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Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim resigns amid financial scandal

Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim announced her resignation Saturday amid an ongoing financial scandal. She is accused of purchasing personal …

Africa

Bitcoin is one of the most traceable currencies, digital forensics expert says

In an exclusive interview with Binary District, Michael Perklin, an expert in digital forensic examination and head of information security architecture at ShapeShift, discussed the lack of privacy in bitcoin, security issues in storing sensitive user information, and the rapid growth of the …

Cryptocurrency

US: Rifle-toting worshippers renew wedding vows at Pennsylvania church

Hundreds of US couples packing AR-15 rifles have had their marriages and weapons blessed at an unusual church ceremony. Children from a nearby …

Guns

Bill Gates: cryptocurrencies have 'caused deaths in a fairly direct way'

Bill Gates, the philanthropist and former chief executive of Microsoft, is concerned by the crytocurrency craze, saying that the anonymity offered by the new technology has “caused deaths in a fairly direct way”.<p>Speaking during a Reddit AMA, Gates argued that “the government’s ability to find money …

Cryptocurrency

Uber drivers often make below minimum wage, report finds

Uber and Lyft drivers in the US make a median profit of as little as $8.55 per hour before taxes, according to a new report that suggests a majority of ride-share workers make below minimum wage and that some actually lose money.<p>Researchers did an analysis of vehicle cost data and a survey of more …

George Mason

Studies are increasingly clear: Uber, Lyft congest cities

BOSTON (AP) — One promise of ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft was fewer cars clogging city streets. But studies suggest the opposite: that …

This angel investor got all of his crypto stolen by T-Mobile impersonators

Because I started playing with cryptocurrencies as a hobby years ago, and for a long time they were not worth much of anything (read Some thoughts on cryptocurrencies), it did not occur to me to treat my crypto holdings more securely than other assets I owned.<p>I assumed that by using very complex …

Information Systems

The yearly Corruption Perceptions Index just came out. Who got the gold medal?

Curious about the world’s most — and least — corrupt countries? On Wednesday Transparency International (TI), a well-known NGO devoted to global anti-corruption, released its annual scorecard.<p>TI’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) shows the United States now sits in 16th place (of 180 …

Consumer Price Index

Behind the Scenes of How Chocolate Is Actually Made

In recent years, Brazil has become a leader in the international chocolate market: It is the seventh-largest cacao producer in the world, known for …

Flavors

YouTube has compiled all of the Super Bowl 52 commercials for your enjoyment [Video]

If you’re like me, you don’t watch the Super Bowl for the game. You watch it for the commercials. Well if you just want to binge watch the ads, you’re in luck because YouTube has compiled them all into one place for your enjoyment…<p>YouTube has updated the Adblitz website with all of the Super Bowl …

Mr. Fix It

Now even healthcare is getting Amazonified<p>Is there anything the world’s richest man, <b>Jeffrey Preston Bezos,</b> <i>can’t</i> do?<p>I don’t mean to go all fan boy-ish on you, but it’s been riveting watching him run the table. Bezos has grown Amazon into a juggernaut whose value exceeds <b>Walmart</b>, <b>Costco</b>, <b>Target</b>, <b>Kohls</b> …

The CEO of one of China's biggest bitcoin companies endorses just 4 cryptocurrencies and 'wouldn't touch' ICOs: 'It’s just too risky'

LONDON — The founder and CEO of one of China's biggest bitcoin companies says he would not invest in so-called "altcoins," which are new cryptocurrencies created by companies through "initial coin offerings" (ICOs).<p>BTCC CEO and founder Bobby Lee told Business Insider: "Unfortunately I'm very …

'Adolescence now lasts from 10 to 24'

<b>Adolescence now lasts from the ages of 10 to 24, although it used to be thought to end at 19, scientists say.</b><p>Young people continuing their education for longer, as well as delayed marriage and parenthood, has pushed back popular perceptions of when adulthood begins.<p>Changing the definition is vital …

The 40 Must-Have Android Apps for the Power User

For the longest time, Android was an operating system that eschewed visual flair in favour of giving flexibility and power to the user, and since third party developers took their cues from the OS itself, their apps tended to be complex and unabashedly ugly.<p>Somewhere along the way, right around the …

Obamacare's tech no easy fix

Silicon Valley always knew it couldn’t fix Washington and its bureaucratic messes. Now it has even more proof.<p>The HealthCare.gov debacle has reinforced the divide between the global capital of innovation and an establishment culture known for clunky methods, stilted processes and government …

The 10 Best Careers Right Now For Recent College Graduates

Some career paths are going to be more beneficial and open to a recent grad. To help new degree holders find the right field, the University of California, San Diego has compiled its fifth annual list of "Hot Careers for College Graduates."<p>For this report, UCSD looked at four criteria — "current …

Aristide supporters demonstrate in Haiti

Several thousand supporters of the former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide have demonstrated against the current president in the capital Port au Prince.<p>A similar demonstration was held in Haiti’s second city Cap Haitien.<p>The demonstrators warned President Michel Martelly not to persecute …

The rise of the reader: journalism in the age of the open web

I'd like to begin with a true story.<p>I was recently conducting a job interview for a Guardian role, and I asked the interviewee, who had worked only in print journalism, how he thought he'd cope working in digital news. In reply he said, "Well, I've got a computer. I've been using computers for …

Barbara Kafka's Marinated Eggplant

<i>Every week -- often with your help -- Food52's Senior Editor Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that are nothing short of genius.</i><p><i>Today: The best, fastest, lightest eggplant technique you haven't tried yet. (It's in the microwave. Don't be mad.)</i><p>I'd like to make an announcement: You can cook …

Eggplant

10 Apps That Will Help You To Organize In The Smartphone Age

Staying organized requires hard work but, luckily, technology has brought make improvements on this chapter as well. Nowadays we basically have an …

AP classes failing students

Taxpayers have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years to nudge more students into Advanced Placement classes — but a close look at test scores suggests much of the investment has been wasted.<p>Expanding participation in AP classes has been a bipartisan goal, promoted by U.S. Education …

Venezuela's Maduro pledges action on women's hair thieves

<b>Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has called on the police to act against gangs that are stealing women's hair.</b><p>The thieves sell the hair - sometimes stolen at gunpoint - to salons where it is used for extensions and wigs.<p>Attacks appear to be on the rise, especially in the country's second largest …

The 4 Weapons Of Exceptional Creative Leaders

Charles Day outlines four perhaps unexpected but effective weapons that the best creative leaders use in their battle for creativity and profitability.<p>For the leader of a company powered by creativity, the difficulties of navigating today’s complex marketplace are compounded by the fact that, in …

35 Random Corners Of The Internet You Should Visit When You Need A Break

Bookmark this for when you're having a bad day or when you just need a distraction and want to play. There's something so soothing about these single-serving sites.<p>Major h/t to this post by Tumblr user Writing Weasels and the website The Useless Web for providing me with endless hours of amusement.

9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

We wish there was a handbook for success, but there isn’t. Here’s the next best thing: a list of ways you can realize your dreams–and be a more productive person in the process.<p>Wouldn’t it be great if success was simple?<p>But it isn’t.<p>There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, …

8 Wallet-Friendly Getaways

A roundup of affordable vacation destinations around the world<p>We've rounded up more affordable alternatives to pricey vacation destinations around the world, from the new European Riviera to the fashion set's Mexican beach spot

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