Text messaging set to rocket next year

More than seven trillion SMS messages will be sent next year, according to ABI Research.

Hacktivism set to take off next year

Even the smallest companies need to beware of 'pervasive and continuous' cybersabotage if they have any involvement with national security, McAfee Labs is warning.

Synthetic biology gets green light from bioethics commission

The Presidential Commission on Bioethics has decided that there's no need to halt research in the controversial field of synthetic biology, and that no new regulations are necessary.

EU report warns of cellphone botnet danger

Smartphones could soon be used to launch distributed botnet attacks, a new EU security report warns.

EU must work harder to hit broadband targets

European governments are in danger of missing their targets for fast broadband penetration, despite the fact that the number of 10Mbps connections has almost doubled in the last year, says an EU report.

Half the world's spam comes from just 50 ISPs

Just 50 ISPs are responsible for the bulk of the world's spam, a new study shows, bringing hope that it might be a little easier than expected to wipe out some of the world's most prolific botnets.

Spectrum crunch likely to be worse than expected

There'll be a further, massive shortage of spectrum in coming years if more isn't made available, the FCC has warned.

Biodiversity isn't priceless at all, says UN

Presumably recognising that most people are motivated more by money than by beauty, a UN report has attempted to put a price on biodiversity. 

Two billion people to be online this year

A third of the world's population will be online by the end of the year, according to a report from the International Telecommunications Union.

Canada and US pay most for cellphone plans

The US is amongst the most expensive countries on the world for cellphone service, a study from a non-profit public policy institute has found.

Botnets claim more than two million US PCs

Microsoft's latest Security Intelligence Report indicates that the US is the biggest home for botnets in the world.

Copenhagen climate accord won't do the job, say scientists

The Copenhagen Accord is so full of holes that even if countries stick to their targets there could still be a 4.2-degree rise in temperature by 2100, says a new report.

Biometric recognition systems inherently fallible, says NRC

Biometric systems - designed to automatically recognize individuals through characteristics such as fingerprints, voice or face recognition - are all flawed, says the National Research Council.

Report criticizes leaders of UN climate change panel

A long-awaited report into the Intergovernmetal Panel on Climate Change has concluded that the panel, which manages research into climate change, needs changes at the top.

FCC needs closer eye on wireless competition, says report

The four biggest cellular providers may end up dominating the market and making excessive profits because of FCC policies, says the Government Accountability Office.

Users still want an iPhone 4 - just not from AT&T

Verizon could be set for a boost, to say the least, with a new survey suggesting that nearly a third of US cellphone subscribers would switch to the carrier if it started offering the iPhone.

Report calls for new telescope to search for alien planets

The National Research Council is calling for an infrared space telescope as the top priority for NASA astrophysicists over the next ten years.

Tablets fail to impact smartphone sales

Worldwide smartphone sales have soared over the last quarter as prices have fallen.

Climate change 'undeniable', says government report

The last decade has been the warmest on record, and there's now conclusive evidence that the world is getting hotter, according to a major study from the NOAA.

US government unprepared for cyberattacks, says report

The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team isn't, er, ready for emergencies, according to an audit by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).