IBM touts "real-world" sim for urban woes

IBM has introduced a "serious game" designed to help companies solve their "real-world" business, environmental and logistical problems.

Class-action suit launched over HP's takeover of Palm

They can move fast when it suits them, lawyers, and a Pennsylvania firm has already launched a class action lawsuit against the directors of Palm over its proposed acquisition by HP.

HP to buy struggling Palm for big smartphone push

HP has knocked some pretty wide-ranging speculation on the head and announced that it is to buy Palm for $5.70 per share, or around $1.2 billion.

Google acquires Web gadget firm Labpixies

The latest company in Google's portfolio comes all the way from Tel Aviv. The online search giant has picked up Israel-based Labpixies for a reported $25 million.

Senators call on Facebook to reverse privacy changes

Four senators are calling on Facebook to recosider its decision to reveal users' personal information to third party websites - information that they were previously able to keep private.

Techie convicted of locking up SF city network

A former network administrator has been convicted of hijacking San Francisco's computer network and refusing to tell his bosses the passwords.

Hi-tech industry cuts a quarter-million jobs

The US' hi-tech industry cut nearly 250,000 jobs last year, after rour years of growth in a row.

Microsoft says Android phones infringe its patents

Microsoft has laid claim to aspects of Google's Android operating system, signing a patent deal with cellphone maker HTC.

Apple vs. Gizmodo: Was the 1984 ad a prediction of the Apple to come?

There are times I admire Apple and there are times when I wonder if the folks there have lost their collective minds.

Police raid Gizmodo reporter's home over lost iPhone prototype

Joseph McCarthy may be long dead, but his Cold War era scare tactics - namely fear and intimidation - seem to be alive and well in the sunny State of California.

Sex ads give Craigslist $36 million?

Sex ads on Craigslist provide about a third of the company's revenue, which will bring in $36 million to the simplistic online bulletin board. That's a problem for at least one attorney general.

Facebook privacy policy under fire by US Senator

US Senator Charles "Chuck" Schumer has harshly criticized Facebook's recent decision to share private information with third-party websites.

Supreme Court to consider California's under-eighteens games ban

The Supreme Court has agreed to reevaluate whether playing violent games is a constitutional right of the under-eighteens.

The end of an era: Sony officially kills floppy disks

Who uses 3.5-inch floppy disks anymore? No one. So it is a mainly symbolic announcement that Sony will no longer be producing the disks in Japan, officially putting the last death knell on the format.

Twitter buys another mobile start-up, Cloudhopper

Twitter is starting to go on a mobile acquisition binge, as for the second time in one month it has bought out a start-up developer that specializes in mobile messaging.

Israelites celebrate! Ban on iPads lifted

Claiming that it has competing a security investigation on the ramifications of iPads inside the country, Israel will no longer confiscate the device from citizens who have "smuggled" one in.

Feds watched porn as Wall Street collapsed

There are apparently three constants in the lives of modern men and women: death, taxes and porn. Well, hopefully not in that order.

Skype slams mobile operators for being greedy

Skype's European director of government and regulatory affairs Jean-Jacques Sahel has hit out at mobile operators for jeopardising net neutrality through greed.

Downfall film producer explains Hitler parody crackdown

The company that produced Downfall, the movie that led to the legendary "Hitler finds out..." Internet meme, has explained why after all these years it finally pulled down the successful YouTube parody videos.

Google acquires enigmatic hardware company

Google has reportedly acquired an engimatic San Jose-based startup staffed by former Apple and P.A. Semi employees.