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A little background info about me: I was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, where I lived more than 20 years of my life. In Brazil, we all speak Portuguese, everyday and everywhere, and less than 3% of the population speak English fluently. Brazilians take mandatory English classes in school, but for a number of reasons — including a quite broken national educational system and the lack of exposure to the language on a regular basis — we don’t learn it enough. We think we do; quality standards are so low in certain regions that one can really quickly be considered… This story continues at The Next Web

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“My advice to anyone starting a business is to remember that someday I will crush you,” comments Jeff Bezos, sitting on his throne at Amazon HQ. Let’s be clear, Jeff Bezos never actually said those words — although some may be able to imagine it. In fact, this quote featured in a recent satirical article about Amazon’s ability to acquire businesses left, right, and center and Bezos’ growing hold on the ecommerce industry. But, the article hit home because, as proven by their recent financial results, Amazon is here to rule. When you consider what Amazon offers those who sell… This story continues at The Next Web

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Despite increasingly sophisticated and far-reaching cybersecurity implementations, there isn’t a day when we don’t hear about new data breaches and vulnerabilities. The industry does not even find time to fully comprehend the last breach before another blow is thrown its way. According to Breach Level Index, more than 5 million records are lost or stolen every day. The total amount of compromised records since 2013 is more than twice the number of global internet users and only 4% of them involved encrypted data that would be useless after being stolen. It is easy to say that insecure applications are a product of… This story continues at The Next Web

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The first time I crossed paths with the person that would eventually become one of my favorite mentors, I wasn’t exactly jumping for joy. It was 2012, and I met Richard Hopkins while we were both working for Deloitte. We were both assigned to this massive project that required us to fly in and out of a remote location, and I vividly recall sifting through pictures of my new teammates. I came across Richard’s photo and immediately thought: “I don’t like this guy. I don’t want to work with him.” I quickly learned not to judge a book by its… This story continues at The Next Web

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For those looking to get proficient or maybe even beyond proficient with this core programming skill, this Essential JavaScript Coding Bundle ($29, over 90 percent off from TNW Deals) is a perfect place to get your feet wet.

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I fell into my mission by accident — it certainly seemed like an accident that Wikipedia took off as successfully as it did. It might have been what we wanted and planned for, but that it did take off was as much a surprise to me as anyone. Anyway, Wikipedia’s success led to a discovery about myself, that —  at least when it comes to Internet projects — more than anything, I want to develop communities in which people come together to improve the world’s knowledge. I started building online groups on a smaller scale in the mid-1990s, with academic discussion groups. Such… This story continues at The Next Web

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A few months never go by without authorities in Uganda coming up with something bombastic to declare, the latest is a social media tax. The social media tax is expected to be implemented in July 2018 according to Uganda’s government. In making the announcement, Uganda’s government said that the soon to be introduced social media tax will help boost the country’s revenue and help with national security. “We’re looking for money to maintain the security of the country and extend electricity so that you people can enjoy more of social media, more often, more frequently,” Matia Kasaija, Uganda’s Minister of Finance, is reported to… This story continues at The Next Web

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With blockchains facing scaling issues depending on their makeup and governance, as well as their popularity, some, like Litecoin, have implemented the Lightning network as a way to address overcrowding, which leads to slow and expensive transactions. Scalability has become a byword with the success of certain cryptocurrencies as their popularity leads to the need to function with more and more users. Bitcoin, as blockchain’s popularity has grown, has had its own demons to fight when it comes to scaling. The democratized network, with its decentralized nature, tackles these difficulties in a manner which requires consensus from a majority of… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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2017 was quite a banner year for the ICO marketplace with over $6.4 billion in crypto invested in hundreds of ICOs. Some investors thought the world had gone crazy, others were saying it was just the beginning. Will ICOs announce the end of Venture Capital as we know it? Clearly 2017 was performative, however, the year was not without some serious flaws in the ICO economy. Remember Tezos, the famous uncapped ICO which raised over $200M when Bitcoin was $2,500? Today, it’s dead in the water with lawsuits and disputes between founders, trustees of the foundation, and plaintiff lawyers representing… This story continues at The Next Web

