Former Google lawyer Michelle Lee to run US patent office

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Google's former top patent lawyer has been put in charge of America's patent and trademark office (USPTO).
Ms Lee worked as Google's top patent attorney until June 2012

Copycat ransomware demands cash to unscramble files

Malicious programs that demand a ransom to restore files that they have encrypted are starting to proliferate.
Cryptolocker's sophisticated use of encryption has made it hard to defeat

Amazon's Jeff Bezos loses Nasa launch pad protest

A space company run by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has lost a protest over Nasa's plans to lease out a launch pad.
The space shuttle Atlantis was launched from the pad that Blue Origin is looking to use

Southampton University supercomputer goes live

A £3.2m supercomputer, one of the most powerful in the UK, has been installed at the University of Southampton.
The supercomputer will allow academics to work on more projects at faster speeds

Twitter backtracks on blocking changes

Friday, December 13, 2013

Twitter has reversed changes it made to how people block other users, less than a day after they were introduced.
There have been concerns over the rise in the number of cases of trolling on Twitter

Bots now 'account for 61% of web traffic'

If you are visiting this page the chances are that you are not a human, at least according to research.
The study suggests humans only account for 38.5% of internet traffic

Instagram adds direct messaging to take on rivals

Photo and video sharing app Instagram has added direct messaging to its service in a nod to the success of rivals such as Whatsapp and Snapchat.
Messages can be sent, privately, to up to 15 recipients at once
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