October 27, 2013

NSA backlash sparks new technology - World - CBC News



From Silicon Valley to the South Pacific, counterattacks to revelations of widespread National Security Agency surveillance are taking shape, from a surge of new encrypted email programs to technology that sprinkles the Internet with red flag terms to confuse would-be snoops. Policy makers, privacy advocates and political leaders around the world have been outraged at the near weekly disclosures from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden that expose sweeping U.S. government surveillance programs.

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‘Sugar daddy’ websites see uptick amid shutdown

Nationally, websites that exchange cash or resources for relationships, and those that facilitate affairs have seen an increase in sign-ups since the start of government shutdown.

In some cases, it’s government workers signing up, and in others, it’s likely people who benefit from government programs.

But neither type of site’s growth is being fueled by Arizonans.

SeekingArrangement.com, which launched in 2006 and calls itself the world’s largest sugar daddy site, says it’s experienced a 50 percent spike in average daily sign-ups since Sept. 29, just before last Tuesday’s shutdown, according to spokesman Leroy Velasquez.

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NYSE Runs A Twitter IPO Trial To Avoid NASDAQ's Facebook Problems - Forbes

Given that the best comment on how Twitter should do its IPO so far has been “not like Facebook FB -0.94%” it sounds pretty reasonable that the NYSE should have called the staff in to have a test run yesterday. Given that Twitter’s IPO isn’t that far away everyone would be a great deal happier knowing that the systems are able to handle it:

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October 26, 2013

Twitter & TV | Twitter for Business


The water cooler used to be the place where people gathered to talk about TV. Now, 95% of the public social conversation around TV happens on Twitter. Here are a few best practices to engage and grow your audience using the power of this medium.

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Trade-in options abound for smartphones - Salon.com


NEW YORK (AP) — Feeling stuck with your old smartphone? Do you covet new releases like the iPhone 5S that boast niftier features like fingerprint sensors?

There’s good news. A growing number of options allow you to trade in your old phone for cash or credit so you can buy a new one.

 — MORE CHOICES: Online site Gazelle.com helped pioneer the trend toward recouping cash on your old smart phone or other gadget.

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Street Legal $170,000 Mini Formula One Races Along Malibu - Businessweek


 I inch out of a restaurant parking lot and onto California’s Pacific Coast Highway, questioning my sanity. I’ve driven some strange contraptions in my time, but the BAC Mono is one of the oddest.

A single-seat machine with an open cockpit, the Mono looks like a simplified Formula One car. It starts at a lofty $170,000 and I’ve never seen anything like it off the track.

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NASA preparing to launch 3-D printer into space


MOFFETT FIELD, California (AP) — NASA is preparing to launch a 3-D printer into space next year, a toaster-sized game changer that greatly reduces the need for astronauts to load up with every tool, spare part or supply they might ever need.

The printers would serve as a flying factory of infinite designs, creating objects by extruding layer upon layer of plastic from long strands coiled around large spools. Doctors use them to make replacement joints and artists use them to build exquisite jewelry.

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F.A.A. Nears New Rules on Devices - NYTimes.com


The rules on when to turn off electronic devices on airplanes have long been a sour, and sometimes contentious, point for travelers. But faced with a surge of electronics on airplanes and under pressure from a growing number of tech-savvy — and increasingly tech-dependent — passengers, the Federal Aviation Administration recognized that change was inevitable.

This week, an F.A.A. advisory panel will meet to complete its recommendations to relax most of the restrictions. The guidelines are expected to allow reading e-books or other publications, listening to podcasts, and watching videos, according to several of the panel’s members who requested anonymity because they could not comment on the recommendations. The ban on sending and receiving e-mails and text messages or using Wi-Fi during takeoff or landing is expected to remain in place, as is the prohibition on making phone calls throughout the flight, the panel members said.

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October 14, 2013

High-tech update makes $100 bill harder to fake


FORT WORTH, Texas — A glitzier, high-tech version of America’s $100 bill is rolling off the presses and headed for wallets soon.

Despite years of production-related delays, the updated $100 bill has undergone a major makeover that includes a color-changing inkwell, 3-D security ribbon and more texture on Benjamin Franklin’s collar.

 The new, more expensive C-note is scheduled to enter circulation on Oct. 8, and it also has a higher calling: It aims to fight back against counterfeiters by using better printers and technology.

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October 6, 2013

How Twitter's I.P.O. Filing Evolved to Contain New Details - NYTimes.com

Laying the groundwork for its initial public offering, Twitter on Thursday filed a regulatory document that contains important details about its business.

But Twitter may not have intended for some of those details to make their way into the public eye.

The document that came out on Thursday, called an S-1, was the first public filing to disclose important financial data about the company, like earnings and revenue, as well as other information that might help investors decide if they want to buy the company’s shares. But Twitter had already filed four earlier versions of this document with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Those versions were not made public at the time, but late on Thursday, Twitter released them.

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Could the Silk Road Closure be Good for Bitcoin? : The New Yorker


By the time the F.B.I. shut down Silk Road—an online black market for illegal drugs, computer-hacking tools, and even contract killings earlier this week, the site had nearly a million registered users. The Web site refused all forms of payment except Bitcoin, a digital currency “designed to be as anonymous as cash,” according to a criminal complaint filed in the Southern District of New York against Ross Ulbricht, the site’s alleged creator and administrator. And at the time of the shutdown, Silk Road had processed sales totaling more than nine and a half million bitcoins—worth about 1.2 billion dollars at the time of the Ulbricht’s arrest in San Francisco on Tuesday, though the currency’s value has fluctuated widely.

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