The magazine's cover story, written by reporter Leah McGrath Goodman and published on Thursday, begins with a confrontation in front of Nakamoto's house between the journalist and Nakamoto, as two police officers from the Temple City Sheriff's Department stand by. The story claims one of the officers said, "This is the guy who created Bitcoin? It looks like he's living a pretty humble life." … Read more
Twitter announced a new policy Thursday that prohibits sexually explicit content from being posted on its video-sharing app, Vine.
The microblogging service announced the update to its terms of service in a company blog post that said that the vast majority of its users would not be affected by the change.
"For more than 99 percent of our users, this doesn't really change anything," the post reads. "For the rest: we don't have a problem with explicit sexual content on the Internet -- we just prefer not to be the source of it."
The … Read more
Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, the 64-year-old Temple City, Calif., resident Newsweek claimed is the likely creator of Bitcoin in a prominent cover story published Thursday, denied ever having been involved with the cryptocurrency in an interview with the Associated Press later that same day.
In a startling turn to what has already been a remarkably strange series of events, Nakamoto is flatly refuting Newsweek's claims, though admitted that many of the story's revelations about his personal life were indeed true.
More notably, Nakamoto added that he had never heard of Bitcoin until three weeks ago when his son told … Read more
Over the years, Facebook has been blamed for depression, isolation, jealousy, and various other types of emotional dissatisfaction. Now a researcher has delivered another possible reason to "dislike" using the social-media site: it might contribute to eating disorders.
Pamela K. Keel, a professor of psychology at Florida State University, made that determination after surveying 960 college-aged women. Keel divided the students into two groups: one group spent 20 minutes in their own Facebook universe, and the other read about the ocelot on Wikipedia, then watched a video clip about the adorable rainforest cat on YouTube. Both groups of students were instructed not to browse other Web sites.
"Women who spent 20 minutes on Facebook reported greater maintenance of weight and shape concerns and greater increases in anxiety compared to women in the control condition, which demonstrates that Facebook is influencing well-established eating disorder risk factors," Keel told Crave.… Read more
When your legal system shows its skirts to ill effect, you have to cover up the mess.
What is odd is that in Massachusetts, politicians actually sprinted to high velocity to amend a law that, the state's highest court confirmed, allowed upskirt pictures taken with cell phones.
As the Boston Globe reports, the state legislature passed a bill on Thursday that would classify upskirt pictures as plainly illegal.
Senate President Therese Murray told a press conference: "It is sexual harassment. It is an assault on another person. Women and children should be able to go to public places … Read more
The proposed sale of WhatsApp to Facebook will violate the privacy expectations of WhatsApp's users, two privacy groups argued Thursday in a formal complaint to the Federal Trade Commission.
The complaint also argues that the proposed merger … Read more
Pinterest can be a great way to bookmark and organize all your favorite celebrity photos, recipes, DIY inspirations, home-decorating tips, and videos of famous Internet cats. But for those who want to save and organize more serious articles, Newspeg may be for you. Created by journalists, for journalists, Newspeg skips the fluff pieces and goes straight to hard-hitting headlines.
Formerly a journalist at major newspapers including The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and the San Francisco Examiner, Newspeg CEO and founder Mark Potts has a long history with digital news and is currently very active in the business of digital media. His latest endeavor is designed to be a way of sharing and saving news in a way that's useful to readers as well as publishers and journalists.… Read more
In a sign of what modernizing infrastructure means in the Internet era, Silver Spring Networks, which brings IP networking to power grids, will install 75,000 networked streetlights for Florida Power & Light in the Miami-Dade County region, the company said Thursday.
The lights will be linked together with a wireless "mesh" network -- one where data is transferred among its members hop by hop without relying as much on central network equipment to route traffic. The network itself is IPv6 -- the new version 6 of the Internet Protocol that's gradually spreading across the Net, making … Read more
Ever since Netflix and Comcast announced an interconnection agreement aimed at improving streaming performance for Netflix users, commentators have been trying to read the tea leaves to determine what -- if anything -- this deal says about the future of the Internet and network relationships.
A few, including Dan Rayburn on Seeking Alpha, have hailed the agreement as a sign of the continued health of this largely unregulated market. (According to the multinational Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, more than 99 percent of interconnection deals are so straightforward that they're agreed to without a written contract.)
But most … Read more
Facebook will try again with a new News Feed, this time opting for functional over flashy.
The social network said Thursday that it is rolling out an "updated look" for the desktop version of News Feed. The design, which comes with bigger images and a new font, is meant to better match the mobile version that people already see on their smartphones.
The latest iteration of the new News Feed comes almost exactly a year to the date after the social network showed off its idea of a bigger, bolder News Feed. That version, however, never made it … Read more