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Dashdash, a platform to create web apps using only spreadsheet skills, nabs $8M led by Accel

Sometimes I think of spreadsheets as the dirty secret of the IT world today. We’ve seen a huge explosion in the number of productivity tools on the market tailored to help workers with different aspects of doing their job and organising their information, in part to keep them from simply dumping …

Software

Google’s software design is having a reformation

Material design is now open to interpretation<p>Material Design launched in 2014, and it was mostly thought of as a new design language for Android — though it later came to the web and iOS. It had a bold idea: there should be a physicality to software design not unlike the physicality of paper. It …

UI Design

Google’s engineers say that “magic spells” are ruining AI research

This week, at the Google I/O developers conference, there was a consistent message about Google’s AI from a cast of Google executives: Our AI will not be evil.<p>In his keynote, CEO Sundar Pichai said of AI, “We feel a deep sense of responsibility to get these things right.” In a recent letter to …

Artificial Intelligence

What Exactly is Zilliqa (ZIL)

Zilliqa (ZIL) is a relatively new cryptocurrency and blockchain platform project. The whitepaper is dated August 10th, 2017, therefore the project …

Spotify stock begins trading at $165.90 a share, placing company valuation at $29.5 billion

Spotify, the world’s largest music streaming service, made its debut on the New York Stock Market this morning with its reference price initially set at $132 a share, and trades opening at $165.90. That puts the company value at $29.5 billion, higher than what CNBC reported last month when shares …

How Uber's top lawyer negotiated a spectacular severance deal on her way out the door by asking Travis Kalanick for about $100 million

Business Insider on Sunday published the full, untold story of Uber's tumultuous 2017, documenting how several company insiders went head-to-head with Uber's cofounder and former CEO, Travis Kalanick, on their way out the door.<p>Whatever emotional drama Uber's roster of departing executives endured …

Silicon Valley

What Google is learning about user experience

'We're living in the golden age of user experience.' But it takes an enterprise to deliver superior UX..<p>User experience and customer experience are …

Google Cloud poaches Amazon’s head of Alexa AI research and development

Google and Amazon are fierce competitors over smart assistants, with Alexa having the lead in the consumer smart speaker space, as well as the enterprise. However, the retailer has just lost its head of Alexa AI research to Google Cloud.<p>Since 2016, Ashwin Ram served as the senior manager leading …

Scientists can't replicate AI studies. That's bad news.

The specter of replication<p>The field of artificial intelligence (AI) may soon have to face a ghost that’s haunted many a scientific field lately: the …

Meet Beycome, A Real Estate Platform Aiming To Line Homeowners' Pockets, Not Realtors'

The process of buying real estate has been unchanged for many years. Both the buyers and the sellers hire realtors for credibility. Most people on either side of the transaction are reticent to circumvent the process for fear of appearing to be lower in quality. The real estate industry reinforced …

Real Estate

"Walking Fish" Discovery Scraps Evolutionary Theory of Human Locomotion

Forget what you learned in high school biology.<p>Walking is a lot more complicated than putting one foot in front of the other. For that to happen, …

3 Machine Learning Algorithms You Need to Know

Imagine you have some data-related problem that you want to solve. You have heard of all the amazing things that machine learning algorithms can …

Researchers Have Discovered a Previously Unknown Role For The Brain's Hippocampus

Whoa!<p>That sea-horse shaped chunk of grey matter deep inside our skull called the hippocampus has a job on its resume we've never seen before – …

Kickstarter’s most successful app campaign ever is this language learning app

When it comes to learning a foreign language, there’s no doubt that some are just more gifted than others. However, with a tried and tested new approach and the help of a fully funded app, learning a new language might become a whole lot easier.<p>Gabriel Wyner is an opera singer and polyglot based in …

Here's When Daymond John of 'Shark Tank' Says You Should Quit Your Job | Inc.com

They say that if you want to become highly successful--especially if your definition of success involves entrepreneurship--you need to just quit your day job and do it.<p>Either you're committed or you're not, they say. Either you're a true leader and visionary--or else you're a truly pitiable wage …

Entrepreneurship

The Evolution From Invisible Design Towards The Invisible Interface

Most of us are old enough to remember the days before internet ubiquity. My primary school self, for example, used a trusty Microsoft Encarta CD-ROM …

UI Design

Everything that's wrong with that study which used AI to 'identify sexual orientation'

Advancements in artificial intelligence can be extremely worrying, especially when there are some pretty serious intimate and privacy issues at stake.<p>…

You Have a Great Idea, But Do You Have the Confidence and Persistence To Build It?

How this health care innovator and his partners built a business that mattered.<p><i>In this ongoing series, we are sharing advice, tips</i> <i>and insights from real entrepreneurs who are out there doing business battle on a daily basis. (Answers have been edited and condensed for clarity.)</i><p><b>Who are you and</b> …

Build your own Machine Learning Visualizations with the new TensorBoard API

Posted by Chi Zeng and Justine Tunney, Software Engineers, Google Brain Team<br>When we open-sourced TensorFlow in 2015, it included TensorBoard, a suite …

Machine Learning

Google is testing a gorgeous new user interface for Calendar

Google finally appears to be giving Calendar a facelift – and a whole new user interface.<p>Redditors are rushing to the Google and Android subreddits to report that the Big G is currently testing a new and improved visual identity for the desktop version of Calendar. The new design appears to be …

Android News

To Truly Fake Intelligence, Chatbots Need To Be Able To Change Your Mind

To achieve social intelligence, AI needs to be able to be persuasive, argues researcher.<p>Could you ever imagine yourself in a heated argument with a chatbot? Like, really passionate, deeply reasoned position-taking—argument, counterargument, countercounterargument, countercountercounterargument. …

The Case For Avoiding Venture Capital

“ <i>Wouldn’t you rather own 10% of the next eBay than 100% of a failed organization?</i>” –The Venture Capital Mantra<p>For entrepreneurs, the siren call of venture capital is everywhere. In the U.S., VCs raised a total of $40.6B in 2016 (according to Pitchbook data), the largest sum since the jaw-dropping …

Venture Capital

Vote for Bootstrapper of the Year: These entrepreneurs are building businesses the old-fashioned way

Building a business is hard. And doing it without the assistance of outside capital is even harder. But those who shun venture capital oftentimes can …

Startups

Use Crowd and Angel Capital As If You Will Not Get Venture Capital

Venture capital (VC) is seldom provided at startup. Nearly all VC is provided after Aha – after the venture shows signs of potential. Entrepreneurs who get VC usually start with their own savings with help from family and friends, from crowd capital (CC) or from angel capital (AC). But most …

Venture Capital

Theranos: The House of Cards That Elizabeth Holmes Built

Thirteen years, a thousand employees, $700 million of venture capital, 40 wellness centers. Six million blood tests. Zero revenue. This is how it happened.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Despite performing more than six million blood tests over the past couple of years, …

How to get people to overcome their bias

How do you persuade somebody of the facts? Asking them to be fair, impartial and unbiased is not enough. To explain why, psychologist Tom Stafford analyses a classic scientific study.<p>One of the tricks our mind plays is to highlight evidence which confirms what we already believe. If we hear gossip …

Critical Thinking