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PayPal and GoDaddy respond to Twitter hacking controversy, sidestep blame

Naoki Hiroshima recently published a distressing account of how he lost his desirable @N Twitter username to a hacker. But part of his story accuses PayPal of giving the last four numbers of Hiroshima's credit card to the perpetrator. "I called PayPal and used some very simple engineering tactics …

Markets Are Mostly Higher

Japan's Nikkei and Korea's Kospi are both up 0.22%.<p>U.S. futures were all pointing significantly higher, with Dow futures up ... 0.22%!<p>The one hold-out is Australia, where the S&P/ASX 200 is down 0.72%.<p>We just got Korean manufacturing PMI, which improved to 50.4 from 50.2.

Thanksgiving shopping becomes social, but spending down

Corrections and clarifications: The last name of Mikael Thygesen, chief marketing officer for Simon Property Group, was misspelled Dec. 1.<p>Thanksgiving night shopping looked like a new family tradition this year as stores opened earlier and consumers took advantage of the extra time to spread out …

A College Kid Made More Than $24,000 Yesterday Just By Waving This Sign On ESPN

A college student quickly made over $24,000 just by waving this sign on TV.<p>Here's the deal: Yesterday on ESPN's "College GameDay" (an ESPN college football show that's filmed at a different college campus each week) some student held the above sign that has both the Bitcoin logo and a QR code.<p>A QR …

Amazon Readies Cyber Monday Xbox One Game Deals, PS4 Titles MIA

Amazon had some good offerings on Black Friday a few days ago, but they’re gearing up for round two of game sales for Cyber Monday. Starting at 3AM EST December 2nd, they’re cracking off new sales of recent games including some next-gen titles, which were left off most Black Friday sales …

Cambridge's leading tech startups

Jing Zhang (1), director of operations,<br>and Roger Coulston (2) CSO<br>Aqdot<p><b>Company launched: 2012</b><p><b>What it does</b> Aqdot has developed and patented new technology for creating microcapsules filled with a range of active ingredients.<p>These ingredients can then be released, under control – a technique that can …

Intel, HP prepare for the end of days -- Windows XP's, that is

Intel and Hewlett-Packard are giddy about the prospects for the demise of an operating system that won't die.<p>As the sun sets on support for Windows XP nears, Hewlett-Packard and Intel executives say they're looking to new horizons.<p>In case you've been living under a rock, support for Windows XP ends …

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Microsoft Should Be Worried About Google’s Chromebooks

Just ahead of the holiday shopping season, Microsoft ramped up its FUD machine and launched the next phase of its infamous anti-Google Scroogled campaign last week. This time, the company is targeting Chromebooks, Google’s cheap ChromeOS-based, web-centric laptops. Why is Microsoft worried about …

Sold To Telefonica For $207M In 2009, Now-Neglected VoIP Provider Jajah Is Shutting Down

Chalk up another casualty in the consolidation of Internet voice services. Nearly four years to the day after getting acquired by Telefonica for $207 million, VoIP provider Jajah has announced that it is shutting down, effective January 31, 2014. Registered users of Jajah.com (its web-based service …

Sentient code: An inside look at Stephen Wolfram’s utterly new, insanely ambitious computational paradigm

In 2002 Stephen Wolfram released <i>A New Kind of Science</i> and immediately unleashed a firestorm of wonder, controversy, and criticism as the British-born scientist, programmer, and entrepreneur overturned conventional ideas on how to pursue knowledge. Earlier this month, he teased something with the …

CyanogenMod arrives in Google Play store with one-click installer for your Android phone

Two months after raising $7 million to build a better version of Android, CyanogenMod has released a one-click installer to put its custom firmware on your Android device. Installation requires the phone to be tethered to a Windows PC via a USB cable. A companion PC app will be released later today …

How crazy would it be for Facebook to buy Blackberry?

Apparently BlackBerry has been hawking its wares to cash-heavy Facebook.<p>The WSJ reports (paywall) that BlackBerry executives flew out to California last week to meet with the top brass at Menlo Park. The timing of the meeting falls squarely within BlackBerry’s courting period. And there are reasons …

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Second Google barge sighted: What could they be?

Not one but two secret floating barges have now been tied to Google, but what could they be?<p>In the past week, the Mountain View, Calif., tech giant was linked to a company that has leased out a hangar in the middle of San Francisco Bay where it is building a mysterious structure behind tight …

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HP hopes to make internet more sustainable with three new Moonshot servers

You don't think about it while flipping through your Instagram feed, but your social escapades generate a lot of heat. "We now have to decide if we want to position data centers near the arctic circle to take advantage of cooling," joked HP's Martin Fink, CTO and Director of HP Labs during …

Top Reviewers On Amazon Get Tons Of Free Stuff

You're on Amazon.com. You're buying, say, a toaster, and you're checking out the customer reviews. You assume the people writing these reviews are people like you — people who wanted a toaster, went online and bought one. As it turns out, a lot of reviews on Amazon are written by people who are …

This is the world’s first Bitcoin ATM

Want a coffee? Now you can pay in Bitcoin.<p>The world’s first Bitcoin ATM is opening for business this morning at a coffee shop in Vancouver, Canada. You can now buy, sell, and trade Bitcoin at a real, physical machine, depositing cash and checks for Bitcoin.<p>“This is progress … we’re bridging the gap …

Get To Page One In Google And Showcase Your Brand

According to Forrester Research, your videos are much more likely than your text pages to get a coveted page-1 slot in Google. In fact, your videos can have a 50 times better chance of appearing on the first page than any given text page in the index. There aren’t a lot of marketing strategies that …

Visual.ly Expands Marketplace For Design Resources To Include Video, Motion Graphics And Presentations

In a business world increasingly ruled by computer algorithms, you might not guess that one of the biggest pain points for organizations large and small has nothing to do with computer code. It has to do with communication—particularly, visual communication of complex ideas.<p>There is a sellers’ …

Samsung's curved display is no gimmick, says researcher

The Galaxy Round's curved display has an appreciable impact on display quality, says DisplayMate Technologies.<p>The curved display on Samsung's Galaxy Round offers distinct advantages in reducing reflections and the high glossiness of flat displays, according to a report out Tuesday.<p>"There is …

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5 Social Media Metrics that your Business Should Track

This post is brought to you by Simply Measured.<p>Publishing content on the Internet generates reams (or, rather, spreadsheets) of data. Creators like you have access to unprecedented information about how your content is received and acted upon.<p>As data gets bigger, more ubiquitous, and more social, …

The Snowden files: why the British public should be worried about GCHQ

In August, the editor of the Guardian rang me up and asked if I would spend a week in New York, reading the GCHQ files whose UK copy the Guardian was forced to destroy. His suggestion was that it might be worthwhile to look at the material not from a perspective of making news but from that of a …