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German media boss criticises Google
In an open letter to Google's Eric Schmidt the boss of German publishing firm Axel Springer says it is afraid of the search giant.

BBC and Sky experience fault on iOS
The BBC and Sky's video-on-demand apps simultaneously experience a fault on iPhones and iPads that prevents TV shows from streaming.

HMRC 'plans to share personal data'
Taxpayers' personal financial data could be shared with private firms and researchers, Revenue & Customs says, despite concerns over privacy and security.

Kim Dotcom wins back cars and cash
Kim Dotcom, the multimillionaire founder of closed file-sharing site Megaupload, has won back cars, cash and property seized in a January 2012 raid.

Lavabit loses contempt appeal
A US appeals court upholds a contempt of court ruling against the secure email service provider Lavabit used by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Cyborg glasses express fake emotions
A Japanese researcher creates glasses that show computer-generated eyes that express emotions so that the wearer does not need to bother.

First Heartbleed 'hacker' arrested
A 19-year-old Canadian citizen is charged with hacking into the Canada Revenue Agency's website, becoming the first arrest in relation to the Heartbleed security breach.

Google shares fall on ad concerns
Shares in Google fall 5% despite reporting first-quarter profit of $3.45bn in response to worries over future income from advertising.

Virgin apologises for email glitch
Virgin Media apologises after some of its customers received hundreds of unwanted emails because of a distribution list error.

Galaxy S5 fingerprint sensor hacked
German security researchers say that a spoof fingerprint can be used to unlock Samsung's new handset and steal money.

Tencent brings Candy Crush to China
China's internet giant Tencent will launch the popular Candy Crush game on the mainland in partnership with the game's creator King Digital Entertainment.

Bungie 'fires' Halo games composer
The composer of the music featured in the original Halo video games says his job has been "terminated without cause" by developer Bungie.

Hard-disk firm warns of data breach
French hard-disk maker LaCie warns that shoppers' credit cards details and logins may have been stolen from its store over a one-year period.

MtGox exchange put in administration
The Bitcoin exchange MtGox has been placed in administration by a Japanese court and it is expected that bankruptcy proceedings will be started.

Heartbleed may 'slow' web speeds
The struggle to fix problems caused by the Heartbleed bug could make web browsing speeds slow to a crawl, warns net monitoring firm Netcraft.

Yahoo shares jump despite profit fall
Shares in the struggling internet search giant Yahoo surge 9%, despite first-quarter profits falling 20%.

Privacy fears over FBI database
A facial recognition database being built by the FBI could contain over 52m images by 2015 causing concern to privacy campaigners

New street lights design cuts bills
Switching to LED street lights is cutting maintenance bills in Jersey and could increase pedestrian safety, it is claimed.

Men 'giving up' books to go online
A new study finds men prefer to watch film adaptations than read the original book, with 30% admitting they have not read a book since school.

VIDEO: Searching for metaphorical results
How alternative search engines produce different results plus websites and apps reviewed.

VIDEO: Firm creates drone fitted with Taser
Spencer Kelly meets the team behind a drone which can fire 80,000 volts of electricity through a wired dart.

VIDEO: The quest to perfect digital pianos
Click meets Joe Ierardi, a man who is trying to create the most realistic sounding piano synthesiser.

VIDEO: Cyborg glasses mimic eye gestures
A Japanese researcher shows off glasses that display computer-generated eyes, which express emotions to save their wearer the effort.

AUDIO: Google 'not meeting expectations'
Larry Magid, technology analyst for CNET, discusses the fall in Google's shares.

VIDEO: Is ZTE's choosy strategy working?
ZTE has decided to pass over investing in areas where returns aren't likely to be high - its results later will show how its new strategy is paying off.

VIDEO: Will Jelly repeat Twitter's success?
Biz Stone discusses his new social app Jelly which he hopes will encourage people to help each other out.

AUDIO: Google buys high-altitude drone firm
Internet giant Google has bought high-altitude drone firm Titan Aerospace for an undisclosed sum.

VIDEO: Sensors to prevent pain for amputees
Researchers at the University of Southampton have developed three-directional pressure sensors which they say could prevent dangerous sores for thousands of patients

AUDIO: Woman's £2600 Neil Diamond mobile bill
A phone user has been charged £2600 for downloading a Neil Diamond album abroad.

Selling globally is child's play
The tech making e-commerce easier for small firms

Hacking the instrument of the future
Sleep-deprived coders enjoy an epic adventure

VIDEO: The rise of the hospital Robot
Remote presence bots help doctors visit hospital wards

Syria: Report shows how foreign fighters use social media
Report shows how foreign fighters in Syria are using social media

3D sound tests carried out by BBC
The BBC's attempt to create 3D sound recordings

How 3D is changing the shape of lessons
How 3D printing is changing the shape of lessons

How to become a Twitter superstar
Tips and tricks to get followed on Twitter

A decade of digital downloading
From iTunes to Spotify, 10 years of 'legitimate' music services

23.07.2010. 13:36