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Cartel Enforcement Update 2018

Alexandre Cordeiro Macedo and Richard Powers talk about the state of criminal antitrust enforcement and related actions in the United States and …

United States

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COMPUTING was probably always destined to be electronic. Yet even as late as the 1930s, this was not entirely clear. Early in that decade Vannevar …

Quantum Computing

The irresistible rise of internet dating

FOR most of human history, the choice of life partner was limited by class, location and parental diktat. In the 19th and 20th centuries those …

Relationships

US Border Officials to Test Blockchain for Certificate Tracking

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) plans to trial blockchain technology to verify North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Central …

Free Trade

World class AI experts share what their favorite algorithm is

Credit: Mr. Nobody<p>From keeping our inboxes free from SPAM to mining your favorite cryptocurrencies, algorithms are all around us. While we feel like we’re drowning in an ocean of big data, clever algorithms are actually helping us to make sense of it all. And although these algorithms are ruling …

Artificial Intelligence

Up to Two-Thirds of Bitcoin Transactions Have No Economic Value

On any given day, as much as two-thirds of the transaction activity registered on the Bitcoin network has nothing to do with buying goods and …

Bitcoin

Take fright on Brexit: even the civil service head is telling us to panic | Polly Toynbee

McVey rolls out more universal credit chaos. Grayling brings rail mayhem. And Javid approves capital punishment<p>Has any government earned a worse end-of-term report? As they depart today, Theresa May’s shambolic crew leaves Westminster sinking in the debris of their serial disasters. Department …

Civil Service

'It is the ugliest, beastliest town in the universe' – what 18th century tourists thought of Europe's great cities

The first British tourists were young, mostly male, 17th, 18th and 19th century elites who embarked on long trips around the continent once they had come of age (around 21 years).<p>Ostensibly it was all about immersing oneself in foreign culture, visiting ancient ruins and admiring Rennaissance art. …

Literature

US Chamber of Commerce Calls for Clarity on ICOs

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is interested in initial coin offerings as a way for companies to tap capital – but only if they're regulated, that …

Chamber of Commerce

What Is Stoicism? A Short Introduction to the Ancient Philosophy That Can Help You Cope with Our Modern Times

The word “stoic” (from the Greek <i>stoa</i>) has come to mean a few things in popular parlance, most of them related directly to the ancient Greek, then …

Ancient Philosophy

The Surprising Promise of the Trump-Putin Summit

Historic U.S.-Russian meetings tend to occur outside of Washington and Moscow. Franklin Delano Roosevelt first encountered Joseph Stalin in Tehran. …

The $24 billion chatbot industry sucks because it needs better AI

In 2014, WIRED would profile a “boring” company called Slack beginning a media and venture-based obsession with bringing chat to every corner of our work lives. Somewhere along the way, the growth of chat-based enterprise communication was conflated with a preference for doing <i>everything</i> in a chat …

Cryptocurrency Concept Is a 'Fallacy' Says Finnish Central Bank Advisor

"The analysis shows that the concept of a digital currency is a fallacy."<p>Using digital currencies synonymously with the term cryptocurrencies, a …

Rudderless and riven by Brexit, the Tories have only one ambition left | Gary Younge

On the night of the Brexit referendum Michael Gove went to bed, full of red wine and smoked beef, before the results were in. He had campaigned to leave the European Union, but his main concern that night was that remain might win by anything up to 15 points. He slept soundly.<p>He was woken the next …

Desperate Coinbase customers turn to SEC with allegations of fraud

Life savings lost. Desperate cries for help. Allegations of fraud.<p>In the six years since its founding, the San Francisco-based exchange Coinbase has …

EU votes yes on meme ban, censorship machines and link tax — what now?

The European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs just voted ‘yes’ on highly controversial parts of the EU’s new Copyright Reform. The controversial articles — 11 and 13 — effectively establish link tax, censorship machines, and ban memes.<p>There was heavy resistance to the contested articles from …

this podcast is improving russian-american relations better than trump

'She's in Russia' is run by two best friends — one in Brooklyn, the other in St. Petersburg.<p>For the last few years, it seems like everyone has been talking about Russia. There was Pussy Riot, then the presidential elections; and let’s not forget Putin or fashion world royalty, Gosha Rubchinskiy. …

What Is Hogweed, the Invading Plant That Burns and Blinds?

