Why BlackBerry Is Suing Ryan Seacrest

BlackBerry took a break Friday from dealing with falling revenue, rescinded sales attempts, and a lost CEO to take on what one tech blog wryly describes as the company’s “real threat”: American Idol host Ryan Seacrest. The company is suing Typo Products, cofounded by Seacrest and entrepreneur Laurence Hallier, for creating a case with a keyboard that allegedly infringes on BlackBerry’s patents. […]

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Snapchat Promises Security Fixes After Hack

Snapchat promised security fixes Thursday after hackers leaked 4.6 million phone numbers and user names from the photo-sharing app. In a blog post on the company’s site, Snapchat said the breach was the result of an “abuse” of their “find friends” feature. “We will be releasing an updated version of the Snapchat application that will allow Snapchatters to opt out of […]

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The NSA Is Building a Computer to Crack Almost Any Code

The National Security Agency is building a quantum computer designed to break almost every type of encryption in the world, including those used to protect banking, medical, business and government records. Documents leaked by whistle-blower Edward Snowden reveal a $79.7 million research program to build a “cryptologically useful quantum computer,” the Washington Post reports. Such a supercomputer, if completed, would be […]

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Google Dumps Bump — and With It, the Dream of Dead Simple, Cross Platform File Transfers

If a great big web company such as Google or Facebook buys a startup that’s captured the world’s imagination — such as YouTube or Instagram — it sometimes works out O.K. But if the startup in question is anything less than a massive hit, acquisition is often (and maybe usually) followed by termination. That’s what’s happening with Bump, makers of the […]

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News Corp acquires ‘social news agency’ Storyful

Just how important are social media and online video to the futures of old-line newspaper companies? Consider this: Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp just spent $25 million to acquire a startup it calls a “social news agency.” The five-year-old startup, called Storyful, identifies, verifies and shares news videos and photos — often from eyewitnesses at the scenes of breaking news — […]

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