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Results expected in Nigeria governor, local polls

A total of 29 governorship and deputy governorship positions from Nigeria's 36 states are up for grabs and seats in all of the states' legislatures.<p>Governors are influential figures in Africa's most populous nation, with near-total control of their states and collective power at a national level to …

Mars One Picks 100 to Compete for One-Way Red Planet Trips

The Dutch-based Mars One venture says it's winnowed down its list of applicants to 50 men and 50 women who will compete for the chance to take a one-way trip to Mars. Yes, that's the reward — not the punishment. The Mars One project plans to put on a reality-TV competition to select 24 prospective …

This Startup Wants To Be The Yelp Of Investing

The hidden value in the floor, they explain, was that it served as a sounding board.<p>"We were able to ask people, 'What do you think of this stock? What do you think of emerging markets?'" remembers Ravid. "From our perspective, it wasn't that they were financial professionals, but that there was a …

Robo-advisors

India's Flipkart Raises $1 Billion, Among The Largest In Single Funding Round In Global E-Commerce

India’s biggest online retailer Flipkart has raised $1 billion in fresh capital from new as well as existing investors with a goal to become the “mobile e-commerce company of the future.” The amount is the single largest round by any Indian internet company and is among the largest in a single …

The next era of the public payphone is about to begin

Every major city in the world has a network of public phone booths on most streets—absolutely crucial to the running of the city only a couple of decades ago but now just taking up space in the age of smartphones. In Britain, home of the iconic red telephone booths that have been around since 1926, …

Emergency Medicine

Elon Musk: Artificial Intelligence Is 'Potentially More Dangerous Than Nukes'

He doesn't appear to have been exaggerating.<p>In a Tweet last night, Musk said this:<p>Bostrom is Nick Bostrom, the founder of Oxford's Future of Humanity Institute. That group recently partnered with a new group at Cambridge, the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, to study how things like …

Singularity

This $1 Billion Startup Handles 5% Of All Web Traffic And Is Ready To Take On Cisco

Over the last three years, CloudFlare has grown 450% annually, and is currently adding about 5,000 new clients a day, Matthew Prince, its programmer/lawyer-turned-founder, tells us.<p>It is now handling the equivalent of roughly 5% of the entire web's traffic through its servers and, just as we …

Cybersecurity

9 Ways Google Is Changing The World

When asked if Microsoft could learn a thing or two from X Labs, Nadella retorted that there's always something to learn from "from people who market themselves well."<p>He was right to some degree. Project X creates a lot of hype for Google even though most of those projects aren't quite ready for the …

Google Search

NFL Will Let Teams Use Microsoft Surface Tablets On The Sidelines During Games

In the first instance of tablets and mobile computing devices being used on the sidelines of NFL games, Microsoft Surface tablets will be used by coaches and players in the upcoming season as part of a reported $400 million multi-year deal between the NFL and Microsoft.<p>The Sideline Viewing System …

The Seven Skills You Need to Thrive in the C-Suite

What executive skills are most prized by companies today? How has that array of skills changed in the last decade, and how is it likely to change in the next ten years? To find out, I surveyed senior consultants in 2010 at a top-five global executive-search firm. Experienced search consultants …

Paul Maritz says the internet of things has convinced even giants like GE they need to radically shift direction

Pivotal CEO Paul Maritz says the potential opportunities — and competitive pressures — that are being created by industry shifts like the internet of …