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Millions Are Hounded for Debt They Don’t Owe. One Victim Fought Back, With a Vengeance

On the morning a debt collector threatened to rape his wife, Andrew Therrien was working from home, in a house with green shutters on a cul-de-sac in …

Your elusive creative genius | Elizabeth Gilbert

YouTube

Tesla reaffirms effort to build cars in China; mum on deal report

(Reuters) - Electric car maker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) reaffirmed on Sunday it is talking with the Shanghai municipal government to set up a factory in the region and expects to agree on a plan by the end of the year, but declined to comment on a report that a deal has been reached.<p>FILE PHOTO: Tesla …

Municipal Government

How Fluent Forever became the most funded app in Kickstarter history

Self-taught polyglot Gabriel Wyner is promising fluency to thousands<p>Did you study a language for multiple years in high school or college? Did you learn a language while studying abroad? Now ask yourself if you could hold a basic conversation in that language if somebody fluent were to come up to …

Language Learning

How Close Are You Really? - MIT Technology Review

The network of links between individuals—their social network—has long fascinated social scientists. These networks are neither random nor entirely …

Bow Ties

Alphabet’s Balloons Will Float Data Into Puerto Rico

The island’s battered telecom network is going to be resuscitated from the sky. The Federal Communications Commission has given Alphabet’s X lab …

Put Humans at the Center of AI - MIT Technology Review

As the director of Stanford’s AI Lab and now as a chief scientist of Google Cloud, Fei-Fei Li is helping to spur the AI revolution. But it’s a …

Artificial Intelligence

Equifax’s Massive ID Theft Is a Reminder That Firms Need Incentives to Keep Data Safe

Right now, half of America may as well post its personal details online for all to see. That’s because, as the Associated Press reports, the credit …

These Expressions Make You Sound Like You Don’t Know What You’re Talking About

“I sort of just wanted to point out . . . ” isn’t doing you or your listeners any favors.<p>A friend of mine was recently telling me about her new job. “I like it, except my boss is hard to read,” she said. “I wish she’d just come out and say what she thinks!” Instead, her boss uses wishy-washy …

Employment

All the companies from Y Combinator’s Summer 2017 Demo Day (Day 2)

Y Combinator is not just the most prestigious accelerator out there, it’s also the largest. And so, as has been the case for the past several years, there were too many companies to jam them all into one day.<p>As a result, we once again braved the traffic of the 101 to bring you all the companies …

Prisma shifts focus to b2b with an API for AI-powered mobile effects

The startup behind the Prisma style transfer app is shifting focus onto the b2b space, building tools for developers that draw on its expertise using neural networks and deep learning technology to power visual effects on mobile devices.<p>It’s launched a new website, Prismalabs.ai, detailing this new …

Mobile Devices

I’ve Interviewed Hundreds Of Job Candidates, And These Three Things Are Deal-Breakers

Don’t be a memorable candidate for the wrong reasons.<p>Nervousness goes with interviewing like scrambled eggs goes with hash browns. You pretty much always find them together.<p>In other words, everyone I know–myself included–walks out of the conversation feeling a little iffy. Even if, on one level, …

Employment

SoundCloud faces do-or-die vote by investors

SoundCloud will soon collapse if investors don’t vote for a rescue funding round tomorrow. The stumbling music streaming community site had to suddenly lay off 40 percent of its staff last month. Now it’s asking investors for $169.5 million at a pre-money enterprise valuation of just $150 million, …

Investing

The Myth of Reverse Racism

The idea of white victimhood is increasingly central to the debate over affirmative action.<p>Contrary to initial indications, the civil-rights division of the Department of Justice won’t be dismantling affirmative action after all. At least, that’s the current word from Trump administration …

This Is How To Use Negative Feedback To Be More Successful

No one likes negative criticism, but it’s often what you need in order to grow. Here’s how to use it to your advantage.<p>Let’s face it: Negative feedback on your job performance can be a drag. Who likes to be told that their work could use improvement?<p>Research published in the <i>Harvard Business Review</i> …

Leadership

Elon Musk’s tweets about his own mental health offer a glimpse inside a brilliant mind

There are few people in tech who capture our attention in quite the same way as Elon Musk. Whether he’s arguing with Mark Zuckerberg about the dangers of AI, or he’s breaking Hyperloop news on Twitter, he’s usually good for a headline or two.<p>Today he’s making a splash for frank comments about what …

