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Square Allowing Bitcoins For Payments

November 17, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Square Allowing Bitcoins For Payments

Payments company Square Inc announced that it has started allowing select customers to buy and sell bitcoins on its Cash app, as it looks to tap into a craze that has sent the cryptocurrency up nearly sevenfold this year. For the most part though, institutional investors have stayed away from bitcoin BTC=BTSP, the original and largest cryptocurrency in terms of market capitalization, despite outperforming all the world’s traditional currencies.  But Square, best known for its technology that... 

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Are Researchers Close To Finding The Evasive Tetraquark

November 17, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Are Researchers Close To Finding The Evasive Tetraquark

Flit, zip, jitter, boom. Quarks, the tiny particles that make up everything tangible in the universe, remain deeply mysterious to physicists even 53 years after scientists first began to suspect these particles exist. They bop around at the edge of scientific instruments’ sensitivities, are squirreled away inside larger particles, and decay from their higher forms into their simplest in half the time it takes a beam of light to cross a grain of salt. The little buggers don’t give up their... 

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Yahoo Out, Google In For Firefox Corporate Browser

November 16, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Yahoo Out, Google In For Firefox Corporate Browser

Alphabet Inc’s Google picked up a previous location as the default search engine on Mozilla Corp’s Firefox Internet browser in the United States and other regions as the browser maker stunned Verizon Communication Inc’s Yahoo by canceling their deal. Google confirmed the move but declined, along with Mozilla, to disclose revenue-sharing terms of the multiyear agreement. Google’s growing spending to be the primary search provider on apps and devices such as Apple Inc’s iPhone has been... 

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Qualcomm To Power Alibaba

November 16, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Qualcomm To Power Alibaba

Qualcomm and Alibaba have ported Alibaba Cloud Link One to run on the Qualcomm MDM9206 global multi-mode LTE IoT modem. This is all part of a cunning plan to allow developers to quickly develop and deploy solutions that connect with the Alibaba Cloud using LTE IoT connectivity and client software running directly on the LTE system-on-chip (SoC). Qualcomm pre-integrated the Alibaba Cloud Link One on to the MDM9206 modem, so that module manufacturers and IoT Tight and cost-effective integration between... 

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FDA Approves Digital Drug Tracking System For Meds

November 15, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
FDA Approves Digital Drug Tracking System For Meds

Soon making sure medication is taken correctly will be easier to track. The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug in the US with a digital ingestion tracking system. Abilify MyCite, an aripiprazole tablet embedded with an ingestible sensor, uses digital tracking to record whether the medication was taken. The tablet has been approved for the treatment of schizophrenia, acute treatment of manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder, and for use as an add-on treatment... 

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Will Cloud Services Explode In 2018

November 15, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Will Cloud Services Explode In 2018

Number crunchers at Forrester have been shuffling their tarot cards and reached the conclusion that the cloud will be even bigger in 2018. Apparently next year cloud computing will cross a special threshold. Forrester predicts that more than 50 percent of global enterprises will rely on at least on public cloud platforms to drive digital transformation and delight customers. This means that cloud will become business critical and is now a mainstream enterprise core technology. Forrester believes... 

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SoftBank Acquires $10B Stake In Uber

November 14, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
SoftBank Acquires $10B Stake In Uber

Uber’s board of directors has agreed to a deal that will allow SoftBank to make a multibillion-dollar investment in the ride-hailing startup. The agreement resolves a legal battle between Uber co-founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick and Benchmark Capital, one of the startup’s early investors, Reuters reported Sunday. Benchmark Capital, which owns about 13 percent of Uber, sued Kalanick in August, alleging that Kalanick misled Uber’s stockholders to gain control of three board... 

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Alibaba Breaks Record, Sells More Than $25B In One Day

November 14, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Alibaba Breaks Record, Sells More Than $25B In One Day

Alibaba has new bragging rights. The Chinese e-commerce giant broke records and calculated $25.3 billion in sales generated from 1.48 billion shoppers via Alipay on its annual Singles’ Day global shopping festival on Nov. 11, or 11/11, it said in a statement released Sunday. That’s an increase of 39 percent from last year. Singles’ Day is perhaps the biggest online shopping extravaganza worldwide, dwarfing international equivalents like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The day,... 

