Blogging History: How NSA sabotages crypto; Steampunk rugged corset; Unix on Gameboy

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Firsthand account of NSA sabotage of Internet security standards: On the Cryptography mailing list, John Gilmore (co-founder of pioneering ISP The Little Garden and the Electronic Frontier Foundation; early Sun employee; cypherpunk; significant contributor to GNU/Linux and its crypto suite; and all-round Internet superhero) describes his interactions with the NSA and several obvious NSA stooges on the IPSEC standardization working groups at the Internet Engineering Task Force.

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Programmer, know thy tools!

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Being a programmer has undergone a lot of changes in a couple of recent years. The Agile Manifesto and the raise of the Software Craftsmanship changed the way a programmer thinks about his work. The process of creating software became more customer-centric, with accent put on ability to change quicky. This led to the importance of crafting quality code.
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Facebook Hits 100M Users In Africa, Half The Continent’s Internet-Connected Population

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Facebook Africa The developing world wants Facebook, and its accessibility initiative Internet.org could pay huge dividends. Those are the takeaways from Facebook’s announcement that it now has 100 million active users in Africa, and 80% of those come on mobile. That 100 million makes up 50% of all Africans connected to the Internet. The news suggests that if drones, satellites, and deals for free… Read More

TheTake Just Raised $2M So You Can Buy That Thing You Saw In That Movie

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Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 3.51.53 AM Have you ever watched a movie and thought to yourself either “I really want that” or “I really want to go there“? Well now you can really buy that (or something a lot like it) or find a way to go there, thanks to TheTake. The New York-based startup has raised $2 million in its first round of venture financing as it looks to roll out a mobile application and further… Read More

Authy Raises $2.3M To Help Prevent The Next Celebrity Hack

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5788095518_1a4cae25b5_o Hacking into poorly secured online accounts isn’t all that hard, as a few celebrities found out this week. One of the easiest ways to secure your accounts is by using two-factor authentication so that you have both something you know (your password) and something you have (the second, ever-changing security PIN). Authy, a Y Combinator-funded startup that specializes in two-factor… Read More

Spotify is bringing video ‘takeover ads’ to its free service

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Spotify is planning to roll out video ads on its music streaming service later this year. The ads are designed to get marketers and brands interested in advertising on Spotify to sponsor free streaming for listeners. AdAge reports that the mobile version of Spotify will let listeners watch a video ad in exchange for 30 minutes of free streaming without ads. “Takeover” versions of the ads appear to run fullscreen on mobile, and in a window on the desktop app.

30 minutes of free streaming per ad

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Good Eggs Raises $21 Million From Index Ventures To Deliver The Farmer’s Market To Your Door

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good eggs pickup Good Eggs wants to change the way people eat, making it easier for customers to buy organic foods produced by independent farmers and vendors nearby. With plans to bring its marketplace of locally sourced sustainable foods to more users, it’s raised $21 million in funding led by Index Ventures to expand to other cities. Read More

Microsoft rebrands Bing apps to MSN with iOS and Android versions due soon

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MSN is back. Microsoft is revamping its MSN brand with the introduction of several Bing-powered apps and a new homepage. Existing Bing apps like News, Sports, Travel, Weather, and Finance will all be rebranded to MSN soon, and the software maker is planning to release each app for iOS and Android. It’s just the latest move in Microsoft’s “mobile-first, cloud-first” vision, where a number of cloud-powered services and apps are available cross-platform.

It’s also a surprising move. Microsoft had largely abandoned its MSN brand in favor of Windows Live and Bing over the past several years, but now the company seems to be focused on MSN once more. A new MSN.com homepage, which enters preview mode today, highlights a number of services from…

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Facebook Highlights Its 1 Billion Video Views Per Day Reach By Adding View Counts To Public Videos

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view-count To prove to advertisers and the world that it’s not just YouTube that delivers massive video engagement online, Facebook today announced it now delivers 1 billion video views per day and will begin showing everyone view counts on videos posted by Pages and public figures. This could convince advertisers shifting TV ad spend to digital to look to Facebook, which recently bought video… Read More

Last night on ‘Doctor Who,’ Robin Hood and the robots of Sherwood

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In the world of Doctor Who, Robin Hood is a myth, but he’s also a real historical figure. Or is he? For this season of Doctor Who, Ross and Kwame Opam will be sounding off on each episode in a series of emails we’ll be publishing on the site. This week it’s “Robot of Sherwood” (warning: spoilers ahead). See also last week’s episode, “Into the Dalek

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Dell’s crazy 27-inch monitor has nearly twice as many pixels as a 4K display

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4K displays might not be the pinnacle of desktop monitors for much longer. Dell is working on a new Ultrasharp monitor with a truly ridiculous 5,120 x 2,880 display. That’s precisely twice the resolution of the 27-inch iMac, meaning this is the type of display that Apple would have to use if it ever made an iMac with Retina display. And, as AnandTech points out, you could spin this display vertically and get two separate 2,560 x 2,880 desktops atop each other.

Dell’s calling it a “5K” monitor, but that probably undersells just how many pixels are here. It has close to twice as many pixels as a 4K display — 14,745,600 versus 8,294,400. In terms of pixel density, it’s just about equal to the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display — it…

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GM plans to sell cars with ‘highly automated driving technology’ in two years’ time

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GM has announced details of its first cars to employ automated driving technology. Addressing the Intelligent Transport Society today, CEO Mary Barra said a new Cadillac model equipped with what the company calls Super Cruise, a semi-automatic system that enables hands-free driving on highways whether you’re traveling fast or stuck in traffic, will go on sale in around two years. Barra calls Super Cruise “an advanced, highly automated driving technology” that lets the driver “take a break from the wheel and pedals and let the car do the work.”

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Facebook’s blue dinosaur is ready to help fix your privacy settings

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Facebook has garnered a reputation for hopelessly complicated privacy settings, and now, a decade into its existence, the company’s turning to a cute blue dinosaur to educate its users. It’s called Privacy Checkup, and all users will see it over the coming weeks. It takes just a minute or two to complete, and it runs you through the basics: who can see your posts, which apps have access to your account, and who can view your profile information. And, of course, you get to do it all with a charming little dino by your side.

Details on Privacy Checkup were first revealed this past March when Facebook tested the feature with a smaller group of users — now everyone can see it. Privacy advocates will be quick to notice that the steps do not…

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Experiment 8 – Guess It, The Hack That Wants You To Play “The Price Is Right” For Discounts When You Shop

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Screen Shot 2014-09-07 at 6.12.55 PM The team behind Experiment 8 – Guess It has a terrible name and a simple idea: Guess the price of any product on its website correctly and get a deep discount. Come close and get a smaller one. Their vision is to gamify the shopping experience and breathe new life into the moribund model that existing daily-deal e-commerce websites currently use (including the team’s own). See,… Read More

Fantasy Bit League Wants You To Bet Bitcoin On Football

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fantasy-bitcoin On stage this morning at the Disrupt SF 2014 hackathon, Fantasy Bit League pitched its creation: A way to wager bitcoin in your fantasy football league.
As it turns out, betting on fantasy football is legal in every state in the U.S. Apparently it’s considered a game of skill, and not chance. Think of it as more like poker than blackjack, if you will. Read More

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