AFACT escalating threats against ISPs: reports
Australia’s “copyright versus the Internet” battle, which had become quiet as rights-holders prepared their High Court appeal against the iiNet trial decision, has flared in fine style, with rights-holders’ rep the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) escalating its threats against Internet service providers.
Coke cans used to build sound-wave 'superlens'
Focused sound waves aren’t just the domain of children fooling around with long-distance microphones. They’re also important in ultrasound machines, and in biomedical laboratories, for “acoustic actuators” using sound to sort cells.
VMware taxes your virtual memory
AnalysisThe rumored feeds and speeds of the latest ESXi 5.0 hypervisor at the heart of VMware's just-announced vSphere 5.0 server virtualization stack were pretty much on target and something that customers will applaud.
Apple's chief patent lawyer exits, says report
Apple's top patent lawyer will soon exit the Cupertinian mothership, according to reports. As is usual with such high-profile departures, the question arises: did he jump, or was he pushed?
Marathon for iPad
iGamerTo hear PC gamers talk about how first-person shooters don't work on consoles because the machines don't have mice, you'd think that's how it always was.
Videotree VideoSpa bathroom TV
ReviewForget 3D TV and Internet-connected sets, de rigueur this season is a waterproof TV for your bathroom. Admittedly, the Videospa is primarily intended for posh hotels and overly moist gyms, but developer Videotree is also making a bit of a push into what it refers to as ‘innovative designer residential homes’.
Yell and Microsoft ink SMB deal
Yell and Microsoft have signed a "broad strategic alliance" aimed at small and medium businesses.
Long-lost IT bigwig found in Surrey forest
Dimension Data's former long serving EMEA CEO Russell Bolan has ditched the corporate lifestyle to hang out in the woods.
Euro court: eBay etc can be liable in fake tat cases
EBay and other online marketplaces will be liable for sellers' trademark infringements if they promote infringing sales or help sellers to "optimise" their pages, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled.
'Bluetooth sniper' Windows vuln fix in light Patch Tuesday
Microsoft's latest patch Tuesday landed last night with four bulletins, the most significant of which fixes a Bluetooth-related vulnerability in Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
Western Digital to offer Windows-based small storage
SOHO, SOHO, it's off to work we go... Western Digital is using Windows Storage Server to build a small office storage offering.
Microsoft gives glimpse of Windows Server 8
WPC 2011Microsoft has given a peek into Windows 8 Server, the successor to Windows Server 2008 R2 and companion to the tablet-tastic Windows 8 client.
Google sets up €4.5m academic legal institute in Berlin
Google will fund a research centre at Humboldt University in Berlin, which from October will examine the evolution of the internet and its impact on society, science and economy.
German cops hunt HUGE ERECTION-inducing SPIDER
A supermarket in the German town of Bexbach was evacuated last Friday after an employee spotted a potentially-deadly Brazilian spider legging it from a crate of bananas.
Coalition renames GCHQ internet spook-tech plans
Home Secretary Theresa May said the Labour government's Interception Modernisation Programme (IMP) is coming back to life.
.XXX to launch nothing-but-smut unsafe search
ICM Registry, the company behind the forthcoming .xxx domain extension, plans to launch a search engine devoted entirely to porn at search.xxx.
Anonymous spaffs Monsanto employees' details
Anonymous has latched onto yet another new target with the release of potentially sensitive data from controversial agricultural giant Monsanto.
UK smartphone market growth stalls
Persuading punters to upgrade from ordinary handsets to smartphone is seen as the next big opportunity for phone makers and network operators. The bad news, according to UK pollster YouGov, is that there's no well marked interest in doing so.
Elton John rouses Atlantis crew - with Rocket Man
The crew of space shuttle Atlantis were woken this morning by Elton John's Rocket Man, followed by a personal message from Britain's national musical treasure.
LG debuts eye-tracking no-specs 3D screen
Monitor stories are usually zzzzz, but here's an interesting one for a change: a glasses-free 3D screen that tracks your eye movements to ensure, it's claimed, you always see a perfect picture.
Microsoft kills Windows Vista SP1 support
Microsoft is once again trying to bump the 10 per cent market share of people and businesses still lumbered with the company's unloved Windows Vista over to its latest operating system.
Triceratops horn find supports meteor extinction theory
A team of boffins from Yale University look likely to have uncovered the world's youngest dinosaur and in the process provided support for the Alvarez hypothesis – that the dinosaurs were wiped out as a result of a massive meteor strike some 65 million years ago.
vSphere 5 takes on HP with virtual storage appliance
EMC's VMware unit is taking on HP with a Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA), building a small and medium business mini-SAN from servers' direct-attached storage.
