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.
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.
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.
IDF How 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.
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.
Web 2.0 Expo The 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.
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 has purchased the intellectual property assets of mobile application specialist AppForge.
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 is paying Iowans $180m to settle a class-action lawsuit that claimed the company abused its monopoly position to overcharge PC shoppers.
IDF Chinese 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
IT union Amicus is discussing a merger with the United Steel Workers (USW) union to create a force able to take on multinational corporations.
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.
Elderly people suffering from dementia could be electronically tagged.
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.
The BBC is to extend its trial of downloadable content from 5,000 to 20,000 people.
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.
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.
So you thought Intel was a hardware company? In fact, it's also a major supplier of software – compilers and developer tools.
DoubleClick gives Google double whammy against Microsoft We begin this week with Google which managed to pull off the coup of pissing off Microsoft big time by stealing DoubleClick from under its nose with a $3.1bn offer.
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 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'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.
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.
The US Army's wearable tech programme for soldiers, Land Warrior, is dead in the water.
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.
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.
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.
The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has got rid of about a quarter of its IT department by outsourcing it to Fujitsu and Xansa.
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'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.
The wife of the Chinese dissident jailed with the help of Yahoo! is suing the company in the US courts.
An updated version of the open source email client Thunderbird was released today.
British academics and information security experts are teaming up in plans to develop a cybercrime reporting portal for Europe.
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.
A virus attack aimed at US State Department computers last May penetrated government networks after a worker in Asia opened a contaminated email.
TDK is to sell its recording media business to Imation for $300m in stock and cash.
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 is to sell a Windows bundle for $3 targeting students in emerging markets.
The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) End User Council (EUC) announced today the results of its third end user survey (ATtRoiTEUS).
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.
Google has delivered Wall Street a pleasant Q1 surprise, blowing past expected results while reconciling its move into new partnerships and offline markets.
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".
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. ®
CanSecWest Cell 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.
Lenovo plans to reduce its global workforce by five per cent, in what the company calls a "resource reduction" of approximately 1,400 jobs in the US and Asia.