Google encrypts Chinese search requests to subvert Great Firewall
Google is to begin encrypting its web search service for users on the Chinese mainland as part of a general beefing up of the privacy of its users worldwide. Search terms and results pages will be sent over secure connections to thwart government spies and other eavesdroppers.
Boffins propose brainwave privacy standard
Researchers from MIT Media Lab and the Technical University of Denmark have raised the issue of “Privacy for Personal Neuroinformatics”, a field they feel deserves attention because brainwave data is starting to go public.
That NSA denial in full: As of right now, we're not pretending to be Facebook or Twitter
AnalysisInaccurate. That's how US spy hive the NSA today branded claims that it "has infected millions of computers around the world with malware," and that it "is impersonating US social media or other websites" to eavesdrop on people.
'Amazon has destroyed the unicorn factory' ... How clouds are making sysadmins extinct
The rise of the cloud is wiping out the next generation of valuable sysadmins as startups never learn about how to manage data-center gear properly, a Pasadena tech biz boss has said.
Barnes & Noble's Nook freed from Windows, WinPhone apps pledge
Barnes & Noble's struggling Nook e-book division can breathe a little easier, now that Microsoft has let the bookseller off the hook on its promise to offer e-reader apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone.
Microsoft closing in on Apache's web server crown
50 million more of the world's web servers started to run Microsoft's internet information server (IIS) during February, according to Netcraft.
Reporters without Borders confirms, yes, lots of nations are spying on their citizens
Revelations of domestic and international phone and web surveillance operations by US and UK spies have earned the two countries a dubious distinction on the Reporters Without Borders' "Enemies of the Internet" list.
Actually, there is an Arapaho word for 'pliers'
The Vulture Central backroom boys are running around like headless chickens following the revelation that our new BuzzGasm feed is not functioning to the high standards of factual accuracy our demanding readers expect.
Microsoft was 'willing' to buy WhatsApp says Bill Gates
Microsoft was “willing” to buy WhatsApp, Bill Gates has told Rolling Stone.
Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!
If you're wondering who is still running Windows XP in this day and age, given that support for the OS is ending soon, the answer is it might be YOU! Or at least, so Microsoft suspects.
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Friday is Pi Day
At 1:59 in the morning on Friday, March 14 – or, for convenience, at 1:59 in the afternoon – take a moment to pause and contemplate π (aka pi), as, if you write your date US style, that's the moment to celebrate the universal glory that is Pi Day.
Brussels' antitrust boss not budging on planned Google competition deal
Brussels' antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia is refusing to reverse the planned settlement deal he has agreed with Google over the company's alleged abuse of its dominant market position on search.
Panasonic slaps Freetime EPG on 2014 smart tellies
PicsFreetime's neat, easy-to-navigate electronic programme guide (EPG) has never been a feature of standalone TVs, but at a joint event in London this week, its new partner Panasonic announced it will feature on 90 per cent of the panel maker’s 2014 TV range.
Vine's 'educational nudity': 'So if I write 1+1=2 on my boobs we're grand?'
QuotwThis was the week when the internet World Wide Web turned 25 and websites were stuffed with listicles and infographics telling us all about it. But said sites also unfortunately found it difficult to differentiate between the Web and the internet.
Bill Gates-backed SOLAR POO RAYGUN COMMODE unveiled
Bill Gates' Microsoft gigawealth giveaway charity has already conferred many benefits on a suffering humanity*: today we learn of yet another, as boffins reveal a magnificent waterless solar raygun portaloo which uses focused sunbeams to incinerate human excrement and turn it into a miracle charcoal style substance with many different uses.
App.net 'not just a way for nerds to talk to each other', boss tells nerds
ColumnIt has never been quite accurate to describe the social network App.net, founded by developer and entrepreneur Dalton Caldwell a little over a year ago, as simply a Twitter also-ran.
4G auction helped keep mobile networks competitive ... for NOW
The auctioning off of radio spectrum for the delivery of "4G" mobile broadband services did not result in the distortion of competition in the market, a spending watchdog has said.
