Microsoft Offers Windows 8 Release Preview as an Upgrade

Microsoft Offers Windows 8 Release Preview as an Upgrade

The worst-kept secret in Microsoft’s history may well lead to a surprise anyway. This afternoon, the company made available a program that prompts curious Windows users to download the latest Windows 8 Release Preview – the final preview before general release expected later this year. But Windows 7 users who run this little jewel will be…

White House Strangles SOPA, Citing Censorship, Security Concerns

White House Strangles SOPA, Citing Censorship, Security Concerns

In a statement on behalf of the Obama administration this morning, a trio of senior officials including the nation’s Chief Technology Officer made clear that any anti-piracy legislation passing the President’s desk would not create risks of censorship, nor would it condone any alterations to the Internet’s domain name system that could invite…

Lamar Smith Countermoves, Will Remove Court Order Provision from SOPA

Lamar Smith Countermoves, Will Remove Court Order Provision from SOPA

In a move that could enable some form of anti-piracy legislation to pass this Congressional term, Rep. Lamar Smith (R – Texas), principal author of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), said this evening he will make adjustments in the bill to coincide with changes advised by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D – Vt.) yesterday to the Senate counterpart bill…

Leahy Recommends Setting Aside Controversial PIPA Court Provision

Leahy Recommends Setting Aside Controversial PIPA Court Provision

In a statement from his office Thursday evening, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D – Vt.), who co-authored the current version of the PROTECT-IP bill (also known as PIPA) along with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R – Utah), said he is now willing to set aside the most controversial aspect of the anti-piracy legislation currently under discussion. Sen. Leahy now says…

Gmail Goes Down [Breaking]

Gmail Goes Down [Breaking]

Well, something is wrong with Gmail. Around 11:29 a.m. Pacific time, users started reporting a Gmail outage for both regular Gmail and Google Apps customers. Some users are reporting intermittent access or partial loading, but the disruption is still taking place as of 10 minutes later.

Update 11:45 a.m.: Many users are reporting that service…

CmdrTaco Steps Down as Editor-in-Chief of Slashdot

CmdrTaco Steps Down as Editor-in-Chief of Slashdot

Rob “CmdrTaco” Malda has announced his resignation as editor-in-chief of Slashdot after 14 years and over 15,000 stories posted. In his farewell post, Malda cites “dramatic” changes to the Internet since Slashdot’s inception. “For me,” writes Malda, “the Slashdot of today is fused to the Slashdot of the past. This makes it really hard to…

London Police to Arrest Tweeting Looters

London Police to Arrest Tweeting Looters

London’s Metropolitan police told reporters they were delving into Twitter and other social media as part of their investigation into looting. For the past four days, many parts of London, centering on Tottenham, have erupted in fire and looting. Started as a response to the alleged shooting of a protestor, Mark Duggan, it seems to have taken a…

CIA.gov Possibly Down, LulzSec Claims Responsibility

CIA.gov Possibly Down, LulzSec Claims Responsibility

CIA.gov, the public website of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, seems to be down for some people. Some ReadWriteWeb writers could not get it to load, though some could.

LulzSec, the group who prosecuted an attack against the U.S. Senate website are taking responsibility.

Google Payments: What it Means, to You & to the Payments Industry

Google Payments: What it Means, to You & to the Payments Industry

Google’s long-rumored near field communications mobile payment system is officially on its way, the company announced today at a press conference in New York City.

Google announced both Google Wallet and Offers today, which give users the ability to process payments through smartphone via NFC. Google Wallet will first be available for Nexus S…

Almost 1 Month Later, Sony Playstation Network Coming Back On Line

Almost 1 Month Later, Sony Playstation Network Coming Back On Line

Sony has flipped the switch to bring its Playstation Network back on line, after a lengthy, three-week outage. Sony Corporation Executive Deputy President Kazuo Hirai said that services would be brought back online in phases, and that first phase was underway.

Hirai said that this would include sign-in for the Playstation Network and the Qriocity…

Skynet Has Gone Live: Everything is Fine

Skynet Has Gone Live: Everything is Fine

Cyberdyne Systems’ global defense network, Skynet, went live yesterday. Some experts expect it to go cuckoo bananas tomorrow and kill all humans. Those experts have been derided by many of their peers as Luddites. We here at ReadWriteWeb are sure that everything will be fine.

IBM’s Watson, known affectionately by his late human handlers as…

Bahraini Blogger Dies in Custody

Bahraini Blogger Dies in Custody

Bahraini blogger Zakariya Rashid Hassan al-Ashiri died Saturday while in custody of the country’s security services.

According to Al Jazeera, the official statement said that al-Ashiri was “held since the second of this month on charges of inciting hatred against the regime and the promotion of sectarian” and his death was a result of “sickle…

ReadWriteWeb Announces Major Investment

ReadWriteWeb Announces Major Investment

ReadWriteWeb’s founder, Richard “Chuy” MacManus, announced this morning that the publication has accepted its first major investment. The infusion of cash, to the tune of $14 million, came from OZJ Investments, a subsidiary of Ozark Jimmy’s Global Enterprises Holding Company. OZJ CTO and Spokesman, Carlos Canulas, explained some of the changes…

Samsung Laptops – Now With Secret Keyloggers? (UPDATED)

Samsung Laptops – Now With Secret Keyloggers? (UPDATED)

UPDATED BELOW.

In Network World’s Security Strategies Alert newsletter, Mohamed Hassan details his discovery of StarLogger keyloggers on several different Samsung laptops.

Keyloggers record every keystroke on a computer’s keyboard and email them to a recipient. This keylogger was hidden and pre-loaded on the computers he tested, making it a…

Netflix to Distribute Original Programming?

Netflix to Distribute Original Programming?

Netflix is in “advanced talks” to distribute an original series starring Kevin Spacey, according to the Wall Street Journal.

If Netflix pulls it off, they will be the first channel of distribution for the show. It will stream through their service. It will no doubt become yet another strain on traditional television.

Total Shutdown of Internet in Libya – Again

Total Shutdown of Internet in Libya – Again

On February 18 the Libyan Internet appeared shut down across the whole of the country. That state of affairs did not last long and since then, the Internet has been intermittent as pro- and anti-government forces fight it out.

Today, however, Rensys confirmed a report we mentioned from journalist Lisa Goldman that the Internet is 100% down for…