mashable.com Archives - 17 April 2014, Thursday

  • Anti-Bullying Film Gets Shorter Every Time You Share It: To make a point about bullying, Singapore's Coalition...

    Anti-Bullying Film Gets Shorter Every Time You Share It

    mashable.com 09 Apr '14, 1pm

    To make a point about bullying, Singapore's Coalition Against Bullying for Children and Youth has launched a video that gets shorter every time you share it. The black-and-white animated film shows a boy who is being bullied at school. "I don't feel safe anywhere," he states plaintive...

  • U.S. #Military Drone Crashes Near Elementary School in Pennsylvania

    U.S. Military Drone Crashes Near Elementary School in Pennsylvania

    mashable.com 04 Apr '14, 9pm

    A 375-pound U.S. military drone crashed near a Pennsylvania elementary school on Thursday afternoon. After losing power in flight, the drone experienced a "hard landing" near the Lickdale Elementary School outside of Harrisburg, Pa. — and was then run over by a car, according to local...

  • Square Now Accepts Bitcoin for Its Online Marketplace

    Square Now Accepts Bitcoin for Its Online Marketplace

    mashable.com 31 Mar '14, 8pm

    Bitcoin enthusiasts now have a new place to shop. Square announced on Monday that it has begun accepting the cryptocurrency as a form of payment on its online marketplace. See also: Watch Out, Amazon: Square Moves Into Ecommerce Shoppers can opt to "Pay with Bitcoin," which generates ...

  • Report: Android Malware Is Mining Bitcoin While You Recharge

    Report: Android Malware Is Mining Bitcoin While You Recharge

    mashable.com 27 Mar '14, 4pm

    Some Android users have noticed their phones and tablets are charging slowly and heating up quickly while plugged in. They actually may have a major issue on their hands. A new strain of malware found in various popular apps is reportedly stealing digital currency, taxing the device's...

  • IRS: Bitcoin Is Property, Not Currency

    IRS: Bitcoin Is Property, Not Currency

    mashable.com 25 Mar '14, 7pm

    Are you struggling with how to deal with bitcoin on your tax return? Well, struggle no more. The Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday announced that bitcoin and other virtual currencies are treated as property, not currency, for federal tax purposes. The announcement, which was release...

  • Mt. Gox Finds 200,000 Forgotten Bitcoins in Old Wallet: Mt. Gox, the troubled Bitcoin exchange, claims it has

    Mt. Gox Finds 200,000 Forgotten Bitcoins in Old Wallet

    mashable.com 21 Mar '14, 1pm

    Mt. Gox, the troubled Bitcoin exchange, claims it has found 200,000 bitcoins that it had "forgotten" about. The Tokyo-based Mt. Gox, which is now under bankruptcy protection, announced the find on its website . Mark Kapeles, the head of the exchange, said the cache was found March 7. ...

  • Mt. Gox Lets Users Log In and Check Their Bitcoin Balances

    Mt. Gox Lets Users Log In and Check Their Bitcoin Balances

    mashable.com 18 Mar '14, 5pm

    The Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox is finally allowing users to check their online wallet balances, nearly a month after its abrupt shut down . Mt. Gox filed for bankruptcy after its collapse, arguing it had lost nearly 850,000 bitcoins (more than $500 million) in a years-long cyber heist. ...

  • Wikipedia Founder Tells Reddit He's 'Playing With Bitcoin'

    Wikipedia Founder Tells Reddit He's 'Playing With Bitcoin'

    mashable.com 10 Mar '14, 2pm

    Even the man who started Wikipedia needs to find information on other websites once in a while. Jimmy Wales, who co-founded Wikipedia in 2001, turned to the Bitcoin community on Reddit to ask about the increasingly popular and often misunderstood cryptocurrency Bitcoin on Monday. See ...

  • Bankrupt Exchange Mt. Gox Still Has $600 Million in Bitcoins, Hackers Claim: Japan-based Bitcoin

    Bankrupt Exchange Mt. Gox Still Has $600 Million in Bitcoins, Hackers Claim

    mashable.com 10 Mar '14, 11am

    Japan-based Bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox has been dysfunctional, bankrupt and shrouded with a veil of mystery for weeks. The site's owners said in February 744,408 bitcoins were stolen due to a glitch in the Bitcoin protocol and took the site down, but updates were scarce since then. Now, ...

