• Original Content podcast: ‘The Crown’ embraces middle age
    by Anthony Ha on December 7, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    “The Crown” has returned to Netflix with a new cast — Olivia Colman as a middle-aged Queen Elizabeth, Tobias Menzies as her husband Prince Philip and Helena Bonham Carter as her sister Princess Margaret. Loyal listeners of the Original Content podcast may recall that we reviewed the show’s first two seasons last year. We didn’t […]

  • This Week in Apps: Black Friday’s boost, security news and the year’s biggest apps
    by Sarah Perez on December 7, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. What are developers talking about? What do app publishers and marketers need to know? How are politics impacting the App Store and app businesses? And which apps […]

  • Real X-Wings took flight at Disney’s new Star Wars ride grand opening thanks to Boeing
    by Darrell Etherington on December 7, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    Boeing might be taking the last crucial steps to prepare for its first crewed Starliner capsule spaceflight, but it’s also busy turning sci-fi into reality right here on Earth – by helping Disney build X-Wing large-scale starfighters to celebrate the opening of the ‘Rise of the Resistance’ ride at Disney World in Florida. Earlier this […]

  • Startups Weekly: U.S. VCs eye European startups
    by Kate Clark on December 7, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    In this week's newsletter: Vroom nabs $254M, the Away scandal and "inevitable takedown of a female CEO" and American investment overseas. […]

  • Reddit links UK-US trade talk leak to Russian influence campaign
    by Natasha Lomas on December 7, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Reddit has linked account activity involving the leak and amplification of sensitive UK-US trade talks on its platform during the ongoing UK election campaign to a suspected Russian political influence operation. Or, to put it more plainly, the social network suspects that Russian operatives are behind the leak of sensitive trade data — likely with […]

  • Facebook sells off Oculus Medium to Adobe
    by Lucas Matney on December 7, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Facebook is selling Oculus Medium — a 3D virtual reality sculpting tool for creatives — to Adobe. The team was an expensive effort for Oculus and its sale signifies a broader rethinking within Facebook in what virtual reality projects they tackle in-house. It’s clear that Oculus pumped an awful lot of money into Medium over […]

  • See Atomico’s most senior VCs on stage at Disrupt Berlin
    by Connie Loizos on December 7, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Atomico is among the most widely respected venture firms in Europe, ranking right up there with friendly rivals like Accel London and Index Ventures. It’s also just 13 years old at this point, compared with its more established peers. It’s easy to overlook this, considering the impact the firm has made on the European startup […]

  • Elon Musk found not liable in case brought against him by British diver
    by Connie Loizos on December 6, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    After a three-day trial, Elon Musk was found not liable for defamation in a federal court today in Los Angeles, where Musk reportedly owns a cluster of six homes as well as oversees the operations of both SpaceX and Tesla. British diver Vernon Unsworth had brought the suit against Musk in the fall of 2018 […]

  • To measure sales efficiency, SaaS startups should use the 4×2
    by Walter Thompson on December 6, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    Unlike many derived SaaS metrics, the 4x2 chart is based on very simple numbers, thus “the figures don’t lie.&rdquo […]

  • Boeing Starliner crew capsule and Atlas V rocket complete dress rehearsal ahead of test flight
    by Darrell Etherington on December 6, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Boeing and launch partner United Launch Alliance (ULA) completed a key step today in pursuit of launching U.S. astronauts aboard their commercial spacecraft. The Boeing CST-100 Starliner crew capsule was atop the ULA Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complext 41 in Florida, with the rocket fully fuelled while the combined […]

  • Smart cities won’t infringe on privacy or destroy buildings
    by Binary District Journal on December 7, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Across the world, over a thousand smart city pilots have been launched—many of them attempt to construct entirely new cities with fresh identities from the ‘tabula rasa’ of a blank slate. These new cities can be simply placed down onto the landscape like a grounded alien spaceship, built with technology in mind from day one. Equipping existing urban centers with the latest technology, though, is a different challenge entirely. Cities shaped over centuries by the demands of different civilizations, where horses once pulled carriages, are gradually transitioning to a smarter future. AI-directed traffic, smart parking and other intelligent infrastructure are taking its place on… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Companies want database experts. This $21 SQL training can make you one.
    by TNW Deals on December 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Across this six-course package, you’ll get all the tools you need to understand, create and management database systems great and small. […]

  • CHEAP: Game your ass off with 43% off HyperX Flight wireless headset
    by Mix on December 7, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! Are you sick of storming off your gaming station without realizing you’re still wearing your wired headset? Now’s the time to go wireless. “But wireless headsets are such a rip-off,” you might say. Nope, not when the HyperX Flight is currently selling for just $80 — that’s a massive 43 percent off its list price of $140. The Flight lasts up to 30 hours on a single charge, according to the marketing materials, and unless you never sleep — you shouldn’t have any concerns… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • 5 corrupt reasons why people deny the climate crisis
    by The Conversation on December 7, 2019 at 9:00 am

    The fossil fuel industry, political lobbyists, media moguls, and individuals have spent the past 30 years sowing doubt about the reality of climate change – where none exists. The latest estimate is that the world’s five largest publicly-owned oil and gas companies spend about US$200 million a year on lobbying to control, delay or block binding climate policy. Their hold on the public seems to be waning. Two recent polls suggested over 75 percent of Americans think humans are causing climate change. School climate strikes, Extinction Rebellion protests, national governments declaring a climate emergency, improved media coverage of climate change… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Oyama CX E8D II Review: This folding e-bike gets almost everything right
    by Napier Lopez on December 6, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    After testing a few e-bikes this year, it’s quickly become apparent that they are the fastest way to get around a crowded city like New York, especially if you want the optional workout. But there are a few important caveats. For one, e-bikes are typically big and heavy; many city dwellers already forgo regular bikes because they take up too much space in a small apartment or they don’t want to walk them up a flight of stairs. For another, you’ll be even more paranoid about locking them up. You’ll need at least two heavy-duty locks to protect your pricey… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Captain Obvious FTC rules Cambride Analytica ‘engaged in deceptive practices’
    by Rachel Kaser on December 6, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    In today’s edition of “Well, duh!” news, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ruled that Cambridge Analytica deceived Facebook users from whom it harvested valuable data. This comes a full year-and-a-half after the scandal originally broke and after Cambridge Analytica is no more, but hey… better late than never, right? Last year, Cambridge Analytica ignited a firestorm when it came to light it’d used Facebook user information to help compile voter profiles. Said Facebook user information was harvested by former professor Aleksandr Kogan via a “research app” without said users’ consent. That’s the short version anyway. This turned into a… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Why China’s ‘military AI budget’ is irrelevant (spoiler: all AI is military AI)
    by Tristan Greene on December 6, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    A recently published study from the Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), a think-tank at Georgetown University, indicates commonly held perceptions about China‘s supposed AI spending may be grossly off-base. Key takeaways suggest the PRC spends much less than the US on ‘military‘ and ‘defense‘ AI. Here’s a hot take: All AI is military AI. Let’s start with the study. You can read it here, but to briefly sum up, the authors write: We assess with low to moderate confidence that China’s public investment in AI R&D was on the order of a few billion dollars in 2018. With… This story continues at The Next Web […]

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