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U.S. cracks down on shady '0%' loan companies

Federal regulators are cracking down on smarmy companies that promise to lend people cash with zero interest, without disclosing important details that often cost vulnerable borrowers big bucks.<p>These loans are made by using the title of the borrower's car as collateral.<p>Similar to pay day loans, car …

Shake Shack valued at $2bn as stock doubles on day one of offering

Shake Shack, the hipster-ish burger chain that began as a hot dog stand in Madison Square Park a decade ago, was valued at nearly $2bn when it floated on the New York stock exchange on Friday.<p>Shares in the company soared by more than 150% to $52.50 before easing back to $48 – still more than double …

Greece insists it will pay back creditors as it hires debt advisers Lazard

Prime Minister Tsipras says a debt deal is imminent and there is "no way" Greece will not fulfil obligations to the Troika<p>Greece's new prime minister has insisted his country will <b>fulfil all of its loan obligations</b> as it appointed investment bank Lazard ahead of crunch talks with the Troika.<p>In a …

Energy may see further weakness as key names report

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stock prices in the U.S. energy sector have been under pressure in 2015, and there could be more bad news to come when several key players report their fourth-quarter results next week.<p>A street sign for Wall Street hangs in front of the New York Stock Exchange May 8, 2013. …

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Building data science teams: The power of the technology stack

A factor that is frequently overlooked when setting up a data team is the selection of the technology stack. Often, this decision is delegated to the first hire in data science. Due to a lack of information about the right technologies, those in charge avoid making a decision. There is a case to be …

Newsweek designer defends his controversial tech sexism cover

The relaunched version of Newsweek is no stranger to controversy. Almost a year ago, it brought the ire of the internet upon it with its launch story …

Amazon Makes It Easier to Use iTunes, Spotify With Its Echo Speaker

Sometimes Amazon works well with rival services. Still has a way to go in this case.<p>Amazon has made it easier to play music that doesn’t come from Amazon on Echo, its not-yet-officially-released connected speaker. But not <i>that</i> much easier.<p>While a Saturday update brought voice control support for …

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The Pirate Bay comes back weeks after a police raid

We're starting to wonder if it's nigh-on impossible to keep The Pirate Bay down. Just weeks after Swedish police raided the bootleg file site and knocked it offline, it's back -- <i>TorrentFreak</i> reports that almost everything is up and running once again, complete with a phoenix graphic (above) to …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read

In December of 2011, <b>Neil deGrasse Tyson</b> — champion of science, celebrator of the cosmic perspective, master of the soundbite — participated in Reddit’s Ask Me Anything series of public questions and answers. One reader posed the following question: <i>“Which books should be read by every single</i> …