7th > September > 2011 Archive
Yahoo! fires! CEO! Carol! Bartz!
Carol Bartz is no longer the CEO of Yahoo!, according to a report citing sources at the company, and she has apparently confirmed the news with a brief note to company employees.
On-chip photonics snares Eureka prize
Excuse me for focusing on those parts of Australia’s Eureka Prize that I’m more familiar with: there are 26 individual prizes covering pretty much every discipline.
Korean antitrust agency raids Google over Android
South Korean regulators have reportedly raided the local offices of Google as part of an ongoing investigation into claimed anti-competitive practices by the search giant.
Digital Realty Trust adds Melbourne
Digital Realty Trust, which recently set up shop in Australia launching work on a Sydney data centre, has added a Melbourne site to its holdings.
Server sales up, but Great Recession lingers
AnalysisServer spending was solid in the second quarter, according the box counters at IDC and Gartner, with both shipments and revenues growing in the wake of the Great Recession. But don't jump to the wrong conclusion. While server shipments are up where they belong, revenues have yet to recover to their pre-recession levels.
Twitter users charged with terrorism for false tweets
Mexican prosecutors are pursuing terrorism and sabotage charges against two Twitter users who falsely reported an armed attack by drug gangs was in progress at a local elementary school.
Hitachi GST ships terabyte platter-spinners
Hitachi GST is now shipping internal fit, terabyte-per-platter drives. Back in May Seagate announced it would ship a terabyte-per-platter Barracuda by the mid-year point, but production problems are still delaying this bumper Barracuda bundle.
NOA: Fujitsu strike highlights perils of single-supplier deals
The National Outsourcing Association (NOA) is calling for organisations to use multiple suppliers in the wake of planned industrial action at Fujitsu that will impact HMRC, the Office of National Statistics and the DVLA.
HP Pavilion dv7 17.3in Llano notebook
ReviewHeave the 3kg HP dv7 from its enormous box and you can’t help but have your hopes raised: this is a notebook that gives the impression of high-end consumer tech promise. The brushed silver back has a refined air to it and Apple stylee, the HP logo lights up using the screen’s LED lamps. Appearances aside, there are tech treats within as this machine has AMD’s Sandy Bridge competitor, Llano, a 32nm chip with an integrated GPU.
UK slashes red tape in apprenticeships scheme
Companies such as BT, Phones4U and McDonalds could benefit from a new streamlined apprenticeship scheme which will let them get young workers into their offices with less paperwork.
Acas publishes first social media guide
Acas has published a new guide to social networking in the workplace, which it says is the first in the UK. The employment body said the guide is aimed at helping businesses, staff and trade unions agree on how to handle employment issues related to the internet, blogs and social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook.
Gov pops lid on mighty £2bn PSN procurement barrel
The Government Procurement Service is setting up a pan-government framework for Public Services Network (PSN) and associated communications equipment and services.
Does Cameron dare ditch poor-bashing green energy?
AnalysisNo 10 has a dilemma: it is committed to an unpopular renewable energy policy that punishes the poor, British industry, and will keep inflation high. But is it edging nervously away from the policy, or merely pretending to?
Game says sorry for site snafu
Retailer Game has publicly apologised for a foul-up that saw pre-order punters lose order details and, in some cases, even their accounts after the company's website was revamped late last week.
Electric cars: too pricey until 2030 (or later)
It'll take at least 20 years for electric cars to become an economic alternative to the gas-guzzling variety, according to a new study.
Shareholder demands RIM sell itself or spin off patents
A shareholder has told RIM it should consider selling itself or spinning off its patent portfolio.
Battery deal points to thinner, lighter iPad 3
Apple's upcoming iPad 3 - now expected in February 2012, or thereabouts - may be rather thinner than the current model.
iCloud Communications ditches Apple lawsuit
A trademark lawsuit filed against Apple in June has reportedly been dropped by iCloud Communications LLC, which had originally claimed "irreparable injury" to its cloud computing business.
Christ appears in phone advert, secular authorities act
Phones4u has managed to offend Christians with a cartoon Jesus offering a thumbs up, apparently endorsing its range of Samsung handsets rather than the more-traditionally messianic iPhone.
Phone-hack plods arrest another man in pre-dawn raid
Scotland Yard officers investigating alleged phone-hacking at the now defunct tabloid the News of the World arrested a 35-year-old man in an early morning pounce on his home today (7 September).
BT Engage IT to merge with dabs.com and Biz Direct
BT Engage IT chief executive Martin Balaam is stepping down as part of a re-organisation that will see the telco-owned reseller merge with BT's Business Direct and dab.com operations.
Would you be seen dead with a shopping computer?
AnalysisAmazon's first tablet, according to reports, is designed entirely around getting stuff from Amazon. The first hands-on (no pix) report indicates that it's a fork of Android, heavily customised to run a colour Kindle app – and provide access to Amazon's other services. Like the eInk Kindle, the all-colour Kindle tablet will be a shopping application in hardware.
iGamerGaming peripherals have a bad reputation, and not without good reason. From the sublime Steel Battalion controller to every ridiculous Wii peripheral, these plastic appendages have one thing in common: they make gamers look sublimely ridiculous.
Dixons predicts Olympics will boost sales
Dixons Retail has reported a sharp drop in sales, particularly in the UK and Ireland, but it still feels like it's doing well and the market seems to agree.
GlobalSign stops issuing SSL certs, probes hacker claims
GlobalSign has suspended the publication of SSL certificates as a precaution in the wake of unverified claims by a hacker linked to attacks on Comodo and DigiNotar.
