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The entire global financial system depends on GPS, and it’s shockingly vulnerable to attack

There is an enormous, invisible clock that keeps ultra-precise time, can be checked from anywhere on earth, and is free for everyone to use. This technological gift to mankind was built by the US government. It is called the Global Positioning System (GPS), it lives in space, and you use it every …

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

New venture capitalists find strength in numbers

The large number of new venture capital funds may hint at broader structural changes in the startup ecosystem, but for the young and eager partners at the helm of many of these funds, all the rush of money means is more competition.<p>Ian Rountree, the twenty something captain at the helm of Cantos …

Venture Capital

Mastercard opens access to its blockchain tech

The payments giant has opened its blockchain APIs to developers to progress work in cross-border transactions.<p>Mastercard has opened its blockchain …

Bitcoin

U.S. warns about hackers attacking nuclear, energy, aviation, water, and manufacturing industries

(<i>Reuters</i>) — The U.S government issued a rare public warning that sophisticated hackers are targeting energy and industrial firms, the latest sign that cyber attacks present an increasing threat to the power industry and other public infrastructure.<p>The Department of Homeland Security and Federal …

Cybersecurity

How Facebook’s Master Algorithm Powers the Social Network

The algorithm behind Facebook’s News Feed, a “modular layered cake,” extracts meaning from every post and photo<p>By<p>Christopher Mims<p>Christopher Mims<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@mims<p>christophermims<p>christopher.mims@wsj.com<p>Instagram engineers faced a Herculean task in early 2016. Fearing that people …

Facebook

Is Donald Trump Turning Liberals Into Radicals?

On Nov. 9, 2016, millions of Americans woke up with a crushing sense that something was terribly wrong with their country.<p>Donald Trump’s election inspired such moral revulsion and political outrage that by that afternoon, parts of the American electorate had taken to calling themselves “the …

Black Lives Matter

Fighting Racism Is Not Just a War of Words

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Amid the cultural amplification of Donald Trump’s brand of belittling speech, college campuses are wrestling with how to respond to emboldened acts of expressive racism.<p>During the first weeks of classes here at the University of Michigan, where I am a professor, unknown …

Racism

Bitcoin breaks above $6,000, nears $100 billion value for the first time in its history - MarketWatch

The world’s most prominent digital currency was on track to mark a fresh milestone on Friday, with bitcoin rallying and putting the cyber currency in …

Cryptocurrency

'Impossible To Save': Scientists Are Watching China's Glaciers Disappear

At the end of every summer, scientist Li Zhongqin takes his seasonal hike near the top of a glacier in the Tianshan mountains in China's far northwestern region of Xinjiang.<p>Li scrambles over a frozen ridge and heads toward a lone red pole wedged in the ice. Clouds emerge from a peak above and …

Climate Change

Tanium CEO's Refreshingly Honest Take on the State of Internet Security

THREATS<p><b>Always use (advanced) protection.</b> Google debuted an opt-in mode for high-risk users who wish to lock down their accounts on services such as …

Security

How to Spot a Machine Learning Opportunity, Even If You Aren’t a Data Scientist

Artificial intelligence is no longer just a niche subfield of computer science. Tech giants have been using AI for years: Machine learning algorithms power Amazon product recommendations, Google Maps, and the content that Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter display in social media feeds. But William …

Machine Learning

The Updated Problem Interview Script (and a new Canvas)

Before you can build the “right” solution for your customers, you have to understand the problem. In my first book, Running Lean, I outlined a …

Researchers warn of new botnet that could take down the internet

Security group Check Point Research claims to have discovered a rapidly growing and evolving botnet which they believe could eventually take down the …

Information Security

Google’s DeepMind achieves machine learning breakthroughs at a terrifying pace

It’s time to add “AI research” to the list of things that machines can do better than humans. Google’s Alpha Go, the computer that beat the world’s greatest human go player, just lost to a version of itself that’s never had a single human lesson.<p>Google is making progress in the field of machine …

Artificial Intelligence

Captains of Finance Dismiss Bitcoin at Their Peril

The financial industry today looks stable and boring, with a few megabanks ever-more entrenched and markets that may not offer the same risks and …

