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Pair said to have illegally minted $1M worth of Bitcoins

One of regulators' biggest worries about virtual currencies, like Bitcoin, is whether they may be susceptible to fraud or manipulation. Well, two people in Germany apparently just proved this was possible.

The pair is accused of illegally generating nearly $1 million worth of Bitcoins, according to the Associated Press. German police nabbed the two people during a computer fraud investigation earlier this week. No further details on the arrests were available.

The authorities' investigation centered around the belief that the suspects were disseminating malware on the Internet to create a network of hacked computers they could control remotely. According to … Read more

Terraria looks, sounds, and plays just like the original, but the controls are lacking

Terraria for iOS brings the popular 2D sandbox adventure game that was loosely based on Minecraft to the touch screen. As a longtime player of the game on PC, I was excited to get my hands on the iOS version, and after a few hours of playing, I think it stacks up well with the original. But one flaw makes the game much better on the iPad than it is on either the iPhone or iPod Touch.

Never the same experience One of the great things about this 2D adventure game on any platform is that when you start a … Read more

Explore an 800-year-old salt mine with Google Street View

As part of its UNESCO World Heritage series and World Wonders Project, Google has added the 800-year-old (or so) Wieliczka Salt Mine to Street View to offer a virtual tour of its wonders.

The Polish mine, which opened in the 13th century, operated until 2007, when it had to close due to flooding. It is more than 178 miles long and reaches more than 1,000 feet below the surface. Hidden in its twists and turns is a treasure trove carved right out of the rock salt. … Read more

Review: Minecraft for Mac mines out your time and sleep

Minecraft for Mac is a time-sucking, mind-bending, and sleep-depriving experience. It hits the right tune on the subject of creation: it really does provide building blocks for your imagination.

Minecraft has no real direction, anchoring plot, or specific guidelines. Players are dropped into a world with only the ability to carve out resources from the surrounding land.

The game's outdated graphics won't really distract you from the game's core focus on building. Soon you'll find out that as it gets dark, lounging around with a pickaxe probably won't do you any good against the pixelated … Read more

Do Not Track opt-out icon coming to mobile browsers

While browsing the Internet on desktop computers, people may have seen a little blue icon floating near ads. This clickable icon, dubbed "AdChoice," is meant to give users information about targeted ads and the data collected by ads; it also gives users a Do Not Track option. Now, the group that brought AdChoice to desktop is developing the same icon for mobile.

The group behind the icon, Digital Advertising Alliance, or DAA, is a coalition of advertisers, publishers, and marketers that has been working to increase transparency on the Web and create controls for online advertising.

AdChoice for … Read more

World's first public space telescope gets Kickstarter goal

The tale of the Arkyd telescope is like that of the "little engine that could."

What seemed like a difficult task -- raising $1 million from a Kickstarter campaign to launch the world's first public space telescope -- was overcome on Monday as the crowdfunding goal was met with more than $1.5 million in pledges.

Not only did asteroid mining company Planetary Resources achieve its goal, it surpassed it, which means that the extra money can be used to add even more features to the telescope.

More than 17,600 people backed the Kickstarter campaign -- … Read more

Review: Comb legal documents with expert help from Legal Document Analysis

Legal Document Analysis takes almost all of the leg work out of reviewing and combing legal documents for the information you need. While certainly a powerful review program, it isn't very friendly to non-experts.

Since this program comes as an executable file, it will probably make your antivirus suspicious. During testing, it set off Windows' built-in firewall, as well. It doesn't seem like the program needs to access any of the features that would make the firewall go on the defensive. It's just a basic Web applet that lets you upload a file and then set predetermined … Read more

Rumor Has It: How much better will the iPhone 5S' better camera be?

Last week, Facebook announced video capabilities for Instagram, which nobody was surprised about. But I was a little surprised that the presentation ended with that. I was sure that the company would also announce its answer to Google Reader. Lo and behold, recent rumors suggest that Facebook still has a Reader of its own up its sleeve.

Google could be working its own version of Pinterest, called Google Mine. It would be integrated with Google+, and it could have its own Android app. Of course!

And finally, there's that little gleaming unicorn that everyone is speculating about, the iPhone 5S. Recent rumors suggest that it'll have a boosted camera, jumping 12 megapixels from the iPhone 5's 8. What do you think of those specs? Does it sound likely? Leave a comment below, and don't forget to vote in the poll!

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'Google Mine' heads to Google+, Android?

Google is preparing to launch a new service that will be integrated into Google+, according to a new report.

The folks over at Google Operating System, a blog that monitors the search giant, say they have obtained an image of a new service the company is working on called Google Mine. The screenshot describes the feature as allowing users to "share your belongings with your friends and keep up to date with what your friends are sharing." The app also lets users share items within certain Google+ Circles.

The idea appears to center on user interests and sharing … Read more

Use-it-yourself orbiting space telescope in the works

Planetary Resources, a pioneer in asteroid mining, announced today that it is planning to launch the world's first publicly accessible space telescope.

The company, led by X Prize Foundation Chairman Peter Diamandis, said in April, 2012, that it planned to prospect and mine asteroids. But today the company expanded on that mission, saying that it is engaging "in another passion of our team: to make space exploration accessible to everyone." … Read more