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Ex-NetRatings CEO's daughter freed from collar 'bomb'

New South Wales police have worked for ten hours, with calls to the Australian Federal Police and bomb disposal experts in the UK, to free a Sydney girl from what was believed to be an explosive.
Richard Chirgwin, 04 Aug 2011

Ultra stealthy spy malware not so stealthy after all

A researcher has discovered a flaw in software used to spy on government agencies and contractors that can alert security personnel that their networks have been infiltrated by the otherwise hard-to-detect programs.
Dan Goodin, 04 Aug 2011

Boffins deduce chip's crypto just by looking at it

Black HatHackers have released tools that unlock the software stored on heavily fortified chips so researchers can independently assess their security and spot weaknesses.
Dan Goodin, 04 Aug 2011

Microsoft to pay $250,000 for hot new security defenses

Microsoft is offering more than $250,000 to researchers who develop new security defenses to protect Windows users against attacks that exploit software bugs.
Dan Goodin, 04 Aug 2011

VMware backs down on vSphere 5 virtual memory tax

VMware has adjusted the price of its upcoming vSphere 5 hypervisor, responding to criticism from customers.
Consoles & Gadgets Xbox 360 Rapid Fire Controller

No PS4 or Xbox 720 before 2014

The rumour mill about next-gen consoles has been in full swing for a while now, with little sign of slowing.
Caleb Cox, 04 Aug 2011
Björk Biophilia

Björk Biophilia

iOS App of the WeekYeah, I know – the moment you let a bunch of musos loose with new technology they start to come up with waffle like “an extraordinary multimedia exploration of the universe and its physical forces” – when all you’ve really got is a bunch of songs and some fancy graphics.
Cliff Joseph, 04 Aug 2011

Digital copyright: Not much action, lots of talking shops

Games, music and movie industries are putting a brave face on this week's deluge of official IP announcements, while anti-copyright campaigners will be delighted a chunk of legislation passed by elected MPs has been struck down by a quango.
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Aug 2011

Facebook facial recognition tech 'violates' German privacy law

Facebook has rejected claims that its facial recognition technology violates German and EU privacy laws.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Aug 2011

Mobile app malware menace grows

The number of apps on mobile marketplaces contaminated with malware grew from 80 to 400 during the first half of 2011, according to a study by Lookout Mobile Security.
John Leyden, 04 Aug 2011

Zuck's sister leaves Facebook to start new venture

Mark Zuckerberg's big sister Randi, who also happens to be Facebook's marketing director, is leaving her brother's company after a six-year tenure.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Aug 2011

Brits love their phones, but spend less than ten years ago

Ofcom's annual report on the state of the UK communications market shows we are all doing more with our phones and tellies but we're not spending any more doing it.
Bill Ray, 04 Aug 2011

ICO tells public sector to respond to Twitter

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has told public authorities with Twitter accounts that they must respond to freedom of information (FoI) requests made via the micro-blogging site.

NASA Legonauts set for Jupiter voyage

NASA has rather cheekily taken a leaf out of our Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) project manual and is set to launch three miniature astronauts on its Juno mission to Jupiter.
Lester Haines, 04 Aug 2011

Home Office denies reports of e-Borders closure

The Home Office has said that reports of the e-Borders programme being closed are incorrect and that it is still up and running.

Rogue character space tripped Scottish exam results

A rogue space in the date field caused almost 30,000 Scottish students to get their exam results a day early, as Excel versions clashed and human checking fell down.
Bill Ray, 04 Aug 2011
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Review10.1? The impression I get with the naming of this much-anticipated grown-up version of last year’s Galaxy Tab is that it has psychological hangups about (ahem) ‘size’. I imagine it loitering down the pub, boasting of its prowess: “It’s not just TEN inches, Al, it’s TEN-point-ONE!” It wants to be the Spinal Tap of Android Tablets, with Nigel Tufnel asserting that other 10in tablets only go up to, well, 10.
Alistair Dabbs, 04 Aug 2011

Dell floats Cloud Hadoop clusters

Dell might not own a lot of systems or middleware software a la IBM, Oracle, and Hewlett-Packard, but it wants to sell configured stacks tuned for specific work just like its rivals in the systems racket.

Paul McCartney's ex-wife makes phone-hacking claim

The former wife of Paul McCartney has alleged that a senior journalist working at Mirror Group Newspapers intercepted voicemails left for her by the Beatles star.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Aug 2011

Anonymous unsheathes new, potent attack weapon

Members of Anonymous are developing a new attack tool as an alternative to the LOIC (Low Orbit Ion Cannon) DDoS utility.
John Leyden, 04 Aug 2011

Music biz now runs on Viagra®, not cocaine

The UK music business shrank almost 5 per cent last year, with lower concert revenues as fewer major acts played stadiums. So reckons the annual economic survey conducted by the Performing Right Society (PRS), which pegs the UK music industry's income at £3.75bn this year.
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Aug 2011
Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 due next week

With Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 launched today in select stores and reviewed here, attention has shifted to its smaller 8.9in brother, which could be in our hands as early as next week.
Caleb Cox, 04 Aug 2011

