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Google shuttles DNS queries from Brazil back to US

Google said the shift is not connected to proposed legislation in Brazil that would mandate user data be held locally.

HHS head says she's responsible for troubled HealthCare.gov

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius also told the Congressional hearing that the website should be working for the majority of users by the end of November.

Google Halloween

Here are all of Google's Halloween Easter eggs

Google's engineers have added a little Halloween mischief into the search graph—here's a rundown of all the seasonal fun we could find.

bitcoin

Record bitcoin payment of $1 million spent on new mining hardware

Bitpay just processed its first $1 million transaction using the digital currency.

Internet Archive, fearful of spying, boosts its encryption

The non-profit site will keep less user data and adopt the secure HTTPS protocol by default.

Officials target end of November for smooth HealthCare.gov

HealthCare.gov, which has had a dismal start, is one way that uninsured U.S. residents can apply for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare.

ICANN starts rolling out new generic top-level domains

ICANN has introduced the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) to the Internet's root zone, the central database for the Internet's Domain Name System, paving the way for possibly 1,400 new domain names from the current 22.

Google offers hacking defenses to human rights, elections websites

Google is lending its vast infrastructure to websites that may be targeted by distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks because of their content.

shopping

Amazon announces ten-dollar increase to free-shipping minimum

Amazon’s free shipping minimum went up Tuesday from $25 to $35 -- the first price increase in over a decade -- in an apparent play to boost Amazon Prime subscribers.

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Obamacare website issues will be fixed, Obama promises

The president said Monday there is “no excuse” for the problems that have plagued HealthCare.gov since the site went live Oct. 1.

Wikipedia bans 250 accounts on pay-for-article concerns

The online encyclopedia's editors are investigating allegations of suspicious edits and accounts.

Obamacare

Ailing Obamacare site to get a "tech surge"

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is boosting the IT trauma team giving urgent care to the Obamacare website, which has badly malfunctioned since its launch almost three weeks ago.

How your online data is being packaged and sold

A recent study by the Direct Marketing Association is interesting in what it doesn't reveal about how it buys and sells your personal data to parties that want to sell to you.

More than 40 percent of YouTube traffic now comes from mobile

YouTube's presence on mobile devices has exploded in the past couple of years, Google said on Thursday.

Legal ruling

Isohunt.com to shut down in settlement with movie studios

The BitTorrent search site lost an appeals court case earlier this year, so it's closing its doors as part of settlement with movie studios in the U.S.