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(This story changes Mandalah description in the 30th paragraph, company name in the 31st paragraph) By Sophie Knight TOKYO (Reuters) - In June 2011, when customers of now-bankrupt bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox agitated for proof that the Tokyo-based firm was still solvent after a hacking attack, CEO Mark Karpeles turned to the comedy science fiction novel "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy". During an online chat, Karpeles moved the equivalent of $170 million in bitcoin at today's market rates - the virtual equivalent of a bank manager flashing a wad of cash in a wallet to establish credit. The gesture - with a sly wink to the "geek" culture Karpeles believed he shared with many of his 50,000 customers at the time, including an interest in coding, Japanese manga comics and science fiction - succeeded. By moving 424,242 bitcoins, Karpeles, then 26, evoked the random number, 42, described as the "meaning of life" in Douglas Adams' sci-fi novel.

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By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Hacking for espionage purposes is sharply increasing, with groups or national governments from Eastern Europe playing a growing role, according to one of the most comprehensive annual studies of computer intrusions. Spying intrusions traced back to any country in 2013 were blamed on residents of China and other East Asian nations 49 percent of the time, but Eastern European countries, especially Russian-speaking nations, were the suspected launching site for 21 percent of breaches, Verizon Communications Inc's said in its annual Data Breach Investigations Report. Though the overall number of spying incidents studied tripled to 511 from total in the 2013 Verizon report, most of that increase is due to the addition of new data sources. Even looking at just the same contributors as before, however, espionage cases grew, said Verizon investigator Bryan Sartin.

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Thousands of self-managed forums make up Reddit's sizable corner of the internet, but only a few dozen bear the coveted "default" status that places them on every new user's list of subscribed communities. Now, there's one fewer. A dramatic saga of censorship, poor moderation and keyword-based deletion scripts have ousted the technology subreddit (/r/technology) from the default list.

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It's relatively easy to clone embryos from the adult stem cells of simpler animals like sheep, but humans have proved challenging. Even an attempt last year only used baby cells. The process just took a gigantic step forward, though, as scientists have finally used an adult human's stem cells to clone a pre-embryonic blastocyst.

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Acclaimed writer and director Joss Whedon is responsible for several cult classic TV shows including Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and he is known more recently for writing and directing the blockbuster smash, The Avengers. Whedon has been known to experiment in his films and with new distribution methods, and his latest project could be one of his most interesting experiments yet. As noted by GigaOm, Whedon on Sunday surprised fans when he made the latest film from his production company Bellwether Pictures available exclusively as a 72-hour rental on Vimeo. Titled In Your Eyes, Whedon wrote the script for the new movie and he’s listed as the picture’s executive producer. In Your Eyes is a “supernatural romance” that stars Zoe Kazan and Michael Stahl-David. The 72-hour Vimeo rental is available immediately

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Sprint Also Grows More in First Quarter of 2014 AT&T and Verizon Enjoy Higher Retention Rates Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) released analysis of the results from its research on mobile phone carriers for the calendar quarter that ended March 31, 2014. This analysis features findings about consumer trends in mobile phone activations from January-March 2014, and is based on its survey of US subjects that activated a new or used mobile phone in that three-month period. ...

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We hope you weren't planning on inhaling indulging in powdered alcohol this fall -- it looks like the US government was a little too hasty in giving the dry drink the A-OK. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau tells CNN that it approved Lipsmark's upcoming Palcohol "in error." As to why?

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Most Amazon Customers Start and End at Amazon.com Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) released analysis that indicates that rather than looking for items at a physical store, then buying them online, most Amazon.com customers started shopping at the Amazon.com website. 80% of customers that made a purchase at Amazon did not shop first at a physical store for their most recent item (see chart). Physical Retail Stores Where Amazon Customers Shopped First A significant percentage of Amazon buyers don't shop around at all. They start their shopping at Amazon. ...

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Netflix is preparing a sequel unlikely to be a hit with its subscribers. The Internet video service is about to raise its prices for the first time in three years to help pay for more Internet video programming ...

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Late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs famously went on a tirade against Flash back in 2010 when he said that the video technology was on borrowed time and would soon be replaced by HTML5. While Flash is very much still with us four years later, Rapt Media CEO Erika Trautman thinks that HTML5′s time has finally arrived. Writing over at The Next Web, Trautman says that the mobile revolution led by iOS and Android is making Flash increasingly irrelevant to many users who surf the web through their smartphones and tablets. “Since HTML5’s introduction, mobile has been touted as one of the publishing language’s largest advantages,” she writes. “And since iOS and many Android devices don’t support Flash, Flash is bound to PCs

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Airbnb is clearly tired of getting grief from cities that say its customers' short-term rentals are frequently illegal or otherwise a drain on the community. The company has revealed that it's in the midst of removing more than 2,000 New York City listings that aren't "providing a quality, local experience to guests." While Airbnb hasn't said exactly what that means, the move comes as the state Attorney General filed an affidavit in support of a subpoena for Airbnb customer info.

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You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.

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By Christine Murray and Tomas Sarmiento MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A Mexican court said on Monday it would begin analyzing an injunction request from telecommunications giant America Movil against a regulatory ruling designed to curb its dominance and spur competition. Controlled by tycoon Carlos Slim, America Movil has about 80 percent of Mexico's fixed-line business and some 70 percent of the mobile sector. It was ruled dominant earlier this year by new regulator the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT). That ruling allowed the IFT to impose a series of tougher regulations against Slim's flagship company.

