PayPal is bullish on Bitcoin

President David Marcus tells Fortune why he embraces digital currency, how he thinks the trend will play out, and when Americans can reasonably expect to go wallet-less.
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Google Takes Street View Trekker And Underwater Cameras To The Galapagos Islands, Coming To Google Maps Later This Year

Trekker 2 - correctedGoogle today announced that it has been taking its Street View Trekker – the compact backpack version of its Street View cars – and its underwater Street View cameras to the Galapagos Islands and that it plans to make these images available on Google Maps later this year. The company worked together with the Charles Darwin Foundation, the Galapagos National Parks Directorate and, for the underwater survey, the Catlin Seaview Survey.
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Why Brands Need Two-Factor Authentication on Twitter



Major brands with a presence on Twitter are being encouraged to implement Twitter’s new two-factor authentication feature to help ward off hackers, and for good reason. If you look at recent hacks against companies such as Burger King, The Onion and the Associated Press — which even negatively impacted financial markets — it’s clear that Twitter has become a hotbed for account hijacking. Finally, companies can increase their chances of warding off such attacks

Before Wednesday, all users was logging in to Twitter the same way — those with two followers and those with 2 million. Now, Twitter added a security method called login verification, which is essentially like double-locking your door at night to decrease the chances of an intruder breaking in Read more…

More about Mobile, Twitter, Hacking, Security, and Media
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Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and iPhone 5 face off as T3 Awards 2013 open

Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and iPhone 5 face off as T3 Awards 2013 open

Voting for the prestigious T3 Awards has opened, and the headline awards will see giant products from Apple, Samsung, HTC and Sony facing off to win themselves a gong on 3 October.

The longlists serve as an exciting glimpse into what the movers and shakers of the past 12 months of tech have brought and its no surprise to see the likes of Google Glass, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Sky+ HD 2TB all getting a nod.

TechRadar readers are always heavily invested in the Smartphone of the Year category and with the site’s UK Editor-in-chief Patrick Goss once again judging we’ll be getting involved in the argument over whether the S4, HTC One, Sony Xperia Z or the Apple iPhone 5 deserve the plaudits.

Gadget of the Year

Gadget of the Year brings the Kindle Fire HD from Amazon, the iPad Mini and, perhaps surprisingly, the Wii U battling for supremacy with some other outstanding candidates, and there are new categories in the shape of Car of the Year and Tech Moment of the Year.

T3 editor Luke Peters says: “With technology continuing to advance at a rate of knots and becoming more entwined with consumers’ everyday lifestyles, 2013 is going to be an exciting year for the T3 Gadget Awards. Cutting-edge products, brands and people need to be recognised and our industry-leading event is the perfect showcase for that.”

With a 175-strong longlist of nominees across 17 categories (with two special Awards to be given on the night), voting is now open at

The pared-down T3 Gadget Awards 2013 Shortlist is to be announced on 18 July when, after intensive judging, each category will be stripped to six, apart from Gadget of the Year, which will drop to 10.

The final winners are settled by a final round of voting by readers and T3’s own judging panel of eight, and will be announced at the T3 Gadget Awards 2013 ceremony at Old Billingsgate, London on 3 October.

Here are two of the biggest categories, but make sure you check out all the awards and candidates and cast your vote.

Smartphone of the Year

Apple iPhone 5BlackBerry Q10
BlackBerry Z10
Google Nexus 4
HTC One X+
Nokia Lumia 920
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Samsung Galaxy S4
Sony Xperia Z

Gadget of the Year

Amazon Kindle Fire HD
Apple iPad Mini
Cambridge Audio Minx Air 100
Dell XPS 15
Fitbit One
GoPro HD Hero 3
KEF M500
Nintendo Wii U Premium
Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung NX300
Samsung UE46F8000
Sky+ HD 2TB
Sonos PlayBar
Sony Bravia KD-55X9000A

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