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Robinhood Crypto

Cryptocurrency is a digital representation of value that functions as a medium of exchange, a unit of account, or a store of value, but it does not have legal tender status. Cryptocurrencies are sometimes exchanged for U.S. dollars or other currencies around the world, but they are not currently backed nor supported by any government or central bank. Their value is completely derived by market forces of supply and demand, and they are more volatile than traditional currencies. Trading in cryptocurrencies comes with significant risks, including volatile market price swings or flash crashes, market manipulation, and cybersecurity risks. In addition, cryptocurrency markets and exchanges are not regulated with the same controls or customer protections available in equity, option, futures, or foreign exchange investing. Cryptocurrency trading requires knowledge of cryptocurrency markets. In attempting to profit through cryptocurrency trading, you must compete with traders worldwide. You should have appropriate knowledge and experience before engaging in substantial cryptocurrency trading.

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Apple expands its fleet of self-driving cars in California

Apple has expanded its fleet of self-driving cars in California, registering an additional two dozen vehicles with the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles. It’s a significant expansion for a company that has been seen as lagging in the race to build self-driving cars.

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10 companies that are spearheading digital transformation in their industry

While this list is by no means comprehensive, here are 10 companies across different industries that have seen positive results from early digital transformation efforts.

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Startup Robinhood to launch commission-free cryptocurrency trading

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Online brokerage startup Robinhood plans to launch commission-free cryptocurrency trading, the company said on Thursday, riding a wave of interest from retail investors for the new asset class.

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YouTube star Casey Neistat to depart CNN

Neistat, an online filmmaker who found viral success, has nearly 8.8 million subscribers on his YouTube channel . He was supposed to help CNN attract millennials, but that apparently didn't pan out.

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Benchmark’s suit against Travis Kalanick is now over

A judge on Thursday permanently dismissed the venture firm’s case against the former Uber CEO following Benchmark’s agreement to dismiss the suit. That ends a messy legal entanglement that was a leading part of Benchmark’s attempt over the last six months to marginalize Kalanick. It was Benchmark that led his ouster from the CEO chair at Uber.

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Captain Marvel Set Photo Reveals Brie Larson in Green Costume - IGN

As revealed at Page Six and in various tweets, Larson's Carol Danvers is wearing a green, black and silver spacesuit. In the Marvel Comics, Captain Marvel's suit has been red, blue-black, and gold. There is, however, precedent to Carol wearing a green costume in the comics.

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Tech firms let Russia probe software widely used by U.S. government

Beyond the Pentagon, ArcSight is used in at least seven other agencies, including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the State Department's intelligence unit, the review showed. Additionally, products made by SAP, Symantec and McAfee and reviewed by Russian authorities are used in at least eight agencies. Some agencies use more than one of the four products. (Graphic: tmsnrt.rs/2C30rp8 )

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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with font, privacy, Timeline, shell, and settings improvements

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs with font, privacy, Timeline, shell, settings, Hyper-V, and access improvements. This build is part of the RS4 branch, which represents the next Windows 10 update the company has yet to announce (but we already know a little about ).

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TechRepublic on Twitter

Intel, Arm, Microsoft, Amazon and Google face grilling from US lawmakers over Spectre and Meltdown secrecy http://tek.io/2DBcCpO  pic.twitter.com/L4WBGLd7TU

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Macworld on Twitter

Apple's got another TV series on the way. This one is from the Damien Chazelle, the writer/director of La La Land and Whiplash. https://buff.ly/2Fhtjaf 

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NBC News MACH on Twitter

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How to turn off battery throttling on your iPhone

Until iOS 11.3 is released as a public beta, trying this new feature is reserved for members of the development program. Those lucky enough to have access to iOS 11.3 can read on to learn how to disable battery throttling to restore device performance.

