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uTorrent’s newest update bundles mining software

uTorrent’s newest update bundles mining software

uTorrent irked some users when it introduced advertisements, but in this ad-filled world many are willing to overlook that. What has proven far less popular is the inclusion of a cryptocurrency miner, which has recently been a source of complaints from users -- some of whom are claiming it was installed without their consent. When installed, the mining software uses the computer's resources, putting the processor under a heavy load and bogging down the user's computer. Presently the uTorrent forums are offline.

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Apple to join ‘The Dow’ on March 18, replacing AT&T

Apple to join ‘The Dow’ on March 18, replacing AT&T

In a move everyone saw coming, Apple has joined the Dow Jones Industrial Average, supplanting AT&T on the list. Apple, the world’s most valuable company, saw an incredibly positive holiday quarter on the back of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, bringing in $18 billion in profit, the most by any company — ever. Most believe their success will ramp up even further with the Apple Watch, which is set to debut Monday, and make its way to stores next month.

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Google researchers work around Quantum Computing errors

Google researchers work around Quantum Computing errors

Quantum computers can solve problems that would take an ordinary computer millions of years to complete. It would take not thousands, but millions of years to create solutions to complex equations. Google and researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) have just tackled the latest roadblock that was holding back quantum computing. They created program groups called qubits, which use delicate quantum physics to represent information. They programmed these qubits to identify and prevent calculation errors. Qubits haven't actually prevented initial bit-flip errors, but they prevent the mistake from derailing a calculation.

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Kickstarter cracking down on fake products with new hire

Kickstarter cracking down on fake products with new hire

Those who back products in crowdfunding campaigns have gained some elements of protection in recent months, but it is still largely a game of risk, one that relies on backers being unable to sniff out a scam when it surfaces. We've seen some pretty absurd products appear on Kickstarter over the years, and some of them have been pulled in the face of those doubts. Kickstarter is looking to start cracking down on these scammy campaigns, however, and to help do that will be a new "Integrity Specialist".

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Shazam plans to add object recognition to service

Shazam plans to add object recognition to service

In case you've managed to go all these years without hearing about it, Shazam is a service that allows users to play part of a song or TV show and discover what it is, as well as more about it and buy the content if desired. It comes in handy when you catch a fun song halfway through on the radio, and now the company wants to expand that core functionality to include object recognition. With that feature, it would work the same, only swapping out the audio content for a physical object someone might want to learn more about.

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Samsung Dream Doghouse includes hot tub

Samsung Dream Doghouse includes hot tub

Some of us stuff a pillow in a box and make our cat's day; others buy their dog a miniature doggy mansion and go to bed at night knowing their pet could lounge in its own hot tub if it wanted. Such a reality has gotten a little more real with Samsung's new Dream Doghouse, a somewhat small clear-sided doghouse with all the trimmings Fido might want, including art work on the walls. The company only made one of them, so if you're already polishing your credit card, don't get your hopes too high.

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Jay-Z’s Aspiro bid blocked by minority shareholders

Jay-Z’s Aspiro bid blocked by minority shareholders

That bid Jay Z made earlier this year on Aspiro, a music streaming company best known as being behind Tidal, has been blocked by the company's minority shareholders. These minority shareholders own 10-percent of Aspiro, and they're blocking the bid -- at least according to some -- despite the company's board of directors having given the bid a thumbs up. The block is said to have been done on the advice of Aktiespararna, an equity association.

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BitTorrent Sync 2.0 arrives: sharing sans the cloud

BitTorrent Sync 2.0 arrives: sharing sans the cloud

We've been waiting for BitTorrent Sync 2.0, and now it is finally here. Sync has already gone through alpha and beta testing (we've previously detailed the service), and it is now ready to go big with a finalized product -- that final product is BitTorrent Sync 2.0, the foundation of which stays the same as we've seen in the previous iterations. Joining that core functionality will be some new offerings, including improvements to the user interface and better security and ease of use.

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Tinder charging people 30 and older extra for premium

Tinder charging people 30 and older extra for premium

Feeling old yet? If you're over the age of 30 and you're thinking Tinder could be the key to scoring yourself a mate, you're going to have to pay extra for the premium version, with the service assuming no longer being in your twenties means you've more money to burn. This assumes you're interested in using Tinder Plus, which gives users more features than the non-plus version: namely, you can undo that swipe that you didn't mean to do, and you can view profiles outside of your region via Passport.

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Uber tries to woo ‘partners’ with new magazine for drivers

Uber tries to woo ‘partners’ with new magazine for drivers

The relationship between Uber and its drivers is an increasingly strained one, something that wasn't helped last week when the company revealed that about 50,000 of its drivers had some of their information compromised as part of a security breach. Uber has done little things over its time to try to win favor with its drivers -- whom it has, though perhaps not wisely so, chosen to call 'partners' -- including its "Momentum Partner Rewards". Joining that is its new Momentum Magazine.

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