Video download site ordered to spy on users
When the founders called the site TorrentSpy, this isn't what they had in mind. In a recent court ruling, made public last week, a federal judge ordered TorrentSpy.com to track the behavior of its own users - a means of gathering evidence in a lawsuit against the site by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). On Friday, the judge granted a stay of the order, and TorrentSpy plans to appeal.
Google goes spear phishing on MySpace
If it seems like every Tom, Dick and Harry with a MySpace account was getting his account hijacked a couple of months ago there's a reason. Starting in mid-March, the number of page views generated on phish sites increased five-fold, with almost all (95 per cent) targeting the popular social networking site.
Jobs: one more thing... a browser war
WWDCSteve Jobs has re-kindled the browser wars - only this time Firefox is in the firing line, as well as Microsoft. Apple's CEO today opened his company's developer conference in San Francisco, where he outlined an ambitious target to take over Firefox's 15 per cent market share. How? By releasing a Windows version of Apple's less-than-stellar Safari browser.
Microsoft demos mind-bending photo app
If you haven't seen the demo, see it now. In March, at the annual Technology, Education, Design (TED) conference in Monterrey, California, Microsoft Live Labs took the wraps off a mind-bending digital photo app called Seadragon, and you can now stream a video of this not-to-be-missed demo from the TED website. Coupled with Photosynth, another project in the works at Live Labs, Seadragon could take Google's much-discussed StreetView idea to a whole new level.
Jobs chucks Leopard titbits to Apple masses
WWDCSteve Jobs opened Apple's annual developer conference by going back in time one year - in more ways than one. As well as harking back to the announcement of his company's ground-breaking relationship with Intel and taking trademark swiped at Microsoft, the Apple CEO talked up features in Mac OS X 10.5, aka Leopard, mostly previewed at WWDC 2006.
Intel EOLs Celeron Ds
Come 6 October Intel's customers won't be able to order any more Celeron D 300 series processors. Company documents reveal what we believe are the last remaining Celerons, the 347, 356, 360 and 365 are for the chop.
Sony carries in portable DVD player
Some might prefer a low-cost 14in laptop for cheap on-the-move DVD playback, but if you fancy a more dedicated device, how about Sony's latest portable DVD player, the DVP-FX850, that's ready to go without Windows.
UK foreign language teaching hits all-time low
Foreign language teaching in the UK's state schools has been reduced to "the sort of thing you find in a 'get by' phrase book", claims a doom-and-gloom report published yesterday.
MP proposes stronger FoI
A 10 minute rule bill will press for tougher Freedom of Information legislation.
Better privacy policies can make money, finds P3P study
Ecommerce businesses could charge more for their wares if they implemented an established privacy technology, an academic report (pdf) has found. The study showed that online shoppers are prepared to pay more at sites that guarantee their privacy.
UK mulls blanket ban on unfair commercial practices
The Government has asked retailers to comment on draft legislation that will force them to "deal fairly" with customers and other businesses.
Ericsson snaps up Drutt
Ericsson has bought 100 per cent of content management company Drutt for an undisclosed sum.
140mph YouTube boy racer facing jail
An 18-year-old who filmed himself gunning it at over 140mph in his dad's motor and posted the footage on YouTube is facing jail, The Sun reports.
Tosh talks up Flash chip stack tech
Toshiba has applied the through-silicon via (TSV) technique - chip makers' flavour-of-the-month technology - to boost the capacity of NAND Flash chips with only a "minimal" increase in chip size and no need for a new fabrication node.
LoveHoney in toothbrush vibrator trademark rumpus
NSFWOnline sex toy outfit LoveHoney has got itself into hot water over the promotion of its Brush Bunny Electric Toothbrush Rabbit Vibrator after deciding the best way to punt the product was to picture it beside the pleasure delivery platform of choice - an Oral-B electric toothbrush.
NASA schedules fourth spacewalk for Atlantis crew
Almost as soon as the crew of the space shuttle Atlantis completed their first spacewalk, NASA announced that the mission to the International Space Station will be extended by two days to make time for a fourth excursion into hard vacuum.
