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‘We save trips to the library’ – Google
Sure, a data centre is a power hog. Sure, Google has more data centres than everybody else. Courtesy of a new interview, we now know just how much electricity is consumed by the Chocolate Factory: 260 megawatt hours in 2010.
HP, Microsoft dumped from Dow Jones 'green' list
This year's Dow Jones Sustainability Index is out, and the news isn't good for Microsoft and HP – both companies were booted from the highly respected investors' guide to companies that demonstrate "Corporate Sustainability".
'Lost' dollars turn up in gaming outfit
Film and TV auteur J.J. Abrams has backed a cross platform entertainment company, FactoryMade Ventures, pitched as a hybrid entertainment, media business development and digital consulting firm.
Vale Michael Stern Hart
ObituaryThe man who arguably gave the world its first glimpse of non-Sci-Fi e-books, Michael Stern Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, has died at the age of 64. Hart’s passing was announced in this obituary, posted on the Gutenberg Project’s Website.
Firesheep addon updated to exploit Google info leak
Researchers have released a Firefox extension that demonstrates the risks of using Google search services on Wi-Fi hotspots and other unsecured networks: With just a few clicks, attackers can view large chunks of your intimate browsing history, including websites you've already visited.
Intel kicks dough to cloud, analytics startups
Intel Capital, the investment arm of the supplier of chips for most of the world's PCs and servers, is spreading around some of its vast wealth once again, trying to seed the applications that will ultimately drive its processor, chipset, and networking businesses.
PC sales tank on fears of Meltdown, Part Deux
The prognosticators at Gartner have again taken out their box cutters and sliced off the top of their worldwide PC shipment forecasts – and this time they're slashing both this year and the next.
Onkyo TX-NR609 AV network receiver
ReviewAV receivers have made a concerted effort to keep up with TVs, consoles, set-top boxes and disc players in recent years by incorporating an Ethernet port to play your digital music collection over a network as well as internet radio and extras like Last FM and Napster.
Big Blue hits DataDirect box with spade
IBM is killing off its DCS9900 disk array OEM'ed from DataDirect Networks, and replacing it with a NetApp Engenio box.
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Public-sector software and services looking limp
Resellers punting software and IT services (SITS) to the public sector have been warned to prepare for meagre times ahead with only business process outsourcing providing major pockets of growth.
Parliament has no time for 100,000+ signature e-petitions
The UK's e-petitions initiative, intended to get the public's issues debated in the Commons, has fallen at the first hurdle, with two petitions on ice due to lack of time.
Twitter reaches 100 million active users
The inexorable rise of the actively twittering masses has hit a new high, with 100 million people regularly tweeting their fascinating insights into what they had for breakfast and how happy they are that Beyonce is pregnant.
Office and Windows fixes star in quiet Patch Tuesday
September's Patch Tuesday will include five bulletins, none of which are rated as critical.
Panasonic DMW-LVF1 clip-on viewfinder
Accessory of the WeekYes, you can argue that compact cameras, especially premium ones, should have a viewfinder built in. But the fact is, they don't, and while manufacturers are so keen to pitch LCD sizes and resolutions, it seems unlikely that they will anytime soon.
Office 365, Hotmail and SkyDrive hit by outage
A new month and another outage for Microsoft's Office 365 cloud service. This time it had company as Hotmail and SkyDrive were also downed by the same DNS (Domain Name System) issue.
Windows 8 to boot in 8 seconds
Microsoft is touting very fast boot times for Windows 8, thanks to the clever trick of writing the kernel state to disk at shutdown.
HP gets ready to make a cloud ... by boiling the ocean
The goals of Hewlett-Packard's OpenStack cloud are immodest, perhaps even heretical in a Valley where people casually caution you against "boiling the ocean" – or trying to do everything at once.
ChaCha promises answers-by-SMS for free, sort of
US question-answering service ChaCha has launched in the UK, promising to provide for free a service that others have failed to make viable at a pound a time.
Yahoo! 'f**ked me over'! says! Carol! Bartz!
Breaking up is hard to do for recently fired Yahoo! boss Carol Bartz, who learned she had been sacked via a telephone call from the company's chairman Roy Bostock.
