Australia toughens cybercrime laws
Australian carriers and ISPs will be forced to retain customer’s private data such as email and text messages by police and authorities, without a warrant, if it is required for investigations into cybercrime.
Man battles police siege with Facebook
Local US police are deciding whether to charge the friends of a suspect for Facebooking with him during an armed siege.
Red Hat: 'Yes, we'll break $1 billion this year'
Red Hat's top brass talks a good game about being concerned with the global macroeconomic situation, but the truth of the matter is that what Red Hat has is selling despite the economy, or maybe because of it. And all that the world's largest beneficiary of the open source community needs to do is not screw it up and it will break the $1bn mark this fiscal year.
Naratte launches ultrasonic contactless payments
A Californian tech upstart called Naratte is using soundwaves instead of NFC chips to perform secure mobile transactions.
ANU plasma thruster gets research boost
Plasma drives are much-beloved of both science fiction and real -world space research, for good reason: they have a good thrust-to-fuel ratio. Now, more than ten years' work by Australian National University physicists will get a research boost on its way to space via a European satellite.
Man infects college PCs to steal huge database
A former college student has admitted taking part in a criminal scheme that used malware to steal and sell large databases of faculty and alumni, change grades, and siphon funds from other students' accounts.
Oracle's Android claims slashed by US patent authorities
Oracle's broad legal front against Google has been whittled back further, this time by the US patent and trademark authorities, according to Groklaw.
Tritton AX Pro 5.1-channel gaming headphones
ReviewGaming headset outfit Tritton may not be a household name, but you can expect its profile to grow in the UK now that Mad Catz is handling the brand. The peripherals giant picked up the specialist headphone maker a year ago, pledging to bring this distinctive marque to a wider audience.
VMware taps Google ethos with Cloud Foundry
StructureTwo years ago, VMware boss Paul Maritz recruited a pair of Google infrastructure engineers to help build what would become Cloud Foundry, the company's open source answer to "platform clouds" such as Google App Engine and Microsoft Azure. At one point, Maritz asked the pair – Derek Collison and Mark Lucovsky – how many admins Google needed to oversee its more than a million physical servers, and they estimated the ratio was about one admin for every 1,000 machines.
Faking reviews? You should fret about more than illegality
OpinionA recent newspaper investigation uncovered evidence that companies are paying agencies to create false online reviews for their services. But what those companies may not realise is that this is illegal and could ruin their businesses.
Plods roll out new Police National Database
The National Policing Improvement Agency, in charge of central British police databases, has announced the rollout of the new Police National Database, an intelligence-sharing tool designed to let coppers access information across force boundaries – a thing which was very difficult to do until now.
Feds crack multi-million scareware ring
The Department of Justice and the FBI have cracked an international scareware ring believed to have scammed over $72m (£45m).
Dixons reports huge losses of £224m
Dixons Retail this morning reported whopping losses of £224m for fiscal 2011, after absorbing one-off charges for shutting up shop in Spain and goodwill write-downs of its Greek and online operations.
iOS App of the WeekDataViz’ Documents To Go is perhaps the most popular office suite for the iPhone and iPad. I don’t, count Apple’s Pages, Numbers and Keynote as a ‘suite’ as you have to buy each one separately.
Winklevoss twins drop Facebook settlement appeal
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss have decided not to appeal against a ruling upholding the twin brothers' $65m settlement with Facebook, after a long-running dispute with the company's founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Phone hack police make new arrest
Metropolitan police officers working for Operating Weeting have arrested a woman in West Yorkshire.
Indians appoint Huawei as technical spycatcher
Huawei will help set up a research centre in Bangalore dedicated to checking out foreign kit for covert listening technologies, something Huawei obviously knows nothing about.
UK census data is safe
The Office for National Statistics has confirmed that UK census data collected in March is safe and has not been hacked.
Unlock the secrets of data encryption
Encrypting your backup data always sounds like a good idea. It protects data and appears to be cost-free. So what's not to like?
