Life and Style 'Angry Birds' and other mobile game users are reportedly leaving their personal information open to secret harvesting by government spies

Metadata from iPhone and Android apps can leak data about the phone's model, age of users, gender and location

Scott Ritter: Trial begins for anti-war hero shamed by sex sting

Scott Ritter, the former UN weapons inspector who strived to put the brakes on the 2003 invasion of Iraq by loudly disputing claims by Washington and London that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, was in court in Pennsylvania last night on charges of soliciting sex with a minor over the internet.

Cyberclinic: 'Do the right thing' isn't a very sexy message

A new advertising campaign has been described (albeit by the people behind it) as "emotionally explosive". The kind of ads that make my emotions explode usually feature people battling valiantly with cancer, but this is different. Here we have footage of people sitting on comfy chairs while watching or listening to some pre-recorded entertainment, and being moved to laugh hysterically or weep unashamedly. The message is simple: these moments are worth a bit of cash. If a film has made you blub, a TV show has made you laugh or a piece of music has made you flail around wildly, the people responsible deserve some money. So cough up rather than grab it online for free.

The site that answers life's big questions

If academic journals, with their annotated footnotes, bibliographies and peer review checks, are the F1 cars of the information world, the internet can often seem like an old banger.

AOL may explore merger with Yahoo

AOL is believed to be actively exploring a break-up of the company in a complicated series of transactions that may lead to a merger with rival internet giant Yahoo.

Ruck and Maul: Varsity teams want to fly the flag for last year's men

The 129th Varsity Match at Twickenham next Thursday will be the 14th since the RFU ended the ancient practice of the previous year's captains running touch, or acting as assistant referees as it would be called today. The two sides would like the tradition restored but it will not happen this year. Ian Minto, the general manager of Cambridge University RUFC, told Ruck and Maul: "There's been a lot of talk about the match as one of the last great amateur bastions, people were looking back fondly and we mentioned it in a meeting with Oxford a few weeks ago. We're both in favour, we are just not sure where to take it." So when Andrew Small becomes the first New Zealander to referee the match in its 138-year history (albeit as an employee of Twickenham in his fourth season as a professional whistler in England) he will have RFU colleagues as his assistants with the flags. But there's a nice touch on the touchline, as they will be father and son Andrew and Luke Pearce.

Stephen Foley: How to respond to AOL and Yahoo deal talk

US Outlook: There is only one proper response to the idea that Yahoo! could be target of a buyout by private equity, and that is: LOL.

Private equity firms sound out rivals over potential takeover of Yahoo

A number of private equity firms have contacted internet and media companies such as News Corp and AOL to gauge their interest in buying out Yahoo. The news comes as Yahoo, the second largest search engine in the United States behind Google, struggles to revive its revenue growth under its chief executive, Carol Bartz, and to regenerate its buzz among consumers amid competition from social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Dom Joly: Calm down, Hastings. I don't give in to pier pressure

More hassle on Twitter last week. I think I'm going to have to discontinue my account soon, as I seem to offend somebody every time I put finger to key. An early rule that I learned was never to drunk-tweet. I'm always a little too honest after a couple of bottles of wine, and keen to take on every troll online. The problem is that I can never remember this important rule after a couple of bottles of wine... it's like Tweet 22.

Yahoo Japan to switch to Google search engine

Yahoo Japan, Japan's largest Internet portal operator, said today it will adopt Google's search engine instead of teaming up with Microsoft like partner Yahoo Inc.

Foursquare prefers more venture capital to Yahoo takeover talks

Foursquare, one of the hottest start-ups in the New York technology scene, is close to raising money to expand its social networking business, which allows users to share their location with friends.

Websites to face anti-Islam checks

Pakistan will start monitoring seven major websites, including Google, Yahoo and Amazon, for sacrilegious content, while blocking links to 17 lesser-known sites it deems offensive to Muslims, including pages within YouTube.

Yahoo signs Beckham as brand ambassador

Yahoo said it signed British soccer star David Beckham as a brand ambassador ahead of the World Cup tournament in a move to draw more users to the online media company's products.

Hazlitt is given top advertising job at ITV

The new chief executive of ITV, Adam Crozier, has made his second key appointment, hiring the former chief executive of the radio group GCap.

Stephen Foley: Yahoo: the tragedy of an ageing web giant in denial about its relevance

US Outlook: Yahoo is a tragedy unfolding in real time. That's not news. The more interesting question is whether Carol Bartz, the company's chief executive, is a tragic figure.

What is Yahoo? Bartz spells it out in four-letter words

The chief executive of Yahoo has launched a four-letter tirade against an interviewer after being challenged over whether she had a clear vision for the company. Carol Bartz, who took over the internet giant at the start of last year, lashed out by saying: “I don’t want to hear any crap about something magical that the fine people of Yahoo are supposed to do in a short period of time.”

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