Microsoft Live goes live

As scheduled, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and chief technology officer Ray Ozzie unveiled beta versions of Windows Live and Office Live this morning. (Well, Office Live will appear as an invitation-only beta early next year.) According to Reuters: Windows Live and Office Live will give users much of the functionality […]

More on Real and Apple

Charles Cooper has written a lovely piece on News.com about the emailed bid by Real Networks to pal up with Apple. He writes: "After Jobs and his entourage had a good chuckle and a restful weekend, they promptly leaked the contents of the proposal to The New York Times. The […]

Sky by Broadband to offer film downloads

"Sky by Broadband will initially offer 200 films for download including recent hits such as Spiderman 2 and The Day After Tomorrow, as well as more than 1,000 video clips of sports news and highlights, including Premier League and Champions League football. A film would typically take an hour to […]

Darwinia wins three IGF awards

Introversion, a British indie games company, won three awards — including the Grand Prize — for Darwinia (and pocketed $25,000) at the Independent Games Festival, as Thomas Arundel notes in his GDC diary on our Games blog. He says; "I got a touch carried away, and vocalised a view on […]

Are consoles ready to take over

It’s been a time-honoured cliche that console manufacturers want to take over your entire living room. But finally – finally – it looks like some of those predictions might be fulfilled. This morning Virgin radio announced that it was going to be available via Wii and PS3, and we’ve just […]

BSkyB to challenge requests for customer information from ACS Law

BSkyB, one of the UK’s largest broadband providers, has said it will no longer cooperate with the requests of controversial solicitors’ firm ACS:Law and that it will challenge them in court, after around 8,000 of its customers had their personal information leaked online. The details – including credit card details […]

iTunes breaks 500m barrier

Out of the dark: Steve Jobs. Photograph: Susan Rangan/AP Steve Jobs was in typically ebullient mood as he announced that the iTunes music store had surpassed half a billion downloads – and announced the winning 500,000,000th downloader, who got a rather excessive 10 iPods, 10,000 free iTunes downloads and a […]

Zotob fails to make the charts

Netsky and Mytob topped last month’s Windows Virus charts, as expected.But commenting on the Sophos list, Silicon.com reports that "the high profile Zotob worm, however, which hit a number of media organisations including the Financial Times and The New York Times, failed to make its mark on the chart despite […]

Tesco offers free internet calls, says The Guardian (updated)

"Tesco will charge ?19.97 for a starter pack including a handset which when plugged into a computer will allow customers to call other users free of charge via the internet. The start-up pack sold by the retailer will include a ?5 airtime voucher which can be put towards the cost […]

Androids next billion, Pichai v Samsung, MonkeyParking acts up

A burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team Android and the next billion >> Tech.pinions Ben Bajarin: Developers make more money with iOS than Android (even though the installed base is larger). A large percentage of the current Android installed base is […]