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How and when to preorder HomePod: The official Apple Store app is your best bet on Friday

It's a mystery how high demand for Apple's HomePod will be, and it's also unknown how many units the company will produce for launch. Because of those unknowns, you'd better be ready come Friday —and early. Preorders start Friday in the U.S., U.K. and Australia Apple hasn't announced a specific time for HomePod preorders on Friday, Jan. 26, but if it follows in the path of anticipated product launches before it, sales will kick off at 12:01 a.m. Pacific, 3 a.m. Eastern. To be perfectly clear: That's just a guess! Don't blame us if you wake up at 3 a.m. and you can't buy it yet. Preorders will start in the U.S., the U.K., and Australia (though technically you'll be waiting until Saturday for Australian preorders). If you're in France and Germany, you'll be waiting until the spring. Still no word on a Canadian launch. Stick to the Apple Store app on your iPhone or iPad Apple will also make the HomePod available through select resellers, such as Best Buy in the U.S. But it's unclear if and when those resellers will begin taking preorders, or even how many units will be available on the launch day of Feb.

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Despite YouTube and Amazon’s efforts, record numbers of teens are still eating Tide Pods

The AAPCC recorded 39 cases of teenagers intentionally eating the pods in the entirety of 2016, and 53 cases in 2017. That number continues to rise despite efforts from companies like YouTube and Amazon, which have taken steps to remove harmful Tide Pod content from their sites.

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Bloomberg Technology on Twitter

Failed your New Year’s resolutions already? Time to try a habit-breaking app https://bloom.bg/2naLYOA  pic.twitter.com/Mi6OPQTsLu

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Xiaomi overtakes Samsung in India

Xiaomi has been slowly increasing its shipment share and riding Samsung’s tail in India since its entry in 2015. And by Q3 2017, Xiaomi   boosted   its market share in India’s smartphone market to 23.5%, placing it on par with Samsung in the smartphone segment. Collectively, Xiaomi and Samsung account for 52% of India’s smartphone market. Overall smartphone shipments in India grew 6% to reach just under 30 million units in Q4 2017.

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Tesla responds to fresh reports of Model 3 production issues

As for the assertion about cells touching in Model 3 batteries, this is extremely misleading and displays a complete lack of basic knowledge about how our batteries work. Every battery in a Tesla vehicle has thousands of cells, the vast majority of which are at the same voltage potential as neighboring cells. Hypothetically, even if two cells of the same voltage potential were touching, there would be absolutely zero impact, safety or otherwise – it would be as if two neutral pieces of metal touched. Despite this fact, all Model 3 battery modules’ cell positions are measured twice in manufacturing to verify process control and quality of outgoing parts. Conversely, if at any point in the production process cells are touching at different voltage potentials, they cannot be electrically interconnected. Over the course of the production process, we conduct three different tests to ensure the right number of cells are electrically connected in Model 3 modules. Additionally, the long term reliability of cell position is something validated through testing, including shock and vibration, and high temperature and humidity testing, as well as thermal cycling endurance testing throughout design and via sampling in production.

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In wake of #MeToo and #TimesUp, Casey Affleck decides not to present at the Oscars

“I believe that any kind of mistreatment of anyone for any reason is unacceptable and abhorrent," Affleck said, not referencing any specific situation. "And everyone deserves to be treated with respect in the workplace and anywhere else.”

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NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo makes net neutrality state policy with executive order

Net neutrality supporters have vowed to continue to fight for protections. Before the ink was even dry on the FCC's order to remove net neutrality regulation, lawmakers in states across the country vowed to use a mix of legislative action and legal moves to fight the FCC's repeal. Attorneys general from 22 states, including New York, filed a lawsuit last week to block the repeal. The executive orders signed by the governors in New York and Montana are another prong of this strategy. And they could end up having the most immediate effect in making sure that companies comply with the old rules, according to Travis LeBlanc, former head of enforcement at the FCC and a partner at the law firm Boies Schiller Flexner.

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How to secure the Windows local Administrator password with LAPS

To combat this in a safe, secure manner, Microsoft developed LAPS as a means of administering the Administrator account password stored on each computer by leveraging Active Directory and Group Policy to force a randomized password to be created for each device and written to an attribute stored in the computer object's AD account. For added security, the randomized password is automatically changed after a specified length of time.

