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Zynga sued for alleged patent infringement

Zynga has been sued in a federal district court in Delaware for allegedly infringing on two patents obtained in the 1990's by Agincourt Gaming.

Written by John P. Mello Jr.18 Aug. 11 06:47

Firefox 6: 4 reasons to upgrade

Mozilla has more than a thousand changes under the hood of the latest version of Firefox, but only few provide worthwhile reasons for upgrading to the newest release of the browser.

Written by John P. Mello Jr.18 Aug. 11 05:01

Study: Companies lose millions from missing memory sticks

While data breaches by hackers get headlines, another form of data leakage can be very damaging to a company's bottom line, too. Most notably, that is sensitive data lost on the USB memory sticks.

Written by John P. Mello Jr.10 Aug. 11 01:51

BlackBerry Blog hacked for helping police quell riots

Hackers defaced the official Blackberry Blog today in retaliation for Research In Motion's pledge to assist police "in any way we can" in their efforts to quell the riots in London in recent days.

Written by John P. Mello Jr.10 Aug. 11 03:47

Seagate offers data recovery with hard drive purchase

Hard drive crashes are a nightmare for computer users for many reasons. Not only can data held dear to one's heart be lost, but trying to recover it can cost an arm and a leg, if not more. Hard drive maker Seagate attempts to address both those problems with the release today of its GoFlex Turbo drive with SafetyNet data recovery services.

Written by John P. Mello Jr.09 Aug. 11 03:43

Hackers use frequent flyer miles as currency

Unsatisfied with stealing bank account information from their victims, cybercriminals steal frequent flyer miles, too. The miles are used as currency among some of the miscreants, according to a report released today by the malware fighters at the Kaspersky Lab.

Written by John P. Mello Jr.09 Aug. 11 00:06

McAfee warns of massive 5-Year hacking plot

Every company in every conceivable industry is compromised by hackers - or will be­ shortly - according to a report from McAfee, a major maker of cybersecurity software.

Written by John P. Mello Jr.04 Aug. 11 02:59

Cybercrime fight costing companies more this year

Cybercrime cost corporations 56 percent more this year than last, according to an annual study from the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by ArcSight, an HP company.

Written by John P. Mello Jr.03 Aug. 11 01:56

Firefox 'Do Not Track' ready for download now

Adventuresome Firefox users who can't wait to try out the "do not track" feature can do so now by grabbing a "nightly build" of the browser. Nightly builds are for testing purposes only, Mozilla warns, and aren't as stable as beta releases.

Written by John P. Mello Jr.01 Feb. 11 08:43

Netflix rates broadband providers by bandwidth

Have you wondered how your Internet Service Provider stacks up against the competition when it comes to delivering streaming video to your home? It seems Netflix has been wondering, too, so today it launched what will be a monthly feature at its tech blog comparing average bit rate speeds of major ISPs in the United States and Canada.

Written by John P. Mello Jr.28 Jan. 11 11:20

iPhone safer from hackers than Android

Android-based smartphones are more vulnerable to attacks by hackers and electronic viruses than the iPhone, according to the chairman of the world's largest provider of security software for corporate servers.

Written by John P. Mello Jr.13 Jan. 11 06:03

U.S. still top spammer, report says

At the end of 2010, the United States remained on top of the "Dirty Dozen" list of spam relaying nations compiled by IT security firm Sophos.

Written by John P. Mello Jr.12 Jan. 11 09:51

Facebook makes new profiles mandatory

Whether you like Facebook's new profile feature or not, you're going to have to use it from now on.

Written by John P. Mello Jr.11 Jan. 11 09:46