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Why Nobody Can Withdraw Bitcoins From One of the Currency’s Largest Exchanges

February 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The morning of Friday, Feb. 7, the prominent Japanese bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox announced that, due to technical problems, it would be putting bitcoin withdrawals on hold. Customers would still be able to cash their bitcoins in for other currencies, or trade on the market. But getting bitcoins out of ...

Half of All Malware Is Written in Chinese, but the Most Dangerous Is in Russian

November 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Eugene Kaspersky, founder of the cyber security firm that bears his last name, gave a talk on criminal malware and infrastructure attacks to Australia’s National Press Club last week. During the talk, which you can watch here, Kaspersky said three things that made Quartz sit up and listen: The International ...

BlackBerry May Sell for 6% of Company's Peak Stock Price

September 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow BlackBerry’s largest shareholders—led by Fairfax Financial Holdings—have just floated a $4.7 billion deal to take the company private, after five years of spiraling downward. That works out to $9 per share, or 6% of BlackBerry’s peak share price. The company’s share price hit its highest close on June 19, 2008, ...

When Workers Go On Disability, It Could Have More to do With Depression Than Pain

June 14, 2013 You would think disability would be the reason most workers take disability leave. Turns out, that may not be the case. A recent German study shows that a middle-aged worker who develops arthritis is much more likely to take a disability pension and retire early if she is feeling depressed ...

A Brief History of the US Government’s Awful Graphic Design

June 7, 2013 The revelation that major US technology companies are participating in a National Security Administration surveillance program was shocking enough. And that was before we saw the top-secret slides used by the government to describe the spying operation. They are, to put it mildly, heinously ugly… The slides immediately attracted scorn ...

Federal Employment Declines Slightly

June 7, 2013 The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in May, beating expectations, and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.6 percent. Here’s the breakdown of employment status for all Americans age 16 and above: Here’s what job creation and loss looked like in various industries last month: