30th > September > 2011 Archive

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Apotheker severance outrage: $2.4m 'bonus'

The rich are different from the rest of us not just because they have more money, but also because they get multimillion-dollar bonuses even when they run a company onto the rocks, as did former HP CEO Léo Apotheker.
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Sony was a victim as well: Australian privacy watchdog

Victims of the Sony Playstation Network hack included Sony, according to Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim.
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Qualys endorses alternative to crappy SSL system

San Francisco-based security firm Qualys is throwing its support behind an experimental project designed to improve the security and privacy of website authentication by reducing reliance on certificate authorities that issue secure sockets layer credentials.
Dan Goodin, 30 Sep 2011
Toshiba Regza 47VL863 3D HD TV
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Toshiba Regza 47VL863 passive 3D TV

Review Although ostensibly an aperitif to Toshiba’s incoming flagship LED TV models, this modestly priced 47-incher is a headline maker in its own right. Not only is it the first flatscreen from the brand to offer access to the newly-opened Toshiba Places portal, it’s also Toshiba's first passive 3D panel.
Steve May, 30 Sep 2011
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Euro beaks mull copyright of software features

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) should apply copyright protection to the functions of computer programs, a software company has told it, according to media reports.
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 Sep 2011
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Bank emails punters asking for their, er, email address

A number of Cahoot customers were left mildly confused this week when they received an email from the bank asking them to confirm their, er, email address.
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We7 morphs from jukebox into a radio station

Is there anyone in the world who needs to know the difference between "on demand" and "non-interactive" music? We use the words "jukebox" and "radio" as shorthand – but really, no one should care.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Sep 2011
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Netscape founder's web BI investment targets IPO float

Roman Stanek has backed the "right thing" at the right time twice during his career in tech. Is he now onto his third?
Gavin Clarke, 30 Sep 2011
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007's car outdrives iPhone in battle of the brands

The annual CoolBrands survey has returned this year, and Apple has again failed to claw back the top spot that its much coveted iPhone held just a couple of years before.
Caleb Cox, 30 Sep 2011
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Fire burns away the Kindle dream of interactivity

Amazon's new Kindles don't have keyboards, an omission which says more about how the Kindle has evolved than any of the shiny new capabilities which have been added.
Bill Ray, 30 Sep 2011
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Computer sim explains why hippies became extinct

Old-time egalitarian societies were just too stable to survive in a dog-eat-dog world, according to Stanford University researchers, a situation which led to them being overrun by the stratified societies which dominate humanity today.
Logitech AV Stand for iPad
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Logitech AV Stand

Accessory of the Week It's well known that the iPad's speaker is, well, a bit weedy. While there are a million and one low cost stands out there, if you really want to use your iPad as a movie screen, you need one that incorporates a decent speaker too.
Nick Hawkesmoor, 30 Sep 2011
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GNOME emits 'head up the arse' desktop update

The GNOME Project has updated its desktop barely six months after the controversial introduction of version 3.0.
Iain Thomson, 30 Sep 2011
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Prang finder site reveals accident blackspots

Web coders have plotted a map of UK road crashes using data pulled via the Department of Transport's API.
Anna Leach, 30 Sep 2011
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Adapt swallowed by Lyceum Capital

VC player Lyceum Capital has coughed £30m for a majority stake in London-based managed services firm Adapt to fuel a 'buy and build' strategy.
Paul Kunert, 30 Sep 2011
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Maguro+ zombie resurrected as Oracle beast

The genesis of Oracle's mini-Exadata – its new Database Appliance – was quite involved.
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2011
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Don't bother with that degree, say IT pros

Learning to code in your bedroom will prepare you for the IT job market just as well as a three-year degree costing £27,000, professionals said in a survey published today by CWJobs.co.uk.
Anna Leach, 30 Sep 2011
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Facebook spurns privacy probe as 'routine audit'

Facebook's international headquarters are in Dublin, Ireland, where the company just so happens to face a regulatory probe into the handling of personal data on the social network.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Sep 2011
Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection
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Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection

