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Apple appears to be bringing nearly $245 billion home from overseas

• <b>Apple is paying nearly $38 billion in taxes to the United States under new federal tax laws.</b>• <b><br>Apple says it plans to make a "direct contribution" of $30 billion to the US over the next 5 years, and also announced plans for a new campus that will result in the hiring of 20,000 new employees.</b><p>Apple will …

Retirement

Report: First 1 million HomePods begin shipping from supplier Inventec, 10-12 million expected this year

After facing a delay late last year, a new report claims that the first orders of Apple’s HomePod smart speaker have begun shipping from supply chain partners …<p>The <i>Taipei Times</i> reports that Apple supplier Inventec has begun a limited shipment of one million speakers to Apple. Earlier this month, …

CES

Nuzzel, the news monitoring app that 'fixed' Twitter, is turning into an enterprise product and will start charging subscriptions

• <b>Nuzzel, the addictive news-reading app, is launching a search-based news-monitoring service for professionals.</b>• <b><br>Nuzzel Media Monitoring will charge $50 a month.</b>• <b><br>The pivot comes after Nuzzel failed to become a mass-market product with a viable advertising revenue model.</b><p>Nuzzel, the app that lets you see …

Matt Cutts

HQ Trivia hits 1 million players milestone

HQ has hit a milestone of 1 million people participating in its live mobile trivia game today. The app has soared in popularity after being released originally for iOS a few months ago, and has regularly had between 500,000 and 750,000 people playing the trivia game over the recent holidays. HQ is …

Mobile

Triple Meltdown: How So Many Researchers Found a 20-Year-Old Chip Flaw At the Same Time

On a cold Sunday early last month in the small Austrian city of Graz, three young researchers sat down in front of the computers in their homes and …

Information Security

Linksys releases a cheaper version of its Velop mesh router

Linksys launched its Velop router line this time last year, and now, it’s announcing the line’s first expansion: a new model that’s smaller and cheaper — but a little bit slower, too.<p>The Velop line is Linksys’ entry into the surprisingly buzzy world of mesh routers, which ask owners to put multiple …

Wi-Fi

LG Display's crazy 65-inch OLED TV can roll up like a poster

It's the world's first big-screen TV that can be rolled up to hide away when not in use.<p>When you roll your future TV out of sight into a little box, thank LG Display.<p>The leader in big-screen OLED manufacturing, not satisfied to debut the first 88-inch 8K OLED TV, will show off another world's first …

OLEDs

Cryptojacking Has Gotten Out of Control

Cryptojacking, which exploded in popularity this fall, has an ostensibly worthy goal: Use an untapped resource to create an alternative revenue …

Information Security

Why most data scientists are frauds, according to a data scientist

<i>This is an excerpt from a long interview between an anonymous data scientist and</i> Logic Magazine <i>about AI, deep learning, FinTech, and the future, conducted in November 2016.</i><p><b>LOGIC:</b> <b>Alright, let’s get started with the basics. What is a data scientist? Do you self-identify as one?</b><p><b>DATA SCIENTIST:</b> I would …

Artificial Intelligence

This $5 Billion Hack-Proof App Isn't for Sale at Any Price

Even half-naked on Tinder, where he just popped up, Pavel Durov loves to play hard to get.<p>“Not looking for anything serious or not serious here,” the …

Watch a young Steve Jobs explain why most professional managers are "bozos"

Nobody ever accused Steve Jobs of lacking strong opinions.<p>In a video posted to YouTube, a young Jobs talks candidly about his approach to management and leadership. As the founder of Apple, and the guiding force who transformed it from emerging upstart to one of the world’s most innovative and …

Christian Dior

This top VC is investing in startups without ever meeting them — with amazing results

• <b>Chamath Palihapitiya is trying to blow up the old-school, biased venture capital industry in every way he can think of.</b>• <b><br>In the past few months he announced two new plans. One is a potentially industry-changing method of investing in startups all over the world, sight unseen.</b>• <b><br>The other is a different</b> …

Nvidia just released the most insanely powerful graphics processor ever made

Nvidia just announced the Titan V, the most powerful graphics processing unit (GPU) of all time.<p>This isn't the type of graphics card your gamer …

