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Amazon Tests Ad Tool That Rivals Google, Criteo
The tool lets merchants selling on Amazon’s online marketplace purchase spots that will follow shoppers around the web to lure the consumers back to Amazon to buy. The company is inviting select merchants to test the new ads later this month, according to people with knowledge of the plans.
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may 2018 by seaugust
Everything Google announced at I/O 2018 | VentureBeat
If there was any lingering doubt that Google is now an AI-first company, well, I/O 2018 has pretty much cleared that up.
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may 2018 by seaugust
ZTE says it has stopped major operations following US export ban
Chinese telecommunications company ZTE has stopped major business operations, it has revealed, as a consequence on the US ban on selling components to the maker.
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may 2018 by seaugust
Square launches restaurant point-of-sale platform
Square for Restaurants is a point-of-sale system that handles everything from menu updates, floor layouts, employee scheduling, performance tracking to tip splitting.
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may 2018 by seaugust
Everything Microsoft announced at Build 2018
From artificial intelligence (AI) to Azure, here’s a quick recap of everything Microsoft announced at Build 2018.
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may 2018 by seaugust
Glassdoor, the iconic job-hunting website, has been bought for $1.2 billion
Recruit Holdings, a large Japanese human resources company that owns other job sites like Indeed, spent eight figures in cash to acquire the decade-old company.
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may 2018 by seaugust
Cambridge Analytica could be reborn as Emerdata
“It’s like the Hydra beast of Greek mythology–you cut one head off and another one grows. I think it will be business as usual for Cambridge Analytica but under a different name.”
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may 2018 by seaugust
Everything Facebook launched at F8 and Why | TechCrunch
FaceDate. "Clear History." Instagram video chat and anti-bullying. Facebook is reopening its app review process. Oculus Go goes on sale for $199. Messenger simplifies and starts translation. Introducing VR Memories and 3D photos. WhatsApp hits 450 million stories users. Sharing to Facebook and Instagram Stories from other apps. Oculus TV.
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may 2018 by seaugust
Google Maps Platform arrives with pay-as-you-go billing, free support, and Cloud requirement starting June 11
Google today announced a massive revamp of its Google Maps business: the new Google Maps Platform promises streamlined API products, a simplified customer experience, a single pricing plan with pay-as-you-go billing, free support, a single console, and new industry solutions. The catch? Starting on June 11, you’ll need a valid API key and a Google Cloud Platform billing account to access Google Maps Platform.
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may 2018 by seaugust
Pentagon Halts Military Base Sales of Huawei, ZTE Devices, Citing Security Risks
The United States Department of Defense has halted the sale of all smartphones, routers, modems, and other hardware that contains any equipment manufactured by Huawei or ZTE. The order affects all of the stores on various Pentagon military bases and covers both the initial hardware and “adjacent products.”
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may 2018 by seaugust
Cambridge Analytica is shutting down and filing for bankruptcy
Cambridge Analytica, the data firm at the center of the Facebook privacy scandal, announced today it is ceasing operations and filing for bankruptcy in the U.S. and U.K.
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may 2018 by seaugust
IDC: Tablet shipments decline for 14th straight quarter
Amazon dropped like a rock (in the holiday quarter, the company managed to snag second place).
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may 2018 by seaugust
T-Mobile and Sprint merger official: $26bn 5G combo
By combining the Sprint and T-Mobile spectrum, for example, and cutting costs from operating one network instead of two, the estimate is that there’ll be cost synergies in excess of $6 billion. “The new company will be able to light up a broad and deep 5G network faster than either company could separately,” the carriers claim.
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may 2018 by seaugust
Adobe acquires Uru, an AI startup that embeds ads in videos
Uru isn’t exactly a household name: the company has been fairly quiet about its activities. Its software is supposed to understand the content of a video and then dynamically insert logos and other advertisements that match both the content of the video and look like they were embedded there all along.
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may 2018 by seaugust
Tile and Comcast now let you find lost items through voice search on your TV
Now, rather than relying purely on your mobile phone to track your keys, bike, or child, Xfinity customers can verbalize their search request into the Xfinity X1 voice remote and view the location on their big screen.
