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Orchid Labs is in the process of raising $125 million for its surveillance-free layer atop the internet

Orchid Labs, a San Francisco-based startup that’s developing a a surveillance-free layer on top of the internet, has raised a bunch of funding, according to a newly processed SEC filing that shows the year-old startup has closed on $36.1 million. The money comes just five months after Orchid closed …

Venture Capital

Russian attempts to woo American white supremacists have backfired

A quarter-century after American neo-fascists began looking to Russia for support, the relationship is on its heels.<p>The National Rifle Association …

Rights & Freedoms

The madness of our gender debate, where feminists defend slapping a 60-year-old woman

It seems swivel-eyed to condemn rhetorical “attacks” and blithely ignore physical ones.<p>You would have thought that a feminist getting punched in the …

Feminism

As algorithms take over, YouTube's recommendations highlight a human problem

A supercomputer playing chess against your mind to get you to keep watching.<p>YouTube is a supercomputer working to achieve a specific goal — to get you to spend as much time on YouTube as possible.<p>But no one told its system exactly how to do that. After YouTube built the system that recommends …

Internet

Pioneer doctor Asperger was Nazi collaborator who 'sent children to their deaths'

The pioneering Austrian paediatrician whose name came to describe patients with Asperger’s syndrome was in fact a Nazi collaborator who sent children to their deaths, new research reveals.<p>Hans Asperger has for decades been regarded as a hero in the field of autism treatment and research, said to …

Autism

How to Stop Yourself From Interrupting People All The Time

Serial interrupting pisses people off and makes you seem selfish and impatient. Here's how to kick the habit.<p>By<p>Apr 13 2018, 3:09 PM<p>Life is full of …

Self-help

This Entrepreneur's Online Reputation Was Destroyed. He Used His Experience Fixing It to Form a Multimillion-Dollar Company.

Here's Pete Kistler's story -- and tips for improving your own online presence.<p>Pete Kistler had never Googled himself. It was fall 2009, and the Syracuse University junior was sending out applications for software design jobs to offset about $20,000 in student loan debt. After a couple of weeks, …

Online

Words like “slutty” mean something different in the US and the UK

Janus words are the worst. Named after the two-faced Roman god, these words look in two directions, meaning opposite things: <i>temper,</i> meaning ‘to harden’ (metal) and ‘to soften’ (a criticism); or <i>dust,</i> meaning ‘remove dust from’ or ‘apply dust to.’<p>Those Janus words give little trouble because we know …

Penguin Random House

Dunning-Kruger Effect: Why Incompetent People Think They Are Superior

The Dunning-Kruger effect is a type of cognitive bias in which people believe that they are smarter and more capable than they really are. …

Psychology

Fast food, Facebook and the “deep capture” of democracy: It didn’t start with Cambridge Analytica

Law professor David Yosifon on how decades of corporate manipulation paved the way for the Facebook scandal<p>The Cambridge Analytica scandal is a curious beast: There was undeniable wrongdoing that, according to experts, likely had little impact on the election outcome. Yet the fact that personal …

Cambridge Analytica

Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power?

During the middle of the 1800s, cotton became the world’s largest commodity. The cheapest and best cotton came from the southern United States.<p><b>Edward Baptist</b> argues in his new book, “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism,” that the forced migration and …

Black History

Flowers killed dinosaurs, the asteroid just finished them off

A new analysis doesn't dispute that a space rock wiped out the thunder lizards, but finds that some nasty angiosperms were already doing them in.<p>There's strong scientific evidence to suggest an ancient asteroid impact off the coast of Mexico wiped out the dinosaurs, but new research suggests the …

Paleontology

Funding the arts doesn’t have to be electoral suicide

At £3m for 12 seats, a grand tier box in the Royal Albert Hall must count as one of the most expensive pieces of real estate in the world.<p>When this …

Philip Hammond

Any debate on London’s spike in crime can’t ignore what’s happening in the rest of the UK

In the capital, knife crime is up by 23 per cent – elsewhere, it’s also up by 21 per cent.<p>What's behind the spike in crime in the capital? London …

United Kingdom

Are aliens real? Grim discovery raises doubts about existence of extraterrestrial life

The universe could be a more lonely place than we ever imagined.<p>A new study has cast doubt on the existence of alien life after discovering that a …

Nebulas

Facebook employees are in disbelief that a bombshell memo justifying questionable practices to grow at all costs was leaked — and some think spies might be to blame

