Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, January 1, 2014

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Starting today, Colorado will become the first state to begin allowing the sale of marijuana to anyone over the age of 21. Recreational use has been legal in the state for about a year now, but today the plant will be officially available at stores with special liscenses. And, where there's a crop, and retail stores to sell that crop, there's a tracking system. Speaking of shopping for goods, if you're planning on using your gift cards or your holiday cash for a January online buyers blitz, you'll probably run into a CAPTCHA or two -- those little tests asking you to type in letters and numbers to prove you're not a bot but a human. Google says its popular version is now much easier to decipher. But that might not be the case for everyone. 

The biggest tech legal battles to watch in 2014

Cyrus Farivar from Ars Technica explains which cases will be making headlines in the New Year.
Posted In: lawsuits, Silk Road, Kim Dotcom

The tech behind tracking marijuana plants in Colorado

The first state to allow marijuana sales to anyone over 21 has to track all that pot somehow.
Posted In: marijuana, colorado

Why blind internet users are angry with Google, CAPTCHA

CAPTCHAs are designed to prevent fraud on many websites.
Posted In: Google CAPTCHA, reCAPTCHA