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Barnes & Noble fires CEO Demos Parneros for violating company policies

Barnes & Noble said Tuesday that it has fired CEO Demos Parneros for violating company policies.<p>The company did not specify exactly which policies …

Barnes & Noble

Browser maker Opera has filed to go public

Norway-based company Opera Ltd. has filed for an initial public offering in the U.S. According to its F-1 document, the company plans to raise up to $115 million.<p>In 2017, Opera generated $128.9 million in operating revenue, which led to a net income of $6.1 million.<p>While many people are already …

Software

The top 15 cities around the world where people get paid more to work less

Charles Platiau/Reuters<p><b>Paid vacation time allowance in the US, the only advanced country without a national vacation policy, is pretty</b> …

How to Convert Your Wall into a Giant Touch Screen

Smart walls could track people’s gestures or monitor appliances

Jilted investor hits the world’s third-biggest cryptocurrency with a wild lawsuit

Cryptocurrencies, the savior of the world’s financial system or a “noxious poison,” depending on who you talk to, are woefully good targets for …

A tech company is giving each employee $1,500 to spend on experiences — and it's a millennial's dream perk

Millennials have a reputation as the "job-hopping" generation. In 2016, a Gallup poll revealed that 21% of millennials said they changed jobs within the past year (more than three times the number of non-millennials who reported the same), and 60% are open to new opportunities.<p>As a result, …

A massive, 'semi-infinite' trove of rare-earth metals has been found in Japan

Researchers have found hundreds of years' worth of critical rare-earth metals beneath Japanese waters — enough to supply to the world on a …

Rare Earth

Bitcoin price jumps to two-week high, leads broad crypto surge

LONDON (Reuters) - Cryptocurrency prices jumped on Thursday, led by a surge in bitcoin to two-week highs, with people active in the market citing a squeeze on traders who have bet against prices, given a lack of obvious news to trigger the gains.<p>On the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange <BTC=BTSP>, …

Cryptocurrency

I downloaded 14 years of my Facebook data and here's what happened

Facebook has an impeccable memory.<p>After downloading my stored data on the site — I've been a member since 2004 — I was presented with an enormous amount of personal details that have been collected about me over the years.<p>It had the phone number of my late grandmother who never had a Facebook …

Social Media

Feds tracked Austin bomber after FedEx camera got his plate, congressman says

<b>Austin, Texas (CNN) —</b> When the Austin bomber went to a FedEx store Sunday to ship two more of his package bombs, he made the mistake of parking within view of a surveillance camera, a US congressman told CNN.<p>The license plate of Mark Anthony Conditt's red Ford SUV could be seen on video and police …

Crime

Here's a Simple Explanation of Stephen Hawking's Greatest Contribution to Science

He really was a genius.<p>Mathematical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking was best known for his work exploring the relationship between black …

Physics

Stephen Hawking submitted a final scientific paper 2 weeks before he died — and it could lead to the discovery of a parallel universe

Stephen Hawking submitted his final scientific paper just a week and a half before he died, and it lays the theoretical groundwork for discovering a parallel universe.<p>Hawking, who died Wednesday at 76, was coauthor to a mathematical paper that seeks proof of the "multiverse" theory, which posits …

The Indian physicist who contested Stephen Hawking’s theory about black holes

In his long and spectacular career as the world’s most iconic physicist, Stephen Hawking wrote a lot about black holes. He discovered that they emit electromagnetic radiation (which later became known as Hawking Radiation) and proved theoretically that they could eventually disappear for good.<p>Then, …

Physics

A Magnetic 'Wormhole' That Connects Two Regions of Space Was Created in The Lab

Two years ago ... this was weird.<p>Back in 2015, researchers in Spain created a tiny magnetic wormhole for the first time ever. They used it to connect …

3 AI terms all business professionals need to understand

The value and utility of artificial intelligence is a hot topic today. In fact, a recent report by MIT Sloan Management Review asserts that almost 85 percent of executives believe AI “will allow their companies to obtain or sustain a competitive advantage.”<p>But there’s also a lot of confusion about …

