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Eager cryptocurrency investors have sunk thousands of dollars into joke tokens

The initial coin offering (ICO) craze is getting ridiculous. The latest evidence: A cryptotoken called “Useless Ethereum Token” has raised over $40,000 in just under three days.<p>Here’s its pitch: “UET is a standard ERC20 token, so you can hold it and transfer it. Other than that… nothing. Absolutely …

Cryptocurrency

Goldman Sachs believes Bitcoin could climb to nearly $4,000

According to Goldman Sachs, Bitcoin (BTC) could climb to nearly $4,000 in the near future. Near, in this case, is relative. But after BTC breaks through the “messy” period in which it currently resides, Goldman analyst Sheba Jafari believes the coin is headed to at least $3,212, and quite possibly …

How two countries helped drive the recent rise in cryptocurrency prices

Digital currency prices have soared recently, with reports from the past few months showing enormous valuation increases for currencies across the board.<p>Bitcoin, Ripple, and Ethereum have all experienced exponential growth, with Bitcoin prices rising to $2,588, Ripple reaching a market cap of …

Blockchain As Blockbuster: Still Too Soon To Tell, But Get Ready

Is blockchain the real deal?<p>In a recent interview for CNBC, Deepak Krishnamurthy, chief strategy officer for SAP, stated that SAP is adopting blockchain in a serious way for its supply chain management offerings. “We have the largest supply chain product in the enterprise software industry, so …

This girls robotics team from Afghanistan was denied visas for a U.S. competition

A robotics competition team of Afghan girls won't be able to watch their creation compete in person.<p>They were recently denied one-week visas to the …

Can you buy anything real with Bitcoin? On the streets of Bristol, it proves a hard sell

The digital currency can now be bought at ATMs around the country<p>My journey into the dark economy starts much as expected: in front of a computer screen, late at night. It ends somewhere quite unexpected, in a humdrum setting a world away from the stereotype of modernity, equality and sticking it …

Evergreen | The Next Web

All stories in Evergreen<p>Understanding quantum computers: The basics<p>Theoretical physics for people without PhDs. Here's what you need to know about quantum computer systems so you can belly-up ...<p>Tristan Greene<p>Check out these 5 wild and wacky quantum computer facts for cool people<p>Quantum computers …

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Wales and Scotland offer free abortions to women from Northern Ireland

Welsh and Scottish leaders follow UK government with committment to fund procedures despite objections from DUP<p>The Welsh and Scottish governments will offer free abortions to Northern Irish women, their leaders have confirmed, after the UK government said last week it would fund the procedures in …

Bitcoin donations to a $16 billion charitable fund are soaring

According to the recently released Fidelity Charitable 2017 Giving Report , donations made in bitcoin to Fidelity Charitable, a $16 billion donor-advised philanthropic fund, grew to about $9 million in the first half of 2017. That's about $2 million more than what bitcoin donors contributed in all …

Cryptocurrency

Al Jazeera journalists: Don't treat us like 'criminals'

Al Jazeera is fighting back against demands that the government of Qatar should close down the media network.<p>Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have called for Qatar to shut Al Jazeera. It's one of 13 things they say Qatar must do before they'll restore diplomatic and …

Human Rights

Canada will compensate and apologize to former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr

TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian government is going to apologize and give millions to a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who pleaded guilty to killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan.<p>An official familiar with the deal said Tuesday that Omar Khadr will receive 10.5 million Canadian dollars (US$8 million). …

A popular cryptocurrency could be using more than a country's worth of electricity

While Bitcoin has been on a continuous upward trend, it's major competitor Ether is following close behind. Despite last week's flash crash and Sunday's "fake news" market value drop , the price of Ether is back up , opening today (Wednesday) at $282.44 .<p>That's up by more than 13% since markets …

Cryptocurrency

New 'Uber For Escorts' Rendevu App Helps Sex Workers Stay Safe

An app developed in Sydney called Rendevu is bringing Lyft-style booking services to sex workers in Australia and the United Kingdom. The LGBTQ blog …

62 seconds of Sean Spicer not answering a simple question

<b>(CNN) —</b> CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta asked White House press secretary Sean Spicer a simple question on Monday: Why were cameras not allowed to record today's daily press briefing?<p>In the minute that followed, Spicer never answered the question. (Watch the full thing yourself right here.)<p>…

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The US government says you shouldn’t be forced to use special characters in your passwords

It might be getting easier to remember all of your passwords. The standards organization of the United States, NIST, has concluded that many common requirements for passwords, like forcing you to use special characters, are misguided.<p>Instead, NIST recommends the use of lengthy passwords, and …

