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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth Sunday contribution to your reading

Steve Jobs’ First Demonstration of the Mac, Unseen Since 1984, Is The 'Stuff Of Tech-History Legend'

Ex-Apple Manager Explains Why Macs May Be Harder To Repair Than Ever

Apple iPhone Sets 13-Year-Old Student's Pants On Fire

the iPhone’s battery “shorted out” when the student sat on it. People should obviously use caution when placing their phones in their back pockets so as not to crush them and cause an electrical short.

Apple is going to start mass producing sapphire, but it’s anyone’s guess why

Why Duolingo Is Hands Down The Easiest Way To Learn A New Language

In mid-December, Apple named Duolingo—a piece of language-learning software—its 2013 iPhone app of the year.

the most remarkable thing about Duolingo: It doesn’t cost a cent. It’s free to download.

How To Keep Your iPhone From 'Ducking Up' Your Texts
Apple's auto-correct feature in action

Tablets Are The Undersung Device Powering A Huge Rise In Mobile Shopping And Buying

2014: The Year America Broke The Internet

A recent decision by a US Appeals court ended the regulation of the internet as we know it.

The ruling overturns the 20 years of treating the internet as a 'dumb' network that processed packets of information without prioritising them.

publicly traded corporations can reconfigure their traffic-shaping programs to their benefit – not yours. The packets of information travel across the network in a "non-neutral" way. The consequence of the non-neutral treatment of information packets is that ISPs like Verizon and Comcast would be empowered to pick and choose what internet services become successful and which internet services flop.

This affects your rights to receive content.

Why Bitcoin Loses And Will Continue To Lose To Credit Cards

Credit card companies do ALL of these things for customers that Bitcoin does NOT :

1. Allow your customer to pay businesses with debt. Note: This is extremely beneficial to businesses as well, as it makes goods a multiple more affordable without each business becoming a creditor to every customer. Think about that.

2. Provide customers with an INSANE level of highly sophisticated fraud prevention and recovery that makes your customer more likely to purchase from little old unknown YOU.

3. Rewards your customer for using their payment method. Bitcoin bonus points that let me go to Paris next year might be in the future, but they won’t come free.

Credit cards make customers happy. THAT is why they win, and businesses pay them to participate.

Marc Andreesson explain why Bitcoin has so many Silicon Valley programmers and entrepreneurs all lathered up, and what Bitcoin's future potential is.

Bitcoin ...... is a breakthrough in computer science that builds on 20 years of research into cryptographic currency, and 40 years of research in cryptography.

how to establish trust between unrelated parties over an untrusted network like the Internet.

The practical consequence of solving this problem is that Bitcoin gives us, for the first time, a way for one Internet user to transfer a unique piece of digital property to another Internet user, such that the transfer is guaranteed to be safe and secure, everyone knows that the transfer has taken place, and nobody can challenge the legitimacy of the transfer. The consequences of this breakthrough are hard to overstate.

Bitcoin is an Internet-wide distributed ledger.

The Bitcoin ledger is a new kind of payment system. Anyone in the world can pay anyone else in the world any amount of value of Bitcoin by simply transferring ownership of the corresponding slot in the ledger.

if you have the money or the asset, you can pay with it; if you don't, you can't. This is brand new. This has never existed in digital form before.

people can trade with Bitcoin (anywhere, everywhere, with no fraud and no or very low fees) and as a result it has value.

merchants are highly attracted to Bitcoin because it eliminates the risk of credit card fraud.

with Bitcoin, the huge hack that recently stole 70 million consumers' credit card information from the Target department store chain would not have been possible.

Bitcoin is pseudonymous, not anonymous.  Bitcoin is considerably easier for law enforcement to trace than cash, gold or diamonds.

Technology Knows You Better Than You Think

Self-Driving Cars Will Be Huge Targets For Hackers

Extortion Over $50,000 Twitter Handle Sets A Chilling Precedent

I Just Unfriended Everyone On Facebook, And Nobody Noticed Or Cared

How LinkedIn could hurt your job search

This person made a small change to his linked-in profile --- and automatically created a big problem with his job search

Business Sues Customer For $750,000 Over Negative Yelp Review

Online Education Is Trying Very Hard To Make Itself More Respectable

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