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By Alec Ellin | The future is here

Lightning Network’s total network capacity crosses $150k

Lightning Network — touted as the solution to Bitcoin’s scalability problem — seems to be growing leaps and bound in spite of still being in a nascent stage.<p>Statistics show that the total number of active nodes on Lightning Network have crossed 2,000, with 5,801 open channels on the main network, …

Bitcoin

Amazon Has a Top-Secret Plan to Build Home Robots

Ten years ago, Amazon introduced the Kindle and established the appeal of reading on a digital device. Four years ago, Jeff Bezos and company rolled …

Enterprise Tech

Palantir Knows Everything About You

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Silicon Valley

To see how cutthroat Silicon Valley can be, look to its job descriptions

Would you want to work at a company that uses the word “maniacal” for a job?<p>An analysis by language analytics platform Textio gives a glimpse into the cultures at large technology companies like Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Google, by pulling the most common words from 25,060 of their advertised …

Silicon Valley

Chat: Google’s big shot at killing Apple’s iMessage

Tech giant behind Android corrals phone operators around the world to launch a unified SMS replacement<p>Google has unveiled a new messaging system, Chat, an attempt to replace SMS, unify Android’s various messaging services and beat Apple’s iMessage and Facebook’s WhatsApp with the help of mobile …

Privacy

Google's New AI Head Is So Smart He Doesn't Need AI

Google’s heavy investment in artificial intelligence has helped the company’s software write music and beat humans at complex board games. What …

Artificial Intelligence

If Your Data Is Bad, Your Machine Learning Tools Are Useless

Poor data quality is enemy number one to the widespread, profitable use of machine learning. While the caustic observation, “garbage-in, garbage-out” has plagued analytics and decision-making for generations, it carries a special warning for machine learning. The quality demands of machine learning …

Machine Learning

Apple steals Google’s AI chief

Apple has just poached one of Google’s top AI executives in a move likely to have far-reaching consequences.<p>Apple has hired John Giannandrea, previously Google’s head of AI and Search, The New York Times reports. Giannandrea will lead Apple’s “machine learning and A.I. strategy,” the Cupertino …

Artificial Intelligence

Teach Yourself Computer Science Using This Site

Lifehacker has collected a lot of “learn to code” resources that are especially helpful to new learners. But if you’ve already done a little coding …

Computer Science

Pinterest's New Feature Takes the Algorithm Out of Your Feed

The beauty of a site like Pinterest lies in how little you have to do to use it. Choose a few things you're interested in—vegan food, knitting, …

Tel Aviv

FCC approves SpaceX plan for satellite-provided internet

The SpaceX plan for a global wireless internet network provided by 4,425 satellites has been approved by the FCC. The $10 billion Starlink proposal calls for the satellites to launch in two phases between 2019 and 2024, then fly between 714 and 823 miles above the Earth providing a 1 Gbps …

Net Neutrality

Magic Leap Ships First Set of Devices Under Tight Security Constraints

Magic Leap Inc. has quietly begun sending its mysterious augmented reality headsets into the wild. A small group of software developers recently …

Augmented Reality

The Man With the Most Valuable Work Experience in the World

The former head of Google’s self-driving car program talks about the new driverless technology company that he founded with veterans from Tesla and Uber.<p>Chris Urmson led Google’s self-driving car team from its early days all the way until the company shed its Google skin and emerged under the …

Machine Learning

How Grailed Became Menswear's Luxury Resale Mecca

With a strategy rooted in curation, content and community, the fast-growing peer-to-peer platform has become a top fashion re-commerce destination …

Social Media

Google has made it official: The internet is now mobile-first

This may go down in history as the week the mobile web became <i>the</i> web.<p>On Monday, Google began indexing and ranking pages on its search engine based on the mobile versions of websites rather than the desktop ones, the company announced. The change may seem minor, but it underscores how Google views …

Digital Advertising

These two indie platforms are partnering to help authors produce audiobooks at affordable prices

