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Mary-Ann Russon


Mary-Ann Russon is Computerworld and Techworld’s Content Manager and occasional reporter, blogger and designer, responsible for making sure the site is full of the latest and greatest technology news from around the world. A self-confessed geekette, Mary-Ann was formerly Editor of Asian MobileNews and has written for The Straits Times, TotalFilm and FiRST – Asia’s Premier Movie Magazine. She believes in unicorns and would one day like to sail away on a pirate ship with Jack Sparrow.

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HP acquisitions - The good, the bad and the ugly

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Twitter users told to change passwords over widespread security breach

Twitter has suffered a widespread security breach that has prevented some users from accessing their accounts. read more »

Alan Turing - Codebreaking, computing and bigotry

Alan Turing is celebrated in a new exhibition at the Science Museum in London to mark the 100th anniversary of the computing pioneer's birth. read more »

Microsoft Surface tablet - The new Windows 8 device in pictures

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UK government offers PC with a year's broadband for £159

For £159, the Get Online @ Home scheme offers customers a refurbished Windows 7 desktop PC with a 15-inch monitor, keyboard, mouse, CD drive and USB ports, as well as a 1-year broadband contract with TalkTalk that comes with a monthly 40GB usage allowance and a telephone line with free evening and weekend calls to UK landlines. read more »

Apple's iWallet will use Bluetooth rather than NFC, says analyst

Retail industry analyst Pablo Saez Gil of ResearchFarm is convinced that Apple's iWallet digital wallet will use Bluetooth 4.0, eliminating the need for Near Field Communication (NFC). read more »

Anonymous hater claims responsibility for Pirate Bay DDoS attack

A hacker who claims to hate both Anonymous and notorious file-sharing website The Pirate Bay has claimed responsibility for the DDoS attack that the bittorent website has been suffering for the last 24 hours. read more »

Judge rules that UK ISPs must block Pirate Bay

UK internet service providers (ISPs) must now block access to popular Swedish BitTorrent file-sharing website The Pirate Bay, following a ruling by High Court judge Mr Justice Arnold. read more »

Anonymous threatening to kill Internet over SOPA, Lulzsec

Hacker group Anonymous has been threatening since February to "shut the Internet down" by launching a Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDOS) on Saturday (31 March). The attack will target the world’s 13 DNS servers so that Internet users will be unable to perform domain name lookups , thus temporarily disabling the Internet. read more »

Tesco Direct sells iPad 3 for £50, website crashes after online tip-off

Tesco is selling the new iPad (nicknamed the "iPad 3") for just £49.99, according a product entry on the Tesco Direct website, which crashed just half an hour after our development team spotted it in a post on the Liverpool FC forums. read more »

Channel 4 to launch 4Seven catch-up TV channel based on Twitter, Facebook popularity

Channel 4 is to launch a new catch-up TV channel that will give viewers the opportunity to catch up on the most popular content they have missed in the past seven days, without having to access online catch-up services. read more »

Europe and US warn of possible HFT clampdown

Lawmakers and regulators in both Europe and the US are proposing a potential clampdown on high frequency trading. read more »

MP Tom Watson caught out by interns Twitter hijack

Labour MP Tom Watson is the trending topic this afternoon on Twitter, after having had his account @tom_watson hijacked by a parliamentary intern while he was away from his desk in a meeting. read more »

WHSmith take on Kindle Fire with Kobo Touch ereaders

WHSmith are moving their business away from real high street books and will sell two ebook readers from next week, in partnership with Canadian retailer Kobo. read more »

Who's suing who in the IT industry

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Amazon UK releases keyboard-less Kindle for just £89

In conjunction with the long-awaited launch of Amazon’s first tablet computer, the Amazon Kindle Fire in the US, comes the release of new Kindles, the Amazon Kindle (£89), the Amazon Kindle Keyboard (£109) and the Amazon Kindle Keyboard 3G (£149). read more »

Ofcom frees BT customers from rollover contracts

Telecommunications regulator Ofcom has banned automatically renewable contracts (ARCs), which approximately 15 percent of UK consumers are thought to be locked into. read more »

Divided we stand, united we fall: HP splits webOS team

Hewlett-Packard has informed its webOS Global Business Unit (GBU) employees that it will be split in two immediately, according to two leaked memos obtained by read more »

Back to black - Spotify on track for first profit

Leading multi-platform music-streaming app Spotify has finally turned its luck around and will likely report its first profit when it publishes the 2010 results later this year, according to industry expert Martin Scott at Analysys Mason. read more »

The best Apple ads during the Steve Jobs age

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