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Cartfunnel Blog

We've just pushed out an update to allow you to import customers from a CSV file. For our merchants who are migrating to Cartfunnel from another …

On this day story: Marvin Minsky - The amazing videophone from the '60s

On this day 20 June 1877: 20 June 1877: Scientist and inventor Alexander Graham Bell installs the world's first commercial telephone service in …

Cognition

Barack Obama: Why we must rethink solitary confinement

<i>Barack Obama is president of the United States.</i><p>In 2010, a 16-year-old named Kalief Browder from the Bronx was accused of stealing a backpack. He was sent to Rikers Island to await trial, where he reportedly endured unspeakable violence at the hands of inmates and guards — and spent nearly two years …

Crime

Am I cheap?

This isn’t one of those rants about materialism.<p>Personally, I don’t really care.<p>In fact, I have what one of my friend calls “Zeroism”. That is, I …

Why building a business matters, even if you’re a freelancer

For many of us who started out doing the odd freelancing job, freelancing seems like a simple thing. You do one unit of work, you get one unit of pay.<p>…

Britain's water crisis

Overuse, pollution and climate change are threatening the survival of the river Ouse in East Sussex. But this is not just a local crisis, the water supply for the whole of Britain is in jeopardy<p>Jim Smith has been walking the banks of the Ouse for 52 years, since he was 19 years old. For many of …

Wastewater

MakerBot lays off 20 percent of its staff for the second time this year

A rough year continues for the fast-rising company<p>MakerBot is laying off 20 percent of its staff for the second time in the last six months, citing "market dynamics" and a failure to meet "ambitious goals." The company is also leaving one of the two buildings it occupies in Industry City, a …

3D Printing

Why It's Often Easier To Innovate In China Than In The United States

About a year and a half ago, I discovered this $12 “Gongkai” cell phone (pictured above) in the markets of Shenzhen, China. My most striking …

Is the Theory of Disruption Dead Wrong?

Perhaps no sexier product has emerged from American business schools than the theory of disruptive innovation, introduced in 1997 by Harvard Business …

Innovation

Scientists Discover The Oldest, Largest Body Of Water In Existence–In Space

Around a black hole 12 billion light years away, there’s an almost unimaginable vapor cloud of water–enough to supply an entire planet’s worth of water for every person on earth, 20,000 times over.<p>Scientists have found the biggest and oldest reservoir of water ever–so large and so old, it’s almost …

Water

We're Replacing Comments with Something Better

Instead of burying discussion in a comments section, we want to publish the best for all to see.<p>As a kid, whenever I'd get some BMX or car magazine in the mail, I'd always dive in first to the letters to the editor. The interplay between readers sharing their opinion on stories and editors …

Social Media

No Comments Allowed on Reddit's New News Site 'Upvoted'

Reddit's got problems. It can be a hotbed of hostility and harassment—even for loyal users. For the uninitiated, it's hard to understand, use, or …

Imogen Heap: saviour of the music industry?

In our age of Spotify, most artists fail to get a fair deal. But with help from coders, Imogen Heap is leading the fightback, using a technology that could revolutionise the way music is made and sold<p>When was the last time you bought a CD or a record? Chances are, you’re listening to more music …

Fair Trade

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2015

<b>The Nobel Prize in Physics 2015</b><br>Takaaki Kajita, Arthur B. McDonald<p>Share this:<p>The Nobel Prize in Physics 2015<p>Photo: A. Mahmoud<p>Takaaki Kajita<p><b>Prize …

Europe's highest court just rejected the 'safe harbor' agreement used by American tech companies

The ruling came after Edward Snowden's NSA leaks showed that European data stored by US companies was not safe from surveillance that would be illegal in Europe.<p>Companies such as Facebook and Twitter may now face scrutiny from individual European countries' data regulators — and could be forced to …

Privacy

The Zero B.S. Method To Recruiting A Killer Sales Force - by Lars Dalgaard

In most interview situations there’s often an odd, sometimes disturbing power imbalance. If one or both parties are focused only on ego, this power …

Salesforce

Health Status of Older US Workers and Nonworkers

After pooling data from the National Health Interview Survey data from 1997 through 2011, researchers found that employed older adults had better …

Interviews

How a $2.7 billion air-defense system became a 'zombie' program

Unknown to most Americans, the Pentagon has spent $2.7 billion developing a system of giant radar-equipped blimps to provide an early warning if the country were ever attacked with cruise missiles, drones or other low-flying weapons.<p>After nearly two decades of disappointment and delay, the system — …

From Radio to Porn, British Spies Track Web Users’ Online Identities

THERE WAS A SIMPLE AIM at the heart of the top-secret program: Record the website browsing habits of “every visible user on the internet.”<p>Before …

Backblaze B2: The World’s Lowest Cost Cloud Storage

Ever since we open-sourced the original Backblaze Storage Pod and shared our storage costs, people have been saying, “I love your backup service, but …

Cloud Computing

Groupon Is Laying Off 1,100 At A Cost Of $35M, Shutters Operations In 7 Countries

Some significant downsizing is underway at Groupon, the daily deals and local-commerce site. The company is today announcing that it will be cutting 1,100 jobs — mostly in its sales (aka “deal factory”) and customer service operations — taking a pre-tax charge of $35 million in the process. As part …

Customer Service

One In Three Farms Is Using FarmLogs To Power Their Yields With Big Data

The American farm may not be the first spot you’d expect to be disrupted by big data, but today’s farmers are already heavily utilizing new technologies to monitor their crops.<p>Jesse Vollmar, founder and CEO of FarmLogs, told TechCrunch’s Jon Shieber that his product, which helps farmers track and …

Farming