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Facebook announces new cryptocurrency

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 6/18/19, 10:55 am

Facebook unveiled plans on Tuesday for its own new bitcoin-like cryptocurrency called Libra. Companies such as Lyft, MasterCard, Spotify, Uber, Visa, and others are joining the social media giant in the Libra Association, a Swiss-based council that will give each company one vote in the administration of the currency, Facebook explained in a white paper. Each of those companies would almost certainly accept the new currency after its release.

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Nondisposable proposal

Technology | Major brands launch experiment to reduce waste through reusable containers
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 2/28/19, 03:47 pm

Until well into the 20th century, most Americans had their milk delivered to their door in refillable glass bottles. The milkman also picked up the empties. Now a coalition of major consumer brands is testing a packaging and delivery platform that will use the “milkman model” for products as diverse as ice cream, deodorant, and laundry detergent.

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Air network

Technology | Stratospheric balloons to provide phone service for Kenya
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 1/31/19, 12:39 am

In 2011, using a simple weather balloon and some basic, off-the-shelf radio equipment, engineers at Alphabet’s research and development subsidiary, X, tried to show that balloons could provide internet and telecommunications coverage. By 2017 the technology of X’s Project Loon, as it was known, was mature enough to provide emergency internet service for hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico.

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