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What the Heck Happened to the Cryptocurrency This Week?! What the Heck Happened to the Cryptocurrency This Week?!

Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. These three words are the bane of Bitcoiners’ existence. Cryptocurrency enthusiasts use the acronym FUD to describe any negativity that might be swirling around the market that causes prices to drop. And the FUD was strong this week, when the whole cryptocurrency ecosphere got fucked.

MoviePass Risks Pissing Off Theaters With Plan to Acquire Film Rights MoviePass Risks Pissing Off Theaters With Plan to Acquire Film Rights

What a strange, many-headed beast MoviePass seems to be. In addition to being a tech company, a payment service, a data network, and moviegoers’ sugar daddy, it’s now looking to own a piece of the movies that you go out to see.

FCC Backtracks on Boneheaded Plan to Redefine Broadband  FCC Backtracks on Boneheaded Plan to Redefine Broadband 

Under chairman Ajit Pai, the FCC has had a lot of stupid initiatives that would only serve the interests of telecoms. Ranking high on the list was a plan to redefine speed requirements for fixed broadband to include slower mobile connections. As of Thursday, that plan appears to be dead. But never say never.

Apple Successfully Avoids $50 Billion in American Taxes Apple Successfully Avoids $50 Billion in American Taxes

Apple, the world’s most valuable company, has always proudly trumpeted its California roots. But the most American of all tech companies has never been a fan of paying back into the system that facilitated its success. On Wednesday, it announced that now that the US government has sufficiently capitulated on corporate…

Social Media Giants Assure Senators They Totally Have This Terrorism and Propaganda Thing Under Control Social Media Giants Assure Senators They Totally Have This Terrorism and Propaganda Thing Under Control

Representatives for Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube trekked up to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to let senators know how their personal war on terrorism is going. It turns out that things are going well, thanks for asking.

Why Google's Half-Assed Fact-Checking Widget Was Destined to Piss Off Conservatives Why Google's Half-Assed Fact-Checking Widget Was Destined to Piss Off Conservatives

Last week, conservatives cried foul over Google’s latest attempt to provide past examples of fact-checking for news outlets. Right-wing pundits at The Daily Caller insisted that Google was targeting conservative outlets and giving left-leaning publications a pass. The answer is, expectedly, a bit more complicated than…

Senate Hits 50 Votes in Bid to Save Net Neutrality and/or Make Republicans Look Dumb Senate Hits 50 Votes in Bid to Save Net Neutrality and/or Make Republicans Look Dumb

Senate Democrats are getting serious about overruling the FCC’s recent decision to kill net neutrality protections. Republican Senator Susan Collins has joined 49 Democrats in the endorsement of a legislative measure that would reverse the FCC’s ruling. Only one more vote is necessary for the measure to pass the…

Man Behind Crowdfunded Submarine Charged With Murder of Journalist Kim Wall Man Behind Crowdfunded Submarine Charged With Murder of Journalist Kim Wall

Peter Madsen, an eccentric inventor who gained notoriety for his DIY submarine and mini-rocket projects, has been charged with the murder of Kim Wall, a young journalist that was writing a story about him. After months of shifting stories, prosecutors believe that Madsen intentionally killed Wall and that the act was…

The American Dreams of China's Biggest Smartphone Brand Are Basically Dead The American Dreams of China's Biggest Smartphone Brand Are Basically Dead

Lawmakers are determined to bury any dreams that Chinese electronics manufacturer Huawei has ever had of gaining traction in the US. After pressuring AT&T to kill a major deal with the company this week, members of Congress are now moving forward with a bill that would ban the federal government from working with…

Wistful Mark Zuckerberg Wants to Bring Back the Old Facebook Wistful Mark Zuckerberg Wants to Bring Back the Old Facebook

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants you to remember a time when you curated your list of favorite movies, showed off your new pair of shoes, shared some good news, and didn’t see using Facebook as a pseudo-masochistic act of poor impulse control. He wants you to forget the time Facebook made you hate everything. And he…

