GeekSpeak for 2018-02-16

John Barlow Secures Verizon's Bitcoins

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This week’s episode is dedicated to John Perry Barlow; Writer, Lyricist, and Internet Freedom pioneer.
On the show we look into Google Chrome’s move to label unsecured sites, Verizon’s trouble with phone thefts, and speak in depth on cryptocurrencies.

John Perry Barlow, Internet Pioneer, 1947-2018

With a broken heart I have to announce that EFF’s founder, visionary, and our ongoing inspiration, John Perry Barlow, passed away quietly in his sleep this morning. We will miss Barlow and his wisdom for decades to come, and he will always be an integral part of EFF.

Crushed wood is stronger than steel

Compressing the material and removing some of its polymers can increase its strength tenfold.

Verizon will start locking phones to its network to prevent armed robberies

Verizon will let customers unlock phones post-sale, but just how isn’t clear yet.

In Iceland, bitcoin mining will soon use more energy than its residents

Iceland, the North Atlantic island nation with a population of just 340,000, is powered almost entirely by renewable energy, mostly geothermal, hydroelectric, and wind.

The harmful drive-by currency mining scourge shows no signs of abating

One attack sneaks coin-mining malware onto 4,300 sites. Another targets Android users.

Cryptocurrencies Come to Campus

Several top schools have added or are rushing to add classes about Bitcoin and the record-keeping technology that it introduced, known as the blockchain.

Google Chrome pushes for user protection with "Not secure" label

In an effort to force websites to better protect their users, the Chrome web browser will label all sites not encrypting traffic as “Not secure” in the web address bar, Google announced Thursday.