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Samsung’s newly launched Gear wearable devices, including the Gear Fit smartwatch, will be very expensive to repair according to a new report from ZDNet Korea reports. The publication has learned that any malfunctioning or broken Gear wearables will have to be turned in for repairs, with users unable to simply order a replacement screen or component to fix a device themselves. In addition to turning in the broken Gear wearable device, users will also have to pay a fee that’s almost equal to the original cost of the device when exchanging it. In Korea, buyers will have to pay 250,000 won (around $240,) to exchange a busted Gear 2 and 177,000 won (around $170) for the Gear Fit. For comparison, the full prices for these devices are at

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North Dakota will soon get a glimpse of a future where farmers can monitor their crops using small, flying drones. That's because the US Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given the state the go-ahead to start using its unmanned aerial systems (UAS) test site. It's the first one to become operation among the six commercial UAS testing program sites chosen by Congress in 2013.

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Mailbox's biggest update yet is out in the App Store. Version 2.0 of the iOS email app brings "Auto-swipe," a feature that predicts which messages you might want to respond to in a while, which threads you've had enough of, and which messages you'll send straight to the archive folder. "The app very quietly makes suggestions about improving what it does," co-founder Gentry Underwood told The Verge earlier this month, "and when you choose one, you just made Mailbox smarter."

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By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Video streaming service Netflix Inc said it intends to raise its subscription price for new customers by $1 or $2 a month to help the company buy more movies and TV shows and improve service for its 48 million global subscribers. Investors welcomed the announcement on Monday by Netflix, which had suffered from a consumer exodus and stock plunge after it announced an unpopular price increase in July 2011. Chief Executive Reed Hastings said Netflix had improved its selection of TV shows and movies and added original series like critically acclaimed Kevin Spacey thriller "House of Cards." With added revenue from higher prices, "we will be able to license much more content and deliver it in very high quality video," Hastings said on a webcast. The company, in a quarterly letter to shareholders, said it plans to impose "a one or two dollar increase, depending on the country, later this quarter for new members only." Subscription fees will rise in each of the 41 countries where Netflix operates, Hastings said in an interview.

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For this week's listings, we're switching thing up a bit, with a deeper look at some of the highlight. Check after the break to see what we think is especially worth watching this week, and drop in the comments the comments if you see any highlights that we've missed. We'll be focusing mostly on new shows, specials or big movie and game releases, so don't worry, we haven't forgotten that Game of Thrones or Mad Men is coming on, and we suspect you haven't either.

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The US doesn't mind dealing in irony, it seems. While many criticize the country for its aggressive internet surveillance, it's also pledging millions of dollars towards mesh networks in Cuba and Tunisia that help dissidents avoid online snooping. As with earlier efforts, these automatic, ad hoc grids aren't connected to the internet; they exist to help locals communicate without fear that the government will watch or block what they're doing.

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Samsung’s brand new flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone is barely a week old but it has already seen a substantial price cut in the third largest smartphone market in the world. The new Samsung hero phone recently went on sale in India at Rs. 51,990 ($860) off contract. When HTC’s new HTC One (M8) launched in India on Monday for 49,990 ($827), however, the cost of Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 was immediately slashed as a result. As noted by SamMobile, Samsung’s new flagship phone is now listed at Rs. 46,831 ($775) in white by popular cell phone retailer Flipkart. The new price represents a significant drop of about 10%, and the blog expects the price of the black version to follow soon. Samsung’s new Galaxy S5

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The Alcohol, Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has approved Palcohol, a powdered alcoholic drink mix, for sale and distribution.

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If you've been following the virtual reality scene in the past year, you probably already know that the Oculus Rift raised almost $2.5 million on Kickstarter. You probably also know that its 100-degree field of view is three times that of a traditional desktop monitor. However, you likely haven't seen one of the headsets taken apart screw-by-screw in stop-motion.

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The lead money manager for Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen is leaving his post this week, marking the latest in a round of high-level departures at the Seattle billionaire's Vulcan Inc organization, which handles his $16 billion fortune. Paul Ghaffari, who has been chief investment officer of Vulcan Capital - Allen's private investment unit - since 2010, will leave on Friday, Vulcan said in a statement on Monday. "We appreciate Paul's service at Vulcan and the contributions he made to growing and expanding our investments across all stages of corporate development," said Jody Allen, chief executive of Vulcan Inc and Paul Allen's sister.

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Domino's Pizza now allows hungry people to pay with Google Wallet when using their Android app, adding this new wrinkle to their plan to take over the digital world of pizza delivery.  While the new app is convenient to Android owning pizza lovers (along with Domino's Real Time Food Tracker) it's also making a statement about their relationship with Google. Google even mentioned the collaboration in their own first quarter earnings call, no doubt hoping other retailers will take notice. While Google Wallet has been available since 2011, the company has been pushing the product hard in the last year. Last May, they began allowing users to send money as a Gmail attachment between Wallets.

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The director and lead actor of the Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs biopic are still up in the air, and another pair of big names are now reportedly being eyed for the roles: Leonardo DiCaprio and Slumdog Millionaire-director Danny Boyle. The Hollywood Reporter says that Sony Pictures is now in talks to sign Boyle, who has already approached DiCaprio about the possibility of starring as Jobs. The Social Network director David Fincher had previously been in talks to direct with Christian Bale starring, but Sony is reportedly replacing him over high pay requests. The combination of Boyle and DiCaprio would also be likely to make the film appeal to a far broader audience than the pairing of Fincher and Bale might.

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