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Edward Snowden and Daniel Ellsberg Converse at HopeX

By: Monday July 21, 2014 11:19 am

The crowd on hand to see Snowden and Ellsberg was insane, to put it mildly. The conference had taken over the entire 18th floor of the Hotel Pennsylvania for the event, which took place in the main hall and was broadcast via closed circuit to all the other rooms.

The 18th floor was closed to further traffic due to overcrowding about an hour before the event began, and re-directed to the 6th floor. The 6th floor also quickly filled up, and the first floor and mezzanine became the overflow rooms. By the time the event actually started there were people spilling out onto the street trying to see what was happening.

Congress Has a Crypto Party

By: Monday June 23, 2014 10:19 am

This morning Congressman Alan Grayson and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren are sponsoring a crypto party on the Hill.

Tracking Detroit’s Urban Decay Using Google and Bing Streetviews

By: Friday June 6, 2014 12:49 pm

Alex Asup, a chief product officer at LOVELAND Technologies has produced a fascinating documentation of the decay of Detroit neighborhoods using Google and Bing Streetviews.
The most shocking thing about the photos is that the decay he documents takes place in such a short period of time, between 2009 and 2013.

Colorado Legislature Becomes First to Authorize Uber, but Problems are Far from Over

By: Friday June 6, 2014 9:52 am

Yesterday Colorado’s legislature passed the first bill in the country to authorize and regulate Uber and Lyft, two of the new technology companies that have recently sprung up that connect drivers with passengers. Ridesharing has been available in Colorado since September of last year, when Lyft officially began offering services in Denver.

In theory the two companies merely provide apps connecting supply with demand. But in practice they have been able to act as unregulated cab companies, without being required to follow the laws and regulations (and subsequent overhead costs) that apply to cabs.

Ebay Hacked – Change Your Password

By: Wednesday May 21, 2014 10:19 am

Ebay announced today that it’s the latest megalith online site to be hacked, and is asking users to change their passwords:

Hachette Says Amazon Delaying Book Shipments to Monopolistically Squeeze Profits

By: Friday May 9, 2014 11:30 am

Amazon controls roughly one third of the book market in the United States, giving it considerable muscle to extract favorable sales and payment terms. And according to Hachette Books, one of the largest New York publishing groups, Amazon is monopolistically delaying shipment of hard cover books 2-4 weeks by authors like Stephen Colbert and Malcolm [...]

Amazon Dash Shopping Wand – Amazingly Convenient or A Little Creepy?

By: Monday April 7, 2014 5:23 pm

As part of Amazon’s new AmazonFresh grocery service, the online giant is introducing Amazon Dash, a wifi-enabled barcode scanner you can simply wave at items you want to replenish. You can also just say the name into a microphone on the device.

Game of Thrones Premiere Sets New Piracy Record

By: Monday April 7, 2014 2:10 pm

HBO apparently didn’t learn their lesson over the True Detective finale, and the HBO GO service crashed due to Game of Thrones subscriber demand.

Could Facebook End the Cable Companies’ Chokehold on Broadband Access with Its New Solar Powered Drones?

By: Friday March 28, 2014 12:51 pm

For years the big cable providers — Verizon, AT&T and others — have been justifying massive rate hikes with assurances that they need the money to wire the entire country with broadband. But instead of using the money to bring wireless infrastructure to rural America, which they are legally obligated to do, they’ve spent it [...]

14 Year-Old Finds Federal Government Can Save $400 Million Per Year By Changing Typeface

By: Friday March 28, 2014 11:41 am

File this under things I did not know: printer ink is is nearly twice as expensive as French perfume. Chanel No. 5 Eau de Parfum costs $38 per ounce, while the same amount of Hewlett-Packard printer ink can cost up to $75.

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