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Prepare for the coming deluge of digital currencies—and meet the people who would control them

The Pembury Tavern sits in a modest 19th-century building at the corner of five roads in Hackney, a relatively poor neighborhood in east London. There is little to distinguish it from the hundreds of other pubs sprinkled around the area, except for one thing: The Pembury made headlines in late June …

Bitcoin

Here’s what connected cars will be doing by 2020

<i>Pavan Mathew is Global Head of Connected Car for Telefonica Digital.</i><p>Many of us dream of autonomous cars. Just imagine the relaxation of completely hands-free driving that is both seamless and safe, unlocking new time for us to work, talk, and learn while going from point A to point B. A recent …

Who's Gonna Pay For Global Warming?

Who do you think? The middle classes of the developed world will pay with their hard-earned taxes. The poor of the world will pay with their blood, sweat and tears. And half the species on this planet will pay with their lives. The 1% won’t even notice, although Bree might wonder why her friend’s …

The Pirate Bay founder is raising money for spy-proof messaging app

Private messages really <i>aren’t</i> so private, and Peter Sunde, co-founder and former spokesperson for BitTorrent search engine The Pirate Bay, isn’t …

35 Random Corners Of The Internet You Should Visit When You Need A Break

Bookmark this for when you're having a bad day or when you just need a distraction and want to play. There's something so soothing about these single-serving sites.<p>Major h/t to this post by Tumblr user Writing Weasels and the website The Useless Web for providing me with endless hours of amusement.

Diversification: Why Not Put Everything in Whatever Will Go Up the Most?

The U.S. markets are doing well this year. Many other asset classes are not. The S&P 500 was up 16.9% at its peak on June 18. Then it dropped 2.9% in the last 10 days of the quarter. This gain in the U.S. markets has some people questioning the merits of a global portfolio. But the track record of …

The secret to making meetings useful? More discussions and fewer presentations

<i>This originally appeared on LinkedIn. You can follow Jeff Weiner here</i><p>Ask your team to identify their biggest productivity killer and inevitably two issues will rise to the top of the list: managing their inboxes and their meeting schedules.<p>I’ll tackle the former in a future post. For now, I’d like …

Management

How Meditation Works

Mindfulness meditation is having a moment in the West, and with it some compelling reasons to understand and try it.<p>NicoleAbalde/Flickr<p><i>Mindfulness meditation</i>. Chances are that you've either heard or seen (or rolled your eyes at) these words in recent months, as studies, celebrity endorsements, and …

Six chemicals we consume in our food and drink that should be banned

Last week BuzzFeed published a list of eight foods that folks in the USA are eating but are banned in other parts of the world. The chemical …

What It Takes To Be A Great Technical Leader

They often don't manage people, but instead coach them to do their best work.<p>Every company is different, but there are some common threads among the best tech leads that I've worked with. Hat tips to Brian Stoler, Nathan Hunt, Evan Gilbert, and Rich Burdon for leading by example.<p>In this article, I …

America the Beautiful: 50 States in 50 Photos

At 3.79 million square miles (9.83 million km2) and approximately 315 million people, the United States is the third largest country by land area and …

Why the internet of things has to be not too smart and not too dumb, but just right

It’s 8 a.m. on a Tuesday. Your alarm clock senses movement and surmises you are awake. “Would you like a cup of coffee?” it queries.<p>The internet of …

10 Ways Accessories Can Transform a Room

See 10 tricks to finally finish decorating your home.<p>Want to perk up the color palette or personality of your home but don't want to redecorate every room? Here are ideas on how a few little touches can yield big results.

Doctors perform thousands of unnecessary surgeries

A USA TODAY study found that tens of thousands of times each year, patients undergo surgery they don't need.<p>Jonathan Stelly was 22, a semi-pro baseball player aiming for the big leagues, when a fainting spell sent him to his cardiologist for tests. The doctor's office called afterward with shocking …

EFF’s Peter Eckersley On ‘Clever’ PRISM Denials, Fighting FISA, And Why Privacy Matters [TCTV]

It’s had to have been an interesting week for the people at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The non-profit has been beating the drum about the importance of digital rights, privacy, and metadata for decades now. And in recent years, one of the EFF’s causes has been to shed more light on …

The Science of Hangovers

Tesla CEO and SpaceX Founder Elon Musk: The Full D11 Interview

As CEO of both Tesla Motors and SpaceX, Elon Musk is methodically and intensely focused, but in conversation he’s surprisingly easygoing and willing …

Eric Schmidt interview: 'You have to fight for your privacy or you will lose it'

What is the future of the online world? Robert Colvile meets Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt, the man who knows the answer.<p>In the car park of an upmarket country house hotel near Watford, the <b>Telegraph</b><b>’</b>s photographer is trying to get one of the world’s most powerful men to fall into a …

Watch a Cicada Metamorphose

The surprisingly beautiful conclusion to the cicada's life. Also, basically, what HD was made for.<p>You all may have just started to pay attention to cicadas this year, when they're emerging from the ground to mate and die, but filmmaker Samuel Orr has been working on a documentary about the special …

Consciousness; it's a science thing | Jon Butterworth | Life & Physics

TEDxCERN was a lot of fun. The speakers were amazing, covering cosmology, cancer cures, underwater earthquakes, gender politics, ignoble bras, the …

Why won’t Bitcoin die?

I attended the first Bitcoin World Conference and Expo, held in a second-floor meeting room in a midtown Manhattan hotel, on a Saturday in August 2011. The virtual currency was powering an alternative economy worth around $81 million USD. Roughly 75 attendees, mostly long-haired programmers and …

Five Companies That Are In Line To Dominate The Post-PC World

Think of the PC and we immediately think of companies such as Intel, Microsoft, and to a lesser extent smaller players such as AMD, NVIDIA, and Dell. These companies help shape and steer the PC industry for several decades.<p>But that reign is coming to an end. As consumers and enterprise buyers spend …

The Internet of Things: In action

<i>The following is a guest post by Lauren Fisher of Simply Zesty.</i><p>By 2015, six billion objects in the world will be connected to the internet. While it may seem tricky to grasp as a concept, the internet of things is nothing simpler, and more stunning, than objects being connected to the internet. At …

Robots will take our jobs, but it’s hard to say when

Economists and management experts have begun to model what might happen when robots are smart enough to do our jobs for us. Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee argue in their book <i>Race Against the Machine</i> that yes, robots are taking some jobs now, and will take more jobs soon. Nobel laureate Paul …

Artificial Intelligence

Why the IRS Abruptly Apologized to the Tea Party

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>It came as a surprise when the Internal Revenue Service apologized, seemingly out of the blue, to a …

Associated Press News

Dramatically Different Medicare Bills Set Hospitals Thinking

For the first time, the federal government has publicly shared what hospitals bill Medicare for the 100 most common diagnoses and treatments.<p>The information shows hospitals across the country — and across Alaska — bill dramatically different prices for the same things.<p>Hospital veteran Rick Davis, …

Tim Ferriss Shares How to Master Any Skill by Deconstructing It

Tim Ferriss, the guy behind The 4 Hour Work Week, The 4 Hour Body and The 4 Hour Chef, took the stage at TNW Conference in Amsterdam to discuss how you can master almost any skill through the process of deconstructing it.<p>In case you haven’t heard of Ferriss, he has essentially turned himself into a …