FinTech

How Las Vegas Aims to Be the Next Silicon Valley for Water Innovation

With millions in state funding, a new startup incubator has begun luring water innovators to Las Vegas. The goal is to create a destination for water …

Water

Chamath Palihapitiya of Social Capital on the Paradox of Ego and Humility

This interview with <b>Chamath Palihapitiya</b>, chief executive of <b>Social Capital,</b> a venture capital firm, was conducted and condensed by <b>Adam Bryant.</b><p><b>Q. What were your early years like?</b><p><b>A.</b> I was born in Sri Lanka. My mom was a nurse, and my dad worked in the Health Ministry as a civil servant. When I was 6 …

Paradoxes

Why 'Smart Car' Technology Is a Trend We're Investing In

Recently, it seems that every day we see articles proclaiming the internal combustion engine is dead, or that worldwide demand for cars will sharply …

Internal Combustion Engine

Alzheimer's: Word processing duration may predict onset

Recent research published in the journal <i>NeuroImage Clinical</i> suggests that the time it takes for someone to process written words may be a reliable …

Alzheimer's Disease

The US government underestimated solar energy installation in the US by 4,813%

The only thing certain in this life are death, taxes and the US department of energy’s massive underestimate of renewable energy capacity.<p>Every two years, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), America’s official source for energy statistics, issues scenarios about how much solar, wind and …

Renewable Energy

Trump’s Sellout of American Heritage

The last runs of heavenly wild salmon are trickling in this month, the buttery coho with flesh the color of fall foliage. After that, we’ll have to settle for mostly farmed and frozen fish until next spring — no substitute for the real deal.<p>We can count on this seasonal miracle, healthy fish …

Environment

How Amazon Took Seattle’s Soul

Seattle — I live in the city that hit the Amazon jackpot, now the biggest company town in America. Long before the mad dash to land the second headquarters for the world’s largest online retailer, Amazon found us. Since then, we’ve been overwhelmed by a future we never had any say over.<p>With the …

Seattle

Flying Insects Are Disappearing at Huge Rates, And We Should All Be Worried

But we can help them survive!<p>Not long ago, a lengthy drive on a hot day wouldn't be complete without scraping bug guts off a windshield. But …

Insects

Elon Musk is showing striking similarities to GE's legendary boss Jack Welch

• <b>Last week news leaked that Tesla had fired hundreds of underperforming employees</b>• <b><br>It's a move reminiscent of Jack Welch, the legendary GE executive, and his "vitality curve" theory</b><p>Word leaked on Friday that Tesla had fired 400 to 700 workers across the organization as part of its "annual performance …

Elon Musk

A Smart, Sustainable Vision | Sterling Ranch, Colorado

Sterling Ranch has taken a unique, forward-thinking approach to creating a master-planned community with stewardship at the forefront. The …

Sustainability

The 27 Best Books on Writing

An Editor's Advice to Writers<p>For both established and prospective authors alike, the publishing house can seem like a jungle. Luckily, Betsy Lerner is here to lead a safari, citing her vast collection of experiences as an editor as her field guide. <i>The Forest for the Trees</i> motivates writers by …

Writing

These 5 hacks can help you learn anything, according to a Stanford professor

Whether you are a student, a professional or an entrepreneur, learning is a vital part of getting ahead. But some people seem to be better learners …

Learning

Can Basic Income Plus The Blockchain Build A New Economic System?

To stop society’s unsustainable demand for ever-more resources, we need to decentralize and localize our economy. Combining the new ledger technology with UBI may be the way to make that happen.<p><i>This story reflects the views of this author, but not necessarily the editorial position of</i> Fast …

Basic Income

You Could Become an AI Master Before You Know It. Here’s How.

At first blush, Scot Barton might not seem like an AI pioneer. He isn’t building self-driving cars or teaching computers to thrash humans at computer …

Machine Learning

Stunning AI Breakthrough Takes Us One Step Closer to the Singularity

Remember AlphaGo, the first artificial intelligence to defeat a grandmaster at Go? Well, the program just got a major upgrade, and it can now teach …

Artificial Intelligence