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Here's how Twitter uses artificial intelligence to crop your photos

Software engineers used a technique called "knowledge distillation" to train their algorithms to quickly approximate the most salient parts of your photos. While it might take a long time to make fine-tuned pixel-level predictions, Twitter's neural networks do a speedy, more approximate version to get your photos up on time.

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The best free text to speech software 2018: convert any text to audio

Natural Reader is a free text to speech tool that can be used in a couple of ways. The first option is to load documents into its library and have them read aloud from there. This is a neat way to manage multiple files, and the number of supported file types is impressive, including ebook formats. There's also OCR, which enables you to load up a photo or scan of text, and have it read to you.

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People think Reese Witherspoon has three legs on the Vanity Fair cover

Vanity Fair has come out with its latest cover, featuring the likes of Oprah, Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford, and others (including, for some reason, its own departing editor, Graydon Carter). Reese Witherspoon is also on it, and I’m just asking questions here: Does she have three legs in the cover photo?

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Bloomberg Technology on Twitter

Dell's considering an IPO just years after going private https://bloom.bg/2rGquh3  pic.twitter.com/6pjN0ScdLG

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Microsoft is finally selling a Surface Laptop with Windows 10 Pro

Aside from the option for Windows 10 Pro, the rest of the Commercial Surface Laptop offering is basically identical to the consumer options: Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, 8GB or 16GB of RAM, and storage ranging from 128GB to 1TB (there’s no 4GB RAM option available here, though). The Commercial Surface Laptop starts at $1,099 for the base model, but you can spec it out all the way to $2,699, if that’s your preference.

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Gizmodo on Twitter

If you've never cared about The Maze Runner series, we urge you to reconsider http://gizmo.do/Lcx9U2H  pic.twitter.com/O9LtRoZjYg

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Reese Witherspoon appears to have 3 legs on the cover of 'Vanity Fair'

Let's direct our attention to the cover, on which everyone looks very nice. Also, Reese Witherspoon appears to have three legs: one standing straight up and two bent at the knee. Some people say the unbent leg is the back of her dress or a chair or whatever. I am not saying they're lying , but I simply do not see it. Reese definitely looks like she has three legs.

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These Two Simple Exercises Can Help You Radically Rethink Your Career

Before you find the nearest wall to bang your head against, take a step back and turn the question inside out. Instead of, “What’s available to me?” ask yourself, “What type of work will make me happy?” It’s not as idealistic as it sounds. If you can come up with an answer–even a vague one–you may be able to reverse-engineer your way into a career change that you never would’ve considered possible.

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We can guess how you vote based on the brands you like

A survey from Morning Consult published Thursday identified some of the most polarizing brands in America based on party affiliation. Brands that were once seen as studiously neutral have become explosively divisive. Even chain pizza, the last bipartisan cultural good in America, has found a way to step into the political ring.

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The backlash against Judge Aqilina is a perfect example of sexist “tone policing”

But minutes after people cheered the righteous no-BS manner of Michigan Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, the backlash began. Many men (and some women) didn’t appreciate Judge Aqilina’s harsh words for Nassar. (Notably, Aqilina said “I just signed your death warrant” as she gave the sentence.)

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Bloomberg Technology on Twitter

Robinhood’s fine print on free bitcoin trades is a real buzzkill https://bloom.bg/2nbueT6  pic.twitter.com/xufoWsWz3w

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NASA tests alloy to fold wings mid-flight - CNN Video

NASA has successfully tested a new shape memory alloy that allows the outer portion of aircraft wings to fold in midair.

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Even Twitter is trying to be like camera-friendly Snapchat now

Currently in the Twitter app, getting to your camera is a two-step process. After opening the app, users have to click the compose button in the upper right hand corner, and then the camera button below the body of their nascent tweet. Then, of course, Tweeters have to decide to share what they've captured or written and actually send that Tweet out into the world.

