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6. Bitcoin is property, not currency, according to the U.S.
The U.S. government will not treat the Bitcoin cryptocurrency as currency — instead it shall be considered property, which makes it the first substantive ruling by the U.S. tax authority. According to experts speaking to Bloomberg, the ruling is not as good for consumers, and some are already asking the Internal Revenue Service to change its mind.
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7. Early Microsoft code included f-bombs and bad jokes
Microsoft programmers developing the first versions of MS-DOS and Word were not afraid of throwing in the occasional joke line of code or "easter egg." In some lines of code, expletives and fart-jokes were included. Granted, the code was written more than 30 years ago and so a bunch of mostly in their early-20s can be mostly excused.
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8. Government data requests to Google have more than doubled in 4 years
Google's latest transparency report shows that requests by governments have gone up by 120 percent since 2009. The search, cloud, and mobile giant has been pushing back against the U.S. Justice Dept. for months in efforts to try to release more information about the data requests made by the U.S. in the wake of the National Security Agency surveillance leaks.