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NSA Allegedly Spies On International Credit Card Transactions

Germany’s Der Spiegel newspaper – increasingly joining the NSA revelations train – reports today that the intelligence agency is interested in international credit card transactions and may have found a way to monitor payments processed by companies including Visa. Spiegel alleges it has even set …

Google's New Moto X ad mercilessly mocks iPhone 5C

Apple's sudden lurch into colorful personalization is surely the target of the latest Moto X ad.<p>I was standing in line at Starbucks this morning, when I saw that the lady in front of me had a white iPhone.<p>Surrounding it, though, was a bright blue casing with strawberries all over it.<p>Naturally, I …

Herd of Fluorescent Green Bunnies Born

Build-a-Phone Workshop: my first encounter with Moto Maker and a customized Moto X

Turns out 18 is a lot of choices.<p>As one of the first people allowed into Motorola's Moto Maker program, I had a chance to design the phone I always wanted, to order a phone made by Motorola but designed by me. This was my Jony Ive moment. I was ready.<p>The Moto Maker tool itself is beautifully …

BlackBerry CEO Gets A $56 Million 'Double Trigger' Payoff If He Sells The Company

But what is interesting about Heins' termination payout is how drastically it changed between 2012 and this year. Back in 2012, Heins would have gotten up to ~$21 million in a "double trigger" payout if the company had been acquired (a "change of control," in boardroom lingo) and he had been …

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App Store monopoly case dismissed by judge, can still be refiled

Back in 2011, a group of consumers filed a lawsuit stating Apple’s App Store is a monopoly since it is the only software marketplace available for the iPhone. That suit has now been dismissed by the overseeing U.S. District Judge, according to Bloomberg. However, the dismissal was only due to the …

Printer concept trades your bulky inkjet for a Stack of paper

Few people have set out to reinvent desktop printers (at least in ways that don't involve shrinking them). But Mugi Yamamoto has a fresh take on how the office mainstays should work; he's trading the bulk of conventional units for a compact device that sits atop a pile of paper and "eats" its way …

Elon Musk Is Dead Wrong About The Cost Of The Hyperloop: In Reality It Would Be $100 Billion

That seems absurdly cheap for the most ambitious public transport infrastructure investment since the national highway system.<p>But the New York Times did us all a favor by calculating the true cost of the Hyperloop: It's going to be ~$100 billion.<p>The Hyperloop is a pressurized tube system in which …

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Dark-Matter Hunt Appears to Be Zeroing In on a Leading Contender

Pity the poor physicist searching for dark matter, the exotic substance that accounts for roughly one-quarter of all the stuff in the cosmos, yet …