Where Do The Best Founders Come From?

TechCrunch - 3 hours 47 min ago
 You tell us! Who would you work for around the clock to help build his or her vision? We are searching far and wide for the best founder of 2015, and we want to know who you think should get the coveted Monkey. The 9th Annual Crunchies Award show is coming up on February 8th, 2016 and nominations for this and 11 other categories are open for any and all input. Get your nominations in… Read More

UN says dating apps helped foster a teen HIV epidemic

Engadget - 4 hours 8 min ago
Dating apps certainly have their virtues, but a new UN study suggests that they could sometimes play a big role in spreading sexually transmitted diseases. The report finds that dating apps helped spread an HIV epidemic among teens in the Asia-Pacifi...

It's Getting Harder To Reside Anonymously In a Modern City

Slashdot - 4 hours 9 min ago
dkatana writes: In a panel on 'Privacy in the Smart City' during this month's Smart City World Congress, Dr. Carmela Troncoso, a researcher from Spain, argued that data anonymization itself is almost impossible without using advanced cryptography. Our every transaction leaves a digital marker that can be mined by anyone with the right tools or enough determination. Most modern cities today are full of sensors and connected devices. Some are considering giving away free WiFi in exchange of personal data. LinkNYC, which was present at the congress as exhibitor, is one such example of this. The panelists insisted that it is the duty of world leaders to safeguard their citizens' privacy, just as corporations are answerable to leaks and hacks.

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Microsoft Launches PowerApps, Makes Building Business Apps Easier

TechCrunch - 4 hours 17 min ago
 Microsoft today launched PoweApps into preview. PowerApps is a new Office-like service that makes it easy for virtually any employee in a company to build basic mobile and web-based business apps — and for IT departments to enable them to do so. Read More

'Top Gear' returns in May 2016 without Clarkson

Engadget - 4 hours 38 min ago
While Clarkson, May and Hammond develop a new motoring show for Amazon, the BBC is working on its biggest Top Gear reboot in years. Presenter Chris Evans (no, not Captain America) is taking over Clarkson's role and revealed last weekend exactly when...

Amazon's first original UK drama will be set in post-war Paris

Engadget - 4 hours 57 min ago
2016 is shaping up to be a good year for Amazon Prime subscribers after the company confirmed a second original UK series will be heading to its video streaming service. Joining Jeremy Clarkson and co. next year will be The Collection, a drama that c...

How Technology Is Increasing the Number of Jobs We Have

Slashdot - 4 hours 57 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: An article at The Guardian takes a look at the way in which we hold jobs as technology as changes. Its central thesis is this: "My father had one job in his life, I've had six in mine, my kids will have six at the same time." This may compress the generational changes a bit, but it's an interesting point; the average time people spend at one job has been trending downward for a long time. As technology enables the so-called "gig economy" (or "sharing economy," if you prefer), we're seeing many more people start to hold multiple jobs, working whichever one happens to give them something to do at a given time. Economist Jeremy Rifkin says, "This sharing economy is reestablishing the commons in a hi-tech landscape. Commons came about when people formed communities by taking the meager resources they had and sharing then to create more value. The method of regulation of these systems is also comparable. If people are trusted and vouched for they are accepted as part of the sharing economy group. If they behave badly they are excluded. Your social capital means everything in this new economy."

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BlackBerry Exits Pakistan Amid User Privacy Concerns

Slashdot - 5 hours 46 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: BlackBerry has announced that it will pull its operations in Pakistan from today, quoting a recent government notice which read that the company would not be permitted to continue its services in the country after December for 'security reasons.' In a blog post released by BlackBerry today, chief operating officer Marty Beard confirmed the decision: 'The truth is that the Pakistani government wanted the ability to monitor all BlackBerry Enterprise Service traffic in the country, including every BES e-mail and BES BBM message.' He added: 'BlackBerry will not comply with that sort of directive.'

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Londoners will soon be able to share an Uber with strangers

Engadget - 5 hours 47 min ago
If you're willing to share an Uber with a stranger, travelling across London could soon be a little bit cheaper. The company is launching UberPool this Friday (December 4th) at 4pm, starting with a small patch in the centre of the city -- it stretche...

