French hacker arrested for targeting Obama's Twitter

A 25-year-old Frenchman has been arrested for trying to gain access to President Barack Obama's official Twitter account, as well as other notable public figures.

Social networking gives you syphilis, says doctor

Northeastern England has seen a sharp rise in the number of cases of syphilis, and the local health boss reckons he knows why. Social networking.

Facebook users more loyal to news sites than Google users

Google's aggregated Google News site draws more traffic to news outlets than any other online source, but users who track news on Facebook are more likely to revisit those news sites.

Spanish researcher wants us all on her database

Look, we'd all like our jobs to be made a little easier. But some Spanish forensic anthropologists have a rather big request - the creation of a global database of everybody in the world.

Hacker brings 100 cars to a halt

Drivers in Austin, Texas thought their cars were possessed when their horns started honking in the middle of the night or their vehicles simply wouldn't start.

Luke Skywalker was first man on the moon, say kids

The Queen invented the telephone, and Isaac Newton discovered fire - according to British schoolchildren, anyway.

Artist builds giant Lego phone

New York artist Nathan Sawaya has built a five-foot-tall Blackberry Tour 9360 phone from Lego.

Sex sites go on sale

It's been described the most valuable internet domain name in the world, and it's coming up for auction in about ten days' time.

Americans watch nearly 200 online videos a month

If the latest Comscore report is any indication, the average Internet user who watches online video will soon view over 200 videos a month, or more than 6 each and every day. Nearly half of those come from YouTube.

Child directs flight traffic at JFK

When an air traffic controller's son had the day off school, he was brought to work - into the control tower at one of the busiest airports in the world. The FAA is now investigating.

Phew! UFOs aren't a military threat

We can all breathe easy: the British Ministry of Defence has decided that UFOs aren't dangerous.

Toto, I don't think we're in Topeka any more

In an extraordinary example of optimistic brown-nosing, Topeka, Kansas has changed its name to Google.

Home-made flying machine goes under the hammer

Would you pay $27,000 for a flying machine built using scooter parts and a barbecue gas bottle? Yes? Then you've still got time to place your bid.

Man charged with porn offences after Russian billboard hack

An elderly Russian driver reportedly had a heart attack at the wheel, after a prankster hacked into a mainframe to beam a porn film onto a giant billboard.

Give up your iPods for Lent, say bishops

A bunch of bishops are calling on people to give up technology for Lent.

Jobs relents and authorises biography

Steve Jobs hasn't been best pleased at previous efforts to write his biography. But, it seems, he's now found somebody worthy of the task.

Public votes to turn Barbie into a geek

Watch out, guys: in, ooh, about ten years time, you'll need to prepare for a female invasion.

Valentine's Day! Sunday! Must buy her crap.

That's right, idiot, two more days before you supplicate yourself at the altar of mawkish crappiness that is St. Valentine's Day. Why not buy it something that you can steal back for yourself later. List mania!

Norwegian frogmen ambush StreetView car

It's amazing the things you can see on StreetView. The Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower - and frogmen leaping out of lawn chairs.

Iran bans Gmail, forgets to turn Internets off

On the eve of the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, the Iranian regime is feeling the pinch from the Green Movement. Iran's large population of under 30s is as tech savvy as they come, and the authorities are doing everything they can to stop them from disrupting government backed festivities with their demonstrations.