May 21, 2015  1:40 PM

Google Maps hit by another user edit gaffe

Caroline Donnelly Profile: Caroline Donnelly
Google, online

Google has revoked the right for users to edit and update the content of its Maps after some ne'er do wells decided to deface them with racial slurs and offensive images.

Readers, believe us when we say, we're just as surprised as you that giving people free rein to do whatever they...

September 16, 2010  3:31 PM

IE 9.0 – it’s only a beta…

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran

Microsoft launched the beta release of Internet Explorer 9.0 last night. Attended by a couple of hundred journalists, VIPs and a couple of young things who'd obviously  had far too much of the free booze and were actually enjoying teh demos, MS certainly laid on the corporate hospitality....

June 23, 2010  10:43 AM

Brits are forgetting how to write

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
connected, NASA, online, WRITE

About 80% of Brits are so married to their gadgets that they are forgetting how to write, according to a recent survey.

The YouGov poll found that people feel they just cannot get by without their favourite gadgets: only 16% of us write anything by hand in a week, and a few even admit...

March 24, 2010  9:42 AM

Virtual farmer sacked for milking his cows

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
Facebook, FarmVille, Laptops, online

Gordon Brown need to think carefully about his plan to spend £300m giving laptops and 12 months' online access to 270,000 poor school kids.
News just in from Bulgaria reports that a Plovdiv town councillor has been sacked for playing the Farmville game on Facebook. Apparently he was...

April 21, 2009  10:31 AM

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

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
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

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
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

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
online, politics, 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

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff

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...

March 20, 2009  4:34 PM

McGregor finds online alibi for a multitude of sins

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
advertising, online

UK film star Ewan McGregor is threatening to take legal action against those responsible for bogus entries in his name on Twitter.

Almost 200,000 people have been following what they thought were regular updates by McGregor, but a spokesman has confirmed that the Twitter postings,...

March 9, 2009  9:36 AM

Mandelson wows China with gift of a memory stick

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
government, online

In days of yore, ministers plenipotentiary - the blokes charged with getting a good trade deal for our side - went armed with expensive gifts or products (such as opium) calculated to stun the locals into greedy stupefaction.

This morning the Department of Business revealed that its...

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