Wileyfox Swift and Storm review: Two cheap UK phones, one worth buying

Engadget - 5 hours 47 min ago
There are two ways you can go about buying a new smartphone: Either you spread the cost over a year or two with a carrier contract, or purchase the thing outright. When you're finally done paying it off, a subsidised handset often ends up costing mor...

TechCrunch Disrupt London Is Next Week — Here Are Our Battlefield Judges

TechCrunch - 5 hours 47 min ago
 TechCrunch Disrupt London is next week! (December 7th-8th, Agenda, Tickets). The conference will include our traditional set-up of a single stage and a Startup Alley. We like to keep things simple! We’ll start each day with panels and one-on-one discussions featuring TechCrunch writers and editors, special guest speakers, leading venture capitalists and entrepreneurs addressing the issues… Read More

Black hole ejects massive energy jet after devouring a star

Engadget - 5 hours 59 min ago
For the first time, scientists have caught a glimpse of a black hole ejecting a hot "flare" of matter after devouring a star the size of our sun. The discovery was made thanks to the quick action of of scientists from John Hopkins University, who wor...

ITU: 3.2B People Now Online Globally, Mobile Broadband Overtakes Home Internet Use

TechCrunch - 6 hours 49 min ago
 The Republic of Korea — a very early adopter both in fast, affordable broadband and next-generation mobile services — has held on to its spot as the most-connected place in the world when it comes to Internet connectivity and how well data services are adopted in the country, according to the International Telecommunication Union. The UN agency that oversees communications and… Read More

BlackBerry is leaving Pakistan over demands for backdoor access

Engadget - 6 hours 54 min ago
BlackBerry has announced it's formally shutting down shop in Pakistan over demands from the country's Telecommunications Authority that backdoor access be granted to the company's encrypted services. Back in July, local carriers were ordered to shut...

Online Grocer RedMart Moves Into On-Demand Services In Singapore

TechCrunch - 7 hours 29 min ago
 RedMart, the online grocery company in Singapore that’s raised over $50 million to date, officially stepped into a new area of business today after it launched an on-demand platform. Read More

Swatch's payments watch is coming to the US

Engadget - 8 hours 14 min ago
Swatch has announced that the mobile payments watch that it's sending to China will also make its way over here. The watchmaker has teamed up with Visa in order to offer the Swatch Bellamy in the US, Brazil and Switzerland. It's the third entry on th...

MST3K Kickstarter Poised To Break Kickstarter Record

Slashdot - 8 hours 33 min ago
New submitter the_Bionic_lemming writes: Recently Joel Hodgson, the creator of Mystery Science 3000 -- which had a successful run of over 197 shows -- has after 15 years launched a kickstarter to relaunch the series. In just over two weeks Joel has been wildly successful in not only having over 25000 fans contribute, but actually scoring the second-highest show kickstarter on record — he has just under two weeks to shoot past the Number 1 kickstarter, Veronica Mars.

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Gates, Zuckerberg and Bezos invest in huge clean energy fund

Engadget - 10 hours 1 min ago
After announcing the Mission Innovation program to convince nations to double their clean energy investment budgets, Bill Gates has launched another massive initiative at the United Nations Climate Change conference in Paris. The Breakthrough Energy...

Diamond Nanothreads Could Support Space Elevator

Slashdot - 11 hours 29 min ago
Taco Cowboy writes with news that Penn State researchers have discovered a way to produce ultra-thin diamond nanothreads that could be ideal for a space elevator. According to the report at, The team, led by chemistry professor John Badding, applied alternating cycles of pressure to isolated, liquid-state benzene molecules and were amazed to find that rings of carbon atoms assembled into neat and orderly chains. While they were expecting the benzene molecules to react in a disorganized way, they instead created a neat thread 20,000 times smaller than a strand of human hair but perhaps the strongest material ever made. ... Just recently, a team from the Queensland University of Technology in Australia modeled the diamond nanothreads using large-scale molecular dynamics simulations and concluded that the material is far more versatile than previously thought and has great promise for aerospace properties.

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Virtual wound will teach medics how to treat soldiers

Engadget - 11 hours 58 min ago
Field medics have ways to practice their craft before they're helping soldiers on the battlefield, but it's hard for them to understand how wounds work until they're involved in a life-or-death rescue. UCLA scientists may have the tool these medics n...