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Amazon Pay Places lets you pay for real-world shopping using your Amazon info, starting with TGI Friday‘s orders

Amazon is today introducing a new feature called Amazon Pay Places, that allows customers to pay for in-store and order ahead shopping experiences using their Amazon app. That is, instead of using cash, check, credit or debit while shopping out in the real world, you can just use your Amazon account information instead. The first implementation of Pay Places involves a partnership with the Read More

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Jeremy Bloom‘s Integrate raises 8 million for marketing software

You may know Jeremy Bloom from his days as an Olympian on the U.S. ski team or from when he was a professional football player. These days, he‘s busy running an enterprise software startup for marketers. With clients like Salesforce and Dell, Phoenix-based Integrate has raised 8 million in funding from Iron Gate Capital and existing investors, including Foundry Group, Comcast Ventures Read More

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AI data-monopoly risks to be probed by UK parliamentarians

The UK‘s upper house of parliament is asking for contributions to an enquiry into the socioeconomic and ethical impacts of artificial intelligence technology.Among the questions the House of Lords committee will consider are how can the data-based monopolies of some large corporations, and the winner-takes-all‘ economics associated with them, be addressed? Read More

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Amazon Pay Places lets you pay for real-world shopping using your Amazon info, starting with TGI Friday‘s to-go orders

Amazon is today introducing a new feature called Amazon Pay Places, that allows customers to pay for in-store and order ahead shopping experiences using their Amazon app. That is, instead of using cash, check, credit or debit while shopping out in the real world, you can just use your Amazon account information instead. The first implementation of Pay Places involves a partnership with the Read More

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Four robot demoes you missed at TC Sessions: Robotics

TC Sessions: Robotics featured robots for as far as the eye could see, and several took the stage for special demonstrations. We were honored to play host as these innovative companies and teams showed off their latest creations. The videos are below and are worth your time. The latest version of MIT‘s Cheetah robot made its stage debut at TC Sessions: Robotics. It‘s a familiar Read More

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Apple launches machine learning research site

Apple just launched a blog focused on machine learning research papers and sharing the company‘s findings. The Apple Machine Learning Journal is a bit empty right now as the company only shared one post about turning synthetic images into realistic ones in order to train neural networks. This move is interesting as Apple doesn‘t usually talk about their research projects. The Read More

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NBC News launches ‘Stay Tuned,‘ a twice-daily Snapchat news broadcast

NBC News is bringing news broadcasts to Snapchat, the company announced today, with the launch of a twice-daily headline news show it‘s calling Stay Tuned. The show aims to connect with younger viewers who no longer get their news from traditional television, nor connect with a trusted anchor during a nightly broadcast, as the generations before them once did. Instead, the Read More

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Clara Labs nabs 7M Series A as it positions its AI assistant to meet the needs of enterprise teams

Clara Labs, creator of the Clara AI assistant, is announcing a 7 million Series A this morning led byBasis Set Ventures. The startup will be looking to further differentiate within the crowded field of email-centric personal assistants by building in features and integrations to address the needs of enterprise teams. Founded in 2014, Clara Labs has spent much of the last three years trying Read More

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Google Glass never really left

When Google released a new enterprise version of Glass on Tuesday, a bevy of headlines suggestedGlass was back, but It never really left. Even though the Explorer program aimed at consumers ended in January, 2015, Google has continued to sell Glass to businesses. In that context, yesterday‘s release wasn‘t a comeback so much as a continuation of an enterprise strategy for Glass Read More

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Nauto raises 159M to fuel expansion of its autonomous driving data platform

Nauto, a Palo Alto company focused on retrofitting existing vehicle fleets with networked safety camera-equipped devices, has raised 159 million in a Series B round led by SoftBank (which has been quite spendy lately). The company‘s products focus on gathering data about human drivers and their behavior in order to improve safety practices right now, but their platform also has a Read More

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Nintendo launches Nintendo Switch Online app ahead of Splatoon 2 release

Nintendo just launched a new smartphone app called Nintendo Switch Online. It is a companion app for Nintendo‘s latest console and it is now available on iOS and Android for free. When Nintendo first introduced the Nintendo Switch, the company said that many of the social features for online multiplayer would work through a smartphone app. While it took a few months, the app is now Read More

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The Open Container Initiative launches version 1.0 of its container specs

It took a while, but the Open Container Initiative(OCI) today announced the launch of the 1.0 versions of both its container runtime and image specs for software container. The two-year-old open source foundation was established by Docker and other leaders in the container ecosystem to be the guardian of exactly these specifications, which are basically the industry standards for Read More

