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What's The Value Of Consumer Data (To The Consumer)?

What began as a discussion about the role blockchain technology likely will play in removing friction and increasing transparency for business turned …

Advertising Industry

Looking for a better exit? Get out of the game early

VC investing is a game of putting money into a company and hopefully getting more out. In an ideal world, the value placed on a company at acquisition or initial public offering would be some large multiple of the amount of money its investors committed.<p>As it happens, that multiple on invested …

Venture Capital

Amazon Sumerian, a platform for building AR, VR and 3D apps, is now open to all

Last November, AWS announced a new product called Amazon Sumerian, a toolkit and platform for developers to build “mixed reality” apps — that is, using virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D — without needing to have any specialised programming or graphics skills. And today, after running the …

Augmented Reality

Yes, HTC is working on a ‘blockchain phone’

A few weeks ahead of its latest flagship announcement, HTC just revealed another piece of hardware. While the Taiwanese company has consolidated much of its mobile offerings in recent years, it announced today at the Consensus 2018 blockchain conference in New York that its upcoming Exodus handset …

Blockchain

Facebook is getting into blockchain — here's what crypto insiders say it might be building

Facebook is getting into the blockchain business.<p>On Tuesday, the news broke that the social network was having a major re-organisation. The company's assorted product execs were reshuffled into three major categories, and a handful of apps got new leaders.<p>But perhaps most intriguingly, the company …

Social Media

The owner of the New York Stock Exchange is working on a bitcoin trading platform

The New York Stock Exchange is working on its own bitcoin trading platform. According to a new report from The New York Times, the NYSE’s parent company is developing an online exchange geared toward large institutional investors — the kind of financial heavyweights that the cryptocurrency …

Cryptocurrency

Gemini’s Tyler Winklevoss informs Bill Gates that actually he can short bitcoin

While plenty of the scathing criticism aimed at the cryptocurrency world is well deserved, sometimes a jab fails to land. In the midst of the mostly grossly-worded slew of insults that the institutionally rich lobbed at the bitcoin crowd over the weekend, Bill Gates may have landed the furthest …

Cryptocurrency

IAB says online advertising grew to $88B last year — more spending than TV

Online advertising reached $88 billion last year, a 21 percent increase from 2016 and a new high, according to the latest IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report.<p>The report is prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers for the Interactive Advertising Bureau, a trade organization of online advertisers and …

Digital Advertising

The US debt surpasses $21 trillion — but that won't bother credit agencies

The U.S national debt has surpassed $21 trillion, up 2.8 percent since the start of the year, but two of the leading credit agencies aren't worried about the country's ability to keep up with its obligations.<p>On Wednesday, Moody's affirmed its Aaa credit rating for the U.S., and said that the …

Economics

A blockchain startup wants to let people buy tokens so they can pick which sites are worthy of ads

Lots of startups have emerged in the past year promising to use blockchain technology to track digital advertising transactions.<p>MetaX says blockchain can actually keep brands out of trouble.<p>The company, which is working on a slew of blockchain-based products for digital ads, is introducing the …

Blockchain

Do you need a blockchain?

Blockchain technology is set to have a profound impact on a wide variety of industries, ranging from capital markets to the music business. While some use cases may seem obvious, the technology is still surrounded by its fair share of hype and uncertainty. As a manager, how should you approach the …

Blockchain

The biggest companies in the TV industry are banding together to arm themselves against Google and Facebook

NBCUniversal is signing on to help TV advertising transform itself into a digital, data-driven business - one that's ideally better armed to battle Facebook and Google.<p>So it's partnering with three of its rivals: Fox, Turner, and Viacom.<p>About a year ago, those three media titans joined forces to …

Television Industry

Another day, another $50 million ICO exit scam

Savedroid, a German company that purportedly raised $50 million in ICO and direct funding, has exited with a bang. The site is currently displaying the above image and the founder — one Dr. Yassin Hankir — has posted a tweet thanking investors and saying “Over and out.”<p>A reverse image search found …

Google futurist and director of engineering: Basic income will spread worldwide by the 2030s

As it becomes apparent that artificial intelligence will replace ever-more jobs in the coming years, a growing number of politicians, nonprofits, and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have started thinking about how we'll cope with a world in which not everyone can — or needs to — work.<p>Basic income …

Exit scammers run off with $660 million in ICO earnings

A Vietnamese cryptocurrency company Modern Tech launched an ICO for its Pincoin token, raising $660 million from approximately 32,000 people. The company first ran the Pincoin ICO, promising constant returns to investors, and then launched another token, iFan (a social network token for …

