zdnet.com Archives - 24 April 2014, Thursday

  • China demands all banks cease trading in Bitcoin

    zdnet.com 28 Mar '14, 12pm

    Apparently you've figured it all out and the monetary policy specialists for governments around the world are all wrong. :S First of all, by your definition "currency" is anything you can use as payment and it includes everything from Monopoly money to gold pieces in World of Warcraft...

  • Google yanks two battery-sucking Bitcoin mining Android apps from Play store

    zdnet.com 28 Mar '14, 10am

    Researchers have found two popular apps in Google Play that surreptitiously mine several cryptocurrencies for their makers, potentially over-heating devices and shortening their lifespan. It's not so surprising to hear of new malware for Android these days, especially when it comes to...

  • CyberPowerPC joins Bitcoin craze with Mega Miner desktop series

    CyberPowerPC joins Bitcoin craze with Mega Miner desktop series

    zdnet.com 22 Mar '14, 12pm

    What's good enough for boutique PC builder iBuyPower is usually good enough for CyberPowerPC -- and vice versa. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that a few weeks after the iBuyPower CoinMine desktops , designed for Bitcoin mining, were released, CyberPower has responded with its new...

  • Australian government tracks every AUD conversion into bitcoin

    zdnet.com 24 Feb '14, 7am

    The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (Austrac), the Australian government agency responsible for countering money laundering and the financing of terrorism, is able to track each conversion transaction from bitcoin into or out of Australian dollars. "Australia is ver...

  • Bitcoin bubble could burst as investors rush to withdraw cash

    zdnet.com 17 Feb '14, 12pm

    FinCEN and other regulatory agencies have already begun working closely with investors and financial service providers in the Bitcoin space to offer agreeable regulations that protect consumers, discourage lawbreaking, and still foster growth and innovation in a completely new financi...

  • Anonymous targets Singapore govt with second tweetstorm

    Anonymous targets Singapore govt with second tweetstorm

    zdnet.com 09 Feb '14, 5am

    Anonymous has stepped up efforts to raise awareness over ongoing criminal procedings in alleged hackers in Singapore linked to the hacktivist group. The group called for a tweetstorm using the #FreeAnonsSG hashtag for February 9, 2014 at 8am Singapore time, to protest against various ...

  • Anonymous leaks Singapore govt employees' personal data

    zdnet.com 07 Feb '14, 10am

    Hacktivist group Anonymous has threatened to make public the personal data of employees linked to the Singapore government, in response to recent arrests of individuals linked to the group which it has deemed unfair. The personal information of 10 people was part of a statement shared...

  • Anonymous leaks Singapore govt employees' personal data

    zdnet.com 07 Feb '14, 10am

    Hacktivist group Anonymous has threatened to make public the personal data of employees linked to the Singapore government, in response to recent arrests of individuals linked to the group which it has deemed unfair. The personal information of 10 people was part of a statement shared...

  • Why Singapore doesn't need Bitcoin

    zdnet.com 06 Feb '14, 3am

    "Bitcoin is cool and I think there's a certain PR value for accepting Bitcoins. The geeky folks, of which there are many in Singapore, would probably come check you out just to see what it's like to do a transaction using Bitcoins. But is it worth training the staff and implementing t...

  • Tech start-ups in Singapore - cultural challenges you'll face

    zdnet.com 05 Feb '14, 8am

    All over the world start-up technology companies are toiling away waiting to be recognized and utilized. I sat down with Abhiroop Basu, content strategist at Zopim, which has gotten over early stage hurdles to reach success, and talked about what the challenges a young technology comp...

  • Singapore government hires first chief data scientist

    zdnet.com 21 Jan '14, 7am

    SINGAPORE--The government has reiterated its pledge to develop local capabilities in data analytics and announced the appointment of the country's first chief data scientist. IDA appoints its first chief data scientist, Prabir Sen. According to executive deputy chairman of Infocomm De...

  • Verotel jumps on Bitcoin bandwagon for porn purveyors

    zdnet.com 10 Jan '14, 8pm

    Verotel , the Dutch internet payment service provider for adult entertainment webmasters and other high-risk merchants, is now accepting Bitcoin payments through BitPay . The digital currency has already gone mainstream so, of course, it makes a ton of sense as a payment option for fo...

  • Singapore issues tax guidance on Bitcoins

    zdnet.com 09 Jan '14, 6am

    The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) has laid out tax advice regarding the purchase, sale, and exchange of Bitcoins for local businesses and individuals. In response to queries from Coin Republic owner David Moskowitz, the IRAS provided guidance on how to treat Bitcoin in ...

  • Western Digital's HGST cuts 500 Singapore jobs, shifts production to Thailand

    zdnet.com 27 Dec '13, 7am

    Western Digital has retrenched nearly 500 Singapore employees at its enterprise hard drive subsidiary HGST (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technologies), in a bid to enhance cost competitiveness. Western Digital's HGST is moving production to Thailand for lower costs. The Singapore f...

  • Bitcoin exchanges suspend operations in India amid govt warning

    Bitcoin exchanges suspend operations in India amid govt warning

    zdnet.com 27 Dec '13, 4am

    India's largest bitcoin trading platform has suspended its operations, citing a recent public advisory by the central bank highlighting the risks of virtual currencies, according to The Hindu . The closure of BuySellBitCo.in, which sees about 12 million rupees of Bitcoin transactions ...

