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The price of bitcoin is up more than 15% today on the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index (BPI), having reached a high of $677.58 before settling to $659.50 at press time.
The $659 figure was roughly $90 more than the opening price of $560, and marked the highest CoinDex BPI prices observed since mid-February, when troubled bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox was removed from the average amid escalating concern about its financial state.
READ MORE: http://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-prices-rise-90-reach-post-mt-gox-crisis-...
Thousands of people jailed on the basis of forensic evidence could walk free as the US criminal justice system looks to bring forensics in line with modern science.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Department of Justice announced this week that they will review more than 10,000 criminal cases dating back to 1985. These are instances in which guilty verdicts were based on forensic hair and fibre analyses, along with other methods that no longer stand up to scientific scrutiny.
READ MORE: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn22055-fbi-forensic-review-could-fr...
It’s a little hip right now to pile on and say that Bitcoin is over in light of the Mt. Gox scandal, but it’s not over at all. Let’s take a couple steps back to reestablish some of the fundamentals on how and why Bitcoin works, and cast aside clunky myths that aren’t grounded in reality.
READ MORE: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/bitcoin-myths-2014-2
Due to some of the management team moving out of Wellington and moving on in our own directions we will no longer be playing films at the Southern Cross Garden Bar. Thank you to everyone who attended one or many of the film nights over the last 7 years, it was a good run and we never expected the event to last so long. For now this website will remain online and continue to be updated often.
A new study from the University of Manitoba has shockingly claimed to have found that the Internet trolls we all know or love so well may not be very nice -- or particularly mentally healthy -- individuals in real life. The study tried to explore whether or not Internet trolls fell into the so called Dark Tetrad: Machiavellianism (willingness to manipulate and deceive others), narcissism (egotism and self-obsession), psychopathy (the lack of remorse and empathy), and sadism (pleasure in the suffering of others). The study (mostly survey, really) claims to have found.
READ MORE: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140217/05122426247/psychologists-int...
The TransPacific Partnership is labelled as a "free trade" magic elixir that will cure all ills - Jobs! Prosperity! World Peace! - but in fact it's a toxic brew that weakens the American body politic and the Constitution. And when you look at how it came about you see that those are design features, not bugs.
The historical record is clear: what are misleadingly called "free trade agreements" were never really about trade. Their goal is to render independent nation states null and void, and hand power over to unaccountable, transnational corporatist authorities.
READ MORE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/curtis-ellis/the-plan-behind-the-trans_b_4...
California is scrambling to prevent a water shortage crisis from escalating into a catastrophe. Last year was the driest year in recorded history for many areas of California and conditions have yet to improve in 2014, according to recent snow surveys.
In January, after Gov. Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency, California’s Department of Water Resources said it would reduce the supply of water from reservoirs to the lowest level in its 54-year history. As the severity of the drought has escalated in recent months, the state has ramped up efforts to induce rainfall through a controversial weather modification technology known as cloud seeding.
In this video Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange talks to former NSA Senior Executive turned whistleblower Thomas Drake. Drake speaks about 9/11 foreknowledge; in which the NSA had information that if shared could have prevented the 9/11 attacks. The NSA whistleblower discusses his own personal story and describes a inspiring conversation he had with Snowden. Drake reiterates the fact the US government has repeatedly violated its own rules and has failed to adhere to the Constitution.
The Hacktivist Group Anonymous Ukraine has been able to hack the e-mail accounts of the Udar Party as well as the electronic correspondence of the deputy head of the Ukrainian nationalist party, The Stepan Bandera Trident, one Andrey Tarasenko.
Bruce Fenton: I started talking with Mark and Mt. Gox about 14 days ago - here is my take. When the Bitcoin withdrawals were halted I contacted Mark and offered capital and help to fix the exchange. At the time I assumed it was only a technical and management challenge and the conversation with Gonzague and Mark didn't indicate anything other than that.
They provided me with financial statements and other info and I talked over the need for Mark to step aside and a real and professional management team to step in and fix the PR issues, the outstanding US lawsuit issues and of course the technical issues.