Tech Loses in Court, Owes $48,600 to Self-Proclaimed Bitcoin Creator Craig Wright

"A U.K. high court told it can no longer share the 2008 white paper that outlines what bitcoin is on its website," reports Business Insider, "delivering a victory to Craig Wright, a computer scientist who claimed he wrote the original document." Wright won the copyright-infringement case he brought by default, after the website's anonymous founder, known as Cobra, decided not to speak in his defense in the proceedings in London. The ruling on Monday means must take the d...
Tags: London, Tech, Bitcoin, CSW, Craig Wright, Satoshi, Wright, Bitcoin Core, COBRA, Simon Cohen, Ontier

FSF Prioritizes Creation of a Free-Software eBook Reader, Urges Avoiding DRM eBooks

Since most ebook readers run some version of the kernel Linux (with some even run the GNU/Linux operating system), "This puts ebook readers a few steps closer to freedom than other devices," notes a recent call-to-action in the Free Software Foundation Bulletin. But with e-ink screens and DRM-laden ebooks, "closing the gap will still require a significant amount of work." Accordingly, as we announced at the LibrePlanet 2021 conference, we've decided this year to prioritize facilitating the pr...
Tags: Tech, FSF, Denis GNUToo Carikli

These Nine Android Apps May Have Stolen Your Facebook Login Information

Google has kicked nine Android apps with more than 5.8 million combined downloads off its Play Store after researchers discovered they contained malicious code used to steal users’ Facebook login credentials, according to the Russian anti-virus software firm Dr. Web.Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play, Facebook, Science, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Technology Internet, Lockit Master Horoscope Pi, Facebook Login Information

Go Back in Time and Use the Old macOS Dashboard Widgets With This Cool Website

Although Apple killed its beloved widget Dashboard in 2019, a savvy developer has created a way for us to travel back in time and experience that old Apple nostalgia. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Os X Yosemite, Science, Software, Dashboard, Operating Systems, Apple Inc, Mach, Computer Architecture, macOS, Stickies, Technology Internet, Zane Kleinberg, Yahoo Widgets, Mac Os X Tiger, Desktop Widgets

After Billionaire Abuse of Retirement Accounts, US Considers New Regulations

U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden said last week "he is revisiting proposed legislation that would crack down on the giant tax-free retirement accounts amassed by the ultrawealthy," reports ProPublica, "after a ProPublica story exposed that billionaires were shielding fortunes inside them." Earlier ProPublica had reported that PayPal founder Peter Thiel turned his retirement account "into a $5 billion tax-free piggy bank." Wyden said ProPublica's stories have shifted the debate...
Tags: Congress, US, Tech, Paypal, New Zealand, Peter Thiel, SEC, University Of Chicago, Ira, Wyden, Ron Wyden, United States New Zealand, Roth, Medford Oregon, Thiel, Daniel Hemel

When a 'Wildly Irrational' Algorithm Makes Crucial Healthcare Decisions

"Thousands of disabled and elderly people in more than a dozen states have had to fight against decisions made by an algorithm to get the support services they need to remain in their homes instead of being institutionalized," reports the U.S. edition of the Guardian: The cuts have hit low-income seniors and people with disabilities in Pennsylvania, Iowa, New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Arkansas and other states, after algorithms became the arbiters of how their home health care was allocated —...
Tags: Washington, Tech, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Iowa, Nelson, University Of Michigan, AARP, Kevin De Liban, Tina Smith Nelson, De Liban, Emeritus Brant Fries

Biden announces investigation into international ransomware attack

President addresses hack of Kaseya software that has affected hundreds of US businesses and shut down Swedish shopsJoe Biden said on Saturday he had directed US intelligence agencies to investigate a sophisticated ransomware attack that hit hundreds of American businesses as the Fourth of July holiday weekend began and aroused suspicions of Russian gang involvement. Related: Joe Biden cherry-picks audience to promote bipartisan infrastructure deal Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Sweden, Internet, US, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Cybercrime, Hacking, Biden, Kaseya, shopsJoe Biden

