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No CEO needed: These blockchain platforms will let ‘the crowd’ run startups

Back in May, I wrote about the concept of DAOs, decentralized autonomous organizations capable of running themselves thanks to blockchain technology — no CEO or C-Suite needed. At the time I was writing, there were a few people in the blockchain community testing out the idea but no strong efforts …

Seven JavaScript Quirks I Wish I'd Known About

If you are new to JavaScript or it has only been a minor part of your development effort until recently, you may be feeling frustrated. All languages …

Deep Algo offers simple code visualization for people who don’t know how to code

Deep Algo was one of the more fascinating companies on display in Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt this week. The French team aims to make coding languages more accessible for the masses with SaaS (software as a service) offering that promises to do for languages like C++, C Sharp and Javascript …

Startups

Taxi Companies Asked Georgia for a Bailout and Got Laughed Out of Court

Their case, such as it was, went like this. Back in 2015, the Georgia state legislature enacted changes to the state's laws governing taxi companies, …

Transportation

Bill Gates: Your Summer Reading List Should Include These 5 Books

Summer is a great time to escape: to the beach, to the mountains, or to the world of a great book. This year, I found myself drawn even more than …

Books

Alibaba joins Microsoft's Azure networking switch community

Microsoft uses its Linux-based SONIC cloud switching technology to power Azure. Alibaba is now joining the SONIC community and exploring its …

Santa Clara

One bitcoin is now worth more than one ounce of gold

For the first time ever, the price of one bitcoin has surpassed the price of one ounce of gold.<p>While today’s swap can be attributed to a good day for bitcoin (up ~3%) and a bad day for gold (down ~1.3%), the big picture is that bitcoin has more than doubled in the last year (up ~185% from a year …

Cryptocurrency

13 habits of self-made millionaires, from a man who spent 5 years studying rich people

All self-made millionaires had to start somewhere.<p>Much of their transformation from ordinary to seven-figure status can attributed to "rich habits," …

101 Things I Wish You Knew About SQL Server

Last week I was visiting the SolarWinds home office in Austin and hanging with my fellow Head Geeks. Our conversations often cover a wide range of …

SQL Servers

The Science Behind Baking the Most Delicious Cookie Ever

<i>This post originally appeared on Ozy.com.</i><p>You like soft and chewy. He likes thin and crispy. If only there were a chocolate chip cookie recipe that …

Dessert

How to Be Someone People Love to Talk To

When do we really learn good conversation skills? Well, we don’t. We’re just kind of expected to pick them up…<p>And we wonder why people aren’t better …

Self-help

Microsoft OneDrive roadmap: A slide is worth a thousand words

Here's what the Microsoft OneDrive and SharePoint teams have coming, feature-wise, over the next few quarters.<p>There's been lots of talk this week at …

Software

Sufferers of iPhone 6’s ‘Touch Disease’ may soon have a class action lawsuit

iPhones around the world are dying in a peculiar way, and Apple isn’t doing right by affected users, asserts a lawsuit filed over the weekend. The plaintiffs are three in number for now but hope to elevate the case to class action status.<p>It all concerns “Touch Disease,” a problem an unspecified but …

Mobile Technology

Watch Microsoft show off the Linux command line on Windows 10 (video) | On MSFT

During Build 2016 this past week, Microsoft’s (presumably) big jaw dropping announcement was the ability to run Bash shell on Windows 10. In a …

Software

5 Top Indicators for Startup Success, According to This TED Talk | Inc.com

Bill Gross is a smart guy. Twenty years ago he started Idealab. They have started over 100 companies. They have had some successes and many failures.<p>Bill Gross loves startups. He believes the best ones can unlock human potential. Bill wanted to pin point what factors or factor accounts the most for …

Startups

Disney's robot car uses propellers to climb walls

Disney has created this robot car that can climb and drive along walls.<p>The aptly named VertiGo is a small wall-climbing robotic car that uses a pair …

Robotics

Malaysia Airlines MH132 flies in wrong direction for almost an hour

The probe has begun over a Malaysian Airlines plane that appeared to fly in the wrong direction after taking off from New Zealand. Confusion over the …

Airplanes

This is the start of the post-antibiotic era

The discovery could herald a virtual return to the Dark Ages, with doctors unable to control common germs like E. Coli, rolling back centuries of medical progress.<p>"These are extremely worryingly results," said Liu Jian-Hua, a professor at China's Southern Agricultural University and co-author of a …

E.coli

Huawei’s New Batteries Charge To 48% In Five Minutes

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has a powerful new weapon in its competition for the global Android market: phone batteries that can recharge in less time than it takes to power down a latte. The company just unveiled quick-charging batteries at a Japanese trade show that charge to 50% capacity …

Clean Energy

Tesla Clones Begin Appearing in China After the Company's Success

Imitation is the highest form of flattery.<p>It was bound to happen sooner rather than later — much in the same way that Apple has inspired a legion of counterfeiters in China, so too has Tesla gained a handful of impersonators for its innovative, environmentally-friendly designs, open-source …

Tesla: fleeing journalists ran over Gigafactory staff

Tesla has alleged that members of its Gigafactory security staff were assaulted by a photographer and journalist from the <i>Reno-Gazette Journal</i>. The …

Tesla

AT&T will soon roll out NumberSync, a network-based 'handoff' feature

AT&T will soon launch NumberSync, a method for connecting all devices to a common phone number so you can take calls on a computer or tablet.<p>While Apple has been doing this for some time with its own hardware, NumberSync leans on AT&T’s network, meaning it’s potentially available to any AT&T …

Walmart Takes A Swipe At Amazon By Opening Up Its Cloud Management Software

Walmart appears to be flexing its muscles in the software industry after announcing today that it will open-source its OneOps code, making it easier for developers to hop from cloud to cloud, the <i>New York Times</i> reports.<p>The move, Walmart said at an annual meeting, is meant to increase competition …

eCommerce