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Silk Road paid thousands in shake-downs from malicious hackers

When operating outside of the law, you can't rely on the police to protect your illegal enterprise from other criminals.

Yahoo to spin off its stake in Alibaba

Yahoo will spin off its stake in Alibaba Group to form a new investment company.

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Windows 10's Spartan browser will get extensions

Microsoft's Internet Explorer development team has confirmed there will be a browser extension system for Project Spartan, allowing developers to to extend functionality with software built directly into the browser.

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Facebook DOWN. Instagram OFFLINE. Lizard Squad: "HELLO"

Reptilian hackers Lizard Squad's claim denied by Facebook: Facebook was down for an hour. Instagram was down, too. And so were a services that rely on Zuckerberg's authentication system -- such as Tinder. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers...

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Facebook, Instagram restored after outage in many countries

Facebook said the problems were its fault

Internet will embed itself into everything else, not disappear entirely, Schmidt said.

Schmidt: Internet won't go away; Gates: It won't be omnipotent, either

Google chief Eric Schmidt was misquoted as saying the Internet would go away. He said it would embed into everything and become a ubiquitous, universal good. Pretty good, according to Bill Gates, but it still won't cure malaria.

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Facebook testing a spare 'Lite' service for Android

Facebook is testing a stripped down version of its mobile app that requires far less data.

Bitcoin and other currency

Coinbase set to launch licensed Bitcoin exchange in the US

Bitcoin wallet provider Coinbase will launch the first U.S. licensed exchange for the digital currency on Monday, according to a Wall Street Journal report.


Wikileaks staffers are SHOCKED that FBI read their Gmail

Wikileaks really needs your donation -- to purchase an email server. Three Wikileaks staffers, working for an organization hated by the US government, led by a man critical of the both the US and Google, decided to use Google's Gmail...

Two N.C. cities could be next in Google Fiber roll-out

Two cities in North Carolina could be the first to benefit from a planned expansion of Google's fiber-optic Internet service. The company is holding events in Raleigh and Durham on Wednesday and Thursday next week, apparently...

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China tightens Internet control, blocks VPN services

China is clamping down on unrestricted access to the Internet by blocking services that allow users to get around government censorship.

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Now on CIO: Why IT should be skeptical of 'Facebook at Work'

Facebook wants to move into the busy enterprise social market, but its plans raise a number of important questions and concerns for IT.

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Winklevoss twins plan regulated Bitcoin exchange

The most famous twins in social media and cryptocurrency want to launch a regulated Bitcoin exchange -- named Gemini, of course.

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Spartan browser and IE11 to coexist in Windows 10

The existing version of Internet Explorer will ship in Windows 10 along with Microsoft's new Spartan browser.

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After being dumped by Firefox, Google wants users back

After Google's share of the U.S. search market slipped in December, the company has been trying to entice Firefox users back to the fold.

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Microsoft has a two-browser strategy for Windows 10, at least for now

Even after Wednesday's Windows 10 event was over, it wasn't clear exactly what Microsoft's browser roadmap looks like.

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EBay to cut 7% of workforce, looks to spin-off Enterprise unit

EBay will cut roughly 7% of its total workforce, or 2,400 workers, and is considering a sale or IPO of its Enterprise unit.

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Facebook, take note!

Those copyright notices that people are posting on their Facebook pages don’t mean a thing legally, but that doesn’t mean Facebook, or the media, should ignore them.

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