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april 2018 by seaugust
IFTTT raises $24M led by Salesforce to expand its platform to ‘connect everything’
IFTTT, a startup that was an early mover in API integrations by creating a platform for people to write easy scripts to connect different apps to each other (the name stands for “if this, then that”), is announcing another $24 million in funding to take its business deeper into areas like enterprise and IoT services.
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april 2018 by seaugust
IBM will use blockchain to verify diamond and gold jewelry authenticity
Asahi Refining (precious metals refiner), Helzberg Diamonds (U.S. jewelry retailer), LeachGarner (precious metals supplier), The Richline Group (global jewelry manufacturer), and UL (independent, third-party verification), are launching the TrustChain Initiative, powered by the IBM Blockchain Platform and delivered via the IBM Cloud.
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april 2018 by seaugust
Intel just poached Tesla’s Autopilot and AI expert
Intel has snagged Tesla’s Autopilot expert, poaching Jim Keller to lead the chip-mailer’s silicon engineering team. The news will see Keller made Intel’s latest senior vice president, taking the helm when it comes to system-on-chip development and integration.
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april 2018 by seaugust
Orchid Labs is in the process of raising $125 million for its surveillance-free layer atop the internet
The stated goal of the Orchid is to provide anonymized internet access to people across the globe, particularly individuals who live in countries with excessive government oversight of their browsing and shopping. Part of the point also seems to be to insulate users from the many companies that now harvest and sell their data, including walled gardens like Facebook and other giants like AT&T.
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april 2018 by seaugust
Palantir Knows Everything About You
The police, on autopilot with Palantir, are driving Rios toward his gang friends, not away from them, worries Mariella Saba, a neighbor and community organizer who helped him get off meth. When whole communities like East L.A. are algorithmically scraped for pre-crime suspects, data is destiny, says Saba. “These are systemic processes. When people are constantly harassed in a gang context, it pushes them to join. They internalize being told they’re bad.”
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april 2018 by seaugust
Google changes its messaging strategy again: Goodbye to Allo, double down on RCS
The company told The Verge that it is “pausing” work on Allo, which was only launched as recently as September 2016, in order to put its resources into the adoption RCS (Rich Communication Services), a messaging standard that has the potential to tie together SMS and other chat apps. RCS isn’t new, and Google has been pushing it for some time, but now the company is rebranding it as “Chat” and putting all its efforts into getting operators on board.
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april 2018 by seaugust
Facebook has a new job posting calling for chip designers
Facebook has posted a job opening looking for an expert in ASIC and FPGA, two custom silicon designs that companies can gear toward specific use cases — particularly in machine learning and artificial intelligence.
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april 2018 by seaugust
iOS 11’s new App Store boosts downloads by 800% for featured apps
According to its findings, getting a featured spot on the new App Store can increase downloads by as much as 800 percent, with the “App of the Day” or “Game of the Day” spots offering the most impact.
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april 2018 by seaugust
Google Grasshopper free coding app is made for beginners
Google’s experimental products workshop Area 120 has released a mobile app that teaches adults how to code in JavaScript. The Grasshopper app, which is free, supports both Android and iOS, walking beginners from the very basics toward more sophisticated skills, but also helping individuals who already have some coding knowledge.
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april 2018 by seaugust
Apple made 86% of ALL phone profits in Q4 2017: A few fast facts
Reported information here comes from Counterpoint’s Q4 2017 report on smartphone profits and revenue. Counterpoint does extensive work with smartphone parts cost projections and analysis, and reports on the entire industry in said quarterly tracking.
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april 2018 by seaugust
Amazon launches a “lite” Android web browser app in India
Amazon has quietly launched an Android web browser app for emerging markets, where access to mobile data and high-speed connectivity is more limited. The browser has the rather generic name of: “Internet: fast, lite and private” on Google Play, and promises to be “lighter than the competition.”
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april 2018 by seaugust
Department of Commerce bans U.S. firms from selling to ZTE for 7 years
The ban is the result of ZTE’s failure to comply with an agreement with the U.S. government after it pleaded guilty last year in federal court in Texas to conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions by illegally shipping U.S. goods and technology to Iran.
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april 2018 by seaugust
Samsung targets students with Galaxy J2 Pro smartphone that blocks the internet - The Verge
The Galaxy J2 Pro has the bare essentials of a smartphone. You can text and make calls with it and take photos with the 8-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera. There’s also an offline DioDic4 English dictionary app, a calendar app, calculator, and an FM radio. That’s it. And while there’s technically an LTE modem in the phone, it’s disabled for everything but calls and texting. Otherwise, there’s absolutely no Wi-Fi or data to speak of. If you want, you can even opt for a data plan that limits how many texts you can send.
