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Vladimir Putin confirms Russian military involvement in Syria's civil war

Russian president talks of desire for "international coalition" to fight terrorism and extremism and does not rule out possibility of direct military intervention in Syria<p>Russia is providing “serious” training and logistical support to the Syrian army, Vladimir Putin has said, in the first public …

The pot industry is being cannibalized by startups

There's already the on-demand delivery startups like Meadow and Eaze which will deliver medical marijuana to your door. Pax has brought Apple-esque simple design to vaporizers.<p>Even the "Birchbox" subscription box model has come to cannabis.<p>The Guild is the incumbent in the market, but a new 500 …

The 'Wolf of WhatsApp' wants to sell you penny stocks

Someone ruthlessly promotes a stock they hold, driving up the price based on artificial interest, and then sells before everyone realizes the interest was just manufactured.<p>Oftentimes, those stocks are "penny stocks," which don't trade on an exchange and are worth only a few cents a share.<p>Real life …

Apple fires back at report that many are ditching Apple Music

Apple has responded to media reports from earlier today that almost half of people who tried Apple Music have now abandoned the service.<p>Apple says the finding, from MusicWatch, is erroneous, and that 79 percent of Apple Music users continue to use the service.<p>The MusicWatch report also says that …

Five Things Americans Traveling to Bangkok Need to Know

On Monday, a deadly explosion rocked the popular Erawan Shrine in downtown Bangkok. The latest reports put the death toll at 22, with more than 120 people injured.<p>Tuesday a second bomb was thrown from a bridge over the Chao Phraya River, just missing a pier where tourists and locals catch water …

Uber's Drive Toward World Domination, One Regulatory Green Light at a Time

Most of the roads lead to legitimization in the end.<p>Uber’s triumph over New York Mayor Bill de Blasio isn’t the only win it’s had lately. It’s also made strides in the Philippines, Mexico, Calcutta, Paris, Spain, Germany, Brazil and Canada. The tide is shifting — albeit slowly.<p>The more legitimate …

As Airbnb, Snapchat Move Towards IPO's, Early Investor Sizes Up The Deal

At the start of the year, there was rampant speculation that Uber, Airbnb and Snapchat might go public this year. But as we edge towards the final months of the year, all that tech IPO excitement has yet to materialize for investors.<p>According to the Wall Street Journal’s “Billion Startup Club,” …

Meet the young, fearless lawyer behind Gawker

Journalists confront powerful people. When those people strike back, it’s good to know a lawyer. That’s especially true at Gawker Media, which takes …

Startup Insider: The Story Behind Stock Trading App Robinhood and Its One Million-Person Waitlist

Startup Insider is a series of articles with the goal of helping aspiring founders and entrepreneurs understand the ins and outs of starting a startup. You can sign up to stay up to date with this series here. If you have any interesting stories, you can email us here.<p>---<p>When the 2008 financial …

How badly have sanctions hit Russia?

Sanctions imposed on Russia because of its support for separatists in Ukraine could shrink the economy by as much as 9% over time.<p>That's the view of the International Monetary Fund, which published a regular report on Russia this week.<p>Collapsing oil prices and Western sanctions on big banks and …

10 things you need to know today

<b>Puerto Rico is in default.</b> On Monday, the commonwealth paid just $628,000 of the $58 million it owed creditors, triggering the largest municipal default in US history. According to The Telegraph's Ambrose Evans-Pritchard: "By a quirk of law, it does not enjoy the partial protection of full US …

The 10 things in advertising you need to know today

<b>1. Instagram has switched on its advertising API.</b> It means any advertiser can now buy Instagram ads and plan and monitor activity on the app using a self-service third-party platform like Salesforce Marketing Cloud.<p><b>2. It looks like the writing is on the wall for Samsung.</b> It is being forced to slash …

Instagram just made a major move that will turn it into a huge advertising business