Huge 'Eye of Fire' Burning in Gulf of Mexico Extinguished

"The Gulf of Mexico was on fire," quips a headline at Jalopnik. Long-time Slashdot reader phalse phace explains that "A rupture in an underwater gas pipeline operated by Mexico's state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (or Pemex) caused a fire to erupt in the ocean west of the Yucatan Peninsula." Reuters reports: Bright orange flames jumping out of water resembling molten lava was dubbed an "eye of fire" on social media due to the blaze's circular shape. The fire took more than five hours ...
Tags: Mexico, Tech, Gulf of Mexico, Reuters, Pemex, Petroleos Mexicanos, ASEA, Ku Maloob Zaap, Angel Carrizales, Yucatan Peninsula Reuters

Summer Camp For Children Includes Classes on Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies

A Los Angeles summer camp is offering children as young as 5 "a crash course in all things crypto," reports NBC News: In a sign of the bubbling enthusiasm for digital currencies, the Crypto Kids Camp began Monday in a warehouse in a busy port district. Over five days, the camp combines activities that would be common at any summer camp with a crash course in how to think about, buy and even mine bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies... The camp is part of a trend toward young adults and even child...
Tags: Texas, Los Angeles, Tech, Georgia, New Jersey, Camp, BeastMode, Crypto Kids Camp, Najah Roberts

Welcome to hot due diligence summer 

Wow, that headline worked? A recent board fight at a digital health unicorn is a reminder to entrepreneurs that it’s important to set boundaries, even amid the dizzying volume and velocity of this summer’s deal frenzy. This week I published a scoop about how Bessemer Venture Partners replaced a board member at Hinge Health, after that board member invested in a competing startup. Hinge Health co-founder Daniel Perez alleges that the board member did not notify him before they led a round in an e...
Tags: TC, Twitter, US, Tech, Egypt, Alex, Daniel Perez, Latin America, Patreon, Duolingo, Bessemer Venture Partners, Eric Eldon, NDA, Newsletters, Pietra, Halpern

US companies scramble to contain international ransomware attack

Hack closes Swedish grocery stores as head of targeted software supplier Kaseya says it is preparing a patchBusinesses across the US rushed on Saturday to contain a ransomware attack that paralyzed computer networks around the world, a situation complicated in the US by offices being lightly staffed at the start of the Fourth of July weekend.In Sweden, most of the grocery chain Coop’s 800 stores were unable to open because cash registers weren’t working, according to the public broadcaster. Stat...
Tags: Technology, Sweden, Internet, US, World news, US news, Cybercrime, Hacking, Coop, Kaseya

A new ‘digital violence’ platform maps dozens of victims of NSO Group’s spyware

For the first time, researchers have mapped all the known targets, including journalists, activists, and human rights defenders, whose phones were hacked by Pegasus, a spyware developed by NSO Group. Forensic Architecture, an academic unit at Goldsmiths, University of London that investigates human rights abuses, scoured dozens of reports from human rights groups, carried out open-source research and interviewed dozens of the victims themselves to reveal over a thousand data points, including de...
Tags: Washington Post, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Tech, Spain, United States, Laura Poitras, Enrique Peña Nieto, United Arab Emirates, Amnesty International, Pegasus, Montreal, University of Toronto, Signal, Mohammed bin Salman

Windows 11 tried to make Chromebooks irrelevant, but Google just destroyed its efforts

I'm no application developer, so I won't pretend to understand the intricacies of Android Package files (APKs) which can be downloaded...
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Startups, culture and riding the meme wave

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s broadly based on the daily column that appears on Extra Crunch, but free, and made for your weekend reading. Want it in your inbox every Saturday? Sign up here. Ready? Let’s talk money, startups and spicy IPO rumors. Hey! It’s going to be a long weekend here in the United States, which means that this newsletter is in between myself and being done with work. So, we’re going to hit on even more topics than usu...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Microsoft, America, Tech, United States, Crypto, Robinhood, Newsletters, Apptopia, Xometry, Unqork, TechCrunch Exchange, Randy Altschuler, Robinhood IPO, Splunk McLaren

Mixed Reactions to GitHub's AI-Powered Pair Programmer 'Copilot'

Reactions are starting to come in for GitHub's new Copilot coding tool, which one site calls "a product of the partnership between Microsoft and AI research and deployment company OpenAI — which Microsoft invested $1 billion into two years ago." According to the tech preview page: GitHub Copilot is currently only available as a Visual Studio Code extension. It works wherever Visual Studio Code works — on your machine or in the cloud on GitHub Codespaces. And it's fast enough to use as you type....
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Github, Brown, Rauch, Friedman, Nat Friedman, Guillermo Rauch, Neil Brown, James Governor, Armin Ronacher, CoPilot, Vercel, GitHub Copilot

Apple Facing Some Severe MacBook Pro Problems

Apple's radical redesign of the MacBook Pro will arrive later this year, but they are facing a serious problem.
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Are You in the Best State to Incorporate?