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april 2018 by seaugust
FTC: “Warranty Void If Removed” stickers are illegal
TO BE CLEAR: It’s not just the stickers that are illegal – it’s any suggestion from any company saying consumers cannot keep warrantys for products they’ve gotten fixed or worked on with non-original-brand parts or services.
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april 2018 by seaugust
Apple hires Jon McCormack, former Amazon and Google executive
This isn’t the first time McCormack has transitioned from one big company to another; his previous employers include HP, Google, and Amazon.
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april 2018 by seaugust
What's Really Going On With Apple and Intel? A Guide to the Speculation
What Apple will actually do remains to be seen. But nearly any way you look at it, the CPU space is about to get a lot more interesting.
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april 2018 by seaugust
Amazon to close TenMarks online education service after 2018-19 school year
TenMarks founder and chief executive Rohit Agarwal went on to become general manager of Amazon’s K-12 Education Unit. But he left that role and Amazon one year ago, after overseeing the introduction of an early version of Amazon Inspire, a content sharing service for educators, and a subscription reading app for kids called Amazon Rapids. Amazon Inspire stumbled due to concerns over teachers uploading and sharing copyright content.
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april 2018 by seaugust
Under Armour admits 150 million MyFitnessPal accounts were hacked
Under Armour said on Thursday that data from some 150 million MyFitnessPal diet and fitness app accounts was compromised in February, in one of the biggest hacks in history, sending shares of the athletic apparel maker down 3 percent in after-hours trade.
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march 2018 by seaugust
Apple announces Classroom for Mac, Schoolwork for iOS, and Apple Teacher
While Apple has spent 40 years as a major player in the education market, its insistence on premium pricing has historically enabled rivals such as Dell and Google to win schools over with bargain-priced but comparatively stripped-down desktops and laptops. Consequently, Google’s networked Chromebook laptops and free apps currently dominate many schools; Apple’s least expensive iPads are amongst its most popular educational products.
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march 2018 by seaugust
Google to acquire GIF search platform Tenor
Founded in 2014, Tenor is one of a number of GIF-focused technology companies to come to the fore in recent years. The San Francisco-based company offers a web-based GIF search engine in addition to a GIF keyboard app for Android and iOS that enables users to easily access GIFs from their keyboard.
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march 2018 by seaugust
Family networking app Life360 acquihires PathSense team to boost location-based services
Life360, the app for networking families together via mobile devices, has acquired the developer team behind PathSense, responsible for the creation of a location-based mobile application toolkit, to build out its location based offerings.
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march 2018 by seaugust
Intel details Meltdown and Spectre-proof processors
According to Krzanich, Spectre Variant 1 of the exploits will continue to be dealt with by software patches. However, Spectre Variant 2 and Meltdown Variant 3 will rely on a processor redesign. This “partitioning” will add extra barriers between applications and user privilege levels, the chief exec explains.
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march 2018 by seaugust
Broadcom pulls Qualcomm offer after Trump shuts deal down
Broadcom’s attempt at an unsolicited takeover ground to a halt earlier this week, when the Trump administration moved to block it from taking place. The President and his team cited national security concerns with Broadcom, a company from Singapore, taking over the US-based Qualcomm. Today, Broadcom announced that it will comply with the order by terminating its offer.
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march 2018 by seaugust
Lightning Labs just raised millions from Jack Dorsey and others to supercharge blockchain transactions
The company is announcing today that it has raised $2.5 million in seed funding to date from a kind of list of big names in payments and beyond, including Square and Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey, Square exec Jacqueline Reses, serial-founder-turned investor David Sacks, Litecoin creator Charlie Lee, Evenbrite cofounder Kevin Hartz, BitGo CTO Ben Davenport, and Robinhood cofounder Vlad Tenev, along with The Hive, Digital Currency Group, and others. In a tweet earlier today, Sacks characterized the company as “one of the most important projects in crypto overall.”
