Bitcoin Kings
You learn something new every day: MIT's best Bitcoin innovators crowned
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The official start of the MIT Bitcoin Project, where each student will receive $100 in the crypto-currency, is fast approaching. The school's freshman have arrived in Cambridge, classes begin tomorrow, and the various "rush" events at the school are set to take place. As soon as the busy start to year concludes, the project is scheduled to begin. As part of the Bitcoin Project, the organizers of the initiative held a startup competition called BitComp this summer to promote innovative ways to leverage Bitcoin, on campus and beyond. Read More
To track a killer
Boston researchers trying to forecast Ebola’s spread, but more data would help
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As the biggest Ebola outbreak in history continues to claim lives, a handful of researchers are using mathematical models and knowledge about the virus to predict the reach of the disease before it strikes. Among them is Northeastern University researcher Alessandro Vespignani, but he and others are stymied by a lack of data about the outbreak and the disease itself, according to a news report in Science. Read More
Bad Hack
What you need to know about the celebrity photo hack
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Over the weekend, a whole bunch of private photographs, many of them featuring nude or semi-clothed celebrities, ended up finding their way to the Internet. And, after a day of outrage from many (and some expected immature joy from others) on Twitter, Reddit, and similar websites, the question of how images from some very private cloud accounts could be made public is taking a central position in the discussion. Read More
What stays in vegas
When casinos gather data, the customer also wins
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Personal data about customers is increasingly valuable to businesses, and casinos are among the most voracious data gatherers of them all. But unlike others, the gambling industry goes the extra mile to reward patrons for sharing their personal information. That’s one surprising lesson from “What Stays in Vegas,” a new book about how businesses everywhere—and the gambling and entertainment industry in particular—collect and use data about their customers.  Read More
AMA from Anywhere
Reddit woos mobile readers with new Ask Me Anything iPhone app
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Madonna, President Obama, and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, are part of a sparkling roster of luminaries who've personally answered questions from regular people on Reddit’s hugely popular Ask Me Anything channel. Today, Reddit launched a dedicated AMA mobile app with the goal of reaching even more readers. Read More

Masters of deception
Their machine will tell if you're friend or foe, they say
Veritas Scientific Corporation is — well, it must be — the rare company with technology that surpasses the limitations of what scientists understand. Veritas is all about deception. In the promotional video here, Veritas Scientific's founder and CEO Eric Fenn Elbot says that he "started reading incredible research about how to detect brain waves to detect deception, and how to use brain waves to go beyond that, to even, perhaps, be able to identify friend from foe." Therefore, he went into business. Read More