Israel says it will regard cryptocurrencies as “a property, not a currency”, making them subject to capital gains tax, as well as VAT in some cases (CoinDesk)

February 19, 2018

CoinDesk: Israel says it will regard cryptocurrencies as “a property, not a currency”, making them subject to capital gains tax, as well as VAT in some cases  —  Israel’s government confirmed Monday that it would treat bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as a kind of property for tax purposes. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Flight Sim Company Embeds Malware To Steal Pirates’ Passwords

TorrentFreak: Flight sim company FlightSimLabs has found itself in trouble after installing malware onto users’ machines as an anti-piracy measure. Code embedded in its A320-X module contained a mechanism for detecting ‘pirate’ serial numbers distributed on The Pirate Bay, which then triggered a process through which the company stole usernames and passwords from users’ web browsers. Read more of this story at Slashdot. Source: www.slashdot.org

February 19, 2018
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Virgin Hyperloop One is Coming To India

Hyperloop is coming to India. From a report: The western-central Indian state of Maharashta plans to build a Virgin Hyperloop track between Pune and Mumbai, British entrepreneur and Virgin boss Richard Branson announced on Monday in a blog post. Virgin Hyperloop One will start by building a demo track, with the aim of eventually supporting 150 million passenger trips per year. It should reduce the 2.5-hour car journey or 3-hour…

February 19, 2018
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Microsoft Stops Pushing Notifications To Windows 7 and 8 Phones

The end of Microsoft’s Windows Phone project has been a long time coming, and now there’s another nail in the coffin. From a report: Microsoft is ending support for all push notifications for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0 starting Tuesday, February 20th. According to Microsoft’s blog post, in addition to the discontinuation of push notifications, live tiles will no longer be updated and the find my phone feature…

February 19, 2018
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Wikipedia Zero, which partnered with 97 mobile carriers in 72 countries to provide 800M+ users access to Wikipedia at no data cost, is being discontinued (Manish Singh)

February 19, 2018

Manish Singh: Wikipedia Zero, which partnered with 97 mobile carriers in 72 countries to provide 800M+ users access to Wikipedia at no data cost, is being discontinued  —  In an unexpected development, the Wikimedia Foundation announced on Friday that it is discontinuing Wikipedia Zero … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Mitsubishi Electric Believes Its AI-enhanced Camera Systems Will Make Mirrors on Cars Obsolete

In its annual R&D Open House on February 14, Mitsubishi Electric described the development of what it believes is the industry’s highest-performance rendition of mirrorless car technology. From a report: According to the company, today’s conventional camera-based systems featuring motion detection technology can detect objects up to about 30 meters away and identify them with a low accuracy of 14 percent. By comparison, Mitsubishi’s new mirrorless technology extends the recognition…

February 19, 2018
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New Multimodal Logistics Terminal to Aid UK Recycling Concerns

UK – NORWAY – With the headlines in the UK full of stories regarding China's refusal to accept any more of the UK's recycled rubbish, the search is on for a new way to dispose of something which, in recent years, has been the country's biggest export commodity by volume. Now comes news of a new multimodal logistics terminal at the Port of Fredrikstad which may go some way to…

February 19, 2018
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IDG Contributor Network: Platform priorities

Your transformation team is established, your business objectives are set.  But how, exactly, do we prioritize this big heap of digital transformation projects that squirt out the other end of the strategy tube?    The default that I use when reviewing and prioritizing workloads is simple:  prioritize by platform.  Building on the significant investments and modern software design provided by most major vendors, we establish a baseline architecture at a…

February 19, 2018
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IDG Contributor Network: The enterprise architecture paradox

The much-anticipated The Cloverfield Paradox was recently released on Netflix.  While the surprise trailer and announcement received much praise, the movie itself was widely (and sometimes, thoroughly) panned.  I enjoyed it.  (I have an admittedly low bar for what constitutes an enjoyable movie.)  Regardless, I do like the idea of an anthology of loosely coupled concepts around a central theme.  It provides the freedom of countless creative options, but it…

February 19, 2018
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