Student loan companies illegally use US database
The US government has temporarily barred college loan firms accessing a database containing personal and financial details of nearly 60 million people after a Washington Post article reported it was being used illegally.
Which games console is most web 2.0-friendly?
Both Wii and PS3 have web browsers, but it's fair to say that web surfing is a secondary feature for both. It's all about the games really, with a side-order of Blu-Ray goodness in PS3's case. However, Web 2.0 will be a factor in both - for example, Sony's upcoming Home virtual world, and Nintendo's connected News Channel and Forecast Channel.
Samsung adds picture-in-picture to DMB phone
Not content with enabling South Koreans to watch TV anywhere, Samsung has decided its punters might want to check out what's on the other channel without missing a moment with picture-in-picture technology.
Quad-core won't make it big until 2009 - reseacher
IDFHow soon will we be merrily running our applications and games on four-core systems? Market watcher iSuppli reckons only a few will go quad-core this year, but by the end of 2009 - just over 18 months away - half of us will have takens that step.
Data theft replaces malware as top security concern
Theft of information and regulatory compliance are beginning to replace malware infestation and hacking as the top security concerns, according to a poll of enterprise IT security chiefs.
Copyright protection warning for Web 2.0 start ups
Web 2.0 ExpoThe Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has given Web 2.0 media sharing start-ups some non-technical advice: run your ideas past a lawyer first to stay on the right side of copyright law.
Phishing attack evades bank's two-factor authentication
A two-factor authentication system operated by Dutch bank ABN Amro has been compromised and money stolen from the online accounts of customers who fell for a phishing scam.
Oracle scoops up AppForge assets
Oracle has purchased the intellectual property assets of mobile application specialist AppForge.
NHS worker sacked on day before age law took effect is reinstated
An NHS worker who was sacked the day before last year's new age discrimination laws came into effect has been reinstated along with 35 of her colleagues. A deadline has passed which means similar cases are unlikely to be successful.
Microsoft to fork out $180m to Iowa
Microsoft is paying Iowans $180m to settle a class-action lawsuit that claimed the company abused its monopoly position to overcharge PC shoppers.
Haier raises UMPC to new heights
IDFChinese PC maker Haier previewed its X6 ultra-mobile PC this week, but while the handheld incorporates the 945GU chipset from chip giant Intel's new Ultra Mobile Platform (UMP), its processor is the more powerful Core 2 Duo.
Breathe coughs to email upgrade bodge
Breathe Networks CEO Marcus East has apologised for problems with an email platform upgrade which meant ISP customers and other users of its servers were unable to access email for several days.
Scumbag malware authors exploit Virginia Tech tragedy
Pond-dwelling virus writers have crafted a malware attack that poses as camera phone footage of the shootings at Virginia Tech University that claimed 32 lives on Monday.
The politics of email in the workplace
It's springtime in Washington, D.C. The cherry blossoms have bloomed, the tourists descended, and on both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue a new "scandal" is erupting.
Counter Strike firm in credit card hack claim
Valve Software, the company behind Counter Strike and Half Life, has been accused of covering up a hack of its servers which allegedly exposed the credit card details of thousands of customers.
Unions propose global action
IT union Amicus is discussing a merger with the United Steel Workers (USW) union to create a force able to take on multinational corporations.
Boffins to test Star Trek space shield
Star Trek's fantasy technology is proving to be an important inspiration for real-world scientists, as researchers in the UK start work on a magnetic deflector shield that could potentially protect astronauts from space radiation.
Tag dementia sufferers, says minister
Elderly people suffering from dementia could be electronically tagged.
Hi hon, I'm on d plane
Qantas has been given permission to start testing in-flight mobile phone use, though for now usage will be restricted to data only and on just one aircraft.
Beeb extends download trial to Macs
The BBC is to extend its trial of downloadable content from 5,000 to 20,000 people.
Did Herschel discover the rings around Uranus?
A British scientist wants to re-write history and attribute the discovery of the ring around Uranus (no sniggering at the back) to Sir William Herschel.
Canadian seal hunters trapped in ice
Canada's annual seal hunt yesterday suffered an unscheduled delay as 100 small boats bearing hunters were trapped by thick ice off the northeast coast of Newfoundland, Reuters reports.
A postcard from Intel in Lisbon
So you thought Intel was a hardware company? In fact, it's also a major supplier of software – compilers and developer tools.
PC shipments are buoyant, says analyst
Worldwide PC shipments are up a healthy nine per cent compared to the same period last year, according to preliminary 2007 first quarter figures from technology analyst Gartner Inc.
