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  • No system is 100% secure says Sony chief. And he should know

    Sony boss Howard Stringer made some interesting comments about the recenthacking of its PlayStation Network and the theft of the personal data from more than 100 million accounts. According to the Dow Jones Newswires, he suggested it might not be... 

  • Memo to HP: Emails can be leaked

    Oh dear. HP has had to bring its results forward because a memo from CEO Leo Apotheker was leaked. The memo, preparing senior management for the results announcement tomorrow morning (18 May), warned them it was going to be a tough quarter and called... 

  • Is Google's Chromebook the right idea in the wrong place?

    Google's Chromebook seems to me to be a good idea but not necessarily one that is being executed in the right way. As others have remarked, there is an issue over what you do with a machine that runs on a browser-based OS if you're not able to connec... 

  • Government has a role to play in fighting piracy

    There will have been few eyebrows raised at the announcement that the UK software piracy figures have stayed the same at 27% with a quarter of the country using unlicensed products. The fight against piracy has not relented in the past few years, if... 

  • Microsoft $8.5bn takeover of Skype isn't Music to Google's ears

    Microsoft has been in the shadow of Google for some time now when it comes to the Internet but the software giant got its own back bigtime yesterday by totally upstaging Google's announcement of its cloud streaming Music service. Whatever press c... 

  • Would you like data insurance with that?

    The channel has long known the challenges getting credit insurance but moves being made by Sony could potentially force insurers to consider the risks of providing cover for those handling large amounts of customer data. According to wire reports So... 

  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, IBM salesman: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (9)

    Back in the days of the cold war, two IBMers in Moscow on business got into a conversation about espionage. "I'd be careful if I were you," said the first one, "your hotel room is liable to be bugged." After imbibing quite a f... 

  • Making a mountain where there might not be a mole

    Have you heard about the Google mole in Twitter? There's a load of stories about it. A quick search on Google News today (8 April) brought up 15 versions of the story. Given the number of references to the story, you would expect there to be some... 

  • Spear phisher nets $8m from Wired publisher

    If you wanted proof that security really is only as good as the awareness of the people working in your company, Conde Nast - publisher of Wired, Vogue, GQ, Glamour (and Ars Technica) - has the perfect example. According to Ars Technica, the comp... 

  • Last laugh on Google as researchers turn joke into reality

    Google works hard on its April Fool's jokes. This year, it unveiled something called Gmail Motion which allowed people to control their mail application using gestures, along with a video explaining how it worked. But in an interesting twist, res...