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Rustock Botnet Reportedly Taken Down, as Spam Volumes Plummet

Krebs on Security is reporting that a huge drop in the volume of e-mail spam circulating worldwide on Wednesday was the result of a planned takedown of the Rustock botnet, which, at one point, was the most prolific purveyor of spam in the entire world. According to the Composite Spam Blocklist (CBL)...

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Visa Takes on PayPal with Personal Payments Service

Visa announced plans on Wednesday for a new personal payments service, with which U.S. customers can send or receive funds from any Visa credit, debit or prepaid bank account across the world. Much like with PayPal, customers with Visa accounts at participating banks will be able to swap money by ...

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Explore March Madness Arenas in 3-D with Google Earth

Tonight's First Four games in Dayton, Ohio, will tip off the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament. Until then, Google has a remedy for March Madness, offering 3-D virtual tours of the tourney's 14 host arenas. You can get a sneak peek, inside and out, at the places in which all the hoop heartbre...

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Google to Test Mobile Payment System in NYC, San Francisco

Google has purchased thousands of VeriFone's mobile payment registers, intending to install and test the system in stores in New York and San Francisco, according to Bloomberg. With this system, customers could pay for products with their Nexus S (or other smartphone equipped with a near-field com...

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NBA Referee Slams AP Writer With Twitter Defamation Lawsuit

An NBA referee has filed a defamation lawsuit against an Associated Press reporter over an accusation the reporter made on Twitter. During a Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets game on January 24th, AP writer Jon Krawczynski wrote, "Ref Bill Spooner told Rambis he'd 'get it back' after a b...

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Facebook Tracks Status Updates About Earthquake, Tsunami in Japan

The Global Disaster Relief Facebook page has posted a set of time-stamped maps that show how news spread through status updates about the earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan. The site found that 4.5 million updates from 3.8 million users around the globe contained the words "Japan," "earthq...

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Apple's Phil Schiller: White iPhone 4 Will Drop This Spring

Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, tweeted yesterday that the white iPhone 4 will finally be available this spring. Schiller didn't reveal any specific details about the mythical phone, like whether it'll be available on both Verizon and AT&T, or its ...

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Instaprint Creates Inkless, On-Demand Photo Prints From Instagram Snaps

Capitalizing on people's nostalgia for old Polaroid prints, a company called Breakfast will soon beta-test a location-based printer that will create inkless, on-demand photos from the Instagram iPhone app. Instaprint, as it's called, automatically prints photos that are taken with Instagram app a...

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Verizon Has Best Call Quality Across Nation, Says J.D. Power Survey

In a recent survery released by J.D. Power, customers named Verizon Wireless the service provider with the best call quality in four of six regions across America. Verizon tied with AT&T for best customer satisfaction in another region, and U.S. Cellular was named the best carrier in the othe...

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'Angry Birds' Migrating to Facebook This March

By now, it's pretty clear that no platform is safe from the 'Angry Birds.' According to All Facebook, a new version of the game will debut on Facebook sometime in March. It's unclear exactly what new features the Facebook version of the pig-smashing, flying birds game will have, but Rovio CEO Mik...

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