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Stax/Volt to Issue Complete Singles Digitally for First Time

The Memphis soul label Stax/Volt will issue two comprehensive box sets of the singles it released in the late Sixties through the mid-Seventies for …

Soul Music

Keith Rabois Leads $1.5 Million Round For “Even,” An Interest-Free, Mobile Alternative To Payday Loans

A startup whose first product is a mobile money management application called Even, designed to offer low-income workers interest-free credit to help them make ends meet in between paychecks, has raised $1.5 million in a seed round led by Keith Rabois of Khosla Ventures, with participation from …

The state of consumer fintech

Marc Andreessen in an interview recently said the following about finance: “We can reinvent the entire thing”.<p>How has tech been changing finance? …

Meet The 'Chinese Elon Musk' — A Billionaire Who's About To Launch His Own Electric Car

But you will soon.<p>With his upcoming electric car, Jia is set to become the Chinese Elon Musk.<p>Like Musk, he doesn't have an automotive background — he's made his fortune in technology.<p>When Jia got his first tech job at age 22, it was modest enough.<p>According to Bloomberg, he was maintaining the …

MOD SCENE WEEKLY on Flipboard

By Mod Scene Weekly | Mod Scene Weekly created a magazine on Flipboard. “MOD SCENE WEEKLY on Flipboard” is available with thousands of other …

The Holocaust film that was too shocking to show

“In the spring of 1945,” says the narrator, over bucolic springtime shots of the German countryside, “the allies advancing into the heart of Germany came to Bergen-Belsen. Neat and tidy orchards, well-stocked farms lined the wayside, and the British soldier did not fail to admire the place and its …

World History

Across the divide in Northern Ireland

No actor could act – and no writer could script – the charming but poignant scene when two 17-year-olds from either side of divided County Derry in Northern Ireland switch school uniforms and behold themselves, and each other, in a mirror.<p>The gesture is simple and effervescent, but utterly …

Behind The Borders Of The World's Unrecognized 'Breakaway Nations'

While many of these countries begin with noble intentions, they often end up in political limbo, unable to gain recognition as legitimate countries from the global community.<p>Since 2005, photographer Narayan Mahon has set out to document these unrecognized states, photographing five would-be nations …

Noël Coward: 15 great quotes

Britain’s startup accelerators boom by 110% in just three years

Britain is in the midst of an accelerator and incubator boom, according to new research revealed by Telefonica/O2.<p>The report revealed that over half of the programs currently operating in the U.K. were launched in the past 3 years.<p>This timeline mirrors Britain’s tech sector’s explosive growth since …

[Update] Lending Club IPO Shows The Profit Potential For Financial Technology Investments

Lending Club’s $5.4 billion initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange is more than just the largest IPO for a U.S.-based tech company this year, it’s also planting the flag for an entire ecosystem of startup companies engaged in overturning the ways in which the world deals with …

Lending Club Launches IPO, Shares Rally 70% in Early Trading

P2P lending innovator <b>Lending Club</b> made its public debut on Thursday. After an initial overnight pricing at $15, shares of LC opened higher this …

Recent Facebook And Twitter Changes That Affect Marketers

There’ve been some significant shake-ups at Facebook and Twitter recently; in this article, I’ll outline some of the most significant changes business owners and marketers can expect to see in the coming months.<p><b>Facebook: No More Promotional Posts</b><p>Many marketers already take advantage of Facebook’s …

Ursula Mayer wins 2014 Derek Jarman award for radical film-making

Ursula Mayer has been named this year’s recipient of the Derek Jarman award, which celebrates the most visionary and boundary-pushing artist film-makers working in the UK.<p>Mayer, who was born in Austria but studied and works in the UK, has garnered attention for both her photography and films which …

The Spider Of Silicon Valley: Inside 'Zuck & Friends' Secret Billionaire Fund

<i>Not all financial advisors are created equal. Meet Divesh Makan, consigliere to Silicon Valley’s brightest billionaires.</i><p>In the hierarchy of the investment business, stockbrokers have long occupied a spot near the bottom of the food chain. They are the hunters and gatherers, knocking on doors to …

Investment in European Payment Firms Hits Record Levels

Venture capital investment in European payments companies is surpassing dotcom boom levels, boosted by the fast take-up of digital technologies and shifts in consumer behavior.

The Ten Reasons Why There Will Be Another Systemic Financial Crisis

Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JP Morgan Chase, has “a healthy fear of the unknown,” as in the “unknown” financial crisis that will happen sooner or later in our future. Warren Buffett, the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, reckons there will be a “discontinuance,” a financial crisis in the form of …

Referral platform Extole scores $14 million to help more friends help more friends

Digitally extolling the virtues of a brand to your friend these days brings more rewards than just a contented heart.<p>Referrals can mean discounts and other rewards for both of you, and today referral marketer Extole announced it has landed $14 million in a Series C round to help more friends help …