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Electronics deals are skimpy on the eve of Memorial Day sales

Memorial Day touts the start of summer sales, but bargain-hunters might do well to be patient and wait for a few upcoming events that will bring real deals.

Senate passes Internet sales tax

The U.S. Senate has voted to allow states to collect sales tax from online retailers, making it more difficult to buy tax-free products online.

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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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Senate delays vote on Internet sales tax until May

The U.S. Senate has delayed a vote on an Internet sales tax until May, after a handful of senators blocked lawmakers from voting on the legislation this week.

Senate takes major step toward Internet sales tax

The U.S. Senate has voted 74-20 to close debate and move to a final vote on a bill allowing states to collect sales tax from out-of-state Internet and catalog retailers.

New Perk browser lets you rack up reward points for surfing

About 2000 merchants participate in the Perk rewards program, but the browser is a bit pushy.

Failed authentication frequently thwarts online shoppers

About half of online shoppers are "very frequently" or "frequently" prevented from buying online good and services because they can't get their credentials to work at business websites, a study released Wednesday finds.

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Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox suspends service following huge swing in trading price

Mt. Gox, the largest exchange for buying and selling bitcoins, is temporarily shutting down following an uptick in activity on the site sparked by a massive drop in the digital currency's price.

Bitcoin rival Ripple looks to make waves

The online virtual currency Bitcoin has generated some serious buzz lately, with its value soaring past $200 for the first time this week. Now a smaller player hopes to emerge as a rival by processing transactions faster and giving its users more payment options.

Bitcoin volatility caused by surge in demand, slow software

Bitcoin's roller-coaster price swings on Wednesday were caused by an influx of new buyers and software that couldn't keep up, according to the largest exchange, Mt. Gox.