4. Psychedelic drugs just a click away online: Ever wondered about the Web sites that sell psychedelic drugs (or claim that is what they are selling) and if their goods are for real? Well, they have wondered over at PC World and decided to find out, buying 19 "supposedly" psychoactive substances online and then asking researchers to test the goods. Most of the substances, it turns out, really could give you a buzz, but some of them could make you sick or even kill you.
5. New IT salary survey strikes hopeful notes during recession and Surprise! Tech is a safe career choice today: Here's a little high for IT professionals that will not do any harm -- researcher Computer Economics predicts that IT salaries will go up this year! (We are not generally fond of exclamation points, but given the weeks of horrid financial news we could not resist.) The increase will not be huge, but at this point we will take what good money news we can get. A couple of other reports due out Monday say that IT security staffs and their salaries are holding steady.
6. Top 10 spam-friendly registrars named and shamed: Spam-figher KnujOn identified the 10 domain-name registrars it has most linked to spam and other bad behavior, and, surprisingly, Network Solutions and GoDaddy's sibling company Wild West made the list.
7. Congress approves U.S. digital TV transition delay to June and DTV delay receives mixed reactions: Congress approved a delay in the transition of U.S. TV stations, and households, to digital television, which prompted an assortment of reactions.
8. FBI warns of money mule scams: If you get an e-mail solicitation that you can work at home and not do too much and earn a lot of money, odds are it is a scam, the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned. Although at this juncture in Internet time some of us must wonder why such a warning would be necessary, the FBI has been receiving complaints from people who fell for the scams and became victims.
9. Microsoft smartphone rumors gain steam: Rumors are swirling again that Microsoft is going to announce a smartphone, possibly at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in a couple of weeks. Undoubtedly, there are not yet enough smartphones to choose from.
10. Human error caused Google search bug and Is Google too powerful for our own good?: This technically happened last week, but on Saturday after we had put last week's Top 10 to bed (to pull an old journalism phrase out of the dustbin). For about an hour Saturday morning Eastern Time, Google search users found every single search result labeled "this site may harm your computer." Google initially said "human error" by someone at StopBadware.org caused the glitch, but it turned out it was a googler's human error. In fact, the error caused a denial of service attack on StopBadware's site when untold thousands (millions?) of would-be searchers clicked on the warning links and got redirected to the organization's site. Ouch.