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Website FAIL flings freebies at Kiwi punters

The Australian tech retailer Dick Smith unexpectedly gave its New Zealand online customers a massive discount when its ecommerce system failed and allowed transactions to be processed for zero dollars.
Natalie Apostolou, 12 Jul 2011

Quickflix hires another ex-Telstra exec

Quickflix has made its second high profile appointment in less than a week, snaring the former director of Telstra Media, Chris Taylor as its new CEO.
Natalie Apostolou, 12 Jul 2011

ACCC calls for input on wholesale rules

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is pushing on with its frenzy of National Broadband Network-related activity with a consultation paper looking at the question of discrimination between wholesale customers.
Richard Chirgwin, 12 Jul 2011

Data centres become carbon tax scare-story

Given that the IT business swallows nearly three percent of Australia’s power output, it’s hardly surprising that the industry is viewing the country’s coming carbon tax with some trepidation.
Richard Chirgwin, 12 Jul 2011

IBM heaves new System z minis at mainframe shops

In the hope of continuing the System z upgrade boom that started last summer, Big Blue has rounded out its lineup with a midrange – what IBM calls "Business Class" – mainframe, the System zEnterprise 114.
Contour GPS Bluetooth camera

Contour GPS Bluetooth camcorder

ReviewContour has been making a lot of noise recently about the new wireless viewfinder feature for its HD range of helmet cameras. With these units being necessarily small, the idea is that the viewfinder bulk is taken care of by using your phone's display, with a Bluetooth connection streaming the pics and video. Simply download a free app and you're all set.
Giles Hill, 12 Jul 2011

UK court dishes out 13 years' porridge to e-fraudsters

Three fraudsters have been jailed for a combined total of 13 years and six months over their involvement in a sophisticated phishing fraud against UK and international banks.
John Leyden, 12 Jul 2011

Putting the Square Kilometre Array on a Cloud

By now, you may have heard of the Square Kilometre Array: it is to be the world’s biggest radio telescope, assembled from 3,000 15-meter dishes into a collecting area of, yes, one square kilometer.
Dan Olds, 12 Jul 2011

ISS and Atlantis crews face 'daunting' box-shifting job

The combined crews of the International Space Station and space shuttle Atlantis are facing a "daunting" box-shifting job, following the successful transfer of the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module from the space shuttle's cargo bay to the orbiting outpost's Harmony node.
Lester Haines, 12 Jul 2011
police hacking

Over 900 police staff caught misusing databases

More than 900 police personnel were disciplined for unlawful data protection practices in the past three years, privacy campaigners have said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 12 Jul 2011

Go Daddy no-no means No Daddy is no-go

Go Daddy has managed to effectively gag its fiercest critics by acquiring and then shutting down the high-ranking Go Daddy gripe site: NoDaddy.com.
Kevin Murphy, 12 Jul 2011
Dinner Spinner

Dinner Spinner

Android App of the WeekDinner Spinner is a classic example of the slick and inventive apps that have made the iOS App Store what it is today. It’s also a good example of the way those same apps are now migrating to Android.
Alun Taylor, 12 Jul 2011

Assange™ in court to fight extradition order

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange™ arrived at London's High Court this morning to begin his challenge against an extradition order that relates to allegations of rape and sexual molestation brought by two women in Sweden.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Jul 2011

Brussels acts to ensure arrival of new, unknown legal highs

The European Commission is promising tighter rules on 'legal highs' despite surveys indicating that most people think such action should be based on medical evidence.
John Oates, 12 Jul 2011
vulture tv reporter

MS to WinXP diehards: Just under 3 more years' support

Microsoft continued its campaign yesterday to convince stuck-in-the-mud Windows XP customers to upgrade to Windows 7, the company's current operating system.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Jul 2011

Computacenter Germany pips UK operation in growth stakes

Computacenter's (CC) UK operation fell under the shadow of its German counterpart – for the first time in history – during H1 following steep declines in product reselling.
Paul Kunert, 12 Jul 2011

'Being cyber-stalked is as bad as being raped, or in a war'

A new survey into the phenomenon of cyber-stalking has made the remarkable claim that many victims of online or other electronic harassment suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in very much the same way as soldiers who have been in combat or people who have been raped.
Lewis Page, 12 Jul 2011

Sunday Times accused of blagging Gordon Brown's records

News International journalists from multiple papers persistently tried to get gossip on the former prime minister Gordon Brown by "blagging" access to his bank account, legal documents and even his son's medical records, it has been alleged.
John Leyden, 12 Jul 2011

Sony pitches portable HDD for TVs, PS3

Sony took the wraps off an external hard drive this morning. The spec's nowt to get excited about - USB 3.0, 500GB capacity - but here's a unit being pitched not at PCs but at PS3s, camcorders and tellies.
Tony Smith, 12 Jul 2011

'I caught a virus from Murdoch's organ' – famous secret hooker

Two prominent sex bloggers suspect the Rupert Murdoch owned Sunday Times of hacking into their computers using Trojan horse malware. The fears are not based on any hard evidence but are nonetheless sure to add further grist to the mill of the escalating News International hacking scandal.
John Leyden, 12 Jul 2011

