A happy Thursday to you, Austin. The weekend is almost at hand.
Until we get there, here’s a look at some of the tech-related stories making waves and generating buzz around the Interwebs today:
Hey, your Bitcoin is no good here
Despite the overwhelming amount of media coverage the past couple years about Bitcoin, the reality is that almost no major online retailers will let you use virtual currency to buy anything. As Bloomberg News reports, only three of the 500 largest online retailers accept Bitcoin for payment. That data, from a report by e-commerce publication Internet Retailer, shows that the cryptocurrency is still a long way from mainstream acceptance.
A battle over a monkey’s selfies
Can an animal own the rights to photos it takes of itself?
That might sound like a bizarre debate, but it is actually playing out in the U.S. court system.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is weighing the case of Naruto, a macaque monkey in Indonesia. Naruto picked up a camera supplied by British nature photographer David Slater in 2011 and snapped some self-portraits. Slater published the photos in a book, "Wildlife Personalities." Now, activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has sued Slater, claiming he violated the monkey’s copyright. A federal judge ruled against PETA and the monkey last year, saying he lacked the right to sue because there was no indication that Congress intended to extend copyright protection to animals. PETA filed an appeal, and here we are.
There has been no comment yet from Naruto on how he feels about the whole thing.
AMD vs. Intel chip battle continues
It’s been a big year for Advanced Micro Devices, which has major operations in Austin. The chipmaker unveiled its new computer processor architecture, called Zen, and that has sparked a surge in sales and in the company’s share price.
Now, AMD is revealing some new details about its high-end, multi-core Ryzen Threadripper chips, and tech industry experts are taking notice. The Verge reports that the Threadripper line of chips are hundreds of dollars cheaper than comparable chips from rival Intel, and deliver similar performance.
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