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  • The Bitcoin Regulation Paradox

    The Bitcoin Regulation Paradox

    Following the implosive death of the Mt.Gox Bitcoin exchange, a number of key players in the cryptocurrency space banded together to release a statement condemning the rogue and failed member of the larger Bitcoin economy. The price of Bitcoin, falling below the $500 mark, has since rebounded slightly. Views on the mishap come in various forms, but I think we can condense the lot into a few… Read More

  • 70,000 People Are Playing Pokemon Collaboratively – And You Can Watch Live

    70,000 People Are Playing Pokemon Collaboratively – And You Can Watch Live

    There are things on the Internet that we humans were not built to understand. Over on Twitch, the largest platform for livestreaming esports and other gaming content, 70,000 people are playing Pokemon in unison and the world is watching. The host cooked up a script that takes game commands from the stream’s chat interface, and feeds them into the game itself. So, people are shouting… Read More

  • As Exchange Withdrawal Restrictions Ease, Bitcoin’s Price Snaps Northward

    As Exchange Withdrawal Restrictions Ease, Bitcoin’s Price Snaps Northward

    It has been a rough time for Bitcoin these past few days, as three major exchanges halted withdrawals in the face of an issue that could impact the perceived integrity of exchanges of the currency. Mt.Gox, a long-running but controversial exchange was first to halt Bitcoin withdrawals. With the currency inside Mt.Gox effectively trapped, the price on the exchange began to fall as people hit… Read More

  • SF Approves Tech Bus Pilot Program Despite Public Dissent

    SF Approves Tech Bus Pilot Program Despite Public Dissent

    Today the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency approved a controversial pilot program that will see some 200 area bus stops made available to private shuttles that ferry corporate tech workers to campuses outside of the city. Despite impassioned, and occasionally coherent, commentary — not to mention more than a handful of Google talking points — the agency’s… Read More

  • Google Destroys Rap Genius’ Search Rankings As Punishment For SEO Spam, But Resolution In Progress

    Google Destroys Rap Genius’ Search Rankings As Punishment For SEO Spam, But Resolution In Progress

    Google hit back hard today after it learned lyrics site Rap Genius had been using dubious SEO tricks to attain top spots in search results. Now RapGenius.com doesn’t appear on the first page of results for a search of “Rap Genius”, and popular queries like “Jay-Z Holy Grail Lyrics” don’t bring up the startup like they used to. The reduced traffic could… Read More

  • Salesforce Says Hackathon Winner Didn’t Cheat But Declares Tie, Gives Two Finalists $1M Each

    Salesforce Says Hackathon Winner Didn’t Cheat But Declares Tie, Gives Two Finalists $1M Each

    Salesforce has responded to cries of foul play in its $1 million hackathon by announcing that while winning team Upshot didn’t cheat, judges weren’t given sufficient information to select a winner so it’s giving $1 million to each of the top two finalists, Upshot and Healthcare.love. Read More

  • VKontakte’s Pavel Durov Explains Bizarre Money-Throwing Incident

    VKontakte’s Pavel Durov Explains Bizarre Money-Throwing Incident

    It was a seemingly tasteless stunt that caught headlines around the globe for Pavel Durov, the founder of Russia’s biggest social network, VKontakte. Cameras caught him throwing paper planes made out of 5,000 Russian ruble notes (worth about $157 each in U.S. dollars) from his office windows high above St. Petersburg streets last year. Eventually, a fight broke out as he and another… Read More

  • Facebook Experiences Partial Outage On Desktop And Mobile

    Facebook Experiences Partial Outage On Desktop And Mobile

    If you were hoping to share your feelings about life with the world this Monday morning, you’re out of luck. (Unless you prefer to do so with Twitter.) Facebook appears to be partially down at the moment, with users unable to post status updates, photos, or like things. However, you can still browse (stalk) the site easily without much trouble. Read More

  • NSA’s Targeting Prowess Doesn’t Extend To Ads

    NSA’s Targeting Prowess Doesn’t Extend To Ads

    If the NSA only invited TechCrunch to its birthday party, it’d have to eat its cake alone. While we aren’t big fans of the NSA, it appears to fancy our readers, as it consistently advertises on our site. This makes me slightly uncomfortable, as I have spent a good portion of my time these past few months excoriating and blasting the NSA for what I view as unconstitutional abrogation… Read More

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