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For Big Tech, a Comeuppance We’ve Seen Before: On Wall St.

SAN FRANCISCO — When I moved to the Bay Area two years ago, it was with a sense of relief.<p>Relief from New York winters and deteriorating subways, yes. But also relief after six years of covering Wall Street, an industry that had moved from one crisis to another after the financial crash of 2008, …

London School of Economics

CDC uses HP bioprinters to speed up testing for new antibiotics

The pilot will help test effectiveness against superbugs.<p>The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is turning to some bleeding edge tech in its bid to stamp out drug-resistant 'superbug' bacteria. It's buying a slew of HP bioprinters (the D300e you see above) as part of a pilot program that …

Public Health

The Future of Medicine May Land Within Five to 10 Years, Crispr Inventor Says

A pioneer of the Crispr gene-editing technology that’s taken Wall Street by storm says the field is probably five to 10 years away from having an …

Genetics

Multi-gene test may find risk for heart disease and more

WASHINGTON (AP) — You know your cholesterol, your blood pressure ... your heart gene score? Researchers say a new way of analyzing genetic test data may one day help identify people at high risk of a youthful heart attack in time to help.<p>Today, gene testing mostly focuses on rare mutations in one …

Bitcoin Investing Is Creating Giant Tax Headaches for Hedge Funds

Dozens of hedge funds investing billions of dollars in cryptocurrencies don’t know if they’re calculating their taxes correctly, which may be a …

Cryptocurrency

DeepMind AI matches health experts at spotting eye diseases

The tool searches OCT scans for over 50 eye diseases including macular degeneration.<p>DeepMind has successfully developed a system that can analyze retinal scans and spot symptoms of sight-threatening eye diseases. Today, the AI division -- owned by Google's parent company Alphabet -- published …

Soundwaves and viruses used to ‘switch off’ memory formation

Researchers have shown it’s possible to temporarily block the brain from forming new memories using a combination of sound waves, viruses and …

How combining ultrasound, gene therapy and drugs switches neurons on and off

Finding ways to activate or deactivate specific neurons in the brain could be the path to treating disorders like Parkinson's or epilepsy, but …

Ledger finally has a good app for its crypto wallet

French startup Ledger has been working for a while on a brand new app to manage your crypto assets on your computer. The company is designing and manufacturing one of the most secure hardware wallets out there.<p>While it’s clear that security has always been the first focus of the company, the user …

CERN chip enables first 3D color X-ray images of the human body

Medical X-ray scans have long been stuck in the black-and-white, silent-movie era. Sure, the contrast helps doctors spot breaks and fractures in …

Bitcoin's Computing Power Growth Is Outpacing The Bitcoin Price

Since last year the bitcoin hash rate — the amount of computing power used by bitcoin’s network of computers to create new coins — has soared as it rushes to catch up with the bitcoin price.<p>The sudden rise in the bitcoin price, which climbed from around $1,000 at the beginning of last year to …

Mining

Crypto Visa card company Monaco just spent millions to buy Crypto.com

Highly-prized domain name Crypto.com has been sold!<p>Registered in 1993 by Matt Blaze, a professor of computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania who sits on the board of directors of the Tor Project, the domain has attracted a vast amount of interest as you’d expect given the …

MIT researchers automate drug design with machine learning

Their model can generate molecules that could be used for therapeutics.<p>Developing and improving medications is typically a long and very involved process. Chemists build and tweak molecules, sometimes aiming to create a new treatment for a specific disease or symptom, other times working to improve …

Chinese AI beats 15 doctors in tumor diagnosis competition

An AI system has wiped the floor with some of China’s top doctors when it comes to diagnosing brain tumors and predicting hematoma expansion.<p>As reported by Xinhua, the system defeated a team comprised of 15 of China’s top doctors by a margin of two to one. The AI, BioMind, was developed by the</i> …

Amazon acquires PillPack, an online pharmacy that delivers medicine to your door

Amazon has announced plans to acquire PillPack, an online pharmacy that sorts patients’ medications into personalized packets that are delivered directly to their door. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Amazon referred to the deal as a “definitive merger agreement.”<p>Founded out of Boston in …

Patients should control their data, and this blockchain startup wants to make it happen

