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Thursday
Aug042016

Under Pressure, Big Banks Vie for Instant Payment Market

[NyTimes] : "In this digital age when almost anything can be had in an instant, the movement of money can seem glaringly slow.<p>Most people paying a housekeeper or collecting money for an office pool still use cash or a check, which can take days to go through — a relative eternity that banking regulators worry …"

Thursday
Aug042016

Seymour Papert, 88, Dies; Saw Education’s Future in Computers

[NyTimes] : "Seymour Papert, a visionary educator and mathematician who well before the advent of the personal computer foresaw children using computers as instruments for learning and enhancing creativity, died on Sunday at his home in Blue Hill, Me. He was 88.<p>His death was announced by the Logo Foundation, a …"

Thursday
Aug042016

Uber and Rival Didi Chuxing to Combine in China

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — The great ride-sharing war in China has finally ended.<p>Didi Chuxing, the largest ride-hailing service in China, plans to buy Uber China, the Chinese arm of the American ride-sharing giant, in a deal that values the new company at about $35 billion, according to two people with …"

Sunday
Jul312016

Forget Tornadoes. Rain Bombs Are Coming for Your Town

[Link] : Evidence shows that the sky is coming down on our heads—the watery part of it, anyway, in larger and larger cascades. In part, it’s our own fault.<p>The …
Sunday
Jul312016

Where a Suitcase Full of Cash Won’t Buy You Lunch

[NyTimes] : "Patrons of Sweetgreen are very particular about their salads. When the company recently removed bacon and sriracha from the menu, customers took to social media to complain. But after a handful of Sweetgreen restaurants stopped accepting cash in January, barely anyone noticed, according to the …"

Sunday
Jul312016

Study Finds Chinese Students Excel in Critical Thinking. Until College.

[NyTimes] : "BEIJING — Chinese primary and secondary schools are often derided as grueling, test-driven institutions that churn out students who can recite basic facts but have little capacity for deep reasoning.<p>A new study, though, suggests that China is producing students with some of the strongest critical …"

Sunday
Jul312016

Harnessing the Immune System to Fight Cancer

[NyTimes] : "Steve Cara expected to sail through the routine medical tests required to increase his life insurance in October 2014. But the results were devastating. He had lung cancer, at age 53. It had begun to spread, and doctors told him it was inoperable.<p>A few years ago, they would have suggested …"

Sunday
Jul312016

Flying Aquila: Early lessons from the first full-scale test flight and the path ahead

[Link] : Today 1.6 billion people live in regions that don't have access to a mobile broadband network. Connecting these remote parts of the world with …
Saturday
Jul302016

Tesla Faults Brakes, but Not Autopilot, in Fatal Crash

[NyTimes] : "Tesla Motors has told Senate investigators that its crash-prevention system failed to work properly in a fatal crash, but said its Autopilot technology was not at fault, according to a Senate staff member.<p>Instead, Tesla told members of the Senate Commerce Committee staff on Thursday that the …"

Saturday
Jul302016

Clinton Campaign Computers Are Said to Be Hacked, Apparently by Russians

[NyTimes] : "WASHINGTON — Computer systems used by Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign were hacked in an attack that appears to have come from Russia's intelligence services, a federal law enforcement official said on Friday.<p>The apparent breach, coming after the disclosure last month that the Democratic …"

Saturday
Jul302016

Yahoo and the Online Universe According to Verizon

[NyTimes] : "Verizon Communications' $4.83 billion acquisition of Yahoo has the technology cognoscenti scratching their heads. What does Verizon, the country's biggest wireless company, see in an internet also-ran?<p>Fortune criticized “The Problem With Verizon-Yahoo.” T-Mobile's chief executive, John Legere, …"

Saturday
Jul302016

‘Dictator Trump’: Clinton’s Portrayal Aims at the Left and Right

[NyTimes] : "PHILADELPHIA — Democrats marked a decisive turn in their campaign against Donald J. Trump this week, moving to recast the 2016 race not as a conventional battle between left and right but as a national emergency that requires voters of all stripes to band together against a singularly menacing …"

Thursday
Jul282016

Crypto Tokens and the Coming Age of Protocol Innovation

[Link] : HTTP as the underlying protocol of the web allows for decentralized publishing. Anyone can operate a web server and publish their own content. And …
Friday
Jul222016

Download the Chffr app for free to help self-driving cars learn

[Link] : This is the currently the cheapest way to get invested in the autonomous driving movement.<p>Self-driving cars are undoubtedly part of the future of owning an automobile, and George Hotz's company Comma.ai is making it easier than ever to get involved.<p>Hotz's Chffr app (available only to Android users …
Friday
Jul222016

Facebook's solar-powered drone makes first full test flight

[Link] : Mark Zuckerberg is having his Wright Brothers moment.<p>Facebook's solar-powered, internet-beaming plane Aquila is finally ready for takeoff after two years of engineering and scale model flights. As the company reports today, a full-scale version of Aquila made its first official flight on June 28th, …
Friday
Jul222016

F.C.C. Backs Swedish Company to Run American Phone Routing System

[NyTimes] : "WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission has decided to make a European-owned company the clearinghouse for routing billions of cellphone calls and text messages across the United States, despite claims by critics that the plan poses national security risks, officials said on Thursday.<p>The …"

Thursday
Jul212016

Master Plan, Part Deux

[Link] : The first master plan that I wrote 10 years ago is now in the final stages of completion. It wasn't all that complicated and basically consisted …
Wednesday
Jul202016

North Korea's Naenara Web Browser: It's Weirder Than We Thought

[Link] : They use the same tracking system Google uses to create unique keys, except they built their own. That means the microtime of installation is sent to …
Wednesday
Jul202016

Dollar Shave Club and The Disruption of Everything

[Link] : Probably the most important fact when it comes to analyzing Unilever’s purchase of Dollar Shave Club is the $1 billion price: in the world of …
Wednesday
Jul202016

Leslie Jones, Star of ‘Ghostbusters,’ Becomes a Target of Online Trolls

[NyTimes] : "Leslie Jones, one of the most visible and accessible stars in the all-female remake of the “Ghostbusters” movie, said that she would leave Twitter after becoming the target of online trolls who sent her a stream of pornography, racist speech and hateful memes.<p>Ms. Jones, who is black, and her white …"

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