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  • 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... 

  • GoDaddy CEO under fire for shooting elephant

    We have all become wearingly familiar with the phrase "the elephant in the room", but Bob Parsons, CEO at domain and hosting provider GoDaddy has come up with a different take on it: "the elephant in the video", specifically the v... 

  • What's the cost of illegal downloads? Record companies say $75 trillion

    I spotted a link on Slashdot to an interesting article on law.com which showed just how ridiculous the music industry can be when it comes to copyright infringement over the net. In this instance, 13 record companies that won a summary judgement in M... 

  • Traditional tokens handed death sentence

    Few technologies have stood the test of time as well as physical tokens, but they're not perfect. The fact is there's a number of issues with their utilisation, some of which have been around since their introduction 30 years ago. 

  • Software isn't the same as music or video

    The submissions are coming in from the industry to the Hargreaves Review to ensure that as the recommendations around protecting intellectual property are made the software world will have made sure it's had a chance to get the right points across. T...