Tag: Business

Optane 101: Memory or storage? Yes.

This article is part of the Technology Insight series, made possible with funding from Intel. By now, you’ve seen the word “Optane” bandied about on VentureBeat (such as here and here) and probably countless other places — and for good reason. Intel, the maker of all Optane products, is heavily promoting the results of its […]

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Alphabet’s trash-sorting robots have reduced office waste contamination to ‘less than 5%’

Alphabet’s X team for moonshot projects has been using robots to sort compost, recycling, and landfill waste in initial use at X company offices in recent months. The robots on wheels can drive to trash sites in the Mountain View, California office and sort recycling and trash using a combination of computer vision and a […]

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Germany opens door to private 5G networks with 3.7-3.8GHz licenses

If you’ve worked in an office or factory, you’re probably accustomed to using either Wi-Fi or Ethernet to connect to your corporate network, but that’s about to change: Pioneering companies are preparing to use private 5G networks to replace or augment their existing infrastructures, a movement Germany is kicking off by offering corporate licenses to […]

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Star Citizen’s ships get ‘Free Fly’ days as part of CitizenCon event

If you still don’t know what Star Citizen is, developer Cloud Imperium Games is giving you a chance to find out. But the short explanation is that it is a sci-fi trading and adventure game that began as a 2012 crowdfunding phenomenon. And now, Cloud Imperium is making the space sim free to download and […]

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Google quintuples top reward for hacking Android to $1 million

Google, which has already paid security researchers over $15 million since launching its bug bounty program in 2010, today expanded its Android Security Rewards program. Most notably, the company is introducing a top prize of $1 million. The previous top prize was $200,000. That’s technically a quintupling, although the maximum reward could be even higher. […]

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Apple’s relationship with Donald Trump has become a toxic PR disaster

Every major company knows that there are pros and cons to dealing with politicians, namely the prospect of favorable treatment offset by the risks of implication in future political scandals. Under former CEO Steve Jobs, Apple stayed out of politics, but his successor Tim Cook has embraced not only Apple-wide political positions, but also specific […]

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PerceptIn to launch an autonomous vehicle pilot in Indiana in early 2020

Self-driving cars are coming to Indiana, courtesy Santa Clara, California-based PerceptIn. The startup today announced that it’s relocating its headquarters to the IoT Lab accelerator in Fishers, a suburb of Indianapolis, to launch an autonomous vehicles pilot program, creating 50 new jobs by 2022. As a part of the deal, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation […]

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4 ways to scale your startup that go beyond the buzzwords

Presented by Oracle for Startups Turbo-charge your tech. Hit the gas on growth. We use this powerful imagery to talk about startup scale because it’s the most pivotal part of the startup lifecycle, but it makes scale sound like something that happens instantaneously. For many startups, scale is a slow build; a collaborative effort compounded […]

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Automation Anywhere raises $290 million at a $6.8 billion valuation

Robotic process automation (RPA), or bots that can be programmed to perform tedious and mundane tasks, is undergoing a period of explosive growth. Deloitte reports that 53% of companies have begun deploying it and that 78% of adopters will invest more in RPA the next three years. In fact, assuming the current trend continues, it’s […]

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Buttigieg and Yang say AI is essential to U.S. national security

Presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Andrew Yang called artificial intelligence essential to U.S. national security in the fifth Democratic debate on Wednesday. Buttigieg said the U.S. is spending a fraction of the attention and resources on AI research China is. “If we fall behind on artificial intelligence, the most expensive ships that the United States […]

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Route raises $12 million to track packages with AI

It’s a busy time of year for ecommerce retailers — perhaps the busiest by the numbers. An estimated 165.8 million people shopped between Thanksgiving Day and Cyber Monday in 2018, and each purchased an average of 16 gifts during that time frame. Collectively, their haul came in billions of packages delivered through the mail system, over […]

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GameAnalytics launches Benchmartks+ mobile intelligence platform

