Day: December 30, 2020

That time physicist John Wheeler left classified H-bomb documents on a train

Enlarge / In 1953, the eminent physicist and H-bomb advocate took an ill-fated overnight train from Philadelphia to Washington, DC, that would indirectly lead to the Robert Oppenheimer security hearing. Michail_Petrov-96/iStock/Getty Images There’s rarely time to write about every cool science-y story that comes our way. So this year, we’re once again running a special …

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Tesla China VP responds to reports of Giga Shanghai using defective parts

By Joey Klender Posted on December 30, 2020 Tesla China Vice President Grace Tao has responded to reports of the automaker using defective parts from suppliers at the company’s Giga Shanghai production plant. “In strict accordance with Chinese laws and regulations, there is no phenomenon of ‘lowering quality for production,’” Tao wrote on her Weibo …

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Ticketmaster will pay $10 million for hacking rival ticket seller

Ticketmaster has agreed to pay $10 million for breaking into a competitors’ network. The company and its parent Live Nation admitted to hiring a former employee from rival ticket seller CrowdSurge, then using his knowledge — including old usernames and passwords — to learn CrowdSurge’s inner workings and “cut [the company] off at the knees.” …

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Heavy hitters of crypto call for users to comment on proposed FinCEN wallet rule

A number of players are encouraging individuals to speak out against FinCEN’s new crypto rules before comments close next week. Crypto exchange Coinbase and the foundation behind Monero are the latest firms to join in calling for crypto users to share their thoughts on the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s new rules. In a …

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Gazelle will stop accepting trade-ins by mail on February 1st

Chris Velazco/Engadget Used electronics marketplace Gazelle is ending its mail-in trade-in program. In an email obtained by The Verge, the company says it will stop offering the service on February 1st, 2021, meaning potential customers have until January 31st to get an old device in if they want to take advantage of the outgoing program. …

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Serbia Legalizes Digital Assets Trading and Issuance

The draft law was announced in October and local media reported the law was passed by the nation’s legislators in late November. The “Digital Asset Law” officially went into effect Tuesday following its publication in the official gazette, and will be applied six months from now.  Under the new specifications, digital asset service providers in …

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SpaceX Starship boosters could forgo landings entirely, says Elon Musk

By Eric Ralph Posted on December 30, 2020 SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says that Starship’s Super Heavy boosters could forgo landings entirely, relying instead on a wild crane-based solution to recover the world’s largest rocket stage. We’re going to try to catch the Super Heavy Booster with the launch tower arm, using the grid fins …

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Market Wrap: Bitcoin Nears $29K While Ether Options Trader Makes Long-Shot Bet

The takeaway: Bitcoin (BTC) trading around $28,775 as of 21:00 UTC (4 p.m. ET). Gaining 7.3% over the previous 24 hours. Bitcoin’s 24-hour range: $26,796.90 to $28,969.90 (CoinDesk 20) BTC above its 10-hour and 50-hour moving averages, a bullish signal for market technicians. Another day, another all-time high in bitcoin as the cryptocurrency changed hands …

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What Is Proof-of-Stake?

Proof-of-stake is a method of maintaining the integrity of a cryptocurrency, preventing users from printing extra coins they didn’t earn. While a different method, called proof-of-work, is currently used by Bitcoin and Ethereum – the two largest cryptocurrencies by market capitalization – Ethereum has plans to migrate to proof-of-stake to make the platform more scalable …

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Corellium notches partial victory in Apple iOS copyright case

Enlarge / Just some of the iDevice types that Corellium didn’t break one law—but may still have broken another—by emulating. Kristin Lee | Getty Images Security firm Corellium, which develops software that researchers can use to analyze Apple products, has been handed a partial victory in Apple’s lawsuit against it, as a judge ruled that …

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