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The secondary market for Soylent on Craigslist and Ebay

motherboard.vice.com — Five months ago, I ordered a week's supply of the future of food. It finally came: two snow-white boxes stamped "Soylent." One box contains the pitcher for mixing your liquid meal. The other says "powdered food." I haven't opened them yet, because I don't want this anymore.

Last night on 'Doctor Who,' it's humanity vs. the moon

theverge.com — "You walk our Earth, Doctor. You breathe our air. You make us your friend, and that is your moon, too. And you can damn well help us when we need it!" For this season of Doctor Who, Ross Miller and Kwame Opam will be sounding off on each episode in a series of emails we'll be publishing on the site.

Comcast: honestly, 'it may take years' to improve our reputation

theverge.com — Comcast, which makes more money than Goldman Sachs despite being voted Worst Company in America twice, may be getting serious about improving customer service. Today, president Neil Smit reiterated that customer service is Comcast's number one priority, appointing an executive to a new position focused on "reimagining the customer experience."

PayPal adds limited Bitcoin support

theverge.com — PayPal has partnered with three leading bitcoin payments processors in order to enable limited support for the digital currency, the company announced today. Merchants in North America selling intangibles such as music, games, and ringtones may now accept bitcoin through PayPal Payments Hub, the company's service for digital goods retailers.

FTC shuts down Butterfly Labs, the second-most hated company in Bitcoinland

theverge.com — There was skepticism around Butterfly Labs from the beginning. Like most bitcoin companies, the Missouri-based startup sprang up out of nowhere. In late 2011, there were rumors of a leap in the technology for mining bitcoin. This technological leap had the potential to create massive profits for miners, as well as massive profits for those selling the new equipment to miners.

Totem, an indie Oculus Rift competitor, promises better virtual reality - but needs money

theverge.com — There was a chorus of skepticism back in March when a Montreal-based startup announced its Oculus Rift competitor Totem, a virtual reality headset that features a camera over each eye. The startup, Vrvana, had little to show for its work other than renderings, and the announcement came shortly after Facebook's acquisition of Oculus VR, the crowdfunded company behind what is arguably the most successful virtual reality headset to date.

The new 'Star Wars' is still waiting on its DroneShield

theverge.com — Drone pilots have been capturing photos and video from above the scenes of the new Star Wars Episode VII, revealing a half-built Millenium Falcon and a black X-Wing fighter parked in the verdant English countryside about 50 miles outside London. Those leaks might have been prevented, Motherboard reports, if only Pinewood Studios had received its DroneShield on time.

You can now stream all of Aphex Twin's new album Syro

theverge.com — Syro, the first full-length album from British electronic artist Aphex Twin since 2001's Drukqs, is streaming online and available to buy two days before its scheduled release. It looks like the days of lying low are over for Aphex Twin, whose real name is Richard James.

Read 8 damning emails from behind the scenes of the Healthcare.gov meltdown

theverge.com — We all now know what happened with the federal healthcare marketplace, Healthcare.gov. The three-year development was complicated by changing specifications, and the government's convoluted procurement process meant entrenched companies were getting contracts over and over. But a wave of government accountability reports, concluded after months of investigations, is bringing new attention to the meltdown.

Healthcare.gov is not secure, says government report that will surprise no one

theverge.com — The government cut corners when building Healthcare.gov, the federal marketplace for health insurance, and security was no exception, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office that will be presented to Congress this week. The team building the site skipped some privacy risk assessments and did not conduct comprehensive security testing, according to the Wall Street Journal.
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