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Oracle to Buy Sun

Oracle to Buy Sun

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 20, 2009 -- Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: JAVA) and Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ: ORCL) announced today they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Oracle will acquire Sun common stock for $9.50 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $7.4 billion, or $5.6 billion net of Sun's cash and [...]

Swedish museum puts Pirate Bay server on display

Swedish museum puts Pirate Bay server on display

The server from the popular file-sharing website The Pirate Bay confiscated in a police raid last year went on display Thursday at the National Museum of Science and Technology, it said. "This is an object of contemporary society and a museum collects such items," curator Nils Olander told AFP. "And it is a part of our mission as a museum [...]

Sun launches VirtualBox 2.2 virtualization software

Sun launches VirtualBox 2.2 virtualization software

Sun Microsystems is putting support for the new Open Virtualization Format into its VirtualBox 2.2 virtualization software. Sun announced the availability of VirtualBox 2.2 April 8, less than a month after unveiling the beta of its virtualization offering. Incorporating support for the Open Virtualization Format, or OVF, was important, [...]

Adblock Plus maintainer, Richard “rick752″ Petnel, has passed away

Adblock Plus maintainer, Richard “rick752″ Petnel, has passed away

Petnel, Richard J. ALBANY Richard "Rick" J. Petnel, 56, passed away Friday, April 3, 2009 at St. Peter's Hospice Inn after a brief illness. Rick was born in Lansingburgh, N.Y., July 3, 1952, the son of the late Joseph and Marion Petnel. He has been a lifelong resident of the Capital District, residing in Colonie for the last 15 years. He was a [...]

Skype backdoor allows NSA to listen to your calls

Skype backdoor allows NSA to listen to your calls

Skype was pushed onto Apple's iPhone at the instigation of the VoIP app's corporate owner eBay, in order to reap huge sums from government listening agencies interested in spying on Jesus-mobe-toting terrorists. The revelations come from a disgruntled eBay insider familiar with the matter, known to Reg handlers only by the randomly-assigned [...]

British cops identify 200 schoolchildren as potential terrorists

British cops identify 200 schoolchildren as potential terrorists

200 children in the UK, some as young as 13, have had files opened on them by the British anti-terror cops as potential terrorists... even though they have committed no crimes. The children were reported to the anti-terror squad by their teachers on the basis of school work, journals and conversations that, in the teachers' view, indicated that [...]

RedHat: A recession is good for our business

RedHat: A recession is good for our business

The global economic downturn has compelled a growing number of companies to search for ways to reduce IT costs. Uptake of open source software is climbing in this environment, which means more opportunities for the companies that have built their businesses around the open source Linux platform. Red Hat, one of the most prominent commercial [...]

Pittsburgh approves first round of surveillance cameras

Pittsburgh approves first round of surveillance cameras

Ending a 21-month selection process, the city of Pittsburgh today announced it has picked Maryland-based Avrio Group to deploy a network of public safety surveillance cameras, starting along riverfronts and extending into high-crime areas. The initial funding includes $3.45 million in camera funding is federal money that includes $2.59 million [...]

Judge: Giving Cop “Finger” Didn’t Break Law

Judge: Giving Cop “Finger” Didn’t Break Law

PITTSBURGH, PA - A federal judge says a man who flipped his middle finger at a Pittsburgh police officer shouldn't have been cited for disorderly conduct. David Hackbart, of Pittsburgh, made the gesture at another driver in April 2006, then made the gesture again when he heard someone yelling at him - realizing only later the second person was [...]

Bus tours of AIG executives’ homes

Bus tours of AIG executives’ homes

Connecticut's Vote Working Families is offering bus-tours of the luxurious mansions of the AIG execs who are in line to receive gigantic, taxpayer-funded bonuses... We're all mad at AIG. Their executives bear a large share of the responsibility for bringing the economy to it's knees, and now the same folks are getting hundreds of millions of [...]

Microsoft’s webbrowser Internet Explorer 8 is out

Microsoft’s webbrowser Internet Explorer 8 is out

This is the worst marketing campaign of all time. I heard about this release from Wikipedia, quoting a suspicious TechARP article that changed the date more than once. Then this morning I read it from an article from an India tech site. Microsoft didn't give a release date for an update of the most popular browser out there (no accounting for [...]

Major Cybercrime Busts Take Place In Romania

Major Cybercrime Busts Take Place In Romania

The Romanian police had a busy Wednesday, breaking up a major bank fraud ring and arresting another individual who is accused of breaking into major U.S. government and university servers. According to news reports, the Romanian police, working along with the FBI, arrested 20 individuals who allegedly built cloned bank sites and then drained [...]

Twitter Business Model Found

Twitter Business Model Found

Jason Calacanis just put Twitter in business. How? He offered $250,000 to be one of 20 users in Twitter's "Suggested Follows" for two years. Twitter is growing so fast that being on the "suggested" list for new users can generate more than 10,000 followers a day. Jason thinks the slots will soon be worth a Super-Bowl-like $1 million a year, as [...]

iPhone OS 3.0 is coming (Official preview on March 17th)

iPhone OS 3.0 is coming (Official preview on March 17th)

We just got the announcement, iPhone OS 3.0 is coming. Set your clocks, mark your calendars. It's going down March 17th. Apparently, we'll get a sneak peak at the new OS, as well as a look at a brand new version of the SDK. Exciting stuff indeed, and we'll be there live at 10am PST (1pm EST) with the liveblog. Apple's calling this an "advance [...]

IT Guy vs. The Users: A war that everyone loses

IT Guy vs. The Users: A war that everyone loses

I've just had a quick article on the wars between corporate IT and tech enthusiast employees published in the Harvard Business Review. I've been on both sides of that barricade, and while I understand the plight of IT, I think that it's against everyone's interest to give them to power to lock employees out of figuring out better ways of using [...]

What is PIFTS.exe?

What is PIFTS.exe?

Cliff Notes: Symantec releases an update that searches your internet history, Google searches, and index dat files. The program records them and has a wait on it as in what to do with the information it has gathered. Well, /g/ found out, told /x/ and the internet was informed. Hackers opened everything up and looked at it in depth and we found out [...]

Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Lawsuit Blaming Gun Companies For Shooting Deaths

Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Lawsuit Blaming Gun Companies For Shooting Deaths

The State of New York’s lawsuit against the gun companies got shot down by the Supreme Court today, and rightfully so. WASHINGTON — New York City’s nine-year lawsuit accusing gun makers of flooding illicit markets with their firearms came to an end on Monday, when the United States Supreme Court refused to consider a lower court’s [...]

FCC raids “gang sponsored” pirate radio station in Florida

FCC raids “gang sponsored” pirate radio station in Florida

On Saturday the Federal Communications Commission the Orange County Sheriff's department raided a pirate radio station called "Street Heat" that ran ads for gangs and provided information on where to get drugs and prostitutes. Police said 20-year-old Balthazard Senat's pirate radio station had illegally tapped into 91.3 FM. DJs behind the [...]

Marine One security breached

Marine One security breached

A company that monitors peer-to-peer file-sharing networks has discovered a potentially serious security breach involving President Barack Obama's helicopter, NBC affiliate WPXI in Pittsburgh reported Saturday. Employees of Tiversa, a Cranberry Township, Pa.-based security company that specializes in peer-to-peer technology, reportedly found [...]

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)?

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)?

Ron's oldest son is considering a senate run. FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Yet another Republican is considering a run for U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning's seat. The latest is Rand Paul, son of U.S. Rep. and former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul of Texas. He told The Associated Press on Thursday that he would consider entering the race, but only if [...]

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