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march 2018 by seaugust
Microsoft Teams will integrate with Cortana, add transcription and translation features
Microsoft Teams, the company’s team collaboration software and challenger to Slack, announced this morning- on its first anniversary – a suite of new features that will roll out to the software throughout 2018. This includes features that will allow users to record, transcribe and save meetings to the cloud, integrations with voice assistant Cortana, inline message translation and several others.
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march 2018 by seaugust
Twilio launches Flex, a fully programmable contact center
Out of the box, Flex supports all of the standard messaging channels that contact centers are now expected to support. These include Voice, video, text, picture messaging, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, LINE and WeChat. The service also supports screen sharing and code browsing. Twilio is also integrating its own intelligent TaskRouter service into Flex to automatically route questions to the right agent. A single Flex deployment can support up to 50,000 agents.
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march 2018 by seaugust
Amazon is taking aim at Walmart by offering a 54 percent discount on Prime memberships for Medicaid recipients
Under the offer, customers on Medicaid can get Amazon Prime for $5.99 a month, or $7 less than the new regular monthly fee of $12.99. In June, Amazon first introduced this discounted price for shoppers who receive government assistance in the form of an Electronic Benefits Transfer card.
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march 2018 by seaugust
Google Announces ‘Bristlecone’ Quantum Computing Chip
What really sets a quantum computer apart from a regular digital computer is the fundamental nature of how data is encoded via quantum properties like superposition or entanglement. A digital bit is either 0 or 1, but a quantum bit (or qubit) can be 0, 1 or a superposition of both states. Google’s new Bristlecone chip has a whopping 72 qubits compared with just nine qubits in the last one.
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march 2018 by seaugust
Watch: “Shark Tank” judges reject the idea Amazon just spent $1 billion on
In his Shark Tank pitch, Siminoff said he was seeking a $700,000 investment for a 10% stake in his then-struggling startup—called DoorBot at the time—which he thought was worth $7 million.
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march 2018 by seaugust
With Spotify, Google Cloud Platform gets its anchor all-in customer
Spotify, which is selling its share publicly, disclosed that it is moving its infrastructure completely to Google Cloud Platform in an all-in bet that rhymes with the Amazon Web Services-Netflix relationship.
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march 2018 by seaugust
Google expands snippets to answer more questions right in the search results
This week, Google began rolling out a new snippet experience for web searchers with multiple answers to the question posed in the search box – something that addresses the problem of Google not always understanding the intent behind your query.
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march 2018 by seaugust
Why I Quit Google to Work for Myself - Silly Bits
I adopted a new strategy. Before starting any task, I asked myself whether it would help my case for promotion. If the answer was no, I didn’t do it.
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march 2018 by seaugust
Microsoft and Xioami to collaborate on AI, cloud computing and hardware
Xiaomi and Microsoft have signed a Strategic Framework Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work more closely in the areas of cloud computing, AI (including Microsoft’s Cortana business) and hardware.
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february 2018 by seaugust
This Startup Is Challenging Mechanical Turk—on the Blockchain
Gems isn’t the first attempt to dislodge Mechanical Turk: Amazon has long faced competition from Crowdflower, another commercial microtask platform; it’s also seen challengers from academia, such as Daemo and Prolific, and other blockchain-based initiatives, such as Storm Market and Coinworker. To date, Mechanical Turk has stubbornly remained the Xerox of crowdwork.
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february 2018 by seaugust
Gartner reports first ever global decline in smartphone sales
Gartner’s figures peg sales of smartphones to end users in Q4 2017 at nearly 408 million units — a 5.6 per cent decline over its Q4 2016 figure.
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february 2018 by seaugust
Google debuts AdSense ‘auto ads’ with machine learning to make placement and monetization choices
The service was actually quietly rolled out in a limited beta around April of 2017, and now it is live for everyone. Google tells us that “publishers participating in the beta saw an average revenue lift of 10 percent with revenue increases ranging from five to 15 percent.”
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february 2018 by seaugust
Ultrasound could waken a sleeping smart home
The home of the future, we are assured, will be swarming with tiny sensors: security cameras, carbon monoxide detectors, speakers, and everything else. Few need to be running all the time — but how do you wake them up when they’re needed if they’re off in the first place? Ultrasound.
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february 2018 by seaugust
Samsung Bixby’s former head is now at Google
Chief Technology Officer. Lee In-jong, who left Samsung’s mobile division last December, is reportedly now working at Google on, among other things, the very market segment Samsung wants Bixby to be in.
