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Xapo CEO explains their heavily guarded offline Bitcoin vaults & the future of cryptocurrency (Ben Popper/The Verge)
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Xapo CEO explains their heavily guarded offline Bitcoin vaults & the future of cryptocurrency — Meet the man building the Fort Knox of bitcoin — Can security fit for a super villian's hideout help make bitcoin mainstream? — In July, a bitcoin startup named Xapo announced …
Florin T. / PhoneArena:
Asus ZenWatch will feature voice commands, sub-$200 price confirmed by CEO — While LG and Samsung already unveiled the new smartwatches that they're going to bring to IFA 2014 next week (the G Watch R and Gear S, respectively), Asus prefers to wait until September 3 before fully revealing its first smartwatch.
Tom Brewster / Guardian:
Europol launches taskforce to fight worlds top cybercriminals — Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce to coordinate investigations into hacking, malware and other online crimes — Cybercrime experts from police forces around the world are coming together to form a new body …
Apple ‘not likely’ to ship redesigned power adapter, Lightning cable with ‘iPhone 6’ — Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo on Monday poured cold water on recent rumors that Apple was preparing to migrate to a reversible version of the Lightning charge cable as well as a larger, possibly …
Liam Tung / ZDNet:
Europe details plan to nab 700MHz broadcast spectrum for mobile by 2020 — Summary: Europe sets out how UHF spectrum in the 470-790 MHz band will be used to support future demand on 4G networks. — Liam Tung — The European Commission has outlined its plan to turn over the 700MHz spectrum currently used …
Google Sends Invites for September 15 India Event; Android One Launch Likely — Google has sent invitations for an event in India on September 15. While the invite itself says “More details closer to the date!”, it is expected that the much-awaited Android One smartphones will make their debut at the event.
China gives Microsoft 20 days to provide explanation in anti-trust probe — (Reuters) - A Chinese anti-trust regulator said on Monday it has given Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) 20 days to reply to queries on the compatability of its Windows operating system and Office software suite amid a probe into the world's largest software company.
Baidu's new chief scientist and Google Brain founder Andrew Ng on the new AI lab he's leading (Robert Hof/Forbes)
Robert Hof / Forbes:
Baidu's new chief scientist and Google Brain founder Andrew Ng on the new AI lab he's leading — Interview: Inside Google Brain Founder Andrew Ng's Plans To Transform Baidu — Little known outside China, the Chinese search engine Baidu scored a coup earlier this year when it hired Andrew Ng …
EU Sends Questionnaire to Rivals Over Facebook Deal With WhatsApp (Frances Robinson/Wall Street Journal)
Frances Robinson / Wall Street Journal:
EU Sends Questionnaire to Rivals Over Facebook Deal With WhatsApp — Officials Seek to Identify What Separates a Social Network From a Messaging Application — BRUSSELS—European Union antitrust officials have sent a detailed questionnaire to competitors and customers of Facebook Inc …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Nude celebrity picture leak looks like phishing or email account hack — Apple's iCloud service may have been the source of the photos but security experts think password hacks are likely explanation — The leak of pictures and, allegedly, videos of Jennifer Lawrence by an unknown hacker has security experts - and Apple - puzzled.
Mark Wilson / Co.Design:
75% Of Ikea's Catalog Is Computer Generated Imagery — You could have fooled us. Wait, actually, you did. — The best special effects are often the ones you never notice—which may make Ikea the most skillful special effects studio in the world. The Swedish furniture company …
With its own livestreaming technology and popularity with big Twitch users, Google doesn't need to own Twitch (Peter Bright/Ars Technica)
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
With its own livestreaming technology and popularity with big Twitch users, Google doesn't need to own Twitch — Google doesn't need Twitch for game streaming — When it comes to the game and e-sports streaming scene, Twitch is the 800-pound gorilla. But when it comes to online video as a whole …
Digitally controlled infrastructure is increasingly vulnerable to electromagnetic weapons (William A. Radasky/IEEE Spectrum)
William A. Radasky / IEEE Spectrum:
Digitally controlled infrastructure is increasingly vulnerable to electromagnetic weapons — Electromagnetic Warfare Is Here — A briefcase-size radio weapon could wreak havoc in our networked world. In the 2001 action movie Ocean's Eleven, criminals use an electromagnetic weapon to black out a portion of Las Vegas.
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
In E-Sports, Video Gamers Draw Real Crowds and Big Money — A video game tournament in Seattle in July. Pro gaming, called e-sports, is becoming a lucrative worldwide spectator sport. — Credit: Stuart Isett for The New York Times — SEATTLE — A bewitching creature — half woman …
Uber and Lyft are becoming indistinguishable commodities to riders and drivers both (Farhad Manjoo/New York Times)
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Uber and Lyft are becoming indistinguishable commodities to riders and drivers both — Uber and Lyft Have Become Indistinguishable Commodities — If you need a ride, pull out your phone and load up the Lyft app. Or try Uber. Really, it doesn't matter which you pick.
How Lyft evolved from Zimride and pioneered the peer-to-peer ride-sharing model (Ryan Lawler/TechCrunch)
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
How Lyft evolved from Zimride and pioneered the peer-to-peer ride-sharing model — Lyft-Off: Zimride's Long Road To Overnight Success — When John Zimmer and Logan Green launched a new ride-sharing service called Lyft in the spring of 2012, they instantly knew they had a hit on their hands.
AT&T sues Cox, says the cable provider's DVRs, set-top boxes, and modems infringe on patents (Joe Mullin/Ars Technica)
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
AT&T sues Cox, says the cable provider's DVRs, set-top boxes, and modems infringe on patents — It's made-for-TV patent war, as AT&T sues Cox — The majority of patent lawsuits today are brought by “patent trolls” that do nothing but sue—but suits between actual competitors do still happen.
John Paczkowski / Re/code:
Veteran Tech Journalist Anand Shimpi Headed to Apple — Anand Lal Shimpi, the editor and publisher of the well-regarded AnandTech site, is going to work at Apple. — An Apple rep confirmed that the company was hiring Shimpi, but wouldn't provide any other details.
Apple has also reached a deal with Visa and MasterCard for its mobile wallet (Matt Townsend/Bloomberg)
Matt Townsend / Bloomberg:
Apple has also reached a deal with Visa and MasterCard for its mobile wallet — Apple Said to Team With Visa, MasterCard on IPhone Wallet — Apple Inc. (AAPL) plans to turn its next iPhone into a mobile wallet through a partnership with major payment networks, banks and retailers, according a person familiar with the situation.
FCC's new CTO Scott Jordan, who will have an impact on policy, is a net neutrality expert (Nancy Scola/Washington Post)
Nancy Scola / Washington Post:
FCC's new CTO Scott Jordan, who will have an impact on policy, is a net neutrality expert — The FCC's next CTO is a net neutrality expert — The Federal Communications Commission has announced that it has named a new chief technology officer: Scott Jordan, a professor of computer science at the University of California at Irvine.