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Amazon glitch leads to rush over 1p 'bargains'

Businesses fear they could go bankrupt after a software error led to items being sold for a fraction of their worth on Amazon<p>A software error led to hundreds of items being sold for just 1p on Amazon, and now businesses say they risk going bankrupt if they are forced to follow through with the …

Smartphone Theft Is An Epidemic, So Secure Yours Now

Don't worry, we'll wait<p>Raise your hand if you've had your smartphone stolen. According to figures assembled by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), the phone theft rate for the year 2013 is estimated to be about 369 per 100,000 individuals--higher in cities. That's a problem that the FCC …

Leaked Windows 10 build reveals new Xbox app and Cortana integration

An early look at consumer features<p>Microsoft is currently readying an updated preview of Windows 10 to focus on the consumer features of the upcoming operating system. While the company plans to detail those improvements at a January press event, a consumer build (9901) has leaked out onto the web …

Hackers Sent Sony Employees a Terrifying New Message

A hacker group calling itself the “Guardians of Peace,” or #GOP, sent an ominous new warning to Sony Pictures Entertainment employees on Thursday, …

FCC Chairman correctly notes that carriers love Title II when it financially helps them

As I discussed the other day, Verizon is outraged at the FCC even considering classifying their business under Title II. When Verizon isn’t releasing a new press release claiming that Title II would torpedo any future investment, Verizon is busy collecting millions from a number of different states …

Spanish Newspapers Want Google News Back

The Internet is like a delicate rainforest ecosystem. You remove one player and the rest suffer and die. That happened in Spain this week when the government there began cracking down on Google. The Spanish government is requiring the company to pay Spanish news providers every time their content …

The Invasion Of Wearables In The Workforce

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Chris Bruce is the managing director of Thomsons Online Benefits.</i><p>Wearables have hit the market like a hailstorm. From watches to glasses, headgear to belts, to all assortments of chips and sensors built into clothes and accessories, this market doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime …

Amazon sellers hit by nightmare before Christmas as glitch cuts prices to 1p

There were Christmas shopping bargains galore on Amazon’s website over the weekend … for about an hour. Because of a technical glitch, the prices of thousands of items crashed to 1p – giving eagle-eyed customers a pre-Christmas treat while leaving scores of small family-owned businesses nursing …

Sony Pictures hack - a PR car crash from which company may never recover

The hack of Sony Pictures gets worse and worse, in publicity terms. One day it’s the revelation of gender pay gaps; another it’s the awful internal presentations used to discuss film marketing; on another, emails between studio executives deriding Barack Obama. It’s a PR car crash from which the …

New Windows 7 Patch Is Badware, Disables Graphics Driver Updates And Windows Defender

*<i>Due to some valid complaints regarding my usage of the term “Malware,” I’ve updated the headline with a more accurate description of the Windows Update: “Badware,” which is unintentionally harmful software.</i><p>If you have Windows 7 set to automatically update every Tuesday, it may be time to …

State surveillance is enabled by our own sloppy habits

Our willingness to accept outrageous terms and conditions allows the security services to do as they wish<p>One night last week, I had a conversation over dinner with a student who is as puzzled as I am about why people seem so unworried by online surveillance. What would it take, we wondered, to wake …