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Google’s Sergey Brin said to be working on a zeppelin-like airship

Google co-founder Sergey Brin has been known to enjoy ambitious flights of technological fancy, but this may be his flightiest: Bloomberg reports the enigmatic billionaire, who favors dark attire and once leapt out of an airplane wearing Google Glass to promote the launch of the wearable, is now …

Google

Google is updating its search to demote fake news

The changes include new options for reporting bad content.<p>Google is demoting misleading and offensive content in its search by updating algorithms and offering users new ways to report bad results.<p>The change follows increased attention to flaws in top search results, including the promotion of fake …

Google

Facebook will suggest more articles for you to read in News Feed to help fight its ‘filter bubble’

Facebook says it wants to create a more “informed community.”<p>Many people believe that Facebook has a “filter bubble” problem — that is, you often see posts and news stories that align with your own personal beliefs and values.<p>Facebook’s News Feed is personalized, so it’s easy to avoid things you …

Facebook

Silicon Valley Commutes Are Hell. And It’s Time for Companies to Fix the Problem

The northern bit of San Jose, California ain’t charming, walkable Paris, or even Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, which packs about double the number of …

Silicon Valley

Uber Promises Flying Cars by 2020

Uber is more than fly-curious about taking ridesharing to the air. The company announced Tuesday that it plans to roll out a network of flying cars …

Uber

You Can Finally Ride in Google’s Self-Driving Car

After spending nearly a decade quetly working on self-driving cars, Google finally wants to take people for a ride. Its autonomous spin-off, Waymo …

Driverless Cars

The number of Amazon Prime members has reportedly doubled in the past two years

Prime is the gift that keeps on giving for Amazon. According to a new study from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, Amazon’s premium subscription service has now reached 80 million members in the US. As this chart from Statista shows, that’s about double the estimated amount Amazon had just …

Amazon

Wall Street thinks Twitter’s business is shrinking

Twitter reports earnings on Wednesday, and for the first time, Wall Street expects the company to report a year-over-year decline in revenue.<p>Wall Street thinks Twitter’s business is shrinking, and expects the company to report its first-ever year-over-year revenue decline when it releases earnings …

Markets

How technology created a global village — and put us at each other’s throats

Welcome to the global village. It’s a nasty place.<p>On Easter Sunday, a man in Cleveland filmed himself murdering a random 74-year-old and posted the …

Psychology

Billionaire Jack Ma says CEOs could be robots in 30 years, warns of decades of ‘pain’ from A.I., internet impact

Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma warned on Monday that society could see decades of pain thanks to disruption caused by the internet and new technologies to …

China

Three kingdoms, two empires: China’s internet giants go global

Three kingdoms, two empiresChina’s internet giants go global<p>Tencent is leading the acquisition spree, with Alibaba a close second<p>print-edition …

China

LinkedIn hits 500M member milestone for its social network for the working world

Now that LinkedIn is a part of Microsoft (after closing its $26.2 billion acquisition in December), the social networking site for the working world no longer reports earnings, and the metrics that come with them, as an individual business. So to underscore its growth, today LinkedIn used a blog …

LinkedIn

People are freaking out because email decluttering service Unroll.me sold their data to Uber

Sorry not sorry.<p>That's the tone of the apology posted by Unroll.me, an email decluttering service which takes a look at the subscriptions clogging up your inbox and rolls them neatly into one digest email.<p>It turns out that Unroll.me also takes a peek at your other emails — like email receipts — …

Data Breach

Amazon launches ‘Subscribe with Amazon,’ a marketplace for digital subscriptions

Amazon has made headway in the subscription business with its Subscribe & Save feature for consumers, which offers discounted pricing on products if you agree to buy on a recurring basis. Now, the retailer is looking to expand its subscription footprint with a new program called Subscribe with …

Amazon

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales launches Wikitribune, a large-scale attempt to combat fake news

Good things can happen when a crowd goes to work on trying to figure out a problem in journalism. At the same time, completely crowdsourced news investigations can go bad without oversight — as when, for example, a group of Redditors falsely accused someone of being the Boston Marathon bomber. An …

Censorship

NAB 2017: How AI is remaking Hollywood

Greetings from Las Vegas, where the National Association of Broadcasters is having its annual conference. At NAB, 1,700 exhibitors and more than …

Artificial Intelligence

How to make Twitter profitable

For better and sometimes worse, Twitter is one of the most powerful forces on the planet. Twitter has arguably played a critical role in at least two of the defining political upheavals of our era: The Arab Spring and the election of a political outsider, Donald Trump, as president of the United …

Twitter

DNA Tests, and Sometimes Surprising Results

Race and identity in many ways define who we think we are, while modern genetics can challenge those notions. To delve into these issues, I am involved with a communications studies project at West Chester University in Pennsylvania that explores narratives at the intersection of race and …

Racism

In the Age of Trump, China Eyes Electric Car Dominance

If you’re charged up for a world of electric cars, consider booking a trip to China. This week, the world’s automakers gathered at the Shanghai Auto …

Electric Vehicles

Is a “robot tax” really an “innovation penalty”?

When Bill Gates recently suggested robots should pay income tax like any other employee, I didn’t immediately disagree. I applaud Gates’ bold thinking to help solve one of society’s biggest upcoming challenges: embracing automation in a way that “lifts all boats” instead of leaving large swaths of …

Robots

Uber’s C.E.O. Plays With Fire

SAN FRANCISCO — Travis Kalanick, the chief executive of Uber, visited Apple’s headquarters in early 2015 to meet with Timothy D. Cook, who runs the iPhone maker. It was a session that Mr. Kalanick was dreading.<p>For months, Mr. Kalanick had pulled a fast one on Apple by directing his employees to …

Uber

Artificial Intelligence has to deal with its transparency problems

Artificial Intelligence breakthroughs and developments entail new challenges and problems. As AI algorithms grow more advanced, it becomes more difficult to make sense of their inner workings. Part of this is because the companies that develop them do not allow the scrutiny of their proprietary …

Artificial Intelligence

Don't Worry, Driverless Cars Are Learning From Grand Theft Auto - Bloomberg

In the race to the autonomous revolution, developers have realized there aren’t enough hours in a day to clock the real-world miles needed to teach …

Driverless Cars

Amazon Strategy Teardown: Building New Business Pillars In AI, Next-Gen Logistics, And Enterprise Cloud Apps

Seattle-based Amazon is doubling down on AWS and its AI assistant, Alexa. It's seeking to become the central provide or AI-as-a-service.

Amazon

How Twitter Users Can Generate Better Ideas

“If you are a Twitter user with the goal of improving your innovation performance, you need to maintain a diverse network while also developing your …

Innovation

Getaround raises $45M from Toyota and others to build more partnerships

Car sharing service Getaround has raised $45 million in Series C funding, led by a new investor Braemar Energy Ventures, and with participation from Toyota Motor Corp and China’s SAIC Motor. The round also includes existing investors Menlo Ventures and Triangle Peak Partners, and is all about …

Startups
Tesla

Facebook is offering publishers money to create produced video

The new deals include a mix of both live and produced video commitments.<p>Facebook wants to pay publishers to create more produced video as part of a plan to push the company’s new ad products, according to multiple sources.<p>The new deals are intended to replace the agreements Facebook currently has …

Facebook

First coal-free day in the UK since Industrial Revolution

<b>Britain went a full day without using coal to generate electricity for the first time since the Industrial Revolution, the National Grid says.</b><p>The energy provider said Friday's lack of coal usage was a "watershed" moment.<p>The UK's longest continuous energy period without coal until now was 19 hours - …

Coal