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A Smart Coffee Cup? It’s More Useful Than It Sounds

The Ammunition-designed mug lets you choose the exact temperature you’d like your coffee to remain for hours.<p>It’s a chilly Sunday morning. You pour yourself a cup of tea, curl up in a cozy blanket, grab a book, read a few pages, and take a sip only to find that it’s gone cold. This letdown is …

Coffee

Jimmy Iovine slams free music services, talks exclusivity deals in new interview

Apple Music head Jimmy Iovine this week sat down with Music Business Worldwide for a new wide-ranging interview, touching on topics such as Spotify’s free tier, exclusivity deals, and more. While Iovine has given more than his fair share of interviews in the past, this one contains a few …

Alibaba Makes Its First FinTech Investment In Hong Kong

Alibaba has expanded its investment portfolio in Hong Kong and has chosen Qupital to be its first FinTech investment in the city.<p>Accessing cash when you need it the most is critical for the success of any business, especially startups and SMEs. Qupital’s aim is to address this problem.<p>Co-founded in …

90% Of Indian Startups Will Fail Because Of Lack Of Innovation, Study Says

Of late, India might have become the third-largest startup ecosystem, but it lacks successful innovation.<p>Notwithstanding the fact that market valuation of Indian startups has grown significantly over the past four years, a recent study, “Entrepreneurial India,” by the IBM Institute for Business …

Innovation

Jessica Lessin built a business to prove information doesn’t have to be free

"If it’s valuable to an audience, there’s a price that people should be willing to pay," Lessin says on the latest Recode Media.<p>The news business treats its content as “free until otherwise proven it should be paid for,” The Information CEO Jessica Lessin says — and that’s totally backward.<p>On the …

Uber Freight launches to connect truck drivers with available shipments

Uber is now the ‘Uber for trucking’ – Uber Freight is a new service from the ride hailing company that pairs up trucking companies, including independent operators, with loads that need to be hauled from one place to another. The app looks a lot like the main Uber app, but it’s targeted towards …

Transportation

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are about to get really real

OK, I'll be honest, some of the most exciting tech of 2017 doesn't sound all that exciting on the surface. But bear with me, because it's going to be big.<p>Ready? Smartphone integration in cars -- specifically Android Auto and Apple CarPlay -- is finally past the tipping point of revolutionizing our …

Android Auto

Waymo says it has logged 3 million miles of self-driving on public roads

Alphabet’s self-driving company, Waymo, today announced that it has crossed 3 million miles of public road driving. The company announced the milestone in a tweet, sharing a GIF that depicts the pace of its self-driving testing.<p>As you can see in the GIF embedded below, Waymo has made quite a bit of …

CEO Of Chinese Fintech Firm Creditease On The Future Of P2P Lending In China

Bridging the gap between China’s shadow banking and traditional banking sectors, Creditease is an online lending and investment platform that represents the increasing importance of the Chinese fintech industry. The firm was started in 2006 by CEO Ning Tang, who attended the prestigious Tsinghua …

Amazon trounces rivals in battle of the shopping 'bots'

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Earlier this year, engineers at Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) who track rivals’ prices online got a rude surprise: the technology they were using to check Amazon.com several million times a day suddenly stopped working.<p>Losing access to Amazon.com Inc’s (AMZN.O) data was no …

Enterprise Tech

Mobile payment service Alipay coming to the US

Alipay, a mobile payment service from China, is expanding to the US. It has inked a deal with First Data that will allow users to pay for products and services at four million retailers. The service will be first supported by companies using First Data’s Clover products.<p>Mobile payments are big …

SoftBank confirms it’s putting $5BN into Didi Chuxing, the ‘Uber of China’

Japanese telco giant SoftBank has confirmed the size of its investment into Didi Chuxing, aka the Uber of China, and the figure is $5 billion (~¥550,000M).<p>The last item in SoftBank’s fiscal year 2017 earnings report, ended March 31 2017 and released today, lists the investment into Xiaoju Kuaizhi …

Kreditech raises €110M from Naspers’ PayU in strategic financing partnership

Kreditech, the German startup backed by Peter Thiel, Rakuten and the IFC that creates credit ratings and provides finance to people who may not otherwise have credit histories, has raised another round of funding from one of its strategic partners. PayU, the payments company owned by Naspers that …

Peter Thiel

America's Highest-Paid CEO Took Home $237 Million in 2016

An acquisition made one executive very, very wealthy.<p>Lots of CEOs make big bucks. But which one earned the most last year? The answer is actually not …

CEOs

UK police will start using AI to decide whether suspects should be kept in custody

AI-driven policing has arrived<p>UK police in the city of Durham, England, are prepared to go live with a predictive artificial intelligence system that will determine whether a suspect should be kept in custody, according to the <i>BBC</i>. Called Hart, which stands for Harm Assessment Risk Tool, the system …

For Startups, The Arrival Of Amazon’s Echo Show Is A Reminder Of The Risks Of Partnering With A Giant

Smart-intercom maker Nucleus helped improve Amazon’s voice platform. Now it’s being made redundant.<p>A couple of months ago, Nucleus cofounder Morley Ivers believed his smart intercom startup was enjoying a “real partnership” with Amazon. Nucleus had received a major investment from Amazon through …

Smart Homes

New York starts accepting applications for autonomous vehicle testing

Soon enough, self-driving car companies will have the opportunity to see how their cars deal with sitting in the occasionally snowy bumper-to-bumper New York traffic.<p>Today, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state will begin accepting applications from companies interested in testing out …

Domino's autonomous vehicle pizza delivery now live in Germany

Domino's autonomous delivery vehicle has made its first deliveries in Hamburg, Germany.<p>Domino's has announced that its autonomous delivery vehicle is …

Autonomous Vehicle

Apple isn't working on a car — it's working on something much bigger

And yet, Business Insider's Sam Shead recently discovered a secret Apple office in Berlin that — sources tell us — is devoted mostly to transportation. The engineers there were hired from car companies, and some are working on mapping projects.<p>So is Apple working on a car or not?<p>UBS analyst Steven …

Uber is starting to let people bookmark their favourite places in its app

The feature — announced by Uber on Wednesday— will allow Uber riders to bookmark places that they visit regularly, such as a friend's house or a favourite restaurant.<p>"Everyone has places they go again and again," Uber wrote on its website. "But remembering those addresses is tough, and asking …

​Google launches event finder in mobile search

It's now easier to find concerts and other events in Google's mobile site and apps.<p>Google has rolled out a new mobile feature that makes it easier …

Apps

The toughest challenge for self-driving cars? Human drivers

DETROIT (AP) — In just a few years, well-mannered self-driving robotaxis will share the roads with reckless, law-breaking human drivers. The prospect …

Germany's Siemens to cut 2,700 jobs as it modernizes IT unit

German industrial conglomerate Siemens AG says it's cutting or outsourcing 2,700 jobs as part of efforts to modernize its IT operations and increase efficiency elsewhere.<p>The Munich-based company said Thursday nearly 1,700 jobs will be cut in Germany over the next several years, and 1,000 more will …