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The “Made in India” space shuttle has just passed its first big test

On paper, it was just a short test flight. But for India’s dreams of building an indigenous space shuttle, the narrow plume of smoke in the skies above Sriharikota was a big deal.<p>At 7 AM on May 23, a prototype of India’s Re-usable Launch Vehicle (RLV)—a reusable space shuttle designed to put …

NASA

India launches mini space shuttle

<b>India has launched an unmanned model space shuttle into orbit, joining the race for re-useable spacecraft.</b><p>The 7m scale model was launched from Andhra Pradesh and was expected to fly about 70km (43 miles) into the atmosphere before coming down at sea.<p>India hopes to launch a full scale re-useable …

The mercurial nature of P2P lending

The meteoric rise of e-lending platforms attracted a lot of interest among investors and entrepreneurs. Lending Club and OnDeck have already become public companies, and their competitors, such as Funding Circle, SoFi, Prosper, RateSetter, Zopa, Avant, Kabbage and others continue to develop and …

Loans

Google Announces It Will Stop Allowing Ads For Payday Lenders

If you're looking for fast cash, feel free to Google it. But if you're <i>selling</i> fast cash, the search giant might not be the place for you.<p>Starting this summer, Google will no longer allow payday lenders — companies offering short-term, high-interest loans — to buy advertising on Google ad …

Google

Uber to offer union representation to New York City drivers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Uber [UBER.UL] will join with the International Association of Machinists to launch an independent guild to represent drivers of the ride-hailing service in New York City, company officials said on Tuesday.<p>Under a five-year agreement, the Independent Drivers' Guild, which will …

New York City

Online lenders need more oversight, Treasury report finds

Online lenders require more federal oversight, according to a Treasury Department report released Tuesday as the rapidly growing industry faced increasing concerns about the quality of its loans.<p>While offering opportunities for consumers and particularly small businesses to gain greater access to …

Loans

Silicon Valley's $20 billion secretive giant, Palantir, is reportedly having some struggles

Palantir, the extremely secretive Silicon Valley data-mining startup said to be valued at over $20 billion, has had a rough year with lots of turnover and big-name customers canceling their deals, BuzzFeed reports.<p>That article, based on confidential information and interviews with six past and …

Silicon Valley

“Satoshi Nakamoto” hired David Bowie’s PR agency for his big reveal

If Craig Wright, the man who claims to be bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto, was seeking carefully calibrated, rockstar-level publicity around his big reveal, he probably couldn’t have picked a more suitable PR agency to help him find it.<p>Wright is being represented by the Outside Organisation, a …

David Bowie

We're becoming less loyal

Brits are less loyal than ever as far as the finance and business sector is concerned.<p>Membership to company loyalty schemes has fallen 15 per cent in …

UK News

Money Transfer Company Azimo Pulls in $15 Million in Strategic Funds from Rakuten

Digital money transfer network <b>Azimo</b> added $15 million to its $25 million in VC funds today, bringing the London-based company’s total to around $40 …

Investing

'Bitcoin creator' Craig Yeah Wright in meltdown

The creator of Craig Wright, Craig Wright, has managed to stay in the news for a fourth day: this time for having a depressingly inevitable meltdown …

Bitcoin

Ether has been cleared to trade on the Winklevoss bitcoin exchange

While bitcoin is by far the biggest and most widely known digital currency, another is quickly establishing itself as a serious player.<p>With a market capitalization of close to $800 million, Ethereum, with its ether digital currency, is considered the “next big thing” in cryptocurrency. And now, …

Bitcoin

Are Bank-Blockchain Partnerships Putting the Cart Before the Horse?

With so much interest in blockchain applications for financial services, there seem to be a lot of announcements of proof-of-concept trials at banks, …

Bitcoin

Physics is on the verge of an Earth-shattering discovery

Excitement is in the air at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the powerful accelerator at CERN (the European Laboratory for Particle Physics) near …

Science

2016 30 Under 30: Social Entrepreneurs

Social Entrepreneurship

Google’s search finds a future where devices don’t matter: It’s all AI

In the foreseeable future, we likely won’t even notice our devices. That’s the vision Google CEO Sundar Pichai cast in the search giant’s annual …

Google

Wall Street Executives from the Financial Crisis of 2008: Where Are They Now?

