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Bitcoin Weekly 2013 July 31: Thailand “Bans” Bitcoin, Bitcoin Movie Kicked from Kickstarter, DATA is here to self-regulate BTC

Bitcoin Weekly 2013 July 31: Thailand “Bans” Bitcoin, Bitcoin Movie Kicked from Kickstarter, DATA is here to self-regulate BTC

A story is going around how the Thailand government has “banned Bitcoin,” as in made it illegal—but that’s not quite what it seems to be. More than likely (as with most world governments) Thailand is uncertain what to do with Bitcoin and has advised a company in-country that since its unregulated that they probably shouldn’t interact with BTC. This also may extend to not issuing licenses for businesses that engage in BTC trading. Also in the news, “Bitcoin: The Movie,” unexpectedly pulled from Kickstarter; and DATA, a self-regulatory organization emerges to help keep Bitcoin on task with the fears of world... more »
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CIOs Need to Eliminate Baggage, Focus on Business Needs

Three major trends emerged from the annual MIT Chief Data Officer and Information Quality (CDOIQ) Symposium in mid-July, writes Wikibon Analyst, Consultant, and former CIO Scott Lowe in "CIOs Need to Understand Three Critical Takeaways from Big Data CDOIQ Symposium". And the news is not all good for the future of CIOs. The first two trends, while certainly real issues, are familiar. First, Big Data involves managing very high volumes of data, orders-of-magnitude greater than traditional structured data alone. This requires new technologies for capturing, storing, manipulating, and analyzing these very large data sets and creates several challenges that must be... more »
NSA May Have All Your Data : Here's How You Can Spruce It Up

NSA May Have All Your Data : Here's How You Can Spruce It Up

With recent news of NSA + PRISM collection methods, more confusion has emerged around what it is/isn't collecting on you without your permission. The topic been a hot button to say the least, and it's about to get even hotter. XKeyscore is an NSA tool that collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'. You're familiar with the Edward Snowden leak, but as we learn more and more about XKeyscore, the more unsure we are about who has access to what. Your digital data, a.k.a. your digital footprint, is in a lot of ways as important as your actual fingerprint. The digital data you... more »
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Have You Met Steve? 5 Real Encounters with the Late Steve Jobs

I have never met Steve Jobs.  I’ve read a lot of stories about him though - some good, some bad, some insane and hard to believe.  And now that Steve Jobs is gone forever, I'll never know how he really was as a person. So how do you get to know Steve Jobs?  We can learn from the experiences of others.  So let’s look at some first-hand encounters of meeting Steve Jobs, recently shared on Q&A service Quora. A crappy car   Tim Smith recounts how his Sunbeam Alpine sports car led him to the Jobs’ driveway.  His girlfriend at the time lived in... more »
F#@* It! Russia Wants to Ban Swearing on the Web

F#@* It! Russia Wants to Ban Swearing on the Web

"Mother Russia" is certainly living up to its nickname of late. About a nine months ago Russian lawmakers first introduced their controversial "blacklist law," which gives authorities the power to block access to websites that are deemed to promote drug use, suicide and porn (for the kids, of course). Oddly enough, that same law was later used to silence oponents of the government who dared to criticize it following the presidential elections earlier this year, but of course that was surely just a coincidence. Now, Russian politicos have their overprotective hats on once again, and want to extend the powers of... more »
LIVE: Microsoft's Troubles - Just Scratch the Surface

LIVE: Microsoft's Troubles - Just Scratch the Surface

Updated with full video - see below. Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Wednesday July 31, 2013. It appears Microsoft’s Surface sales figures are even worse than was previously thought. Joining us now to add some color to Microsoft’s troubling dilemma is Founder and Managing Consultant of the 1610 Group Scott Lowe. See live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand. On today's episode, we'll be visiting with Scott and discussing the latest news coming from Microsoft regarding sales of the Surface tablet, and we'll get his analysis on how their recent revenue figures compare with previous expenses for the company. Speaking of comparisons, we'll also... more »
Zynga Launches "1 Word" Game on Kik, Sues Bang with Friends

Zynga Launches "1 Word" Game on Kik, Sues Bang with Friends

Zynga announced that it will not be pursuing real-money gaming in the US.  Though this may sound like a crazy move for a company that's been wallowing in misery since its IPO, it's decided that it wouldn't be able to compete with the high level of competition in the US, while its gambling restrictions would also hinder its progress. Zynga instead plans to focus its real-money gaming efforts in the United Kingdom, where online gambling laws are far more easy-going.  As for the US, the company will continue to provide its free-to-play offerings while pursuing a license for real-money gaming in... more »
A Quick Guide to Quip: The New 'Mobile' Word Processor

A Quick Guide to Quip: The New 'Mobile' Word Processor

If you’re still looking for ways to create documents on your smartphone or tablet without getting into a kerfuffle, then you’re in luck because a modern new word processor designed exclusively for mobile devices has just launched. Quip is an app that allows you to create documents on your smartphone, tablet or desktop. It has just been made available for iOS devices, whilst a preview version has been rolled out for Android testers. So what is Quip? Essentially, it's a multi-platform app that can be used on the PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and just about any Android device. It combines... more »
Death By Internet of Things: How Smart Gadgets Kill

Death By Internet of Things: How Smart Gadgets Kill

Amidst all the excitement over the Internet of Things and how our cars and homes and factories are going to vastly improve our lives by talking to each other, you might want to take a step back to consider the kinds of security risks that this new level of connectedness will pose. Very few of us actually read the safety instructions when we get our hands on something new, but with the Internet of Things there's a lot more at stake than the remote chance of ending up with burnt fingers. When intruders can potentially infiltrate your home, your car, or... more »
4 Life-Logging Apps that Won't Kill Your Battery

4 Life-Logging Apps that Won't Kill Your Battery

The popular life-logging app Saga has gone social in its first major update since launch last year, so you can now share the personal story of your past, present and future. Launched in public beta last year, Saga initially let iOS users to keep track of various aspects of their lives including locations they've visited, workout progress and trip travel time, all of which can be viewed in a beautifully oriented timeline.  With this week's update (see our full review here), Saga users can share their lifelogs effortlessly and stay in touch with the people who matter most.  Life-logging used to be... more »

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