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SoftBank's $100 Billion Tech Fund Rankles VCs as Valuations Soar - Bloomberg

Earlier this month SoftBank led a $502 million investment in a London-based virtual reality startup called Improbable Worlds. Less than two years …

Venture Capital

Here’s how likely your startup is to get acquired at any stage

Let’s say you randomly selected 1,000 seed-stage startups based in the United States. How many of those would go on to raise a Series A? Of companies that go on to raise a Series A, how many would go on to raise a Series B? You could keep this process going until only a few companies remain.<p>But …

Venture Capital

Google’s next-generation AI training system is monstrously fast

The TPU V2 could be a huge boon to Google’s cloud computing platform<p>Google today is unveiling its second-generation Tensor Processor Unit, a cloud computing hardware and software system that underpins some of the company’s most ambitious and far-reaching technologies. CEO Sundar Pichai announced …

Machine Learning

Everything Google announced at its Google I/O keynote

1/16<p>2 billion!<p>Sundar Pichai first took the stage to share some numbers. There are now 800 million monthly active users on Google Drive, 500 million Google Photos users who upload 1.2 billion photos every day.<p>Even more impressive, there are 2 billion people using an Android device today.<p>2/16<p>AI …

Google

Apple Releases tvOS 10.2.1 for Fourth-Generation Apple TV

Apple today released a new update for tvOS, the operating system designed to run on the fourth-generation Apple TV. tvOS 10.2.1 over one month after the release of tvOS 10.2, an update that introduced scrolling improvements.<p>The tvOS 10.2.1 update can be downloaded on the fourth-generation Apple TV …

Smart TV

Apple to Announce New MacBook, MacBook Pro, and Possibly MacBook Air at WWDC

Apple is planning to announce refreshes for its notebook lineup at its upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference set to take place in June, reports <i>Bloomberg</i>. New versions of the MacBook and MacBook Pro are expected to be announced, and Apple is also considering updating the MacBook Air, its most …

Apple

Google I/O 2017: Expect a clearer understanding of Google’s ‘AI first’ future

Join Recode for live coverage on Wednesday.<p>A year ago, Google CEO Sundar Pichai laid out a vision for an “AI first” future at Google, where the concept of computing is focused less on devices, with the computer taking the form of an omnipresent intelligent assistant.<p>At this year’s annual Google I/O …

Google

Ex-Google Ventures chief raises $150 million VC fund

In March we reported that Google Ventures founder Bill Maris was launching his own venture capital firm, called Section 32, after a late 2016 hiccup. …

Venture Capital

Yahoo to buy back $3 billion shares

(Reuters) - Yahoo Inc said on Tuesday it would buy back up to $3 billion shares through a tender offer to provide liquidity to stockholders looking to sell the stock ahead of the company's pending deal with Verizon Communications Inc.<p>Shares in Yahoo, which has a 15 percent stake in Chinese …

Markets

Instagram adds Face Filters, because of course it did

Here we go again: Instagram has added another feature ‘inspired’ by Snapchat. This time it’s Face Filters, which have already been available on Facebook for a while. It was only a matter of time, but at least there are a couple of original features today as well.<p>The filters work pretty much exactly …

Apps

2017 Hard Drive Failure Rates - What the Numbers Tell Us

In this update, we’ll review the Q1 2017 and lifetime hard drive failure rates for all our current drive models, and we’ll look at a relatively new …

Data Science

Opera is Reborn - Opera Desktop

Over the last year, we have introduced a series of new features such as free VPN and native ad blocking. Earlier this year we also presented Opera …

Software

Inside Volta: The World’s Most Advanced Data Center GPU | Parallel Forall

Today at the 2017 GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced the new NVIDIA Tesla V100, the most advanced accelerator …

Deep Learning

Facebook research into Aussie teens feeling overwhelmed and anxious

FACEBOOK has come under fire over revelations it is targeting potentially vulnerable youths who “need a confidence boost” to facilitate predatory …

Facebook

Hacker threatens to release stolen copies of Netflix series

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A hacker claims to have stolen the upcoming season of Netflix's hit series "Orange Is The New Black," and is demanding that the video streaming service pay an unspecified ransom to prevent all the new episodes from being prematurely released online.<p>The hacker, operating under …

