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10 things in tech you need to know today
Posted November 9, 2015 0:7 AM
10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! Here's the tech news you need to know to start your week.

1. Another big European startup just delayed its IPO plans. HelloFresh, which is worth $3 billion (£2 billion), is postponing the flotation "because of "concern about investor demand and valuation, and general 'market volatility,'" reports.

2. Snapchat is closing the gap on Facebook video with a reported 6 billion views to Facebook's 8 billion. Snapchat has confirmed the view count but declined to comment further.


The 10 most important things in the world right now
Posted November 8, 2015 11:17 PM
The 10 most important things in the world right now

Good morning! Here's what you need to know on Monday.

1. Millions of people voted on Sunday in Myanmar's freest national election after 50 years under military rule, though the final results might not be known of days. 

2. A World Bank report says that climate-change-related events, such as losses and an increased risk of disease, could push more than 100 million additional people in poverty by 2030. 


The incredible story of Marie Curie — the scientist who introduced the nuclear age

Above all else, Marie Curie was a scientist with remarkable insight. But to the science contemporaries of her time, Curie was a woman, who happened to study science.

At times she was overlooked for her achievements, which were laying the foundation for what we understand about radioactive behavior that, today, runs nuclear reactors, powers deep-space exploration, and drives an entire field of medicine, called radiology.

Through the shameful, sexist-derived neglect, Curie's intellect, wit, and drive pushed her toward miraculous discoveries that even the scientific community could not ignore for long.

Curie became the first scientist to earn two Nobel Prizes, had three radiology institutes erected in her honor, saw her eldest daughter win a Nobel Prize, and was revered by the most brilliant minds of our time, including Albert Einstein.

A 23-year-old's guide to the best Snapchat tips and tricks

We've already shown you how to use Snapchat, an app that looks simple enough to use, but is riddled with subtly designed features you could easily miss.

Last year, Snapchat was ranked the third most popular social app among millennials, trailing only Facebook and Instagram.

And the app has more nuanced features than ever.  Now we're going to show you some Snapchat hacks, so you can make the most out of Snapchat's not-so-obvious features without resorting to downloading third-party apps.

You can see your Snapchat score, the total number of snaps you've received and sent, on your profile...



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The White House is prepping for a single weather event that could cost $2 trillion in damage

To our electronic way of life, the sun is a formidable foe, and the White House is taking protective action against it.

On October 29, the White House's National Science and Technology Council released its strategic plan to prepare for an extreme weather event in space that could destroy satellites, spacecraft, and vital telecommunications systems.

Many of these electrical systems depend on one another, which is a recipe for disaster.

"These critical infrastructures make up a diverse, complex, interdependent system of systems in which a failure of one could cascade to another," the NSTC reported in its plan.

A $2 trillion gamble

Every second, the sun shoots bursts of charged subatomic particles, in the form of solar wind, into space at speeds of 1 million mph.

One part of Amazon's business is leading 'the biggest technology shift of our time'

Amazon has been branching out into a variety of new enterprises, including drones and physical stores. But, according to Deutsche Bank, there's one part of the company that's outpacing the rest.

DB's Karl Keirstead and Ross Sandler heaped praise on the cloud-computing division, Amazon Web Services, in a note detailing the future of the technology.

After calling public cloud infrastructure the "most disruptive trend impacting the technology industry today," the analysts highlighted AWS' business and its leader, Andrew Jassy.

Old people are finally going crazy for social media

If you thought old people don't "get" social media, you may want to think again.

According to a report by Pew Research Center last month, 35% of all adults aged 65 and older said they're on social media. That's more than triple what was reported in 2010, when only 11% said they were social media users.

That still vastly lags behind young adults (ages 18 to 29), who said 90% are on social media, but it's a dramatic improvement from 2005, when only 2% of adults 65 and over said they used social media of any form.

The report didn't explain why the sudden jump was happening, but some of the reasons it cited in its previous reports include: reconnecting with old friends, reaching out for chronic disease support, and simply a way to bridge generational gaps.


Getting sick in China might've been the best thing to happen to this startup founder (GS)

Sometimes, an entrepreneur's 'eureka!' moment comes at the worst possible time. 

This is one of those stories.

The entrepreneur is Ryan Frankel. His startup is VerbalizeIt, a translation business. 

First, Frankel's backstory: he spent about three years working at Goldman Sachs on a variety of tasks on both private equity and venture capital deals across sectors including healthcare, consumer services and alternative energy, to name a few. 

In 2010, Frankel left Goldman Sachs and returned to school at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, and – like a lot of graduate students – took advantage of the free time.  

Pharma CEO Martin Shkreli says a new price for Daraprim could be here by Christmas — but it'll be only a 'modest' decrease

Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli has confirmed a New York Times report saying the price of Daraprim, the drug whose price increased dramatically after Turing bought it, would go down by the end of the year. He said, however, that the decrease would be "modest."

A Times article first published Tuesday reported that a price decrease for Daraprim would be on the order of 10%. But Shkreli told Business Insider in an interview by phone on Wednesday that that number was taken out of context from an interview this week with HIV activist Josh Robbins.

Toyota's $1 billion investment in Silicon Valley shows it wants to become a software maker

Toyota wants to be more than just the world's largest automaker — and its $1 billion investment in Silicon Valley shows its ambition to turn itself into one of the world's largest software developers.

On Friday, Toyota announced that it would be investing $1 billion over the next five years to build Toyota Research Institute, a new company based in Silicon Valley, near Stanford University, focused on artifical intelligence and robotics.