NRA spokeswoman pushes back on raising age for buying semiautomatic rifles, an idea Trump has suggested

A spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association on Sunday pushed back against proposals to raise the age to purchase a semiautomatic weapon to 21, an idea that President Trump has seemed to embrace in recent days.<p>Dana Loesch said the group’s opposition to the change is “incredibly clear” and …

The two mental shifts highly successful people make

<b>“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”</b> — Max Planck, German quantum theorist and Nobel Prize winner<p>There are two primary mental shifts that occur in the lives of all highly successful people. Many make the first, but very few make the second.<p>Both of these …

Self-improvement

If The Universe Is 13.8 Billion Years Old, How Can We See 46 Billion Light Years Away?

There are a few fundamental facts about the Universe — its origin, its history, and what it is today — that are awfully hard to wrap your head around. One of them is the Big Bang, or the idea that the Universe began a certain time ago: 13.8 billion years ago to be precise. That’s the first moment …

Galaxies

Tech companies should stop pretending AI won’t destroy jobs - MIT Technology Review

I took an Uber to an artificial-­intelligence conference at MIT one recent morning, and the driver asked me how long it would take for autonomous …

Artificial Intelligence

SpaceX successfully launches the world’s most powerful rocket

At long last<p>SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, this afternoon and soared to space, carrying its payload — CEO Elon Musk’s red Tesla Roadster — into orbit. The Falcon Heavy’s first flight is finally over, and despite a fudged landing in the ocean, the rocket has …

How Fake Surgery Exposes Useless Treatments

Two weeks after my husband had a couple of stents installed in his coronary arteries, he awoke to this headline in the <i>New York Times:</i> …

Medicine

Comedian Jim Carrey urges people to delete their Facebook accounts and dump the stock

Jim Carrey is quitting Facebook and dumping his stock — and is urging everyone else to do so as well.<p>"We must encourage more oversight by the owners …

Social Media

China Enlists Its 'Great Firewall' to Block Bitcoin Websites

China will reportedly block anyone in the country from accessing websites that offer cryptocurrency trading services or initial coin offerings …

Tesla is helping build the world's biggest 'virtual power plant'

Tesla already put together the world's biggest lithium battery in Australia. Now it's going for another record.<p>The state of South Australia has announced plans to equip at least 50,000 homes with solar panels and Tesla (TSLA) battery storage units, connecting them all to the electricity grid to …

Energy

In Cave in Israel, Scientists Find Jawbone Fossil From Oldest Modern Human Out of Africa

Scientists on Thursday announced the discovery of a fossilized human jawbone in a collapsed cave in Israel that they said is between 177,000 and 194,000 years old.<p>If confirmed, the find may rewrite the early migration story of our species, pushing back by about 50,000 years the time that Homo …

Anthropology

Hawaii worker who pushed button reassigned after bungled missile alert

A Hawaii emergency management employee was reassigned and the state agency he works for has received death threats amid fallout from the botched ballistic missile alert that triggered panic across the island paradise, officials said Monday.<p>The 10-year employee has been temporarily reassigned, …

David Ige

Intercepting radio signals can reveal if a drone is spying on you

As consumer drones have become more commonplace, so too have concerns that owners might be tempted to use them for snooping. Researchers have now …

Drones

Singapore central bank head hopes cryptocurrency tech will survive 'crash'

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The head of Singapore's central bank said on Monday he hoped the technologies underpinning cryptocurrencies such as blockchain would not be undermined by an eventual crash in the digital money.<p>The city-state has been positioning itself as a hub for fintech - or financial …

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in India to deepen links

NEW DELHI — India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu in Hebrew and stressed the close friendship between the two …

Everywhere Travelers are Being Told Not to Visit in Mexico, Mapped

The U.S. State Department has issued a travel warning advising travelers to avoid visiting the following five Mexican states: Sinaloa, Colima, …

Mexico