Mosman Council Website copied by Anonymous
Australian democracy stubbornly fails to teeter on the brink of collapse this morning, after a bunch of script-kiddies mistakenly published a backup copy of a public Website in the delusional belief that they’d achieved yet another stunning coup in the “anti-sec” campaign.
Microsoft hires Disney man for consumer crusade
Microsoft has raided the Walt Disney Corporation to fill a position tasked with flogging Windows 8 to consumers buying PCs and tablets next year.
Vodafone to correct billing error
Vodafone’s woes in Australia continue, with the mobile carrier notifying customers that it will be implementing a “correction” to its billing system.
Google field tests (yet another) Facebook rival
Google has introduced yet another another answer to Facebook, rolling out a social networking "field trial" dubbed "Google+".
ABC vs Sky News for $220m deal to beam Oz TV into Asia
Controversy has hit the tender process for a Au$220m 10-year contract to broadcast Australian television into Asia via the Australia Network.
News Corp buys parenting blog for $45m
News Corp has acquired a slew of parenting-focused blogs for a reported AU$45m from online entrepreneur Katie May.
VMware whitewashes self in open source
Open...and ShutIt is perhaps not obvious why VMware, the paragon of proprietary software profits, has become such an open campaigner for open source, open standards, and open APIs. What has changed to make openness a sound business decision for a company that continues to mint money with its various closed-source products?
Boffins triple battery life with metal foam
Japanese researchers have developed a new material they estimate can triple the capacity of lithium-ion batteries.
Bidders crowd MySpace
MySpace’s new owner is expected to be announced this week as speculation suggests that News Corp is in final negotiations with two potential buyers, advertising network Specific Media and private equity firm Golden Gate Capital.
History's first papal tweet launches Vatican website
His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, has tweeted history's first papal tweet.
LG Optimus Black
ReviewLG distinguished itself recently by releasing the UK’s first smartphone with a dual-core processor. But while the Optimus 2X grabbed all the headlines, LG also delivered another high-end handset - single-core, this time - the Optimus Black.
Technology investors urge US politicians to reject web-blocking law
A proposed US law that would block access to websites that host copyright-infringing material would "throttle innovation and hurt American competitiveness", a group of technology investors has told US legislators.
Google bolsters monopoly defence
Google has hired ex-state prosecutor Jeffrey Blattner who helped run the Department of Justice case against Microsoft.
Universal wireless tech to gain HDMI
WiGig, the 60GHz wireless networking tech capable of delivering gigabit speeds, is to gain HDMI compatibility.
Draw and fold working circuitry with the silver-ink pen
Top boffins in Illinois have invented a truly joyous piece of kit: a pen full of silver ink which can be used to draw functioning electronic circuitry on paper, wood (including – of course – breadboards) and other suitable surfaces.
Square gets $1bn valuation with $100m investment
Square has raised another $100m, giving the payment processor a valuation of $1bn and a new board member in the shape of Mary Meeker, a partner at investor KPCB.
Microsoft releases first service pack for Office 2010
Microsoft released Office 2010 service pack 1 earlier this week, while it was trying to capture the world's attention with its cloudy Office 365 effort.
When hybrid clouds are a mixed blessing
Cloud computing is a perfect fit for some, while others prefer the flexibility, security and certainty of in-house applications.
Replication 101: How to make quick copies of your data
In art, a replicas does not have the same value as an original. But in computing, replicas are as perfect as the original if done fast enough.
iOS App of the WeekApple’s iBooks Store is as slick – and expensive – as you’d expect any Apple product to be, but it’s not the only source of digital books for the iPhone and iPad.
Bloke ordered to remove offensive numberplate
A Chesterfield telecoms boss has told the DVLA to naff off after the agency accidentally sold him the entertaining numberplate "BO11 LUX", then ordered him to remove it from his car.
Lenovo ThinkPad pad emerges
Lenovo President Rory Read said earlier this month that the company is working on an Android-based ThinkPad tablet, and the gadget has now had its first outing, in Brazil.
Smut lure powers Tumblr phish scam
Security watchers are warning about a massive phishing attack against Tumblr users.
