Category: Technology

Iceland: Bitcoin heist suspect has likely fled to Sweden

A man suspected of masterminding the theft of about 600 computers used to mine bitcoins and other virtual currencies has likely fled to Sweden after breaking out of a prison in Iceland, officials said Wednesday. Swedish police spokesman Stefan Dangardt says no arrest has been made in Sweden but Icelandic police have briefed them on […]

Wayfair follows Amazon with its own made-up holiday: Way Day

Amazon started Prime Day. Alibaba capitalized on Singles Day. Now another e-commerce company is hoping for success with an invented shopping holiday. Online furniture seller Wayfair is calling April 25 Way Day and will offer discounts that it says are comparable to its Black Friday deals. Those kind of days are a tactic online retailers […]

Facebook introduces new privacy safeguards in Europe

Facebook is introducing more privacy safeguards to users in Europe as part of efforts to comply with new rules meant to make it easier for consumers to give and withdraw consent for the use of their data. The company says in a statement Tuesday that it will begin asking European customers this week for permission […]

Russia denies ‘feeble’ US, UK charges of internet tampering

Russia is denying charges from the United States and Britain that its agents have planted malware on key internet equipment to spy on rivals, steal trade secrets and potentially launch cyberattacks. A Kremlin spokesman on Tuesday called the accusations unfounded and “feeble.” The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the U.K.’s National Cyber […]

Mudslide lost and found offers ray of hope amid heartache

When a torrent of mud crashed through Mari Mitchel’s bedroom in Southern California three months ago, it carried away everything from massive pieces of antique family furniture to a tiny pouch that held her wedding and engagement rings and a beloved pendant. As the days turned into weeks and the weeks into months, Mitchel had […]

Bat that helps make tequila gets off endangered species list

Wildlife managers in the American Southwest say a once-rare bat important to the pollination of plants used to produce tequila has made a comeback and is being removed from the federal endangered species list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the delisting of the lesser long-nosed bat Tuesday, making it the first bat ever […]

Mighty Mississippi: Scientists use model in land loss fight

Scientists working on new ways to battle the erosion that threatens Louisiana’s coastline have a dramatic new tool: a massive replica of the lower Mississippi River. The Louisiana State University’s Center for River Studies is home to the newly opened Lower Mississippi River Physical Model, a 10,000-square-foot (930-square-meter) reproduction of nearly 200 miles (322 kilometers) […]

A look at a model of the lower Mississippi River

A look at the Lower Mississippi River Physical Model built to help understand the last stretch of the river before it empties into the Gulf of Mexico and the effect of diversions cut into the river’s levees to fight coastal erosion: — HOW BIG IS IT? The model itself is 90 feet by 120 feet […]

China’s Weibo site backtracks on gay censorship after outcry

One of China’s top social networking sites announced Monday that it will no longer be censoring content related to gay issues after the plan triggered a loud public outcry. Weibo.com was flooded over the weekend with the hashtags “#I’mGay” and “#I’mGayNotaPervert” after the Twitter-like platform said that cartoons and short videos with pornographic, violent or […]