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PayPal survey suggests swapping cell phone passwords for biometrics

Most Americans are concerned about the security of their financial information on cell phones — but not concerned enough to stop using mobile devices for online purchases. A survey released today by PayPal and the National Cyber Security Alliance shows that nearly Read More →

Transparency, oversight efforts on NSA spying? Hold, please

Has the government shutdown affected NSA spying? There are conflicting reports about how many intelligence employees are on furlough. But the spying saga is being affected in other ways: Transparency and oversight efforts are on hold. • Tech companies Read More →

Twitter’s power struggles, and some surprising suitors, detailed in new book

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was eager to buy Twitter back in 2008.  Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer made a pitch the following year.  And so did former U.S. vice president and aspiring media mogul Al Gore. Those are among the revelations in a Read More →

Twitter engineer indicted with others in alleged Operation Payback cyber attacks

A 27-year-old Twitter site reliability engineer is among 13 suspects indicted last week in Virginia for allegedly helping the hacktivist collective known as Anonymous with its 2010 Operation Payback denial-of-service attacks against Bank of America, MasterCard and others. Ryan Gubele, a Read More →

Mi scusi, but Apple’s new “unapologetically plastic” iPhone 5C is coming to Italy

Word comes this morning from Apple that both its colorful, new and plastic iPhone 5C and its not-so-colorful, new and not--at-all-plastic iPhone 5S are going on sale this Friday in Italy, Russia, Spain and two dozen other countries. Sorry, but judging Read More →

Quoted: The real Carrot Top weighs in on Twitter tiff over tech and gender

"I should get some free shares out of this, don't you think? I mean, I didn't do anything!" — Carrot Top, comedian, on Twitter's upcoming IPO. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo recently disparaged Vivek Wadhwa by comparing him to Carrot Read More →

SolarCity to Acquire Zep Solar

San Mateo-based SolarCity announced Wednesday it plans to acquire Zep Solar for roughly $158 million. Zep Solar, based in San Rafael, provides racking and mounting hardware and has been one of SolarCity's leading suppliers. The sale should help Read More →

Off topic: Insect sex, N.Y. lines, drinks at work, cave art

Sex during a storm? Not tonight, dear, a beetle would say. New York's "best" lines include those for cronuts, MOMA and the Vegetarian Festival. From rum to marijuana, drinking (and smoking) on the job. And Read More →

HP reportedly calling workers back to the office

Will HP go the way of Yahoo — back to the office? Hewlett-Packard "needs all hands on deck," says an internal memo obtained by AllThingsD, and is asking those who telecommuted in the past to help "create a Read More →

Wiretap: Startup hopes to be mobile’s big Kahuna

Adam Marchick had a three-month cup of coffee at Facebook, but it apparently was enough to change the course of his life. Marchick, a 33-year-old Stanford CS grad, spent a summer at the social network five years Read More →
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