Beeb flogs Doctor Who episodes via Facebook
BBC Worldwide has begun offering episodes of the Corporation's hugely popular Doctor Who as rental options via Facebook.
Data ownership becomes fuzzy in the cloud
If Facebook has taught us nothing else, it is that people can be cavalier about protecting their data.
China Telecom plans iPhone launch, says report
China Telecom is reportedly planning to launch Apple's iPhone in the tightly controlled People's Republic by the end of 2011.
Lexus CT200h hybrid
ReviewGive Toyota its due, it's wringing the maximum amount of value from the Hybrid Synergy Drive power train. The 1.8 VVT-i Atkinson Cycle petrol engine and associated electric motor have already turned up in the Prius and Auris Hybrid, and now you can have them in a posh frock with a Lexus badge on the nose.
Sony launches 3D adverts channel for Bravia tellies
Not to be outdone by Samsung, Sony has rolled out a 3D video-on-demand channel for its Bravia TVs.
US court test for rights not to hand over crypto keys
Civil liberties activists have lent their support to a case that will test whether a US citizen can refuse to decrypt personal data on the grounds that it might be self-incriminatory.
Console gaming giant goes into handjobs
Game giant Electronic Arts is spending over a billion dollars on phone and iPad gaming company PopCap – the maker of Bejeweled and Plants vs Zombies.
Moto cold shoulders upgrade-hungry Xoom users
Motorola offered no consolation today for the many UK-based owners of its Xoom Wi-Fi-only tablet who feel let down because OS updates made available in the US have not come to this country.
Many parents are only on Facebook to stalk their kids
A survey has revealed that fully 30 per cent of British parents' Facebook "friend" requests to their children get rejected, and that many then resort to using other people's login details in order to keep track of their offspring's Web-2.0 activities.
News Corp kills BSkyB bid amid 'difficult climate'
News Corp has withdrawn its bid to acquire the remaining 61 per cent of BSkyB that it didn't already own, following immense political pressure in the House of Commons today.
Bischoff's bargain-basement breakout battle at Acer
Troubled Taiwanese PC maker Acer has enlisted the services of former HP and Fujitsu Siemens exec Bernd Bischoff to advise on a "ground-up restructure" of its EMEA professional business.
Netflix splits DVD, streaming offers in 60% price hike
Netflix has announced that they're no longer offering a streaming-plus-DVD service. Instead, you can have either streaming or DVD, but if you want both, you'll have to pay for both.
Oracle alarmed as Avnet TS loses Bharat
Avnet Technology Solutions is further restructuring its management deck, with EMEA director of the Oracle hardware and software franchise Mickey Bharat set to leave the distributor.
Cisco gooses switching, virtual I/O for blades
Cisco has rolled out upgrades to its "California" Unified Computing System blade servers, but its announcement could have been much more interesting.
Ballmer's breaking point: Is Windows 8 already too late?
Radio RegSteve Ballmer is feeling the heat. Last month, he was so concerned with criticism of his leadership skills, he spilled some Redmond financial results he probably shouldn't have spilled.
Google's Facebook: It rocks, but who cares?
Open...and ShutThe geek alit are abuzz with the NEXT! NEW! THING! It's called Google Plus (Google+), and my inbox is peppered with notifications that I've been added to so-and-so's Circle. Unfortunately, I'm already connected with many of these people on Facebook. More unfortunately, I've never heard of some of the people that have been adding me.
Bangs for bucks: Our lightning tour of cloudonomics
The important question about moving to the cloud is: am I getting a good deal? It is easy to ask, but if you start to think about it in detail you might fancy a long lie down in a darkened room.
VMware: We will virtualize entire world in six years
VMware is unquestionably the bellwether of virtualization on the x64 server platform, particularly within corporate data centers that run companies not in the internet business. And among VMware's customer base, the penetration of virtualization is on the rise.
W3C moves to snuff Apple web patents
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has launched a bid to overturn two Apple patent filings that may apply to the HTML5 standard.
Database high priest mud-wrestles Facebook
Mike Stonebraker is famous for slagging Google's backend. And now he's slagging Facebook's too.
Google top brass (and Zuck) hit Google+ privacy button
Mark Zuckerberg, Google founders Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and a whole raft of Google's top brass have suddenly activated the privacy settings on their Google+ profiles.
PayPal teaches Androids to swap cash
PayPal has unveiled an Android widget that lets you transfer money to a friend or colleague simply by tapping your phone to theirs.