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Gizmodo on Twitter

With this R2-D2, you won't have to go to Toshi Station to pick up some power converters http://gizmo.do/bTU0ThK  pic.twitter.com/w7NE4zOCki

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Top 5: Tips for getting the most out of Google Docs

Sometimes there's so much awesome collaboration you can't see the text anymore. If you want a clean version of the doc you're working on without comments or suggested edits, choose Tools then review suggested edits. You can preview as if you're accepting or rejecting the edits. This menu also has options to accept or reject all changes at once.

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Meltdown and Spectre response hampered by 'exclusive club' secrecy | ZDNet

Open-source community leaders have slammed the 'absolute sh*t show' of an embargo process that left many key constituencies just days to develop complex software patches.

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Reddit enables two-factor authentication | ZDNet

It has taken some time, but the website is finally offering enhanced security for Reddit accounts.

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Gizmodo on Twitter

The US intelligence community apparently wants someone to build them a brain http://gizmo.do/PUnnwWJ  pic.twitter.com/cU6dZnv65G

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Bloomberg Technology on Twitter

Apple is ready to take on Amazon in the digital book market again https://bloom.bg/2rJ6NFy  pic.twitter.com/7XPO1VZxxQ

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5 tips for providing better staff training and development opportunities

It can be tempting to offer a veritable buffet of coaching to staff, especially those who are new to your company or earlier in their careers. While your intentions are good, offering more than two or three development areas is almost as bad as offering no advice at all, and it creates stress and confusion in your staff as they try to develop in so many areas that they ultimately don't appreciably develop in any of them. Even if there are multiple development needs, try to identify the low hanging fruit first, and spend a month or two focused on that area with your staff. Once they show progress, move on to the next development area. Ideally, some intelligent sequencing can mitigate multiple issues.

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Bloomberg Technology on Twitter

Off-the-shelf nuclear plants could soon help power electric cars https://bloom.bg/2rIsDZC  pic.twitter.com/n6vFR5TloP

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Gizmodo on Twitter

Rian Johnson explains another major Last Jedi moment that didn't actually need explaining http://gizmo.do/NCya3Dg  pic.twitter.com/6JCHTP51ud

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10 new VM escape vulnerabilities discovered in VirtualBox

Support for the VirtualBox guest driver is also being integrated into the Linux kernel, as of version 4.16. Work on mainlining the shared folder driver is also underway, though this is not anticipated to be ready in time—it is expected to be added in the merge window for kernel 4.17. The next step for Red Hat's Hans de Goede is landing the "vboxsf" driver for VirtualBox guest shared folder support. The shared folder driver depends upon vboxguest and the patches for review are now on the mailing list, but likely will be too late for getting into Linux 4.16.

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Google may have just revealed Android P's official name on its cryptic I/O conference website

Google may have just revealed Android P's official name on its cryptic I/O conference website

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Here's what would happen to large countries if the internet shut down for 1 hour

"It was surprising to see just how immense China's losses would be compared to its peers; there's a gap of over $100 million between China in first place and the US in second place, which is indicative of the kind of money China's biggest e-commerce site, Alibaba, is generating," WBE's Alex English said in the report. "Though Amazon is fast establishing a monopoly on e-commerce in the western world, this research shows that an internet blackout in Asia could be far more costly."

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Kotlin and Linear Programming Part I - Binary Programming

For scheduling problems however, pure linear programming is not enough. Shifts often are modeled as discrete “slots” which can be represented with whole numbers. For instance, I may have a 12-hour day and I need to assign workers for that day. I could arbitrarily decide a “slot” is 1 hour, which would result in 12 slots. I could make a slot 4 hours, which would result in 3 slots or “shifts”. My model then describes the problem as “Slot1, Slot2, Slot3”… and so on. This is known as integer, or “discrete” optimization.

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BI Tech on Twitter

Lyft says it's investigating whether employees accessed customer records of their exes and Mark Zuckerberg http://read.bi/2GfNxCy  pic.twitter.com/ddxziwcRDA

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