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The insider’s cultural guide to Hong Kong: ‘Neon, frenetic, always hungry’

THE GUARDIAN: From dim sum to protest art, pop-up cinemas to the free comedy found on the Mass Transit Railway, playwright Jingan Young shows us the city’s hectic streets (more…)

Hong Kong, Influences FinTech, InspirAsia

April 13, 2015

Jorge Ruiz: Citi Looks To Build A Global Ecosystem for FinTech

FINEXTRAJorge Ruiz, managing director, Digital Acceleration Global Program Head, Citi sits down with Finextra to talk about the ongoing Citi Mobile Challenge and the development of a global ecosystem for FinTech. (more…)

Fintech news, Influences FinTech

April 10, 2015

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Top Co-working Spaces For Entrepreneurs in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

E27.CO: With the rising trend of coworking, remote work, and “workation” retreats, entrepreneurial Millennials from around the world are quickly adopting the location-independent entrepreneurship lifestyle because of the prospect of reduced living costs, exciting new environments, and access to a network of other motivated and interesting creatives and entrepreneurs. (more…)

Influences FinTech, InspirAsia, Vietnam

April 10, 2015

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LinkedIn To Buy Online Education Site Lynda.com For $1.5 Billion

TECHCRUNCH: Professional network LinkedIn is getting into the professional skills education market in a big way: The social company purchased Lynda.com, the online learning company founded in 1995 by technical skill instructional book author Lynda Weinman and co-founder Bruce Heavin. Lynda.com has long been the go-to resource for online learning on subjects like Photoshop, basic HTML, CSS, management practices and many more, offering instructional videos and tutorials from industry experts and vets long before e-learning was at anywhere near the level of interest it enjoys today. (more…)

Deals, Influences FinTech

April 9, 2015

Gorgeous App Lets Kids Build Their Own Robots

FAST COMPANY: INSPIRED BY LEGO, TINYBOP’S ROBOT FACTORY ENCOURAGES KIDS TO DESIGN ROBOTS BEYOND THEIR WILDEST IMAGINATIONS. (more…)

Influences FinTech

April 9, 2015

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How To Design The Googleplex Of Schools

FAST COMPANY: When the city of Alexandria, Minnesota, asked community members what they wanted in their new high school to be like, they replied, “like the Google campus.” So they hired John Pfluger of Cuningham Group Architecture to make that a reality. Something that might not be the same size, or even necessarily have the exact design considerations, but that represents the same sense of possibility—the feeling of being adaptable to the future, whatever might come of it. The result is a state-of-the-art facility for more than 1,400 students where the word “classroom” is verboten, and where an hour in algebra class might be indiscernible from kicking back in the quad. (more…)

Influences FinTech

April 6, 2015

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20 Buildings That Show the Future of Architecture

WIRED: Five years ago, a group of Spanish architects dug a hole on a mountainside in Laxe, Spain. They filled it with hay, covered it in concrete, let it dry and blasted an opening to the mound. Then Paulina moved in. Paulina, a cow, spent the better part of a year eating her way through the hay, and by the time she was finished, all that was left was a hollowed-out bunker, marred with hoof scrapes and imprints of straw. This is the future of architecture. Or, at least, it’s one of the many provocative glimpses Marc Kushner, co-founder of design studio HWKN and the well-known architecture website Architizer, offers up in his new book The Future of Architecture In 100 Buildings. (more…)

Influences FinTech, news

April 6, 2015

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OnePlus Launches OxygenOS, Its Custom Version Of Android

TECHCRUNCH: Smartphone-maker OnePlus just released the initial version of OxygenOS, its forked version of Android Lollipop, optimized for its OnePlus One phone. News that OnePlus was working on the operating system broke in January, after a split with partner Cyanogen. (more…)

Influences FinTech, news

April 5, 2015

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This Drone Startup Has An Ambitious (Crazy) Plan To Plant 1 Billion Trees A Year

FAST COMPANY: Lauren Fletcher wants to automate the process with drone technology. His startup, BioCarbon Engineering, plans to seed up to 1 billion trees a year, all without ever setting foot on the ground.
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Influences FinTech, news

April 3, 2015

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Top 3 Co-Working Spaces For Technology Entrepreneurs In Bali

