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It's 2014 And Our Passwords Aren't Getting Better

2013 was a wildly visible year for cyber security and online privacy. There were, of course, the monumental NSA and Snowden revelations, but 2013 was also a year in which tech companies like Adobe, Google, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn all fell victim to some for of cyberattack. Large scale news …

Cybersecurity

Bitcoin Foundation vice chair arrested for money laundering

A senior figure in the Bitcoin Foundation, which lobbies on behalf of the digital currency has been arrested for conspiracy to commit money laundering and “knowingly contributing” to anonymous drug sales.<p>Prosecutors announced on Monday that Charlie Shrem, the organisation's vice chairman, was …

eBay turns in strong 4Q, rebuffs Icahn's PayPal spinoff plan

eBay's fourth-quarter earnings were better than expected, courtesy of mobile volume, PayPal, and solid marketplace results, but the company's outlook for the first quarter was light. The company also detailed that investor Carl Icahn wants a PayPal spinoff.<p>The e-commerce company reported …

Where Bitcoin boosters are getting it wrong

In a recent New York Times Dealbook post, venture capitalist Marc Andreessen argued that Bitcoin is here to stay because it provides a payment system better than the one we have now, particularly for online merchants and international transfers. He likened Bitcoin to other disruptive technologies …

TigerDirect Starts Accepting Bitcoin

TigerDirect today announced it has started accepting Bitcoin as a method of payment on over 200,000 products via both its desktop and mobile websites. The company claimed it is the first major US electronics retailer and the largest company to date to accept the digital currency.<p>Overstock.com …

Google's ready to give away over $2.7 million to folks that hack Chrome OS successfully

But not if you hack from the comfort of your own home. Instead, you'll have to travel to the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver this March to showcase your skills at Google's Pwnium 4 competition. For those who aren't familiar, Google's been holding these Pwnium contests for years as a …

WSJ: Apple to release two bigger iPhones, abandon plastic iPhone 5c design

The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> is reporting that Apple is planning to release two new iPhones this year, each with a display bigger than the 4-inch iPhone 5s.<p>…