Microsoft: Finding flaws on our website is OK
ToorConIn a first for a major company, Microsoft has publicly pledged not to sue or press charges against ethical hackers who responsibly find security flaws in its online services.
P2P searches touted as tool against child abuse
A Democrat Senator has proposed monitoring peer-to-peer networks for illegal files. Senator Joe Biden proposed the plan at a Senate Judiciary sub-committee hearing about child exploitation on the net.
ISS Expedition 16 crew back on terra firma
The crew of ISS Expedition 16 and Korea's first astronaut Yi So-Yeon are safely back on terra firma following a safe touch-down of their Soyuz capsule in the steppes of Kazakhstan on Saturday - albeit around 295 miles from their intended landing site.
Prime yourself for security on the web
Web security is an interesting topic. It's the kind of thing we think we know all about yet, when you sit down and consider all the dimensions, it's pretty hard to nail them all in one go.
Anti-paedophile police treble arrest figures
The number of suspected paedophiles being arrested has risen in the last year, according to figures today from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop).
Aussie gov to treat laser pointers like knives and guns
An Australian regional government has moved to crack down on laser pointers following widely-reported incidents in which the devices have been used to distract and dazzle pilots on commercial flights.
MSI to waft Wind Westward in June
MSI has formally unwrapped its attempt to storm into the Small, Cheap Computer™ market: the perhaps unfortunately named Wind.
Don't like your phone's look? Then build your own
If you don’t like your phone any longer, don’t just buy another one – build yourself a handset of your own. No, we’re not crazy - we’re talking about DIY phone assembly.
Friends Reunited killer gets life
An Italian who travelled to the UK to kill his wife's lover, after she reconnected with her teenage sweetheart through the Friends Reunited website, was jailed for life last week.
Microsoft beta tests Office subscription software
Microsoft has launched a private beta test of a subscription version of its Office and security software.
Europe moves against Internet's 'virtual training camps'
Europe's interior ministers have announced a further crack-down on Internet terrorism, adding three new offences - terrorist propaganda, recruitment and training - to EU law. The move takes the form of an amendment to the 2002 Framework Decision on combating terrorism, and is intended to further harmonise the way terrorist offences are tackled and punished across Europe.
Samsung fêtes 'first' HSUPA phone
Samsung has shown off one of the first phones to support 2Mb/s HSUPA 3G upload acceleration technology.
Biofuel backlash prompts Brussels back-pedal
The ongoing backlash against biofuels continues to gather pace, with news out of Brussels that the European Union may postpone or even drop plans for biosource quotas in motor fuel.
D-Link touts telly as remote PC screen
Networking specialist D-Link today launched a gadget that lets you use your TV as your PC's display - remotely.
AudioEngine AW1 wireless music system
ReviewIt's not often wireless music streaming comes as easily as AudioEngine's AW1 makes it. Open the box, plug the transmitter and receiver in, select a track and press play. Audio across the room in...oh, under a minute.
Why is Ruby on Rails so darn slow?
Tim Bray, the co-creator of XML turned Ruby on Rails enthusiast, has told developers to face up to lingering performance problems in the scripting stack.
Sony pooh-poohs Amazon PS3 PlayTV pre-order posting
Sony has dismissed Amazon’s claimed July release date and price for the PlayStation 3's anticipated PlayTV DVR add-on as “erroneous and speculative”.
Shrinking patch windows hit by automated attacks
The length of time between the development of security patches and the development of exploits targeting the security holes they address has been dropping for some time.
US crunch hits India
The US slowdown rolled into India this week with outsourcer Satyam forecasting that revenue growth in 2009 will be well down on the 40 per cent plus rates it has become accustomed to.
Scottish Government scuppers Lewis wind farm plan
The Scottish Government has turned down an application to build a 181-turbine wind farm on the Isle of Lewis, the BBC reports.
US watchdogs threaten vanity gene testers
The new market in personal genetics, Silicon Valley venture capitalists' latest great hope, is facing regulatory scrutiny from authorities concerned about a "wild west" approach to extremely sensitive information.
Korean astronaut recounts 'ballistic' Soyuz re-entry
Korean astronaut Yi So-Yeon has recounted the "ballistic" re-entry of the ISS Mission 16 Soyuz capsule on Saturday which, due to a technical hitch, "exposed the crew to twice the usual gravitational forces", put on a nice display of external flames for the understandably nervous 29-year-old biotechnology engineer, and eventually carried her and her fellow passengers to a touch-down in the steppes of Kazakhstan some distance from the intended landing site.
Ruckus and Terranet rewire Mesh Wi-Fi dream
Despite various attempts to change the world using mesh networks, real deployments are thin on the ground and the technology has not proved the panacea that some had hoped.
In-flight calling given lukewarm reception
Air France has started to allow passengers to make voice calls on its flights, though the first passengers are unimpressed by the quality of the service.
Xbox 360 burns house down
An Xbox 360 has allegedly caused over $100,000 (£50,000/€62,000) worth of damage to an US gamer’s house, after the console’s power brick caught fire.
Motorola invests in virtual mobiles
Motorola has invested in mobile virtualisation provider VirtualLogix, creating the possibility of a handset that can switch between different OSs almost as quickly as Motorola declares support for them.
Satyam ups the ante for World Cup tech
Satyam hopes to kick its way into Europeans' affections through a services deal it struck with Fifa last year.
Leaked picture points to upcoming HTC phones
It’s aid that a picture says a thousand words. We wish that was literally the case now an image has surfaced of several handsets claimed to be in development in phone maker HTC’s labs.
Levi's sews together 3G phone
If you didn’t manage to pocket one of Levi’s ultra-limited edition Red Tab mobile phones recently, then don’t worry because the jeans manufacturer’s stitched together a 3G model.
Console superhero WiiMan flies in
Look in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s the world’s first superhero that’s able to control a Wii with his body.
Orange signs up testers for mobile newspaper service
Orange has started a trial using eBook readers to deliver newspaper and magazine subscriptions over their 3G network, in much the same way as Amazon's Kindle e-book reader.
Delayed Debian developers get thumbs up
Incoming Debian developers who'd been waiting months for the official nod to join the project have finally been approved.
Western Digital uncages ferocious VelociRaptor data hunting drive
Western Digital is today launching the first model of a new line of ultra-swift hard drives, which the company says is the fastest SATA HDD available.
Microsoft kicks out third Windows XP service pack
Microsoft has released to manufacturing Windows XP Service Pack 3. The fresh software disgorgement will be made available for download through the Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center services on April 29.
Blue Coat pockets Packeteer for $268m
WAN optimization specialist Blue Coat is to lay down a hefty $268m to purchase its rival, Packeteer.
Oz to get satnav cemetery for Down Under dead
An Australian council has dug-up plans to launch GPS burial sites, allowing bereaved friends and family to find the final outback resting place of a loved one with a satnav.