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Ars Technica reports the law enforcement action against Silk Road 2 yesterday was part of a larger action called Operation Onymous. Spelled with a Y. Police in 12 countries seized 414 darknet domains, confiscated $1 million in bitcoins, $250,000 in cash , a variety of drugs, gold and silver and arrested at least 17 people. Among the sites taken down were Hydra, Cloud Nine, Pandora (not the music site) and Blue Sky. Agora and and Evolution markets were not affected according to Ars.
TechCrunch reports that Facebook has launched a tool in the Newsfeed Settings to show users which of their friends and pages take up the most space in their feeds. The tool allows you to quickly unfollow the over sharers without actually unfriending them. Related question: If a baby picture is posted on Facebook, and nobody sees it, does that baby still exist?
The Next Web passes along that Microsoft will reveal detail on its first non-Nokia branded Lumia phone November 11th. The announcement was made in a short post at the Nokia Conversations Blog.
The Verge reports Google’s mysterious barge showrooms were shut down because of fire safety concerns. The Wall Street Journal filed a Freedom of Information Request which revealed the US Coast Guard warned that having 5,000 gallons of fuel on the main deck next to a “substantial amount of combustible material was worrisome. Other concerns were also reported and despite Google’s best efforts the fire risk was determined to be too high and the plan was scrapped. Literally. The barge was dismantled and sold in Portland in August.
PCMag reports that Twitter has teamed up with nonprofit advocacy group Women Action and the Media to launch a new reporting tool that allows victims of gendered harassment to submit a detailed complaint along with the twitter handles of the harassers. The non-profit group will validate the reports, escalate them to Twitter and track the response.
Reuters passes along the Wall Street Journal reports Twitter plans to open an office in Hong Kong in Q1 of 2015 to serve greater China and sell advertising to Chinese companies. While Twitter itsels is blocked in China, the mopub advertising arm has several Chinese companies as clients.
Blizzard announced its first new game franchise in 17 years. Overwatch is a Team Fortress inspired multiplayer team shooter with superhero type characters. Overwatch will launch in Beta in 2015.
News From You:
spsheridan passed along the Business Insider writeup of Marc Zuckerberg’s first public Q&A recorded yesterday. Among other things, Zuckerberg shed light on Facebook’s reason for making Messenger a standalone app. “On mobile, each app can only focus on doing one thing well, we think.” Zuckerberg explained that the primary app is for the newsfeed, and that made messenging hard to get access.
HobbitfromPa submitted an Engadget report that scientists have built micro-robotic scallops that can swim through bodily fluids, repair damaged cells and deliver medicine. The scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Scallops…er Systems believe that mimicking the way scallops swim is ideal for navigating through your body liquids.
Discussion Section: Marvel v. Google
Pick of the Day: Clicky Keyboards via Amar
You and Ek talking about nostalgia regarding archive.org and video games made me think of a recent purchase I made:
I bought a clicky keyboard from the latter (because I have a mac) and it plugged and played to perfection. While I guess U like the current keyboards that are noiseless…there’s something about a clicky keyboard that gives me the immediate feedback and nostalgia that makes writing more fluid.
They are bit pricey I’ll admit…but I love mine. Customer service is awesome.
Monday’s guest: Veronica Belmont