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When Republicans Oppose Local Government

In North Carolina, a bill suddenly surfaced Tuesday that would have superseded and blocked local laws on minimum wage, affordable housing, discrimination, and more.<p>The North Carolina General Assembly gaveled out its legislative session in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, bringing an end to eight …

North Carolina

Marriage as a Matter of Social Justice

Could Pope Francis’s message bridge the divide between the progressive concern for inequality and the conservative focus on families?<p>Pope Francis’s commitment to social justice could not have been clearer in his whirlwind trip to Washington this week. In his address to Congress, he said: “The fight …

College & University

Conservatives to 2016 GOP field: Defy us at your own peril

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party's conservative wing, pumped up by House Speaker John Boehner's stepping down, is warning the 2016 presidential candidates that defying its wishes will come at their peril.<p>Religious activists forcefully conveyed this message Saturday: embrace our uncompromising …

Republicans
Government

Did IBM Just Create The Killer App For The 2016 Presidential Election?

In 2012, a team of 100 staffers had been tracking millions of people since 2008 in an effort to influence their behavior on one specific day. The team quickly realized that there were three levers to ultimately achieve victory: the number of registrants, the number of people they had to persuade to …

Social Media

These are the projects Elon Musk is funding to prevent killer AI

Elon Musk has donated millions to the Future of Life Institute, and now the organization is putting that money to use by funding research into keeping artificial intelligence "robust and beneficial" — i.e. not something that will turn on humanity Skynet style. The institute announced this week that …

Artificial Intelligence

From Social Networks To Market Networks

James Currier Contributor<p>James Currier is a co-founder and partner of NFX Guild, an early-stage fund with a three-month program for marketplace and network businesses.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Defensibility creates the most value for founders<p>Most people didn’t notice last month when a …

Construction Industry

The story of Yamaha should terrify HP, Dell, Cisco, and anybody else who sells hardware

Thomas ought to know. He completed an unprecedented project to move nearly all of the company's 200 computer servers to Amazon's cloud, Amazon Web Services, getting rid of his company's data centers and saving $500,000 a year in the process.<p>Nearly every company is using public cloud computing …

Cloud Computing

New streaming apps could boost citizen journalism

The disaster took place, coincidentally, the same day as the launch of Twitter's new livestream app Periscope, which became a window for the breaking news event.<p>The event showed how Periscope and rival app Meerkat, which can deliver live video through Twitter to anyone online, could become an …

Social Media

Judge approves $415m settlement in Apple/Google non-poaching class action

Apple has settled a long-running class action lawsuit by workers that accused the company along with Google and other tech companies of entering illegal non-poaching agreements.<p>Associated Press reports that a judge has given the green light to a $415 million settlement after rejecting an earlier …

4 Reasons Why Design Is Taking Over Silicon Valley

VC design partner John Maeda says that the most successful tech companies of the future will really be design companies. Here’s why.<p>Are the fortunes of design on the rise in Silicon Valley? A resounding yes, says John Maeda, design partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers. …

Silicon Valley

Apple and Tesla engage in bidding war for top talent

Apple and Tesla are in the midst of an intense bidding war for each other’s employees, according to Bloomberg. Tesla has so far poached more Apple staffers than any other company at 150, and Apple has tried to unsuccessfully lure Tesla’s people with big paychecks.<p>Tesla’s obsession with stealing …

Obama to Limit Data Collection by Intelligence Agencies

Intelligence agencies will have to delete extraneous data on private citizens and limit storage of data on foreigners to five years, the Obama …

Surveillance

Will Technology Make Truck Drivers Obsolete In 10 Years?