Review Can games be ahead of their time? I’ve heard it said of musicians, film directors, even comedians but rarely attributed to any person, or any particular release, within the games industry. Perhaps it’s time we started? Take Ico, for example, originally released for PS2 in Europe in 2001 to critical praise but scant commercial success.
Mike Plant, 30 Sep 2011
Gatwick Air Traffic Control

Air traffic control data found on eBayed network gear

A switch formerly used by the UK's air-traffic service which still held networking configurations and passwords has been sold on eBay, raising security concerns.
John Leyden, 30 Sep 2011
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Feds probe triggers Chinese tech stock tumble

Chinese tech companies' stock has been sliding on the NASDAQ today, after a report that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating accounting irregularities at US-listed Chinese firms.

Mobes to slurp messages, links over NFC

NFC devices are to get an optional open mailbox into which messages and requests can be dropped by other NFC devices, hopefully leading to cross-platform P2P applications.
Bill Ray, 30 Sep 2011
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus

Samsung shows second second-gen 7in Galaxy Tab

Here's another one for Apple's lawyers to sink their teeth into: the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.
Tony Smith, 30 Sep 2011
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Mighty trash-bag balloon cluster soars above Nevada

It's a tip of the hat this morning to Las Vegas high school student Manuja Gunaratne, who for just $50 managed to launch a helium balloon mission and return some impressive snaps of Nevada.
Lester Haines, 30 Sep 2011
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Fifa 12 kicks off with £2 HMV deal

With this season of the FA Premier League long underway, the annual refresh of football-related videogames is now upon us. EA returns today with its kick-about Fifa 12, which can be picked up for a generous £1.99 at HMV.
Caleb Cox, 30 Sep 2011
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Human 'alarm clock' enzyme discovered

When your alarm clock doesn't go off, you can thank a humble enzyme for getting you out of bed, scientists at the Salk Institute reveal in research published today.
Anna Leach, 30 Sep 2011
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Beer bottle shagging beetles with HUGE MEMBERS win prize

Aussie beetles who mistake the brown bobbly bit round the rim of beer bottles for an alluring female have landed two entomologists this year's Ig Nobel prize for biology.
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Telcos cough mobe tracking habits

The American Civil Liberties Union has compiled 381 information requests to establish who is slurping information from phone networks and what they're finding out.
Bill Ray, 30 Sep 2011
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Quattrone blasts Ellison, says Autonomy is right

Comment Investment banker Frank Quattrone has said Autonomy's Mike Lynch is right and Oracle is wrong: Mike Lynch did not shop Autonomy to Oracle - he did.
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2011
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Nominet suspends fake pharma domains

Nominet, the .uk address registry, has suspended hundreds of internet domain names as part of a global police crackdown on crime gangs peddling fake pharmaceuticals.
Kevin Murphy, 30 Sep 2011
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Apple turns the screws on reseller channel

Channel bully boy Apple is halving the early settlement discount for resellers across Europe in a phased rollout.
Paul Kunert, 30 Sep 2011
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Huawei inks distie deals in enterprise push

Huawei has inked a distie deal with Micro P in the UK and is understood to have inked a deal with TD Azlan across Europe as it steps up efforts to give rivals a bloody nose in the enterprise space.
Paul Kunert, 30 Sep 2011
Nokia

MS names Nokia WinPho models in compo blunder

Microsoft has inadvertently leaked the names of forthcoming Nokia Windows Phone handsets by including them in the terms and conditions of a competition.
Caleb Cox, 30 Sep 2011
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Avaya and Azlan split, end UK distie pact

TD Azlan has confirmed it is splitting with Avaya in the UK but will continue the distie agreement in other parts of EMEA.
Paul Kunert, 30 Sep 2011
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500 jobs threatened as Virgin Media shutters Liverpool call centre

Virgin Media is closing its outsourced call centre in Albert Dock, Liverpool, and "consolidating" its operations by shifting to an existing site in Swansea.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Sep 2011
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Electric plane-flinger for US and Royal navies doing well

