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The 100 stories that shaped the world

BBC Culture asked writers around the globe to pick stories that have endured across generations and continents – and changed society.<p>“I rarely find someone, really anyone, who doesn’t know some part of this story – the idea of the lost man who can’t get home after the war… the woman at home with …

Literature

Blockchain is crappy technology and a bad vision for the future

This December I wrote a widely-circulated article on the inapplicability of blockchain to any actual problem. People objected mostly not to the technology argument, but rather hoped that decentralization could produce integrity.<p>Let’s start with this: Venmo is a free service to transfer dollars, and …

Blockchain

'I'm Sorry' Can Undermine Your Career. Here's What to Say Instead

When "I'm sorry" becomes overused, it gets tuned out -- and so do you.<p>We all make mistakes. From minor ones like mispronouncing someone's name (which, depending on the person, could be a big deal) to major ones like making an expensive misguided hire, every single one of us can remember the …

Time I

The demise of the nation state

What is happening to national politics? Every day in the US, events further exceed the imaginations of absurdist novelists and comedians; politics in the UK still shows few signs of recovery after the “national nervous breakdown” of Brexit. France “narrowly escaped a heart attack” in last year’s …

Geopolitics

25 Open Datasets for Deep Learning Every Data Scientist Must Work With

Introduction<p>The key to getting better at deep learning (or most fields in life) is practice. Practice on a variety of problems – from image …

Deep Learning

These tech jobs can earn you the most money

In order to best negotiate your salary, being equipped with the knowledge of what other people are making can be immensely helpful. Generally speaking, you’re going to earn more money working at a public tech company versus a private tech company, according to new data from culture workplace and …

So You're Smart, But You're Not Rich? This Eye-Opening New Scientific Study Tells You Why

Could there be a reason? Yes, it seems there could.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Don't you look at rich people and find too many of them, well, dull?<p>Don't you listen to rich people and think: "What have they got that I …

9 tricks to instantly appear more competent

We trust that you're a highly competent person. But it's normal to sometimes feel inadequate, especially when you're in a challenging work environment.<p>When those situations arise, it can help to have a few tricks up your sleeve to make yourself <i>look</i> more competent than you feel at the …

Engineers Find Facebook Mobile Data Up To 80% Inaccurate

Rakuten Marketing engineers believe they have uncovered a measurement flaw in Omniture, Google Analytics, Coremetrics and other analytics packages …

Facebook

There's a dark secret at the heart of artificial intelligence: no one really understands how it works

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The experimental vehicle, developed by researchers at the chip maker Nvidia, didn't look different from other autonomous cars, but it was unlike anything demonstrated by Google, Tesla, or General …

An ad-supported internet isn’t going to be sustainable in emerging markets

Can you imagine an internet without advertisements?<p>It’s difficult. Since the web’s genesis, advertising has been the reigning business model. The vast majority of online content and services — from entertainment and journalism to search engines and email — are supported by banners, displays, and …

Emerging Markets

Is Microsoft Innovating Its Way to Customer Alienation? - MIT Technology Review

Is it possible to get too far ahead of the pack?<p>Earlier this week, Microsoft launched its new Surface Laptop. It’s a premium device aimed at college …

MacBook Air

21 technology tipping points we will reach by 2030

Many emerging technologies you hear about today will reach a tipping point by 2025, according to a report from The World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software & Society.<p>The council surveyed more than 800 executives and experts from the technology sector to share their …

The mad sprint to banking chatbots has begun

Apple announcements are like holidays in our office, and the new iOS release in September was no exception. Since then, AI assistant news has moved at warp speed. Every Alexa update is a new opportunity for fintech integration. Google, with its latest releases, is also now in the running.<p>Add to …

How Airbnb is glad-handing its way to legality in Australia

Since Airbnb officially arrived in Australia in 2012, the short-term property rental giant has been extending its power and popularity, all with the …

Winning in consumer packaged goods through data and analytics

Our 2016 survey of North American companies highlights best practices in customer and channel management.<p><b>Consumer-packaged-goods (CPG)</b> companies …

