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Hey Netflix, Apple reportedly has $1 billion to spend on new TV shows

Apple dipped a toe into TV. Now it's preparing to do a cannonball.<p>Apple has set aside $1 billion for original video over the next year, according to the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>. The money would go to as many as 10 different shows in an attempt to put Apple on the map alongside Netflix, Amazon, HBO, and …

Smart TV

Apple Readies $1 Billion War Chest for Hollywood Programming

Company immediately becomes a considerable competitor in crowded market for original shows<p>Apple Inc. has set a budget of roughly $1 billion to procure and produce original content over the next year, according to people familiar with the matter—a sign of how serious the iPhone maker is about making …

Traditional Media

Silicon Valley Now Has Its Own Populist Pundit

MENLO PARK, Calif. — It’s not easy being the first and only Fox News host in Silicon Valley.<p>But Steve Hilton, a tech entrepreneur who was once chief adviser to former Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, added that role to his résumé in June.<p>Now every week, Mr. Hilton flies from the home he …

Silicon Valley

In China, Facebook Tests the Waters With a Stealth App

SHANGHAI — Facebook and many of its apps have been blocked in China for years. To change that, Mark Zuckerberg has made a big point of meeting with Chinese politicians, reading stodgy Communist Party propaganda, studying Mandarin and — perhaps more daunting — speaking it in public.<p>Now the social …

China

KGI: Apple Watch 3 to come in LTE and non-LTE models, no obvious form factor change

Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has released a new forecast on the next generation Apple Watch. According to Kuo, the Apple Watch 3 will ship later this year with both LTE and non-LTE models offered. Kuo also expects the next Apple Watch will retain the same general design and not …

Smartwatches

Apple and Aetna hold secret meetings to bring the Apple Watch to millions of Aetna customers

Apple and Aetna held a series of secret discussions last week to bring Apple's health and fitness-tracking smartwatch to millions more people …

Smartwatches

Google is paying Apple billions per year to remain on the iPhone, Bernstein says

Google is paying Apple billions of dollars to remain the default search engine on iPhones and iPads, Bernstein said in a note to investors on …

Google

Google’s Latest Acquisition Is All About App-Based Diagnosis

Google has reportedly bought a healthcare startup called Senosis Health, which claims to use the existing functions of smartphones to diagnose …

Google

How Silicon Valley’s Workplace Culture Produced James Damore’s Google Memo

Last week, a software engineer at Google, James Damore, posted a ten-page memo, titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” to an internal company network. Citing a range of psychological studies, Wikipedia entries, and media articles on “our culture of shaming and misrepresentation,” Damore argued …

Silicon Valley

Google CEO Sundar Pichai canceled an all-hands meeting about gender controversy due to employee worries of online harassment

Doxxing of search company staffers had already started.<p>Google CEO Sundar Pichai has canceled the company’s much-anticipated meeting to talk about gender issues today. The move came after some of its employees expressed concern over online harassment they had begun to receive after their questions …

Google

Google cancels staff meeting over fears of online harassment

(Reuters) - Alphabet's Google canceled on Thursday a company-wide meeting scheduled to discuss the controversy over a memo opposing diversity policies, the company said, citing concerns about personal attacks on employees from far-right commentators.<p>The company meeting was called to discuss the …

Google

Google's CEO Must Answer These Questions About That Memo

<b>UPDATE. 3:48 pm PT, August 10:</b> Google cancelled the planned town hall meeting shortly before it was to begin. In an internal email, Google CEO Sundar …

Google

Fired Google Engineer Says Company Execs Shamed and Smeared Him

The former Google engineer, whose controversial memo has triggered a nationwide debate on gender differences and diversity efforts in technology, …

Google

Sexism Runs So Deep in VC Culture Even Female Partners Believe It

Female entrepreneurs battling stereotypes find less help from female investors than you would expect.<p>An alarming precedent has been set. At venture capitalist firms, sexism now runs so deep that even the female partners believe the damaging messages concerning investment in women. This is a huge …

