29 May 2015

Silk Road mastermind sentenced to life in prison

Max Dickstein stands with other upporters of Ross Ulbricht, the alleged creator and operator of the Silk Road underground market, in front of a federal court house on the first day of jury selection for his trial on January 13, 2015 in New YorkThe US mastermind behind criminal website Silk Road, which sold $200 million worth of drugs to customers worldwide, was sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge in New York Friday. Judge Katherine Forrest imposed two life sentences against Ross Ulbricht, 31, who had a privileged upbringing and graduate degree, for narcotics distribution and criminal enterprise. Dressed in dark prison scrubs, Ulbricht expressed no visible emotion as he stood to hear his fate.


29 May 2015

Obama: 'Handful of senators' standing in way of Patriot Act

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says a "handful of senators" are the only thing standing in the way of an extension of key Patriot Act provisions before they expire at midnight Sunday.

29 May 2015

Paul claims new momentum ahead of second Senate showdown

FILE - In this May 11, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. acknowledges a cheering crowd as he introduced at a town hall meeting at the Loins Club hall with area residents, in Londonderry, N.H. Two large artillery vehicles were detected on one of the artificial islands that China is creating in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said Friday, underscoring ongoing concerns that Beijing may try to use the land reclamation projects for military purposes (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)CHICAGO (AP) — A confident Rand Paul claimed new momentum Friday in his fight against government surveillance programs, just days ahead of his second Capitol Hill showdown in as many weeks.


29 May 2015

Silk Road website creator gets life in prison for drug plot

An undated handout photograph of UlbrichtNEW YORK (Reuters) - The accused mastermind behind the underground website Silk Road was sentenced on Friday to life in prison for orchestrating a scheme that enabled more than $200 million of anonymous online drug sales using the digital currency bitcoin. Ross Ulbricht, 31, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan, three months after a federal jury found him guilty of charges including conspiracy to commit drug trafficking, money laundering and computer hacking. Forrest also ordered Ulbricht to forfeit $183.9 million. ...


29 May 2015

Google's Project Loon improves launch and range to expand its reach

Google's Project Loon improves launch and range to expand its reach


29 May 2015

The US tried to sabotage North Korea's nuclear program with targeted malware

The US tried to sabotage North Korea's nuclear program with targeted malwareIn 2010, the United States launched a covert malware campaign aimed at sabotaging North Korea's nuclear program, according to a new report from Reuters' Joseph Menn, citing multiple sources familiar with the campaign. The campaign was ultimately unable to breach North Korean systems, but would have been activated when it detected Korean language settings on an appropriately structured industrial system. Some have speculated that a similar tactic could have been used against North Korea's nuclear program, but this is the first hard evidence that such a campaign actually took place.


29 May 2015

General Motors, Subaru models added to Takata air bag recall

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors and Subaru are adding vehicles to the growing list of models being recalled by 11 automakers due to potentially exploding air bags.

29 May 2015

Uber will begin tracking your location while running in the background

Uber will begin tracking your location while running in the backgroundAn upcoming update to Uber's privacy policy will ask riders for permission to track their location while running in the background, a move the company says will enable it to "get people on their way more quickly." The changes, which go into effect July 15th, also ask you to share your contacts with Uber — a move that will let the company send "special offers" to your friends and family, Uber said in a blog post. If you do opt in, Uber will not store a record of your movements, the company said. The changes came after a review of Uber's privacy policy by law firm Hogan Lovells, which helped the company write a policy half as long and easier to understand, according to the company.


29 May 2015

Meet Voltus, the only Retina MacBook accessory you need to fix that USB-C port

The Retina MacBook’s single USB-C port is troubling some potential buyers who are worried about not being able to plug all the accessories they want into the laptop. Not to mention that, without an adapter, the USB-C port isn’t even compatible with most peripherals you’d want to hook to the Mac today. However, there’s a new Kickstarter project ready to solve that problem: Meet Voltus. DON’T MISS: The ultimate humiliation: Jay Z’s Tidal could lose Beyoncé if it doesn’t pay Sony big bucks No bigger than a passport, Voltus is a neat device that acts as a charger for the MacBook thanks to its internal battery, as well as an adapter thanks to its two USB 3.0 ports that let

29 May 2015

Silk Road founder gets life for creating online drug site

FILE - This Feb 4, 2015, file courtroom sketch, shows defendant Ross William Ulbricht as the deputy recites the word “guilty” multiple times during Ubricht’s trial in New York. Ulbricht is set to be sentenced Friday, May 29, 2015, after his February Manhattan federal court conviction. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A San Francisco man who created the online drug-selling site Silk Road was sentenced Friday to life in prison by a judge who cited six deaths that resulted from drugs bought on his website and five people he tried to have killed.


29 May 2015

The Dread Pirate Roberts has a mom, and she'll never stop fighting

The Dread Pirate Roberts has a mom, and she'll never stop fightingToday a judge sentenced Ross Ulbricht to life in prison for charges stemming from his involvement in the online underground marketplace Silk Road. Allowing its users to hide behind Bitcoin and the anonymous Tor network, Silk Road became a haven for the online drug trade before getting shuttered two years ago. Federal authorities named Ulbricht as the man behind “Dread Pirate Roberts,” the shadowy persona that masterminded the site.


29 May 2015

Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht sentenced to life in prison

Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht sentenced to life in prison


29 May 2015

Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht has been sentenced to life in prison

Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht has been sentenced to life in prisonRoss Ulbricht, founder and mastermind of the Silk Road, has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of narcotics conspiracy and other charges earlier this year. Barring a successful appeal, Ulbricht, 31, will die behind bars. According to Motherboard, the judge launched into an unforgiving teardown of Ulbricht's character as she revealed he'd be locked away for life.


29 May 2015

Cooking with Watson: Swiss-Thai asparagus quiche

Cooking with Watson: Swiss-Thai asparagus quiche


29 May 2015

Google puts virtual reality in reach with cardboard

An attendee at Google's annual developers conference checks out cardboard virtual reality head gear, May 28, 2015 in San Francisco, CaliforniaGoogle said this week one of its least expensive innovations -- virtual reality headgear made of cardboard -- has become a huge hit. Playfully named Google Cardboard debuted last year at the Internet giant's annual developers conference. One simply folds the cardboard into goggles of a sort that have eye holes opening into a slot designed to hold smartphones that serve as display screens for immersive videos.