FBI offers $3 million reward for Russian ‘cyber fugitive’

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The FBI today announced it’s offering a $3 million reward for information leading to the direct arrest or capture of Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, who the bureau is labeling “a prolific cyber criminal” guilty of helping push along the crippling GameOver Zeus botnet. The feds maintain that the botnet was responsible for financial damages exceeding $100 million before it was finally shut down in June of last year.

He’s probably not in much trouble over in Russia

“The software was used to capture bank account numbers, passwords, personal identification numbers, and other information necessary to log into online banking accounts,” the FBI said in a press release meant to shine an unwanted spotlight on Bogachev. Through sophisticated…

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Google Tests Live Chat With Businesses From Search Results

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google-places-chat Google is testing out a service that incorporates live chat with businesses right into search results, via a new link that shows whether a business is currently available, and immediately launches a chat via Google Hangouts (on either desktop or mobile) if they are. The service resembles Path Talk’s direct messaging platform with local businesses, but incorporates its service right into… Read More

TC Droidcast Episode 39: The Galaxy S6’s ‘Six Appeal’

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new-droidcast-banner This week on the Droidcast, it’s basically the eve of the reveal of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M9, so we get into those, including the most recent leaks, like carrier Subscribe on iTunes and check out past episodes right here on TechCrunch. Download it directly here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/droidcast/droidcast-38.mp3“>slip-ups around the S6’s ‘Six… Read More

New HTC One M9 detailed in leaked promotional videos

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HTC is expected to announce the One M9 in just a few days at Mobile World Congress, but as is often the case with new smartphones, virtually all of the details about the device have leaked beforehand. We’ve already seen renders of what the M9 will look like (it looks like the M8 with a bigger camera module and no DuoCam sensor), but now three promotional videos have been published on YouTube by user upleaks.

The videos show off the design of the phone, with it’s two-tone color scheme, the new camera’s capabilities and software, and a more in depth theming system than on prior HTC phones. The videos also show a new home screen that will show you different apps based on your location, similar to Yahoo’s Aviate contextual launcher. The…

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President Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline

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Nearly two weeks after Congress approved the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, President Obama has officially vetoed the bill calling for its construction, stating that the project is not in the national interest. The decision follows a clear statement from the White House last month saying the president would not sign the bill into law if Congress, currently controlled by Republican lawmakers, passed it.

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline is a 1,179-mile pipe that would carry 830,000 barrels of crude oil from Canadian oil sands to oil refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas. The cost of the project has ballooned to $8 billion since it was first proposed in 2008, and though an earlier Keystone bill died in the Senate last year, the…

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Democratic FCC commissioner reportedly has some problems with net neutrality proposal

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One of the commissioners whose vote will be needed to pass the FCC’s new net neutrality proposal on Thursday appears to have some concerns over the rules. The Hill reports that Democratic commissioner and former acting-chairwoman Mignon Clyburn would like see some adjustments to the proposal, seemingly in order to provide more clarity for companies investing in broadband. Critically, the changes she’s interested in appear to be minor and would still leave in place the bulk of the proposal, including Title II reclassification.

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New Guitar Hero and Rock Band games are reportedly coming to Xbox One and PS4

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Music games could be coming back in a big way; multiple reports claim that both the Rock Band and Guitar Hero franchises are set to return to consoles after a rather lengthy absence.

According to Kotaku, a new Guitar Hero game for PS4 and Xbox One could be announced at E3 in June, and the report claims that the game may bring a more realistic style to the typically cartoony series. Meanwhile, last week Bloomberg reported that a revival of the Rock Band series was in the works, also for the Xbox One and PS4. No details on the game itself were revealed, however, including when it may be officially announced.

“We’ve missed rocking with all of you.”

The news comes as both series have been on hiatus. The last console version of Guitar Hero…

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Watch a blind man use a bionic eye to see his wife for the first time in a decade

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The Guardian has posted a video that will melt your heart into an mushy stew. According to the short, a blind man has the ability to see his wife after 10 years. Allen Zderared, now in his late 60s, began to lose his site nearly two decades ago, but thanks to a prototype bionic eye and the help of Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic, the Minnesotan can “see shapes and human forms.”

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Here’s The HTC One M9, As Revealed In New Leaked Videos

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Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 3.27.36 PM HTC is just a few days away from revealing its new HTC One M9, but the surprise has been spoiled by a trio of leaked videos. Originally shown off by frequent Android leaker account @Upleaks, the videos below show the M9 in detail, including its design, as well as software features contained in the next version of HTC’s Sense UI.
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Windows 10 Pops Up As A “Green Shoot” Among Microsoft’s Slipping Mobile Market Share

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Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 12.29.25 PM For Microsoft’s mobile strategy, the only direction available is up. Today, IDC reported that Android and iOS controlled 96.3 percent of the mobile market in 2014. That means that Microsoft’s Windows 10 strategy, which will see a single operating system stretch from the smallest to the largest screens, is starting in many ways from scratch. Interestingly, Microsoft actually grew… Read More

Startup Lessons From My Screenwriter Life, Part 1

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typewriter I spent the first 10+ years of my career writing and directing movies. Now I’m a startup CEO. Between these two roles, I’ve learned a lot about the process of getting ideas into focus and onto the screen, whether that’s the silver screen or my Macbook screen. With the Oscars turning our attention to this year’s great cinematic achievements, here are some lessons I… Read More

The “Shark Tank” Effect On Apps

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scholly Sitting at the top of the iTunes App Store for the fourth day in a row and counting is Scholly, another one of the many mobile applications that found its way onto the national stage by way of ABC’s popular TV pitch competition Shark Tank. The show now has a history of being able to move the market when it comes to turning apps that would otherwise be also-rans into mobile hits –… Read More

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