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YouTube faces brand freeze over ads and obscene comments on videos of kids

YouTube is firefighting another child safety content moderation scandal which has led several major brands to suspend advertising on its platform.<p>On Friday investigations by the BBC and The Times reported finding obscene comments on videos of children uploaded to YouTube.<p>Only a small minority of …

A Top Hedge Fund Manager Says Bitcoin Could 'Easily' Hit $40,000 by the End of 2018

Bitcoin was hovering just $300 shy of the vaunted $10,000 mark at one point on Monday but it could “easily” reach four times that amount by the end …

Ladies and gentlemen, one bitcoin is now worth $10,000

It seems unreal, but it's true: The price of digital cryptocurrency Bitcoin has just hit $10,000.<p>The all-time-high milestone comes after a period of …

Cryptocurrency

Jackie Charley said she ‘could not stop laughing’ after harmless festive images were blocked by Facebook because of ‘adult’ nature<p>Facebook has blocked the sale of a pack of Christmas cards featuring a robin redbreast because of its “sexual” and “adult” nature.<p>The artist, Jackie Charley, said she …

Social Media

Bitcoin price drops 29pc in four days

Bitcoin has crashed by more than a fifth after plans to alter the underlying technology were abandoned, leading some to embrace a rival cryptocurrency.<p>The price of one bitcoin dropped from a high of over $7,800 (£6,000) last Wednesday to just over $5,500 on Sunday morning, a drop of 29pc in four …

Cryptocurrency

Russian Developer Snuck Cryptocurrency Mining into Android Apps

Apps found in Google Play turned mobile devices into cryptocurrency miners unbeknownst to their users, according to researchers from security firm …

Investor Gil Penchina talks about the future of cryptocurrency

Investor Gil Penchina has a lot of ideas about the future of the seamless economy. Instead of car ownership, he says, we’ll walk outside and a car will pick us up. Instead of food we’ll be supplied exactly how many nutrients we’ll need at exactly the right time. Instead of money, he says, we’ll use …

Bitcoin digital currency smashes all-time high of $6,500

Shrugging off fears of a possible price crash, the cryptocurrency has reached another record high. Despite climbing more than 500 percent in a year, …

Blockchain courts will offer effective dispute resolution in smart contracts

Arbitration is a fundamental aspect of human relationships be it social, professional, or business relationships. The emotional and psychological composition of humans cannot be absolutely prevented from interfering during the execution of contractual agreements and processes.<p>Contractual …

World Economic Forum Says Tech Firms Must Do More to Tackle Extremism

U.S. tech firms such as Facebook (fb) and Twitter (twtr) should be more aggressive in tackling extremism and political misinformation if they want to …

Bitcoin is going bananas

Friday's advance comes after Coinbase, a digital currency exchange, announced that customers could instantly purchase bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies using a US bank account. Those customers previously had to wait several days before receiving their digital currency.<p>It has been a monster week …

Amazon rumor sends Bitcoin surging to record highs

Bitcoin yesterday reached a new all-time high as cryptocurrency insiders try to figure out why. According to several industry analysts the mere rumor of Amazon acceptance is partially responsible, with tales of China reversing its exchange ban providing further market optimism.<p>Rumors that Amazon …

Litecoin Has Climbed More Than 100% In The Last Month

Litecoin prices have risen sharply over the last month, gaining more than 100% since mid-September.<p>The alternative protocol assets price reached $66.19 today, after falling to nearly $32 on September 15, according to CoinMarketCap.<p>The digital currency has pulled back a bit since then, trading at …

Cryptocurrency

Russia hopes to launch its own digital currency

Russia has been talking openly about the prospect of creating its own cryptocurrency, and it looks like the country might turn those words into action. Local news outlets report that Communications Minister Nikolay Nikiforov has confirmed plans to launch a state-controlled digital currency. Don't …

Hackers placed secret cryptocurrency miner on Politifact

It's been about a month since users discovered that popular torrent site The Pirate Bay had a hidden in-browser cryptocurrency miner on its pages …

