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Bitcoin stolen during on-air newscast by at-home viewer

Bitcoin stolen during on-air newscast by at-home viewer

The digital currency known as Bitcoin has taken part in a newscast in which a fellow by the name of Matt Miller is robbed wirelessly, on live television. Of course Miller didn’t know he was being robbed - and in fact since he was giving gift certificates with Bitcoin on them to his co-anchors it was more like they were getting robbed, but the end result is the same. Herein lies a lesson in understanding how QR-codes work.

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Findables Flex smartphone cases offer custom QR codes

Findables Flex smartphone cases offer custom QR codes

Findables is offering cases for a variety of smartphones, among them being the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S 3, that feature custom QR codes on the back, as well as a fold-out bottom section that serves as a sort of stand. The QR codes can then be registered with a profile by the user, allowing others to scan it and access that profile, something particularly useful if the device is lost while out and about.

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US mobile payment use has doubled

US mobile payment use has doubled

If you haven't used your mobile phone to initiates some kind of financial transaction, then you better get on board because it is quickly becoming the fastest-growing segment in the consumer financial world. According to IDC Financial Insights, the number of consumers using their smartphones to complete online or offline transactions has doubled as of May 2012.

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Paydiant brings QR code option to mobile payment landscape

Paydiant brings QR code option to mobile payment landscape

The newest entry to the wildly and rapidly growing mobile payment environment is a company called Paydiant. It doesn't expect you to rattle off its name when you're out talking with your friends about Square and PayPal (because we all do that all the time), but it does want you to realize there are other alternatives to traditional credit card payments, and it has its sights set on QR.

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Facebook QR code is visible from space

Facebook QR code is visible from space

There's something pretty unique about one of Facebook's new office buildings in the company's Menlo Park, California campus. Something so unique, in fact, that it can be distinctly recognized from satellites in space. Apparently a group of employees thought it would be a cool idea to paint a giant 42-foot QR code on the roof of the building, though the team hasn't actually decided what to do with it.

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PayDragon app brings QR codes to restaurants

PayDragon app brings QR codes to restaurants

Placing your next order at a restaurant may be as easy as scanning a code. That's the goal of PayDragon's self-named app that hopes to be a win-win for consumers and small businesses. It's yet another entry in a growing list of mobile applications that process payment transactions for brick-and-mortar locations in the real world. The niche here is the inclusion of QR codes.

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Special QR code condoms allow users to mark their lucky spots

Special QR code condoms allow users to mark their lucky spots

We all know by now that condoms prevent all sorts of unwanted diseases and pregnancies. A new program is making the rounds that uses specially marked condoms to allow users to check in and post a location when they're having safe "relations" using a QR code on the package. The program posts locations to Wheredidyouwearit.com and apparently is sponsored by Planned Parenthood.

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Clik makes your smartphone an awesome remote control

Clik makes your smartphone an awesome remote control

It's one part smartphone, one part Youtube, one part QR codes, and nine parts pure ingenuity. A new app called Clik allows users to seamlessly use their phone to control Youtube videos on a computer or bigger screen. Several people can even join in, making it possible to turn Youtube into an even more social experience. And the video sharing site is just the first step for this brand new mobile project. In the future, Clik hopes to become a ubiquitous way to connect between smartphones and other devices.

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