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Snapchat Discover publishers see viewership drop by a third after platform tweaks

For Snapchat Discover media publishers, the platform giveth and the platform taketh away.<p>Shortly after Snapchat tweaked its Stories page to move …

Snapchat

Photo-editing Mac app Luminar adds support for MacBook Pro’s new Touch Bar

Macphun, creator of sophisticated imaging software for Mac-centric photographers, has updated its new Luminar app to support the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar.<p>Luminar is all-in-one photo-editing software with more than 300 tools, include simple presets, to bring a finished style to the work of …

Apple News

AngelList buys tech discovery site Product Hunt

For now, Product Hunt will "remain an independent platform."<p>Product Hunt's discovery site for genuinely useful technology has been bought by AngelList. The terms of the deal weren't disclosed, however <i>Recode</i> is putting the number at around $20 million. The acquisition involves a mixture of cash and …

Product Hunt

Former Foxconn manager charged with stealing 5,700 iPhones

A one-time senior manager at Apple manufacturer Foxconn is facing a possible ten years in jail after allegedly stealing 5,700 iPhones and selling them on for $1.5 million.<p>The thefts reportedly took place at one of Foxconn’s factories in Shenzhen, China, where the manager — identified only as “Tsai” …

Foxconn

Google Chrome now defaults to HTML5 for most sites

The slow death of Flash continues.<p>Google proposed making HTML5 the default over Flash in its Chrome browser back in May. With the latest release, Chrome 55, the company has nearly completed the transition. Chrome now defaults to HTML5 except when a site is Flash-only or if its one of the top 10 …

Google

AWS Personal Health Dashboard helps developers monitor the state of their cloud apps

DevOps teams will be happy to hear that Amazon is launching its own dashboard for Amazon Web Services. Personal Health Dashboard, as the company calls it, is its latest release from the stage of re:Invent 2016 to support more advanced cloud apps monitoring.<p>The tool puts critical infrastructure data …

Cloud Computing

AngelList acquires Product Hunt

The Product Hunt you know and love is changing, at least in terms of ownership. The company announced today that it has been acquired by the investment syndication platform AngelList and said that a “majority” of Product Hunt’s 14 employees will be kept on.<p>Financial terms were not disclosed, but …

Product Hunt

Amazon Lex – Build Conversational Voice & Text Interfaces | AWS Blog

While computers that talk are great, computers that listen and respond are even better! If you have used an Amazon Echo, you know how simple, useful, …

AWS launches Amazon Lex, a bot framework that powers Alexa

The time has come. Following years of mounting interest in a type of artificial intelligence (AI) called deep learning, the biggest public cloud infrastructure provider, Amazon Web Services (AWS), today announced its first Amazon AI services that make use of deep learning.<p>Deep learning generally …

Amazon

AWS launches Amazon Lightsail, a DigitalOcean killer offering $5 virtual private servers

At its annual re:Invent user conference in Las Vegas today, public cloud market leader Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced Amazon Lightsail, a new way for developers to quickly and easily get access to low-cost virtual private servers (VPS).<p>They don’t need to worry about provisioning storage, …

Amazon

Knotch has patented its color-based feedback system

Knotch promises marketers a better way to collect user feedback about the effectiveness of their sponsored content. Now it’s announcing that it has received a design patent for its approach.<p>Basically, when a sponsored article uses Knotch, a survey question pops up at the end, which is supposed to …

Design

Internet Archive, Worried About Trump, Plans a Canadian Clone

Internet Archive, Worried About Trump, Plans a Canadian Clone<p>Duplicate servers in Canada would guard against the possible privacy invasions of the …

Republican Party

Spotify is using billboards to call users out on their questionable listening habits

In a hilarious new marketing campaign, Spotify is taking to billboards to pose some rather serious questions (and provide commentary) about its users.<p>One of the new billboards, for example, will read: “Dear person who made a playlist called: ‘One Night Stand With Jeb Bush Like He’s a Bond Girl in a …

Spotify

ADP: Businesses added 216,000 jobs in big rebound

The private sector added 216,000 jobs in November, payroll processor ADP said Wednesday, possibly signaling the government this week will report a strong rebound in hiring after last month’s modest gains.<p>Economists expected 169,000 job gains, according to a Bloomberg survey. They predict the Labor …

Employment

Oil prices surge on OPEC production cut expectations

LONDON (AP) — Oil prices surged Wednesday on expectations of a production cut from the OPEC cartel of producers. Shares in oil companies rose in the slipstream of higher oil prices, helping indexes around the world to post solid gains.<p>OIL WATCH: The international benchmark for crude oil, Brent, …

