5 Things to Talk About Today

Sacha Strebe
  • Just like the humble vinyl has had a revival, a company is now bringing back the audiocassette—and making a killing. Cassette maker NAC says "it has had its best year since it opened in 1969." Apparently the company is turning a profit, producing more than 10 million tapes in 2014, with sales up 20% this year. The owners are crediting the "retro movement" and "the nostalgia of holding the audio cassette in your hand." Time to dust off that Sony Walkman. — Bloomberg
     
  • Google refreshed its image today with an updated logo. The new sans-serif typeface is a more modern and playful approach to the brand, and the colors have also been softened. This is the biggest change to the logo since 1999; in the past it was simply flattened out. The look is in line with the new Alphabet logo, which was unveiled last month. — The Verge
     
  • In the "largest known Apple account theft caused by malware," more than 225,000 iPhone accounts have been hacked. Before you start panicking, the malware, nicknamed KeyRaider, only targets "jailbroken" iPhones, which allow "owners to access parts of a phone's file systems that are otherwise restricted for security reasons." After the malware has infected a jailbroken iPhone, it will reveal all of the owner's iTunes App Store information to the hackers, "including the Apple (AAPL, Tech30) account username and password, and the iPhone's unique ID." — Money
     
  • You can now pay your friends back the money you owe using PayPal's new peer-to-peer payment service. PayPal.Me, which launches today, "allows you to ‘name your money’ with a personal link allowing people to pay you back easily." You can share the PayPal.Me link via text message, email, blog, or social media profile. Once it's received, the person paying you can click on the link, enter the amount, and hit send, and then money will be in your PayPal account. — The Next Web
     
  • One of the U.K.'s largest banks, Barclays, will be the first major bank in the U.K., U.S., and Europe to accept Bitcoin. To begin with, only charities will be able to deposit Bitcoin into the bank accounts, but a 75-person staff in London is working to accept the cryptocurrency. The main issue with Bitcoin until now is that the legality varies from country to country. While most developed nations have decided that Bitcoin is a legal currency, there are differing rules on how it should be taxed. — Ars Technica

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