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US offers rewards for fugitive Russian cybercriminals

By Martyn Williams | 27 March, 2015 07:03

The U.S. government is offering multimillion dollar rewards for information that leads to the arrest or conviction of two alleged Russian hackers.

PayPal cited for 'reckless disregard' of US sanctions

By Martyn Williams | 26 March, 2015 06:41

PayPal has reached a $7.7 million settlement with the U.S. Treasury for ignoring U.S. sanctions and allowing money transfers to accounts linked to Iran, Cuba, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.

New York threatens action if RadioShack sells customer data

By Martyn Williams | 26 March, 2015 05:19

New York's Attorney General says his office will take "appropriate action" if personal data on millions of RadioShack customers is handed over as part of a just-concluded bankruptcy sale.

Stanford breakthrough could make better chips cheaper

By Martyn Williams | 25 March, 2015 09:28

Researchers at Stanford University have come up with a new way to make chips and solar panels using gallium arsenide, a semiconductor that beats silicon in several important areas but is typically too expensive for widespread use.

Amazon blasts FAA on drone approvals, regulations

By Martyn Williams | 25 March, 2015 07:44

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is taking too long to approve drone tests and isn't looking far enough into the future as it prepares rules for commercial drone flight, an Amazon executive told lawmakers on Tuesday.

FAA unclips wings of commercial drones

By Martyn Williams | 25 March, 2015 05:49

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has further loosened restrictions on commercial drone flight, removing the need for companies to obtain airspace clearance for flying approved drones.

Android's smart lock now detects when you carry your phone

By Martyn Williams | 21 March, 2015 08:05

Google is adding a feature to Android's smart lock that could significantly cut down on the number of times users need to enter a passcode to unlock their phones while they are out and about.

California bill would clamp down on AirBnB tax evaders

By Martyn Williams | 20 March, 2015 10:09

Legislation introduced in the California state senate this week seeks to ensure that people renting out homes or rooms on sites like AirBnB pay visitor taxes on those rentals.

Amazon gets US FAA approval for drone delivery tests

By Martyn Williams | 20 March, 2015 09:05

Amazon's plans for a drone delivery service took a big step forward Thursday when the Federal Aviation Administration gave the company permission to begin flight tests.

T-Mobile CEO 'fairly confident' net neutrality won't kill Music Freedom

By Martyn Williams | 19 March, 2015 09:57

T-Mobile's CEO says he's confident that upcoming net neutrality rules won't mean an end to the carrier's "Music Freedom" promotion that allows unrestricted music streaming from certain sites.

Nvidia unveils $10,000 autonomous driving computer

By Martyn Williams | 18 March, 2015 07:21

As thousands of dashcam videos on YouTube vividly demonstrate, drivers see the craziest things. Be it an angry bear, a low-flying aircraft or even a guy riding a shopping cart on the freeway, the videos make for entertaining viewing but also illustrate a problem facing developers of self-driving cars: how can you program a computer to make sense of all this?

State Dept. expects email back online later Monday

By Martyn Williams | 17 March, 2015 05:55

The U.S. Department of State expects its main unclassified email system to be back in operation later Monday after security upgrades, but wider Internet access could take longer to get back online.

Facebook acquires The Find e-commerce search engine

By Martyn Williams | 14 March, 2015 08:44

Facebook has acquired The Find, a nine-year-old company with a search engine that indexes products across thousands of e-commerce sites.

Google's solar-drone Internet tests about to take off

By Martyn Williams | 14 March, 2015 06:26

Google's ambitious plans to provide Internet access to remote areas via solar-powered drones are getting ready to take off.

Austin declared a drone-free zone during SXSW

By Martyn Williams | 13 March, 2015 06:55

Using a drone at the South By Southwest festival might put you in jail.