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Facebook officially launches “Town Hall” for contacting government reps, adds local election remindersFacebook%20officially%20launches%20%26%238220%3BTown%20Hall%26%238221%3B%20for%20contacting%20government%20reps%2C%20adds%20local%20election%26nbsp%3BremindersRandolph_Town_Hallsarahintampa

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:02:19 +0000

(image)  Earlier this month, TechCrunch reported Facebook was rolling out a new feature called “Town Hall,” which would allow the social network’s users to easily locate, follow and contact their local, state and federal government representatives. The company today confirmed the feature is available to all U.S. users on desktop and mobile, and will now include News Feed integration. Read More(image)

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GoTenna Pro meshing radio aspires to deploy next to rescue, fire, and security teamsGoTenna%20Pro%20meshing%20radio%20aspires%20to%20deploy%20next%20to%20rescue%2C%20fire%2C%20and%20security%26nbsp%3BteamsgoTenna_mesh_chopperdevin

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:01:24 +0000

(image)  Keeping in touch when there’s no communications infrastructure for one reason or another is nice for you and me, but critical for disaster response, forest fire control, and military operations. GoTenna wants its new Pro device to be part of that by providing powerful, reliable, off-grid comms in a package a fraction the size and weight of existing systems. Read More(image)

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Waymo’s self-driving van heads to Tahoe for some time in the snowWaymo%26%238217%3Bs%20self-driving%20van%20heads%20to%20Tahoe%20for%20some%20time%20in%20the%26nbsp%3Bsnowjohnkrafcik_2017-Mar-27etherin

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:53:42 +0000

(image)  Waymo is working on one of the key areas it still needs to tackle ahead of any general public launch of its self-driving technology: snow. The company’s vehicles still had a lot to learn in this specific realm as of late last year, and it’s one of the most challenging road conditions any autonomous vehicle can face, because of the effects of deep cold and blanketing snow not only… Read More(image)

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Startup megacampus Station F is going to open at the end of JuneStartup%20megacampus%20Station%20F%20is%20going%20to%20open%20at%20the%20end%20of%26nbsp%3BJuneStation Fromaindillet

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:44:41 +0000

(image)  I’ve been covering Station F for quite a few months already, but the startup campus based in Paris has yet to open. The team had to delay the launch after a pipe burst that inundated the basement. The opening date has now moved from April to the end of June, with startups moving in during the first week of July. The building is already looking quite nice as I was there last week.… Read More(image)

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Wells Fargo will let you use Apple Pay and Android Pay to withdraw moneyWells%20Fargo%20will%20let%20you%20use%20Apple%20Pay%20and%20Android%20Pay%20to%20withdraw%26nbsp%3BmoneyApple Pay ATMromaindillet

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:22:12 +0000

(image)  Wells Fargo just announced that you’ll be able to use your phone or smartwatch to withdraw money from 13,000 ATMs in the U.S. As spotted by MacRumors, the bank says that it will support Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay. Five thousand ATMs should already support those NFC payment systems, others will follow suit. TechCrunch first reported that Bank of America and Wells Fargo were… Read More(image)

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Facebook Messenger now lets you privately share your Live Location for an hourFacebook%20Messenger%20now%20lets%20you%20privately%20share%20your%20Live%20Location%20for%20an%26nbsp%3BhourFacebook Messenger Live Locationjoshsc

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:00:28 +0000

(image)  Facebook Messenger wants to be an offline social gathering tool, not just an online chat app. Today it’s adding a new Live Location feature that lets you share your real-time location on a map for an hour within a private direct or group message thread. The recipients can then see an estimate of how long it would take you to reach them by car. “Live Location is super helpful… Read More(image)

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GV design partner, Daniel Burka, on prototyping your way to massive influencetechcrunchimage-ep7danielCP

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:00:04 +0000

(image)    Daniel Burka is a Design Partner at GV. In this episode, he discusses how designers can elevate their position in a boardroom, why he thinks design is the equivalent of the scientific method for businesses, and the Google Design Sprint. Slow and steady might win the race, but sprinting can help kickstart that initial concept. Burka explains the concept of a “design… Read More(image)

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Arable raises $4.25 million to demystify farming with sensors and dataArable%20raises%20%244.25%20million%20to%20demystify%20farming%20with%20sensors%20and%26nbsp%3Bdatatreasury_wine_estates_arable_sensor-jpglorakolodnytc

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:53:06 +0000

(image)  Arable has raised $4.25 million for solar-powered sensors and software to help farmers produce more food with fewer resources, and more accurately predict their yields. Middleland Capital and S2G Ventures led the Series A investment in Arable joined by Chasefield, Spark Labs and Cantos VC. Believe it or not, farmers in the US have faced a labor shortage for years. US citizens aren’t drawn… Read More(image)

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Elon Musk invested early in DeepMind just to keep tabs on the progress of AIElon%20Musk%20invested%20early%20in%20DeepMind%20just%20to%20keep%20tabs%20on%20the%20progress%20of%26nbsp%3BAIElon Musketherin

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:45:50 +0000

(image)  Elon Musk is a well-known harbinger of the potential for ill held by artificial intelligence. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO also helped start OpenAI, a group with a broad mandate that focuses on developing AI out (as the name implies) in the open, rather than behind closed doors as the exclusive province of high-powered governments and secretive private contractors. Musk, it turns out, was in on… Read More(image)

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Microsoft brings Cortana to the Android lock screenMicrosoft%20brings%20Cortana%20to%20the%20Android%20lock%26nbsp%3Bscreencortana-lockscreen-testsarahintampa

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:39:12 +0000

(image)  Following a series of beta trials, Microsoft officially announced this morning that it’s bringing its virtual assistant Cortana to the lock screen of Android devices. Initially, Microsoft had tested putting an overview of your day on the lock screen – offering information like the day’s weather, commute times, flight or meeting information, and more – where it could be… Read More(image)