A new way for authors to publish within a fast growing medium<p>Indie authors who publish through platforms like Amazon or CreateSpace usually don’t have the resources to publish an audiobook, which can be an expensive endeavor with production costs that self-published or first-time authors cannot …

Writing

Uber is more vulnerable than ever after its fatal self-driving car crash — but it could end up saving the company

A fatal accident involving a self-driving vehicle was inevitable, but no tech or auto company was in a worse position to handle one than Uber.<p>The company has spent the better part of the past year cleaning up the mess left by former CEO Travis Kalanick, who oversaw the company's meteoric rise and …

Autonomous Cars

How Raya’s $8/month dating app turned exclusivity into trust

The swipe is where the similarity ends. Raya is less like Tinder and more like a secret society. You need a member’s recommendations or a lot of friends inside to join, and you have to apply with an essay question. It costs a flat $7.99 for everyone, women and celebrities included. You show …

Relationships

IBM rolls out deep learning as a service for AI developers

IBM today announced the launch of its new Deep Learning as a Service (DLaaS) program for AI developers. With DlaaS, users can train neural networks using popular frameworks such as TensorFlow, PyTorch, and Caffe without buying and maintaining costly hardware.<p>The service lets data scientists train …

Peter Thiel’s data company Palantir will develop a new intelligence platform for the US Army

The platform, built in conjunction with Raytheon, will replace the Army’s aging Distributed Common Ground System<p>Peter Thiel’s data mining company Palantir Technologies has won a US Army contract to develop an intelligence platform that will replace an aging system that the Army currently used to …

Peter Thiel

Bose sunglasses hands-on: audio AR makes more sense than you think

This week, Bose made a surprise announcement that it was getting into the augmented reality game. But Bose makes headphones, right? And AR is all about glasses with visual overlays? Well, nobody told them, and that's a good thing. The company believes that the classic approach works fine for many …

Samsung’s new TVs are almost invisible

At an event in New York March 6, Samsung showed off its latest top-of-the-line televisions. But, depending on which ones you were looking at, you might not have seen much.<p>Samsung’s new QLED line of 4K TVs features a technology the company is calling “Ambient Mode.” Before you mount the TV, you’ll …

Google expansion plans helping to turn NYC into tech hub

NEW YORK (AP) — As New York City waits to hear whether it's been chosen as the site for Amazon's second headquarters, recent moves by another tech giant, Google, to expand its footprint in the city are helping to legitimize New York's claim to be Silicon Valley East.<p>Google is reportedly close to a …

Silicon Valley

Snapchat Opens A Store–And Takes Aim At A Trillion-Dollar Industry

The social media company is looking at e-commerce as its next big revenue channel, and it’s starting with some brand-new Jordans.<p>Snap had limited success selling its own Spectacles glasses, despite releasing special kiosks in cities across the world to launch them. But maybe the company will have …

eCommerce

Samsung boss says being first is no longer important

• During a press conference at MWC 2018, DJ Koh stated Samsung Mobile is no longer interested in being “first” with any new feature.<br>• Samsung has a long history of firsts in the mobile industry, so this represents a big change for it.<br>• With the Galaxy S9 having few “firsts” to it, future Samsung devices …

The analyst who predicted Amazon would buy Whole Foods says only 2 cities have a shot at HQ2

Amazon will soon choose the location for its second headquarters.<p>Who will get the $5 billion investment and 50,000 jobs — along with any of the potential downsides?<p>"It all comes down to two locations: It's either going to be the metro area of New York or the metro area of DC," Scott Galloway, a …

New Jersey

SpaceX Hid a Second, Secret Payload Aboard Falcon Heavy, And It Sounds Amazing

Designed to last for millions of years.<p>Elon Musk's personal Tesla might have gotten all the headlines during SpaceX's historic rocket launch last …

Chamillionaire is a presentation genius, has a new app

You probably know Chamillionaire from the song “Ridin,'” but did you know the Grammy Award winner is also a successful startup investor? He has had several favorable outcomes, including Cruise, which sold to General Motors and Maker Studios, which was bought by Disney.<p>Now he’s trying his hand at a …

General Motors