Google has acquired SparkBuy, a less-than-year-old price comparison site that was officially still in beta.
Cade Metz, 24 May 2011
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Citrix nabs Kaviza for skinny VDI

Citrix Systems has acquired Kaviza. a two-year-old startup with expertise in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) virtualization for Windows desktops. Kaviza was founded by some techies out of HP Labs, and Citrix was its Series A venture funding partner.
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Exploited Hotmail bug stole email without warning

Microsoft has patched a bug in its Hotmail email service that attackers were exploiting to silently steal confidential correspondences and user contacts from unsuspecting victims. The vulnerability was actively being exploited using emails that contained malicious scripts, Trend Micro researcher Karl Dominguez said Monday. Successful attacks required only that a Hotmail user open the malicious email or view it in a preview window. The commands embedded in the emails uploaded users' correspondences and user contacts to servers under the control of attackers without requiring the victim to click on links or otherwise take any action.
Dan Goodin, 24 May 2011
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Platform gets graphic with HPC cluster manager

Not everybody who needs to build a cluster wants to be a Linux expert. And that is why Platform Computing has slapped an all-encompassing Web-based graphical user interface onto the 3 release of its Platform HPC cluster management tool.
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PlayStation Network breach will cost Sony $171m

The cost of a criminal intrusion that exposed sensitive data for more than 100 million Sony customers and resulted in a 23-day closure of the PlayStation Network will cost the company at least $171 million, executives said. The estimated cost doesn't included expenses related to any lawsuits that may be filed in response to the security breach, which was discovered on April 19. The estimate includes expenses of an identity theft prevention program and promotional packages to win back customers, among other things.
Dan Goodin, 24 May 2011
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Digital Stream DPS-1000 BBC iPlayer set-top box

ReviewReview It won't be long before all HDTVs incorporate BBC iPlayer, video-on-demand services like Lovefilm and Blinkbox, and the playback of content stored on USB- or local network-connected drives.
Tony Smith, 24 May 2011
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Catch of the Day hauls A$80m

James Packer's renewed interest in the tech space has netted local online deal pioneers Gabby and Hezi Leibovich A$80 million for their Catch of the Day and group buying offshoot Scoopon sites.
Natalie Apostolou, 24 May 2011
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SendSpace

Android App of the WeekAndroid App of the Week Shunting large volumes of data from my phone isn’t something I usually need to do, but when the need arises SendSpace is an effective way of uploading large files for others to download.
Alun Taylor, 24 May 2011
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Twitter buys Tweetdeck for $40m – report

Microblogging service Twitter has reportedly purchased Tweetdeck, a client platform popular among Tweeters, for $40m. The deal has not yet been confirmed by the companies, but CNN – without naming its sources – reports that papers were signed yesterday.
Lewis Page, 24 May 2011
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Judgment Day prophet resets doomsday clock

California preacher Harold Camping is unrepentant following his second unsuccessful attempt to predict Judgment Day, and now says true believers should pack their bags for ascension to heaven on 21 October.
Lester Haines, 24 May 2011
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Steve Ballmer window-dresses Windows 8

Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer confirmed yesterday that the company's "next generation of Windows systems" will be released in 2012.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 May 2011
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Isilon and a question of Big Data

InterviewInterview Xiotech technology VP Rob Peglar has moved to Isilon, now an EMC business, to become chief technology officer (CTO) for the Americas. We interviewed Rob and asked him questions that reveal quite a lot about Isilon's prospects, big data, the role of flash in scale-out filers, reduplication and Isilon, and what we should think about archiving data from Isilon clusters.
Chris Mellor, 24 May 2011
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Service Birmingham offshores IT jobs

Service Birmingham, the joint venture with Capita that provides services for the UK's largest council, has confirmed that it plans to outsource a number of IT functions to India.
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ExaGrid stuffs dedupe boost into hot new box

ExaGrid has boosted its deduplication performance by 30 per cent with a new box.
Chris Mellor, 24 May 2011
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3D fad fades for Yanks

Americans may be turning their backs on 3D movies.
Tony Smith, 24 May 2011
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Data General's Tom West dies

ObitObit Tom West, who created Data General's Eclipse 32-bit mini and was immortalised in Tracy Kidder's Pulitzer Prize-winning book Soul Of A New Machine, has died.
Chris Mellor, 24 May 2011

Making English injunctions apply in Scotland will be easy – expert

Extending English injunctions to Scotland would be a "small step" that could result in Scottish publishers facing contempt of court charges, according to one legal expert.
OUT-LAW.COM, 24 May 2011
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ISS 'nauts touch down in Kazakhstan

The International Space Station's Expedition 27 came to an end yesterday as Dmitry Kondratyev, Cady Coleman and Paolo Nespoli (pictured left to right, below) departed the orbiting outpost after 157 days in space.
Lester Haines, 24 May 2011
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Windows on the Desktop? There's a group policy for that

