Jake Blecher

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Brolly, an ‘AI-driven’ insurance app, raises £1M seed round led by Valar Ventures and Pi Labs

Brolly, a U.K. ‘insurtech’ startup that offers an app to help you manage and purchase various insurance products, has raised £1 million in seed funding. Valar Ventures, the U.S.-based venture fund backed by Peter Thiel, led the round, with Pi Labs co-leading. Entrepreneur First (EF) also …

The World Could Reach Peak Coal And Oil In Three Years, Thanks To Cheap Renewables

We’re not running out of fossil fuels, they’re just not going to be worth it.<p>The world could reach peak oil and coal in as little as three years–not because either is close to running out, but because of the falling cost of solar power and electric cars and stronger climate policy.<p>A new report from …

LinkedIn Just Rolled Out A Redesign—Here’s How To Clean Up Your Profile

Now that LinkedIn has a new look, it’s time to update your account–starting with these four cuts.<p>With its largest desktop redesign ever, LinkedIn is fighting the good fight against distraction. The 2017 updates make for less clutter across the platform and a more focused experience on every front, …

Airbnb scams tripled in 2016, earning a consumer watchdog warning

Where people go, scammers follow, so it's no surprise to find the sharing economy being targeted.<p>Australia's consumer watchdog issued a notice …

Identity Theft

Crooks can guess Visa card details in six seconds by querying lots of websites at once

In Does The Online Card Payment Landscape Unwittingly Facilitate Fraud?, a new paper in <i>IEEE Security & Privacy</i>, researchers from the University of …

How to Conduct Market Research on the Cheap

<i>This article is part of</i> Tools of the Trade<i>, a weekly series in which a variety of experts share actionable tips for achieving fast and effective</i> …

Researchers have figured out how to spot a self-loathing person by how they speak

We communicate in many ways, not just with our words. But nonverbal signals are often missed in conversation. Now, social scientists have found a way to train machines to spot the linguistic tics that show psychological distress.<p>John Pestian, a psychiatrist and expert in biomedical informatics at …

The failure to get to grips with our crises, by all mainstream political parties, is likely to lead to a war between the major powers in my lifetime<p>Wave the magic wand and the problem goes away. Those pesky pollution laws, carbon caps and clean-power plans: swish them away and the golden age of …

Economics

A Buddhist monk explains mindfulness for times of conflict

“Compassion is not sitting in your room; it’s actually very active and engaging,” a senior disciple of Thich Nhat Hanh says.<p>Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the world’s most renowned Buddhist leaders, second only to the Dalai Lama in fame and influence.<p>With his 100+ books, he’s been an advocate for …

Meditation

London coffee startup DripApp has shut down

DripApp has shut down its mobile app that allows people to buy coffee from independent coffee shops at discounted rates.<p>The app is no longer in the …

Ohler’s book claims not only that German soldiers and civilians commonly used methamphetamine, but that Hitler was a drug addict<p>Nazi Germany proclaimed from the outset that it was going to break with the moral and physical degeneracy of the Weimar republic. The Hitler Youth would provide the …

World History

Wealthy Russians are researching the UK's WW2 internment policies in fear of a new war

Wealthy Russian residents in London are concerned about a possible war between the UK and Russia.<p>Rich clients of Russian international law firm …

U.S. VR hardware and software market to hit $38 billion by 2026

The U.S. virtual reality market will grow gradually in the next two years, but then growth will kick in and the industry will hit $38 billion in revenues by 2026, according to a forecast by Greenlight Insights.<p>The forecast was released as part of a larger 10-year market forecast at the Virtual …

The man who accurately predicted 5 market crashes was proved right 3 times again

In June, Sandy Jadeja — the man who accurately predicted five market crashes to the exact date — gave us three more dates that we’d expect a fall in …

3 Science-Backed Ways to Stop Overthinking Everything in Life

Overthinking is both a blessing and a curse. While some see it as a sign of a curious, analytical brain primed for problem-solving, others believe it …

Psychology

Nearly 10,000 people in China apply for one job

What job could be attractive enough to lure almost 10,000 candidates in China?<p>It's not a high-flying position with a popular tech firm like Alibaba (BABA) or Tencent (TCEHY). Instead, the legions of applicants are apparently eager to become an office worker for a powerless political party.<p>Monday …