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How the 'fintech' approach to data science and machine learning is changing finance - IBTimes India

A fintech approach – collaboration, open-sourcing code – is helping to gradually change the culture of finance, even in some hitherto heavily guarded …

IBM's Biggest-Ever Blockchain Trade Finance Trial Could Go Global

Two government agencies funded IBM's latest blockchain implementation, the largest ever in terms of parties involved and arguably one of the more …

Accenture looks to drive FSI blockchain adoption

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Fintech Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Despite all the coverage around blockchain technology and the benefits it can bring to FSIs, these companies have been hesitant to adopt it, due partly to unresolved concerns …

Blockchain

Japan's 3 Megabanks Have All Invested in Japan's Biggest Bitcoin Exchange

Advertisement<p>Less than a year after raising ¥3 billion ($27 million) in a record funding round by a bitcoin and Fintech company in Japan, Tokyo-based …

Accenture Just Made It Far Easier For Businesses to Say 'Yes' to Blockchain

Accenture has developed software to help secure blockchains for businesses.<p>The consulting firm on Wednesday debuted a system that integrates the …

NatWest launches digital lending platform to compete with fintech startups

NatWest has launched a lending platform that promises loan approval times as fast as those offered by peer-to-peer lenders

Peer-to-peer

IBM & Visa Team Up To Turn Everything Into A Mobile Payment System

Consumers make millions of purchases each year through their phones with systems like Apple Pay, PayPal, Samsung Pay, and other programs. But soon, …

11 Exciting New Materials Designers Should Watch

Flexible batteries, Velcro metal, colorful conductive inks, and more.<p>Andrew Dent, vice president of library and materials research at Material ConneXion, is like a sommelier. Presiding over the world’s largest library of materials, his job is to listen to the requirements of his clients–a list …

The Beginner's Guide to Getting Better Sleep

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>On February 13, 1972, Michel Siffre climbed into a cave in southwest Texas. It would be six months before he saw daylight again.<p>Siffre was a French scientist and a pioneer in chronobiology, which is the study of biological rhythms. The …

Immune System

How to Tell a Great Story

We tell stories to our coworkers and peers all the time — to persuade someone to support our project, to explain to an employee how he might improve, or to inspire a team that is facing challenges. It’s an essential skill, but what makes a compelling story in a business context? And how can you …

The best science and technology podcasts

The best science and technology podcasts, from astronomy for beginners to consumer advice, selected and updated by Pete Naughton<p><b>SCIENCE</b><p><b>Hubblecast</b><br>Galactic mergers, the Monkey Head Nebula and an operational time machine are just a few of the stranger-than-science-fiction topics touched upon in this …

Pictures of the Week 8.7.14

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Scrublands - Photographs and text by Antoine Bruy | LensCulture

<b>Grant Winner</b> <i>This project was awarded a special cash grant by juror Sujong Song. Each of the five jury members selected one photographer from the Top 50 Emerging Talents to be awarded special distinction with a cash grant.</i><p><b>From Juror Sujong Song:</b><p>“<i>Scrublands</i> by Antoine Bruy is about people who have …

WHO warns ebola deaths on the increase | DW | 11.07.2014

The World Health Organization said on Friday that the deadly ebola virus is still spreading cross-border between Sierra Leone, Liberia, and to a …

Disease

Meet the 25-Year-Old Powerhouse Behind the Malala Fund

Life changed for Shiza Shahid on the day her close friend Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan while traveling home from school.<p>Shahid had grown up with progressive parents in Islamabad, enjoying the same liberties as her brother, and attended college at Stanford University. In 2012 …

'Most Palestinians are really scared' | DW | 12.07.2014

<i>Deutsche Welle: The Israeli army has been flying air strikes over the Gaza Strip for several days. How is that affecting everyday life?</i><p>Riad Othman: …

Kurds seize Iraqi oilfields

Kurdish forces have taken full control of two oilfields in Bai Hassan and Kirkuk in the north of Iraq.<p>An Iraqi oil ministry spokesman described the takeover as “dangerous and irresponsible” and wants an immediate withdrawal to avoid “dire consequences.”<p>The two oilfields have a combined production …

MPs should attend course on seven principles of public life, says report

MPs should be required to undergo an induction course to teach them about the seven principles of public life that are meant to promote openness and honesty, a new report will say on Monday.<p>The committee on standards in public life, chaired by the Belfast historian Lord Bew, says many MPs appear to …

Local investors miss out on sizzling Chinese tech stocks

One of the great ironies in China today is that the spoils of the country’s tech highflyers—Tencent Holdings Ltd (TCEHY), Weibo Corp (WB), Sina Corp. …

Big week ahead: Lots of earnings, fresh data

It was a tough week on Wall Street, as stocks lost ground amid a laundry list of fresh worries, ranging from a banking scare in Portugal to high-profile investors, such as Carl Icahn, warning stock investors that it's time to be cautious.<p>Add it all up and the Dow Jones industrial average took a …

The truth about Dow 17,000

I didn’t think 17,000 on the Dow Jones Industrial Average was a “thing,” until I kept hearing about it from people over the holiday weekend, followed …

Stock Markets

What's Next for Big Tech?

The sharp drop on July 8 in the so-called “momentum stocks” got the market’s attention, especially after the carnage last spring. For most investors, the large-cap technology stocks are a better fit, especially with their attractive yields.<p>However, some of the recently converted market bears are …

Time To Look For Mid-Year 'Dogs Of The Dow'

At year-end there is fanfare about the “Dogs of the Dow,” the highest dividend yielding stocks among the 30 Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA). The rationale is that the higher yields indicate better-than-average value and, therefore, a higher-than-average potential return.<p><i>[Disclosure: Holdings</i> …

Cash For Best World Cup Fake Injuries?

Taking a dive sounds like illegal boxing. But in soccer, a flop—a fake injury—is big, so big that every game includes them. In fact, faking is rampant. Sure, playing ability is more important, but becoming Meryl Streep on the field is worth something too. Check out these Epic Fail Soccer Cheaters …

The FTC's Lawsuit Against Amazon Should Be A Wake-Up Call To Parents And Game Developers

The FTC has filed a lawsuit against Amazon claiming that the company unlawfully billed parents millions of dollars since 2011 in in-app purchases made by children.<p>The complaint states that there was not adequate password protection stopping children from making purchases, and that “ kids’ games …

Mind Candy’s CEO takes to YouTube to reveal he’s standing down, and it works brilliantly

Game developer Mind Candy is best known for its uber-popular Moshi Monsters series for kids, even though it has been pushing into additional territories of late. And one could perhaps be forgiven for assuming the London-based company was in rude health, but founder Michael Acton Smith has revealed …

Surface Pro 3 Review: In Defense of the 2-in-1 PC

As soon as Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 3, I kicked myself for being impatient.<p>Last fall, I bought a Surface Pro 2. The screen was smaller …

iWatch Will Prove Apple As A Luxury Brand And A Brand Powerhouse

Two recent developments suggest that Apple will use and extend its brand power as the primary engine of adoption for its forthcoming iWatch. The first is the launch of the first smartwatches with the new Android Wear OS highlighted at Google I/O. Although many early reviewers have complained of the …

Google, Dropbox, and others team up to cut patent trolls off at the source

Despite its high profile in the tech world, patent trolling — in which companies sue for damages over patents they don't intend to use — has been difficult to address. Reform efforts in Congress stalled earlier this year, when Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) failed to broker an agreement that would have …