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Watch the Hypnotic New Ads That Are About to Take Over Facebook

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This Gorgeous Steampunk Tower Is a Coffee Machine for Supervillains

South Korean design studio Dutch Lab specializes in ornate, opulent, incredible machines that make cold-brew coffee.<p>Last month the South Korean design studio Dutch Lab unveiled Gothicism, a towering $7,300 coffee machine that looks like it could have been built into the side of Notre Dame. Yet this …

How My 98-Year-Old Grandfather Embraced The Internet

And what I've learned as a result.<p>That was the email I received on the afternoon of Sept. 14 from my grandfather. He was forwarding a message he'd gotten from Twitter, where he has an account that he doesn't often use. But he wasn't content to let the email sit there filed away. He demanded to …

PayPal Co-Founder Takes Aim at Credit Card Industry With New Startup

The most miserable year of Max Levchin’s life began in 2002, shortly after he sold off his ownership stake in PayPal to eBay for an estimated $34 …

The 50 Best Public Relations People In The Tech Industry In 2014

Still, there are PR pros, especially in the tech industry, who go above and beyond to help journalists tell important stories. They always respond quickly, send accurate information (not just corporate "spin"), and pitch us great behind-the-scenes stories. Some of them are influential in their own …

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How Informed Consent Has Failed

<b>“That is like saying a ride on horseback is materially indistinguishable from a flight to the moon.”</b><p><b>—</b> <i>Chief Justice Roberts in Riley v. California, dismissing the comparison of smartphones to physical items</i><p>The quote above from Chief Justice Roberts in <i>Riley v. California</i> has implications far beyond …

A Caffeinated Tech Industry Fuels Artisanal Coffee's Third Wave

Barry Goffe marketed business software at Microsoft for more than a decade, fueled by enough coffee to fill a hot tub. Java flowed so deeply through …

Remote-controlled chip could be the future of contraceptives

If you could have safe, effective, long-term birth control that you didn't have to think about, would you jump at the chance? That's what's being proposed by a company called MicroCHIPS of Lexington Massachusetts -- in the form of a chip to be implanted under the skin.<p>The chip, just 20 x 20 x 7 …

Building the astonishing 1,000 mph Bloodhound SSC rocket car (pictures)

Amazon's new hush-hush device: A 3-D phone?

VENICE BEACH, Calif. — Is the world ready for a phone with four cameras and a 3-D screen?<p>That's just the device analysts expect Amazon to introduce this week at a highly touted news conference Wednesday in Seattle.<p>Amazon is teasing the intro with an online promotional video showing consumers …

Colorful Pipes In The Dalles

These pipes carry water in and out of Google's The Dalles, Ore., data center. The blue pipes supply cold water and the red pipes return the warm water back to be cooled.

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BMW i8 points to the future of cars

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — In a crowded field of conventional sports cars, the BMW i8 is a high-tech wonder.<p>It offers all the performance you'd expect in a $135,700 sports car, but does it with tiny three-cylinder engine and fuel economy that is expected to shame a Toyota Prius hybrid.<p>The new BMW i8 …

“Drones Watching”: What Signs Will Look Like In The Not-So-Distant Future

It’s easy to look at today’s technology through rose-colored glasses. The promises are tantalizing: Driverless cars are safer! Contact lenses could help diabetics! Drones deliver tacos!<p>Not everyone feels so optimistic. In his <i>Signs of the Near Future</i> Tumblr, designer Fernando Barbella imagines a …

The concept cars that helped shape the future

Brigade Media Raises $9.3M From Sean Parker To Shake Up American Democracy

Stealthy, unlaunched startup Brigade Media has raised $9.3 million from Sean Parker of Facebook fame, along with unknown sums from Ron Conway and Marc Benioff, TechCrunch has learned. Parker’s investment is personal, and not from Founders Fund, a group that he has stepped back from.<p>In fact, Parker …

Enter The Blockchain: How Bitcoin Can Turn The Cloud Inside Out

Drop whatever you’re doing and go read Maciej Cegłowski’s absolutely magnificent essay <i>Our Comrade The Electron</i>, an astonishing history of the amazing Russian engineer Lev Sergeyevich Termen. Make sure you read right down to its punchline, “the most badass answer imaginable.” But if time is short, …

This Font Was Designed By A Robot Practicing Calligraphy

Robosans is a new font that was created by a disembodied robot arm.<p>We’ve seen robots that can walk, talk, sing, write music, and more. Thanks to graphic designer Mostafa El Abasiry, we now have Robosans, a font you can download to your computer that was made using a disembodied robot arm. It’s a …

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Is the Internet Making Us More Democratic?

<i>Matthew Carpenter-Arévalo is a peer at #DemocraciaEnRed, a Latin America-based movement to promote the evolution of democracy through modern tools.</i><p>While discontent rooted in the offline world continues to be the source of protests worldwide, few can argue that the lowered cost of communication …

25 things you might not know about the web on its 25th birthday

It sprang from the brain of one man, Tim Berners-Lee, and is the fastest-growing communication medium of all time. A quarter-century on, we examine how the web has transformed our lives<p>The thing that is most extraordinary about the internet is the way it enables <i>permissionless</i> innovation. This stems …

Google will explore bringing Fiber to 34 new cities including Portland and Atlanta

Google just announced that it's invited nine metro areas across the US to explore "what it would take" to bring its Google Fiber gigabit internet service to more locations. "People are hungrier than ever for faster internet, and as a result, cities across America are making speed a priority," …

Dogecoin Founder Rejects $500,000 Investment Offers

We’ve talked about Dogecoin — a Bitcoin-like virtual currency that started as a bit of fun — having potential as a micro-currency for transactions and ‘tipping’ on the Internet (more on that below), and it seems like it is gaining credibility among investors. Dogecoin founder Jackson Palmer says he …

'Impossible' font inspired by optical illusion

When a design student uploads a project to a portfolio website, they're typically hoping for feedback or maybe the odd freelance job. In the case of …

Everything You Need to Know About the Bitcoin Protocol

<i>This research is courtesy of Sander Duivestein, professional speaker and trendwatcher at VINT, the International Research Institute of Sogeti, and Patrick Savalle, founder and technical director at Mobbr crowd payments.</i><p>Bitcoin is big news again. The digital cryptocurrency is on the frontpage of …

14 Apps Every Entrepreneur Needs in 2014

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs are known to be the masters of efficiency, right? The secret? We don't do it alone. Besides having an amazing team to support our endeavor, we also utilize cutting edge apps to keep us on our A-game. (When you're heads down …

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Teenage hacker creates next-gen crypto-platform

Most people think of bitcoin as a form of money, if they think of bitcoin at all. But 19-year-old hacker Vitalik Buterin sees it as something more -- …