Weekend tech reading: LivingSocial hacked, cheap Android-Intel laptops, can Google predict the stock market?
Google Search Terms Can Predict the Stock Market By using Google Trends, which tracks the frequency particular search terms are entered into Google over time, scientists have found seasonal patterns, for example, in searches for information about mental illnesses and detected a link between searching behavior and a country’s GDP. Smithsonian
Study: 45 percent of Bitcoin exchanges end up closing A study of the Bitcoin exchange industry has found that 45 percent of exchanges fail, taking their users' money with them. Those that survive are the ones that handle the most traffic -- but they are also the exchanges that suffer the greatest number of cyber attacks. Wired
'Wintel' on the wane: Intel goes Google Expect to see Intel-based Android laptops and hybrids priced between, let's say, $200 to $500 in the coming months. (Likely, at first, from companies such as erstwhile Netbook vendors Asus and Acer.) Cnet
LivingSocial Hacked: Information of 50 Million Users Exposed According to an internal email from LivingSocial CEO Tim O’Shaughnessy obtained by AllThingsD.com, the attackers were able to access informing including names, email addresses, date of birth for some users, and passwords, which fortunately were hashed and salted. Security Week
CD Projekt decide there’s "no place" for multiplayer in The Witcher 3 "There's no place for multiplayer in so strongly a story-driven game as The Witcher 3. We want to focus on the single-player experience, delivering more than 100 hours of truly immersive gameplay. Eurogamer
Researchers Call Out Twitter Celebrities With Suspicious Followings In a follow-up to their earlier report, two Italian security researchers, Andrea Stroppa and Carlo De Micheli, call out Twitter accounts that added or lost a large number of followers in one day. Their list includes brands like Pepsi, Mercedes-Benz and Louis Vuitton; politicians like Newt Gingrich, Representative Jared Polis and Dmitri Medvedev, the Russian prime minister; and the rappers 50 Cent and Sean Combs, known as Diddy. NY Times
Dutchman arrested over huge web attack Spanish police have arrested a Dutchman suspected of being behind one of the biggest ever web attacks. The attack bombarded the websites of anti-junk mail outfit Spamhaus with huge amounts of data in an attempt to knock them offline. BBC
Ubisoft shows off Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Ubisoft has been busy releasing videos that show impatient gamers teasers for its upcoming titles. The company has released a trailer for something called The Watch, which appears to be a fan portal for Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. The trailer suggests that anyone that doesn't get The Watch will be missing out on a lot of stuff. It will let players take on extra challenges and has plenty of opportunity for acquiring bragging rights. The Inquirer
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