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January 15, 2016, 9:15 PM

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Mike Hearn:
Prominent Bitcoin developer Mike Hearn says the crypto-currency is a failure because of community civil wars, a full block chain, and too much Chinese control  —  The resolution of the Bitcoin experiment  —  I've spent more than 5 years being a Bitcoin developer.
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
About 300 Hyatt hotels in 54 countries had their payment card systems infected with malware in breach announced last year  —  250 Hyatt hotels infected last year with payment data stealing malware  —  The hotel chain has admitted that 250 hotels in 54 countries were affected by the data breach.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researcher: Apple only blacklisted programs exploiting the Gatekeeper vulnerability instead of fixing the underlying cause  —  How malware developers could bypass Mac's Gatekeeper without really trying  —  New researcher pokes holes in Apple's whack-a-mole approach for fixing Gatekeeper.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Pew: Americans' attitudes toward privacy and sharing personal information vary widely, depending on the scenario, benefits offered, likelihood of spam, more  —  Do Americans Care About Privacy?  It Depends, Because Privacy Is Personal...  There have been plenty of premature obituaries …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
OpenSSH patches critical flaw that allows a malicious server to force clients to leak private keys  —  Bug that can leak crypto keys just fixed in widely used OpenSSH  —  Vulnerability allows malicious servers to read memory on connecting computers.  —  A critical bug that can leak secret …
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
Google Play Store letting developers issue 500 free promo codes per quarter for paid apps and in-app purchases  —  Google Is Finally Rolling Out App Promo Codes In The Play Store  —  For years, many of us have been bemoaning the lack of promo codes for Android apps.

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