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Explainer: What is a blockchain? - MIT Technology Review

What is it?<p>A public1, permanent2, append-only3distributed4ledger5.<p>What’s that?<p>A mathematical structure for storing data in a way that is nearly …

Blockchain

One year after ICO mania, these big-money projects are delivering

The ICO mania we saw last year escalated rapidly. The ICO that signaled to me that things were about to get out of control was the Gnosis raise in April.<p>The company’s concept of a decentralized prediction marketplace made a lot of sense to me. What made less sense to me was that it was able to …

Cryptocurrency

The Complete Timeline of Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies, From 'Iron Man' to 'Infinity War'

Here’s every single thing that happened across the 19 MCU movies to get you ready for “Avengers: Infinity War”<p><b>The beginning of time:</b> The Big Bang …

Marvel Universe

Science Discovered That Banning Small Talk from Your Conversations Makes You Happier (Try Asking These 13 Questions Instead)

It's time to delete questions like 'what do you do?' and 'where do you live?' from your vocabulary forever.<p>Ever walk into a networking event or cocktail party and all you hear is superficial chit-chat? The small talk is deafening and doesn't evolve into anything substantial. You can hardly stand …

Happiness

What Is the Difference Between Marketing, Advertising, and Branding? A Simple Analogy to Help Explain

To understand the differences between these concepts, simply apply them to you.<p>In my work with entrepreneurs and business students, I often hear marketing strategies explained as "having social media," "having an online brand," or "advertising a lot."<p>These explanations make me cringe because, while …

Marketing

This Mom Is Charging Her 5-Year-Old “Rent”

Here's why.<p>A young mother named Essence Evans recently posted on Facebook that she charges her five-year-old daughter $1 each for rent, utilities, …

Personal Finance

Shirtless 6-foot-6 Rob Gronkowski dances on 7-foot-1 Shaq's shoulders at EDM event

Gronk sure knows how to have fun, over 13 1/2 feet of it in this case<p>Summer won't officially begin for a few more months, but the Summer of Gronk has …

Rob Gronkowski

A Mysterious, 'Loch Ness-Type' Sea Creature Just Washed Up on a Georgia Beach

Say what you will of how lounging by the ocean is serene and calming, let's be real: the ocean is scary as hell. It's filled with all manner of …

People Are Suing Equifax in Small Claims Court and It's Totally Brilliant. Here's Why

Just imagine $5,500 times 143 million, and you'll see why this could be big trouble.<p>Last September, Christian Haigh learned he was one of the 143 million people in the U.S. whose information was hacked in the Equifax breach.<p>As you might recall, Equifax issued an apology that was almost laughable. …

Equifax

The father of the world wide web is one disappointed dad

Today is the World Wide Web's 29th birthday, and to celebrate the occasion, its creator has told us how bad it's become. In an open letter appearing in <i>The Guardian</i>, Tim Berners-Lee painted a bleak picture of the current internet -- one dominated by a handful of colossal platforms that have …

Penguins Mug For Camera, Take A Pretty Great 'Selfie'

Emperor penguins are known to be social and curious. But you probably didn't know that they are also reasonably good at framing a video shot.<p>When an expeditioner with the Australian Antarctic Division left his camera on the ice while visiting a penguin colony, the birds quickly hustled over to …

Framing

FCC officially publishes net neutrality repeal

The action starts the clock for legal challenges and last-ditch congressional action to preserve the Obama-era regulations.<p>The Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules will be no more in two months: The agency has taken the final step in removing the regulations from its rule …

Net Neutrality

The 3 Most Important Books to Read in 2018, According to Harvard Professors

While it's easy to acquire a disdain toward assigned reading while at school, it can be challenging to find the same motivation to read in the real …

Spotify files for its unusual IPO

Music streaming giant Spotify today filed for a $1 billion IPO, although that figure is likely a placeholder that will change. Axios had previously …

Morgan Stanley

This new analytics tool for Gmail is actually really impressive

So how can typical Gmail users leverage email analytics data?<p>These are some of the most common applications:<p><b>Employee tracking and monitoring</b> — In some ways, Gmail Metrics belongs in the same ranks as Toggl and TimeCamp, apps that actively monitor employee time expenditure and performance. The app …

