Take it from the insiders: Silicon Valley is eating your soul | John Harris

January 19, 2018

Former Google and Facebook executives are seeming alarm systems about the permeating power of tech, writes Guardian columnist John Harris One source of anxiety came close to being 2017′ s signature theme: how the internet and the tiny handful of enterprises that dominate it are affecting both individual minds and the present and future of the planet. The old-time theory of the online world-wide as a burgeoning utopia appears to…


Antisocial media: why I decided to cut back on Facebook and Instagram

January 17, 2018

Only when I tried to quit social networks did I realise how addictive and enclose they are designed to be. Now I am convinced we are heading for a public health crisis It was winter 2016 when I reached rock bottom. I went on a three-day Facebook binge. I can’t remember what set it off, but I recollect how it objective. I woke up in a gutter, heart pounding, thinking…


Bitcoin Futures Start With a Bang as Rally Trips Circuit Breaker

January 10, 2018

Bitcoin landed on Wall Street with a bang. Less than three hours after the debut of Cboe Global Markets Inc.’s bitcoin futures, the contracts clambered as much as 14 percentage and triggered a two-minute trading halting designed to cool volatility. Pusher said initial volumes outperformed expectancies, while traffic on Cboe’s website was so strong that it caused delays and outages. The exchange said all its trading systems were normal. ”…


Bitcoin Billionaire Winklevoss Sees Surge of as Much as 20 Fold

January 3, 2018

Cameron Winklevoss, thought to be one of the largest owners of bitcoin, envisages the cryptocurrency’s futures contracts on Sunday, attaining it easier to stake against the digital currency’s rally in recent months, is stirring some fanatics nervous — but not Winklevoss. He’s one of the far-famed 36 -year-old twins who played an early role in Click here to read about bitcoin’s volatility disconcerting futures traders . Winklevoss can point to…


Bitcoin Lost Almost 20% of Its Value This Week

December 30, 2017

Bitcoin faced one of its biggest experiments this week, forgetting nearly 20 percent of its appreciate after the world’s largest cryptocurrency reached a record high Monday. The digital money plunged as much as 30 percentage on Friday, before paring losses, as this week’s selloff extended to a fourth period. The weekly slump is the biggest in almost three years. Other cryptocurrencies also tumbled: ethereum declined as much as 36 percentage…


From Bitcoin to Belize, Here Are Best and Worst Assets of 2017

December 30, 2017

It was a great year to maintain bitcoin, but a bad time to have been invested in the Uzbek soum. As 2017 gales to a open, a look at the wins and losers around the globe would point out that, broadly speaking, the riskiest resources performed well, with bullish feeling on display in stocks, emerging-market monarches and corporate debt. Securities generally seen as the safest and least volatile wagers —…


Bitcoin Futures Deliver Wild Ride as Debut Brings Rally, Halts

December 26, 2017

Bitcoin has property on Wall Street. Futures on the world’s most popular cryptocurrency surged as much as 26 percentage in their debut session on Cboe Global Markets Inc.’s exchange, triggering two temporary trading haltings designed to calm the market. Initial volume outstripped dealers’ expectancies, while traffic on Cboe’s website was so heavy that it caused delays and temporary outages. The website’s questions had no impact on trade system, Cboe said….


Bitcoin Crashes and Then Surges in Wild Weekend Action

November 29, 2017

Bitcoin is proving that investing in digital currencies isn’t for the swooning of heart. After plunging as much as 29 percentage from a record high-pitched following the cancellation of a technology upgrade on Nov. 8, the most significant cryptocurrency came roaring back in early trading Monday before fluctuating between gains and losses. ” Crypto trading is not for the novice investor ,” said John Spallanzani, chief macro strategist at GFI…


Thirty countries use ‘armies of opinion shapers’ to manipulate democracy report

November 26, 2017

Governments in Venezuela, the Philippines, Turkey and elsewhere use social media to affect elections, drive schedules and counter commentators, says report The governments of 30 countries around the globe are using legions of so called sentiment shapers to meddle in elections, improvement anti-democratic schedules and repress their citizens, a new report shows. Unlike widely reported Russian attempts to influence foreign elections, most of the offending countries use the internet to…


Russia used hundreds of fake accounts to tweet about Brexit, data shows

November 20, 2017

Researchers have found that accounts run away from troll farm in St Petersburg tried to sow discord between Britons Concern about Russian force in British politics has intensified as it emerged that more than 400 fake Twitter accounts be deemed to be run from St Petersburg published posts about Brexit. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh identified 419 accounts operating from the Russian Internet Research Agency( IRA) attempting to influence…


