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Spammers Quick to Exploit eBay Breach
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If you’re a spammer, big news like the recent breach of eBay’s computers is like striking oil in your back yard. Perpetrators of unwanted email live for headline-grabbing events that they can use to separate gullible Web wanderers from their money, so the eBay breach is a perfect vehicle for the scammers. “We see this […]

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Man Who Issued Securities For Bitcoins Settles With SEC
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MrBingoBoingo writes with news that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has settled federal civil charges with Erik Voorhees, a man who sold shares of two businesses in exchange for Bitcoins without registering them. Voorhees must make restitution for the $15,000 in profit he made, plus interest, and a $35,000 fine. Here’s the SEC’s filing […]

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Clippet Repackages News As Bite-Sized Audio Snippets For Mobile Social Teens
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 Getting teens engaged with goings-on in the wider world is arguably getting tougher, since they are being bombarded by a constant stream of digital distractions within their own social networks. But UK startup Clippet is having a go with an app offering short-form audio snippets, designed to enable kids to consume bite-sized news items on […]

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Explosive Eruption at Sangeang Api in Indonesia
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New reports from Indonesia tell of an sizable explosive eruption that occurred today at Sangeang Api. These news report suggest ash falling upwards of 30 km from the volcano with a 3 km (10,000 foot) ash plume while the Darwin VAAC warning of the eruption lists ash spotted by pilots as high as 20-50 km […]

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FCC may re-define “broadband” as 10Mbps to reflect actual Internet usage
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The Federal Communications Commission defines “broadband” Internet as bandwidth of 4Mbps downstream and 1Mbps up. But many Internet services want consumers to use more than that. Netflix, for example, recommends 5Mbps for high-definition video and 25Mbps for “Ultra HD 4K” quality. The FCC is thus considering raising the definition of broadband from 4Mbps to 10Mbps or […]

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Using email? Text messages? Congrats, you’re in the ‘underbelly of dark social sharing’
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Plus: ‘You don’t teach dolphins with a shock collar’ Quotw  NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden got tired of hearing himself referred to as a tech geek this week and told the world that, actually, he’s real-life James Bond type. Speaking to NBC News, Snowden said he wasn’t some lowly outside contractor, but a bonafide 007:…

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In NBC interview, Snowden says NSA watches our digital thoughts develop
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Screenshot from NBC’s interview of Edward Snowden. In his first interview with a major US network news organization since leaking a treasure trove of documents related to the US national security apparatus, former US intelligence contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden told NBC “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams that he has been misrepresented by the mainstream media […]

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Tesla’s TOP SECRET gigafactories: Lithium to power world’s vehicles? Let’s do the sums
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It’s limited good news for Elon Worstall on Wednesday  As we all know, Tesla and SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk – with that forward-thinking “vision” the hyperloop hoper is known for – is touting around plans for a “gigafactory”.…

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'Asteroid to hit Earth' story goes up on CNN, people believe it
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A user posts a fake news piece to CNN’s iReport news hub. It stays live for 22 hours before someone realizes it must surely not be true.

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