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This Robot Plant Needs You and Bitcoin to Reproduce

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If androids dream of electric sheep, then Plantoids dream of digital currency. The robot plant species, debuted at last month’s Ars Electronica festival by French artist group Okhaos, relies on bitcoin to stay alive and – once it has enough – even reproduce. How does it work? Just as bees …

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What It Took to Make the Most Complicated Watch Ever

With 57 complications, the Vacheron Constantin "Tivoli" is the most complex watch ever made. Photographer: Stephen Pulvirent/Bloomberg

It’s probably the second-most-expensive watch, too. A few weeks ago, Vacheron Constantin announced that it had made the most complicated mechanical watch ever. When the massive pocket watch came to the United States, we sat down with Dominique Bernaz, director of Vacheron’s bespoke watch department, to find out just what …

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Bitcoin Price Hits New High for 2015

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The price of bitcoin has hit a new high for 2015, with the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index (BPI) peaking at $333.75 this morning. Bitcoin, which opened the day at $313.31, rose 6.5% to $333.75 at 8.16am (UTC). It has since decreased to $326.55 at press time. The cryptocurrency began the …

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Microsoft Rolls Out Ethereum Toolkit for Business Users

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Computing giant Microsoft is rolling out a toolkit that will let its enterprise users build on the Ethereum protocol. Thanks to a partnership with Ethereum collective ConsenSys, business users of Microsoft’s cloud-based Azure service will be able to access Ethereum Blockchain-as-a-Service, or ‘E BaaS’. The sandbox initiative, announced today, will …

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Alternative lifestyles

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By all accounts, it’s cold outside MOST OF THE alternatives to full membership of the EU are unattainable, unappealing or both. The EU will not disappear as an institution or a big market. A post-Brexit Britain will have to form a set of trading and institutional relationships with it. The …

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Euro-Area Confidence Makes Surprise Leap to Four-Year High

The boost in confidence was driven by improvements in industry, retail trade and construction, according to the report. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Economic sentiment rises to 105.9 vs forecast drop to 105.1 Improvement driven by construction, retailing, industry Confidence in the euro-area economy unexpectedly improved in October for a fourth consecutive month as the European Central Bank debates further stimulus. An index of executive and consumer confidence climbed to 105.9 from 105.6 …

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Ebay Files For Two Cryptocurrency Patents

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Multinational e-commerce giant eBay has filed two cryptocurrency-related patent applications. Published by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) last week, the applications were both submitted on 18th April last year. According to the filings, eBay wants to patent a “distributed cryptocurrency unauthorised transfer monitoring system” and a “distributed cryptocurrency …

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