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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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Crunch Report | Google Glass for the Enterprise

Google Glass is relaunching but this time for the enterprise, Game of Thrones breaks HBO streaming records, Amazon and Tinder both now have a stories feature and Embark has taken over. All this on Crunch Report! Read More

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Apple‘s Greater China business now has its own managing director for the first time

Apple has appointedIsabel Ge Mahe as itsfirst vice president and managing director of its business in Greater China. China-bornGe Mahe is tasked with managing Apple‘s China business, and she will report into CEO Tim Cook andCOO Jeff Williams when she takes up the role, which is based out of Shanghai, later this summer. Ge Mahe is currently located in California, Read More

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Rewalk Robotics shows off a soft exosuit designed to bring mobility to stroke patients

Rewalk has been talking up its upcoming soft exoskeleton since January. The Boston-based company finally took the system out for a spin in the daylight, showing what it‘s capable of at a robotics event held on the MIT campus this weekend. The version on display is still a prototype, but all of the functionality is in place, using a motorized pulley system to bring mobility Read More

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Facebook fights fake news spread via modified link previews

Until now, any Facebook Page that posted a link could change the headline, body text, and image that appeared in the News Feed preview. That allowed fake news distributors to bait-and-switch readers into visiting articles they didn‘t expect, or make it look like legitimate news publishers were posting inflammatory or false headlines. But it also let real news outlets A/B test link Read More

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Facebook fights fake news by stopping non-publishers from editing previews

Until now, any Facebook Page that posted a link could change the headline, body text, and image that appeared in the News Feed preview. That allowed fake news distributors to bait-and-switch readers into visiting articles they didn‘t expect, or make it look like legitimate news publishers were posting inflammatory or false headlines. But it also let real news outlets A/B test link Read More

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The four waves of augmented reality (that Apple owns)

It‘s been said thataugmented/virtual reality is the fourth wave of consumer technology,and that AR could become much bigger than VR. But AR itself is not one giant wave, it‘s a set of four big ones: mobile AR software, mobile AR hardware, tethered smartglasses and standalone smartglasses. These four waves could drive AR tomore than a billion usersand83 billion by 2021. Read More

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Desktop Metal gets 115 million in funding to deliver metal 3D printing for manufacturing

Desktop Metal has already earned a number of fans with its 3D printed metal technology Lowe‘s, Caterpillar and BMW were all among its earliest clients. As first noted by CNBC, the Massachusetts-based startup is also getting some healthy monetary support, adding 115 million of venture funds to its coffers this week. The series D features a number of high profile names, including Read More

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Adobe launches redesigned Lightroom for Android

Adobe launched an update for its Lightroom photo management and editing apps on iOS and Android today. The iOS app for iPhone and iPad is getting a few new features, including support for Adobe‘s selective brush, a new details tab and an interface update for the iPad version. That‘s all pretty nice, but the biggest news here is that Adobe also completely redesigned the Android app Read More

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Naked Hub emerges as WeWork‘s main competitor in Asia

Hours after WeWork announced plans to move into Japan, one of the U.S. co-working giant‘s chief rivals made a move to increase the competition in Asia. Naked Hub, which was born out of China-based luxury resort company Naked Group, today announced a merger deal with JustCo, a fast-expanding co-working firm located in Singapore. It also revealed that it is working to finalize a 200 Read More

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The secondary marketplace EquityZen just landed 3 million in funding

The number of public companies in the United States is at a 40-year low; that‘s good news for EquityZen, a four-year-old, New York-based company that operates a secondary marketplace for company-approved transactions in pre-IPO stock. Read More

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Apple now allows customer support reps to respond to your App Store reviews

Earlier this year, Apple finally introduced the ability for app developers to respond to customer reviews - a feature Google had in place for several years. Now, Apple is expanding this feature with the launch of a new Customer Support role available now in the iTunes Connect portal. This gives developers who have larger teams the ability to give others permission to respond Read More

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Online art marketplace Artsy raises 50M at 275M valuation to double down on auctions

