The organizers of the Hacked: Festival had planned to celebrate "disruptive innovation" at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre from August 11 to 14.

But they've "encountered a serious financial speed bump", so the inaugural fest has been postponed until sometime in 2015.

In a statement on the fest's website, the organizers say:

The dangers of personal identity theft have been drilled into people’s heads—some more so than others, it seems.

The person who threw away the Gateway laptop I saw in a Fairview Dumpster yesterday obviously took the warnings to heart because they made sure no one would ever use their old klunker laptop ever again.

Actually, I think they were not only trying to make sure no one could use their old workhorse for nefarious ends but for any ends.

No way this person’s garbage was becoming any scavenger’s new free laptop.

Fair enough. The laptop was theirs, they could do what they wanted to it right to the bitter end.

But gosh, I sure wanted a Gateway laptop. They leave Lenovo ThinkPads in the dust, right?

According to Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter, women are "bombarded with warnings to modify their behaviour" in order to avoid rape. For instance, women are advised to watch bartenders mix their drinks, limit their alcohol consumption, and never leave their beverages unattended.

If a $100,000 crowdfunding campaign is successful, women may soon be asked to "adjust" their behaviour in another way. The Toronto-based developers of the ("Your Personal Drink ID") have already raised over $8,000 on Indiegogo.

Back in 2012, Uber kicked up quite a social media fuss in Vancouver when it got kicked to the curb by B.C.'s Passenger Transportation Board. Well, get ready for another round of #UberVanLove.

On its blog, the San Francisco-based company behind the taxi and ridesharing app, which meets opposition from the taxi industry wherever it goes, says it's "missed" Vancouver. Uber held a promotional "Ice Cream Day" on July 18, which encouraged locals to download the app and order some ice cream.

Uber's July 17 blog post states:

A Vancouver-based ebook startup has snagged a major publishing partner.

BitLit Media announced today (July 21) that HarperCollins Publishers has signed on for a pilot program.

The local tech company has a mobile app that allows users to obtain the ebook editions of print books they already own for free or at a discount. The BitLit app came out for Android in January and iPhone in March.

HarperCollins will be offering the ebook versions of Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost, Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison, Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson, Wicked by Gregory Maguire, The Success Principles by Jack Canfield, and 15 Seconds by Andrew Gross for $1.99 to $2.99.

Another binner friend of mine who’s been trying unsuccessfully to get himself a laptop for over a year finally succeeded last night.

It’s a hand-me-down from a friend who got himself something better.

We fired it up at McDonald’s this morning. After the coal smoke cleared I could read the brand and model: a Compaq Presario A900—a 2008 “tank-top” produced seven years after Compaq “merged” with Hewlett-Packard.

A 2008 review of the A900 by PCWorld Australia described the 17-inch budget laptop as “good enough” and seven years later Colin agrees.

Would you prefer a Vista or a Windows 8 laptop?

If you're booking a room at the Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre, you no longer have to use your credit card.

The Vancouver-based Sandman Hotel Group, which has 44 hotels in Canada and the U.K., is now accepting Bitcoin for room reservations.

That makes it the first Canadian hospitality company to take the digital currency, according to a news release issued today (July 16).

I don't know if some Bitcoin fans believe that viral videos will send their favourite digital currency to the moon (again), but here's the latest music video along these lines.

"Bitcoin Girl" starts off with these lyrics:

Bitcoin Girl! She's been living in her Bitcoin world. I bet she's never had a Wall Street guy. She kissed the Federal Reserve goodbye - for digital dimes.

Bitcoin Girl! She's been living in her Bitcoin world. where all her currency is peer-to-peer. No regulations that can interfere -- unlike my tears.

There’s no arguing that cellphones can be distracting—in cars, on streets, and even at movies and concerts. How many times have you nearly been knocked over by a pedestrian too engaged with their cellphone screen to look up? And what about that person in front of you at a concert who spends more time trying to Instagram and share photos of the band than simply enjoying the experience?

Restaurants and the people who work in them suffer the same fate. Some would argue that because of the rise of amateur food photography, the use of cellphones in restaurants is even worse.

Vancouver's first “disruptive innovation festival” has announced some of its speakers.

Hacked: Festival will take place August 11 to 14 at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre. It will feature a conference, an arcade, exhibits, a film night, hackerspaces, a market, parties, and workshops.

Earlier this week, the festival revealed that its "first round of programming" includes: