Will BlackBerry be cherrypicked, or bought by its daddies?
BlackBerry cofounders Mike Lazaridis and Douglas Fregin have indicated that they are considering a bid to buy the struggling smartphone maker, even as analysts say that selling the company off in pieces may be a better deal for all concerned.
Watery asteroid discovered 150 light-years off hints at habitable worlds
A European trio of researchers has discovered a "circumstellar disk" – a corpse, in other words – of a minor planet that was about 26 per cent water.
Office wage slaves face extinction at hands of ROBOTS - if bosses listen to Gartner
Analyst house Gartner is warning management that they are missing the chance to sack lots of middle-class employees and replace them with computer systems by 2020.
MacBook Airs in Black Screen of DEATH terror: Apple responds
MacBook Air users who faced a black display when they attempted to install Windows can breathe easier: Apple has issued a patch that should assuage their torment.
Facebook RIPS away your veil of privacy, declares NO MORE HIDING
Facebook is binning a feature that lets people retain their anonymity on the social network.
Microsoft wants to 'move beyond' the Cookie Monster
Microsoft has confirmed a report that it is looking into replacing cookies, which underpin the global online advertising business, with its own technology that would store all that valuable user information on Redmond's own servers.
Twitter revamps Android tablet app – but ONLY for Samsung 'slabs
Twitter has unveiled a new version of its mobile app designed specifically for Android devices with larger screen - but for now only Samsung fondlers will be able to use it.
Facebook adds Flash to up the tempo of its enormous disk-o-tech
Facebook has updated an open source tool that lets admins wring fast performance cheaply from disk-based arrays fed from PCI-e flash cards.
Turkish TV presenter canned for flashing too much cleavage
Turkey has taken a great step forward towards not joining the European Union after government intervention saw an asset-rich female TV presenter sacked for baring too much of her decolletage.
Electronic Frontier Foundation bails from Global Network Initiative
The Electronic Frontiers Foundation (EFF) has resigned from the Global Network Initiative (GNI), citing the presence of GNI members who co-operated with the NSA as making its ongoing involvement untenable.
Spies launch hack attacks on Mongolia... to see who its friends are – report
Cyber-spies are targeting Mongolian businesses and government agencies to keep the attackers "aware" of the land-locked country's relationships with "Western influences" like the US and the European Union, according to a recent report.
Assange: 'I'm fond of your work, Cumberbatch, but let's leave it at that'
QuotwThis was the week when billionaire Julian Robertson decided to dump all of his Apple stock because he read a biography of Steve Jobs and decided he didn't like him all that much.
Students prep for battle of wits, MIPs and watts: It's student cluster-wrestling time
SCC'13The countdown is on. Twelve university teams are preparing for another epic battle at the student cluster-wrestling match, the SC13 Student Cluster Competition (SCC).
Rubbish broadband drives Scottish people out of the Highlands
It's not the midges, weather or crappy nightlife to blame for driving people out of the rural Highlands – it's dodgy broadband speeds, Scottish politicians have been told.
NSA tactics no better than a CYBERCRIME GANG, says infosec'er
The NSA operates like a state-sponsored cybercrime gang using much the same tools and techniques as miscreants slinging banking trojans, one cynic has suggested.
Samsung UK computing chief leaves for HP PC biz
HP has plugged the gap in its local printer and PC biz following the exit of channel sales director Pascal Bourguet with Samsung UK computing GM Damian Cusick, The Channel can reveal.
Scottish leader splurged £20k appealing disclosure of EU membership legal bungle
Alex Salmond wasted £20,000 of public money trying to stop the Scottish Information Commissioner's Office from revealing that he'd not taken legal advice on a post-independence Scotland's eligibility for European Union membership.
Canadian operator EasyDNS stands firm against London cops
CommentEasyDNS was the just the first of a number of global DNS operators who will be invited by a London IP crime unit to make one of their customer's domains, er, disappear. But the Canadian operator is standing firm.
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Swap your old iPhone for a new one, Tim Cook tells British fanbois
Apple is reportedly planning to export its US in-store iPhone exchange scheme to the UK and allow British fanbois to swap their old Jesus Phones for shiny new ones.
