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Can you truly own anything in the metaverse?

May 13, 2022 1:22 pm

Can you truly own anything in the metaverse?

A law professor explains how blockchains and NFTs don't protect virtual property.
Australia is investigating a digital currency, or e-dollar, but its benefits seem slight and the risks to privacy large

May 6, 2022 3:10 pm

Australia is investigating a digital currency, or e-dollar, but its benefits seem slight and the risks to privacy large

As the United States considers its own digital currency, here's a look at the concept's possible practicality.
Even Google agrees there’s no going back to the old office life

Apr. 28, 2022 12:42 pm

Even Google agrees there’s no going back to the old office life

When the tech giant softened its historical opposition to remote work, it followed international trends indicating hybrid work is here to stay.
Do poison pills work? A finance expert explains the anti-takeover tool that Twitter hopes will keep Elon Musk at bay

Apr. 22, 2022 1:07 pm

Do poison pills work? A finance expert explains the anti-takeover tool that Twitter hopes will keep Elon Musk at bay

Here's why the corporate strategy has been effective at warding off unsolicited offers — at least until now.
Amazon, Starbucks and the sparking of a new American union movement

Apr. 8, 2022 12:33 pm

Amazon, Starbucks and the sparking of a new American union movement

Change is afoot, this labor scholar writes. But labor law reform is essential if this movement is to continue.
New data-sharing requirements from the National Institutes of Health are a big step toward more open science

Apr. 1, 2022 1:58 pm

New data-sharing requirements from the National Institutes of Health are a big step toward more open science

And potentially, higher-quality research. The benefits of greater openness in science have been borne out; here's what's new.
I’m a Black woman and the metaverse scares me. Here’s how to make the next iteration of the internet inclusive

Mar. 25, 2022 3:38 pm

I’m a Black woman and the metaverse scares me. Here’s how to make the next iteration of the internet inclusive

The metaverse is likely to have widespread consequences that will transform how people socialize, travel, learn, work and play. The question is, will those consequences be the same for everyone? History suggests the answer is no.
NFTs: One year after Beeple sale, nonfungible tokens have become mainstream

Mar. 18, 2022 12:39 pm

NFTs: One year after Beeple sale, nonfungible tokens have become mainstream

"They appear at once a benign hobbyist pursuit, a means to value and make money from scarce digital art, a cash grab for unscrupulous influencers and celebrities, a new mechanism for online fundraising and an explored avenue for legitimate art."
Why Apple, Disney, IKEA and hundreds of other Western companies are abandoning Russia with barely a shrug

Mar. 11, 2022 2:00 pm

Why Apple, Disney, IKEA and hundreds of other Western companies are abandoning Russia with barely a shrug

Taking a stand on a more polarizing issue could alienate a lot of consumers. But on the issue of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, many companies likely were more worried about the risks to their reputation were they to do nothing, these business professors write.
The Ukraine conflict brings cybersecurity risks to US homes and businesses

Feb. 24, 2022 3:25 pm

The Ukraine conflict brings cybersecurity risks to US homes and businesses

The assistant director of the UMBC Cybersecurity Center advises vigilance in securing home and professional devices as violence escalates overseas.

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