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Google bans cryptocurrency mining extensions in the Chrome Web Store

In an effort to prevent malicious sites from using your computer’s processing power to mine cryptocurrency without your knowledge, Google is blocking all extensions that include mining scripts in the Chrome Web Store.<p>The danger with such scripts is that they can hog your system resources, and cause …

Cryptocurrency

A Brief History of the KGB

If you grafted the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), added a few hefty tablespoons of paranoia and …

How Japanese and Mexican American farm workers formed an alliance that made history

Berry season is waning, but the harvest hasn't always been so sweet for the migrant workers who pick the fruit in fields across the United States. A conflict between Mexican migrant workers and the Japanese American family-owned Sakuma Brothers berry farm in Washington state shows just how thorny …

Victoria and Albert: How a royal love changed culture

Much we take for granted today – from Christmas trees to birthday gifts – comes from the domestic traditions of the royal couple, writes Lucinda Hawksley.<p>When Queen Victoria inherited the British throne just a few weeks after her 18th birthday, there was immediate speculation about who she would …

Caillebotte: The painter who captured Paris in flux

The painter Gustave Caillebotte captured a moment of radical transformation, as the Paris we know today took shape. Jason Farago takes a look.<p>Here are two things you can dependably say about life in Paris: the sky is usually grey and the fashion is always for black. It’s true today and it was true …

‘How I discovered a masterpiece’

A British art restorer was shocked when an ordinary painting she was cleaning turned out to be the work of the Italian master Titian. Alastair Sooke tells her story.<p>Late one Friday afternoon during the spring of 2013, Alice Tate-Harte, a fine-art conservator for English Heritage, found herself …

India’s richest temple is now an investor in the country’s booming stock market

India’s temples aren’t just places of worship. They are also huge repositories of wealth, with coffers often stuffed with astounding amounts of gold and cash.<p>The Narendra Modi government—soon after coming to power—realised that the wealth, if used well, could bring down India’s trade imbalance. So, …

India

India's disappearing railways: a final journey

Only a few days before he died – so abruptly and unexpectedly, yet not so, since he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer less than one year previously, and it ought never to have come as a surprise to me – Angus and I took our final train journey together on the metre-gauge Shwenyaung-to-Thazi …

Bulgaria's Valley of Thracian Kings keeps its secrets

1 / 5<p>A mural in the burial chamber in a replica of the Thracian tomb of Kazanlak, which dates back to 4th century BC<p>A mural in the burial chamber in …

Japan’s Battleship Island, an Underwater Coal Mine and Former Labor Camp, Gets World Heritage Status

The abandoned industrial island is the most controversial site on the list of new UNESCO World Heritage additions.<p>This year’s additions to UNESCO’s …

For Investors, India's Solar Push Could Signal A Gold Rush

India’s government has set a mammoth new goal to build a solar power capacity of 100 GW in an energy-starved-but-hungry country, permitting 100% foreign investment and offering a series of tax breaks for the fledgling sector. The audacious new target quintuples the previous goal of 20 GW and is …

Willem Jonkers: The Fisheye Master Of Street Photography

<b>All Images (c) Willem Jonkers</b><p><i>Willem Jonkers is not quite your average street photographer. His work is rather unique. Although he chases many of the same subjects as the other few million street photographers out there, he does so with an 8mm fisheye lens. This slight deviation from the normal</i> …

Giants of the Renaissance at the Carrières de Lumières

<b>From 6th March 2015 to 3rd January 2016, the Quarries of Light (known as Carrières de Lumières) at Les Baux-de-Provence continue their artistic</b> …

Can you spot the real Caravaggio?

The week’s best arts and culture reads – including the importance of blasphemy, the man who hunted Billie Holiday and British cinema’s ‘middlebrow’ problem.<p><b>Who authenticates paintings?</b><br>Steve Schlackman | Art Law Journal | 20 January 2015<p>Sotheby’s told a seller that his painting was not by …

The Isleworth Mona Lisa: A second Leonardo masterpiece?