Bitcoin unlikely to ever hit another record high, Barclays says

• <b>Barclays says peak prices for bitcoin are a thing of the past.</b>• <b><br>Analysts at the bank compared the cryptocurrency to other speculative assets and say it's only downhill from here.</b>• <b><br>Track the price of bitcoin in real time here.</b><p>For a time, bitcoin's price seemed to move in only one direction: up.<p>In 2018, …

Cryptocurrency

A Chinese surveillance company may have just become the most valuable AI startup in the world

Chinese facial recognition technology developer SenseTime Group Ltd may be worth as much as $4.5 billion.<p>SenseTime says investors including Chinese e-commerce company Suning.Com and Singapore state fund Temasek Holdings helped close its series-C fundraising round.<p>But the biggest pile-in came from …

Startups

The world has never been in this much debt before

Global debt levels have hit another record high.<p>According to the Institute of International Finance (IIF), global debt levels rose by a further $21 trillion last year (US dollars), leaving total outstanding debt at $US237 trillion, the highest level on record.<p>All sectors recorded an increase in …

Economics

ICOs like to move fast and break (lots of) things

Startup life is full of quick, lateral thinking. “Move fast and break things” is the mantra. However, with the rise of token sales – essentially vehicles for untested startups to raise millions in a few minutes – lots of stuff gets broken and little gets fixed.<p>Take BCT – the Blockchain Terminal – …

Cryptocurrency

How to price cryptocurrencies

Predicting cryptocurrency prices is a fool’s game, yet this fool is about to try. The drivers of a single cryptocurrency’s value are currently too varied and vague to make assessments based on any one point. News is trending up on Bitcoin? Maybe there’s a hack or an API failure that is driving it …

Cryptocurrency

FIDO Alliance and W3C have a plan to kill the password

By now it’s crystal clear to just about everyone that the password is a weak and frankly meaningless form of authentication, yet most of us still live under the tyranny of the password. This, despite the fact it places a burden on the user, is easily stolen and mostly ineffective. Today, two …

Lucidity uses the blockchain to bring more transparency to online ads

Sam Kim, co-founder and CEO of Lucidity, said blockchain technology offers a solution to cut down on fraud and bring more transparency to digital advertising.<p>Kim was previously chief operating officer at The Mobile Majority, a mobile ad company where he said he saw the challenges of reconciling the …

Blockchain

New research shows successful founders are far older than the Valley stereotype

There is a classic stereotype of the Silicon Valley entrepreneur: often a computer science nerd, almost certainly male, ambitious and, most importantly, young — very young. Founders who have been covered extensively by the media, like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, started their …

Computer Science

Under a millimeter wide and powered by light, these tiny cameras could hide almost anywhere

As if there weren’t already cameras enough in this world, researchers created a new type that is both microscopic and self-powered, making it possible to embed just about anywhere and have it work perpetually. It’s undoubtedly cool technology, but it’s probably also going to cause a spike in …

MIT’s new headset reads the ‘words in your head’

There’s always been a glaring issue with voice computing: Talking to a voice assistant with other people around makes you feel like a bit of a weirdo. It’s a big part of the reason we’ve been seeing the technology start to take off in the home, where people feel a little less self-conscious talking …

9 times you should always say no to your kid if you want them to be happy and successful adults

Parents say no a lot. It's a reflex response, and often instinctual. For a child, hearing the word no too often does have a lasting effect on them.<p>According to child psychologist Laura Markham, Ph.D., author of "Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids" and founder of the lifesaving website Aha! Parenting<i>,</i> …

I spent 5 years studying millionaires — these are the 4 steps to achieving financial success

In my Rich Habits Study, I interviewed 233 millionaires, with at least $160,000 in annual gross income and $3.2 million in net assets.<p>One of the many revelations of the study was that the life you have is a reflection of the foundation you've built during your adult years.<p>If you work hard and …

Retirement

Dropbox just went public and is now worth $12 billion — now read the CEO's application for its first round of funding

In 2007, an MIT graduate named Drew Houston was trying to get his startup, Dropbox, off the ground.<p>He didn't have another co-founder because the person who had agreed to work with him had to back out. Houston had been programming since age 5, and he was trying to get Y Combinator to invest in his …

Researchers find a new material for quantum computing

Rumors of commercial quantum computing systems have been coming hot and heavy these past few years but there are still a number of issues to work out in the technology. For example, researchers at the Moscow Institute Of Physics And Technology have begun using silicon carbine to create a system to …

Quantum Computing

A 15-year-old hacked the secure Ledger crypto wallet

A 15-year-old programmer named Saleem Rashid discovered a flaw in the popular Ledger hardware wallet that allowed hackers to grab secret PINs before or after the device was shipped. The holes, which Rashid described on his blog, allowed for both a “supply chain attack” – meaning a hack that could …