Facebook's Zuckerberg buttonholes Obama, rages against NSA dragnet spying
Mark Zuckerberg is furious with US President Barack Obama, who - metaphorically, at least - clasped his hands over his ears and repeatedly said to himself "I can't hear you" when the Facebook boss tried to grumble about spies spying on people.
Amazon wants me to WEAR NAPPIES?! But I'm a 40-something MAN
Something for the Weekend, Sir?I am a very lucky man: Amazon is offering me a 20 per cent discount.
eBay boss tells workers to ignore 'noisy' Icahn's PayPal sale campaign
eBay chief John Donahoe has warned employees to ignore Carl Icahn's "noise" about the board and the proposed spin-off of PayPal.
Apple flops out latest OS X Mavericks beta, hopes sound+graphics sorted
Apple has rolled out a brand new beta version of Mavericks to devs in the hope they will test its updated graphics and audio drivers.
Punch and Judy face Blofeld in LOHAN doomsday box test
As we recently announced, the British contingent of the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team will assemble in Blighty on 5 April for the final test flights before the launch of our Vulture 2 spaceplane.
Target ignored hacker alarms as crooks took 40m credit cards – claim
Staff at US chain Target reportedly failed to stop the theft of 40 million credit card records despite an escalating series of alarms from the company's computer security systems.
Morrisons supermarket hit by MASSIVE staff payroll data robbery
Morrisons' checkout and shelf-stacking staff across the UK will be anxiously worried about their bank accounts this morning, after the supermaket admitted that thieves had spaffed employee payroll details online.
It's not just incredibly hard, it's really quite pretty: Dark Souls II
Game TheoryI knew there was something eerily familiar about the dead-eyed shuffle of my enemies in Dark Souls II and now I realise they remind me of the huge cannibal giants of Attack on Titan. Shambling to my recurrent death, I am now convinced the less forgiving the game, the greater the elation, sense of achievement and immersion.
Tony Benn, daddy of Brit IT biz ICL and pro-tech politician, dies at 88
ObituaryTony Benn, the modernising Labour MP who tried to pit British technology against US giants has died at the age of 88.
Scam emails tell people they have cancer to trick them into installing a money-stealing Trojan
Sick fraudsters have put out a batch of malware-riddled hoax emails warning recipients that they may have cancer.
iOS 8 screencaps leak: Text editor, dictaphone and 'tips' on the way
The first screenshots of iOS 8 have leaked online after being posted on the Chinese microblogging service Weibo.
'Catastrophic' server disk-destroying glitch menaced Google cloud
Google has squashed a bug in its public cloud that threatened to accidentally delete users' virtual disks – an error so serious that one security researcher termed it potentially "catastrophic".
Report: Apple flushes 12.9-inch MaxiPad plan down the drain
Remember that 12.9-inch Apple iPad that was the darling of the rumor mill just months ago? Sources out of the Asian supply chain say, in their best New York accents, "Fuggedaboudit."
Is no browser safe? Security bods poke holes in Chrome, Safari, IE, Firefox and earn $1m
The Pwn2Own and Pwnium hacking contests at the annual CanSecWest conference in Vancouver have earned security researchers over a million dollars in prizes, exposed 34 serious zero-day flaws in popular code, and earned over $82,000 for the Canadian Red Cross.
This city's smog is so TERRIBLE, people are told to stay indoors. Beijing? No – PARIS
Residents in romantic Paris are advised to take public transit and avoid cars as the city was today shrouded with a heavy cloud of pollution.
Met cops to collar up to £20m of IT gear a year from US giant Insight
US reseller Insight Enterprises has cut a multi-year deal with London's Metropolitan Police to supply infrastructure kit and software worth up to £20m annually – just as the Sprint ii purchasing framework nears its end of life.
Elon Musk slams New Jersey governor over Tesla direct sales ban
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has taken to the web to address the entire state of New Jersey about what he claims was a "backroom deal" to defeat his company's business model.