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'If you monkey with a system that’s supposed to provide global connectivity, it’s very easy to make mistakes'

Virtual solution to a data dilemma

How to upgrade IT systems without wasting time or money on any unnecessary features

Lopez clinches second title in Johannesburg

Feliciano Lopez was crowned SA Tennis Open champion yesterday in Montecasino after a comfortable straight-sets victory over first-time ATP Tour finalist Stéphane Robert.

'Climate emails hacked by spies'

Interception bore hallmarks of foreign intelligence agency, says expert

Oracle ties up Sun Microsystems purchase

Oracle said that its $7.4 billion (£4.5 billion) purchase of Sun Microsystems has been completed.

Cloud computing goes green underground in Finland

In the chill of a massive cave beneath an orthodox Christian cathedral, a city power firm is preparing what it thinks will be the greenest data center on the planet.

Red faces at Microsoft as server failure turns smartphone dumb

Not so smart after all. Microsoft and T-Mobile executives have been humiliated by their Sidekick smartphone, which first lost internet access and then deleted its customers' numbers, photos and other important data.

Games Review: Aion

A worthy challenger to World of Warcraft crown

Online Monopoly goes back to square one

Having fixed many of the server capacity issues that plagued Monopoly City Streets' launch last week, Hasbro has announced that it will reset the game to bring several bug fixes and improvements into play.

Online Monopoly off to a shaky start

Massive multiplayer online games, previously the domain of hard core gamer geeks and role playing nerds, could finally go mainstream if the astonishing uptake of Monopoly City Streets is anything to go by.

Google says sorry for major Gmail crash

Google has apologised after its Gmail service was knocked offline for 100 minutes, affecting the majority of its 150 million users.

Apple's Snow Leopard in the wild this week

Apple 's latest operating system software, Snow Leopard, will go on sale worldwide this Friday.

Three men 'stole 130 million credit card details'

Prosecutors in the United States said yesterday that they had filed charges against three men for hacking into the computer systems of major American retail and financial organisations and stealing data from 130 million credit and debit cards in the biggest such case of electronic identify theft ever seen.

Leading article: A serious cyber threat

There is little doubt that the co-ordinated online attack targeted at a Georgian blogger last week – which had the effect of temporarily bringing down Facebook, Twitter and LiveJournal – was politically motivated. Rather more uncertainty, though, surrounds the contention of the blogger in question that the Kremlin was responsible for the disruption.

Drawing up battle lines – art gallery takes on Wikipedia

The appearance of some of the world's most famous portraits on a website could create a legal landmark

Cyber attack PCs go under the microscope

South Korean police are analysing a sample of the tens of thousands of infected computers used to crash websites in South Korea and the United States, but conceded that they may not lead to the culprit.

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas