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Facebook beats in Q1 and boosts daily user growth to 1.45B amidst backlash

Amongst massive criticism over data privacy, Facebook showed the resiliency of its advertising machine by beating Wall Street‘s 11.41 billion revenue estimate by raking in 11.97 billion in revenue with 1.69 EPS compared to 1.35 estimate. Daily active users hit 1.45 billion, up 3.57% to revive Facebook‘s growth after slower 2.18% growth last quarter. But []

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Netflix picks up ‘Follow This,‘ a weekly series about BuzzFeed reporters

Netflix and BuzzFeed News are teaming up for a 20-episode documentary series called Follow This. According to Variety, the show will be less focused on breaking news and more on taking us behind the scenes to show how BuzzFeed News reporters put together specific stories. For example, in the clip below, BuzzFeed‘s Scaachi Koul talks []

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For the first time, parents will be able to limit YouTube Kids to human-reviewed channels and recommendations

To address parents‘ concerns over inappropriate content on YouTube being seen by children, Google today is announcing an expanded series of parental controls for its YouTube Kids application. The new features will allow parents to lock down the YouTube Kids app so it only displays those channels that have been reviewed by humans, not just []

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Dolo delivers on the Foursquare prophecy of hyper-local tips

Dolo is the kindness of strangers as an app. Where‘s the prettiest place in the park? What‘s the best thing on the menu? How do I skip the line? Dolo lets you leave helpful suggestions for anyone nearby. The new social app launches out of beta today to augment the world with serendipitous tips from []

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Alexa integration comes to Meural Canvas letting you use your voice to navigate the art world

Alexa can do just about everything if you ask it the right question in the right way. Today, it‘s gaining a new skill, letting you move through artwork on the MueralCanvas digital artwork frame. The company‘s 595 device lets you browse artwork from new and emerging artists as well as publicly available classics. One of []

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For the first time, parents can limit YouTube Kids to human-reviewed videos and recommendations

To address parents‘ concerns over inappropriate content on YouTube being seen by children, Google today is announcing an expanded series of parental controls for its YouTube Kids application. The new features will allow parents to lock down the YouTube Kids app so it only displays those videos that have been reviewed by humans, not just []

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Netflix picks up ‘Follow This‘, a weekly series about BuzzFeed reporters

Netflix and BuzzFeed News are teaming up for a 20-episode documentary series called Follow This. According to Variety, the show will be less focused on breaking news and more on taking us behind the scenes to show how BuzzFeed News reporters put together specific stories. For example, in the clip below, BuzzFeed‘s Scaachi Koul talks []

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Microsoft‘s Azure Container Instances are now generally available

If you wanted to play modern software development buzzword bingo, talking about Azure Container Instances (ACI) would surely help you tick a few boxes. The service, which made its debut last July and which is now generally available, gives developers a serverless way to run Linux and Windows containers that frees them from having to []

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Rocketrip raises 15 million to reward cost-saving employees

If your company lets you expense the nicest hotel when you travel, why wouldn‘t you? But what if you got to split thesavings with your employer by selecting a less expensive hotel? A New York-based startup called Rocketrip believes most employees will opt to save companies moneyif they are incentivized to do so. It‘s built []

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Google Cloud expands its bet on managed database services

Google announced a number of updates to its cloud-based database services today. For the most part, we‘re not talking about any groundbreaking new products here but all of these updates address specific pain points that enterprises suffer when they move to the cloud. As Google Director of Product Management Dominic Preuss told me ahead of []

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Netflix has a lot of original content coming in May

Get outside and enjoy the next few days of spring while you still can, because Netflix has plans to keep you on the couch throughout next month. The streaming giant is releasing 36 original titles over the course of May, including some notable series such as a new season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt and Dear []

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Gfycat ramps up its focus on game clips and highlights as it hits 180M monthly users

Gfycat is already a pretty popular host for lots of content like short clips from shows and movies, but there‘s also a pretty substantial store of content centered around gaming - which is why the company is starting to put some extra focus on it. Gfycat, which is centered around creator tools to make those []

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Apple TV and Android see increase in streaming video viewership in Q1