The striking plant was brought to North America to decorate gardens and arboretums, but now officials are working to wipe it out.<p>If you see it growing in your garden, don't touch it.<p>The 15-foot-tall invasive plant locally known as hogweed (<i>Heracleum mantagazzianum)</i> was recently spotted for the …

Hogweed

Nonfiction Book Review: Before and After Alexander: The Legend and Legacy of Alexander the Great by Richard A. Billows. Overlook, $32.50 (272) ISBN 978-1-59020-740-6

Before and After Alexander: The Legend and Legacy of Alexander the Great<p>Richard A. Billows. Overlook, $32.50 (272) ISBN 978-1-59020-740-6<p>Columbia …

Lord of the Rings: everything we know about Amazon's billion-dollar Tolkien gamble

Just four years after the last Hobbit film was released, Amazon Studios is planning to bring Tolkien to the small screen in Jeff Bezos' answer to Game of Thrones. We've searched to the ends of Middle-earth to bring you everything we know about the forthcoming Lord of the Rings television series.<p>It …

Tech giants will face state regulation unless they start cooperating with police, Chief Inspector of Constabulary warns

Banner: Duty of Care<p>Technology giants and social media companies should expect to be state regulated unless they act more responsibly online, the Chief Inspector of Constabulary has suggested.<p>Sir Tom Winsor, who oversees the performance of the 43 police forces in England and Wales, said some …

Facebook shared user data with select companies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook shared personal information culled from its users' profiles with other companies after the date when executives have said the social network prevented third-party developers from gaining access to the data, the company confirmed Friday.<p>The records included information …

Facebook's latest blunder made private posts public for 14M users

Facebook is again at the center of a privacy controversy after revealing today that it had been inadvertently sharing private posts publicly for some 14 million users.<p>When attempting to test a feature on users’ profiles, developers introduced a bug that exposed the posts of some individuals who …

Sorry, Europe: Why Dozens of U.S. Sites Just Went Dark Abroad

Hundreds of millions of Europeans are being blocked from U.S. sites.<p>On Tuesday, just days before the European Union’s ultra-strict digital privacy law, known as the General Data Protection Regulation (G.D.P.R.), was set to go into effect, a perpetually uncomfortable-looking <b>Mark Zuckerberg</b> appeared …

PayPal Alum: How Blockchain Will Change Investing and Why Real Estate Will Be First

There’s a lot of hype about turning property into digital tokens and trading it on a blockchain—but so far no one is actually doing it. That’s going …

Google employees quit over the company’s military AI project

About a dozen Google employees reportedly left the company over its insistence on developing AI for the US military through a program called Project Maven. Meanwhile 4,000 others signed a petition demanding the company stop.<p>It looks like there’s some internal confusion over whether the company’s …

Nabokov’s Synesthetic Alphabet: From the Weathered Wood of A to the Thundercloud of Z

“The long A of the English alphabet… has for me the tint of weathered wood, but a French A evokes polished ebony.”<p>Metaphorical thinking is the wellspring of the human imagination — that virtuosic cognitive pivot of describing what a thing is through something it is not. <i>“Everything which</i> …

Literature

Brexit: UK upper house votes to stay in EU single market

The British government suffered the latest in a string of legislative defeats on Brexit when the House of Lords voted in favor of four amendments to …

What Bitcoin Is Really Worth May No Longer Be Such a Mystery

It took two economists one three-course meal and two bottles of wine to calculate the fair value of one Bitcoin: $200.<p>It took an extra day for them …

Thousands of Android apps are tracking children, study finds

That kid's app might be doing more than keeping your children busy, according to a new international study.<p>Researchers from the International Computer Science Institute say the majority of popular, free children's Android apps are tracking data on kids in violation of the Children's Online Privacy …