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Early on in Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, a grizzled and grandstanding head of CIA (Alec Baldwin) accuses the Impossible Mission Force — the anti-terrorist spy team starring Tom Cruise and a...

Japanese distillery will send its whisky to age in space

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This Prank Is Proof That We All Blindly 'Like' Engagement Photos

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A win for Amazon doesn't mean we should kill the BBC

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UK Is Leading The Way To Become A Global Bitcoin Hub

In many countries, when it comes to regulating bitcoin companies, it’s still mostly a work in progress. Some governments want to restrict bitcoin quite a lot, while others are adopting a more favorable stance. The U.K. has been the financial hub of Europe for decades now, and it looks like it plans to do the same thing with bitcoin.

Uber to Invest $1 Billion in India

NEW DELHI—Uber Technologies Inc. said it would invest $1 billion in India in the next nine months as it seeks to increase the number of cities in which it operates in the country and fend off competition from local rivals.

Obama signs executive order to build first-ever exascale supercomputer | ExtremeTech

While the US has plenty of representation in the current TOP500 list of the fastest supercomputers in the world, it lost the #1 slot to China’s several years ago. President Obama wants to fix that immediately, and as such has signed an executive order Wednesday that dictates the creation of a coordinated federal strategy for high-performance computing (HPC) research, development, and deployment. It establishes the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) — tasked with building the first exascale (1,000-petaflop) system, and by extension the fastest supercomputer in the world.

Read-it-later app Pocket testing recommendations in public beta

Why this matters: Pocket is catching up to read-it-later rival Instapaper, which already lets you explore recommendations within the app’s Browse tab. Because Pocket’s Recommendations feature is still in beta, the company is looking for feedback to refine and improve it before rolling it out to all of Pocket’s 17 million users. The end result could be, with the help of beta testers, the best content recommendation tool around.

Apple seeds second OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite beta to developers

This release is for the desktop version OS X 10.10.5, and, like the iOS 8.1.4 beta release earlier today, it’s the second installment in the beta schedule for developers. This release is build 14F19a, and it’s available in the Mac App Store for the machines that are already running the first beta release, which was seeded on July 14 .

Robot climbing frame looks for fun - BBC News

A team of roboticists has developed an interactive climbing frame, that can roam designated play areas, searching for children to play with it.

YC-Backed Saida Wants To Bring Short-Term Loans To People In Emerging Markets

Saida can see how a person, for example, uses their prepaid cellphone plan, such as how often they recharge that plan and what proportion of the plan is spent on data services, voice or text messaging. Users give Saida some information that helps handle all the approval for the loan on a mobile device. Software installed on those phones can help give users a “credit score” of sorts and help them get approved for a loan that can be paid back in 30-60 days.

Microsoft Said to Consider Funding Uber at $50 Billion Valuation

The two companies have also combined to integrate Uber into Microsoft’s Cortana voice-controlled assistant so that it can hail an Uber ride for users as a scheduled meeting on their calendar approaches. An investment, if it happens, would be a recognition that the two companies have worked together in the past and plan to remain partners in the future, the person said.

HTC Spends Nearly $10M On A 15% Stake In Virtual Reality Platform WEVR

HTC Corp is engaged in the design, development, and manufacture of smartphones and tablets in Taiwan. The company offers PDA phones and smartphones for mobile operators and distributors in Europe, the United States, and Asia. These machines are available as HTC devices and as products individually customized for operators and device partners. The company provides its own HTC self-branded products …

Recon Jet smart glasses get the GoPro controller app they deserve

Recon Instruments makes tech-friendly snow and cyclist headwear with built-in GPS, displays and more. Recon's Jet glasses even have a camera on board -- but it's limited to a one-minute max for videos. Riders, runners and powder-fiends who own either the Snow2 or Jet can now eke out a little extra functionality, thanks to an app that'll let you control a GoPro, right from the headset's touch controls. Called "MyGoproRemote2," the app functions just like GoPro's own mobile offering, with all the same options -- preview, record, change settings and so on. Your Snow or Jet connects to the camera over WiFi, so it's likely a burden on the battery for both devices, but that's the price of not having to carry a phone or GoPro remote we guess. The app's confirmed to work with Hero3 and Hero4 cameras, and can be snapped up (for free) from Recon's Engage app store.

