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France’s digital minister delivers a progress report from CES on efforts to build a startup nation

Battling France’s reputation as a nation of Luddites who hate innovation, the French government launched a program in 2013 called “La French Tech.”<p>The program is a mix of marketing, financial support, regulatory reforms, and community-building that aims to deliver a shot of adrenaline to the …

Entrepreneurship

What Google, Microsoft, and Amazon did this week in the race to be everyone’s favorite virtual assistant

Take a step back for a look at the big picture, and it’s clear that 2016 was a remarkable year for bots and virtual assistants.<p>Within the span of a few months this spring, Google, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft all made plans to grow bot ecosystems and each invited developers to build bots or …

Chatbots

Microsoft Cortana is about to become your all-purpose productivity bot

Microsoft Cortana has been playing catch-up with Siri and the Google Assistant, but that’s about to change.<p>The company Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded in 1975 has made no secret of the fact that it intends to become an AI powerhouse. Many of the recent changes in Microsoft Office have been …

Cortana

Apple has set up a secret office in Berlin to 'cherrypick' mapping engineers from Here

Apple has hired at least half a dozen employees from Here for a Berlin-based Apple Maps team, according to LinkedIn, but the true figure is likely to be somewhat higher.<p>A source, who wished to remain anonymous, said that Apple strategically moved in on Here's talent as the mapping company was …

Facebook's internet beaming drone Aquila is not headed to India

Facebook is committed at bringing internet access to much of India, but the social giant won’t be using its Aquila drone to achieve it in the country.<p>…

Drones

Can Mental Illness Be Prevented In The Womb?

Every day in the United States, millions of expectant mothers take a prenatal vitamin on the advice of their doctor.<p>The counsel typically comes with physical health in mind: folic acid to help avoid fetal spinal cord problems; iodine to spur healthy brain development; calcium to be bound like …

Pregnancy

How To Be Incredibly Awesome At What You Do: An Interview With Tech Titan Keith Rabois

You don’t have to live in Silicon Valley to know the names of tech titans like Peter Thiel and Reid Hoffman. Throw in Jack Dorsey, David Sacks, Max Levchin, and Vinod Khosla. They’re the last six leaders Keith Rabois has reported to during his Silicon Valley career. What’s most interesting about …

These Stunning 'Airportraits' Show The Beauty Of Flight At Airports Around The World

It's a love letter to airports.<p>What if planes flew in flocks like birds? We’re talking hundreds of planes, in the air at the same time, using the same runway. What would that look like?<p>Something like this:<p>Mike Kelley created composites of planes at airports around the world for a stunning and oddly …

The Bon Jovi gig that was more therapy session than concert - review

We all like a challenge, so here’s a new one: listen to <b>Bon Jovi</b> play 15 as-yet-unreleased songs back-to-back. Granted, it’s not quite like tackling the Northest Ridge of <b>Everest</b>, but this intimate London show by the New Jersey rockers was nevertheless something of an uphill climb.<p>Bon Jovi are about …

The Making of The Last Waltz, the Band’s Concert-Film Masterpiece

When the Band decided to stop touring, they asked a young director named Martin Scorsese to put their farewell concert on film. In an excerpt from his new memoir, Testimony, guitarist-songwriter Robbie Robertson recalls the night of Thanksgiving 1976, where electric performances by legends such as …

Dropbox Founder's 3-Point Cheat Sheet for Young Professionals

The billionaire entrepreneur boils down his wisdom to these dead simple points.<p>Life is complicated, which is why the best advice is often so incredibly simple you can remember it even when surrounded by the whirlwind that is everyday experience.<p>Take WayUp founder Liz Wessel's best tip for …