Open floor plans should be killed with fire — or sound

The open office floor plan is kind of like socialism. It sounds utopian in theory, but in practice leads to a lot of pain and suffering. Yet, there will always be those dreamers who read Karl Marx’s, or in this case Frank Lloyd Wrights’, vision and say – could we do it better? Could we be the ones who will usher in the open office utopia? Who came up with this horrible idea? In the early 20th century, just as socialism transformed into its particularly virulent form, communism, and preparing to take over half the world, Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank…

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SaneBox knows which emails matter and sorts them all — check it out for just $39

Many of us deal with email overflow just like we do winter weather.  We grab a shovel and start digging. However, a smarter way of handling the insane number of emails you get in a given day, week, month or year is to let your lifetime subscription to SaneBox do the heavy lifting instead. Right now, a one-year subscription to SaneBox from TNW Deals is just $39, which is more than half off its regular price.

Startups that blend profit with purpose can apply to win a share of $1 million in funding at Chivas Venture 2019

As said at this year’s TNW Conference, “the superstars of the future are going to be founders of startups that solve tomorrow’s problems.” Sustainability is more important than ever before, but it can be really hard to build a for-profit business that aims to do good in the world. Luckily, entrepreneurs don’t have to do it alone. Chivas, the original luxury blended Scotch whisky, hosts an annual competition where they support some amazing entrepreneurs that are using business to solve social and environmental issues. Applications are open for Chivas Venture 2019, and you can apply right here. In the…

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This rangefinder camera uses your phone as a screen

French startup Pixii has an interesting idea to advance modern photography: its upcoming rangefinder camera looks like a sleek shooter on its own, and pairs with your phone to store and display pictures you’ve shot. The company hasn’t yet revealed much about what the Pixii camera will have under the hood, but we do know that it’s a rangefinder with an optical viewfinder and a digital CMOS sensor with support for ISO 100 – 6400. To recap, a rangefinder camera offers a larger frame through the viewfinder than what a traditional through-the-lens camera would, making it easier to anticipate and compose…

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IBM and Visa partner to upend global payments using Ethereum tech

Visa has just announced it has partnered with IBM ahead of the commercial release of its blockchain-powered global financial payments platform, B2B Connect. Upon its expected launch in the first quarter of 2019, Visa will have integrated its core assets (including B2B Connect) with the proprietary IBM Blockchain Platform, which IBM built using open-source Ethereum technology. B2B Connect tokenizes sensitive data, like customer information and account numbers. It then generates unique identifiers that businesses can use to facilitate global payments on the platform. Visa believes that its distributed ledger (DLT) ecosystem can reduce opportunities for fraud when processing global remittances, and give…

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Facebook is reportedly shopping around for a cybersecurity firm

Facebook’s had a bad year handling user data and securing its systems. Now, according to The Information, the company is looking to acquire a major cybersecurity firm to help repair its reputation. The report says the social network is looking to close the deal by the end of the year. The company might look towards security firms which can provide technology to protect user accounts, introduce new privacy features, and to flag incidents of unauthorized access. According to the report, companies like Demisto, JASK, ZeroFOX, and Swimlane are in consideration. The deal could end up costing Facebook hundreds of millions of…

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China drafts regulation to stamp out blockchain anonymity

After killing all legitimate cryptocurrency businesses in the country, Chinese authorities are now turning their attention to other blockchain service providers. The country’s apex internet regulator, Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), released a draft policy on Friday that will require all companies to collect their users’ real names and national identification card numbers before offering them any blockchain related service. The draft regulations are open to comments from the public until November 2, but CAC hasn’t given any timeline for when they will actually come into force. If the policy is implemented, the companies will be required to store their users’…

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