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LinkedIn Founder Reid Hoffman Created a Company to Reinvent Bitcoin — LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman announced an unusual new investment late last month. He and other Silicon Valley luminaries, including Sun Microsystems founder Vinod Khosla, sunk $21 million into a company that may never have to make a profit to be successful. That company is called Blockstream.
Dec 22, 2014

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Dec 22, 2014

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Dec 22, 2014

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MIT Technology Review — Pervasive computing has arrived. Digital technologies connect everything around us, making everyday things smarter. We'll look at the implications for our personal and professional lives. MIT Technology Review EmTech Digital provides the intelligence you'll need to succeed by exploring tomorrow's digital technologies and explaining their global impact on business and society.

Meet the Dogged Researchers Who Try to Unmask Haters Online — We've come up with the menacing term "troll" for someone who spreads hate and does other horrible things anonymously on the Internet. Internet trolls are unsettling not just because of the things they say but for the mystery they represent: what kind of person could be so vile?
Dec 21, 2014

Meet the Dogged Researchers Who Try to Unmask Haters Online

Dec 21, 2014

RT @mediagazer: Group of Swedish journalists, researchers wade into ugly Internet corners to expose trolls……

Dec 21, 2014

RT @JohnFugelsang: Sweden has a show called Troll Hunter which exposes vile anonymous social media folk. Not a bad idea:…

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We’re Doing Autism Research All Wrong — John Elder Robison Autism researchers have published thousands of papers in recent years. With those numbers, you'd think we'd all be rejoicing over great progress. Yet many people-especially autistic adults-are frustrated by how little benefit has actually materialized. Why? The simple answer is, we're studying the wrong things.

Does Instagram Change the Meaning of Memories? — In 1977, at the International Center of Photography in New York, the late American photographer William DeLappa exhibited a series of black-and-white images entitled "The Portraits of Violet and Al." Revolving around the title characters, it appeared to be a collection of several dozen photographs made by different people from the late 1940s through the early '60s.

MIT Technology Review — Repairing defective genes in humans has been a tantalizing idea in medical research for decades, with far more disappointment than success. But now new methods of DNA engineering are giving scientists precise ways to delete or edit specific genetic sequences. One especially promising method was inspired by the nifty way that certain bacteria fend off viruses.

Germanium Chip Promises Post-Silicon Computing — The first sophisticated electronic circuits made from germanium, a promising alternative to silicon, show a path for the computer industry to keep advancing beyond the physical limitations now being reached. Researchers from Purdue University demonstrated the circuits this week at the International Electron Devices Meeting in San Francisco.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @techreview: Germanium could be the next great chip material after silicon’s limits have been reached.

Chip-Making Tools Could Cut Solar Power Costs — Soitec, a French manufacturing company, says it has used techniques designed for making microprocessors to produce solar cells with a record-setting efficiency of 46 percent, converting more than twice as much sunlight into electricity as conventional cells. Although the cells are more complicated to produce, using established manufacturing techniques promises to keep production costs down.
Dec 19, 2014

French company sets record for efficient #solar cells (46%) by using tools designed to make microprocessors

MIT Technology Review — A prototype app from AT&T uses your calling and texting patterns to create a graphic presenting the people it thinks you're most likely to contact at that moment. Virtual assistant apps, such as Apple's Siri or Google Now, focus mostly on providing factual info such as search results and flight times.
Dec 22, 2014

AT&T's virtual assistant is a bit like Facebook. It mines your social connections to find out who is important to you…

What We’ve Learned from Three Years of MOOCs — Daphne Koller Three years ago, several of us at Stanford launched the first massive open online courses, or MOOCs. We wanted to make the teaching of the world's great universities accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. The company we founded, Coursera, recently passed a milestone: 10 million enrolled learners.

California Turns to the Pacific Ocean for Water — Even in drought-stricken California, San Diego stands out. It gets less rain than parched Los Angeles or Fresno. The region has less groundwater than many other parts of the state. And more than 80 percent of water for homes and businesses is imported from sources that are increasingly stressed.
Dec 17, 2014

Why San Diego County is spending $1 billion on expensive tech for producing drinking water

Dec 16, 2014

RT @samok: Global desalination output has tripled since 2000, but costs are still extremely high.…

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