Apple slices iPhone and iPad ad rates 'by 70%'
Apple has sliced rates for its iAd mobile advertising platform by as much as 70 per cent as big name clients depart for rival ad platforms, according to a report citing two people with knowledge of the matter.
Microsoft does collaboration with interwebs Word
Microsoft has taken another tiny step towards a web-based version of Word that duplicates what you get on the desktop.
Optus busted for dodgy broadband ads
Optus has been ordered to pay A$5.26m for misleading advertising in the largest civil penalty dished out by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
Facebook video chat 'leaks' music plans
Facebook’s Skype-based video calling app released this week seems to be ready to link up with a yet-to-be-announced music service, according to blogger Jeff Rose.
Facebook dev rules tweaked after US antitrust complaint
Facebook has updated its developer terms of service following an antitrust complaint to the Federal Trade Commission.
Quiet, astronomers at work
Australia’s miners, usually famous for their shoulder-chipped sense of entitlement, have agreed to assist Australia’s bid for the international Square Kilometer Array project by not deploying new radio systems close to the proposed site.
eBay boosts mobile payments with Zong acquisition
Mobile payments outfit Zong is to be assimilated into the PayPal world, following the announcement that eBay is handing over US$240 million in cash to acquire the company.
iiNet stiffens backbone with 100Gig Ethernet
iiNet is gearing up for Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) with Juniper’s first Asia-Pac 100 Gbps Ethernet deployment to beef up backbone capacity. .
HTC ChaCha Qwerty Android smartphone
ReviewIf there is such a condition as telephonic incontinence then HTC is clearly a sufferer, as it churns out a handset for just about every conceivable demographic. With the ChaCha, the company is focusing on text warriors with a hard Qwerty keyboard and some social networking tweaks.
Nintendo lumbered with lawsuit in 3DS patent row
Nintendo has been struck with a lawsuit by an intellectual property owner which claims to hold the rights to viewing glasses-free stereoscopic images.
FOIA requests climb to levels last seen when Act came in
The public asked for the release of more information from public bodies at the start of this year than at any time since the immediate aftermath of the enactment of freedom of information (FOI) laws, the government has said.
UK Channel insolvency rates soar to nine-year high
Insolvency rates in the UK channel are at the highest level seen since the dotcom bubble burst, official figures have confirmed.
Solitary critical Windows update to star in modest Patch Tuesday
Microsoft is to issue four bulletins next Tuesday – one of which is critical – as part of the July edition of its Patch Tuesday update cycle.
Sony to can MiniDisc Walkman
While the news will prompt an uncomprehending look from 99 per cent of Brits, the few remaining fans of Sony's MiniDisc format will mourn the MD Walkman's passing when production ceases in September.
MTI acquires GSS
Global Secure Systems (GSS), the security services reseller, has sold up to storage integrator MTI – EMC's third largest partner across EMEA – giving it the comfort of of a more financially secure parent.
Press body looks at its naughty bits as hacking scandal grinds on
The Press Complaints Commission (PCC) is to review the rules that govern press behaviour in the UK to maintain public confidence in newspapers in the wake of the News of the World phone hacking scandal, it has said.
OCZ fails to kill off Blue Screen Of Death issue
Despite firmware upgrades, some OCZ Agility and Vertex SSD users are still suffering Blue Screen of Death episodes.
PM promises change as police interview ex-spokesman
Andy Coulson, the former editor of the News of the World and Prime Minister's former official spokesman, is being interviewed by the Metropolitan Police about allegations that – despite his earlier denial – he knew about phone-hacking at the paper during his tenure.
M-Edge e-Luminator Touch
Accessory of the WeekThe Kindle may have a screen that works well in bright light, but the quid pro quo is poor visibility in the dark. No backlight, you see.
Will News of the Screws reappear as Sunday.co.uk?
As the hacking scandal at the News of the World continued to unravel this week, an individual mysteriously registered the domain name sunonsunday.co.uk on 5 July.
UpdatedThe former official spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron – and the former editor of the the News of the World – has been arrested.
Doom guy: tablets, phones to be gaming platforms of the future
id Software's John Carmack has talked up the future of mobile gaming and why tablets, smartphones and cloud-gaming services such as OnLive will become the dominant gaming platforms.
NHS told: freeze all Microsoft spend
The Cabinet Office is halting all but emergency purchases of Microsoft software in the NHS as it negotiates a pan-government procurement deal with the software giant.
