Duncan Riley

Duncan Riley is a senior writer at SiliconANGLE covering Startups, Bitcoin, and the Internet of Things. Duncan is a co-founder of VC funded media company B5Media and founder of news site The Inquisitr, and was a senior writer at TechCrunch in its earlier days. Tips? Press releases? Intersting startup? email: duncan@nichenet.com.au or contact Duncan on Twitter @duncanriley

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Suspect investment? Indiegogo has insurance for that

Indiegogo Inc. is giving fans of crowd-funding some insurance…literally, by offering insurance for investors if their funded product of choice goes bust. According to reports, Indiegogo is testing an “Optional Insurance” fee that provides a refund if backers do not eventually receive the product they’ve funded within three months of the promised delivery date. Proving that truth is ...

MasterCard urges regulation of Bitcoin in Australia

MasterCard Inc. has set its sights on Bitcoin, telling the Australian Government to impose regulations against the anonymity of the digital currency. In a statement to the Australian Senate Economics References Committee’s inquiry into into digital currency, MasterCard argued that more must be done to create a “level playing field” for payments systems. “Currently, digital currencies lack ...

Firefox wants in on iOS

Mozilla Corporation has expressed interest in bringing its Firefox browser to the iOS ecosystem. Mozilla’s Vice President of Firefox Jonathan Nightingale is reported to have made the disclosure to an audience at an internal Mozilla event, saying that “We need to be where our users are so we’re going to get Firefox on iOS.” The ...

Cyber Monday spending up with big growth in mobile

IBM and comScore Inc. have released their annual reports on Cyber Monday, both stating that spending is up this year, with a big increase in mobile device ordering. The IBM study found that online sales on Cyber Monday grew 8.5 percent compared to 2013, with mobile sales up 27.6 percent year-over-year. New York City remains the top city for online ...

Cicret bracelet could make other smartwatches redundant… if it’s real

A group in Europe is currently pitching the Cicret Bracelet, an armband that projects the content of your phone onto your arm, and allows you to interact with the projected content. The Cicret comes with an embedded memory card, processor, accelerometer, vibrator, USB port, Bluetooth functionality, and Wi-Fi. But the ingenious part is the inclusion ...

Hacking Wall Street: group targets publicly traded companies

Hacking has taken a new dimension, with a report claiming that a new group has been targeting companies for insider information to profit via market trading. FireEye, Inc. has released an intelligence report that details a financially motivated “threat group” that has been carrying out attacks against publicly traded companies in an attempt to game ...

Intel acquires identity management service PasswordBox

Intel Corp. has announced that it has acquired Montreal based identity management service PasswordBox Inc. The company, founded by Daniel Robichaud, had previously raised $8.2 million over two rounds, from investors including OMERS Ventures and Real Ventures. PasswordBox offers “an innovative free identity manager that removes the hassle of logging into all your browsers, apps, and ...

Sony hires Mandiant to fix hack with possible North Korean roots

Sony Corp. has hired FireEye’s Mandiant unit to assist it in cleaning up the mess left by a mass hacking with possible North Korean roots. Several people familiar with the matter said the Mandiant forensics unit have been employed to both assist the Japanese electronics firm clean up its systems, as well as presumably assist in ...

Study shows Bitcoin is not as anonymous as you think

University of Luxembourg researchers have published a paper that finds the Bitcoin cryptocurrency is not as anonymous as you think, and overcoming Bitcoin anonymity is neither hard nor expensive. The paper, presented to the Association of Computing Machinery conference by Alex Biryukov, Dmitry Khovratovich and Ivan Pustogarov, found that a basic investment of a “few computers, ...

Yet another armband: Olive wants to manage stress by being annoying

The market for smart armbands has been the most successful segment of the wearables market to-date, making it an appealing sector for new players. But does the market need yet another smart armband? Olive is trying to bring stress management to the smart armband segment with a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo currently sitting on $170,000 ...