  • 5 Apps You Don't Want to Miss: With the drama surrounding thesupposed unmasking of Bitcoin's creator and the

    5 Apps You Don't Want to Miss

    mashable.com 08 Mar '14, 8pm

    Five Apps You Don't Want to Miss 3/8 CloudSix for DropBox DropBox has yet to make an official app for Windows Phone 8. Until it does, Windows Phone users are must rely on third-party alternatives. Of those, the newly released CloudSix for DropBox, with support for two-factor authentic...

  • The Great He-Said, She-Said Game of the True Bitcoin Creator

    The Great He-Said, She-Said Game of the True Bitcoin Creator

    mashable.com 07 Mar '14, 10pm

    If Dorian and Satoshi are in fact one in the same, his words make sense. It's widely recognized that after creating Bitcoin, Satoshi stepped out and let other engineers take over the project, to the point that Satoshi has not contributed to the project for years and effectively disapp...

  • 'Newsweek' Editor: We Knew This Might Be a 'Shitstorm'

    'Newsweek' Editor: We Knew This Might Be a 'Shitstorm'

    mashable.com 07 Mar '14, 7pm

    Before Newsweek went ahead with publishing Leah McGrath Goodman's blockbuster article identifying the creator of Bitcoin, Goodman asked her editor an important question. "Leah actually said to me, 'Are you ready for this? Are you ready for the shitstorm?'" Jim Impoco, Newsweek 's edit...

  • Dorian Nakamoto: I Am Not the Creator of Bitcoin

    Dorian Nakamoto: I Am Not the Creator of Bitcoin

    mashable.com 07 Mar '14, 8am

    A report in Newsweek , published earlier this week , claimed the elusive man behind the Bitcoin cryptocurrency, known only by the name Satoshi Nakamoto, is actually called Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto, and is living with his mom in California. Now, the man in the focus of Newsweek...

  • Japan Decides Bitcoin 'Isn't a Currency'

    Japan Decides Bitcoin 'Isn't a Currency'

    mashable.com 07 Mar '14, 4am

    Bitcoin took a further step away from legitimacy Friday when Japan's cabinet approved a document saying the popular cryptocurrency is not, in fact, a currency and banks should not provide it as a product to customers. The move puts Bitcoin outside the purview of Japan's Financial Serv...

  • 'Newsweek' Claims Bitcoin Creator Is 64 and Lives With His Mom

    'Newsweek' Claims Bitcoin Creator Is 64 and Lives With His Mom

    mashable.com 06 Mar '14, 2pm

    Some have suggested that Satoshi Nakamoto, the man who developed the idea for Bitcoin, worked for a government agency; others have suggested that "he" was actually a group of people. One researcher posited that Nakamoto was "probably" a blogger named Nick Szabo; another report pointed...

  • Bitcoin Rumor Mill: Another Mt. Gox Hack

    mashable.com 03 Mar '14, 7pm

    Keeping up with the latest Bitcoin drama can be a time-consuming proposition. The cryptocurrency world has been riddled with considerable disarray since the collapse of the former most popular Bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox, at the beginning of last week. The start of this week has been ne...

  • Mt. Gox to Open Call Center for Disappearing Bitcoin Questions

    Mt. Gox to Open Call Center for Disappearing Bitcoin Questions

    mashable.com 02 Mar '14, 8pm

    Mt. Gox has about 400 million dollars worth of clients' questions to answer, and it will attempt to do so by opening a call center. The company said the call center would open Monday at 10 a.m. Japan time (Sunday at 8 p.m. ET) in an update posted its website Sunday morning. Once the w...

  • Bankrupt Mt. Gox Facing Class-Action Suit Over Bitcoin Disappearance

    mashable.com 01 Mar '14, 9am

    The mountain of trouble that has been piling up for Mt. Gox just got even larger. Once the largest Bitcoin exchange in the world, Mt. Gox shut its digital doors and later filed for bankruptcy this week after losing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of its customers' bitcoins . Now...

  • Bilked Investors' New Dream: A Mt. Gox Takeover

    Bilked Investors' New Dream: A Mt. Gox Takeover

    mashable.com 01 Mar '14, 12am

    Some investors who lost thousands after Mt. Gox's implosion are weighing a new plan: Taking over the exchange to recoup some of their cash. The idea, which some consider pie-in-the-sky, made the rounds on the Bitcoin sub-Reddit . The gist: Investors will take over Mt. Gox and use its ...