Why It's So Hard to Dose Weed

Cannabis is a notoriously finicky drug. Take the right amount and you get relaxation or euphoria, but take too much and it’s a long ride of paranoia. …

11 of the best books you can read in a week

If you want to emulate some of the most successful people in the world, you can start by reading books — lots of them.<p>From Elon Musk to Mark Cuban to Oprah Winfrey, the most powerful innovators in the world all read several hours a day.<p>But starting a new book can be a daunting task if you don't …

Books

5 rising U.S. cities where homeownership is affordable

Dynamic, growing downtowns you can actually afford<p>“It costs <i>h</i><i>ow</i> much?”<p>Those not living in overpriced coastal cities are familiar with the conversation; a friend from New York or San Francisco visits, comments on a charming home, and then freaks when they realize that it costs a fraction of even the …

Inside the Two Years That Shook Facebook—and the World

One day in late February of 2016, Mark Zuckerberg sent a memo to all of Facebook’s employees to address some troubling behavior in the ranks. His …

Social Media

How Ripple Works and Why It's Surging

XRP is the latest cryptocurrency to surge in value. Here's why.<p>Ripple is just the latest digital currency that uses blockchain encryption to gain …

Cryptocurrency

The web is dying, but mesh networks could save it

My previous article, <i>The web began dying in 2014, here’s how</i>, raised much more awareness than I thought it would. Many people found it to be an insightful analysis of the web under the control of tech giants, but the article ended without providing anything positive to hold on to.<p>I actually have …

Peer-to-peer

The final GOP tax bill is complete. Here’s what is in it.

Republicans were joyful Friday as they finalized their tax plan, bridging differences between the House and Senate bills and moving another step closer to getting legislation to President Trump by Christmas.<p>They also appear to have locked down the votes they need to pass the measure through the …

Health Care

Times Critics’ Top Books of 2017

This was a year when books — like the rest of us — tried to keep up with the news, and did a pretty good job of it. Novels about global interconnectedness, political violence and migration; deeply reported nonfiction accounts of racial and economic strife in the United States; stories both imagined …

Books

Best books of 2017: The best fiction

The Power<p><i>Naomi Alderman</i><p>Alderman’s inventive, globe-spanning thriller imagines a world in which girls and women have discovered they have the ability to maim and kill men thanks to a mysterious new electrical power. The uncompromisingly feminist novel has drawn comparisons to Margaret Atwood, …

Unexpected Classics: 10 Overlooked Novels Finding Life in New Editions

50th Anniversary Edition<p>Classifying Anna Kavan’s <i>Ice</i> isn’t easy. It’s set in a near future where society has taken a turn for the violent and the climate has dropped precipitously; the novel’s narrator is searching for a woman, but his perceptions of the world are not exactly reliable. The result …

The Simple Rule for Feature Prioritization

Feature prioritization is one of the most important jobs of a Product Manager. Yet it continues to be one of the most difficult and debated topics in …

Product Management

British Author Kazuo Ishiguro Just Won the Nobel Prize. Here Are His Greatest Novels

"The Remains of the Day," and much, much more.<p>The Nobel Prize committee announced Thursday that the Nobel Prize in Literature had been awarded to …

Literature

13 Fiction Debuts And Breakthroughs That Live Up To The Hype

Originally published on Kirkus. For more from Kirkus, click here.<p><b>The Power</b> by Naomi Alderman<p>"Very smart and very entertaining." All over the world, teenage girls develop the ability to send an electric charge from the tips of their fingers. Read full book review.<p><b>In The Distance</b> by Hernan Diaz<p>"Not …

Books

La Croix has a mysterious ingredient that has made it a huge hit — here's what it really is

But, few people know what these "essences" are or what the phrase "naturally essenced" — which appears on most cans of La Croix — really means.<p>The Wall Street Journal dug into the phenomenon of these flavors, which La Croix refuses to demystify.<p>"Essence is actually a clear, concentrated natural …

Flavors

'Sourdough' Rises Like A Good Loaf

<i>Jason Sheehan knows stuff about food, video games, books and</i> Starblazers<i>. He is currently the restaurant critic at</i>Philadelphia <i>magazine, but when no one is looking, he spends his time writing books about giant robots and ray guns.</i> Tales From the Radiation Age <i>is his latest book.</i><p>Think of it like …

Books