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Apparently The Bitcoin Bowl Is A Real Thing That’s Happening Right Now

TechCrunch - 6 min 51 sec ago
 When I first heard about the Bitcoin Bowl, I assumed it was a joke, or maybe a weird startup publicity stunt. It turns out that yes, the Bitcoin Bowl is promoting Bitpay, a Bitcoin-processign startup — but it’s also real college football game that’s underway as I write this on Friday evening. Yes, one day you’ll be able to tell your kids about the very first… Read More

'Exodus' won't play in Egypt over 'historical inaccuracies'

Mashable - 15 min 48 sec ago

The whitewashed cast of Exodus: Gods and Kings isn't the only inaccuracy plaguing Ridley Scott's revision — "historical mistakes" cited by Egypt's state censorship and minister of culture made it all but impossible for the film to push through the traditional ban on depicting religious figures.

Deadline writer Ali Jaafar reported Friday that Abdul Sattar Fathi, head of the Egyptian state censorship board, and Egypt's minister of culture have openly criticized Exodus' accuracy, a sure sign that any hope of playing in the very country it depicts is gone.

See also: The whitewashed cast of 'Exodus' is irresponsible — and its own demise Read more...

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Santa hats and spray paint spruce up Ebola gear for Christmas

Mashable - 34 min 46 sec ago

The traditionally yellow and white protective gear that has become a symbol of Ebola treatment in West Africa got a makeover on Christmas Eve as four medical workers in Liberia transformed into Santa, elves and Frosty the Snowman with the help of a little spray paint.

Workers at the International Medical Corps treatment unit in Bong County used what they could to bring Christmas cheer to the sick. Santa, played by Paul, a logistician from Florida, painted his gear red and used inflated plastic bags to add some chunk to his waist, Maia Baldauf, an emergency program officer for International Medical Corps wrote for Quartz Read more...

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Mouthguards, Magnets And Smart Helmets Are Putting The Brakes On Traumatic Brain Injuries

TechCrunch - 1 hour 4 min ago
 On beautiful green fields around the U.S., college and professional football players are facing up to 100Gs of rapid deceleration from helmet-to-helmet collisions each week. The result? Concussions and, sometimes, permanent brain injury. Read More

What you need to know about Tor and the hackers targeting it

Mashable - 1 hour 8 min ago

There are a lot of tools online that claim to offer you total privacy. But when dealing with something like Internet anonymity, it's hard to be sure

One that's widely agreed to be among the best available is Tor. If used correctly, the Tor browser and network cloaks online activity in anonymity; your online traffic isn't traceable back to you. It's less about keeping credit card numbers secure and more about allowing you to browse the web and communicate with others without revealing who and where you are.

But Tor was attacked on Friday. The hacker group known as Lizard Squad — or at least a Twitter account claiming to be involved with the collective — said that it was going after Tor. According to Tor, which has confirmed the attack, but not the perpetrator, there should be no effects on anonymity or performance. But some experts have speculated that the hackers could track the network's users.

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Hackers behind PlayStation Network, Xbox Live disruption reportedly targeting Tor

Engadget - 1 hour 13 min ago
Lizard Squad, the merry band of hackers that claimed responsibility for taking Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network offline for Christmas, appears to have a new target: Tor. Reports of an attack on the network, which offers online anonymity, appeare...

Mayor Bill de Blasio under scrutiny as city honors murdered NYPD officer

Mashable - 1 hour 38 min ago

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio can't win with the New York Police Department.

Amid criticism that he was not supporting police, de Blasio plans to attend funeral services for slain Officer Rafael Ramos on Saturday. Ramos was killed, along with his partner, in an ambush shooting on Dec. 20.

See also: Mourners gather to remember slain NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos

But the New York City Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, the largest police union in the city, has encouraged officers to sign a request to keep the mayor from attending their funeral if they are killed in the line of duty. The union was circulating the form before the two officers were killed. Read more...

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Build Your Own DIY Raspberry Pi Minecraft Server

TechCrunch - 1 hour 51 min ago
 As we approach the doldrums of winter what could be more cheerful than hours of incessant Minecrafting with you and your loved ones? While you can easily run a server on any computer (the program requires a server app to run in conjunction with a client “game” app), why not use your newly acquired Raspberry Pi? I don’t know! This Instructable essentially tells you how to make… Read More

Tech giants do battle with Russia over censorship

Engadget - 1 hour 56 min ago
Next week supporters of Alexei Navalny, a lawyer and anti-corruption crusader currently under house arrest in Russia, are planning a rally that the Kremlin would really rather not happen. So, to that end, the government has begun issuing block orders...

The Open Bay Helps Launch 372 'Copies' of the Pirate Bay In a Week

Slashdot - 2 hours 31 min ago
An anonymous reader writes isoHunt, the group now best known for launching The Old Pirate Bay, has shared an update a week after debuting The Open Bay. The Pirate Bay, the most popular file sharing website on the planet, still isn't back following police raids on its data center in Sweden, but its "cause" is very much alive. So far, 372 "copies" of The Pirate Bay have been created thanks to the project. The torrent database dump, which combines content from isoHunt, KickassTorrents (via its public API), and The Old Pirate Bay, has seen 1,256 downloads to date.

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'Saved By the Bell' actor Dustin Diamond arrested for alleged stabbing

Mashable - 2 hours 38 min ago

Dustin Diamond's Christmas festivities just came to a screeching halt

The 37-year-old actor, best known for his role as Screech in Saved By the Bell, was arrested early Friday after police responded to reports of a stabbing at Diamond's hometown bar in Port Washington, Wisconsin.