Netflix Europe debut set for January 2012

Netflix's long-awaited European debut may have been scheduled for January 2012, if claims from Spain are to be believed.
Tony Smith, 12 Jul 2011

Cisco may slash 10,000 jobs

Cisco may be bigger and bolder in its cost-cutting plans than first anticipated: it has been revealed the firm is getting rid of close to 10,000 staff worldwide.
Paul Kunert, 12 Jul 2011
HP TouchSmart 610

HP TouchSmart 610 touchscreen all-in-one PC

ReviewThis is going to be good. I reviewed the first TouchSmart 600 all-in-one home desktop computer in January 2010, and loved it, frankly. I fondly remember Reg Hardware readers expressing their admiration for my gushing praise at the time... That was sarcasm. Enough, I’m over it.
Alistair Dabbs, 12 Jul 2011

'Unconvincing' Met top cop Yates: My phone was hacked

John Yates, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner, claimed today at a parliamentary hearing into the ongoing phone-tapping allegations against News International publications that his voicemail had been illegally intercepted too.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Jul 2011

Zycko flogged to management team

Zycko group managing director Nick Moglia has spearheaded a management buy-out of the networking and comms distributor from founder Rory Sweet.
Paul Kunert, 12 Jul 2011

Citrix swallows OpenStack ally Cloud.com

Citrix Systems has purchased Silicon Valley startup Cloud.com as part of its effort to help customers build, deploy, and manage Amazon-style "infrastructure clouds".
Gavin Clarke, 12 Jul 2011

'Meltdown Monday' Anonymous hackers leak military mails

Anonymous uploaded 90,000 military email address and associated password hashes onto a file-sharing network on Monday as part of an operation it christening Military Meltdown Monday.
John Leyden, 12 Jul 2011

US Marine gets date with Meg Griffin on YouTube

A US Marine serving in Afghanistan has successfully obtained a date with Hollywood star Mila Kunis by asking her out in a YouTube video.
Team Register, 12 Jul 2011

Hunt splashes £56.9m broadband cash on Wales

Wales has won broadband funds of £56.9m from the Coalition's £530m investment pot, following a successful bid for the cash from the Welsh Assembly.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Jul 2011
vulture tv reporter

Elpida aims to issue $1bn of paper to fund re-tooling

Elpida needs to raise nearly one billion dollars to fund a transition into making memory for smartphones and tablet PCs, relying less on PC DRAM in the future. Revenues from DRAM have fallen short of what's needed and Elpida will issue new shares and convertible bonds to pay for the direction change.
Chris Mellor, 12 Jul 2011

McAfee head vanishes, replaced by two more

McAfee has decided that it needs two presidents – namely Michael DeCesare and Todd Gebhert – to replace David DeWalt, who is quitting the firm.
Paul Kunert, 12 Jul 2011

Interwebs IDE hits the mother Node

Cloud9 – a startup offering developers an IDE that runs entirely on the web – has announced that its creation now plugs directly into the Node.js service run by Node chief steward Joyent.
Cade Metz, 12 Jul 2011
LG Optimus Pro

BlackBerry-style LG Android phone outed

Why does slapping a BlackBerry-style micro Qwerty keyboard make a smartphone professional? It doesn't, but vendors continue to pitch handsets that way, the latest being LG.
Hard Reg, 12 Jul 2011

Heat sink breakthrough threatens ventblockers

A US government lab has opened for licensing a novel way of improving the cooling technology used in everything from CPU and GPU coolers to air-conditioning units: make the fan the heat sink, and the heat sink the fan.
Rik Myslewski, 12 Jul 2011

VMware launches vSphere 5 into the clear blue sky

VMware has unveiled the latest version of its vSphere hypervisor – vSphere 5 – along with a suite of additional technologies for building what the world insists on calling "infrastructure clouds".
Cade Metz, 12 Jul 2011

Microsoft: HP, eBay polishing Azure cloud-in-a-box (honest)

WPC 2010A year after they were announced and six months after they were to be delivered, Microsoft has offered a fleeting glimpse of its Windows Azure cloud-in-a-box appliance parnerships with HP and eBay.
Gavin Clarke, 12 Jul 2011

NASA 'nauts wrap last spacewalk of shuttle era

NASA 'nauts Mike Fossum and Ron Garan have wrapped the last spacewalk of the shuttle era, during which they successfully stowed a clapped-out International Space Station ammonia pump in Atlantis's cargo bay.
Lester Haines, 12 Jul 2011

Ruby daddy Matsumoto joins Heroku Rails crusade

Ruby creator Yukihiro Matsumoto has joined Heroku, the San Francisco outfit that cut its teeth with an online service for building, deploying, and readily scaling Ruby on Rails applications.
Cade Metz, 12 Jul 2011

HTC 'dismayed' by Apple's bizarre patent allegations

HTC has snapped back at Apple's second patent-infringement complaint over the Taiwanese manufacturer's Android-based smartphones and tablets.
Rik Myslewski, 12 Jul 2011

New NZ copyright law means ISPs could cash in

New Zealand ISPs could have a tidy new revenue stream courtesy of their illegal downloading customers as new copyright laws take effect in September.
Natalie Apostolou, 12 Jul 2011

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