The bitcoin ecosystem got a late Christmas present from the US Department of Treasury, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) on Friday. As first reported by CoinText, FinCEN provided much-needed clarification on its previous guidance, making it clear that under most circumstances bitcoin miners do not need to register as Money Services Businesses (MSB) under the Bank Secrecy Act. This eliminates a series of potentially costly and onerous requirements for a critical segment of the bitcoin ecosystem.
Speech is the one of the most important forms of communication between humans.
It’s been a busy end of 2013 for the Snowden/NSA story: a pair of conflicting judicial rulings on the legality or illegality of the NSA’s phone surveillance program; an Obama-appointed panel recommending mild NSA reforms, including scaling back the NSA’s phone metadata vacuuming program; a rare and remarkably unrevealing interview with Snowden in the Washington Post, in which Snowden declared "Mission Accomplished"; followed up by a rather sad "Snowden Xmas Message" aired on Britain’s Channel 4; and more sensational revelations about the NSA spying on our closest allies, published last Friday in the New York Times, Guardian, and Der Spiegel.
Hawk-Eye is a device used to reconstruct the track of the ball in cricket and for line calls in tennis. The technology is at its best when officials make a really bad decision.
If there is one company I spend more time with over the course of a year than any other it would have to be Apple.
Despite penning a long post on all the startup products that make fitting, unusual gift ideas, there was one person on my list who didn't fit the bill. He's a man of tradition, who wouldn't want fancy new 'high performing' underwear. A dancer without need of a Fitbit for tracking his steps, a non-techie who wouldn't know what to do with a Dropcam. My dad.
2013 was a seminal year for YouTube, which set records for audience consumption, surpassing 1 billion monthly unique visitors and 6 billion hours of monthly video consumption. Two years into its multi-hundred million-dollar content grant program, many of YouTube’s funded channels have matured from casual experiment to well oiled machine status, regularly churning out professional-grade content and catching the attention of Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and “Main St. USA.” The multi-channel network (MCN) ecosystem also saw its first marquee acquisition with Dreamworks picking up AwesomenessTV for up to $117 million in upfront cash and long-term incentives.
Flurry today reported that Christmas belonged to Amazon's tablets, which were activated 24-times more often during the holiday than they were on a typical December day. The company's products have experienced this bump for the last three years. Jeff Bezos might as well change his name to Santa Claus.
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