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Australian Peter Nash, 42, pled guilty in a US District Court last week to charges of conspiracy to commit narcotics trafficking and money laundering. Both charges come from Nash's one-time role within the Silk Road online drug marketplace. The plea was entered in the Southern District of New York roughly one month after Ross Ulbricht was convicted on federal charges accusing him of being the mastermind behind Silk Road. Nash went by monikers such as "Samesamebutdifferent," "Batman73," [...]
Sun, Mar 15, 2015
Source: Internet Security
"Nate, wake up. Your phone keeps going off." This was two months ago—Monday morning, 4am—and I was asleep. But I remember what happened vividly. A decently hard nudge from my girlfriend did what technology couldn't, and I woke up to look at my phone. It showed two missed calls from unrecognized numbers alongside a slew of texts. I took a quick glance at the earliest unread message. "Hey, 8chan has doxxed you," it read. "Message me on Twitter for more info." Read 52 remaining paragraphs | [...]
Sun, Mar 15, 2015
Source: Internet Security
Despite the fact that no federal license plate legislation has been proposed, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has sent a pre-emptive letter to top Congressional lawmakers, warning them against any future restrictions of automated license plate readers. The IACP claims to be the "world's oldest and largest association of law enforcement executives." As the letter, which was published last week, states: We are deeply concerned about efforts to portray automated license plate recognition (ALPR) technology as [...]
Sun, Mar 15, 2015
Source: Internet Security
SAN FRANCISCO—On Friday, 15 members of a jury (12 regular jurors and three alternates) were given a rare opportunity that had all reporters in the room seething with envy. They were given permission to write down their questions for Ellen Pao, the plaintiff who’s asking for $16 million from her former employer, the lauded venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, holding that the firm discriminated against her because she is a woman. Kleiner contends that Pao was [...]
Fri, Mar 13, 2015
Source: Internet Security
The fugitive accused of trying to scam Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg out of half his fortune sliced off his GPS ankle monitor and affixed it to a crudely built contraption in his rural New York residence "in order to give the appearance that he was still present and moving within his home." US Marshals That's what prosecutors said in court papers as the hunt widened for Paul Ceglia, his family, and dog. US Marshals went to check [...]
Fri, Mar 13, 2015
Source: Internet Security
In an abrupt reversal, the Swedish prosecutor leading the investigation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has finally agreed to question him inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange, who has been holed up in the building for nearly three years, has been accused of but not formally charged with committing sex crimes in Sweden. In an English-language statement Friday, the Swedish Prosecution Authority wrote that Director of Public Prosecution Marianne Ny "has made a request to Julian [...]
Fri, Mar 13, 2015
Source: Internet Security
Internet traffic for 167 important British Telecom customers—including a UK defense contractor that helps deliver the country's nuclear warhead program—were mysteriously diverted to servers in Ukraine before being passed along to their final destination. The snafu may have allowed adversaries to eavesdrop on or tamper with communications sent and received by the UK's Atomic Weapons Establishment, one of the affected British Telecom customers. Other organizations with hijacked traffic include defense contractor Lockheed Martin, Toronto Dominion Bank, Anglo-Italian [...]
Fri, Mar 13, 2015
Source: Internet Security
IP addresses linked to the New York Police Department's computer network have been used to sanitize Wikipedia entries about cases of police brutality. This wouldn't be the first time we've seen nefarious alterations to Wikipedia entries, and it won't be the last. But the disclosure of NYPD's entries by Capital New York come as the Justice Department announced a national initiative for "building community trust and justice" with the nation's policing agencies. As many as 85 IP addresses connected [...]
Fri, Mar 13, 2015
Source: Internet Security
Broadband regulation opponents filled up reporters' inboxes with angry reactions to the Federal Communications Commission's new net neutrality rules yesterday, claiming that the commission is now "Big Brother," that it pulled off "a legal coup d’état," and that it's enforcing "the most anti-speech" law in a century. The net neutrality rules, enforced by a reclassification of broadband as a common carrier service, prevent Internet providers from blocking or throttling Internet content or from speeding up content in [...]
Fri, Mar 13, 2015
Source: Internet Security
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Fri, Mar 13, 2015
Source: Internet Security
John Maeda was the first ever design partner in tech industry venture capital and he argues the design and computer science are more intertwined than ever before.
An upswell of acquisition activity and shifts in company culture is changing how Silicon Valley looks at design. And its reshaping the tech industry, a computer scientist predicts at SXSW.> [...]
Sun, Mar 15, 2015
Source: Internet News
Has Apple lost its religion of simplicity?
Launching into a new product category always has its risks and naysayers, but with the Apple Watch the world's leading tech company is in danger of a fundamental departure. [...]
Sun, Mar 15, 2015
Source: Internet News
Windows 10's new icons: Experimental or the future of icons?
After seeing a flood of new 1-dimensional icons in Windows 10, Greg Shultz wonders if this is the wave of the future for icons. [...]
Sun, Mar 15, 2015
Source: Internet News
Yahoo unveils sneak peek at end-to-end email encryption plugin
The web portal giant wants encryption in everyone's hands by the end of the year. [...]
Sun, Mar 15, 2015
Source: Internet News
Police on manhunt for ZTE VP for bribing China Unicom: Reports
A senior VP at ZTE reportedly ran off in February, after his possible accomplice at China Unicom was removed from power and put under criminal investigation. [...]
Sun, Mar 15, 2015
Source: Internet News
Yahoo said it eventually wants to eliminate passwords.
