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No joke: This ‘RIP Flappy Bird’ t-shirt costs $10,000

Thought $100,000 Flappy Bird iPhones were dumb? Wait till you get a load of this “RIP Flappy Bird” t-shirt that costs $10,000.
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Why you’re right to fear the Comcast-Time Warner Cable mega-merger from hell

Competition between Internet service providers is already bad. But Comcast's buyout of Time Warner Cable would only make matters worse.

On ‘The Day We Fight Back,’ can we knock the NSA the same way we stomped SOPA?

Can the Internet do to the NSA what it did to the Stop Online Piracy Act? The 'Day We Fight Back' campaign hopes the answer is yes.
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An iPhone 5S with Flappy Bird installed is going for $100,000 on eBay

After Flappy Bird was pulled from the App Store, iPhones and Android devices with the game installed are going for thousands of dollars on eBay.
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NBC warms to streaming for Sochi, but still leaves cord-cutters out in the cold

NBC will air all 15 events of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics online – but it would much rather you watch them tape-delayed on TV.
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Bitcoin users smash their iPhones after Apple bans last Bitcoin wallet from App Store

In response to Apple's ban of the last Bitcoin wallet app, Blockchain, from the App Store, Bitcoin users have begun smashing their iPhones in protest.

British spies cyberattacked Anonymous hackers, Snowden docs reveal

The UK’s spy agency waged cyberattacks against the online chat rooms of Anonymous and LulzSec hacktivists, documents leaked by Edward Snowden reveal.
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Injustice! FAA crackdown on beer-delivery drone may be based on hot air

Minnesota's Lakemaid Beer had its beer-delivery drone operation shutdown by the FAA. But some question the agency's authority to do so.
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From snow cannons to surveillance boxes, here’s the tech at play in Sochi

Here's five key facts about technology at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
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To go for gold, Dogecoin needs to keep its good-guy image

The Dogecoin community has built a brand on giving to those in need. But as the cryptocurrency ages, can it maintain its good-guy image?

To Sochi! Dogecoin community funds $7,000 Olympic ‘miracle’ for Indian athletes

The Dogecoin community has raised nearly $7,000 to help send three athletes from India to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
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Move over, .com! The first 7 new domains launch today

The Internet is about to get a lot more crowded. Starting today, websites can register URLs with seven new generic top-level domains (gTLDs).
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New website lets you trade Starbucks gift cards for Bitcoin

A new Web service, dubbed Card for Coin, is doing its part to lower Bitcoin's barrier to entry by letting users trade in Starbucks gift cards for Bitcoin.
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Angry Birds creator claims no Internet devices may be safe from NSA

Insecure apps may be providing the NSA and GCHQ with a wealth of personal information about smartphone users.
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Put away the plastic toys, the Mark One 3D printer creates in carbon fiber

Newly launched startup MarkForged announced this week the world’s first 3D printer, the Mark One, which is capable of printing objects in carbon fiber.
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5 tech issues Obama should address in the 2014 State of the Union (but probably won’t)

In addition to health care and income inequality, there are a slew of technology issues President Obama should address during the 2014 State of the Union.
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CEO of Winklevoss-backed Bitcoin exchange charged with Silk Road money laundering

Charlie Shrem, co-founder and CEO of Bitcoin exchange BitInstant, with money laundering in connection with now-defunct online drug marketplace Silk Road.
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Will you speak up when ISPs strangle your Netflix? The company sure hopes so

Netflix doesn't seem too worried about the end of net neutrality. Maybe it should be.
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Oh, **** – I lost my drone: The Blade 350 QX review that will never be

Here's what not to do when flying a drone, like the excellent Blade 350 QX from Hobby Horizon.
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NSA phone metadata collection illegal, ineffective, government watchdog finds

The independent Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has found the NSA's bulk collection of telephone metadata to be illegal and ineffective.
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Cash for Glass: MPAA dangles $500 for theater employees who rat out cam bandits

The recent detainment of an moviegoer wearing Google Glass wasn't a fluke – it's part of an MPAA program that offers theater works up to $500 for a catch.
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Syrian Electronic Army hits Microsoft … for the fourth time in a month

The hacker group known as the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has hit Microsoft once again.
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Sorry, Kickstarter, you’re a store (whether you admit it or not)

Kickstarter says it's not a store. But its users – backers and creators alike – seem to disagree.
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Dogecoin users raise $30,000 to send Jamaican bobsled team to Winter Olympics

Wow! Dogecoin users have donated more than $30,000 worth of the virtual currency to send the Jamaican bobsled team to the Olympics Games in Sochi, Russia.
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I’m banned from using e-cigarettes in my own house … and I can’t really argue with it

My fiancee forbids vaping in most parts of our house – and I don't have a good argument against it.
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Obama restricts NSA telephone metadata collection program, calls for more changes

President Barack Obama announced Friday a list of “concrete and substantial reforms” to the way the United States conducts its surveillance operations.
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NSA collected 200 million text messages every day, called it a ‘goldmine’

US spies have indiscriminately collected nearly 200 million text messages a day from people around the world, according to leaked top-secret documents.
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Sacramento Kings becomes first pro sports team to accept Bitcoin

The NBA's Sacramento Kings announced Thursday that it will soon accept Bitcoin as payment for game tickets and team merchandise.
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NSA uses secret radio waves to spy on computers not connected to the Internet

The NSA has used secret radio signals to monitor nearly 100,000 computers around the world without the need of an Internet connection, report reveals.

This website will give you Bitcoin for hotel stays

PointsHound, a travel rewards site, will now pay users in Bitcoin for booking hotel stays through its website.
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Court strikes down key FCC Net neutrality rules: What it means for you

The DC Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against the FCC's Open Internet rules.
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Want your paycheck in Bitcoin? Get paid with the BitPay Payroll API

BitPay's new Bitcoin Payroll API lets your employer easily pay you in the digital currency.
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Why are brick-and-mortar retailers crumbling under hacker attacks?

Between increasingly entwined payment systems and increasingly sophisticated cybercriminals, the risk gap between shopping offline and online is closing.
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What we learned at CES 2014

CES 2014 has finally come to a close. Here's what we learned about the future of consumer tech in 2014.