Tokyo Court orders bankruptcy trustee to begin Mt. Gox liquidation

Burges, a self-styled cryptocurrency trader and former software engineer from London, holds a placard to protest against Mt. Gox in TokyoTokyo District Court ordered liquidation to begin at failed bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, the company said on Thursday, after the bankruptcy administrator said on April 16 that it would be difficult to rehabilitate the firm. Mt. Gox, once the largest bitcoin exchange in the world, filed for bankruptcy protection on February 28, saying that 750,000 of its customers' bitcoins had been taken from the exchange due to a security flaw in its code, as well as 100,000 belonging to the exchange. A document uploaded onto its website and signed by bankruptcy administrator, attorney Nobuaki Kobayashi, said that he would conduct an investigation regarding the liability of the representative director of the company, Mark Karpeles, regarding the missing assets. A group of investors under the umbrella of a company called Sunlot made a last-ditch attempt in mid-April to prevent the liquidation of the exchange, bidding to take over Mt. Gox in order to retrieve the cryptocurrency and cash belonging to its 127,000 creditors.

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France is plotting to take Uber’s car-tracking tech and hand it over to taxis

France is plotting to take Uber's car-tracking tech and hand it over to taxisWhile taxi services like Uber may be flat-out unwelcome in Belgium, neighboring France is still trying to figure out how to manage them. Under pressure from traditional cab drivers in the country, a new law was introduced that required the likes of Uber, LeCab and SnapCar to wait 15 minutes before picking people up, giving normal cabs a better shot at landing the business. It didn't survive very long, not that it did much to calm some old-school cabbies anyway.

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Amazon Kindle or a young lady’s illustrated primer?

Amazon Kindle or a young lady's illustrated primer?While codenames are far from uncommon in the technology industry, some of them are cleverer than others. Over at Medium, Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, writes about the surprising connection between Amazon's iconic ebook reader and Neal Stephenson's award-winning postcyberpunk novel The Diamond Age. More enchantingly, Sloan brings attention to how a URL in Amazon's e-commerce site has immortalized that link between the two.

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Brazil looks to protect privacy and net neutrality with internet bill of rights

Brazil looks to protect privacy and net neutrality with internet bill of rightsThe Brazilian government this week passed new legislation aimed at protecting internet privacy and guaranteeing open access to the web. As the Associated Press reports, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff signed the so-called “internet constitution” into law yesterday before speaking at a conference on web governance in Sao Paulo, where she hailed the legislation as critical to protecting human rights and net neutrality. “The internet you want is only possible in an environment of respect for human rights,” Rousseff said in a statement on her website, “especially privacy and freedom of expression.” Rousseff has been an outspoken advocate for internet privacy after it was revealed that the National Security Agency (NSA) had been eavesdropping on her telephone calls and emails.

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President Obama plays soccer with a Japanese robot

President Obama plays soccer with a Japanese robotPresident Obama is in Japan on a state visit right now, and he's been making some high-tech new friends. Honda's humanoid robot Asimo was on hand at Tokyo's Miraikan science museum — previously host to the colossal Kuratas mech — to demonstrate its soccer abilities. After offering a bow and exchanging a few words with Asimo, Obama said its ball skills were “pretty impressive,” according to The Wall Street Journal. But the robot might have done its job too well; Obama later told students that “the robots were a little scary.

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