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Indonesian authorities have generally opened their arms to fintech companies offering online loans in Southeast Asia's biggest economy, viewing them as a way of getting credit to tens of millions of people often unable to access bank lending. [...]
2018-Sep-21
Source: Reuters: Technology
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Google employees brainstormed ways to alter search functions to counter the Trump administration's controversial 2017 travel ban, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing internal emails. [...]
2018-Sep-20
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Facebook Inc said on Thursday that it would no longer dispatch employees to the offices of political campaigns to offer support ahead of elections, as it did with U.S. President Donald Trump in the 2016 race. [...]
2018-Sep-20
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Michael Novogratz, former macro hedge fund manager and founder of cryptocurrency asset management firm Galaxy Digital Capital Management, on Thursday said that the bottom in cryptocurrency prices has been reached and bitcoin is due to bounce back. [...]
2018-Sep-20
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The New York State Court of Appeals on Thursday overturned a $115 million judgment against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd over television patents. [...]
2018-Sep-20
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The White House warned foreign hackers on Thursday it will increase offensive measures as part of a new national cyber security strategy. [...]
2018-Sep-20
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Amazon.com Inc on Thursday introduced a dozen new Echo speakers and related gadgets in a bid to stay ahead of rivals Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google in the nascent category for voice-controlled devices. [...]
2018-Sep-20
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Ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] is in early talks to buy food-delivery company Deliveroo, Bloomberg reported https://bloom.bg/2PRDzeI on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. [...]
2018-Sep-20
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Amazon.com Inc on Thursday introduced new Echo devices with more powerful audio in a bid to stay ahead of rivals Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google in the nascent category for voice-controlled gadgets. [...]
2018-Sep-20
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Alphabet Inc's Google defended how it polices third-party add-ons for Gmail in a letter to U.S. senators made public on Thursday, saying that upfront review catches the "majority" of bad actors. [...]
2018-Sep-20
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Years ago I had an argument with a biblically-minded friend who claimed that there could have been no tools of any kind, no technology whatsoever, in the Garden of Eden. So did Adam and Eve do all their “tending of the garden” (Gen. 2:15) with their hands? Pruning branches by [...]
2018-May-28
Source: New Atlantis: Technology
Micro.blog: A couple of days ago I posted this: "I really do think this is a great service, and I'd like to be here regularly, but I wonder how much longer I'll do this if no one I know (or almost no one I know) is here. I'm keeping fingers [...]
2018-May-25
Source: New Atlantis: Technology
In later posts I'll strive for a substantive engagement with Ruskin, but I want to make a general preliminary comment here. Ruskin was one of those figures who lived through a massive social transition and who never forgot what the world was like before its change. “It has been my [...]
2018-May-24
Source: New Atlantis: Technology
So what interests me about Ruskin's Fors Clavigera? Several things: a lively interchange of ideas about political economy with ideas about art and aesthetics; a conviction that our tools, our technologies, interact ceaselessly and complexly with art, politics, and economics; an understanding of writing as one way to contribute [...]
2018-May-23
Source: New Atlantis: Technology
Thirteen years ago, when my friend Jamie Smith launched his blog, he named it Fors Clavigera in honor of a strange and powerful project by the great Victorian sage John Ruskin. Jamie rightly notes in that first post that the original Fors Clavigera, though published as a series of monthly [...]
2018-May-22
Source: New Atlantis: Technology
Some things I like: Markdown formatting in posts plain old RSS feeds for the blogs it's really hard to find out how many people follow you no public faves/likes — I can see what I've faved, but if I want you to know that I liked your post I have [...]
2018-May-21
Source: New Atlantis: Technology
It's fairly common for the local businesses I follow on Instagram to post there news of sales, or unusual opening hours, or special events. Thanks to Instagram's refusal to enable a simple chronological feed, its insistence on inscrutable algorithmic presentations, I almost never see these until it's too late. Sometimes [...]
2018-May-21
Source: New Atlantis: Technology
I want to isolate what I believe to be the key passage in this piece by Sigal Samuel on Ritual Design Lab. Here it is: Finally, an endeavor like Ritual Design Lab has a paradox at its heart. If I contact the Ritual Design Hotline and the team solves my problem [...]
2018-May-20
Source: New Atlantis: Technology
A follow-up to this post. In the Introduction to The Myth of Disenchantment, Jason Josephson-Storm writes: For three years, starting in 1905, some of France's most famous scientists had assembled in apartments and laboratories in Paris to study this particular Italian spirit medium — Eusapia Palladino. In addition to the [...]
2018-May-12
Source: New Atlantis: Technology
Claire McNear, How Quote Tweets Helped Ruin Twitter: When did things get so bad on Twitter? It's hard to say, even as nostalgia for the network's simpler, friendlier days permeates the site. Was it the runup to the 2016 election? The inevitable growth beyond the insidery club of Twitter's earliest days? [...]
2018-May-11
Source: New Atlantis: Technology