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What Would Happen If the Whole Internet Just Shut Down All of a Sudden?

A world in which the internet suddenly stops: surely the TV show’s already in development. Sprawling cast, gorgeous visuals, tediously on-the-nose themes. Some handsome B-lister tearing around the country in pursuit of his wayward kids, or the shadowy sect that pulled the plug in the first place. A patch of prairie in Kansas with a weak but functional signal, people lining for miles to check texts, riots breaking out. Thankfully, we don’t have to wait for this show to be shot and streamed to get a decent idea of what the internet apocalypse might look like: for this week’s Giz Asks, we asked a number of experts to do the imagining for us. Read More >>

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Australia Bans Cash For All Purchases Over £5,500 Starting July 2019

Australia’s Liberal Party government has announced that it will soon be illegal to purchase anything over $10,000 AUD (£5,500) with cash. The government says it’s, “encouraging the transition to a digital society,” and cracking down on tax evasion. But not everyone is happy with the move. Read More >>

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How Much Should I Regret Not Buying Bitcoin?

The first bitcoin transaction ever was by man who bought two pizzas. That arrangement would be worth over a $100 million today. Regret was baked into Bitcoin from the beginning. Last year, somewhat inexplicably, Bitcoin’s price rose more than 1,000 percent. That number has since dipped, but a single bitcoin is still, as of this writing, worth around $11K. Read More >>

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Amazon is Building a Colossal Warehouse Where America’s Biggest Mall Once Stood

The Seattle-based internet book seller Amazon just announced plans to open an enormous fulfilment centre in North Randall, Ohio. This is a big deal for the small community which has suffered greatly since the Randall Park Mall, once the largest in America, shut down due to retail sales moving online. Amazon is actually building its new warehouse on the same land where the mall once stood. Read More >>

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India’s Prime Minister Plans for Cashless Society

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, has an economic firestorm on his hands following his decision to ban the 500 and 1,000 rupee notes. In his monthly address on Sunday, Modi took his ambitions further with a call for a cashless society. Read More >>

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See the Global Shipping Revolution in These Beautiful Ocean Maps

The global shipping industry has completely transformed our world: today, 90 per cent of everything in your life arrives via cargo ship. These two maps prove just how dramatically international trade has increased, by comparing the oceans of the 19th century with those of the late 20th. Read More >>

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Money DOES Buy Happiness, But Too Much Triggers Status Anxiety and the Sadness Just Returns

The University of Warwick has been tracking the happiness index of people in countries with rising wealth levels, suggesting that more money actually leads to fewer problems -- but once earnings rise above a certain level the greed urge kicks in and you start getting stressed that nothing's good enough. Read More >>

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Memory Chips Are the Most Expensive They’ve Been in Two Years

Manufacturers and consumers alike better brace themselves: memory chip prices have hit a two-year high because of a major fire in a massive Chinese production plant. Read More >>

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In the Shop of the Future, Buying Milk Will Be Effortless Yet Totally Creepy

Walk down pretty much any one of Britain’s High Streets, and the boarded-up shops paint their own bleak picture of an industry in recession. Managers will tell you how there’s no money left in bricks-and-mortar anymore; this is one business model well and truly disrupted. But Silicon Valley hasn’t destroyed physical retail; it’s just changing it beyond all recognition. Read More >>

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Gorilla Glass an Unlikely Weapon in the Battle to Increase Car Economy

Corning's Gorilla Glass, which has been toughening up mobile displays for the last few years, may soon find its ways into cars. As it's so tough it allows car manufacturers to use thinner layers, reducing overall weight and perhaps adding a few percentage points to fuel consumption averages. Read More >>

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Cashless Transactions Are the Worst Thing to Strike Modern Culture

Science and technology have brought us some amazing and indispensable things in the last 30 years. And I'm not just referring to ChatRoulette; online takeaway delivery, and Kim DotCom. Here are my top three: Read More >>

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Ideas For Saving the Economy: GET ON TWITTER

If you see George Osborne pausing, repeatedly reaching for his phone and going quiet for 30 seconds during today's budget, it'll be because he's joined the modern world and is live-tweeting the event himself on his new Twitter account. Read More >>

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The Damage to NYC in The Avengers Would Cost £100 Billion to Repair

In their most recent outing, the Avengers protect Manhattan from complete devastation. But disaster experts claim that the damage would still set the city back more than Hurricane Katrina or even last year's Japanese tsunami. Read More >>

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Sneaky Tax Tactics Save Apple Billions of Dollars

The NY Times is reporting that by routing huge amounts of income through low-tax places like Nevada, Ireland, Luxembourg, and the British Virgin Islands, Apple probably avoided paying $2.4 billion dollars in US taxes last year alone. That's billion, with a B -- around £1.47 billion over here. Read More >>