Defences lacking at social network sites
Services like LiveJournal and Tribe are poised to be the next big thing on the Web in 2004, but their security and privacy practices are more like 1997, writes Annalee Newitz.
Bosses tell staff to hang up when driving
Seven in ten small businesses plan to impose a blanket ban on staff using mobile phones for business purposes while driving, according to new research.
Net pedants savage The Return of the King
We're obliged to movie monitors Movie Mistakes for updating us today on the terrifying catalogue of errors which plague the latest LOTR epic The Return of the King.
Russians punt $40m space honeymoon
Those of a romantic bent and a generously-proportioned wallet might like to consider the possibility of a honeymoon in space.
Kev Warwick cyberkiddie no closer to activation
Although he's been a bit quiet of late, it's good to see that Kevin "Captain Cyborg" Warwick continues to generate the sort of coverage his ground-breaking work deserves.
Nigerian 419ers surface in Baghdad
There appear to be no depths to which Nigerian 419ers will not go in order to feed their lust for riches beyond the wildest dreams of avarice.
David Blunkett bombs on celebrity Mastermind
Home Secretary David Blunkett - he of the compulsory ID card scheme - has well and truly established his credentials with a disastrous performance on celebrity Mastermind.
Reader flak brings down flying car
LettersLetters Thanks very much to all those readers who wrote to correct a shameful error in yesterday's Wright Brothers' centenary provokes aviation speculationfest. Andrew Wren outlines the case for the prosecution:
Am I Patched Or Not?
LetterA reader writes: Maybe I'm just behind the times - it's quite possible, since I rarely boot into Microsoft Windows, but I just downloaded the latest (9!) Critical Updates for Win2K, of which one caught my eye:
US judges blast music labels' attack on ISPs and users
A US federal appeals court has dealt the RIAA a long awaited kick to the groin in its pursuit of file swappers, saying the music label lobby group can no longer force Internet providers to turn over their customers names.
Apple to sell software downloads?
Apple's scheme to turn its operating system into a commercial opportunity appears at long last to be coming to fruition.
Amazon pays libel damages again over Northern Ireland book
Amazon.com has publicly apologised for distributing a book that contained a series of false allegations about killings in Northern Ireland.
DVD Jon wins again
An appeals court in Oslo today upheld Jon Lech Johansen's earlier acquittal on all counts of alleged copyright violations, the Norwegian daily newspaper Aftenposten reports.
Jane Doe ruling limits effect of RIAA legal defeat
On Friday, the DC federal appeals court ruled that the recording industry's efforts to subpoena the names and addresses of ISP Verizon's customers who were using P2P file-sharing networks to download and upload copyrighted music were unlawful. However, the decision rests on a narrow reading of the federal Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and likely will have little long-term impact on the file sharing debate.
IT grads face ‘grim’ future
IT graduates face a "grim" future as the UK's jobs market continues to show little sign of improvement.
PalmSource forecasts Q3 breakeven
Palm OS owner PalmSource yesterday reported revenues of $16.8 million for Q2 2004, its first fiscal quarter as company in its own right.
Sage buys ACCPAC for $110m
Sage is to buy ACCPAC, the accounting software arm of CA, for $110m. The Newcastle, UK vendor said its new acquisition will help its US subsidiary, Best Software, grow SME market share in North America, Australia and South Africa.
SCO pesters Fortune 1000 for money (again)
The SCO Group has sent another letter to Fortune 1000 companies, requesting that they stop using Linux, or reach an agreement with the Utah company over what it claims are copyright "binary interfaces".
Mythic sues Microsoft over Mythica
Microsoft was sued again this week. Game developer Mythic Entertainment has accused the Beast of Redmond of infringing its trademark and engaging in unfair competition.
Euro Q4 sales boom points to record Xmas notebook sales
Christmas 2003 may be shaping up as a boom time for notebook sales, with early figures suggesting high demand for portable PCs, market watcher Context has said.
Barrysworld is back… sort of
Earlier today, we asked if online gaming community Barrysworld, now known as Game.net and due to be shut down by parent company Game Plc next month, could once again rise Phoenix-like from the ashes, as it did three years ago. We were doubtful.
Orange takes steps to block mobile spam
For those who haven't registered with the Telephone Preference Service - offered by the Direct Marketing Association in the UK - "cold calling" by sales offices can be a real nuisance - but text-spam can be downright expensive.
Toshiba e800 Pocket PC
ReviewToshiba has built itself a reputation for producing highly serviceable, well put together PDAs with a serious leaning towards the business user. This is not to say that Toshiba ignores consumers, but rather that it sways product design and marketing towards the corporate sector, writes Sandra Vogel.
Boingo expands hotel WLAN coverage
Boingo has added a further 200 sites to its aggregated network of Wi-Fi hotspots courtesy of a tie-in with Arescom, a supplier of in-room Internet and entertainment systems for hotels.
MP fingered for ‘Net Villain’ award
One of the UK's most Net-savvy MPs is in the running for the tongue-in-cheek-mixed-with-more-than-a-hint-of-venom 'Internet Villain' award this year.
Spammers not deterred by Can Spam Act
As expected, spammers don't seem too impressed with the US Can Spam Act, which was enforced on January 1. Nor have they changed their tactics.
BT trims rural BB wholesale prices
BT is cutting wholesale prices for ISPs running rural ADSL broadband services.
Court slams HP Israel ID card bid
HP has lost a potentially lucrative bid to become the major supplier of smart identity cards in Israel after a court tossed out the company's proposal, saying it did no adhere to local laws.
Music sales are on the mend
Despite launching a legal assault against its customer base, the recording industry appears to be benefitting from increasing music sales once again.