Sweetie looks much like other unfortunate young Filipinas. Just 10 years old, her user profile shows, she spends her days online fielding requests from men who offer her money to perform sexual acts in front of a webcam. When she logs on, invitations pour in -- “Are you a working girl?” or “I’m into girls your age” -- from strangers keen to get her into a private show via Skype or Yahoo! Messenger.
In the five years since bitcoin was created, the hunt for them has consumed enough electricity to keep the Eiffel Tower lit for 260 years. One man’s way around the utility bills: the family power plant.
Asia’s benchmark stock index fell from an almost three-month high amid a renewed selloff of technology shares and as a gain in the yen yesterday dragged Japan’s Topix index to its worst week since June.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose, rebounding from its worst week since January, as data showing a gain in industrial production boosted optimism over the economy and investors watched developments in Ukraine.