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World's first bitcoin ATM to launch this week

A Robocoin ATM that trades hard cash for digital bitcoins launches in Canada<p>The world's first bitcoin ATM will go live in Vancouver, Canada on Tuesday.<p>Built by company Robocoin, the ATM will trade the digital currency for cash and vice versa.<p>Bitcoin is the world's most popular electronic currency …

Researchers beat fiber optic broadband speeds using visible LED light

High speed data is already being transmitted by visible light to the moon, so why not in your living room, too? After the Fraunhofer Institute showed off 3Gbps speeds with LED lights, researchers from five UK universities have managed to transmit data at 10Gbps using micro-LEDs with a technique …

China's smog problem is reportedly impairing the country's surveillance networks

The dense clouds of smog that sometimes blanket cities in China have myriad ramifications: they close businesses and schools, force residents indoors for days at a time, and are a notorious health hazard. They're reportedly also, as the Chinese government is now acutely aware, a danger to national …

New ligament discovered in the human knee

Two knee surgeons at University Hospitals Leuven have discovered a previously undescribed ligament in the human knee. The ligament appears to play an …

'Drones Might Be the Future of Food'

Former Wired editor Chris Anderson on why data will revolutionize agriculture<p>Ralph Orlowski/Reuters<p>When Chris Anderson started building drones, he had no idea what a crop survey was. He had never even been on a farm - at least, not "professionally." But about a year and half ago, he found out that …

Researchers solve that pesky eye-contact problem with video calls

Let’s face it: video chatting with someone is awkward. While we’ve all gotten used to darting our eyes between the camera and the screen, so there’s …

Vibrating shoes could be the future of navigation and wearable tech

<i>This article was taken from the September 2013 issue of Wired magazine. Be the first to read Wired's articles in print before they're posted online,</i> …

New Facebook report shows over 25,000 government requests for user data worldwide

Facebook is opening up its ledger of government probes for user information, revealing over 25,600 separate requests in the first half of 2013. Today, the company launched its "Global Government Requests Report," a chart laying out how often various countries order Facebook to give up data about a …

Four Out of Five Malware Menaces Choose Android

Android is the world’s most widely used smartphone operating system. It’s also the one most often targeted by malware ne’er-do-wells.<p>According to a …

Google's Schmidt calls out Oracle chief over Android

The legal battle between Google and Oracle over Android's use of Java isn't over yet, and neither is the war of the words between the two companies.<p>In a Google+ post, Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt responded to comments made a few weeks ago by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison that what Google CEO …

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