Stripe Is Going To Help Cuban Startups Do Business In The U.S.

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Description: It’s finally legal for Cuban entrepreneurs to incorporate and bank in the U.S. With its Atlas service, Stripe is seizing the opportunity. Source: Fast Company Date: March 18, 2016 On Tuesday of this week, the Obama administration—ahead of the president’s visit to Havana next week—announced a loosening of decades-old restrictions that permits U.S. banks to… Read more »

How The Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Going To Change The Lives Of The Bottom Billion

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Description: The blockchain is coming—and it’s going to create huge benefits for the world’s poorest people, from financial access to property rights to controlling their identities. Source: Fast Co. Exist Date: March 15, 2016 Perhaps it’s hard to imagine bitcoin making the world a better place. The price has shuffled around a lot, invoking something more… Read more »

Inside the mind of a hacktivist

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Description: Some people hack for a cause — it’s known as hacktivism. Laurie Segall speaks to face-to…mask with Anonymous, and speaks with a hacker who fights for justice by attacking racist websites, but finances his operations by selling security flaws. Source: CNN Money Date: March 12, 2016 Questions for discussion: 1. Do you believe the “hacktavist”… Read more »

Google Wants to Patent a Blood-Sucking Smartwatch

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Description: Google just filed a patent application for a “needle-free blood draw” device that can be implanted in a wearable. Source: Gizmodo Date: December 4, 2015 The Google design isn’t exactly needle-free. It’s a really slick finger-pricking gadget that works by blasting a gas-powered microparticle into the skin and then draws a small vial of blood… Read more »

KitKat’s “Christmas Break”

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Description: KitKat’s new Christmas ad stands out by doing absolutely nothing. Source: Mashable Date: December 4, 2015 KitKat hires an English guy to soothe you into looking at a blank screen for the holidays. Read More. Questions for discussion: 1. Why do you think that KitKat decided to go in such a different direction for their advertising… Read more »

Minority Report’s “Pre-Crime” is almost reality

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Description: LA City Council Considers Sending ‘Dear John’ Letters To Homes Of Men Who Solicit Prostitutes Source: Washington Post Date: December 1, 2015 Los Angeles is considering sending “Dear John” letters to the homes of men who solicit prostitutes hoping the mail will be opened by mothers, girlfriends or wives. Read More. Questions for discussion: 1…. Read more »

Hack Your Brain to Boost Productivity

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Description: This guy wears a helmet to make his brain more productive. Source: CNN Money Date: December 2, 2015 Andrew Vladimirov wants to hack his own brain to increase productivity, sharpen attention and improve memory by applying electromagnetic and laser stimulation to his head. Questions for discussion: 1. Would you trust this type of technology for… Read more »

Why Apple Would Want to Take on Netflix

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Description:Producing original movies or TV series fits with the company’s business model, analyst says. Source: CBC News Date: Sept 7th, 2015 A never-ending media industry rumour has resurfaced: According to a report in Hollywood trade publication Variety, later confirmed by other news outlets, Apple is exploring options to produce original online programming, the goal being to… Read more »

Facebook’s WhatsApp Hits 900 Million Active Monthly Users

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Description: Google is setting itself up to own the entire mobile experience, with the launch of its new wireless carrier Project Fi. Source: CNET Date: Sept 3, 2015 Messaging app WhatsApp keeps growing more popular with users each month. The Facebook-owned app, which is used by people around the world to send texts without paying carrier fees,… Read more »