Microsoft Windows 10 breaches Dutch privacy law

<b>Microsoft breaches data protection law in the Netherlands because of the way its Windows 10 operating system processes personal information, according to a report.</b><p>The Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) also said users were not clearly informed about what data the technology giant was using.<p>There …

This Blockchain-Based Energy Platform Is Building A Peer-To-Peer Grid

WePower is creating a new cryptocurrency to help facilitate a more democratic system of funding and buying renewable energy.<p>Residential solar customers are already used to selling power back to the grid. When their rooftop panels produce more electricity than is needed at any time, they can send …

British government wants internet giants to pay a "troll tax" for the suffering their sites cause

Culture secretary Karen Bradley wants the web’s biggest players to pay for “undeniable suffering”<p>The culture secretary, Karen Bradley, has this …

Conservative Party

Forget stealing data — these hackers hijacked Amazon cloud accounts to mine bitcoin

A report from the security intelligence group RedLock found at least two companies which had their AWS cloud services compromised by hackers who wanted nothing more than to use the computer power to mine the cryptocurrency bitcoin. The hackers ultimately got access to Amazon's cloud servers after …

UK to hike penalties on viewing terrorist content online

In its ongoing war against online extremism the UK government has said it intends to change the law to bring in tougher sentences for people who repeat view terrorist content online — increasing the maximum penalty to up to 15 years behind bars.<p>The Conservative Party is holding its annual …

Australia to get in your face with facial recognition system

Would you be comfortable with surveillance cameras in airports and shopping centres being able to identify you?<p>That's what Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hopes will come to fruition. Turnbull asked the country's states Wednesday to give citizens' drivers licenses to the federal …

Surveillance

Yahoo says all 3 billion accounts affected by 2013 data breach

Yahoo has revealed every single account on its system at the time of the 2013 data breach was affected in the cyber attack.<p>The company said new intelligence suggests as many as 3 billion accounts were compromised in the attack, which was first revealed last December. It had previously admitted …

Cyber-attacks

Chinese money dominates bitcoin, now its companies are gunning for blockchain tech

Beijing, China<p>It’s a sweltering summer night when I’m invited to join a bitcoin miner from Shenzhen at a “bitcoin club” somewhere in downtown Beijing. I’ve just returned from visiting one of the world’s largest bitcoin mines and find myself at a gathering of cryptocurrency enthusiasts at a craft …

Understanding Ethereum, Bitcoin’s Virtual Cousin

Bitcoin has many cousins and competitors. None have grown more popular than Ethereum, a global computer network with its own virtual currency, called Ether.<p><b>What is Ethereum?</b><p>Ethereum is a global computing network operating according to rules defined by Ethereum software.<p>Those rules allow the …

Cryptocurrency

Bitcoin Bug Bites Japan and South Korea as China Clamps Down

SAN FRANCISCO — Until recently, China was a center of Bitcoin activity while the rest of Asia looked on with little interest.<p>Now, the tables have turned.<p>The Chinese government has been clamping down on virtual currency activity at the same time that hundreds of thousands of Japanese have thrown …

FICO wants to look at cryptocurrency transactions to help prevent fraud

In a filing with the US Patent and Trademark Office, analytics company FICO has submitted an application regarding a system for detecting unusual …

Cryptocurrency jobs are popping up like crazy — even for non-techies

A report released this month by Angel List indicates cryptocurrency jobs have risen by over 100 percent in the past six months. While Bitcoin value fluctuations may be testing investor confidence, the hiring market for blockchain-based technology remains overtly bullish.<p>Not only are more jobs …

It’s over: China’s biggest bitcoin exchanges will halt all trading services for local customers

The last hope for digital-currency trading in China is dead.<p>China’s two largest bitcoin exchanges, Huobi and OKCoin, said on Saturday (Sept. 16) that they will halt all trading services for local customers. It’s an about-face from their statements just a day earlier, in which the two companies said …

Cryptocurrency

Blockchain technology could be even more disruptive than Amazon was 2 decades ago

I feel blessed because travel allows me to meet and speak at length with some truly fascinating and successful people, from CEOs of firms both large and small, to deal lawyers, to audit partners.<p>Hearing varying opinions on global issues and politics has helped expand the scope and depth of my …