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Apple and Google Declare War – Here's the Secret Winner

Resident tech guru Michael Robinson and I are both big science-fiction fans. Michael likes traditional sci-fi stories, like those of Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov. My sci-fi interests are more focused on “Golden Age” radio dramas, “pre-code” comics, and old movies and TV shows… like The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits.

And when Associate Editor Cris Skokna joined our team a few months back, Michael and I were so pleased to discover that he was a sci-fi guy as well that I jokingly dubbed the three of us as “The Trilogy.”

And the other day, Cris told me a story that I absolutely had to share with you…

  • Who Uses Bitcoin Is Suddenly a Big Deal to These Businesses geek Every day it seems another big merchant is announcing that it will take Bitcoin. Last week, online retailer Overstock.com joined the growing list. But the rising interest among businesses in Bitcoin is not as puzzling as it seems. The typical Bitcoin user fits a profile that business owners find very enticing. This is what has merchants scrambling to adopt Bitcoin....
  • Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW) Stock Latest to Jump After Major Cyber Deal cybersecurity

    Proving again that bigger is better in the fight against global cyber-attacks, another sizable cyber deal was inked late Monday.

    Santa Clara, Calif.-headquartered Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NYSE: PANW) acquired Silicon Valley startup Morta Security, described as "operating in stealth mode since 2012." Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    PANW stock rose 3.7% Tuesday on the news.

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  • How to Invest in Cybersecurity Internet security

    More and more companies are asking how to invest in cybersecurity, as the industry looks to be the only area of U.S. defense spending that will escape the looming budget cuts slated for March 1.

    As Money Morning Executive Editor William Patalon III explained in his recent report, "The Cyber-Hacking of America," the booming interest in cyber-defense stems from the increasing number of threats targeting the United States.

    Patalon said the intelligence community's National Intelligence Estimate, used to brief lawmakers, found "the U.S. is the target of a massive, sustained, cyber-espionage campaign."

    A separate report released last week by Virginia-based cybersecurity firm Mandiant Corp. found a Chinese military unit was behind cyberattacks on at least 141 organizations since 2006.

    "We know that the U.S. Federal Reserve has been hacked, we know that The New York Times has been hacked, and that's just the beginning," said Patalon. "This is going to be a major, major story and something that investors need to watch."


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