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Disney built a blockchain, and now its creators are trying to turn it into a commercial platform to compete with Ethereum

<b>-It's designed to be more private than other popular blockchains like the bitcoin and ethereum protocols.</b><p><b>-Now some of the developers behind the technology want to build a commercial business to make it easy for less technologically savvy businesses to get involved.</b><p>From animatronics to digital …

Blockchain

Overwatch’s highest-paid pro lands $150,000 salary deal

In case you've been living under a rock, eSports is massive. So big in fact, that even traditional sports leagues (like the NFL) are getting in on the act. Aside from TV networks, soccer clubs, and F1 racing, of course. And, judging by the latest scoop, competitive gaming may soon boast its own …

Team USA

Computex gave us a glimpse at how computing will evolve

One thing was very clear at Computex: It's going to be a transformational year for computing. We're seeing several trends from the past few years -- like the move toward thinner and lighter laptops, and the rise of mobile computing -- evolve in new and intriguing ways. It was a surprising …

Computer Hardware

The Woman Who Invented the Fidget Spinner Isn't Making Any Money Off Them

Fidget spinners are selling like crazy. But the inventor hasn't made a dime<p>Fidget spinners are the must-have toy of 2017, flying off the shelves of …

Product Design
Media Industry

Higgs Boson Physicist May Have Killed the Birth Control Pill

Hormonal contraceptives might be a thing of the past.<p>When the physicists working with the Large Hadron Collider at CERN discovered the Higgs boson …

Physics

Google's nit-picky interview process is a huge turnoff for some experienced coders

But in one important way, the company may have shot itself in the foot: its legendarily difficult interview process.<p>Google is right now being sued on allegations of age discrimination by a couple of job candidates who didn't get offered a job there. Google is fighting the suit and calls the …

Employment

Humiliated Stock Picker Who Sold His Firm for $31 Is Back on Top

The 3,240 yen ($31) of cash framed on Hideto Fujino’s desk is a constant reminder of his greatest humiliation.<p>The money, barely enough for dinner at …

Investing

Robert Downey Jr offers to voice Mark Zuckerberg's digital assistant

Actor offered to lend his voice to the Facebook founder’s artificial intelligence-based personal assistant, which Zuckerberg calls ‘kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man’<p>It may be Tesla’s Elon Musk who most often invites comparison to Marvel’s superhero Iron Man – the alter ego of billionaire inventor …

Iron Man

Snapchat heads for IPO that could value 'mega unicorn' at $25bn

The flotation of the five-year-old app, now used by more than 40% of young Americans, will be the largest social media IPO since Twitter in 2013<p>Snapchat is preparing for a “mega unicorn” flotation on the stock market that could value the five-year-old mobile app known for its disappearing photos at …

Advertising

Google's self-driving car in broadside collision after other car jumps red light

Autonomous Lexus SUV could not prevent accident that caved in front and rear passenger-side doors, setting off airbags and forcing it to be towed away<p>One of Google’s self-driving cars was involved in one of the worst autonomous vehicle accident yet, when a driver ran a red light and collided with …

Autonomous Cars

The dark side of Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was an unpleasant man who wrote macabre books – and yet children around the world adore them. Perhaps this shouldn’t surprise us, writes Hephzibah Anderson.<p>Once upon a time a small orphan was packed off to live with his aunts. They were a sadistic pair, these sisters, and rather than …

Books

Roald Dahl after 100 years: Remembering beloved author's forgotten antisemitic past

One hundred years may have passed since Roald Dahl was born, but it remains impossible to imagine a literary world without characters he created such …

Books

New drug 'wakes up' immune system to fight one of deadliest cancers

IMM-101 drug has extended lives of people with metastatic pancreatic cancer and appears to have no side-effects<p>A new drug that “wakes up” the immune system to attack cancer has extended the lives of people with metastatic pancreatic cancer and has no side-effects, raising hopes for a new and …

Cancer

Samsung phone patent runs Android and Windows side-by-side

Samsung likes to include everything but the kitchen sink in its products, but the latest patent might take it to a new level. A patent from the company suggests it could be working on a device that runs both Android and Windows Phone at the same time.<p>By ‘at the same time,’ I don’t mean a dual-boot. …

