RSA breach leaks data for hacking SecurID tokens
Attackers breached the servers of RSA and stole information that could be used to compromise the security of two-factor authentication tokens used by 40 million employees to access sensitive corporate and government networks, the company said late Thursday.
Google (finally) releases antidote to Google ad webpage drag
Google has rolled out a new AdSense script that will load the company's ubiquitous contextual ads significantly faster than in the past.
Supercomputer charts killer tsunami's course
The US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has run simulations that show how the tsunami triggered by last Friday's 9.0 Miyagi earthquake in northeastern Japan propagated across the Pacific Ocean.
RIM PlayBook to sync with Microsoft Exchange cloud
The PlayBook – the iPad challenger from BlackBerry maker RIM – is following Apple's device into the workplace with the assistance of Microsoft.
Groupon worth 'as much as $25 billion'
Online daily-discount provider Groupon is rumored to be talking with banks about a public offering that would value it at as much as $25bn.
HP's 'vision' should embrace Apple, not copy it
Open...and ShutHewlett-Packard needs to grow, but its chief executive Leo Apotheker has made it very clear that he intends to boost HP's fortunes in a very non-Oracle sort of way.
Nikon D7000 DSLR camera
ReviewIn the months following the launch of its new mid-range DSLR at Photokina, Nikon struggled to keep up with demand, so successful and fabled the D7000 had quickly become. But does it really live up to the hype?
Vince Cable to cut training and flexible work rules
The Department for Business Innovation and Skills is promising to cut regulations on flexible working and training for smaller companies.
Nokia Software Updater for Mac Beta
ReviewThere was a time when having to use anything but a Nokia phone would evoke fears of disorientation and a general unease about straying from my comfort zone. Sony Ericsson? Where is everything? Motorola? Does it do iSync? Samsung? Er... Even though Nokia never actually overwhelmed Mac users with its support for the platform, if you picked the right phone, then Apple’s iSync could be used on a number of handsets to synchronise address book and calendar data.
US e-book sales double as dead tree demand dips
The US is experience a boom in demand for e-books. Sales were up almost 116 per cent during January when compared to the same month in 2010, hitting $69.9m.
Sweden postpones EU data retention directive, faces court, fines
Sweden is to delay the implementation of the controversial EU data retention directive for a year, risking a heavy fine of up to €68m, whereas Austria has decided to implement the directive after a European Court of Justice ruling in 2010.
Cloud music boom: everyone wins, except the creators
Hurrah! Research company ABI has predicted a boom in paid-for streaming music services benefitting a long list of winners. There's just a few groups in the loser column... including the artists who make the music.
O2 ups 3G speeds by 30%
O2 has begun sending HSPA 3G through the 900MHz band, using it to up the capacity of its 3G service
MS claims credit for Rustock botnet takedown
Action taken by Microsoft and law enforcement agencies was responsible for the takedown of the infamous spam-spewing Rustock botnet, the software giant said today.
Government to scrap COI, axe up to 1,000 communication jobs
UK.gov plans to replace the Central Office of Information with a new executive agency that deals with the government's marketing and advertising activity.
A glimpse at Amazon's app store
Bored bloggers at a German website tried typing the expected address of Amazon's forthcoming app store, and were rewarded with a glimpse of the initial stock and pricing.
I floated a site into the cloud, and it didn't rain down in chunks...
WAR on the Cloud, part 1:The "cloud" is still somewhat in its novelty phase as with virtualisation and (say) XML of yesteryear, when simply waving them at an application would magically make all your troubles drop away, like sessions on a crashing web server.
Half of 2011's PCs to use CPU GPUs
Around half of the personal computers shipping this year will drive displays using CPU-integrated graphics engines.
Fukushima one week on: Situation 'stable', says IAEA
The situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear powerplant in Japan, badly damaged during the extremely severe earthquake and tsunami there a week ago, continues to stabilise. It is becoming more probable by the day that public health consequences will be zero and radiation health effects among workers at the site will be so minor as to be hard to measure. Nuclear experts are beginning to condemn the international hysteria which has followed the incident in increasingly blunt terms.
Google's copyright review: Google lays down the Google law
Google's contribution to the review of the intellectual property created to please Google was always going to be an important document. And here it is, typos and all; what a shame Google didn't review it on the way out of the door - some parts are unreadable.
