US civil liberties gang questions Obama cookie plan
A proposal to loosen restrictions on the use of tracking cookies by federal government websites should be carefully scrutinized so they don't jeopardize the privacy of people who visit them, groups advocating civil liberties warned Monday.
Microsoft's web Office: No love for Chrome, Opera
If your browser-of-choice is Google Chrome or Opera, don't expect much love from Microsoft's upcoming Office Web Apps, scheduled to appear along with Office 2010 next year.
VMware buys cloud army with SpringSource cash deal
VMware is buying open-source Java framework specialist SpringSource in the virtualization giant's biggest ever corporate acquisition.
Blogger silences Google ads with death and destruction
If nothing else, it's sure to amuse Steve Ballmer.
Vodafone looks for Magic applications
Vodafone is looking for ideas to develop as Android applications, with 10 HTC Magic handsets for the top ideas, plus a prize of £1000 and a promise to develop the very best one.
IT recruiter dodges downturn
IT recruitment agency Harvey Nash saw a five per cent decline in gross profits in the first six months of this year, but said it maintained revenues thanks to growth in offshoring work.
Kingston specs up SSD series
Kingston has rolled out its latest 'value' SSDs, in the process upping its SSD Now series to V+.
Nexsan and Falconstor outspin Data Domain
Power-saving storage array vendor Nexsan is teaming with FalconStor to build a Data Domain-beating deduplicating array.
What should mySociety do next?
The founder of mySociety is calling on Reg readers to suggest future projects for the organisation to pursue.
Sony Ericsson preparing netbook launch?
Sony Ericsson appears set to launch a netbook. Sorry, smartbook - the phone firm's micro laptop seems likely to be as much phone as portable PC.
Torrents and physical ownership score high for music fans
Music collections and physical recordings still matter, even to younger "digital natives" who aren't supposed to care about such things, a new British music survey suggests. The research highlights the growing popularity of P2P services, although this may be brittle - if something better and legal comes along.
Boffins test cancer-stinging 'nano-bee' swarms in mice
American medi-boffins say they have developed a way of using tiny nanotech devices, which they call "nanobees", to carry a potentially poisonous drug safely into the body for the purposes of killing cancerous tumours.
Ofcom wants to know what you want to know
Ofcom is asking the public what information it would like to know, and how it should go about sharing it.
Vulture 1: Calling all electronics wizards
Well, it's all go here at the PARIS programme headquarters, and we've spent the last 24 hours pondering the sticky issue of how to release Vulture 1 from the weather balloon which will carry it aloft in summer 2010.
HP makes Ocarina music
HP and its channel partners are going to resell Ocarina's unique image-aware deduplication to its customers, along with HP NAS arrays.
Tourist magnet blows off Speedo-wearing men
Alton Towers, the UK's biggest tourist attraction, has balked at the corrupting spectacle of men in skimpy swimming trunks, and has threatened offenders with compulsory bikini line waxing.
Autistic trucking scam hacker jailed for 55 months
A convicted hacker with Asperger’s Syndrome has been given a slightly reduced sentence of 55 months imprisonment over his involvement in a multi-million dollar trucking scam.
Is Gordon Brown safe to work with vulnerable people?
OpinionNumber 10 refused to say this week if Gordon Brown will be subjected to the CRB checks his government has imposed on the rest of us ahead of the "voluntary" work he will be doing in his constituency as part of his over-spun staycation.
Dealer details slimline PS3 launch
Following months of speculation and the publication of a few blurred pictures, a videogame dealer has claimed that Sony will launch a slimline PlayStation 3 within weeks.
Lenovo parent plots sale
The Chinese Academy of Sciences Holding Company - an investment arm of the Chinese government - is looking to sell half its majority stake in PC and server maker Lenovo.
Noxious algae menace Brittany beaches
Environmentalists and locals staged a protest last weekend on the beach at St-Michel-en-Grève in Brittany, after noxious algae killed a local vet's horse and very nearly did for him too.
Google web search given shot of Caffeine
Google has lifted the lid on the next-generation web search architecture it’s been quietly working on for the past few months.
Apple promises MacBook Pro drive bug fix
Apple has confirmed it's working on an software fix to appease MacBook Pro owners who've been complaining their new machines beep unexpectedly and suffer recurring temporary freezes.
