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Why you should wear roller skates to your next networking event

Boris is the wise ol’ CEO of TNW who writes a weekly column on everything about being an entrepreneur in tech — from managing stress to embracing awkwardness. You can get his musings straight to your inbox by signing up for his newsletter! There’s a woman in my neighborhood who I’ve never seen on foot. She has roller skates, and wears them everywhere. She wears them when she drops her kids off to school, does her grocery shopping, and, I assume, also to work. She definitely stands out, and it always puts a smile on my face, because why wouldn’t you…
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Tesla’s Long Range Model S gets a boost to run 390 miles between charges

Tesla has taken another step toward breaking the 400-mile (644 km) range barrier with the latest iterative updates on its Model S luxury sedan. [Read: Tesla finally returns Autopilot to second-hand Model S owner after secretly wiping it from his car] According to a tweet last week, the Model S now has an estimated range of 390 miles (around 630 km). Tesla Model S estimated EPA range is now above 390 miles or ~630 km https://t.co/sNFzIkuJpC — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 15, 2020 The Model X also received a small bump in battery performance too. Its estimated range has increased…
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GitHub COO on launching in India and collaborating with governments to support the dev community

GitHub launched its subsidiary in India last week to support a thriving developer community in the country. As part of the announcement, the Microsoft-owned company will have offices in Hyderabad and Bengaluru, and will establish teams across engineering, community, sales, and marketing verticals. However, it’s not clear as to how exactly this step will benefit the open-source community in India. The company hasn’t announced region-specific pricing for its paid, or opened up its Patreon-like GitHub Sponsors program that allows people and companies to financially support developers directly. Erica Brescia, COO at GitHub, told explained to me that currently there that currently, there are no…
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Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Craig Wright threatens to sue Bitcoin for using ‘his’ Bitcoin database’

Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Baudriallard used to say: Let’s make it rock! Bitcoin price We closed the day, February 11 2020, at a price of $10,208. That’s a respectable 3.57 percent increase in 24 hours, or $352. It was the highest closing price in one hundred and forty-four days. We’re still 49 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017). Bitcoin market cap Bitcoin’s market cap…
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Monzo is bringing back premium bank accounts to help turn a profit

In an attempt to become profitable, British-based digital bank startup Monzo is shaping up to have a second crack at paid accounts after failing first time round, Reuters reports. Back in April last year, Monzo launched its “Plus” premium package which allowed customers to buy add-ons, such as travel insurance and extra cash withdrawals while abroad, for their accounts. [Read: German fintech N26 to leave UK — because Brexit] By September the company pulled the product from its app because of poor customer feedback. Many customers criticized Monzo’s premium accounts for being a brazen money making attempt and taking key…
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Automated facial recognition breaches GDPR, says EU digital chief

The EU’s digital and competition chief has said that automated facial recognition breaches GDPR, as the technology fails to meet the regulation’s requirement for consent. Margrethe Vestager, the European Commission’s executive vice president for digital affairs, told reporters that “as it stands right now, GDPR would say ‘don’t use it’, because you cannot get consent,” EURACTIV revealed today. GDPR classes information on a person’s facial features as biometric data, which is labeled as “sensitive personal data.” The use of such data is highly restricted, and typically requires consent from the subject — unless the processing meets a range of exceptional circumstances. These exemptions include it being necessary…
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Climate change: Why trains are not as green as you thought

Did you know TNW Conference has a track fully dedicated to exploring how tech can help achieve the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) this year? Check out the full ‘Sustainable Societies‘ program here. The 2020s will have to involve some very big decisions about transport – the UK’s most polluting sector. The UK government’s response so far has been erratic, choosing to intervene to prevent the collapse of Flybe (Europe’s biggest regional airline) and give the green light for the high-speed rail project, HS2. Decarbonizing transport would eliminate 26% of UK CO₂ emissions that come from how people get around.…
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I’ve worked in a ‘virtual office’ for 3 years – here’s what I’ve learned

I’ve successfully managed tech company teams for many years (including at Expedia and Zillow), and for decades I thought my magic as a manager was an in-person kind of magic. I thought to be effective, my team and peers needed to see and hear me in person. But three years ago I joined eXp Realty — a real estate startup with an entirely remote workforce. At eXp Realty we use our own virtual workplace called VirBELA. That means not only that my colleagues and team don’t see me in person very often, but they don’t even see me. That’s because…
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Baidu open sources AI to identify people without face masks

With the growing scare of the deadly coronavirus, companies in China are pushing hard to limit its spread. In one such effort, the country’s leading search engine Baidu has open-sourced an AI model to detect people not wearing face masks. As coronavirus can spread through close contact with an infected person via their coughs, sneezes, or respiratory droplets, China has made it mandatory to wear face masks in several regions. People are instructed to wear masks in public places such as restaurants, shopping malls, and public transport. [Read: How Chinese tech giants are assisting in the battle against coronavirus with AI] It’s…
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