PC rental companies spied on customers in their homes

Seven rent-to-own companies and a software developer have settled federal charges that they spied on customers, including watching them having sex.

Dotcom says he's 'Bond villain' as NZ government admits illegal spying

In the latest bizarre twist in the legal case against Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, New Zealand prime minister John Key has ordered an investigation into the country's spying agency.

Riot breaks out at troubled Apple supplier

Apple supplier Foxconn has been forced to shut down its Taiyuan factory in China after a riot involving 2,000 workers broke out late last night.

Kickstarter cracks down on hardware vapor


Kickstarter has bolstered its new hardware and product design project guidelines in an effort to prevent scams and temper unrealistic expectations.



Senate report slams Microsoft and HP for tax-dodging

Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard have - entirely legally - avoided billions of dollars in taxes over the last three years, according to a US Senate Committee.

Anti-Islam film prompts more YouTube blackouts

YouTube is extending its block on the trailer for the anti-Islam film The Innocence of Muslims to more countries, as international outrage increases.

Google buys Instagram rival Snapseed

Google is squaring up to Instagram with the acquisition of San Diego-based Nik Software, maker of the Snapseed photo-editing software.

Google says controversial video will remain on YouTube

A Google spokesperson has confirmed that a controversial video clip about the Islamic prophet Muhammad will remain on YouTube - despite a White House request for Mountain View to "review" the clip. 



Senator calls for greater email privacy

Law enforcement could be forced to get a probable-cause warrant to access people's email, thanks to a new bill set to be introduced today.

Google snaps up malware scanning firm

Google's acquired VirusTotal, which offers a free service allowing users to scan files and website URLs for malware.

Hackers steal $250,000 from BitFloor exchange

The US's biggest BitCoin trading exchange, BitFloor, has been forced to temporarily shut up shop, after a virtual heist in which the equivalent of $250,000 was stolen.

Zuckerberg pledges to keep Facebook shares

With its stock price languishing, Facebook has announced that it won't be making a secondary offering of its shares, and that Mark Zuckerberg will hang on to his own for at least another year.

Samsung denies supplier used child labor

Samsung says an investigation of conditions at one of its supplier's Chinese factories has revealed problems with working conditions, but no child labor.

Pirate Bay founder arrested in Cambodia

Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, one of the founders of file-sharing website Pirate Bay, has been arrested in Cambodia, following a request by the Swedish authorities.

Japan rules Samsung didn't infringe Apple patent

  The latest country to rule on whether Samsung's been infringing an Apple patent, Japan, has decided that it didn't.

Apple requests ban on eight Samsung devices

Apple's wasted no time in listing the eight Samsung products it wants to see banned at a September 20 court hearing.

Facebook campus to include 10-acre room

Undaunted by its languishing share price, Facebook has announced plans for a huge expansion of its Menlo park headquarters, to be designed by award-winning architect Frank Gehry.

Samsung shares slump following Apple copying verdict

Samsung shares lost more than $10 billion in market value, following a US jury's finding that the company illegally copied Apple products.

FTC sues Dish over unwanted telemarketing calls

The Federal Trade Commission has launched a lawsuit against Dish Network for violating 'do not call' regulations.

Apple and Samsung face Korean sales ban

As a US jury prepares to deliver its verdict in the high-profile patent case between Apple and Samsung, a South Korean court has determined that they've both been copying each other's products.