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Is it right to waste helium on party balloons?

<b>The US has been selling off its helium reserve, established in the 1920s to provide gas for airships - but even so, shortages have been occurring.</b><p>Some scientists believe a finite resource that could one day run out should not be used for party balloons.<p>In the universe as a whole, it is one of the …

How Google Builds Its Maps—and What It Means for the Future of Everything

An exclusive look inside Ground Truth, the secretive program to build the world's best accurate maps<p>Behind every Google Map, there is a much more complex map that's the key to your queries but hidden from your view. The deep map contains the logic of places: their no-left-turns and freeway …

Humanity's Final Game: a titanium board game buried in the Nevada desert

Now in its 10th and final year, the Game Design Challenge here at GDC is a competition that pits gaming's most innovative minds against each other to come up with a game based upon a particular theme or concept — and this year developer Jason Rohrer won for creating a game that he hopes people …

Microsoft reportedly looking to dump IPTV business in favor of Xbox

Microsoft appears to be mulling over plans to dump its IPTV business. <i>Bloomberg</i> reports that Ericsson is in talks with the software maker to buy up its IPTV software, known as Media Room, that is used to power services like AT&T's U-verse. Microsoft is expected to continue its focus on TV apps and …

At This Startup, The CEO Lets All Employees Read Confidential Emails

Any employee can read almost every email sent within the company. What that means is that every email is internally public and searchable.<p>The rationale: if everyone automatically knows what's happening within the company, Stripe can reduce the number of meetings it has and have a more fluid …

Google Updates Gmail for iOS – Adds Ability to Swipe Between Messages, More

Google has released version 2.1 of its Gmail app for iOS, adding swipe controls to allow you to move back and forth between emails without returning …

Location Data Can Uniquely Identify Cellphone Users

A new study demonstrates how easy it is to identify people from the location-tracking data on their cellphones.<p>Just a few data points from a location-tracking cellphone are enough to identify most people, a new study found. It doesn't matter if those data are "anonymized" so they aren't linked to …

Hey, New Yorkers: 1993 is calling. From a payphone. It wants its history back.

"Recalling 1993" art project offers oral history from residents of the era.<p>Starting this week, the city is turning all Manhattan payphones into “time …

How the internet is making us poor

Everyone knows the story of how robots replaced humans on the factory floor. But in the broader sweep of automation versus labor, a trend with far greater significance for the middle class—in rich countries, at any rate—has been relatively overlooked: the replacement of knowledge workers with …

Income Inequality

How robots are eating the last of America’s—and the world’s—traditional manufacturing jobs

Baxter, the affordable, humanoid industrial robot recently unveiled by Rethink Robotics, is so easy to program that I once did it one-handed and drunk. We were at a party at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and he was standing in the corner, looking lonely. No, really—Baxter has …

Robotics

The Rise of Female Chief Operating Officers: Meet Fab's Beth Ferreira

To all the high-performing women with experience in finance, business development, marketing / communications, administration, and talent development: <b>consider working towards the role of Chief Operating Officer.</b><p>As compared to other C-suite roles—namely the CEO, CMO and CFO roles—I have found that …

Tidemark’s Infographics Could Change How Your Business Is Run

Tidemark rolls out infographics that map a company’s profits in microscopic detail, in real time.<p>It’s only been a few months since Tidemark, a bold Andreessen Horowitz-backed business analytics platform, emerged from its beta cocoon. But today, the fledgling company is introducing a new set of …