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Bitcoin is an online currency that saw an enormous rise in recent times, with the growth of this currency seeing some people buy houses for previous investments of $25 and the invention of 'Dogecoin' alongside it. While no one is sure exactly where the 'inventor' of this currency is from, Wired believes that an Australian was at the heart of this online phenomena.
Stated to be a 44-year old Aussie by the name of Craig Steven Wright, this man is said to go by the online alias of Satoshi Nakamoto. Not only is Wright theorized to be the creator of this crypto-currency, but he also owned 1.1 million bitcoin which is worth just over $396 million today.
In the referenced article, our news source stated; "In the last weeks, WIRED has obtained the strongest evidence yet of Satoshi Nakamoto's true identity. The signs point to Craig Steven Wright, a man who never even made it onto any Nakamoto hunters' public list of candidates, yet fits the cryptocurrency creator's profile in nearly every detail. And despite a massive trove of evidence, we still can't say with absolute certainty that the mystery is solved. But two possibilities outweigh all others: Either Wright invented bitcoin, or he's a brilliant hoaxer who very badly wants us to believe he did."
Ridesharing giant Uber has just announced two new ridesharing services that will kick off in the metro areas of US cities Chicago and Seattle.
The first is 'UberHOP' which is similar to conventional bus transportation, which will debut on Thursday, December 10. UberHOP will match groups of passengers with an Uber driver who is heading in the same direction, but unlike Uber's traditional door-to-door services, it requires riders and the driver to meet at a predetermined location and time - just like a bus stop - and they require all passengers to be dropped off at a single location, and walk the rest of the way.
The second pilot program (which is available in Chicago only) is 'UberCOMMUTE'. UberCOMMUTE lets drivers who are commuting into the city center to share their trip with another passenger, and secure a portion of the driving expense. UberCOMMUTE is an extension of the UberPOOL program, two or more commuters can share their ride, and defer the cost between themselves. This service will be available Monday through Friday, from 6AM to 10PM.
It's not just Google going fully green. During the UN Climate Chance Conference, Philips pledged to become carbon neutral by 2020, telling others at the summit in Paris that it wants to "play its part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by cutting its carbon footprint to zero."
As announced in a recent press release, Philips outlined that it has already taken action towards this goal, offering business incentives to clients who operate on renewable power as part of the RE100 program.
Eric Rondolat, CEO, added "We've reached the climate change checkout and all the contributions from around the world have proved insufficient to prevent a potentially catastrophic rise in global temperatures. The world must set more ambitious goals to improve energy efficiency," further paying homage to LED lighting as a major player towards great energy efficiency.
A recent ShopTalk survey by Vantiv unveiled information about spending habits and amounts during holiday periods of 500 users. The results displayed in a recent press release showed that these people will be spending around $600 on holiday gifts in 2015, with 17% of users wanting to spend less than they did in 2014.
In addition to these findings, Vantiv further reported that 40% of all gift transactions would process through the help of PayPal. Ray Moorman, director of product strategy at Vantiv, says that brick and mortar shoppers should be patient this holiday season; "Many shoppers will be using the new chip cards and EMV readers for the first time this season, and we know there will be some confusion and delays as people get used to the new terminals."
Further findings show that 'Millennials' are spending the most money towards televisions and electronics, with the later category posting a higher percentage of funds compared to both Gen-X and baby boomers combined.
We all know there are some Kickstarter projects that get funded, but just don't take off for whatever reason. Well, the crowdfunding giant has posted an independent study that says that 9% of Kickstarter projects don't deliver their rewards.
The findings state that 8% of money gets pumped into these projects, with the rates consistent among categories, with tech projects just as likely to fall apart as other categories. The report also added that 13% of failed projects deliver refunds, with backers adding that 10-20% of creators hand out refunds without complaints.
Google says it's doubling its use of the renewable energy that powers its data centers, offices, and other facilities, and plans to use renewable energy only by 2025.
Some of the clean energy will come from US sources -- North Carolina solar arrays and Oklahoma wind farms -- while some will be sourced from a wind farm in Sweden and a solar plant in Chile.
It wasn't too long ago when Turing Pharmaceuticals' CEO cranked up the price on off-patent drug Daraprim, mostly used for people with AIDS and cancer, by a huge 5000%. Now, Martin Shkreli has said he wishes he raised it higher.
Shkreli said: "I could have raised it higher and made more profits for our shareholders, which is my primary duty". During the Thanksgiving holiday, Turing released a press release saying the company had seen the error in its ways, and would be reducing the cost of Daraprim. But, it won't be doing that at all. Turing has said it will offer hospitals a 50% discount on the medicine (still up 2500%).
This is where it gets worse, with Shkreli adding: "My shareholders expect me to make the most profit. That's the ugly, dirty truth. I'm going to maximize profits. That's what people [in healthcare] are afraid to say".
It looks like AMD will be hitting a brick wall with the sales of its Radeon R9 Fury X, as Asetek has sent both AMD and GIGABYTE cease and desist letters over the watercooling on their video cards. GIGABYTE's GTX 980 Waterforce cards are also set to see sales stopped.
Asetek has been in a long battle with Cooler Master, a legal battle which kicked off in 2014. Asetek said that it had won an injunction against Cooler Master over patent infringement claims that went to court late last year. Fast forward to now, GamersNexus received the following statement from Asetek: "Asetek's attorneys have recently sent cease and desist letters to GIGABYTE, demanding that it cease selling Giga-Byte's GEFORCE GTX 980 Water Force (sold under at least model number GV-N980WAOC-4GD) because it contains the Seidon 120M found by the court to infringe Asetek's patents".
Asetek continued: "Asetek's attorneys have also written a cease and desist letter to AMD, demanding that it stop selling its Radeon R9 Fury X product, because it infringes Asetek's patents. Our attorneys have had some difficulty obtaining a GIGABYTE GV-N98TXTREME W-6GD, but we expect to receive and analyze one very soon for infringement".
Starting in April 2016, Sony will take over Toshiba's semiconductor fabrication facility in Oita, Japan, which can ship up to 12,500 300mm wafers a month. Along with the Oita facility, Sony will take in all equipment and 1,100 employees who will now operate under Sony's own Semiconductor Corporation. The facility will focus "primarily for manufacturing CMOS image sensors."
AMD, in conjunction with "US corporate climate leaders and the White House Office of Public Engagement" and alongside other businesses, has joined the American Business Act on Climate Pledge. The point of the pledge is to indicate support for a "positive, action-oriented outcome" at the United Nations Climate Summit negotiations in Paris, which run from this week through to next. More, it's now AMD's responsibility to bring "forward-looking corporate goals" on how to better protect the climate to the table.
It's no stranger to these: it achieved its goals for 2009-2014, reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GGEs) from non-manufacturing sites by 24 percent, reducing global energy use by 31 percent, and reducing transportation emissions by 32 percent.