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Wall Street supremo’s pile into a new AI hedge fund dubbed the future of finance

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>Until now the financial services industry has never been able to benefit from a network effect, but that’s about to change …

The mathematics of coffee extraction: Searching for the ideal brew

Composed of over 1,800 chemical components, coffee is one of the most widely-consumed drinks in the world. The seeds (coffee beans) from the plant of …

Coffee

The Mirai botnet’s internet takedown opens up a new market for attackers and defenders

When Amazon, Twitter, PayPal, Spotify and other major websites were rendered inaccessible on Friday, thousands of Americans learned firsthand what a DDoS attack feels like.<p>DDoS — distributed denial of service — is an unsophisticated form of attack that overwhelms sites with spam traffic so …

Human Rights

Why Silicon Valley Is Wrong to Make Peter Thiel Pay for Supporting Donald Trump

How the tech mogul became a Silicon Valley pariah, and why he shouldn't be punished for thinking differently.<p>Peter Thiel, the PayPal founder, Gawker killer and high-profile Trump supporter has a new title - Silicon Valley pariah.<p>America's technology dreamland, where geeks are supposedly encouraged …

Silicon Valley

Why Southern Company and Bloom Energy Are Combining Fuel Cells and Batteries

One of the biggest utilities in the U.S. and a Silicon Valley tech company are combing the latest in energy technology to sell a system that can both …

Energy

The rise and fall of Ken Bone: This is what happens when real humans become Internet memes

The Internet’s embrace of the red-sweatered undecided voter on last Sunday’s debate was destined to crash and burn<p>If the Internet was desperate for a new meme, Ken Bone delivered. The IZOD junkie and former Christian rock drummer was the breakout star of Sunday night’s bloody presidential debate, …

Stranger Things

Hyperloop One and Dubai Future Accelerators will build the first ‘hyperloop for cargo’

Back in August there were clear signs that Hyperloop One (HO) might be building its super fast transportation system at the Jebel Ali port in Dubai. The Royalty-led government of the United Arab Emirates and the CEO of DP World, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, appeared to be entertaining the idea of a …

High-speed Rail

'The Great Reset': Venture capitalists and startups have shifted from greed to fear

Investors have already labeled this period "The Great Reset." Why?<p>There wasn't a single IPO in January for the first time since September 2011.<br>• As the public market has slashed the value of tech companies like LinkedIn and Tableau almost in half, their private counterparts look oversize.<br>• The industry …

Venture Capital

World Bank: Silicon Valley tech firms are making inequality worse

But to the World Bank, the powerful Washington-based organisation that lends money to developing countries, Silicon Valley's technology firms appear to be exacerbating economic inequality rather than improving it.<p>It's not a new argument in California's San Francisco Bay, where protesters have …

Silicon Valley

Why Airbnb doesn't spell doom for the hotel business ... yet

But according to analysts at Deutsche Bank, the company isn't a threat to hotel chains — yet.<p>"Ultimately, Airbnb looks to be 'increasing the pie,' rather than necessarily reducing the share for others," said Iona Dent and Geof Collyer in a deep-dive research note Monday. "Currently when cities sell …

Hospitality

The clothing brands that cool teen girls love have one thing in common

Goldman Sachs and Teen Vogue picked out young women ages 13-29 that they defined as fashion forward (or "It Girls"), and polled these select girls to find out which brands they love the most.<p>What these fashion-forward young people select to be "cool" is also indicative of trends in the retail …

Athletic Apparel

Entrepreneur's 10 Most Popular Stories of 2015

What was on our minds in 2015? We wanted to make connections, figure out the secrets of those who hit it big, travel in comfort and style, set goals, build companies with thriving cultures and improve our minds.<p>Read on for the 10 stories that resonated the most with our audience this year.<p><b>10.</b><b>11</b> …

Southwest Airlines

Microsoft's newest app turns anyone into a programmer

As software continues to eat the world, there's more demand than ever for mobile apps in every facet of our lives.<p>But while the consumer app market just keeps growing and growing, the number of business apps just isn't keeping pace. Meanwhile, users are stuck using their old legacy software, tied …

Apps

Google's genius futurist takes 100 pills a day to help him live forever — here's what some of them do

