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Welcome to the SlashGear 2014 redesign

Welcome to the SlashGear 2014 redesign

SlashGear is changing. Overnight we hit the switch on our 2014 redesign, paving the way for CES 2014 and ushering in a site that's more usable, brings the breaking news you want to the fore, and makes it easier than ever to find the top stories of the day. With more focus on multimedia and interactivity, we're hoping you find it a more engaging place to get your tech and digital lifestyle fix, too. Read on to see how we've changed.

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Bitcoin banker makes investment play as virtual currency gains traction

Bitcoin banker makes investment play as virtual currency gains traction

Virtual currency Bitcoin got its biggest shot of serious investment and arguably most legitimate backing to-date this week, with a $25m round of funding by digital account firm Coinbase lending more respectability to the controversial tech. Coinbase, which holds the virtual Bitcoin accounts for around 600,000 investors, not only manages virtual wallets but also the merchant tools required to accept Bitcoin as payment.

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Samsung and Philips raided in Europe anti-competition investigation

Samsung and Philips raided in Europe anti-competition investigation

Samsung and Philips have confirmed that they are under investigation by the European Commission about potential anticompetitive behaviors, after EU inspectors raided a number of companies earlier this week. The EC did not name the targeted companies; however, both firms revealed to the BBC that they were co-operating with investigators around concerns that they have forced higher prices by restricting availability of certain consumer electronics and small appliances in Europe.

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Boomf prints Instagram photos on marshmallows, merges the confectionery and digital

Boomf prints Instagram photos on marshmallows, merges the confectionery and digital

Sharing images has become an increasingly streamlined process over the years -- pull out a smartphone, take a picture, upload it to Instagram or a similar service and perhaps tag friends you want to notice it. If you find that such a process has become dull, there's now another option: confectionery printing onto cube-shaped marshmallows, which can then be offered to others.

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CyanogenMod Installer pulled from Play as Google complains

CyanogenMod Installer pulled from Play as Google complains

Popular Android tweak tool CyanogenMod Installer has been pulled from the Google Play store, after developers Cyanogen were warned by Google that if they didn't yank it, the search giant would. Released earlier this month, the CyanogenMod Installer Application effectively opens up an Android device to easier installation of the CyanogenMod package itself; as we ourselves found, it could take a regular Android phone to a modded one in just minutes. However, Google now says, it's encouraging users to void their device warranties, and has to go.

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Katie Couric joins Yahoo as “Global Anchor” in 2014

Katie Couric joins Yahoo as “Global Anchor” in 2014

Yahoo has confirmed that Katie Couric will join Yahoo News early in the new year, with the ABC News correspondent taking the role as Global Anchor though also continuing to present her existing talk show Katie. Couric, who has previously worked at NBC News and CBS News, is no stranger to Yahoo, with her existing weekly webshow Katie's Take already syndicated to the site. Unclear at this stage is how much Yahoo is spending to bring Couric to the team, given her multi-million paycheck from ABC News.

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