Cryptocurrencies Aren’t ‘Crypto’

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, writing for the Motherboard: Lately on the internet, people in the world of Bitcoin and other digital currencies are starting to use the word “crypto” as a catch-all term for the lightly regulated and burgeoning world of digital currencies in general, or for the word “cryptocurrency” — which probably shouldn’t even be called “currency,” by the way. For example, in response to the recent rise of Bitcoin’s price,…

November 30, 2017
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Midsize vessels outpace mega-ships in berth productivity

The mega-ship OOCL Hong Kong arrives in the Port of Rotterdam. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com Quayside productivity is weaker on mega-ships, compared with midsize vessels, according to analysis of aggregated 2017 performance data from a selection of the world’s largest container ports.  Analysis of gross crane productivity at 12 of the largest container… Source: http://www.joc.com

November 30, 2017
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Pinterest President Tim Kendall is leaving at the end of 2017 to work on his own healthcare startup; Jon Alferness to take over his responsibilities (Kurt Wagner/Recode)

November 30, 2017

Kurt Wagner / Recode: Pinterest President Tim Kendall is leaving at the end of 2017 to work on his own healthcare startup; Jon Alferness to take over his responsibilities  —  Kendall is going to build his own health care startup.  —  Tim Kendall, Pinterest’s president and its most important business executive … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Prepare for the New Paywall Era

Alexis C. Madrigal, writing for The Atlantic: If the recent numbers are any indication, there is a bloodbath in digital media this year. Publishers big and small are coming up short on advertising revenue, even if they are long on traffic. […] In a print newspaper or a broadcast television station, the content and the distribution of that content are integrated. The big tech platforms split this marriage, doing the…

November 30, 2017
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Amazon Fire TV adds support for voice commands on third-party apps, including Hulu, NBC, Bravo, Showtime, Sony PlayStation Vue, and CBS All Access (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

November 30, 2017

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Amazon Fire TV adds support for voice commands on third-party apps, including Hulu, NBC, Bravo, Showtime, Sony PlayStation Vue, and CBS All Access  —  Amazon Fire TV owners will now be able to control more video apps using Alexa and their voice, the company announced today. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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IDG Contributor Network: CEO Andy Jassey reveals AWS’ plans for the IoT

I just left the keynote of AWS re:Invent 2017. This was my first re:Invent, and I was overwhelmed with the energy and passion of the 43,000+ “AWS pilgrims” who made their way to four sites along the Las Vegas strip. I say “pilgrims” because I don’t know how else to describe a situation where hundreds of people stand in line for a breakout session on “How to use containers at…

November 30, 2017
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An Unconscious Patient With a ‘DO NOT RESUSCITATE’ Tattoo

A real-life case study, published on New England Journal of Medicine, documents the ethical dilemma that a Florida hospital faced after a 70-year-old unresponsive patient arrived at the hospital. The medical staff, the journal notes, was taken aback when it discovered the words “DO NOT RESUSCITATE” tattooed onto the man’s chest. Furthermore, the word “NOT” was underlined with his signature beneath it. The patient had a history of chronic obstructive…

November 30, 2017
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