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NSA spying on millions of Visa transactions

The NSA’s own financial databank contained over 180 million records in 2011, 84 percent credit card transactions<p>Der Spiegel on Sunday posted its latest revelations on NSA surveillance based on leaks from whistle-blower Edward Snowden. According to top-secret documents, the NSA "widely monitors …

AT&T will start taking Galaxy Gear pre-orders tomorrow

You can stop wondering when AT&T will let you plunk down cash for a Galaxy Gear: the carrier has just announced that it will start taking pre-orders for Samsung's smartwatch at 12:01AM ET tomorrow, September 17th.AT&T hasn't detailed pricing or a final release date, although Samsung has previously …

Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox counter-sues over failed North American expansion

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Mt. Gox, the largest exchange for trading the crypto-currency known as Bitcoin, is demanding its one-time partner CoinLab …

Dell mantra: one cloud, not even Amazon’s, doesn’t fit all

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Last week, after Michael Dell won his bid to take his company private, he talked about being an arms dealer to cloud providers.<p>…

How Intel will bring a “good enough” tablet to the US market by Christmas—for less than $100

Intel is about to do something that would have seemed crazy under previous CEOs: the company will start competing at the lowest end of the microprocessor market. This is a company that built its reputation, and its manufacturing infrastructure—hugely expensive and unique among makers of …

Google Analytics to Drop IE8 Support at the End of 2013

Google today announced that its Analytics service will stop supporting Internet Explorer 8 at the end of the year. As a result, Google Analytics users will only be able to use Microsoft’s browser if they are on IE9, IE10, or IE11.<p>This policy change only affects IE. The latest versions of Chrome, …

SlideIdea Adds Interactivity, Polls & Feedback To Boring Presentations

A small, Shanghai-based startup called SlideIdea made its official debut at TechCrunch Disrupt’s Startup Alley this past week, with a new take on presentation tools built for iPad first. Though this space is rife with competitors, including not only Apple’s own Keynote app, as well as Prezi, Haiku …

Hands-On With The botObjects ProDesk3D

After months of speculation and quite a bit of skepticism, we’re pleased to report that the ProDesk3D is real, it works, and it really does print in color. How, exactly, is still under question – we weren’t given direct access to the innards of the machine – but we saw it working with our own …

What Does It Feel Like To Be The CEO Of A Startup That Fails?

It feels as if you have just lost your child. You try to look back at it and can’t refrain from feeling sad about it, about the amount of passion you have invested that didn’t bear fruits, about the grand dreams that were trampled in a snap of a moment, about the convincing promises you made to …

Splunk Acquires BugSense, A Platform For Analyzing Mobile Data

Splunk has acquired BugSense, a mobile analytics platform used by developers to improve app performance and improve quality. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close during Splunk’s 2014 fiscal third quarter, which ends in October.<p>BugSense, founded in 2011, …

YouTube starts testing Chromecast support for third-party websites

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>YouTube (S GOOG) quietly started to add support for Chromecast to its embedded web player, allowing users of Google’s TV …

D.C. Navy Yard Shooter Had Ties to HP Contractor

The suspected gunman in the shooting incident at the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard that has left 12 people dead had worked for a contractor to …

Terrorists prefer Gmail, former CIA director says

Former Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Administration Director Michael Hayden defended the PRISM program to an adult education class, saying that "Gmail is the preferred Internet service provider of terrorists worldwide."<p>He made the comment during a speech on "the tension between …

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Why naming a startup funding round wrong could cost millions

While raising outside capital is not the only way to obtain financing for a startup, it seems to be the preferred method for new technologies where revenue or a business model is unclear. A common trend is emerging: more often than not, I hear that folks are raising their “seed round,” typically …

The future of video games in the military

Since the launch of <i>America's Army</i> in 2002, the military has drastically increased its use of games to attract new recruits, train soldiers and treat those returning from war.<p>Corey Mead, assistant professor of English at CUNY's Baruch College, and author of "War Play: Video Games and the Future of …

