9th > December > 2009 Archive
Overstock's Byrne claims $5m scalp over short selling
Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne has said that hedge fund Copper River Partners paid his company $5m this afternoon to settle claims it colluded to denigrate Overstock and then profit from short positions in the etailer's shares.
iPhone app transforms speech to text
Voice-transcription software has come to the iPhone from the long-time industry leader in speech-to-text software.
Scammers scrape RAM for bank card data
Forget keyloggers and packet sniffers. In the wake of industry rules requiring credit card data to be encrypted, malware that siphons clear-text information from computer memory is all the rage among scammers, security researchers say.
US judge excoriates Harvard team's P2P defense
As expected, a federal judge has affirmed a $675,000 fine against a graduate student for illegally sharing 30 copyrighted songs. What came as a surprise were the unusually harsh words the jurist had for the defendant's attorney.
Overland to tape shares together
Overland Storage is combining three shares into one to meet Nasdaq listing rules, which require shares to trade consistently above the dollar level.
Google teams with papers on net news 'experiment'
Google has teamed up with venerable US newspapers The New York Times and The Washington Post to create an experimental web-based news platform designed to exploit "certain unique advantages of online publishing."
AMD ATI Radeon HD 5970 two-GPU graphics card
ReviewCast your eye over our news piece on AMD's ATI Radeon HD 5970 and our review of the HD 5870 and you’ll have the essential information at your fingertips. AMD has, for some unknown reason, changed its naming convention, so this two-chip HD 5870-based graphics card has been named HD 5970 instead of the more predictable HD 5870 X2.
2009's Top Win Mo Smartphones
Kit of the YearIt hasn't been a good year for Windows Mobile. The relentless rise of the iPhone in consumerland, Research in Motion's strength in the business world and Android's capture of the 'what's new, what's hot' category has left the Microsoft's increasingly anachronistic OS looking like an also-ran. This despite a raft of new WM handsets from key manufacturers - HTC in particular.
Apple lists iPhone UK hits of 2009
Apple has provided lists of the UK's top applications, music, films and TV shows though 2009, though with no numbers as such.
Adobe Flash update lances zero-day vuln
Adobe is due to release an update for Flash Player later on Tuesday that plugs a zero-day vulnerability.
US told to keep its beak out of European decisions
European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes has hit back US senators who have publicly complained about Europe's ongoing examination of the Oracle Sun merger.
DVB-T2 set-top box unveiled
UK firm 3view - geddit?!? - has unwrapped what it has labelled the "world’s first web-connected set-top box" able to receive free-to-air terrestrial HD telly channels.
RatemyCouncil site launches, falls over
A £22m website offering comparisons between local councils launched today, and at the time of writing is barely useable because pages are loading so slowly.
LHC pulverises previous record: 2.36 TeV surprise collision!
ExclusiveThe Large Hadron Collider (LHC), already the most powerful particle-punisher ever built, smashed the collision record yesterday night as humanity's first 2.36 Tera-electron-volt collisions were recorded.
Dell pitches ultra-skinny laptop at business
Dell has introduced a Vostro-branded alternative to its ultra-skinny Adamo laptop.
Seagate takes skinniest single platter to Vegas
Seagate is introducing the world's thinnest 2.5-inch laptop hard drive for netbooks and ultra-thin laptop PCs at CES in Las Vegas next month.
Hubble probes deepest universe
The Hubble Space Telescope has captured "the deepest image of the universe ever taken in near-infrared light", revealing galaxies which formed a mere 600 million years after the Big Bang:
Last patch train of the decade rolls in from Redmond
A critical update addressing a zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer starred among the six bulletins published by Microsoft on Tuesday, as part of Redmond's last Black Tuesday update of the decade.
Mars rover faces icy death
NASA's Spirit Mars rover could be facing the prospect of freezing to death after attempts to free it from a sand trap suggest it may now have two disabled wheels.
Modern Warfare 2 hit by anti-gay claim
Videogame Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 contains a homophobic slur, it has been claimed.
Sun-Oracle x86 server combo tops the SAP charts
Sun Microsystems is the quietest server maker in the world these days, but its PR machine - which just pumps out the occasional press release like clues for those trying to figure out its plans since the Oracle gag went on in April - said today that Sun's recent top-end x64 server has smoked the competition in a popular commercial transaction processing test and another number-crunching test.
Thinking about production scale virtualisation projects?
