13th > July > 2012 Archive

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Digg, deep in the hole, sells self for $500K

Social news- and link-sharing site Digg has sold itself to New York technology incubator Betaworks for the paltry sum of $500,000.

Christians get God-optimized 'Edifi' Android fondleslab

The tablet market is getting increasingly competitive these days, but an American company believes its offering may have a unique selling point: it's a fondleslab for the faithful.
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'Extreme' solar storm speeding straight towards Earth

On Thursday at 5:53pm in London – 12:53pm in New York – the sun let loose with a hefty solar flare, resulting in a coronal mass ejection (CME) headed straight towards Earth that will likely arrive on Saturday at 10:20 UT, give or take about seven hours.
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WikiWin: Icelandic court orders Visa to process WikiLeaks $$$

WikiLeaks could be seeing an influx of funds after an Icelandic court ruled that Valitor, the local agent for Visa, broke the law when it stopped taking donations for the website.
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FBI investigates ZTE cover-up allegations

The FBI has opened a criminal investigation into allegations that Chinese telecoms kit maker ZTE flouted United States laws by selling technology from US firms to Iran and then deliberately covering its tracks once the media caught wind.
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Apple pulls China Japan war game amid diplomatic tensions

Apple has done its bit to defuse rapidly escalating tensions between China and Japan, by pulling an inflammatory iOS game in which the player is tasked with defending a disputed set of islands in the East China Sea from the invading Japanese.
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Sigma SD1 Merill 46Mp DSLR

Review The Sigma SD1 might not be a household name but some of you will certainly be familiar with it. Launched at Photokina in 2010, the SD1 was the first and only DSLR to show off a sensor based on an entirely new technology. Albeit akin to an APS-C format, the SD1’s Foveon sensor was capable of capturing three times as much colour information than its rivals and consequently clocked up a 46Mp count.
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Gambling site's 'no strings attached' offer had strings attached

The UK's advertising watchdog has banned an online betting advert for free bets because the company behind it did not make clear that users needed to accumulate certain winnings before the money could be withdrawn.
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Apple, Google and Amazon sneakier than BANKERS and OIL FIRMS

Internet superstars score far lower than banks or oil companies on a measure of corporate governance released this week by an NGO funded by the UK.
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RIM boss accuses China of IP theft risk

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins has reignited the debate over whether China is a safe place to do business, after claiming this week that the BlackBerry-maker does not have any manufacturing bases in the country due to security concerns.
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London's Lambeth council vows: We'll share ALL the data we have

Lambeth council has announced plans to publish all the information it holds online for residents to use.
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Phishers use less strident subject lines to deliver new cunning attacks

The use of exploit kits is allowing phishing fraudsters to develop scams that only rely on tricking prospective marks into clicking a link, rather than submitting all their details to a bogus website.
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Hams: We're good in a disaster – UK Radio Society boss

They look unassuming, but these quiet types murmuring strings of numbers and letters into their transceivers are manning back-up comms for the world, the communication system most likely to survive an apocalyptic event.
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UK's web super-snoop powers could be extended to councils

The UK Border Agency (UKBA), local councils and other bodies have until the end of next week to justify their right to access citizens' communications records.
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Another Microsoft Windows Phone exec legs it to Amazon

Another Microsoft Windows Phone executive has jumped ship for Amazon.
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'O2 customers could try switching their phones off and on again'

Quotw This was the week when O2's network went titsup, leaving thousands of its users and GiffGaff mobile customers without the ability to make calls, write emoticon-laden texts or use 3G. Yes, that's right, they were CUT OFF FROM THE INTERNET. So, they were understandably peeved.

Nvidia admits forums hacked, user data swiped

Updated Nvidia has admitted that it suspended its user forums last week because they were hacked and posters' personal data lifted.
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How to fix the broken internet economy: START HERE

Special report How can we begin to unpick the tangled mess that the technology and creative industries have created?
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Seize your moment, Microsoft: iPad is RUBBISH for enterprise

Open ... and Shut Apple has given us much with its pleasing-on-the-eye iPad. But what it hasn't given us is a serious replacement for the lowly laptop or desktop.
Matt Asay, 13 2012
Google Nexus 7 Android tablet

Google makes money on Nexus 7... just

Google will not, it seems, be selling its low-cost Nexus 7 Android tablet at a loss, but it's making less money out of the hardware than Amazon is with the Kindle Fire.
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Google boss Larry Page debugged, voice still not fixed

Google's CEO Larry Page is back at work after being laid low for a few weeks by an undisclosed illness or bug that caused him to lose his voice.
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O2 outage outrage blamed on new Ericsson database

O2 has fixed its poorly mobile network, so now everyone can start asking what went wrong and what the company is going to do about it.
Bill Ray, 13 2012

Exit the Dragon: Barracuda Network CEO stands down

Barracuda Networks co-founder and CEO Dean Drako is to quit, the content security appliance vendor has confirmed.

