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Google Cloud infrastructure expansion to continue with three new undersea cables

Diane Greene, who heads up Google’s cloud unit, often marvels at how much her company invests in Google Cloud infrastructure. It’s with good reason. Over the past three years since Greene came on board, the company has spent a whopping $30 billion beefing up the infrastructure. Today it announced …

Wall Street

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

Why Stackshare is quietly becoming a secret weapon for developers and Silicon Valley CTOs

On Stackshare, Airbnb lists over 50 services in its “stack,” Slack lists 24, and Spotify lists more than 31; these stacks are collections of different pieces of software that each company is using to run their operations, and range from infrastructure tools to communications tools to container …

Startups

Learn any of these 16 programming languages and you'll always have a job

Someone has to write that software. Why not you?<p>There are thousands of programming languages, but some are far more popular than others.<p>When a company goes out to find new programming talent, they're looking for people familiar with the languages and systems they already use — even as relatively …

Programming Languages

A former banker taught herself how to code and is now a top exec at a $700 million startup

Then the 2008 financial crisis struck and Lehman Brothers collapsed.<p>Lachs left Wall Street to get an MBA, hoping that some magical moment would strike where she would know what else to do with her life.<p>"I thought that I'd be sitting in a class and just have this moment of inspiration and I'd be …

Startups
Cryptocurrency

The smartphone is eventually going to die — this is Mark Zuckerberg's crazy vision for what comes next

At last week's Facebook F8 conference in San Jose, California, CEO Mark Zuckerberg doubled down on his ambitious 10-year plan for the company, first revealed in April 2016.<p>Here's the current version of that roadmap, revealed by Zuckerberg last week:<p>Basically, Zuckerberg uses this road map to …

Augmented Reality

Quantum Physics is Bringing Our Wildest Sci-Fi Dreams to Life

Spooky Subatomic Space<p>Think of every amazing future technology you’ve seen or read about in science fiction, or imagined yourself. Big innovations …

Quantum Mechanics

Robinhood stock trading app valued at $1.3 billion with big raise from DST

Zero-fee stock trading app Robinhood is completing a huge fund raise to fuel its attack on old brokerage firms that charge around $7 to $10 per trade. According to sources, the round is led by Yuri Milner investment vehicle DST Global and values the company at $1.3 billion. Robinhood declined to …

Venture Capital

Now that Android is getting Google Assistant, here’s how it works

Here’s what you can actually do with it.<p>Okay, Google, what can Google Assistant do?<p>The answer depends on what hardware you’re using.<p>Google announced last month it would soon release Google Assistant — its latest iteration of an Alexa/Siri-like voice tool — on phones running newer versions of …

Google Assistant

OK, WTF Is a Time Crystal?

Physicists have made a new phase of matter called a time crystal—but what does that even mean?<p>Last month, a team of physicists from UC Berkeley said they'd created a blueprint for a new phase of matter called a time crystal. Their paper, in <i>Physical Review Letters</i>, turned what was once a pretty far …

Quantum Mechanics

There’s finally a commercial use for blockchain tech in finance

The idea of using blockchain—the technology underpinning the bitcoin cryptocurrency—has gripped the imagination of financial institutions all over the world. One report from Spanish megabank Santander says banks could save up to $20 billion a year in infrastructure costs by replacing legacy …

Blockchain

Found: Seven rocky Earth-sized planets in orbit around a nearby star

Astronomers scouring the heavens for a planet home to life as we know it have found a tantalizing solar system with not one but seven Earth-sized worlds, just 39 light-years away.<p>Measurements made by powerful space telescopes and ground-based observatories indicate that several of these exoplanets …

Measurement error and the replication crisis

Alison McCook from Retraction Watch interviewed Eric Loken and me regarding our recent article, “Measurement error and the replication crisis.” We …

Replication

Quantum computing breakthrough could help 'change life completely', say scientists

Scientists claim to have produced the first-ever blueprint for a large-scale quantum computer in a development that could bring about a technological …

Quantum Computing

Quantum Gravity’s Time Problem

The effort to unify quantum mechanics and general relativity means reconciling totally different notions of time.<p>Theoretical physicists striving to …

Quantum Mechanics

Lending platform Blackmoon raises $2.5 million in new funding

Russian lending platform Blackmoon has raised $2.5 million in funding from Target Global, A&NN Group, Flint Capital, and a number of unnamed private investors.<p>Blackmoon’s platform allows institutional investors to invest directly in loads issues by balance-sheet lenders. It currently works with …

Hyperloop One will build the first Hyperloop system to go from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in twelve minutes

Hyperloop One and the United Arab Emirates are on the fast track to building out the first hyperloop system. Just today H1 announced it would build the first commercial hyperloop transportation system from Dubai to Abu Dhabi.<p>The journey is 99 miles (159.4 km) long and normally takes about two hours …

High-speed Rail

Astronomers Say These Strange Signals Coming From Space Are Probably From Aliens

Ever since we gained a sense of our place in the universe, we’ve been waiting for the day when extraterrestrial intelligent life would make itself …

Before the Flood: Leonardo DiCaprio’s climate change documentary streaming online

After opening in theaters on Oct. 21, Leonardo DiCaprio’s climate change documentary <i>Before the Flood</i> can now be watched in its entirety online.<p>The …

Climate

Wall Street turning to AI to watch for stock market cheats

(<i>Reuters</i>) — Artificial intelligence programs have beaten chess masters and TV quiz show champions. Next up: stock market cheats.<p>Two exchange operators have announced plans to launch artificial intelligence tools for market surveillance in the coming months and officials at a Wall Street regulator …

Economists never imagined negative interest rates — now they're rewriting textbooks

In 1983, when Frederic Mishkin started writing "The Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets," his seminal textbook on macroeconomics, he never thought he'd devote much space to the idea of negative interest rates.<p>"A million years no," Mishkin told Business Insider.<p>Negative rates were seen …

Economics

An Artist Just Watched and Drew a Movie Every Day for 365 Days

Exactly a year ago today, artist Greg O’Regan began an ambitious journey: For each of the next 365 days, he would watch a movie, and then sketch a …

Movies

Stephen Hawking: AI will be 'either best or worst thing' for humanity

Professor praises creation of Cambridge University institute to study future of artificial intelligence<p>Professor Stephen Hawking has warned that the creation of powerful artificial intelligence will be “either the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity”, and praised the creation of an …

Artificial Intelligence

Not Everyone Agrees On the Future of Uber Drivers When Self-Driving Cars Arrive

As Uber continues to push forward with its plans to develop self-driving cars, what about its millions of drivers?<p>Whether they should be worried or …

Autonomous Cars

Microsoft to launch new Surface PC at October 26th event

Microsoft is holding a special Windows 10 and Surface event in New York City later this month. The software giant has started emailing out invites to an event on October 26th, and Microsoft is expected to make some Xbox-related announcements at the event, alongside new Surface hardware and some …

Software