Venture Capital

Uber Board Considers 3 Investment Offers to Buy Company’s Shares

SAN FRANCISCO — Uber’s board has voted to move forward on proposals by two investment groups to buy shares in the ride-hailing service and is considering a third offer, with any final decision set to affect who gains the upper hand at the company.<p>Over the last week, the privately held company’s …

Uber

Scoop: Benchmark Capital sues Travis Kalanick for fraud

The battle between Benchmark Capital and Travis Kalanick just went nuclear, with the venture capital firm suing the former Uber CEO for fraud, breach …

Uber

Four Top Cybersecurity Officials Are Leaving US Government

Each of the officials cited their own reasons for leaving, but the lack of leadership is unusual and may make US government computers more vulnerable.<p>Four senior cybersecurity officials are stepping down from their US government positions, raising concerns that an exodus of top leaders may make the …

Cybersecurity

FBI can keep secret who's in its biometrics 'mega database,' says Justice Dept. | ZDNet

The FBI won't have to tell you if it has your iris scans, photo, fingerprints or other biometrics on file.<p>The FBI has obtained a legal exemption from …

Privacy

Is Alexa spying on us? We're too busy to care — and we might regret that

It’s an experience every computer or smart phone user has had. After downloading new software or an app, a window pops up with a legal agreement. At …

Privacy

SoundCloud faces do-or-die vote by investors

SoundCloud will soon collapse if investors don’t vote for a rescue funding round tomorrow. The stumbling music streaming community site had to suddenly lay off 40 percent of its staff last month. Now it’s asking investors for $169.5 million at a pre-money enterprise valuation of just $150 million, …

Startups

Never Did This Before (Original Mix)

'iPhone 8' reveal delayed to November, according to South Korean supply chain sources

An alleged Apple component supplier from South Korea is claiming that the company is pushing back the launch of the "iPhone 8" to November, but will …

IPhone 8

iPhone 8 could scan your face even if your phone is on a table

Apple’s HomePod firmware is the gift that keeps on giving. When the company shared an early build of the speaker firmware, many developers started digging around the strings in a library file to find hints about the next iPhone. And iHelp BR spotted an interesting reference to the facial …

Touch ID

Apple urged to bring emergency location feature to iPhone

Apple has been urged to bring an emergency location feature that could save countless lives to the iPhone.<p>Advanced Mobile Location (AML), a technology that allows the emergency services to more accurately locate a person in danger, was brought to Android over a year ago — but it still isn’t …

Emergency Medicine

All 2017 iPhones to Come in Only Three Colors, Launch Simultaneously in September

Apple's upcoming 2017 iPhones, including the "iPhone 8," the iPhone 7s, and the iPhone 7s Plus, will be available in just three colors -- black, silver, and gold -- according to a new investor note shared today by respectable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.<p>Kuo previously said the iPhone 8 …

IPhone 8

The New Copycats: How Facebook Squashes Competition From Startups

Tiny Houseparty has a promising video-chat app—the social-media giant has noticed<p>Tech startups live by the rule that speed is paramount. Houseparty, creator of a hot video app, has an extra reason for urgency.<p>Facebook Inc., a dominant force in Silicon Valley, is stalking the company, part of the …

Startups

Facebook launches Watch tab of original video shows

Facebook has a new home for original video content produced exclusively for it by partners, who will earn 55 percent of ad break revenue while Facebook keeps 45 percent. The “Watch” tab and several dozen original shows will start rolling out to a small group of U.S. users tomorrow on mobile, …

Facebook

Stanford AI researchers make ‘socially inclusive’ NLP using Urban Dictionary and Twitter

Stanford University AI researchers have created a “socially equitable” natural language processing (NLP) tool they say improves upon off-the-shelf AI solutions used today that fail to account for things like regional dialects, slang, or the natural way people talk when they regularly speak more …

Machine Learning

What Is Tissue Nanotransfection? A Step Forward For Nanotechnology In Regenerative Medicine

Does the idea of a device healing serious wounds or an entire organ in a human body with a single touch seem too far-fetched? Researchers at the Ohio …

Regenerative Medicine