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february 2018 by seaugust
Apple confirms HomePods can leave marks on wood surfaces, updates support page with notice
For what it’s worth, we didn’t run into the issue in our own testing, and the complaints appear to be pretty scattershot. But the adverse interaction between wood and silicone is a known issue, as Apple handily points out. In fact, users have complained of similar issues with products like the Echo Dot.
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february 2018 by seaugust
iPhone sales are now worth more than every other phone combined
In addition to Apple now commanding the smartphone market’s overall revenue, they’ve out-performed every other company individually. The next closest competitor was Samsung, a company whose smartphone sales revenue was less than one third that of Apple’s. Apple’s smartphone revenue was seven times that of Huawei.
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february 2018 by seaugust
Candy Heart messages written by a neural network
The candy heart messages it produced… well, you be the judge.
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february 2018 by seaugust
IDC: Tablet shipments decline for 13th straight quarter, Amazon overtakes Samsung for second place
Apple maintained its top spot for the quarter, but Amazon for the first time managed to surpass Samsung for second place.
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february 2018 by seaugust
Nest joins Google’s hardware team to power more products with AI
As part of the move, Farwaz will report to Google hardware chief Rick Osterloh. The change comes as Google continues to increase its hardware product line, with popular items like Pixel smartphones, Pixelbooks, and Home smart speakers emerging from its hardware division.
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february 2018 by seaugust
Dfinity raises $61 million for blockchain-based cloud
But it can be hard to nail down exactly what Dfinity’s mission is. In an interview with VentureBeat, team leader Dominic Williams talked about everything from enabling a new internet populated with open, decentralized versions of popular services like eBay, Dropbox, and Uber to enabling consumers to heat their houses with the specialized, server-grade hardware they’ll be able to use to mine Dfinity coins.
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february 2018 by seaugust
One Man's Quest to Make Google's Gadgets Great
After graduating in 1994, [Rick] Osterloh landed a consulting gig, but he didn’t like that all he made was documents and presentations. So he went back to Stanford, this time for business school. After a summer internship at Amazon, he took a job at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, where he researched possible investments in mobile technology.
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february 2018 by seaugust
Are Innovative Companies More Profitable?
Our research shows a similar pattern across energy companies, telecom companies, retailers, manufacturers, financial services providers, and health care companies. The companies that have the greatest level of participation have the best ideas. They also have the strongest profit growth. And it all stems from a culture that recognizes that effective innovations can come from a call center worker, a clinic staffer, or just about anyone else in the organization bright enough to identify where the right ideas could make a difference.
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february 2018 by seaugust
Elon Musk sold all 20K Boring flamethrowers, bringing in $10M
Elon Musk’s flamethrower, branded and sold via The Boring Company, his new tunnel digging venture, is now all sold out. That means 20,000 buyers have secured pre-orders, and at $500 per, that adds up to $10 million in committed funds heading to The Boring Co’s coffers.
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february 2018 by seaugust
Samsung confirms it is making ASIC chips for cryptocurrency mining
Fresh from toppling Intel as the planet’s biggest seller of chipsets, Samsung has confirmed that it has begun manufacturing ASIC chips which are used to mine bitcoin, ether and other cryptocurrencies.
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february 2018 by seaugust
GoPro’s spectacular implosion reveals brutal reality facing tech hardware startups
[Amazon, Google, Facebook] And they are sucking up most of the oxygen when it comes to hardware sales these days. They have the deep pockets and the long-term outlook to invest in research, take their time, and not get completely torpedoed if one product sputters, or rises and falls.
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february 2018 by seaugust
Shutterfly stock hits all-time high after snapping up the leader in kids’ class photos
By buying Lifetouch for $825 million, Shutterfly not only gets the leading photo service for those adorably cute (or horrifyingly cute) school pictures that only a parent can love, it gets an opportunity to sell more crap that can now be customized with the faces of a parent’s darling little angel (or angels).
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february 2018 by seaugust
Construction startup Katerra gets $865M in Softbank’s latest mega-round
Katerra is creating a full-stack provider for, well, buildings. The company runs the process of getting a building up and people inside it from the architectural design components all the way through labor management and renovation. So it’s a one-stop shop for companies that are looking to construct new buildings without having to piece together a full process from disparate architectural firms, construction companies, and so on. Companies don’t have to use all of Katerra’s services, but the whole life cycle is there.
