Stories by Marc Ferranti

Bitcoin investors, legal experts grilled by New York regulators

Bitcoin could gain widespread acceptance if clear government rules are put in place, but burdensome regulations could clip the wings of a fledgling industry, some of the biggest names in Bitcoin investing said at a New York public hearing Tuesday.

Written by Marc Ferranti28 Jan. 14 20:26

U.S. government moves to block further litigation in NSA surveillance cases

The U.S. government again claimed state-secrets privileges in a move to block two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the National Security Agency's monitoring of Americans' phone communications and email, according to court filings late Friday.

Written by Marc Ferranti23 Dec. 13 03:04

Report on NSA 'secret' payments to RSA fuels encryption controversy

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) paid US$10 million to vendor RSA in a "secret" deal to incorporate a deliberately flawed encryption algorithm into widely used security software, according to a Reuters report that is reigniting controversy about the government's involvement in setting security standards.

Written by Marc Ferranti22 Dec. 13 20:11

Top tech stories of 2013: Big Brother, wearables, and the struggles of aging tech giants

Politics collided with the world of technology this year as stories about U.S. government spying stirred angst both among the country's citizens and foreign governments, and the flawed site got American health-care reform off to a rocky start. Meanwhile, the post-PC era put aging tech giants under pressure to reinvent themselves. Here in no particular order are IDG News Service's picks for the top 10 tech stories of the year.

Written by Marc Ferranti09 Dec. 13 19:51

Wall Street Beat: Tech stocks hit 13-year high

The Nasdaq computer index Friday hit its highest point since November 2000, in the wake of the dot-com bust, despite mixed reports this week from the hardware and components sector.

Written by Marc Ferranti06 Dec. 13 22:04

Alcatel-Lucent says focus on fast broadband, IP is key to comeback

With its new-found focus on IP networking and fast broadband access, Alcatel-Lucent is poised to take advantage of a worldwide explosion in mobile devices and the rush of service providers and operators to the cloud, company executives said at the networking vendor's tech symposium this week.

Written by Marc Ferranti15 Nov. 13 17:03