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WordPress.com Goes Open Source And Gets A Desktop App

WordPress.com, the fully hosted version of WordPress, has a received one of its biggest updates ever today. Codenamed Calypso, Automattic rewrote WordPress.com from scratch — everything is new under the hood. Here are the big changes.<p>First, WordPress.com is now fully separated from the WordPress …

FBI director says 'I really am not a maniac' just because he thinks he can kill encryption

Encryption is a security technology that scrambles digital information using specialist mathematics. It makes it so only people in possession of a specific unlock key or password can read the encrypted information.<p>Encryption is used by several technology companies including Microsoft, Facebook, …

Former NSA director Michael Hayden disagrees with FBI, NSA on encryption

Hayden alongside President George W. Bush. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque<p>Michael Hayden, the former head of the NSA, has publicly disagreed with the current heads of the FBI and the NSA on encryption.<p>At a cybersecurity panel in New York on Tuesday attended by Motherboard's Lorenzo Francheschi-Bicchierai, …

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How to make a million dollars on Etsy — buy from Alibaba and run your store like eBay

Online marketplace Etsy is known as a place to buy home-made items, clothing, artworks, and jewelry created by individuals or produced in limited runs by small businesses. But not everyone using the site ascribes to this folksy philosophy. Others, such as Alicia Shaffer, are using Etsy like eBay, …

Get ready: The FCC says it will vote on net neutrality in February

By Brian Fung<p>Brian Fung<p>Policy reporter focusing on telecommunications, media, cryptocurrencies and competition<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Federal regulators looking to place restrictions on Internet providers will introduce and vote on new proposed net neutrality rules in February, Federal Communications …

Net Neutrality

Twitter Is About To Launch A YouTube-Like Video Platform, And The Details May Have Just Leaked

"Aside from just watching video more easily on Twitter, you should be able to record, edit and share your <i>own</i> videos natively on Twitter too," Twitter's VP of Product Kevin Weil wrote in November. "Alongside short looping Vine videos, we think you'll have fun sharing what's happening in your world …

Secretive Military Tech Company Announces Augmented Reality Glasses For Consumers

For the past six years, low-key Osterhout Design Group has been building heavy duty smart glasses for the military. But after seeing the kind attention heaped onto gadgets like Google Glass, the small San Francisco-based company is looking towards the consumer market and thinks it has something …

Google Glass

22-year-old who United and Orbitz are suing raises $42,000 for legal fund

The 22-year-old who started Skiplagged.com, a website that reveals cheap airfares available through "hidden city" ticketing, is getting some help in …

Is It OK to Cheat Airlines if It Saves You Money?

Would you “scam” an airline’s ticketing policy if it saved $25? $70? $400?<p>A federal lawsuit is bringing public attention to “hidden city” ticketing, …

Sony Pictures Hackers Release Seventh Stolen Data Dump

The hackers call it a "Christmas gift."<p>The hacking group behind the massive Sony Pictures Entertainment attack has posted a new message containing links to what it claims is the seventh archive of data stolen from the studio.<p>They also promised more disclosures to come. “We are preparing for you a …

I Asked Jeff Bezos The Tough Questions — No Profits, The Book Controversies, The Phone Flop — And He Showed Why Amazon Is Such A Huge Success

<b>Henry Blodget:</b> Let's jump right in. What the hell happened with the Fire phone?<p><b>Jeff Bezos:</b> First of all, it's really early. We've had a lot of things we've had to iterate on at Amazon. You may remember something called Auctions that didn't work out very well. Z Shops morphed out of that. Then we …

On Death and iPods: A Requiem

Have you ever loved a car? Maybe it was an old truck you drove for hundreds of thousands of miles, or maybe it was your very first car: where you had …

Snowden Tells Hackers of the World to Unite

Edward Snowden addressed a packed-to-capacity crowd at the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE) conference with a message reminiscent of a line from the …

Get ready to pay for things with your veins

Fingerprint scanners like those on the latest iPhones could soon give way to another biometric identifier: The geometry of the veins in your hands.<p>Hackers in the Chaos Computer Club last year fooled the Apple TouchID, which unlocks the iPhone 5S when presented with a familiar finger, by creating a …

Through Its Network Of Mentors, HackHands Offers Live Help For New Programmers

With sites like Codecademy and Stack Overflow, there are plenty of ways to learn programming and get help online — but there’s nothing like a live human being who can answer your questions and look at your code, according to the co-founders of a new website called HackHands.<p>One of those …

Learn to code through dungeon crawling

Looking at a bunch of code for the first time can be something of a daunting affair. All those strings and symbols can simply look like a mess to the …

Open Source Software

A UN report details atrocities in North Korea that are painful to even imagine

A new UN report on North Korea reveals that women prisoners were forced to kill their own newborns. It's just one atrocity in a 400-page report documenting the crimes against humanity that have taken place in North Korea over the past few decades, and that continue to take place. <i></i><p>"The gravity, scale …

Everything You Need to Know About the Bitcoin Protocol

<i>This research is courtesy of Sander Duivestein, professional speaker and trendwatcher at VINT, the International Research Institute of Sogeti, and Patrick Savalle, founder and technical director at Mobbr crowd payments.</i><p>Bitcoin is big news again. The digital cryptocurrency is on the frontpage of …

How Most Anyone Can Find Photos Of Secret Government Sites

Last August, Jeffrey Lewis saw a North Korean propaganda video, posted in April 2012, which showed its missile launchers holding intercontinental ballistic missiles, shot from an oddly-shaped building.<p>He was curious. So with a team of students, he modeled what the building would look like and …

Syria’s Jihadist Twitter Wars

In March 2012, Omar Hammami, the American jihadist who called himself Abu Mansour al Amriki and fought for Shabaab, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, …

How GoPro Took Over The Internet

Next stop: the world!<p>GoPro’s line of action cams have resulted in some of the most explosively viral first-person videos of the past couple years. Yesterday, the video camera maker confidentially filed with the SEC for an initial public offering, signaling that GoPro is thinking about base jumping …

GoPro

How France’s Open Data Team Is Modernizing The French Government Through Data

A small team of 10 people called Etalab recently released a brand new version of Data.gouv.fr, France’s open data platform. Etalab essentially acted like a startup within the French government, utilizing its open data initiative to surreptitiously modernize the state itself.<p>As a reminder, open data …

Man converts 3D printer into an air hockey robot

Want to practice your air hockey skills? Tinkerer Jose Julio used standard parts of a RepRap 3D printer, an Arduino controller, two discarded PC fans, and some plain old wooden slats to construct an air hockey table complete with a robot opponent.<p>The robot, inspired by his daughter's love of the …

Brands Will Need Those War Rooms They Set Up in Sochi

Global sponsors of the Winter Olympics are devoting major manpower to their social media campaigns, monitoring the games around the clock and mining …

Freezing Sochi: how Russia turned a subtropical beach into a Winter Olympics wonderland

Organizers have hustled to transform a hub for beach holidays into a snow-filled athletic venue<p><i>The Olympic Village in Sochi, Russia, on the shores of the Black Sea. ( Wikipedia)</i><p>Sochi is not the most obvious place to host the Winter Olympics.<p>The Russian resort, on the eastern shore of the Black Sea, …