Conviva, a video AI platform with visibility into the streaming market through clients like HBO, Turner, Hulu, CBS, NBC, ESPN, BT and Sky, is reporting today 114 percent year-over-year growth in streaming video hours in Q1 2018 to reach nearly 5 billion hours of video viewing. Even though streaming is growing worldwide, North America saw []

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Hasura snares 1.6M seed for developer-focused Kubernetes solution

Kubernetes has gained in popularity quickly over the last 18 months, but like many highly technical solutions it requires a level of expertise many companies are lacking. A Bangalore/San Francisco startup called Hasura hopes to simplify all of that with a managed Kubernetes solution built with developers in mind. Today, the company announced a 1.6 []

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Check out these amazing demos at TC Sessions: Robotics May 11 at UC Berkeley

We‘re a mere two and a half weeks out from TC Sessions: Robotics, and we couldn‘t be more excited. We‘ve got a full day schedule packed to brim with some of the greatest minds and machines the robotics industry has to offer. On the human side, we‘ve already announced Andy Rubin, Laura Tyson, Marc Raibert, []

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The DOJ is investigating potential Huawei violations of Iran sanctions

Another shoe, so to speak, may be about about to drop for Huawei. According to new reporting from The Wall Street Journal, the Justice Department has been investigating a potential violation of U.S. sanctions on Iran by the Chinese smartphone maker. The probe reflects a similar one into ZTE that landed that device maker in []

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Zume looks to life beyond pizza

Launch a fleet of robotic pizza vans and you‘re going to get painted as the robotic pizza company. It‘s a hard label to shake off - but as far as labels go, it‘s a pretty cool one. Even so, Zume Pizza has long made it clear that has broader plans to move beyond pizza delivery, []

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Didi appoints one of its execs to lead ride-hailing service 99

Didi, the Chinese transportation behemoth that acquired Brazilianride-hailing service 99 back in January, has replaced 99‘s chief executive with one of its own, Recode reports. Stepping in to replace Peter Fernandez is Tony Qiu, who most recently oversaw Didi‘s luxury business. Before joining Didi, Qiu had stints at Morgan Stanley and Bain Capital. This leadership []

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Drew Houston to upload his thoughts at TC Disrupt SF in September

Dropbox is a critically important tool for more than 500 million people. The company launched back in 2007 and founder and CEO Drew Houston has spent the last decade growing Dropbox to the behemoth it is today. During that time, Houston has made some tough decisions. A few years ago, Houston decided to move the []

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Drew Houston to upload his thoughts at TC Disrupt in September

Dropbox isn‘t necessarily the sexiest tech tool in the world, but it is a critically important tool for more than 500 million people. The company launched back in 2007 and founder and CEO Drew Houston has spent the last decade growing Dropbox to the behemoth it is today. During that time, Houston has had to []

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Europe eyes boosting data re-use and funds for AI research

The European Union‘s executive body, the EC, has takena first pass at drawing up a strategyto respond to the myriad socio-economic challenges around artificial intelligence technology including setting out steps intended to boost investment, support education and training, and draw up an ethical and legal framework for steering AI developments by the end of []

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Snapchat launches AR selfie games called Snappables

Snapchat wants to let you play its augmented reality Lenses, not just play dress-up. Today it launched Snappables AR games that use your touch, motion, and facial expressions to compete for high scores in literal head-to-head multiplayer matchups. Snappables live alongside Snapchat‘s other lenses and are rolling out globally this week with new games []

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Google debuts a standalone to-do app, Google Tasks

Along with today‘s big reveal of the redesigned version of Gmail, Google also more quietly introduced a new app that ties into its suite of productivity applications: Google Tasks. The app, as the name implies, offers you a dedicated place to create, view and edit your task list and to-do‘s, including those created from within []

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Rockerbox acquires calendar marketing startup Eventable

Rockerbox has acquired Eventable,bringing two digital marketing startups together. Rockerbox‘s technology includes attribution measurement to determine which ads are driving sales, as well as what it calls a Recency Marketing Platform, which targets advertising based on users‘ most recent browsing behavior. Eventable, meanwhile, is focused on bringing marketing to your‘ calendar - its technology can []

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