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Bitcoin surges past $100, gains Expensify support

By making Bitcoin an official reimbursement option, Expensify joins the list of businesses incorporating the virtual currency.

Major Bitcoin exchange slammed with denial of service attack as the currency surges

Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox faced a distributed denial-of-service attack late Thursday, at a time the digital currency is seeing an upward swing.

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Researchers find new point-of-sale malware called BlackPOS

A new piece of malware that infects point-of-sale (POS) systems has already been used to compromise thousands of payment cards belonging to customers of U.S. banks, according to researchers from Group-IB, a security and computer forensics company based in Russia.

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Microsoft touts Office 365 wins, but customers want more

Microsoft is trumpeting Office 365 customer successes at its U.S. Public Sector CIO Summit, but some of those otherwise happy clients have a wish list of features and enhancements they'd like to see in the vendor's cloud email and collaboration suite.

Intuit fixes TurboTax software after 'unacceptable' glitches affect 10,000 customers

Some U.S. taxpayers may have to wait a bit longer than usual to get their refunds, due to problems that recently cropped up with Intuit's tax-preparation software.

Google same-day shipping service may be difficult for search giant to pull off

If Google truly plans to get into same-day shipping, it'll head down a path that has felled other major e-tailers—but the benefits to the Google ecosystem could be huge if the company pulls it off.

Microsoft equips Visual Studio for Office app-building

Microsoft has released a collection of tools that will help Visual Studio 2012 users more easily write add-on applications for Microsoft Office 2013, SharePoint 2013 and Microsoft's Office 365 hosted service.

Surface Pro expected to hit European stores next quarter

Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet will go on sale in Europe in the second quarter priced somewhere around €899, while a local telco is now reselling the latest editions of its Office 365 hosted productivity suite, the company announced ahead of the Cebit trade show on Monday.

PayPal accepts coins and paper currency at Coinstar kiosks

A PayPal alliance with Coinstar is being expanded to some parts of the U.S., allowing customers to deposit, withdraw and transfer funds to PayPal accounts through Coinstar kiosks.

Office 2013 pricing loophole discounts suite by as much as $40

Microsoft customers can save between $20 and $40 on a one-PC, perpetual license of Office 2013.

Microsoft quietly raises prices of Mac Office by up to 17 percent

Microsoft has quietly raised prices of Office for the Mac as much as 17% and stopped selling multi-license packages of the application suite.

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Mobile payments are forecast to hit $1 trillion by 2015

Using a smartphone to pay for purchases in lieu of a physical debit or credit card may become a $1 trillion business by 2015, and other technologies to lure consumers could be the key.

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Appeals court considers software patents

U.S. companies shouldn't be able to get patents on abstract ideas when they combine those ideas with a computer process, a lawyer argued in an appeals court Friday.