WTF is clickbait?

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clickbait Let’s settle this, once and for all: Clickbaiting is the intentional act of over-promising or otherwise misrepresenting — in a headline, on social media, in an image, or some combination — what you’re going to find when you read a story on the web. Currently, clickbait is often characterized by wording like, “You won’t believe” or “What… Read More


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Apple done nothing wrong

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apple-angel Having read the European Commission’s original ruling, some prior rulings, the Treasury’s white paper about the European Commission’s actions and a lot of analysis in the tax community, in my opinion, the EC is over-reaching in their decision on Apple. Read More


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Unpicking the Gordian knot around blockchain patents

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Abstract pink, blue and green patterns on black background As of June 22, 2016, there were 492 published patent families directed to the theme of blockchain and 192 relating to bitcoin. Patent applications filed over the last 18 months are not in these statistics, and it is expected that significant numbers of new applications connected to these themes have been filed in that period. The numbers we are seeing likely represent the tip of the iceberg. Read More


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Sol vs. Sol, for the fate of humanity

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dubai-sun I happened to spend much of this week in Abu Dhabi, from whence came, conveniently, the most important news of this week, month, year, and arguably decade. Yes, bigger than the American election; yes, bigger than the long-awaited rise of machine learning; yes, bigger than Elon Musk’s one-two punch of space travel and electric cars — although it’s related to that. Read More


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Investing in AI offers more rewards than risks

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NEW YORK CITY, NY- MAY 27: IBM Watson's computer housing case.

IBM's Watson computer is best known for winning Jeopardy, unaware of time constraints, while playing against humans. Some of Watson's other features are based in problem solving across many different careers. A demonstration showed how quickly Watson is able to diagnose illnesses, and provided a real life case that took doctors and nurses six days to diagnose, and only ended with the correct diagnosis because a nurse had seen the disease before. Based on symptoms input, Watson was able to correctly diagnose in minutes. The demonstration took place at IBM Watson's New York City, New York office on May 27, 2015. (Photo by Andrew Spear for The Washington Post via Getty Images.) It’s difficult to predict how artificial intelligence technology will change over the next 10 to 20 years, but there are plenty of gains to be made. By 2018, robots will supervise more than 3 million human workers; by 2020, smart machines will be a top investment priority for more than 30 percent of CIOs. Read More


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Former Rothenberg employees allege mistreatment and cash management problems

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rothenberg As TechCrunch has previously reported, there’s been an exodus of talent from the Rothenberg “ecosystem,” amid claims of a significant breach of fiduciary responsibilities and other unconventional behavior by the venture firm’s founder, Mike Rothenberg. This week, we have learned more details about alleged employee abuses within Rothenberg Ventures, recently re-branded… Read More


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Why is San Francisco trying to strangle its golden goose?

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San Francisco holiday skyline from One Rincon Detroit doesn’t place burdensome regulations on automobile manufacturers, Idaho doesn’t put undue restrictions and hurdles in front of potato farmers and California takes steps to protect its farmers. These industries do more than just create jobs, tax revenue and prestige — they became a symbol of who they are, part of the fabric of the community and the economy. And then… Read More


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Camera manufacturers, you’re still missing the point. Be better.

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This is a photo of a sunset over Cologne. It was taken on a mirrorless camera, copied using Wi-Fi to my smartphone, edited using Enlight, then shared to Instagram within a couple of minutes of being taken. If my camera didn't have Wi-Fi, it would probably still be sitting on a memory card somewhere. That would be sad. Let's talk about why. Spotted at Photokina, the world’s largest photography trade show: A professional photographer, taking a photo, then taking a picture off the back of their camera to share the photograph on Facebook. It’s not that unusual an occurrence, but it served as the perfect parable on quite how vigorously the camera manufacturers have self-copulated themselves into oblivion. Read More


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Snapchat’s 10 second video glasses are real and cost $130 bucks

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bn-pv313_1016sp_8h_20160914152014 Snapchat’s long-rumored camera glasses are actually real. The startup’s first foray into hardware will be a pair of glasses called “Spectacles” and will go on sale this fall for $129.99, according to The WSJ. The glasses will only come in one size, but will be available in three colors – black, teal and coral. To start recording you tap a button on the side of… Read More


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Crunch Report | Twitter’s four possible buyers

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Four companies are rumored to be wanting to acquire Twitter, UPS is testing a drone delivery service, a helium leak could have caused the Falcon 9 explosion, Airbnb files a $555 million round with the SEC and Uber rolls out a new security measure so you get the correct driver. All this on Crunch Report Read More


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