The Internet giant launches a service that sends a short password to your phone. Think two-factor authentication, without the first factor.> [...]
Sun, Mar 15, 2015
Source: Internet News
FILE - In this June 2, 2014 file photo, former Vice President Al Gore addresses the class of 2014 at Princeton University's Class Day in Princeton, N.J. Gore gave a rousing talk about climate change and the need for urgent action during the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas on Friday, March 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A live-streaming app called Meerkat, calls to online activism and pedicabs with a "Game of Thrones" Iron throne seat were the top topics of conversation at South by Southwest over the weekend, as 33,000-plus members of the technology, marketing and media industries poured into Austin, Texas. [...]
Sun, Mar 15, 2015
Source: Internet News
Apple Watch, new MacBook, and Chromebook Pixel (MobileTechRoundup show #341)
Apple and Google both revealed some new products last week. Kevin was in San Francisco to go hands-on with Apple gear while Matthew purchased the Google device. [...]
Sun, Mar 15, 2015
Source: Internet News
Help NASA discover new asteroids with this free app
You can now help NASA find new asteroids. At South by Southwest today, the space agency released its asteroid tracker desktop software, produced in conjunction with asteroid mining company Planetary Resources in an online competition. The software, which will run on any standard Mac or PC, will accept images from a telescope and run an algorithm on them to determine which celestial bodies are moving in a manner consistent with an asteroid. The new algorithm [...]
Sun, Mar 15, 2015
Source: Internet News

Austin—South by Southwest Interactive is nothing if not a hub for the entire tech community to party, so smartwatch maker Pebble fittingly chose the conference to release its SDK—Signature Drink Kit—to longtime backers. Silly? Yes. But the company is getting ready to release Pebble Time, the next generation of its popular smartwatch, and already it’s a smash success. More than 72,000 people have backed the Pebble Time Kickstarter [...]
Sun, Mar 15, 2015
Source: Apple News
AUSTIN—When Twitter cofounder Biz Stone first came up with the idea for Jelly, an app that lets users ask questions for other users to answer, everyone he pitched it to loved the idea. But instead of feeling reassured, Stone felt unsettled. It was as if they idea was accepted too easily. (After all, most investors didn’t think Twitter would catch fire.)  Jelly was easily funded, especially because Stone was behind it. Even so, Stone wasn’t exactly [...]
Sun, Mar 15, 2015
Source: Apple News
Sat, Mar 14, 2015
Source: Apple News
The Apple Watch won’t be here for weeks but that’s good because according to the New York Times editorial page we’ll need that time to collect some rocks so we can stone it. ”Digital Dog Collar” (tip o’ the antlers to Shawn King) Thank goodness we have protectors of our very humanity like Timothy Egan who can rush to the pages of the nation’s greatest newspaper to burn the witches of technology as they arise. I hate the [...]
Sat, Mar 14, 2015
Source: Apple News
This was a big week in the Mac world—Apple finally revealed its full launch plans for the Apple Watch, plus announced a new MacBook, refreshed the MacBook Air and 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro. ResearchKit is already helping medical researchers recruit new patients into their studies. And HBO Now is about to launch, bringing a standalone streaming service of HBO’s entire catalog to Apple devices like the cheaper-than-ever Apple TV.Whew. Kind of a lot.Tim Cook does [...]
Fri, Mar 13, 2015
Source: Apple News
A lot of the initial excitement over downloading the official Apple Watch companion app died away once users discovered they couldn't really do anything with it until the device launches, but iOS developer Hamza Sood has tweeted some screenshots showing what's in store. In other news, Apple has at last redesigned the Safari keyboard in iOS so periods won't mess up searches.like.this as often.Screenshots Reveal Inner Workings of Apple Watch Companion AppApple's latest update for [...]
Fri, Mar 13, 2015
Source: Apple News
Twitter confirmed Friday that it bought Periscope, a small livestreaming video developer that's expected to be Twitter’s response to Meerkat, a similar app that posts livestreamed video to the user’s Twitter feed.Kevin Weil, the vice-president of product at Twitter, and Periscope itself, confirmed the deal. Periscope’s Twitter account also said that the acquisition had been completed in January.  Excited to officially welcome @periscopeco to the Twitter team. Can’t wait for everyone to see what they’ve built! [...]
Fri, Mar 13, 2015
Source: Apple News
When Apple released iTunes 12 alongside OS X Yosemite, the update was a major breakthrough with changes to functionality that users had been accustomed to for many years. While many of those changes were for the better, they can take some getting used to. Here, we take a close look at everything new in iTunes 12 and answer users' most-asked questions.How to access Music, TV shows, apps, and more without the sidebarFrom the very first [...]
Fri, Mar 13, 2015
Source: Apple News
The new MacBook is supposed to usher in a wire-free future for laptops, but Apple left out technologies that could have saved road warriors a few ungainly wires. “The only intelligent vision for the future of the notebook is one without wires, where you don’t have to plug up cables to connect to things,” Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller said as he introduced the MacBook on Monday. But while he crowed about the IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi and [...]
Fri, Mar 13, 2015
Source: Apple News
Apple has updated its iOS development guidelines to spell out what consent mobile apps dealing with human medical research must obtain. A new clause states that this type of app must get permission from participants, and if they are minors, from a parent or guardian. Developers must also inform users about the research’s nature, purpose and duration, as well as about procedures, risks and benefits to the participant. Other data that must be provided: information about [...]
Fri, Mar 13, 2015
Source: Apple News