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Israel Says Bitcoin Is Risky And Announces That It May Regulate It

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Wednesday it was considering regulation of bitcoin and warned citizens that using such decentralized virtual currencies was risky.<p>As a crypto-currency, bitcoin is passed between two parties digitally and can be traded on exchanges for real-world currencies. Its …

Cryptocurrency

The First Bitcoin ATM In The US Is Opening In Austin, Texas

USA! USA! We are now officially almost as good as Canada! Why? Because the folks at Robocoin are officially turning on the first U.S.-based Bitcoin ATM at the HandleBar in Austin, Texas.<p>The ATM, placed prominently in the Austin tavern, will be much like any other ATM you’ve used. You walk up, put …

Google to Glassholes: Stop it

Google, perhaps mindful of some negative reactions to its revolution, offers a dos and don'ts guide. The don'ts mostly revolve around human behavior.<p>It's hard being misunderstood.<p>Sometimes you have to ask yourself: "Is it these desperate ingrates who don't see my genius? Or might it be me?"<p>Why did …

Google Glass

Vast Underwater Survey Identifies Five Keys to Conserving Ocean Life

Dozens of volunteer divers surveyed marine protected areas worldwide, to discover why life flourishes in some while failing in others.<p>Oceans cover 70 percent of the Earth. Somewhat less than 2 percent of that area has been set aside in marine protected areas: refuges where sea life is supposed to …

Conservation

How do you bring the internet of things to the consumer? Two perspectives.

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit:<p>This week we focused (inadvertently) on how to get consumers to adopt the internet of things is large numbers. First up …

Scientists Discover Gold Literally Growing on Trees in the Outback

Every parent's favorite line about how money doesn't grow on trees just became a little more irrelevant, thanks to a fascinating find down under. …

Yahoo Traffic Has Grown 20 Percent Since She Joined, Says Marissa Mayer

Yahoo now has 800 million monthly active users globally, according to CEO Marissa Mayer.<p>That’s up 20 percent since last July, when she joined the …

Google ready to toss cookies as ground shifts for online ad rules

Advertisement<p>21 Comments<p>Google(s goog) is the world’s biggest online advertising company so anytime it makes a policy change, the ripple effects are …

What the World Would Look Like If Countries Were As Big As Their Online Populations

Helloooooo China!<p>The Internet we each see every day is an infinitesimally tiny sliver of the whole—the parts we have curated for ourselves, the parts our network of friends and family sends to us, and the sites that we have made parts of our routines.<p>But beyond this micro-level editing, there are …

Google Beats The Street In Q3 With $14.89B In Revenue, Net Income Of $2.97B, And EPS Of $10.74

Google’s Q3 2013 earnings report has just crossed the wires, and they’re better than expected. The company reported that over the past three months, it generated $14.89 billion in consolidated revenue and $2.97 billion in net income, as well as non-GAAP earnings of $10.74 per share.<p>According to …

Associated Press News

Uruguay plans to sell pot for $1 per gram to battle illegal drug trade

Uruguay is moving forward with a plan that would combat drug trafficking by creating a government-run marijuana industry that could begin operation as soon as next year, reports the Associated Press. Smoking marijuana has reportedly been legal in the country for some time now, but growing, …

Clear majority favors legal marijuana, new Gallup poll shows

Americans who believe marijuana should remain illegal are now in the minority, according to new poll numbers released Tuesday.<p>For the first time ever in a Gallup poll, a clear majority of the country – 58 percent – say that pot should be legalized. That figure represents an increase of 10 …

Shopping Around For Cheap Prices [Not Mobile Payments] Is The Most Popular In-Store Activity Among Mobile Users, Says Google

Most people may not yet be using smartphones to pay for goods when they are out shopping, but that doesn’t mean that they are not glued to their handsets anyway. Some research out today from Google indicates that among smartphone owners, some 79% can be classified as “mobile shoppers,” using their …

Proper Social for Glass in Public?

At the TNW conference here in Amsterdam, Robert Scoble sat with Andrew Keen to discuss the privacy implications of the Google Glass hardware project.<p>TNW’s early discussions of the Glass project strayed toward the lurid quickly, with one of our employees noting that the devices could be used to …

Stink bugs: the scientific battle against an insect invasion

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Insects

DDoS Bandwidth usage skyrockets in Q1 2013

The average bandwidth used by DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks had dramatically increased in Q1 2013. A report from Prolexic …

Spam war caused failure at critical internet exchange center

Exchanges are revising protocols in the wake of this week's devastating DDoS attacks<p>The dust is settling from this week's Dutch DDoS attacks — by some accounts, the largest denial-of-service action ever mounted, channeling 300 gigabits of junk traffic to the web's weakest spots. For the most part, …

Verizon FiOS Is The Best Cable Bundle, Says Consumer Reports

Cable companies routinely score lower in customer satisfaction than almost any other consumer service, and a large part of that is the fact that most …

Damaged undersea internet cable causes widespread global service disruption

A cut to the largest internet cable that connects Europe and Asia caused severe service disruption that stretched from from Africa to Pakistan.<p>Chief …