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Australian police to auction $13m in confiscated bitcoins

Victorian police confiscated the bitcoins as proceeds of crime, although only registered bidders will find out who from<p>About $13m in bitcoins will be auctioned in Sydney in June after Victorian police confiscated the digital currency as proceeds of crime.<p>Ernst & Young is running the process, which …

Harvard Scientist Engineers Bacterium That Inhales CO2, Produces Energy -- A 'Bionic Leaf'

The chemist who gave us the artificial leaf has genetically engineered bacteria to absorb hydrogen and carbon dioxide and convert them into alcohol fuel.<p>When Harvard Professor of Energy Daniel G. Nocera announced he was working with bacteria last year, other scientists cautioned it would be …

University of Chicago

Pay-as-you-go solar power is bringing electricity to more people in rural East Africa

Tanzania is one of the least electrified countries in Africa. Up to 75% of east Africa’s second largest economy’s lives without power. In rural areas the situation is worse, with only a 4% electrification rate, data from the International Energy Agency shows.<p>At the current rate, analysts say, …

Renewable Energy

Investing in Young Women: A Path to Prosperity in the Middle East and North Africa

<b>$2.7 trillion.</b><p>This is the economic benefit that the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region could realize over the next ten years if women's labor force participation rises to equal that of men. With this change, the region could see a 47% rise in GDP over the next decade, according to a recent …

North Africa

GOLDMAN SACHS: 5 practical uses for blockchain — from Airbnb to stock markets

The financial world has been going crazy for blockchain technology for the last year or so, hypothesising how it could rip out huge amounts of costs for big banks and streamline operations. Goldman itself was one of the key hype men, declaring in December that the technology "can change... well …

Blockchain

The Experiment Is Over: Google Opens Its Project Fi Wireless Service To All

Google’s Project Fi service, launched last year amid much hype about disrupting the wireless industry, has moved beyond the experimental stage to court mainstream consumers across the United States.<p>The company is dropping its invite-only requirement to access the service best known for its …

Plastiq lets you pay any bill with your credit or debit card just by snapping a photo

A new iPhone application launching today called Plastiq lets you pay any bill with your credit or debit card just by snapping a photo. The goal with the app is to offer something designed for mobile, that’s also more convenient than using a bank’s online bill pay feature. And more importantly, it …

Fintech Is Threatened By Timid Government Operators

Can financial technology help consumers overcome economic struggles? The answer to this question is buried within the constant friction between traditional financial institutions, fintech startups, regulators, and consumers. To start with, a Fintech company broadly refers to any technology, startup …

Financial Services

Venture capital funding is flowing back to fintech startups

In March, funding for fintech startups fell dramatically. In retrospect, it looks like that quarter was more akin to a speed bump than a car crash.<p>According to a new report from research firm CBInsight and KPMG, global funding for fintech startups picked back up in the first quarter of 2016. …

Venture Capital

Bitcoin May Not Survive, But The Technology Behind It Will Live On

In an article I wrote two years ago about the future of money, I explained that despite the libertarian fantasies that were being bandied about at the time, Bitcoin was unlikely to ever be a mainstream currency. News in January suggested that Bitcoin may be collapsing and key figures in the …

Blockchain

Terrorism suspected in crash of Egyptian jet; 66 feared dead

CAIRO (AP) — An EgyptAir jetliner en route from Paris to Cairo with 66 people aboard veered wildly in flight and crashed in the Mediterranean Sea …

Airplanes

A hugely successful investor who fled Iran as a kid says never give up on your dreams: 'Don't quit. Ever.'

Born in Tehran, Iran, his family came to the US in 1976, but when his father returned a few years later, he was hunted as an enemy of the state during the Iranian Revolution.<p>His dad escaped back to the US, where he worked as a cab driver while studying for a PhD.<p>Pishevar got into tech in the …

Google says 'hundreds of millions of users' will have Daydream VR phones

Google hopes to quickly make its virtual reality platform Daydream a mass-market product. "Our intention is to operate at Android scale, meaning hundreds of millions of users," senior product manager Brahim Elbouchikhi said at a session on monetizing Daydream apps at the Google I/O developers …

New Google APIs Available To Developers And Why You Should Care

I’m here to talk to you about Google APIs.<p>No! Wait! Come back! I swear, this actually has a point that you’re going to appreciate. One you might even care about!<p>The keynote for Google’s big developer conference, Google I/O is today and coming out of that conference is all kinds of news about new …

