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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.

by ALEC LIU
Dec 7 2012, 7:10pm

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

ONE: SNEAKER SPEAKERS!

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

Ouch.

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.