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How To Know If Your Startup Needs A Lawyer

I recently did an “Ask Me Anything” event here in Hong Kong with startups and portfolio companies at the invitation of Cocoon Ignite Ventures. We asked those attending to provide questions in advance. There was a strong theme in the responses. Here are some samples. Do startups need lawyers? Why do …

Startups

Yes, The Pentagon Still Uses Floppy Disks For Nuclear Launches

And they're probably safer than newer technologies<p>A weird and totally true thing about the modern world is that whoever gets to be President of the United States has 7,100 nuclear warheads at their command. Theorized in the 1930s and first built and used in the 1940s, these weapons shape the outer …

Military

12 best commencement speeches of all time

Great news, graduates! The job outlook is looking a lot better than it has in the past few years.<p>The U.S. economy has added, on average, 238,000 jobs in the past few months, according to the Labor Department. And, job listings targeted at new grads are up slightly from a year ago on job-listing …

VP of Scale Venture Partners: The Key to Startup Success

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

Venture Capital

This exercise bike concept would wash your clothes as you pedal

Not having enough time to exercise is a common excuse — and the same goes for doing laundry. But a quirky new concept imagines a stationary bike that …

Your ability to read this message reveals something incredible about the mind

Can you read the message below?<p>That's not exactly true — just about everybody can read the message with ease. But according to one scientist, our ability to read such messages reveals something pretty incredible about the brain.<p>Interpreting passages like this hardly activates the section of the …

Online Life

Lily's selfie drone racks up $34 million in pre-orders

Pre-orders for Lily's smart camera drone have reached $34 million, equaling 60,000 units according to <i>Forbes</i>. The so-called "selfie drone" is slated …

The mathematically proven strategy to win 14 of the most popular games

By Ana Swanson<p>, Reporter<p><i>Originally published May 8</i><p>From Risk to tic-tac-toe, popular games involve tons of strategic decisions, probability and math. So one happy consequence of being a data nerd is that you may have an advantage at something even non-data nerds understand: winning.<p>So how do you win …

Mathematics

This Self-Swiping Tinder Robot Will Find You True Love

Early this week, the bedraggled, depressed dating world was gifted with Nicole He's True Love Tinder Robot. Typically, "true love" and "Tinder" …

Relationships

Best 5 Future-Proof Laptops For 2016: 12-inch MacBook, Surface Book, Dell XPS 13, HP EliteBook

Here’s the five top portables that incorporate much of what’s coming down the pike in 2016.<p>The melding of the laptop and tablet is a trend that will accelerate in 2016. That can take several forms: a very lightweight laptop offering tablet-like portability, a convertible with a touchscreen, or a …

Social media led police straight to movie pirates

How can law enforcement agencies track down some of the world's most (in)famous pirates? The same way that we find out how our school frenemies are doing: stalking them on social media. <i>TorrentFreak</i> has investigated the recent convictions of three of the UK's biggest file-sharers to learn how …

The Pirate Bay is not down: Four domains suspended, redirect turned off (updated)

The Pirate Bay went down today, though not for everyone. Four of the site’s domains have been suspended, meaning once the DNS entry updates have propagated, they won’t work for you. Instead, you will get a generic error, such as “This webpage is not available” in Chrome and “Unable to connect” in …

China’s makeshift hoverboard industry is imploding after Amazon’s safety crackdown

Chinese companies that helped fuel the global hoverboard craze are unraveling rapidly, after Western retailers like Amazon demanded new safety and legality standards earlier this month. Some are so upset by Amazon’s actions they plan to protest outside Amazon’s Guangzhou office later today (Dec. …

Meet Wish, the $3 Billion App That Could Be the Next Walmart

“We think we’re going to be the second or third trillion-dollar-a-year marketplace,” Wish's CEO says.<p>As the words poured out of Peter Szulczewski’s mouth, I thought <i>he must be pulling my leg</i>.<p>“We think we’re going to be the second or third trillion-dollar-a-year marketplace,” Szulczewski, the CEO of …

