Using Technology To Humanize Finance

 “Banking is necessary – banks are not.” Bill Gates said this in 1994. It was a bold statement to make at the time, and one that some have associated with the start of a transformation in financial technology. Now, two decades later, we are seeing this revolution unfold before our eyes. Catalyzed in large part by the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009, a new financial order… Read More Read more »

Navy plans to double maternity leave to 12 paid weeks

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NORFOLK, Virginia (AP) — In an effort to retain talented women, U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus unveiled a proposal Wednesday that calls for doubling the amount of paid maternity leave that sailors and Marines can take, from six weeks to 12 weeks. Mabus detailed the proposal during a speech at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. See also: America's 12-week maternity policy has nothing to do with families Extending paid parental leave for mothers would require legislative approval, which if Congress agrees to, would ultimately be extended to members of all military branches It wasn't immediately clear how much Mabus' proposal would cost, but Navy officials believe it's a wise investment because women in the early part of their careers in that service are retained at half the rate as men. Read more... More about Military , Children , Parenting , Women , and Gender Read more »

MWC: 10 exciting developments in mobile

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Tipping the Scales on Mobile Payments: A note from Ed McLaughlin, Chief Emerging Payments Officer, MasterCard Across the globe today, the ongoing convergence of the physical and digital worlds is dramatically changing how people interact with their families, friends, and the world around them. Everyone and everything is connected. When it comes to how we pay for things, this seismic digital shift is the most significant milestone since plastic credit cards were introduced 50 years ago. It was crystal clear at this year's Mobile World Congress where we saw new players entering the mobile payments space and veterans doubling-down on their efforts to drive mobile payments ubiquity. Read more... More about Mobile World Congress and Supported Read more »

Ford’s smart e-bicycles point the way with vibrating handlebars

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BARCELONA — Bicycle enthusiasts who are also gadget lovers got their fix of excitement Monday at Mobile World Congress, as Ford brought a pair of smart e-bike prototypes to the show Called MoDe:Me and MoDe:Pro, the bikes connect to your smartphone and offer navigation feedback via the handlebar grips, which vibrate when you need to turn left or right. The bikes can also alert you of any hazards lying ahead or behind, communicate with other vehicles and even charge your smartphone, which is placed in a cradle on the handlebar See also: Visiobike: The E-Bike That Connects With Your Smartphone Both bikes are actually e-bikes, offering electric pedal assistance which is adjustable. When pedaling becomes too hard, the bike makes it as easy as you like, without completely taking over. In terms of specs, both bikes have a 200-watt motor with a 9-amp-hour battery, providing pedal assistance for speeds up to 25 km/h Read more... More about Ford , Mobile World Congress , Tech , Gadgets , and Mobile Read more »

Congress Snipes And Gripes On Eve Of Net Neutrality Vote

 It’s net neutrality eve, putting both Washington and Silicon Valley on collective edge. To some extent. In service to you, I awoke early this morning so that I could tune into a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the issue of net neutrality. However, the discourse was so dull, containing as far as I could tell the precise same talking points that have become rote through… Read More Read more »

The Net Neutrality Quiet Period

 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently in its weeklong ‘sunshine’ period before its February 26 meeting that will see the agency vote on new net neutrality regulations. The sunshine period means that the FCC takes time from taking external meetings on the topics it is going to vote on. Also, missives sent to the FCC during the period do not make it into the… Read More Read more »

Obama burns Republicans in ultimate State of the Union comeback

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President Obama had a sassy response to his Republican critics in what may be the greatest State of the Union comeback in American history. See also: Obama's State of the Union address: The highlights Reading from prepared remarks Tuesday night to the entirety of the American government ( minus one ), Obama said "I have no more campaigns to run." That remark elicited applause from his critics in the crowd, who were all too happy to see him go. But Obama wasn't done, snapping back: "I know because I won both of them." Obama jokes at the #SOTU about winning both elections A video posted by Brian Koerber (@bkurbs) on Jan 20, 2015 at 7:28pm PST Read more... More about Obama , State Of The Union , Us World , Politics , and Us Read more »

Tech’s Year Of Missed Political Gains

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 The technology sector had a rough year in Washington. In the face of growing political spending, increasing economic might and stumbling government agencies, tech got nearly nothing it wanted in 2014. NSA reform died, as did copyright reform, and patent reform. Immigration reform? Kaput. And the recent election axed important politicians who were allied with the tech industry on certain issues. Read More Read more »

Congress blocks feds from meddling with medical marijuana

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In Congress , it's rare for a spending bill to move forward without a deluge of last-minute additions for politicians' pet projects. This year's $1.1 trillion spending bill, signed yesterday by President Obama, is no different. See also: 5 Ways Congress' Proposed Budget Could Affect You But while an amendment to water down banking regulations is drawing scrutiny, two congressmen from California quietly inserted wording that removes funding for the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration to interfere with states where medical marijuana is legal. It's the first legislation enacted by Congress that curtails the government's ability to enforce penalties or intrude on states that permit medical marijuana, a drug that is still considered by federal regulators to be as dangerous as heroin and LSD. Read more... More about Congress , Congressmen , Us World , Politics , and Us Read more »

The 13 best business quotes of 2014

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From the General Motors recalls to the Sony hacks to the stunning string of multi-billion dollar tech acquisitions this year, some of the biggest stories of 2014 were from the business world. Playing starring roles in such stories, CEOs and other captains of industry often offered their own idiosyncratic commentaries on the events. Unencumbered by the restraints of mere mortals and possessing mammoth egos, such businesspeople's loose lips often give publicists agita. At other times, they speak quite eloquently. Here's a roundup of some of the most noteworthy musings to emanate from the business world in 2014: Read more... More about Mark Zuckerberg , Elon Musk , Barry Diller , Business , and Top Business Quotes Read more »