There are many benefits in choosing one state over another to register your business. Whether you are expanding your business to another state or just starting out, the Best State to Incorporate webinar will answer questions relating to incorporating your company in a particular state. Nellie Akalp, CEO of and Anita Campbell, Founder and CEO of Small Business Trends, are going to be hosting the webinar. The webinar is going to take place on July 28, 2021, 2 p.m. (EDT). Click the red...
Tags: Google, Usa, New York, Sales, Ppc, Chicago, South Africa, Sydney, Dubai, Nevada, Delaware, Webinar, Seattle Wa, Cape Town South Africa, London UK, AEC

Judge Blocks Florida Law That Would Punish Social Media Companies for Banning Politicians

"A federal judge on Wednesday blocked for the time being a new Florida law that sought to punish large social media businesses like Facebook and Twitter if they remove content or ban politicians," reports the Associated Press: U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle granted a preliminary injunction stopping the new law from being enforced. The law — which was supposed to take effect on Thursday — enabled the state to fine large social media companies $250,000 a day if they remove an account of a stat...
Tags: Facebook, Florida, Disney, Tech, Associated Press, Twitter Facebook, Tallahassee, Hinkle, NetChoice, Robert Hinkle

Jeff Bezos is about to step down as Amazon CEO. Here's how he built Amazon into a $1.7 trillion company and became the world's richest person.

Jeff Bezos inside Amazon's Spheres in 2018. The Washington Post/Getty Images Jeff Bezos will step down as Amazon CEO on July 5, 27 years to the day after he founded the company. Bezos got his start as a New York hedge-funder and grew Amazon into a $1.7 trillion business. Along the way, he faced antitrust scrutiny, weathered scandal, and became the world's richest man. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. After 27 years in charge, Jeff Bezos is stepping down as A...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Spacex, Elon Musk, New York, Texas, Microsoft, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Germany, India, New York City, US, Trends, Tech

Meat Grown in Israeli Bioreactors May Be Coming to American Diners

"An Israeli startup wants to replace chicken coops, barns and slaughterhouses with bioreactors to churn out cell-based meat for American diners," reports Bloomberg: Future Meat Technologies Ltd. is in talks with U.S. regulators to start offering its products in restaurants by the end of next year. The company has just opened what it calls the world's first industrial cellular meat facility, which will be able to produce 500 kilograms (1,102 pounds) a day. "From the get-go, our main focus was ar...
Tags: Europe, China, Tech, Bloomberg, Slashdot, McKinsey Co, Rehovot, Beeftopia, Good Food Institute, Rom Kshuk, Kshuk, Future Meat Technologies Ltd, Tyson Foods Inc Archer Daniels Midland Co, S2G Ventures LLC, Prof Yaakov Nahmias

SpaceX's Rideshare is making it far easier to launch satellites into orbit. In-Space Missions explains how it's using the program to help customers realise their ambitions.

In-Space Mission's tech will allow future satellites to be customizable from the ground. In-Space Missions SpaceX's has helped cut the timescale for getting into orbit from years to a few months. UK firm In-Space Missions is using the program to develop its own customizable satellite tech. It was able to send one of the 88 small satellites, or smallsats, that into orbit. When you spend millions to build a satellite - each second you wait for its launch carries the weight of ...
Tags: Europe, Feature, Business, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, UK, Technology, Entrepreneur, Trends, UK News, Nasa, Ministry Of Defence, Satellites, European Space Agency, Hampshire

How the Personalized Feed Is Changing Ecommerce

While driving growth for brands is more critical than ever, how people discover brands is rapidly evolving. Eva Valerio, Global Head of Discovery Ads for Google, joined Adweek's Social Media Week LA to explore the consumer shift to personalized content feeds and how businesses find success within these experiences across Google and YouTube. Consumer behavior...
Tags: Google, Ecommerce, Advertising, Premium, Social Media Week, Premium Events, Adweek s Social Media Week LA

