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Expedia to begin accepting bitcoin for hotel bookings

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 11, 2014 8:02 pm

Travel website Expedia has announced that it will begin accepting the cryptocurrency bitcoin for bookings on its website.

 

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It's just a trial phase for now, but if the reception's positive enough Expedia plans on introducing the currency for other services. For now it is using Coinbase as the platform.

 

Bitcoin use is picking up apace and it seems that big companies are beginning to take it seriously as an alternative payment option.

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TweetDeck back online after XSS attack caused users to RT mystery code

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 11, 2014 7:11 pm

Tweetdeck has been compromised by an XSS vulnerability, causing some users to retweet a mysterious line of code.

 

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At first, Tweetdeck said the vulnerability had been fixed but users later reported continuing attacks, such as the code retweets, leading to it being taken offline. It has since returned.

 

"We've temporarily taken TweetDeck services down to assess today's earlier security issue," the company said. "We'll update when services are back up."

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Nimble Storage builds out Adaptive Flash portfolio with latest release

By: Kalen Kimm | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jun 11, 2014 6:13 pm

Nimble Storage is expanding its reach into the SSD market by introducing an All-Flash Shelf and a more powerful hybrid-flash array, the CS700, to its portfolio. The combined new solution is capable of scaling up to 500,000 IOPS, 64 terabytes of flash, and a petabyte of capacity.

 

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In conjunction with the introduction of these new products, Nimble is highlighting a set of features for the intelligent handling of data they are dubbing, "Adaptive Flash". This is a combination of the Nimble CASL (Cache-Accelerated Sequential Layout) architecture and the cloud based management software, InfoSight. The CASL technology includes dynamic flash-based read caching, inline compression, and snaphots. And with InfoSight, customers can monitor and manage their Nimble systems via a cloud-based platform.

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P.F. Chang's restaurant latest to be hit by data breach

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 11, 2014 6:00 pm

Popular restaurant P.F. Chang's reportedly suffered a data breach and customer debit and credit card information is at risk, the restaurant chain recently confirmed. The information was stolen between March and May, however, it's uncertain how many of the restaurant's locations have been affected in the breach.

 

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Law enforcement and financial institutions have contacted P.F. Chang's and a full investigation is currently underway.

 

"P.F. Chang's takes these matters very seriously and is currently investigating the situation, working with the authorities to learn more," said Anne Deanovic, P.F. Chang's spokesperson, said in a statement. "We will provide an update as soon as we have additional information."

 

Companies are suffering data breaches, exposing customer personal information for use by cybercriminals. Much of the stolen information ends up available for sale in underground hacker forums, where criminals can purchase bulk data.

Honeywell unveils new Lyric smart thermostat to compete with Nest

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 11, 2014 5:02 pm

Honeywell is getting set to compete directly against Nest in the smart thermostat market. The new thermostat is called the Lyric and it will sell for $279. It will be able to connect via Wi-Fi and can be controlled by the user's smartphone.

 

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Honeywell plans to make Lyric a platform with other products using the same connectivity with smartphones and other devices via Wi-Fi. The Lyric thermostat can be purchased now via HVAC contractors. It will turn up in Lowes stores around the US in August.

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Bethesda shows off Doom teaser prior to July launch of game

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 11, 2014 4:33 pm

Bethesda Softworks and id Software are working on the newest Doom video game and recently released the first teaser trailer. Very little about the video game has been made available, except for the fact that the game is still being developed.

 

 

Additional details about Doom will be available during QuakeCon 2014 next month, starting on July 17. Anyone who purchased Wolfenstein will automatically receive the Doom beta video game when it's available - but no launch date has been publicly disclosed.

 

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Amazon planning local services marketplace say sources

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 11, 2014 4:10 pm

Sources who claim to be familiar with Amazon's plans have stepped forward to say that the ecommerce giant plans to rollout a marketplace for local services this year. Local services could cover a vast range of services with offerings like babysitters, handymen, and performers for birthday parties among other things.

 

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The sources claim that Amazon plans to test the demand and logistics of the service in a smaller area before it rolls the service out around the country. Amazon has taken that same small test approach with its grocery delivery service, Amazon Fresh.

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Paddles inspired by gecko feet allow man to scale vertical surfaces

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 11, 2014 3:00 pm

Scientists have been studying the unique properties of gecko feet that allow the small lizard-like creatures to scale vertical surfaces for a long time. A product has resulted from some of that study and the US Department of Defense has been testing it out. The product is a handheld set of paddles that allowed a tester to scale a vertical glass wall using nothing but the paddles.

 

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In the image, the tester is seen with a safety belt in place. That belt wasn't needed according to reports and was there for the safety of the climber during the test. The paddles were able to support a man weighing 218 pounds and carrying a pack weighing another 50 pounds as he climbed a 25-foot tall glass wall.

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NASA Curiosity rover watches Mercury transit the sun

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 11, 2014 2:03 pm

NASA's Curiosity rover is a workhorse that is still cruising around on the surface of Mars on its scientific quest to learn more about the red planet. While it's main mission is to learn about the possibility of life on Mars today or in the past, the rover is also doing other things for NASA too.

 

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One of those other things was watching Mercury transit the sun. Mercury transiting the sun could only be seen from the surface of Mars, so NASA took the chance and watched the event. This marks the first time that any planet has been seen transiting the sun from another world.

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Sony Pictures is working on a live action Sonic the Hedgehog movie

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 11, 2014 1:04 pm

Sony has announced that it is working on a live action movie that will make copious use of CGI effects based on one of the most popular video game characters Sega ever produced. The movie is based on the blue speed demon who likes to collect gold rings named Sonic the Hedgehog. Sony feels like the movie has a readymade audience since 140 million games with Sonic as the main character have been sold.

 

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Sony plans to make a hybrid live action/computer animated film that will be made in association with production company Marza Animation Planet, which is owned by Sega. The film is being written by Evan Susser and Van Robichaux with producer Neil Moritz attached. Moritz is best known for working on 22 Jump Street. There is no word on when the film will hit theaters.

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