Uber wants to invest $1bn to boost business in India - BBC News

The taxi booking service Uber has said it will invest $1bn (£0.64m) to expand its business in India.

Inside Spotify's Plan To Take On Apple Music

How does he know? The machines told him, naturally. Fresh Finds takes a central component of The Echo Nest's original methodology—its web content crawler and natural language processing technology—to mine music blogs and reviews from sites like Pitchfork and NME and figure out which artists are starting to generate buzz, but don't yet have the listenership to show for it. Using natural language processing, the system analyzes the text of these editorial sources to try and understand the sentiment around new artists. For instance, a blogger might write that a band's "new EP blends an early '90s throwback grunge sound with mid-'80s-style synthesizers and production—and it's the best thing to come out of Detroit in years." If this imaginary act goes on tour and writers in Brooklyn dole out praise of their own, the bots will pick up on it. It helps address an issue some people have voiced early on with Apple Music, that its selections aren't adventurous and it tends to recommend things you already like rather than things you might like.

Uber Valued at More Than $50 Billion

Someday in a 100 years from now after the fallout has allowed some life to return there will be a class on the the dirt of what used to be a major university. Let us review the success of business in our lost country in the early 21st Century: 1) The Google Company provided a fast way to look up stuff on computers and they got rich.2) Facebook and Twitter allowed people to tell everything they could think of to people they hardly knew and the got rich. )Amazon sold everything that stores did before them and they got rich 4) Uber used something similar to a telephone to call people to drive them around  and they got rich. What did they make teacher?--well it was really nothing but they did get rich.

4th Amendment Lives: Court Tells US Government Get A Warrant If It Wants Mobile Phone Location Info | Techdirt

Here, as in Jones, the government seeks permission to track the movement of individuals—without a warrant—over an extended period of time and by electronic means. CSLI, like GPS, can provide the government with a “comprehensive record of a person’s public movements that reflects a wealth of detail about her familial, political, professional, religious, and sexual associations.” Riley, 134 S. Ct. at 2490 (quoting Jones, 132 S. Ct. at 955 (Sotomayor, J., concurring)). With the proliferation of smaller and smaller base stations such as microcells, picocells, and femtocells—which cover a very specific area, such as one floor of a building, the waiting room of an office, or a single home, ...—the government is able to use historical CSLI to track an individual’s past whereabouts with ever increasing precision. See Riley, 134 S. Ct. at 2490 (explaining that a cell phone’s “[h]istoric location information . . . can reconstruct someone’s specific movements down to the minute, not only around town but also within a particular building”). At oral argument, the government agreed that in some instances CSLI could locate an individual within her home, .

Google refuses French order to apply 'right to be forgotten' globally

"We've worked hard to implement the right to be forgotten ruling thoughtfully and comprehensively in Europe, and we’ll continue to do so," wrote Peter Fleischer, Google's global privacy counsel. "But as a matter of principle, therefore, we respectfully disagree with the CNIL’s assertion of global authority on this issue and we have asked the CNIL to withdraw its formal notice."

Houston, we have a bug: 9 famous software glitches in space

There’s never a good time to run into software bugs, but some times are worse than others - like during a mission to space. Spacecraft of all shapes and sizes rely heavily on software to complete their objectives. But those missions can be quickly ended by the simplest of human errors when writing code. The omission of an overbar here or overflow error checking code there can mean the difference between success or failure, not to mention the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars, years of work and, on manned missions, human life. Use the arrows above to read about 9 examples that show that, despite the care with which these systems are built, bugs have occurred in spacecraft software since we started to fling rockets into space - and will, no doubt, continue to crop up.

