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How Dropbox Knows When You’re Sharing Copyrighted Stuff (Without Actually Looking At Your Stuff)

Late last night, a tweet was spread far and wide showing that a DMCA notice had blocked a file from being shared on a Dropbox user’s account.<p>As of this afternoon, it’s seen just shy of 3 thousand retweets.<p>What was going on? Was Dropbox suddenly doing something sketchy? Were they suddenly lurking …

The Autonomous Vehicle Is The Innovation That Will Reshape The World More Than Any Other

In his TED talk, technology designer Bran Ferren discusses how we can build miracles that will stand the test of time the same way ancient cultures did.<p>Growing up in a family of artists, technology designer Bran Ferren thought that art and design and science and technology were two separate worlds. …

Innovation

Enter The Blockchain: How Bitcoin Can Turn The Cloud Inside Out

Drop whatever you’re doing and go read Maciej Cegłowski’s absolutely magnificent essay <i>Our Comrade The Electron</i>, an astonishing history of the amazing Russian engineer Lev Sergeyevich Termen. Make sure you read right down to its punchline, “the most badass answer imaginable.” But if time is short, …

Google’s Jared Cohen: It’s “Obvious” Bitcoin-Like Currencies Are “Inevitable”

Google Director of Ideas and former technology advisor to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Jared Cohen, says that digital “crypto-currencies” like Bitcoin are here to stay. “I think it’s very obvious to all of us that crypto-currencies are inevitable,” he told the audience at SXSW, in …

Bitcoin Startup Coinbase Surges Past 1M Consumer Wallets In The Post-Mt.Gox Era

Today Coinbase announced that it has created more than 1 million consumer Bitcoin wallets on its platform, pointing to increased interest in the market for the cryptocurrency. The company started 2013 with fewer than 13,000 wallets in the bag.<p>That Coinbase grew greatly in 2013 is not surprising, as …

Cryptocurrency

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen: Fed Has No Authority To Regulate Bitcoin

If you were worried about the Federal Reserve trying to step in to regulate Bitcoin, breathe easy: Its leader doesn’t think that the Fed has the authority to do so.<p>Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen was plain on the matter: “The Federal Reserve simply does not have authority to supervise or …

Janet Yellen

What’s Not Being Said About Bitcoin

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Brian Armstrong is the co-founder and CEO of Coinbase, a leading consumer, merchant, and developer platform for Bitcoin purchasing, selling, and payment acceptance. Follow him on Twitter.</i><p>Mt.Gox is gone. The one-time biggest Bitcoin exchange closed its doors this week and filed for …

Google Sets Example By Trying To Offset Perils Of SF Gentrification

While San Francisco’s gentrification issues aren’t solely caused by the tech boom, the tech industry should aim to help the communities impacted by the influx of money and people it has brought to the city. Yesterday’s donation by Google is a great example of looking out for one’s neighbors.<p>Google …

TSA Reportedly Demands To Inspect Man’s Luggage For Bitcoin [Updated]

Davi Baker wasn’t quite sure how to comply with the TSA’s demands to inspect his bags for Bitcoin. Baker had found himself in a testy exchange with airport security personnel during an enhanced screening, and they wanted an additional search of his belongings.<p>“We saw Bitcoin in your bag and need to …

As Auroracoin “Airdrop” Approaches, What Does It Mean When A Nation Adopts A Cryptocurrency?

Iceland has its own Satoshi. A programmer called Baldur Friggjar Odinsson has created an alternative to bitcoin that he is calling AuroraCoin and in twenty-three days he will “airdrop” 31.8 coins to every citizen of Iceland – all 330,000 of them.<p>It is, in short, a pretty ballsy move.<p>Aurouracoin …

Mt.Gox Implodes

Mt.Gox, one of the first Bitcoin exchanges, is down after an apparent long-term operation bled the company of 744,408 BTC – about $350 million at today’s rate – over a period of years. Bitcoin is trading at about $500 today and Mt.Gox transactions have halted.<p>The shutdown comes after a supposedly …

Square Tapped By Whole Foods In Its Second Big In-Store Payments Deal

A year and a half after debuting a massive partnership with Starbucks, payments company Square is announcing its next big, in-store retail deal: Whole Foods. When Square debuted Stand last year, the assumption was that this high-powered hardware and software play would help attract large retailers. …

