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Bitcoins ... What Are Those Again?

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Bitcoins, the digital currency that's been making headlines almost nonstop lately, suffered a major price crash yesterday, losing more than half its value in under 24 hours. That shock movement is shaking the peer-to-peer economy and any shred of trust in the currency's stability. And it's also making a lot of people...
Bitcoins ... What Are Those Again?

Bitcoin eyed as feds crack down on online money laundering

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The takedown of Liberty Reserve, which authorities described as a multibillion-dollar online money-laundering operation, raises the question whether Bitcoin could evolve into an alternative for cybercriminals. The U.S. attorney's office in New York last week unsealed an indictment against the operators of Liberty Reserve, which provided the financial infrastructure...
Bitcoin eyed as feds crack down on online money laundering

Commenters, We Want You Back

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UPDATE: Hold tight. Launch bugs. It was early 2011 and TechCrunch’s comment section was overrun with trolls. Bullies and asshats were drowning out our smart commenters. We hated our commenters because, well, they hated us. So we rolled out Facebook Comments in an attempt to silence the trolls — by removing...
Commenters, We Want You Back

Airbnb Now Wants to Check Your Government ID

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Airbnb is about to take a very big bet against anonymity. Going further than any significant consumer tech company has before, the peer-to-peer travel accommodation site valued at $2.5 billion wants to combine users’ online and offline identities with a process that includes checking official photo IDs. It’s a gamble....
Airbnb Now Wants to Check Your Government ID

Next Ridiculous Idea To Stifle Online Speech: Irish Senator Says You Should Have To Pay To Post Online

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There's a lot of hand-wringing and moral panics around "anonymous commenters" online supposedly saying all sorts of nasty stuff. Of course, as we've discussed, some of the best comments in our own discussions seem to come from anonymous commenters. Yes, some leave some crazy comments, but anonymity by itself is...
Next Ridiculous Idea To Stifle Online Speech: Irish Senator Says You Should Have To Pay To Post Online

Human Rights Group Deploys An 'Empathy Test' Captcha System To Help Sites Fend Off Trolls

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Fact: if you have a site with any amount of traffic and open comment threads, you're going to draw trolls. There's no method that's been proven to completely rid your site of trolls, though not for a lack of trying. (This one is particularly mischevious.) Various sites have tried anything...
Human Rights Group Deploys An 'Empathy Test' Captcha System To Help Sites Fend Off Trolls

Google looking to make strategic $50M investment in Vevo to keep its high-quality music content on YouTube

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Two weeks ago we heard that Google was intent on investing in Vevo. Today, those rumors heat up with some specifics… Bloomberg has the story: Google Inc.’s YouTube is negotiating a $50 million equity investment in music video service Vevo LLC, according to two people with knowledge of the...
Google looking to make strategic $50M investment in Vevo to keep its high-quality music content on YouTube

Google Play Gets Real: Reviews Will Now Be Posted With Your Google+ Name And Picture

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When you visit a review on Google Play for an app, book, song or movie, you won’t have to worry as much about whether someone is sheepishly hiding behind a computer firing off nasty words, as Google has now flipped on the switch to display your Google+ name and profile...
Google Play Gets Real: Reviews Will Now Be Posted With Your Google+ Name And Picture
Google could soon face big fines over iOS Safari privacy controversy in FTC investigation

Anatomy Of An Undisclosed Investment Or Exit

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Spend time with a VC and they’ll inevitably tell you about a startup they’ve invested in that has a “great story.” In fact, this line is repeated so often I’ve occasionally posited that VCs invest in and sell stories not companies. Likewise, read any number of articles offering entrepreneurs free...
Anatomy Of An Undisclosed Investment Or Exit

Professional Boxer Gets Trolled On Twitter, Shows Up At Guy's House

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Sadly, for my purposes at least, internet trolls aren't always as entertaining as the antics of On press Inc. In fact, often times childish and uncreative trolling can produce some really unfortunate results. In particular, I'm recalling the twitter troll whose efforts culminated in a SWAT team and TV...
Professional Boxer Gets Trolled On Twitter, Shows Up At Guy's House

ABC Now Hiring “Perma-lancers”

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By Jerry Del Colliano(With my son, Jerry)Perhaps you’ve noticed the latest trend not only in the American workplace but in the media industry.Part-timers.Part-time workers to save radio operators money on paying benefits and other expenses that are usually customary to a fully employed work force.You’ll see a lot of part-time...
ABC Now Hiring “Perma-lancers”

If The US Was Spying On Any Foreigners Using Google In 2010, China Probably Knows About It (GOOG)

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When Chinese hackers infiltrated Google's servers back in 2010, they gained access to years' worth of information on surveillance orders from the U.S. government, according to current and former government officials.  Those officials, who spoke to The Washington Post's Ellen Nakashima on the condition of anonymity, say the breach was...
If The US Was Spying On Any Foreigners Using Google In 2010, China Probably Knows About It (GOOG)
Vint Cerf invented the Internet, and now he's trying to save it

Wait a minute, are sock puppets really that bad?

