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The Moto Z’s Alexa Smart Speaker is mostly uselessThe%20Moto%20Z%E2%80%99s%20Alexa%20Smart%20Speaker%20is%20mostly%26nbsp%3BuselessDSCF3258bheater

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 20:50:25 +0000

(image)  The Moto Z is a phone built around a strong gimmick, but it’s a gimmick nonetheless. A little over a year after release, the company has added some interesting Mods to its selection, but none have offered an entirely compelling justification for the phone’s modular system. That certainly applies to the new Alexa Smart Speaker. Read More(image)


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Thanksgiving e-commerce sales pass $1.5B, up 17% year-on-yearThanksgiving%20e-commerce%20sales%20pass%20%241.5B%2C%20up%2017%25%26nbsp%3Byear-on-yearthanksgiving paradeingridlunden

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 19:16:30 +0000

(image)  Black Friday, the day after a quiet Thanksgiving Thursday, traditionally has been thought of as the start of the holiday sales season, but the rise of e-commerce in the last few years has changed all that, and the action is already kicking off today. Early numbers from Adobe and IBM, two of the companies that track traffic to a vast swathe of e-commerce properties, show that numbers are up… Read More(image)


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Co-founder of unicorn InMobi is launching a bike-sharing startup in IndiaCo-founder%20of%20unicorn%20InMobi%20is%20launching%20a%20bike-sharing%20startup%20in%26nbsp%3BIndiaAmit Guptamdickey

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 17:19:51 +0000

(image)  Over in India, there are a handful of startups working to get the country’s billion-person population on bikes. One of them is Yulu, co-founded by Amit Gupta, who formerly co-founded profitable, billion-dollar startup InMobi. In the next three to four weeks, Yulu will launch its bike-sharing service in Bangalore with a few hundred bicycles. Yulu is starting with regular, dockless… Read More(image)


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Tesla’s electric Semi truck starts at $150,000, reservations now liveTesla%26%238217%3Bs%20electric%20Semi%20truck%20starts%20at%20%24150%2C000%2C%20reservations%20now%26nbsp%3BliveTesla Semietherin

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 16:38:57 +0000

(image)  The Tesla Semi, the automaker’s all-electric transport truck, will retail starting at $150,000 for a version with 300 miles of range, and will also be available in a $180,000 version with 500 miles of range. Interested parties can pre-order them with a base reservation price of $20,000 – or, if they want a “Founders Series,” they can get one for $200,000, with the… Read More(image)


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Putting the “AI” in ThAInksgivingPutting%20the%20%26%238220%3BAI%26%238221%3B%20in%26nbsp%3BThAInksgivingrobots-holiday-mealjordanrcrook

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 15:15:57 +0000

(image)  Welcome to Thanksgiving table talk circa 2017. It’s true that AI and machine learning are changing the world, and in a few years, it will be embedded in all of the technology in our lives. So maybe it makes sense to help folks at home better understand machine learning. After all, without deep knowledge of current tech, autonomous vehicles seem dangerous, Skynet is coming, and the… Read More(image)


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In Israel, a blockchain and crypto hyper-cluster is just getting startedIn%20Israel%2C%20a%20blockchain%20and%20crypto%20hyper-cluster%20is%20just%20getting%26nbsp%3BstartedIMG_2851mike-butcher

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 15:00:49 +0000

(image)  The lunch took place just after well-known tech investor Moshe Hogeg announced he would invest in every Israeli blockchain that approached him. That investor group, called Alignment, consisted of the Singulariteam Technology Group, together with CoinTree Capital, and BlockchainIL. Held at Alignment’s new blockchain Hub in Tel Aviv, we got to hear from an array of new companies. Dubbed… Read More(image)


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Lyft raising additional $500 million on top of recent $1 billion roundLyft%20raising%20additional%20%24500%20million%20on%20top%20of%20recent%20%241%20billion%26nbsp%3Broundlyftetherin

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:57:49 +0000

(image)  Lyft is seeking to raise an additional $500 million, over and above the $1 billion it raised in a round led by Alphabet venture arm CaptialG last month. The $500 million is an extension of that round, the company told Axios, and is not yet closed. But it should add to Lyft’s overall valuation once closed, bringing its post-many total to $11.5 billion. The round extension would allow Lyft… Read More(image)


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ProtonMail bolts on an encrypted contacts manager and digital signing for contactsProtonMail%20bolts%20on%20an%20encrypted%20contacts%20manager%20and%20digital%20signing%20for%26nbsp%3Bcontactsphone-encryptionnelomas

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:39:15 +0000

(image)  Another neat addition to end-to-end encrypted email client ProtonMail: It’s added a zero-access encrypted contacts manager that also digitally signs the contact info you store in it.  Read More(image)


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Twitter is testing Bookmarks, a feature to privately flag Tweets for laterTwitter%20is%20testing%20Bookmarks%2C%20a%20feature%20to%20privately%20flag%20Tweets%20for%26nbsp%3Blatertwitter icon androidingridlunden

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:52:03 +0000

(image)  Last month, Twitter started work on a new “save for later” feature for Tweets in your timeline that you wanted to flag to refer back to in the future. Now it’s given the feature a name — it will be called Bookmarks — and is running tests with it. The news was made public last night in a series of Tweets from Tina Koyama, a staff product designer at the company,… Read More(image)


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Tesla completes the world’s largest battery for Australian wind farmTesla%20completes%20the%20world%26%238217%3Bs%20largest%20battery%20for%20Australian%20wind%26nbsp%3BfarmTesla Launches Powerpack Project In South Australiaetherin

