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GM and Softbank are putting $3 billion into self-driving cars

Japan's Softbank is pouring more money into the future of American cars.<p>Softbank will invest $2.25 billion in General Motors' autonomous vehicle efforts, months after it took a large ownership stake in Uber.<p>GM announced it is also investing $1.1 billion in the joint effort. CEO Mary Barra said the …

Autonomous Cars

24 Phrases You Should Start Saying More Often in the Workplace

What can you say that will cause a colleague to gravitate toward you? What words will cause an employee to light up with a smile?<p>A recent CareerBuilder survey says 50 percent of employees would stay longer with their companies if they were recognized more frequently.<p>To pull this off takes a leader …

Amazon acquires Ring's smart doorbell business

If it wasn't already evident that Amazon wants a stronger foothold in the smart home space, it is now. Amazon has acquired Ring, the device maker best known for its smart doorbells. The terms of the deal aren't clear, but it's expected that Amazon will keep the core Ring business intact while …

Smart Homes

With $70M from Alphabet, UnitedMasters replaces record labels

Record labels are obsolete. They haven’t kept up as music evolved from selling CDs to streaming songs to promoting concert tickets and merchandise. Labels were meant to help artists generate albums, fame, and money. But now anyone can record themselves and no one “buys” music. So today that …

Newegg releases 2017 Black Friday ad with laptop, desktop PC, tablet deals

The online tech superstore will start its sale early on November 20 with a pair of $169.99 Asus Chromebooks and a $219 Huawei MediaPad M3 Android …

Departing NSA veterans catch the eye of Silicon Valley investors

With a newly minted PhD in "pure math" in 2004 (it was actually a dual degree in math and machine learning), Ellison Anne Williams saw her work going in one of three directions: the National Security Agency, IBM or academic research.<p>She chose classified government intelligence work and spent the …

Silicon Valley

Tech startup Trouva, a marketplace for independent shops, raises $10m

Tech startup Trouva, an website that provides independent shops with the ability to sell online, has raised fresh cash from investors.<p>BGF Ventures …

Amazon has already made changes to its new try-before-you-buy Prime Wardrobe service

The e-commerce giant has altered how discounts work and how many items can be ordered.<p>In June, Amazon started testing a new service called Prime Wardrobe with the goal of boosting fashion sales by giving shoppers one week to try out clothes at home before paying.<p>Five months later, a check back in …

‘Black Panther’ isn’t just another Marvel movie — it’s a vision of a future led by blackness

Marvel’s <i>Black Panther</i> lives in the present, but there’s plenty that would suggest otherwise. Slated for a February 2018 release, the movie — which is …

Black Panther

I went to a 'sugar baby summit' and learned 'sugar daddies' give tuition, gifts, investments, or cash — but they say it's about much more than the money

The student debt crisis in the US has gotten so bad, there's a growing group of young women — and some men — who are taking an unconventional approach to paying for college.<p>Through dating websites like SeekingArrangement.com, Sugar Babies, as they're called, partner up with wealthy, often older, …

Inside the mechanical brain of the world’s first robot citizen

Jimmy Fallon is concerned.<p>“You brought a friend with you here, and this is really freaking me out,” the Tonight Show host tells David Hanson, CEO of Hanson Robotics, before inspecting the humanoid robot on stage. Sophia raises an eyebrow while looking out past the two men on stage.<p>Hanson explains …

Artificial Intelligence

Mercedes is quietly becoming Tesla’s biggest rival

Tesla has had a meteoric rise as an underdog company, but the next five years could be its biggest challenge yet.<p>Major automakers from across the globe are preparing massive electric-car rollouts, perhaps none as large as Daimler, Mercedes' parent company. The German automaker plans to electrify …

Bill Gates firm buys Arizona land for $80 million to create 'smart city'

A real estate investment firm owned by Bill Gates recently bought a giant plot of land in Arizona for $80 million to be developed into a “smart city.”<p>Arizona-based Belmont Partners, one of Gates’ investment firms, purchased close to 25,000 acres of land in Tonopah, around 50 miles west of Phoenix, …

Meet 9 of tech's newest billionaires

You've almost certainly heard of Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk.<p>But have you heard of Patrick Collison, David Zalik, or Lucy Peng?<p>As I'm sure you know, the first group of men were startup founders who went on to become tech billionaires. What you may not know is the second group of …

A man who sold his company for $700 million in all cash in his 20s reveals a disappointing truth all startup founders need to hear

In 2003, Expedia bought the travel website Hotwire for nearly $700 million, all cash.<p>And while at the time this was a huge deal, it was somewhat disappointing for Hotwire's founders.<p>On an episode of Business Insider's podcast, "Success! How I Did It," Spencer Rascoff, a Hotwire founder who's now …

There’s precedent for Amazon competing with so many companies. It doesn’t end well.