It’s been nearly seven years since a financial meltdown almost destroyed the global economy. Some of Wall Street’s major players reflect on riding out the maelstrom.<p>Once upon a time, Jimmy Cayne, now 81, had a lot to say about the sad fate that befell Bear Stearns, the Wall Street investment bank …

Wall Street

Inside Facebook’s Ambitious Plan to Connect the Whole World

SCROLL DOWN<p>Hemmati, Cox, Zuckerberg, and MacGuire photographed in Menlo Park.<p>The stern woman behind the press desk at the United Nations is certain …

Facebook

Andy Rubin Unleashed Android on the World. Now Watch Him Do the Same With AI

Rubin’s ambitions go beyond building gadgets or companies. He wants Playground to be the factory that creates the building blocks for an AI-infused …

Google

Searching For Google CEO Sundar Pichai, The Most Powerful Tech Giant You've Never Heard Of

You may not know him by name just yet, but he’s one of the most powerful people alive. Google’s new CEO Sundar Pichai wants to bring the internet to the rest of the world, all while winning back your trust.<p><b>The Consumer Electronics Show,</b> universally known as CES, is a riot of technology. Held …

Google

Regis McKenna's 1976 Notebook And The Invention Of Apple Computer, Inc.

On Apple's 40th birthday, an exclusive look at the notes its original media strategist took as he formulated an advertising and PR plan.<p>At first blush, it appears to be an utterly unexceptional spiral-bound notebook. Manufactured in the U.S. by the National Blank Book Company of Holyoke, …

Apple News

What Makes Uber Run

The transportation service has become a global brand, an economic force, and a cultural lightning rod.<p>Jordan Kretchmer remembers what Travis Kalanick was like before Uber was Uber.<p>Kretchmer was a 25-year-old college dropout with a lot of ideas, and Kalanick had even more. He was in his early …

Startups

The Untold Story of Magic Leap, the World’s Most Secretive Startup

Virtual reality is posed to become a fundamental technology, and outfits like Magic Leap have an opportunity to become some of the largest companies …

Startups

Bezos Prime

After driving voracious growth at his company, he’s conquering media—and possibly even space.<p>Bezos Prime<p><i>Amazon’s CEO has driven his company to all-consuming growth (and even, believe it or not, profits). Today, though, as he deepens his involvement in his media and space ventures, Bezos is becoming</i> …

Amazon

Developer hacks Apple Watch to boot and run Windows 95

Developer Nick Lee has managed to hack a working version of Windows 95 onto his Apple Watch. The utility of this is close to zero — but it is hilarious to watch. It highlights how smart wristwatches like Apple Watch are now as powerful as (if not more than) desktop computers from the turn of the …

Apple Watch

Surprise! Your Credit Score Matters More Than Ever In 2016

If you entered into adulthood after 2008, you probably became accustomed to thinking your cash savings are more likely to grow when safely tucked under your mattress than in most bank accounts, and that interest rates on auto loans and other loans are set in the single digits. But in December 2015, …

68% of Twentysomethings Will Make This Grave Financial Error

Don't let bad credit be a weight on your life. Image: www.StockMonkeys.com.<p>One of the worst financial mistakes you can possibly make is to destroy your credit. Unfortunately, more than two-thirds of Americans do just that by making a major credit-damaging error before their 30th birthday. Most end …

9 helpful tools for fixing your credit

Here are some tools to diagnose and help repair your credit score.<p>You know you have a problem — a credit score problem — but you don’t know how to fix it.<p>There are so many different possibilities that could be the source of your credit problems that it’s hard to know where to start. Here are some …

6 Stealthy Credit Report Errors You Can Quickly Eliminate

Contact the credit reporting company immediately to avoid headaches down the line.<p>Financial institutions rely on one major determining factor when deciding whether or not to give you a loan (or a loan with favorable terms, at least) — and that’s your credit report.<p>Credit reports contain a lot of …

Credit Report

IBM makes a big shift into cognitive computing

IBM's California research lab sits atop a green hill in Almaden, 15 miles south of downtown San Jose.<p>There aren't any signs that suggest if you drive up the narrow road that wraps around the hill you'll find a research facility at the top. No signs that the research center is home to a Fortune 500 …

IBM