1,000 Italians Want The Foo Fighters To Visit Their City So Badly They Pulled Off The Best Rock Stunt Of The Year

The Rockin’ 1000, a project that’s the brainchild of creator Fabio Zaffagnini, is the new holder of the title of "the world’s most epic rock band." (Sorry, Tenacious D.) It’s literally a 1,000-piece rock orchestra that got together in a field in Cesena to perform the Foo Fighters’ "Learn To Fly" as a single band, with a veritable army of singers, drummers, bassists, and lead and rhythm guitarists. The entire experience was then captured using aerial, close-up, and wide-angle footage, proving that whether it’s one be-mohawked drummer killing it or a massive crowd shot of everybody not just enjoying the music but actually making it, rock and roll as a communal experience is still a special thing. At the end of the video, a surely-exhausted Zaffagnini addresses the crowd to talk about how it’s really just a project intended for the Foo Fighters themselves. "Italy is a land where dreams can not easily come true," he says, in the saddest triumphant speech ever, "But it’s a land of passion, and creativity." Dave Grohl’s reputation as "Rock’s Coolest Uncle" virtually guarantees that he’ll hobble his broken leg out onto a stage in Cesena sometime in the near future—and we’re hoping that the Rockin’ 1000 get to join ‘em onstage.

'League of Legends' pirate Gangplank is dead; long live Gangplank

"We encourage all Gangplank fans to remain calm for a few days until we can fully assess the situation," Riot writes . "At this time we are not addressing refund requests for him or his skins but please know that over the next several days we'll do our best to make things right for everyone." The fact that Riot has killed a champion and isn't offering refunds to dedicated players suggests that a larger plot is afoot. What do you think Riot plans to do with Gangplank, now that he's taken a long walk off of his own, short plank?

Groupon launched its own food delivery service to shield you from being coupon-shamed

The daily deals industry have long suffered a bad reputation – from customers leaving discounted tips to vendors treating voucher users ‘differently,’ online coupons for IRL services aren’t as appealing as they once were.

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YC-Backed GrowSumo Helps Businesses Grow Sales Through Partner Programs

Y Combinator is a startup accelerator based in Mountain View, CA. In 2005, Y Combinator developed a new model of startup funding. Twice a year they invest a small amount of money ($120K) in a large number of startups (most recently 68). The startups move to Silicon Valley for 3 months. The YC partners work closely with each company to get them into the best possible shape and refine their pitch to …

Munich’s Got Its Eye on a Huge Highway System for Cyclists

Kastrup is optimistic, but acknowledges the likelihood of political opposition to the plan. Munich is densely populated, and whatever space you dedicate to cyclists is necessarily being taken away from other users. Right now, as in so many places, cars take up the most room. “Perhaps this has to change a little. Perhaps they have to give a little space to other means of transport.”

What Windows 7 holdouts will miss: 11 improvements in Windows 10

While Windows 7 and its predecessors left you to fend for yourself, Windows 8 and 10 provide basic protection in the form of Windows Defender, an integrated, easy-to-use version of Microsoft Security Essentials. Windows Defender won’t win any independent testing contests, but it gives you a baseline level of protection sorely lacking in Windows 7—and in Windows 10, it’s smart enough to activate itself if you aren’t rocking active antivirus protection.

Portland Is Trying to Stop an Oil-Drilling Ship With Kayaks and Canoes

If you want to stop a giant oil company from drilling in the Arctic, you have a few options. A large group of Portland residents are currently forming a blockade to prevent one of the oil company’s ships from getting to the Arctic. And they’re doing it with kayaks.

This Music Video Recreates 35 Classic Album Covers; How Many Can You Name?

"Avalanche," the title track on Mattson's new EP, bears a keyboard riff that pays homage to Bruce Springsteen's "Born To Run," so it makes sense that the artist would include The Boss in his album art round-up. Throughout the video, Mattson runs from one photogenic scene to the next, quickly donning whichever accouterments will help him reboot album covers by The Ramones, Captain Beefheart, Jay-Z, Beck, Elliott Smith, and—why the hell not?—The Backstreet Boys.

