BITCOIN is a "failed experiment" and most other cryptocurrencies are "doomed to die", experts have told The Sun. Once hailed as the future of money, Bitcoin is now worth 70% less than last year's high – and the outlook is bleak for wannabe 'Bitcoin billionaires'. Since its quiet launch in 2009, Bitcoin has soared from a value of less than 10p to dizzying heights of nearly £15,000. But a single Bitcoin is worth just under £5,000 today – a massive fall from grace since last December's high. It's part of a bigger trend of struggling cryptocurrencies, virtual payment systems loved by tech boffs and criminals alike. According to tracker site Deadcoins, more than 830 cryptocurrencies are now considered extinct. "At least 90% of all cryptocurrencies that exist right now are doomed to fail, die, or will basically be rejected, because the people who are primarily interested in them are money makers," Evgeny Chereshnev, founder of tech firm Biolink.Tech, told The Sun. … [Read more...] about Bitcoin blasted as a ‘failed experiment’ after huge 70% price crash
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When we compare music services, we're usually trying to help you figure out which one you should give your money to. After all, it's somewhat rare for a company to offer two completely different music services with completely different feature sets and catalogs, but Google has always been somewhat rare when it comes to music. If you pay for Google Play Music, you get a Premium subscription to YouTube Music with YouTube Red. If you pay for YouTube Red, you get a premium subscription to Google Play Music. Because you get both of these services when you subscribe to one, this comparison is going to be a little bit different. Google also keeps slipping out details of plans for YouTube Music eventually replacing Google Play Music, and while that is a long, long ways off, it is definitely something to keep in mind as you consider both platforms and which one it worth your time right now. Old-school versus bleeding edge It's old, but it's familiar and predictable. Google Play Music has … [Read more...] about YouTube Music vs. Google Play Music: Which should you use?
It isn’t unusual to find companies using deceptive practices when trying to market and grow their brands. One niche where this is very rife is in the VPN industry. It was recently revealed that contrary to claims on their websites, 26 of the 117 most popular VPN services log user data despite touting contrary claims in their marketing. That revelation will seem tame compared to findings on how free VPNs operate: many openly and brazenly share/sell user data. Now that new GDPR laws are enforceable, more attention is being focused on how organizations use user data for marketing purposes. When it comes to data abuse, however, VPN service providers — particularly free VPN services — are the biggest culprits. VPNs are generally regarded as a more secure alternative to a regular ISP for anonymizing your Internet traffic and unblocking blocked websites. Professionals use VPNs to protect their identity online but many VPN users wrongly assume that with a VPN no one has … [Read more...] about Be cautious, free VPNs are selling your data to 3rd parties
The rise of digital currencies is driving a revolution in international commerce, financial inclusion and technology innovation. But, as with many new online platforms, there is also a darker flipside starting to emerge. Illegal crypto-currency mining known as crypto-jacking has been flagged by experts for years, but now malicious activity is really escalating and its impact on organisations could reach well beyond impaired server performance.The bottom line is that firms that fail to patrol their networks and kick out crypto-mining malware could find themselves exposed to a great deal more risk than higher energy bills.Down the digital mineCrypto-currency investing is nothing short of a 21st century gold rush. Around the world, entrepreneurs, nation states and cybercrime gangs are looking to get rich quick by extracting more blockchain-based digital currencies like Bitcoin and Monero. The process of mining currency essentially involves large numbers of computers carrying out complex … [Read more...] about The threat of crypto-jacking: Why businesses must act now
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader The Switch Transcript courtesy of Bloomberg Government Transcript courtesy of Bloomberg Government April 10 Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the Senate's Commerce and Judiciary committees Tuesday to discuss data privacy and Russian disinformation on his social network. Below is the transcript of the hearing. [Follow Wednesday's updates here.] SEN. CHARLES E. GRASSLEY (R-IOWA): The Committees on the Judiciary and Commerce, Science and Transportation will come to order. We welcome everyone to today's hearing on Facebook's social media privacy and the use and abuse of data. GRASSLEY: Although not … [Read more...] about Transcript of Mark Zuckerberg’s Senate hearing