Bitcoin Recession | Tech Talk Today 154

Bitcoin Recession | Tech Talk Today 154

Is the Bitcoin Foundation about to collapse or is the situation a bit overblown? We’ll discuss. OnLive finally gets a shutdown date & John Oliver helps refocus the surveillance debate.

Plus what we suspect is behind the elementary OS countdown clock!

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John Oliver Just Changed The Surveillance Reform Debate | TechCrunch

It’s been almost two years since the world was captivated by Snowden’s leaks to The Guardian and The Washington Post about American surveillance programs. For weeks it seemed there was a new headline everyday about another previously classified surveillance program or another government official calling for action on this issue. Presidential review groups were called. President Obama called for major changes to the programs.

Oliver’s interview is timely as we approach an important deadline for surveillance reform on June 1. In response to the public outcry that followed the Snowden revelations, President Obama stipulated that congress must renew or reform the Patriot Act provision authorizing the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records by that date, or else the program will expire.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Government Surveillance (John Oliver sits down with Edward Snowden to discuss the NSA, the balance between privacy and security @14 min. mark) : LinuxActionShow

OnLive, The First Big Streaming Games Service, Is Dead

OnLive, the first video game streaming service to really make waves (or at least headlines), is going to the great capital-C Cloud in the sky on April 30th. Ars Technica reports that all of the company’s patents have been sold off to Sony Computer Entertainment America, presumably for their PlayStation Now service, which is similarly focused on streaming games directly to players sans pesky intermediaries like the space-time continuum.

Has the Bitcoin Foundation Run Out of Cash?

The Bitcoin Foundation, an organization that promotes development of bitcoin, is ‘effectively bankrupt’ and has shed most of its staff, according to Olivier Janssens, a member of the foundation’s board of directors. Janssens attributed the foundation’s financial straits to two years of ‘ridiculous spending and poorly thought out decisions,’ adding that the board has tried to remedy the situation by finding a new executive director. Two other board members, however, said the foundation was not bankrupt, though in need of some kind of restructuring.

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