Meet the legislator trying to do something about video game loot boxes

It’s been a rough holiday season for video game loot boxes. The increasingly common in-game microtransactions (usually just a few dollars each) offer a small chance at ultra-rare upgrades, cosmetic tweaks, and a much larger chance at being packed with common junk. Games like Forza Motor...

Stealth turns 40: Looking back at the first flight of Have Blue

On December 1, 1977, a truly strange bird took flight for the first time in the skies over a desolate corner of Nevada. Looking more like a giant faceted gemstone than something designed to lift-off, the aircraft (nicknamed the “Hopeless Diamond”) had been flown out to Groom...

Ph.D. students’ gross income could become even grosser

iStock.com/flavijus Ph.D. students’ gross income could become even grosser No one ever said grad school would be lucrative. And I don’t mean that no one ever said this to you—I mean no one ever spoke that sentence, period. It’s long been a given that grad school is a...

Stealth turns 40: Looking back at the first flight of Have Blue

On December 1, 1977, a truly strange bird took flight for the first time in the skies over a desolate corner of Nevada. Looking more like a giant faceted gemstone than something designed to lift-off, the aircraft (nicknamed the “Hopeless Diamond”) had been flown out to Groom...

Comcast to be “unleashed” on rivals when NBC merger conditions expire

Yesterday’s repeal of net neutrality rules isn’t the only good news Comcast is getting these days. In January 2018, the conditions imposed by the US government on Comcast’s 2011 purchase of NBCUniversal will begin to expire. Smaller cable companies that compete against...

Comcast to be “unleashed” on rivals when NBC merger conditions expire

Yesterday’s repeal of net neutrality rules isn’t the only good news Comcast is getting these days. In January 2018, the conditions imposed by the US government on Comcast’s 2011 purchase of NBCUniversal will begin to expire. Smaller cable companies that compete against...

Feds charge New York woman with sending bitcoins to support ISIS

A woman in Long Island, New York, has been charged with money laundering in support of a terrorist organization after she allegedly borrowed money that she used to buy bitcoins to support ISIS. Zoobia Shahnaz “defrauded numerous financial institutions and obtained over $85,000 in ...

Feds charge New York woman with sending bitcoins to support ISIS

A woman in Long Island, New York, has been charged with money laundering in support of a terrorist organization after she allegedly borrowed money that she used to buy bitcoins to support ISIS. Zoobia Shahnaz “defrauded numerous financial institutions and obtained over $85,000 in ...

PepsiCo reserves 100 Tesla Semis, likely at $20,000 a pop

Reuters reported on Tuesday that PepsiCo had recently placed 100 reservations for Tesla Semis. The order is the largest public one to date and may have cost the food and beverage manufacturer as much as $2,000,000. (The Wall Street Journal reported in November that Tesla had bumped the ...

Want to really understand how bitcoin works? Here’s a gentle primer

The soaring price of bitcoin—the virtual currency is now worth more than $250 billion—has gotten a lot of attention in recent weeks. But the real significance of bitcoin isn’t just its rising value. It’s the technological breakthrough that allowed the network to exist in the...
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