Government seeks public views on open data, PDC

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude launched two separate consultations on open data in government and the planned Public Data Corporation (PDC) this morning.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Aug 2011

Death haunts government petitions site

The Coalition government's epetitions site has limped online this lunchtime but is struggling to stay up.
John Oates, 04 Aug 2011
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PS Vita due in 2012 says Sony

Sony has disappointed millions of eager gamers by announcing the PlayStation Vita will not be available in Europe or the US in 2011.
Caleb Cox, 04 Aug 2011

Google failing to pay Android developers

Some Android developers aren't getting the money they should, with revenue from web-based sales never finding its way into their accounts because of a problem that's lasted months.
Bill Ray, 04 Aug 2011

The curse of Google?: Android licensees fail to cash in

Google's Android is now in almost half the world's smartphones – but licensees are finding that quod eos nutrit eos destruit – or what nourishes them destroys them.
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Aug 2011

Cybercrooks exploit interest in Harry Potter ebook site

Malware-slingers are tapping into the buzz around a new Harry Potter site to mount a variety of scams designed to either defraud, infect or otherwise con would-be victims.
John Leyden, 04 Aug 2011
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Systemax sales grow and profits too

Systemax's investigation into whistleblower allegations against former exec Gilbert Fiorentino added $7m to its Q2 pre-tax profits but the consumer slowdown dented sales growth.
Paul Kunert, 04 Aug 2011

Sony S1 and S2 screenshots leaked

With Sony's anticipated S1 and S2 tablets preparing for an autumn release, the company has been busy readying support documents, some of which went public prematurely this week.
Caleb Cox, 04 Aug 2011

Xiotech becomes banking apps bottleneck-buster

All change, all change. Xiotech has gained new funding, a new marketing officer, changed its marketing, has benchmarks coming and is setting up a European infrastructure.
Chris Mellor, 04 Aug 2011
Pierre Cardin Tablet PC

Pierre Cardin joins tablet trend

Pierre Cardin's entry in to the fondleslab fray is yet another indication of just how in vogue tablets are these days.
Caleb Cox, 04 Aug 2011

Amazon virtual private clouds go global

Online retailing giant and cloud-computing pioneer Amazon is rolling out its Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) service to its data centers around the world. At the same time, it's giving customers dedicated private links into the cloudy infrastructure from their own premises, as well as an identity-management front end for the clouds that integrates with existing systems running at brick-and-mortar data centers.
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SMART unveils smarter, faster, fatter SSDs

Move over Violin, OCZ, Seagate, Intel, et al. SMART Modular Technologies is crowing that it's now number one in the notebook-format flash drive space, having just introduced its new Optimus solid state drive, which it calls "the world's fastest multi-level cell and highest capacity SAS SSD."
Chris Mellor, 04 Aug 2011

Apple eyes phallic iPhone, iPod charger

Apple has filed a patent application that describes a kludgey inductive battery-charging system, then adds – almost as an afterthought – a short description of a second, acoustically driven charger.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Aug 2011

Microsoft skewers Google's anti-Android conspiracy claim

UpdatedMicrosoft has hit back at Google's claim that Redmond teamed with Apple and Oracle in some sort of patent conspiracy against Android, revealing that it offered Google the opportunity to join a bid for Novell's patent portfolio, and producing an email in which a Google general counsel declines the offer.
Cade Metz, 04 Aug 2011

Exploit writer spills beans on secret iPhone function

Black HatIndependent security consultant Stefan Esser made waves earlier this year when a technique he developed for hacking iPhones was adopted by JailbreakMe and other mainstream jailbreaking services.
Dan Goodin, 04 Aug 2011

New customers drive Teradata to new heights

When announcing its financial performance for its most recent quarter, data-warehousing pioneer Teradata proved that it's continuing to do well despite heavy pressure from IBM, Oracle, EMC, and HP – and also, like its rivals, that its still trying to figure out just how large of an opportunity business analytics on unstructured data can be.
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Optus gets dibs on new BlackBerry Torch and Bold

Optus has pipped rivals to the post in being the first to offer two new BlackBerry smartphones to the Australian market.
Natalie Apostolou, 04 Aug 2011
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Cheapskate Aussie net-shoppers safe from GST for now

Australia’s Productivity Commission has released its report into the Australian retail industry, and finds that while this country’s 10% goods and service tax should apply to low-value international purchases made over the Internet, collection would be too expensive.
Richard Chirgwin, 04 Aug 2011

NBN Co gets heavy on social comms

NBN Co has opened the door to Microsoft recruits, having previously raided the talent cupboards of Telstra and vendors like Alcatel-Lucent.
Natalie Apostolou, 04 Aug 2011

Rackspace: 'OpenStack opens doors, wallets'

The mania around cloud computing in general and OpenStack in particular helped puff up Rackspace Hosting's latest financial report.

Martian water slides caught on camera (maybe)

A US spacecraft orbiting Mars has provided tantalizing evidence of liquid water in the form of a series of images that show dark lines appearing to flow down steep ravines.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Aug 2011

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