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Google Acquires Titan Aerospace, The Drone Company Pursued By Facebook

Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, the drone startup that makes high-flying robots which was previously scoped by Facebook as a potential acquisition target (as first reported by TechCrunch), the WSJ reports. The details of the purchase weren’t disclosed, but the deal comes after Facebook …

How to Build the Right Team for Your Growing Startup

I’ve been spoiled throughout my career of building teams in large tech companies. I’ve had all the luxuries: infinite resources, time, and large pools of qualified candidates. At Google, we always had a steady stream of graduates from top schools flowing into the organization in entry-level …

Amazon WorkSpaces, Amazon’s Cloud Desktop Service, Launches To Public Along With New Sync Client

Amazon WorkSpaces, the company’s virtual desktop computing environment introduced last fall at the AWS re:Invent conference, is today available to the public. Up until now, Amazon was testing the service in a “Limited Preview” with select customers large and small, including Peet’s Coffee & Tea and …

Researchers can now reconstruct your memory of someone’s face

“It is a form of mind reading,” said Marvin Chun, professor of psychology, cognitive science and neurobiology and an author of the paper in the …

The Brain

Pay in key UK industries won't recover until 2025

TUC launches Fair Pay Fortnight and pushes for return of wage councils<p>Employees in a range of industries, including manufacturing, retail, hospitality and construction – where annual pay is, on average, £2,000 lower than it was four years ago – could wait until 2025 before their salaries return to …

Marc Andreessen Is Going To Invest 'Hundreds Of Millions' More Dollars In Bitcoin

Bitcoin prices have lost nearly 50% of their value over the past four months or so, and now trade at around $570. Analysts from Goldman Sachs recently cast doubt on the viability of the digital currency itself, though added its underlying technology may yet prove useful.<p>Andreessen says he's unfazed:<p>…

Silicon Valley Can’t Keep Up With Korea’s Financial Revolution

<i>Jon Norris is a writer for TransferWise who splits his time between the U.S. and the U.K. This post originally appeared on the TransferWise blog and has been republished with permission.</i><p>Until a few years ago, South Korea was promoted by its Tourism Board as “Land of the Morning Calm”. While the …

Designing a Recurring Revenue Model Will Help Attract Capital

<i>George Deeb is the Managing Partner at Chicago-based Red Rocket Ventures, a startup consulting and financial advisory firm based in Chicago.</i><p>One of the first things that a venture capitalist looks for in assessing an investment opportunity is the revenue model of the business. More specifically, …

Seagate Backup Plus/Slim portable drive review: A fast portable drive with massive storage space - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The fast and affordable Seagate Backup Plus/Slim has the highest capacity of any portable drive. The drive includes helpful backup software and a free two-year 200GB subscription to Microsoft OneDrive online storage.<p><b>The Bad</b> The two-year warranty is short and there's no security option to …

Portable

Artificial Intelligence startup Vicarious grabs $40M from Zuckerberg, Musk, Kutcher, & others

Vicarious, a company that produces artificial-intelligence technology, has closed a fresh $40 million round of funding today that includes a handful of notable investors like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Tesla founder Elon Musk, and actor/investor Ashton Kutcher.<p>Vicarious’ tech focuses on …

Cloudera is rebuilding machine learning for Hadoop with Oryx

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Thepedestrian<p>Hadoop software vendor Cloudera didn’t make a lot of waves when it bought a …

Why you’re wrong about communism: 7 huge misconceptions about it (and capitalism)

Most of what Americans think they know about capitalism and communism is total nonsense. Here’s a clearer picture<p>As the commentary around the recent deaths of Nelson Mandela, Amiri Baraka and Pete Seeger made abundantly clear, most of what Americans think they know about capitalism and communism is …

How Edward Snowden went from loyal NSA contractor to whistleblower

He was politically conservative, a gun owner, a geek – and the man behind the biggest intelligence leak in history. In this exclusive extract from his new book, Luke Harding looks at Edward Snowden's journey from patriot to America's most wanted<p>In late December 2001, someone calling themselves …