Half-ton space watermelon hints at habitable Martian past
An unusual object recently found on Mars by a NASA robot - said to be "the size of a large watermelon" and to weigh a "half ton or more" - is thought by boffins to provide proof that the Red Planet once had a much denser atmosphere than it does now.
Campaign Monitor reels from hack and spam attack
Australian email marketing application developers Campaign Monitor warned on Tuesday that it had been the victim of a hacking attack over the weekend.
How to hack a Sony Reader
Amazon’s Kindle receives plenty of publicity, but it’s only available in the US. Book buffs elsewhere have to content themselves with other e-book readers, of which one of the most popular is the Sony Reader. The PRS-505 is available from High Street stores like John Lewis and Waterstones, making it one of the more visible devices at the moment.
Manchester switch vendor gets $16m funding
Virtensys, the maker of I/O virtualising PCIe switches, has landed $16m (£9.7m)of C-round funding.
Perseid meteor shower set to
The annual Perseid meteor lightshow will peak sometime tomorrow as Earth passes through the debris trail of comet Swift-Tuttle, but we're not taking any chances this year and are predicting total disappointment for those of you hoping to catch an eyeful.
Texting makes kids faster and dumber
Predictive text is making kids lazy and inaccurate and the collapse of civilisation can only be prevented by bringing back multi tap.
Texting makes kids more error prone, study finds
Yesterday, we learned that text messaging is supposedly good for the English language. But now a study has discovered that kids who text are more likely to be error-prone and impulsive.
Two convicted for refusal to decrypt data
Two people have been successfully prosecuted for refusing to provide authorities with their encryption keys, resulting in landmark convictions that may have carried jail sentences of up to five years.
Pirate Bay sinks under electric storm
The Pirate Bay website has been knocked offline due to what it claims to be a power failure.
15in MacBook Pro gains anti-glare
Apple has taken some of the shine off its MacBook Pro range, by offering a 15in model with an anti-glare screen.
System sales might have hit bottom
The two key master distributors of servers and storage, Avnet and Arrow Electronics, reported their financial results for their most recent quarters. Both companies are hoping that the server market has finally hit bottom.
Sex Offenders returns to iTunes
Days after being pulled for undisclosed reasons, the Offender Locator is back on iTunes, bringing relief to paranoid parents across the USA, except in California.
Orbital refuelling stations could rescue NASA Mars plans
US rocket makers have suggested that plans for interplanetary exploration - imperilled by a forecast lack of funds following recent economic problems and a new administration in Washington - could be saved by the use of orbital "propellant depots" or space fuelling stations.
GM Volt to deliver three-figure fuel economy
Leccy TechA rather curious advert featuring the number 23 and a smiling power socket has appeared in North America over the past few weeks. Until today, nobody knew what it meant.
Intel fixes flash and flashes 3-bit NAND
Intel has fixed the BIOS password bug in its new 34nm NAND chips and has also introduced 3-bits per cell 34nm process chips.
Websense yanks censorware from Yemen
Websense has blocked two ISPs in Yemen from receiving updates after it emerged that they were using its filtering technology in a government-mandated censorship scheme.
Amazon prices up Zune HD
Amazon has revealed how much you'll have to shell out for Microsoft’s upcoming Zune HD media player.
SpecEx celebrates $8m of trades
Some $8m of radio spectrum has passed through the hands of SpecEx, the on-line trading floor of Spectrum Bridge, creating new uses and owners for dark spectrum.
NEC punts 0% financing, deferred payments
Following in the footsteps of the indigenous server makers in the United States, Japanese box peddler NEC has launched zero per cent financing and deferred payment offers for buyers in North America willing to do a deal now, rather than waiting until the economy improves.
Penguin puts Linux supercomputer in sky
UpdatedHitching a ride on that ubiquitous cloud metaphor, Penguin Computing has unveiled a Linux supercomputer in the sky.
LiMo drives new phones from Panasonic, NEC
The LiMo Foundation wants you to know that the rise of Google's Android has not made its mobile Linux OS thoroughly irrelevant.
Sun sets on Solaris Express Community Edition
Despite the public-relations muzzle on employees at Sun Microsystems these days, the OpenSolaris project has announced that it will discontinue the Solaris Express Community Edition distro of the Solaris Unix variant.
Opera chief warns on equal access to Windows services
Microsoft might be closer to a compromise with browser rival regarding Internet Explorer on Windows, but access to key online services for PCs could be the next hurdle.