Amazon loves data, so here’s a look at the numbers on the 20 cities to make the HQ2 shortlist

(Amazon Graphic) The nation’s capital looks like a favorite to land Amazon’s second North American headquarters. Amazon showed 218 cities, counties, states and provinces the door, cutting the list of eligible suitors for its second home down to 20 Thursday morning, and three of the spots left standing are in the Washington, D.C. area. GeekWire co-founder John Cook put D.C. at the top of his list of remaining cities with the best shot of landing the Seattle-based tech giant. But the data may say otherwise. Following the initial announcement of the HQ2 sweepstakes, we ranked top contenders based on the information in Amazon’s request for proposals, and today we’re going… Read More

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Some cryptocurrency traders in South Korea took the bitcoin ‘bloodbath’ to a whole new level

Cryptocurrency trading in South Korea, the world’s third-largest market, is a huge deal in the country. So huge in fact, that when the country’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges were recently raided by authorities on suspicion of tax-dodging, and when the government proposed a bill to ban cryptocurrency trading through its exchanges, the global cryptocurrency market took a nosedive. Since then, more than 220,000 people have signed an online petition against the proposed plan that they say infringes on their “happy dream” of cryptocurrency trading, something that has eluded them “until now.” “Buying my own home is difficult in South Korea, I don’t know how I could even buy one,” the petition… Read More

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Peeved by price gouging and shortages, hospitals will now make their own drugs

Enlarge / Former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli. Jail for him, competition for his kind. (credit: Getty | Drew Angerer ) For four of the country’s largest hospital systems, enough is enough. Sick of drug companies’ eye-popping price hikes and ridiculous shortages, the feisty hospital systems announced Wednesday that they’ve banded together and formed an unnamed non-profit to make their own steady supply of affordable generic medicines. The leading hospital system, Intermountain Healthcare, released a statement explaining: Read 8 remaining paragraphs | Comments …read more Source:: Ars Technica

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An Asteroid Bigger Than the World’s Tallest Building Will Fly by Earth Next Month

A massive “potentially hazardous” asteroid spanning more than the length of the world’s tallest building will fly by our planet on Feb. 4. The roughly .7-mile long asteroid is considered longer than the Burj Khalifa, which at .5 miles high currently stands as the world’s tallest building, and will fly at a speed of 67,000 miles per hour just 2.6 million miles from Earth. “This is a fairly routine close approach of an object that we have known about for many years,” said Paul Chodas who manages the Center for Near Earth Object Studies at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Asteroid 2002 AJ192 was discovered in 2002. “We’ve been tracking it… Read More

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President Trump Set to Sign FISA Surveillance Law: What That Means for You

The Senate on Thursday voted narrowly to renew a law that permits intelligence agencies like the NSA and the FBI to tap into data from companies like AT&T and Google without a warrant. President Trump is expected to sign the measure by the end of the week. The law is controversial because the surveillance program, although aimed at foreigners, has resulted in the U.S. government monitoring the communications of Americans–including email and chat histories–without the sign-off of a judge. Proponents say privacy concerns are overblown and the program is an essential anti-terrorist tool. But what exactly does the law, known as Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, allow the… Read More

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