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I accidentally threw away $60M worth of Bitcoin

After Matthew Mellon, scion of the Mellon banking fortune, died on April 16 of a drug-related heart attack in Mexico, his family was unable to locate …

Bitcoin

FBI: Reboot, reset your router immediately to prevent cyberattacks

Following reports that a type of malware has infected more than 500,000 routers used in homes and small businesses in more than 50 countries, the FBI …

Routers

Freefly Movi gimbal is designed for smartphone filmmakers

When it comes to gimbals, the Freefly Movi is basically the name of the game — at least, for professional users. The original Movi paved the way for …

Gear & Gadgets

How to protect your Mac, iPhone, iPad from EFAIL email exploit

Researchers in Europe discovered a way to read the contents of encrypted emails sent with iOS and macOS devices. The EFAIL exploit is significant enough that the Electronic Frontier Foundation calls it an “immediate risk.”<p>Apple is certainly working on a patches for all its devices, but there are …

Encryption

How Frightened Should We Be of A.I.?

Thinking about artificial intelligence can help clarify what makes us human—for better and for worse.<p>Precisely how and when will our curiosity kill us? I bet you’re curious. A number of scientists and engineers fear that, once we build an artificial intelligence smarter than we are, a form of A.I. …

Artificial Intelligence

Who cares about privacy? Not Facebook users, says Antonio García-Martínez.

The “Chaos Monkeys” author, who helped Facebook develop its ad-targeting system, busts some myths on the latest Too Embarrassed to Ask.<p>If you’re concerned about how Facebook wields its users’ data, Antonio García-Martínez wants you to know it was “partially my fault.”<p>García-Martínez joined the …

Social Media

Parkour cat escapes furious feline gauntlet

The internet is not a stranger to cat videos nor is it unfamiliar with memes set to Awolnation's "Run." So behold, the fated fusion of two iconic …

Pets

How to identify and resolve double-NAT problems

The digital world is all about IP (internet protocol) addresses. Every device needs an IP in order to communicate on the internet or within a private network. Given there’s not enough public IP addresses out there for every internet-connected device (at least with IPv4), this little thing called …

The Wealthy Are Hoarding $10 Billion of Bitcoin in Bunkers

Behind the guards, the blast doors and down corridors of reinforced concrete, sit the encrypted computer servers -- connected to nothing -- that hold …

Cryptocurrency

30 FREE days of ExpressVPN

Here are your 30 free days<p>Your friend thinks you might like ExpressVPN.<p>Here are 30 days free to get you started.<p>30-day money-back guarantee<p>Access any …

Why It's Never Too Late to Start a Business

It takes courage to become an entrepreneur later in life, but it's worth it.<p>1 min read<p>Years into his career and nearing 40, with a stable family life and established career, Steve Lesnik left his job to start a company. Although KemperLesnik faced challenges such as losing a large client early on, …

Thought Leadership

Google announces HTTPS-default .app top-level domain, early registration today

Originally teased for I/O 2018, Google today is announcing a new .app top-level domain. Google bid and purchased the TLD in 2015 for a notable $25 million and is launching it today with apps, developers, and security in mind.<p>According to Google, .app is the first “TLD with enforced security made …

Apps

WhatsApp co-founder to depart after apparent clashes with Facebook

WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum announced on Monday, April 30, that he’s leaving the company.<p>Koum launched the messaging app with Brian Acton in 2004 …

Privacy

The Next Best Version of Me: How to Live Forever

George Church towers over most people. He has the long, gray beard of a wizard from Middle-earth, and his life’s work—poking and prodding DNA and …

Senator warns Facebook better shape up or get ‘broken up’

In the run-up to Mark Zuckerberg’s first appearance before Congress, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden issued a warning to the company about what it can expect from lawmakers if it doesn’t radically alter course.<p>“Mr. Zuckerberg is going to have a couple of very unpleasant days before Congress next week and …

Are your phone camera and microphone spying on you?

Here is what the former FBI director James Comey said when he was asked back in September 2016 if he covered his laptop’s webcam with tape.<p>“Heck yeah, heck yeah. Also, I get mocked for a lot of things, and I am much mocked for that, but I hope people lock their cars … lock your doors at night. I …

Social Media

A 200-Year-Old Idea Offers a New Way to Trace Stolen Bitcoins

Bitcoin's blockchain provides inalterable evidence, stored on thousands of computers, of every Bitcoin transaction that's ever taken place. Many of …

Facebook confirms it spies on your Messenger conversations

Facebook revealed this week that it’s scanning users’ Messenger conversations – including text chats, pictures, and links – in an effort to ensure that people play by its rules.<p>CEO Mark Zuckerberg first spilled the beans in an interview with Vox’s Ezra Klein, in which he brought up an incident …

How to ghost your internet provider with a secret IP address

Two new projects just launched that could hinder internet-service providers’ ability to eavesdrop on their customers, helping internet users protect …

Facebook is cutting third-party data providers out of ad targeting to clean up its act

Facebook says it’s going to stop using data from third-party data providers like Experian and Acxiom.<p>Facebook is going to limit how much data it makes available to advertisers buying hyper-targeted ads on the social network.<p>More specifically, Facebook says it will stop using data from third-party …

Cambridge Analytica

How to sell Bitcoins

Decided it’s time to get out of the Bitcoin craze or just want to be prepared for when you do? In this guide, we’ll teach you how to sell Bitcoins to …

Are you ready? Here is all the data Facebook and Google have on you

Want to freak yourself out? I’m going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it.<p>Google knows where you’ve been<p>Google stores your location (if you have location tracking turned on) every time you turn on your phone. You …

Privacy

Worried about what Facebook knows about you? Check out Google

Upset about how much of your data Facebook has? Wait until you see what Google has got on you.<p>Dylan Curran, an information technology consultant, took a look at just what Google knew about him. Even with his experience as a web developer, he was shocked.<p>"I was really like: 'Oh, my God. This is …

Privacy

Julian Assange Just Got His Internet Privileges Revoked

No more will the WikiLeaks founder be able to tweet or send other messages from inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

Julian Assange

New Sixth-Generation iPad vs. 10.5-Inch iPad Pro

Support for the Apple Pencil was one of the major differentiating factors between the fifth-generation iPad and the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, with Apple Pencil connectivity limited to Apple's more expensive flagship tablets.<p>Now that Apple Pencil support has been built into the sixth-generation iPad, …

Fed up with Facebook data slurping? Firefox has a cunning plan

The Facebook Container add-on quarantines the social network to limit data harvestingSensing an opportunity in Facebook's squandering of public trust …

Privacy

Nothing You Say Online Is Private

<i>This article also ran in Bloomberg Technology’s</i> Fully Charged <i>newsletter. Sign up here.</i><p>As Facebook’s latest privacy missteps unfolded via the …

Privacy

Machine Learning At Google: The Amazing Use Case Of Becoming A Fully Sustainable Business

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. From the start, they have also made significant efforts to do this in a way that doesn’t deplete the world’s natural resources.<p>The company has been fully carbon neutral since 2007 and ten years …

Machine Learning

How to Make a Clean Break With the Clingiest Social Networks

Social networks walk a fine line between being a useful tool and a crippling addiction. Whether you want your free time back or don’t like your …

Bitcoin briefly drops below $6000; over $550 billion wiped off cryptocurrency market in under one month

The cryptocurrency craze has cooled over the last few days as the price of all major digital currencies tumble. Earlier this morning, bitcoin fell …