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Tuesday
Dec262017

Tax Geek Tuesday: Making Sense Of The New "20% Qualified Business Income Deduction"

[Link] : On December 22nd, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, finalizing a once-in-a-generation overhaul of the existing Code and leaving the once-burdensome tax law so simple, we’ll all be preparing our returns on postcards come the spring of 2019.<p>HAHAHAHAHAHA<p>/wipes tear from …
Tuesday
Dec262017

Five Times the Internet Was Actually Fun in 2017

[NyTimes] : "It would be fair to argue that the internet was, for the most part, a rancid stew of awful in 2017.<p>But it wasn't all bad.<p>Let's not forget those flashes of light, the videos and memes that brought genuine joy into the world. There were moments of goodness and humanity, and they deserve to remembered.<p>…"

Tuesday
Dec262017

The Can’t-Lose Way for Your Business to Pop: Add Bitcoin to Its Name

[NyTimes] : "It's clear that a business idea is hot when companies that have nothing to do with the idea get involved.<p>It's clear that the idea has turned into a mania when investors reward companies for doing this.<p>And that's exactly the case these days with Bitcoin and all of its ancillary concepts, including …"

Tuesday
Dec262017

Power Prices Go Negative in Germany, a Positive for Energy Users

[NyTimes] : "Germany has spent $200 billion over the past two decades to promote cleaner sources of electricity. That enormous investment is now having an unexpected impact — consumers are now actually paid to use power on occasion, as was the case over the weekend.<p>Power prices plunged below zero for much of …"

Tuesday
Dec262017

China’s New Lenders Collect Invasive Data and Offer Billions. Beijing Is Worried.

[NyTimes] : "HONG KONG — Bai Shichao has a debt problem that is bigger than his paycheck — and that's a problem for the rest of China, too.<p>Mr. Bai, a 30-year-old Beijing deliveryman, has borrowed heavily from China's growing ranks of online cash lenders. In a country that lacks reliable ways to tell who might …"

Tuesday
Dec262017

Navigation Apps Are Turning Quiet Neighborhoods Into Traffic Nightmares

[NyTimes] : "LEONIA, N.J. — It is bumper to bumper as far as the eye can see, the kind of soul-sucking traffic jam that afflicts highways the way bad food afflicts rest stops.<p>Suddenly, a path to hope presents itself: An alternate route, your smartphone suggests, can save time. Next thing you know, you're headed …"

Tuesday
Dec262017

Business Schools Now Teaching #MeToo, N.F.L. Protests and Trump

[NyTimes] : "NASHVILLE — Tim Vogus, a professor at Vanderbilt University's business school, was stoking the debate in his classroom one day this fall, asking first-year M.B.A. students about one of the most successful, and controversial, companies of the day. On the syllabus was Uber, a case study in both …"

Sunday
Dec242017

Tesla 'Santa Mode' Easter egg turns your EV into a winter wonderland

[Link] : Tesla is no stranger to offering Easter eggs that get you into the holiday spirit, but its latest is particularly... festive. Dive into the Easter egg section on your EV and you'll discover a reindeer button that invokes a Santa Mode. To say it brings a Christmas vibe to your car would be an …
Friday
Dec222017

Elon Musk shows off the Tesla Roadster he's prepping for space

[Link] : When Elon Musk revealed his plans for SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket, he also promised the delivery of his own cherry-red Tesla Roadster to space, all while David Bowie's <i>Space Oddity</i> plays. Not the most subtle of promotions, for sure. Now Musk is teasing us with an even more overblown set of seven …
Friday
Dec222017

Snowden's New App Turns Your Phone Into a Home Security System

[Link] : Your digital security, any sufficiently paranoid person will remind you, is only as good as your physical security. The world's most sensitive users …
Thursday
Dec212017

Tax-Free Bitcoin-to-Ether Trading in U.S. to End Under GOP Plan

[Link] : Investors in bitcoin and other virtual currencies would lose a lucrative tax break under the Republican tax bill that’s on its way to President …
Thursday
Dec212017

Trump just told the truth. He may wish he hadn’t.

[Link] : On Wednesday, the 335th day of his presidency, Donald J. Trump did something most extraordinary and uncharacteristic. He told the truth.<p>The president, celebrating his $1.5 trillion tax cut with fellow Republicans at the South Portico of the White House, was midway through his remarks when he veered …
Wednesday
Dec202017

Magic Leap: Founder of Secretive Start-Up Unveils Mixed-Reality Goggles

[Link] : Magic Leap today revealed a mixed reality headset that it believes reinvents the way people will interact with computers and reality. Unlike the …
Wednesday
Dec202017

Magic Leap Finally Reveals Its AR Headset, Magic Leap One

[Link] : After years of mystery and speculation, Magic Leap today finally revealed its first augmented reality product, Magic Leap One Creator Edition.<p>A new …
Wednesday
Dec202017

Pokemon Go’s New AR+ Mode Finally Puts Apple’s ARKit to Good Use

[Link] : More than a year after its initial launch, Pokemon Go is often remembered for its rabid players that overwhelmed parks and swarmed streets looking …
Wednesday
Dec202017

What To Do When You Miss Your Flight

[Link] : Have you ever missed a flight because you showed up at the airport too late? If you travel enough, it’s only a matter of time until it happens to …
Tuesday
Dec192017

Massive leak exposes data on 123M US households

[Link] : An unsecured database contained a wide range of personal details about virtually every American household, researchers say.<p>A massive database containing information on more than 123 million American households was discovered unsecured on the internet earlier this month, researchers said Tuesday.<p>The …
Tuesday
Dec192017

What Eats What: a Landlubber’s Guide to Deep Sea Dining

[NyTimes] : "You'll never go to dinner in the deep sea. It's dark, vast and weird down there. If the pressure alone didn't destroy your land-bound body, some hungry sea creature would probably try to eat you.<p>Fortunately for you, something else has spent a lot of time down there, helping to prepare this guide to …"

Tuesday
Dec192017

A Federal Ban on Making Lethal Viruses Is Lifted

[NyTimes] : "Federal officials on Tuesday ended a moratorium imposed three years ago on funding research that alters germs to make them more lethal.<p>Such work can now proceed, said Dr. Francis S. Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health, but only if a scientific panel decides that the benefits …"

Tuesday
Dec192017

Trump, Real Estate Investors Get Last-Minute Perk in Tax Bill

[Link] : Lawmakers scrambling to lock up Republican support for the tax reform bill added a complicated provision late in the process -- one that would …