How to charge your phone

<i>Editor's Note: This article originally published on July 31st, but was updated on February 23rd to include a YouTube video.</i><p>The quest for power is eternal. Phones, our tethers to both the virtual and IRL world, almost never have enough juice to last an entire day. Our lives are turning into endless …

Why capitalism can’t survive without socialism

A top Peter Thiel adviser on the crisis of late capitalism<p>“We think of capitalism as being locked in an ideological battle with socialism, but we never really saw that capitalism might be defeated by its own child — technology.”<p>This is how Eric Weinstein, a mathematician and a managing director of …

Peter Thiel

How Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Sequel” Plans To Convert Viewers Into Activists

The film’s production company has set up a 10-day-long advocacy campaign to get people pushing for the reforms Al Gore calls for in the movie.<p>When former Vice President Al Gore and the production teams at Participant Media and Paramount Pictures wrapped up the filming of <i>An Inconvenient Sequel:</i> …

Why relentless curiosity is a must for CEOs

There is no question we are in a period of profound change. Very soon, seven billion people will be seamlessly connected to each other and all of humanity’s accumulated knowledge. We’ll be permanently and invisibly connected to an internet that is an ever-present fabric in our lives, surrounded by …

These 4 companies are winning the online branding race

The internet has completely revolutionized how consumers engage with brands and transformed the economics of marketing.<p>Brands have long used the famous purchasing funnel to think about consumer touch points. However, this antiquated metaphor doesn’t tell us much beyond superficial information, as …

Marketing

WeTransfer offers $10,000 to every laid-off SoundCloud employee so they can ‘develop great things’

‘It’s not a loan. It’s an opportunity’<p>A few weeks ago, when SoundCloud let go 173 employees, the internet banded together and created a “Hire a SoundClouder” Google doc to connect companies hiring with those affected by the layoffs. Now, WeTransfer has stepped in to also help the ex-SoundCloud …

DC's Doomsday Clock reflects modern society, not just comics history

“Are our best days behind us or ahead of us? What is the truth? Do people give up? Is it OK to give up?”<p>The best comics make you think of things outside comics, Geoff Johns told a small group of reporters at DC Comics’ <i>Doomsday Clock</i> event during San Diego Comic-Con. And <i>Doomsday Clock</i> is no …

Dear tech dudes, stop being so dumb about women

I want to talk about a relatively little-discussed aspect of the venture-capitalist sexual-harassment revelations that have rocked the Valley of late. In their wake, I have seen, first- and secondhand, men react with statements which can be collectively paraphrased as “Now I’m nervous about hiring …

Sexual Harassment

The hidden ways your language betrays your character

Every time we open our mouths, we unwittingly reveal our personalities.<p>If you overheard a conversation on a bus, do you think you could tell from the words that were used and the topics discussed, the personality of the people who were chatting? What about if I showed you a short story? Could you …

Psychology

Yandex open sources CatBoost, a gradient boosting machine learning library

Artificial intelligence is now powering a growing number of computing functions, and today the developer community today is getting another AI boost, courtesy of Yandex . Today, the Russian search giant — which, like its US counterpart Google, has extended into a myriad of other business lines, …

Machine Learning

Uber rival Grab is reportedly raising up to $2 billion from SoftBank and Didi

Grab, the Uber rival in Southeast Asia that operates across seven countries, is reportedly in talks to raise up to $2 billion from Japan-based SoftBank and China-based Didi Chuxing, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. The funding would reportedly value Grab at more than $5 billion, …

Venture Capital

How do fizzy drinks affect blood sugar?

What happens to your body when you consume a fizzy drink? Gabriel Weston samples her blood to compare the difference between full-sugar and diet cola.<p>Eating a lot of sugar can make our blood sugar levels high and put us at risk of Type 2 diabetes. To find out what a typical fizzy drink does to the …

Diabetes

Is Amazon working on a new messaging app called Anytime?

Messaging apps today are one of the most popular ways consumers communicate today, not just with each other but, increasingly, with businesses and services. Now there are signs that we could see another big player enter the messaging fray, alongside more established services from Facebook, …

automationdlda

The decentralization of startup building

Sam Cash Contributor<p>Sam Cash is a vice president at Betaworks.<p>Building and investing in startups is rapidly proliferating to the many, instead of remaining the preserve of the few.<p><b>The old paradigm of physical centralization</b><p>Silicon Valley is the innovation bellwether of our time. The concentration …

Blockchain