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New York's Financial Regulator, Benjamin Lawsky, Maintains Lead On Bitcoin Regulation

Last week, New York’s Department of Financial Services became the first state to propose comprehensive regulations governing virtual currencies. The move reaffirmed the position held by the agency’s head, Benjamin Lawsky, as the leading government voice on a technology that has befuddled regulators …

Past Saturn's Rings

This rare image taken on July 19, 2013, by NASA's Cassini spacecraft has shows Saturn's rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame. At the time, Cassini was 2013 from a distance of about 898.414 million miles (1.445858 billion kilometers) from Earth.

SpaceX President Says Company Will Dominate The Solar System In 2100

In as little as ten years, SpaceX could be sending people to Mars, she said, fulfilling CEO Elon Musk's ambition to make the human race "multiplanetary."<p>But why stop there? She went on to predict that by 2100 or 2200, SpaceX would be the "most widely used space transport company in the... let's …

How Secret Societies Stay Hidden on the Internet

Inside the surreal recruitment process of a legendary club—or something like it—at New York University<p>It all started with a Facebook message from a dead guy.<p>His name was Ernest Howard Crosby and his profile picture showed an old-time portrait of a man in a dapper vest sporting a bushy Civil War …

China's President Has Only Begun To Take Down The Tigers And Swat The Flies In His Historic Corruption Crackdown

182,000 officials were punished by discipline inspection agencies in 2013, up 13.3% year-over-year.<p>Remember, Chinese president Xi Jinping came to power on the back of a very ominous message from his predecessor. In late 2012, outgoing president Hu Jintao warned that corruption could prove "fatal" …

A Stanford engineer built the fake compression algorithm in HBO's 'Silicon Valley'

The creators of HBO's <i>Silicon Valley</i> could have glossed over the breakthrough technology behind fictional start-up Pied Piper, but instead they reached out to a Stanford professor for some help crafting a compression algorithm that seemed perfectly plausible on the surface. Ultimately, Ph.D student …

How Cryptocurrencies are Transforming the Oldest Profession

The world is moving toward a paper-free financial system, but in the borderline-legal organizations of the world’s underbelly economy, cash still reigns as king.<p>Any good business owner is keen to please his or her customers, particularly when it comes to prostitution. To avoid the awkward fumble of …

Controversial Torrent Site The Pirate Bay Just Made It Easier To Download Movies On Your Phone

But starting this week, users can now search through that endless trove of pirated content directly on their smartphones and tablets now that Pirate Bay has launched a mobile-friendly version of its website.<p>Called "The Mobile Bay," the mobile-optimized Pirate Bay offers the full search capabilities …

The First Trillion-Dollar Startup

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Rhett Morris is the director of Endeavor Insight, the research arm of Endeavor, a nonprofit that supports more than 900 entrepreneurs in 20 countries. He edits a blog and monthly newsletter on entrepreneurship ecosystems here.</i><p>In 1957, eight entrepreneurs decided to do something that …

Malware Can Hide in the Most Obvious Places

You never know when malware will bite. Even browsing an online restaurant menu can download malicious code, put there by hackers.<p>Much has been said that Target’s hackers accessed the giant’s records via its heating and cooling system. They’ve even infiltrated thermostats and printers among the …

BMW Vs. Tesla: A Real Live Innovator’s Dilemma

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Peter Yared is the Founder & CTO of Sapho and was formerly the CTO/CIO of CBS Interactive.</i><p>Jill Lepore genereated quite a fracas in Silicon Valley with her New Yorker article that questions disruptive innovation and posits that large incumbent companies often survive and subsume …

Snowden: "If I end up in chains at Guantanamo, I can live with that"

He looks like a man with a lot on his mind. Thinner. Jacketed, but not well-slept.<p>On July 10, Edward Snowden — possibly the biggest whistle-blower in history — gave an interview to <i>The Guardian</i> editor Alan Rusbridger and reporter Ewen MacAskill in Moscow.<p>In the 13-minute talk, the former National …

Startups Are Finally Hacking Healthcare

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tim Chang is managing director at Mayfield Fund where he leads consumer investing practice with a focus on the Internet of Things, consumerized health & wellness, crowdsourcing, collaborative consumption, mobile-first service and product marketplaces, vertical communities, and</i> …

Net neutrality is dead – welcome to the age of digital discrimination

A US appeal court ruling that undermines the principle of net neutrality could spell the end for the ideal of an open internet<p>Want to know if someone is internet-savvy? Just ask them why anyone should care about net neutrality. If they understand the technology, stand by for a lecture on why it is …

