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Klingon Valentine's Day Cards

Klingon love poetry can come later.<p>First, you have to carefully broach the topic of love with a potential mate as the encounter could turn deadly. …

The Story Behind 'Milk Road,' The Bitcoin Cookie Stand

Last month, a Bitcoin-loving Redditor spotted a cookie and lemonade stand in San Francisco’s Noe Valley that accepted the virtual currency. After buying a Snickerdoodle for a fraction of a Bitcoin, he snapped a photo asking the girls to say “cheese for the Internet.” That they did. Soon, the girls …

Can The Open-Data Revolution Change Our Democracies?

<i>Part 3 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> The End Of Privacy.<p><b>About Beth Noveck's TED Talk</b><p>Former White House deputy CTO Beth Noveck shares her vision of practical openness: connecting bureaucracies to citizens, sharing data, and creating a truly participatory democracy.<p><b>About Beth Noveck</b><p>Beth Noveck …

Bitcoin's Legality Around The World

Last November, the U.S. Senate dove head-first into the world of Bitcoin, prompted by Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Carper, a Democratic senator from Delaware who has become very interested in the digital coin. Representatives from law enforcement and financial agencies …

Could Google Maps Help End Poverty?

Last year in the Indian city of Chennai, more than half a million people suddenly appeared from out of nowhere. These men, women and children weren’t rural migrants who had just moved to the city. Neither were they incomers from somewhere else in the world. They were slum dwellers who had lived in …