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Bitcoin Could Theoretically Put Paris Climate Goals Out of Reach

Bitcoin Could Theoretically Put Paris Climate Goals Out of Reach

If bitcoin were to become a true global transactional currency, the electricity needed to mine it alone would generate enough carbon dioxide to push the planet beyond 2 degrees Celsius of warming within a quarter-century. The creation of new bitcoin requires immense computational effort, and therefore enormous amounts of energy.  “If this takes off it will be something that we will not be able to control,” said Camilo Mora, associate professor at the University of Hawaii and lead author of the analysis published this week in Nature Climate Change.
Google Engineers Are Organizing A Walkout To Protest The Company’s Protection Of An Alleged Sexual Harasser

Google Engineers Are Organizing A Walkout To Protest The Company’s Protection Of An Alleged Sexual Harasser

A group of more than 200 engineers at Google are organizing a companywide “women’s walk” walkout for later this week to protest recent revelations about the search giant’s protection of employees that had allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct, according to four people familiar with the situation inside Google.
Nine Cities Earn $1 Million Via Bloomberg Philanthropies’ U.S. Mayors Challenge

Nine Cities Earn $1 Million Via Bloomberg Philanthropies’ U.S. Mayors Challenge

Nine cities have won the Bloomberg Philanthropies U.S. Mayors Challenge, which comes with $1 million for each jurisdiction to put toward implementing solutions to civic issues they face. The awards come after a year-long competition, during which city leaders proposed, tested and developed projects capable of solving local problems — projects that also have the potential to be scaled for national use. The $1 million is specifically intended to be used to begin implementation of the winning projects, which address a pretty wide range of challenges, including homelessness, climate change, the opioid crisis and more.
Amazon is having a spooky bad October

Amazon is having a spooky bad October

After a long winning streak, Amazon is having a rough month. The company’s stock slid 6.3% on Oct. 29, following a 7.8% drop ahead of the weekend on Oct. 26. The plunge came after Amazon released third-quarter earnings on Oct. 25 that indicated its most important businesses were all slowing down.
New Macs, a faster iPad Pro, and higher prices – Here’s what Apple announced

New Macs, a faster iPad Pro, and higher prices – Here’s what Apple announced

That’s all she wrote, Apple’s October event is over and it’s likely that draws a line under a phenomenal 2018 for the Cupertino, California, company. While we didn’t get to see everything we were hoping — there was no mention of new AirPods or the AirPower wireless charger — we did see some well deserved and long-sought-after updates to some beloved lines. There is a new MacBook Air, the diminutive but mighty Mac mini, and an update for the iPad Pro that comes with two new sizes, an updated design, and the all-new Apple Pencil.
AG candidate vows to sue to get U.S. to amend marijuana policy

AG candidate vows to sue to get U.S. to amend marijuana policy

Arkansans who have been prescribed medical marijuana won't be allowed to purchase guns from federally licensed dealers, and the Democratic candidate for attorney general wants that to change. Mike Lee will announce today that if he is elected, he plans to sue the federal government over its marijuana policy. Arkansans voted to legalize medical marijuana in 2016 through a constitutional amendment. The rollout of the program has been hampered by repeated problems with licensing growers and sellers. Patients are currently unable to purchase the drug legally.
Stop Using Microsoft Edge To Download Chrome -- Unless You Want Malware

Stop Using Microsoft Edge To Download Chrome -- Unless You Want Malware

This weekend, Twitter user Gabriel Landau enjoyed his first few hours with a Windows 10 laptop by doing this exact thing (video in Twitter link). The top result for his "download chrome" search via Edge looked ordinary enough. Except that when he clicked it the resulting domain was "GoogleOnline2018.com." The fake site isn't an exact copy of Google's own Chrome landing page, but looks genuine enough to fool people. The download itself is called "ChromeSetup.exe," but examining the digital signature reveals "Alpha Criteria Ltd." That's definitely not Google.
Exit Scam or Hack? Canadian Cryptocurrency Exchange Drama

Exit Scam or Hack? Canadian Cryptocurrency Exchange Drama

The operator of MapleChange took down all related websites, but then he was identified by internet detectives. MapleChange, a cryptocurrency exchange based in Edmonton in Canada, claims to have had all its money stolen. Many do not believe this story because the exchange deleted its internet presence, before re-appearing after people published the address of the owner.
As the housing market stagnates, American homeowners are staying put for the longest stretches ever

As the housing market stagnates, American homeowners are staying put for the longest stretches ever

Housing-market headwinds are keeping American homeowners in their properties for the longest stretches on record, in a sharp distortion of the mobility Americans have for decades prized. Across the country, homes that sold in the third quarter of this year had been owned an average of 8.23 years, according to an analysis from Attom Data Solutions. That’s almost double the length of time a home sold in 2000, when Attom’s data begin, had been owned.
Walmart’s test store for new technology, Sam’s Club Now, opens next week in Dallas

Walmart’s test store for new technology, Sam’s Club Now, opens next week in Dallas

Walmart’s warehouse club, Sam’s Club is preparing to open the doors at a new Dallas area store that will serve as a testbed for the latest in retail technology. Specifically, the retailer will test out new concepts like mobile checkout, an Amazon Go-like camera system for inventory management, electronic shelf labels, wayfinding technology for in-store navigation, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence-infused shopping, among other things.
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