Telstra gets core spot in new Asian cable
Telstra has signed on as a foundation customer on a nascent Perth to Singapore submarine cable system which is being built by ASSC-1 Communications Group.
Quickflix builds up content entourage
Australian IPTV aspirant Quickflix has secured a coveted content deal with HBO, the wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc, allowing Quickflix to stream over 500 hours of content from the HBO catalogue.
Vodafone manages to fight off £3bn tax bill, claws back cash paid
Vodafone's acquisition of Hutchison Essar is not liable to Indian taxation, a court has ruled, as the 2007 transaction took place outside the sub-continent - despite Essar being based there.
Dell and LSI now sporting impressive new set of MRAMs
Dell and LSI are using a new type of memory in servers, RAID controllers and routers, presaging the replacement of NAND flash.
Hospitals snap up cloudy storage as disk space runs out
With an HP system nearing the end of its usefulness and a thirst for more storage, St Helens and Knowsley teaching hospitals trust decided to switch to a cloud array for its patient data.
Romanian who hacked NASA spared cooler stint
A Romanian hacker who admitted breaking into NASA's network has avoided jail, receiving a three-year suspended prison sentence instead.
Dixons cuts Ice Cream Sarnie ready Xoom to £225
Cut-price 32GB Android tablet, anyone? Dixons is now pricing the 32GB Motorola Xoom at £249 - if you can find one.
UK.gov marches on with solar 'leccy cash slash by spring
If the Government loses its appeal against a High Court ruling on its plan to reduce solar incentives from December 2011, then it will apply the reduction from 3 March 2012, it has said.
RIM's co-CEOs quit in top exec shake-up
A Research in Motion management shake-up has swapped out its co-CEOs for a new top exec following a challenging period for the gadget maker.
Russia and NASA plan to COLONISE the Moon
Russian, American and European space agencies are in talks to create a human colony on the Moon, according to Russian news source Rianovosti.
Software AG plots Valley invasion by Terracotta army
Europe's second largest software company, Software AG, is reorganising in the US with a huge focus on the West Coast around big-data purchase Terracotta.
Bonfire of the brands: ICANN's top-level domain selloff
Despite what in the final months seemed to be stiff competition, ICANN went ahead with its new generic domain names, letting companies register .whatevertheycanthinkof from 12 January.
Power7 chips going for a song in Big Blue January sale
Power Systems, the line of big iron packing Power7 CPUs, was one of the bright spots in IBM's server business in the fourth quarter - so a price cut on Power7 processor cards and processor core activations might be one of the last things you would expect out of Big Blue. But this week, that is precisely what the company did.
Filesonic cleans up after Megaupload bust
Filesonic, one of the top 10 file-sharing sites on the net, has disabled file-sharing features and restricted access to its cloud locker service following the Megaupload takedown. The site Uploaded.to has followed suit. But others are whistling nonchalantly. Rapidshare, which wants to reposition itself as an above-board personal storage and transfer service such as Dropbox or YouSendIt, said it wasn't concerned.
Networks nag Nokia to lower Lumia levy
Nokia's upcoming Windows Phone handset, the Lumia 710, has been deemed too expensive by UK networks. And they have pressured the Finnish outfit to lower prices in order to compete more effectively with rival low-end smartphones.
Europe exposes its stiff data protection law this week
Stringent proposals for the revision of Europe's outdated 1995 data protection law are to be revealed by officials this coming Wednesday.
'Hannibal' leaks '100,000 Facebook logins'
The tit for tat between pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel hackers escalated at the weekend after a hacker called Hannibal claimed to have leaked the Facebook login details of "100,000 Arabs".
DreamHost nightmare attack sparks passwords reset
US-based hosting firm DreamHost is advising customers to change their passwords following a database breach.
SharePoint gods peek into colleagues' info – poll
SharePoint admins are abusing their privileged status to sneak a peak at classified documents according to a poll that shows consistent abuse of security in Microsoft's business collaboration server.
Car gadget cuts off driver's smartphone
Scosche has addressed in-car safety with its latest device, a plug-and-play solution to limit smartphone activity while a user is behind the wheel.
ITV wrist-slapped for showing video game as IRA attack
ITV has escaped a fine for using video game footage to illustrate IRA activities, and portraying the wrong riot, but will tighten up procedures to stop it happening again.
iPad 2, iPhone 4S finally jail-broken
The Apple iPad 2 and iPhone 4S have finally fallen to jail-breakers.
Android hackers mull rooted mobe app marketplace
Android hackers are discussing the creation of a specialist app store, listing software for rooted handsets and other things that even Google won't allow.
Fans teased with Doc Who PS3 promo
Looking forward to the next attempt to make a decent Doctor Who videogame? Past attempts have generally not passed muster, but The Eternity Clock might just the one that finally gets it right.
Live Music law to decriminalise trumpet-playing
A private member's bill that will make the promotion and performance of live music in small venues easier was passed by the Commons on Friday, which means it's now almost certain to become law.
