Alexandros Billy Koronakis

343 Flips | 8 Magazines | 2 Likes | 38 Following | 1,753 Followers | @akoronakis | Alexandros Koronakis is the Director of New Europe Group. He spearheads the digital development of the New Europe Group, heading up the different development projects for the various media outlets of the company. He also advises governmental, commercial, and civil society bodies on media, internet, and political strategy and development. Alexandros holds an MSc in Cognitive and Decision Sciences from University College London, and an MA in Political Strategy and Communication from the University of Kent. He earned a BA in communications from Vesalius College - Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

How Regular People Make Big Money Running Really Strange Businesses

Next time you're wondering whether your business idea is too crazy to work, remember these crazy ideas that led to insane profits.<p>Jealousy is probably the least attractive emotion in entrepreneurship. Ideally, we'd all like to be the kinds of people who put others first, who care about improving …

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Google adds its replacement for addresses to Google Maps

Sure, exact coordinates are useful if you're treasure hunting, but if you're just trying to find something in a part of the world where addresses are uncommon or nonexistent, they're way too long. Google proposed a fix earlier this year with the rollout of free to use Open Location Codes, aka …

Caught red-handed: the Russian Major fighting in Ukraine

As fighting escalates between government troops and rebels in eastern Ukraine, despite the February ceasefire, euronews met with a captured Russian officer, who explains how he was recruited to assist the separatists on Ukranian territory.<p>Vladimir Starkov was arrested on July 25 with a truck full …

Slant: a publishing platform built on pay-per-click content

Love it or hate it, the pay-per-click compensation model is here to stay.<p>Slant, a new platform-based publisher, launched in June with a basic, if …

The anatomy of a Twitter lynch mob

Tweets may be limited to 140 characters, but the breadth of hellish backfire one misguided post can cause is incalculable.<p>One false tweet can lead to …

Social Media

'OMG! I have to tell you!' – The social science of sharing

In an extract from his book 'Tell Everyone: Why We Share and Why It Matters', Professor Alfred Hermida of the UBC Graduate School of Journalism …

Psychological tricks to influence people

Pull your own Jedi mind trick.Star Wars / Lucasfilm<p>You don’t need to be the CEO to get people to listen to you.<p>Psychological research suggests there are plenty of ways to get people to do what you want — without them even realizing you’ve persuaded them.<p>We’ve rounded up 11 science-backed strategies …

Cosmonauts taste lettuce grown in space

EPA/NASA<p>Click for full view<p>A handout image made available by NASA shows an atrist's impression of a hydroponic cultivation area. Astronauts on the …

NATO, Russia are preparing for real war, think tank warns

EPA/ZURAB KURTSIKIDZE<p>Click for full view<p>A US soldier fires a mounted machine gun from a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, nicknamed …

Germany drops probe into U.S. spying on Merkel

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Germany's Federal Prosecutor's Office has dropped a probe into allegations that the National Security Agency had bugged the phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.<p>The prosecutor's office in Karlsruhe said in a statement Friday that its investigation into accusations by former …

Surveillance

UK's credit rating downgraded to 'negative' by S&P on EU referendum risk

A second major ratings agency has warned that Brexit could harm the UK's economy<p>The UK is in danger of losing its gold-plated triple A grade, leading ratings agency Standard & Poor's has warned.<p>It has downgraded its outlook on the UK's sovereign rating to "negative". It is the only one of the big …

Facebook's instant articles arrive to speed up the News Feed

A turning point for the media<p>Once you tap, the article loads close to instantly — at least, it did for the handful stories I tested in a demonstration at Facebook’s headquarters. The app manages this using the same technology Facebook has used to get photos and videos to load quickly. It begins …

Social Media

Putin, Kerry meet amid Ukraine, Syria tensions

EPA/MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV / RIA NOVOSTI / KREMLIN POOL<p>Click for full view<p>Vladimir Putin, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of …

Did Facebook’s Big New Study Kill My Filter Bubble Thesis?