Now all you need is a heartbeat to invest in bitcoin

Two of the "hottest things" in tech have come together and made a pretty bizarre partnership: wearables and bitcoin. While the two don't necessarily …

Bitcoin

Russia Says Bitcoin Should Be Avoided [Updated]

Russia doesn’t do things by halves — Bitcoin shouldn’t be used by individuals and legal entities according to a recent statement. If you have a Bitcoin wallet on your computer, the Government will be suspicious. The Central Bank of Russia reiterated that the official currency is the Ruble, and that …

Bitcoin’s Emerging Price Stability

Earlier in January Bitcoin, as it receded as recipient of an infinite press, began to see its trading range tighten after months of wild swings. I pointed this out as perhaps the start of new stability for Bitcoin, which in turn could help its platform mature, or indicate maturation thereof.<p>There …

Forget Coin–iPhone Payments Now Possible Thanks To iBeacons

By Michael Grothaus7 minute Read<p>Ask any iPhone user what the next iPhone really needs and chances are you’ll hear “NFC so I can make payments with my …

Bitcoin’s Recent Price Stability Could Point To Growing Maturity

The nearly boozy Bitcoin rallies and crashes of 2013 led to endless media coverage, rising mass market knowledge of its existence, and piece by piece, the growing maturity of its underlying network.<p>No asset that regularly loses or gains 50% in a day can be treated as anything more than a …

Uber And Disruption

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Elad Gil is a serial entrepreneur, operating executive, and investor/adviser to startups. He is an investor in Airbnb, Pinterest, Square, and Stripe. Elad was co-founder and CEO of MixerLabs which was acquired by Twitter he served as the Vice President of Corporate Strategy. Prior to</i> …

Nestor v. Nest: Not the first time investors have driven up the wrong stock

How's this for a smart investment strategy? The next time a corporate behemoth like Google acquires a company like Nest for a few billion bucks, it …

Investing

How iBeacons could change the world forever

Apps such as Google Maps and FourSquare have long used location data to try to improve the average person’s mobile experience. But that could be just the tip of the location iceberg as Bluetooth’s latest technology revolutionizes how people interact with everyday objects and places.<p>With iOS 7, …

Apple’s iBeacon Could Revolutionize Business and Marketing

As a business owner of any size operation, it’s essential to stay on top of the newest technology that could potentially benefit and improve your …

eCommerce

Super Creative iPhone Photos

Brock Davis is a very talented designer who likes to use his creativity and his iphone camera to work together. In 2013 he took some awesome photos …

How and why Bitcoin will plummet in price

My post from yesterday was perhaps not specific enough, so let me outline one possible scenario in which the value of Bitcoin (and other …

Why bitcoin is both less and more secure than credit cards

This week, the FBI issued a warning about an unusual form of credit card fraud. Credit card processing networks at gas stations and other retailers …

Bitcoin

Forget Mega-Corporations, Here’s The Mega-Network

We live in the age of cryptocurrency heists, Chinese moon landings, eco-disasters and electronic cigarettes. Sounds like something out of a cyberpunk novel.<p>Well, a cyberpunk novel without the brain implants, but don’t worry, those are coming, too. But one big cyberpunk theme that hasn’t come to …

The year ahead: ten amazing science and technology innovations coming up in 2014

From the world's largest underground hotel to Star Wars-style holographic communication, the coming year is set to unveil an array of incredible advances in science and technology<p><b>Beam yourself across the world</b><p>The growth in video communication has been exponential. Skype now boasts 300 million …

Los Angeles

[Corrected] The Invention of the Telephone Offers a Lesson for Tech Companies

<i>Correction: Jan. 3, 2014: The memo cited below, in which Western Union supposedly called the telephone an "idiotic" idea, is a fabrication. The post</i> …

Hands-On With Coin, The Electronic Credit Card That Hopes To Declutter Your Wallet

There are a number of startups seeking to make our financial lives better, whether it be Simple helping users set budgets and goals or BillGuard to make them aware of fraudulent charges that show up on their credit cards. Then there’s Coin, which wants to create a sort of “one card to rule them …