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Friday Tab Dump: "Scooter mechanic, once homeless, says cheap rides now help him pay rent" and more [12/14/18 edition

Friday tab dump

What’s ransomware without cryptocurrency? {slate}This is a little over my head but interesting anyway:

"In a statement Wednesday, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control published Khorashadizadeh and Ghorbaniyan’s digital currency addresses: 149w62rY42aZBox8fGcmqNsXUzSStKeq8C and 1AjZPMsnmpdK2Rv9KQNfMurTXinscVro9V

"By making those Bitcoin wallet addresses public and associating them with the names of their owners, OFAC not only undermined the supposed anonymity of cryptocurrency, it also forbade U.S. individuals and organizations from making payments to those addresses or helping them process any transactions."

Your apps know where you were last night, and they’re not keeping it secret {nyt}This story was all over the internets and podcasts this week, but the best part is the visualizations.

"Lisa Magrin is the only person who travels regularly from her home to the school where she works. Her location was recorded more than 800 times there, often in her classroom .

"A visit to a doctor’s office is also included. The data is so specific that The Times could determine how long she was there.

"Ms. Magrin’s location data shows other often-visited locations, including the gym and Weight Watchers.

"In about four months’ of data reviewed by The Times, her location was recorded over 8,600 times — on average, once every 21 minutes."

Scooter mechanic, once homeless, says cheap rides now help him pay rent {sf chronicle}Not sure what this says about America today but here it is.

"The scooter technician gig didn’t exist a little more than a year ago. It’s an example of how shifts in business models, social norms and consumer habits spurred by startups can spawn new kinds of work, defying predictions that new technologies will destroy more jobs than they create."

The United States of wonder You know how Google guesses what you're going to search for as soon as you begin typing? Somebody took the most popular of those in each US state and put them on a map. Pretty cool.


December 14, 2018


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