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IN THE NEWS: BITCOINS SEIZED FROM ALLEGED ONLINE DRUG KINGPIN
NEW YORK (AP) _ They're called bitcoins. And the Feds have collected a bunch of them as part of their probe into a man charged with operating an online drug marketplace. The United States Attorney in New York says about $28 million worth of bitcoins were found on computer hardware belonging to Ross William Ulbricht. The bitcoins are the electronic currency _ online cash, if you will _ that authorities say was used to make purchases on the secret Silk Road Web site. Federal authorities in New York have charged Ulbricht with three felonies related to the operation of the site.
IN THE NEWS: NSA SITE DOWN FOR A BIT
WASHINGTON (AP) _ The National Security Agency says its Web site was down for a bit over the weekend. But the secretive agency that had been monitoring domestic phone calls as part of the anti-terror watch says no foul play was involved. The agency says nsa.gov was inaccessible for several hours during a scheduled update. It says the problem was caused by an internal error in the system. There was speculation on the Internet that the NSA site had been hit with a denial-of-service attack, but the NSA says that isn't so. A denial-of-service attack is when outsiders corral a bunch of rogue computers and flood a target with bogus traffic, making the site unavailable to its intended users.
ON THE WEB: ELLIS ISLAND TO REOPEN TODAY
CYBERSPACE (AP) _ The island were millions of immigrants got their first look at the United States is about to resume receiving visitors for the first time since Superstorm Sandy. The halls and buildings of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum are to reopen to the public Monday _ almost exactly a year after the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy gushed into New York Harbor. The storm swamped boilers and electrical systems and left the 27.5-acre island without power for months.
Ellis Island site: http://www.nps.gov/elis
IN STORES: MICROSOFT SCULPT ERGONOMIC DESKTOP
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) _ It's a split decision that can make your hands feel like a winner _ if you're the type of person who has had problems with pain from typing on a computer. The Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop is designed to help make using a desktop a little easier on the hands. Unlike the wave-line design of its previous ergonomic keyboards, the Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop has a split keyboard. The design helps keep the wrists and forearms in a relaxed position _ a position that helps relieve stress from pounding a computer keyboard. It also has a cushioned palm rest to help support the wrist. And the keyboard itself is domed, which helps reduce that bend in the wrist that can cause problems when using a typical, flat keyboard. The desktop comes with a mouse and numeric keypad. And for those with Windows 8, the keyboard has a button that launches the start screen for Microsoft's newest operating system.
Microsoft site: http://www.microsoft.com
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
Oscar Gabriel can be reached at ogabriel(at)ap.org.
(The Associated Press)