WebcastWe estimate that most of you are exploring the idea of taking your virtualisation plans up to production scale. You’ve done the easy stuff, the tinkering, some moderate x86 consolidation, perhaps even some desktop virtualisation in branch offices. But chances are you’re now thinking about stepping up to the plate.
New DNA rules may still breach human rights
The government's plans to limit DNA retention from those arrested but not charged or convicted may not go far enough, according to the body that ensures human rights rulings are obeyed.
Revolutionary triangular-key keypad out on Android
A virtual smartphone keypad with keys shaped like a crocodile's teeth has finally seen the light of day, launching in the Android Marketplace this week.
Orange sticks it to Ovi with on-device app store
Orange has launched an on-device application store, with transactions being added to the phone bill in just the way the operator Ovi would work 18 months ago.
Mozilla squirts out Thunderbird 3
Mozilla Messaging finally splashed Thunderbird 3 onto the interwebs yesterday.
Logitech Squeezebox Radio
ReviewA year on from testing the Squeezebox Boom wireless music streamer, Logitech has released its little brother into the wild. Called the Squeezebox Radio, the new device is the transistor radio of the Squeezebox range to the Boom's ghetto blaster.
'Friends with Benefits' sex does no psych harm - profs
Boffins in Minnesota have a message for young adults: sleeping around is OK. Your prospects in terms of psychological health should you indulge in casual flings are every bit as good as they would be if you bizarrely chose to waste your wild-oats years in one or more doleful and ultimately doomed monogamous relationships.
German ISPs team up with gov agency to clean up malware
The German government is planning to establish a botnet cleanup helpline for computer users affected by malware infection.
Nokia goes golden
While most phone firms hope to up their 2010 revenues by selling more smartphones, Nokia has instead slashed its smartphone production forecast and turned its attention to Vertu-esque phones made of precious metals.
Google Groups plays footsie with Google Apps customers
Mountain View has finally begun offering its popular Google Groups feature to its enterprise Apps Premier and Education Edition punters.
T-Mobile data scam detected a year ago
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has been investigating the theft and sale of T-Mobile customers' personal data for almost a year, it has emerged.
Darling promises IT cuts, years of pain
Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling has promised spending cuts in order to try and rein in rampant government spending, helped by a windfall tax on bankers' bonuses.
EC needs new agency for three-headed security database
The European Data Protection Supervisor has called for a new agency to be set up to oversee the massive three-horned citizen watching database proposed by Brussels earlier this year.
Facebook screams at users: 'Sort your privacy. NOW'
Facebook has ordered its 350 million users to sort out their privacy settings right now, before it throws the switch on its revamped security system.
Crooks pitch World Cup scams after group draw
Cybercrooks have begun punting World Cup ticket and HD TV viewing scams as a successor to earlier lottery-based cons.
UK air traffic control goes after Wikileaks
The National Aviation and Transport Services (NATS) is threatening legal action against Wikileaks because the website has published a recording of the crashing of BA flight 038, call sign Speedbird 38, which came down just short of the Heathrow runway in 2008.
Google abandons Search
It's hard to explain to people new to the web since 2004 - the Digg kids - the effect that Google had on the internet at the turn of the decade. They can't conceive the Before and the After. Google was miraculous, and so much better than the competition that they effectively gave up trying to compete with it. But Google's PageRank also unleashed social and political fads which reverberate right through to this day.
Packard Bell catches burning battery blight
Packard Bell has become the latest laptop maker to issue a major battery recall, following reports of overheating and fires.
Zeus bot found using Amazon's EC2 as C&C server
Add Amazon's EC2 to the roster of cloud-based services being exploited to do the bidding of malware gangs.
Lawyers claim Palin hack suspect's PC had spyware
Lawyers for Sarah Palin webmail hack suspect David Kernell claim his PC was infected with spyware.
Apple's alleged Kindle-crusher set for spring release?
Apple's alleged Kindle-killing tablet appears to be on the runway for a spring 2010 takeoff. And in what may or may not be related news, two top-drawer US publishers are holding back ebooks of dozens of their upcoming major titles until the same time frame.
BT's unified comm cloud goes global
British Telecom is eying world domination with the expansion of its hosted unified communications services under a new pact with Cisco Systems.
Microsoft to sing at EC Oracle hearing
Microsoft will testify to the European Commission later this week in the ongoing debate on whether the Eurocrats will bless Oracle's Sun-acquisition plans.
Google and MS sued over links to file-sharing site
Mini music label Blue Destiny Records has sued both Google and Microsoft for allegedly "facilitating and enabling" the illegal distribution of copyrighted songs.