Chris Ng

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What ‘The Big Short’ Gets Right, and Wrong, About the Housing Bubble

“The Big Short,” the movie version of the Michael Lewis book about a bunch of misfits who foresaw the housing and mortgage bubble a decade ago and profited handsomely from its popping, is to be released widely Wednesday.<p>It is the strongest film explanation of the global financial crisis.<p>Spoiler …

Chrome targets emerging markets with Data Saver

<i>This story was originally sent to professionals just like you in this morning's MOBILE INSIDER Newsletter by BI Intelligence, a subscription research service from Business Insider. Get 14 days risk free »</i><p>Originally launched in January 2014, Data Saver mode can be accessed from the Chrome web …

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Robot revolution: rise of 'thinking' machines could exacerbate inequality

Global economy will be transformed over next 20 years at risk of growing inequality, say analysts<p>A “robot revolution” will transform the global economy over the next 20 years, cutting the costs of doing business but exacerbating social inequality, as machines take over everything from caring for …

Globalization

IBM Stock To Be Powered By Brain Like Chips?

• IBM developed TrueNorth, one of the first brain-like chips on the market.<br>• IBM wants TrueNorth to power next-generation smartphones and mobile …

An MIT Algorithm Can Provide Better Human Intuition Than Humans

Computers have a reputation for being able to churn through numbers with limited intuition. Now, though, an algorithm developed by researchers at MIT …

A Closer Look At European Investing

We’re bullish on Europe, and that strikes some folks in the U.S. as a bit strange. It’s not that Europe is all we know — we’re an investor in early venture stage funds (an “LP”) in the US, Europe and Israel. Our portfolio skews towards the U.S.; and within the U.S., to the Bay Area. But over the …

Venture Capital

The European Startup Market

At USV, we’ve been investing in European startups since 2008. Currently 22% of our active portfolio is in Europe. Since 2010, we’ve invested in 47 …

Microsoft has a crazy plan to make your batteries last a lot longer

Right now, the way a laptop battery works is pretty straightforward:<p>You have a big lithium-ion hunk of a battery that dispenses power to your computer as the hardware says that it needs it.<p>Basically, that means that if you're doing something like playing a game or watching a movie, your processor …

Internet of Things could get big with battery free Devices powered by Wi-Fi signals

The ability to power remote sensors and devices using Wi-Fi signals could be the enabling technology behind the Internet of things, say electrical …

Why Google Is Going All In On Diabetes

Millions of people with diabetes prick a finger more than five times a day to monitor their blood glucose levels. It's a painful and expensive process.<p>But now, Google's Life Sciences division is putting its immense resources behind new initiatives aimed at helping them better live with the …

Diabetes

We’re At The Beginning Of A Venture Capital Revolution

Backers of startups worldwide are looking for the next “disruptive trend” that can overturn industries. Ironically, the venture capital industry has begun to resemble markets that investors themselves are looking to disrupt.<p>Speculation about the “next dot-com bubble” abounds weekly; …

Oil prices are at a 6-year low — and they're not going anywhere

On Thursday, the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil plunged nearly 3% to collapse below $42 a barrel for the first time in over six years.<p>And as markets face the reality that there is simply too much oil and not enough demand to sop it up, prices aren't going anywhere.<p>In a note to clients …

Tech companies are the new industrial conglomerates

In 1892, the General Electric Company united a wide range of businesses—making lightbulbs, phonographs, sockets, dynamos—under a simple thesis: that electricity was a pretty big deal. GE, of course, was right. It became the dominant holding company of the industrial age, a conglomerate of …

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Solitaire and Minesweeper were created to trick you into learning things about computers

It turns out that both games were reportedly designed to teach people the skills they would need to use these newfangled personal computers.<p>Take Solitaire for instance, which was rolled out in 1990. Sure, it was convenient that it was a game that could be played with one person, but the real …

Last year’s most anticipated tech IPO Box has lost almost all its gains since going public

