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Karen Hao / Quartz:
Some students are taking advantage of free electricity in their dorms to mine cryptocurrencies, resulting in higher profit margins than most miners   —  Mark was a sophomore at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when he began mining cryptocurrencies more or less by accident.
Jan 8, 2018, 6:55 PMIn context
Joon Ian Wong / Quartz:
Ripple, NEM, Ardor, Stellar, and Dash topped the list of best-performing cryptoassets in 2017; Bitcoin's value rose 1,318% during 2017 vs. 36,018% for Ripple   —  Bitcoin's value grew by more than 1,000% in 2017, but that wasn't enough to even place it among the 10 best-performing cryptoassets of the year.
Jan 3, 2018, 7:20 AMIn context
Ananya Bhattacharya / Quartz:
In 2017, India's IT industry saw tens of thousands of layoffs amid slowdown in revenue, increasing automation, which is making many entry-level IT jobs obsolete   —  For Indian techies, 2017 was the stuff of nightmares.  —  One of the top employment generators until a few years ago …
Dec 27, 2017, 11:15 PMIn context
Karen Hao / Quartz:
JD.com plans to open hundreds of unmanned convenience stores across China, has tested stores at its Beijing HQ using RFID, facial and image recognition   —  A little more than a year ago, Amazon announced a new grocery store concept that promised customers a human-less shopping experience.
Dec 20, 2017, 8:31 AMIn context
Mike Murphy / Quartz:
The number of AmazonBasics products available on Amazon.com grew from about 250 products in June 2013 to over 1,500 products now, according to Internet Archive   —  Amazon launched a house brand, called AmazonBasics, in 2009.  It was originally a way for Amazon to sell low-cost …
Dec 18, 2017, 3:56 AMIn context
Yomi Kazeem / Quartz:
Report: monthly broadband in parts of Africa costs more than the national minimum wage; only seven of 36 countries had monthly broadband packages under $50   —  In parts of the continent, monthly broadband packages cost more than national minimum wage.  —  In Nigeria, for example …
Dec 6, 2017, 1:45 PMIn context
Keith Collins / Quartz:
Android phones send nearby cell tower address data to Google even when location services are disabled; Google says it will end the practice by end of November   —  Many people realize that smartphones track their locations.  But what if you actively turn off location services, haven't used any apps …
Nov 21, 2017, 7:10 AMIn context
Ashley Rodriguez / Quartz:
Netflix survey of 37K adults globally: 67% of customers watch on mobile devices in public, 26% watch at work, ~45% have caught others spying on their screens   —  We will watch it on a plane.  And in the dark.  And on a train.  And in a car.  And in a tree.  Okay, maybe not that last one.
Nov 15, 2017, 5:25 PMIn context
Tim Fernholz / Quartz:
GPS, used both for tracking location and tracking time, by global finance, telco, and transport networks, is vulnerable to jamming and spoofing   —  There is an enormous, invisible clock that keeps ultra-precise time, can be checked from anywhere on earth, and is free for everyone to use.
Oct 23, 2017, 9:55 PMIn context
Aamna Mohdin / Quartz:
Apple's VP of diversity Denise Young Smith says she is “a little” frustrated that “diversity” is “tagged to the people of color, or the women, or the LGBT”   —  Denise Young Smith is Silicon Valley's most powerful black woman.  “My name was not talked about prior to maybe 5 years ago,” she says.
Oct 11, 2017, 3:25 PMIn context

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