Teenager used Facebook for sex blackmail

A Wisconsin teenager is facing 15 years in jail after being convicted of using Facebook to blackmail dozens of classmates into sex.

Ouch! Yelp faces class action lawsuit

Business review site Yelp may be feeling a little hangdog. After being accused last year of offering to take down bad reviews in return for advertising, it's facing a class action lawsuit over its alleged practices.

Google responsible for video content, court rules

Three senior Google execs have been convicted by an Italian court of invading privacy, after a video of a schoolboy with Down's Syndrome was posted online.

Amazon signs Kindle patent deal with Microsoft

Amazon has agreed a cross-licensing deal with Microsoft over its Kindle e-reader and use of Linux-based servers.

Report: Apple purged over 5,000 'overtly sexual' apps

A third-party application developer known as ChilliFresh claims that Apple has purged more than 5,000 "inappropriate" programs from its iPhone app store.

Google: All your electricity belongs to us

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved Google's request to buy and sell electricity.

US and EU approve Microsoft-Yahoo mega search deal

The US and EU have approved a mega search deal - without restrictions - between Microsoft and Yahoo.

ITC to probe Apple, RIM over patent violation

The US International Trade Commission has said it will investigate Apple and RIM  for patent violation, following a complaint from Kodak.

Florist convicted of hijacking Google Maps

A New Zealand florist found a good way of steering customers away from her competitors - she just altered their listings on Google Maps.

Poor typing nets Google $500 million a year

Google could be making as much as $500 million a year from users' dodgy spelling.

FTC urged to investigate Google over Buzz snafu

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over Google's controversial Buzz launch.

Judge says students can slate teachers online

Guess what? It's your legal right to bitch about your teacher on Facebook, and the school can't do a thing to stop you.

Nvidia exec arrested after 'bomb threat'

An Nvidia marketing director was hauled off a plane and chucked in jail last week after allegedly joking that he had a bomb.

FBI wants to track your phone

The US government is pushing to be allowed access to people's cellphone records to help fight crime.

EU tipped to approve Microsoft/Yahoo search deal

The EU is expected to approve Microsoft's search deal with Yahoo this week.

MySpace CEO quits after less than a year

He probably hardly had time to update his profile, but MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta is to leave the company after less than a year in the job.

YouTube filters offensive content

YouTube has introduced an optional "Safety Mode" filter designed to help users screen out potentially objectionable content.

Technology forces career change on burglars

It's a common complaint that new technology has drastically altered many job descriptions.

PayPal leaves Indian customers in the lurch

PayPal is blocking personal payments to and from India, in a sudden move which has left many without access to funds.

Chip spies arrested in South Korea

Just what we need in the boring old chip industry, a John LeCarre style tale of corporate espionage, intrigue and sex.