Talking Calculators? In the 70s, We Were Amazed by Them - NBC News

In this episode of Tech Rewound, we look at some of the talking technology that once wowed us.

Why Google’s enterprise pitch is a confusing mess

Google has allowed a branding and marketing mess to fester around its enterprise business for far too long. The company needs a unifying message that can explain Google for Work to prospective customers in a more cohesive fashion.

15 marketing experts to follow on social media

4. Contently . “My absolutely favorite marketing pro would have to be Contently, a company dedicated to sharing the best and most creative approaches to content creation for brands,” says Vanessa Labi, a digital engagement specialist at Creative California , a digital marketing firm. “Their main focus, regardless of medium, is storytelling. The articles they publish on this subject matter are consistently written in a conversational, yet authoritative tone, and are presented on social media with engaging visuals and can't-not-click-on-it headlines,” she explains. “In other words, they practice what they preach! I would recommend to digital marketing pros that they follow Contently to not only get the latest marketing news, but also to stay focused on elevating content and engaging your audience with excellent storytelling.”

Crowdfunding vs VC Money - an entrepreneur's perspective

Equity crowdfunding is growing, and fast becoming a real alternative to raising Venture Capital. Crowdcube have just claimed their first crowdfunded exit. After closing our own £2M crowdfunding round in June, we’ve been bombarded by founders and VCs asking us to share our story and hear what we learned.

How A Former Smashing Pumpkin And Groupon Founder Andrew Mason Want You To See Live Music

Jimmy Chamberlin knows how to fill an arena. As a founding member of the Smashing Pumpkins, the rock drummer crushed toms for over 20 years. Now, as CEO of LiveOne, he's bringing the concert experience to audiences around the world with a live streaming service. And his partner is a certain music studio intern you may know better as the founder and ex-CEO of Groupon, Andrew Mason . Watch the video to learn how Chamberlin discovered what audiences want in the digital age—and how his company can deliver it.

Windows 10 Mobile may not reach as many phones as Microsoft hoped

In other words, more than a third of modern U.S. Windows Phones aren’t even eligible for the upgrade. That’s quite a change from last November, when Microsoft’s Lumia Twitter account promised free upgrades for all Windows Phone 8 devices .

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Lawsuit forces Samsung to issue software patch allowing users to delete bloatware, but only in China

A Chinese consumer rights committee sued Samsung over some 20 apps that come preloaded on the Galaxy Note 3 (N9008S). After losing the suit Samsung will now issue a software patch next month that allows these pre-installed apps to be removed from the Galaxy Note 3. The better news is that Samsung China is now saying that they’ll allow customers to delete “unwanted applications” even in newer devices like the Samsung Galaxy S6 /Edge.

Snapchat Revenue Could Hit $50 Million This Year -- But It Still Needs a CFO

Then there’s Spiegel himself. The CEO has always been meticulous about hiring, especially to Snapchat’s upper ranks, and he’s being extremely patient with this search, according to sources; he has set a very high bar for the CFO position. He’s also prone to changing his mind. A lot. He’s looking to bring in someone who is currently running a public company, according to another source. But if he met a Wall Street banker tomorrow who fit the mold? Well, that might switch up the whole profile.

How To Make Money On Instagram

Instagram "influencers," as the industry calls them, team up with businesses to promote products or brand campaigns on the photo-sharing platform. These promotions take the form of photos, hashtags and captions, and compensation depends on the brand, scope of the project and influencer's bargaining power. While some brands pay between $5 to $10 per thousand followers, others offer $100 per 100 followers and still others pay only in free swag. 

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Tonight's 'Blue Moon' wants attention; don't give it what it wants

You may have heard musings that there's a blue moon on the rise tonight. Don't believe the hype. The moon you see this evening will stay the same grey-ish shade it always looks.

