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Google Launches Learning Resources, Publishes AI Principles

With the ascent of Chromebooks and G-suite, Google became a leader in American classrooms in the last few years. With a little fanfare, Google announced this month that it was launching a learning microsite, Grow with Google.<p>Google spokesperson Peter Schottenfels said, “It is our initiative to help …

Artificial Intelligence

Netflix and Alphabet will need to become ISPs, fast

This week completely scrambled the video landscape, and its implications are going to take months to fully understand.<p>First is the district court’s decision to approve the merger of AT&T and Time Warner announced just moments ago. That will create one of the largest content creation and …

Revolut announces a Robinhood-like trading product

Fintech startup Revolut likes to announce new things all the time. Even though nothing is going live today, it’s interesting to see where the startup is heading. The company is working on a trading platform for traditional shares without any commission.<p>You’ll find stock from public companies from …

Maryland researchers say they discovered 'Holy Grail' of machine learning

<b>ANALYSIS/OPINION:</b><p>POTOMAC, Md. — A team of researchers from Maryland say they’ve invented a general artificial intelligence way for machines to …

Mary Meeker’s 2018 internet trends report: All the slides, plus analysis

Here’s a first look at the most highly anticipated slide deck in Silicon Valley.<p>It’s that time of year again, when Mary Meeker unloads her highly anticipated internet trends report for the <b>Code Conference</b> crowd in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. This year, the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner …

Whoops: SoftBank CEO reveals Walmart has acquired Flipkart

Here’s one way to make sure Amazon doesn’t get control of Flipkart in India by outbidding you for a majority stake: buy it outright. Today during SoftBank’s earnings presentation, it looks like CEO Masayoshi Son slipped in a little scoop: he announced that Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, on …

Venture Capital

Slack hits 8 million daily active users with 3 million paid users

As Slack looks to woo larger and larger companies with the prospect of a simpler workplace collaboration tool, the company said it has now hit 8 million daily active users.<p>The company said it also has 3 million paid users. A darling in Silicon Valley, Slack was initially able to capitalize on …

Startups

Facebook is making its biggest executive shuffle in company history

WhatsApp, Messenger and Facebook’s core app are getting new leaders as part of a massive executive reorg.<p>Facebook instituted its biggest executive shakeup in its 15-year history this week, appointing new leaders for WhatsApp, Messenger and Facebook’s core app while giving other longtime Facebook …

Social Media

A Deep Dive On Snap's Content Business, Augmented Reality Plans, And Valuation

Introduction<p>Back in December, I wrote about how the Snapchat redesign would affect the stock. After beating Q4 '17 earnings expectations, Snap's …

Amazon's quarter wows Wall Street

With sales up 43 percent and earnings per share nearly tripling analyst estimates, Amazon.com released quarterly results today that sent its stock …

One 30-page document contains everything you need to know about AI

Congress, for the love of god, please learn about technology.<p>Congress’ complete lack of understanding when it comes things like the internet, …

Artificial Intelligence

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, …

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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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 …

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

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 phone operators.<p>Unlike traditional texting, or SMS, most modern messaging services – such as Signal, …

Messaging

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Menswear

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 …

SEO

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 …

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