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'You wanted Silk Road to be your legacy. And it is. Now enjoy your life behind bars'
Plus: Who taught the killbots how to jump?
But what were the best quotes?
We start in New York, where Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht learned he would be spending the next few decades in the big house. Earlier in the week, Ulbricht had asked the court for leniency.
I've had my youth, and I know you must take away my middle years, but please leave me my old age. Please leave a small light at the end of the tunnel, an excuse to stay healthy, an excuse to dream of better days ahead, and a chance to redeem myself in the free world before I meet my maker.
Judge Katherine Forrest was unmoved, delivering the life sentence in an hour-long statement that showed little sympathy for Ulbricht:
It was a carefully planned life's work. You wanted it to be your legacy. And it is.
On to MIT, where the only slightly-terrifying robotic cheetah project has achieved a new milestone: jumping.
Sangbae Kim, an assistant prof of mechanical engineering at MIT, said that getting the catbot off the ground was no small feat:
A running jump is a truly dynamic behaviour, You have to manage balance and energy, and be able to handle impact after landing. Our robot is specifically designed for those highly dynamic behaviours.
Just down the road at Harvard, a student at Mark Zuckerberg's alma mater has developed a tool to underscore just how creepy Facebook's tracking technology can be. Aran Khanna's Chrome extension can map your location through Facebook Messenger. Khanna said:
The Chrome extension was written to accompany my Medium post about the creepy potential of the location data we often inadvertently reveal about ourselves on Facebook Messenger, due to its defaults of always sharing your location when sending messages.
Elsewhere, Jawbone has accused wearables rival Fitbit of trying to torpedo its business by hiring away its best employees and trying to copy its products. Jawbone claimed:
This case arises out of clandestine efforts of Fitbit to steal talent, trade secrets and intellectual property from its chief competitor, Jawbone.
ESET researchers Olivier Bilodeau and Thomas Dupuy uncovered an interesting new piece of malware this week. This particular nasty, dubbed Moose, gets into routers and tries to take out social networking accounts.
During our analysis we often asked ourselves, "Why so much effort in order to interact with social networks?" But of course there is a market for follows, likes, views and whatnot.
Yahoo! has been put in the crosshairs of a class action suit, which alleged that the Purple Palace handed off email data to advertisers. Yahoo! warned of dire consequences from the lawsuit, but veteran judge Lucy Koh wasn't having any of it:
The Court finds Yahoo!'s description of the requested injunctive relief as "setting back email services for decades" to be overly dramatic in light of the evidence in this case.
Finally, Google held its I/O conference this week, and one of the technologies The Chocolate Factory was showing off was Cardboard (stop laughing at the back, you cad). Yes, it may be nothing more than a box with two lenses, but product manager Clay Bavor was exceedingly proud of what the project has accomplished.
What began as a single, open design turned into an entire ecosystem of manufacturers making Cardboard in all shapes and sizes.
Easy, dude. It's still just a box with a phone inside. ®