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What Is 21.co Really Building? An Excerpt From Digital Gold


Today we’re thrilled to offer an exclusive excerpt from Nathaniel Popper’s Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money, the definitive book about bitcoin. In this chapter we learn, in detail, the secrets behind the mysterious 21.co. Originally

Ben Horowitz

21 Inc Releases New Bitcoin Mining Chip for Smartphones

2015 might be the year of the Bitcoin start-up 21 Inc. The record-holder for the most well-financed Bitcoin company in history, 21 Inc.’s $116

Bitcoin

21 Inc Confirms Plans for Mass Bitcoin Miner Distribution

21 Inc released new details today confirming that its market strategy will focus on distributing bitcoin mining chips embedded in consumer and …

Miner

This Chrome extension stopped the browser killing my computer

Last week, my colleague Owen wrote a compelling piece on why he’s breaking up with Chrome, but while I understood his reasons, I wasn’t quite ready to split. That’s why I was delighted to discover The Great Suspender.

The Chrome extension solves one of the biggest complaints about the browser – that …

Google Chrome

Reid Hoffman: Why the block chain matters

This article was taken from the June 2015 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online.

At least one global cryptocurrency will achieve mass-market adoption. That …

Reid Hoffman

Antarctic ice shelf to disintegrate by the end of the decade

The last remaining section of an enormous Antarctic ice shelf is likely to collapse within the next few years and result in a rise in sea levels, a team of Nasa researchers has discovered.

Antarctica's Larsen B ice shelf has been in existence for between 11,000 and 12,000 years, but partially …

Antarctica

White Widow 'has killed 400 people' as key figure in al-Shabaab

Samantha Lewthwaite, known as the White Widow, is at the "right hand" of terror leaders in Somali, spy chief says

White Widow Samantha Lewthwaite is responsible for the deaths of at least 400 people, including last month's slaughter of 148 people at a university in Kenya, according to Somali …

White Widow

McKinsey acquires design firm Lunar for digital transformation

Consulting strategy firm, McKinsey, just announced its acquisition of San Francisco-based design company Lunar. The move brings Lunar close to …

Customer Experience

YotaPhone 2, the handset Amazon should have made, is coming to U.S.

One of the more innovative handsets to hit the market in a few years will go on sale in the U.S. this summer. And you won't mistake it for any other …

Amazon

There are just too damn many apps

A few months ago, a notice appeared on the door into our apartment building. Our management company would be replacing our old-fashioned entryway buzz-to-enter system with a video-touchscreen in the entryway and an app for every resident so they can see and buzz-in anyone, directly from their …

Mobile Technology

The World's Youngest Billionaires 2015

Startups

Why Today’s Automobile Industry Looks A Lot Like IBM in 1985

Editor’s note: Tien Tzuo is the co-founder and CEO of Zuora.

With the number of mobile phone subscriptions shortly expected to exceed the total global population, what is the next great connected device going to look like? Hint: It’ll have four wheels.

Gartner predicts that there will be 250 million …

Automotive Industry

6 Foods That Can Make You Happier

I’m a happiness research junkie. I love reading about simple things we can do to elevate mood and boost contentment. Mindfulness meditation, adequate sleep, laughing, volunteering, and spending time with pets (as well as with happy people) all help. And believe it or not, science shows you can also …

Healthy Food

This tiny car can change shape, drive sideways

Why do we call the Mercedes Benz Smart Car smart — when it's really just small?

A truly smart car might be able to drive sideways, like the equally tiny, shape shifting EO Smart Connecting Car 2.

A research project from the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, the EO 2 is designed for …

Parallel Parking

OpenSignal Launches A Smarter Wi-Fi Hotspot Mapper App

Mobile signal mapper OpenSignal has launched a new app that maps Wi-Fi hotspots to help device users in need of a connectivity fix — expanding its network of crowdsourced intel into another, albeit related area. (OpenSignal also launched a crowdsourced cell phone data weather-mapping app back in …

Wi-Fi

Sunrise Launches Meet, A Sleek Feature To Schedule Meetings From Your Phone

Chances are you often switch between your calendar and email apps on your phone in order to tell someone when you are available. Scheduling meetings has been a pain point for years, and popular calendar app Sunrise is tackling this issue with a new feature called Meet. This is the first major …

Sunrise

The Ultimate Interface Is Your Brain

Editor’s note: Ramez Naam is the author of five books, including the Nexus trilogy of sci-fi novels.

