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Telepathwords: How Bad are Your Passwords?

Choosing an effective password that’s easy to remember and type, as well as hard to guess for would-be fraudsters, is a perennial problem. But it’s one that the folks at Microsoft Research are trying to tackle with an experimental tool called Telepathwords.<p>Armed with an arsenal of data on common …

Etsy relaxes policies, allows sellers to outsource manufacturing and shipping

Etsy is making significant policy changes today that will offer sellers more flexibility and convenience than ever before. But the new guidelines, which allow the sale of items produced entirely by "manufacturing partners," may also change what Etsy's users love about the site: its homemade, indie …

Shopping search engine TheFind surpasses 1B shopping searches (exclusive)

Shopping search engine TheFind is furiously crawling the Internet so you can find those vintage Nike shoes you’ve been eyeing, or a pantsuit appropriate for a wedding.<p>The company revealed impressive traction today.<p>TheFind crossed the “1 billion shopping searches” mark, and shoppers have browsed …

Yiftee Opens API To Give Developers The Option Of In-App Gifting

Yiftee, the service for sending local gifts to friends, has opened its “GiftUp” API with the hope that developers will incorporate its gift-giving capabilities into their own apps. Yiftee is banking on the notion that people will be more inclined to send gifts in context. When a calendar app …

Etsy says sellers can now use factories for handmade goods

The move will allow those who use the online marketplace to build larger businesses<p>Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Etsy Inc., an online marketplace for handmade and vintage goods, will let its sellers use outside manufacturers and hire as many employees as they need, loosening rules amid confusion over …

BitTorrent teases secure chat program

BitTorrent, the company which maintains the popular peer-to-peer downloading protocol, has announced an entry into the world of secure communications.<p>With the launch of the alpha version of BitTorrent Private Chat, users are able to use a similar version of the distributed network that enables fast …

NSA Experimented With Cell Phone Location Tracking Program

The National Security Agency experimented with a cell phone location tracking program in 2010, but eventually shelved the idea. Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, declassified the program during a senate testimony today on Capitol Hill.<p>“In 2010 and 2011 N.S.A. received samples in …

U.S. Opposes Tech Companies’ Requests to Disclose Surveillance

The U.S. Department of Justice is formally opposing requests by technology companies to disclose more information about the frequency with which they …

Surveillance

'THEY ARE WATCHING': Bitcoin Users Are Freaking Out And Getting Paranoid After Arrest Of Alleged Silk Road Founder

The site's primary medium of exchange was Bitcoin, the digital, ostensibly anonymous currency.<p>And right now, the talk on Bitcoin forums is pretty grim — not least because the FBI's indictment indicates the feds are monitoring them.<p>The criminal complaint alleges that Ulbricht went by the name …

Microsoft gave Australian agents information on more than 1,000 users

Microsoft handed Australian government agents personal information about more than a thousand users in the first half of 2013, a transparency report reveals.<p>Between January and June, authorities made 1,219 requests for access to data relating to 1,462 accounts.<p>Microsoft granted 1,050 (86%) of those …

Quixey Lands Another $50 Million, Led by Alibaba, to Push Beyond App Discovery

Mobile app discovery engine Quixey said on Thursday that it had scored another $50 million in funding, led by an investment from Alibaba.<p>Though the …

Chrome For iOS Bug Shows Private Browsing Search History In Google Mobile Search Bar

<i>Update: Google has gotten back to us to let us know that this is an unfortunate but unavoidable loophole that comes with building a browser on iOS. It’s noted in the company’s support docs around Incognito mode.</i><p>A new update for Chrome for iOS adds iOS 7 support, but there’s also a big flaw as …

Quixey Raises $50M From Alibaba & Others To Build The Search Engine For The Mobile Era

Mobile app search engine Quixey, which has built a search engine to tackle app discovery by allowing consumers to find apps by searching for the kind of functionality they’re looking for, has closed a $50 million Series C funding round, led by Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba Group.<p>Others …

