The ongoing bitstorm over Newsweek's claimed outing of mysterious Bitcoin godfather Satoshi Nakamoto, which was later rebuked by the subject of that report, is beginning to resemble a mashup of a futuristic manga thriller and an Andy Kaufman prank. The latest chapter in the crypto-currency commedia dell'arte seems to have the "real" Satoshi Nakamoto behind Bitcoin breaking a years-long silence to also dispute the Newsweek report.… Read more
Samsung is taking on Apple's iTunes Radio, as well as Pandora, Spotify, and a host of other companies in the competitive streaming music business, but it picked an innocuous name to do it.
Milk Music, launched Friday and available now in the Google Play store, is Samsung's latest foray into a music service, this time a streaming radio offering.
It's free to download and free to listen to, and importantly, unlike iTunes Radio, it doesn't have ads.
But the company is entering a competitive field. Streaming is the music industry's area of greatest growth, but … Read more
Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, the 64-year-old Temple City, Calif., resident Newsweek claimed is the likely creator of Bitcoin in a prominent cover story published Thursday, denied ever having been involved with the cryptocurrency in an interview with the Associated Press later that same day.
In a startling turn to what has already been a remarkably strange series of events, Nakamoto is flatly refuting Newsweek's claims, though admitted that many of the story's revelations about his personal life were indeed true.
More notably, Nakamoto added that he had never heard of Bitcoin until three weeks ago when his son told … Read more
When your legal system shows its skirts to ill effect, you have to cover up the mess.
What is odd is that in Massachusetts, politicians actually sprinted to high velocity to amend a law that, the state's highest court confirmed, allowed upskirt pictures taken with cell phones.As the Boston Globe reports, the state legislature passed a bill on Thursday that would classify upskirt pictures as plainly illegal.
Senate President Therese Murray told a press conference: "It is sexual harassment. It is an assault on another person. Women and children should be able to go to public places … Read more
If you happen to believe that Google Glass is a fine idea in search of a use, I have finally found one for you.
For a wise and forward-thinking company called Emotient has created a Google Glass app that tells you how other people are feeling.
One of the characteristics of many Google Glass Explorers is that they seem not to care a whit what others might feel.
They become disoriented when, say, asked to leave a restaurant for refusing to remove their goggles.
How thoughtful, then, of Emotient to release its "Sentiment Analysis" prototype app. … Read more
Streaming music service Spotify on Thursday announced it has purchased the Echo Nest, a music intelligence company that powers Web radio, recommendations, and playlists for a swath of media firms -- including some Spotify competitors.
Finanancial terms weren't disclosed.
It's Spotify's answer to Pandora's Music Genome Project. Pandora, the biggest radio service on the Internet, evolved out of a venture to separate and identify the DNA of the world's catalog of songs,and it has credited its growth to Music Genome Project's ability to coalesce related songs based on that data.
The Echo Nest … Read more
Getty Images, the premiere collection of professional quality photos on the Internet, has for years charged licensing fees to those who wanted access to its extensive portfolio, but that is changing.
The image provider has launched an Embed tool that allows people to use more than 35 million of the service's portfolio of images for noncommercial purposes. Using the same iFrame code that lets users embed YouTube videos, Flickr photos, and tweets, Getty's tool generates an HTML code that contains appropriate attribution that can be embedded in a blog or social media post.
Acknowledging that its images have … Read more
To everyone's dismay, the future has not actually arrived. Folks, hoverboards are not real.
At long last, actor Christopher Lloyd of "Back to the Future" fame conceded Wednesday in a Funny or Die apology video that the strange and still confounding online viral campaign promoting a working hoverboard was indeed a hoax, throwing in the towel on what has been a drawn-out, exhaustive social-media time suck for the last 24 hours.
HUVr, the company purported to be behind the groundbreaking new technology, is fake, as are its "Back to the Future"-inspired hoverboards. The effort … Read more
"May it please the court if I place a cell phone up this court's trouser leg and take a picture or two?"
These words might have been the temptation of many after hearing an interestingly thought-out decision in Massachusetts.As The Associated Press reports, the highest court in Massachusetts decided that one of the lowest forms of behavior -- taking upskirt cell phone pictures -- was legal.
The reasoning might cause some to rend their clothing and toss it in the direction of the court. For Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court declared that as the women whose skirts … Read more
In New Jersey, things tend to get emotional.
I am not merely referring to "The Sopranos" and the spontaneous traffic jams. I am referring to family life, as it's being exposed in a court case that is gripping the nation.
In one corner, we have high school student Rachel Canning, who allegedly moved out of her parents' house.
In the other, we have her former police chief father and his wife, Rachel Canning's mother.
Rachel is suing her parents because she believes they abandoned her, ergo they owe her for tuition fees, medical expenses, and other … Read more