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Facebook Bought Oculus VR To Create The Metaverse, Or Why Angry Kickstarter Backers Need To Chill

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Dan Kaplan helps startups tell their stories. He’s done marketing for Twilio, Asana, and Salesforce and blogs about marketing, growth, and storytelling at Threadling.</i><p>There are many people out there who take a pessimistic view of Facebook. To them, Mark Zuckerberg is a huckster, out to …

For $1, you can build a device that uses TV signals to recognize gestures

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: University of Washington<p>There’s energy all around us in the form of TV, radio and WiFi signals. Develop a device that …

This Industry Is Completely Ridiculous. Let’s Hope It Stays That Way.

OK. Let’s take a step back from all the recent tech news, look at it with fresh eyes — and try not to burst into slightly hysterical laughter.<p>In Japan, some half-billion dollars’ worth of cryptocurrency vanished from a site founded to trade Magic: The Gathering cards. In New Zealand, the world’s …

China's $12 trillion corporate debt pushes up refunding costs, drives mergers | Reuters

BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - China’s corporate debt has hit record levels and is likely to accelerate a wave of domestic restructuring and trigger more defaults, as credit repayment problems rise.<p>A customer walks with a child inside a wholesale retailer store in Beijing December 4, 2010. …

U.S. housing recovery uneven across markets, study finds | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. housing sector is likely to experience an uneven recovery over the next five years, with some local markets bouncing back faster than others, according to a study released on Wednesday.<p>Carpenter's work on a housing site at Mid-Atlantic Builders "The Villages of …

News for nerds, stuff that matters

<i>The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed legislation to make it easier to penalize operators of websites that facilitate</i> …

The Googlization Of GE: Targeting New $514 Billion IT Market

The machines are taking over big data. In 2008, the number of things connected to the Internet exceeded the number of people on Earth, according to Cisco. Last year, IDC estimated that in 2020, there will be 26 times more connected things than people. And this week, Wikibon issued a forecast of …

Is pCell the Holy Grail of wireless networking?

Steve Perlman believes his company's pCell technology will revolutionize the wireless industry, eliminating congestion, dead zones, and unreliable connections.<p>Serial entrepreneur Steve Perlman claims that his new patented technology can create the wireless network of our dreams.<p>His invention, …

Telecoms

50 Amazing Finds on Google Earth

Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program. It maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite …

Drake: High Times at the YOLO Estate

How did a half-Jewish Canadian child actor reinvent hip-hop? The improbable, slightly vulnerable, often tuneful, highly driven rise of Drake<p>Drake is …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Google on Launching an Analytics MOOC and Taking Data-Driven Actions

Analytics. It could be the deepest, darkest mystery in your organization, served up by a few select tech wizards, or it might be the solitary master by which all company decisions begin and end. In all likelihood, it’s somewhere in between.<p>No matter where you fit on the spectrum of analytics …

Too Big to Manage: JP Morgan and the Mega Banks

Every casual reader of business news knows that JP Morgan Chase & Co. is in a world of legal hurt. But, it is not alone. Many other major financial institutions — Bank of America, Citigroup, HSBC, Barclay’s, Wells Fargo, UBS, etc. — have their share of big dollar controversies with regulators and …

China gambles on theme park, whale sharks to lure punters from Macau casinos | Reuters

HENGQIN ISLAND, China (Reuters) - It’s being touted as China’s answer to Orlando, a $5 billion resort and theme park complete with a mega rollercoaster and a whale shark tank situated on a sleepy southern island next to the world’s biggest gambling hub Macau.<p>A handout shows an artist impression of …

Hong Kong

KKR buys stake in appliance maker in biggest China deal | Reuters

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Investment company KKR & Co LP (KKR.N) said it had agreed to buy a 10-percent stake in Qingdao Haier Co Ltd (600690.SS), gaining exposure to China’s home appliances market with its biggest investment in the country to date.<p>The acquisition, which is subject to shareholder and …

Hong Kong

It's Not Just the NSA. Global Corporations Track You, Too.

