‘The FBI caught the man accused of creating Silk Road — the shadowy e-commerce site it describes as “the most sophisticated and extensive criminal marketplace on the Internet today” — after he allegedly posted his Gmail address online, according to court documents.
‘Federal agents swooped on Ross William Ulbricht in a San Francisco public library Tuesday afternoon, charging the 29-year-old American with narcotics trafficking, computer hacking and money laundering. They allege he is “the Dread Pirate Roberts,” the Silk Road’s mysterious founder, who drew his pseudonym from the feared, fictitious character in the film The Princess Bride…’
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Twitter’s New Alert System Worked During Capitol Lockdown
‘One of Twitter’s newest functions got a chance to prove its worth just a week after its launch.
‘During the brief time that the U.S. Capitol was under lockdown on Thursday after gunshots were fired near the building, the Senate Sergeant at Arms pushed out a notification using Twitter’s emergency alert system. The company introduced this feature last week…’
The dark side of open-access publishing
A sting operation orchestrated by Science’s contributing news correspondent John Bohannon exposes the dark side of open-access publishing.
‘A spoof paper concocted by Science reveals little or no scrutiny at many open-access journals.
‘On 4 July, good news arrived in the inbox of Ocorrafoo Cobange, a biologist at the Wassee Institute of Medicine in Asmara. It was the official letter of acceptance for a paper he had submitted 2 months earlier to the Journal of Natural Pharmaceuticals, describing the anticancer properties of a chemical that Cobange had extracted from a lichen.
‘In fact, it should have been promptly rejected. Any reviewer with more than a high-school knowledge of chemistry and the ability to understand a basic data plot should have spotted the paper’s short-comings immediately. Its experiments are so hopelessly flawed that the results are meaningless…’