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Search begins on seized Gizmodo journo kit

The Gizmodophone saga lurched another step forward Thursday when the chief deputy district attorney for San Mateo County, California, the jurisdiction investigating that misplaced/stolen/repurposed next-gen iPhone prototype, announced that a court-appointed agent had begun to search equipment seized from a Gizmodo editor.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Jun 2010

Microsoft's Ballmer and Ozzie tag-team on mediocrity

CommentMicrosoft chief executive Steve Ballmer and chief software architect Ray Ozzie put on a poor performance when quizzed by Walt Mossberg at the All Things Digital conference, judging from the live blogs of the event.
Tim Anderson, 04 Jun 2010
Cybook Opus 2010

Bookeen Cybook Opus e-book reader 2010 edition

ReviewLess than a year after its initial release French e-reader maker Bookeen has released an updated version of its Cybook Opus e-book reader, reviewed last year. The most obvious change, but fairly irrelevant, is the new range of seven colours, instead of just plain white. Colour schemes aside, the important upgrade is the new firmware which Cybook calls Boo Reader.
Alun Taylor, 04 Jun 2010
hands waving dollar bills in the air

Vince Cable: Feel my mighty SME love

New Coalition government biznovation minister Vince Cable has set out his stall in a speech given yesterday at a business school in London. He pledged to cut the red tape stifling small businesses, and said he would compel banks to lend to SMEs.
Lewis Page, 04 Jun 2010

MS lines up 10 bulletins for bumper Patch Tuesday

Microsoft is lining up a bumper load of 10 security bulletins covering 34 vulnerabilities for June's Patch Tuesday release.
John Leyden, 04 Jun 2010

Is your office World Cup sweepstake legal?

Many of the sweepstakes being run at workplaces ahead of next week's football World Cup are likely to be illegal, according to an expert in gambling law. Sweeps with informal tickets and even those where some proceeds go to charity can be illegal.
OUT-LAW.COM, 04 Jun 2010

Everything should be encrypted, right?

Workshop PollHere's the perfect plan to solve all those pesky security problems. Confidentiality and data leakage, secure backups, individual privacy, data integrity, identity and access management - all can be dealt with in some way by encryption. So why don't we all just use it then, and be done?
Jon Collins, 04 Jun 2010

Post Office finds new tech boss

The Post Office will make Yvonne Ferguson its new Chief Information Officer when the current holder Robin Dargue departs.
John Oates, 04 Jun 2010

TD-LTE sounds death knell for WiMAX

Opinion"The rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated." Was it Mark Twain who said that, or WiMAX? News of the poor 4G technology's imminent death have surfaced again with some vigour, with blame squarely aimed at the growing support for the unpaired flavour of LTE - known as TD-LTE - which offers holders of unpaired spectrum a ticket into the LTE ballgame.
Wireless Watch, 04 Jun 2010

Cray packs DataDirect into supercomputers

Cray is using DataDirect Networks' (DDN) biggest, baddest array in its supercomputers.
Chris Mellor, 04 Jun 2010

Google blames Wi-Fi snooping on rogue engineer

Eric Schmidt has taken to the business pages today to blame Google's heavily criticised Street View Wi-Fi data harvesting operation on the actions of one rogue software coder.
Christopher Williams, 04 Jun 2010

Government opens public spending database

The government has broken the seal on its UK public expenditure data by releasing the entire contents of the Treasury’s Combined Online Information System (COINS) that details spending undertaken by the previous administration for the past two years.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Jun 2010

Idle gear: It's too darn hot

Sysadmin BlogIT projects can arise from the most interesting of circumstances. One project begets another project and another and down the rabbit hole you go. The subject of this article is power management; a project brought to the forefront by of all things our upcoming replacement of desktops with low-power Wyse thin clients. If that seems bizarre to you, allow me the chance to explain.
Trevor Pott, 04 Jun 2010

Facebook plugs email address indexing bug

Incident-prone social network monolith Facebook has plugged yet another security leak, this time involving the indexing by search engines of email addresses not listed on Facebook.
John Leyden, 04 Jun 2010

Advertisers set iPad pester-standards

The Mobile Marketing Association reckons iPad adverts can be up to 900 pixels across, but still shouldn't be more than 40KB to download.
Bill Ray, 04 Jun 2010
Elon Musk

Tesla Motors: Elon Musk's divorce won't sink us

Fresh troubles have beset famous battery-car maker Tesla Motors, as the acrimonious divorce of its CEO and principal backer Elon Musk may imperil its finances and imminent IPO. Furthermore, there are signs that the lustre of the company's flagship Roadster sportscar may be dimming.
Lewis Page, 04 Jun 2010

Rdio snubs 'second rate' Indies

ExclusiveSo much for the rebels socking it to The Man. The would-be "Spotify-killer" music service unveiled yesterday by former Kazaa founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis is happy to be owned by major labels. But Rdio won't extend the same offer to the Indie sector, The Register has learned.
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Jun 2010

Google buys Invite Media, invites protest from rivals

Google upset the online display ad market yesterday, after it confirmed the takeover of Invite Media.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Jun 2010
fingers pointing at man

Romanian boffin touts 1PB holographic disk tech

Another holographic hopeful has emerged, Storex Technologies, which claims its Hyper CD technology can produce a 1PB optical disk.
Chris Mellor, 04 Jun 2010

MI5 recruiters enter the Strategy Boutique in CIO search

Free Whitepaper - Re-engineering an Open Conversation Framework
Christopher Williams, 04 Jun 2010

