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  • Appeals court rules in favor of Google, Apple, Facebook and Twitter in anti-conservative bias suit
    by Brian Heater on May 27, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    The same day Donald Trump took to Twitter to threaten to regulate or shut down social media sites, the U.S. appeals court in Washington D.C. dismissed a lawsuit accusing top tech companies of silencing conservative voices. Filed in 2018 by nonprofit Freedom Watch and rightwing gadfly Laura Loomer, the suit accused Apple, Facebook, Twitter and […]

  • Amazon offers more details about why HBO Max isn’t on Fire TV
    by Anthony Ha on May 27, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    WarnerMedia’s new streaming service HBO Max launched today with couple of conspicuous absences from the list of supported devices — Max is not yet available on Roku or Amazon’s Fire TV. It sounds like this isn’t just a technical issue that will be fixed imminently. WarnerMedia’s vice president of communications Chris Willard told USA Today that […]

  • An hourly home-sharing startup in San Francisco finds itself in the city’s crosshairs
    by Connie Loizos on May 27, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    Emmanuel Bamfo is used to fighting uphill battles. Still, his latest fight, with the city of San Francisco, may well destroy his business if he doesn’t win it and quickly. Bamfo is the cofounder and CEO of Globe, a year-old, six-person startup that connects customers with rooms in people’s mostly urban homes. Think Airbnb, except […]

  • Instagram’s AR filters are getting more dynamic
    by Lucas Matney on May 27, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    Augmented reality filters on Instagram are picking up some new tricks with the latest update to Facebook’s Spark AR platform. Spark AR has been making pretty consistent updates to the feature sets developers can play with in creating AR filters since it exited closed beta on Instagram last year. Today, Facebook added some new functionality […]

  • SpaceX’s first astronaut launch is scrubbed due to weather – next attempt set for Saturday
    by Darrell Etherington on May 27, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    UPDATE: SpaceX and NASA made the call to scrub the launch today since there were a couple of weather issues that prevented the attempt from taking place. The next window for the launch is Saturday, May 30 at 3:22 PM EDT (12:22 PM PDT). SpaceX is set to mark a huge milestone in its own […]

  • Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg shares his COVID-19 strategy and tactics
    by Jordan Crook on May 27, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    This week, Verizon Communications CEO Hans Vestberg joined us for an episode of Extra Crunch Live. Vestberg is leading the company through the midst of one its biggest rollouts to date with the push into 5G connectivity. In our discussion, he spoke about how he’s managing the organization during this global crisis, his thoughts on […]

  • Rivian is building an in-house insurance agency
    by Kirsten Korosec on May 27, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    Rivian is hiring an insurance agency data manager, a job posting that suggests the all-electric automaker is planning to offer its own insurance to customers. The job was first posted by RivianForums, which also reached out to TechCrunch with the tip. Roadshow/CNET also reported about this new position. Rivian wouldn’t provide more details about its […]

  • Crypto Startup School: Capturing value in crypto through network effects and mechanism design
    by Henry Pickavet on May 27, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Week three of a16z’s Crypto Startup School focuses on understanding how to capture value and design proper incentives within the decentralized framework. We learn how familiar ideas like network effects and mechanism design can hold unique power for crypto networks. […]

  • Docker expands relationship with Microsoft to ease developer experience across platforms
    by Ron Miller on May 27, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    When Docker sold off its enterprise division to Mirantis last fall, that didn’t mark the end of the company. In fact, Docker still exists and has refocused as a cloud-native developer tools vendor. Today it announced an expanded partnership with Microsoft around simplifying running Docker containers in Azure. As its new mission suggests, it involves […]

  • Angling to be eyewear’s next big thing, Futuremood launches with mood-altering sunglasses
    by Jonathan Shieber on May 27, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    Austin Soldner and Michael Schaecher, the co-founders of the new sunglasses brand Futuremood, met at the newly formed San Francisco research and development lab created by the high-end audio tech developer Bose. The two were tasked with working on Bose’s sunglasses wearable and bonded over a shared interest in sneakers and fashion. Over many conversations […]

