Tech Sightings, March 6, 2014

Posted March 6th, 2014 at 2:41 pm (UTC+0)
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With Move to Limit Gun Sales, Facebook Is Caught in Debate

Pressured by law enforcement and advocacy groups, Facebook, one of the world’s largest marketplaces for guns, has moved to regulate gun sales on its site, as well as on its Instagram app, in an effort to shield minors from gun advertisements.

The Internet is Both Blessing and Curse for Uganda’s LGBT Activists

While the Internet helps Uganda’s gay activists organize, it also allows their attackers to identify and target them in a country where homophobic sentiment is widespread.

Are You Attached to Your Cell Phone?

About 44% of cell owners have slept with their phone next to their bed, reveals a study by Pew Research. And younger cell owners are more likely to say they get complaints about spending too much time with their phone. Others are loud and annoying when using their cell phones in public. Are you one of those?

Is Anonymous Online Commenting a Right?

Some websites already have killed their comments sections because of uncivil behavior or inappropriate comments. Now more websites are restructuring their comments sections to revive civility and hold unruly individuals accountable.

The Face Behind Bitcoin

Newsweek magazine reports Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto  is “a 64-year-old Japanese-American man whose name really is Satoshi Nakamoto,” who is living in California, USA.

Canadian Police Investigating After Bitcoin Bank Flexcoin Folds

As the bitcoin saga continues to unfold, Canadian police have begun probing online bitcoin bank Flexcoin, which closed this week, saying it lost about $600,000 in digital currency to a hacker.

Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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