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Wednesday
Jul062016

On the Hunt, ‘Where Warm Waters Halt,’ for a $2 Million Treasure

[NyTimes] : "CUNDIYO, N.M. — Cynthia Meachum began her search for the hidden treasure at the confluence of two shallow streams in this tiny village north of Santa Fe, the spot “where warm waters halt,” or at least that's where she thinks they do.<p>The only one who knows for sure is Forrest Fenn, who buried the …"

Wednesday
Jul062016

A Sad Day for Punchers: BlackBerry to Discontinue Its Last Keyboard Phone

[NyTimes] : "The struggling Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry made a sharp detour from its history on Tuesday with the announcement that it was discontinuing the last phone to have the company's iconic physical keyboard and trackpad.<p>“Sometimes it can be very tough to let go,” Ralph Pini, BlackBerry's chief …"

Tuesday
Jul052016

Darpa Goes Full Tron With Its Grand Battle of the Hack Bots

[Link] : On a giant flat-screen TV in an old Emeryville, California warehouse, a floating orb fires red, blue, pink, and yellow beams into a honeycomb of …
Monday
Jul042016

Spatializing 6,000 years of global urbanization from 3700 BC to AD 2000

[Link] : • Views: 4<br>• More detail<p>Data Descriptor |<p>Open<p>Meredith Reba<br>• , Femke Reitsma<br>• & Karen C. Seto<p><i>Scientific Data</i> <b>3</b>, Article number: 160034 …
Monday
Jul042016

In New Jersey Student Loan Program, Even Death May Not Bring a Reprieve

[NyTimes] : "Amid a haze of grief after her son's murder last year, Marcia DeOliveira-Longinetti faced an endless list of tasks — helping the police gain access to Kevin's phone and email; canceling his subscriptions, credit cards and bank accounts; and arranging his burial in New Jersey.<p>And then there were the …"

Sunday
Jul032016

How a Quest by Elites Is Driving ‘Brexit’ and Trump

[NyTimes] : "What lesson should a card-carrying member of the economic elite take from the success of Donald J. Trump, and British voters' decision to leave the European Union?<p>Voters in large numbers have been rejecting much of the underlying logic behind a dynamic globalized economy that on paper seems to make …"

Sunday
Jul032016

An Alaskan Village Where Grizzlies Roam and Canada Rules (if Anyone Does)

[NyTimes] : "HYDER, Alaska — If libertarians had an earthly paradise, it would probably be here in Hyder, Alaska. Separated from American governments and bureaucracies by immense wilderness, Hyder has no property taxes or police, and citizens can carry firearms openly. Yet the village, wedged between two …"

Sunday
Jul032016

How China Took Center Stage in Bitcoin’s Civil War

[NyTimes] : "A delegation of American executives flew to Beijing in April for a secret meeting at the Grand Hyatt hotel, just blocks from Tiananmen Square.<p>They went to meet with the new kingmakers in what has become one of the grandest and strangest experiments in money the world has seen: the virtual currency …"

Saturday
Jul022016

How Facebook Tries to Prevent Office Politics

[Link] : When personal motivations trump company goals, it can hinder a company’s ability to get things done. Since our earliest days at Facebook, we’ve been mindful about not letting office maneuvering poison work life. We’d seen the negative effects that certain kinds of political behavior can have when …
Saturday
Jul022016

The World's Most Efficient Languages

[Link] : How much do you really need to say to put a sentence together?<p>Just as fish presumably don’t know they’re wet, many English speakers don’t know that the way their language works is just one of endless ways it could have come out. It’s easy to think that what one’s native language puts words to, and …
Saturday
Jul022016

UnitedHealthcare Sues Dialysis Chain Over Billing

[NyTimes] : "Private health insurers can pay more than $4,000 for each dialysis treatment. Government health plans like Medicaid pay around $200.<p>That gaping price difference was the motivation for a scheme, orchestrated by a for-profit dialysis chain, that illegally pushed poor people in Florida and Ohio out of …"

Friday
Jul012016

KTM lays up race ready XC full suspension Scarp & hardtail Myroon in new light Sonic editions

[Link] : With a year of Olympic hopes and having XCO Worlds nearby to their Austrian HQ in neighboring Czech Republic this coming weekend, KTM bikes decided …
Friday
Jul012016

A Tragic Loss

[Link] : We learned yesterday evening that NHTSA is opening a preliminary evaluation into the performance of Autopilot during a recent fatal crash that …
Friday
Jul012016

Self-Driving Tesla Was Involved in Fatal Crash, U.S. Says

[NyTimes] : "The driver of a Tesla Model S electric car was killed in crash that occurred while the vehicle was driving itself in “autopilot” mode, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration, which has opened a formal investigation.<p>The accident, on May 7, is thought to be the first death …"

Friday
Jul012016

Palantir Buyback Plan Shows Need for New Silicon Valley Pay System

[NyTimes] : "Palantir Technologies' $225 million offer to repurchase its employees' privately held shares hints that Silicon Valley is starting to make some fundamental changes in the way it compensates its workers.<p>Palantir, a data analytics firm, is one of the largest start-ups around, with a valuation …"

Friday
Jul012016

Lethal Buzzers: America’s Six Most Dangerous Mosquitoes

[NyTimes] : "With the spread of the Zika virus, the threat posed by the tiny mosquito has been magnified into shark-sized proportions.<p>But among the more than 3,000 species of the insect worldwide, only two in the Americas are actually known carriers of the virus: the yellow fever mosquito (<i>Aedes aegypti)</i> and …"

Friday
Jul012016

While Limited, Wi-Fi-First Phones Are a Good, Frugal Bet

[NyTimes] : "YOUR household Wi-Fi router has a hidden power: It is also a cellphone service provider. In fact, most mobile data traffic travels through smaller networks like Wi-Fi routers, not those hulking cell towers outside.<p>The internet companies Google and Bandwidth.com have turned that little-known fact …"

Friday
Jul012016

Kleiner Perkins Raises $1.4 Billion With Two Funds

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — With more start-ups and venture firms working harder to raise capital, there has been talk of a Silicon Valley slowdown. But investors in several venture funds are bucking that notion.<p>On Wednesday, the venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers disclosed in a filing with the …"

Friday
Jul012016

Amazon Unveils Online Education Service for Teachers

[NyTimes] : "Just ahead of the back-to-school season, Amazon is making a major foray into the education technology market for primary and secondary schools, a territory that Apple, Google and Microsoft have heavily staked out.<p>On Monday morning, Amazon said that it would introduce an online marketplace with tens …"

Friday
Jul012016

Facebook, a News Giant That Would Rather Show Us Baby Pictures

[NyTimes] : "When allegations surfaced last month that Facebook routinely suppressed conservative points of view in its Trending Topics news section, the company worked aggressively to convince the public that it wasn't intentionally tilting to the left of the political spectrum.<p>Mark Zuckerberg, the company's …"