  • Scientists are using AI to predict which lung cancer patients will relapse
    by Thomas Macaulay on May 27, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    A new AI tool could predict which lung cancer patients will suffer a relapse by analyzing genetic data and pathology images. Pathologists trained the tool to differentiate between immune cells and cancer cells in tumors. This revealed that while some parts of the tumor were packed with immune cells — which they describe as “hot” regions — others appeared completely devoid of them. The research team, led by Dr Yinyin Yuan of London‘s Institute of Cancer Research, found that patients with a lot of these “cold” regions were more likely to relapse. After investigating the genetic make-up of the patients, they discovered that cancer cells in cold regions may have… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • JK Rowling releases free story The Ickabog to help kids in lockdown
    by Rachel Kaser on May 27, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    J.K. Rowling, the author who defined the childhoods of a generation, is publishing a new children’s story called The Ickabog. She’s offering the whole thing for free to help children and parents who are struggling to get through the pandemic. Rowling warns that this isn’t Harry Potter. Judging from the first chapter, it’s got much more in common with fairy tales aimed at younger children — the chapter even begins “Once upon a time.” The story is being released chapter-by-chapter on its own dedicated site, and you can read each for free. Read: Disney debuts Zenimation, which mixes soothing sounds with familiar art… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • 13 YouTube channels to turn yourself from wagecuck to finance god
    by Yaron Yitzhak on May 27, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    It seems budgeting, saving, and investing are all the rage nowadays, and that everyone’s joining the FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) movement. This is reflected by the increasing popularity of budgeting and trading apps, ETFs (exchange traded funds, baskets of stocks you can invest in to spread your risk), and business news sites. But who do you turn to to learn the tricks of the trade? How does the economy actually work? How do the financial markets work? Where do you even start with getting your own finances in order? And most importantly: how can you put your money to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Finance,YouTub […]

  • Just putting it out there: It’s embarrassing to exist on LinkedIn
    by Mix on May 27, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    In this column, “Just putting this out there…,” we write about the odd ways we engage with tech and the unpopular opinions we form about it. You can read the rest of the articles in this series here. I’m not all that active on social media. I barely tweet, and I’m rarely serious when I do. I still use a fake Facebook profile, practically to stay in touch with some old acqaintances. I do post on Instagram every once in a while, but I think of it as an exercise in aesthetics more than anything else (yes, there’s something very pretentious… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: LinkedIn […]

  • UK cities trial ‘red carpet’ crosswalks to reduce pedestrian accidents
    by Cities Today on May 27, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    This article was originally published by Sarah Wray on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today News. The cities of Liverpool and Hull in the UK will trial new pedestrian crosswalks, informed by behavioral insights, to reduce road accidents and deaths. This includes a ‘blinged-up’ crosswalks and an airport-style speedy-boarding system. Liverpool has the highest rate of adult deaths or serious injuries (KSIs) for pedestrian collisions in the UK outside… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Click here if your virtual meetings are insanely inefficient
    by Andrea Hak on May 27, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    Not to be dramatic but… ineffectual meetings were a huge problem before coronavirus. Meetings during lockdown are getting even more out of hand: what was once a quick chat by the water cooler is now a scheduled 30-minute Zoom call. Our work calendars are filling up with unwieldy video chats, which are actually slowing us down. On March 31st, 2020 Microsoft Teams recorded a record-breaking 2.7 billion meeting minutes in one single day. Zoom downloads increased by 1330% from February to March. On Slack the average number of messages sent per user per day is up 20%. ‘Zoom fatigue’ is… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Researchers use drones and AI to detect Soviet ‘butterfly’ landmines
    by Thomas Macaulay on May 27, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    Scientists have developed a method of automatically detecting hidden landmines by using AI to scan images captured by drones. Researchers from New York’s Binghamton University designed the system to detect Soviet PFM-1 landmines — nicknamed “butterflies” due to their wing-like shape. Their small size and largely plastic construction make them hard for humans to spot and almost invisible to the metal detectors used in landmine clearance. More than a million of these mines have littered Afghanistan since military helicopters dropped them across the country during the Soviet-Afghan War in the 1980s. Their green shell and winged shape often attracts children to play with them,… This story continues at The Next Web […]

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