Three strikes, throttling coming to US surfers
ISPs and media industries have agreed on a range of countermeasures to tackle copyright infringement, according to a CNET report.
Women's gaydar (for men) improves when ovulating
Researchers in Canada have found that women become much better at telling whether a man is gay – based merely on looking at a photo of his face – when they are ovulating and fertile. In the course of determining this, the psychology profs revealed that they possess highly effective scientifically-verified texts, the mere reading of which sends nubile young sorority girls into a mating frenzy.
Schmidt sees NFC terminals everywhere
Eric Schmidt reckons a third of shops will be NFC enabled in 2012, but Google won't pay for the terminals – that's up to the credit card companies.
Zerto offering hypervisor-level replication
The brothers who founded replication start-up Kashya – sold to EMC in 2006 – aim to replicate their replication success with Zerto, a start-up integrating replication into VMware's hypervisor.
Apple pulls 'intifada' app
Apple has removed an Arabic ‘intifada’ app from its iTunes store in response to a complaint from the Israeli government.
Ten... festival survival gadgets
Product Round-upWith Beyonce's bouncy appearance at Glastonbury just days away, the festival season is well and truly underway and unless you sell wellies, you're probably praying for sunny skies. It can't hurt to be prepared for the worst, though.
Speed is the essence of WAR
WAR on the cloud, Part 4In part 3 I tested some different semi-cloudy solutions for mirrors of my site and I am in the process of replacing one dedicated WebVisions Linux machine with two virtual private system (VPS)es in separate AsiaPac countries, for less money in total. Ker-ching!
Travelodge hacked, investigating
Travelodge is investigating its IT systems to discover how customer email addresses have gone astray.
Aussie web host sells up after devastating hack
Distressed domain hosting outfit Distribute.IT and its offshoot Click n Go have been acquired by larger competitor the Netregistry Group after a systematic hack attack brought down the company's operations.
Mirror TV hits the wall
Televisions may well be part of the furniture but design savvy company NEOD (New Era Of Device) is turning the idiots’ lantern into the furniture by applying a mirror finish to the TV screen.
Virgin Media blames Activision for Call of Duty lag problems
Virgin Media has blamed coders of the popular Xbox Live game Call of Duty: Black Ops for slow connection issues that are hampering its service.
Make sure your data finds a safe harbour
The drive to buy local is very much in vogue, even though the note of nationalism in the Buy British slogan may not sit comfortably with some.
Harry Potter Web-2.0 'Pottermore' offering unveiled
The child wizard is going online, come October, in what author JK Rowling promises will be a collaborative creation experience, not just an online game with social media attached.
Sega celebrates two decades of Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog is twenty years old today, raise your glasses and salute.
Microsoft BPOS biz-cloud hit by another outage
Microsoft cloud execs are crossing their fingers that Office 365, the pending successor to the Business Productivity Online Suite, is a safer bet for customers following yet another crash in North America.
Coalition axes Central Office of Information, 400 jobs
The coalition government is to close the Central Office of Information with the loss of 400 jobs.
BT wary of rights holders' site-blocking proposal
The confidential series of digital economy meetings chaired by Culture secretary Ed Vaizey are a bit less confidential after the leak of a proposal put together by copyright holders. Vaizey wants internet companies and copyright groups to thrash out their differences.
Eurodata acquired by Trinity Expert Systems
London-based Eurodata Systems has been acquired by fellow Microsoft Gold Certified reseller Trinity Expert Systems for an undisclosed sum.
Europe-wide ecommerce laws ahoy!
Any European citizen buying from any website within Europe will be protected by the same consumer rights on prices, delivery and returns.
Dutch pass net neut law
The Dutch have passed a law prohibiting internet providers from slowing down traffic unless it's to ease congestion, preserve security or block spam.
Wi-Fi operators promise globo roaming standard
The Wi-Fi Alliance has allied with the Wireless Broadband Alliance to sort out some standards for Wi-Fi roaming, taking its queue from the mobile industry, which does it so well.
