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Submission + - Canadian man to sell home for Bitcoin virtual currency (

An anonymous reader writes: "It's not often that Canadian real estate listings make international headlines, but a mid-sized Alberta bungalow has people around the world buzzing today after its owner declared that he would like to sell it — for Bitcoins. If successful, 22-year-old entrepreneur Taylor More would be the first person ever to accept the fast-rising virtual currency in exchange for property. "My home is being traded for Bitcoins!" reads the listing for More's "quaint" two bedroom home in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta. "Properties like this rarely come on the market and this one's priced to sell in one of the most sought after recreation areas of the Rockies." The property is listed for $405,000 CDN, but More writes that "the price can be reduced" if a buyer has some Bitcoins to spare." eh, -ZU

Submission + - Prosecutor in Aaron Swartz Case Lied About Search Warrant (

runeghost writes: "Federal prosecutor Stephen Heymann engaged in prosecutorial misconduct by withholding key evidence from the defense team of Aaron Swartz, the late Internet activist's legal team alleged in a letter to an internal Justice Department ethics unit."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Heymann appears to have lied to the court and ignored his duty to disclose exculpatory evidence, so as to avoid invalidating the government's case against Aaron Swartz.


Submission + - High Court Orders UK ISPs to Block Kickass Torrents, H33T and Fenopy (

An anonymous reader writes: The website blocking phenomenon has continued today in the UK, with the High Court adding three major torrent sites to the country’s unofficial ban list. Following complaints from the music industry led by the BPI, the Court ordered the UK’s leading Internet service providers to begin censoring subscriber access to Kickass Torrents, H33T and Fenopy.

Submission + - Firefox 20 Beta for Android Gets Per-Tab Private Browsing

An anonymous reader writes: Firefox 19 was released released less than a week ago, but already Mozilla has made a new Firefox for Android beta available. This new release adds per-tab private browsing, customizable home screen shortcuts, and support for 25 million more phones. Per-tab private browsing is of course the biggest new feature. It allows you to switch between private and standard tabs within the same browsing session, meaning you don’t have to relaunch the Firefox app every time.

Submission + - Google boss says tax avoidance IS capitalism ( 1

Bruce66423 writes: Eric Schmidt said £2.5 billion tax avoidance 'is called capitalism': is totally unrepentant. One must admit to being impressed by his honesty, unlike Starbucks who are gratuitously giving the British government money. So the question is — how can British geeks ensure their displeasure is demonstrated — apart from making sure that ALL their friends have Adblocker software installed

Submission + - 'Everyone in US under virtual surveillance' - NSA whistleblower (

scottbomb writes: So apparently the Federal spooks are saving every single email they can get their hands on. SMS and IM communications are likely stored as well. These aren't just suspected terrorists or criminals. They likely have records on all of us. Maybe we should start emailing fake bomb threats and drug deals to each other, just to piss 'em off.

Submission + - US Birthrate Plummets to Record Low 5

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The Washington Post reports that the US birthrate is at its lowest since 1920, the earliest year with reliable records decreasing to 63.2 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age — a little more than half of its peak, which was in 1957. The overall birthrate decreased by 8 percent between 2007 and 2010, but the decline is being led by immigrant women hit hard by the recession with a much bigger drop of 14 percent among foreign-born women. For example almost half of all immigrants to the United States are of Hispanic origin but in recent years, immigration from Mexico, the biggest contributing country, has dried up while Latino immigrants who have been here longer tend to adopt US attitudes and behavior, including having smaller families. Overall the average number of children a US woman is predicted to have in her lifetime is 1.9, slightly less than the 2.1 children required to maintain current population levels. Although the declining US birthrate has not created the kind of stark imbalances found in graying countries such as Japan or Italy, it should serve as a wake-up call for policymakers, says Roberto Suro, a professor of public policy at the University of Southern California. “We’ve been assuming that when the baby-boomer population gets most expensive, that there are going to be immigrants and their children who are going to be paying into [programs for the elderly], but in the wake of what’s happened in the last five years, we have to reexamine those assumptions,” he said. “When you think of things like the solvency of Social Security, for example, relatively small increases in the dependency ratio can have a huge effect.”"

Submission + - Google: It'd Be Irresponsible Not To Be 'Immoral' 1

theodp writes: Over at the Guardian, Margaret Hodge and Jeff Jarvis debate the rights and wrongs of the revelation that Google, Starbucks and Amazon pay so little tax in the UK. Hodge is the Chair of a UK parliamentary committee that grilled the three American corporations about creative tax maneuvers that resulted in Amazon paying an effective UK tax rate of 2.5% on 2011 earnings of £309bn, Google paying 0.4% on £2.5bn, and Starbucks paying zilch on UK earnings of £365m. In testimony last week, a Google VP explained, 'We pay all the tax you require us to pay,' adding that the company's tax arrangements are not a matter of 'personal choice' but of a responsibility to shareholders to keep costs down. Hodge replied, 'We're not accusing you of being illegal, we're accusing you of being immoral.'

Submission + - Meat eating cattle ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Hong Kong has managed to develop the meat eating cow. The cattle will eat half-cooked or even raw meat.

Submission + - NASA discovers most distant galaxy in known universe (

An anonymous reader writes: From "NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes (not to be outdone by the Kepler Space Telescope) have discovered the most distant galaxy identified so far in the universe... the galaxy is 13.3 billion light years away and only a tiny fraction of the size of the Milky Way. Due to the time it takes light to travel through space, the images seen from Earth now show what the galaxy looked like when the universe was just 420 million years old, according to a press statement released from NASA. The newly discovered galaxy (is) named MACS0647-JD"

Submission + - How to make a DVD-rental store more relevant? 5 writes: Here on Slashdot, the concept that older models of business need to be updated to keep with the times is often mentioned. A friend of mine owns a DVD rental store, and he often listens to potential customers walk out, saying that they'd rather download the movie, and not because his prices are unreasonable. With the local telco on a project to boost internet speeds, my friend feels as though the end is near for his livelihood. So, Slashdotters, I put it to you: What can a DVD store owner do to make his store more relevant? What services would you pay for at a DVD store?

Submission + - Yahoo will ignore IE 10's "Do Not Track" ( 1

dsinc writes: And so it begins... Yahoo has made it official: it won't honor the Do Not Track request issued by Internet Explorer 10. Their justification? "[T]he DNT signal from IE10 doesn’t express user intent" and "DNT can be easily abused".

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