Google and Amazon are punishing their own customers in a bitter feud

It shouldn’t have come to this<p>Amazon has just responded to Google’s decision to remove YouTube from all Fire TV products and the Echo Show. “Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website,” a spokesperson told <i>The Verge</i> by email. “We hope to …

Amazon

AWS announces Amazon Sumerian for building AR, VR and 3D apps quickly

We’d heard months ago that Amazon would be using its Re:Invent AWS event to roll out some a new service related to building in mixed reality — augmented reality and virtual reality. And on the eve of the conference kicking off, it’s done just that. Today the company announced Amazon Sumerian, a new …

Apple acquired augmented reality headset startup Vrvana for $30M

As Apple reportedly ramps up work to ship an augmented reality headset in 2020, it has acquired a startup from Montreal, Canada that could help it get there. TechCrunch has learned that Apple has acquired Vrvana, maker of the Totem headset — which had rave reviews but never shipped. The deal was …

Why Apple’s HomePod Is Three Years Behind Amazon’s Echo

Apple Inc. audio engineers had been working on an early version of the HomePod speaker for about two years in 2014 when they were blindsided by the …

A Notch Above

Thoughts on the iPhone X<p>The other day, I picked up the iPhone X and felt nothing. Not in the literal sense, more in the philosophical sense. It was …

The Incredible Ways Heineken Uses Big Data, The Internet of Things And Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Every industry can benefit from Big Data, IoT and AI, and that includes brewers. Dutch brewer Heineken has been a worldwide brewing leader for the last 150 years, but today, as the No. 1 brewer in Europe and No. 2 in the world they are ramping up their results thanks to the use of big data and AI. …

Internet of Things

The Real Reason Nvidia Is Hitting New Highs

An initial earnings blowout sent the stock lower after hours.<p>The company led the call with data center growth, and that sent the stock higher.<p>Of all …

Mercedes is quietly becoming Tesla’s biggest rival

• <b>Daimler is investing $11 billion to electrify its fleet of vehicles by 2020.</b>• <b><br>Tesla's stock has rivaled General Motors and Ford as people continue to clamor for the high-tech, electric vehicles.</b>• <b><br>The two automakers will compete in 2020 when they release their battery-powered SUVs.</b><p>Tesla has had a …

Snap has spent $352 million on acquisitions this year — here are all of the startups it's bought so far

• <b>Snap has spent at least $352.4 million in cash on acquisitions this year.</b>• <b><br>The six-year-old app maker has purchased at least two dozen other companies since 2014 and shows no signs of slowing its spending.</b>• <b><br>Snap has historically used acquisitions to build new products like Spectacles or its search</b> …

Reddit CEO Steve Huffman on the site’s redesign, coming in Q1 2018

At Web Summit this week in Lisbon, Portugal, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman talked about the site’s upcoming redesign. Reddit launched in June 2005, and its look and feel has changed little over the past decade — certainly not at all in the past four or five years. We sat down with Huffman to dive a …

Social Media

China’s Toutiao is buying Musical.ly in a deal worth $800M-$1B

Musical.ly, the lip-syncing app popular with teens and young people, has been sold to Chinese social media giant Toutiao, according to an announcement made today.<p>The deal is undisclosed but sources tell TechCrunch that Bytedance, the company behind China’s top news aggregator service Toutiao, will …

AI pioneer Chris Boos talks about the future of machine learning

This week on Technotopia I talk to Chris Boos, the creator of a bot that can play FreeCiv, a Civilization clone. His solution demonstrates the power of machine learning and, wildly, has beaten multiple humans at the game.<p>Boos’ company, Arago, specializes in building tools that build themselves. …

Machine Learning

Snapchat’s programmatic ads fetch $3-$8 CPMs

Snapchat’s ad rates have taken a hit since it started selling ads programmatically.<p>CPMs for Snapchat inventory that’s sold in open auctions run …

For Amazon, The Future Of Alexa Is About The End Of The Smartphone Era

With touch-screen devices like the Echo Show and Echo Spot, Amazon is trying to upend a decade of smartphones, notifications, and apps.<p>Picture a hypothetical future in which Amazon’s Alexa renders your smartphone unnecessary.<p>You tap the “good morning” button on your bedside Echo Spot, and it …

Amazon

Quantum Computers Pose Imminent Threat to Bitcoin Security - MIT Technology Review

Bitcoin is taking the world by storm. The decentralized digital currency is a secure payment platform that anybody can use. It is free from …