Archive for April, 2009

Spies, damned spies, and security

A minor kerfuffle erupted at this week’s Infosecurity show, as Russian and American companies squared off. Is it the cold war reborn, or just a comedy of errors?

One swine flu over the cuckoo’s nest

What’s worse, a global pandemic or a Twitter-induced panic about one? Cringely says problems with social media are just symptoms of a larger disease.

The wrong arm of the law

Want to know the biggest problem with the RIAA’s relentless pursuit of file swappers? In the age of the Internet, the courts are decades behind the times.

Your own private Google

Will Google Profiles rescue your reputation, or just make you yet another unwitting pawn in its quest for world data domination?

Pirate Bay crew gets the hook

Despite big fines and prison time, the Pirate Bay four remain defiant. Even if Hollywood manages to sink these Bit Torrent trackers, there’s an entire fleet waiting to take their place.

Power to the People

The residents of Cringeville had some strong opinions about my “turn out the lights” blog post last week. Here’s what some of them had to say.

Amazon: A is for arrogance

Amazon found itself crucified this Easter, and though it has since climbed down from the cross, it hasn’t quite managed to claw the nails out of its hands and feet. The story, in case you missed it: Sometime around Egg and Bunny day, Amazon mysteriously started removing the sales rankings of many gay and lesbian […]

So Yahoo and Microsoft walk into a bar and — wait, you’ve heard this one?

Just when you thought it was dead and buried, the Microsoft/Yahoo soap opera returns. Will these two aging paramours ever hook up?

Cyber Wars: Turn out the lights, the party’s over

Is the power grid under cyber attack? US spooks say yes. Better hunker down before Russia or China pull the plug.

You Don’t Know Tech: Geeky News Quiz for April 10, 2009

Some relationships just aren’t meant to be — as IBM and Sun Micro found out when what looked like a rock-solid deal disintegrated overnight. But they weren’t the only ones enduring a bittersweet parting this week. Will Wright and Electronic Arts, Fox News and Roger Friedman, Google and the newspaper industry, iTunes fans and the […]

Newspapers vs Google: Eat the worm

It’s getting ugly out there, as news publishers turn their anger toward the King of Search. Is Google to blame for the death of the dead tree industry, or is that just pulp fiction?

Insult a Thai Monarch, Spend 10 Years in the Pokey

It appears the Thai people take this whole royals thing rather seriously. Thirty-four-year-old Suwicha Thakho, a former oil field worker, just got sentenced to 10 years in prison for posting photoshopped pictures of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his family on his blog. It seems he violated Thailand’s lese majeste laws, which bestow severe […]

A Wolverine in Fox’s clothing

Forget pirating movies — just talking about using BitTorrent is enough to get you canned. But when it comes to online leaks the movie studios end up winning more than they lose.

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right

New Orleans has Mardi Gras, San Francisco has Halloween, and for those of us who spend too many of our waking hours on the Net, the biggest party of the year happens on April Fools Day. Infoworld certainly did its part to add to the foolishness. It’s always a treat to see how ticked off […]

Twitter Added to Federal Emergency Response Network

Obama administration seeks to expand e911 service to mobile Web by Dan Tynan In a milestone that marks Twitter’s evolution from a tool for self-obsessed 20-somethings into a vital part of our nation’s telecommunications infrastructure, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced it is adding the micro blog to the national emergency response network. Beginning […]

Bill Gates Arrested on Microsoft Campus

Company declines to press charges, claims it was ‘just a big misunderstanding’ By Dan Tynan Billionaire Bill Gates was briefly detained after attempting to break into offices at Microsoft’s worldwide headquarters late last night. The Microsoft co-founder retired from his position as Chairman last July, but maintains an office on the sprawling Redmond campus. According […]

Tech Firms Slash Perks and Freebies

The drive to save money in tough economic climate means no more free lunches – even at Google By Dan Tynan Belt tightening has hit Silicon Valley in a big way. Intel has instituted a salary freeze from the CEO’s office on down. Cisco is no longer footing the bill for its employees’ home broadband […]

Conficker worm ends life as we know it; film at 11

Yes the Worm of the Century has struck — and our lives will never be the same. Right?