See also: 'The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story' Recap: Screech, Interrupted

According to police reports obtained by FOX6 News, Diamond and his 27-year-old fiancée Amanda Schutz attempted to drive away from the bar in a white SUV. Police discovered a wet stiletto folding knife with a 3.75-inch blade inside the car Read more...

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Sony's PlayStation Network is still down from Christmas Day attack

Mashable - 3 hours 32 min ago

Sony's PlayStation Network remains unavailable after an attack on the system took it down on Christmas Day, just as recipients of new consoles looked to log online.

Xbox's system appeared to have recovered quickly from the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks launched by a group that calls itself Lizard Squad. DDoS efforts are relatively common and attempt to disrupt systems by overloading them with traffic.

Update: We are working to restore full network services for all platforms - thanks, as always, for your patience!

— Ask PlayStation (@AskPlayStation) December 26, 2014

Sony's inability to quickly restore its network, which allows players to compete against each other online, had begun to wear on customers Read more...

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Romanian Cybersecurity Law Will Allow Warrantless Access To Data

Slashdot - 3 hours 37 min ago
jfruh writes: The Romanian Parliament has passed a bill that will allow its security services widespread access to data on privately owned services without a warrant, and once the president signs it, it will become law. The law would have widespread impact beyond Romania because the country is a hub for IT outsourcing.

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TC GameCast Episode 3: Open Worlds And Picking A Gaming PC

TechCrunch - 3 hours 42 min ago
 This week we’ve got a very special, very delayed episode of the TechCrunch GameCast. Darrell Etherington, Ed Zitron, and myself chatted about open-world games, noting the best of side quests, getting around, and keeping things from getting too stale. Read More

Ukraine's government and pro-Russian rebels swap prisoners

Mashable - 3 hours 50 min ago

Ukraine's government and pro-Russian separatists exchanged hundreds of prisoners on Friday in a rare sign of cooperation.

The swap took place under the cover of darkness north of the separatist stronghold of Donetsk, near the city of Konstantinovka, after the two sides agreed to the trade on Wednesday.

See also: 'We simply survive': What life is like for Ukrainian prisoners of war

Those freed from the Ukrainian side include a fighter known as Ruslan Tinkalyuk, according to a list published by the Security Service of UkraineMashable interviewed Tinkalyuk while he was being held captive with dozens of others by rebel forces in Ilovaisk. Read more...

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The 'Transformers' writer is no longer penning or directing the next 'Star Trek'

Mashable - 3 hours 58 min ago

LOS ANGELES — The next Star Trek is due to arrive in summer 2016 with Kirk and Spock and phasers and all the stuff you've come to expect from a modern Star Trek movie — except for a script by Roberto Orci

For reasons that aren't entirely clear, the polarizing writer and producer, who was going to make Star Trek 13 (working title) his directorial debut after J.J. Abrams left the franchise to do Star Wars, has also fallen off writing dutiesFast & Furious director Justin Lin took over directing earlier this month, per Paramount Pictures, and Star Trek writing duties now apparently fall to John Payne and Patrick McKay. Read more...

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Mathematicians find a cheaper, slower way to get to Mars

Engadget - 4 hours 11 min ago
Getting to Mars is never going to be cheap. But a couple of mathematicians have figured out how to shave some significant bucks off the price tag. Rather than fly to the red planet when its orbit brings it closest, the craft will "meet" it on the way...

Lizard Squad Targets Tor

Slashdot - 4 hours 29 min ago
mrspoonsi tips news that Lizard Squad, the hacker group who knocked Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network offline on Christmas morning, has now turned its attention to Tor. After tweeting that they were targeting a Tor-related zero-day flaw, the group is now in control of 3,000 exit nodes — almost half of them. "If one group is controlling the majority of the nodes, it could be able to eavesdrop on a substantial number of vulnerable users. Which means Lizard Squad could gain the power to track Tor users if it infiltrates enough of the network."

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California gets ready for immigrant driver's licenses

Mashable - 5 hours 10 min ago

Beginning Jan. 2, undocumented immigrants will be able to apply for a driver's license in California.

Assembly Bill 60, or the Safe and Responsible Drivers Act, removes the need for individuals to prove that they are in the country legally, while the rest of the process for getting a driver's license remains the same.

See also: Immigration reform: What's happening and why it matters

The California license will have the words “Federal Limits Apply” on the front of the card, with an explanation on the back that it is valid for driving in the state but cannot be used for federal purposes.

Tens of thousands of immigrants are expected to apply. But immigrant advocates are warning that anyone who previously obtained a license under a false name or with a stolen Social Security number needs to consult a lawyer. Read more...

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Pregnant woman taken off life support in Ireland

Mashable - 5 hours 18 min ago

DUBLIN (AP) — A brain-dead pregnant woman was taken off life support Friday after a court ruled that her 18-week-old fetus was doomed to die — a case that exposed fear and confusion among doctors over how to apply Ireland's strict ban on abortion in an age of medical innovation.

See also: Lawmaker stands by abortion bill requiring man's consent: 'It's not a woman's body, it's a child's life'

The three-judge Dublin High Court said that all artificial support for the woman should end more than three weeks after she was declared clinically dead. Her relatives gathered at a hospital in the Irish Midlands to bid farewell to the unidentified woman, who was in her late 20s and had two young children. Read more...

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