Sky recruiting to fill Sky+ customisation gap
Sky is looking to enhance its Sky+ product with a new version in 2008. It also aims to increase personalisation and customer-profiling to aid content discovery, as well as real video-on-demand services.
Google bugles death of Froogle
Google's punning department suffered a blow today, when the powers that be in Mountain View decided that Froogle, the giant's damp squib shopping comparison site, should have a less silly name.
MP plans Bob Mugabe body-blow
Former Labour minister Nigel Griffiths has launched a Westminster campaign to bring Zimbabwean prez "laughing" Bob Mugabe to his knees - by stripping him of an Edinburgh University honorary degree, the BBC reports.
US 'Land Warrior' wearable-computing headed to Iraq
The US Army's wearable tech programme for soldiers, Land Warrior, is dead in the water.
Musteline menace tests Sheffield steel
Residents in the Gleadless area of Sheffield are "at their wits' end" after seven years of relentless badger harrassment during which the animals have trashed gardens, felled trees, and held wild late-night orgies, the Evening Standard reports.
Cigarette break saves US woman's life
The pro-smoking lobby got a small boost on Monday after a South Carolina woman cheated death by nipping outside the house for a cigarette.
Robot spacecraft in zero-gee pumping shocker
Two unmanned space platforms have autonomously come together 300 miles above the earth, carrying out a "pump fluid transfer" in a milestone for robot sex automated satellite servicing.
FSA lumps £81m appendage on Fujitsu
The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has got rid of about a quarter of its IT department by outsourcing it to Fujitsu and Xansa.
Vodafone explains N95 crippling
Vodafone has finally provided an explanation for the removal of VoIP features from the Nokia N95, and apparently it's all for our own good. A Vodafone statement says the mobile operator doesn't offer its own VoIP service because it doesn't believe it's a mature technology.
Ubuntu launch marred by website woes
Ubuntu's website has been flaking out on and off throughout today as its users attempt to download the latest free, open source desktop, laptop, client, and server Linux distribution.
Yahoo! China! sued! in! US!
The wife of the Chinese dissident jailed with the help of Yahoo! is suing the company in the US courts.
Thunderbird 2 is go
An updated version of the open source email client Thunderbird was released today.
European e-crime portal scheme floated
British academics and information security experts are teaming up in plans to develop a cybercrime reporting portal for Europe.
Operation Ore: evidence of massive credit card fraud
There are few subjects as emotive as child pornography, and few accusations that can so quickly and permanently tar a reputation. Merely to be accused of a child pornography offence is to be convicted in the public consciousness.
US State department rooted by 0-day Word attack
A virus attack aimed at US State Department computers last May penetrated government networks after a worker in Asia opened a contaminated email.
Imation buys TDK's recording media biz
TDK is to sell its recording media business to Imation for $300m in stock and cash.
Sun injects NetBeans into Ubuntu
Sun has hitched its open source and Java developer fortunes to Ubuntu by inserting NetBeans into the latest version of the fast-growing distribution.
Microsoft debuts Windows for the Poor
Microsoft is to sell a Windows bundle for $3 targeting students in emerging markets.
Survey: Storage users seek interoperability
The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) End User Council (EUC) announced today the results of its third end user survey (ATtRoiTEUS).
US backs whistleblower suits against HP, Sun and Accenture
The Department of Justice has joined three whistleblower suits accusing HP, Accenture and Sun Microsystems of raiding IT contracts with US government agencies to fund kickbacks for channel partners.
Ads surge secures Google earnings
Google has delivered Wall Street a pleasant Q1 surprise, blowing past expected results while reconciling its move into new partnerships and offline markets.
AMD swings to $611m loss
AMD is reporting today a first-quarter loss of $611m amid a price-war to hold market share won back from rival Intel. The loss is larger than analysts expected, and AMD chief financial officer Robert Rivet calls the performance "disappointing and unacceptable".
Apple plugs 25 security holes
Brief Apple today fixed 25 vulnerabilities in the Mac OS X 10.4.9 operating system, courtesy of a 16MB patch for download. Apple's list of vulns is long and far too tedious for us to rewrite, so check out the company's security update for yourself and get patching. ®
Embedded devices a cinch to pwn
CanSecWestCell phones, modems, routers and similar devices are a lot easier to hack than most people think, making them an opportune target for criminals looking for an easy way to pierce a network, a researcher from Juniper networks says.