Tablets, copycats and Weird Al Yankovic

Something for the weekend, Sir? "They are not as cool." With these five words, Judge Colin Birss became Samsung's friend and tormentor in one. He had just found in the company's favour in its defence against Apple but ruined the moment for Samsung by hinting that the Galaxy Tab was, well, a bit crap compared to an iPad.
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Native Americans arrived to find natives already there, fossil poo shows

The ancient people who have long been thought to be the first humans to colonise North America were actually johnny-come-latelies, according to scientists who have comprehesively analysed the ancient fossilised poo of their predecessor Americans.
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Oiling the big wheels that keep the Paralympics moving

The Olympic Games: just saying it conjures up images of top athletes straining for the finishing line, the crowd roaring during the 100 metres final, the heartbreak of a relay team dropping their baton, the sudden spurt in public expertise on sports such as shooting or three-day eventing as the medal tally highlights their national importance.
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Ex-EMC admin bod 'embezzled $220k on limos, hols, surgery'

An EMC Hopkinton HQ admin assistant has been charged with stealing $220,000 from the storage and virtualisation vendor, the District Attorney for the Middlesex District of Massachusetts has confirmed. She denies any wrongdoing.

Oracle UK boss ousted to channel after 'sales slump'

Oracle UK and Ireland boss Dave Callaghan has been switched out of his role amid claims that the Blighty wing missed its sales target by about ten per cent.

Fake sandwich shop's big fake Likes leave Facebook looking flaky

A fake business set up on Facebook by the BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones received thousands of fake endorsements – and Facebook doesn't seem to care.
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Small ISPs to Steelie Neelie: 'You've turned your back on us'

Brussels' vice-president Neelie 'Steelie' Kroes has confirmed that telco incumbents in Europe will not be reprimanded for using copper pricing as a barrier to rolling out fibre networks.

The drive to zero: How to retain margin the race to the bottom

Margins are important to the channel. Many resellers live or die by them – but there is of course much more to running a successful channel business than this simple metric alone. Unfortunately, many in the information security space have been sucked into a downwards spiral which threatens to ruin those channel partners who try to offer the cheapest deals at the expense of their margins. There is a way out, but it requires a change of attitude from vendors and resellers alike.

Metro, that ribbon, shared mailboxes: Has Microsoft lost the plot?

Sysadmin blog In a previous piece on Office 365, I discussed how difficult it was to enable public folders. The reality is that Office 365 doesn't support public folders in the traditional sense. Instead, to achieve a similar functionality to the most common use for public folders – a storage point for group emails – Microsoft have offered "shared mailboxes".
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Computer-hack probe cops cuff suspect in Cardiff

Scotland Yard officers investigating the hacking of computers have arrested a 55-year-old man in Cardiff.
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NVIDIA Developer Zone, user forums plundered in hack attack

Graphics processor biz NVIDIA has contacted users of its discussion forums and Developer Zone to warn that its servers have been hacked.
Bill Ray, 13 2012

Lenovo: Hey just relax, Gartner – we can flog this stuff

Lenovo needs to keep a close eye on inventory levels in the channel or risk heading down the same road to ruin that destroyed Acer's 2011, temporarily derailing its plans to become top dog in the PC arena.
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Reg hack bumps into Cockfighter

It's Friday, so we need no excuse to bring you the slightly strange tale of how this hack unexpectedly bumped into Cockfighter in a Spanish petrol station.
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US county named 'area of outstanding natural stupidity'

We recently promised to name Washington's Kitsap County 'an area of outstanding natural stupidity' (AOONS) if it could reach a critical mass of firearms-related idiocy.

Nasuni takes aim to kill off your ROBOadmin

Nasuni has fulfilled its promise to add unified storage to its existing NAS cloud storage product. The tech is managed from a central site and branch offices no longer need an admin.
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Microsoft to announce new Office version on Monday

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is widely expected to announce details of the next version of the Microsoft Office productivity suite on Monday USA Today reports, giving the public its first glimpse of a product that has so far remained shrouded in secrecy.

Apple rejoins EPEAT green tech cert program

Mere days after the City of San Francisco announced that it would ban departmental purchases of Apple products over environmental concerns, Cupertino has reversed its decision to withdraw from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) green standards program.
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Security fail for Apple as hacker cracks iOS in-app purchasing

A Russian hacker claims to have found a way to crack the in-app purchasing mechanism used in iOS so that users can get free content in a variety of applications.
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Yahoo! fixes! password! leak! vulnerability!

Yahoo! has fixed the flaw that allowed hackers to scrape the unencrypted passwords of over 450,000 of its customers' accounts.