Obama administration denies secret loopholes in Iran nuclear agreement

A Washington thinktank report claims a joint commission in Vienna deal allowed Iran to keep more than the agreed upon enriched uranium<p>The Obama administration has insisted that the terms of a nuclear agreement signed last year with Iran were being upheld after a Washington think tank alleged that …

South Asia

Apple ordered to pay up to €13bn after EU rules Ireland broke state aid laws

European commission says Apple got illegal help with tax breaks but CEO Tim Cook says ruling threatens investment in Europe<p>Apple has warned that future investment by multinationals in Europe could be hit after it was ordered to pay a record-breaking €13bn (£11bn) in back taxes to Ireland.<p>The …

Economic Justice

Mark Zuckerberg gives Pope Francis model drone during Vatican meeting

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave Pope Francis a model drone during a meeting at the Vatican Monday.<p>Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan met Pope Francis in the Santa Marta residence, the guest house in Vatican City where the pope lives.<p>Related:<p>Facebook touts huge solar-powered drone<p>Facebook CEO …

Silicon Valley

Intel explains how USB-C could be far better than the headphone jack

New specs pave the way for powerful features<p>The impending death of the 3.5mm audio port is one of the more contentious tech industry narratives this year. With Apple rumored to remove the jack with the iPhone 7 and devices like the Moto Z already having ditched the port altogether, consumers are …

USB Type-C

San Diego Comic-Con 2016: Your Complete Guide

From the superhero-movie sneak peeks to 'Game of Thrones' news, here's what's happening at this year's SDCC<p>In 1971, the 300-or-so people pawing …

Digital advocates call DMCA copyright restrictions unconstitutional

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the government, arguing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act has outlived its usefulness in protecting copyrighted material from pirates and stifles free speech.<p>The Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the US government over its controversial …

U.S. Federal Courts

Nvidia Just Revealed Something Even Faster Than the GTX 1080

Nvidia’s GTX 1080’s warp nacelles are barely spooled up, and the company’s already unveiling something mightier.<p>Meet the Nvidia Titan X, not to be …

Computer Hardware

Big Data Center Company Sues Nevada Regulators, Utility Over Solar Deal

The owner of some of the world’s largest data centers has sued Nevada regulators and that state’s utility over a solar energy deal that it says led …

Solar Power

The Bank of England is on the cusp of an unprecedented move to stop Brexit destroying the economy

According to a survey in the Financial Times, markets "have already priced in a 75% chance of interest rates being cut from 0.5% to 0.25% this week."<p>One analyst, for example, Jonathan Loynes of Capital Economics told the FT: "We think the [Monetary Policy] Committee will recognise the dangers of …

Bank of England

The 7 All-Time Best Beaches in the World

By Nicolle Monico Mar. 4th, 2016<p>Photo Credit: Dino Geromella/Shutterstock.com<p>Every year, travel sites all over release a list of the world’s best …

Supreme Court Won't Reopen Union-Fees Case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request by public school teachers in California asking the justices to rehear a major challenge to fees that unions collect from non-members on which the court split 4-4 in March.<p>The non-union teachers, represented by the Washington-based Center for …

Bose QC35 review - the ultimate travellers' headphones

Don’t you wish you could turn off the world every now and then?<p>The last few weeks I’ve found out it’s actually possible… at a price.<p>Enter any airport around the world and you’ll see loads of people wearing either Bose’s QC15 or QC25 headphones — for a reason. Their omnipresence in planes is because …

Facebook keeps its word, and Mark Zuckerberg keeps Peter Thiel on Facebook’s board

It appears the whole “destroying Gawker through litigation” thing doesn’t faze Zuck.<p>Facebook shareholder meetings, like most major tech company shareholder meetings, are a pretty straightforward affair.<p>But going into today, there was one potentially interesting point of tension: Would Mark …

Social Media

HTC exec: exclusives are a bad idea for VR

Last week at E3, we had a chance to speak with some of the biggest names in VR, from Oculus to Sony — but that list that wouldn’t be complete without some input from HTC. The smartphone maker was, perhaps, something of a dark horse in the space, but its Vive headset has scored high rankings among …

Virtual Reality