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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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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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Google Duplex rolls out to Pixel phones in 43 states

Calling restaurants to book a table might soon become a thing of the past, if Google has its way. The Mountain View company today announced today that Google Duplex, its AI chat agent that can arrange appointments over the phone, is rolling out to all Pixel phones — including the […]

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5G reality check from MWC: A long, expensive road ahead

Amid all the bullish talk about 5G at MWC Barcelona 19, there was also some nervous hand wringing. Even as progress is being made, the tab for this next-generation connectivity remains daunting. The GSMA trade group that hosts the event formerly known as Mobile World Congress estimates that carriers will […]

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Intrusive Apple execs have reportedly upset TV show partners

Apple hasn’t officially announced its subscription-based video streaming service, but some of its key production partners are already chafing at interference from company executives — including CEO Tim Cook. A scathing New York Post report suggests that Hollywood producers and agents “can’t stop griping about how ‘difficult’ Apple is to […]

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Apple is hiring an analyst to explain Siri complaints to executives

If you’ve ever felt that Apple wasn’t listening to your complaints about its “intelligent assistant” Siri, good news: the company is ready to hire someone to gather public comments and present them — along with recommended fixes — to its leadership team. Working as an engineering program manager, the new employee will […]

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Forget foldables, Fxtec’s Pro1 is a $649 phone with a landscape QWERTY keyboard

One of the big breakout trends of this past week has been the emergence of a brand new form factor for mobile phones. While Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Fold at its own event last week, Huawei used MWC Barcelona to introduce its own foldable to the market and Oppo teased […]

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Microsoft’s Azure Kinect is a $399 dev kit for computer vision and speech solutions

HoloLens 2 wasn’t the only product Microsoft announced during its Sunday afternoon press event ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It today took the wraps off of Azure Kinect Developer Kit, an all-in-one perception system for computer vision and speech solutions that appears to be a more polished version […]

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Apple is prioritizing AR — and that’s a good thing

Until recently, it was easy to dismiss augmented reality as at best a luxury add-on to cellphones, at worst a gimmicky marketing stunt. From Pokémon Go to Android’s AR face filters to Snapchat’s Lens Studio, AR applications could be (literally and figuratively) game-changing, but at their core, they were about fun, not fundamentally […]

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Apple will reportedly close 2 stores to avoid an infamous Texas patent court

With over 500 retail stores worldwide, Apple’s opening or closing plans for individual stores typically aren’t noteworthy, but the company appears to have an unusual motive behind the closure of two locations in eastern Texas: It’s reportedly attempting to sever business contacts near a court that is often preferred by […]

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Huawei will address the U.K.’s 5G security concerns in first half of 2019

(Reuters) — Huawei will present a plan to address British security concerns about its equipment by the end of the first half of this year, a senior company executive said on Thursday, following criticism the Chinese firm has not moved fast enough to fix the issues. British intelligence officials said […]

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