Five children in California have been paralyzed by a mystery virus – and scientists are still in the dark.
On the surface, these cases looked a lot like polio. But the last time poliovirus claimed an American victim was in 1979, and all of these children had been vaccinated.
Whatever they had was something else - something rare and possibly new.
Mt. Gox, the world’s largest online Bitcoin exchange, has gone dark in the wake of claims that it has been the target of a long-term hacking theft to the tune of at least $350 million. That’s according to an as-yet-unverified leaked document, which circulated throughout the Bitcoin community Monday night, and pits the losses at 744,408 Bitcoins — or six percent of the total Bitcoin circulation.
Made available by Bitcoin entrepreneur Ryan Selkis, the document claims that the “malleability-related theft” had gone “unnoticed for several years” due in large part to a bug in Bitcoin software. It also speculates regarding the devastating effect the theft could have on Bitcoin’s already shaky public perception.
“At the risk of appearing hyperbolic, this could be the end of Bitcoin, at least for most of the public,” the document states.
A joint statement by other Bitcoin companies, however, sought to assuage the damage, claiming that fellow businesses “will continue to thrive, and to fulfill the promise that bitcoin offers as the future of payment in the Internet age.”
With Ukraine’s fugitive president on the run, visitors treated themselves to a tour of his massive personal estate over the weekend.
Brendan Hoffman, on assignment for Getty Images, Instagrams his personal experiences of a photojournalist on the ground in Kiev, Ukraine.
Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, Leader of the Sinaloa Drug Cartel, Is Arrested in Mexico.
Newsweek profiled Loera, Mexico’s “Most Powerful Drug Lord”, aka the Most Wanted Man in Mexico, several times over the years. His cartel has had an impact on everything from the country’s musicians to the imagination of its children.
But those who know of Chapo’s powers say that no matter where he’s kept in Mexico, he’ll receive special treatment: his cartel runs the country’s prisons as efficiently as it crosses the U.S.-American border.
There isn’t a BuzzFeed quiz to determine which cryptocurrency you are. But at the rate Bitcoin alternatives have been flooding the Internet in recent weeks and months, it can’t be long, can it?
The newest cryptocurrency, inspired by the aborted Coinye, a Kanye West themed-currency, is Kim Coindashian, or “Kimcoin,” a digital currency pegged around — yes — Kim Kardashian. It’s so new it doesn’t entirely exist yet, but its developers swear they’re not joking. And they are convinced the reality TV star will take to the cryptocurrency treatment better than her fiancé, who shut Coinye down faster than you could say “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Currency.” Can this one be different?
Our latest cover story: Greetings from Gitmo by Alexander Nazaryan
They lost their legs in Afghanistan and Iraq; now they have come to Guantánamo Bay to scuba dive.
The IRS estimates the average taxpayer spends about 13 hours on taxes and non-compliance costs are huge.
“In the words of the popular proverb, Moscow was the heart of Russia; St Petersburg, its head. But Kiev, its mother…”— James H. Billington, The Icon and the Axe
With 50 dead in Kiev, Ukraine must choose between Russia or the West—unless Putin chooses for them.
Photo credit: Konstantin Chernichkin/Reuters