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Blockchain Technology Is Set to Disrupt Every Industry--and Music Is Next | Inc.com

What is happening today with cryptocurrency and blockchain technology is how I imagine the dot-com gold rush in the 90s felt.<p>Since I was too young to experience those years (I was 5 years old), I am paying extra close attention to what is happening today. And for those that don't realize it yet, …

Blockchain

Video Game Content Creators Are Upset Over YouTube's Demonetization Policies

<b>Update (9-1):</b> YouTube has reached out with a more detailed explanation of what’s happening here. Namely, they say the channels I cite have a relatively low number of videos flagged compared to the overall total, and that YouTube does not demonetize videos based on whether or not they contain guns. …

Facebook isn't sure how much money it earns from Australia, and the ATO is fine with it

The social network can target ads to users like they are heat-seeking missiles, but don't ask it to identify what country the person buying from the …

Apple may be building a self-driving shuttle for employees, with the unfortunate name PAIL

Dreams of an autonomous Apple car may be dead, but it seems the company is at least trying to resurrect some of its self-driving tech.<p>According to a report in the <i>New York Times</i>, Apple is working on a self-driving shuttle to cart its employees around its sprawling network of offices in the Cupertino …

New wearable tracker can transmit vital signs from a soft, tiny package

Body sensors have long been bulky, hard to wear, and obtrusive. Now they can be as thin as a Band-Aid and about as big as a coin. The new sensors, created by Kyung-In Jang, professor of robotics engineering at South Korea’s Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, and John A. Rogers, …

Pepper the robot can perform funerary rites, but it shouldn’t

It’s not really clear just what “humanoid” robots are actually for. I’ve seen them do all kinds of things, but almost none of them well; at our recent Robotics event in Boston, several leading experts in the field questioned their necessity. But we grew up with Data and Robby and Cylons, and so now …

This European country may hold an ICO and issue its own cryptocurrency

We’ve officially hit peak ICO. Estonia, a small country in Northern Europe, just floated the idea of potentially raising money by issuing a token called “estcoins“.<p>So why Estonia?<p>The country is pretty forward thinking when it comes to technology – they are the first nation to offer an e-Residency …

DOJ gives up on getting all 1.3M IPs from anti-Trump website

The Department of Justice has given up on getting the IPs of 1.3 million visitors to disruptj20.org, a website that helped organize protests of the president's inauguration. It originally asked the website's host, Dreamhost, for all visitors' personal info, including contact information, email and …

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The Week in Review: Seven Earth-Size Planets Discovered

Astronomers discovered at least seven planets orbiting a star 40 light-years or 235 trillion miles from Earth, according to a study published Wednesday. The Earth-sized planets are all temperate, which means they may have water and the potential to support life.<p>“Answering the question ‘are we …

The Week in Review: WikiLeaks Releases CIA Documents

Whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks published thousands of documents this week, revealing top U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) hacking secrets.<p>Released Tuesday, the documents in “Year Zero” are said to be the first disclosure of many in a series dubbed “Vault 7″ that uncovers a global hacking …

The Week in Review: Syria Hit By Chemical Attack, U.S. Responds

At least seventy people died this week, including 22 members of the same family, and hundreds more were injured when a chemical bomb attack hit the Syrian city of Khan Sheikhoun. In response, President Donald Trump ordered a military airstrike on a Syrian government air base.<p>According to witnesses …

#ICYMI: Popular Stories in Tech This Week (Week Ending April 21, 2017)

Facebook made a lot of news this week at their annual F8 conference—revealing progress on AI-powered cameras, VR hangouts, a 360-degree camera and technology that would allow you to type using just your brain. Earlier this week, however, Facebook Live came under fire when a man taped a video in …

The facekini, China’s strange-looking summer beach trend, is having a moment

They’ve been around for a few years, but facekinis, those odd-looking sun protectors, are now having a little moment in the sun. For those who don’t know, facekinis are material masks worn over the head like a balaclava, and are designed to protect swimmers from both the sun’s rays, jellyfish …