Twitter airport bomb spoof joker launches appeal

The Twitter user who jokingly threatened to blow Doncaster airport "sky high" back in January is to appeal against his widely criticised conviction for sending a threatening message.
John Leyden, 04 Jun 2010
Pentax Optio W90

Pentax Optio W90 rugged camera

ReviewSummer is here, sort of. The beaches are soon to be filled to capacity and anyone with any sense is clambering aboard the first plane to somewhere hot and sandy. That's a disaster for most cameras, which don't happily take to beaches, airport baggage handlers or seawater. Unless you've a 'ruggedised' model, of course,
Dave Stevenson, 04 Jun 2010

Sky snaps up Virgin TV channels

Virgin Media is selling its TV channels to Sky, to focus on the telecoms side of its business.
Hard Reg, 04 Jun 2010
Alpha Protocol

Alpha Protocol

When Obsidian and SEGA teamed up to create a new espionage-themed RPG they must have thought it was cake baking time.
Andrew Bailey, 04 Jun 2010

The world's ugliest dog is dead

A pedigree dog, crowned the world’s ugliest pooch, has died at the grand old age of 17.
Team Register, 04 Jun 2010

NetApp grows fastest in rebounding storage market

The external disk storage market is back in rude health, according to IDC, with 17 per cent revenue growth in the first quarter. EMC, IBM, NetApp and Dell all recorded double-digit revenue growth, and NetApp leads the pack with a 47.4 per cent jump.
Chris Mellor, 04 Jun 2010

BT reaches deadlock with union

BT faces a strike ballot after it failed to reach an agreement in a pay dispute with engineers by today's noon deadline.
Christopher Williams, 04 Jun 2010

Summary Care Records project lives

The Summary Care Records project will continue in care trusts where patients have been properly informed about the process.
John Oates, 04 Jun 2010

HP plays musical chairs at PC group

HP is shuffling senior management at its European PC business.
John Oates, 04 Jun 2010

Panda soups up freebie cloud anti-virus

Panda Security has improved the functionality of its free cloud-based anti-malware service and launched a new commercial version, Panda Cloud Antivirus Pro.
John Leyden, 04 Jun 2010

Gadget tax needed 'to save US newspapers'

Beware, anybody working in music or movies industries who thinks a levy - one that raises a little pot of money - will save the day. Newspaper tycoons got there first and parked their backsides in the little pot, and won't budge.
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Jun 2010
Samsung Wave

UK Waves hello to Samsung's Bada

The Samsung Wave, the first handset based on the company's much hyped Bada platform, hit the UK today, available on Virgin Media, O2 and Vodafone.
Caleb Cox, 04 Jun 2010

SGI ends Itanium era with UV supers

After years of development and financial struggle, Silicon Graphics has at last begun shipping its "UltraViolet" Altix UV supercomputers.

Dolphin talks to humans – but does he love Toughbook or iPad?

Dolphins eat fish, kill porpoises for fun, and try, not always successfully, to hide from Japanese fishermen.
Drew Cullen, 04 Jun 2010

Google's $124.6m open codec hits Chrome dev build

Google has added the newly open-sourced VP8 video codec to the latest developer-channel build of its Chrome browser.
Cade Metz, 04 Jun 2010

iPads in spa-a-a-a-ce!

The next time you take your iPad into space, remember that it has a screen-rotation lock next to its volume-control rocker switch. You may need it.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Jun 2010

Microsoft pulls plug on search bribery machine

Microsoft is pulling the plug on its search bribery machine. The Bing Cashback program — which actually paid people to use Microsoft's third-rate search engine — will vanish on July 30.
Cade Metz, 04 Jun 2010

Apple's HTML5 'standards' hype debunked

Apple is hyping HTML5 again, this time with a new website purporting to show open web development in action. But the company's standards-following rivals have pointed out the Jobsian site is peddling nonsense.
Gavin Clarke, 04 Jun 2010

Michael Dell mulls taking PC colossus private

Michael Dell told a conclave of moneymen on Thursday that he has considered taking his eponymous PC maker private.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Jun 2010
graph up

Fujitsu, Oracle ironing out Sparc server deal

Fujitsu and Oracle, newly in the server racket thanks to its Sun acquisition, are working on a new contract covering the development and sale of Sparc-based servers.

Appeals court absolves firm that exposed man's SSN

A man whose social security number and other personal data were exposed by a company that processed his job application has no legal claims because no actual damage resulted from the privacy breach, a federal appeals court has ruled.
Dan Goodin, 04 Jun 2010
Cash register, photo via Shutterstock

US census inflates latest employment numbers

The good news is that employment in the US is up. The bad news is that most of the rise is due to temporary government head-counters.

Google open codec wins OSI love after patent shield rethink

Google has rejiggered the license on its open-source VP8 video codec after complaints that it wasn't really open source.
Cade Metz, 04 Jun 2010

Hack on e-commerce co. exposes records for 200,000

E-commerce company Digital River exposed data belonging to almost 200,000 individuals after hackers executed a “highly unusual search command” against its secured servers, according to a news report.
Dan Goodin, 04 Jun 2010

SpaceX Falcon 9 achieves orbit on maiden flight

The SpaceX Falcon 9 launched on its maiden flight on Friday at 11:45am Pacific Daylight Time, 15 minutes short of the end of its four-hour launch window.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Jun 2010

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