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The collapse of Japan's Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange is spilling into U.S. bankruptcy court as the company scrambles for legal cover after losing digital currency valued at $473 million.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Dunn's conviction of attempted murder — but not actual murder — in the shooting death of black teenager Jordan Davis prompted the creation of hashtag #dangerousblackkids on Twitter. Users posted photos of black babies and toddlers, spoofing the fear that Dunn testified he felt before opening fire on a car full of teens at a convenience store.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pitching himself as an ally to Silicon Valley, presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio proposed giving cellphone companies more access to government-controlled airwaves as part of a package of pro-business initiatives he said would create "thousands upon thousands of high-paying jobs."
After announcing the Surface Power Cover, which acts as both a keyboard as well as an external battery, back in September, Microsoft is finally releasing the accessory later this month. Just like all of Microsoft’s Surface covers, the Power Cover will snap onto the tablet, but this particular version also charges the device while it’s in use. Although the typing experience on the Power Cover will be similar to the original Type Cover, it will not include the backlit improvements that the Type Cover 2 ships with. Microsoft is taking preorders for the Surface Power Cover in the US, Canada, and Japan, and it’s priced at $199.99 with a shipping date of March 19th.
In 1986, a newborn wrapped in a red sweater was found abandoned in the bathroom of a fast-food restaurant. Nearly three decades later, the baby is all grown up and looking for her biological mother — and tens of thousands of people are trying to help.
It's no secret that New Yorkers love to complain -- the city's '311' non-emergency line serves as a hotbed for grievances on everything from burnt out streetlights to wildlife on the loose. Now thanks to a new project called HereHere from Microsoft's Future Social Experiences Lab (FUSE) you can keep up to date on your neighborhood's many complaints through curated notifications.
Mt. Gox, once the world's largest bitcoin exchange, received U.S. bankruptcy protection on Monday to temporarily halt U.S. legal action against the Japanese company by traders who allege the operation was a fraud. Judge Harlin Hale in Dallas granted temporary bankruptcy protection to Mt. Gox, which had filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan in February. Attorneys for Mt. Gox said without bankruptcy protection the company would be irreparably harmed by a proposed class action in Chicago federal court and a breach of contract case in Seattle federal court.
Google Inc will pay Finance Chief Patrick Pichette a $3 million annual bonus, and Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora a $3.5 million bonus, a slight increase from the previous year, following a year in which the Internet company's stock surged nearly 60 percent. Google Chief Executive Larry Page and co-founder Sergey Brin will receive no bonus, the company said Monday in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, continuing the founders' practice of not taking a bonus. Page and Brin, who are each paid a $1 a year in salary, have a large portion of their personal wealth tied directly to Google's stock. Google's shares shot up 58 percent in 2013, breaking the $1,000 mark for the first time and outpacing the Nasdaq's 38 percent gain for the year.
In 1986, a newborn wrapped in a red sweater was found abandoned in the bathroom of a fast-food restaurant in Pennsylvania. Nearly three decades later, she's all grown up and looking for her biological mother — and tens of thousands of people are trying to help.
Jay Z and Daft Punk seem to have collaborated on a track that, before now, never saw the light of day. According to Consequence of Sound, Computerized appeared over the weekend, billed as an unreleased track from around the time Tron: Legacy was in production. Pitchfork also confirms the team-up. The track features Jay Z rapping over a beat with clear elements from the Tron: Legacy soundtrack, most notably Overture and Son of Flynn.
Edward Snowden owes some of his successful NSA leaks to weak internal supervision -- the agency simply couldn't detect any suspicious data transfers. Would-be leakers may not be so lucky in the future, though. AP sources claim that US intelligence officials are developing an electronic monitoring system that continuously tracks the activities of government workers with secret clearance.
If famous artists lived in their own works, it could look something like Federico Babina's Archist series, which turns famous pieces of art into architectural structures. Babina, who is both an architect and an illustrator, says he imagined a world where the two disciplines interact more explicitly than they already do. "I tried to imagine how a house designed by Dalí would look, or a museum designed by Miró," Babina says. All 27 buildings come together in a collective illustration called "Archist City," which is both an art history major's dream (or nightmare) and a fun challenge to see how many artists you can recognize by their buildings.
Netflix may own the streaming rights for House of Cards in the U.S., but fans don’t necessarily need a subscription to watch the show as long as they’re Comcast customers, Variety reveals. The cable operator has inked a deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, which manages international and home video distribution for House of Cards, to offer customers access to season one of the critically acclaimed Netflix drama via the recently launched Xfinity Store. Only season one of House of Cards will be available to Comcast customers for now, although the cable provider plans to bring Xfinity Store customers another popular Netflix show on May 13, the first series of Orange Is the New Black, through a deal with Lionsgate.
As promised, Apple has released a new upgrade toiOS in version 7.1. You'll definitely want to upgrade your iPhone and iPad as soon as possible, because with this update comes a whole host of tweaks and improvements. Among the most talked about improvement is CarPlay, previously known as iOS in the Car.
Yahoo Inc has named well-known security researcher Alex Stamos as its chief information security officer, tapping a vocal critic of the U.S. government's secret surveillance programs for the position. Yahoo officials and Stamos could not be reached for comment on his appointment, which was announced Monday on the company's blog by Yahoo Senior Vice President Jay Rossiter. The blog said Stamos will lead a team of Yahoo "paranoids" charged with making products as secure as possible. Stamos most recently served as chief technology officer of the security firm Artemis.
People are getting excited about Spritz, a new questionably-named speed-reading app that promises readers the ability to read up to 1,000 words per minute — about four times as many words as the average American reads. It even sort of has a celebrity (investor) endorsement. Though the overwhelming response to the app has been positive, some maintain reservations about this kind of reading:
Comcast is sparing no expense to swallow Time Warner Cable. In addition to the $45 billion it will spend to expand its waistline from coast to coast, Comcast has padded the pockets of nearly every lawmaker responsible for overseeing the telecom giant's bid. According to a Politico investigation, the company has directed millions of dollars to lawmakers through its political action committee and donations to charitable causes and groups, and millions more on lobbying them. Politico reports that 15 of the 18 members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will hold a hearing on the Comcast deal on March 26th, have taken some form of contribution from Comcast. In the House Judiciary Committee, where a similar hearing will take place, 32 of the 39 members have received some kind of donation.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — NSA leaker Edward Snowden spoke via live video conference Monday to a packed audience at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival.
But African elephants may have taken this ability to the next level, as a new study suggests that elephants might be even better at decoding human voices than we are. The study, published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was initially designed to find out whether the wild elephants of Amboseli National Park, in Kenya, could use the acoustic information contained in human language to distinguish the threat posed by the local Maasai tribes — an ethnic group known for its hunting practices — from the lesser threat posed by the agricultural Kamba ethnic group. It didn't take long for the scientists to realize that these elephants had no trouble figuring out which male voices were cause for alarm and which weren't, so they upped the ante by having elephants listen to recordings of Maasai women, who rarely hunt, as well as men. A third test revealed that the elephants didn't feel threatened by the voices of Maasai boys either.