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Notorious eBay hacker gets 3-year suspended sentence
Vladuz, the Romanian hacker who repeatedly accessed off-limits parts of eBay's website and then publicly taunted company officials over the security lapses, has been handed a suspended three-year sentence, according to news reports.
Aussie scientists develop radioactivity-trapping nanofibers
Scientists from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have developed a new material for cleaning up contaminated water from radioactive leaks and medical processes.
Google releases, quickly recalls native iOS Gmail app
Was it only yesterday that we told you that a native Gmail app was coming to iOS? Well, today it came – and today it left.
Better multithreading offered by Columbia U researchers
Since world+dog uses multithreaded software, it’s nice to know that someone cares about what goes wrong with it.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 13.3in Core i5 notebook
ReviewThere’s something very strange going on in ThinkPadland. Reports of two-headed calves, even flocks of birds flying backwards – these are nothing compared to some of the design changes wrought on ThinkPad users in recent times.
Cabinet Office publishes open source procurement toolkit
The Cabinet Office has published an open source procurement toolkit for the public sector on its website.
Nintendo pwns notion Wii was only for casual gaming
The Nintendo Wii is often associated with family entertainment and the softcore games market, but the firm's boss insists it wasn't the company's intentions to focus on casual gaming.
Premium-rate calls watchdog to join battle against pirates
The UK's regulator of premium rate services (PRS) will pass on details of copyright infringing websites to service providers under a new "proactive" arrangement with police and music industry representatives, it has announced.
British Library defends flogging of orphaned artwork
MPs heard a spirited debate about digital rights this week – including the digital rights you might or might not have as an amateur creator.
Swiss boffins produce working cloth made of GOLD
Swiss government boffins, perhaps confirming certain views on the prime preoccupation of many in Switzerland, are overjoyed to announce that they have finally developed a way of making practicably useful textiles out of gold.
Google pushes out pretty mobile stats interface
Ever wondered how many internet-using young men in Denmark watch TV while using their smartphone? No? Oh. Well, anyway, now you can find out, thanks to a new survey and analysis service from Google.
Disk prices double after flood - and could 'double again'
Hard disk prices doubled in the past fortnight following the severe flooding in Thailand and could potentially rise by the same amount again, channel sources have warned.
Hague refuses to name nations which cyberattack Britain
LCCThe London Conference on Cyberspace wasn't a forum for outing the states that had launched cyberattacks in the UK, the Foreign Secretary said yesterday.
Apple confirms iPhone 4S battery bashing bugs
Apple has coughed to the battery drain problem plaguing iPhone 4S owners and has promised to flatten the bug.
Shale gas operations triggered Blackpool tremors
Shale consortium Cuadrilla says deep-level drilling caused two minor earthquakes in Lancashire, but they were so small hardly anyone felt them. The group's report, a Geomechanical Study of Bowland Shale Seismicity, which coughed to the tiny tremors, was published on Wednesday.
iPad 3 to debut Q3 2012 as iPad 4
Take the latest whispers from Taiwan as gospel and you won't have to sacrifice your earnings to the Church of Jobs for an iPad 3 until Q3 2012.
The Google Review, explained...
Now we know why what was widely called the "Google Review" into intellectual property came to the conclusions it did. And we have it from the horse's mouth: not Google, but Professor Ian Hargreaves and his team at the IPO, who "guided" him.
Cyberattack Blighty and we'll use 'military means' - UK gov
LCCAny British response to a foreign state’s cyberattack would be proportionate, a Foreign Office official told The Register yesterday.
HP downgrades Slate Windows tab
Employees in big business can soon look forward to HP's latest tablet: the Windows-running, Intel Atom-based Slate 2.
BT profits climb on brisk broadband sales
BT reported second quarter sales of £4.89bn, a 2 per cent drop, while pre-tax profits rose 15 per cent to £570m for the period ended 31 September.
RM threatens to axe 300 staff
RM has told up to 300 staff that their necks are on the line following the completion of last month's strategic review.
Facebook denies silent stalking of punters (again)
iOS App of the WeekIt’s hard to believe that it has taken Adobe so long to release a PDF reader for iDevices, especially since the Android version has been available for more than a year now.
The trials and tribulations of data centre networking
Reg ResearchFor much of the last decade data centre networking, along with networking in general, has become accepted as part of the glue that is invisible to business users.
Apple was OK to fire man for private Facebook comments
Apple was right to fire an employee of one of its UK stores for saying rude things about the company on his Facebook wall, an employment tribunal in Bury St Edmunds ruled.*
Toshiba prices up Portégé Ultrabook
Toshiba's first Ultrabook - the Portégé Z830; see our eyes-on, launched during September's IFA consumer electronics show - will finally go on sale this month.
Sony's PlayStation Home given complete overhaul
Sony has revamped its PlayStation Home design with a fresh virtual world featuring new games and social content for those who like to mingle with their avatars.
Maggie Philbin on tech, teens and cardigan fear
InterviewIt could all have been so different. Thanks to a lack of sound career guidance, techie icon Maggie Philbin didn't become an engineer and instead co-presented the BBC's Tomorrow's World.
