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Apple reportedly acquires Stamplay, Visa API development contest winner

API integration developer Stamplay isn’t a household name, but that’s the type of company Apple tends to acquire: a small business that could enhance or expand its existing offerings. Italian publication 24 Ore reports today that Apple has purchased the Rome-based startup, which notably won a contest to make the best use of new Visa […]

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Pinterest hires Walmart CTO Jeremy King as head of engineering

Just a few days after VentureBeat reported that Pinterest chief technology officer (CTO) Vanja Josifovski was jumping ship for Airbnb, the musical chairs merry-go-round continues with news that Pinterest has hired Walmart CTO Jeremy King as its new head of engineering. The announcement comes less than 24 hours after an internal memo revealed that King […]

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Optimus Ride will roll out geofenced driverless taxis in New York City and California later this year

Earlier this year, Optimus Ride, an autonomous technology startup based in Boston, partnered with Brookfield Properties to deploy three driverless cars in the Reston, Virginia mixed-use development of Halley Rise. Now, Optimus is setting its sights on Northern California and Brooklyn. Optimus today announced that it’ll deploy a small fleet of self-driving cars on private […]

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Google’s Gradient Ventures joins $58 million investment in AR startup Mojo Vision

Mojo Vision, an under-the-radar augmented reality (AR) startup that has yet to reveal exactly what it’s building, has announced that it has raised $58 million in a series B round of funding from Google’s Gradient Ventures, Advantech Capital, HP Tech Ventures, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, Bold Capital Partners, LG Electronics, Kakao Ventures, and Stanford StartX. […]

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Deloitte: U.S. consumers piece together their personalized entertainment experiences

U.S. consumers piece together their personalized entertainment experiences from multiple sources, according to Deloitte’s 13th edition of the its Digital Media Trends survey. Consumers have access to a dizzying array of digital media sources, and so they are taking their entertainment into their own hands to access their favorite content. One of the big growth […]

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Apple reveals 10.5-inch iPad Air and Apple Pencil-ready iPad mini 5

Apple today revealed two new tablets: a 10.5-inch iPad Air starting at $499, and the fifth-generation iPad mini starting at $399. The two models are both being offered as midrange alternates to last year’s entry-level $329 iPad, and the Air effectively replaces the now-discontinued 10.5-inch iPad Pro at a lower price point. Both new models […]

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Synaptics CEO on how touch, AI, and sensors are giving us smart edge devices

Synaptics isn’t a household name, but it makes a lot of the underlying technology behind things like smartphone touchscreens, automotive displays, voice-enabled smart speakers, and virtual reality headsets. As we make our internet of things (IoT) devices smarter and smarter so that we can get dumber and dumber, or at least more relaxed, we’re creating […]

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6 qualities of Indian entrepreneurship that U.S. startups should learn from

While I spend a majority of my time in Palo Alto, I have also worked extensively with hundreds of Indian startups, helping them set up their companies in Silicon Valley and connecting them to partners in the US. Experience has taught me that tech leaders in these two tech regions approach business in very different […]

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How much can Apple charge for video, news, and bundled services?

With a media event scheduled for March 25, Apple’s list of subscription services is about to grow from two — iCloud and Apple Music — to four, including Apple News Magazines and an Apple video service. Since many of the details have already leaked out, I’m wondering what Apple will charge for the new services, […]

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Google killed 2.3 billion ‘bad ads’ in 2018, down 28% from 2017

Around this time of year, Google shares how many “bad ads” it killed the year before. And every year, the number grows. But not this time. “Bad ads” consist of any advertising that violates Google’s advertising policies, including ad fraud, phishing scams, and malware. That includes everything from a one-off accident to a coordinated action […]

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Apple News Magazines subscription feature appears in macOS 10.14.4 beta

While the official launch of Apple’s subscription service for news is expected at a March 25 event in Cupertino, dialog boxes and hooks for the service have just been discovered in the latest beta release of macOS 10.14.4. The new service is expected to be called Apple News Magazines, and as expected, appears to be heavily […]

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Alphabet’s Jigsaw launches Chrome extension that lets you filter out abusive comments

Anyone who has spent even a short amount of time perusing the comments under stories on news sites or social networks will know all too well how unpleasant the experience can be, thanks to frequent troll-powered abuse. That is why Google’s Counter Abuse Technology team partnered with sister company Jigsaw back in 2017 to launch […]

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Finland ironically becomes latest front in global 5G health battle

Finland has played a large role in developing and deploying 5G cellular technologies. Now a small group of Finnish citizens is trying to stop the spread of 5G base stations, suggesting that their higher levels of electromagnetic radiation may threaten human health. Currently backed by over 2,300 supporters, Helena Ertz’s petition (translated) asks Finland’s government to […]

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Tim Berners-Lee says World Wide Web must emerge from ‘adolescence’

(Reuters) — The fraying World Wide Web needs to rediscover its strengths and grow into maturity, its designer Tim Berners-Lee said on Monday, marking the 30th anniversary of the collaborative software project his supervisor initially dubbed “vague but exciting”. Speaking to reporters at CERN, the physics research center outside Geneva where he invented the web, […]

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How Nvidia’s big spend on Mellanox could pay off

Nvidia announced today it is buying high speed networking company Mellanox at a premium ($6.9 billion) over its current valuation. If the rumors are true, Nvidia outbid Intel, Xilinx, Microsoft and perhaps some others looking to add Mellanox to their technology base. Known mostly as a fast Ethernet and InfiniBand technology supplier, Mellanox has focused […]

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Nvidia outbids Intel to buy Israel’s Mellanox for $6.8 billion

(Reuters) — U.S. chipmaker Nvidia said on Monday it will buy Israeli chip designer Mellanox Technologies for $6.8 billion, beating rival Intel in a deal that would help the company boost its data center business. The all-cash offer of $125 per share represents a premium of 14 percent to Mellanox’s Friday close. Shares of Mellanox […]

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Russians protest against tighter internet restrictions

(Reuters) — Thousands of people took to the streets of Moscow and two other cities on Sunday to rally against tighter internet restrictions, in some of the biggest protests in the Russian capital in years. Lawmakers last month backed tighter internet controls contained in legislation they say is necessary to prevent foreign meddling in Russia’s […]

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Self-driving cars could soon navigate the world via micropayments

With autonomous vehicles already debuting on our roads and in our airspace, you’ve probably grown accustomed to the idea of a new future for mobility. But what you may not have wrapped your head around yet is that these vehicles could create a whole new marketplace that makes transportation safer, greener, and more efficient. Mobility […]

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AR is going to kill the map’s blue dot

Remember the first time you used the handy-dandy map app on your smartphone? The magic of the blue-dot and step-by-step directions has undoubtedly changed the way we think about navigation, the physical world around us, and it has also given life to a new layer of location-aware experiences and conveniences. A growing number of technology […]

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Microsoft: Consumer AR’s path is ‘measured in years’

Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 reveal event last week made one thing clear: This is a device for the enterprise. If the multiple demos from business partners didn’t make that known, the $3,500 price tag certainly did. But consumer AR is an increasingly popular topic. We can all see a future where cheaper HoloLens units are giving us […]

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