Lynk’s Weekly Round Up

Apple commits to clean energy

Apple speaks out against the rollback of the Obama era Clean Power Plan. This puts a wrench in the plans for Apple to run its facilities on 100% renewable energy. Started in 2015 Apple has generated creative solutions to further push this new initiative, including the use of a combined 1,100 solar rooftops in Japan and Singapore.

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Credit Card signatures are being removed

This month some of the worlds biggest credit card providers are beginning the process of removing the need for credit card signatures. While historically used to confirm purchases or verify identity, it appears technology is finally catching up with credit cards. 80% of all Mastercard transactions last October didn’t require a signature.

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Quantum Mechanics meets Cryptocurrency

The world’s first truly random number generator could be the key to saving cryptocurrency. By embracing quantum mechanics, Peter Bierhorst has created a number generator that cannot be predetermined. This, in turn, can be used in cryptocurrency which relies on hard to guess number sequences for increased security.

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WeWork is Acquiring Naked Hub

In a deal worth a reported US$ 400 million, WeWork has bought the China based startup NakedHub. This further enhances the companies plans to increase their presence outside of America. They will now own the 13 Naked HUb offices in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong giving the company a much needed foothold.

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Disney launches ESPN+

The first of Disney’s planned streaming services has been launched. Designed for keen sports fans this service is available monthly for US$ 4.99 or for an upfront cost of US$ 49.99 a year. This is seen as the beginning of a long term plan to provide on demand programming as well as over 10,000 exclusive sports events to dedicated fans.

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