Google's resident futurist and famed inventor Ray Kurzweil takes 100 pills a day to help him reach "singularity," the point at which he believes exponential developments in technology will allow him to live forever. He stopped by our office and talked to us about food science and supplemental …

Singularity

21 technology tipping points we will reach by 2030

Many emerging technologies that you hear about today will reach a tipping point by 2025, according to a recent report from The World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software & Society.<p>The council surveyed more than 800 executives and experts from the technology sector to …

Internet of Things

Bitcoin is going nuts

Bitcoin was trading around $240 in the beginning of October. Now — after a gain of 10% on Tuesday added to its earlier run — it's closer to $400.<p>Now, bitcoin traders are looking for answers as to why the cryptocurrency is skyrocketing in value.<p>"You're seeing more and more institutional investors …

Cryptocurrency

18 Facts You Didn't Know About the $2 Bill

$2 bills are seen in circulation so rarely that some people still think they’re counterfeit.<p>Not too long ago I had to mosey on down to my local …

Personal Finance

Anheuser-Busch just sweetened its bid for SABMiller

Anheuser-Busch InBev has raised its bid for rival SABMiller, putting additional pressure on the U.K.-based takeover target to consider a tie-up …

Anheuser-Busch

Stephen Hawking Envisions the Worker Robot Apocalypse

In his Reddit AMA, the scientist forecasts potential doom and admits he missed Wayne's World 2.<p><i>Theory of Everything</i>, the Academy Award-winning biopic about Stephen Hawking, took an elegant look at the life of the world-renowned genius. But it left a few things on the cutting room floor about …

Elon Musk: Tesla autopilot features coming Thursday in software upgrade

Tesla Motors, the electric automaker, plans to roll out its latest software upgrade—version 7, which includes autopilot features—worldwide to owners …

Tesla

This is why Tesla always overpromises and underdelivers

Analysts at Morgan Stanley, Baird, and Barclays all lowered their price targets. Tesla target share prices among the analysts community are all over the map, with some banks offering bullish expectations while others think the stock will slide from its current level of about $220.<p>From the outside, …

Tesla

Indian Prime Minister tours Tesla factory, talks batteries & solar with Elon Musk

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk paused for a photo shoot in front of one of Tesla’s batteries bolted to a wall at the …

Tesla

The Future Of Coding Is Here, And It Threatens To Wipe Out Everything In Its Path

APIs — the rules governing how software programs interact with each other — not user interfaces, will upend software for years to come.<p>When Intel CEO Brian Krzanich doubled down on the Internet of Things at the company’s annual Developer Forum in August, he emphasized what many of us have already …

Internet of Things

You Won't Find Most Entrepreneurs Napping On the Job - Small Business Trends

Getting enough sleep is essential to a productive work day. But busy entrepreneurs don’t always have time to get as much sleep as they’d like.<p>A new …

All car companies cheat on emissions tests—it’s just that most do it legally

It’s not just Volkswagen. For years, emissions from cars built by almost every major manufacturer have been higher out on the road than when tested in labs.<p>In fact, the average gap between real-world emissions and official test results has been growing. A new report by the International Council on …

Automotive Industry

The price of cement in China has collapsed ... and that is not good

If China's economy is growing at 7% or more per year, why has the price of cement there dropped by 25% in the last two years?<p>You can't build anything permanent without cement. It's a great indicator of how the underlying, real economy is actually doing: If people are buying a lot of cement then it …

With debt payment looming, American Apparel is running out of options

It's easy to find symbolism in American Apparel's newest design: a 5-foot-high barrier erected last month to shield the entrance of the troubled retailer's downtown Los Angeles headquarters.<p>The clothing maker put up the chain-link fence shortly after warning that its ongoing losses and poor outlook …

EPA accuses Volkswagen, Audi of evading emission laws

The German automaker adopted a "defeat device" to trick regulators, the EPA said.<p>The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday accused Volkswagen of installing software on 482,000 diesel cars in the U.S. to evade federal emission regulations, potentially exposing people to harmful pollutants.<p>The …

Automotive Industry

The biggest interview mistake every college grad makes

<i>The Fortune 500 Insider Network is our newest online community where top executives from the Fortune 500 share ideas and offer leadership advice with</i> …

Employment