Yahoo! to! offload! Delicious! as! early! as! next! week!
Yahoo! is reportedly close to bagging a new suitor for its bookmarking web property Delicious.
Woman fingers ex in 15-foot strip pole theft mystery
A Florida woman has turned on her ex-boyfriend after the sudden disappearance of her 15-foot "expert dancing pole" following the couple's breakup.
ReviewTHQ has made it abundantly clear that it intends to step it up as a publisher, marquee titles – the likes of De Blob 2, Red Faction: Armageddon and indeed Homefront are all part of that plan – as the publishing house looks to take on Activision and EA, specialists in the art of the cross-platform blockbuster.
Apple 'gay-cure' app severely slapped
Apple is today accused of anti-gay discrimination, following the release of an iPhone app that aims to help people find “freedom from homosexuality”.
RIM ruffles operator features with NFC play
RIM is the latest manufacturer to pitch NFC as something that bypasses network operators to the advantage of manufacturers, rather to the annoyance of said operators.
Actress meets feds investigating nude photo Gmail hack
Actress Vanessa Hudgens has met with federal investigators who are probing a reported hack of her personal Gmail account. The hack led to the online distribution of nude photos and videos of the High School Musical star.
Game steals thunder from Eurogamer show
Retailer Game has announced its own consumer-focused videogame show, to be held one week before the big Eurogamer Expo this September. Coincidence?
Cisco shells out first dividend
Cisco Systems has finally grown up and is starting to pay a quarterly dividend to shareholders.
Phones4U sold on again
Mobe retailer Phones4U has been bought by BC Partners from its previous private equity owners.
Three to drop mobile smut shield
Network operator Three is to stop filtering out smut that monthly subscribers are attempting to view on their mobile phones.
Microsoft Kinect powers DIY Eye of Sauron
Microsoft's Kinect has been wielded for numerous applications, but now it has been used to create a giant eyeball that follows you round the room.
TV sitcom opens up the world of penetration testing
The world of penetration testing has become the unlikely topic of a new sitcom from Fox.
X-51 hypersonic scramjet test bird ready for second flight
The X-51A hypersonic scramjet project is back on track, according to its chiefs, with problems that occurred on the inaugural test flight now ironed out and a second flight pencilled in for 22 March.
Duke Nuke teases with sapphic siblings
NSFWHere's a trailer for the highly anticipated Duke Nukem Forever.
Google to enforce SSL encryption on developer APIs
Google will soon require the use of SSL encryption with three of its developer-facing APIs.
AT&T ends illicit handset tethering
AT&T is clamping down on subscribers who have jailbroken their iOS devices or rooted their Android handsets in order to tether their computers or tablets to the intertubes without paying for that service.
IBM accused of bribery in China, South Korea
The US Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a lawsuit against IBM, alleging that the company paid bribes to government officials in China and South Korea to secure deals for the sale of mainframe and PCs among different government agencies.
Dell: 'Yes, we will offer multiple Amazonian public clouds'
Dell director of storage strategy Carter George has confirmed that the company will offer at least two "public clouds" – one based on Microsoft's Azure platform and another based on, well, something else.
Anonymous DoS attacks thwarted with Aikido hip throw
In early December, researchers from security firm Radware were dispatched to repel attacks against a company being targeted by the Anonymous hacking collective and could only be described as fierce and potentially devastating.
IBM: Our appliance servers smoke Ellison's 'phony baloney'
IBM is spoiling for a fight with Oracle, as was abundantly in evidence at Big Blue's recent Investor Day at the company's TJ Watson Research Center north of New York City.
Microsoft: IE9's web privacy hole? A feature, not a bug
A hole has been spotted in Internet Explorer 9's do-not-track technology, and Microsoft says it's a feature not a bug.
Programmer gets 8 years for theft of stock trading software
A former Goldman Sachs software developer has been sentenced to eight years in prison for stealing proprietary code used in the firm's high-speed trading platform.
Google patches Flash bug before Adobe
Google has already released an update for its Chrome browser that fixes a critical vulnerability in Adobe's Flash Player that's under attack. Users of the animation software on other browsers and operating systems will have to wait until next week for the same patch.