Ars Technica: Defense bombshell in Silk Road trial: Mt. Gox owner “set up” Ulbricht – “In just over an hour of staccato cross-examination, Dratel’s strategy became clear: he was going to pursue a line of questioning suggesting that the man who really controlled Silk Road wasn’t his young client, but Mark Karpeles, the wealthy former owner of the Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange.” – This is some serious tinfoil. I’d love to know the evidence behind it beyond “well, he knows bitcoin.”
Ars Technica: Behind the Great Firewall: using my laptop and phone in China – “I’m doing one of the biggest trips of my life using a four-year-old cell phone and a discontinued laptop that I hate. There’s a technology angle to traveling these days, and going to Shanghai has really complicated that situation.” – Interesting operational suggestions…worth doing in the US now too? Maybe.
Engadget: Marriott no longer wants to block guests’ WiFi devices – Glad to hear it.
Motherboard: The Struggle Between Bitcoin Traders and British Banks – “In each of these cases, the customer identified the buying and selling of Bitcoin as the only change in how they were using their bank accounts.” – Appears to be happening a bit in the US as well: bitcoin traders having their bank accounts abruptly closed. Given that bitcoin isn’t illegal, the question becomes: backdoor government pressure to marginalize bitcoin, or industry decision? Both?
Engadget: Why Google won’t fix a security bug in almost a billion Android phones – “Rafay Baloch, an independent researcher, and Joe Vennix, an engineer at Rapid7 (a security and data analytics firm) found a serious bug in the WebView component of Android 4.3 and below. It’s an older bit of software that lets apps view webpages without launching a separate app, and the bug in question potentially opens up affected phones to malicious hackers. Android 4.4 and 5.0 are unaffected by the bug, but as 60 percent of Android users — that’s close to a billion people — still use Android 4.3 or lower, it still affects a lot of people.” – Troubling.