The third-party partners now plugging their software into the API made a coordinated announcement about their involvement on Tuesday morning.<p>By opening up an API to partners, marketers can now — for the first time — start buying Instagram ads and planning their Instagram marketing in a more …

Samsung ready to spend 100 billion won to compensate cancer-affected employees

It’s no secret conditions at factories are not always optimal, often even bringing health risks to the workers that make our beloved devices. Even the biggest Android manufacturer has been involved in issues like this one. You may have not heard of it much, as it was a 12-year old dispute that was …

Everyone wants NASA to send its Mars rover back for another look at this 'giant space crab alien'

Spotting aliens and bits of spacecraft on Mars has been a full-time occupation for believers in the nearly 40 years since humans first started …

Mexico's wage crisis is so bad 'that it violates what’s stipulated in the Constitution'

At the end of 2014, Mexico's 16 billionaires were worth an average of nearly $9 billion.<p>That same year, the bottom 20% of Mexicans — nearly 25 million people — were worth an average of $80.<p>Economic hardship is widespread in Mexico, which is home to more than 120 million people, more than half of …

Europe just invested over $380 million in an alien-hunting space mission to Jupiter

On July 17, the European Space Agency — Europe's version of NASA — announced that they were issuing a contract to award the U.S.-equivalent of $384 million to the European-based company Airbus Defense and Space.<p>Jupiter has become one of the most likely neighborhoods in our solar system with the …

Hillary Clinton has unveiled her first truly interesting economic proposal

During a speech in New York, she detailed a plan to hike taxes on income from investments that high-income Americans hold for less than six years. It is part of a broader platform designed to fight what she refers to as "quarterly capitalism"—corporate America's focus on maintaining short-term …

'Don't Write Business Plans': Advice For Startups From One Of Silicon Valley's Top Seed Investors

“Don’t write business plans,” warns venture capitalist and angel investor, Dave McClure, of 500 Startups. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, McClure and many of his colleagues has a pedigree from Facebook and PayPal. His firm employs a “cast a wide net” approach, with a particular focus on emerging …

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Russian billionaire launches 100-mln-dollar project searching for alien life

Russian billionaire launches 100-mln-dollar project searching for alien life<p>Photo taken by the landform camera on the Chang'e-3 moon lander on Dec. …

Where are all the aliens?

<i>This post originally appeared at WaitButWhy.com.</i><p>Everyone feels something when they’re in a really good starry place on a really good starry night and they look up and see this:<p>Some people stick with the traditional—feeling struck by the epic beauty or blown away by the insane scale of the universe. …

15 of the toughest interview questions you'll hear on Wall Street

Despite how ludicrous some of these questions can be, insiders say the worst answer you could give is, "I don't know."<p>How do you think you would answer some of the most difficult interview questions these companies have asked candidates in the past?

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Astronomers Have Already Made Shocking Discoveries About Pluto

Really, that was not supposed to happen.<p>On Wednesday afternoon, NASA released a hi-res photo of a tiny fraction of Pluto, taken by the New Horizons probe, that made everyone re-evaluate their understanding of the universe: Pluto has mountains—big ones, the size of the Rockies—and in the absence of …

Goodbye International Space Station, Hello Moon Village

ESA’s new director general lays out his vision for an international community on the dark side of the Moon.<p>The International Space Station has been occupied for nearly 15 years, but the astronauts' lower-Earth orbit home away from home won't be around forever—or even that much longer.<p>So while NASA …

'Rome is on the verge of collapse,' according to its Chamber of Commerce president

It may boast the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and the glories that were ancient Rome, but the city is now in chronic decline, its business leaders and inhabitants have warned.<p>The Eternal City is facing crisis, with its administration engulfed in corruption scandals and debt, its roads scarred …

Not using army to combat terrorism would be a mistake, warns general

Britain needs the serious war-fighting capabilities of the armed forces to combat terrorist groups and it is a mistake to believe it can rely on the security and intelligence agencies alone, the country’s most senior military officer has said.<p>In a clear reference to military operations in …

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