In an open letter, 90+ Google employees join Amnesty International in calling on Google to cancel Project Dragonfly, its censored search engine for China

In an open letter, 90+ Google employees join Amnesty International in calling on Google to cancel Project Dragonfly, its censored search engine for China

Google Employees Against Dragonfly:

In an open letter, 90+ Google employees join Amnesty International in calling on Google to cancel Project Dragonfly, its censored search engine for China  —  We are Google employees and we join Amnesty International in calling on Google to cancel project Dragonfly, Google’s effort to create …

Bitcoin Loses 32% of Its Value This Week, Falls Below $4,000

Bitcoin Loses 32% of Its Value This Week, Falls Below $4,000

An anonymous reader quotes USA Today:
Last year at this time, bitcoin was in the middle of a 217-percent rally that saw its value peak in December near $20,000. Now the largest cryptocurrency can’t stay above $4,000 — losing almost 32 percent in value this week and briefly hitting its lowest level since September 2007 at $3,477.58 on Sunday, according to data from CoinDesk… Other cryptocurrencies also languished. XRP fell 10.4 percent from its 24-hour open, while Ethereum was down 7.5 percent. Litecoin lost 6.7 percent, according to CoinDesk. This week’s sell-off marked the largest one-week decline since April 2013 when bitcoin lost over 44 percent of its value, according to CoinDesk…
Year to date in 2018, bitcoin has declined more than 71 percent… The cryptocurrency jumped from $6,088.35 in mid-November 2017 to $19,326.49 on Dec. 17, 2017… Citing three unnamed sources, Bloomberg News also reported last week that the U.S. Justice Department is investigating if market manipulation caused bitcoin’s 2017 rally.
Earlier this week, one financial advisory firm’s CEO told CNN that they were still bullish on bitcoin. “Savvy investors understand that digital currencies are the future of money and, as such, they will be capitalizing on the lower prices in order to build their portfolios and shore-up their positions.”
But not everyone seems convinced. “I bought $10 of bitcoin a year ago. Just to see how it goes,” posted Austin-based technology reporter Mike Melanson on Twitter, adding “It’s worth $3.45 now. Quite the investment!”

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Google’s ‘Call Screen’ feature now rolling out to some Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL users

Google’s ‘Call Screen’ feature now rolling out to some Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL users

While the Pixel 3 doesn’t add a lot of jaw-dropping new features, one that turned heads was the call screening feature. Now, it’s looking like Pixel 2 call screening is starting to roll out.

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WhatsApp could wreck Snapchat again by copying ephemeral messaging

WhatsApp could wreck Snapchat again by copying ephemeral messaging

WhatsApp already ruined Snapchat’s growth once. WhatsApp Status, its clone of Snapchat Stories, now has 450 million daily active users compared to Snapchat’s 188 million. That’s despite its 24-hour disappearing slideshows missing tons of features including augmented reality selfie masks, animated GIFs, or personalized avatars like Bitmoji. A good enough version of Stories conveniently baked […]