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Dogecoin trading volume trumps all other digital currencies

Dogecoin trading volume trumps all other digital currencies

Digital currencies are often hit or miss, with Bitcoin being king among them and other lesser known digital currencies languishing in the pool of at-least-I'm-worth-something. Then there's Dogecoin. The currency was created in short order as little more than a joke, capitalizing on the amusing Doge meme and entering the digital world with a high maximum output of 100 billion. Though worth little, Dogecoin's trading volume has bypassed all other digital currencies.

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Wickr founder details FBI request for backdoor

Wickr founder details FBI request for backdoor

In December, it was reported that security firm RSA -- according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden -- was paid millions by the NSA to put a back door into its encryption products. A couple days later, the company denied having a secret contract with the government agency, and said that it never knowingly put a back door in its offerings. That didn't stop some companies from gravitating away from RSA, however, and one such company was Wickr. The company's founder, Nico Sell, announced this change at an RSA Security Conference, during which she made it clear her company would not have a back door and that users' security was important. Immediately after, an FBI agent approached her with a request -- to add a backdoor on behalf of the agency.

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Alaska town still offline after New Year’s revelry takes down Internet

Alaska town still offline after New Year’s revelry takes down Internet

New Year's is little more than yester-week's memory, serving as the landing pad for millions who spent the last day of 2013 celebrating. For one Alaskan town, the New Year also came sans Internet access, something that still persists ten days later. The reason? Tradition, and poor judgment when some possibly inebriated individual decided where to shoot his shotgun.

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Facebook slapped with lawsuit over ads reportedly displaying false endorsements

Facebook slapped with lawsuit over ads reportedly displaying false endorsements

Facebook has been hit with another lawsuit this month, this one by a user who states the social network falsely showed that he "Liked" USA Today when, in fact, he never had. Such an advertisement appeared to the people on his friends list, showing them an endorsement from him that he states he never performed. The user is seeking financial compensation for this action, as well as compensation for all other users who experienced the same phenomenon.

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Seattle nixes Gigabit Squared fiber Internet plan ahead of launch

Seattle nixes Gigabit Squared fiber Internet plan ahead of launch

In late December 2012, it was revealed Seattle had partnered up with Gigabit Squared to bring gigabit Internet to some of its districts as part of the Gigabit Neighborhood Gateway Program. The initial launch was to be in 12 neighborhoods, and by this past summer, the pricing for the plans had been revealed. As it turns out, all was for naught, as the entire plan has been scrapped.

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Google hit with fine in France over privacy violations

Google hit with fine in France over privacy violations

Google has been slapped with a fine by France's CNIL, a data protection entity that has taken issue with the Internet giant's privacy policy migration into a single unit. Though there's nothing inherently wrong with having a single unified privacy policy -- which is arguably easier to deal with than a separate one for each service -- the way in which Google pulled it off was in violation of France' s requirements. As a result, the company was fined $204,000.

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LinkedIn files lawsuit over data-mining bots

LinkedIn files lawsuit over data-mining bots

LinkedIn has filed a lawsuit in the Northern California federal district court against unspecified individuals over the use of bots to mine data from users' profiles. According to the lawsuit, the bots were used to register "thousands" of LinkedIn accounts for the purpose of mining information from other -- real -- accounts. Such activities were reportedly going on since May of last year in violation of both the website's user agreement and, says the company, applicable computer security laws.

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Hulu Originals 2014 lineup revealed with premiere of “Deadbeat”

Hulu Originals 2014 lineup revealed with premiere of “Deadbeat”

Hulu has announced its Originals lineup for this year at CES, detailing both the upcoming premieres that will be making their debut in coming weeks and returning original series that have been on the holiday season hiatus. Among the offerings detailed is the pending premier of "Deadbeat", a supernatural comedy directed by Arrested Development's Troy Miller that will be launching on April 9.

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Vine for the Web brings short looping videos to your browser

Vine for the Web brings short looping videos to your browser

Creating and watching short looping Vine videos has been possible for a while now from the Android and iOS apps, but those who prefer to browse from the comfort of their desktop browser have been left out of the mix. Such ends today, with Vine announcing the launch of Vine on the Web, where one can log in and perform most of the activities that are made available through the mobile apps.

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