Leveson: My Whingers' Charter™ is PERFECT, you impudent MPs
Brian Leveson, the Wikipedia-quoting judge, stonewalled MPs looking for his opinion on press regulation on Thursday.
Raspberry Picam magic: More snaps from LOHAN's fruity eye in the sky
Picture specialA Sony factory in South Wales churned out its millionth Raspberry Pi this week, so we thought it would be a good moment to bring readers more from our "Pi In The Sky" camera rig, which has performed to spectacular effect during test flights for our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission.
UK.gov provider frees Microsoft partner TES from administration
Business process outsourcing firm Liberata IT Solutions, which is responsible for several large government contracts, has devoured Microsoft Gold partner Trinity Expert Systems (TES) in a pre-pack administration.
ECHR rejects free speech plea over offensive online comments
In the US it is different, but in the European Union, free speech is no defence for a publication when readers make defamatory comments on its website.
Trend Micro buys Taiwanese deep packet sniffing firm
Global security firm Trend Micro, which has announced a deal to buy smaller network security firm Broadweb. Financial terms of the deal, announced Thursday, were not disclosed.
Royal Mail FAIL as web brokerage Hargreaves Lansdown struggles with investor demand
Online share brokerage Hargreaves Lansdown is still struggling to cope with the massive spike in Royal Mail share dealing that brought down its trading portal this morning.
Best Buy: Bring us your cowering, unwanted Microsoft Surface masses
US retail giant Best Buy is taking back unwanted Microsoft Surface tablets under a trade-in programme.
Computer Chess: Geek, gaming and retro-tech movie of the year
Film ReviewSurely no normal person would ever want to spend an hour and a half, let alone a whole weekend, in the company of beardy-weirdy 1970s computer nerds as they challenge their chess programs to beat all comers – and maybe, one day, even a human too?
YouTube turns on dormant DRM, permits official downloads
From next month the YouTube mobile app will let users download videos and keep them for 48 hours of disconnected viewing before they disappear into the DRM'd ether.
Boffins find MEXICAN WAVE pattern in random climate wobbles
A new paper has found hitherto undiscovered rhythms in the climate. What is today regarded as random natural variability actually conforms to a “standing wave” (aka, Mexican Wave) pattern, boffins have found, meaning the climate is much more predictable than previously thought.
Easily picked CD-ROM drive locks let Mexican banditos nick ATM cash
Lax security at Mexican banks has allowed cybercriminals to put their own malware-ridden CDs into ATM machines in order to gain control of the easily-compromised cash machines.
Scottish gov follows cutting-edge Italian Post Office with Win 8 trial
A small faction of IT bravehearts in the Scottish government are dabbling with Windows 8 – yes, you read that correctly – to see if Microsoft's much-maligned OS is suitable for a wider roll out.
Ofcom, it's WAR! Mobe networks fire broadside over 2G spectrum pricing
The UK's mobile network operators have successfully kicked off their PR campaign against spectrum regulator Ofcom, painting themselves as surprised victims of governmental incompetence.
Google: Now your mom will try to sell you toilet paper
GTA players get ersatz $0.5m each to make up for delayed hooker-beating fulfilment
The makers of Grand Theft Auto have apologized for teething problems in getting the online multiplayer version of the game up and running and are handing out half a million dollars of in-game currency to all players to make up for it.
Apple bags top Windows feature: Blue Screen Of Death arrives on iPhone 5S
Apple's latest iPhone 5s handsets are suffering "Blue Screen of Death" crashes that force folks to reboot their expensive gear.
Wanna be Zuckerberg's neighbor? Tough luck, he bought the block for $30m
How much would you pay to live next door to Mark Zuckerberg? Answer: Probably not as much as Zuck himself has paid to make sure you don't live next door to him.
Brazil's anti-NSA prez urged to SNATCH keys to the internet from America
The nine men and one woman who guide the growth and development of internet standards and practices have delivered a stinging rebuke to the US hegemony of the transnational "series of tubes" – and have called for its management to be wrenched away from America's grip and fully internationalized.