A startup wants to replace corner stores. What does your local shop mean to you?

Two ex-Google employees have said they want their new startup “Bodega” to replace corner shops. Share photos and stories of your favorite corner shops and the people who work there

Two former Google employees have launched a tech startup with the aim of replacing corner shops. No surprise, there’s been swift backlash against the Silicon Valley techies and their company, named Bodega after a commonly used term in New York for local stores typically run by immigrants.

The company is marketing essentially glorified vending machines – 5ft-wide pantries that users can unlock with their smartphones to pick up non-perishable items. There are no humans at the “stores”, which are already stationed in spots like apartment buildings, offices and gyms, and a computer program automatically charges customers’ credit cards.

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Fury at ‘Bodega’ tech startup that aims to put mom-and-pop shops out of business

  • Tech firm markets glorified vending machines where users can buy groceries
  • Startup boasts: ‘Eventually, centralized shopping locations won’t be necessary’

A tech startup called Bodega that hopes to replace mom-and-pop shops with unmanned boxes that rely on an app and artificial intelligence is facing a massive backlash from immigrant business owners and skeptics across Silicon Valley.

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US government bans agencies from using Russian software over spying fears

Federal agencies have been barred from using cybersecurity software made by Kaspersky Lab over fears the firm has ties to state-sponsored spying programs

The US government has banned federal agencies from using cybersecurity software made by Russian company Kaspersky Lab over fears that the firm has ties to state-sponsored spying programs.

On Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a directive, first reported by the Washington Post, calling on departments and agencies to identify any use of Kaspersky antivirus software and develop plans to remove them and replace them with alternatives within the next three months.

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From Silk Road to ATMs: the history of Bitcoin

The digital currency lost 10% of its value after the JP Morgan boss described it as fraud – but it has come a long way since it was started in 2009

Bitcoin is a digital currency started in 2009 by a mystery figure named Satoshi Nakamoto, whose true identity is still unknown. It is unlike traditional currencies because it has no central bank, nation state or regulatory authority backing it up.

The “coins” are made by computers solving a set of complex maths problems. To spend them, users buy bitcoin and conduct transactions with them using exchanges such as San Francisco-based Coinbase. Rather than a central authority validating transactions, they are all recorded on a public ledger, called the blockchain.

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