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U.S. Marshals accidentally leak names of potential bitcoin bidders

Just a few days ago, the U.S. government welcomed interested bidders to purchase lots of bitcoins once owned by the Silk Road bitcoin exchange. Due to an email snafu, the U.S. Marshals Service made a mistake and revealed email addresses of parties interested in participating in the bidding.

 

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People on the list include everyone from professors to banks and investment firms, and an executive at a bitcoin-related startup. The U.S. Marshals representative tried to send a BCC to everyone, but instead CC'ed the list - responding to anyone that emailed questions to the general mailbox.

 

The 30,000 collected bitcoins are worth around $18 million and the auction takes place on June 27. Interested bidders must register by June 23 and agree to a $200,000 deposit before the auction.

T-Mobile test drive lets you try the network on an iPhone 5S

T-Mobile wants all the customers it can get and it particularly wants to grab customers from its larger competitors in the mobile market. So far, it has been doing a very good job of luring those customers away with offers like paying for early termination fees and cheaper plans. T-Mobile recently unveiled a new service called the T-Mobile Test Drive.

 

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The cool part about the test drive is that it will let you check out the T-mobile network in your area using an iPhone 5S. The free trial lasts for seven days and is designed to let the user see how well the T-Mobile network performs in their home and office.

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Twitter adds support for animated GIFs to web and mobile apps

One of the most popular image types that show up on the internet are animated GIFs. We have all seen a GIF before, they're the small looping image that is sort of like a video. Typically, the GIF highlights the funniest part of a longer standard video.

 

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Twitter has announced that it has added support for animated GIFs to its service; this is the first time the popular image format has been supported on the site. In addition to adding GIF support on the web, Twitter has also added support for GIFs to the iOS and Android apps.

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FCC says that most US ISPs deliver broadband speeds promised

The FCC has issued a new report that looked at the broadband industry in the United States. According to the report, internet providers in the country are for the most part delivering on the speeds that they promise users, and in some cases, they are delivering better speed than promised.

 

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The report did find that all across the US network congestion is a big issue for many users on different providers. To get the data for the report the FCC had 10,000 volunteers install off-the-shelf routers into their networks that ran special monitoring software inside designed to peek at broadband speeds.

 

Routers using the special software were in place for about a year, but the official measurements of speeds around the country took place last September as part of the Measuring Broadband America Fixed Broadband report. After all the measuring was over, the report concluded that most big ISPs deliver at least the performance they advertise, especially if the ISP has fiber in the network infrastructure, with some delivering 120% faster speed than advertised. Interestingly, DSL subscribers were found to get only about 64% of their promised speed and Verizon was found to be the worst performer.

T-Mobile unRadio lets you stream music with no data allowance used

T-Mobile is putting a lot of pressure on other mobile carriers in the US with a number of offerings that make the smallest of the major carriers look very appealing to customers. T-Mobile in the past made it much cheaper for people to get a new device on its network with cheaper service plans. The carrier has also been paying a large portion of the early termination fee for users to leave their current provider and swap to its service.

 

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At the T-Mobile Un-carrier 5.0 event held this week, T-Mobile unveiled a new music offering that is different from what other carriers offer. You can stream unlimited music on unRadio just as you would on the music services offered elsewhere, the big difference here is that the streaming music doesn't count against your data allowance.

 

That means you can stream all you want and your data allowance stays the same, which is a big deal for heavy music streamers. This isn't T-Mobiles own music streaming service, rather it works with existing apps like Pandora, Rhapsody, iTunes Radio and others. T-Mobile doesn't count data used while streaming music from these apps against the user's data allowance. All T-Mobile users on Simple Choice plans get unRadio and the service is available now.

BitPay sponsors NCAA St. Petersburg Bowl as sponsorship increases

BitPay is the new sponsor of the St. Petersburg Bowl, the annual NCAA football postseason bowl game, in a three-year deal. Tickets for the game start at $40 and interested football fans will be able to purchase game tickets in bitcoin.

 

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Retailers and companies are accepting bitcoin payments, willing to test the cryptocurrency waters. Bitcoin wallets and storage security still cause concern for security specialists, but technology is evolving.

 

"This will be a fantastic opportunity to raise bitcoin awareness to millions of new users," BitPay said in a blog post. "Our goal is to make it the largest and most exciting bitcoin event ever produced. The date of the first Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl will be Friday, December 26 at 8:00 PM at Tropicana Field."

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MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D printer finally ships to buyers

If you pre-ordered one of the MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D printers, you'll be getting the notification that it shipped soon. The printer is the largest 3D printer that the company has ever offered. If you didn't pre-order, but want to get your hands-on one of the printers, you can order today.

 

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The biggest catch is that the printers ordered today won't arrive for 6-8 weeks. MakerBot is shipping the printers on a first come, first served basis. The new Z18 printer sells for $6499 and can print items as large as 12" x 18".

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T-Mobile wants to buy spectrum from smaller wireless providers

T-Mobile is the smallest of the four major carriers, but it is making big waves in the industry against rivals in the last year. T-mobile is reportedly looking to purchase more bandwidth to expand services for its customers in the event that the purchase deal with Sprint fails.

 

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If regulators block the sale of T-Mobile to Sprint, a source familiar with negotiations says that T-Mobile will begin trying to buy spectrum from smaller rivals in the industry. Plans to buy the spectrum are already in motion as a backup if the Sprint deal falls through.

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Shuttered Mt. Gox receives bankruptcy protection in U.S. courts

Defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has been granted Chapter 15 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District of Texas (Dallas). During its prime, Mt. Gox was the largest and best known bitcoin exchange, but closed after a whopping 850,000 bitcoins magically disappeared.

 

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The successful bankruptcy ruling allows Mt. Gox's Japanese trustees to analyze evidence and oversee the company's remaining assets. Mt. Gox was sued in a class-action lawsuit filed by its users, with U.S. and Canadian customers prepared to split the remaining 200,000 bitcoins that the company still holds.

 

Earlier in the year, Mt. Gox supporters hoped to revive the company and received credit blessing, but that doesn't seem likely any longer. Company officials already threw in the towel on trying to rebuild Mt. Gox, and just want to get through the bankruptcy as fast as possible.

Dutch trucking firm wants self-driving trucks in five years

In the US, self-driving and autonomous vehicles are something that is being worked on in the military and private sectors. Google is one of the largest firms working in the autonomous vehicle market, but many automakers are working on the tech as well. We are still likely several years away from autonomous vehicles on the roads in the US.

 

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In the Netherlands, a trucking company is pushing hard for self-driving trucks to cruise the streets between Rotterdam and other Dutch cities. Rotterdam is the largest shipping port in Europe. The trucking firm wants these self-driving trucks to be cruising the streets in the next five years.

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