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Elon Musk’s Master Plan Confirms What We Already Know About The Future Of Cities

If Tesla can pull off creating a system where they’re powering your car and controlling a city-wide fleet of autonomous vehicles, it will be a business coup–but none of its parts are particularly original ideas.<p>Elon Musk has published part two of his Tesla Master Plan, 10 years after the first. The …

Domino's has built an autonomous pizza delivery robot

For a pizza chain, Domino's actually has a pretty rich history of innovation. It's embraced social media, created a one-click Easy Order button and even built a delivery car that has its own pizza oven. Now it's looking at robots. More specifically: delivery robots. What you see here is DRU …

There is a 'game changer' technology on Wall Street and people keep confusing it with bitcoin

Goldman Sachs says the technology "has the potential to redefine transactions" and can change "everything."<p>JPMorgan last month announced it was launching a trial project with the blockchain startup led by its former executive, Blythe Masters.<p>Her company, Digital Asset Holdings, has secured funding …

Want to see what the future holds if Apple loses? See: Microsoft

If you want to see what a world with built-in backdoors looks like should congress rule on the side of the FBI, look no further than Microsoft.<p>One of the key points to Apple’s argument — and what made the hearing necessary in the first place — is its inability to decrypt the iPhone. Knowing this, …

Kings GM Dean Lombardi emotionally tells of Mike Richards' 'destructive spiral'

In an emotional, poignant reaction on the day of the resolution of the Mike Richards contract saga,<p>KingsGeneral Manager Dean Lombardi called what happened to Richards "a tragedy" and said he was devastated that Richards became caught in "a destructive spiral."<p>"Without a doubt, the realization of …

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What the Jobs Data Will Show

It has become increasingly difficult to reconcile different sets of data to form a coherent and decisive picture of the U.S. economy. Nowhere is this …

Bonanza for the Super Rich: The Fund Managers' Tax Break

The reason most of us have seen little gain from economic growth over the last three decades is that the rich have rigged the rules to ensure that money flows upward. Through their control of trade policy, Federal Reserve Board policy, and other key levers of government, they have structured the …

Laying tracks for high-speed rail in the U.S.

Compared to Japan, which just opened the newest section of its high-speed rail network, the concept has struggled to catch on in the U.S.<p>The White …

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Tim O’Reilly: Silicon Valley is massively underestimating the impact of IoT (interview)

Smart forks. Smart tennis rackets. Smart toothbrushes. Smart teddy bears. Smart fitness bands.<p>The Internet of Things hype is inspiring an endless stream of connected gadgets that light up Kickstarter campaigns and pack the halls of consumer electronics conferences.<p>But Tim O’Reilly, the technology …

What a croc! 13 millions years ago, crocodiles dominated a patch of the Amazon

It takes just one species of alligator to add an aura of menace to Florida's canals and golf ponds. Now imagine a swamp hosting not one kind of croc, or even two, but seven.<p>This conclave of crocs is no fictional horror story. New fossil discoveries show that an unprecedented seven species of­ …

Gemalto downplays impact of NSA and GCHQ hacks on its SIM cards

Image copyright Shutterstock / Voronin76 .Dutch digital security firm Gemalto, which is the world’s biggest manufacturer of SIM cards, has reported …

Arctic ground squirrels unlock permafrost carbon

<b>Arctic ground squirrels could play a greater role in climate change than was previously thought.</b><p>Scientists have found that the animals are hastening the release of greenhouse gases from the permafrost - a vast, frozen store of carbon.<p>The researchers say it suggests the impact of wildlife on this …

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For immigrant children, fate in U.S. a roll of the dice - CNN.com

Elvin Castañon is a high school student in the Atlanta area and an undocumented immigrant. Laws designed to protect unaccompanied minors like him mean he is close to being granted legal status, but for those without attorneys to lean on, deportation is more likely.<p>Elvin Castañon, a ninth-grader …

Ebola fears in Cairns for woman who treated patients in Sierra Leone

A Red Cross nurse in far north Queensland is undergoing tests in an isolation unit to see if she is suffering from Australia’s first case of Ebola.<p>The nurse, named in the media as Sue-Ellen Kovack, 57, returned to Australia on Tuesday after a month working in Sierra Leone, one of the countries …

Your App Is About To Get Smarter: IBM Opens Watson To Developers

Today, IBM made good on its promise from nearly a year ago to open up its famous Watson AI platform in the form of a set of APIs. Eight of them, to …

Americans Are Stocking Up On Ebola Survival Gear

WASHINGTON -- The first patient diagnosed with Ebola on U.S. soil may have died Wednesday, but health experts say Americans don't need to stock up on survival gear.<p>"I really can’t see that that’s an appropriate or reasonable response," Arthur Reingold, Head of Epidemiology at the University of …

Islamic State Militants Seize More Than One-Third Of Kobani Despite U.S.-Led Airstrikes In Syria

By Daren Butler and Oliver Holmes<p>MURSITPINAR, Turkey/BEIRUT, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters seized more than a third of the Syrian border town of Kobani, a monitoring group said on Thursday, as U.S.-led air strikes failed to halt their advance and Turkish forces looked on without …

Anatomy of ISIS: How 'Islamic State' is run

<b>(CNN) —</b> Put yourself in the shoes (and seventh-century black robes) of ISIS' Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the mysterious boss of the terror group that is striking fear into the hearts of leaders around the world.<p>In the past couple of years you've managed to avoid drone attacks and survive civil wars, …

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New Afghan government to sign US troop deal

<b>The new Afghan government has signed a security deal with American officials that will allow US troops to remain in the country beyond this year.</b><p>The agreement was signed by Afghanistan's newly appointed national security adviser, Hanif Atmar.<p>Previous President Hamid Karzai had refused to sign the …

Beastgrip review: mobile photography gets serious

There has been a lot of chatter about mobile photography lately, with more than one clip-on lens maker attempting to stake claim to your phone. At …

This Woman's Revolutionary Idea Made Her A Billionaire — And Could Change Medicine

No more wondering to yourself, "Ah, how much more can they take before I pass out?"<p>Instead you might be able to walk into a Walgreens pharmacy for a reportedly painless fingerprick that will draw just a tiny drop of blood, thanks to Elizabeth Holmes, 30, the youngest woman and third-youngest …

A Beautiful Glimpse Into The 'Hidden World' Of Young Muslim Women In China

Artist Giulia Marchi describes her project, "Call Her Fatimah -- Musilin," as being at the intersection of gender, religion and ethnicity. And she's right, her niche photography series centers on the female muslim population in China, a group of individuals that challenges most onlookers' …

Is Public Speaking The Secret To Becoming A Billionaire?

A frustrated investor asks a difficult question in a stadium packed with 17,000 people.<p>Warren Buffett slowly sips from a bottle of Coke, then clears his throat to deliver his answer. His words slice through the question with surgical precision. He rapidly crunches the numbers of a complex equation, …

Scots Clash in Glasgow After Independence Vote

Flares are set off as police stand guard while pro-union protesters clash with pro-independence protesters during a demonstration at George Square in Glasgow, Scotland on Friday.<p>Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum on Thursday, saving a union dating back over 300 years, but …