<b>What's the Latest Development?</b><p>While the National Security Agency has received a great deal of attention lately for violating the privacy rights of …

Privacy

Autonomous Driving Tech Package Will Be An Option On Mercedes Vehicles By 2020

Mercedes-Benz will start selling cars that can fully drive themselves by 2020. But it won’t launch a special vehicle just for that purpose. Rather, it looks to incorporate autonomous driving technology into its regular lineup, most likely starting with its flagship model, the S-Class.<p>“Our approach …

Why Large Companies Struggle With Business Model Innovation

Innovation success stories are all strikingly similar: a bright idea, supported by a zealot-innovator who sees it through. The windfall of goodies follows.<p>But failures happen for all sorts of reasons, and they often occur even when the idea is sound. This is especially true for business model …

Six Ways to Grow Your Job

In today’s resource-constrained environment, many of us are delivering 120% on the current demands of our job—but devoting little time to developing ourselves further or positioning ourselves for a future move. As one of my executive MBA students recently told me, “I know that I have to carve out …

U.S., India: Partners On Arms, Technology, Nuclear Power

The U.S. and India have now come about as close to forming an alliance as any two nations can do without actually inking a pact. The success of the alliance revolves in large measure around a deal for Westinghouse to sell nuclear reactors and technology to India while India worries about Pakistan’s …

Dwell

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Buffett's Berkshire buys Suncor, Dish as stock bet grows | Reuters

(Reuters) - Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRKa.N) (BRKb.N) reported new stakes in Suncor Energy Inc (SU.TO) and Dish Network Corp (DISH.O) as the company run by Warren Buffett added billions of dollars of stock investments.<p>The changes were disclosed in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing …

Germany poised to overtake U.S. as world's No.2 exporter this year: DIHK | Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany could overtake the United States to become the world’s second-biggest exporter this year, but its share of global trade is likely to dip as its exports lag global expansion, German chambers of commerce said on Thursday.<p>Cars and containers are pictured at a shipping …

Fearless: How Red Bull Turns Daredevils Into $6.2B

Hyperloop may sound like first sci-fi transport, but it’s not

Tesla founder Elon Musk's Hyperloop is finally out in the open, and just as the billionaire tech entrepreneur said, it actually does look like what you get when you cross a Concorde with an air hockey table. But it's not the first far-out people-mover concept to ever capture our attention — and if …

Flying Car

Elon Musk Unveils Designs for Hyperloop

Watch Ashton Kutcher Blow Kids’ Minds With Steve Jobs Quotes In “Smart Is Sexy” Speech

“The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart. And being thoughtful. And being generous. Everything else is crap!”<p>Ashton Kutcher passionately shouted (yes, shouted) life advice at Nickelodeon viewers as he accepted a Teen Choice Award last night. Most spend award speeches thanking …

Elon Musk on the Hyperloop: 'It's like getting a ride on Space Mountain'

In a highly anticipated unveiling prefaced by Musk last week, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO outlines his vision for high-speed travel.<p>Elon Musk revealed Monday a more complete outline of the proposed Hyperloop system in a blog post published on the Web site of his company SpaceX.<p>Musk's primary …

Elon Musk

How to Be an Individual in Age of the Echo Chamber

<b>By BRUCE PEABODY, guest blogger</b><p>Last week, we considered how M.T. Anderson’s novel <i>Feed</i> lays out a set of fears about today’s electronic culture and …

The 5 Big Questions A Detroit Bankruptcy Must Answer

With any sudden death of someone who has been ill, the most common heard phrase is, “it’s a shock, but no surprise.” That is how Detroiters were feeling Thursday, on the unexpected news that Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr had filed a voluntary petition for a Chapter 9 bankruptcy.<p>The Detroit case …

Instead of a Watson in every home, we should start with a smarter coffee pot

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Consider this. An alarm clock that knows when to wake you up without being set. A coffee machine that knows when you will wake …