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About a year ago, Apple made the bold proclamation that it was zeroing in on a future where iPhones and MacBooks were created wholly of recycled materials. It was, and still is, an ambitious thought. In a technologically-charged world, many forget that nearly 100 percent of e-waste is recyclable. Apple didn’t. Named “Daisy,” Apple’s new robot builds on its previous iteration, Liam, which Apple used to disassemble unneeded iPhones in an attempt to scrap or reuse the materials. Like her predecessor, Daisy can successfully salvage a bulk of the material needed to create brand new iPhones. All told, the robot… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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The #DeleteFacebook movement has been riding high ever since the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal got rolling, with high-profile figures like Elon Musk publicly declaring their intention to purge their good names from Facebook’s ledgers (only not really doing it, in Musk’s case). But, by Facebook’s own admission, it still has ways of tracking ex-users and non-users alike. For context: Facebook’s inability to keep its user data private was the crux of the Cambridge Analytica case, and its prompted a number of users to delete their Pages and profiles in protest. While testifying before Congress last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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In what sounds like the stuff nightmares are made of, a Chinese facility is breeding roaches by the billions for use in medicinal concoctions. These “healing potions” are reportedly use to cure respiratory, gastric, and other diseases according to an official report. As South China Morning Post reporter Stephen Chen tells it: Long, narrowly spaced rows of shelves fill a multi-storey building about the size of two sports fields. The shelves are lined with open containers of food and water. It is warm, humid and dark all year round, with freedom to roam to find food and reproduce. Fully sealed… This story continues at The Next Web

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My current phone does not have a headphone jack. My favorite headphones need one. After being fed up with losing and forgetting dongles, I thought there must be a better way. Despite a plethora of excellent wireless options currently available, my favorite portable headphones are a pair of in-ear monitors (IEMs) from a little known company outside of audiophilia, the VSonic GR07. I keep on returning to them despite dozens of other headphones I’ve reviewed over the years, but the inconvenience of dongle life soured the experience. Then I realized I could easily add Bluetooth to the GR07 – and… This story continues at The Next Web

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Alienware recently partnered with Hilton Panama to create an entire battlestation that doubles as a hotel room — a.k.a. the PC gamer’s wet dream. Juan Carlos Garcés, General Director of Intel in Colombia, to HomeCrux: With this unique offer in the market, once again the Hilton Panama Hotel is consolidated as a hotel that focuses its tourism offer on providing unique and memorable experiences to its customers, guests and visitors. What it is: Alienware’s room in the Hilton Panama contains a full complement of equipment for the discerning gamer, including two PCs, a virtual reality set-up and an interactive lighting… This story continues at The Next Web

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A printing company and a nonprofit think they’ve found a solution to global poverty: 3D-printed houses. But activists warn the solution might not be as simple as it sounds. New Story, a charity dedicated to providing shelter for impoverished and distressed communities, and printing company ICON collaborated to design a house which can be built with a 3D printer in under a day for about $4,000. The 3D-printed house made its debut during this year’s South by Southwest. ICON says it has built other prototypes, though this is the first one it says is actually livable. The house is roughly… This story continues at The Next Web

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The world’s most popular livestreaming site appears to be caught in the crossfire as Russia fights popular encrypted messaging app Telegram. Russian streamers are reportedly unable to stream or watch other channels, having to find tricks to get around the ban. One of the first acknowledgements came from Reddit user Angry_Roleplayer. In his post, several other alleged streamers reported being unable to go live on Twitch or even access it. Angry_Roleplayer managed to upload a video showing the blockage to YouTube: The apparent cause of the ban is Russia’s current scuffle with Telegram, which escalated earlier this month when the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitch

