Stories by Lucas Mearian

Facebook temporarily loses more than 10 percent of users' photos

Popular social networking site Facebook.com admitted on a blog post Monday that over the weekend a hard drive failure led to the temporary loss of 10 to 15 percent of its users stored photographs.

IDC: Storage revenues drop, but capacity shipped grows

IDC's quarterly data storage sales report shows that quarterly revenue for worldwide storage systems was down 5.9% in the last quarter of 2008 compared to a year earlier. But the capacity shipped increased by 27.3% year-over-year to a total of 2.46 petabytes.

DOJ allegations against EMC focus on kickbacks, overcharges

The US Justice Department (DOJ) believes that EMC gave kickbacks to federal IT consultants and overpriced its hardware, software and technology services to the government beginning in the late 1990s.

HP shuts down Upline online storage service

Hewlett-Packard Monday said it has closed down its online backup service after less than a year of operation.

Samsung's 256GB SSD offers capacity, speed

But tests yield slower read speeds than Samsung claims

EMC upgrades NAS line with SSDs, file deduplication

EMC Monday announced an upgrade to its entire line of Celerra network-attached storage systems, saying it will now offer solid-state disks and file-level data de-duplication on the arrays and its gateway device.

Seagate drops SSD patent lawsuit against STEC

Seagate Technology Thursday said it has dropped its lawsuit and all claims alleging STEC misappropriated its hard disk drive (HDD) technology as it related to the development of solid state disk (SSD) drives.

Sun offers open-source encryption key management protocol

Sun announced Tuesday that it is throwing its hat into the standards arena, proposing that its open-source key management API be used as a universal way to allow encrypting devices to communicate with key management systems.

Symantec to deliver cloud-based backup service

Symantec will begin offering an online storage service targeted at consumers by the end of next month.

SanDisk announces mass production of high-capacity flash

SanDisk Tuesday announced that it will begin mass production of the first high-performance X3 and X4 flash memory, using 32- and 43-nanometer lithography process technology, respectively. The denser flash technology will enable up to 64Gbit of memory in a single chip, or twice what multilevel cell memory offers today, the company said.

Survey: 40% of hard drives bought on eBay hold personal data

A New York computer forensics firm found that 40 percent of the hard disk drives it recently purchased in bulk orders from eBay contained personal, private and sensitive information -- everything from corporate financial data to the Web-surfing history and downloads of a man with a foot fetish.

Sun launches new 'flagship' midrange arrays

Sun Microsystems Tuesday announced two new midrange, modular disk arrays that double the capacity, memory and throughput of its previous 6500 series arrays.

Seagate releases 2TB enterprise-class drive

Seagate Technology Monday launched its first 2TB enterprise-class disk drive as part of a new family of near-line SAS and SATA drives.

Hospitals with better IT have fewer deaths, study shows

The level of technology deployed by hospitals to help doctors and nurses automate their work can mean the difference between life and death, according to a recently-reported study. The study, involving more than 167,000 patients in 41 hospitals across the US, also showed that better IT lowered costs.

Samsung unveils 4Gbit DRAM

Samsung Electronics announced Thursday that it has developed the first 4Gbit DDR3 DRAM chip using a 50 nanometer (nm) lithography process. The new chip doubles the density of earlier DRAM chips, yielding modules with up to 32GB capacity.