Anton Mostert

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Enter The Blockchain: How Bitcoin Can Turn The Cloud Inside Out

Drop whatever you’re doing and go read Maciej Cegłowski’s absolutely magnificent essay <i>Our Comrade The Electron</i>, an astonishing history of the amazing Russian engineer Lev Sergeyevich Termen. Make sure you read right down to its punchline, “the most badass answer imaginable.” But if time is short, …

Silicon Valley Can’t Keep Up With Korea’s Financial Revolution

<i>Jon Norris is a writer for TransferWise who splits his time between the U.S. and the U.K. This post originally appeared on the TransferWise blog and has been republished with permission.</i><p>Until a few years ago, South Korea was promoted by its Tourism Board as “Land of the Morning Calm”. While the …

Cosmic Bulletins: Two Major Discoveries Rock Science

The Theory of General Relativity seemed truly bizarre when Albert Einstein first articulated it 99 years ago: gravity, the great physicist declared, …

Three Data Driven Nuggets From Nate Silver’s New News Site

Nate Silver, the famous New York Times statistics blogger who correctly forecasted 50 out of 50 states in the 2012 presidential election, has launched an entire news site dedicated to data journalism. Keeping the old blog name, 538, the relaunched site is dedicated to taking what Silver thinks is a …

The World’s Most Talented Barista Is Drawing This Year’s Best Picture Nominees In Coffee

Mike Breach, barista extraordinaire, is stepping up his game as the Academy Awards approach. He’s in the process of “painting” this year’s Best Picture nominees — in lattes. So far he’s finished <i>Dallas Buyers Club</i>, <i>Gravity</i>, <i>Her</i>, and <i>The Wolf of Wall Street</i> (see below).<p>Lest you think this is all just …

What it's like to drive a McLaren F1

They say never meet your heroes, but Sam Smith met the McLaren F1, and it was magical. It exists on a plane of its own, something that lives outside the realm of sanity and reason.<p><i>Late last year, Sam Smith drove a McLaren F1 for</i> R&T's <i>51 Coolest Cars of the Last 50 Years. The piece he wrote was</i> …

Big Thinkers on the Only Things Worth Worrying About

In his famous and wonderfully heartening letter of fatherly advice, F. Scott Fitzgerald gave his young daughter Scottie a list of things to worry and not worry about in life. Among the unworriables, he named popular opinion, the past, the future, triumph, and failure “unless it comes through your …

Bill Gates: The Rolling Stone Interview

At 58, Bill Gates is not only the richest man in the world, with a fortune that now exceeds $76 billion, but he may also be the most optimistic. In …

Bill Gates

Smart Sparrow raises $10M to make studying online feel less lonely

Despite the potential for online courses to democratize higher education, the sector has experienced setbacks lately. A major cause for these disappointing results, some claim, is the extremely common feeling of disconnectedness among students.<p>This lack of engagement is a problem that Smart Sparrow …

Obama’s disappearing act: What happened to the president he wanted to be?

The fatal strategic flaws that undermined the potential for a transformative presidency<p>Like many days, March 3rd saw the delivery of a stern opinion by President Obama. To judge by recent developments in Ukraine, he said, Russia wasputting itself “on the wrong side of history.” This might seem a …

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How Lego Become The World's Hottest Toy Company

They will add to the already gigantic heap of Lego bits: 86 for every person on the planet. The toymaker has enjoyed ten years of spectacular growth, almost quadrupling its revenue.<p>In 2012 it overtook Hasbro to become the world's second-largest toymaker. The number one, Mattel, is now seeking to …

Physicist proposes a new type of computing at SXSW. Check out orbital computing

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Credit: Signe Brewster/Gigaom<p>The demand for computing power is constantly rising, but we’re heading to the edge of the cliff …

Russia’s first StumbleUpon clone, Surfingbird, closes $2.5M funding deal

Surfingbird.ru, the first collaborative content discovery service on the Russian-language Internet, has raised $2.5 million from Russian fund Klever Internet Investments.<p>The transaction, revealed last week by the Russian business daily Vedomosti, was confirmed to East-West Digital News by the …

Life After Kickstarter: What Petcube Did Next

“Making a physical product is something very different from writing yet another piece of code,” Azhnyuk says. “In the startup world, it’s common that in half a year after the initial idea a [successful] startup would raise a series A round and already have a million of users.”<p>“It’s easier for …

‘Time In Motion’ GIF Series Creatively Plays with the Passage of Time

If you’ve followed PetaPixel for a while, or even if you just keep up with popular photo news, the image above probably looks familiar. Created by …

Supermarkets don't go to 'food deserts'

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The Insanity Of Bitcoin, Explained

There’s no better way to appreciate the trippiness of the digital currency Bitcoin than this hallucinatory animated video.<p>If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you might have heard that digital currency Bitcoin is currently the talk of Wall Street after skyrocketing in value to trade at over …

PayPal spends $800M to acquire the startup that accused it of screwing customers

Braintree nailed mobile commerce and openly criticized PayPal<p>This morning eBay, PayPal's parent company, announced that it was acquiring Braintree for $800 million in cash. Braintree built a platform that powered payments on the web and mobile devices. It had a lot of success getting business from …

Elegant Austrian Home Blends Lovely Lake Views With A Minimalist Interior

The lakeside house is a sparkling structure that has been design with plenty of contemporary flair and elegance by Spado Architects. Nestled amidst a …

Bubble Watch: Professional Doomsayer Edition

As sure as we know the economy is going up, we know that the economy shall also, sooner or later, come back down. Whence shall the next poisonous …

Stock Markets

Jony Ive: The man behind Apple's magic curtain

The reclusive and prolific Jony Ive, the man behind the Apple iPod, meets with USA TODAY for a rare interview about Apple's once and future mission.<p>CUPERTINO, Calif. — The man who designed the iPod ponders the question with furrowed brow.<p>"That's a good one," says Jony Ive, when asked what he would …