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:28:54 +0000

(image)  Tesla has managed to deliver something on time, even if it \’s falling behind its projections for the Model 3 electric car: It has completed production of a massive battery farm in South Australia, which is designed to capture and store energy produced by a wind farm and distribute it to the grid when it’s needed most, in an effort to curb frequent summer blackouts. The Tesla… Read More(image)


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Let’s talk about commercial drones at TechCrunch Disrupt BerlinLet%E2%80%99s%20talk%20about%20commercial%20drones%20at%20TechCrunch%20Disrupt%26nbsp%3BBerlinparrot-bebop-2-power-cockpitglasses-and-controller-consumer-drone-dronedj-fromaindillet

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:19:36 +0000

(image)  Everyone loves drones, including companies with very specific needs. Drones once were the hot new thing and the perfect birthday gift. But drone makers are now realizing that there’s a bigger opportunity with commercial use cases, from farming to inspection. That’s why we’re excited to announce that three founders of three amazing companies in the drone industry will join us… Read More(image)


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FTC evaluating “serious issues” raised by Uber breachFTC%20evaluating%20%26%238220%3Bserious%20issues%26%238221%3B%20raised%20by%20Uber%26nbsp%3Bbreachuber-icon-glitched-11-21-2017-4-47-55-PMnelomas

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:53:54 +0000

(image)  The FTC has now put out a statement regarding the Uber data breach which the company concealed for the best part of a year before finally disclosing it, under new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, on Tuesday by passing details to Bloomberg. Read More(image)


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Mobile payment and loyalty platform Yoyo Wallet integrates with Starling BankMobile%20payment%20and%20loyalty%20platform%20Yoyo%20Wallet%20integrates%20with%20Starling%26nbsp%3BBankYoyoSteve O'Hear

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:13:33 +0000

(image)  In another example of Starling Bank jumping on the Open Banking/PSD2 train before legislation in the U.K. and Europe next year will force banks to do so, it is launching its latest API partnership: this time with Yoyo Wallet, the U.K.-based mobile payment and loyalty platform. Read More(image)


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Indian home healthcare platform Portea Medical raises $26M Series CPortea Medicalcatherineshu

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 05:36:18 +0000

(image)  Portea Medical, one of India’s biggest platforms for home healthcare visits, has raised $26 million in Series C funding to expand its service range. The round was led by Sabre Partners and MEMG CDC, with participation from returning investors Accel (which led Portea’s Series B two years ago), the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation and Qualcomm Ventures. Read More(image)


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Crunch Report | Uber’s data breach and Apple’s self-driving carsCrunch%20Report%20%20%7C%20Uber%26%238217%3Bs%20data%20breach%20and%20Apple%26%238217%3Bs%20self-driving%26nbsp%3BcarsCR_1122_Thumbnailbheater

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 01:00:47 +0000

(image)  Today’s stories: Uber’s big data breach, Facebook to single out election trolls, Apple’s self-driving car research and FCC issues final draft of plan to kill net neutrality. That’s it for this week. Tito’s back on Monday. A very Happy Thanksgiving to everyone attempting to explain net neutrality and bitcoin to their loved ones this holiday. Read More(image)


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AWS ramps up in AI with new consultancy services and Rekognition featuresAWS%20ramps%20up%20in%20AI%20with%20new%20consultancy%20services%20and%20Rekognition%26nbsp%3BfeaturesArtificial intelligence and cyberneticsingridlunden

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:51:20 +0000

(image)  Ahead of Amazon’s big AWS division Re:invent conference next week, the company has announced two developments in the area of artificial intelligence. AWS is opening a machine learning lab, ML Solutions Lab, to pair Amazon machine learning experts with customers. And it’s releasing new features within Amazon Rekognition, Amazon’s deep learning-based image recognition platform. Read More(image)


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YouTube tightens rules on kid-related contentYouTube%20tightens%20rules%20on%20kid-related%26nbsp%3BcontentYouTube Kids contentdevin

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:00:55 +0000

(image)  YouTube, that strange stew of the best and worst content on the web, is cracking down on abuse and error relating to kid-focused video. Jokers and questionably ethical creators who targeted kids or used them in their videos will have a harder time getting viewers and getting money. Read More(image)


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The rise of SPACsThe%20rise%20of%26nbsp%3BSPACsAbstract financial stock chart and cityscape in Double exposure style backgrounddavidalanriggs

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:00:08 +0000

(image)  Every few years efforts to redefine the IPO emerge, and as night follows day, investors get hurt and calls for tighter regulatory reform echo in legislative chambers and cable TV studios. The last significant “re-invention” emerged in the height of the dot-com boom when online brokers started selling newly issued shares directly to retail customers. We all know how that ended. Read More(image)


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Apple’s Thanksgiving ad is mostly about the AirPodsApple%E2%80%99s%20Thanksgiving%20ad%20is%20mostly%20about%20the%26nbsp%3BAirPods60_90_sway_keyframeromaindillet

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:07:17 +0000

(image)  Every year, Apple airs a new ad in the U.S. for Thanksgiving. Compared to other Apple ads, this is less about showing product features and more like a greeting card. This year is no different — you still see a lot of AirPods. Apple’s new ad is called “Sway” and takes place in the streets of Prague. A woman starts playing Sam Smith’s “Palace” on her… Read More(image)


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AltSchool wants to change how kids learn, but fears have surfaced that it’s failing studentsAltSchool%20wants%20to%20change%20how%20kids%20learn%2C%20but%20fears%20have%20surfaced%20that%20it%E2%80%99s%20failing%26nbsp%3Bstudentsmax-ventilla1connieloizos

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:39:18 +0000

(image)  Business Insider recently reported that numerous families have grown frustrated with the education their children are receiving at AltSchool, an ambitious San Francisco-based edtech company that four years ago began opening physical grade schools and promising a personalized learning approach that would far surpass the standardized education most kids receive. Read More(image)


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