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Bitcoin Crash Shows Why It's Not Really a Currency

April 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After enjoying a week or so of increasing value, Bitcoin took a huge dive today, which explains why the "virtual currency" is not a currency at all, but more of a stock people have invested in to get rich. The coins started out at a high of $266 Wednesday, and ...

Why Google Fiber and Its High-Speed Clones Are Too Expensive for Your City

April 10, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you're not jealous of Austin, which on Tuesday officially became the second lucky city to get access to Google Fiber — the search giant's experimental, super fast, surprisingly cheap fiberoptic Internet infrastructure — you should be, because it's unlikely that your city will ever get the coveted connection service ...

Consider the BlackBerry Z10, a Smart Fish in an Ocean of Smartphones

April 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow So maybe you're shopping for a new cellphone this weekend. You could wait for that heady new Facebook phone, but that would make you one of them. Or you could hold out for that cheap iPhone, which Apple swears is coming. And then there's the latest savior from BlackBerry, which, ...

China Has a Better iPhone Warranty Than America to Go with Its Apology from Apple

April 2, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After weeks of anti-Apple rhetoric from China's state run media outlets complaining about iPhone customer service standards, Apple CEO Tim Cook has not only written a formal apology but even gone so far as to change the Chinese iPhone warranty policy — and it's better than Apple's American policy now. ...

BlackBerry's Not Selling Enough New Phones Yet

March 28, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The first earnings report from BlackBerry since its new phone launched is mostly good news—the company reported $94 million in profit and $1.2 billion in revenue—but there is one alarming figure: the 3 million customers the company has lost over the last three months. Even with a million Z10 devices ...

Nevermind: Facebook Is Keeping Track of What You Buy at the Drugstore

March 27, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It took Facebook about six months to start using all that offline consumer data it's made deals for for more than just "research" and put all that rewards cards information to good lucrative use. With its new "ad effectiveness" program Facebook will serve specific ads that reflect your specific offline ...

The Bidding War for Dell Has Officially Begun

March 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Never mind that Dell buyout deal proposed by founder and CEO Michael Dell in early February: activist investor and professional company-shaker-upper Carl Icahn has put a better offer on the table in a letter released by the PC manufacturer today. Icahn, unhappy with the share price Dell offered, is offering ...

Miami's Voter Fraud Is Only the Beginning of Election Hacking

March 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Authorities have confirmed for the first time ever, that hackers attempted and almost succeeded at rigging a Miami primary vote, uncovering underlying security issues with the online voting systems of the future. In the Miami-Dade primary election last August, requests for over 2,500 phantom absentee ballots flooded the Miami Dade ...

The Very First Cell Phone Calls

March 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The cell phone made its public debut 40 years ago, which sounds like a very long time ago because it was. Ahead of the April 3rd anniversary, The New York Times Magazine takes us back to the very day in 1973 that inventor Martin Cooper first showed off his portable ...

Digg Has Made an RSS Reader Its Top Priority After Google Reader Died

March 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Here's a little light at the end of a dark Google reader tunnel: Because of Reader's demise the people behind news aggregation site Digg have sped up their own RSS plans to get fans a feed before Google Reader's July 1 death date. "We have been planning on building a ...