Square's Bitcoin Business Is Struggling to Make Money

Bitcoin prices have fallen more than 50% since the end of last year, around the same time Square started buying the cryptocurrency in earnest. While Square's stock price initially rose on news of its Bitcoin business, the sheen among investors may have worn off. On Monday, the stock briefly fell 3.8% …
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Cambridge Analytica Shuts Down Amid Scandal Over Use of Facebook Data

Cambridge Analytica Shuts Down Amid Scandal Over Use of Facebook Data
Published on May 03, 2018
Gizmodo reports that Cambridge Analytica and its parent company, the SCL Group, are shutting down. “The news was announced during a conference call led by Julian Wheatland, the current chairman of the SCL Group who was reportedly tapped to take over as Cambridge Analytica’s next CEO,” reports Gizmodo. “Both Cambridge Analytica and SCL Elections will now close their doors.” From the report: During the call, Wheatland said that the board determined that rebranding the company’s current offerings in the current environment is “futile.” Cambridge Analytica and SCL have offices in London, New York City, Arlington, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The conference read more

Tesla Ramps Up Model 3 Production and Predicts Profitability

After a tumultuous year in stormy seas, Tesla is making progress toward a safe harbor. In a report to investors today, the automaker revealed that it built more than 2,000 Model 3 sedans for three consecutive weeks in April, an encouraging number for a company that has lagged badly on its production targets for this all-important vehicle.

Trouble is an old friend to Elon Musk’s young automaker, which over a 15-year existence has confronted one near-disaster (flirtations with bankruptcy, high-profile crashes, lawsuits, federal investigations, grievous delays) after another. Yet somehow, Tesla wriggles out of trouble and rolls out a fantastic product. The fans cheer, the stock goes up, the short-sellers are foiled again.

This report foreshadows another victory lap: “If we execute according to our plans, we will at least achieve positive net income excluding non-cash stock based compensation in Q3 and Q4,” it states. That’s right people: Tesla will be profitable read more

Cambridge Analytica Shuts Down Amid Scandal Over Use of Facebook Data

Cambridge Analytica Shuts Down Amid Scandal Over Use of Facebook Data
Published on May 03, 2018
Gizmodo reports that Cambridge Analytica and its parent company, the SCL Group, are shutting down. “The news was announced during a conference call led by Julian Wheatland, the current chairman of the SCL Group who was reportedly tapped to take over as Cambridge Analytica’s next CEO,” reports Gizmodo. “Both Cambridge Analytica and SCL Elections will now close their doors.” From the report: During the call, Wheatland said that the board determined that rebranding the company’s current offerings in the current environment is “futile.” Cambridge Analytica and SCL have offices in London, New York City, Arlington, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The conference read more

Facebook tool warns developers of phishing attacks dangling lookalike domains

Phishing seems like a problem that will be here for the long haul, so I welcome any tools to combat it with open arms. Today Facebook announced one: a service for domain owners or concerned users that watches for sketchy versions of web addresses that might indicate a phishing attempt in the offing.

The developer only needs to specify the domain name they care about and our tool will take care of the rest,” explained Facebook security engineer David Huang. “For example, if you subscribe to phishing alerts for a legitimate domain ‘facebook.com,’ we’ll alert you when we detect a potential phishing domain like ‘facebook.com.evil.com’ and other malicious variations as we see them.”

Hosting your phishing website as a subdomain of evil.com seems like kind of a giveaway. But there are subtler ways to fool people. If someone wanted to make you think that an email was coming from this website, for instance, they might register something like techcrunch-support.com or techcrunch.official.site read more

The $200 Uno synth crams a ton of features into a small package

Underneath it all is a powerful synth engine with an all-analog audio path. It has two independent voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs) with saw, triangle and pulse waveforms, a noise generator, and a multimode voltage-controlled filter (VDF) and amplifier (VCA). The Uno also has seven low-frequency oscillators (LFOs) that modulate pitch, filter, amplification and wave shapes to create all those cool deep monophonic synth sounds in the video below.


The 40 onboard controls let you tweak your sounds on the fly, but there’s also a Mac/PC editor if you want to create your sounds before heading out to the club. The keys have 27 notes that can be played as a regular chromatic keyboard or as a predefined scale board, with 13 different scales available. The arpeggiator has 10 different modes and a four octave range. The keyboard also doubles as a controller surface for the built-in sequencer. You can use it to program read more