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Bitcoin's wild 2017 ride continues with a Christmas Day rebound after a record slide

Image: Shutterstock / Sashkin By Adam Rosenberg2017-12-25 18:58:54 UTC Slow your roll, bitcoin. The finicky cryptocurrency has skyrocketed in overall value throughout 2017, but its bumpy December continued in the run-up to Christmas. After posting an all-time high of $19,796 per bitcoin on Dec. 17, the price fell to $11,590 on Dec. 22, according to Coinbase data). It was the steepest decline of the year for bitcoin, losing more than

American Express finally ditches the need for signatures with its credit card

American Express is going signature-less.Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images By Sasha Lekach2017-12-12 00:08:24 UTC Like MasterCard and Discover before it, American Express is eliminating signatures for all credit card purchases. The company announced Monday that merchants won’t need customers to sign for anything starting in April 2018. This affects all shoppers everywhere around the world where American Express is accepted.  The payment process has outgrown signatures as a security measure —

Amazon launches in Australia for real, but not all are impressed at its prices

Amazon Australia launched on Tuesday, but where are the deals?Image: Getty Images By Johnny Lieu2017-12-05 00:59:51 UTC Following a false start last week, Amazon’s Australian store launched on Tuesday — at last. The arrival of the internet retail giant has received plenty of media coverage in the lead up, with much of the focus on how Amazon would smash local bricks and mortar competition through better pricing and service. So

Apple built a tax home on an island you've probably never heard of

Elizabeth Castle on a tidal island at St. Helier Port in Jersey, in the Channel Islands, Britain.Image: Richard Sowersby/REX/Shutterstock By Colin Daileda2017-11-06 22:58:27 UTC An island nestled between France and the United Kingdom is reportedly home to a significant portion of one of the most powerful tech corporations on the planet. Jersey rests in the English Channel, a bit closer to France than the U.K., and, according to information obtained

Starbucks launches new season of short films about ordinary Americans doing extraordinary things

Howard Schultz, Starbucks executive chairman (center), visits the Coalfield Development in West Virginia.Image: Joshua Trujillo / Starbucks By Matt Petronzio2017-10-10 01:00:00 UTC Howard Schultz wants to introduce you to a better side of America. The Starbucks executive chairman (and former CEO) believes the country isn’t just the one you see on TV or in your social feeds. It’s not just the dark times we’ve treaded since the 2016 presidential election,

Turns out the Equifax hack was even more gigantic

Image: JUSTIN LANE/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock By Colin Daileda2017-10-02 22:41:49 UTC Somehow, the Equifax hack was worse than originally reported.  The company put out a press release on Monday to say the hack exposed the personal information of 145.5 million U.S. consumers, up from the original estimate of 143 million. That comes out to about 45 percent of the U.S. population.  Around 8,000 Canadians also had their information exposed, according to the new

Twitter finally breaks silence on why it's never suspended President Trump

Trump’s tweets will continue to fly free. By Patrick Kulp2017-09-26 00:40:20 UTC Twitter finally has an answer for critics who claim that the social network gives President Donald Trump a pass on his inflammatory tweets. A company spokesman said Monday that it takes into account “newsworthiness” and potential public interest when deciding whether or not a particular tweet violates the company’s rules for appropriate conduct. The statement came in response

Here's 27.6 billion reasons why Facebook wants to regulate itself

Image: Chris Jackson/Getty Images By Patrick Kulp2017-09-22 03:41:51 UTC Facebook spent most of 2017 promising to do better. The social network has been in hot water ever since last year’s historically nasty presidential election laid bare how its ultra-precise ad targeting can be used for nefarious political means. Yet for all the company’s tough talk now, Facebook categorically denied this problem existed until less than a year ago. So how

The 'first major hate site on the internet' is shut down

Former Ku Klux Klan imperial wizard Don Black showed the world how the internet could galvanize hate beginning in 1995.  Now the website he founded that year, Stormfront — called the “first major hate site on the Internet” by the SPLC — is offline.  Domain provider has put a hold on the site after the Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law wrote a letter to the company’s CEO,