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China bans use of Microsoft's Windows 8 on government computers

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has banned government use of Windows 8, Microsoft Corp’s latest operating system, a blow to a U.S. technology company that has long struggled with sales in the country.<p>A Microsoft Surface tablet is seen during the launch of Microsoft Windows 8 operating system in Hong Kong …

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Comcast confirms plan to shed nearly 4M cable customers

Comcast(s cmcsa), the country’s largest cable company, announced Monday that it will divest 3.9 million subscribers to regional cable operator …

The NYPD Learned A Very Valuable Lesson About Asking The Internet To Use A Twitter Hashtag

A request for pictures of members of the New York Police Department went horribly wrong. WARNING: This post contains graphic photos of alleged police brutality.

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Microsoft makes MS-DOS and Word for Windows source code public

Microsoft believes the children are our future, and to prove it, it's teamed up with the Computer History Museum to make source code available for two groundbreaking programs: MS-DOS and Word for Windows. In a blog post that outlined the deal, Roy Levin, managing director of Microsoft Research, …

IRS Rules Bitcoin Is Property, Not Currency

The IRS has officially stated that bitcoin is a property – similar to any other valuable commodity – rather than a currency. What does this mean? Not much. In short, if you pay someone in bitcoin – in the same way you could pay them in gold – the wages are taxed accordingly. It is also not …

Silicon Valley Can’t Keep Up With Korea’s Financial Revolution

<i>Jon Norris is a writer for TransferWise who splits his time between the U.S. and the U.K. This post originally appeared on the TransferWise blog and has been republished with permission.</i><p>Until a few years ago, South Korea was promoted by its Tourism Board as “Land of the Morning Calm”. While the …

Artificial Intelligence startup Vicarious grabs $40M from Zuckerberg, Musk, Kutcher, & others

Vicarious, a company that produces artificial-intelligence technology, has closed a fresh $40 million round of funding today that includes a handful of notable investors like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Tesla founder Elon Musk, and actor/investor Ashton Kutcher.<p>Vicarious’ tech focuses on …

Turkey’s Twitter ban backfires: Tweets up 138%, VPN usage up, topic trends

After banning Twitter last night, the actions of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan have failed spectacularly.<p>Immediately following Turkey’s ban, Twitter issued an SMS workaround. Then, “#TwitterisblockedinTurkey” became a globally trending topic on Twitter. Into the night, usage of …

California to get its first Bitcoin ATM Thursday

If new tech doesn’t start in Silicon Valley, it doesn’t take long for it to show up there. Now Bay Area Bitcoin enthusiasts will have a chance to …

NSA system designed to attack 'millions' of computers -- report

Through an operation called Turbine, the NSA crafted an automated system designed to hack "millions" of computers, new documents from Edward Snowden's leaks on government surveillance reveal.<p>According to documents published by The Intercept on Wedesday, Turbine created "implants" that let it gain …

Marvell launches a hardware platform for web developers

Marvell is joining the rush of chip firms with their own hardware platform aimed at helping developers with its Kinoma products. The Kinoma products …

FreedomPop launches smartphone that’s invisible to the NSA

FreedomPop is launching a new black smartphone today. Not only black as in color, but black as in invisible to spying.<p>The Privacy Phone, built on a Samsung Galaxy II smartphone, uses bank-quality 128-bit encryption for voice calls and text messages (your calls now have the same protection as J.P. …

This lecture is the one primer you need on NSA surveillance technology

We know that the NSA has been monitoring millions of calls made in the United States. But what are they doing with that data? And how do they analyze …

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