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2014

  1. Yes, liberal billionaires outspent conservative billionaires in the midterms -- but that's only part of the story

    Earlier today, below a very evil-looking photo of a very rich Michael Bloomberg, Politico published a list of the top ten political donors of 2014. And much to the glee of conservatives, the two biggest spenders by a mile were hedge fund partner Tom Steyer and ex-New York mayor Michael Bloomberg -- both supporters of predominantly liberal causes.

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  2. A researcher recreated iPhone thumbprints using photographs and commercial software

    Fears about the security of thumbprint scanners included in devices like the iPhone moved from theoretical nightmare to real-world threat over the weekend when a researcher showed his ability to replicate the prints to the Chaos Computer Club.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  3. "Viral content" is so 2014 -- or so we can only hope

    “Use lists whenever possible. Lists just hijack the brain’s neural circuitry.”

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  4. PayClip raises $5.2M in its quest to bring Square-like payment processing to Latin America

    It’s been a busy year for the payments sector. But with just days left in the year, it looks like there’s one more headline in store. Latin American Square competitor PayClip – maker of the Clip app (iOS / Android) – has raised $5.2 million in new funding.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  5. What encryption tools can you trust? Leaked NSA documents offer few answers

    A new report from Der Spiegel reveals more information about the National Security Agency's efforts to undermine the encryption standards on top of which much of the Web is built.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Facebook's callous "Year in Review" highlights the inhumanity of algorithms

    Facebook has apologized for the insensitivity of a feature which relied on algorithms to collect a year's worth of events, status updates, and photographs into a single presentation after it was criticized for showing images of deceased family members.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  7. Let's hope film studios emulate The Interview's success (of sorts) with better films

    Sony Pictures Entertainment isn't happy about its secrets being made available to the world, but when it comes to raising awareness for "The Interview," the hacking often attributed to North Korea was probably a welcome boost for a widely-derided movie.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  8. Delhi amends transportation regulations, allows Uber to resume operations with enhanced security measures

    Uber just got some good news in its ongoing battle with Indian regulators. The company will be able to resume operations in the country, following a ban put in place on December 8 after a reported rape by one of its Delhi drivers – a man who had previously been jailed for multiple sexual assaults, yet somehow passed Uber’s background check.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

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