Apple plan to rate shops etc by number of iPhones visiting
Apple has patented software that will automatically log the visits of iPhone users to restaurants, stores and business and then use the number of visits by Jesus-mobe owners as an indication of how good/popular/worthy-of-a-high-search-ranking that business is.
UK, US ink boffinry pact on laser fusion 'star power'
Using nuclear fusion – star energy – to power the world's dishwashers, TVs and servers has long been a twinkling in the misty eyes of physicists, but it inched closer to reality this week as the American National Ignition Facility (strap line: "Bringing Star Power To Earth") struck a deal with the UK company AWE and Oxford-based Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.
Nike auctions Back to the Future trainers
Look, we'd prefer a hoverboard, but we understand that some sci-fi buffs out there have always had their eye on the sneakers Michael J Fox wore in Back to the Future II. We can't have a hoverboard, but you can have a pair of Nike Air Mags.
Waterstone's to take on Kindle and Nook with own reader
Waterstone's is to launch its own ereader in the hopes of competing with Amazon's Kindle next year.
Google brings out new programming language
Google has built a brand-new programming language for "structured web programming", one that appears to be suited to browser-based apps.
Driver San Francisco
ReviewDefusing bombs, rounding up drug runners and saving damsels in distress, just a sample of the heroic acts possible while behind the wheel of a high performance vehicle – who knew? Driver San Francisco is a game that rather lacks any semblance of plausibility, yet holds such a penchant for the ridiculous that you'll be amused enough to not particularly care.
Java on the Windows Azure Cloud
Many people are surprised to hear that running Java on Windows Azure is even possible, but there are already large Java-based financial services and scheduling applications running in production.
Galaxy Tab remains illegal in Germany
Sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 remain illegal in Germany, a Dusseldorf court decided this morning.
HP PC boss: I'm so loving being spun off
HP's public statement that it will explore alternatives for its PC business has sent "ripples" across the entire organisation, according to a senior exec.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned in Germany
The German court has banned the sale of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the country, but not across Europe.
VMware 'to work with just five storage companies'
VMware is planning logical storage containers that do away with Logical UNits (LUNs) and NFS mount points - and could stifle storage developments outside a group of five suppliers.
Al Gore wants to borrow your Facebook and Twitter accounts
Would you trust someone else with your Facebook account, giving them enough access to post status updates on your behalf? What if that person was Al Gore and it was all for a good cause?
Google tells Iranians: Change your Gmail password
Google has issued a blanket instruction advising Iranian users to check if their Gmail accounts might have been hacked as well as to change their passwords.
Fujitsu strike to hit back-office across UK.gov
Delays in the delivery of driving licences and tax returns could result from a threatened strike by 1,000 of Fujitsu's 10,000 British workers.
W3C announces web-tracking privacy protection group
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has announced the creation of a Tracking Protection Working Group to address online privacy concerns, but the task of getting all the players to agree on what standards should be adopted could yet be a sticking point.
British warming to NUKES after Fukushima meltdown
Despite the massive and often neurotically inaccurate Western media coverage of the Fukushima nuclear accident, British public confidence in nuclear power has increased. In a poll by Populus for the British Science Association, 41 per cent of respondents said the benefits of nuclear power outweighed the risks – up 3 per cent.
Movie model maker pitches steampunk iPhone case
Fancy giving your iPhone that steampunk look? Here's a case that will do just that.
Typo-squatting domains can harvest corporate emails
Typo-squatting domains might easily be used to intercept misdirected corporate emails, according to new research.
Brit tech brings in-stream ads to Canadian TV webcast
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is deploying VoD technology from UK-based YoSpace, enabling targeted adverts to be dropped into the stream like it's 1999.
Apollo 17 Moon landing: Shock revelations
The recent release of Apollo landing sites snaps, captured by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), was a serious kick in the 'nads for the black helicopter brigade and their tiresome insistence that the good old US of A faked the Moon landings.
Apple finally purges Mac OS of disgraced DigiNotar certs
Apple has finally purged the imprimatur of disgraced web authentication authority DigiNotar from its Mac operating system.
Unisys gets 'stealthy' with secure virtual terminal
Rich people and public sector workers can now get the kind of network security that used to be reserved for military organizations.