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Uber’s autonomous test cars return to the road in San Francisco todayUber%26%238217%3Bs%20autonomous%20test%20cars%20return%20to%20the%20road%20in%20San%20Francisco%26nbsp%3Btodayuber-self-driving-san-francisco-sfnelomas

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:17:08 +0000

(image)  Uber has confirmed that its small fleet of autonomous vehicles in San Francisco will be back on the road today. The company grounded its entire self-driving test fleet in the U.S. on Saturday, following an accident involving one of its vehicles in Arizona earlier in the day. Read More(image)

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Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri are waging war over the hotel roomAmazon%26%238217%3Bs%20Alexa%20and%20Apple%26%238217%3Bs%20Siri%20are%20waging%20war%20over%20the%20hotel%26nbsp%3Broomaloftjordanrcrook

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:13:07 +0000

(image)  As the hotel industry wages war against Airbnb, companies making voice-powered assistants are also heading to battle in the hotel room itself. Bloomberg reports that Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri are vying for a spot in Marriott International’s Aloft chain of hotel rooms, with both in testing at the Aloft Boston Seaport location to help inform the lodging giant’s… Read More(image)

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Facebook looks inward for new AI technical talentFacebook%20looks%20inward%20for%20new%20AI%20technical%26nbsp%3Btalentfb-mathetherin

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:54:36 +0000

(image)  The race is on to attract as much expertise in artificial intelligence as possible at tech companies large and small, and more than a few Silicon Valley giants are looking inward to convert tech talent they already possess into the AI resources they increasingly need. Facebook has its own AI course, which is oversubscribed, according to a new report by Wired, and which is led by one of the… Read More(image)

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Spotify acquires content recommendation startup MightyTVSpotify%20acquires%20content%20recommendation%20startup%26nbsp%3BMightyTVSpotify app icon on iPhoneingridlundenmightytv

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:31:25 +0000

(image)  Spotify this morning announced its latest move to expand its marketing and advertising horizons: it has acquired and shut down content recommendation service MightyTV, a startup that (as its name implies) focused on video recommendations, with an app that used a Tinder-style swipe interface to help guide you to TV and film choices compatible with your own tastes. As part of the deal… Read More(image)

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Amazon’s retail ambitions include furniture and appliances, plus groceries in IndiaAmazon%26%238217%3Bs%20retail%20ambitions%20include%20furniture%20and%20appliances%2C%20plus%20groceries%20in%26nbsp%3BIndiaamazon-goetherin

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:14:59 +0000

(image)  Amazon’s brick-and-mortar retail plans currently focus on its ongoing roll-out of physical book stores, as well as its very limited experiments with cashier-less convenience, but it could expand those ambitions significantly with a number of plans currently in the works. The New York Times reports that it’s also exploring ways it might retail appliances and furniture, two categories… Read More(image)

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Social media firms facing fresh political pressure after London terror attackSocial%20media%20firms%20facing%20fresh%20political%20pressure%20after%20London%20terror%26nbsp%3BattackAmber Rudd on the Andrew Marr shownelomas

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:29:54 +0000

(image)  Yesterday UK government ministers once again called for social media companies to do more to combat terrorism. “There should be no place for terrorists to hide,” said Home Secretary Amber Rudd, speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr program. Read More(image)

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Tencent increases its focus on artificial intelligenceTencent%20increases%20its%20focus%20on%20artificial%26nbsp%3BintelligenceViews of Tencent's New HeadquartersJon

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:20:17 +0000

(image)  When it comes to artificial intelligence (AI) and Chinese tech companies, thoughts often begin and end with Baidu. But Tencent, Asia’s second highest-valued tech company behind Alibaba, has reminded the world that it too is investing in the field. Search giant Baidu was one of the first to make a major commitment to deep learning. It spent over $2.9 billion on R&D over a 2.5… Read More(image)

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Snapcart raises $3M to track offline commerce data in Southeast AsiaSnapcart%20raises%20%243M%20to%20track%20offline%20commerce%20data%20in%20Southeast%26nbsp%3BAsiareceiptsJon

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:42:54 +0000

(image)  Snapcart, a startup helping to bring transparency to the world of offline commerce in Southeast Asia, has raised $3 million in pre-Series A funding. We first wrote about the company when it launched in September 2015 with the aim of providing data on the largely uncharted world of offline commerce in Southeast Asia, a region of over 600 million consumers and a growing middle class.… Read More(image)

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Trump to create White House office for ‘American Innovation’ to be headed by KushnerTrump%20to%20create%20White%20House%20office%20for%20%26%238216%3BAmerican%20Innovation%26%238217%3B%20to%20be%20headed%20by%26nbsp%3BKushnerDonald Trump Holds Joint Press Conference With German Chancellor Angela Merkelshieberj

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:49:36 +0000

(image)  Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President Trump is going to unveil a new White House agency called the “Office of American Innovation”, which will hold extensive powers to overhaul federal procedures and potentially privatize certain government responsibilities, by culling ideas from the business community, according to a report in the Washington Post. Read More(image)

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NASA is using a mixed reality space station to train astronautsNASA%20is%20using%20a%20mixed%20reality%20space%20station%20to%20train%26nbsp%3BastronautsNASA LOGOlorakolodnytc

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 03:27:36 +0000

(image)  NASA has always embraced emerging technology for visualization, even if that tech was seemingly developed for frivolous entertainment. We recently covered its holographic Mars exhibit, and the many 3D resources that NASA makes available to developers and educators. Now, the US space agency has partnered with Epic Games’ Unreal Engine to create a mixed reality International Space… Read More(image)

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