E27.CO: With the rising trend of co-working, remote work, and “workation” retreats, entrepreneurial Millennials from around the world are quickly adopting the location-independent entrepreneurship lifestyle because of the prospect of reduced living costs, exciting new environments, and access to a network of other motivated and interesting creatives and entrepreneurs. (more…)

Influences FinTech, InspirAsia

April 2, 2015

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Why These Coworking Spaces In Train Stations Let You Pay In “Social Capital”

FAST COMPANY: Is the free coworking space that’s giving 80,000 people desks in vacant areas of schools, hospitals, and train stations the future of work? (more…)

Influences FinTech, news

April 2, 2015

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Net-A-Porter Merger Could Create “World’s Biggest Luxury Fashion Store”

FAST COMPANY: Two of the world’s best-known e-commerce sites for luxury clothing and accessories—London-based online fashion retailer Net-a-Porter and Italian e-commerce clothing company Yoox Group SpA—are merging to create a new monolithic e-retailer with an expected annual revenue of more than $1.4 billion. (more…)

Influences FinTech, news

March 31, 2015

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Amazon Has Invented Tiny Plastic Buttons That Allow For Instant Product Ordering

THE VERGE: Amazon is rolling out new hardware today called the Dash button that promises to solve these scenarios. It’s a small physical button that you can stick wherever, and press when you want to order more of something. Need more diapers? Hit the diaper button. Need more toilet paper? Just hit the toilet paper button. Find yourself running low on mac and cheese, razor blades, Gatorade, or laundry detergent? There is now a button for each one of those things. The future where you can just be lazy and spend money with a push of a button from Amazon is here, and it’s very real. (more…)

Influences FinTech, news

March 31, 2015

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HOLAWHAT? MEET THE ALT-MANAGEMENT SYSTEM INVENTED BY A PROGRAMMER AND USED BY ZAPPOS

FAST COMPANY: Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh offered his nearly 4,000 employees an ultimatum last week: accept Holacracy or leave. (more…)

Influences FinTech, news

March 30, 2015

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Amazon’s new Home Services Section Lets You Order Anything From A Plumber To A Goat Herder

THE NEXT WEB: Amazon may be the go-to place to shop online for physical goods, but it’s not of much use when your sink is clogged and you need a plumber, or want to have your broken iPhone screen fixed. Fret no more, as the company now lets you order a professional to your home with the aptly named ‘Amazon Home Services’, accessible at Amazon.com/services. (more…)

Influences FinTech, news

March 30, 2015

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Influx of Russian Talent Offers a Boost to U.S. Tech Sector

THE STREET: For those whose job is to look out for the next Sergey Brin, interesting times could be ahead. (more…)

Influences FinTech, news

March 30, 2015

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Facebook And Internet.org Are Building Drones To Bring The Web To Remote Places

THE NEXT WEB: Facebook works with Internet.org to bring internet access to remote places and today announced that it’s building drones, satellites and lasers in Facebook’s Connectivity Lab to achieve that goal. (more…)

Influences FinTech, news

March 27, 2015

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Internal Memo: Zappos is offering severance to employees who aren’t all in with Holacracy

QUARTZ: On March 24, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh shared with employees a companywide memo stating that it would more aggressively pursue self-organization and is offering employees severance to quit, giving them until April 30 to opt in or out. Hsieh tells Quartz that “the offer” is a longstanding Zappos practice that gives employees the “freedom of choice” to align with major changes. (more…)

Influences FinTech, news

March 26, 2015

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Amazon’s New Unlimited Cloud Storage Is Absurdly Cheap

WIRED: The steady march towards cheaper cloud storage has just turned into a sprint. Rather than being merely competitive with leaders like Google Drive, Dropbox, and iCloud, Amazon has decided to undercut their pricing by more than half. In some cases, much, much more. (more…)

Fintech news, Influences FinTech, Mobile payments/banking, Mobile-first banks, news

March 26, 2015

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Internet Of Things Accelerator Seamless Opens Doors In Michigan

TECHCRUNCH: The West Coast of Michigan is a haven for industrial designers and is home to the world’s most iconic furniture manufacturers: Steelcase and Herman Miller. That’s because Michigan builds things. Soon there will be a new accelerator that will help young companies do just that. The accelerator program, called Seamless, targets early-stage hardware companies and gives them access to capital and, more importantly, experience in the field. Grand Rapid’s early-stage, venture capital fund Start Garden is behind the program and has enlisted the help of the region’s biggest companies.

