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'I'll put porn on Wal-Mart website' threat from cybersquatter, Wal-Mart claims

A cybersquatter who took control of the WalMart-USA website has said he will put pornographic movies on the site if Wal-Mart does not buy it from him, Wal-Mart's lawyers have claimed. US-based Wal-Mart is the world's largest retailer, with more than 6400 stores worldwide.

Panasonic 'covered up' poisoning at battery factory, report claims

Panasonic hid evidence that workers were poisoned at a battery factory, a report in a Chinese newspaper claims. Even pregnant women were not warned they might have been exposed to high levels of Cadmium, a potentially lethal heavy metal, the report alleges, quoting a manager who says he was laid off when he threatened to turn whistleblower.

NTT tests 'airship' search interface

Updated May 24: NTT goo search tests new interfacesJapanese telecoms giant, NTT, is demonstrating new research into a variety of innovative and quirky internet search interfaces, including one in which the user 'navigates' an airship through a sky filled with search results.

iPhone: Who's the real manufacturer? (It isn't Apple)

Who makes the iPhone? If you answered 'Apple', you're wrong. The iPhone is a global effort. Tens of thousands of people at more than 30 companies on 3 continents work together to make Apple's first phone possible.

Apple, of course, designs the product, and also created the single most important 'component' – the software that gives the iPhone its unique personality.

Scientists build artificial immune system

Scientists in Japan have created a key component of an artificial immune system that they say functions as well as the body's natural defences against infection. In animal tests, the scientists were able to create an artificial lymph node that hosted disease-fighting cells, they report in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Eidos kills journalist firing discussions

kane and lynch concept art from eidos and io interactive Games publisher Eidos has deleted hundreds of user complaints from its forums following claims that a journalist was fired for his negative review of its new game, Kane and Lynch. “There will be no further discussion”, an Eidos forum administrator bluntly warned visitors, describing the complaints, some of which were abusive, as “ugly spam”.

Cheats beating Alexa rankings with Trojan, researchers believe

Trojan horse software is being used to artificially boost websites' positions on Alexa.com, the leading internet traffic measurement chart, security researchers suspect. The covertly-installed software first installs Alexa's traffic monitoring toolbar on the victim's PC, and then forces the victim's web browser to visit several websites, thereby increasing their ranking in Alexa's statistics, according to FaceTime Security Labs.

Profit drives flood of Chinese malware

New malware attacks are emerging from China almost daily, as malicious hackers discover increasingly sophisticated methods of generating profit from viruses and trojans, security professionals say.

Based on past cyclic behavior, researchers at US-based FaceTime Communications believe attacks will rise to a peak during the next two months, before falling off slightly during the summer. The company did not offer an explanation for the origin of these cycles, although other researchers have linked the quieter periods to university and high school vacation times.

3 Terabyte hard drive possible with new technology?

Fujitsu hard disk driveJapanese hard drive maker Fujitsu has developed new technology that will increase the storage capacity of hard disk drives by up to 6 times, according to reports published in Japan today.

The company has released few details of the discovery, which greatly enhances the ability of a drive's read head to resolve data encoded magnetically on the disk surface. it is expected to reach the market within two years, according to the reports.

128GB solid state hard drive price 'below $1000 this year'

128 gigabyte hard disk drives with no moving parts will be priced below $1000 before the end of this year, says the manufacturer of one of the first solid state drives (SSDs) to hit the market. The flash memory-based drives have numerous advantages over traditional rotating disk drives, including higher speed and much greater reliability, as well as reduced weight, power consumption and temperature.