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Blippar sinks into administration after funding dispute between investors

“UK technology start-up Blippar has fallen into administration after rowing investors failed to reach a deal that could have given it a funding lifeline amid heavy losses” writes Matthew Field for telegraph.co.uk. The augmented reality start-up, which was once hailed as a British tech “unicorn” valued at £1bn, has stopped trading and appointed administrators. “The appointment of Administrators has arisen effectively as a result of an alleged dispute over continued funding,” Paul Appleton, partner at David Rubin & Partners said.”Following their appointment, the Administrators are now exploring all possible options for the…

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Blame Regulation or Speculator Sell-Off… But the Crypto Community is Responsible for the Most Recent Price Drop

“The ugly truth is that the crypto community, the many of the true believers, may be responsible” reports livebitcoinnews.com. The crypto community has to find its feet and square up before they can hope for widespread, positive adoption.This highlights two problems with the crypto community: fragmentation and individuals with too much power.Ultimately the crypto community needs to take a long, hard look at their practices to ensure that Bitcoin and crypto can flourish in the future.If the crypto community is actually worried about impending government regulation making or breaking the…

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Alexa in space? Why free-floating AI friends are in our interplanetary future

“Then the Captain Future nerds grew up, and some of them went to work for Airbus and IBM and DLR (the German NASA)” writes Chris Taylor for mashable.com. In the 1950s, Hamilton wrote a series of pulp stories about a character called Captain Future.For now, at least, they’re still a little too creeped out by the idea of being diagnosed by a floating brain.Schmid was a Captain Future fan who happened to be trawling for experimental projects he could send to the International Space Station alongside German astronaut Alexander Gerst. Source:…

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Macron, Trump and Iran’s future

“The current Inverted Yield Curve shows that the number of short-term bank deposits is more than long-term deposits” reports tehrantimes.com. Contrary, the scenario of Macron and Castaner, which, regardless of its tragic human dimensions, resembles Louis de Funès comedies, adds to the severity of the crisis.TEHRAN – The incident of the city of Strasbourg in France was a very primitive scenario for facing the deep social and political crisis that the Macron government is facing. Source: tehrantimes.com Share This:

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UN talks postpone contentious issues with draft agreement

“The UN met on Saturday in Poland to discuss a draft agreement on climate change, which sources said was likely to pass, as exhausted delegates made compromises on some key issues but left other contentious problems to be resolved next year” writes Fiona Harvey for theguardian.com. That question is unlikely to be resolved in the time remaining, but gave an indication of Brazil’s likely stance in future talks.There were few new offers from the rich world of financing for developing countries to help them cut emissions and adapt to the…

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USOC picks Salt Lake City to bid for future Winter Olympics

“The United States Olympic Committee has chosen Salt Lake City to bid for a future Winter Olympics, according to multiple reports” reports sportingnews.com. After months of lobbying by city leaders, the USOC chose Salt Lake City over Denver and Reno, Nev., to make the bid. “We are truly humbled to be the choice to represent the United States in a bid for a future Olympic Games,” Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski said (via the Salt Lake Tribune). Source: sportingnews.com Share This:

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The Next Koch Doesn’t Like Politics

“After all, Charles Koch was entering his late 60s when he gathered the first Koch network meeting in Chicago and began swaying a generation of American politics” writes Jack Shafer for politico.com. In addition to recruiting donors to the Koch network, he has been involved with a three-year-old antipoverty initiative (branded by the Koch network as “venture philanthropy” aiming to “revitalize civil society”) that teaches Koch business principles to nonprofits. Source: politico.com Share This:

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How science is engineering solutions to future global challenges

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution is ushering in dramatic change and giving rise to a future filled with exciting opportunities and new challenges” reports cnbc.com. Success rests on implementing and delivering practical, realistic, long-term solutions that make the world cleaner, safer and more sustainable.The world is going through a fundamental transformation, which is changing the way we live, work and think. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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ACLU’s warning: “Amazon is dreaming of a dangerous future” of surveillance

“The ACLU is sounding the alarm about a patent application from Amazon that would pair a face surveillance program with a doorbell camera” reports fastcompany.com. In the past, the company has emphasized that a patent application doesn’t necessarily mean a product is forthcoming and has criticized “patent speculation” by the media.The surveillance system described in the patent is, well, kind of unsettling, and so naturally the ACLU is monitoring it as closely, as it will be monitoring our front porches.The patent application , which was made public recently, describes a…

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Startup founders are skeptical about the future of cryptocurrency, but that hasn’t stopped them from investing in it anyway

“Cryptocurrency may be seen as the money of the future, but tech startup founders are skeptical whether the decentralized technology will majorly transform their industries in the near future” writes Paige Leskin for businessinsider.com. A survey of more than 500 founders at technology startups found that while 40 percent of the founders own cryptocurrency themselves, only 13 percent think that bitcoin, and blockchain technology, will become “dominant technologies” in their businesses in the future.But despite the uptick in numbers, the price cryptocurrency has been in a continuous downward spiral this…

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