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'Heartbleed' computer bug threat spreads to firewalls and beyond

Apr 11, 2014

'Heartbleed' computer bug threat spreads to firewalls and beyond

Hackers could crack email systems, security firewalls and possibly mobile phones through the “Heartbleed” computer bug, according to security experts who warned on Thursday that the risks extended beyond just Internet servers. The widespread bug surfaced late on Monday, when it was disclosed that ...

Apr 9, 2014

'Heartbleed' bug undoes Web encryption, exposes private data

A newly discovered bug in widely used Web encryption technology has made data on many of the world’s major websites vulnerable to theft by hackers in what experts say is one of the most serious security flaws uncovered in recent years. The finding of ...

The Internet's grumpiest cat hits her terrible twos

Apr 5, 2014

The Internet's grumpiest cat hits her terrible twos

Watch out world, Grumpy Cat has hit her terrible twos. The top dog in Internet cat stardom, known for her downward smile and bugged-out baby blues, spent her birthday Friday touring New York City with an entourage worthy of Hollywood. And Hollywood is where ...

Another Apple-Samsung skirmish heads to court

Mar 31, 2014

Another Apple-Samsung skirmish heads to court

The fiercest rivalry in the world of smartphones is heading back to court this week in the heart of the Silicon Valley, with Apple and Samsung accusing each other, once again, of ripping off designs and features. The trial will mark the latest round ...

The 'golden age' of encryption?

Mar 29, 2014

The 'golden age' of encryption?

Investors are pumping millions of dollars into encryption as unease about data security drives a rising need for ways to keep unwanted eyes away from personal and corporate information. Major data breaches at Target and other retailers have made data security a boardroom issue ...

Another year, another buck for Google co-founders

Mar 29, 2014

Another year, another buck for Google co-founders

Google paid co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin their customary $1 salaries last year while Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt’s compensation more than doubled to $19.3 million. Most of Schmidt’s raise stemmed from stock grants valued at $11.4 million. Google issued them to make up ...

App helps American boozers to stay sober

Mar 27, 2014

App helps American boozers to stay sober

A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to bars helped keep some on the wagon, researchers found. The sobriety app they studied joins a host of others that serve as electronic ...

IRS says bitcoin will be taxed like property

Mar 26, 2014

IRS says bitcoin will be taxed like property

Virtual currencies like bitcoin will be taxed in the United States like property — not currency, the Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday. The IRS says bitcoin is not legal tender. You can’t use it to pay your taxes. However, if you receive wages in ...

Turkey's bid to ban Twitter fails

Mar 22, 2014

Turkey's bid to ban Twitter fails

Turkey’s attempt to block access to Twitter appeared to backfire Friday, with many tech-savvy users circumventing the ban and suspicions growing that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is using court orders to suppress corruption allegations against him and his government. Turkey’s telecommunications authority said ...

Microsoft says it snooped on Hotmail to track leak

Mar 21, 2014

Microsoft says it snooped on Hotmail to track leak

Microsoft Corp., which has skewered rival Google Inc. for going through customer emails to deliver ads, acknowledged it had searched emails in a blogger’s Hotmail account to track down who was leaking company secrets. John Frank, deputy general counsel for Microsoft, which owns Hotmail, ...

| Mar 21, 2014

Is bitcoin start of a financial revolution?

Bitcoin may not be the messiah of a new currency its hard-core fans yearn for, but it may herald the deeper financial revolution the Internet has been waiting for. While computers and smartphones have brought the Web to more than a third of the ...