Desktops are important and need managing with the same care as servers. If you are using Windows many of the tools you need are built into Active Directory, which lets you define individual users and computers along with their roles and the groups they fall into. This division makes managing Windows PCs relatively easy.
Simon Bisson, 24 May 2011

Fracking fears are 'hot air': MPs

A Parliamentary enquiry into shale gas exploration in the UK has decided it should be regulated, but not banned. Many of the safety concerns were overblown and, in the words of the Greener-than-thou select committee chairman Tim Yeo MP: "Hot air".
Andrew Orlowski, 24 May 2011
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Foxconn closes iPad factory after explosion deaths

Part of a Foxconn factory that produces Apple's iPad device has been closed, after three workers at the plant were killed in an explosion blamed on combustible dust in a duct last Friday.
Team Register, 24 May 2011
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Osama alive scam snowballs on Twitter

Fraudsters wasted little time running scams based on the death of Osama bin Laden, so it's no big surprise that they are now running cons based on the conspiracy theory that the former head of al Qaida is alive.
John Leyden, 24 May 2011
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Ofcom pricks Shard's 'biggest erection' boast

Ofcom, the UK's telecommunications regulator, has told the company raising London's latest erection, the Shard, that two of the country's tallest TV transmission masts stand more proudly skyward than the so-called "vertical city" does.
Hard Reg, 24 May 2011
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Sony brings multi-gadget gaming to PSP and PS3

Sony is launching a PSP Remaster series, porting selected PSP titles to the PS3, some with support for stereoscopic 3D, and upgraded to HD.
Caleb Cox, 24 May 2011
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Much better wireless power transmission possible - boffins

Engineering boffins in the States say they're on the track of a method to hugely improve the transmission of electrical power without wires. The developments, reportedly, could mean that it wouldn't be just laptops or smartphones charging up wirelessly - much more powerful devices like cars might also get their power without benefit of wires or plugs.
Lewis Page, 24 May 2011
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Euro report slates wireless comms, recommends smoke and mirrors

CommentComment A Council of Europe committee has given voice to various trick cyclists and concluded that rural schools should be cut off from the internet, and that heliographs are the mobile technology of the future.
Bill Ray, 24 May 2011
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BT cheerfully admits snooping on customer LANs

BT reserves, and makes use of, the right to remotely detect all devices connected to LANs owned by its broadband customers – for their own good, of course.
Bill Ray, 24 May 2011
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Ofnuke: UK is not Japan

So that's that, then. The UK's nuclear safety watchdog last week published a list of recommendations following the Fukushima accident. It received rather less press than the hysterical reports from Japan.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 May 2011
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Modern Warfare 3 teaser trailer reveals terror on the tube

Activision has released the first full length trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, confirming rumours that the game will be set in familiar cities such as London and New York.
Caleb Cox, 24 May 2011
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WTF is... 4G

The great thing about standards, as some wit once said, is that there are so many to choose from. Mobile phones are afflicted worse than most technology – a multiplicity of standards, nested within one another like a messy set of Russian dolls filled with alphabet soup.
Liam Proven, 24 May 2011
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LinkedIn slashes cookie lifespan after research exposes security flaws

LinkedIn said it would reduce the persistence of cookies it uses to identify users of the business-focused social networking site following the discovery of security issues with the site that create a possible means for fraudsters to hijack profiles.
John Leyden, 24 May 2011
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ESA: British Skylon spaceplane seems perfectly possible

Good news for spaceplane fanciers today, as a new report issued by the European Space Agency (ESA) says that "no impediments or critical items have been identified" which could block continuing development of the radical British-designed "Skylon" orbital craft.
Lewis Page, 24 May 2011

Infosmack is 100!

OMG it's Epic! Yes, Infosmack, our favourite enterprise tech podcast, is 100 episodes old today. And hosts Greg Knieriemen and Marc Farley, with the Diva of Disruptive Technologies, Christina Weil have pulled out all the stops for a Really Epic show, with special emphasis on Cisco. Special guests this week are Robin Harris of StorageMojo and Greg Schulz of StorageIO.
Drew Cullen, 24 May 2011
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€1bn handout from the EU targets ambient nagware and robot pets

The EU is throwing an eye-watering €1bn of public funds to bankroll some of the most whimsical technology projects ever envisaged – for a decade. A shortlist of six applicants includes talking pet robots, and ambient low-power sensors that provide health tips and "emotional" advice. The program is called FET, and is funded by the European Commission (which means it is funded by member states – although they can also fritter contribute even more money through matching funds) Lucky beneficiaries will be forgiven for thinking Christmas has come early: €1bn to be doled out over 10 years is earmarked for the winner: that's €100m a year.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 May 2011
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SNIA specifies SSD performance test

The SNIA has devised a test spec for solid state drives that tests both their initial state and their later sustained performance. Will the SSD manufacturers use it and reveal their performance drop-off?
Chris Mellor, 24 May 2011
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Sarko to Schmidt & co: 'You can't escape' net regulation

French president Nicolas Sarkozy, whose country has the G8 presidency this year, called for greater regulation of the internet today.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 May 2011
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Freebie Blackhole exploit kit appears on file-sharing websites