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When Nintendo first announced Labo –  a series of minigames based on DIY cardboard accessories – gamers reacted with a mixture of confusion and excitement. But even though the accessories (called Toy-Cons) felt surprisingly sturdy in our hands-on, cardboard just isn’t a material designed for durability. Considering the two existing Labo kits cost $70 and $80, we worried replacing Labo parts would break the bank. Turns out it’s not so bad if you only need to replace a few components at a time. In addition to the full kits, Nintendo now sells cardboard and accessory packs for different parts of… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Nintendo

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The European Parliament (EP) is bringing in measures to mitigate the risks associated with cryptocurrencies. The members of EP voted 574 votes to 13 votes with 60 abstentions in favor of a December agreement that asked for closer regulation for virtual currencies, like Bitcoin, to prevent them being used for money laundering and terrorism financing. Under the agreement, cryptocurrency exchanges and custodian wallet providers will have to apply customer due diligence controls, including customer verification requirements, just like their banking counterparts. The European Parliament expects that this will help end the anonymity associated with virtual currencies, which is believed to encourage its… This story continues at The Next Web

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This article is written by product strategy expert Des Traynor, co-founder, and CSO of Intercom. If you’d like to hear from Des or many other experts behind the growth of the world’s most successful companies, you should definitely secure your spot at the Growth Quarters track at the TNW Conference in May hosted by Google for Entrepreneurs and TQ.  Sometimes your customers really want to use your feature or product, but they also want something else that simply isn’t compatible with it. People really want to be slim and healthy, but they also really want soft drinks and fast food. McDonalds and Weight… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook is working on a new feature to hook in the one market that they’ve struggled to dominate: teenagers. ‘High School Networks for Messenger’ appears to be its latest attempt to drag post-millennials to its platform, according to sources who shared screenshots with TNW. High School Networks appears to be a way for students to connect with their peers at the same school and/or taking the same classes. The details for the feature are limited at the moment, as the feature appears to be hidden and is yet to go live in the latest version of Messenger in the App… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Earlier this month, Facebook promised to implement an unsend message (revoke) option for all Messenger users. Well, it looks like the feature is almost ready to go live. TNW obtained this screenshot of how the button looks set to appear in Messenger. The screenshot came from a reliable source who agreed to share it with us on the condition of anonymity. While Facebook toyed around with the idea of giving users the ability to unsend messages in WhatsApp last year (and later implemented the feature for all users), the company has yet to try this out with Messenger. There’s no way of telling when… This story continues at The Next Web

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Bitcoin Cash fans are known to hound anyone who would challenge their claim of being the real Bitcoin – and the latest one to take a dig at the BCH gang is none other than Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa. Twitter user Kunani has shared a video where he asks Alexa about the essence of Bitcoin Cash; and chances the assistant’s response will hit BCH supporters right where it hurts. “Alexa, what is Bitcoin Cash,” he asked plainly. This is when Alexa dished it out: Bitcoin Cash also known as BCash is a simple hard fork of Bitcoin. Its shillers have… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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Github isn’t just where most major open source projects are borne and improved; it’s also a commonly-used tool within commercial software development teams. Now, to help more coders get to speed with Github, the company has launched a “learning lab” which offers an interactive guide to the service. Using Github effectively isn’t just knowing how to use git (although that’s a major part of it). You’re going to need to write documentation, which means knowing how to use Markdown. The Github Learning Lab covers this, and more. It also touches on essential skills, like resolving merge requests, to skills that… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: GitHub

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Amazon has updated Alexa with a clever feature that makes it a whole lot more useful around the house: you can now build your own skills for the voice assistant without having to touch a line of code. Using Alexa Blueprints, you can now set up custom skills and responses to do things like leave instructions for your babysitter or an Airbnb guest, put together a family trivia game for your relatives who are in town, test your exam preparation with flash cards, and even create interactive fairy tales. There are already some 20+ templates to help you get started,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon

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