Despite Mark Zuckerberg’s early enthusiasm for virtual reality, the technology has stubbornly remained a hard sell for Facebook. Now, in yet another sign that VR is failing to capture the imagination of the public, the company has just cut the price of its Oculus Rift hardware for the second time this year. Recommended for You U.S. to Fund Advanced Brain-Computer Interfaces First Object Teleported from Earth to Orbit The Machines Are Getting Ready to Play Doctor Google Stakes Its
New charges have been filed against a former Secret Service agent who previously pled guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bitcoin during the US government’s Silk Road investigation. Shaun Bridges, as reported by CoinDesk, was sentenced to nearly six years in prison in late 2015 after pleading guilty to money laundering and wire fraud charges. The case dates back the investigation of the Silk Road, the now-defunct dark market that was the target of a
A livestock farming cooperative in Arkansas is taking part in a blockchain product tracking trial. Grass Roots Farmers' Cooperative, in conjunction with San Francisco-based supplier Golden State Meat Company and UK blockchain startup Provenance, are using the tech to track shipments of poultry. In a blog post, the cooperative detailed its participation in the project, which it said would lead to tools so that customers can "learn more about the people who helped craft the final product." Each case
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A subsidiary of the London Stock Exchange Group is using blockchain to help unlisted small businesses tap resources previously only available to larger, public companies. Developed by London Stock Exchange subsidiary Borsa Italiana, the blockchain platform, built with IBM Blockchain, is being designed to digitize both securities ownership and the capital structure of small- to medium-sized businesses (SMEs). Currently undergoing an initial test phase with a small group of Borsa Italiana clients, the platform, powered by Hyperledger Fabric 1.0,
In Brief Does Whatever a Spider Web Does Spider webs are already strong enough to restrain small insects unlucky enough to fly into them, and soon, they may be capable of carrying the weight of a person. In a new study published in 2D Materials, Nicola Pugno at the University of Trento in Italy and his team detail how they cranked arachnids’ already impressive metabolic process up to 11 by adding graphene and carbon nanotubes to a spider’s drinking
It may have been the first bit of fake news in the history of the Internet: in 1984, someone posted on Usenet that the Soviet Union was joining the network. It was a harmless April’s Fools Day prank, a far cry from today’s weaponized disinformation campaigns and unscrupulous fabrications designed to turn a quick profit. In 2017, misleading and maliciously false online content is so prolific that we humans have little hope of digging ourselves out of the mire.