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The SEC chief has a new warning for ICO investors: Buyer beware


In a statement peppered with boldface warnings, the Securities and Exchange Commission is urging people eyeing crypto-asset investments to exercise “extreme caution.” “There are tales of fortunes made and dreamed to be made,” said Jay Clayton, chairman of the US regulatory agency, in remarks directed to both “Main Street” investors and market professionals.

The graphic art of everyday items in North Korea reveals the individuality hiding in a totalitarian state


There is color, there is variety, and today, there is even competition in North Korea. Amassed over the course of almost three decades, Nicholas Bonner’s Made in North Korea: Graphics From Everyday Life in The DPRK, recently published by Phaidon, is a vast collection of ephemera from the secretive state showcasing designs on everything from cigarette boxes to tinned fish to cosmetics.

Gujarat elections: Manmohan hits back with gusto, as Modi’s Pakistan theory crumbles


The ongoing electoral battle in Gujarat has resulted in a clash between two Indian prime ministers—one former, the other incumbent—casting a shadow on some high constitutional offices of the world’s largest democracy.

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Children’s books that made me rethink careers


When Squarespace contacted me and asked me to collaborate with them, I said yes. I usually say no to everybody.

The Rohingya women, Putin’s strategies, and eight other stories you might have missed


1. Apocalypse chow You’ve got the storms and the hurricanes. You’ve got the fires and the floods. And you’ve got a generalized (and not-unfounded) anxiety that 2017 has been coming for you—and that 2018 might be worse.

France is banning mobile phones in schools


On Sunday, France’s education minister announced that mobile phones will be banned from primary, junior, and middle schools, calling it a matter of “public health.” While phones are already prohibited in classrooms in France, starting in September 2018 students won’t be allowed to use them on breaks, at lunch, or between lessons either.

Paris is beyond fed up with Airbnb


The City of Love has lost any love for Airbnb. Paris is threatening to take home-sharing company Airbnb to court if it doesn’t take down hundreds of listings for apartments whose owners have failed to register with local authorities, AFP reports: Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s deputy in charge of housing, Ian Brossat, told AFP the city had written to five holiday rental sites—Airbnb, HomeAway, Paris Attitude, Sejourning and Windu—to demand they remove properties whose owners have defied the city’s new registration requirements.

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Advertising on the internet has always been a slightly nefarious game, with banner ads offering pills that doctors hate and “one weird trick” diets that somehow the US Food and Drug Administration doesn’t know about.

We’re sending sugar into space so astronauts can grow rock candy


Scientists at NASA have loaded three pounds of Domino and C&H sugar onto a SpaceX Dragon rocket scheduled to launch into space tomorrow (Dec.

Banned for more than three decades, cinemas will open again in Saudi Arabia


Saudi Arabia is re-opening itself to the world of cinema, lifting a ban on movie theaters that has been in place since the 1980s.

Bitcoin futures had a strong debut, and traders don’t expect the bubble to pop anytime soon


Bitcoin futures had a strong debut on Monday (Dec. 11), surging 26% to reach $18,850 on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE).

Former Facebook executive has sworn off social media because he doesn’t want to be “programmed”


While Facebook’s business is booming and the company continues to expand its tentacles to every corner of the internet, its early employees and investors are growing more and more vocal about the damage it has wrought among its users.

The man who solved a big puzzle about the tiniest particles in the universe


The theory of quantum mechanics supports the basis of modern technology, for everything from supercomputers and ultra-precise timekeeping to digital encryption.

Why Donald Trump wants to go back to the moon


Today Donald Trump will sign Space Policy Directive 1, an order to send humans back to the moon and beyond.

After cheating to sell diesels, Volkswagen wants to end diesel tax breaks


In an about-face that’s taking the industry by surprise, Volkswagen chief executive Matthias Müller told business daily Handelsblatt (paywalled link in German) that the German government needs to start phasing out its diesel fuel subsidies.

Bookstores may be dying, but fashion brands are giving them new life


The future of brick-and-mortar bookstores has been in peril for at least a decade. But whether you’re actually shopping for a book or not, you might actually find yourself wandering into a bookstore by accident.

Trump’s budget cuts could make New York City commuters even more vulnerable to attacks


New York is more reliant on public transportation than other US cities and the attempted attack in the Port Authority this morning highlights the city’s vulnerability, security experts say.

American Express won’t make you sign for your purchases after April


American Express has announced that the ancient way of proving authenticity—the signature—won’t be a part of your purchase process come April, matching similar moves by rivals such as Mastercard and Discover.

Microsoft is adding a cricket oval to its US campus in a nod to its south Asian workers


Cricket balls, cricket rules, cricket players—all feature prominently in Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s recent book Hit Refresh.


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