Tag: Commerce

Driverless trucks ride at night with TuSimple’s improved camera system

In its quest to roll out the country’s first commercialized fleet of autonomous trucks, TuSimple has added an improved camera and vision system that lets its vehicles operate at night and in low-light situations. Currently, TuSimple can run its trucks for an average of 12 hours per day, or 50 percent usage, but this new […]

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The growing market of everyday products made from greenhouse gases

Climate change is scary. As October’s UN report highlighted, we have about a decade left to fight off its worst effects. But if you’re going to lose sleep over our warming climate, you may as well do so on a sustainably sourced mattress. Thanks to companies like Covestro, you can actually do one better – up to […]

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Risks and rewards: The future of blockchain games

Blockchain and games have an enticing future. Companies are setting up $100 million fund to entice developers to make games with blockchain, the secure and transparent decentralized ledger technology that powers Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. But plenty of game industry people are skeptical, considering the slide in the value of cryptocurrencies in the past year. […]

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Apple’s response to Spotify’s antitrust complaint ignores the elephant in the room: Apple Music

Shortly after Spotify revealed it was filing an antitrust complaint against Apple in Europe, the Cupertino company responded with a point-by-point rebuttal. But a look at Apple’s carefully crafted counterarguments reveals that it diligently ignored one of Spotify’s key areas of concern: Apple Music. The story so far By way of a brief recap, Spotify’s […]

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Apple’s response to Spotify complaint: ‘it wants all the benefits of a free app without being free’

(Reuters) – Apple on Thursday responded to Spotify’s complaint with EU antitrust regulators, saying the audio streaming service “wants all the benefits of a free app without being free”. Spotify, launched a year after Apple unveiled its first iPhone in 2007, said on Wednesday the company unfairly limits rivals to its own music streaming service. […]

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Nuro expands Kroger driverless deliveries to Houston

Nuro, a self-driving car company founded by two former Google employees, today announced that it’s expanding its driverless delivery partnership with grocery giant Kroger to a new market: Houston. This follows pilots in Scottsdale, Arizona that kicked off in August, first with a fleet of modified Toyota Priuses and then with Nuro’s custom vehicle, R1. In […]

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Dropbox now limits free users to 3 devices

Dropbox has quietly removed unlimited device linking for free accounts, meaning that unless you upgrade to one of its paid plans, which start at $8.25 per month, you will be restricted to three devices for a single account. The change, which was first spotted by Liliputing, was rolled out earlier this month, though it’s worth […]

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Whispr wants to transform frontline services with AI-powered voice-guided instructions

Voice, it is often said, is the next big platform. Some reports indicate that roughly half of all U.S. households owned a voice-activated smart speaker by the end of 2018, with global shipments rising as much as 140 percent in at least one quarter year-on-year. With voice-control smarts penetrating cars and other connected devices, it’s […]

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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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How AI helps eBay connect buyers and sellers across 1.2 billion listings

How does an enormous platform like eBay, which had an estimated 179 million active users as of year-end 2018 and over 6.7 million sellers across 190 markets, use AI to deliver great buyer and seller experiences? Chiefly by supplying structure to the more than 1.2 billion listings its users interact with every day. In a […]

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Glia raises $20 million to unify voice, video, and chatbots

Multimodality is fast becoming the norm in the $350 billion customer service industry. According to research published last year by Vonage company NewVoiceMedia, three-quarters of customers prefer to have their queries handled by a live agent, while the remaining 25 percent favor chatbots and other self-service alternatives. A separate survey by Econsultancy found that 51 […]

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Adthena raises $14 million to analyze ad campaigns with AI

Marketers are increasingly using AI to streamline workflows and automate monotonous tasks. According to an Adobe survey, about 15 percent of agencies are already using some form of machine learning, and 31 percent are planning to adopt it by the end of 2019. London-based Adthena is hoping to lure some of those soon-to-be customers with […]

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Spotify files complaint against Apple in Europe over ‘unfair’ fees and restrictions

Spotify has announced that it’s filing a complaint against Apple with the European Commission (EC), citing anti-competition practices and a business model that gives Apple an “unfair advantage”. “In recent years, Apple has introduced rules to the App Store that purposely limit choice and stifle innovation at the expense of the user experience — essentially […]

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How to control algorithms that want to run your life

Today algorithms can shape what you buy, where you live, whether you get a job or a bank loan, and many other aspects of your life. Autocomplete now predicts your words in text messages, Gmail, and search terms. Even Tinder is controlled by algorithms — did you pick your love or did Tinder? Do you […]

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Truepill raises $14 million to deliver pills to your doorstep

Y Combinator alum Truepill today announced that it’s raised $14 million following a series A funding round led by Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanion’s Initialized Capital, with participation from Sound Ventures, Tuesday Capital, and others. The cash infusion — which shortly after Truepill’s rollout in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. — will lay the groundwork […]

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The business tech that helps SMBs compete with enterprise companies (VB Live)

Business technology helps SMBs personalize prospect and customer relationships, accelerate business workflows and processes, and exceed customer expectations while boosting sales growth. Learn more about how technology is transforming the way SMBs do business, in this VB Live event. Register here for free. When you think “leveraging technology as a way to dramatically improve business […]

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StellaService raises $11 million to bring real-time feedback to more customer service agents

StellaService, a customer service feedback platform for companies, announced it has raised $11 million in a round of funding from a number of notable investors, including customer relationship management (CRM) giant Zendesk, Comcast Ventures, Battery Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Gotham Ventures, Toba Capital, RRE Ventures, Forte Ventures, Green D Ventures, and Harbert Management. Founded out […]

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Could Facebook end this crypto winter?

The crypto winter is cold. Real cold. A year ago, when token prices started to nosedive, many startups were in the middle of ICO preparations, still trying to capitalize on the insanity of 2017 and early 2018. Crypto gurus continually reaffirmed that the next bull run was going to kick off any day. When the […]

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Blockchain is making it possible for anyone to buy shares in Apple and Facebook

Despite being championed as a decentralized form of money that puts individuals firmly in control of their own wealth, cryptocurrencies mostly remain the preserve of the super-rich and the super-nerdy. 1,000 Bitcoin wallets currently hold 35.18% of all Bitcoins, for example, and only a select few computer scientists understand the inner workings and machinations of […]

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