10 ways to monetize your mobile app

In-App purchases are enticing and effective for some app users, while subscription and gated features push others to make a purchase. Instead of focusing your efforts on just adding a ton of in-app purchase options to your app, or only adding in-app advertising, try to blend a mix of a few different monetizing strategies. Include a few advertisements, some gated features and some virtual goods that can be purchased, and see how differently each user reacts. This is a great response to the fact that some users hate in-app purchases while others are addicted to them. This way there’s something for everyone. –  Miles Jennings ,

Your monthly dose of tech news from Eastern Europe: July

Eastern European entrepreneurs, investors and other ecosystem players didn’t seem to spend much time relaxing under the bright sun this month, but worked hard to make it to the headlines of tech media across the world.

Windows 10 installed on 14 million devices since launch

Microsoft aims to get Windows 10 installed on 1 billion devices over the next few years. The company wants to position the operating system as an ongoing product that is constantly updated, calling it “ Windows as a service .”

These robot bugs don't just walk on water, they jump on it - CNET

In addition to having just the right timing and touch to launch from a wet surface without sinking, real-life striders also have legs with slightly curved tips. These tips increase the area the insects use to press against the surface of the water with a maximum amount of force, but without breaking the surface tension that keeps them on top of the water.

Pinterest hires Macintosh icon pioneer Susan Kare

Kare, 61, is joining the social network as a product design lead, where she will influence the way Pinterest looks — much in the same way she helped shape the original Macintosh software experience.

Early Apple Designer Susan Kare Joins Pinterest’s Creative Team

She’ll be part of Pinterest’s creative team as a product design lead, according to the company. Kare designed many of Apple’s famous original icons, like the Lasso and Paint Bucket, and worked for Steve Jobs at NeXT as creative director. She’s also behind the Chicago typeface, which was used in many of the early iPods.

Requiem For The App Revolution

This notion of where you experience an app as a fundamental principle came crashing home for me a few years ago when I spent some time in Kenya working with a number of Salesforce Foundation customers who were looking to build mobile applications on the Salesforce1 Platform.

Tesla's autopilot mode will get two awesome new features

Highway autosteer will reportedly allow drivers to go long distances without ever touching the wheel or pedals. It's literally autopilot for your Model S. Parallel autopark is, well, exactly what it sounds like. The software update should be rolling out in the very near future (Tesla has not yet confirmed a release date), just as soon as they figure out one last niggling issue:

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Black caucus brings diversity push to Silicon Valley

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are flying to Silicon Valley next week to press the nation’s biggest technology companies to hire more African-American workers — a sign that the industry’s well-documented diversity problems are starting to generate new political heat in Washington.

YC-Backed Locent Lets Businesses Sell Products Via Text Message

Y Combinator is a startup accelerator based in Mountain View, CA. In 2005, Y Combinator developed a new model of startup funding. Twice a year they invest a small amount of money ($120K) in a large number of startups (most recently 68). The startups move to Silicon Valley for 3 months. The YC partners work closely with each company to get them into the best possible shape and refine their pitch to …

The business of eSports in numbers

A new, booming industry means big bucks for investors. Paradise says that his company, Skillz, facilitates eSports competitions across games from more than 1,100 studios. "While many of the games we power are not household names, the combined prizes paid in these games represent 30 percent of all eSports prizes paid so far this year," he says.

Lollapalooza live stream: Watch Paul McCartney, Metallica and more

Hey, Jude, and everyone else: You can watch Lollapalooza from anywhere thanks to Red Bull TV's three-day live stream .

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56 How to make hard choices
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60 When to take a stand -- and when to let it go
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62 Warren Buffett’s Family Secretly Funded a Birth Control Revolution
63 My hopes, dreams, fears for my future black son
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65 Cell Phones, Social Media and Campaign 2014
66 Everyday cybercrime -- and what you can do about it
67 Oldest and Fatherless: The Terrible Secret of Tom Bombadil
68 The 7 Counterintuitive Social Media Mistakes You May be Making
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