Silk Road investigators charged with stealing bitcoin

Two former U.S. government agents face charges related to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bitcoin while assisting with an investigation of the Silk Road underground online marketplace, with one accused of using a fake online persona to extort money from operators of the site.

By Grant Gross | 31 March, 2015 05:10

Tags: U.S. Department of Justice, Internet-based applications and services, Ross Ulbricht, Shaun Bridges, legal, U.S. Secret Service, government, silk road, internet, Carl Force, cybercrime, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

HP links Vertica and IDOL seeking better unstructured data analysis

Promising more thorough and timelier data analysis, Hewlett-Packard has released a software package that combines the company's Vertica database with its IDOL data analysis platform.

By Joab Jackson | 31 March, 2015 05:07

Tags: applications, databases, software, Hewlett-Packard

SDN management battle: TAPs vs. network packet brokers

Network management is a sticky issue when it comes to implementing software-defined networks and network virtualization.

By Jim Duffy | 31 March, 2015 04:35

Tags: management, open source, Networking, Network management, software

Google integrates Now with Chrome OS's app launcher

Google last week added its Google Now personal assistant to the app launcher in a preview of Chrome OS, the browser-based operating system that powers Chromebooks.

By Gregg Keizer | 31 March, 2015 04:35

Tags: Apple, Google, Microsoft, software, operating systems

7 reasons why frameworks are the new programming languages

In the 1980s, the easiest way to start a nerd fight was to proclaim that your favorite programming language was best. C, Pascal, Lisp, Fortran? Programmers spent hours explaining exactly why their particular way of crafting an if-then-else clause was superior to your way.

By Peter Wayner | 31 March, 2015 04:27

Tags: application development, Johns Hopkins University, software

Bitcoin in China still chugging along, a year after clampdown

A year after China began tightening regulations around Bitcoin, the virtual currency is still thriving in the country, albeit on the fringes, according to its largest exchange.

By Michael Kan | 30 March, 2015 23:09

Tags: e-commerce, regulation, BTC China, government, internet

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Monday, March 30

Pebble Time breaks Kickstarter record...Tim Cook speaks out on discrimination...Intel is said to be considering Altera buy... and more tech news.

By IDG News Service staff | 30 March, 2015 22:30

Tags: business issues, altera, GitHub, security, Kickstarter, Components, intel, Facebook, Pebble

Google Dart upgrade homes in on asynchronous programming

Google has released Dart 1.9, with a focus on asynchronous programming.

By Paul Krill | 30 March, 2015 21:48

Tags: Development tools, application development, Languages and standards, Google, software, javascript

India backs open source software for e-governance projects

India has said it will use open source software in all e-governance projects, though it did not rule out the use of proprietary software to meet specialized requirements.

By John Ribeiro | 30 March, 2015 17:33

Tags: open source, Government use of IT, India Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, software, government

GitHub recovering from massive DDoS attacks

Software development platform GitHub said it was still experiencing intermittent outages from the largest cyberattack in its history but had halted most of the attack traffic.

By Jeremy Kirk | 30 March, 2015 12:00

Tags: GitHub, security

'Largest DDoS attack' in GitHub's history targets anticensorship projects

GitHub has been hammered by a continuous DDoS attack for three days. It's the "largest DDoS attack in's history." The attack is aimed at anti-censorship GreatFire and CN-NYTimes projects, but affected all of GitHub; the traffic is coming from China as attackers are reportedly using China's search engine Baidu for the purpose of "HTTP hijacking."

By Ms. Smith | 30 March, 2015 03:55

Tags: GitHub, Microsoft Subnet, baidu, security

Kleiner Perkins cleared of sex discrimination against Ellen Pao

A jury has found mostly in favor of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in a historic lawsuit accusing one of Silicon Valley's best-known venture capital firms of sex discrimination.

By James Niccolai | 28 March, 2015 09:02

Tags: business issues, personnel, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, Civil lawsuits, legal

Facebook reveals the logic behind its forced Messenger split

Facebook annoyed and puzzled many people last year when it forced them to download its Messenger app for chats. Its reasons for doing so are now clearer: Messenger is becoming a beast of an app, with its own links to outside businesses and software apart from Facebook's main site.

By Zach Miners | 28 March, 2015 08:47

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, instant messaging, e-commerce, mobile, social media, internet, Facebook

Google to bring imaging, sensor technology to the operating room

Google's technology may eventually make its way into operating rooms and help surgeons with their procedures.

By Fred O'Connor | 28 March, 2015 07:01

Tags: Google, health care, industry verticals

5 freshly-funded cloud computing companies worth watching

Investors made a crowd around the cloud this week, investing $175 million in companies focused on everything from storage to the WAN to the supply chain.

By Bob Brown | 28 March, 2015 06:34

Tags: netsuite, SAP,, cloud computing, Venture capital, internet

Why Meerkat and Periscope are the next big challenge for marketers

There's nothing like a brand-new medium to put marketing departments into overdrive, and it would be hard to find a better example than the recent, rapid-fire arrival of live-stream video apps Meerkat and Periscope.

By Katherine Noyes | 28 March, 2015 06:26

Tags: marketing, Internet-based applications and services, Meerkat, twitter, mobile, industry verticals, social media, internet, video, mobile applications

USB Type-C peripherals are on the way, and storage devices are first up

With Apple's latest MacBook and Google's newest Chromebook just out and featuring the new USB Type-C connector, we're on the lookout for peripherals that use the interface, and storage devices appear to be first out of the gate.

By Agam Shah | 28 March, 2015 06:24

Tags: msi, Drives, storage, DIGITAL GEAR, hardware systems, Components, sandisk, LaCie, Emtec, Apple, Google

Microsoft should forget the Surface, stick to the Pro 2-in-1 line

Microsoft will resuscitate its Surface tablet with a new model powered by Windows 8.1, ditching the flop that was Windows RT for a lower-priced device, according to an online report.

By Gregg Keizer | 28 March, 2015 06:22

Tags: Microsoft, hardware systems, tablets, intel

Slack hacked, compromising users' profile data

The popular group chat tool Slack suffered a hack of its central database last month, the company admitted Friday, potentially compromising users' profile information like log-on data, email addresses and phone numbers.

By Zach Miners | 28 March, 2015 05:22

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, instant messaging, Slack Technologies, business management, social media, internet

Google Cloud Launcher deploys VM-based apps in a snap

Google's latest enhancement to Cloud Platform is not a new feature but a repackaging of an existing innovation. But it's a downright useful offering all the same.

By Serdar Yegulalp | 28 March, 2015 03:52

Tags: NGINX, sugarCRM, Google, amp, cloud computing, internet

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