It Looks Like the Creator of India’s Invasive National ID Accidentally Tweeted His Personal Info It Looks Like the Creator of India’s Invasive National ID Accidentally Tweeted His Personal Info

Citizens, residents, and visiting workers in India are required to submit all ten of their fingerprints and an iris scan to participate in the country’s controversial unique identifying number program. The man behind that program, Nandan Nilekani, for some reason tweeted a photo of his ID card with the numbers blacked…

The World's Biggest Tech Show Just Lost Power [UPDATED] The World's Biggest Tech Show Just Lost Power [UPDATED]

Journalists, industry heads, and tech enthusiasts descended on Las Vegas this week for the annual CES showcase of bleeding-edge electronics. On Wednesday, everyone gathered around giant gleaming TVs, strapped on VR headsets, played fetch with robot dogs, and then the power blew out.

Sales of a Radiation Drug Got a Big Bump After Trump's Big Button Tweet Sales of a Radiation Drug Got a Big Bump After Trump's Big Button Tweet

Conservatives are defending President Trump’s decision to taunt the leader of North Korea on Twitter as a stroke of genius intended to scare the dictator away from launching nuclear weapons against the US. But if the sales of a radiation drug treatment are any indication, it seems that Trump’s tweet also scared the…

Chase CEO Sheepishly Says He's Sorry for Being Mean to Bitcoin Chase CEO Sheepishly Says He's Sorry for Being Mean to Bitcoin

Back in September, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon famously declared Bitcoin a “fraud,” and the market for the cryptocurrency quickly dipped by eight percent. Then it recovered—by a lot. On Tuesday, Dimon said that he regrets the remark and he says “the blockchain is real.”

Microsoft Pauses Spectre Patches For Some AMD Processors, Blames AMD Microsoft Pauses Spectre Patches For Some AMD Processors, Blames AMD

Like every major tech company, Microsoft has been pushing out updates to help mitigate the unprecedented vulnerabilities known as Meltdown and Spectre. But some Windows users found that the update rendered their PCs unusable, and now Microsoft has paused the update in some cases until it can fix the problem.

Go Install the Apple Updates for the Spectre Vulnerability Right Now Go Install the Apple Updates for the Spectre Vulnerability Right Now

Security professionals had an “oh shit” moment last week when two gaping vulnerabilities were discovered in the bulk of modern microprocessors. The first issue, dubbed Meltdown, was more or less taken care of in a previous Apple update. But now, Apple has released a fix for the second issue, Spectre.

The Battle Between Wireless Charging Standards Comes to a Merciful End The Battle Between Wireless Charging Standards Comes to a Merciful End

Wireless charging has been held back by poor tech for many years, but now we’re seeing major manufacturers integrate it, and it’s becoming a viable option. The biggest hurdle it currently faces is that there are two standard versions of the technology, making it difficult to offer chargers compatible with everyone’s…

Elon Musk Says Rockin’ Drive-In Restaurant, Roller Skating, and Theater Coming to Tesla Supercharger Station Elon Musk Says Rockin’ Drive-In Restaurant, Roller Skating, and Theater Coming to Tesla Supercharger Station

Back in September, Tesla announced it was planning to create upscale convenience stores for its supercharger stations around the country. It was all pretty vague, but this weekend, Elon Musk got a little more specific. Specifically, he’s thinking there should be roller skates while you charge.

A Mod for Civilization Makes Rogue AI More Dangerous Than Gandhi's Nukes A Mod for Civilization Makes Rogue AI More Dangerous Than Gandhi's Nukes

The University of Cambridge’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) does serious research on preventing the end of the world. For its latest project, the Centre wanted to highlight the risk that unrestrained artificial intelligence poses to civilization. To do that, it’s released a free mod that turns the…

Man’s YouTube Video of White Noise Hit With Five Copyright Claims Man’s YouTube Video of White Noise Hit With Five Copyright Claims

Sebastian Tomczak is a music technologist and professor who likes to upload random experiments to YouTube. One of his clips is just 10-hours of white noise that he generated with open source software. Five copyright complaints later, and some vultures are now making money off of his work.

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