This New Card Skimmer Is Almost As Thin As A Credit Card


My suggestion one account for cash, another for the rest of your banking. Need for extra security.

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Good old Brian Krebs has the scoop on a new card skimmer found in Europe. How is it different? It literally fits right into the card slot of any ATM, essentially allowing unfettered access to cards as they slide through. Add in a tiny camera and you’ve got a complete card cloning system.

The skimmer is powered by a simple watch battery and uses a very small PCB and magnetic strip reader to store the numbers. Apparently the thieves didn’t remove this unit from the slot in time and it caused a fatal error in the ATM.

“It was discovered in the ATM’s card slot and the fraudsters didn’t manage to withdraw it,” the bank employee said. “We didn’t capture any hidden camera [because] they probably took it. There were definitely no PIN pad [overlays]. In all skimming cases lately we see through the videos that fraudsters capture the PIN…

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Pinterest Rolls Out Messaging So Pinners Can Have Conversations Around Shared Pins


Pinterest just became more social

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Pinterest today is unveiling a new way users can communicate, collaborate and share with one another. With the launch of a new messaging feature, users will be able to keep discussions going on Pinterest around their favorite Pins without having to leave the site or apps.

Last spring, Pinterest launched its Send a Pin feature, which enabled users to share interesting Pins with their friends on and off the site. Users that were connected on Pinterest would receive a notification that would point them to the shared pin. And others would receive emails about the content that was shared.

Since then, the feature has become incredibly popular with users — which Pinterest like to call “Pinners” — with more than 2 million Pins sent each day. But it wasn’t all that useful.

The Evolution Of Pinterest Messages

While sending a Pin was a good way for users on Pinterest…

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This Site Lets You Check If A Hotel’s WiFi Sucks Before It’s Too Late


Check out Wifi ratings before you book a hotel #travel #work

Originally posted on TechCrunch:


There are lots of things that review sites should rank hotels on, but don’t. Is it known for bed bugs? Is the “heated pool” only heated during summer when the sun is out? How many ghosts live there? How fast is the WiFi?

This site won’t help you with all of those, but it will help you with that last one.

Bad WiFi might as well not exist, but most hotels don’t really seem to care about connectivity quality. As long as they can check that little “WiFi Available” box on the amenities list, they’re happy. Sure, you’re paying $400 bucks a night — but you want to stream Netflix? Get outta here.

Worse yet, the larger a hotel is, the more space they have to cover, and the more people they’ll have trying to cram onto the same poorly configured network — so counter intuitively, bigger/fancier hotels always seem…

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Social Parking Startup ParkTag Pulls In $680K To Drive Its Tech Into Urban Planning

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We first came across Berlin-based startup ParkTag pitching their parking space swapping community at Disrupt New York’s Startup Alley, back in 2013.

Today they’re announcing a seed investment of €500,000 ($680,000) from German’s High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTG), a semi governmental VC fund whose investors include the Federal Ministry for Economics and Technology, the KfW Bank group, and six industrial groups: BASF, Deutsche Telekom, Siemens, Robert Bosch, Daimler and Carl Zeiss.

In addition to the €500,000 seed, HTG’s investment also includes €1.2 million reserved for a follow on Series A round, which is the fund’s typical investment structure.

The ParkTag iOS and Android apps lets users report when they are about to vacate an on-street parking spot to other users of the app who can then swoop in and bag the space. It lets users either do a specific handover of a parking spot to someone else, such as a colleague, friend or neighbour who they might actively want to help out. But the…

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Online Reputation Startup Traity Raises $4.7M


There’s still money in reputation start-ups

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Traity, an alumni of Europe’s Seedcamp and Silicon Valley’s 500 Startups, has big ambitions. It wants to become the standard for online reputation, an opportunity surely missed by eBay’s reluctance to make its reputation scores transportable back in the Dot Com days. Today the Spain, Madrid-based company is announcing a $4.7 million series A round led by Active Venture Partners to help fuel that mission.

Having already amassed 4.5 million users with an early Facebook-led version of the service, Traity’s attempting to solve the problem whereby we are increasingly doing more transactions with strangers online, “but it is not always easy to know whether we can trust them,” says co-founder and CEO Juan Cartagena.

This trend is being led in particular by the rise in so-called collaborative consumption (or sharing economy) startups; marketplaces that have at their heart transacting with strangers. Though, of course, any kind of transaction, such…

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How to save for a pension, if you are under 30 !

How to save for a pension, if you are under 30 !

Simple advice to save easily. Start young and create good habits.


How to amass lifetime savings for a pension pot

cup of coffee
  • Cut out one takeaway coffee a week: £11,800
  • Switch mobile phone tariff: £16,100
  • Cut out one packet of cigarettes a week: £31,400
  • Cut out a takeaway: £50,900
  • Take a packed lunch to work: £63,700

Base: 30-year-old, working till 68

Source – Nest