Category Archives: News and Views

Should You Start a Business Without a College Degree? | Business News Daily

Entrepreneurship can be a great way to financial freedom, but building a successful business takes a lot of time, hard work and perseverance. Many young workers are left wondering when they should start a business and what education is required to do so.

A college degree is not required to start a business, but it certainly helps. College not only teaches students educational topics that can be helpful in starting a business, but also soft skills, like how to be lifelong learners.

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Positive and Negative Reinforcement: Which Is More Effective? | Lifehack

It has been said that rarely am I short of words, and yet this article I’ve re-written 5 times, why?

It’s not as if I have a lack of thoughts on this subject. It’s not as if I don’t spend my days enabling people to communicate powerfully and get what they want in life. So why the rewrites?

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Twitter blocks state-run media ads after Hong Kong discord | Fast Company

Leadership at Twitter stated today that they want to “protect healthy discourse and open conversation.” To that end, they are no longer accepting advertising from state-controlled news media entities. This comes on the heels their discovery of 936 accounts inside China that were “deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong, including undermining the legitimacy and political positions of the protest movement on the ground.”

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YouTube: LGBT video-makers sue claiming discrimination | BBC News

A group of YouTube video-makers is suing it and parent company Google, claiming both discriminate against LGBT-themed videos and their creators.

The group claims YouTube restricts advertising on LGBT videos and limits their reach and discoverability.

But YouTube said sexual orientation and gender identity played no role in deciding whether videos could earn ad revenue or appear in search results.

A group is hoping a jury will hear its case in California.

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ZeroAvia Is on a Mission to Cut Pollution by Fueling the Worst-Polluting Planes in the Sky With Hydrogen | Inc.com

As a champion of clean energy, Valery Miftakhov found himself on a self-inflicted guilt trip when he was piloting small planes and helicopters. The Siberian-born, Princeton- and Stanford- educated physicist became fascinated with clean transportation and clean fuel while living in Silicon Valley and witnessing the emergence of Tesla and a technical focus on decarbonization.

Having already created a company that made electric vehicles more efficient to charge–and landed a spot on Inc.’s annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. in 2017–he’s turning his eyes to the skies with another startup, ZeroAvia. “With land transport rapidly decarbonizing, air transport is quickly becoming the leading emission source, so we must find ways to make aviation more sustainable,” says Miftakhov, who will serve as ZeroAvia’s CEO.

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Venmo launches instant transfers to bank accounts | TechCrunch

PayPal -owned payments app Venmo today announced support for instant transfers to U.S. bank accounts. The feature is an optional alternative to Venmo’s standard bank transfer service, which typically takes one to three business days to process transactions. With Instant Transfer, however, funds from your Venmo account can hit your bank account within minutes.

As of January 2018, Venmo has offered Instant Transfers to eligible Visa and Mastercard debit cards for a small fee. At launch, the fee was a flat $0.25, but Venmo bumped it up to 1% of the transferred amount last October. Now, the minimum fee is $0.25 and the maximum fee is $10. Of course, users can still choose the standard transfer option if they don’t want to pay for the convenience of instant payments.

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Ebola Is Now Curable. Here’s How the New Treatments Work | WIRED

Amid unrelenting chaos and violence, scientists and doctors in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been running a clinical trial of new drugs to try to combat a year-long Ebola outbreak. On Monday, the trial’s cosponsors at the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health announced that two of the experimental treatments appear to dramatically boost survival rates.

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Hackers can ransomware your fancy digital camera | Mashable

Not even your precious memories are safe from hackers.

That much was made clear at the annual DEF CON hacking conference in Las Vegas, where a security researcher demonstrated just how easy it is to remotely encrypt a digital camera with ransomware. And once that happens, you can say goodbye to all your photos — unless you pay up.

The specific camera in question was a Canon EOS 80D, but, as Eyal Itkin explained to the early Sunday morning crowd of seemingly hungover hackers, it’s likely not the only model vulnerable.

“If you can do something to cameras, you have many potential victims you can affect,” he observed. “Would you pay to get your camera back?”

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Radioactive Grain from Chernobyl Has Been Distilled into Vodka | Live Science

Thrill seekers visiting the ruins of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine may soon be able to take a piece of the site’s radioactive history home with them — in their livers.

A team of scientists from the U.K. and Ukraine have just produced the first bottle of what they’re calling Atomik vodka: artisanal spirits made from water and grain harvested in the reactor’s once-forbidden exclusion zone.

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Why cable companies basically don’t care if you cut the cord | Fast Company

After a quarter in which another million customers cut the cord on cable or satellite TV, the research firm eMarketer expects a 4% drop in pay-TV subscribers this year, bringing the total down to 86.5 million. The firm also expects customers to defect at a faster rate of 7.5% next year, with subscriptions dropping to 80 million. By 2023, eMarketer predicts that pay-TV households will drop to 72.7 million, versus 56.1 million households that will have cut the cord.

Cable companies aren’t really sweating it, though. Instead of extending promo deals to keep customers from dropping TV service, they’re simply extracting more revenue from those who haven’t formulated an escape plan. Either way, companies like Comcast profit from selling high-margin internet service.

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