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Can Bitcoin survive the loss of anonymity?

Can Bitcoin survive the loss of anonymity?

Early on, the most appealing thing about bitcoin was its anonymity, making it the payment of choice for online black markets. The appeal has since broadened, though anonymity remains a key factor for many cryptocurrency users...and it could be anonymity, or the lack thereof, that influences whether cryptocurrencies grow or wither. South Korea has just announced a major change to cryptocurrency trading, stating that everyone within the nation who trades will need to use their real name.

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Library of Congress Twitter archive reduced to only important tweets

Library of Congress Twitter archive reduced to only important tweets

Following years of archiving every public tweet ever, the Library of Congress has reduced its Twitter archival goal: it will now only save tweets that it decides are important. That's not to say the archiving was a failure, because it wasn't; the Library of Congress is in possession of all public tweets spanning back 12 years. Going forward, though, the Library of Congress says it will only archive tweets on a "selective basis."

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CNN kills its daily Snapchat news show ‘The Update’ after 4 months

CNN kills its daily Snapchat news show ‘The Update’ after 4 months

While Snapchat, as an app, continues to be a hit among millennial social media users, as a platform for more traditional forms of media it continues to be a gamble. News outlet CNN has revealed that it's pulling the plug on The Update, its daily news program that it launched on Snapchat's Discover section just four months ago. The show offered a brief daily recap of the network's biggest news from around the world.

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TuneIn Premium unlimited audiobook plan will end next month

TuneIn Premium unlimited audiobook plan will end next month

If Audible's fairly pricey monthly credit system is too expensive for your tastes, TuneIn's premium unlimited audiobook subscription is no doubt appealing. Unfortunately, it also appears the plan may not be sustainable -- the company has quietly announced that it will get rid of the offering next month. TuneIn hasn't given its customers a reason for getting rid of the service, saying only that you have until January 15 to enjoy it.

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Amazon buys Blink wire-free connected camera startup

Amazon buys Blink wire-free connected camera startup

Amazon has acquired Blink, the wireless security camera company that launched back in 2014 and then subsequently closed a million-dollar Kickstarter campaign. The deal was announced today, and for the moment will see Blink continue to operate as-is, with no changes to the company's line-up. That includes the recently announced Blink Video Doorbell.

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Virgin Hyperloop One makes Richard Branson its Chairman

Virgin Hyperloop One makes Richard Branson its Chairman

Hyperloop One, now called Virgin Hyperloop One, has named Richard Branson as its new Chairman, this announcement following an investment into the company by Branson's Virgin Group back in October. In addition to revealing Branson's new role in the company, Virgin Hyperloop One has announced a new series of funding and details about its latest round of testing, during which the company says its achieved "historic test speeds."

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Google stops showing news sites that hide their country of origin

Google stops showing news sites that hide their country of origin

Google has made a big change to its policies on news articles and websites, hoping to improve the odds in the ongoing war against "fake news." Google News will no longer show results from publications that "misrepresent or conceal their country of origin," or sites that are "directed at users in another country under false premises." This means that websites attempting to pass themselves off as American news won't be included in Google's News section or search results.

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Ancient tick preserved in amber found on a dinosaur feather

Ancient tick preserved in amber found on a dinosaur feather

A chunk of amber dating back about 99 million years has been found containing perfectly preserved ticks, shedding light on how these tiny pests evolved and what similarities they shared with their modern-day counterparts. One particular tick found within the amber has caught researchers' attention: it is young and shown clearly clinging to a preserved feather, seemingly confirming that these parasites sought out dinosaurs.

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Science made a safer avocado, but you can’t get it yet

Science made a safer avocado, but you can’t get it yet

If you've ever prepared a meal containing an avocado, you're likely aware of how annoying the process can be. The large seed in the center makes slicing an avocado a little more tricky than other fruits, a problem compounded by the slippery flesh. The fruit's popularity has resulted in a growing number of avocado-related hand injuries, a problem that now has an adequate solution: a new variety of seedless avocado that doesn't need peeled.

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Apple Park complete, Jony Ive retakes direct design control

Apple Park complete, Jony Ive retakes direct design control

Jony Ive, Apple's legendary designer, is reclaiming direct management of the Cupertino firm's product design teams. The decision comes after Ive stepped back from direct control over Apple's various designers in order to focus on a somewhat larger project, the "spaceship" Apple Park campus.

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San Francisco bans delivery robots from public sidewalks

San Francisco bans delivery robots from public sidewalks

San Francisco has banned sidewalk delivery robots, squashing a delivery method that is still in its infancy. Not many of these robots exist, but some companies, such as Domino's, are testing them in various regions. The decision to ban these bots from operating on public sidewalks was made unanimously by the city's Board of Supervisors.

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Cinemark Movie Club takes on MoviePass, includes snacks discount

Cinemark Movie Club takes on MoviePass, includes snacks discount

Cinemark has unveiled Movie Club, a monthly subscription aimed at people who love seeing movies in the theater. Movie Club appears to be Cinemark's own alternative to MoviePass, offering customers a flat rate for movie tickets and discounts on snacks. Cinemark's offering undercuts MoviePass a tiny bit, though the two services aren't exactly twins. One service may be better for you than the other depending on your habits, but neither clearly stands out as the better choice.

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