Most bosses monitor or block social-network use at work
Viruses, loss of confidential data and fear of employees tooling around doing sweet FA on Twitter are the top reasons that employers give for putting the brakes on social media in the workplace. And it's stopping them benefiting from new collaborative technologies, says ClearSwift Research.
Most organisations just not ready for Cloud: Computacenter
The majority of organisations do not have the infrastructure backbone to move wholesale to the cloud, according to a report by Computacenter.
Nvidia boss: Windows 8 will run Windows Phone 7 apps
Nvidia has been outlining a future that sees a Qualcomm/Nvidia duopoly providing processors for every computing platform, which will share apps as well as chips.
Seagate GoFlex Satellite 500GB wireless hard drive
ReviewTablets being generally pricey, buyers tend to opt for the least expensive, lower capacity models. It has to be said, 16GB isn't a paucity, especially if you're happy juggling files back and forth.
HP pops out all-in-one biz boxes
HP has announced a pair of all-in-one PCs – one with a touchscreen display – that it hopes will remove any remaining barriers that prevent that unibody form and point-and-flick interface from finding a home on the business desktop.
Groupon backs away from scheduled IPO
Groupon may be having second thoughts about when, and if, it should go public, joining the growing list of new web companies unsure of their steps in the market.
Search visionary retires from Microsoft's Bing battles
UpdatedOne of the search brains hired by Microsoft through its $100m acquisition of Powerset to help build Bing against Google has become the latest executive to leave the company.
New trojan masquerades as Microsoft enforcement-ware
Malware-makers have created a strain of ransomware Trojan which masquerades as a Microsoft utility.
Dell woos rattled HP PC sales partners
Dell has accused archrival HP of unsettling channel partners by revealing its intention to spin out the PC biz, claiming it is a "stable" alternative for resellers.
Atari-branded iPad gaming gadget debuts
There's an Atari-branded alternative to the iCade iPad gaming gadget on the way.
OFT boss: 'Google is fantastic and should be applauded'
What happens when competition watchdogs lose their teeth – and roll over to have their tummies tickled? Via the influential chair of the Commons Culture Media and Sport Select Committee, John Whittingdale MP, comes a very interesting story today. Whittingdale relates a conversation with John Fingleton, the head of the Office of Fair Trading. The MP asked if the agency had looked at the question of Google's power in the marketplace.
Cyber crime now bigger than the drugs trade
The global cost of cybercrime is greater than the combined effect on the global economy of trafficking in marijuana, heroin and cocaine, which is estimated at $388bn, a new headline-grabbing study reported.
South Africa joins the call for BlackBerry messaging keys
South Africa has joined the call for access to the BlackBerry Messaging service, quoting the usual security concerns and pointing out that the UK plans much the same thing.
Why modern music sounds rubbish
A few year ago Bob Dylan echoed a complaint that many of you share with me from time to time: music sounds rubbish. Dylan hates recording these days, because the outcome is too loud and it's too bright. As he said:
Court bans man called Peter from calling himself Peter
A man called Peter has been banned from using the name "Peter" on the internet as a bail condition after being charged today with unauthorised use of a computer.
HP opens 'private' Cloud beta party for limited numbers
Hewlett Packard is inviting developers to a private beta party for its HP Cloud Services from today.
Much of the human race made up of thieves, says BSA
Almost a half of all PCs in operation worldwide use pirated software, according to the Business Software Alliance (BSA).
How Apple's Lion won't let you trash documents
CommentApple's Mac OS X 10.7 is branded Lion. The Lion may be king of the jungle, but from where we sit, it's the king of bungles.
Revenues double at Facebook, says source
Facebook's first half revenue has nearly doubled to $1.6bn, despite the advent of new rivals like Google+.
Seagate pulls out the biggest hard one in the industry
Hot on the heels of Hitachi's terabyte platter drives comes Seagate's 4TB GoFlex Desk external drive, a terabyte fatter than the previous version.
Sun rises over .xxx smut domain
Businesses in the adult entertainment industry – and outside of it – from today have the opportunity to register or block .xxx domain names that match their trademarks.
Skype: Microsoft's $8.5 billion identity tool
Open...and ShutIn 2005, eBay bought Skype for $2.6 billion to bring voice communications to the online auction site, claiming the combination would "revolutionise the ease with which people can communicate through the internet." Four years later, eBay sold Skype for $2.75 billion because no one wanted to talk to the other party in a transaction.
Ex-Microsoft accountant jailed for $1.1m Redmond theft
A former Microsoft accountant has been sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to repay over a million dollars after pleading guilty to theft and money laundering.
IBM, 3M glue chips into silicon skyscrapers
IBM and adhesive maker 3M are teaming up to cook up the packaging goo that will be needed to stack up chips into 3D arrays.
DigiNotar hacker says he stole huge GlobalSign cache
An internet user with proven ties to the DigiNotar hack claims he stole email, customer data and other sensitive data from two competing web authentication authority that will be released publicly soon.
Apple seeks product security boss after iPhone loss
Apple is advertising for a new head of product security, following the second loss of an iPhone prototype.
SAP snaps up Kiwi software firm
SAP is giving its business intelligence (BI) capabilities a boost with the acquisition of Right Hemisphere, a New Zealand 3D software vendor.
Righthaven struggles in court and at home
The notorious patent copyright troll Righthaven, founded on a premise that newspapers could assign their rights to sue for copyright infringement without actually assigning copyright, is suffering on multiple fronts.
Oracle suit outs Google's closed source Android tactics
Oracle's lawsuit against Google over its Android mobile operating system has turned up an internal Google presentation that plainly shows how the web giant shares closed source Android code with select partners to ensure they play by its rules.