Smartphones and tablets harbour more germs than toilet seats

Smartphones, tablet computers and office keyboards are riddled with more dangerous bacteria than toilet seats, it is claimed.<p>Watchdogs said routine swab tests revealed "hazardous" levels of germs that can cause vomiting, diarrohea and even harbour infections such as e.coli.<p>Which? took swabs from 30 …

Facebook explains secrets of building hugely scalable sites

Facebook, which joined up with Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm, and Samsung to launch Internet.org a few weeks ago, has already produced something for the ostensibly public-minded initiative.<p>It has published a white paper detailing some of its secrets to success.<p>Internet.org launched on …

Samsung could launch Galaxy Gear 2 in January 2014

Reports from Korea suggest new version of the smartwatch is in development<p>Barely a fortnight has passed since Samsung launched its much-hyped Galaxy Gear smartwatch, yet already there are rumours of another model in the pipeline.<p>Korean news site Daum has reported that a second version of the watch …

Iran restores Twitter and Facebook filters after 'technical glitch'

Iranian authorities have restored blocks on Facebook and Twitter after a "technical glitch" briefly removed filters from the social networks overnight.<p>The semi-official Mehr news agency quoted Abdolsamad Khoramabadi, from the board overseeing the internet in Iran, as saying the removal of the …

Chinese Communist party intensifies online crackdown

An influential Communist party journal has compared online rumours to Cultural Revolution-style denunciations and warned of the need to curb "wanton defamation" of authority, as China intensifies its campaign to control social media.<p>It came as the Chinese state broadcaster aired video footage of …

Nix Is A Smartphone Colour Sensor & App That Lets You Scan & Save Favourite Shades

This embed is invalid<p>The army of Bluetooth-powered auxiliary hardware being built by hardware startups to extend the native capabilities of smartphones shows no signs of slowing its march. Meet Nix: a colour sensor that lets you scan an object and get its exact colour data signature sent to the …

How Advanced Modeling Of Data Centers Can Save Millions

VMware has made a fortune based on a simple premise. If you take the software running on 100 underutilized physical computers and put them in 100 virtual machines on 10 physical computers, you save a ton of money.<p>Of course you gain lots of other stuff from virtualization — flexibility, speed of …

Hightail buys adeptCloud to make file storage safer in the cloud

File storage company Hightail acquired security company adeptCloud today, continuing its quest to compete with major names in the cloud file-sharing industry.<p>Hightail was attracted to adeptCloud because of its existing focus on security. The company hopes to introduce its technology in a way that …

Google Knows The WiFi Passwords Of Every Android User: Report

Google might have access to WiFi passwords used by every single Android user, a new report suggests. That is a whole lot of WiFi passwords -- maybe most of them in the world.<p>“If an Android device (phone or tablet) has ever logged on to a particular Wi-Fi network, then Google probably knows the …

Amazon Instant Video for iOS now supports AirPlay

Amazon Instant Video customers can now AirPlay videos from their iPad or iPhone to an Apple TV. The update to the app, which lets Prime customers pick from an array of TV shows and movies free of charge, also offers improved recommendations, customer reviews, and deeper IMDB integration. Amazon …

Tech News & Analysis - Wall Street Journal

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MIT Researchers Unveil A New, Smarter Way To 3-D Print

Rising designers and MIT alums Marcelo Coelho and Skylar Tibbits introduce Hyperform, a way to print objects regardless of scale.<p>3-D printing has become the rallying cause for a rising generation of designers, engineers, and architects. There seems to be few limits to what the technology can do or …

ASUS' new PadFone Infinity unveiled with Snapdragon 800, microSD slot and design tweaks

Just as promised, today ASUS has made its new PadFone Infinity official in Taipei, and there are definitely no surprises in the specs. The main update here is obviously the 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 SoC, along with the addition of a microSD slot plus a secondary microphone for noise …

Chinese hacker group targeted Google and defense contractors, report claims

A Chinese hacker group called "Hidden Lynx" has been behind six different attack campaigns since 2011, according to a new report released this morning by security firm Symantec. Lynx is speculated to have between 50 and 100 active members at any given time, with two distinct teams split between …