Facebook App Center goes global
Just over a month since it debuted its App Center store in the US, Facebook is rolling out the service to global markets. Predominantly English-speaking countries will come first, with localized stores for other languages to launch in the next few weeks.
Apple unveils tightened Mountain Lion requirements
Apple has released the System Requirements for its upcoming new version of OS X, Mountain Lion, and as is usually the case with any operating system release, not all Macs need apply – even some that qualified for the Mac's current operating system, Lion.
Pandora plays beta beats downunder
After months of speculation and a dress rehearsal back in 2007, one of the original online music streamers, Pandora, has re-emerged in Australia.
ACTA can't get its act together
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is losing its international momentum following the European Parliament’s rejection of the global treaty, which many member states claim is flawed.
Anonymous hack hands WikiLeaks TWO MILLION Syrian emails
Hacktivist group Anonymous is claiming responsibility for an attack on the computer systems of the Syrian government and its evil overlord Bashar Assad thanks to which over two million emails ended up in the hands of whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks.
Chinese smartphone shipments outstripping feature phones
China is celebrating another technology milestone after claiming that smartphone shipments in the world’s biggest mobile market have now exceeded feature phone shipments, although analysts have their doubts.
Apple boss Cook may have stumped up $60m IPAD pay-out
Apple’s IPAD trademark opponent Proview has suggested that CEO Tim Cook may have personally stepped in to fund the $60 million settlement fee paid to the failed monitor company last month.
Museum of Computing recognised as PROPER MUSEUM
The Museum of Computing has been awarded full accreditation with the Arts Council of England, which means it is now officially a brilliant curator of all things tech.
Being a skinny is much more unhealthy than being fat – new study
Yet another study has shown that the so-called "obesity" epidemic sweeping the wealthy nations of the world has been massively over-hyped, as new results show that is is far more dangerous to be assessed as "underweight" than it is to be assessed even as "severely obese" - let alone merely "obese" or "overweight".
KIT drives off with memory win: 1-bit-per-MOLECULE storage
While its students may not have managed a win in the cluster compo smackdown last month, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) scored a resounding victory for storage technology when its researchers managed to read and write a bit of information from a single molecule.
Cerner questions Epic win for Cambridge patient records
Patient record supplier Cerner has written to Cambridge University Hospitals foundation trust over its recent award of a major software tender to Epic, Government Computing understands.
Gov: How can renewable power peddlers take on UK's Big 6?
The government is seeking views on how it can reduce the barriers to entry in the electricity market for smaller renewable energy generators. The call for evidence follows reports that these companies are finding it harder to obtain guarantees that companies will purchase their power.
Atos IT workers threaten strike during Olympics over 'living wage'
Atos IT workers are threatening to strike over pay in industrial action that could hit the London Olympics.
EMC unveils new Networker tool, thrusts it into clouds
EMC has caught on to the cloud computing trend across most of its product lines, and now it has cloudified its Networker backup product, adding multi-tenancy, three times more scalability, and better performance.
How to screw LIBOR and alienate people
The financially illiterate arts graduates MPs who tried to question Bob Diamond last week never stood a chance of getting down to how it was possible in the first place to screw with the single most important set of numbers in finance. So if you know an MP or someone at the Financial Services Authority, pass this on to them.
50 years in SPAAAAACE: Telstar celebrates half-century since launch
VidOn 10 July 1962, the privately-owned Telstar 1 was blasted into orbit on the back of NASA's Thor-Delta rocket, and despite only working for a year it proved that commercial satellite communications was possible.
Google Nexus 7 Android tablet
ReviewAmazon may have done more that most to get Android onto tablets, but Google's Nexus 7 tablet, built by Asus, isn't so much a shot across the bows as a full torpedo attack on Jeff Bezos' ambitions in the fondleslab market.
Google expected to cough measly $22.5m for Safari privacy gaffe
Google is reportedly set to cough up a piddly penalty payment of $22.5m to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to settle its sneaky bypassing of the default privacy settings of Apple's Safari browser.
Level 3's UPS burnout sends websites down in flames
UK sysadmins woke up to a headache this morning after a major power cut at Level 3's data centre in Braham Street, East London, lasted for approximately five hours.
Quantum just can't seal the deals, slides deeper into red
Storage purveyor Quantum has blamed a weak Europe, and a failure to close large deals, for an estimated $19m loss in its quarter ended June 30.
Salesforce goes titsup, causes CRM outages worldwide
CRM services have been disrupted for companies all over the world after seven of Salesforce's instances went down.
Google fattens up Android devs with Jelly Bean sauce
Google will release the latest official build of its Android mobile operating system, version 4.1, to developers today. The web giant will parcel up the source code, codenamed Jelly Bean, ahead of the rollout later this month.
Ballmer plays down sales impact of Surface
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has downplayed the impact of Redmond's "iPad-killer" – aka the Surface tablet – as he wrapped a comforting arm around PC OEMS that may feel a little unnerved by the move.
Beyond MapReduce: Hadoop hangs on
Open ... and ShutHadoop is all the rage in enterprise computing, and has become the poster child for the big-data movement. But just as the enterprise consolidates around Hadoop, the web world, including Google – which originated the technology ideas behind Hadoop – is moving on to real-time, ad-hoc analytics that batch-oriented Hadoop can't match.
