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Winklevoss twins book a Virgin Galactic trip into space using bitcoins

By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – You can’t spend bitcoins at Amazon.com or to pay your mortgage but, as the Winklevoss twins showed on Wednesday, you can use the digital currency to book a trip into suborbital space. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who famously accused Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg of stealing their

Report: Facebook in negotiations to buy maker of solar-powered drones

Facebook is in talks to buy a solar-powered drone startup in what could lead to making wireless Internet available in regions without online access, according to technology news website TechCrunch. TechCrunch cited an unidentified source as disclosing that the leading social network is considering buying Titan Aerospace for about $60 million. Facebook declined to

Edward Snowden set for video ‘appearance’ at South By Southwest festival

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Former security contractor Edward Snowden, facing arrest if he steps foot on U.S. soil, will participate remotely in a panel discussion next week in Texas about governmental intrusion into privacy, conference organizers said on Tuesday. Snowden, who is in Russia, will answer questions via video conference at the South by

Verizon in talks with content providers for online video service

By Marina Lopes NEW YORK (Reuters) – Verizon Communications is in talks with content providers to deliver web-based TV services to mobile platforms, chief executive Lowell McAdam, said at an investor conference on Tuesday. A day earlier, Dish Network Corp and Walt Disney Co announced a landmark deal that will allow the No. 2

Facebook looking into solar-powered ‘atmospheric’ drones for wireless Internet

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc is in talks to buy drone maker Titan Aerospace for $60 million, according to media reports. The high-flying drones would give Facebook, the world’s No.1 Internet social network, the ability to beam wireless Internet access to consumers in undeveloped parts of the world, according to the technology blog

Radio Shack to shutter 1,100 stores after $191 million loss

US consumer electronics retailer RadioShack said Tuesday it would close up to 1,100 stores, one fifth of its total, in an effort to turn the struggling chain around. Chief executive Joseph Magnacca said the move was necessary after tough competition and lower traffic left the company with a $191 million loss in the fourth

Warren Buffett: Bitcoin ‘does not meet the test of a currency’

The Oracle of Omaha is not a believer in bitcoin. Warren Buffett, chief executive of investment conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway and one of the world’s most respected investors, told CNBC television Monday that bitcoin “does not meet the test of a currency.” “I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s not around in 10 or 20 years,”

Siri for your Ford? Apple launches iPhone voice control for drivers

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Apple makes its next move in hands-free smartphone technology for car drivers when it unveils a new, integrated iPhone voice-control system at the Geneva Motor Show this week. The U.S. company’s CarPlay makes its debut in Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo vehicles at the show, demonstrating the software system that allows drivers

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