Some say Leonardo’s masterpiece has a twin – another portrait of the Florentine merchant’s wife, painted when she was younger. Alastair Sooke investigates.<p>One of the surprising things about Leonardo da Vinci is that despite his colossal reputation as an artist he didn’t actually produce many …

The Ajanta Caves: Discovering lost treasure

The Ajanta Caves were a sanctuary for Buddhist monks that was forgotten, along with its stunning riches, for nearly 1,500 years. Jonathan Glancey investigates.<p>The Ajanta Caves, 30 spellbinding Buddhist prayer halls and monasteries carved, as if by sorcery, into a horseshoe-shaped rock face in a …

How Ikea conquered the world

The week’s best arts and culture reads – including how mobile phones ruined storytelling, the revival of forgotten words and the perils of quotation.<p><b>Literature</b> | Cellphones: Enemy of storytelling<br>Authors of literary fiction seem to hate mobile phones, at least in their books. And with good reason. …

The real thing: The Coke bottle at 100

The all-American drink in the shapely bottle turns 100 this year. Jonathan Glancey explains why its perfect curves make it a timeless design – and a work of art.<p>World War II introduced the world to Coca-Cola<p>“An army marches on its stomach” is an age old maxim attributed variously to Frederick the …

How India changed the English language

For hundreds of years, words have flowed along the routes of trade and empire. Rahul Verma follows some of their remarkable journeys.<p>They are in there, often unnoticed. The words that have become part of everyday English. Loot, nirvana, pyjamas, shampoo and shawl; bungalow, jungle, pundit and …

Why Coca-Cola wants to fund the next billion-dollar startup

But making the soda is only part of the story. Getting the fizzy stuff into stores and restaurants all over the globe requires a massive supply chain of shipment, bottling, stocking, and staffing — not to mention sales and marketing.<p>Each of those are giant, sometimes independent, businesses related …

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10 Ridiculous Beliefs That Are Killing Your Success

<b>You have big dreams!</b><p>But there are too many obstacles in your path, aren’t there?<p>You aren’t as ‘<i>lucky</i>‘ as those who have made it big.<p><i>Do you really</i> …

Priceless ancient relics looted by Isis in Iraq and Syria sold on eBay

Antiquities looted from sites in Iraq and Syria appear for sale on online auction sites<p>Antiquities suspected of being plundered from archaeological …

The man who ‘invented’ Impressionism

It’s hard to believe that Monet, Degas and Renoir once faced hostility from the art world. Alastair Sooke reveals how one man changed everything.<p>Few movements in the history of art feel as familiar as Impressionism. Barely a week goes by without Monet and his contemporaries generating headlines for …

10 Things Exceptionally Productive Entrepreneurs Do Every Day

Guest Writer<p>Co-Founder of Empact<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>Inception</i> is one of my all-time favorite movies. In it, characters find themselves in dream worlds without knowing where they are or how they got there.<p>That’s how I used to feel throughout the day… every …

Time Management

The oldest money manager on Wall Street has died at age 109

Kahn, who served as the chairman of Kahn Brothers, had lived through the Great Depression, both world wars, the market crash of 1987, and the 2008 financial crisis.<p>Kahn, who was born December 19, 1905, began his career in finance in 1928-29 when he landed a job as a stock analyst and brokerage …

The 5 Most Powerful Empires in History

Of all the empires that arose and thrived on the face of this earth, which were the five most powerful? And how is it even possible to select five …

World History

How Do I Build a Business Plan? (Infographic)

2 min read<p>You have a powerful idea for the next big thing, but before you sell it to anyone, you have to get it all down on paper. It’s time to make a business plan.<p>How do you know if you’re headed in the right direction? Washington State University created an infographic that provides 10 …

Small Business

5 Lessons I Learned Raising $250 Million For My Business

A year ago, my company received the biggest venture capital investment for a software company ever in Canada. Last month, we were able to add another …

Meet the ex-fighter pilot who runs the top-performing hedge fund in the world

Kruger, who took the No. 1 spot in 2014 with a 225% annual return, according to hedge fund researcher Preqin, spent seven years in the Air Force and flew for American Airlines as captain of a Boeing 767 before turning to finance.<p>"If you get it wrong, there's no one around" to blame, he told …

Hedge Funds