Twitpic T&Cs spark teacup storm
Twitpic has sparked outrage among the Twitter user community by changing its terms and conditions.
Australia launches digital blueprint
Australia is gunning to be ranked in the top five OECD countries by 2020 for broadband connections to the home and for the number of businesses using online opportunities as part of the Government's freshly launched National Digital Economy Strategy.
US Supremes add 'willful blindness' to patent law
In a case supported by HP, eBay, Red Hat, Yahoo!, and General Motors, the US Supreme Court has issued a ruling that may make it more difficult for a company to be sued for inducing another company to infringe a patent.
Server makers wrap iron around Nvidia GPUs
Supercomputer buyers don't want to spend months building hybrid CPU-GPU clusters. They want to buy them pre-integrated and ready to start flopping within a matter
IPO finally begins peer review pilot to test patent applications
The UK's Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is finally opening its patent process up to a collaborative internet project, after four long years of chin-stroking.
Logitech Z906 5.1 surround speakers kit
ReviewThinking of upgrading your PC’s speakers or just want a low cost surround sound set up for use with a TV and games console? Then Logitech might have what you’re after with the Z906, the follow up to the company’s popular Z-5500 system.
Space shuttle Endeavour's long journey is over
Space shuttle Endeavour touched down at 06:34 GMT today, at the end of its final mission.
Seagate, WD should put a gun to Brussels' head
OpinionWhat if the European Commission's competition authority finds against Seagate and Western Digital in its acquisition investigations? Could it ban their products from Europe?
EMC and NetApp on a roll
Pure play storage suppliers EMC and NetApp are outpacing the server and storage system players Dell, HP and IBM, with Compellent, 3PAR, Storwize and XIV the main catch-up bets for the three followers.
3D printer produces working house keys
3D printing tools have been used to roll out working house keys, meaning trips to the hardware store could soon be replaced by a straightforward PC set-up.
Tru unveils iPad local rate data-pricing for UK, US and Oz
Multi-country "local anywhere" mobile operator Tru is launching a £20-a-month iPad bundle that currently provides local rate broadband in the UK, US and Australia. A similar package will be available in the US "shortly", according to the company, which also intends to add Spain, Hong Kong and the Netherlands to its roster of countries in Q3 of this year, with a further 20 in 2012.
Canadian prof: Wikipedia makes kids study harder
A Canadian English prof says that the use of Wikipedia, in defiance of accepted wisdom, makes students produce better work.
El Reg pays by phone – mmmm, free cookies!
The UK's first pay-by-phone retail service launched last week, but based on our experience we won't be dumping our coins and notes any day soon.
Boeing reveals partners for MoD logistics
Boeing Defence has announced that seven IT companies will share in its contract with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) as delivery partner for the Logistics Network Enabled Capability (LNEC).
Verity Stob and the super subjunction
StobJust downloaded the beta version of English V3.31, and I have to say I am very excited about it. This is definitely going to be a feather in the cap of Anglophones everywhere, and way better than the notorious V2.99 release of French (or the 'deux point neufty-neuf' as it has become known). There's a ton of new features to talk about, so let me dive in right away with some toothsome details.
Notorious Russian spammer 'admits child abuse'
A notorious Russian spammer faces a long prison sentence after he admitted to sexually abusing underage girls.
FCC demands AT&T prove spectrum scarcity claims
The US regulator has asked AT&T to provide documented proof of the forthcoming spectrum crunch, given that shortage justifies provides much of the justification for its merger with T-Mobile.
Google's Eric Schmidt 'screwed up' over social network FAIL
Google's Eric Schmidt has shouldered the blame for the company's lack of effort in nailing a successful social networking strategy to compete with rival Facebook.
Engineering students design tent for camping on Mars
Student engineers in the States say they've built the perfect tent for camping on Mars. The inflatable habitat podule is apparently radiation-proof and tough enough that pesky meteors simply bounce off it: and it features a lightweight Sabatier reactor capable of producing water from the Martian atmosphere.
Acer tweaks tablet with MeeGo move
Acer has revealed the first product in its forthcoming M Series - a 10in tablet that runs on MeeGo, the mobile-centric version of Linux.
Mesh Computers goes titsup
Components distribution minnow PC Peripherals has snapped up the brand of MESH Computers – along with certain assets – after the recession and the market shift to tablets forced the traditional system builder to call in the administrators.