This is What Happens When You Teach Machines the Power of Natural Selection

Psychopathic machines? Lethal AI? These are the concepts we should be thinking about when we talk about the benefits of self-improving software. An …

This company says its technology could have detected Snowden’s intrusions

Government servants are hardly the best paid employees in the world, even if they are spies. But the older ones do have pensions of the sort most young people could never imagine. So why would a 30-year veteran of Britain’s secret service, with a “gold-plated” pension to look forward to, leave his …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Uncut version of Nymphomaniac to debut at Berlin film festival

The five and a half hour version of Lars Von Trier's already-infamous film will be screened at the Berlin film festival<p>• Nymphomaniac: the first review • Nymphomaniac's orgasm poster series<p>The cinema version of Lars Von Trier's new film Nymphomaniac may be a draining four hours long, and split into …

This Pen 3-D Prints Live Cells On A Damaged Bone

Everyone from McDonald’s to Apple is jumping on the 3-D printing bandwagon. But it’s only when you see live cells being printed right onto a damaged bone that you finally start to grasp what this technology is capable of.<p>A new “bio pen” will allow surgeons to “draw” layers of cells on damaged bones …

IBM's Jeopardy-Winning Supercomputer Will Power A 'Cognitive, Expert Personal Shopper' App Next Year

IBM Watson Solutions VP Stephen Gold told us that starting in 2014, consumers can look for the first three Watson-powered apps from IBM business partners.<p>We were most intrigued by the description of one of these apps in particular, Fluid Retail. Here's how Gold described it to us:<p>"Fluid, which …

Shake Shack CEO: If You’re Hungry For Success, You Need To Be On Your Customer’s Side

<i>Editor’s Note: This story contains one of our 10 Best Business Lessons of 2013. For the full list, click here.</i><p>In New York City Shake Shack is a foodie phenomenon.<p>And like most things bearing the same description, to get your hands on the joint’s tasty hamburgers and milkshakes it will cost you …

A Supreme Court Fight For The Rights Of (Frequent) Fliers

Do airline frequent fliers have any legal rights when they get into disputes over their club memberships?<p>That's the question before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, when the justices examine whether, and under what circumstances, frequent fliers cansue in these disputes.<p>Frequent-flier programs — …

East Asian countries top global league tables for educational performance

Asia's rising economic success has helped China's hi-tech corridor to take a clear lead in the latest OECD international education rankings.<p>The results of the OECD's programme for international student assessment – a triennial exam for 15-year-olds known as Pisa – show that China's Shanghai region …

China shouldn’t care that 94% of US consumers can’t name a single Chinese brand

Chinese companies are some of the world’s largest—China Mobile is the world’s biggest mobile phone operator by subscribers and Industrial Commercial Bank of China is the second-largest bank in terms of market value. Nonetheless, only 6% of US consumers and about 14% of British ones can name a …

China

How to export BMWs from the US to China for fun and profit (Note: this is possibly illegal)

US prosecutors are cracking down on a burgeoning black market industry built on the fact that luxury cars sell for much more in China than they do in America. In these schemes, US residents buy cars locally and ship them to buyers in China for a quick and tidy profit. Over the past few months, US …

Luxury Lifestyle

UPS researching delivery drones that could compete with Amazon's Prime Air

Flying parcel-carriers are the next logical frontier for delivery companies<p>Amazon made headlines Sunday night when it announced it was working on small drones that could someday deliver customers packages in half an hour or less. But the e-commerce giant isn’t the only company researching how to …

A Vision Of 'Enlightened Capitalism' Emerges From The City Of London

One has to hand it to UK institutional investors for exemplifying what the British are known globally for doing so well – an acute sense of timing combined with the grandeur of a display.<p>Tomorrow evening at Mansion House, home of the new Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf - only the second woman to …