A free version of the Blackhole exploit kit has appeared online in a development that radically reduces the entry-level costs of getting into cybercrime.
John Leyden, 24 May 2011
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Student books Vegas trip with Twitter mood detection app

Ben Waine, a self described "student ninja” who scooped first prize at the PHP Benelux Azure coding contest on May 21, has announced his victory on Twitter in a fittingly dignified and restrained manner:
Lucy Sherriff, 24 May 2011
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MS announces Windows Phone 7.1

It's official: Windows Phone 7.1 - aka 'Mango' - will be out in the autumn.
Tony Smith, 24 May 2011
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Microsoft to up stereo 3D rendering on Xbox 360

Microsoft is set to introduce higher-resolution stereoscopic 3D to the Xbox 360 this year.
Caleb Cox, 24 May 2011
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Dell intros world's thinnest 15in laptop PC

Dell has taken the wraps of a 15in Sandy Bridge-based notebook that, it claims, is the "thinnest 15in PC on the planet".
Tony Smith, 24 May 2011
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US and Russian smallpox stocks spared the chop

The US and Russia have secured themselves another three years to carry out vital research into the smallpox virus, after the World Health Organization's (WHO) annual shindig rejected calls for the immediate destruction of the countries' variola stockpiles.
Lester Haines, 24 May 2011

Competition Czar weighs into copyright, trademarks

The European Commission has published its blueprint on IP, in a document with suggestions for orphan works, music licensing, trademarks, counterfeiting and online liabilities.
Andrew Orlowski, 24 May 2011
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Super Micro whiteboxes Ethernet switches

If you're willing to go to whitebox server maker Super Micro for your motherboards and complete systems, then you're probably willing to consider going all the way and get your network adapters and switches from the company as well. That seems to be the thinking at Super Micro, as the company punts three Ethernet switches.
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Engineering student cracks major riddle of the universe

An engineering undergraduate in Australia has made a major step forward in solving one of the greatest riddles of the universe: that is, where most of it is.
Lewis Page, 24 May 2011
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Microsoft squeezes out Windows Phone Mango details

Microsoft's next update to Windows Phone ties handsets even more tightly into the company's online services while stitching together Facebook with Redmond's email and instant messaging.
Gavin Clarke, 24 May 2011
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Cray XK6 super mates Opterons with Nvidia GPU workhorses

Supercomputer maker Cray has finally jumped on the GPU coprocessor bandwagon, and it looks like someone is going to have to hitch Belgian draft horses to that wagon and reinforce its axles once the XK6 hybrid super starts shipping in the fall.
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Opera rolls new Mini onto iPhone and iPad

Opera has released a new version of its Opera Mini browser for the iPhone and the iPad, claiming "faster and smoother" pan and zoom and offering new buttons for sharing links via services such as Twitter and Facebook.
Cade Metz, 24 May 2011
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New hack on Comodo reseller exposes private data

Yet another official reseller of SSL certificate authority Comodo has suffered a security breach that allowed attackers to gain unauthorized access to data. Brazil-based ComodoBR is at least the fourth Comodo partner to be compromised this year. In March, the servers of a separate registration authority were hacked by attackers who used their access to forge counterfeit certificates signed with Comodo's root signing key. Comodo admitted that two more of its resellers were hit in similar attacks, although no keys were issued. Comodo has so far declined to name the resellers.
Dan Goodin, 24 May 2011
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Dear Dell and Microsoft: You're not Apple

Open...and ShutOpen...and Shut Dell has always been a first-class choice for budget-minded CIOs. The company grew to prominence by shaving everything – including R&D costs – from the bill of materials for its utilitarian, corporate machines. Today, despite four years of attempts to invigorate its brand with consumers, Dell remains a consumer-computing laggard, even as its enterprise business has revived.
Matt Asay, 24 May 2011
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Apple iPhone police approve 500,000th app

Love it or loathe it, Apple's iOS App Store is a roaring success – so much so that its App Store Police have just approved their 500,000th app.
Rik Myslewski, 24 May 2011
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Fedora 15: More than just a pretty interface

ReviewReview The Red Hat–backed Fedora Project has released the latest version of its Linux-based operating system, Fedora 15, into the wild.
Scott Gilbertson, 24 May 2011
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Google opens tiny window onto Baltic Sea-cooled data center

Google has released a video showing off the sea water–based cooling system used by its new data center on the southern coast of Finland.
Cade Metz, 24 May 2011
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Researcher blasts Siemens for downplaying SCADA bug

A security researcher who voluntarily canceled a talk about critical holes in Siemens' industrial control systems has criticized the German company for downplaying the severity of his findings. “The vulnerabilities are far reaching and affect every industrialized nation across the globe,” Dillon Beresford wrote in an email posted to a public security list. “This is a very serious issue. As an independent security researcher and professional security analyst, my obligation is not to Siemens but to their consumers.”
Dan Goodin, 24 May 2011