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Ones and Zeros: Punk Meets Tech, Ransomware, and Cheetahs

Our weekly roundup of the good, the bad, and the ugly on the 'net.

Our weekly roundup of the good, the bad, and the ugly on the 'net. See last week's here.


ONE: Google+ gets an update

Google+ now has “Communities,” which is basically Facebook Groups. The company also announced new stats: 500 million accounts, 235 million using Google+ features of some sort and 135 million actually using the newsfeed.

ONE: The Silicon Valley of Europe

“Poor, but sexy” Berlin has become Europe’s tech capital thanks to cheap rent and a young trendy population. “Berlin is punk meeting tech," says SoundCloud co-founder Swedish-born Eric Wahlforss, one of the founders of SoundCloud.

ONE: Neil Gaiman and Neil deGrasse Tyson talk dirty

ZERO: Congress voted to remove the word “lunatic” from federal law, while keeping “idiot”

The vote was basically unanimous.

ONE: The bizarre story of Liechtenstein's first Grammy nominee

"Who the hell is Al Walser?"

ZERO: The rise of ransomware

Where hackers lock your computer with a virus and promise to sell you back the access for a steep fine. The worst part? They usually don’t unlock it, even if you pay.

ONE: This delorean taxi

ZERO: Windows 8, a Christmas gift for someone you hate


ZERO: Rent a boyfriend on this Japanese website for $364

You can sleep in his arms, go out for a date, or even have him clean your apartment. Just nothing sexual.

ONE: This cheetah video

ONE: Life and death in the United States visualized

This site simulates the birth and death of Americans across the country in real-time.

ZERO: China's foreign minister has no idea who Elton John is

Something the Chinese people found quite amusing.

ONE: Intel says future CPUs will still be upgradeable

Sort of.