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Fintech news, Influences FinTech, news

March 26, 2015

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What’s up?

THE ECONOMIST: Messenger are arguably the most successful smartphone apps. The ten biggest collectively boast more than 3 billion accounts. WhatsApp, the leader, has 700m. The number of WhatsApp messages sent every day now exceeds the number of standard texts. Last year it handled more than 7 trillion messages, about 1,000 per person. But there is more to messaging apps than messages. At an event that starts today in San Francisco, Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, is expected to say that it will turn another of its apps—called Messenger—into a “platform”. That means others will be able to develop software and content for it (games; hotel bookings; tickets of all sorts). Facebook is following WeChat, the leading messaging service in China, and KakaoTalk, a South Korean messenger, which are already platforms of sorts. But it is also moving into territory occupied by Apple and Google and their respective smartphone operating systems, iOS and Android. Tech veterans may recall the “browser wars” of the late 1990s—the last time a successful programme, Netscape’s Navigator, tried to oust a dominant platform, Microsoft’s Windows. The messenger wars may be just beginning.

Influences FinTech, news

March 25, 2015

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Facebook Launches ‘Blueprint’ Training And Certification Program For Brands And Marketers

THE NEXT WEB: Facebook does well when its advertisers do well, so it is today launching new free educational resources for marketers on its platform, both big and small. First up, ‘Blueprint‘ is a new program for training brands on the best practices for advertising and marketing campaigns. (more…)

Influences FinTech, news

March 25, 2015

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Urban Walks — NYC Walking Tours App

Urban Walks: “We paid special attention to the app design and content so that we want to use it ourselves and are not ashamed to recommend it to friends”.

Influences FinTech, news

March 25, 2015

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Infographic guide to Lithuania

See why you should move your  business to Lithuania

Influences FinTech, news

March 25, 2015

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25 Ideas Shaping The Future Of Design

FAST COMPANY: Design is always changing, and with tech and design increasingly aligning, we’re arguably headed to the most radical period of change in design history. How radical will the design landscape of 2020 be, then? (more…)

Influences FinTech

March 23, 2015

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Estonian report considers what makes Lithuania more attractive to foreign investors

INVEST LITHUANIA: Last year, Lithuania attracted 29 foreign companies. In the next three years the country should have about 2,000 additional jobs thanks to these new investors. A recent report by the “Kapital” program, broadcast on Estonian national television, investigated what Lithuania has that Estonia doesn’t. (more…)

Influences FinTech, news

March 23, 2015

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Amazon Can Now Legally Fly Its Experimental Delivery Drones During Daytime

THE NEXT WEB: A big hurdle has been overcome by Amazon today for a future where everything’s delivered by drones; the FAA has granted the company an experimental airworthiness certificate for its delivery drones.

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Influences FinTech

March 21, 2015

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Virgin Could Take On Tesla With Electric Car

WIRED: Virgin is working on electric cars and could one day take on Tesla, according to company founder Richard Branson. Speaking at a racing event in Miami, Branson said Virgin had “teams of people” working on electric cars but refused to be drawn on specific details. The company’s Virgin Racing team already competes in the all-electric Formula E championship, a high-speed, battery-powered spinoff of Formula 1. Branson has now hinted that Virgin’s involvement could lead to the company selling its own electric cars. (more…)

Influences FinTech, news

March 20, 2015

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One of the Baltimore Ravens Just Published an Insanely Complex Study in a Math Journal

BLOOMBERG: John Urschel, an offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens, recently co-authored a paper in the Journal of Computational Mathematics. It is titled “A Cascadic Multigrid Algorithm for Computing the Fiedler Vector of Graph Laplacians” and apparently includes “a cascadic multigrid algorithm for fast computation of the Fiedler vector of a graph Laplacian, namely, the eigenvector corresponding to the second smallest eigenvalue.” I understand close to none of the words in that sentence, which comes from the paper’s abstract. I probably never will. The rest of the study is similarly accessible.  (more…)

Influences FinTech, news

March 20, 2015