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Smart home makers hoard your data, but won’t say if the police come for it – TechCrunch

Smart home makers hoard your data, but won’t say if the police come for it – TechCrunch A decade ago, it was almost inconceivable that nearly every household item could be hooked up to the internet. These days, it’s near impossible to avoid a non-smart home gadget, and they’re vacuuming …

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Twilio launches a new SIM card and narrowband dev kit for IoT developers – TechCrunch

Twilio launches a new SIM card and narrowband dev kit for IoT developers – TechCrunch Twilio is hosting its Signal developer conference in San Francisco this week. Yesterday was all about bots and taking payments over the phone; today is all about IoT. The company is launching two new (but …

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Banksy’s rigged art frame was supposed to shred the whole thing – TechCrunch

Banksy’s rigged art frame was supposed to shred the whole thing – TechCrunch In the connected future will anyone truly own any thing? Banksy’s artworld shocker performance piece, earlier this month, when a canvas of his went under the hammer at Sothebys in London, suggests not. Immediately the Girl with Balloon …

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SpankChain spanked – TechCrunch

SpankChain spanked – TechCrunch SpankChain, a cryptocurrency aimed at decentralized sex cams, has announced that a hacker stole about $38,000 from their payment channel thanks to a broken smart contract. They wrote: At 6pm PST Saturday, an unknown attacker drained 165.38 ETH (~$38,000) from our payment channel smart contract which …

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BMW-Backed Blockchain Competition Offers Token Prizes for Auto Tech

BMW-Backed Blockchain Competition Offers Token Prizes for Auto Tech The Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI) has launched a development “tournament” to explore how vehicles will communicate, co-operate and transact in the smart cities of the near-future. The 4-month MOBI Grand Challenge kicks off on October 12, with a public demonstration …

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Google’s smart home sell looks cluttered and incoherent – TechCrunch

Google’s smart home sell looks cluttered and incoherent – TechCrunch If any aliens or technology ingenues were trying to understand what on earth a ‘smart home’ is yesterday, via Google’s latest own-brand hardware launch event, they’d have come away with a pretty confused and incoherent picture. The company’s presenters attempted …

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Bitcoin’s Proof-of-Work Can Be Made More Efficient, IBM Research Claims

Bitcoin’s Proof-of-Work Can Be Made More Efficient, IBM Research Claims Proof-of-work (PoW), the consensus mechanism that secures bitcoin and numerous other cryptocurrency blockchains, has given the technology a reputation for hogging energy. Indeed, a commonly advanced argument is that an army of specialized computers all racing to solve some arbitrary math …

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Microsoft Azure bets big on IoT – TechCrunch

Microsoft Azure bets big on IoT – TechCrunch At its Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida, Microsoft today announced a plethora of new Internet of Things-focused updates to its Azure cloud computing platform. It’s no secret that the amount of data generated by IoT devices is a boon to cloud computing …

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