News archive from 13 January 2012

Sweden gives digital piracy advocate religion status

One of the most wired nations in the world, Sweden has long been a battleground between those who support file-sharing and the music and film industry. The Nordic state gave birth to the world's largest file-sharing website, Pirate Bay. Registering...

 
Council workmen paint yellow lines just a few inches under parked car... and along came a traffic warden to give him a TICKET

Council workmen paint yellow lines just a few inches under parked car... and along came a traffic warden to...

Now a Derby City Council official has said the £70 fine had been issued in error and would be revoked. Mr McCrystal, from Derby, said notices had been put up several weeks ago saying parking restrictions would be introduced but they did not say when....

Daily Mail, 22:32 in Auto
 
Pensioner petrol head! Director, 68, caught driving at 147mph after round of golf

Pensioner petrol head! Director, 68, caught driving at 147mph after round of golf

A pensioner on his way back from a round of golf was caught speeding in his Jaguar sports car at 147mph. Owen Swift, 68, was followed by police for almost four miles before they managed to catch up with him. When he finally stopped, the company...

Daily Mail, 22:32 in Auto
 
Greece euro exit worse than catastrophic - Toscafund

Greece euro exit worse than catastrophic - Toscafund

In a stark note to clients, chief economist Savvas Savouri said introducing a new currency instantaneously in the wake of a euro exit would be impossible and the delay would lead to "a run on banks and evacuation of capital that would make what...

Reuters, 22:49 in Business
 
The coyest boy in pop? As Ed Sheeran leads with four Brit nominations, discover who this new kid on the block is

The coyest boy in pop? As Ed Sheeran leads with four Brit nominations, discover who this new kid on the...

Sheeran told the BBC he was 'ecstatic, really happy and pleased' at the launch party this afternoon at the Savoy Hotel in London. He added: 'I think any artist would really want to win the Best Album Award - but to be honest I think Adele will win...

 
Pictured: Inside the luxury VIP hospital suite where Beyonce gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy Carter

Pictured: Inside the luxury VIP hospital suite where Beyonce gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy Carter

Beyonce bought the van a couple of months ago, apparently in readiness for the birth, swapping her luxurious Maybach for the souped up motor. In true superstar style the 30-year-old has pimped her ride to the max and spent a whopping $1 million...

 

Verizon FiOS: To beat 'em, first join 'em

The company announced deals this week to get its service onto "smart" TVs from LG Electronics and Samsung Electronics Co, as well as on Microsoft Corp's Xbox gaming console. Unlike traditional televisions, these sets - which Verizon is...

 

"Drip-casting": Mobile's answer to network logjams

The shift, which will happen as early as this year, involves a new concept the executive, Shadman Zafar, described- as drip-casting, where video is sent gradually to devices such as tablets. This will come hand in hand with so-called smart charging,...

 
Traffic jam: Wider wifi highways may end data gridlock

Traffic jam: Wider wifi highways may end data gridlock

Each week we ask high-profile technology decision-makers three questions. Pat Parker is chief development officer and vice-president, engineering, at Xirrus, an international wireless networking company. Pat Parker says mobile carriers are...

BBC, 23:46 in Business
 
Norway mass killer to get second mental exam - reports

Norway mass killer to get second mental exam - reports

Dozens of survivors and others affected by Anders Behring Breivik's bombing and mass shooting in July have demanded a new evaluation, arguing that only someone in control of his faculties could have carried out the systematic attacks. At a press...

 
Alex Salmond claims Scotland is in stronger financial position than the UK

Alex Salmond claims Scotland is in stronger financial position than the UK

Controversial, certainly. And it comes at an acutely sensitive time as the 300-year-old union between England and Scotland is under intense scrutiny. Salmond"s assessment is based on Scottish government figures and Holyrood"s estimate of its...

 
Cyber attacks now fourth biggest threat to global stability, says World Economic Forum

Cyber attacks now fourth biggest threat to global stability, says World Economic Forum

The WEF dossier says: 'A healthy digital space is needed to ensure stability in the world economy and balance of power' and calls for investment into the exploration of digital vulnerabilities. The UK government has already made a start in this area...

 
Bank of Scotland loses £2m in failed golf club lease deal

Bank of Scotland loses £2m in failed golf club lease deal

Taxpayer-funded Bank of Scotland has written-off more than £2m ($3m) after being caught up in a failed leasing deal, a BBC investigation has found. The bank was owed money for equipment leases sold to British golf clubs by Elumina, a business run by...

BBC, 00:01 in Business
 
Ex-Apple boss Sculley sets record straight on Jobs

Ex-Apple boss Sculley sets record straight on Jobs

Apple's former chief executive John Sculley is perhaps best known as the man who first mentored and then clashed with Steve Jobs, leading to the late co-founder's exit from the firm in 1985. Mr Sculley was ultimately forced out himself by Apple's...

BBC, 00:01 in Business
 
Could you start the day without OJ?

Could you start the day without OJ?

Orange juice with breakfast is a daily ritual for many. But with global prices rising, and safety concerns around juice from Brazil, should we start the day without OJ? It is the classic start-the-day drink. A glass of cold, and very orange, juice...

BBC, 00:01 in Business
 


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