Bill Gates nicks Larry Ellison's health center
The Bill Gates-Steve Jobs rivalry may have cooled, but the Microsoft Chairman is still going to toe-to-toe with Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. A year after Ellison backed out of his promise to fund a multi-million dollar public health institute at Harvard University, Gates has revived the project at the University of Washington.
Flaws galore in IE and Firefox
Polish security researcher Michal Zalewski, known for his seemingly unending stream of browser vulnerability discoveries, has struck again. This time he's reported four flaws that are sure to get the attention of bug squashers in both Microsoft and Mozilla camps.
Flextronics falls for rival Solectron
Flextronics plans to capture rival Solectron for $3.6bn in stock and cash.
Amp'd volume fading
Amp'd, the US MVNO launched less than two years ago and targeted at da urban yoof, has filed for Chapter 11 - protecting itself from creditors while trying to sort out its finances.
Google Checkout downchecked by UK users
Google's new Checkout Service debuted in the UK the month before last to the usual fanfare: "Online shopping will now be faster, easier and more secure with Google Checkout™," said the search colossus.
Norfolk schools install kid-monitoring software
Norfolk CC is using monitoring software to fight bullying and protect children from internet grooming.
MPs demand controls on Euro police databases
The Home Affairs Select Committee has advised government to put its weight behind neglected European efforts to hold the rapidly emerging system of police databases answerable to human rights legislation.
Carphone Warehouse coffers hit by broadband rollout
Carphone Warehouse's faltering entry into the broadband dogfight cost the firm 10 per cent of its profits compared to last year, the company said this morning.
MySpace seeks Judge's input on sex offenders purge
MySpace this week asked a Pennsylvania state court for advice on how it could hand over information about registered sex offenders without breaking US data protection and privacy laws.
Amazon ups spending in China
Online bookseller Amazon is increasing investment in its Chinese business - where sales are growing faster than anywhere else.
TV ads too loud, industry watchdog says
Television adverts sometimes sound much louder than surrounding programme material because existing rules on sound levels are ambiguous. The rules should change to minimise annoyance to viewers, says an industry watchdog.
Microsoft threatens its Most Valuable Professional
What's the best way to attract a pile of threatening lawyers' letters from Microsoft? Sell pirate copies of Windows? Write a DRM-busting program?
El Reg 'buys' acre of Brazilian rainforest
A new online initiative has come up with a cunningly simple plan to save the world's rainforests - offer them by the acre to concerned netizens whose "purchase" allows swathes of threatened land to be preserved for future generations.
The growing pains of RFID
It is now three years since retailer Wal-Mart announced it would mandate the use of RFID by its suppliers, with the eventual intention of deploying RFID technology throughout its supply chain to improve efficiencies.
Silicon offsetting - the new green saviour?
IT, on the face of it, is not very sustainable. New products are introduced in rapid development cycles that encourage wasteful frequent upgrade and replacement.
Channel 4 refuses to pull Diana crash pics
Princes William and Harry have made public a letter to Channel 4 asking the broadcaster not to air pictures taken at the scene of their mother's death "depicting the crashed car while the Princess was still in the wreckage, and an image of a medic administering emergency treatment to Diana".
855,000 new phones end up in the bog
New research from SimplySwitch reveals that while we buy 18 million handsets ever year, we're throwing 855,000 of them down the toilet and leaving 810,000 in the pub - contributing to the 4.1 million we lose or break every year.
Israel deploys robo-snipers on Gaza border
Israel has begun deploying stationary robot gun-and-sensor installations along its borders with the Gaza Strip, according to reports.
O2 trials one off the wrist for VIP access
O2 is trialling a wristband loaded with a computer chip at this year's Wireless Festival that could act as a credit card, electronic ticket, and Oyster card.
Sony cuts price of Blu-ray player
Sony has cut $100 (£50/€74) off the recommended retail price of its new next-generation DVD player in an attempt to forge ahead in the Format Wars. The BDP-S300 now costs $499 (£250/€370) - half what the company's first dedicated Blu-ray player cost when it was launched six months ago.