The electromagnetic mass-driver catapults that will equip the next generation of aircraft carriers in the British and US navies are doing well in tests. This is important to both services, as their next carriers will be effectively useless without the new technology.
Lewis Page, 30 Sep 2011
Gears of War 3

Life-size Lego assault rifle really works

We've seen all sorts of gadgets built from Lego and this wouldn't be the first piece of artillery either. However, this life-sized Gears of War assault rifle replica is far too impressive to ignore.
Caleb Cox, 30 Sep 2011
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Nokia punts cheapo NFC dev kit

Desperate to spur interest in Near Field Communications, Nokia is flogging an NFC development kit with a C7 and two dozen tags for €180, or about half the cost of a C7.
Bill Ray, 30 Sep 2011
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Kinect 'augments' Bulgarian airbags

A Japanese developer has augmented what is, arguably, the only thing worth augmenting: virtual breast enhancements with real physics, courtesy of Microsoft Kinect.
Bill Ray, 30 Sep 2011
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Microsoft takes the Android profit, the Wonkas take the pain

Google’s troubles with Android aren’t just financial. They’re actually much, much worse than that, which all seriously throws the company’s golden reputation for perspicacity into doubt. Why buy into Google’s vision of the future when its own estimation of the present is so deeply flawed?
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Sep 2011
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Provider: Anti-piracy ruling has 'killed Usenet'

Europe’s biggest Usenet provider News-Service Europe (NSE) says anti-piracy organisation BREIN has "killed Usenet". The Dutch organisation this week lost a landmark case in which it was ordered to remove all pirated content or risk fine of €50,000 per day.
Jan Libbenga, 30 Sep 2011

Bo Peep insures jubs for $1m

NSFW Holly Madison, the US "reality TV star and model", has insured her D-cup jubs for $1m, lest they suffer a mishap during her Las Vegas extravaganza Peepshow.
Lester Haines, 30 Sep 2011
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Final insult for Full Tilt as Channel Islands kill its licence

The Channel Islands have revoked the gambling licence of Full Tilt Poker, the online gambling firm US prosecutors have accused of being a global Ponzi scheme.
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Android's scariest nightmare: resurgently sexy Microsoft

Open...and Shut Microsoft, lost in the mobile woods for so long, may have finally found a way back.
Matt Asay, 30 Sep 2011
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Samsung offers Apple TOP-SECRET peace deal in Australia

Samsung has held out the olive branch to Apple to end their patent dispute in Australia, a Sydney court was told today.
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Pandemonium as Microsoft AV nukes Chrome browser

Users of Google's Chrome browser are in an uproar after antivirus software from Microsoft classified it as virulent piece of malware that should be deleted immediately.
Dan Goodin, 30 Sep 2011
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Amazon's Kindle Fire is sold at a loss

At $199, Amazon may be selling its new Kindle Fire at a loss, emulating King Gillette's marketing brainstorm: sell razors dirt cheap and make money on the blades.
Rik Myslewski, 30 Sep 2011
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Microsoft, IBM tussle for tech value runner-up

IBM appears on the verge of passing Microsoft in market capitalization for the first time in 15 years, as the two duke it out for the number-two tech company slot, behind Apple.
Iain Thomson, 30 Sep 2011
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NASA: 'Asteroid armageddon less likely than we feared'

First the good news: there are fewer Earth-threatening asteroids than previously thought. The bad news: there are still plenty of dinosaur extinction–sized globe crushers out there, awaiting their turn.
Rik Myslewski, 30 Sep 2011
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Google open sources JavaScript testing tools

Google is open sourcing one of its key JavaScript testing tools in an effort to get developers to speed up web applications.
Iain Thomson, 30 Sep 2011
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Oracle in stiff competition with SF smut merchants

OpenWorld San Francisco is bracing itself for an influx of around 50,000 technologists as the Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne conferences kick off next week, and the city’s smut merchants – or gentlemen’s clubs as they prefer to be known – are making a play for attendees' attention.
Iain Thomson, 30 Sep 2011