Stories by Nancy Weil

10 IT-related predictions for 2011

We were wrong -- so far -- that Carol Bartz would be ousted as Yahoo CEO by the end of this year, but we were right that Apple's tablet, whose name wasn't known at the end of last year, would be huge. OK, so that second one was probably a given, but not all of our 2010 predictions were so easy. We think the same is true with our 2011 predictions.

TJX hacker sentenced to consecutive 20-year terms

Hacker mastermind Albert Gonzalez was sentenced Thursday in US District Court to two concurrent 20-year stints in prison for his role in what prosecutors called the "unparalleled" theft of millions of credit card numbers from major US retailers.

The quotes of 2009

As the year draws to a close, we thought about the memorable quotes related to IT and offer, in no particular order, 15 that stuck with us.

Human error caused Google search bug

Human error caused a glitch that returned the message "this site may harm your computer" for all Google search results for about an hour Saturday morning, the company said.

Jobs says he has 'hormone imbalance'

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has a hormone imbalance that is causing him to lose weight, he said in a letter posted Monday morning at the company's Web site in an attempt to squelch rumors about his health.

Conscious computing debated at MIT anniversary event

The question of whether machines will be capable of human intelligence is ultimately a matter for philosophers to take up and not something scientists can answer, an inventor and a computer scientist agreed during a debate late last month at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Kumar erased evidence from his hard drive, US says

The U.S. government will present evidence at the upcoming trial of Sanjay Kumar that the former chief executive officer of CA erased from his laptop computer potential evidence related to the accounting fraud case against him and the company, according to a court document filed earlier this month.

Toshiba to acquire Westinghouse for US$5.4 billion

Toshiba is buying Westinghouse, the power plant division of British Nuclear Fuels, for US$5.4 billion (NZ$7.9 billion) in a deal that will significantly expand Toshiba's nuclear systems business, the Japanese company announces.

Worm targets Linux systems

A worm that affects Linux systems and spreads by exploiting web server-related vulnerabilities has been reported by antivirus companies, but so far Linux. Plupii, which is also known as Lupper, hasn’t spread much and isn’t seen as much of a threat.

Report: Google to offer instant messaging

Google Inc. is poised to add yet another product to its lineup, offering an instant messaging service called Google Talk, the Los Angeles Times newspaper reported Tuesday, citing unnamed sources.