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The Bitcoin Economy’s ‘Backbone’ Is Bitstamp, An Exchange Run By Two Young Slovenians

"We’re the backbone of the entire Bitcoin industry. The wallet services, ATM machines, mining companies all rely on us," says Bitstamp's founder.

Cops Can’t Search Phones Without A Warrant, Rules Supreme Court

"The police generally may not, without a warrant, search digital information on a cell phone seized from an individual who has been arrested," ruled the Supreme Court Wednesday morning.

The Selfie-Stick Backlash Involves Awkward Photos Of People Using Selfie Sticks

The selfie stick with a smartphone on its tip says, “I’m not ashamed that I want this photo of myself.” Those taking photos of the person holding the stick are saying, “Well, you should be.”

The Increasingly Desperate Attempts To Get Us To Send Messages

Messaging apps keep entering the fray desperately hoping to be the rail of choice for the photos, videos, doodles, break-up messages, and "yo"s we don't want to publicly post to the world.

With Amazon Fire’s Six Cameras, Smartphones Are Evolving Into More Perfect Spying Devices

Amazon announced this week that it’s launching its very own smartphone called Fire. It will have six cameras. Six. That’s to make it easier to do a 3D-scan of the world around you and buy the things you see. It out-innovates incredible decision to put two cameras on a phone to make selfies more effortless. [...]

10 Ways To ‘Fix’ Cybersecurity

Ten cyberexperts offer up their best ideas for stemming the threats we face.

Supreme Court To Decide When A Facebook Death Threat Should Send You To Jail

Pennsylvania man Anthony Elonis has historically enjoyed saying outrageous things on Facebook, such as how he would like to murder his estranged wife; shoot up an elementary school; sneak into an amusement park he was fired from to wreak...Show More Summary

Silk Road Bitcoin On The Move For Government Auction Of $18 Million Worth At End Of The Month

The government currently owns $100 million worth of Bitcoin, seized from Silk Road and its alleged proprietor Ross Ulbricht, who has not yet been tried. The feds say they're ready to auction them off.

Still Exiled, Snowden Can Hang Out In The U.S. Via A Robot In New York

The telepresence robot is a "disruptive technology that is a profound response to exile," said Edward Snowden's lawyer Ben Wizner.

The Free State Project: A Libertarian Testing Ground For Bitcoin, 3D Printers, and Drones

In 2001, a group of libertarians decided they would try to recruit 20,000 people to move to a low-population state and take over its politics. They're almost there, but now many think technology is the best way to achieve the freedom they want.

‘Watch Dogs’ Video Game Will Inspire More ‘Godzilla Attack’ Road Sign Hacks, Says Cybersecurity Warning

A cybersecurity-information sharing agency is concerned that a hacker in Saudia Arabia has compromised road signs in three different states taking advantage of weak and default passwords.

Government Researcher Misused Supercomputers To Mine A Surprisingly Small Amount Of Bitcoin

Here's a fun tidbit in an inspector general report to Congress about wrongdoing at the National Science Foundation.

Mathematicians Urge Colleagues To Refuse To Work For The NSA

The NSA is said to be the biggest employer of mathematicians in the country. "If privacy disappears from the face of the Earth, mathematicians will be some of the primary culprits," says one boycott-advocating mathematician.

Facebook Couldn’t Kill Snapchat. Can Apple?

The privacy space is heating up, and it's not just small start-ups offering innovative ways to protect data anymore.

The First Cryptocoin-Kickstarter For A ‘Bitcoin 2.0? Company Was A Wildly Successful $7 Million Disaster

It was hailed as remarkable: a way for a company to raise funds without going through traditional institutions. Two weeks later, the SEC sounded an alarm warning people with Bitcoin to beware of 'fraudsters and promoters of high-risk investment schemes.'

The Half-Baked Security Of Our ‘Internet of Things’

The tale tells us much about what we have to fear and what we must improve as more and more of the devices in our lives become connected to the Internet, and to the pranksters, spies, voyeurs and fraudsters who dwell there.

Google Offers Up ‘Forget Me’ Form

"Please note that this form is an initial effort," says Google in a document Europeans can fill out to be "forgotten" by the search giant.

The Busiest Man On The Internet

Tim Hwang plants ideas all over the Internet and has the hustle to make them stick.

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