Perhaps no other company in history has sold so many different products (354 million) while competing against so many other companies (hundreds). In the past, that power hasn’t lasted. Amazon is betting it will be different.<p>Amazon today is a retailer, a logistics network, a book publisher, a movie …

eCommerce

An AI god will emerge by 2042 and write its own bible. Will you worship it?

In the next 25 years, AI will evolve to the point where it will know more on an intellectual level than any human. In the next 50 or 100 years, an AI might know more than the entire population of the planet put together. At that point, there are serious questions to ask about whether this AI — …

Image of Tesla's electric semi truck surfaces

A new Reddit mystery is afoot<p>We’re less than one month away from the day when Tesla plans to unveil its first electric semi truck, and of course that means it’s time for speculation and sleuthing to skyrocket. Today’s fodder is a picture of what could be the Tesla big rig that was posted to, …

Arriving Now: Your Self-Driving Car

In technology, big breakthroughs always seem to take longer than we assume. There’s an amusing recursive “law” that describes this phenomenon, <b>Hofstadter’s Law</b>, which states: “It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.” <b>**</b><p>Hofstadter’s Law is a wry way of …

Elon Musk teases pictures of a SpaceX Moon base and Martian city

I guess he doesn’t think the Moon is that bad after all<p>Just before his scheduled presentation about colonizing Mars, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk shared a rendering on Instagram of his monster interplanetary rocket sitting on the surface of the Moon. Captioned simply with “Moon Base Alpha,” the photo hints …

FDA OKs a blood sugar monitor that doesn't need fingerpricks

A fingerprick isn't <i>just a fingerprick</i> when you have to do it all the time to test your blood sugar levels. Thankfully, the Food and Drug Administration has approved the first continuous glucose monitoring system for adults that doesn't require you to draw blood several times a day. Abbott's …

How An Accidental Entrepreneur Created A $30M Online Business

Jane Lu’s path to success was a winding road that took her halfway across the world — and through a significant rough patch — before taking her to the top.<p>In 2009, Lu was working in the Sydney office of an international consulting firm, and was content being a busy and social professional. But that …

Entrepreneurship

The college lecture is dying. Good riddance.

<i>This is the first in</i> The Vanishing University, <i>a four-part series exploring the tech-driven future of higher education in America. Here are parts two, three, and four.</i><p>Right now, this very morning, thousands of young adults in the United States are scrambling through the same minor hell. They’ve …

Education

A study of 36,000 students just backed Bill Gates' favorite style of education

The style is known as "personalized learning," and a study involving 36,000 students just upheld it as a major driver of improvement in reading and math skills.<p>Since personalized learning has had scant formal evidence showing its success as a teaching method, the new study also adds some empirical …

Face it, AI is better at data-analysis than humans

It’s time we stopped pretending that we’re computers and let the machines do their jobs. Anodot, a real-time analytics company, is using advanced machine-learning algorithms to overcome the limitations that humans bring to data analysis.<p>AI can chew up all your data and spit out more answers than …

Google's plan to best Amazon rests on one piece of software

TensorFlow makes it much easier for the company's engineers to translate new approaches to artificial intelligence into practical code, improving services such as search and the accuracy of speech recognition.<p>But just months after TensorFlow was released to Google's army of coders, the company also …

Germany’s biggest industrial robotics company is working on consumer robots

Thanks to its new owners, Chinese home appliance makers Midea<p>You might not have heard of Kuka, but you’ll almost certainly know its products. The German firm is one of the world’s top manufacturers of industrial robots, and its robot arms are instantly recognizable thanks to their signature orange …

Amid Tumult at Uber, Bill Gurley Is Said to Be Leaving Board

Uber’s board of directors is undergoing more changes, a day after the resignation of the company’s chief executive, Travis Kalanick.<p>Bill Gurley, a longtime Uber board member who is an investor at the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Benchmark, is leaving the ride-hailing company’s board, …

How the tech world would change if net neutrality is abolished

The FCC recently posted a notice about a proposed piece of legislation that would, essentially, roll back the Open Internet Order of 2015, which established the concept of net neutrality.<p>These are publicly available documents, and you can read them for yourself. Of course, the documents are also …

Net Neutrality