Oil

Philips Hue app adds iPad support, 3D Touch widgets for iPhone

Philips on Tuesday pushed out an update for its Hue connected lightbulb and accessories controller app, adding iPad support and new home screen …

Eric Schmidt-backed data science startup Civis Analytics raises $22M

Civis Analytics, a company founded by the chief analytics officer of Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, has raised $22 million in Series A funding.<p>Founder and CEO Dan Wagner told me that after the election, he discovered that many organizations — whether they were in politics, government or …

Analytics

Dubsmash syncs €9 million Series B

Dubsmash, the lip-syncing video app from Berlin that became a surprise social hit last year, has raised Series B funding.<p>According to multiple sources — and now confirmed by the company — Sunstone Capital has led a €9 million (~$9.6m) round with participation from Index Ventures, Balderton Capital, …

Series B Round

Yahoo quietly launches new app for Yahoo Answers on iOS, but it’s currently invite-only

To very little fanfare, Yahoo today released a new mobile application for its Yahoo Answers Q&A service. Yahoo had quietly been testing the service under a different name, Yahoo Hive, but it has since rebranded the app to Yahoo Answers Now and made it fall more inline with the web version (via …

Yahoo

GoPro to cut 15% of workforce in restructuring effort

GoPro today announced the company will cut 200 jobs, about 15% of its global workforce. The company says this will reduce its 2017 non-GAAP operating expenses to about $650 million and will help the company fulfill CEO Nick Woodman’s stated goal of returning the company to profitability in …

GoPro

Why Facebook Messenger wants to be the only app on your phone

Since the launch of the App Store in 2008, it’s been possible to develop and sell apps for iOS devices, and it was one of the defining moments for the iPhone. Within a few years, it created a vibrant ecosystem with millions of great apps and some healthy competition to Apple’s stock apps.<p>That’s why …

Facebook

Netflix finally lets you download some movies and TV shows to watch offline

Despite pledging it would never offer downloads, Netflix is finally letting its millions of users around the world access movies and TV shows offline.<p>The news will be music to the ears of Netflix’s 80 million-plus subscribers globally, but it will also come as a surprise, given that the company has …

TV

Meet the Self-Taught Curator Selling Art Without a Gallery | The Creators Project

<i>Maedchen in 3D by Tal R - printed by Lubok Verlag, all images were chosen and curated by Pablo de Pinho and are courtesy of ArtSFBlog.</i><p>It’s been nearly three years since artist, musician, and curator Pablo de Pinho launched his online art gallery ArtSFBlog. Since then, the company has sold art to …

Art

Samsung Electronics considers splitting firm in two

<b>Samsung Electronics has confirmed it is considering dividing the company into two separate firms.</b><p>The company has been under pressure from some investors to break itself into a holding unit and an operating company to boost shareholder value.<p>The South Korean technology giant also announced plans to …

Samsung

China Reportedly Rolls Out New Measures After the Yuan's Record Slide

The Chinese currency has depreciated nearly 6% against a strong dollar so far this year.<p>China is stepping up measures to stem capital outflows after the yuan currency skidded to more than eight-year lows, sources said on Tuesday, taking aim at outbound investments that have soared to a record …

China

Google launches 10,000 Android developer scholarships

The European initiative aims to close the "mobile digital skills gap" and encourage technology startups.<p>Google and Bertelsmann have launched a new …

Google

Uber's self-driving car partner skirted state rules to get noticed

Otto wasn't allowed to put a completely driverless truck on the road, but did it anyway.<p>Remember how Otto demonstrated a self-driving big rig truck without anyone in the cabin, making a great case for its eventual acquisition by Uber? It turns out that the company knowingly broke the rules, …

Driving

Sling TV takes on rivals with launch of a cloud DVR

As competition between television streaming services heats up, Dish’s Sling TV announced a new feature designed to better compete with rivals like Sony’s PlayStation Vue and others: it’s debuting a cloud DVR that will allow customers to record shows and movies to watch later at their convenience. …

Entertainment

Galaxy Note 8 An AI-Driven, JBL-Tuned Beast Designed To Redeem Samsung In 2017? Latest Specs, Release Date And Rumors

Samsung might have placed itself on dire straits due to the now-infamous Galaxy Note 7 debacle, but the company is far from giving up. Defying …

Archaeologists Could Use Augmented Reality To Immortalize Ancient Sites

And also let tourists peek inside<p>The caves of Cappadocia (also spelled Kapadokya) in Turkey have attracted people for thousands of years. The strange peaks and valleys are now a tourist destination and a World Heritage Site, but they used to be a refuge for people fleeing violence and persecution. …

Augmented Reality