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Bitcoin Service Coinbase Adds Support for PayPal and Credit Cards



Cornborse logoBitcoin, the cryptocurrency that started out as a technological curiosity, has grown rapidly in the last couple years. Bitcoin adoption has been on the rise, and this has prompted the development of tools and services that help Bitcoin users convert their digital money into real-world cash. Coinbase, one of the larger Bitcoin players in the market, described itself from the beginning as a “PayPal-like” service, where users could log in and convert Bitcoin to cash, or vice versa.

Expanding its efforts to make Bitcoin exchanges even easier, Coinbase recently announced it will be adding support for PayPal and credit cards. From a Coinbase e-mail sent earlier this week:

One of our objectives at Coinbase is to add as many funding mechanisms as possible to make exchanging digital currency easy. As a step in that direction, Coinbase now accepts PayPal (for bitcoin sells) and credit cards (for bitcoin buys).

It’s worth noting that Coinbase isn’t using both of these new services for everything. As the e-mail states. Coinbase users will be able to use PayPal when selling Bitcoin, and they’ll be able to use credit cards for Bitcoin purchases. Previously, Coinbase only conducted transactions thru registered bank accounts.

These new payment systems are currently in beta, but they are accessible to most Coinbase users.


Nextdoor Improves Local Recommendations System



Nextdoor logoI joined hyperlocal-focused website Nextdoor sometime over the last year. I’m not entirely sure how I got onto the site, but it probably had something to do with Facebook. Anyway, since joining Nextdoor, I’ve actually found it to be a pretty useful tool for connecting with my local online community. Yeah, I guess people used to just know their neighbors. But who has the time and/or inclination to go around knocking on doors in the 21st century? There are too many TV shows to binge watch. Too many social networks to update (probably about the latest TV show you just finished watching).

One thing I’ve noticed quite often about Nextdoor is that people use it as a resource for recommendations. It makes sense. Need to hire a plumber, roofer, or flooring contractor? Just ask your neighbors who they’ve used, and what kind of experiences they’ve had. And apparently, the staff at Nextdoor have noticed this, too. The company recently announced via e-mail that it has improved its recommendation system:

We’re excited to announce some big improvements to your neighborhood Recommendations section that make it easier to find the businesses most recommended by your neighbors.Here’s what’s new:

  • Ranked category lists that highlight the businesses most recommended by your neighbors

  • Business pages that organize all of your neighbors’ comments about the relevant business in one place

  • Ability for neighbors to tag their comments with the relevant business pages to make their content easier to find

There are already plenty of online resources available for reviews of local businesses. So, Nextdoor isn’t reinventing the wheel here. Still, many of these sites often get taken over by shady practices or spam posts. If Nextdoor can keep those annoyances away, it could really become a useful tool for finding and vetting local services. I’ll be interested to see how this new recommendation system evolves over time.


GNC #1127 Tesla Auto-Pilot Kills First Driver



The Tesla Auto-Pilot is loved by their owners. But apparently one driver trusted it way to much, and from all appearances was not paying attention as Tesla recommends when the car ran under a turning Semi. The driver died at the scene. It is unknown what the driver was doing only that the car nor the driver slowed down. As we let technology take over we need to make sure we are following the manufactures instructions when letting the vehicles drive for us.

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GNC #1126 Google Bloks



Google is getting into the Kids Toys that train them to use logic and code using what is calle Google Bloks. Designed to teach young kids the logic behind coding.. Being a programmer requires incredible logic skills and lot of math.. This is one step by Google to help kids understand logic flow a lot easier.. Totally brilliant in my opinion combine this with Minecraft and all the other tools out their and you can help your kids with their career choices by exposing them to different things like Google Bloks. All the tech news you can handle and more.

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GNC #1125 Roku comes to Windows 10



Big announcement today Roku comes to Windows 10, Laptops and Tablets can now run Roku and all associated channels.. This is huge you no longer need a dedicated Roku device and can use your own device. I have a ton of tech news along with some weird content for your entertainment value.

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GNC #1124 Enhanced Content



It’s time to start providing some enhanced content, you are going to as what the heck that means? Well it is time to broaden the shows horizon a little bit and explore some content that I have always loved, but have not covered in the past. Details are in the show and I hope all of you will help me come up with some regular news sources where you go to find the wacky and weird

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GNC #1123 DNC Hacked Big Time



DNC Hacked – Hard to believe that one of the most powerful political groups in America had their servers hacked by Russians.. Shows you they should have spend a little more time locking things down. Big gift to the RNC that is for sure.. Lot’s to share tonight way beyond the DNC hack. I also share some news that I am not sure I did after coming back from Michigan.

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GNC #1122 WWDC Anouncements + Trolls Win



I spend time today talking about the LinkedIn Acquisition and its business impact. I also cover in depth the WWDC announcements and the changes coming to the MacOS / iOS. I also cover the new Patent Troll ruling and the impact to businesses. Back in the battle rhythm here.

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GNC #1121 Back in the Studio



Back from my trip to Michigan and back in the studio. One extra episodes missed but when there is no news not a lot you can do about it. I have a lot to share and an action packed show.

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TeamViewer Has Been Hacked



TeamViewer LogoSometimes, you just need to do a quick remote log in to someone else’s computer. There are plenty of tools available for doing this. But most of them are either expensive to purchase or difficult to set up. Remote desktop app TeamViewer changed all that with a series of free cross-platform, lightweight apps that require only a couple of numeric codes in order to connect to a remote machine. This has made TeamViewer very popular, and in turn, an inevitable target for hackers.

Last week, threads began surfacing on Reddit written by TeamViewer users claiming they had been hacked thru the app. Most of the hacking claims had common points. Users who were initially away from their computers came back to find their machines were being remotely controlled and directed to website like PayPal, eBay, and Amazon. This instance was reported by Reddit user psiren66:

I was sitting on my couch at 12am and all of a sudden my machine light up.
It opened an eBay page ans started trying to buy iTunes cards. I noticed that teamviewer was running as it’s access. as soon as i touched my mouse they disconnected. I opened my teamviewer and roughly 50 accounts had been added to it.
Changed all my passwords instantly. and added two step verification to my email and teamviewer accounts.

At first, TeamViewer was denying that its platform had been hacked, blaming these issues on user error. But the company has since stated that it knows about the hacks and that they are “significant”:

TeamViewer spokesman Axel Schmidt acknowledged to Ars that the number of takeovers was “significant,” but he continued to maintain that the compromises are the result of user passwords that were compromised through a cluster of recently exposed megabreaches involving more than 642 million passwords belonging to users of LinkedIn, MySpace, and other services.

If you’re a regular TeamViewer user, you should consider changing your password and possibly adding two-factor authentication to your account. If you use the application sparingly, you may just want to remove it completely from your computer until you need it again. The application is a quick download and it’d only take a few minutes to reinstall.