The market for buying, selling and learning about visual art online is getting a significant boost today. Artsy, the New York startup that has positioned itself as the go-to place for all things arty a platform for people to learn about visual art online as well as explore opportunities to buy and sell work hasraised 50 million in funding. The company is not disclosing Read More

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Technical recruiting platform Triplebyte opens for business in New York

Triplebyte wants to make it easier for tech companies to hire engineers by pre-screening them for technical ability and even flying qualified candidates out to the Bay Area for in-person interviews with prospective employers. After two years, the recruiting startup is ready to enter its second regional market in New York, while also beginning to serve a new vertical in the finance industry. Read More

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Google launches new security features to protect users from unverified apps

Google has been steadily adding new security features for its G Suite users over the course of the last few months, including new anti-phishing tools and OAuth apps whitelisting, as well as an enhanced app review process. Today, it‘s adding another layer on top of this with the launch of a new unverified app screen for new web applications and Apps Scripts. This new screen Read More

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Report confirms Brexit‘s boomerang logic on data protection

A UK parliamentary committee report backs the view that Brexit cannot constitute a clean break‘ in data protection law terms with the European Union. Au contraire. The UK will likely have to continue mirroring EU data protection rules encore et encore Read More

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Uber faces another lawsuit due to a lack of wheelchair-accessible rides

The Brooklyn Center for Independence for the Disabled, along with other disability rights groups, is suing Uber, alleging Uber is in violation of New York City human rights laws because it doesn‘t have enough wheelchair-accessible cars available to people who need them, Reuters reports. The class-action lawsuit, which also includes Disabled in Action of Metropolitan New York and the Read More

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Amazon launches Spark, a shoppable feed of stories and photos aimed at Prime members

Amazon today is launching Amazon Spark, a new feature aimed at improving product discovery, which is seemingly inspired by Instagram and its use of shoppable photos. Similarly, Amazon Spark users are encouraged to post stories, ideas and images of products they love, which others can react to with comments and smiles - Amazon‘s own version of the Like or Favorite Read More

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Snapchat adds multi-Snap recording and a color changing Tint Brush

Snapchat has a couple of new features rolling out Tuesday, including the ability to record multiple 10 second Snaps continuously, and a new Tint Brush that allows you to selectively color specific objects or areas of your snaps. The Multi-Snap recording feature is coming to iOS first, with a rollout planned soon for Android, and the Tint Brush feature is launching on both iOS Read More

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Google Analytics adds voice-based navigation

If you‘ve got a question about your website or app data, you‘ll soon be able to ask Google Analytics directly. In other words, if you‘re wondering What‘s the trend of mobile versus desktop traffic last week? or How many new users did we have yesterday? or What were our top countries last month? you won‘t have to figure out Read More

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‘Game of Thrones‘ premiere breaks HBO streaming records

The anticipated season 7 premiere of HBO‘s flagship series Game of Thrones set a number of new records for the network on Sunday night, including again setting the record for the most-watched premiere in HBO‘s history for any series, the company reports. But the show achieved another milestone as well - due to the popularity of HBO‘s streaming apps HBO GO Read More

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The secondary marketplace EquityZen just landed 6.5 million in funding

The number of public companies in United States is at a 40-year low; that‘s good news for EquityZen, a four-year-old, New York-based company that operates a secondary marketplace for company-approved transactions in pre-IPO stock. The 20-person firm say it has already closed more than 2,000 investments in more than 70 private firms, at Draper Associates is betting that number will Read More

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Literacy Xprize starts field tests of semifinalist apps in LA, Philadelphia and Dallas

Literacy is a serious problem all over the world believe it or not, even in our little utopia. While a touch-up of our education and support systems would probably be the best fix in the long term, we all know that‘s not likely. So in the meantime we have creative private attempts to alleviate the issue: Today, a 7 million Xprize for literacy-improving apps enters the field Read More

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Online art marketplace Artsy raises 50M, plans to double down on auctions

The market for buying, selling and learning about visual art online is getting a significant boost today. Artsy, the New York startup that has positioned itself as the go-to place for all things arty a platform for people to learn about visual art online as well as explore opportunities to buy and sell work hasraised 50 million in funding. Carter Cleveland, Artsy‘s Read More

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