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Why criminals love bitcoins so

| Mar 15, 2014

Why criminals love bitcoins so

Criminals may already have made off with $500 million worth of bitcoins since the virtual currency was launched in 2009 — and you can double that if they emptied Mt. Gox’s coffers. Internet criminals, security experts say, are attracted to bitcoins because of their ...

U.S. to relinquish key oversight role for Internet

Mar 15, 2014

U.S. to relinquish key oversight role for Internet

The U.S. government announced Friday it was giving up its key role overseeing the Internet’s technical operations, handing over those functions to “the global multistakeholder community.” The move “marks the final phase of the privatization” of the management of the Internet domain name system, ...

Mar 10, 2014

U.K., Germany on 5G network quest

Britain and Germany will team up to work on developing the next superfast mobile network, 5G, Prime Minister David Cameron told the opening of the world’s biggest high-tech fair Sunday. Cameron said the initiative was one of three areas he wanted Britain and Germany ...

Mar 10, 2014

Suspected Russian spyware targets Europe, United States

A sophisticated piece of spyware has been quietly infecting hundreds of government computers across Europe and the United States in one of the most complex cyberespionage programs uncovered to date. Several security researchers and Western intelligence officers say they believe the malware, widely known ...

Mar 4, 2014

Apple dials up effort to meld iPhone with cars

Apple is accelerating the race to make smartphone applications easier and safer to use in cars. Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are previewing Apple’s iPhone technology for cars this week at an auto show in Geneva. The partnerships give Apple an early lead over Google’s ...

Smartphone cameras tread closer to high-end power

Mar 1, 2014

Smartphone cameras tread closer to high-end power

Expect sharper, clearer selfies this year. Samsung Electronics Co. has beefed up the camera in its Galaxy S5 smartphone due for release in April and added smarter software, following handset camera upgrades by Sony and Nokia. The tweaks mean smartphone photos, ubiquitous on social ...

Microsoft plans spring Windows, phone updates

Feb 24, 2014

Microsoft plans spring Windows, phone updates

Microsoft will update its Windows system this spring to address some of the gripes people have had when they use devices without touch capabilities. Windows 8 and last fall’s 8.1 update were designed for a touch environment. But some of the gesture commands don’t ...

Feb 24, 2014

Mobile apps shake up world of dating

Looking to meet women, 20-year-old U.S. college student Leland turned to mobile phone app Tinder after a friend told him about his own successful exploits. Leland’s results were mixed. He was matched with around 400 women over more than a year but only ended ...

Feb 24, 2014

Netflix reaches deal with Comcast

Netflix has reached a deal with Comcast to ensure that its TV shows and movies are streamed smoothly to American households, the first deal the online video streaming service has reached with an Internet service provider. The two companies said in a joint statement ...

Feb 23, 2014

WhatsApp goes down following Facebook deal

WhatsApp’s 450 million worldwide users were unable to access the smartphone free-messaging service for several hours Saturday, three days after Facebook declared it was lavishing up to $19 billion on it. “Sorry we currently experiencing server issues. We hope to be back up and ...

Computers 'to top humans by 2029'

Feb 23, 2014

Computers 'to top humans by 2029'

by Nadia Khomani

Computers will be cleverer than humans by 2029, according to Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering. The entrepreneur and futurist has predicted that in 15 years, computers will be more intelligent than we are and will be able to understand what we say, learn ...