Monthly Archives: January 2009

David Gelles

Internet security experts are growing increasingly worried about a new worm that is infecting millions of computers around the globe. The infection, known as “Conficker” or “Downadup,” is spreading through a recently uncovered vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. So far the worm has infiltrated business, government and personal networks, as well as consumer devices such as USB memory sticks.

Though it first appeared in October, Conficker has exploded in recent weeks. The rapid spread of the worm seems to be “the first step of a multistage attack,” according to the New York Times. Experts don’t yet know what the worm is designed to do, but fear the worst is yet to come. Read more

Chris Nuttall

FlowerCreating a planet and helping flowers to bloom are a far cry from the usual death and mayhem meted out by hard-core video gamers.

But for those wanting to be creative rather than destructive and mellow rather than filled with adrenaline, the latest additions to the Spore franchise and the new Flower game for the PlayStation 3  can be recommended. Read more

Paul Taylor

Palm PreIs Apple limbering up for a courtroom punch-up with Palm over the Pre’s multi-touch screen?

Palm’s share price tumbled yesterday in the wake of remarks by Tim Cook, Apple chief operating officer, who said during Apple’s quarterly earnings call that the iPhone maker would use all its weapons to fight any rivals that “ripped off” its intellectual property (IP). Read more

Chris Nuttall

Macbook ProRecession, what recession? Apple came out with some extraordinary numbers on Wednesday for the final three months of 2008.

Record revenues of $10.17bn and profits of $1.61bn were achieved as sales for other computer and consumer electronics makers slumped in the downturn. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Mark Kingdon avatar, photo by Ina CentaurMark Kingdon, chief executive of Linden Lab, has announced two acquisitions that should further his strategy of making the Second Life virtual world more user-friendly, while cashing in on the booming virtual goods market.

The San Francisco-based company said it had bought for undisclosed sums the Xstreet SL and OnRez website-based marketplaces for virtual goods. Read more

Richard Waters

Whenever a significant legal challenge is filed against IBM, it seems you don’t have to scratch the surface much to find Microsoft lurking somewhere in the background.

Take the complaint that has just been filed with the European Commission against IBM’s mainframe monopoly. T3, the Florida company that brought the case, was the recipient of a Microsoft investment just two months agoRead more

Richard Waters


As we noted last week, today’s inauguration of President Obama is likely “to be the most photographed and filmed event of all time, thanks to the addition of user-generated content on the web.” The early results are in, and at first glance they are quite impressive.

Google’s GeoEye, the satellite it uses to create Google Maps and Google Earth, captured the estimated two-to-four million people on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Barack Obama on his flickr streamThe presidential inauguration of Barack Obama on Tuesday is shaping up to be the most photographed and filmed event of all time, thanks to the addition of user-generated content on the web.

CNN and Microsoft are collaborating to create a 3D walk-through of the inauguration using thousands of photos submitted by members of the public. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Wii PlayThe US video game industry proved its resilience to recession in December with the latest figures from the NPD research firm showing 9 per cent growth on the previous year and revenues topping $5bn in a single month for the first time.

Nevertheless, growth is definitely slowing  – down from 18 per cent in October – and console revenues only rose 2 per cent on the previous year. Read more

Richard Waters

Carol BartzWhatever you think about Jerry Yang, he was at least cheap. During his 18 months or so as Yahoo CEO he earned approximately $1.50. In fact, if you consider what’s happened to his 4 per cent stake in the company, his wealth actually decreased by around $750m.

So what is there to make of Carol Bartz’s much more lucrative package? Read more