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What zero-knowledge proofs will do for blockchain

Zero-knowledge (ZK) proofs are generating excitement in financial circles lately due to their potential for increasing privacy and security for blockchain participants. The concept itself is not new, as cryptographers have been working with zero-knowledge/interactive proofs for years. But the …

Blockchain

Here Are the First 6 Books You Should Read In 2018

And if you've already read one of these, I recommend the perfect complement.<p>If you love lists, December is a fun month to browse the internet. These lists usually take one of two forms: You're looking back on the previous year or eyeing the horizon for the year to come.<p>Some of the lists in the …

PuTTY Begone! Microsoft will ship an OpenSSH client

The first thing I download on a new Windows machine – after Chrome, of course – is PuTTY. This tried-and-true OpenSSH client has served millions of devs quite well for the past twenty years and I’m sure it will still remain a favorite but Microsoft has added its own ssh client to Windows, a move …

Software

Web & Mobile Development Strategy (Cloud Native Architecture) Part — 1

<b>About Me:</b> Application Architect at Oildex, a Services of Transzap Inc,.<p>Cloud Native Architecture series Overview. As this post also referred to …

MongoDB launches Stitch to put the RAD in non-RelAtional Databases

Today at MongoDB World in Chicago, MongoDB announced the launch of Stitch, its new backend-as-a-service (BaaS) tool that lets developers build MongoDB-powered applications, without the need for mountains of boilerplate code.<p>MongoDB Stitch is a single, document-centric API designed to handle routine …

MemSQL’s real-time in-memory data warehouse is now ready for the cloud

Companies that want real-time data for analytics but prefer a cloud native or hybrid cloud infrastructure strategy have a new option from MemSQL.<p>The …

Amazon Web Services users are carelessly leaking tons of sensitive data

Personal credentials, proprietary source code, confidential employee contracts, even human genome sequences – these are just a few examples of sensitive data picked up by a security firm looking into a feature of Amazon’s Web Services.<p>“We were very surprised with both the amount and the sensitivity …

Microsoft launches new tools to help enterprises move to its Azure cloud

Since the dawn of Azure, Microsoft has talked about how enterprises can benefit from a hybrid cloud approach — that is, using the public cloud while still running some of their applications in their own data centers. Even today, Microsoft says that 80 percent of the companies it talks to still want …

Microsoft Azure

This Mobile Ultrasound Startup Is Reshaping A $6 Billion Healthcare Market

The ultrasound market is currently valued at $6 billion globally.<p>Contrary to popular perception, the use of ultrasounds for women’s health and pregnancy follow-ups represents less than 20% of their overall use for healthcare. For example, a diagnostic ultrasound is routinely used to diagnose a wide …

14 Books by Billionaires That Should Be on Every Entrepreneur's Christmas List

Learn from the masters.<p>Reading is an essential part of any learning process. Books give you an intimate glimpse into the minds of others. They reveal subtleties you may not yet be aware of. So, especially when you're navigating a road as ambiguous as entrepreneurship, it's a good idea to take a …

California lawyer delivers Sikh prayer at GOP convention

When Harmeet Dhillon first ran for vice chairwoman of the California GOP, rivals whispered that the Indian-born Sikh would slaughter a goat at the lectern.<p>On Tuesday night, Dhillon opened the second night of the Republican National Convention by singing the invocation in Punjabi and then …

San Francisco

The essential Marc Andreessen summer reading list

It’s a well-known fact that Marc Andreeseen grew up in a small town where access to information was limited. The Netscape founder famously learned to program from a library book, and he’s still quite the prolific reader of books, if his Twitter feed is any indication.<p>Over the last two years, …

The new-world insurance agent

Peter G. Colis Contributor<p>Peter G. Colis is an MBA candidate at Stanford and the CEO of life insurance exchange Ovid.<p>Silicon Valley is building the new-world insurance agent. My grandfather started selling insurance in the 1950s and insurance eventually granted him the American dream. Today, the …

My Fellow Liberals, Don’t Support Obama’s Terror Watch List Gun Ban

The president is pushing for a law to stop people on terror watch lists from purchasing firearms. But these lists should give us pause—especially if …

A Brief History Of The Individual And Corporate Income Tax

The U.S. government has been taxing its citizens for most of its history. However, during the early years, the tax was minimal and applied only to the affluent. Beginning with the Great Depression and FDR’s New Deal, the government has been growing larger and requiring more and more revenue. Where …

Income Tax

Wall Street's brightest minds reveal the most important charts in the world

As many of the charts in our latest collection from some of Wall Street's top strategists show, questions right now center on what the future holds for the US economy, for emerging markets, and the Federal Reserve.<p>The last time we ran this feature back in February, the world looked different. The …

Markets

'Pin' Meet 'Housing Bubble 2.0'

Housing bubble 2.0 just met Pin 2.0<p><b>The 30 Year U.S. Treasury bond yield hit 2.35% yesterday.</b> That is the lowest rate in U.S. history for the 30 Year …

A US Veteran Died Trying To Topple An African Dictatorship Last Month

The Neutrality Act makes it illegal for Americans to plot the violent takeover of any country with which the US is not at war. The two men who were charged, Cherno Njie and Papa Faal, a successful businessman living in Texas and a former US Army officer living in Minnesota, respectively, were …

Best- And Worst-Performing Cloud Computing Stocks Of 2014

The highest performing cloud computing stocks of 2014 when measured by share price gains are Zendesk (NYSE:ZEN) up 82.95%, Qualys (NASDAQ:QYLS) up 50.75%, F5 Networks (NASDAQ:FFIV) up 48.05%, Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) up 43.79%, Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) up 41.99%, and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) up …

GOLDMAN: So Far, Larry Summers Has Been Wrong About The US Economy

The basic idea behind secular stagnation is that the economy in its current condition is unable to create enough demand to sustain its growth trend, requiring negative interest rates for the Fed to hit its employment and inflation goals.<p>In a note to clients over the weekend, Goldman Sachs economist …

Economics