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january 2018 by seaugust
Apple to take on messaging rivals with launch of Business Chat
The move represents a major push by Apple to shift B2C communications, payments, and customer service to its own messaging platform, and away from tech companies that today dominate business messaging, like Facebook Messenger, Google, Twitter, and, as of this month, WhatsApp, which has just launched its own WhatsApp Business app.
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january 2018 by seaugust
Facebook acquires biometric ID verification startup Confirm.io
Facebook has confirmed to TechCrunch that it’s acquired… Confirm.io. The startup offered an API that let other companies quickly verify someone’s government-issued identification card, like a driver’s license, was authentic. The Boston-based startup will shut down as both its team and technology are rolled into Facebook, where it could help users who are locked out of their accounts.
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january 2018 by seaugust
AWS beefs up threat detection with Sqrrl acquisition
AWS has purchased Sqrrl, a Cambridge, Massachusetts security startup with roots in the NSA. The company helps analyze a variety of sources to track and understand security threats quickly using machine learning.
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january 2018 by seaugust
Alphabet unveils Chronicle, a security company that uses big data to detect vulnerabilities
Alphabet Inc launched a new business unit on Wednesday that will sell cyber security software to Fortune 500 companies, the latest move by the parent of Google to become a big player in corporate computing.
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january 2018 by seaugust
Walmart and Rakuten partner on grocery delivery in Japan, Kobo e-books and audiobooks in U.S.
Walmart today announced a major expansion in terms of its global e-commerce presence: the retailer is entering a strategic partnership with Tokyo-based Rakuten, which will see the companies collaborating on the launch of a new online grocery service in Japan, and the sale of e-readers, audiobooks and e-books in the U.S., via Rakuten-owned Kobo.
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january 2018 by seaugust
From Amazon, Apple, Comcast and AT&T: This is who owns the media today - Recode
Meanwhile, giant tech companies like Google, Amazon and Apple that used to be on the sidelines are getting closer and closer to the action. [good image]
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january 2018 by seaugust
Tile lays off dozens after a disappointing holiday
At CES, it announced a handful of new partners that will integrate Tile tech into their products. This is reportedly the new focus of the company — being a platform-first rather than a hardware-first company. No doubt the devices will still be made and sold, of course, but it won’t be the totality of the Tile offering.
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january 2018 by seaugust
AI voice assistant developer Rokid raises $100M Series B extension to build its U.S. presence
Reynold Wu, Rokid’s director of product management, describes the Full Stack Open Platform as a turnkey solution that not only gives developers access to Rokid’s AI technology, but also hardware solutions and services. Released with Aliyun, Alibaba’s cloud computing business, the cloud platform opened to third-party developers in China earlier this year, and will launch in the U.S. soon.
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january 2018 by seaugust
Education quiz app Kahoot says it’s now used in 50% of all US classrooms, 70M users overall
Kahoot’s growth is an interesting development, as it underscores a trend of how the worlds of educational and gaming apps have been intersecting for years.
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january 2018 by seaugust
Global app downloads topped 175 billion in 2017, revenue surpassed $86 billion
Global app downloads topped 175 billion and consumer spending exceeded $86 billion in 2017, thanks to growth in emerging markets including China, India, Brazil and Russia, according to a new report from App Annie out this morning. Notably, India has now become the number two country by downloads, passing the U.S., which is now third. China has long since been in the lead.
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january 2018 by seaugust
Apple will address kids’ iPhone addiction with enhanced iOS parental controls
Ahead of Apple’s annual shareholder meeting next month, Jana Partners and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) asked Apple this week for new software to let parents limit kids’ iPhone use, and to conduct a study on the effects of excessive phone use on mental health. With roughly $2 billion in Apple stock, Jana and CalSTRS were able to get Apple’s attention, leading the company to issue a statement reproduced in full below.
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january 2018 by seaugust
Kodak announces ICO, stock jumps 44%
Kodak is today announcing a partnership with Wenn Digital to create a “photo-centric cryptocurrency” that will “empower photographers and agencies to take greater control in image rights management.” Because why not. It’s 2018.
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january 2018 by seaugust
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