Acer Iconia Tab A500 10in Android tablet
ReviewPC manufacturers clearly haven’t been reading the script. They were supposed to over-hype their forthcoming Android 3.0 tablets as iPad-killers (check!), miss their initial launch dates (check!) and then let us all down by delivering a hunk of poorly designed, obsolete tat (er…).
Privacy group wins $500k from Google Buzz settlement
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is to be awarded $500,000 in a class action settlement over Google's Buzz social network.
Stealth-cam software snaps laptop looter
A laptop thief has been busted after a security application activated the computer's built-in camera, snapped shots of the crook and sent them back to the original owner.
Space shuttle Endeavour: 'An incredible ship'
Space shuttle Endeavour flew into retirement yesterday when it touched down at Kennedy Space Center at the end of its 25th and final flight.
Biodegradable products are often worse for the planet
Stateside boffins say that, contrary to popular perception, it would often be better for the planet if people avoided using biodegradable products compliant with the recommended US government guidelines.
IBM guns down Neon's mainframe accelerator in Texas
The hired legal guns were blazing, and when the smoke cleared, the US District Court for the Western District of Texas, located in Austin, granted a permanent injunction in favor of IBM in a long-running lawsuit Neon Enterprise Software, killing the controversial zPrime mainframe acceleration program.
Wave of Trojans breaks over Android
Fraudsters have cranked up production of malware targeting Android devices with with a rash of Trojans, many of which apply tricks long used against Windows PCs.
Barnsley clamps down on foul-mouthed fu*king locals
The good burghers of Barnsley had better watch their mouths for the next month, because anyone caught effing and blinding in an intimidatory fashion could be slapped with an 80 quid on-the-spot fine.
Twitter bags internet advertising outfit
Twitter is trying to unlock its advertising conundrum with the buyout of an internet ad company for an undisclosed sum.
Nokia betas some DLNA love
Users of Nokia's Symbian handsets can now get some DLNA action. With Nokia Play To, from the company's BetaLabs, they can throw content onto the TV screen like everyone else.
What is UltraViolet™ and why should you care?
UltraViolet is the most important media service you've probably never heard of – a grand plan for Hollywood to get everything right that the music business has got wrong.
Google open sources $68.2m realtime comm platform
Google has open sourced a framework for realtime video and audio inside the browser. Known as WebRTC, the framework is based on technology the company acquired with its $68.2 million purchase of Global IP Solutions (GIPS) last year.
Earth receives picture postcard of Milky Way
Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) have agreeably given we Earthlings a pretty good idea of what our Milky Way galaxy would look like, were we looking at it from the depths of intergalactic space.
Remastered Broken Sword slides onto iOS
The sequel to the classic point-and-click adventure game Broken Sword has been remastered and is now available on both PC and iOS.
Second defence contractor targeted in RSA SecurID-based hack
Defence giant L-3 Communications has become the second victim of an attempted hack attack that relied on the RSA SecurID hack that took place earlier this year.
Police ROBOT attacks and BURNS DOWN HOUSE
A mobile home in Tennessee was left a smoking ruin last month after it was attacked by a heavily armed police robot firing advanced triple-warhead gas grenades.
Acer writes off $150m as audit finds 'abnormalities'
Acer CEO and Chairman JT Wang has relinquished his remuneration package including bonuses from 2010 after the firm unearthed "abnormalities" in channel inventory across EMEA that will cost it US $150m (£91m) to write off.
Yahoo! downs! mail! servers! for! essential! and extensive! work!
Yahoo! has bewildered some of its email users by freezing them out of their accounts for what it has described as "scheduled maintenance" to the system.
Mac trojan evades Apple's brand new security fix
Just hours after Apple issued a security update to protect Mac users against a rash of scareware attacks, a new variant began circulating that completely bypasses the malware-blocking measure.
Google rolls its Facebook mimic onto rest of web
Google has rolled its Facebook-mimicking "+1" button onto third-party websites.
Google Apps end love for Firefox 3.5, IE7, and Safari 3
Beginning August 1, Google's online Apps suite will only support the current stable version of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer and the previous major release of each of these browsers.
Marathon Facebook scam targets Mac, Windows users
Facebook users have been under a sustained attack that attempts to install malware on their Mac- or Windows-based machines by luring them to salacious videos.
NYSE Euronext fluffs financial cloud
NYSE Technologies – the research, development, and IT operations arm of the NYSE Euronext exchanges in New York and London – has fluffed up a cloud specifically for trading firms.