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New York's Best Restaurants, According To The City's Rats

vocativ.com — Like New Yorkers, the city's rats have a cornucopia of dining options. Do they go with Cuban or Mexican? Thai or Cambodian? Pizza or burgers? Now we have answers. Last year, New York health inspectors found evidence of rats at 1,111 city restaurants.

Barret Brown Sentenced To 63 Months In Federal Prison

vocativ.com — A Dallas federal judge gave Barrett Brown a 63-month prison sentence Thursday in connection with the hacking of private intelligence firm Stratfor in 2011. Brown wasn't involved with the actual hack, in which the collective Anonymous, led by Jeremy Hammond, leaked millions of Stratfor emails via Wikileaks.

The Original Internet Troll Is Retiring

vocativ.com — Christopher Poole was 15 when he founded 4chan in 2003. Today, at the ripe old age of 26, he's retiring. Today I announced my retirement from @4chan, a community I founded at the age of 15 and have served for 11.5 years: https://t.co/jEMsDf5nfz - moot (@moot) January 21, 2015 With about 20 million monthly visitors and 620 million monthly pageviews, 4chan has become one of the Web's most popular-if not controversial-sites.

Bitcoin Now Has Its Own Taylor Swift

vocativ.com — Tatiana Moroz is a singer-songwriter who looks a bit like a cross between Taylor Swift and Faith Hill. But she's not your usual country-pop performer. Moroz doesn't really sing about boys or heartbreak or loneliness or love. She sings about bitcoin and why the government shouldn't own the money system in America.

Judge In Silk Road Trial Finally Releases Witness List

vocativ.com — There's been a ton of anticipation about who might be testifying against alleged drug kingpin Ross Ulbricht in the Silk Road trial ever since the judge redacted the witness list last month. Now that the case has begun, we have some answers. The surprise witness turns out to be Michael Duch, a guy we know very little about.

"Jury Nullification" And Why It Matters In The Silk Road Trial

vocativ.com — If you happen to be lurking around the Manhattan courthouse where Ross Ulbricht's trial began on Tuesday, you may have noticed one of about a dozen signs urging you to Google something called "jury nullification." Walk a little further, and you may just encounter an activist handing out jury nullification leaflets.

ISIS Supporters Hack U.S. Military's CENTCOM Twitter Account

vocativ.com — Cyber warfare is heating up: On Monday afternoon, ISIS supporters calling themselves the "Cyber Caliphate" hacked into the Twitter account of the United States Central Command and began posting a series of threatening messages. The hackers, who remain anonymous, say they are launching a "CyberJihad" and will be releasing personal information about U.

Who Is The Rat In The Silk Road Trial?

vocativ.com — If snitches get stitches, then who's the snitch being protected by the Silk Road judge? The trial for Ross Ulbricht, the alleged mastermind who built and ran the sprawling drug site Silk Road, begins this week. Ulbricht is charged with seven crimes, including drug trafficking, distribution, money laundering and conspiracy to commit computer hacking.

What It Takes To Be A Booth Babe At CES

vocativ.com — "You will be wearing Sleeping Beauty [sic] dress," the Craigslist ad reads. But don't worry: it's "long and classy, nothing sexy." Every year, about 150,000 techies, brand reps, and reluctant journalists gather in Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show, a Xanax-inducing spectacle where big tech companies reveal their new gadgets and toys to the world.

Infographic: The Apps That Know Everything About You

vocativ.com — It's no secret that Facebook can track pretty much every detail about your personal life. But did you know that Happy Fish-a popular kids game based on the Android operating system-might be a worse privacy offender? Happy Fish's developer, HappyElements, programmed the game so that it can collect a trove of information about you (and your kids) through the app.
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Jan 23, 2015

So crazy. Sample interview question for Silk Road employees. "How do you intend to launder your earnings?" scribd.com/doc/253456463/…

Jan 23, 2015

AMA: I sit 15 feet away from a person (@jennholmes_ ) that bought a SkyMall Yeti vocativ.com/culture/fun/le…

Jan 23, 2015

Can't decide if I have more nostalgia for SkyMall or RadioShack

Jan 22, 2015

I really hope there's a stock photographer out there who specializes in deflated football just partying in Vegas right now

Jan 22, 2015

This is actually very important if you're a journalist or interested in media voc.tv/1yOrYQv

Jan 22, 2015

RT @chafkin: new for @fastcompany. I write about @ycombinator's knack for helping to turn small ideas into big ones fastcompany.com/3041208/the-y-…

Jan 22, 2015

RT @danstuckey: By hyperlinking to the Stratfor leak, the government argued Brown "took possession of accessibility."

Jan 22, 2015

Did The Boy Who Didn't Go To Heaven Just Kill An Entire Industry? @shanedkavanaugh voc.tv/1Cevp5w

Jan 22, 2015

RT @RMSchneiderman: Meth-smuggling drone crashes in Mexico supermarket parking lot mashable.com/2015/01/22/met…

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