NSA whistleblower details intelligence cock-ups
Web 2.0 SummitThomas Drake, the whistleblower who exposed the NSA’s failings on digital surveillance, has said that the US is behind the curve on internet monitoring and has been playing fast and loose with privacy rules.
As US sinks, Apple sees a glorious future in China
Apple may have disappointed Wall Street by not meeting their conservative predictions for its most recent fiscal quarter, but that didn't stop Cupertino from predicting that next quarter will be a barn burner.
Cisco girds Nexus switches for data center battle
Networking giant Cisco Systems has been under attack for the past several years, and the company gearing up its high-end, converged Nexus switches to defend its data-center turf from encroachment by HP, Dell, Arista Networks, Juniper Networks, Brocade Communications, and others.
Oracle updates Java to stop SSL-chewing BEAST
Firefox developers said Tuesday that they have no plans to keep the browser from working with the Java software framework now that Oracle has released a patch that prevents it from being used to decrypt sensitive web traffic.
Solar Challenge leaders whizz towards Adelaide
WSCDutch team Nuon recovered ground lost to Tokai on Day 4 of the World Solar Challenge, ending the day just 20km behind the race leader. The top two are now less than 500km away from the finish line in Adelaide.
Ballmer disses Android as cheap and complex
Web 2.0 SummitSteve Ballmer has predicted that the new line of Windows Phones coming out this Christmas can establish the company’s operating system and beat Apple and Android devices.
Philips Fidelio DS9
ReviewPhilips' audio engineers must be feeling rather pleased with themselves these days.
Report: Hacking forum is a cybercrime academy
Certain underground hacking forums are acting as training academies and tech-support networks for cybercriminals as well as creating a marketplace for a vast array of cybercrime tools, say researchers.
'Mental act' computerisations no longer automatically unpatentable
The UK's Intellectual Property Office has changed its guidance on how its reviewers will consider the 'mental act' exemption to patentability when assessing patent applications for computer-implemented inventions.
Samsung, Google whip out Android 4.0 Nexus
Here's the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - aka the Galaxy Prime - launched by the South Korean Apple biter and Google in Hong Kong this morning.
HP boasts of 3PAR benchmark boost
HP is blowing its 3PAR horn loudly, saying it has doubled 3PAR's customer base since buying it last September, and that 3PAR is now top dog on the SPC benchmark.
Another World 20th Anniversary Edition
iGamerIt's one of gaming's longest enduring and most profound existential questions. Twenty years and as many platforms later, Another World - aka Out of this World in the US -remains as enigmatic as ever, surviving even creator Eric Chahi's own fascinating personal deconstruction of his work at this year's Game Developers Conference.
Currys, PC World websites slated by punters
Dixons Group's websites for Currys and PC World are among the worst online shops for electrical appliances, according to a new study by consumer rights group Which?
Sony names PlayStation Vita release day
Having already confessed that the PlayStation Vita won't hit the UK this year, Sony today said fanboys will have to wait until February 2012 for their next portable PlayStation fix.
Yahoo! revenue! AND! profits! bomb! as! expected!
Yahoo! surprised no one yesterday when it reported its third quarter results to Wall Street.
Groupon IPO could be as soon as Monday
Groupon's foray onto public markets hasn't exactly been smooth, but sources are saying it's a go for next week after many rumours of the on-again-off-again variety.
Nipples and teen lesbians sexy even when ironic, ASA rules
The Advertising Standards Authority has put the kibosh on an ad for Duke Nukem Forever that confronted post-watershed viewers with pole dancers, schoolgirl lesbians and multiple nipple flashes.
Lenovo aims to seize PC crown within 3 years
Lenovo is aiming to become the biggest shifter of PC tin on the planet within three years after recently swiping the number two spot from Dell.
Alcatel-Lucent hacks off an arm for $1.5bn
Alcatel-Lucent has sold off its Genesys division to investment fund Permira for $1.5bn (£952m), but will hang onto its "enterprise" operation as no one seems to want it.
Dell Vostro V131 13.3in Core i5 notebook
ReviewBack in the old days, you knew where you were a Dell business laptop. Heave it out of the box and you’d be rewarded with a giant, hot-running thing with the aesthetic appeal of a pile-up on the M40.
ASA upholds complaint against 'best gaming' Virgin ads
Another slap on the wrist for Virgin Media from the Advertising Standards Authority: the ISP was today told not to claim its 50Mb/s broadband package is the "best for online gaming".
Debt collectors warned off pursuing punters on Facebook
Debt collectors should not be allowed to chase people who owe them money on social networking sites, including Facebook and Twitter, the UK's Office of Fair Trading has said.
BSkyB earns more dosh out of fewer new punters
BSkyB's number of customers signing up to its products fell from 96,000 new subscribers in the company's Q1 last year to 77,000 in the first quarter ended 30 September 2011 – despite that, both revenue and pre-tax profit climbed.
Zend floats PHP cloud development platform
Zend has announced a cloud for building and deploying PHP apps on other clouds – but without the management hassle.
Leaked Intel roadmap reveals PCIe flash kit
Tom's Hardware has reported a leaked Intel storage roadmap that confirms a PCIe flash product is coming, as well as confirming updates across Chipzilla's three flash product families.
Vegas man begs web for $1m to fix gigantic scrotum
An American has turned to the internet to raise $1m to pay for an operation to fix his scrotum, which has swollen to an eye-watering 45kg.
TfL wheels out digital bus info upgrade
As winter sets in, commuters in London stand huddled at bus stops, hoping the shelters' electronic signs report an accurate "due" arrival time rather than a crappy guess.
