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MafiaLeaks

Real life Mob Wars: MafiaLeaks uses Tor anonymity to battle organized crime

A new site wants to use the power of anonymity to battle organized crime in southern Italy.

HealthCare.gov

HealthCare.gov's enrollment system crashes Monday

The troubled website was down for 90 minutes Monday, and more service interruptions are likely, officials say.

world-wide-web

Berners-Lee urges countries toward open data strategy

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, founder of the world wide web, called on governments around the world to open up their data to the public.

Bing, Twitter continue their search party

With a new deal between Microsoft and Twitter, tweets will continue to appear in users' search results to provide more context.

HealthCare.gov

HealthCare.gov team improves site response times

The current page response times are now less than one second but more work is needed, officials said.

HealthCare.gov

Google, Oracle, Red Hat join effort to fix HealthCare.gov

The extra hands hope to help the government meet a Nov. 30 goal to have the site working smoothly for the large majority of users

Proposal to make websites liable for its user comments faces opposition

The proposed change in the 1996 Communications Decency Act would remove legal protections for websites from state prosecutions for comments that site users make.

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.