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10 Ultra-Weird Science Fiction Novels that Became Required Reading

You want a really weird ride? A science fiction or fantasy epic that stretches your brain like taffy and ties it into strange irregular shapes? …

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China prepares to rank its citizens on 'social credit'

Internet users in America voiced outrage this fall over the imminent launch of a Yelp-style app intended to let anyone post public reviews of their friends, acquaintances and yes, enemies — with no opt-out option.<p>The outbursts prompted the creators of the app, Peeple, to reconsider. But in China, …

10 Science Fiction Authors Whose Books Just Kept Getting Stranger

A lot of authors tend to become more conventional over time. They get more mainstream cred, mellow out, and sand the rough edges off their work. But …

The Internet Of Someone Else’s Things

The Internet Of Things is coming. Rejoice! …Mostly. It will open our collective eyes to petabytes of real-time data, which we will turn into new insights and efficiencies. It will doubtless save lives. Oh, yes: and it will subtly redefine ownership as we know it. You will no longer own many of the …

Reactive Cloud Actors: An Evolvable Web of Events

Carl Hewitt defined the Actor Model in 1973 as<p>a mathematical theory that treats “Actors” as the universal primitives of concurrent digital …

Dropbox-Rival Box Is Raising $100M In New Funding At A $2B Valuation

Enterprise cloud file storage firm Box is raising an additional $100 million in capital at a valuation of around $2 billion. A filing with the State of Delaware was first noticed by VC Experts. We’ve heard from sources that Box is indeed raising a new round, at a $2 billion-plus valuation. The …

A guide to the French national cloud(s)

Following Edward Snowden’s revelations of U.S. cloud snooping, there has been much talk about a “European cloud.” As EU digital chief Neelie Kroes …

Software-defined storage startup Scality raises $22M from Menlo Ventures

Tacking “software-defined” in front of your product description is like wearing a tight red dress — a sure way to get attention. That doesn’t mean there is no substance underneath, however, and today yet another “software-defined something” startup demonstrated the appeal of this …

Programming is FUNdamental: A closer look at Code.org's star-studded computer science campaign

"All these people who've made it big have their own variation of the same story, where they felt lucky to be exposed to computer programming at the right age, and it bloomed into something that changed their life," explains the organization's co-founder, Ali Partovi, seated in the conference room …

Disrupt Europe Startup Battlefield Deadline Is Approaching — $50,000 Is At Stake

Calling all startups from Europe, the Middle East and Africa. We want you. For the very first time, the full TechCrunch Disrupt conference (complete with the main TechCrunch Editors and Writers) is coming to Europe and we’re looking for the very best startups to launch on our Disrupt stage as part …

How Google Sets Goals

Goal setting within a startup or company is essential to success. But there are a number of different approaches to attaining these goals both within teams and individually. And what better framework to follow than Google’s strategy around establishing goals.<p>This gem is part of the Google Ventures …

European Startups: Practical Tips for Raising Capital in the US

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Brendan Gill is the co-founder and CEO of OpenSignal, a startup that crowdsources data on mobile networks from consumer smartphones. Prior to that he founded a California-based e-commerce company after retiring from a brief lifeguarding career. You can find him on Twitter as</i> …

Amazon’s AWS Turns On Redshift Data Warehousing And EC2 High Storage In Europe

Amazon’s business model, CTO Werner Vogels reminded us today, is based on “low margins, high volume”, and today the company announced a development on how it’s applying that principle to its enterprise services. From today, AWS is expanding to Europe its Redshift data warehousing service and its …

Europe’s other problem: where are all the tech startups?

European leaders want you to 'test your own wings,' but there are systemic headwinds getting in the way<p>Europe, the grand old lady of the civilized world, is starting to look a little tired lately. Its single currency model is under threat, economic growth is but a fond memory, and worse, nobody …