NetAuthority: saving your bank account from the Russian mob, one algorithm at a time

Imagine this: you phone your bank, asking a service rep to pay a phone bill and transfer money from savings to checking. Only, instead of talking to the bank, you’re speaking to a crook who is talking to you on one phone … and your bank on the other. And when you provide him with all the authentication details your bank requires, he loots your account and transfers your funds into accounts he controls.

Ten days in the life of one camera’s price — and how all major shopping portals got it wrong

Patrick Carter, founder of a start-up called Digital Folio, recently tracked the pricing trends of particular camera, the Nikon L26 Camera, over ten days, and found that the major portals — Google Shopping, Nextag, Pricegrabber, theFind, RedLaser, Decide.com and others — were completely wrong a surprising amount of the time. Here’s the story…