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CEO Of Aussie Bitcoin Business Independent Reserve Killed In Thailand

Victorian Adam Tepper, CEO of Bitcoin trading platform Independent Reserve, was killed in a motorcycle accident last week while in Phuket.


The US Doesn't Like It When China Wants To Build Encryption Backdoors

The NSA and US tech giants have come to blows over government backdoors in encryption products lately, with the government arguing that backdoors are vital to national security, and the likes of Yahoo claiming it will make encryption pointless. Well, it looks the party line on backdoors changes pretty sharpish when China is involved.


The Many Meanings Of Alksgskdgjals;hjg

You’ve seen it in a chat window. You’ve probably kldjhsljfalshj-ed a few yourself. In context it always makes since, but how can you properly explain the text-scream phenomenon of lakgjiosdgjitheiow? What does i;slahkdsgkuhdsj really mean?


No, A Cryptocurrency Can't Fix A Broken Economy

Auroracoin, the digital currency given as a free hand-out to every resident of Iceland, was supposed to be a a salvo for a country rankled by a broken financial system. It was heralded as the beginning of hyper-localised crypto-currencies; it became the second-largest crypto-currency before it even launched, valued at half a billion dollars at its peak.


What's Your Dumbest Internet Purchasing Fail?

Online shopping is great and all, but an unfortunate side-effect of buying stuff sight unseen on the ‘net is that sometimes you end up with stuff you didn’t really mean to buy. I’m not saying that’s the reason I have three power strips for European plugs under my bed, but… yeah. I should probably read the description more carefully next time.


'The Mysterious Shadows Of Skullshadow Island', A Clickhole Text Adventure

Last year, The Onion further established its dominance as the home of internet satire with Clickhole, a parody site based on the BuzzFeeds of the online world. Clickhole isn’t limiting itself to top X lists and posts filled with cat GIFs, no, it’s offering hilarious choose-your-own adventures now too.


This Fantastic Supercut Celebrates 10 Years Of YouTube's Best Videos

Video: YouTube is celebrating 10 years of cat videos and Downfall parodies this month, and to celebrate, The Daily Conversation put 101 of the site’s most important, funniest and worst viral videos into this supercut.


WNYC Explains Why It Deleted A Controversial Podcast On Women In Tech

Earlier this month, we asked a question: Why did WNYC delete an episode of its internet-focused podcast TLDR that criticised Vivek Wadhwa, a professor frequently quoted as an expert on the issue of women in technology? The updated episode is now available online, complete with a painfully tense interview between host Meredith Haggerty and Wadhwa.


These Are The 10 Commandments Of Our Modern Age

This is netiquette on steroids. Delivered to us from on high, these are the 10 Commandments of the internet, of smartphones and Snapchat, and of the digital age.


Go To Prison For File Sharing? That's What Hollywood Wants

The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) poses massive threats to users in a dizzying number of ways. It will force other TPP signatories to accept the United States’ excessive copyright terms of a minimum of life of the author plus 70 years, while locking the US to the same lengths so it will be harder to shorten them in the future. It contains DRM anti-circumvention provisions that will make it a crime to tinker with, hack, re-sell, preserve and otherwise control any number of digital files and devices that you own.