All posts on November, 2015

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This is what a National Security Letter looks like

In 2004, the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a National Security Letter (NSL) to a New York Internet service provider called Calyx. It’s a type of governmental information request became much more common as a result of the passing of the USA Patriot Act in 2001, just after September 11. All this time, this specific […]

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Oculus VR will have a ‘special announcement’ at ‘The Game Awards’

We may learn a little bit more about the Oculus Rift later this week. Oculus VR is going to make a “special announcement” this Thursday during The Game Awards, which is an annual livestreaming show that attempts to recognize excellence in game development. Imaging the MTV Video Music Awards but with more polygons and digital punching. […]

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50% of adults shop on smartphones while browsing a store

Half of all adult shoppers conduct product research on mobile devices while shopping in physical stores, according to the results of a new study by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). The practice is called “showrooming,” and its especially popular among younger consumers. The IAB defines showrooming as “comparing prices on a mobile device while in […]

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Gadget Ogling: Zippy 3D Printing, Custom-Molded Earphones, and Fast-Food Buttons

One of the current issues with 3D printing is that it can take some time to create physical versions of large or complex designs. Nexa3D’s NX1 prints objects as much as 100 times faster than competitors, with printing speeds of about a centimeter in height every minute, according to the company. It uses light on a certain type of resin to speed up the process.

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This mobile game studio wants Israel to embrace creativity, not just tech and monetization

Israel is creating a new generation of game startups. One of the promising new companies is Jelly Button Games, whose Pirate Kings mobile game has generated more than 50 million downloads since 2012, even though it hasn’t been aggressively marketed on a global basis yet. The $30 billion mobile gaming business has made it possible […]

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Meteor launches Galaxy Developer Edition with hourly pricing for app hosting

Meteor Development Group, the startup behind the popular Meteor JavaScript framework, announced today that it will be rolling out a new Developer Edition of its Galaxy service for building and hosting apps that use Meteor. It’s convenient because it’s priced by the hour, not on a monthly or annual basis. “[W]e know the current price […]

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Microsoft releases Dynamics CRM 2016 with technology from FieldOne, Parature acquisitions

Microsoft today announced the release of Dynamics CRM 2016, the latest version of its customer relationship management software (CRM). Available both as a cloud service and on-premises software, Dynamics CRM 2016 comes with features Microsoft has picked up through its acquisition of two companies, FieldOne, a provider of software for managing the activity of service […]

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6 best practices for recruiting exceptional talent

SPONSORED: This sponsored post is produced by Stubhub. Anyone who manages at a startup or tech company knows how difficult it is to hire the right talent. From Silicon Valley to Austin, Boston to New York, competition has made this task even more difficult. It takes longer to find great talent, and the need to fill […]

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The Chinese renminbi joins the IMF’s reserve-currency basket

PASSING through the Suez Canal became easier earlier this year, thanks to an expansion completed in August. Now it is about to become a little bit more complicated. Transit fees for the canal are denominated in Special Drawing Rights, a basket of currencies used by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as its unit of account. Today the IMF decided to include the yuan in the basket from next year, joining the dollar, the euro, the pound and the yen.

If lots of things were priced in SDRs, the IMF’s decision would have forced companies around the world to buy yuan-denominated assets as soon as possible, to hedge their exposure. That would have prompted China’s currency to strengthen dramatically. But few goods or services are priced in SDRs. Instead, admission to the currency club is significant mainly for its symbolism: the IMF is lending its imprimatur to the yuan as a reserve currency—a safe, liquid asset…Continue reading

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