John P. Mello, Jr.Contributor, TechHive

John Mello writes on technology and cyber security for a number of online publications and is former managing editor of the Boston Business Journal and Boston Phoenix.

Spotify closes hole that allowed free music downloads

The popular music service nixes a flaw that allowed free downloads using a Google Chrome extension.

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Use of 'honeywords' can expose password crackers

Researchers propose foiling password thieves by salting password databases with red herrings called 'honeywords.'

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Facebook blocks rival Path's access to friends features

By blocking Path's access to Facebook's friends features, the social network may be reacting to reports of spamming by the rival service.

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Spam's birthday and Hotmail's closure lead email milestones

Spam—that scourge of the Internet—turned 35 years old. And Microsoft pulled the plug on its webmail service Hotmail.

Cyberattack affected US defense contractor over three-year period

Advanced persistent data theft at QinetiQ linked to Chinese hackers.

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Portable Bitcoin ATM expected to start swapping coins soon

The compact dispenser of virtual money will headline a Bitcoin conference in San Jose in May.

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Skycam camera would harness Skype to deliver streaming video

The would-be camera -- which its co-founder is looking to crowd-fund -- connects to the Internet using Microsoft's Skype service.

Nokia bets on camera tech to boost phone market share

Nokia's venture arm is investing in a California company that uses multiple lenses to create images, another sign that the phone maker is looking to stand out in the smartphone market with its camera technology.

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Meet the new Galaxy Tab, just like the old Galaxy Tab

Samsung has taken the wraps off the next generation Galaxy Tab tablet, but is the Galaxy Tab 3 really an upgrade over its predecessor?

LivingSocial's breach draws advice from security experts

After 50 million users learn about the weakness of hashed passwords the hard way, LivingSocial reconsiders and revamps its password security practices.

Nintendo boosts Wii U performance with upgrade

The Wii U console gets its first major software refresh, speeding up the system's performance

Locked and loaded, online gamers draw phishing attackers

Cyber thieves attracted to the richness of in-game commerce, report finds

Samsung rationalizes PC naming scheme

All Windows computers will be incorporated into the ATIV brand.

Mobile game downloads expected to triple in the next five years

Game downloads for smartphones and tablets should triple in the next five years, a trend that will have a significant impact on console gaming.

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Delivery delays force T-Mobile and others to postpone Samsung Galaxy S4 shipping

Delivery delays force T-Mobile and AT&T to postpone shipping orders for the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone.

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