James Simons’s Foundation Starts New Institute for Computing, Big Data

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The new venture, the Flatiron Institute, will house programmers and scientists researching astrophysics, among other projects.

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Almost half the world will be online by end of 2016; poorer countries will lag, report shows

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – By the end of 2016, almost half of the world’s population will be using the internet as mobile networks grow and prices fall, but their numbers will remain concentrated in the developed world, a United Nations agency said on Tuesday.

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Singapore unveils self-driving scooter, ideal for phone-obsessed walkers

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Researchers in Singapore have come up with a solution to curb accidents involving phone-obsessed walkers, a self-driving mobility scooter that drives single pedestrians along footpaths.

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VW puts conquering Americas at heart of turnaround plan

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WOLFSBURG, Germany (Reuters) – Volkswagen will need to conquer the Americas, the region at the center of its emissions scandal, to deliver a turnaround at its core VW brand, Europe’s largest carmaker said on Tuesday.

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On Technology: Is Social Media Disconnecting Us From the Big Picture?

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We’ve heard about its power to help us empathize with others. But what if, instead, it’s just cocooning us with our friends?

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Startup Trov aims to disrupt insurance with the swipe of an app

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(Reuters) – The on-demand economy, which uses smartphone technology to immediately fill consumer needs, has changed the way people order food, a car, or a place to stay. Now, technology startups are targeting the next business frontier – insurance – offering coverage with the swipe of an app.

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IBM invests in UK data centers as tech sector defies Brexit worries

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LONDON (Reuters) – Global IT group IBM will triple the number of its cloud data centers in Britain, it said on Tuesday, joining Facebook and Google in investing in the UK after its vote to leave the European Union.

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Bits: Daily Report: At Apple, U.S. Jobs That Go Beyond Manufacturing

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Apple makes one product domestically: the Mac Pro, in Austin, Tex. But in addition to the manufacturing jobs that it has created, Apple employs 6,000 at its own Austin campus.

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Britain gives new fiber broadband providers $500 million fund boost

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will provide 400 million pounds ($500 million) of funding to spur the building of more fiber-to-the-home broadband connections, the “gold standard” of speed in excess of 1 gigabyte per second only available now to 2 percent of premises.

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Global Health: Telling Mosquitoes Apart With a Cellphone

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Calling their project “Shazam for Mosquitoes,” Stanford students showed that common mobile phones could distinguish the hums of beating wings, which could prove useful in fighting diseases.

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Wal-Mart will offer Cyber Monday deals starting Black Friday

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CHICAGO (Reuters) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc will start offering online deals reserved for Cyber Monday two days in advance this year, joining a growing list of U.S. retailers who offer web promotions over the Thanksgiving weekend.

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