  • Bankrupt Mt. Gox Facing Class-Action Suit Over Bitcoin Disappearance

    mashable.com 28 Feb '14, 9pm

    The mountain of trouble that has been piling up for Mt. Gox just got even larger. Once the largest Bitcoin exchange in the world, Mt. Gox shut its digital doors and later filed for bankruptcy this week after losing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of its customers' bitcoins . Now...

  • Now You Can Search The World's Fashion With a Photo: Your neighbor's lovely handbag just got a little closer t...

    Now You Can Search The World's Fashion With a Photo

    mashable.com 28 Feb '14, 3pm

    Your neighbor's lovely handbag just got a little closer to your reach. If you've ever coveted a piece of apparel worn by a coworker, a stranger on the street or sighted in an Instagram feed, a new app called ASAP54 can find it for you in stores, or at least something very similar. See...

  • New Fed Chair: We Don't Have Authority on Bitcoin

    New Fed Chair: We Don't Have Authority on Bitcoin

    mashable.com 27 Feb '14, 5pm

    The new Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen believes her organization has no authority to regulate Bitcoin , Yellen said during a confirmation hearing on Thursday. During a hearing at the Senate Banking Committee, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) asked her about regulating Bitcoin. Yell...

  • Senator Wants to Ban Bitcoin for Being 'Disruptive to Our Economy'

    mashable.com 26 Feb '14, 9pm

    Dear Secretary Lew, Chairwoman Yellen, Commissioner Curry, Acting Chairman Wetjen, Chairman Gruenberg, Chairwoman White: I write today to express my concerns about Bitcoin. This virtual currency is currently unregulated and has allowed users to participate in illicit activity, while a...

  • FBI Won't Launch Mt. Gox Investigation, Yet - Bitcoin investors collectively lost the equivalent of hundreds of mi...

    FBI Won't Launch Mt. Gox Investigation, Yet

    mashable.com 26 Feb '14, 6pm

    Bitcoin investors collectively lost the equivalent of hundreds of millions of dollars when one of the world's biggest Bitcoin exchanges, Mt. Gox, went offline Tuesday. In the case of a bank heist or a financial crime involving dollars, it's likely a law enforcement agency would provid...

  • First U.S. Bitcoin Vending Machine Installed in New Mexico Cigar Shop

    First U.S. Bitcoin Vending Machine Installed in New Mexico Cigar Shop

    mashable.com 18 Feb '14, 8pm

    Albuquerque, N.M. — not tech-obsessed San Francisco or New York — has claimed the title of first city to install an operational Bitcoin vending machine in the U.S. The machine is up and running, as of Tuesday, at a cigar shop called Imbibe near the University of New Mexico, according ...

  • 7 Valentine's Day Gifts You Can Buy With Bitcoin

    7 Valentine's Day Gifts You Can Buy With Bitcoin

    mashable.com 12 Feb '14, 5pm

    If you've got your hands on some uber-trendy Bitcoins, now's the time to use them. This Valentine's Day, use the virtual currency to get your sweetheart a super cool present. Bitcoin is a form of digital money that's quickly growing in popularity. As a result, a slew of specialized pr...

  • Everything You Need to Know About Bitcoin in 2 Minutes [VIDEO]

    mashable.com 11 Feb '14, 2pm

    In April 2011, the value of Bitcoin held steady at $0.75. By January 2014, that value had skyrocketed to more than $1,000. It's hard to deny that the digital currency is changing the way we use money and our concept of how money should work. But let's back up a step — what exactly are...

  • A Complete, Interactive History of Bitcoin

    mashable.com 10 Feb '14, 9pm

    In less than a decade, Bitcoin has gone from concept to niche cryptocurrency, and recently it has made significant inroads into the mainstream. Whether it ultimately endures or fails, Bitcoin's history is unfolding before our eyes. As the price of a solitary Bitcoin skyrocketed from l...

  • Bitcoin Bug Prompts Pricing Freefall

    Bitcoin Bug Prompts Pricing Freefall

    mashable.com 10 Feb '14, 3pm

    A bitcoin bug has prompted a swoon in the crypto-currency's price, though it has recovered after bottoming out on Monday. Bitcoin, which had opened the day at $704, according to CoinDesk , fell to $538 before settling at $621.27 at press time: The price activity comes after Mt. Gox, t...

  • Russia Outlaws Bitcoin

    Russia Outlaws Bitcoin

    mashable.com 07 Feb '14, 8pm

    Russia's Prosecutor General has declared use of bitcoin illegal in the country, charging that the currency is used for money-laundering and other illegal purposes. The office reiterated that the ruble is Russia's official currency. "The introduction of other types of currencies and th...