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Facebook may begin testing a paywall for selected media stories as soon as October

Facebook could begin testing a paywall for subscription news stories as early as October, according to a top company executive. Campbell Brown, who heads up the social network‘s new partnerships business, made the reveal atthe Digital Publishing Innovation Summit on Tuesday, The Street reported. We have independently confirmed that, too. We are in early talks with several Read More

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Self-driving robot AI company Brain Corp raises 114M

A San Diego based company that believes tomorrow‘s robots will be intelligent autonomous machines that can take care of us, which will be as commonplace as computers and mobile phones are today has raised 114 million in Series C funding led by SoftBank‘s Vision Fund, and with participation from Qualcomm Ventures. Brain Corps primary product is Read More

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India‘s Rentomojo raises 10M from Bain Capital and Lending Club founder

Indian startup Rentomojo which lets consumers rent appliances furniture, motorbikes and other urban living essentials has closed a 10 million Series B to continue its expansion. The round was led byBain Capital Ventures, and others that put in include Lending Club founder and former CEO Renaud Laplanche and existing investors Accel and IDG. It‘s nearly one year to the Read More

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Mangrove raises 170M for its new fund to invest in Europe and Israeli startups

Luxembourg-based Mangrove Capital Partners, one of Europe‘s leading early stage venture capital firms, has raised 170M for its latest Mangrove V Fund to invest across Europe and Israel. The fund matches its previous funds, and, says the firm, was completed inside two months with 90 per cent coming from returning investors. Mangrove has been one of Europe‘s most Read More

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The questions almost no startup founders ask

The following is a chapter from Ryan Holiday‘s new book, The Perennial Seller, a fascinating look at what it takes to help books, tech projects, and art that last. In this chapter he discusses the questions that no startup founders ask before they begin work. For more background on the book I encourage you to visit his post about how he made the book over a grueling (and fun) 2-year Read More

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Google introduces the feed, a news stream of your evolving interests

More than four years after the launch of Google Now, the company has fully dissolved its AI assistant into the DNA of many of its core product offerings. Nowhere is this impact more evident than in search, where Google has significantly shaken up its philosophy on what a term like search even means when you know so much about users and their interests. Today, Google is delivering Read More

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Google introduces the feed, a news stream catered to your interests

More than four years after the launch of Google Now, the company has fully dissolved its AI assistant into the DNA of many of its core product offerings. Nowhere is this impact more evident than in search, where Google has significantly shaken up its philosophy on what a term like search even means when you know so much about users and their interests. Today, Google is delivering Read More

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Google revamps the newsfeed

More than four years after the launch of Google Now, the company has fully dissolved its AI assistant into the DNA of many of its core product offerings. Nowhere is this impact more evident than in search, where Google has significantly shaken up its philosophy on what a term like search even means when you know so much about users and their interests. Today, Google is delivering Read More

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Samsung‘s Bixby assistant finally comes to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in the US

After much delay, Samsung has begun rolling out it Bixby smart assistant to users in the U.S.. The company said today that an update will allow owners of theGalaxy S8 and S8+ to gain voice capabilities for the service. Bixby is the Korean phone-maker‘s take on Apple‘s Siri, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, but it didn‘t ship with Samsung‘s Galaxy S8 and S8+ when Read More

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Samsung‘s Bixby assistant finally comes to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ - but only in the US

After much delay, Samsung has begun rolling out it Bixby smart assistant to users in the U.S.. The company said today that an update will allow owners of theGalaxy S8 and S8+ to gain voice capabilities for the service. Bixby is the Korean phone-maker‘s take on Apple‘s Siri, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, but it didn‘t ship with Samsung‘s Galaxy S8 and S8+ when Read More

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Blippar introduces ‘Halos‘ facial recognition feature on its mobile app

In the next several months, phone-based augmented reality is going to become quite a bit more visible for consumers as tech titans like Apple and Google launch new AR platforms, but startups won‘t let the big public companies have all the fun. Blippar has been in the augmented reality field since before Google Glass. When we just started probably one out of a thousand people knew Read More

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IBM expands its cloud footprint with new data centers in London, Sydney and San Jose

IBM reported its quarterly earnings this week and while the company‘s overall results were once again disappointing, cloud revenue was up 15 percent year-over-year and accounted for 3.9 billion in revenue. It‘s no surprise then that IBM is doubling down on its cloud strategy and to keep its momentum going, the company today announced the launch of four new data centers for its Read More

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