Month: July 2019

4 ways blockchain could make the internet better

A version of this article was originally published by The Conversation (CC BY-ND 4.0) The internet is unique in that it has no central control, administration or authority. It has given everyone with access to it a platform to express their views and exchange ideas with others instantaneously. But, in recent years, internet services such…
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3 tough challenges Facebook must solve for its Libra cryptocurrency

On 18 June, Facebook officially launched its Libra cryptocurrency project, which aims to leverage blockchain technologies to create a new stable cryptocurrency backed by a basket of fiat currencies. Facebook says its aim is to enable accessible and affordable digital payments for billions of people, including unbanked and underbanked people across the world. It aims…
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Google Maps introduces real-time info for Dublinbikes

Over the last few weeks, Google Maps has been preparing to release some useful new features that will make life for commuters slightly more convenient. One of these is a feature that can predict how busy your train or bus is going to be and another relates to bike-sharing services. With data provided by Ito…
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Dublin Airport is implementing its electric vehicle strategy

Today (17 July) Dublin Airport announced plans to convert its existing fleet of 111 vehicles to low-emission vehicles (LEVs) over the next five years. This is just one of the steps Dublin Airport will take to improve sustainability in a new strategy that includes targets based around carbon, energy, waste, water and the fleet of…
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Troublesome black plastic could be recycled to create renewable energy

As efforts to recycle more of our household waste increase, black plastic remains a major problem as many automated recycling machines are unable to identify it on a conveyor belt. However, researchers at Swansea University have found a way to take this troublesome material and give it new life after it’s thrown away. In a…
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Breaking Up Amazon? Platforms, Private Labels and Entry

[This post is the first in an ongoing symposium on “Breaking up Big Tech” that will feature analysis and opinion from various perspectives.] The European Commission just announced that it is investigating Amazon. The Commission’s concern is that Amazon is simultaneously acting as a ref and player: Amazon sells goods directly as a first party…
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How Do Large Banks Manage Their Cash?

Jeffrey Levine and Asani Sarkar Second of two posts As the aggregate supply of reserves shrinks and large banks implement liquidity regulations, they may follow a variety of liquidity management strategies depending on their business models and the interest rate differences between alternative liquid instruments. For example, the banks may continue to hold large amounts…
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Tackling zoning to help the middle class: 5 policy approaches

By Tiffany Ford, Jenny Schuetz Housing is critical to well-being, providing a solid foundation for engagement in social and economic activities, including access to jobs, schools, and other place-based goods. According to our recent report, housing stress is both a national and local issue impacting the poorest residents, and increasingly the middle class as well.…
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Making a middle class: Colleges and cities in the Mountain West

By Richard V. Reeves, Katherine Guyot The desire to secure and sustain a middle-class standard of living is virtually universal. But the opportunity to do so is not. In some cities, the middle class is thriving, and low-income children are rising up to join its ranks. In others, the middle class is sliding (even shrinking,…
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لِمَ تراهن تركيا على روسيا؟

By Galip Dalay في 6 يونيو أرسل وزير الدفاع الأمريكي بالوكالة آنذاك باتريك شاناهان رسالة شديدة اللهجة لنظيره التركي بخصوص نيّة تركيا شراء نظام أس-400 للدفاع الجوي من روسيا. وطرحت الرسالة جدولاً زمنياً لإخراج تركيا من برنامج المقاتلة أف-35، في حال أقدمت على عملية الشراء، وحجّة واشنطن في ذلك أنّه في حال تمّ تركيب نظام…
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