Hashtag Trending – Bitcoin crash; preventing another Hawaii false alarm; apps as evidence

Bitcoin finally takes a nosedive. A new testing capability that could have prevented Hawaii’s false alarm won’t be put in place until next year. And an iPhone app is being used to provide evidence for a murder trial.

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On LinkedIn, Bitcoin’s price took a nose dive on Tuesday. The world’s most popular crypto-coin dipped almost 20 percent. One Bitcoin is now worth $11,000 USD. It was approaching $20,000 just last month. The dip comes as regulators around the world are considering restrictions on access to the digital currency. Namely, South Korea says it’s still considering a total ban. With the slide, other crypto-currencies were also affected, including Ethereum and Ripple. So is the crypto-party over, or is this just a good buying opportunity?

Will Ajit Pai’s FCC Probe into Hawaii False Alarm Expose Role Telecom Giants Played in Blocking Emergency System Upgrades? ‘…it was telecom giants, including his former employer Verizon, that played a specific and outsized role in preventing the implementation of several key safeguards.’ from technology

Hot on Reddit, a discussion about the false ballistic missile alert in Hawaii. After an emergency alert accidentally went out to every phone in the state on Saturday, many were wondering how it would be possible to make such a mistake. It turns out that telecommunications companies have lobbied against testing requirements that could have prevented such an error. Many states have asked for the ability to do end-to-end tests on these emergency alert systems in order to train new staff. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission did require telecom firms to allow for this capability, but the regulation won’t take effect until March 2019. More than two and a half years after being adopted.

And again on LinkedIn, an iPhone app is playing a central role in a murder trial. Apple’s Health app is being used to build a case around how a murderer disposed of his victim’s body. German authorities used the Health app to see what type of activity was reported on a specific day. They said the app’s report that he spent all day climbing stairs was evidence of the time it would take to drag a body to a river, and then climb back up. Hussein Khavari has admitted guilt in the case of the rape and murder of 19-year-old medical student Maria Ladenburger.


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