GameAnalytics has launched a new insights platform called Benchmarks+, which shows data on real-world, aggregated performance data for mobile gaming metrics like retention, engagement, and monetization. In addition to these metrics, Benchmarks+ lets users drill down into the top 5%, 10% and 20% of games, drawing on data spanning all gaming genres from 2016 to […]

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Microsoft Teams’ giddy growth looks impressive, but it doesn’t tell the full story

Microsoft announced some pretty notable growth stats for its Teams collaboration software this week, revealing that it now claims 20 million daily users — an increase of nearly 55% on the 13 million it reported back in July. To use two alternative team collaboration platforms for context, Slack recently announced that it now has 12 […]

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Ubisoft helps Ultra validate transactions on its blockchain for gamers

Ultra is one of a number of companies that believes blockchain and cryptocurrency can make the distribution of games more efficient and gamers more loyal. And today, the Paris company is announcing that French video game giant Ubisoft will help validate transactions on its blockchain for gamers. Blockchain is a distributed ledger for transparent and […]

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Celonis raises $290 million for AI-powered process mining at $2.5 billion valuation

Celonis today closed a $290 funding Series C round for its solution that uses artificial intelligence for data and process mining to find out how companies can be more efficient, raising the company’s valuation to $2.5 billion. Today’s news follows a $50 million funding round in June 2018 led by Accel and 83North that raised […]

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N3twork raises $40 milllion for platform to help mobile games gain traction

N3twork, the maker of the hit mobile game Legendary, has raised $40 million for its live games publishing platform, which helps mobile game developers scale up their games and reach wider audiences. San Francisco-based N3twork has a big hit with Legendary, and it is applying the learnings behind it to help other mobile games take […]

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Kubernetes: The key ingredient IT needs to accelerate today’s data science

Presented by Domino Data Lab At organizations everywhere, there has never been a greater need to draw meaningful insights from data. This phenomenon has catapulted data scientists into mission-critical roles, and it is even empowering “citizen data scientists” — people at the departmental level who may not have formal data science training — to work […]

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Cnet founder Halsey Minor’s Live Planet makes move toward decentralizing pay-per-view

Halsey Minor, founder of Cnet, has a new startup called Live Planet that hopes to use decentralized technology to disrupt pay-per-view programming in the U.S. The Los Angeles-based company is announcing today that it has a partnership with InDemand, a big transactional video on demand and pay-per-view programming distributor owned by Charter Communications, Comcast Cable, […]

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Interstellar Lab biomes tap Mars research to help us survive climate change

Interstellar Lab announced today that it will build a network of biomes in the Mojave Desert designed to further research about how humans could live on Mars while also applying those lessons to creating more sustainable communities on Earth. The terrestrial village will be called Experimental BIOregenerative Station, or EBios. Paris-based Interstellar Labs describes this […]

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Google integrates Assistant deeper into Calendar, brings smarter grammar suggestions to Docs

Google is rolling out a handful of new AI-powered features for G Suite users around the world, spanning Docs, Google Assistant, Calendar, and more. The announcements were made as part of the annual Google Cloud Next conference in London, which so far this week has heralded some interesting news tidbits, including a bunch of new […]

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Google bans election ads that micro-target voters based on political affiliations

(Reuters) — Alphabet Inc’s Google will stop giving advertisers the ability to target election ads using data such as public voter records and general political affiliations, the company said in a blog post on Wednesday. The move coincides with pressure on social media platforms over their handling of political advertising ahead of the U.S. presidential […]

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Deep tech investment surges across Europe as AI ecosystem expands

While Europe still faces a wide venture capital gap compared to Silicon Valley, the continent is nevertheless making big strides in positioning itself as an attractive hub for scientifically based startups. This is one of the key takeaways of “State of European Tech Report 2019,” released today at the Slush technology conference in Helsinki, Finland. […]

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Sonos acquires privacy-conscious AI startup Snips for $37.5 million

Audio company Sonos today announced the acquisition of Snips, a privacy-conscious conversational AI company based in Paris. The $37.5 million acquisition will bring machine learning engineers and others from Snips, a company with about 50 employees, into Sonos. Snips is the creator of open source conversational AI projects that have been used by more than […]

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