Moles say Mac OS X Lion to bound in next week
Mac OS X 10.7 Lion will go on sale next Thursday, 14 July, it has been claimed.
Whiptail cracks on: VCs pump it full of flash cash
CommentTwo venture capital firms have pumped A-round initial funding cash into flash array start-up Whiptail. What's got them so fired up?
Parmo v poutine: The ultimate post-pub nosh deathmatch
It's Friday, and since we have no doubt you lot will be rolling out of your local hostelry later having partaken of a few liveners, you might want to consider just what mouthwatering treat will best cap off your night on the town.
Samsung BD-D8900 Blu-ray player and DVR combo
ReviewOn the face of it, Samsung's BD-D8900 seems to be the ideal convergence product that will allow you to get rid of the stack of boxes that hide under your TV. Not only does this deck act as a 3D-compatible Blu-ray player, but it also has an integrated twin tuner Freeview HD DVR, along with support for Samsung's Smart Hub internet platform. As well as all this, you can use it to play back a range of media formats, either locally from its USB port or across a network with a PC or Nas drive.
Portuguese hackers strike back at Moody's downgrade
Portuguese hackers responded to a negative assessment of the country's ability to repay loans by defacing the website of credit reference agency Moody's.
Schmidt preaches 'deep integration' desire with Facebook, Twitter
Google chairman Eric Schmidt reckons that Mountain View's decision to keep invites to its latest social network to a minimum is already starting to pay off for the company.
HP may replace 3PAR hardware
UpdatedEl Reg is hearing that HP will replace its flagship 3PAR T- and F-Class storage arrays with new, more powerful hardware next quarter.
Unemployment rate inches up in the US
Economists were not expecting for the US economy to create a lot of jobs in June, but they did reckon north of 100,000 workers, net of layoffs, would be added to the labor pool last month. They guessed wrong. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the US economy only added 18,000 jobs, less than one-tenth the amount needed to just keep up with population growth and the lowest number of jobs added to the economy in the past nine months.
SNIA Archiving for data protection in the modern data centre
Deep diveEl Reg has teamed up with the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) for a series of deep dive articles. Each month, the SNIA will deliver a comprehensive introduction to basic storage networking concepts. This month the SNIA examines archiving in today's data centres.
Baidu rejigs business units, operations boss quits
China's number one search engine is restructuring its business operations and has let go of its senior veep Shen Haoyu for "personal reasons".
London could face cuts for not sharing services
The London Assembly's budget and performance committee has been told that police, fire and transport authorities that do not share back office services may have their budgets cut.
Canuck ultralight pilot drops in on strip club
A Canadian microlight pilot is set to go down in aviation history after landing in the parking lot of a strip joint in Carignan, southeast of Montreal, popping in for a quick break and then flying off.
JVC sees double with sexy dual iDevice dock
JVC has announced a docking device that holds two iDevices simultaneously. It plays CDs too.
Oracle resellers: 'Give us our cash and make it snappy'
Oracle resellers are praying for quicker turnaround times for rebate payments under the revamped model, as many are struggling with cash-flow issues.
Atlantis blasts off on last shuttle mission
Space shuttle Atlantis blasted off from Kennedy Space Center at 15:30 GMT today on its STS-135 mission to the International Space Station.
Dev's iPhone cable melts after iOS 5 upgrade
An iDevice software developer has claimed his iPhone 4's USB cable "caught fire" after he installed iOS 5 on the device.
MS to launch R2-D2 Xbox 360 and Kinect
Microsoft knows that avid fans will buy anything with the beloved Star Wars branding, which is probably why it plans to launch a limited-edition R2-D2 themed Xbox 360 console and Kinect sensor, to coincide with the launch of Kinect Star Wars this November.
Java cloud spins Jenkins Eclipse tool
The Hudson open-source project that Oracle recently surrendered to Eclipse is getting a little more community competition.
Dell's faulty PC legal woes worsen (again)
The ongoing legal imbroglio over Dell's allegedly defective Optiplex computers took another turn this week when a proposed class-action lawsuit broadened its scope.
Feds seize kit from Apple Store spyware artist
An artist who surreptitiously installed a video art installation on computers in two New York Apple Stores says that four US Secret Service agents awakened him on Thursday morning, produced a search warrant, then confiscated his couputers and other kit.
Google gives in: Schmidt to face US antitrust grilling
Google has agreed to have Eric Schmidt answer US politicians' concerns that the company is running an anticompetitive search and ads monopoly.