How one clumsy ship cut off the web for 75 million people

A flotilla of ships may have been dispatched to reinstate the broken submarine cable that has left the Middle East and India struggling to communicate with the rest of the world, but it took just one vessel to inflict the damage that brought down the internet for millions. Read more …

File-sharing suffers major defeat

The US Supreme Court has ruled that file-sharing companies are to blame for what users do with their software. The surprise ruling could start a legal assault on the creators of file-sharing networks such as Grokster and Morpheus. Read more …

Google troubled by Microsoft move

Google has said it finds Microsoft’s $44.6bn (£22.65bn) bid to buy rival Yahoo “troubling” and wants regulators to scrutinise the proposed deal. In a blog, Google said the tie-up could unfairly limit the ability of consumers to freely access competitors’ email and instant messaging services. Read more …

US and UK refuse to sign UN’s communications treaty

The US, Canada, Australia and UK have refused to sign an international communications treaty at an conference in Dubai. The countries had objected to calls for all states to have equal rights to the governance of the internet. Read more …

Anonymous attacks MIT websites after death of internet activist Aaron Swartz

Hacktivist group Anonymous has attacked the Massachusetts Institute of Technology websites and posted a memorial to Aaron Swartz, following accusations the college had contributed to the free information activist’s suicide on Friday. Read more …