Oracle woos dealers with cash to stem sliding server sales
Oracle is trying to stage a partner love-in by clarifying its policy on direct selling and setting in motion plans to pay resellers rebates for the first time in its history, but partners warn the devil will be in the implementation.
Nokia 'thinnest smartphone ever' slips out
While Nokia's impetus is clearly with Windows Phones, the company insists Symbian is far from kaput, a sentiment supported by the seeming leak of several fresh Symbian smartphones, with one described as the thinnest of its kind ever.
StorSimple stares down EMC and NetApp
CommentStorSimple's cloud front-end appliance technology is a massive disruptive threat to mainstream enterprise storage array providers.
Atlantis go for 8 July blast-off
Space shuttle Atlantis will blast off to the International Space Station on Friday, 8 July at 15:26 GMT, NASA has confirmed.
Does it pay to be bad? Silver Lake's Skype sale fine print
We knew there had to be something evil when Microsoft was involved but in this story of the purchase of Skype it isn't actually the Evil Empire of Redmond, at least not according to Reuters journo Felix Salmon.
Virgin teases with TiVo iPad app snap
Virgin Media has revealed it's working on an iPad app that'll tap into its TiVo-designed DVR, Media TV.
Microsoft patent points to Skype snooping
A new Microsoft patent points towards Skype becoming equipped for lawful interception, which could be important as the service grows up to challenge traditional telcos.
Facebook claimant gets new lawyer
Paul Ceglia, the man who claims half-ownership of Facebook, has got a new law firm after big name law firm DLA Piper withdrew from the case.
Ads watchdog bites Virgin Media over 'con' claims
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld eight out of eight complaints brought by BT and Sky against rival service provider Virgin Media's 'Stop the Broadband Con' ad campaign.
Shadows of the Damned
ReviewThe old saying goes that if you go to hell, you'll be far too busy shaking hands with friends to care. Well, not in Shadows of the Damned's hell, you won't. Your finger's never off the trigger long enough to shake with fear, let alone shake hands with anyone.
Keenan on CRU, open data and the Royal Society
Doug Keenan, the statistician whose work highlighted severe flaws in the work of the Climatic Research Unit at East Anglia, has welcomed the Sunshine order to open up the station records.
DotGovLabs opens to public
A development hub set up to find innovative digital solutions to public service problems has been made open to the public.
EC chips in a third for €22.3m splurge on photonic networking
The European Commission is spending €7.43m on developing technologies for better fibre networking, with five member countries stumping up twice that for local funding.
London Olympics shop in Union Jack outrage
We suspect that whoever is responsible for outsourcing this particular London Olympics commemorative keyring to a Chinese manufacturer may shortly be dancing the Tyburn jig, once Her Maj Liz II gets wind of just what has happened to the Union Jack*:
Cloudera promises 'Google-like' Big Data dream in minutes
UpdatedCloudera has delivered a "substantial" update to its open source Hadoop distribution.
Police body defends controversial procurement deal
The National Policing Improvement Agency has defended its decision to force the Met in England and Wales to procure IT kit exclusively from the Sprint ii framework, citing cost savings in the two months since it was implemented.
90% of visitors declined ICO website's opt-out cookie
As we know, no one is on time in implementing the EU's cookies directive. Well, two countries managed to get their laws in place in time, the other 25 didn't bother.
Budget airlines warned over 'hidden' debit card charges
UK consumer watchdogs are threatening enforcement action against airlines and other travel firms over allegedly misleading debit and credit card surcharging practices.
Oracle buying Ellison-backed Pillar Data
Oracle is buying CEO Larry Ellison's privately-funded Pillar Data Systems storage company.
Canada buys Obama's reject Brit choppers for spare parts
Canada has snapped up a rejected fleet of US presidential helicopters, intending to break up the choppers for spare parts to keep its own search-and-rescue aircraft flying. The British forces may wish they had struck such a deal, as they too operate the "Merlin" copter in large numbers - and they too have severe difficulties in getting parts.