Facebook is reeling after BuzzFeed on Thursday published an explosive memo from the senior Facebook leader Andrew Bosworth.<p>Bosworth, a vice president at Facebook who's known as Boz, wrote in June 2016 that Facebook's "questionable contact importing practices" and other so-called growth-hacking …

Employment

UK Facebook users ‘could get £12,500 each after data breach’

If your data was harvested through Facebook you could get £12,500 compensation, according to an expert.<p>The social network has come under fire after …

Cambridge Analytica

Don’t mock the ‘hapless’ Brexiters – they are still pulling all the strings

It’s easy to laugh at Britain’s unpopular populists. Ukip is dead. Farage has been reduced to being a minor radio personality in Britain and a down-the-bill warm-up act in Trump country. As for the supposedly serious Brexiters, the <i>Observer</i>’s revelations will surely discredit the Vote Leave crew, …

Jacob Rees-Mogg

The conviction of Count Dankula sets a dangerous precedent for freedom of speech

Call me an old stick in the mud but any “joke” that conjures up an image of the Holocaust, child abuse, rape – that sort of thing – just isn’t for …

Rights & Freedoms

When it Comes to Competition, are you Confrontational or Collaborative?

Traditional competition is a zero-sum game. It's time to think bigger.<p><i>Kevin Chin, an</i> <i>Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO)</i> <i>member in London, United Kingdom, is founder and CEO of</i> <i>Arowana</i><i>, which invests in, operates and grows small- to medium-sized enterprises. In 2005, Kevin was the major shareholder and</i> …

Innovation

Bitcoin Could Become Illegal Almost Everywhere, After Shocking Discovery in The Blockchain

There's something hidden inside it.<p>The Bitcoin world is coming to grips with a shocking revelation that could potentially threaten the very existence …

Bitcoin

Particle accelerator reveals ancient medical manuscript replaced with religious text

The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, California recently found a 6th century manuscript by Greek physician Galen, which had been …

Physics

The Brexiteers’ disastrous fishing protest on the Thames sums up Brexit perfectly

A botched hollow gesture with no contingency plan.<p>In protest against the Brexit deal “betraying” fishermen, Brexiteers decided this morning to chuck …

United Kingdom

Using an all-too-common word in conversation can be destructive to your relationships — here’s what to say instead

As Donn King says, people are not logical, they're psycho-logical.<p>When it comes to effectively communicating, there's a certain three letter word that causes a whole lot of trouble.<p>This word, especially when used during an argument or important conversation with a loved one, is surprisingly …

Self-help

As a Rotherham grooming gang survivor, I want people to know about the religious extremism which inspired my abusers

I’m a Rotherham grooming gang survivor. I call myself a survivor because I’m still alive. I’m part of the UK’s largest ever child sexual abuse …

Religion

Is America on the Verge of a Constitutional Crisis?

As the Trump presidency approaches a troubling tipping point, it’s time to find the right term for what’s happening to democracy.<p>Here is something that, even on its own, is astonishing: The president of the United States demanded the firing of the former FBI deputy director, a career civil servant, …

Donald Trump

We can’t allow big tech companies thwart the 'right to remember'

The European Union recently adopted laws embodying a proposed “right to be forgotten,” to protect individuals from eternal memorialization of unfortunate past indiscretions. However, I feel it’s time to propose a complementary “right to remember,” to ensure that history cannot be erased or …

With a spacecraft in trouble and the White House watching, SpaceX had to deliver

Within minutes of liftoff, it was clear the Dragon spacecraft was in trouble.<p>Inside mission control on the morning of March 1, 2013, the SpaceX team was desperately trying to figure out what went wrong and soon pinpointed the problem: A few valves were stuck.<p>Lori Garver, NASA’s deputy …

Space Exploration

Who owns water? The US landowners putting barbed wire across rivers

New Mexico is a battleground in the fight over once public waterways, sparking fears it could set a national precedent<p>As Scott Carpenter and a few friends paddled down the Pecos river in New Mexico last May, taking advantage of spring run-off, the lead boater yelled out and made a swirling hand …

New Mexico

Startup Offers '100 Percent Fatal' Procedure To Upload Your Brain

<b>(CBS Local)</b> — A startup company is giving people the chance to digitally preserve their memories forever. There’s one catch to the brain-uploading …