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February, 2009


February 23, 2009  3:41 PM

Wardens kill murderer’s Facebook connection

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crime, online

Facebook has the power to connect users with anyone, anywhere - even a murderer in a Guernsey jail. Craig Rouget, who was convicted of murder in the island's capital of 
St...

February 20, 2009  3:37 PM

Romance defies recession as Interflora sales bloom

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online

Well it seems the recession did not affect Valentine's Day business for florists. According to ScanSafe, web traffic to popular online flower store Interflora this Valentine's Day was 300% higher than last year. Downtime thinks people would be better off...


February 10, 2009  11:02 AM

Teenage hackers put the fun back into computer crime

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Hacking

Security firms would have us believe that joyful teenage hackers have been replaced by ruthless organised professional criminals, but the puerile variety has definitely not gone away.

To prove it, some bright sparks in the US hacked into an electronic road sign system. Standard warning...


February 10, 2009  11:01 AM

Stephen Fry gives Twitter the stamp of approval

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Twitter is the new Facebook. For readers who don't know, Twitter users have 140 characters, and no more, to write a message about anything they wish.

For those thinking that it sounds like a monumental waste of time used chiefly by idle teenagers, think again. For if you are looking for...


February 10, 2009  10:59 AM

ITV discovers there is such a thing as too many ad breaks

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advertising

Viewer of last week's Merseyside derby were probably already feeling disgruntled as a spectacularly boring football match stretched into extra time towards the seemingly inevitable spectacle of penalties, but then ITV really stuck the boot in.

Viewers who had endured almost two hours of...


February 10, 2009  10:58 AM

Google finds something it wasn’t searching for

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online

Google's "Don't be evil" motto may be weighing a little heavy right now.

Privacy campaigners are less than impressed with its technology that allows users to track friends and family on their mobiles using Google Earth. Users do need to offer their consent, but critics ask how...


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