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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.

Duke Porn Star Not Happy About Pakistan Censoring Her Twitter Photos

It's the first time Twitter has removed content in Pakistan. Belle Knox was not honored to help the Pakistani government lose its Twitter censorship virginity.

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

It is a strange series of events that link two Armenian software engineers; a Shenzen, China-based webcam company; two sets of new parents in the U.S.; and an unknown creep who likes to hack baby monitors to yell obscenities at children. “Wake up, you little slut,” the hacker screamed at the top of his digital [...]

All Of Elliot Rodger’s Videos (Finally) Removed From YouTube

YouTube removed Rodger's 'Retribution' video soon after the murders occurred, but the rest of his videos racked up hundreds of thousands of views over the holiday weekend.

The Disturbing Internet Footprint Of Santa Barbara Shooter Elliot Rodger

On Friday night, a 22-year-old drove through a popular night spot in the college town of Santa Barbara and started shooting.

Facebook Wants To Listen In On What You’re Doing

Facebook had two big announcements this week that show the company's wildly divergent takes on the nature of privacy.

The Password Problem

Two-factor authentication is a great solution to the 'password problem' until it makes you break a window.

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