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Bitcoin miners don't have to register with the US government

The US Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued guidance earlier this year outlining how virtual currencies like Bitcoin should be regulated. According to the guidelines as originally interpreted, both companies and individuals trading in the cryptocurrency would …

‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Breaking Bad’ were the most pirated TV shows of 2013

• Game of Thrones (HBO) — 5.9 million downloads<br>• Breaking Bad (AMC) — 4.2<br>• The Walking Dead (AMC) — 3.6<br>• The Big Bang Theory (CBS) — 3.4<br>• Dexter (Showtime) — 3.1<br>• How I Met Your Mother (CBS) — 3.0<br>• Suits (USA) — 2.6<br>• Homeland (Showtime) — 2.4<br>• Vikings (History) — 2.3<br>• Arrow (CW) — 2.2

U.S. Christmas Day Shoppers Bought More on iOS Than Android

If you purchased something from a mobile device on Christmas Day, chances are that device was an iPhone or an iPad.So says IBM, whose latest Digital …

Free online Android programming course starting next month

An online university will start a free online Android programming course next month, offering interested applicants the first notions needed to create apps for smartphones and tablets running Google’s mobile operating system.<p>Spotted by a <i>reddit</i> user, the eight-week long course offered by the …

A Look Back At How The Content Industry Almost Killed Blockbuster And Netflix (And The VCR)

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Derek Khanna is a technology policy consultant and columnist. He previously worked for the House Republican Study Committee where he authored their report on copyright reform. He</i> <i>spearheaded the national campaign on cellphone unlocking that resulted in proposed legislation to legalize</i> …

Startup Hackathon In Kiev Today Hopes To Build Tools For Euromaidan Protest

Earlier this year I attended Startup AddVenture 2013 in Kiev. Normally tech startup conferences consist of speeches, pitches, panels and networking events. This time, however, there was an added element – major social upheaval just around the corner. [<b>UPDATE</b>: See update below].<p>In nearby …

Target confirms encrypted debit PIN data was stolen during hack

Target has confirmed that encrypted debit card PIN data was stolen as part of the massive hack carried out against the retailer between late November and early December. The company previously admitted that card numbers and expiration dates were compromised in the attack that affected 40 million …

Paul Graham Proves Sexism in Tech Is Still a Problem

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Once again, Y Combinator cofounder Paul Graham's mouth has landed him in hot water. The loose-lipped …

Roku player software cracked open temporarily, root now to run XBMC later

Roku's line of set-top boxes have been popular thanks to their simple controls, large set of available apps (recently expanded to include YouTube for the new Roku 3) and hardware ranging in price from inexpensive to downright cheap. Still, despite an active and encouraged developer community with …

OK, Glass: Show me what's next for Google

December 2014 is a year away. Barring unforeseen complications, Google Glass will have gone public by then and just might have forever altered its maker in the process.<p>The story of how Glass could change Google begins back on June 27, 2012. Sergey Brin and his cohorts, in what we now know is …

GTA Online starts pushing user-created missions, mobile updates arrive for San Andreas and Chinatown Wars

Ready for a slew of <i>Grand Theft Auto</i> updates? We sure hope so. First up, developer Rockstar Games has put its stamp of approval on ten of the <i>GTA Online</i> community's million-plus custom-match submissions. Because these races and deathmatches -- including a NASCAR-style circuit atop a skyscraper and a …

Supply pinch dogs Microsoft's Surface tablets

A dearth of Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 tablets has persisted during the holiday shopping season, though that situation may finally be easing a bit.<p>Are the new Surface tablets flying off the shelves or just not reaching the shelves? That's not clear because Microsoft doesn't provide sales numbers, …

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BlackBerry calls off 'Live' conference, cancels two low-cost phones

On Friday, BlackBerry delivered its Q3 financial report, and the numbers weren't pretty. But lost inside all that data was yet another worrying development: BlackBerry's current predicament has forced the company to abandon work on two unreleased smartphones. Citing its own sources, <i>The Wall Street</i> …

Microsoft plans massive new data center in Quincy, Wash., paying $11M for 200 acres

Microsoft has reached a deal to buy another 200 acres of land in Quincy, Wash. which it plans to use as a home for a new, massive data center. The …

iPhone, Nokia & Blackberry: one chart that tells a story of divergent fortunes

Graphic by Rani Molla<p>In 2007, when the iPhone launched, some of us believed that it was going to change the phone business forever. Nokia (s NOK) and …

Cryptolocker ransomware has 'infected about 250,000 PCs'

<b>A virulent form of ransomware has now infected about quarter of a million Windows computers, according to a report by security researchers.</b><p>Cryptolocker scrambles users' data and then demands a fee to unencrypt it alongside a countdown clock.<p>Dell Secureworks said that the US and UK had been worst …

Smart Cards Could Have Protected Target Shoppers From Identity Thieves

After thieves hijacked credit and debit card data belonging to 40 million Target shoppers, many blamed the retail giant for putting them at risk of identity theft.<p>But some experts are also pointing to a less visible culprit: the credit card industry. Card issuers might not have been able to prevent …

Samsung Phone Studied for Possible Security Gap

The security platform for Samsung Electronics Co.’s best-selling Galaxy S4 smartphone suffers from a vulnerability that could allow malicious …