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Ubisoft has halted sales of PC video games from its online store after hackers discovered a way to download titles without paying.
It has confirmed an unreleased game - Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon - was among the software copied from the servers running the firm's Uplay service.
The breach was discovered after a video clip showing in-game footage was posted to YouTube.
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Technology giant Apple is perceived as less "inspiring" than it was three years ago, a brand survey suggests.
The findings will heighten concerns among shareholders who have seen about $230bn wiped off Apple's stock market value since September 2012.
Smartphone rival Samsung is now seen as equally "inspiring" in the US, says the survey by consultancy Added Value (AV).
AV is part of Sir Martin Sorrell's marketing group WPP, whose clients include Samsung, Google and eBay.
Analysts fear Apple may have lost its way since its visionary co-founder, Steve Jobs, died in October 2011.
Following some of the recent "issues" with the launch and initial performance with SimCity... the kind people at Electronic Arts (EA), will be giving away a free game!
If you have been inconvenienced following the purchase of the game, you maybe entitled to something extra
More than 10 million people thought to have accounts with Electronic Arts's (EA) Origin game store are at risk from a hack attack that swaps games for malicious code, researchers say.
In lab experiments, the researchers exploited a loophole in the way Origin handles links to games users have downloaded and installed to make it run code that compromised a target machine.
There is no evidence the loophole has yet been used by malicious hackers.
EA is investigating the vulnerability.
Players who buy and register the latest version of SimCity before 26 March can choose a free game from a selection offered by Electronic Arts.
The free games, available as digital downloads, include recent releases Mass Effect 3, Plants vs Zombies and Bejeweled 3.
The move follows connection problems and glitches caused by EA's decision to make SimCity an online-only game.
Earlier EA admitted that the game was originally going to be single player.
However those proposals were shelved early in the development of the latest version.
About 50% of all junk mail on the net emerges from just 20 internet service providers (ISPs), a study has found.
The survey of more than 42,000 ISPs tried to map the net's "bad neighbourhoods" to help pinpoint sources of malicious mail.
The survey by a researcher in Holland found that, in many cases, ISPs specialise in particular threats such as spam and phishing.
SimCity has almost been turned into a single-player game by an enterprising hacker.
By modifying the game's code, the hacker has made it possible to play the game offline almost indefinitely.
The feat sits at odds with assertions by Electronic Arts (EA) that the game requires a permanent online link.
EA said the "always on" requirement contributed to big problems at launch as it tried to keep different players' cities co-ordinated.
Soon after SimCity was launched on 5 March, many people reported that they were having to wait up to 30 minutes or more to play the game.
Others reported sluggish performance and others bugs as they played. EA said these problems occurred because many aspects of the game were shared and the sheer number of people trying to play overwhelmed servers.
The average speed of home broadband is now 12Mbps (megabits per second), according to research from regulator Ofcom.
That has risen by a third since its last report in May 2012 and trebled in the past four years.
Increasingly consumers are upgrading their broadband packages to super-fast services of 30Mbps or above.
The increasing appetite for online video and more devices per household were driving the changes, Ofcom said.
Microsoft has blamed an overheating data centre for a 16-hour shutdown of its Outlook and Hotmail systems.
In a blog post, it said a "rapid and substantial temperature spike" had caused a large number of servers to stop working.
The temperature rise had been due to a firmware update failure, wrote Arthur de Haan, Microsoft vice president.
Microsoft is in the process of migrating millions of Hotmail users to the new Outlook.com service
Google is to shut down its Reader service in July, as usage has declined.
A petition to save the service, which aggregates news content from web feeds, had 25,000 signatures in a few hours.
Experts say shutting Reader is part of Google's plan to migrate more people to its social media service, Google+.
Samsung is set to launch a device in its flagship premium smartphone range, expected to be named the Galaxy S4.
It follows the S3, a handset that has sold more than 40 million units. The Galaxy handsets are seen as the closest competitor to Apple's iPhone.
Analysts predict software that tracks where users are looking and automatically scrolls down the page as it is read, without it being touched.
There is also expected to be a souped-up camera and processor
Electronics Arts has apologised for the shambolic launch of the latest version of town-planning title SimCity.
Gamers have reported long queues to play, bugs and other glitches since SimCity launched on 5 March.
The company said the way it had set up the launch had been "dumb" and that it "really feels bad" about the way gamers had suffered.
As compensation, all those who bought SimCity will be offered a free Electronics Arts PC game this month.
Since the game launched, the online computers that co-ordinate play have been regularly overwhelmed.
Ongoing problems with the latest version of SimCity led Amazon to briefly stop selling the game.
The web retailer stopped sales late on 7 March as players reported continued problems with the city building title.
The latest version of SimCity was launched on 5 March and, like many current games, demands players stay online as they play.
EA has also taken steps to fix login delays by turning off some features to lighten the load on game servers.
South Korean phone-maker Samsung has lost another patent fight against rival Apple, in the UK High Court.
Samsung had said technology used in Apple products to allow phones to send and receive data over 3G networks infringed three of its patents.
The case comes a week after Galaxy smartphone manufacturer failed to secure an iPhone ban in Japan.
Samsung has pursued a number of claims against Apple in courts worldwide, but has won only a minority of the cases.
It said in a statement it was disappointed by the court's decision and would consider whether to file an appeal.
Freezing an Android phone can help reveal its confidential contents, German security researchers have found.
The team froze phones for an hour as a way to get around the encryption system that protects the data on a phone by scrambling it.
Google introduced the data scrambling system with the version of Android known as Ice Cream Sandwich.
The attack allowed the researchers to get at contact lists, browsing histories and photos.
After a 10-year hiatus and more than 23 years of inspiring and entertaining gamers, the king of city builders is back! Electronic Arts Inc today announced that SimCity is now available on PC at retail stores across North America and for digital download via Origin. Winner of 26 PC best of show awards in 2012 and lauded in over 50 Most Anticipated of 2013 lists, the beloved city-building simulator is back with the series creators at Maxis
Samsung has failed to secure a iPhone ban in Japan in its latest patent fight with Apple.
The Galaxy smartphone maker had claimed Apple had infringed the rights to one of its 3G technologies.
The South Korean firm has pursued dozens of claims against its rival in courts across the globe, but has only succeeded in a minority of the cases.
It coincides with news that Samsung's lawyers are being aided in a separate case by a former London-based judge.
At the Court of Appeal last year Sir Robin Jacob and two other judges reviewed an earlier ruling which had ordered Apple to publish a notice in UK newspapers and on its website saying that Samsung had not infringed its design rights.
The panel upheld the original judgement and then later supported Samsung's follow-up complaint that the way Apple phrased its notice was "misleading", instructing the firm to rewrite it.
Sony has unveiled what it says is the thinnest tablet computer of its kind.
The Android-powered Xperia Z is 0.27in (6.9mm)-thick. That is 0.01in thinner than Apple's iPad Mini despite featuring a bigger 10.1in screen.
It coincides with news that LG is releasing a 5in handset - the Optimus G Pro - making it the latest to offer the so-called "phablet" form factor.
Both devices have only been confirmed for release in Japan, but more details are expected next month.