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Market manipulation was key factor in Bitcoin’s bull run, researchers say

According to a new paper by University of Texas finance professor John Griffin, and graduate student Amin Shams, Bitcoin’s price may have been artificially inflated in its run-up last December to nearly $20,000 per coin.<p>It was just seven months ago that some of the internet’s most insufferable …

Bitcoin’s Price Was Artificially Inflated, Fueling Skyrocketing Value, Researchers Say

SAN FRANCISCO — A concentrated campaign of price manipulation may have accounted for at least half of the increase in the price of Bitcoin and other big cryptocurrencies last year, according to a paper released on Wednesday by an academic with a history of spotting fraud in financial markets.<p>The …

Cryptocurrency

There’s a Better Answer Than Electric Cars

Erich Sixt, chairman and chief executive officer of the Pullach, Germany-based global car rental company that bears his family’s name, recently described electric cars as a “costly political error” given their still inferior range, long charging times and the huge investment necessary to expand the …

Fossil Fuels

U.S. Launches Criminal Probe into Bitcoin Price Manipulation

The Justice Department has opened a criminal probe into whether traders are manipulating the price of Bitcoin and other digital currencies, …

North Korea slams Pence as summit with Trump grows shakier

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea has lobbed another verbal salvo at Washington ahead of an increasingly embattled plan for its leader, Kim Jong Un, and President Donald Trump to meet next month, calling Vice President Mike Pence a "political dummy" and saying it is just as ready to meet in a nuclear …

North Korea

North Korea warns of nuclear showdown, calls Pence 'political dummy'

<b>(CNN) —</b> A North Korean official has lashed out at US Vice President Mike Pence and said Pyongyang is ready for a nuclear showdown if dialogue with the United States fails.<p>Choe Son Hui, a vice-minister in the North Korean Foreign Ministry, said if the US continued on its current path, she would …

North Korea

College Student Presents Thesis in Underwear After Professor Tries to Police Her Outfit

When a senior at Cornell University was questioned on the length of her shorts by a professor during a presentation, she had the ultimate response: …

The 3 Stage Housing Bubble Collapse

Most Americans don’t know, but the housing market is heading toward another epic bubble. However, the bubble forming today is much different than the …

White student at Yale said she had “every right” to call the cops on a napping black student

It’s a case of sleeping while black.<p>Police repeatedly asked a black Yale University student to prove that she attended the university after a white student called the cops on her for napping in the common room of her dorm. Although university leadership called the incident “deeply troubling” in an …

It’s Time for Trump Voters to Face the Bitter Truth

Republicans elected a president who promised to take on D.C.—instead, Trump has presided over an extraordinary auction of access and influence.<p>Donald Trump promised to “drain the swamp” while running for office. Voters gave him the opportunity to follow through when they propelled him to the White …

Donald Trump

You can now see exactly how creepy all the Facebook Russia ads were, down to the specific targeting

US lawmakers released all 3,000 ads created by accounts linked to the Russian government in the years and months preceding the 2016 presidential election, as well as the following year.<p>Some of the ads were released previously, but, as of May 10, everyone can see the full cache, organized by quarter …

House Intelligence Committee

US Congress releases treasure trove of Russian Facebook ads

Large-scale manipulation of social networks by nation states or other companies is a simple fact of life in 2018, and Facebook has been a big focus …

Severe Weather Ahead: She's Predicting the Next Climate Crisis

In Cape Town, the residents brace for “Day Zero” in late August, when the taps could run dry. Further north, in the Sahel, drought has prematurely …

5 Mental Powers Every Entrepreneur Can Develop

High performers aren't superhuman, they've just honed their minds in ways anyone could but few do.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I'm both fascinated by and perpetually in awe of people like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma and Tim Ferriss. They accomplish, grow, connect …

Self-improvement

Bitcoin hits its highest levels in over a month as crypto markets rebound

• <b>Bitcoin surged past the $9,000 mark Tuesday, making for its highest level since March 14.</b>• <b><br>The total market for cryptocurrencies has risen 74% in less than a month as digital tokens rebound from tax season.</b>• <b><br>Follow the price of bitcoin in real-time here.</b><p>The price of bitcoin was up more than 4% Tuesday, …

Cryptocurrency

Mum, 82, who couldn't recognise her own son due to dementia gets memory back - after changing her diet

An 82-year-old dementia sufferer who failed to recognise her own son has incredibly got her memory back after changing her diet.<p>When his mother's …

Presidential historian Gil Troy: Donald Trump has committed “a crime against the American people”

<b>(Getty/Olivier Douliery)</b><p>Scholar Gil Troy says it’s not too late for Trump to change — but history will judge his enablers harshly<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>April 9, 2018 11:15am (UTC)<p>Donald Trump is president of the United States by title and law. He is not president of all Americans. Trump cares only about …

Donald Trump

'Nightmare bacteria' are trying to spread in the U.S., CDC says

“Nightmare bacteria” with the power to resist most antibiotics are popping up across the U.S., but new, aggressive policies can help stop them from spreading, federal health officials said Tuesday.<p>A new program for testing suspect bacteria turned up unusual antibiotic-resistance genes 221 times in …

What Manafort (and Trump) Realize About the Rosenstein Memo

A newly revealed memo from Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein raises several questions about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia …

“Now I’m F---ing Doing It My Way”: Jubilant and Self-Liberated, the President Prepares for War with Mueller

With John Dowd out, John Kelly and Ty Cobb marginalized, Joseph diGenova on board, and Marc Kasowitz possibly returning, the next battle comes into focus.<p>For the better part of the last month, <b>Donald Trump</b> has been winging it. His standoff with his chief of staff, <b>John Kelly,</b> appears to be resolved …

Donald Trump

Trump’s Pick for CDC Director Is Experienced But Controversial

On the face of it, veteran virologist Robert Redfield seems like a good pick to lead the agency, but decades-old disputes are shadowing his appointment.<p>In the first year of his administration, Donald Trump has repeatedly filled important scientific positions with candidates who seem to be either …

Public Health

Courts were unfair to boy who brought clock to school

<b>(CNN) —</b> Young people of color are disproportionately disciplined and singled out in America's classrooms, and the American judicial system is turning a blind eye.<p>Just consider the story of the Muslim boy who brought a homemade clock to school and was arrested over it. Ahmed Mohamed, a Texas high …

How to Lose 50 Pounds in Three Months

Losing 50 pounds in three months is an ambitious goal for sure — but one that could completely change your life and appearance, not to mention …

With Operation Popeye, the U.S. government made weather an instrument of war

As geo-engineering projects soar, the declassified project is newly relevant.<p>It was a seasonably chilly afternoon in 1974 when Senators Claiborne Pell, a Democrat from Rhode Island, and Clifford Case, a Republican from New Jersey, strode into the chambers of the Senate Committee on Foreign …

14 Android Hacks to Make Your Phone a Better Partner

Here are simple tips and tricks to improve your productivity with your smartphone.<p>Americans collectively check their phones 8 billion times a day, so it's safe to say that our phones feel like an extension of ourselves. If we're going to be interacting with them as much as we are, instead of having …

Google Apps