  • Singapore adds Do-Not-Call 'exemption' for firms with existing customers

    Singapore adds Do-Not-Call 'exemption' for firms with existing customers

    zdnet.com 26 Dec '13, 5am

    Businesses in Singapore can now continue to send text or fax messages to existing customers without having to first check with the Do-Not-Call (DNC) Registry when this list comes into effect January 2. The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) on Thursday introduced a new ...

  • CryptoLocker's crimewave: A trail of millions in laundered Bitcoin

    zdnet.com 22 Dec '13, 9am

    Dell SecureWorks estimates that CryptoLocker has infected 250,000 victims. The average payout is $300 each, and millions in laundered Bitcoin have been tracked and traced to the ransomware's money runners. Spreading like wildfire from offices to homes, it arrives in email attachments ...

  • A crypto-currency primer: Bitcoin vs. Litecoin

    A crypto-currency primer: Bitcoin vs. Litecoin

    zdnet.com 14 Dec '13, 6am

    In my previous post on How to mine Bitcoin on your Mac I discussed how to mine crypto-gold on your Mac. Before diving in, I wanted to lay down a framework on the basics of Bitcoin (BTC) and its easier-to-mine competitor, Litecoin (LTC). Since investing in dedicated Bitcoin mining hard...

  • Bitcoin: It's not just loopy tulip land, it's worse

    zdnet.com 06 Dec '13, 5am

    Congratulations, libertarians, your clever little digital currency based on nothing but arithmetic, arrogance and faux-revolutionary Kool-Aid has been smeared in US Senate-love and slid all the way up to the US$1200 mark. Bitcoin is being taken seriously in serious quarters, it seems....

  • Anonymous website disappears with $100M in Bitcoin

    zdnet.com 05 Dec '13, 8am

    A website selling contraband goods has disappeared with a Bitcoin haul that some estimate could be worth as much as US$100 million. Read this Bitcoin rises as South Korea's cyber dough Read more Sheep Marketplace, which emerged after the Silk Road website was taken down, shut down ove...

  • Same Day Delivery in Singapore

    zdnet.com 29 Nov '13, 1am

    In America, Google, eBay, Amazon, and the soon-to-be-resurrected Kozmo.com offer same day delivery, often in under 90 minutes, of almost any product you could want. It’s the ultimate in convenience; sit at your desk, browse the shopping site, click a button to purchase, and it shows u...

  • Singapore arrests two men for govt site breach

    zdnet.com 28 Nov '13, 9am

    Two Singaporean men have been arrested over the alleged "hacking" of the Istana website, which belongs to the presidential office. The two suspects were arrested today and will be charged in court tomorrow, according to a press release by the Singapore Police Force. They two men were ...

  • Singapore mulls blocking gambling sites, ads and payments

    Singapore mulls blocking gambling sites and ads

    zdnet.com 28 Nov '13, 4am

    Online gambling could be banned in Singapore under new laws it is considering as part of efforts to curb such activities. New regulations could see access to betting websites blocked, and advertisements promoting them being prohibited, according to S. Iswaran, Singapore's second minis...

  • India's first Bitcoin conference coming to Bangalore next month

    zdnet.com 27 Nov '13, 1am

    Next month, on both December 14 and 15, Bangalore will host India's first Bitcoin conference, which is also Asia's second conference, according to The Times of India . There is no shortage of Bitcoin holders in India, as recent figures indicate that there is a 50,000 strong Bitcoin co...

  • How to mine Bitcoin with your Mac

    How to mine Bitcoin with your Mac

    zdnet.com 26 Nov '13, 7pm

    and note your Bitcoin address. You'll need it in step 2. A wallet is used to store your Bitcoin and you can have as many wallets as you want. Remember that security is paramount and losing your credentials is akin to losing your physical wallet, except that no one's going to return it...

  • Bitcoin developers offer $10,000 virtual bounty to fix mystery Mac bug

    zdnet.com 26 Nov '13, 12pm

    Price fluctuations and hackers aren't the only challenge facing the virtual currency Bitcoin, with developers pooling funds for a virtual bounty offered to anyone who can fix a bug they fear could hemper take up. Read this Rising Bitcoin prices force Cryptolocker ransomware scammers t...

  • Ex-Googlers launch data analytics startup in Singapore

    zdnet.com 14 Nov '13, 8am

    It seems you can't walk ten steps without bumping into a data analytics firm these days. Another startup has joined the fray in Singapore, but it's already making money, thanks in part to its founders' Google heritage. Sparkline just launched yesterday, and its three founders, Aleetza...

  • Hong Kong Bitcoin trading platform vanishes with millions

    zdnet.com 12 Nov '13, 2am

    When ardent Chinese Bitcoin investors found that they could no longer access the website of Global Bond Limited (GBL) in the early morning of October 26, it was already too late. Hong Kong Bitcoin trading platform vanishes with millions. One investor under the pseudonym of South Ameri...

  • Anonymous hacks Singapore PM website

    zdnet.com 08 Nov '13, 4am

    Anonymous reportedly defaced a subpage of the prime minister's website. SINGAPORE--Following his threat to "track down" hackers who target the country, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's official website was breached by hacktivist group Anonymous late Thursday night. In a statement rele...

  • Will the Singapore Do Not Call Registry lead to more e-mail marketing?

    zdnet.com 30 Oct '13, 10pm

    The implementation of the Do Not Call (DNC) Registry in Singapore does not directly affect business-to-business marketing, but will the restrictions on digital marketing to numeric phone number recipients indirectly divert (or revert) interest to more marketing to non-numeric e-mail a...