Flickr goes multilingual
Photo-sharing outfit Flickr yesterday announced it was finally addressing the issue of non-English-speaking users by launching new versions in seven major languages, Reuters reports.
Ironing down the JBoss Seam
Book reviewWe might as well get this over and done at the outset. Yes, JBoss Seam is another Java framework. I know, you thought there couldn't possibly be any room for another one, but you're wrong.
Apple's Safari 3: a crashing experience for non-US users
Apple's Windows version of its Safari web browser is creating havoc on localised versions of Windows.
YouTube, Disney to trial copyright takedown software next month
YouTube says it's now really close to trialling the video fingerprinting technology it has reckons will put an end to its status as a copyright renegade, which won it a $1bn lawsuit from Viacom.
MBO splits Star and MessageLabs
Managed security services firm MessageLabs and Star Technology Services, the business-focused ISP that gave it birth, are to become separate companies via a management buyout of Star. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Europe's R&D 'stagnant', says report
If Europe wants to be at the forefront of a global "knowledge-based economy", it needs to seriously up its spending on R&D, according to a report published yesterday.
Google opens up AdWords for scrutiny
Google is offering advertisers more information on where their adverts are appearing and how they are performing.
TeleNav brings user-generated content to GPS
TeleNav has added extra functionality to its latest version, just launched in the US, to allow users to rate restaurants and other businesses, as well as tell everyone how much, and where, they just paid for their petrol.
Private equity snaps up two more UK firms
Private equity group Hellman and Friedman has bought CSG and Iris Software from HgCapital - the firm's previous private equity owners.
IGF 2007: Rio here we come
The first UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF), held in Athens in November last year, was widely hailed as a success. It was an undeniably huge achievement to get the Chinese government in the same room as Amnesty International, and then to get them talking.
Nokia folds Wibree into Bluetooth
Nokia launched its Wibree personal area network technology in October 2006 as an extension to Bluetooth. Today, Wibree became Bluetooth. The Nokia-led Wibree Forum is to merge with the Bluetooth SIG, the body that oversees the wireless standard.
Hasselhoff, paedophiles, and a digital Animal Farm
ColumnDavid Cameron, leader of the Conservative Party, last week recommended that online "e-petitions" should be given formal recognition within Britain's constitution.
Boffins put encrypted bio-copyright watermarks in beer DNA
German boffins believe they have developed a computer algorithm which can be used to hide encrypted "watermarks" within the DNA of living genetically-modified organisms. The procedure has been successful in simulated tests on live beer ingredients.
MPs question Capgemini's HMRC profits
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has recommended that HM Revenue and Customs "rigorously benchmark" its 10-year deal with Capgemini after a steep rise in its revenue and profits from the deal after only three years.
EU slaps 'Davros tax' on mobility scooters
RoTMThe EU has moved to restrict the number of mobility scooters available to a machine uprising on the UK streets by slapping import duty on the vehicles, the Telegraph reports.
US lawyer ranking site raises attorney's hackles
Avvo, the brand-new lawyer-ranking upstart run by some top US legal professionals and scholars, has only had its shingle hanging for a few days, and already faces a possible lawsuit over its core ranking practices.
Disney plays a shot, scores Cricinfo
ESPN, Disney's sporting arm, is paying an undisclosed amount for Cricinfo the much-loved, and visited, cricket website.
Start-up ISP in launch shocker
It's an at best courageous move to set up a new ISP in the current market climate of commoditisation, consolidation, and titsuppery. Step forward Jungle247, which is pitching itself into the bearpit from both a small business and consumer angle.
Two cuffed for harassing Dave the dolphin
Two men were cuffed on Saturday for allegedly "harassing" Dave the dolphin - a lone cetacean who's been wowing the crowds at Sandgate in Folkstone since taking up residence in Kent waters a year ago.
Wobbly G8 Sarkozy delights YouTubers
French TV declined to show a clip of French big cheese Nicolas Sarkozy looking a bit worse for wear at the G8 conference, but that didn't stop the Belgians broadcasting a press conference which, inevitably, has found its way onto YouTube:
BAE to call in Woolf-led ethics pack
BAE Systems plc, the arms colossus at the centre of a decades-long stink over allegedly corrupt arms deals in Saudi Arabia, is to call in Lord Woolf, the former Lord Chief Justice, to validate its business practices.