Gadget 'bouncers' hired to patrol biz clouds
Security appliance firms are using the big industry push towards cloud services, and the trend of allowing staff to bring their own devices into work, to sell technology that attempts to fix the resulting security mess.
Mobile case brings glasses-free 3D to iPhone
While 3D has hardly lit up the world of tech, iPhone users hoping to enjoy the extra dimension will be pleased to know the capability is now available thanks to a case with a lenticular screen cover. Glasses not required.
Trevor works out on VDI roll-outs
Deploying virtual desktop integration may save you lots of money (or not). It may increase your employees' mobility (or not). But if you stream the footie match in high definition on 30 virtual machines, it will definitely do a number on a single Gig-E interface.
Americans' right to hang fake balls on trucks left dangling
Americans on the horns of a constitutional dilemma over their right to hang simulated, over-sized testicles from the back of their pickups will have to wait even longer for the issue to be decided.
Dixons knocks £200 off laptops before Xmas...
Dixons chains Currys and PC World will knock £200 off the price of a new notebook, provided you buy it this month.
Apple iOS 5's hidden 3D revealed
iOS 5, the latest OS for Apple trinkets, has hidden depths in the form of support for 3D objects embedded in web pages though the use of WebGL, and not just for paying customers.
Smart meters: Nothing can possibly go wrong, says gov
A UK government minister has reassured Parliament that upcoming deployments of smart meters will be secure.
Yamaha RX-V471 5.1 AV receiver
ReviewYamaha’s RX-V471 is more than just a budget 5.1 AV receiver with 3D-friendly HDMIs. It represents something of a reboot for the celebrated hi-fi brand. Despite having a heritage with AV that can be traced back to the very first surround sound decoder, the past few years have seen the company floundering. For some reason it just wasn’t hitting the right notes.
Kindle users can 'borrow' an extra book - forever
Amazon will lend Kindle owners a book every month as part of a new ebook borrowing scheme known as the Kindle Owners' Lending Library.
Universal Music sued by its artists over downloads dosh
A class-action lawsuit by artists against the world’s largest record company has been given the green light by a judge. The dispute, which pits Universal Music against a number of its featured artists, sounds arcane – but an estimated $2bn (£1.25bn) in royalties is at stake.
Amazon on Facebook: 'la la la we're not listening'
The Facebook Pages for some of the UK's biggest retailers are awash with marketing messages, but often ignore questions and complaints from their customers, a new study has found.
Want to avoid all private-data breaches, ever? Here's how
InterviewAs information and privacy commissioner of Ontario, Ann Cavoukian's jurisdiction is limited to the Canadian province. But that doesn't mean the effects of her post don't extend into territories across the globe.
Google and co join gov's identity marketplace
Google is among 26 companies that have signed up to the government's latest effort to create a British business sector out of the handling of private data and an individual's online identity.
Brit boffins print blinking booze bottle labels
A Cambridge-based printing biz has managed to print little lights onto beer bottle labels that flash as you grab your favourite tipple.
Shock movie upset - Daniel Craig still James Bond 007
Daniel Craig is back as James Bond 007, blond-haired ball-busting hero of new film Skyfall that will start filming today.
Moto rolls out Xoom 2 Android fondleslabs
Motorola officially announced its fondleslab followups today, launching the anticipated Xoom 2 and a smaller sibling, the Xoom 2 Media Edition.
Welsh gov splashes its cash on 10 lucky resellers
Ten resellers have won a place on the Welsh Assembly Government's (WAG) two-year framework for PCs and peripherals.
Fixing Android mobes costs telcos millions
Keeping up with repairs and returns on Android mobes is costing operators up to £1.25bn ($2bn) a year, according to a new study.
Fujitsu boffins send DAN into storage fight
Has Fujitsu issued a DAN dare to the networked storage industry, challenging its entire existence?
Beijing to get free Wi-Fi with obvious strings attached
Over the next five years Beijing will get 480,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots, but using them will require a mobile number and an agreement to have your activities tracked and monitored.
UN set to dump GMT for tech-friendly Atomic Time
Greenwich could lose its place at the centre of global time if a move to "atomic time" is voted in by the International Telecommunication Union in Geneva in January 2012.
Nude lady recreates Star Wars tauntaun scene in dead horse
An Oregon woman who posted photos of herself reclining nude and spattered with equine bodily fluids in the carcass of a dead horse has declared she was partly inspired by Star Wars.
LG seeks cash to save its smartphone biz
LG Electronics is planning to raise 1.0621 trillion won (£588m) in a shares issue so it can pour funds into core businesses like smartphones and take on new staff, its board said today.
All 4G telcos must hit 98% coverage, Ofcom told
Ofcom should demand 98 per cent coverage from all 4G operators, rather than 95 per cent from one, and claw back some cash from EE for the spectrum it was given.