Silicon Valley comes up against the Great Firewall of China

Mark Zuckerberg is one of the world’s most high-profile Sinophiles. The Facebook founder speaks fluent Mandarin, in which he regularly addresses Chinese audiences in speeches and online videos. His own Facebook profile has photos of him beaming while walking the Great Wall, jogging through …

Silicon Valley

China is disrupting global fintech

Joshua Bateman Contributor<p>Joshua Bateman is based in Greater China and covers finance, entrepreneurship, technology, consumption trends, agriculture, gaming, sports and art.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Accelerating fintech in China<br>• Banking the unbanked in emerging markets<p>In China, the abacus was …

Killing technology innovation in the public markets

Chad Cardenas Contributor<p>Chad Cardenas is the president of Trace3 and managing director of InstantScale Ventures.<p>In 2004, Google finally went public in a long-awaited offering, via Dutch auction, that lit the public markets on fire.<p>But Google’s S-1 filing was probably as unusual as anything the …

7 Ways For Your Startup To Dominate In Sales

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing one of the greatest entrepreneurs to come out of Australia, <b>Andrew Morello</b>. Andrew has a Tony Robbins, …

7 Data Visualization Types You Should be Using More (and How to Start)

Unique data visualizations are more memorable, and add variety for the audience — even the most clear and straightforward visualization types lose …

Wait, what? Mobile browser traffic is 2X bigger than app traffic, and growing faster

Mobile browser traffic is actually twice that of mobile app traffic, according to a just-released Morgan Stanley report that rates Google’s stock as a buy. This appears to fly in the face of recent, strong, and repeated evidence that the app is winning, capturing 80-90 percent of our time on mobile.<p>…

Apps

The inside story of how $1 billion Evernote went from Silicon Valley darling to deep trouble

That year, Evernote passed 30 million registered users, brought its total funding to $270 million, and seemed like a sure-fire candidate to hit the public market in the coming years.<p>Fast forward three years, and the tables have turned.<p>Despite reaching 150 million registered users this year, …

5 Excellent Prototyping Tools and Best Practices

The ability to test a design early and often, and the opportunity to collaborate easily with other project stakeholders, are but two of the benefits …

Prototyping

42 Rules of Product Management – raambot – Medium

42 Rules of Product Management<p>Recently I was reading a book titled - 42 Rules of Product Management (edited by Brian Lawley and Greg Cohen, published …

Microsoft is launching an Apple Wallet competitor to fix a big problem with Windows 10

"Windows is going to have a wallet concept. You've seen it on phones before. We're going to continue to iterate it," Microsoft Corporate VP of Windows Joe Belfiore told The Verge.<p>It seems like a small thing, but it has the potential to make some waves for Microsoft.<p>Belfiore also hinted that Windows …

9 ways tech is transforming the developing world

As consumers, our view of ‘technology’ is often limited to smartphones, tablets and other gadgets that make our daily lives better. It’s unlikely that you tend to consider the innovation and technology capable of changing people’s lives for the better in the developing world, where poverty is high …

How one of the most obese countries on earth took on the soda giants

Mexicans love their soda. Construction workers go to their jobs in the early morning clutching giant two-litre or even three-litre bottles. Babies in strollers suck on bottles filled with orange soda. In the highlands of Chiapas, Coca-Cola is considered to have magical powers and is used in …

Diabetes

How The Philippines Got Asia's Worst Internet Service

A traveler to the Philippines knows the dance too well. You check into a hotel that advertises Wi-Fi. Turns out it’s only available in the lobby, and only in the daytime. Then you learn of a freak service outage in the lobby. When you do eventually connect, no websites come up. On better days, each …

Asia

Technology is finally eliminating geography as a barrier to real estate investing

Akhil Saklecha Contributor<p>Akhil Saklecha is a general partner with Artiman Ventures.<p>Real estate investing has long elicited a variety of emotions, running the gamut from excitement to anxiety. When dealing with significant sums of capital, feelings of apprehension tend to creep in, especially …