Dominic Reardon

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Why Smart Contracts Need Shrewder People

<i>Professor Michael Mainelli is executive chairman of Z/Yen Group and principal advisor to Long Finance. Bob McDowall is an Associate of Z/Yen and</i> …

Code reveals Facebook planning mobile payments push with Messenger app

We all have that one friend who conveniently forgets to pay after a night out on the town. Now, it looks like Facebook wants to make it easier to get …

Some of the all-time best rants about doing business in France

A British businessman has gotten himself into trouble for making injudicious comments about the French and their approach to life and work. It’s not the first time. The French, of course, are easy targets on everything,from the 35-hour working week to trumpeting spending cuts that actually turn out …

Apple Pay is such a big deal that eBay already has had to change strategy

<i>Apple Pay, not even launched yet, is already making waves. Apple’s payment system has caused eBay to move people and business units around.</i><p>Early in 2012, PayPal’s president, Scott Thompson, abruptly left the company to become CEO of Yahoo. During his four-year tenure at the eBay subsidiary, …

Where news media need to focus if they’re going to survive

<i>The era of news media based on single product is over. In every field, diversification is mandatory, but yields will vary. Decisive prioritization will make a big difference.</i><p><b>Below is a list—by no means exhaustive—of products and services to be found in most media organizations.</b> Their targets …

Narendra Modi’s track record in Gujarat is not the runaway success he claims

Narendra Modi’s candidacy for Indian prime minister largely rests on claims of turning around his state of Gujarat. As national elections begin today, a Gallup poll finds that more than one-third of Indians feel their economy is getting worse.<p>If elected, can Modi turn that perception around …

Tesla Drivers Are Using Their In-Dash Browser To Keep Up With The News, Quantcast Says

What are Tesla owners actually doing with their in-car web browsers? That’s the question that ad measurement and targeting company Quantcast tried to answer with some just-released data.<p>Apparently, the Tesla Model S (of which there are now more than 25,000 on the road) includes a 17-inch …

Google’s sneaky new privacy change affects 85% of iPhone users—but most of them won’t have noticed

“What Google really wants is for everybody to be signed in to their Google accounts all the time,” a Google insider told me in passing last month.<p>Around the same time, the official Gmail blog put up a 205-word post explaining the latest update to the Gmail app for Apple devices that run on iOS …

For older Americans, tablets and e-readers are the new cell phones with huge buttons

More Americans age 65 and older own either a tablet or an e-reader (27%) than own smartphones (18%)—the reverse of the proportions for the general public, according to the Pew Internet Project’s latest study on how people access the internet.<p>Among all US adults, more than half (58%) own a …

TV industry take note: this is what being disrupted by Amazon looks like

Amazon yesterday thrust itself into the increasingly crowded battle for control of your living room, with the launch of its own streaming device, FireTV.<p>The online retailer has an uphill battle ahead in streaming video—a sector dominated by Netflix and, to a lesser extent, Hulu, with Apple also …

Can Mario Draghi rescue the euro zone with words alone? So far, it’s (sort of) working

“Central bankers like to talk more than they like to act,” observed Steen Jakobsen, chief investment officer at Saxo Bank. He was speaking to a group of journalists in London today, ahead of the latest meeting of the European Central Bank’s rate-setting committee.<p>Dangerously low inflation, which …

The war between Uber and Lyft will be won with an algorithm

Which taxi alternative will dominate cities of the future may come down to who develops the best software. Right now, Lyft and Uber are two sides of the same ride-sharing coin: Lyft brands itself as a “sharing” experience, reminding its users that their driver is just an average Joe with time to …

Are you ready for the resource revolution?

Meeting increasing global demand requires dramatically improving resource productivity. Yet technological advances mean companies have an …

Amazingly, London’s property boom may still have years to run

It costs twice as much to live in London as the rest of the UK, according to new data on property prices (pdf). The typical London home is now worth nearly £363,000 ($604,000), versus the £180,000 national average. London’s property market long ago detached from the rest of the UK, but the latest …

Does India Need Its Own 'Impact' Investors?

The sun has appeared in Delhi. The “fog,” that clogs Delhi mornings in the winter, or as locals joke, less fog, more smog, has gone for a hiatus today. Perhaps in celebration of the “do-gooders” who are gathering to discuss the challenges of investing in India.<p>About 100 venture capitalists, …

Drone warfare is why we can’t find Malaysian Airlines Flight 370

The long and frustrating hunt for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 might be a sign of what’s to come, thanks to our growing obsession with drone imagery at the expense of the quaint technology of satellite radar data.<p>While today’s high-resolution image satellites can take very detailed …

Spotify just dropped two hints that it’s about to go public

The music-streaming service Spotify is doing what looks like some pre-IPO spring cleaning.<p>Spotify announced today that it has bought the company behind the algorithms it uses to power its personalized radio service. It is also reportedly talking to banks about establishing a credit facility, a …

Redlining for the 21st Century

Companies can now use data to constrict which options they offer to certain consumers—and at what prices.<p>Using personal information gathered about you on the Internet to provide you with better choice is very different from using the same information to control your behavior. The former is a …

Skip The Hedge Fund: We Need Young People To Take Risks And Build Inspiring Things

Our definition of success has become narrow, boring, and limited. If we want young people to be creative and innovative, we need to reward them for it.<p>The following is an excerpt from <i>Smart People Should Build Things</i> by Andrew Yang. Copyright 2014 Andrew Yang. Reprinted courtesy of Harper Business, …

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Can No-Money-Down Financing Unlock the Batteries-for-Buildings Market?

Green Charge Networks, the startup that’s putting batteries in commercial buildings to help shave utility bills and balance the grid, has just joined …

Goldman Sachs is looking to scoop up bond traders in Australia

Goldman Sachs is chasing fixed-income business Down Under by snapping up the best bond traders in Australia. Bloomberg reports that the firm is in talks with about 10 potential hires as it seeks to expand from trading to capital markets.<p>It’s an interesting and seemingly counterintuitive move for …

Russia’s market meltdown is dragging a host of European companies down with it

What do Russian troops in Crimea have to do with a Danish beer company, a Finnish tire maker, and an Austrian bank? In the interconnected world of finance, what happens on the shores of the Black Sea quickly reverberates on bourses across Europe. Amid the rout in Russian markets, companies across …

Are student loan debts setting the stage for the next bubble?

Maybe it’s just a sign that the markets are getting overheated: Americans are taking out student loans in part to cover everyday expenses. The Wall Street Journal reports on this phenomenon—in which borrowers are using student loans as stop-gap financing to cover everything from monthly bills to …

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$20 billion and an ousted whistleblower threaten Nigeria’s fragile, carefully crafted success story

Nigeria’s soaring economy has met its match: old-style politics.<p>On Feb. 20, president Goodluck Jonathan suspended central bank governor Lamido Sanusi amid the latter’s claims that $20 billion in revenue was missing from the state oil corporation. The move sparked widening bond spreads and tumbling …

Stop leaning in—career capital is what really matters

Sheryl Sandberg’s <i>Lean In</i>, still sits on the bestseller list, but new research finds that women have a different idea about what they need to thrive at work.<p>Workers believe that building “career capital” is the key to their success, according to a new report from Accenture. This refers to skills …

Only the Chinese government knows why the yuan is plunging—but the timing is intriguing

The Chinese yuan plummeted for the ninth consecutive day today, dropping 0.27% against the dollar, its biggest dive since 2005. It finished out the week 0.9% lower than last week—its biggest sequential drop on record—pulverizing yuan traders and rattling markets yet again.<p>Why is this happening? As …