Hands on with the Motorola Xoom 2 10.1in Android tablet
First LookMotorola will be selling its new Xoom 2 tablets - a 10.1in model and the 8.2in "Media Edition", both unveiled today - primarily through Dixons' stores and Carphone Warehouse. Those are both consumer-oriented outlets, so why will so many business apps - Citrix, GoToMeeting and QuickOffice, for instance - be pre-loaded onto the tablets?
Has your account been pwned? New website will tell you
Security researchers have set up a website that allows punters to check whether or not their email addresses have appeared in data dumps slurped from compromised databases.
Computer sports battle in Seattle: A punter's guide
SC11The 2011 Student Cluster Challenge (SCC), the premier event in computer sports, is heading toward Seattle like an out-of-control, rocket-powered freight train. Eight teams of university students are getting ready to travel to SC11 to prove that their clusters can wring more processing out of 26 amps than those of their rivals.
Some signs of life detected in gov IT spend
Insight Enterprises says the public sector is starting to show some signs of life again but it was the mid-market and services wins that fuelled modest growth in Q3.
Flood recedes at Toshiba's Thai fabs
Toshiba Corp expects to crank up Thai production lines early next year at a number of plants on one industrial park as the waters have started to recede.
Crime-fighting Seattle superhero unmasked, fired
Seattle’s self-styled superhero has been fired from his job after getting involved in a fracas outside a Washington nightclub.
China, Russia called out as cyberspy hotbeds
Russia and China are using cyber-espionage to steal the US's tech and economic secrets, according to a government report.
RIM is now worth less than its assets
A fall in the share price of battered BlackBerry maker RIM puts the firm's market value below the value of all its stuff today.
Robot cop tackles mystery tinfoil poo-bomb bandit
Toronto residents were hastily evacuated from homes and businesses in the city yesterday as police feared that tinfoil-wrapped packages of human excrement found beneath a car might explode, flattening an entire neighbourhood in a devastating poo-based blast horror incident of some type.
HP plonks Boeing bigwig into global biz hot seat
Meg Whitman has made her first senior appointment as HP CEO by creating a new role - exec veep for global tech and biz processes - and giving it to former Boeing bigwig John Hinshaw.
Apple assails mobile porn purveyor's URLs
Apple has reportedly filed a complaint against a porn-purveying website that has glommed onto a gaggle of iPhone-related domain names that redirect unwary users to their hardcore smut service.
Oracle gives Solaris 11 final spit and polish
Systems maker Oracle is getting out the dogs and ponies and hauling them to New York City for the official launch of the long-awaited Solaris 11 operating system next week.
US Army orders more Judge Dredd smartgun ammo
The US Army has assigned an extra $24m of funding to the futuristic XM-25, a high tech personal weapon which can hit and kill an enemy even if he is hiding behind a rock, in a trench or round a corner.
Apple requires Mac App Store candidates to be sandboxed
Developers submitting applications to Apple's Mac App Store will soon be required to add an extra layer of security for their wares to be accepted.
eBay boss declares era of e-commerce is over
Open Mobile SummitJohn Donahoe, CEO of eBay, has said that the concept of e-commerce is dead and buried, since consumers really don’t care about where they buy, so long as they get the cheapest price.
NASA: Martians likely lived underground
If life ever existed on Mars, it's likely that its longest-lasting enclaves would be underground.
Court forces bisexual budgie smuggling blogger to go down
Bisexual blogger, Dave Evans, has been ordered by an Australian Federal Court to shut down his websites because they featured swimwear manufacturer Speedo’s swimming costumes and domain names using the company's trademark.
Virtualization market faces shake-up
Server virtualization is perhaps not as pervasive as many believe, and customers are not as locked into any particular hypervisor as many companies peddling this magic software layer might hope.
Web credential authority rebuked for 'poor' security
Microsoft, Google, and Mozilla will banish yet another web authentication authority from their software after learning that it issued secure sockets layer certificates that could be used to attack people visiting Malaysian government websites.
Ninefold ties up with Australian incubators
Fledgling cloud provider Ninefold has announced tie-ups with Australian startup hubs Pollenizer and Startmate, as it tries to attract new companies to its cloud services.
Google gets fresh with search algorithm tweak
Google has tweaked its search algorithm to give more up-to-the-minute results for searches, improving the likelihood of more recent news and reviews.
AMD sacks 1,400 to chase 'emerging markets'
Chip maker AMD has had its share of woes in the past year, and now it will cut its workforce by 11.6 per cent to save enough money to invest in low-power chips and cloud computing.
Kaggle gets a gaggle of VC cash
Australian data analytics crowdsourcing start-up Kaggle has raised $US11 million in Series A funding from a glittering array of technorati.
CityFibre raises £500m for UK gigabit rollout
CityFibre has announced an aggressive expansion of its network plans, saying that starting next year it hopes to build out a network covering local authorities, 50,000 businesses, and a million homes.
Bill Gates drops $1m on laser-based malaria fighter
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a $1m grant to an astrophysicist developing a laser-based solution to a decidedly terrestrial problem: malaria-spreading mosquitoes.