Fridge-sized war raygun for US bombers gets $40m
A long-running US military project aimed at producing a "refrigerator sized" laser raygun capable of being mounted on US combat aircraft has received further funding of just under $40m.
Nokia's Windows phone outed on video
Nokia revealed its first Windows Mobile handset this week, giving a select crowd a glimpse of the Mango phone in action.
Apple closes book on iPhone-look jotter
Apple has flexed its legal muscles and forced a company selling iPhone-esque notepads to cease trading.
King K super: does it refute hybrid HPC model?
ISC'11It's been an eventful International Supercomputing Conference (ISC'11) in Hamburg. The Japanese sprang their K Computer on an unsuspecting HPC world, throwing down 8.126 Pflops on the table and raising the high-water performance mark by a factor of three.
Red Hat enlists another 65 names in war on VMware
Red Hat has rolled out an updated version of Red Hat Enterprise MRG, an infrastructure platform that provides an application messaging service, a kernel that dovetails with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) to improve the speed of low-latency applications, and a scheduler designed specifically for distributed workloads and so-called "cloud computing".
DRM-free music dream haunts Apple's app-store lock-in
Open...and ShutAs much as we hate the wireless carriers, we may end up hating the app store vendors even more. Why? Because they create app-level lock-in that inhibits consumers' ability to move to alternative platforms.
Google to be hit by US anti-trust probe - report
The US Federal Trade Commission is on the verge of serving Google with civil subpoenas as part of a "wide-ranging" antitrust investigation into the company's search and ad practices, according to a report citing people familiar with the matter.
Three flavours of client-side virtualisation
Talk about virtualisation often centres on virtually hosted desktops, in which the entire desktop is run on a back-end server. But this is by no means the only way to operate.
Man admits writing script that slurped celebrity iPad data
A San Francisco man has admitted writing the code that plucked personal data of 120,000 early iPad adopters from servers AT&T had left wide open to the attack.
Microsoft commits to Windows makeover for Node.js
Microsoft is helping refine Node.js for use on Windows and its Azure cloud.
America demands definition of fourth generation
A bill before the US congress will require mobile operators to state which technology they're providing, and how fast it is, as well as formally defining what's meant by "4G".
Google apps split with Google File System
Google has moved "most" of its online services off the Google File System that has underpinned its famously distributed back-end infrastructure for a good ten years, according to Google senior vice president of operations Urs Hölzle.
IBM fattens up Netezza data warehouses
Sometimes the big data is bigger than you would like, and you need to hold onto it longer than you otherwise would for regulatory or business reasons. There's nothing worse than waiting to get a moldy gob of data back off tape, and it is even worse (and less likely to be successful) on a very large bucket of said musty data.
Feds declare victory over notorious Coreflood botnet
Federal authorities say they have crippled a notorious botnet that penetrated some of the world's most sensitive organizations, thanks to an unprecedented take-down strategy that used a government-run server that communicated directly with infected PCs.
Apple strangleholds worldwide battery output
Ultrathin notebooks may be all the rage these days, but there's one big barrier standing in the way of their seemingly unstoppable march to market dominance: Apparently, Apple has a stranglehold on the batteries needed to power them.
Microsoft cites 'security' for TechNet suspension
Confused about why your subscription to Microsoft's TechNet has been suspended? So is Microsoft, judging by the experience of one Reg reader.
Telstra, Optus expand filter list
Australia’s existing Internet “blacklist” – a database of links maintained by the Australian Communications and Media Authority – is to be expanded, with Telstra and Optus announcing that they will voluntarily block the additional list entries.
Oracle to triple Exadata installs this year
Software giant and hardware upstart Oracle has closed out its first ever $10 billion quarter, and the company told Wall Street that it can triple the base of Exadata clustered database systems in its fiscal 2012 year.
Apple Snow Leopard update sets stage for Lion
If you plan to install Mac OS X Lion on your Mac when that new operating system becomes available next month, you'll first want to install the latest Mac OS X Snow Leopard update, 10.6.8, which was released on Thursday.