Appeals Court Allows Worst Anti-LGBTQ Law Ever To Go Into Effect In Mississippi

The law has far-reaching effects beyond LGBTQ people as well, allowing for broad discrimination against many people.<p>A three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals this week lifted a lower court injunction that had stopped the implementation of what many legal observers and LGBTQ activists …

Mormon girl who says she is gay has microphone cut off, stirring protest

LGBT rights,Same-sex marriage (US),Mormonism,Utah,Religion,US news,World news,US constitution and civil liberties,Law<p>13-year-old spoke to congregation in Eagle Mountain, Utah in May<br>• Bishop calls recording of incident and protest ‘problematic’<p>A video of a young Mormon girl in Utah telling her …

LGBTQI

ProtonMail launches its free ProtonVPN service for extra security

In 2014, a team based in Geneva, Switzerland launched ProtonMail, a fully encrypted end-to-end email service. It has since become the largest such service worldwide, and today the company is expanding its efforts to help people secure their internet data with the official launch of ProtonVPN.<p>The …

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From Yelp reviews to mango shipments: IBM's CEO on how blockchain will change the world

CEO Ginni Rometty, who also sits on President Trump's American Technology Council , explained the software giant's blockchain investments and patents to CNBC's Jim Cramer .<p>"What the internet did for communications," said Rometty, "I think blockchain will do for trusted transactions."<p>She said there …

Blockchain

On Bitcoin, India's Government And Tech Companies Find Common Ground

The Bitcoin craze is catching on in India. While tech geeks and young investors eye the digital cryptocurrency as its value soars, the government, too, is contemplating a course of action surrounding its regulation.<p>In a move expected to boost financial inclusion, the Department of Economic Affairs …

Reverse Engineering the Antikythera Mechanism

<i>Make:</i> contributor Chris from Clickspring has an amazing series of videos on <i>YouTube</i> called “Reconstructing the Antikythera Mechanism.” In the series, the ancient and wondrous Antikythera Mechanism is introduced, explained, and then Chris goes about the very challenging task of trying to figure out …

AIG teams with IBM to use blockchain for 'smart' insurance policy

(Reuters) - Insurer American International Group Inc has partnered with International Business Machines Corp to develop a “smart” insurance policy that uses blockchain to manage complex international coverage, the companies said on Wednesday.<p>A man walks past the American International Group (AIG) …

Blockchain

Israel considers closing Al-Jazeera

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering shutting down the local offices of Arab satellite broadcaster Al-Jazeera, an …

Saudi Arabia

Regulations Are Making it Harder For Security Experts to Use Bitcoin

A major U.S. Bitcoin exchange, responding to regulations intended to stop criminals, appears to be suspending the accounts of “white hat” security …

Man and two sons killed by US troops in Nangarhar

US troops have killed an Afghan civilian and his two young sons after opening fire "indiscriminately" when their convoy was hit by a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan, local officials and witnesses said.<p>The incident took place early on Monday in Ghani Khel, a district in the south of Nangarhar …

Why Ethereum is outpacing Bitcoin

While Bitcoin is currently trading at close to its all-time high, its dominance in terms of proportion of total cryptocurrency market cap is rapidly decreasing — ground largely given up to Ethereum.<p>This shift is probably being driven by a few factors. Despite its recent appreciation in value, as a …

Cryptocurrency

The FCC can’t limit excessive inmate phone call rates

The FCC of 2015 pushed for limits to "excessive and egregious" rates for prison-based telephone calls. This was a progressive move to limit the ability states and private prisons to make money off of prisoners, who have no choice in choosing how much a phone call costs. When the new Trump …

Inside Adafruit, the Open-Source Manufacturing Maker Champions

There are some companies that just seem charmed, possessed of a deft balance of corporate instincts, with the courage and conviction to lead, to make bold, even audacious moves that repeatedly turn out to be the right ones. Adafruit Industries is such a company. Founded in a dorm room in 2005 by …

Coins Become a Canvas for This Intricate Carver

Next time you have a pocket full of loose change, take a few moments to inspect your coins. You may be holding onto a work of art.<p>Shaun Hughes engraves coins with intricate and beautiful designs. This process of altering a coin with a new look isn’t exactly novel — people have been doing it for as …

A Mysterious New Cryptocurrency Is Surging After Being Endorsed by Putin

As investors look for a place to safely store their assets amid geopolitical turmoil, the world’s second-biggest cryptocurrency is getting a boost.<p>After catching the eye of both the Singapore government and Russian President <b>Vladimir Putin,</b> Ethereum—the second-biggest cryptocurrency in the world, …