Andrew Oberste

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Resurrecting Prodigy, The World’s Proto-Internet

Before the Internet, there was Prodigy. Extinct for almost 15 years, one hacker is bringing Prodigy back.<p>Before we had the Internet, we had a sort of proto Internet in the form of Prodigy, which was created in 1984 as part of a joint venture between IBM, CBS, and Sears. Over at the <i>Atlantic</i>, Benji …

VAIO computers return after Sony sells the brand

The new VAIO Corporation is here<p>The iconic VAIO PC brand has been resurrected today, following Sony's sale of the struggling business to investment fund Japan Industrial Partners. At the time, Sony said it planned to concentrate on smartphones and tablets due to the PC market's plunging fortunes. …

US Marshals Have Sold 30,000 Silk Road Bitcoins

The US Marshals announced they have sold 30,000 BTC to an anonymous bidder. The auction took place on June 27 and the highest bidder won all 30 blocks of 1,000 bitcoins. Comically, the sender of a an email to those involved in the auction disclosed all the bidders last week, making it clear that a …

A thumbs-up for NSA Internet spying on foreigners

WASHINGTON (AP) — Endorsement of the NSA's Internet surveillance programs by a bipartisan privacy board deeply disappointed civil liberties activists …

Amazon Is Suing An Employee For Taking A Job At Google

Amazon alleges the employee's new job violates his noncompete clause, which, in Amazon's view, should have prevented the employee from working for a competitor for 18 months after leaving Amazon.<p>As Bishop points out, Amazon filed a similar legal action in 2012. That's when it sued a former Amazon …

Yo app expands to Windows Phone and gets more useful with IFTTT channel

Having taken iPhone and Android by storm, social app Yo has now been released for Windows Phone smartphones too.<p>The single-use app, which pings "Yo" notifications back and forth between its users, already had more than 1 million users before its latest expansion.<p>Developed in Israel, the app is …

Google's trippy Cube experiment lets you play DJ with six videos at once

If you're bored with regular music videos, there's now something a little more interactive from Google called The Cube. It sprang from the Creative Labs division, which has done similar experiments in the past. As shown in the embed below, you can manipulate the box by grabbing it with a mouse or …

Coinbase Launches A More Secure Bitcoin Storage Option Called ‘Vault’

One of the amusing things about the fast-maturing Bitcoin ecosystem is how the better-funded startups in the space are offering products that increasingly resemble services proffered by banks, the very entities they arguably are trying to disrupt.<p>With Bitcoin, transactions can be handled …

FACEBOOK'S SHERYL SANDBERG: 'We Never Meant To Upset You'

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said the company's massive secret experiment designed to purposefully manipulate the emotions of its users was communicated "poorly."<p>Sandberg was attending a meeting with small businesses in India that advertise on Facebook, at the time.<p>"This was …

iOS 7.1.2 released

With all of the hubbub around iOS 8, it's worth remembering that iOS 7 is still around and still being maintained by Apple. In fact, this week Apple rolled out an update, iOS 7.1.2, which offers bug fixes and security updates. Many of the fixes are related to barcode scanning and iBeacon. The 23.1 …

Study: Brits want bigger phones

Bigger is better in terms of smartphones in the U.K., according to a new study by Context, a phone shipment tracking company.<p>Research now shows that nearly one-quarter of phone shipments in the U.K. during the first quarter of 2014 were for smartphones that had a screen larger than 4.9 inches, …

US Marshals Have Sold 30,000 Silk Road Bitcoins

The US Marshals announced they have sold 30,000 BTC to an anonymous bidder. The auction took place on June 27 and the highest bidder won all 30 blocks of 1,000 bitcoins. Comically, the sender of a an email to those involved in the auction disclosed all the bidders last week, making it clear that a …