A Bitcoin payment processing company says that in the last two years, more than 8,000 mostly small businesses have signed up for their service. Some merchants say accepting the digital currency helps them stand out.
A new study indicates an uptick in the number of people who have paid to access certain news sites. However, many still prefer to get their news for free, with social media growing in popularity as a source.
This week, The Supreme Court of The United States will hand down decisions on a number of major issues.
Here is what you need to know to stay up to date with the three biggest ones:
1) The court already ruled today on its Affirmative Action case, you can read the majority opinion here. A prospective student sued the University of Texas on the grounds that she had been denied admission in place of somebody who had allegedly been admitted based on racial factors. Supporters had hoped that a broad ruling might illegalize the practice of factoring race into admission across the board.
The takeaway from the ruling is not negligible but is not the sweeping change many people expected. By and large, the court kicked the decision back down to a lower court.
The other two each regard gay rights.
2) DOMA, The Defense of Marriage Act, which was signed into law by Bill Clinton in 1996, is under fire in the case of United States V. Windsor. The court did not offer a ruling, but one is expected soon, most likely Tuesday morning. The government is being sued on the grounds that married gay couples do not receive the same federal benefits as straight couples. You can read about the relationship to political policy here.
3) Proposition 8, the controversial California ballot issue, is also being challenged in the case of Hollingsworth V. Perry. While the legal matter is ostensibly a voting rights issue, this is being viewed as primarily an issue with same-sex marriage in America's most populous state. Depending on which way it goes, and what the majority opinion dictates, this could have ramifications for the legality and the illegality of gay marriage in other states as well.
Possibly hundreds of them are flying right now in a variety of commercial applications. Besides the illegality surrounding their taking pictures, officials are worried about their endangering people, property, or other aircraft.
Next week, the government will grant licenses to two foreign mobile service providers, who will help it achieve its goal of bringing wireless coverage to at least 80 percent of the country by 2015.
In an act of defiance against poachers and traffickers, the government will destroy five tons of seized ivory worth millions on the open market.
As of this weekend, Google has begun testing Project Loon, in which solar-powered balloons flying 12 miles above the Earth to provide Internet to participating locations in New Zealand.
A rejoinder to the author of the Neurobonkers blog post criticizing my take on Edward Snowden.
The surveillance state is here, and it is apparently here to stay. The question moving forward is how effective the U.S. constitutional system and democratic culture will be in keeping the American version from slipping into Chinese mode.
Retaliation is illegal in the US, but businesses and organizations tired of being vulnerable to cyberattacks are reviewing what counterattack options they do have.
Continued high unemployment among younger workers -- and the potential for explosive social consequences -- are causing officials to think about retiring older workers. However, many economists say this is (still) a bad idea.
Straight from the pages of "Harry Potter": The multi-camera system is currently used in nursing homes to monitor residents. However, its designers say it could help identify suspected terrorists in public settings.
Yes, the kitten with four eyes, two noses and two mouths is real. She was born on Tuesday and answers to, cue the pun, “Deucy.” What does Deucy have to do with Edward Snowden, aside from their adorable whiskers? A lot. I could explain, but Hobbes does such a better job. Arguing for entrusting ...
It goes by many names -- puma, mountain lion -- but after being all but exterminated east of the Rockies, the great cat is slowly regaining lost ground, causing concern among biologists, wildlife officials, and ordinary citizens.
A Pew Research Center/Washington Post poll released on Monday showed that for a majority of Americans, catching terrorists is more important than intrusions on personal privacy.