Tablet, e-reader ownership doubles over Xmas
Tablet and e-book reader ownership almost doubled in the US over Christmas.
Plus is king now: Google shutters more products
Larry Page's first nine months as the second-time-around Google CEO has been defined by his attempts to cut out the rot at Mountain View while pollinating the company's entire online estate with social goo.
Japanese manufacturers cut domestic disc, telly production
Japanese manufacturers have started to take production abroad, with Hitachi and Mitsubishi announcing an end to their domestic arrangements for television sets and compact discs, respectively.
Man vanquishes robot cop in hand-to-hand combat
The ongoing Rise of the Machines to their inevitable dominance over humanity faltered last week, when a police robot tangled with a human being in hand to hand combat - and was handed a severe beating.
World music sales slide despite digital dividend
Digtal music sales rose eight per cent worldwide during 2011. Good news for Apple, owner of the download-centric iTunes Music Store, but not for CD sellers: the industry as a whole saw revenues slide three per cent.
HP, RIM, ARM among thousands in ICANN dot-brand ban
ICANN's decision to open the floodgates to hundreds of new generic top-level domains last week is expected to create a land-rush of "dot-brand" internet addresses.
Fujitsu and Unite shake hands on pay, pensions deal
Staff at Fujitsu’s UK sites in Manchester and Crewe have ended their long-running dispute with the electronics giant after bosses agreed to bump up salaries and sort out other quibbles including pensions.
Anonymous tweets for hack targets
Hacktivist guild Anonymous has taken to Twitter to ask followers for tips on who the group should attack next.
Sourcefire jumps into anti-malware market
Sourcefire, the security biz behind the commercial versions of the open-source Snort intrusion-detection software, is bowling itself at enterprises and touting tech designed to quickly detect and block malware outbreaks.
Furious freetards blitz the wrong SOPA
Angry copyfighters barraged a small Scottish food certification agency with abuse last week - in the belief they were protesting against hated US anti-piracy legislation.
Gov.uk loses 2 top techies, needs some new ones
The government's second-in-command techie is leaving this month for a job with storage giant EMC.
Bletchley Park flogs Alan Turing first day covers
Computing pioneer and Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing is to be commemorated next month in a series of limited edition first day covers for stamps designed to celebrate the centenary of his birth and help raise some more funds for the renovation of Bletchley Park.
Micron bought the ashes of crashed Virtensys
AnalysisFar from backers celebrating anything like a fourfold payout after Micron bought Virtensys, it turns out the sad reality is that Virtensys was close to collapse and Micron is buying the ashes of a crashed startup.
Intel upsets apple cart, snaps up QLogic's InfiniBand biz
The high-performance networking market just got a whole lot more interesting, with Intel shelling out $125m to acquire the InfiniBand switch and adapter product lines from upstart QLogic.
Joyent rakes in $85m to build out SmartOS clouds
Joyent has built a sophisticated infrastructure cloud founded on the open-source Solaris environment with the hopes of taking on Amazon's EC2 – and now it has a big pile of cash with which to globalize that cloud.
MPAA threat sparks White House petition for bribery probe
Chris Dodd, ex–US senator and current CEO of the Motion Picture Ass. of America, may face a White House investigation after he made an extraordinary outburst that appeared to threaten politicians who had the audacity to take the entertainment industry’s money and then abandon SOPA/PIPA online-piracy legislation.
Google+ funny numbers mask falling growth
Open ... and ShutGoogle has always been about crunching big numbers. But only recently has it begun to apparently fudge them.
Survey: Android set to beat iOS in battle for coder love
Android is set to become the number one choice for mobile application developers in the next 12 months as the Google platform pushes ahead of arch rival Apple, according to the latest research from Ovum.
YouTube tops one hour of video uploads per second
Google has announced that uploads to YouTube now total one hour of video every second.
Potent proton pulse to BOMBARD EARTH Tuesday morn
Late Sunday, the sun aimed a huge coronal mass ejection (CME) at our planet, along with a "solar energetic particle" event – the largest since September 2005 – which is expected to cause a solar storm of highly energetic protons to hit us on Tuesday at 9am Eastern Time, plus or minus seven hours.
Mellanox chops 10-gig Ethernet switch, adapter prices
UpdatedMellanox Technologies is not happy about the 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch and adapter ramp, and it is doing something about it: slashing its own prices.
Group buying stalls in Asia
The Asia Pacific group buying market is in consolidation mode due to intense competition, according to a new report from Daily Deal Media.
Telstra opens fibre to competitors
Telstra has managed to avoid having Australia’s competition regulator set the prices of its fibre-to-the-premises networks, with minister Senator Stephen Conroy announcing a regulatory exemption for the carrier’s South Brisbane fibre network.
Rara and Rdio take on Aus music industry
The Australian radio industry is enjoying an international invasion of digital music streaming upstarts, with the launch of Omnifone backed Rara.com and the music project from the Skype founding crew, Rdio.
Laser used to cool semiconductor
Lasers heat things up, right? – unless you happen to hit upon the right resonance, in which case it seems you can use lasers to cool things down.