Nordstrom Tech Shopping Spree Continues with Stake in Custom Shoe Retailer

Nordstrom (JWN) is turning out to be quite the tech investor.<p>The luxury department store chain is part of a syndicate of investors that has pumped in …

Nora Gives You a Silent Night’s Sleep

Snoring is the worst. Whether you’re the snorer or the audience to the foghorn style snoring, it’s exhausting. It keeps both parties awake but can …

The 2015 Christmas List of Best STEM Toys for your little nerds and nerdettes

My 8 year old (recently 7, they grow so fast) asked recently, "are we nerds yet?" Being a nerd doesn't have the negative stigma it once did. A nerd …

CourseBuffet serves up a free DIY degree in Computer Science or Management

CourseBuffet understands that while college may be a rite of passage, it’s certainly not the only way to get the knowledge you need to succeed in the ever-changing tech or business world.<p>Look, school is expensive.<p>Even worse, we’re now finding out that the degrees that set us back years to obtain …

Silicon Valley just had a 'binders full of women' moment

Is it really 2015?<p>Or maybe it's 2012, when Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney explained during a debate how he found women for his leadership team as governor when only men had applied. He got "binders full of women" to help find the right ones.<p>Silicon Valley is having yet another Mitt …

Yahoo considers shock move to sell off internet business

Struggling internet company could go up for sale resulting in Marissa Mayer's departure as it tries to spin off Alibaba stake<p>Yahoo is considering a radical move to sell off its core business as a three-year turnaround effort from Marissa Mayer fails to bear fruit, according to reports.<p>The internet …

Not Even Scientists Can Easily Explain P-values

P-values have taken quite a beating lately. These widely used and commonly misapplied statistics have been blamed for giving a veneer of legitimacy …

Polyvore's Jess Lee on Why She Sold to Yahoo

Earlier this year, Yahoo bought fashion e-commerce site Polyvore for $230 million, making it one of Yahoo’s (YHOO) largest acquisitions in …

A YouTube video that claims Facebook is 'stealing billions of views' is going viral

A YouTube video that accuses Facebook of "stealing billions of views" is going viral and receiving a ton of support from content creators and prominent tech executives.<p>The video, created by the Munich-based YouTube channel and design studio Kurzgesagt, was released on Monday, shortly after Facebook …

Internet

Amazon and Alibaba have approached 5-year-old startup Wish, but the CEO seems to want more than $10 billion

But all the major e-commerce players have. Sources close to the company say that Amazon and Alibaba have talked about buying it in the past year. And the price they're talking about is jaw-dropping.<p>The most interesting rumor is that Amazon recently offered $10 billion in cash for Wish — and Wish …

eCommerce

19 tricks stores use to make you spend more money

From supermarkets to department stores, retailers employ clever techniques designed to get you to spend more.<p>Stores are carefully engineered, and every aspect of the design has a highly specific purpose — from the background music to the interior wall color.<p>To become more of a savvy shopper — and …

Personal Finance

This 11-year-old is selling cryptographically secure passwords for $2 each

Girl makes Diceware passwords, rolled with real dice, written by hand, sent by mail.<p>We now live in a world where a New York City sixth grader is …

Information Systems

New general-purpose optimization algorithm promises order-of-magnitude speedups on some problems

Optimization problems are everywhere in engineering: Balancing design tradeoffs is an optimization problem, as are scheduling and logistical …

A Tour of Machine Learning Algorithms

How to Land a High-Paying Data Science Job (Even If You Have the Wrong Background)

Demand is so strong, you don't need a computer science degree or work history.<p>Would you like to work in a field where average salaries are in the six figures, the potential for raises and promotions is high, demand for employees far outstrips supply, and you can easily start your own business?<p>If …

Data Science

International flight data is more evidence that something is going wrong in Asia

Global air passenger travel grew by 5.4% in the year to August, a comparatively fast rate on the back of strength in the European market, according to new data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).<p>As the chart below from the IATA shows, both premium and economy passenger numbers …