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Feds label Bitcoin miner maker Butterfly Labs as “systematic deception”

arstechnica.com — A Butterfly Labs exec loses a probation hearing, but details from the case are worse. The Federal Trade Commission has filed a civil lawsuit against Butterfly Labs (BFL), an embattled Kansas-based Bitcoin miner manufacturer. The FTC alleges that the company engaged in fraudulent and deceptive practices.
Sep 23, 2014

The rule in the bitcoin community: if it feels like a scam, it probably is. @ButterflyLabs accused of fraud by @FTC arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20…

Sep 23, 2014

RT @Techmeme: FTC sues Bitcoin miner maker Butterfly Labs, alleging fraudulent and deceptive practices arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20… techmeme.com/140923/p20#a14…

Sep 23, 2014

RT @izakaminska: Feds say Bitcoin miner maker Butterfly Labs ran “systematic deception” arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20… Who'd have thought?

Sep 23, 2014

Feds say Bitcoin miner maker Butterfly Labs ran “systematic deception” arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20… Who'd have thought?

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Kali NetHunter turns Android device into hacker Swiss Army knife

arstechnica.com — One of the tools we've leaned on heavily in some of our lab testing of software privacy and security is Kali Linux. The Debian-based operating system comes packaged with a collection of penetration testing and network monitoring tools curated and developed by the security training company Offensive Security.
Sep 23, 2014

Kali NetHunter turns Android device into hacker Swiss Army knife ars.to/1wKb3MS

Google will stop supporting climate change science deniers, calls them liars

arstechnica.com — Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt today said it was a "mistake" to support the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a group that has said human-created climate change could be "beneficial" and opposes environmental regulations. Schmidt said groups trying to cast doubt on climate change science are "just literally lying."
Sep 23, 2014

.@Google chair says supporting ALEC is a mistake, says "They’re just literally lying" about climate change. arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20…

Sep 23, 2014

Better late than never: Google will stop supporting climate change science deniers, calls them liars ow.ly/BNFM7 #climate

Sep 23, 2014

Google will stop supporting climate change science deniers, calls them liars arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20…

Sep 22, 2014

RT @Techmeme: Eric Schmidt says Google will cut ties with ALEC because group is lying about climate change arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20… techmeme.com/140922/p36#a14…

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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: In deep with Apple’s thinnest phones

arstechnica.com — Big-screened iPhones are what the people want, and Apple has acquiesced. After months of part leaks and rumors, people are finally able to buy the newer, bigger, faster iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and it looks like they're off to a strong start.
Sep 22, 2014

One thing we found: the iPhone 6 Plus charges in ~3 hours with the included 5W charger, ~2 with a 10W iPad charger: arstechnica.com/apple/2014/09/…

Sep 22, 2014

RT @arstechnica: iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: In deep with Apple’s thinnest phones ars.to/XpUnxy by @AndrewWrites

Home Depot’s former security architect had history of techno-sabotage

arstechnica.com — When Home Depot suffered a breach of transaction data that exposed as many as 52 million credit card transactions earlier this year, the company reportedly suffered from lax computer and network security measures for years. Apparently, the company wasn't helped much by its selection of a security architect either.
Sep 23, 2014

But seriously, everyone go read this great story about Home Depot's questionable security hiring choices. arstechnica.com/security/2014/…

Sep 23, 2014

Home Depot’s former security architect had history of techno-sabotage ars.to/1si4ras by @thepacketrat

Sep 22, 2014

RT @dordav: Ouch! Home Depot’s former security architect had history of techno-sabotage ars.to/1si4ras #retail

Sep 22, 2014

Home Depot’s former security architect had history of techno-sabotage ars.to/1si4ras

Weight loss firm demands $1 million from website hosting negative reviews

arstechnica.com — A Florida company selling an obesity product is suing a consumer website for hosting negative reviews of its dietary product. Roca Labs wants the US courts to award it in "excess" of $1 million in addition to blocking pissedconsumer.com from continuing the practice.
Sep 23, 2014

@adamgurri: Weight loss firm demands $1m from website hosting negative reviews arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20…” $800 discount for non disparagement!

Eyes-on: Oculus’ Crescent Bay prototype is a new high-water mark

arstechnica.com — Regular readers are probably tired of hearing us say that the latest hardware demonstration from Oculus is a new high-water mark in virtual reality that finally does away with a lot of the problems holding the technology back.
Sep 22, 2014

I oughta make a gallery of all the times I've been photographed looking silly in VR headgear. The latest: arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/09…