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Submission + - Bitcoin revolution spreads as JPMorgan files patent for 'Virtual Cash' (ibtimes.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: It seems everyone is getting in on the Bitcoin revolution these days; even the corporate fat cats want a piece of the action. Apparently JP Morgan has filed a patent for its own version of Bitcoin, virtual cash, which would allow users to make payments anonymously. The scope for criminality seems endless, but hey, those bankers are all honest, trustworthy types, and you never hear about JPM being embroiled in criminal proceedings, so why worry?

For the full story, go to IBTimes UK:
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/529200/20131211/bitcoin-jp-morgan-online-payment-virtual-cash.htm

Submission + - OpenSSH has a new cipher, chacha20-poly1305, from D.J. Bernstein!

ConstantineM writes: Inspired by a recent Google initiative to adopt ChaCha20 and Poly1305 for TLS, OpenSSH developer Damien Miller has added a similar protocol to ssh, chacha20-poly1305@openssh.com, which is based on D. J. Bernstein algorithms that are specifically optimised to provide the highest security at the lowest computational cost, and not require any special hardware at doing so. Some further details are in his blog, and at undeadly. The source code of the protocol is remarkably simple — less than 100 lines of code!

Submission + - Google Is Building Password-Free Locking and Unlocking Into Chrome OS

An anonymous reader writes: Google has a vision for how Chrome OS users will one day be able to lock and unlock their devices, without requiring a password. The Chromium OS team is building support for unlocking and locking devices running the operating system with a new Chrome API called "chrome.screenlockPrivate." Google outlines some use cases: "A platform app may use the USB, NFC, and/or Bluetooth APIs to communicate with a secondary trusted device such as a phone, ring, watch, or badge, thereby allowing that trusted device to serve as an alternative form of authentication for the user."

Submission + - How Steve Jobs Got the Liver He Needed in Memphis

theodp writes: The Commercial Appeal's Marc Perrusquia takes an in-depth look into how Steve Jobs got the liver he needed in Memphis. "Steve Jobs' 2009 liver transplant in Memphis gave the tech icon two more years of life," Perrusquia begins. "It gave life, too, to a complicated, divisive debate over multiple listing, the legal but little-known practice of getting on waiting lists at two or more hospitals. Though it favors the rich, multiple listing is giving numbers of ordinary Americans a chance. A chance to survive. A chance for a new life." Adding fuel to the controversy over Jobs' transplant is a new revelation that before calling 'dibs' on a mansion purchased by Jobs for his recuperation, the Apple CEO's liver transplant surgeon took up residence in the two-story 5,800-square-foot Italianate home for a period of two years during which time Jobs' lawyer and friend, SF attorney George Riley (who's also worked as Apple's outside counsel), personally covered the estate's property taxes and utilities. "It strikes me as a potential conflict of interest," said NYU bioethicist Arthur Caplan. "It strikes me as straining ethical credulity to have him there saying, 'Well, you know, I just lived here. I was just lucky. And this guy just chose to pay my rent.'"

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