Twitter joke lands man with £1,000 fine

A British man has been fined £1,000 for sending a tweet in which he joked about blowing up an airport.

Man escapes injury from knife-wielding robot

Showing extraordinary devotion to duty, a German researcher has offered his arm up to a robot with a kitchen knife in order to help develop better safety systems.

Man makes his own iPad MicroSIM - using a meat cleaver

Apple's decision to delay shipments of the iPad outside the US has caused a lot of frustration. While it's possible to order one from the US, there's not much point getting a 3G device unless you've got the MicroSIM to go with it.

Dating site helps Apple users find their perfect iPartner

A new dating site cashes in on the narcissism of some Apple fans by catering solely for them.

Parents' organisation catalogs iPhone porn

An outfit called the Parents Television Council has very helpfully compiled and published a list of pornographic iPhone apps.

Hugo Chavez gets 34,000 followers after a single tweet

It's pretty good going to get 34,369 Twitter followers (and counting) after a single tweet - and over 12,000 of those signed up to follow Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez before he'd even typed a word.

Verizon geezer rages against something unimportant

An outraged Verizon employee known as "Wade" recently announced that he was "drawing a line in the sand" against unqualified "criminals" masquerading as security researchers.

Skype gives stranded passengers free WiFi at 100,000+ hotspots

Better late than never, especially when it comes to free WiFi. And for the thousands of passengers who still can't get a flight back home, Skype's major announcement today is a very welcome surprise.

Splinter Cell stunt ends in tears

A PR stunt to promote Ubisoft's new Xbox title Splinter Cell: Conviction may end in a conviction of its own.

Hoodie pings your Facebook friends

For some reason, designers just won't give up on the idea of us wearing our technology. The idea might appeal to owners of garment and tech factories, perhaps, who could halve the number of exploited teenagers needed to produce the things.

British gamers bound for Hell

Thousands of British gamers no longer have an immortal soul - they've signed it over to games retailer GameStation in return for a few hours' play.

Millions of Mexican phones about to turn into bricks

Thirty million Mexicans could find their cellphones dead this weekend, thanks to a new law that forces phone owners to register their identities.

Teen sues mother over Facebook shenanigans

An Arkansas teenager says he never wants to see his mother again after she altered his Facebook page, and has accused her of harassment.

Twettle kettle tweets you when it boils

A British start-up is looking for a half-million-dollar investment to market its new invention - a kettle that tweets you to tell you when it's boiled.

White House optimizes Web site for iPad

In the week leading up to today's iPad launch, there was no shortage of announcements from companies, TV networks, and software publishers...but the most unexpected iPad announcement came from the White House.

Hall of Fame inductees include Post-It inventor

It's a tough call as to what's benefited mankind most - synthetic diamonds or Post-It notes. But the National Inventors' Hall of Fame has played it safe, and inducted the inventors of both.

YouTube gets refreshed

It's social media makeover week! Just a couple days ago, Twitter totally revamped its home page and now YouTube has completely rebuilt the design of its landing site and video playback interface.

Space toilet up for auction today

Fancy a spacesuit, cosmonaut headset or space toilet? At an auction in  Canada today, you can take your chance and bid.

Spies struggle to cope with computers

James Bond always seems to manage okay, but apparently Britain's other spies have a bit of a problem with technology.

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.