Tech Sightings, January 29, 2014

Posted January 29th, 2014 at 4:44 pm (UTC+0)
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Answers to a Puzzling Deal at Alibaba Remain in the Shadows

China’s Internet giant Alibaba, which recently acquired the Hong Kong-listed company Citic 21CN,  hopes to join the ranks of Google and Microsoft. But much remains unclear about Alibaba and its business.

Meet the ‘Bitcoin Millionaire’ Arrested for Allegedly Helping Silk Road Launder $1 Million

The arrest of BitInstant CEO Charlie Shrem for money laundering for users of the Silk Road digital black market leaves the Bitcoin community with a publicity crisis this week.

Modern Technology Aims to Help Older Drivers

Reasearch conducted by The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence and the MIT AgeLab sheds light on new technologies making their way into cars to help drivers stay safe behind the wheel.

Java-Based Malware Driving DDoS Botnet Infects Windows, Mac, Linux Devices

According to Kaspersky Lab, the cross-platform HEUR:Backdoor.Java.Agent.a takes hold of computers by exploiting a critical Java vulnerability that Oracle patched in June.

Was Your Account Hacked? How to Find Out

If you are worried that your credit card might have been compromised, here are a few things that might help safeguard your accounts in the future.

Why Android Updates Take So Long To Get To Your Smartphone

The signal for Android updates, which originates at Google, has to negotiate a series of portals through manufacturers, chipset makers and carriers before it reaches a user’s smartphone.

 

 

 

Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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