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Monday - January 19, 2015
A fledgling website created last fall connects hackers with clients willing to pay for their services. Nearly 50 hackers have listed their services on Hacker's List so far, for tasks including data recovery, penetration testing and computer forensics. More than 500 hacking jobs reportedly had been out to bid as of last week, with prices ranging from $100 to $5,000. [More...]

Friday - January 16, 2015
Verizon advertising partner Turn is using the carrier's Unique Identifier Header, or UIDH, to maintain tracking cookies on smartphones even after privacy-minded users have deleted them, Jonathan Mayer, a computer scientist and lawyer at Stanford University, reported this week. Turn shares the cookies with dozens of major websites and advertising networks. [More...]

Friday - January 16, 2015
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Google Glass Explorers are unnerved by the company's decision to close down the program -- temporarily, it promised -- to map out where to go next. It may be that Glass is ready to move to the next level of product development and that Google intends to keep it under wraps for the time being. Or it could mean that the dreams of the early Glass adopters will end up being shattered. [More...]

Thursday - January 15, 2015
Etsy reportedly is working on an initial public offering that could debut this quarter. The crafts and antiques etailer hopes to raise $300 million. If the IPO does indeed materialize, it could give the New York City tech community some much-needed financial oomph. The last tech IPO to originate in the Big Apple occurred during the dot-com bubble. [More...]

Thursday - January 15, 2015
Great news: Rollover is back and can save you money. Just in case you haven't heard about it, three wireless carriers have kicked off this new competitive battle with rolling data plans. The good news is rollover data works and saves customers money. During the last month or so, three wireless carriers -- AT&T, T-Mobile and C Spire -- have introduced programs in this space. [More...]

Wednesday - January 14, 2015
The explosion in the use of mobile devices in the U.S. is posing a major challenge for the federal government to provide public access to agencies via wireless channels. In an effort to keep pace with technology, the U.S. government launched the Digital Government Strategy in May 2012 with the goal of providing citizen access to federal services and information anywhere, anytime, on any device. [More...]

Wednesday - January 14, 2015
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Back in the dot-com boom times, grocery delivery services were legion -- but no one figured out how to make the system profitable enough to catch on in a big way. Now, newbie Instacart seems to have cracked the code. By utilizing the services of contract shoppers and partnering with retailers, it appears it can take on bigshots like Amazon and Google, which are salivating for local business. [More...]

Tuesday - January 13, 2015
The Supreme Court of the United States on Monday invited the Obama administration to weigh in on whether it should hear arguments in the ongoing dispute between Google and Oracle over Java copyrights. U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr. "is invited to file a brief in this case expressing the views of the United States," reads the SCOTUS memo. [More...]

Tuesday - January 13, 2015
The United States National Security Agency (NSA) is widely believed to have mandated high-tech vendors build backdoors into their hardware and software. Reactions from foreign governments to the news are harming American businesses and, some contend, may result in the breakup of the Internet. For example, Russia is moving to paper and typewriters in some cases to move certain types of information. [More...]

Monday - January 12, 2015
A proposed national data breach reporting law, aimed primarily at protecting consumer privacy, headlined several initiatives the Obama administration announced Monday. The Personal Data Notification & Protection Act clarifies the obligations of companies when there's been a data breach. It includes a requirement to notify customers within 30 days of the discovery of a breach. [More...]

Monday - January 12, 2015
Google reportedly is gearing up to launch a shopping and comparison site for auto insurance in the United States. The company has been operating such a site in the UK, dubbed "Google Compare," for the past two years. Although it apparently has been beset by delays, an entity called "Google Compare Auto Insurance Services Inc." now is licensed to do business in 26 states. [More...]

Friday - January 9, 2015
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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer just got some additional grief from activist investor Starboard in the form of a letter filled with recommendations on the company's acquisition strategies. Starboard "is sowing the seeds of a total disaster for Yahoo, and Mayer should ignore them," urged financial analyst Trip Chowdhry. "Its recommendations will push Yahoo into the day-before-yesterday's world." [More...]

Friday - January 9, 2015
This past week's International CES brought even greater attention to the seemingly infinite opportunities being created by the rapidly evolving Internet of Things. However, it also created plenty of hype that can become pitfalls for companies that are not properly prepared to achieve the promise of the IoT. There are 10 steps IT organizations must take to help pave the way to success. [More...]

Thursday - January 8, 2015
The battle over Net neutrality has been reignited, dashing the hopes of those who thought it might be settled in February, at least in part, when the United States Federal Communication Commission is expected to make its ruling on the issue. Democratic members of congress led by Sen. Patrick Leahy on Wednesday introduced the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act of 2015. [More...]

Thursday - January 8, 2015
BlackBerry has been hurting over the last several years, but recently it's starting to look like the stars may be lining up for recovery. If BlackBerry does make a comeback, it will be a very different company. This time, the focus will be on security -- plus one more important factor. BlackBerry succeeded years ago. It was the first successful smartphone maker. [More...]

Wednesday - January 7, 2015
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Intel has decided to take a leadership position in promoting diversity in the tech industry, promising to invest $300 million in the effort to add more women and underrepresented minorities to its talent pool. Since Intel is prominent company in the gaming industry, this move -- announced by CEO Brian Krzanich at CES -- also may help stamp out the notorious Gamergate activities in the sector. [More...]

Wednesday - January 7, 2015
An estimated $5.2 million was stolen over the weekend from Bitstamp, a digital currency exchange. It has suspended services pending an investigation. The company assured its customers that bitcoins held with Bitstamp prior to suspension of services were completely safe and would be honored in full. Bitstamp on Sunday discovered that some of its operational wallets had been compromised. [More...]

Wednesday - January 7, 2015
IT providers who market to the federal government got some holiday cheer as the U.S. Congress and the White House approved legislation to improve the way the government acquires IT equipment and services. The reforms are significant, and no doubt will facilitate the marketing of IT to federal agencies. President Obama signed the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act on Dec. 16. [More...]

Tuesday - January 6, 2015
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TV cord-cutters -- who are becoming legion -- soon will have another way to access content over the Internet. Sling TV will provide no-strings-attached access to a number of TV channels and other content for as little as $20 per month. Though it will include ESPN, the Food Network, the Disney Channel and other popular offerings, many standbys, like MTV, Comedy Central and Fox, will be MIA. [More...]

Tuesday - January 6, 2015
Concern over government surveillance has been so heightened by confidential information leaked by former intelligence hand Edward Snowden that writers in free countries are as worried as those in autocratic nations, according to a new report. Three-quarters of writers in countries classified as "free" told researchers they were "worried" or "somewhat worried" about surveillance. [More...]

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