Box is trading at record-low levels on Tuesday, dropping another 5%, to around $14.60 a share.<p>Box shares have declined nearly 22% over the past couple of weeks, and has wiped out most of its gains since its January IPO when it priced its shares at $14 a piece.<p>Box was one of the most anticipated — …

A 15-year-old Google Science Fair finalist came up with a genius way to transport vaccines

By the time they arrived at the designated location, the treatment had become ineffective because of a lack of refrigeration.<p>Ganesan survived, but hearing the story from his family for years had a lasting effect on him.<p>"For many, that trek to be vaccinated is a matter of life and death," he says.<p>In …

Apple wants to change the way we read news, and it could upend the entire media industry

It's a curated-news service that serves up stories and media from various news organizations and packages them into a beautiful magazine-style interface.<p>The idea isn't revolutionary. Plenty of other apps, such as Flipboard, offer the same services and have been doing so for much longer.<p>But for …

A machine is about to do to cancer treatment what ‘Deep Blue’ did to Garry Kasparov in chess

"I will beat the machine, whatever happens," he recalled thinking, in a later film about the famous match up. "It's just a machine. Machines are stupid."<p>But much to Kasparov's horror, Deep Blue won the first game. And while Kasparov rallied to win the match, that would be the last year he emerged …

There is a new megatrend in the oil and gas industry

From serious applications like warfare to more quirky ones like pizza delivery, the world is still clearly just starting to figure out how drones can profitably be used. That background makes the recent chatter about the opportunity for drone use in commercial oil and gas applications a very …

The crown jewel in Disney's cable empire is facing an unprecedented crisis

<b>Walt Disney Co.</b> is arguably the world's most powerful and best-known media and entertainment company. Not only does it own the famous theme parks and movie studios, but it also counts several subsidiaries under its auspices including ABC, ESPN, Pixar, Marvel, and Touchstone Pictures.<p>That …

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Plastic roads may put asphalt to shame

The days of putting up with crumbling asphalt streets might just come to an end. Construction company VolkerWessels has revealed plans for recycled plastic roads that are both more sustainable <i>and</i> more practical than old-fashioned blacktop. Besides reusing material, they'd last about three times …

Mark Zuckerberg's vision of the future is full of artificial intelligence, telepathy, and virtual reality

They may seem far-fetched now but some of the Facebook CEO's deas are shared by futurists and scientists alike.<p>Scientists at Facebook and elsewhere are working toward a future where artificial intelligence (AI), telepathy, and virtual reality are commonplace. In fact, some of that technology is …

Enterprise Software’s Trillion-Dollar Opportunity

Outside of the tech industry, an unmistakable trend is sweeping the business world.<p>Companies in industries as far ranging as transportation, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing are facing the pressures of digital disruption. As we move irreversibly into an economy defined by new competitive …

Innovation

The four global forces breaking all the trends

The world economy’s operating system is being rewritten. In this exclusive excerpt from the new book <i>No Ordinary Disruption</i>, its authors explain the …

Innovation

These Photos Tackle An Uncomfortable Question: What If There Are Just Too Many People On Earth?

Population control is taboo. But it wasn’t always that way–and a new book, showing images ranging from a mall on Black Friday to a shepherd in Mongolia, could open up the conversation.<p>In the world of solutions to environmental problems, one topic rarely gets any discussion: Birth control. By 2050, …

How science aims to feed seven billion people

With seven billion people on the planet, traditional farming struggles to put enough food on everyone’s table. But a host of hi-tech tools aim to save the day.<p>As birth announcements go, it was a pretty big one. Sometime around the end of October last year, the world’s population officially reached …

Chinese Physicists Show Quantum Computers' Machine Learning Potential to Handle Big Data

Lu Chaoyang, one of the Chinese physicists studying the potential of quantum computers in machine learning (Photo : www.quantum.ustc.edu.cn)<p>A team of …

Grind vs. Hustle: A Simple Guide To Telling The Difference

With the evident dominance of digital media and abundant access to resources, America’s economy is more do-it-yourself than ever. From emerging entrepreneurs to budding young executives, today’s generation takes pride in redefining success and paving their own path.<p>Though each individual has their …

Entrepreneurship