RIM: Maybe we can't flog BlackBerrys, but would you like a jet?
Beleaguered mobile firm Research in Motion is really scraping the bottom of the barrel, and is looking to sell one of its two corporate jets to try to save some money.
WD: HDD prices won't fall to pre-flood levels until 2013
Hard disk drive pricing may not tumble to pre-flooding levels until next year as consumers and businesses continue to foot the bill for reparation work, WD has claimed.
LCD to have killed all* other TV technologies by 2016
Bye-bye, plasma. Farewell, reverse projection. By 2016, the TV market will be a two-horse technology race: LED-backlit LCD and OLED.
Phishers jailed for lifting over £300k from student loan applicants
A UK-based phishing fraudster who netted an estimated £300K by targeting students was jailed for three-and-a-half years on Friday, London's Metropolitan Police confirmed.
Bondholders: US firm's 'rescue' offer for Elpida is CHEAP
A group of Elpida Memory bondholders is trying to block the sale of the bankrupt DRAMurai to Micron because they claim the US firm isn't paying enough.
Sharp bungs Dell and pals $198m to silence TFT price-fix spat
Sharp has agreed to fork out $198.5m to make the TFT monitor price-fixing lawsuits go away.
Cut'n'paste UK launch for cut-price Motorola Android
Motorola's Motosmart budget Android is coming to Blighty, courtesy of T-Mobile, which will be offering the cut-price smartphone for £100 on PAYG.
Finnish boffins don tinfoil hats, admit Northern Lights are noisy
Cranks who claimed that the aurora borealis makes a noise when it lights up the Northern sky have been proven right by science.
Microsoft to lob out Windows Server 2012 by September
WPC 2012Microsoft is releasing Windows Server 2012 a month ahead of Windows 8 and will be aggressively promoting it against virtualisation rival VMware.
Cabinet Office names bean counter as chief buyer
The Cabinet Office has anointed a bean counter to the role of Chief Procurement Officer, it confirmed today.
Anonymous vows to wipe web clean of child abuse scum
Sections of Anonymous have once again turned their ire towards online sites frequented by child abusers.
VMware weaves Oracle databases into vFabric Data Director
When VMware tuned the open-source PostgreSQL 9 database for its ESXi 5.0 hypervisor in the vFabric Spring Java framework, it knew it had to do more to make a convincing production database.
Aluratek, Coby license Microsoft patents for Android
Two more makers of Android-powered devices have signed patent-licensing agreements with Microsoft, proving yet again that Windows Phone doesn't need to match Android's sales for Microsoft to eat part of its lunch.
Intel pops $4.1bn to save Moore's Law from repeal
Intel will invest $4.1bn in ASML, widely regarded as the world's leading semiconductor-lithography equipment manufacturer, in an effort to keep Moore's Law alive and kicking for the foreseeable future.
DarkComet creator kills Trojan tool after Syrian police abuse
UpdatedThe developer of DarkComet has quit further development of the controversial remote-access Trojan after it emerged that the technology was being used against Syrian dissidents.
Racketeering suit filed over smut-piracy charges
A Kentucky woman has started a class action suit against five pornography vendors after harassment over claims that she was downloading their content over BitTorrent.
Megaupload's founder downloads on Hollywood
New Zealand’s Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has dodged extradition to America until at least March 2013, following a New Zealand court’s decision to delay the hearing.
Nutter bans Apple purchases over environmental fudging
The city authorities of San Francisco have banned departmental purchases of Apple hardware after Cupertino dropped out of the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) green-standards scheme.
Websense boosts defenses against spear-phishing, data theft
Websense has added a slew of new defenses with the launched of Triton v7.7, which it says are designed to prevent the advanced data-theft attacks that have emerged as spear-phishing becomes more sophisticated.
Quanta taps Mellanox for snappy interconnects
Quanta QCT, the server and storage manufacturing arm of $37bn Taiwanese giant Quanta Computer, is teaming up with Mellanox Technologies to weave its network gadgetry into its various wares as it takes on the whitebox incumbents here in the United States.
Oz asteroid-hunt at risk as NASA cuts funding
A near-Earth object search described as the Southern Hemisphere’s only asteroid survey is under threat because of NASA funding cuts, according to The Canberra Times.
Geek darling GitHub nabs $100m investment
Software developers aren't always known as the most social of creatures, but the venture capital firm of Andreessen Horowitz is betting big that the social networking craze will be a cash cow even among hardcore geeks.
Smartphone-wielding Obamaniacs trounce Romney in poll
With the US presidential election less than four months away, it's high time for the opening of the Silly Season™ of polls and surveys – such as the one released by Velti, a mobile marketing and advertising firm, which claims that if only iPhone and Android-device owners could vote, Barack Obama would trounce Mitt Romney in a landslide.
Stealthy Big Switch plugs into OpenStack clouds
Big Switch Networks is not even out of stealth mode and has not yet revealed its aspirations and products for software defined networks – SDNs, in modern parlance – and yet the company is nonetheless contributing to the open source efforts to build more flexible and virtual network infrastructure and hoping to build awareness ahead of its eventual launch.