Tuesday 07.21.17
"My office email password is the name of our tech support guy, just so if he ever asks I can look at him and wink slowly as I whisper it." - Matt Roller

2 Leading Online Black Markets Are Shut Down by Authorities Wheen dark net markets are shut, their users typically move quickly to new markets. But on Thursday, news of the joint operation sent the community into a panic. - New York Times

Bitcoin Surged By $300 in the Past 24 Hours. Here’s Why. Bitcoin's price surge coincided with law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Europe taking out two of the biggest "dark web" operations known to accept Bitcoin and Ethereum Thursday, including online black market Alphabay. - Fortune

Elon Musk says he has ‘verbal govt approval’ for D.C.-to-New York Hyperloop Yesterday Elon Muck took to twitter to announce that he “Just received verbal govt approval for The Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop. NY-DC in 29 mins". - Washington Post

China’s 2.4 Trillion Cigarette Habit Is Actually Progress  While figures from Euromonitor International showed 2.4 trillion cigarettes were smoked last year, that marks the second straight annual decline. China has been raising taxes and toughening anti-smoking laws, and Euromonitor expects the numbers to keep dropping -- at an average rate of 2.3 percent annually. - Bloomberg

YouTube Starts Redirecting Searches for Terrorist Content to Anti-Hate Videos YouTube, launching a new way to fight the spread of terrorist propaganda, said it has begun rolling out a feature that will redirect searches for specific terrorism-related keywords to a playlist of videos “debunking violent extremist recruiting narratives.” - Variety

Facebook is exploring creating a mysterious 'modular' hardware device  A patent application published by the company on Thursday details a "modular electromechanical device" that can incorporate a speaker, microphone, touch display, GPS, and even function as a phone. - Business Insider

O.J. Simpson Wins Parole, Claiming He Has Led a ‘Conflict-Free Life’ O. J. Simpson went before a Nevada parole board on Thursday flashing his usual self-assurance, telling the board that he was “a good guy” and asserting, implausibly, “I basically have spent a conflict-free life.” - New York Times
  Amazon's New Customer- Stratechery

A business hypothesis by Stratechery on how Amazon can use the WholeFoods customer to build an infrastructure for something such as “Amazon Grocery Services.”
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