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Noon News: Virgin Media Website Hit by Anonymous, Howard Carter Doodled, Nevada Licenses Google's Self Driving Car

Virgin Media saw its website downed by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack launched by Anonymous yesterday. The attack started at 5pm and the site was offline for about an hour, with the motive being the service provider's block on The Pirate Bay website.

Google's latest doodle pays tribute to the famous archaeologist Howard Carter. Carter was born on this day in 1874, in London, and trained to be an artist like his father. He first went to Egypt at the age of 17, in order to sketch artifacts, and he worked as an artist on various projects throughout the 1890s before being appointed chief inspector of the Egyptian Antiquities Service in 1899.

Usually quite the helpful source when it comes to co-operating with legal requests for users' data, Twitter appears to have done a 180 - and instead of complying with a recent court order, it decided to oppose it. Prosecutors in New York are seeking to gain access to the Twitter account of an Occupy Wall Street protestor, but the microblogging service counteracted this request by filing a motion on Monday that would quash the court order.

Google has gotten the official seal of approval from the state of Nevada, to take to the road in its driverless cars. Google's self-driving car has been a project the company has long been working on, with a motor vehicle already having covered 140,000 test miles in California, including a trip across the Golden Gate bridge.

It's not been a good week for Yahoo!, following revelations that its CEO falsified his credentials. But just when the company didn't think it could get any worse, it looks like someone was telling porky pies too - the director responsible for vetting Scott Thompson's qualifications, Patti Hart. Understandably, this hasn't made her too popular with the Sunnyvale camp, with Hart planning to resign from the board in light of Thompson's alleged qualifications.