Trusteer scraps with analysts over 'bank security bypass'
Trusteer continues to spar with researchers at Digit Security over claims that it might be possible to bypass Trusteer's online banking security technology Rapport.
RIM lifts skirt, flashes 'new' OS at devs
The PlayBook will get push email and BBM support just as soon as the BlackBerrys get QNX, which has been rebranded BBX to make it seem shiny and new.
ITU heralds ultra-high def TV progress
The ITU, an international standards setter, has agreed "the pertinent technical characteristics" of the ultra-high definition televion (UHDTV) format.
Telefonica, Verizon ready VMware schizophones
VMworld EuropeVMware rules the x86 server virtualization racket, giving physical servers multiple personalities. And now cell phone operators are lining up to support its Mobile Virtual Platform (MVP) hypervisor on smartphones.
Mystery over bogus Facebook login data dump
The publication on Pastebin of the supposed login details of more than 10,000 Facebook users fails to pose any security risks, at least on the social network, because the data is bogus, according to Facebook.
UK has enough sheep shearers, needs more coders
Positions in Britain's IT sector are still going to homegrown workers, according to the UK Border Agency, although software developers and graphic designers are needed to produce visual effects and 2D/3D computer animation for film, TV and video games.
Reseller loses veteran chairman and CEO in shake-up
Managed services and software reselling outfit Maxima has raised £2m through a rights issue to fund future development and as a precursor to offloading business units that are deemed "non-core" over the coming months.
Motorola sharpens smartphones with revamped Razr
Motorola revived one of its most popular handset brands today: Razr.
Libel reform vows to slay anonymous trolls
A single complaint about an anonymous article or posting online could be enough to legally force a website to take it down – if new Parliamentary proposals on defamation get passed into law.
Trojan targets Mac's built-in security defences
Malware coders have created a Mac-specific Trojan that is designed to attack anti-malware defences built into Apple's Mac OS X operating system.
Samsung Android 4.0 smartphone priced for Blighty
UK mobile phone seller Clove has priced up the Samsung Galaxy Nexus at £515 sans Sim lock.
HP assembles specialist storage sales squad
HP is setting up a channel-specific team to help resellers punt its storage on the back of triple-digit growth in 3PAR and rising demand.
Would you go to Facebook for mobile tech support?
Nokia Siemens Networks is punting Facebook integration to mobile phone operators that reckon their customers would prefer using a social network over calling tech support.
AMD taps Papermaster as CTO
Hot potato techie Mark Papermaster has been chosen by Advanced Micro Devices to be its new chief technology officer. The appointment lays to rest speculation on who will be drawing up the company's processor and systems roadmap as the chip maker tries to hang in there against goliath Intel and a slew of ARM upstarts.
Viacom appeals dismissal of $1bn YouTube lawsuit
Viacom is trying to convince an appeals court to overturn an earlier ruling in which a federal judge dismissed the $1bn lawsuit the TV behemoth brought against Google's YouTube.
Cassandra database now ready for mere mortals
The NoSQL database Cassandra has hit 1.0-level maturity with a heavy play for enterprise customers.
Juniper profits get a haircut in Q3
Profits at Juniper Networks have had a haircut after costs for manufacturing, research, development, and sales all grew faster than revenues in its third quarter. But revenue is growing and hitting targets, which is a good sign for the networking business in general, and for Juniper in particular.
Apotheker right hand man Wohl exits HP
HP's short lived chief communication officer Bill Wohl - a close ally of blundering former CEO Leo Apotheker - has confirmed that he has followed his buddy out of the business.
New RAM shunts data into flash in power cuts
Viking has built a hybrid, battery-free, non-volatile storage memory product, combining DRAM and NAND, which is faster than PCIe flash. Eat your heart out, Fusion-io.
Holographic storage biz files for Chapter 11
If you listened hard you might have heard a thin scream of despair as holographic storage developer InPhase Technologies filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection yesterday.
Google adds default end-to-end encryption to search
Google is rolling out default end-to-end encryption to people who use the site to seek for images, news and general webpages, a change that will better protect search queries and results from eavesdroppers.
Fund manager withdraws legal threat over security vuln
First State Super, the company that called the police and fired off legal threats when a security researcher notified it of vulnerabilities in its online funds management application, is reportedly softening its stance.
Google Analytics goes with the flow
Web 2.0 SummitGoogle is adding a visualization tool to its analytics stream that gives website operators a more graphical representation of who is visiting their pages.
Trade Me set for end of year float
Fairfax Media’s partial float of dotcom asset Trade Me may be on the cards before the end of the year according to industry reports out of New Zealand.
MC Hammer getting into search business
Web 2.0 SummitStanley Burrell, AKA MC Hammer, is getting into the search business with a startup called Wiredoo.
Irish DPC to investigate Facebook
Even if you’re not a Facebook user, chances are that your computer is carrying cookies from The Social Network™. They’re scattered all over the Web like digital malarial mosquitoes waiting for the next host.
IBM fails to keep Oz harassment case under wraps
Australia’s Federal Court has ruled against an attempt by IBM to suppress the details of a sexual harassment case against it.
Google planning major upgrades to Google+ ‘within days’
Web 2.0 SummitGoogle is planning to unveil a series of major upgrades to its social networking service starting in the next few days, including the ability to use Google Apps accounts to access Google+ and set up brand pages for companies and the use aliases instead of real names.
NextIO punts I/O virtualizing Maestro
NextIO, a maker of server I/O virtualization switches based on PCI-Express technologies, has announced the third and probably the most significant of its products. It's called vNET I/O Maestro and is being peddled as a server I/O virtualization appliance that can take the place of Ethernet and Fibre Channel switches at the top of server racks.