Boffin debunks Bush's climate claims
As he outlined the US' new plans for tackling climate change, President Bush made the bold claim that the US' carbon emissions are growing more slowly than those in Europe. This was presented not only as evidence to support the States' non-carbon cap approach to tackling emissions, but as something of a rebuke to the noisy climate change lobby in Europe.
Google is Europe's most visited site
A survey of internet usage across Europe reveals that Google is the region's most popular website in every country except Sweden and Norway.
Porton Down bio-terror tech re-used in odour-proof pants
It's well known that military projects can sometimes yield valuable spin-off technologies for civilian markets.
BBC shows Olympic logo the door
It might not be as unpleasantly suggestive as the Goatse-inspired effort offered yesterday by one wag on the BBC's website, but another reader-generated suggestion as to how the new 2012 Olympic logo might be improved just about sums up public reaction to what is now officially known as the "Lisa Simpson bj graphic":
Chinese user sues Symantec over dodgy updates
A Chinese user's attempt to sue Symantec for damage caused as a result of dodgy anti-virus signature update files is unlikely to succeed, according to security experts.
Pirate Bay founders host paedophilia site
A Swedish company owned by the founders of controversial torrent tracker site The Pirate Bay is hosting a site that defends paedophilia.
Perforce collaborates with open source
Editors' BlogSubversion is a very popular open source Software Configuration Management (SCM) tool and I've heard someone unkind say "Perforce is good too, but it's just like paying for Subversion when you don't need to".
UK gov skills shortage jeopardising IT projects
MPs have said poor skills at senior level are jeopardising ICT projects.
Vendors lining up to meet APACS challenge
As London starts the migration towards country-wide acceptance of contactless payments, vendors are starting to pitch the equipment UK retailers are going to need to get the technology up and running.
HTC jumps on touch-screen phone bandwagon
Today in London, HTC showed off its latest mobile phone handset, simply known to as the Touch - referring to its main feature, the fact that functions are accessed and operated through a touch screen...rather like that much-hyped other touch screen mobile phone soon to hit the shores of the US - Apple's iPhone.
Pipex clings on to former customer data
Pipex's new account management website has angered its former customers by revealing that the ISP has retained personal details, including banking information, for up to 11 months after they quit their contract.
BMA calls for unity amidst MTAS fallout
The new president of the British Medical Association (BMA), Parveen Kumar, has penned an open letter outlining what the organisation will do to try and sort out the mess of the online application system for doctors.
High-flying Nokia now dependent on cheapies
ExclusiveNokia is one of the world's best known brands, and spends a lot of money keeping it that way. The Finnish giant splashed out £175m ($340m) on advertising alone last year.
Lack of database trip-wires gives crooks an easy run
Leaked information from databases is becoming an increasingly serious concern, yet when it comes to plugging the holes many organisations are running so many databases they hardly know where to start.
Google shivs server crowd with PeakStream buy
ExclusiveGoogle has stunned the server world by acquiring superstar start-up PeakStream, The Register can confirm.
Joost replaces CEO with Cisco veteran
Joost, the internet video start-up, has tapped Mike Volpi, the former Cisco crown prince, to head the company.
Tribler takes P2P to the ' Web 2.0 generation'
Here comes BitTorrent 2.0. Researchers at the Delft University of Technology and De Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam recently unveiled the latest version of a new-age BitTorrent client known as Tribler, part of an effort to "move P2P to the next generation".
Salesforce bolts on Google ad management utility
Salesforce.com and Google have announced an online ads and CRM alliance that'll have some in Silicon Valley feeling deflated this morning.
AMD, Cray and reporter in Barcelona caper
An uncomfortable war of speculation over the ship date for AMD's four-core Barcelona processor has broken out between the chipmaker, supercomputer vendor Cray and the Dow Jones newswire.
Sharp Europe boss resigns
CEO Hans Kleis has resigned from Sharp Europe, citing "personal reasons". He leaves next month.
Siemens shows 1Gbit/s over plastic fibre
Siemens researchers have demonstrated a data rate of 1Gbit/s over plastic optical fibre, a speed ten times higher than is possible with current products.