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Cryptomania has propelled two lesser-known cryptocurrencies to record highs Tuesday, forcing one exchange to halt trading.

Coinbase on Tuesday halted trading of red-hot litecoin and ether, according to cryptocurrency watcher CoinDesk. The publication tweeted a photo showing Coinbase "temporarily disabled" trades of the two digital coins on its platform.

Coinbase's status page showed ethereum and litecoin were experiencing major outages.

Both litecoin and ether hit all-time highs Tuesday morning.

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"Think breedable Beanie Babies."

So states the FAQ for CryptoKitties, a new game for collecting, breeding and selling digital cats that is so popular, it is clogging up the network of digital currency ethereum.

Players have spent the equivalent of $6.7 million and counting buying CryptoKitties, which can sell for as much as $114,481.59, according to third-party research from developer Niel de la Rouviere. The median price of a kitten is $25.04.

Just three days ago, the site had logged about $1.3 million in sales.

"The popularity of virtual cats fits the euphoria we see elsewhere in the crypto-currency space," Peter Atwater, who studies market sentiment and heads Financial Insyghts, said in an email. "It feels very reminiscent of the Candy Crush craze that helped propel the King Entertainment IPO back at the peak of the 'Unicorn' era in mid 2014."


Anonymous online speakers may be able to keep their identities secret even after they lose lawsuits brought against them, a federal appellate court ruled last week.

The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Signature Management Team, LLC v. John Doe is a victory for online speakers because it recognized that the First Amendment’s protections for anonymous speech do not end once a party suing the anonymous speaker prevails. Instead, the court ruled that revealing anonymous speakers’ identities has far-reaching consequences that must be weighed against opposing parties’ and the general public’s rights to learn speakers’ names once they’ve been found to have violated the law. This is good news, because many vulnerable speakers will self-censor unless they have the ability to speak anonymously and thereby avoid retaliation for their whistleblowing or unpopular views.

The ruling, however, is not all good news for anonymous speech. The test announced by the court sets unmasking as the default rule post-judgment, placing the burden on the anonymous party to argue against unmasking. Additionally, the court expanded the competing First Amendment right of access to judicial proceedings and records—which EFF strongly supports—to a novel right to learn the identity of an anonymous litigant—which we do not support...

Sure, actors like Ben Affleck and Hugh Jackman get to step in front of the camera to bring their respective superheroes to life, but there's a whole world of comic book-based animation that has produced many legends over the years. With so many all-star vocal performers out there, it only seems right to bring them together for an Avengers-esque mashup of voice acting greats. Now it seems that's precisely what's happening in the world of animation, as Batman: The Animated Series' Kevin Conroy is teaming up with several other icons for a brand new animated series.

You read that right; Kevin Conroy is getting together with X-Men voice actor Cal Dodd (best known for his role as Wolverine), as well as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles star Rob Paulsen for a brand new animated project called The Gang's All Here. Directed by animation legend Andrea Romano (the woman responsible for many of your favorite voices in the world of classic DC animation) the upcoming animated project will focus on a cast of anthropomorphic animals navigating their way through the entertainment industry. Behind the scenes, Paulsen has spearheaded the development of the show with screenwriter Byron Burton -- who pitched the idea to Paulsen after meeting him at a fan convention. The overall ensemble of actors (which will reportedly also include Romano) won't be portraying heroes this time around, but it's a team-up of Justice League proportions....

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Craig AndertonGuitars are more likely to be associated with tubes and retro technology than cutting-edge software, but that’s changing in everything from recording to live sound. Although guitars aren’t total strangers to technology—MIDI guitar continues to maintain its niche, and there have been other technologies like the Sustainiac, Gizmotron and Gibson’s robot tuning—those ripples are turning into tidal waves.

Amp simulations are becoming increasingly realistic. Line 6’s Helix raised the bar for digital floor multi-effects, and now the same technology is available in the Helix Native plug-ins. IK Multimedia continues to refine AmpliTube, Peavey’s Re-Valver 4 can model different guitar sounds before going into the amp simulation itself, and Universal Audio has partnered with Softube to add amp modeling to UA’s line of Powered Plug-Ins.

But the device that has caused the biggest stir is Kemper’s Profiler Amp, which is available as a standalone processor or complete amp (both with rack versions). Its patented process creates a “profile” of how a physical amp responds to levels, the cabinet, miking and the like to mimic not just a single amp sample, but its dynamically varying character. What’s more, the profile is customizable—for example, you might like the sound of a particular amp, but wish it responded somewhat differently to touch...