Netflix

Google I/O 2017 schedule gets filled out to help you plan ahead of time

In less than three weeks, thousands of software and hardware developers will be coming to Mountain View, California, and its Shoreline Amphitheater, to attend Google I/O 2017. The company’s annual developer conference, from May 17-19, is one of the biggest highlights of the year for Android fans, …

Google

Apple Music clips are the new stars of Musical.ly videos

Part creation tool, part social network, the popular Musical.ly app lets users make and share their own music videos using segments of songs. Thanks to a new deal with Apple, the service's users will be able to add songs from the vast Apple Music library to their latest masterpieces.<p>Released in …

Apple Music

Chrome Beta 59 adds Animated PNG support, works with more payment apps, and disables some security risks [APK Download]

• Update 1: 2017/04/30 5:13pm PDT We've received a tip that Chrome 58 Beta also uses a light status bar, if the experimental Chrome Home interface is …

Google

Jack Dorsey just spent $9.5M buying more Twitter stock

Jack Dorsey is at it again — after purchasing $7 million in Twitter stock back in February, the Twitter CEO bought another $9.5 million today. After making his purchase, Dorsey posted the news on<p>FacebookTwitter, sparking a one percent gain in the company’s share price in after-hours …

Twitter

Merriam-Webster thinks Apple lovers are sheeple

Merriam-Webster defines its new word, "sheeple," as those who are "easily influenced."<p>I'm sure plenty of groups of people qualify as said "sheeple." I, for example, am easily influenced by any shop selling doughnuts, and I'm sure many people are like me. But the dictionary chose Apple fans as its …

Apple

Here's Mark Zuckerberg totally 'not' campaigning in Indiana

In our latest installment of "No, really, Zuck is honest-to-god not running for political office," we find Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg taking a ride around South Bend, Indiana, with Mayor Pete Buttigieg.<p>Zuckerberg is calling this yet another stop in his 2017 personal challenge to "get out and talk …

Mark Zuckerberg

Turkey blocked access to Wikipedia after it refused to remove content

The government claimed that the website was trying to ‘smear’ the country<p>Turkey blocked access to Wikipedia on Saturday, according to <i>Reuters</i>, using a law designed to grant authorities the ability restrict content the country considers obscene or a threat to national security.<p>Access to the online …

Censorship

Yik Yak Officially Calls It Quits

The leaders of Yik Yak, a messaging app briefly in vogue on college campuses, have announced that the app will shut down over the course of the next …

Messaging

Mark Zuckerberg's surprise visit to Ohio family boosts rumor of political run

Moore family of Newton Falls, Democrats who voted for Trump, hosted the Facebook CEO who is visiting all 50 states amid speculation of a run for office<p>An Ohio family said they learned just 20 minutes before dinner on Friday evening that a planned mystery guest would be the Facebook founder and …

Mark Zuckerberg

Risk of a dollar sell-off?

Greg Matwejev, Morris Capital, says if Trump fails to get some of his policies passed, a "big dollar sell-off" could take place.

Twitter reports 1Q loss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter Inc. is reporting a loss of $61.6 million in its first quarter.<p>The San Francisco company said it had a loss of 9 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 11 cents per share.<p>The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of …

Markets

Robinhood stock-trading app confirms $110M raise at $1.3B valuation

Zero-fee stock-trading app Robinhood has joined the unicorn club.<p>That’s thanks to it reaching 2 million total users, and 17 percent month-over-month growth of its revenue-driving Robinhood Gold subscription product. The startup confirmed to TechCrunch that it’s raised a $110 million Series C at a …

Startups

Reddit is putting limits on subreddit customization, and users are worried

Reddit is making some big changes to the way individual communities can customize their look, and it has some users worried that subreddits are going to get a lot less interesting.<p>The operators of subreddits have long been given access to their community’s CSS — web styling information that lets …

Reddit

Instagram shows no sign of slowing as it hits 700 million users

Instagram is showing no signs of slowing down; the company today announced it has reached 700 million monthly active users.<p>For reference, the company hit 600 million users just this past December, and has now added 100 million users in the span of less than five months. Instagram says that’s the …

Instagram

6 Healthy Recipes For When You Barely Have Time to Cook

Foodies