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SportsCenter Show Comes To Snapchat

November 14, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
SportsCenter Show Comes To Snapchat

U.S. sports broadcaster ESPN rolled out its flagship SportsCenter program on messaging app Snapchat on Monday, reimagining the show that provides sports highlights and commentary into a short-form series. The new show deepens the relationship between ESPN parent Walt Disney Co and Snapchat parent Snap Inc. The sports network, which has made Snapchat content since 2015, is trying to reach a younger audience, while the social media app, whose messages disappear after viewing, is adding more content... 

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Were The Russians Responsible For The Yahoo Data Breach

November 14, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Were The Russians Responsible For The Yahoo Data Breach

At least one of the attacks carried out on Yahoo was the work of Russian spooks, according to former Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer. Mayer apologised for two massive data breaches at the internet company, blaming Russian agents for at least one of them. Speaking at a Senate hearing on the growing number of cyber attacks on major US companies, Mayer said sorry for the hacks which were committed on her watch. “Unfortunately, while all our measures helped Yahoo successfully defend against the... 

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Kaspersky Issues New DDoS Warning

November 14, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Kaspersky Issues New DDoS Warning

Kaspersky has returned to its map of malware and reported that DDoS attacks are forever increasing and becoming more inventive. The firm published its latest quarterly report into such attacks explaining that they are keeping it busy. It says that threats are maturing and spreading. “In addition to the development of trends observed in previous reporting periods, such as botnets shifting from computers to other form factors, the preference for complex DDoS attacks instead of large-scale onslaughts,... 

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Is Bitcoin’s Rising Value Finally Over?

November 13, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Is Bitcoin’s Rising Value Finally Over?

Bitcoin fell below $7,000 on Friday to trade more than $1,000 down from an all-time high hit earlier in the week, as some traders dumped it for a clone called Bitcoin Cash, sending its value up around a third. Bitcoin has been on a tear in recent months, with a vertiginous sevenfold increase in value since the start of the year that has led to many warnings the bitcoin market – now worth well over $100 billion – has become a bubble that is about to burst.  It reached a record high of... 

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Did NotPetya Cost Maersk 300 Million

November 13, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Did NotPetya Cost Maersk 300 Million

Maersk has claimed that the NotPetya ransomware that ripped through a number of its operations in the summer has cost the company as much as $300m. The company admitted this week that the ransomware caused a 2.5 per cent decrease in shipping volumes as the company struggled to process freight with systems that had been taken down by the outbreak. “The effect on profitability from the June cyber-attack was $250m-$300m, with the vast majority of the impact related to Maersk Line in the third... 

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Can An Ancient Spiral Galaxy Reveal The Secrets Of The Milky Way

November 13, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Can An Ancient Spiral Galaxy Reveal The Secrets Of The Milky Way

Astronomers have uncovered an ancient cosmic artifact 11 billion light-years from Earth: the oldest spiral galaxy ever seen. The newly discovered galaxy, known as A1689B11, is an ancestor of modern spiral galaxies like our own Milky Way, which are defined by long tentacles of gas, dust and stars that wrap around the galaxy’s central bulge. “Spiral galaxies are exceptionally rare in the early universe, and this discovery opens the door to investigating how galaxies transition from highly... 

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Facebook Has A Unique Way To Fight Revenge Porn

November 10, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Has A Unique Way To Fight Revenge Porn

Facebook is prompting people to share their nude photos. But this isn’t what it sounds like. The goal of the social network’s plan is to make sure people’s nude photos aren’t used for revenge porn by a disgruntled ex-boyfriend or girlfriend, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corp. The way it’ll work is people will share their photos with Facebook via its Messenger app and the company will then “hash” the images, which is a process that converts the... 

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