If You Think 5G Is All About Faster Network Speeds, You're Wrong

You can already reach for your phone, ask Google a question, and receive the answer within seconds.<p>The forthcoming generation of wireless technology will be even faster, but it's not just about sheer speed.<p>The next major network upgrade will solve one of the most aggravating problems we experience …

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Apple’s OS X Yosemite Beta Preview

Apple has a new version of OS X coming to Macs this fall, and for the first time ever, it’s giving up to 1 million members of the public the opportunity to test it out in advance – for free, and without requiring they register as a developer, starting this Thursday. The purpose of the advance …

When Watson met Siri: Apple's IBM deal could make Siri a lot smarter

Though they come from two different families, Watson and Siri could be the ideal pair.<p>One of the long-term results of Apple’s new partnership with IBM — which the two announced yesterday as a joint effort to give both a stronger standing in the mobile enterprise — could be an eventual union between …

Amazon Rolls Out A YouTube-Like “Video Shorts” Section On Instant Video

Amazon‘s Instant Video service has traditionally been thought of as both a rival to iTunes and Netflix, in terms of offering movies and TV shows for rent, purchase or for free streaming via the company’s Amazon Prime membership program. But you might want to add YouTube to that list of would-be …

Facebook says SEC's IPO probe ends, extending WhatsApp closing date

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission dropped its probe into the social networking company over events surrounding its controversial initial public offering.<p>A woman holds a tablet displaying WhatsApp's logo in front of the screen with the Facebook logo in this …

China's Baidu to challenge Google with its own self-driving car

Baidu is often referred to as "China's Google," but it's not <i>quite</i> the same. It's true, the company <i>is</i> working on it's own self-driving car, but it thinks Google's no-wheel design is all wrong. According to Kai Yu, Baidu's Institute of Deep Learning's deputy director, autonomous vehicles need to be …

11 Smartphone Home Screens From Some Of The Biggest Names In Tech

Square launches IFTTT channel, lets your transactions trigger almost anything

Here’s a conditional statement for you:<p>IF you haven’t tried out IFTTT (If This Then That), THEN you are missing out on one of the most incredibly useful tools ever invented.<p>Especially if you’re a Square mobile payments user.<p>No idea what I’m babbling about? Here’s the IFTTT 101:<p>If This Then That …

OS X Yosemite Public Beta Now Available via Mac App Store Redemption Codes

In line with yesterday's announcement, Apple today made available a pre-release version of OS X Yosemite to consumers who signed up for the company's OS X public beta program. Public beta program members can access promo codes through the beta program website that allow them to download Yosemite …

Disrupt Alum Trello Takes In $10.3M For Its Visual To-Do Lists

Disrupt alum Trello has pulled in a $10.3 million funding round. The startup launched its visual project management system back in September 2011, on TC’s startup battlefield stage.<p>Three years on and its freshly announced Series A funding round is being co-led by Index Ventures and Spark Capital. …

Zillow And Trulia Shares Go Bonkers On Report Of A Possible Deal

"Zillow could value Trulia at as much as $2 billion in a purchase, and an agreement may be announced as soon as next week," they reported citing anonymous sources.<p>Trulia, which had a market cap of roughly $1.5 billion before Bloomberg's report crossed, surged 30%.<p>Zillow, which has a market cap of …

How Hackers Hid a Money-Mining Botnet in Amazon’s Cloud | Threat Level

Hackers have long used malware to enslave armies of unwitting PCs, but security researchers Rob Ragan and Oscar Salazar had a different thought: Why …

Samsung’s VR Software Leak Shows Initial Apps, Ability To Switch Between Virtual And Real Reality

Samsung‘s VR efforts are one leaky ship lately, with a report today echoing earlier rumors that the company would be partnering with Oculus VR for its own headset. Now, a leaked pre-release version of the Samsung VR software has made its way into the hands of SamMobile, apparently revealing some of …

Google wants to define a healthy human with its new baseline genetic study

Google's got a big new project and it's you. Well, not just you, but a genetic and molecular study of humanity that aims to grasp at what a healthy human should be. It's in its early days, collecting anonymous data from 175 people, but it plans to expand to thousands later. The project is headed up …

Google's $1 Billion Acquisition of Twitch Reportedly a Go

As previously rumored, Google is reportedly going to acquire Twitch for $1 billion.<p>The newest report comes from Dean Takahashi at <i>GamesBeat</i>, citing …

Cable Companies: Google Threatens Net Neutrality, Not Us

The real threat to on­line free­dom is from In­ter­net gi­ants like Google and Net­flix, ac­cord­ing to ma­jor cable com­pan­ies.<p>Those sites could …