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Blockchain's potential will continue to spur public and private investment

Blockchain's potential will continue to spur public and private investment

Finance
The many big companies disrupted by blockchain have now made it a priority to harness this technology. As is typically the case when faced with disruption, large companies are seeking to defend their territory by adopting the very tool that threatens them. With blockchain there's a lot at stake. The global market for blockchain-related products and services is about $ 700 million and is projected to exceed $ 60 billion annually in 2024, according to Wintergreen Research. Among the big corporate blockchain players are Accenture, Facebook, Google, IBM and Microsoft. ...
Twitter's 'Russia-Iran' troll tweet trove made public

Twitter's 'Russia-Iran' troll tweet trove made public

Technology
More than 10 million tweets posted by suspected state-backed Russian and Iranian "troll farms" have been shared online by Twitter.It has published more than 360GB of material to aid studies into how its platform has been used to try to influence the public.The messages were posted from 2013 to 2018 and include references to the US presidential election and the UK's EU referendum.In total, 4,570 accounts were involved.Early analysis by the BBC's data journalism team indicates the word "Brexit" was mentioned in 3,789 tweets linked the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA), nearly all of which were published on the day of the vote or afterwards.However, the hashtag #reasonstoleaveeu was also found to have been included in the text ...
Tawny owl decline: Public urged to record 'twit-twoos'

Tawny owl decline: Public urged to record 'twit-twoos'

Science
Bird lovers are being urged to give up 20 minutes every week to listen out for the "twit-twoo" call of the Tawny owl, amid concerns over its numbers.The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is asking people to listen for the distinctive hoot from their garden, a local park or woodland, once every week for the next six months."You can even do it from the comfort of your bed," said BTO's Claire Boothby.Light pollution and urbanisation are thought to be impacting populations.The conservation status of the Tawny owl recently changed from green to amber, signalling a growing concern for the species.'Anyone can take part'Researchers hope the Tawny Owl Calling survey, which runs from 30 September to 31 March, will help them understand if...
Public pensions are paying higher fees for lower returns, Pew study finds

Public pensions are paying higher fees for lower returns, Pew study finds

Finance
Public pension plans are spending more than $ 2 billion a year in fees on high-cost, risky investments to boost returns. But those bets haven't been paying off, according a report Wednesday from the Pew Charitable Trusts. The higher cost comes as public pension fund managers try to make up for a steep shortfall brought by years of underfunding and lackluster investment returns. As of fiscal 2016, the latest data available, state pension funds tracked by Pew had a combined $ 1.4 trillion deficit – up $ 295 billion from 2015 and the 15th annual increase in pension debt since 2000. State public pension plans have assets of...
5 things to know about Trump’s new ‘public charge’ immigration proposal

5 things to know about Trump’s new ‘public charge’ immigration proposal

Health
This story is from Kaiser Health News A proposed rule from the White House would make it harder for legal immigrants to get green cards if they have received certain kinds of public assistance — including Medicaid, food stamps and housing subsidies. Green cards allow them to live and work permanently in the United States. “Those seeking to immigrate to the United States must show they can support themselves financially,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement. The proposal, announced Saturday night, marks a new frontier in the administration’s long-term effort to curb immigration, both legal and illegal. It already has spurred intense criticism from Democrats, anti-poverty activists, health care organizations and immigrants’ rights ...