The cost of healthcare is rising globally. Research from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that the average spending cost on healthcare in 11 high-income countries was 11.5 percent in 2016. The nations involved included Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, …

Index of Best AI/Machine Learning Resources

Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning field is getting a lot of attention right now, and knowing where to start can be a little difficult.<p>I’ve …

Scientists create the first 3D-printed human corneas

And build hope for people with visual impairments.<p>Newcastle University researchers have devised a groundbreaking experimental technique that could help millions on the corneal transplant waiting list. By using a simple 3D bio-printer, Professor of Tissue Engineering Che Connon and his team of …

Death of a Biohacker

People who knew Aaron Traywick, the biohacker who died last month at a spa in Washington, D.C., were initially suspicious about the circumstances of his death.<p>David Ishee, a researcher for Mr. Traywick’s company, Ascendance Biomedical, said his first thought upon hearing that Mr. Traywick’s body …

Meet The Sisters Tackling Cryptocurrency's Crazy Carbon Footprint With Green Power

What could possibly be hotter for investors right now than a startup providing people with the computing power necessary to profit from cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin or Ethereum?<p>And what if that startup uses eco-friendly hydropower, rather than dirty coal-fired power stations, to cool the …

HSBC says performs first trade finance deal using single blockchain system

HONG KONG (Reuters) - HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA.L) said on Monday it has performed the world's first trade finance transaction using a single blockchain platform, in a push to boost efficiency in the multi-trillion-dollar funding of international trade.<p>HSBC and Dutch bank ING completed the deal for …

East London

Amazon reportedly wants Alexa to be your new in-home physician

Heal thy self!<p>Jeff Bezos made headlines in January when his company announced that it would be partnering with JP Morgan and Warren Buffet to reduce the cost of healthcare services here in America. Apparently the first step towards this goal is teaching Alexa how to play doctor. According to …

Online Privacy

iZettle, the ‘Square of Europe’, plans IPO to raise around $227M, valuing it at $1.1B

The strong climate for tech IPOs at the moment is leading yet more mature startups to set up their own plans to list, and the latest development on that front is coming out Sweden. iZettle, the payments and small business financial services startup that is often referred to as the “Square of …

Google and the Rise of 'Digital Wellbeing'

On a recent vacation, Sameer Samat was settling into his hotel when his partner asked to see his phone. As he handed it over, she promptly walked to …

Pharma has a real-world problem, and it's the lag in its sensor adoption: expert

Pharma’s not exactly the quickest to adopt new technology, but if you've been following the slew of “smart inhaler” deals, you might think sensor …

Pharma

DIGITAL HEALTH BRIEFING: Fitbit unveils new health solutions — Allscripts strengthens patient platform — Garmin, KU Medical explore health data use cases

<i>Welcome to Digital Health Briefing, a new email providing the latest news, data, and insight on how digital technology is disrupting the healthcare ecosystem, produced by BI Intelligence.</i><p><b>Sign up and receive Digital Health Briefing free to your inbox.</b><p><i>Have feedback? We'd like to hear from you. Write</i> …

The $1 Billion Company That’s Building Wearable AI For Blind People

With a gestural interface and machine-learning smarts, OrCam wants to help the vision impaired navigate the world.<p>Retired U.S. Air Force officer Stephen Hamilton had seven failed corneal transplants and 18 surgeries before he finally accepted that he was going to lose his vision. Once he went …

Wearable Tech

No death and an enhanced life: Is the future transhuman?

The aims of the transhumanist movement are summed up by Mark O’Connell in his book <i>To Be a Machine,</i> which last week won the Wellcome Book prize. “It is their belief that we can and should eradicate ageing as a cause of death; that we can and should use technology to augment our bodies and our minds; …

Carbon Fiber

Can New York Times readers’ love for the crossword puzzle extend into a TV show?

We’ve watched newspaper investigations unfold into dramas and learned about the values of journalism through documentaries. We might just watch a weekly show about Slack and Twitter drama in a modern-day journalism world. But would people watch a show about a crossword puzzle? (Where does it …

Can a news organization provide the service of feeling connected through its membership program?

Moving can mean losing your network. Moving to a different country can almost guarantee that. Can a niche news organization focused on those recent relocaters help readers find a new sense of belonging — and help the organization develop reader revenue through a membership program?<p>As an …