Domino Magazine Re-Launches As A Digital, Shoppable Publication

For home decor junkies, 2009 was a dark year, marking the shuttering of Condé Nast’s shelter magazine, Domino, after four years in circulation. Today the magazine rises from the dead.<p>There are a few marked differences. It is now a startup that operates autonomously from Condé Nast. A print magazine …

Apple working to fix iOS 7 bug that lets students bypass iPad restrictions

Apple is working to fix another iOS 7 security-related bug. A number of schools across the US are experiencing issues with the latest OS upgrade, with some complaining that iOS 7 removes important supervision profiles that allow administrators to remote control iPads and restrict web access. <i>All</i> …

What the NSA Might Have Wanted to Learn From Tracking Your Phone

Add this to the list of creepy things the National Security Agency has done to spy on you via your mobile phone: During a series of experiments in …

Surveillance

Can we just shut up about cloud already?

Advertisement<p>13 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr user Jennifer Moo<p>Ah, remember the good old days of cloud washing? That’s when vendors attached “cloud” to …

Amazon’s Roku killer may launch in time for the holidays

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Amazon (S AMZN) plans to launch its own streaming video set-top box in time for the holidays, according to a report by the …

Netskope tracks cloud app usage, even ‘shadow IT’

Companies are rapidly adopting external cloud applications to get work done, but they’re not always sanctioned by chief technology officers. Netskope tracks the use (and misuse) of these myriad apps, providing IT departments with enough information to keep companies efficient and safe.<p>With a fresh …

Your Transparent Life: Facebook Makes All Posts Searchable

Facebook’s steady march to make its users’ lives as transparent as possible is about to take another big step forward. The social network will shortly let you search posts, comments and images across Facebook (subject to privacy settings).<p>The update to Facebook’s Graph Search function, launched …

Let's Go Shopping For A Leather Skirt

Yes, you will look very cool in a leather skirt. The right leather piece can add femininity and edge to any outfit. Choose a skirt that works for your body type. Note the choices made by Kim Kardashian and Kate Moss below – they chose completely different styles and they both look fabulous. The new …

‘Get rich quick’ scams hit Bitcoin

There are riches to be made in the brave new world of virtual currency, but some deals are too good to be true<p>Back in August, weird ads began appearing for something called the Bitcoin Robot that purported to earn massive profits by making hundreds of small transactions a day in the virtual …

This botnet stole over a million Social Security numbers

The exposed.su website started drawing attention in March when it offered social security numbers and other information for everyone from Beyonce to Michelle Obama and the director of the CIA. Shocked by the breadth of data, both the FBI and Secret Service launched investigations — but today the …

OpenNebula appears in rude health as its global community gathers for the first time

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Most of the attention around open-source cloud deployments may be focused on OpenStack, but it seems its older rival …

Facebook's New Guide Helps Educators Show Teens How To Use Site Safely

It’s certainly common knowledge that Facebook isn’t just for one specific type of user — it’s for everyone, and the social network company has a responsibility to help make sure that its 1.15 billion users are engaging on the site in the appropriate way. In an age where there has been a high rate …

Egnyte Adds PRISM Protection to Its Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Service

While Egnyte does enterprise-focused file sharing and collaboration — comparable in some aspects to other cloud companies like, for instance, Box — …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Bitium Releases an iPad App for its SaaS Operating System

Bitium has officially launched an iPad app for its Software-as-a-Service (Saas) management platform.<p>The startup first launched its product back in April as an enterprise play aimed at helping organizations manage their growing collections of SaaS apps. The service offers single sign-on, permissions …

Time Warner CEO open to bundling online HBO subscription with broadband plans

Despite the rampant piracy of its shows and the proliferation of its streaming app across multiple devices, HBO has continued to rule out the possibility of an a la carte subscription for online viewers. However, the CEO of HBO's parent company said today that he's open to a broadband-only HBO …