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The outing of best-selling authors Stephen Leather and RJ Ellory for their use of sock puppets to boost their own reviews on Amazon has generated a storm of controversy, personal apologies — and even organized protests from writers who hate the idea that somebody would unfairly boost their own rankings....
Wait a minute, are sock puppets really that bad?

Twitter, Facebook, and Airtime Are Waging War Against The Internet’s Stupidity

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The Web is overrun with dumb hashtags, chart-topping fart apps, and guys just waiting to show you their d*cks. But with this week’s launch of Twitter’s Tailored Trends, Facebook’s App Center, and Airtime’s safety net, some tech companies are fighting back. If you can’t get people to act smarter, at...
Twitter, Facebook, and Airtime Are Waging War Against The Internet’s Stupidity

The New Yorker unveils Strongbox, a tool for sources to submit files and tips anonymously

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As with most news organizations, a lot of the posts we publish start out as emailed tips from you, our dear readers. But some employees put their jobs on the line when they share info, which, as you might imagine, makes them reluctant to hit send. The New Yorker...
The New Yorker unveils Strongbox, a tool for sources to submit files and tips anonymously

Microsoft’s Surface Tablet Is Already Crushing the Dreams of Other Windows Hardware Makers

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The first Microsoft Surface tablets won’t hit the streets for months, but the devices are already causing problems for other companies who make tablets and raising difficult questions about how how Microsoft is treating the companies that build computers and mobile devices based on its software. Just a day after...
Microsoft’s Surface Tablet Is Already Crushing the Dreams of Other Windows Hardware Makers

Anybeat Founder Dmitry Shapiro Officially Moves to Google

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Anybeat CEO Dmitry Shapiro has started at Google, the company told AllThingsD. Shapiro is now a officially group product manager on the Google+ team, confirming recent speculation. As for the alternative social network Shapiro founded, it’s now completely shut down and redirects to a splash page for a yet-to-launch start-up...
Anybeat Founder Dmitry Shapiro Officially Moves to Google

Indiana Court Says Anonymous Commenters Deserve High Standard Before Being Exposed, But Aren't Necessarily Protected By Shield Laws

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A few months ago, we wrote about a case in Indiana involving an attempt to unmask an anonymous commenter on a newspaper website who effectively accused someone of embezzlement. There were a few legal questions involved in the case, and the one we had focused on involved the newspaper itself...
Indiana Court Says Anonymous Commenters Deserve High Standard Before Being Exposed, But Aren't Necessarily Protected By Shield Laws
Facebook Will Fight German Anonymity Law And $26K Fine Against Zuckerberg To Keep Real Name Policy
Surf Air gets three new aircraft and $2.6 million for Christmas

Secure cloud storage outfit Tresorit posts $10K hacker bounty

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Popular cloud storage services such as Dropbox and Google Drive are terrifically easy to use, but only boast middling security (hence the existence of third-party client-side encryption services such as BoxCryptor). However, there are many rivals out there that offer much stronger client-side security and anonymity — Lacie’s Wuala, Spideroak...
Secure cloud storage outfit Tresorit posts $10K hacker bounty

Mega Aftermath: Upheaval In Pirate Warez Land

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Despite its “rogue site” status and various other warnings, when MegaUpload went down last week it still came as a shock. But what came next was unprecedented, a dramatic reaction in cyberlocker land that took out vast libraries of digital content and capacity. The perception of the established ground rules...
Mega Aftermath: Upheaval In Pirate Warez Land

Apple was warned that its Maps app was awful ahead of launch, but dumped it on users anyway

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The Maps app in Apple’s (AAPL) latest version of iOS 6 is pretty terrible. We all know this. In an interesting turn of events, however, it looks like a number of developers told Apple back in June that its new mapping solution was awful, but the company decided to...
Apple was warned that its Maps app was awful ahead of launch, but dumped it on users anyway

New Site Unmasks Chatroulette Players

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Does Chatroulette, the popular video chat site, lose its appeal if it loses its anonymity?...
New Site Unmasks Chatroulette Players
Donating DNA isn't as anonymous as you might think

Vint Cerf: Google services need a degree of anonymity, and they deliver it

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Google has drawn flak for wanting much of our access to its services linked under a single Google+ identity -- and preferably a real one. However, company internet evangelist Vint Cerf argues that Google shouldn't (and doesn't) cross a line in the sand on user anonymity. He contends in...
Vint Cerf: Google services need a degree of anonymity, and they deliver it

Spraffl Launches As An Anonymous, Location-Based 'Social Experiment'

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Spraffl is a new iOS app that’s attempting to buck the trend of real name policy, or even semi-identifiable pseudonyms, in favour of an entirely anonymous social network, tied to a user’s location. I say social network, when in actual fact the UK startup is dubbing the app a ‘social...
Spraffl Launches As An Anonymous, Location-Based 'Social Experiment'

How (and why) to surf the web in secret

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They say no one can hear you scream in space, but if you so much as whisper on the Web, you can be tracked by a dozen different organizations and recorded for posterity. Simply visiting a website can allow its operators to figure out your general physical location, identify...
How (and why) to surf the web in secret
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