For the first time, Google beat Apple in PC sales — and that's really bad news for Microsoft

First: For the first time ever, low-cost Google Chromebook laptops outsold Apple's Macs during the most recent quarter, analyst firm IDC tells The Verge.<p>Manufacturers including Dell, Lenovo, and HP sold over 2 million Google-powered Chromebooks combined, versus around 1.76 million Macs, IDC …

Windows 10

Opinion: Four reasons for investors to buy biotechnology stocks now

Beaten-down biotechnology stocks have been so cheap for so long, rattled investors pray every day that a big drug company with firepower will swoop …

Biotechnology

As rents keep rising, more investors turn landlords

When it comes to real estate investing, many Americans think of their favorite house-flipping reality show — demolition and redecorating, with hopes of a juicy payday. But a less glamorous form of real estate investing is coming into favor: becoming a landlord.<p>One of the biggest reasons that more …

How 3D Printing Is Transforming Manufacturing: An Interview With Shapeways CEO Peter Weijmarshausen

<i>Peter Weijmarshausen is the CEO and Co-Founder of Shapeways, the world’s leading 3D printing marketplace and community. [Full disclosure: my venture firm Lux Capital is an equity investor]. Prior to Shapeways, Peter was the CTO of Sangine, where he and his team designed and developed satellite</i> …

Bye Bye, WhatsApp: Germans Switch To Threema For Privacy Reasons

Swiss startup Threema probably didn’t expect this. In 24 hours, the startup has <i>doubled</i> its user base, according to Süddeutsche. It is now sitting at the top of the paid App Store chart in Germany. Interestingly, Threema’s key feature is its true end-to-end encryption — German users probably don’t …

WhatsApp Becomes An MVNO, Sells €10 SIM In Germany With Free WhatsApp Use Included

Back in February, Jan Koum, CEO of Facebook-owned WhatsApp, hinted that the popular messaging company would soon be unveiling a new way of working with carriers, starting first in Germany. Today that deal is now live. E-Plus is now selling a prepaid SIM that gives users unlimited access to WhatsApp …

5 Applications For Graphene, The 'Wonder Material,' That Could Change The Way We Live

Graphene, the pure carbon material that's just one atom thick and nearly transparent when laid out in sheets, manages to be roughly 200 times stronger than steel, even though it's 60,000 times thinner than Saran Wrap.<p>Graphene is also an excellent conductor of energy, can be synthesized from unique …

Nanotech

Design a Better TSA Checkpoint and Win $5,000

Since the inception of the Transportation Security Administration, the security checkpoint at airports within the United States has seen many changes and additions. From traditional metal detectors to full body scanners, the screening methods may have changed, but the basic layout of the checkpoint …

See-through solar cells could turn your windows into power stations

And now for the latest in whizzbang solar technology: <i>It’s invisible</i>. Researchers at Michigan State University just developed a new kind of solar cell …

U.K. Startup Swytch Is Building An App To Open Up The ‘Burner’ Phone Number Market

The telco industry has resisted change for years. That anti-innovation attitude, coupled with the rise of smartphones and fast data networks, provided ample opportunities for over-the-top startups to circumvent moribund and expensive telco offerings with VoIP and messaging apps that were both less …

How The Internet Of Things Will Rule Your Workday In 2020 [Infographic]

Why Innovation Is More Than A Buzzword -- It's A Necessity

Innovation is more than a good idea. Despite a lot of hype to the contrary, being innovative doesn’t just mean brainstorming or coming up with weird and wacky new ideas. Those ideas are crucial of course, but without a process for implementing, testing and refining them, they are useless.<p>Innovation …

New York City Officially Launches Free Public Wi-Fi

After a soft launch of four hubs in January, the LinkNYC system officially goes live today.<p>New York City will see the official launch of its new citywide LinkNYC free Wi-Fi system today. At noon on Thursday, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is announcing the public launch of the Wi-Fi hotspots that have …

De Beers Left London for Botswana, Transforming Lives and a Sleepy City

Gaborone, now home to De Beers’s international sales department, has become a hub for a cosmopolitan crowd of gem buyers<p>GABORONE, Botswana—A diamond-mining behemoth’s expanded presence here has helped transform this sleepy capital over the past few years, turning it into a hub for a cosmopolitan …

Botswana