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CryptoKitties, Explained … Mostly – The New York Times

Since CryptoKitties was introduced a month ago, 180,000 people have signed up. They’ve spent about $20 million in ether, and more than 10 kitties have sold for over $100,000. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, CryptoKitties is now a team of 18. Next the company is starting social games like kitty …

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Moving Your Number to Google Voice

Q. When it comes to moving your landline number to a mobile phone, what about transferring it to Google Voice? A. For those unfamiliar with it, the Google Voice service provides you with one centralized telephone number that rings on all the devices you have linked with your Google Voice …

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Your Mother’s Maiden Name Is Not a Secret

If you aren’t famous enough to be a target, you may still be a victim of a mass data breach. Whereas passwords are usually stored in hashed or encrypted form, answers to security questions are often stored — and therefore stolen — in plain text, as users entered them. This …

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South Korea Clamps Down on Bitcoin Trading Amid Market Frenzy

“Cryptocurrency speculation has been irrationally overheated in Korea,” the government said in a statement, while adding that officials would discuss further potential moves to stem speculative trading, such as shutting down some virtual currency exchanges. “The government can’t let this abnormal situation of speculation go on any longer.” One Bitcoin …

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5 New Year’s Resolutions to Protect Your Technology

If 2017 taught you anything about personal technology, it’s that the onus is on you to protect your personal data and devices. Tech companies aren’t going to do that for you. (In fact, they are generally the ones failing you.) So why not make protecting yourself your New Year’s resolution? …

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Some Things About Tech Were Good in 2017. No, Really.

ESight, a company in Toronto, is building technology for legally blind people, who have impaired sight but have not fully lost their vision. This year, the company released the eSight 3, the latest version of its vision-assistance headset, which uses digital cameras and image-processing algorithms, similar to those found in …

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The Robots Are Coming, and Sweden Is Fine

Eighty percent of Swedes express positive views about robots and artificial intelligence, according to a survey this year by the European Commission. By contrast, a survey by the Pew Research Center found that 72 percent of Americans were “worried” about a future in which robots and computers substitute for humans. …

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The Library of Congress No Longer Wants All the Tweets

Twitter has come a long way since one of its founders, Jack Dorsey, posted the first tweet on March 21, 2006. Today, many organizations, celebrities and politicians, including President Trump, view it as a crucial tool for reaching their audiences. just setting up my twttr — jack (@jack) March 21, …

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