Bitcoin Surges After World’s Biggest Exchange Announces Plans for Futures

November 14, 2017

The allure of bitcoin was too much for CME Group Inc. The world’s largest exchange owned reversed course today and said it plans to introduce bitcoin futures by the end of its first year, only a month after dismissing such a plan. The largest cryptocurrency, which has surged more than sixfold this year, climbed to a record high after the announcement. CME’s neighbor across the street in Chicago seems to…


Facebook Is Still In Denial About Fake News

November 13, 2017

This afternoon–after months of deflections and evasions and many paeans about the ability of community–Facebook will attempt to explain itself to lawmakers. The company’s general counsel, Colin Stretch, will witness before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing, along with executives from Twitter Inc. and Google Inc ., about the scope of Kremlin-connected propaganda on the world’s largest social network. Among interesting thing, Stretch will say that the well-known Russian misinformation mill,…


Snap Will Overhaul Its App Just Nine Months After Its IPO

November 12, 2017

Evan Spiegel said Tuesday in his prepared remarks to investors.” We’re willing to take that risk for what we believe are substantial long-term an advantage to our business .” As a part of the modernize, Snapchat is building an algorithm to show people a personalized version of the narratives they might wishing to. Spiegel didn’t impart many details, except to say that the intimate nature of Snapchat — discussions between…


Bitcoin Surges Past $7,000 to Extend Record Rally

November 11, 2017

Bitcoin surged past $7,000 for the first time, breaching another milestone less than one month after it tore through the $5,000 mark. The digital currency $100 billion. ” It is simply remarkable how resilient bitcoin has been in the face of substantial negativity ,” said Lukman Otunuga, a research psychoanalyst at ForexTime, in a Nov. 1 mention to patrons.” The rate act been shown that bulls have a very firm…


‘Silicon Valley’ star Kumail Nanjiani lashes out against tech companies

November 11, 2017

Kumail Nanjiani is a comic with some very dark anticipates . Image: Donald Bowers/ Getty Images for The New Yorker Starring in a comedy about tech isn’t ever funny, one of HBO’s Silicon Valley stars explained in a cynical Twitter thread Wednesday. Kumail Nanjiani, who plays software engineer Dinesh in the Tv serial, shared some thoughts on how tech corporations don’t consider the ethical ramifications of what they’re build. SEE…


Trump Campaign Raising Money Off Pence Walking Out of NFL Game

November 6, 2017

President Donald Trump’s seam fundraising committee sent an email Monday asking donors to show support for Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to denounced NFL musicians who kneel during the national anthem in objection of police barbarism, saying that the conference would” last year started current trends of kneeling during the national anthem in protest of what he said was systemic mistreatment of blacks by law enforcement. Kaepernick, who four years…


Bitcoin Pioneer Says New Coin to Work on Many Blockchains

November 3, 2017

Jeff Garzik, one of a handful of key developers who helped build the underlying software for bitcoin that is known as blockchain, has determined its shortcomings firsthand. So he decided to create a better digital currency. He’s calling it Metronome and says it will be the first that can jump-start between different blockchains. For instance, coins that are used for applications on the Ethereum blockchain will be able to move…


Google, Facebook, Twitter Scramble to Hold Washington at Bay

October 31, 2017

Last month, Google summoned about 200 staff from around the world for the purposes of an annual policy meeting. One agenda item was different this time: How to deal with the sudden drumbeat of bawls in the U.S. to govern the company for being too big. The two-day retreat in Monterey, California, where employees from the $682 billion company plied Washington policy experts with questions about the pros and cons…


AT&T’s DirecTV Is Giving Refunds on NFL Packages Due to Protests

October 23, 2017

Subscribers to AT& T Inc.’s DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket who want to cancel the service because of football players’ national anthem complains can get refunds, is in accordance with customer services representatives. The protests, which started with some players kneeling during the course of its anthem to protest racial inequality, has expanded to squads and even proprietors relating limbs in a show of unity. The questions has been exaggerated by…


Google Displayed Fake News in Wake of Las Vegas Shooting

October 18, 2017

As law enforcement and news organizations raced to piece together what happened during the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. record Sunday night in Las Vegas, web denizens less wedded to the truth hastened in to provide details of their own–which rapidly ran viral. Links to the 4chan website that falsely determined the crap-shooter and called him a leftist and Democratic supporter were showing up on the top of Google…