Being a teamster is probably not the easiest of jobs. You work long hours, often with unpredictable schedules and stay long periods away from home. Still, it pays the bills, and for millions of Americans, it’s a way to make a decent living.<p>Unfortunately, it is also one of many activities that is …

Autonomous Cars

IBM’s Watson Analytics platform is now open to everyone

IBM’s Watson Analytics service is now in open beta. The natural language-based system, born of the same programme that developed the company’s Jeopardy-playing super computer, offers predictive and visual analytics tools for businesses.<p>https://vine.co/v/Ov6uvi1m7lT<p>Early this summer, IBM announced …

Complex Data Analytics, Put Simply

Nobody needs to be told that data is becoming more complex. Every user realises that all forms of information are becoming richer, faster and more fine-grained. These truths of course mean that information management becomes more complex which is why we use data management platforms (such as …

FCC busts Marriott for blocking Wi-Fi hotspots

It’s uncanny how often otherwise zippy mobile hotspots suddenly fail once you walk into a hotel conference room. Could somebody be blocking their signal?<p>The FCC has found at least one hotel that actually did it. Marriott’s Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn. And the …

The Tah Bluetooth stick lets you control (almost) anything with a smartphone

We've seen plenty of development boards, but this might be the first that comes with both Bluetooth LE and built-in USB. Tah is the creation of India's Revealing Hour and has been designed to both lower the cost of adding Bluetooth to Arduino projects, but also to connect your smartphone to other …

Tesla might unveil its first self-driving features next week

What else is Tesla unveiling at its event in Los Angeles next week? Founder Elon Musk said to expect the "D," which is likely the company's dual-motor, all-wheel-drive model of the Model S. But he also teased "something else." Now Bloomberg says that one more thing is a control system for the Model …

Microsoft sues Samsung for the interest on its $1 billion+ patent payment

Microsoft had over a billion reasons (per year) to pursue a patent licensing deal with Samsung back in 2011 over the latter's use of Android. That fact is laid bare by a lawsuit today over the interest on payments (based on the number of Android devices sold) that are supposed to flow from Korea to …

UK manufacturing growth at 17-month low in September

<b>The UK manufacturing sector grew at its slowest pace for 17 months in September as a result of the strong pound and eurozone weakness, a survey has said.</b><p>The Markit UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) fell to 51.6 in September from 52.2 in August. A figure above 50 indicates …

Human Geography
Research

Adapt or Die -- Some Chilling Lessons From the Ice Industry

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Imagine having a great idea, a get-rich-quick scheme destined to make you the next billionaire entrepreneur. Imagine an idea whose genius lies in its sheer simplicity. Now, imagine nobody caring.<p>This very situation happened to one of the …

Entrepreneurship

Here Comes ISM Manufacturing...

Expectations were for the reading to come in at 58.5, down from August's 59.0.<p>The latest report from ISM showed that all of the report's sub-indexes components are still showing growth, though the pace slowed for the headline index in September.<p>The prices paid sub-index rose 1.5% in September, …

Manufacturing Sector

Is Apple Pay the reason eBay is spinning off PayPal?

For eight months, eBay CEO John Donahoe resisted Carl Icahn’s repeated calls to spin off its PayPal subsidiary — telling Fortune‘s JP Mangalindan …

Talking Schmidt: Google’s executive chairman challenges Tim Cook on privacy citing Chrome’s ‘incognito mode’

In his letter on privacy shared last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook contrasted the business model of Apple against that of its competitors while strongly taking a shot at Google, Gmail, and Android without actually naming the company and services. The infinitely entertaining executive chairman of Google …

UPS Expands In-Store 3D Printing Program to 100 U.S. Locations

Last year, UPS announced plans to bring 3D printing to several UPS locations, but now, the company will expand the program to nearly 100 stores …

10 Things In Tech You Need To Know Today

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Thunderstorms

Apple Pay on Apple Watch Secured By Skin Contact – MacStories

Apple Pay, the new mobile payments system that Apple has developed, is secured on the iPhone 6 through the use of Touch ID, but many wondered how Apple was bringing the system to the Apple Watch, which doesn't have Touch ID.<p>As noted by Rene Ritchie of iMore and Cult of Mac, Apple Pay on the Apple …

Apple Pay

Could technology replace you at work and put wealth in the hands of the few?

There have always been fears about new technologies in the workplace. But what if automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence are bearing down on us at a faster rate than we ever anticipated?<p>Sure, jobs change over time. Doctors now use lasers, MRIs, and CAT scans — tools they didn’t have 50 …