Downtime:

April, 2009


April 21, 2009  10:31 AM

Money can’t buy you love, but love can’t sell you security

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online, Security

There is more chance of catching a virus on the internet than finding true love according to the security bods at Websense.

Websense received thousands of malicious e-mails in its e-mail Honey Pot system. The e-mail claims that someone wants to show the user her pictures and videos,...

April 21, 2009  10:31 AM

Hackers plan to blow up international trade

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crime, online, Security

What the neutron bomb could not do, hackers hope malware will, judging from Wall Street Journal reports that Chinese, Russian and other cyber-spies have left viruses and Trojans all over the electricity grid, just in case of a hot war with the US.

Downtime reckons this could be the...


April 21, 2009  10:29 AM

Website urges politicians to get stuck into the web

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online, politics

MiCandidate.co.uk, a new website for putting people in touch with politicians, launched last week with a symbolic burning of a door outside Westminster. Why stop at the door?

Co-founder Oisin Hanrahan says, "Times are changing and candidates who...


April 21, 2009  10:28 AM

Amazon finds itself fighting through a PR jungle

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online

Amazon's PR department must have had a busy couple of weeks.

Last week the online retailer was attacked from all sides when books with gay themes, along with books on erotica and sexual medicine, were dropped from sales rankings and search results.

This has been ascribed to...


April 3, 2009  2:28 PM

Councils wise up to the many benefits of Facebook

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crime, government

Soon your braggings about your day-to-day activities on Facebook could be read with interest by benefit fraud investigators.

Councils are reportedly using the social networking website to catch fraudsters.

Downtime hopes they have a close look at that bloke from RBS who was...


April 3, 2009  2:27 PM

Educators rush to get five-year-olds tweeting

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Social networking

News that the primary school curriculum could soon feature Twitter and Wikipedia has come as a shock to most, but not us. 

Computer Weekly's journalists are fully versed in the world of Web 2.0, and cannot abide anyone who would suggest that Twitter is just the most irritating bit...


April 3, 2009  2:26 PM

ITV gets a £60m poke in the side from social networking

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Social networking

ITV has come under flak for its management of the one-time social network of choice Friends Reunited.

Friends Reunited, bought by ITV for £120m in 2005, has seen users decline from a peak of 5.5 million last year to 1.7 million in December.

ITV has fallen victim to more...


April 3, 2009  2:25 PM

BMW driver gets led up the coastal path by his sat nav

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gadgets

People who trust their satellite navigations systems too much get a rough time of it. Downtime feels the derision that meets their wrong turnings is a little unfair given that if they knew where they were going they would not be using a sat nav at all.

However, it cannot be denied that...


April 3, 2009  2:23 PM

Scientists unveil robot that can walk and wear clothes

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research

Robots can do some amazing things these days: clean houses, assemble cars, perform surgery... walk.

That's right: computer scientists in Japan have broken through the glass ceiling of robotics by producing a prototype robot that might one day perform the job of a supermodel.


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