Tag: Business

Tron’s 28-year-old CEO wants to use blockchain games and BitTorrent to decentralize the internet

An estimated 80 percent of the companies that raised funding via initial coin offerings (ICOs) have been called scams by researchers at the Satis Group. But Justin Sun, the 28-year-old CEO of Tron, wants to prove that his company is different. Sun, a Chinese entrepreneur who became wealthy as the […]

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China’s tropical island, Hainan, wants to be the top spot for foreign tech startups

China’s President Xi Jinping is taking big steps to improve the country’s economy as the trade war with the U.S. continues. In November, he enacted a number of measures that will expand imports and liberalize key sectors in the economy, predicting that China’s imports of goods and services will exceed […]

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In India, Amazon and Walmart face off against the country’s richest man

As Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart scramble for ways to work around the impending new strict ecommerce policy in India, the two companies today stumbled upon a new challenge: India’s richest man. Mukesh Ambani, who runs Reliance Industries, the country’s largest industrial house, announced today that his company will roll out […]

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PitchBook: European VC investment rose 4.2% in 2018, but number of deals dropped 25.9%

Europe recorded a bumper year for venture capital (VC) investment in 2018, even though the overall number of deals fell by more than a quarter. The findings were published as part of data and research company PitchBook’s annual European Venture Report, which revealed that a total of €20.5 billion ($23.3 billion) […]

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How GoDaddy is increasing cloud security but keeping developers creative (VB Live)

Companies have been steadily moving to a hybrid cloud infrastructure, but once your data moves beyond private architecture, you face potential attacks that legacy security measures can’t address. To learn how to best protect your enterprise and data, join GoDaddy’s VP of engineering and others at this VB Live event! […]

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AI system teaches robots how to navigate wilderness trails

Wilderness trail traversal is a useful skill for rescuers and outdoor enthusiasts alike, but one that’s difficult to teach to robots. It’s not that the mechanical beasts aren’t capable of learning to hike up hillsides while avoiding fallen tree branches — state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms can accomplish that much. The trouble […]

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Facebook livestreaming gets easier with Streamlabs OBS support

Facebook will make game livestreaming easier with its integration of Streamlabs OBS livestreaming software, which enables users to stream their favorite games through Facebook. Streaming video games using other broadcasting software can be a pretty intimidating and technical experience, especially for new streamers. The goal of the integration is to […]

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YouTube wins back AT&T, one of the biggest advertisers in the U.S., after extremist content controversy

Nearly two years after pulling its ads from YouTube after they appeared alongside controversial content, AT&T has announced that it is returning to Google’s video-streaming platform. Because YouTube’s ad platform is programmatic, meaning software decides where ads are placed rather than humans, brands haven’t always had as much control as […]

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Microsoft wants to make Cortana available through Google Assistant

Cortana might not be the most popular voice assistant around, but Satya Nadella doesn’t have a problem with that. Microsoft’s CEO told media this week that the company’s strategy isn’t to expand its assistant’s reach at the expense of rivals like Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri, or Amazon’s Alexa, but rather […]

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AI project matches brands with relevant Instagram influencers

In some circles, the mere mention of the word “influencer” is enough to elicit groans of protest. True, folks like Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Felix Kjellberg (i.e., YouTube’s PewDiePie), and others with outsized social media presences might not have spotless reputations, but they’re pretty effective at peddling merchandise to their legions of […]

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Zipwhip raises $51.5 million to bridge text messaging and phone calls

Landlines are ever-so-slowly going the way of the dodo, but a few holdouts remain. Almost 43 percent of U.S. households still pay for telephone service over copper wire, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control National Health Information Survey’s most recent findings. The same goes for the nearly 200 million companies […]

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New GM named for Marriott Marquis D.C., the District’s largest hotel

There’s a new sheriff in charge of D.C.’s largest convention-hotel. Bethesda-based Marriott International Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) has named Satinder Palta general manager of the Marriott Marquis Washington D.C., where he will oversee all operations. Palta was most recently GM of the JW Marriott, and generally bring about 30 years of experience to the job. “His […]

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Netflix reports record quarter for new subscribers, but shares fall on earnings miss

(Reuters) — Netflix forecast first-quarter revenue slightly below Wall Street estimates on Thursday, even after a record quarter for new customers, sending shares of the world’s largest streaming service down four percent in after-hours trading. Investors may have been hoping for more after Netflix announced a price hike for U.S. […]

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