Not really. Let’s dive into it and see why not.<p>A few years ago, I gave a talk about how algorithms and social media shape what we know. I focused on …

Social Media

When disgusting goes viral: Strong negative emotions can push social sharing through the roof

In this excerpt from his new book, Alfred Hermida explores the connection between moral violation and Facebook likes.<p><b>Editor’s note</b>: Our friend Alf Hermida has a new book out on social media and its implications, <i>Tell Everyone: Why We Share and Why It Matters</i>. (It actually came out last fall in his …

700 migrants feared dead in Mediterranean shipwreck

A major rescue operation is under way in the Mediterranean after as many as 700 migrants are feared to have drowned just outside Libyan waters, in what could prove to be the worst disaster yet involving migrants being smuggled to Europe.<p>Italian coastguards have retrieved 28 survivors so far and …

Designer Blindness

AFTER USING the web for twenty years, and software for an additional ten, I’ve come to believe that I suffer from an affliction which I will hereby …

Greek PM gets support, not money from Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin offered Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras moral support and long-term cooperation but no financial aid on Wednesday, leaving Athens to fend for itself in resolving urgent debt problems with Western creditors.<p>The leftist-led Greek government, at …

Europe

Police in Spain arrest 10 people for suspected links to Islamic State

Police in northeastern Spain say they have arrested 10 people for suspected links to jihadi terror activity and the Islamic State armed group.<p>A Catalan regional police statement said the arrests took place Wednesday in five northeastern towns, including the regional capital of Catalonia, …

Why animals don’t get schizophrenia (and people do)

Research reveals an evolutionary link between the disorder and what makes us human<p>Bret Stetka<p>March 29, 2015 5:00pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>Many of us have known a dog on Prozac. We've also witnessed the eye rolls that come with canine psychiatry. Doting pet …

Neuroscience

Jan Rezab, 27

Cofounder, Socialbakers<p>In its early days, Facebook felt like the Wild West to marketers. The avalanche of consumer eyeballs to the site was tantalizing, but it was tough to make sense of it as a branding opportunity or measure the effectiveness of advertising efforts on the social network. Jan …

US must release more Abu Ghraib photos, orders judge

Rights group say the pictures are crucial to the public record of the abuse that was committed by US forces<p>A federal judge ruled on Friday that the US government must release photographs showing the treatment of detainees in US custody at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and other sites.<p>Judge Alvin …

It Is Never Too Late To Start Writing Your Bestseller: INFOGRAPHIC

Feeling too old to write your first book?<p>Essaymama has created an infographic called, “It Is Never Too Late To Start Writing Your Bestseller,” which …

Writing

Pope: 'Death penalty represents failure' – no 'humane' way to kill a person

Pope Francis outlines the Catholic church’s opposition to capital punishment in a letter to the International Commission against the Death Penalty<p>Pope Francis says nothing can justify the use of the death penalty, and there is no “right” way to humanely kill another person.<p>Related: Pope Francis …

We analyzed 477,358 startup pitches, and this is the shockingly unoriginal secret formula

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Uber for laundry. Airbnb for house parties. Facebook for the dead.<p>Comparing a startup to another successful company is …

Startups

6 Things the Global Weapons Trade Says About the State of Country Relations

The way weapons move around the world is an indication of which countries are growing economically and modernizing their armies. It also provides an easy cheat sheet to a complex network of international alliances and rivalries.<p>The best research on the subject comes from the Stockholm International …

Solar eclipse is warning message from God, say Christian pastors

Many on the internet are worried that Friday’s solar eclipse is a sign of the end times, or a message of judgement from God. And while the theories …

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What I Learned Writing A Brain Blog For 17 Months

November 2013, I proudly launched the Brain Watch blog here at WIRED. This will be my final post. For seventeen months I’ve used the blog to report …