Physics GCSE: 'insultingly easy, non scientific, and vague'
Physics GCSE papers are full of questions that are vague, stupid, insultingly easy, political, and non-scientific.
UK.gov wants to ramp up, co-ordinate anti-terror investment
The UK government's chief scientific advisor painted a depressing picture of an ever-evolving terror threat that had to be be met with an ever agile investment in science and technology for security.
Nokia lobs another legal grenade at Qualcomm
Nokia has filed another lawsuit against Qualcomm in their ever-growing list of patent spats.
Collabnet does Subversion for Mac
It would not be too surprising if fans of Apple's Macintosh felt that, outside of those market sectors where the machine is the platform of choice, they are second class citizens.
US troops to scatter crawling Wi-Fi mini-droids
DARPA*, the occasionally eccentric American death-tech hothouse, has come up with a scheme to develop "LANdroids", small crawling radio-relay robots the size of a deck of cards.
Security researchers poke holes in Safari
Security hunters have discovered numerous bugs in a Windows version of Safari, hours after Apple released a beta version of the browser into the wild.
Kilted Debian lovers to overrun Edinburgh
Here's a poser for you: could there be anything more frightening than a bunch of open source geeks (proud ones, at that) milling around the mean streets of Edinburgh? Well, yes. How about if you put some of them in special Debian kilts?
Albanians swipe Bush's wristwatch
The White House has denied reports that enthusiastic Albanians greeted President Bush to their sun-kissed land by swiping his wristwatch. The alleged incident, captured by Albanian TV on Sunday and now featuring on YouTube, appears to show thieving former godless Commies relieving El Prez of his timepiece:
Porn mag ed sacked for inadequate smut
The former editor of Men Only has won an industrial tribunal for unfair dismissal after being shown the door for refusing requests to use younger models and "bigger and more graphic photos", The Evening Standard reports.
EMC Avamar extends to NAS and virtual machines
EMC Corporation has announced new data deduplication capabilities in EMC Avamar version 3.7, which now also supports VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) for the protection and reduction of backup times within and across virtual machines.
Spyware hackers raid Calif. city coffers
Hackers attempted to swipe $450,000 after stealing login credentials associated with bank accounts run by the city of Carson, California. Police are working on the theory that the password for the general fund account was stolen after miscreants planted key-logging spyware onto a PC used by city treasurer Karen Avilla.
Windows recovery loophole lets hackers in
Windows Vista may be Microsoft's most secure operating system to date, but researchers are still finding some glaring loopholes for hackers to exploit. Here is the latest: all you need is a Vista Install DVD to get admin level access to a hard drive.
Symantec back ups backup software
Vision 2007Symantec fleshed out its storage software portfolio today, and wheeled in CEO John Thompson to big up the launch during his keynote at the Symantec Vision conference in Las Vegas.
Google adds PowerPoint viewer to Gmail
The Office wars continue. Today, Google stepped up its challenge to Microsoft Office, adding a PowerPoint viewer to its online email client, Gmail. Google users can now open mind-numbing business presentations inside their browsers – without opening Microsoft software on the desktop.
Intel and Google go Bono over power supplies
Intel and Google have taken it upon themselves to lead yet another "green computing" project.
Spammer faces 11 years in prison
A New York man who was snared in federal investigators' sting operation targeting senders of junk email pleaded guilty to spamming 1.2m AOL subscribers.
Newegg turns to tech publishing
Newegg.com, the California-based online computer products retailer, is getting into tech publishing.
Microsoft adds clustering and VSS to Virtual Server
Viridian remains Microsoft's virtualization priority, but that hasn't stopped the software maker from refining the existing Virtual Server package. Microsoft this week dumped a number of new virtualization tools in the final version of Service Pack 1 for Virtual Server 2005 R2.
Users attacked by mysterious AIM buddies
UpdatedThis afternoon, someone was surreptitiously adding unauthorized chat buddies to AOL instant messaging clients running across the Web.