Boffin hacks Wi-Fi to double mobile gadget battery life
Want to significantly boost your smartphone's battery life? US Duke University researcher Justin Manweiler reckons he's worked out how.
Scientists print out solar cells using inkjet tech
While 3D printers spew out house keys, ladies' swimwear and even compete with Gordon Ramsay in the kitchen department, the lowly inkjet has effectively been shoved aside. There's still some life in the old boy yet, though, after scientists used one to print solar cells.
Sony bomby-batteries pre-fingered
The US Department of Justice is considering a full-blown investigation into Sony's rechargeable batteries.
Chinese gov demands less news in internet channels
The Chinese regulator has tightened guidelines for video services that get too close to reporting news, resulting in at least one service replacing its news channel with the more-usual internet inanity.
Apigee beefs API service for payment card transactions
Apigee – a Silicon Valley startup offering various tools for managing and using APIs across the interwebs – has announced a new online service for providing financial-transaction APIs that comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS).
Cloud 'will spur server sales'
Investments in private and public clouds will spur worldwide server sales over the next four years to the tune of $9.4bn (£5.8bn), according to IDC.
Anonymous smites Orlando after charity arrests
Hacktivist group Anonymous has taken to the streets in the Disney World resort town of Orlando, central Florida as part of a protest against the arrests of people supplying food to the homeless.
Sony says virtual reality is virtually a reality
Amid the reshuffle of company positions, Sony has talked up the future of gaming. Don't worry, though, it's not another PS4 or Vita story, but the Holy Grail of home entertainment, virtual reality.
Vodafone hikes PAYG call costs
Vodafone has left its Pay As You Go customers with a sour taste in their mouths after increasing the cost of calls by up to £1.50 a minute.
Dwarfish two-legged dino 'was greatest head-butter ever'
A bipedal dinosaur about the size of a German shepherd has been crowned the all-time headbutt champion of the world by Canadian boffins.
OpenOffice.org site goes offline, Oracle declines to comment
Two URLs including the OpenOffice.org domain owned by software giant Oracle are currently displaying error messages, but the Larry Ellison-run company is declining to explain why the sites are down.
Samsung runs to the ITC to seek Apple ban
Samsung has filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission seeking to ban the import of Apple handsets which it claims are in breach of its patents.
Microsoft confirms departure of ID, access boss
ExclusiveMicrosoft's general manager for its troubled identity and access unit has left the company, The Register has learned.
Tag Heuer readies €4700 Froyo phone
Would you pay €4700 (£4222) for a smartphone running Android 2.2 Froyo?
Deduping the digital universe
The EMC-sponsored IDC digital universe study (pdf) is masterful marketing, as great as Gartner's Magic Quadrant.
Infosmack goes cloudwalking in China
This marks the beginning of another new Infosmack podcast, the Infosmack Ringside podcast, hosted by Marc Farley.
Key internet address server sees spike in traffic
Traffic hitting a key internet address look-up server in Europe has spiked over the past 24 hours, reaching loads that are four times higher than normal.
Oracle: 'Google owes $2.6bn in damages'
Oracle wants $2.6bn in damages from Google in its case against Android, which Larry Ellison's company claims infringes Java patents it owns.
Intel plans Oak Trail successors for Windows 8 arrival
Microsoft may have given up on its Intel x86 monogamy, but Chipzilla reckons it will have new Atom chips ready in time for Windows 8 tablets next year.
MapR unleashes two 'next-generation' Hadoop distros
MapR Technologies – a Silicon Valley startup that spent the last two years revamping Hadoop for use in the enterprise – has unveiled two new ditributions of the distributed number-crunching platform.
Middle man: Dell expands on growth plans
Michael Dell is not been spending the same amount of time contemplating his navel as he did a few years back, immediately before the tech company that bears his name hit a rough patch and he returned to straighten things out.
IBM preps mini-mainframe for launch
The word on the street is that Big Blue is getting set to launch the so-called Business Class iteration of its System z mainframe, a midrange-class machine to complement last year's System zEnterprise 196 server. The announcement is set for some time in July, most likely in the first week after the 4th of July holiday in the United States.