Three US websites have opted to pay out £70,000 to settle charges for child privacy violations. The companies have been accused of collecting commercial data without proper permission from the children's parents.
The companies in question are GirlsLife, BigMailbox and InsideTheWeb, and are the first cases after a federal law was recently passed to protect the privacy of web users under 13.
One company, GirlsLife.com, is denying the charges and claiming that it settled out of court to avoid litigation.
IBM in trouble for graffiti campaign
IBM managed to land itself in trouble with the San Francisco authorities after a night out painting the town red - literally. The company carried out a graffiti campaign on the streets and walls of San Francisco, spray painting advertisements for its Linux range of servers.
The designs ran along a theme of 'peace, love and Linux' and featured Tux the Linux penguin. But the city authorities were not impressed. "They're in violation of a city ordinance," said one official.
But IBM was adamant that the signs were painted in bio-degradable chalk and "will be removed the next time it rains". Apparently it rained on Wednesday night and the penguins are still there today.
Egg to break even
Online banking service Egg claims it is on track to break even in the last quarter of this year. The spin-off of financial services firm Prudential reports on lower losses and greater customer growth so far this year.
The company announced pre-tax losses shrinking back to £36.3m from £38.3m last year, translating as a 3.4p loss per share, down 17 per cent on the fourth quarter 2000. The company reckons it will break even during the final quarter.
Surfing more, working less
Office workers are spending up to three hours a week surfing the internet for their own pleasure in work time. A survey carried out by Webatwork has found that these employees may will risk disciplinary action if they get caught.
The survey also found that UK companies were more likely to take action on time wasters. Generally employees have internet access for work reasons, but 44 per cent admit using it for "personal interests".
Although 73 per cent of companies reckoned it is was acceptable to surf the web at work during breaks, only 50 per cent felt it was acceptable to use the net before or after official hours.
Anyway. enough of that. Time to go get some MP3s...
Finding refutes many earlier studies that suggest that galaxies don't have much dark matter at the time of their birth
Boris the robot outed as man in rented robot suit
Mission will provide vital data about the performance of rocket, spacecraft, autonomous docking system and the landing system
The flight will take off from California's Mojave Air and Space Port and could happen as soon as 13th December