For years, Apple sold itself as the anti-Microsoft. Now Windows 11 is the anti-Apple

Microsoft wants to make its Windows software stand out from the tech crowd. And it's doing that by targeting the iPhone.
Tags: Apple, Microsoft

After China's Crackdown on Bitcoin Mining, It's More Profitable For Everyone Else

Bitcoin mining just became easier and more profitable, reports CNBC: The world has known for months that more than half the world's bitcoin miners would be going dark as China cracked down on mining. Now that it's happened, the bitcoin algorithm has adjusted accordingly to make sure miner productivity doesn't continue to fall off a cliff. That adjustment — which took effect early Saturday morning — also means that way more cash is going to the bitcoin miners who remain online. "This will be a r...
Tags: China, Tech, Cnbc, Feinstein, Blockcap, Brandon Arvanaghi, Darin Feinstein, Compass Mining, Whit Gibbs, Greenridge Generation the New York

Recover corrupted book in Kindle app

One book in my Kindle app on my Android table won't load--blank screen with spinner in the middle. The other books all work fine. I tried restarting the Kindle app and restarting the tablet. That didn't fix the problem. I can't find a way to delete that book and re-download it. Is there a way? My tablet is a Lenovo Tab4 running Android 7.1.1. (There are two separate users on the tablet, with two different Kindle accounts, so I'm leary of just deleting the Kindle app and re-installing it.)
Tags: Books, Android Devices, Lenovo

Top Stories: iOS 15 and macOS Monterey Public Betas, iPhone 13 and MacBook Pro Rumors, and More

Happy public beta week! This week saw the release of a complete set of public betas for Apple's major upcoming operating system updates, giving everyone the chance to check out all of the new features and changes. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. We also saw a slew of rumors on everything from the iPhone 13 and the MacBook Pro to AirPods and the Apple Watch Series 7, so check out our video above and read on below for details on all of these stories and more! ...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Macbook, Top Stories, Monterey, Don, MacRumors YouTube, Ming Chi Kuo, DigiTimes, Kuo, AirPods, MacRumors Newsletter Each, Monterey Public Betas Now Available Apple, Dummies Again Show New Diagonal Dual Lens Camera, MacBook Pro Rumors

Apple Shouldn't Use Privacy and Security To Stave Off Competition, Warns EU Antitrust Head

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Apple Insider: Responding to comments made by Apple CEO Tim Cook in June, European Union competition chief Margrethe Vestager said that Apple shouldn't use privacy and security concerns to stifle competition on the App Store. Vestager, the European Commission's executive vice president, has proposed regulations that could force Apple to allow alternate app stores. Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke out against the proposal, stating that they could threaten the priv...
Tags: Apple, Cook, Tech, Eu, Tim Cook, European Commission, Cupertino, Margrethe Vestager, Reuters, Vestager, Reuters Vestager, EU Antitrust Head

Trump allies' new anti-censorship app for conservatives has already been overrun with porn, reports say

A screenshot of GETTR. Apple App Store GETTR, a social media app set up by a former Trump aide, officially launches on July 4. The anti-Twitter platform has already been flooded with pornographic spam comments, reports say. Despite its objection to censorship, GETTR said it reserves the right to "address" lewd content. See more stories on Insider's business page. A new, anti-censorship social media platform set up by Donald Trump's former aides has already been overrun with porn, r...
Tags: Apple, Politics, Instagram, Censorship, Trends, Social Media, Bloomberg, Hillary Clinton, News UK, Reddit, App Store, Gizmodo, Donald Trump, Jones, Miller, Trump

These Steve Jobs’ wisdom can beat even an MBA program

Don’t chase. Attract. Conventional method: Pay celebs a ton of money to get them to do ads. But to appear in an iPod ad meant guaranteed success for artists. Be the bigger brand. Business school? I don’t know. I’d rather listen to Steve Jobs all day. A thread on startups, entrepreneurship, marketing, investing, career, and life: Make progress by elimination. Jony Ive says, “To be truly simple, you have to go really deep. You need to understand the product to get rid of the non esse...
Tags: Apple, Business, Steve Jobs, Tech, Jony Ive, Don, Thethreadmill

9 cool features you can find in Google apps on iOS, but not Android

After buying an iPad Air several months ago, I was curious about the Google services experience on iOS. Over the previous years, I've...
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