The final frontier of the digital technology is integrating into your own brain. DARPA wants to go there. Scientists want to go there. Entrepreneurs want to go there. And increasingly, it looks like …

The Brain

The Genome Engineering Revolution

Editor’s note: Ryan Clarke is a biochemistry PhD candidate with an interest in genetic engineering. He is a published scientist with a background in synthetic biology and social analytics. James Hyun is a PhD student in the life sciences with a background in molecular biology. He has published

DNA

How to Be More Productive and Eliminate Time-Wasting Activities by Using the 'Eisenhower Box'

Dwight Eisenhower lived one of the most productive lives you can imagine.

Eisenhower was the 34th president of the United States, serving two terms from 1953 to 1961. During his time in office, he launched programs that directly led to the development of the Interstate Highway System in the United …

Productivity

Meet the Newest State of Matter

It's only slightly less exciting than it sounds: a new state of matter. The discovery, which comes courtesy of an international team led by Kosmas Prassides of Tokohu University in Japan, offers a novel material with an unusual combination of properties—insulator, superconductor, metal, magnet. Of …

Physics

A computer made my lunch

At first glance, it might not seem like strawberries and chicken have much in common. But look closer, and you'll find it: the flavor compound g-dodecalactone.

That sciencey-sounding gobbledygook probably doesn't mean much to you, but it means a lot to Chef Watson, IBM's cognitive computer.

That …

Recipes

Humans are genetically modifying mosquitoes to fight a disease we helped create

It’s America’s closest thing to a tropical tourism mecca. But Key West’s biggest attraction isn’t the sun-splashed beaches. Its charm lies in its balmy evenings, with their open-air parties steeped in tequila and rum runners, drawing a blend of tourists and locals who pack the pastel-gothic Old …

Disease

Analyst Says iPhone 6s Will Have A Luxe Rose Gold Option

Apple’s next iPhone (likely the ‘iPhone 6s’ if it keeps with recent naming conventions) could come in a luxury rose gold finish, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via AppleInsider). The analyst, who has a good track record of calling Apple product plans ahead of their official …

iPhone

Google Says Its Self-Driving Cars Drive Better Than You

Google has been testing self-driving cars for years. Six years in fact, with a fleet of 20+ self-driving cars, which have self-driven almost a million miles over that period — and are now averaging around 10,000 self-driven miles per week.

So how many accidents have Google’s autonomous rides got …

Google

13 people who got fired over a single tweet

People can say whatever they want on Twitter.

But it could easily backfire if said in the wrong context.

And, in some cases, it could cost you your job.

Gilbert Gottfried

Robots are coming for your job: Amazon, McDonald’s and the next wave of dangerous capitalist “disruption”

Says one builder: "Our device isn’t meant to make employees more efficient. It’s meant to completely obviate them”

In the United States and other advanced economies, the major disruption will be in the service sector—which is, after all, where the vast majority of workers are now employed. This …

Robots

8 Celebrity Moms with Look-Alike Daughters

Cindy Crawford

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X-ray scan reveals boy in suitcase being smuggled into Spain

Eight-year-old boy being smuggled to Spain in suitcase caught by police using X-ray scanning on bags crossing border into its Ceuta enclave from Morocco

An eight-year-old Ivorian child was found hidden in a suitcase that was smuggled across the border into Spanish territory in North Africa, an official …

Spain

Amazon's Delivery Drones Might Stalk You to Make a Drop-off

Talk of Amazon’s delivery drones scarcely goes off the boil for more than a few weeks before some new bit of news or development brings them right back into the headlines.

The problem with the whole scheme, however, is while the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) is slowly making changes to rules …

Amazon