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Alibaba’s Singles Day Sales Dwarf Amazon’s Biggest Day

Alibaba’s Singles Day sales dwarf Amazon’s biggest dayJon Porter / The Verge - 9 months ago
  • Alibaba’s 10th annual Singles Day sale, which took place yesterday on 11/11, racked up $30.8 billion in sales and set a new record for the platform, reports CNBC.
  • The figure dwarfs the revenue taken during similar major shopping days of US retailers.
  • Although it’s useful to compare the two, Alibaba is less of a traditional retailer than Amazon.
  • Disputes over the validity of GMV matter because of the challenges facing Chinese retailers.

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AIOps Startup ScienceLogic Raises $25M To Support Global Expansion

AIOps startup ScienceLogic raises $25M to support global expansionDuncan Riley / SiliconANGLE - 10 months ago
  • Startup ScienceLogic Inc., which offers artificial intelligence for information technology operations, a fast-growing field known as AIOps, has raised $25 million in new funding to support a global expansion.
  • The $25 million comes in the from of a credit facility from Square 1 Bank, a division of Pacific Western Bank.
  • Founded in 2003, ScienceLogic is an IT operations management provider that claims its solution sees everything across cloud and distributed architectures, contextualizes data through relationship mapping and acts on this insight through integration and automation.
  • “This new flexible line of credit from Square 1 supports ScienceLogic’s current initiatives of global expansion, ongoing product development, and continued growth into new market segments,” Patrick McCoy, ScienceLogic chief financial officer, said in a statement.

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GM’s Next Electric Vehicle Is An E-bike

GM’s next electric vehicle is an e-bikeSasha Lekach / Mashable - 10 months ago
  • General Motors announced Friday that its two commuter-friendly bikes will be "integrated and connected" and one will fold.
  • Full details on the bike's motor, battery, frame, and more aren't out yet, but speculation about the forthcoming electric-assist bicycles has been brewing for years.
  • Back in 2015, the Washington Post wrote about a GM exec hinting at an e-bike service — maybe something like Ford's GoBike sharing service.

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Sony’s Smartphone Division Lost Over $240 Million Last Quarter, And It Only Expects Things To Get Worse

Sony’s smartphone division lost over $240 million last quarter, and it only expects things to get worseScott Scrivens / Android Police - 10 months ago
  • Third quarter financial results are out for most of the big players in our industry, but whether Sony still fits that bill is questionable.
  • Sales by Sony's Mobile Communications (MC) segment amounted to 54.2 billion Yen ($478.9 million) less than in the same period in 2017.

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InboxIt Is A New App That Replaces The Departed ‘Save To Inbox’ Feature

InboxIt is a new app that replaces the departed ‘Save to Inbox’ featureScott Scrivens / Android Police - 10 months ago
  • Inbox by Gmail is going the way of the dodo, and there's nothing we can do about it.
  • As well as sending yourself links, you can also use the app to add reminders to your inbox, which is another feature we'll be missing when Inbox goes away completely.

Google Brags About Gmail’s 1.5 Billion Users

Mark Wycislik-Wilson / BetaNews - 10 months ago
  • Apparently around a fifth of the world's population has a Gmail account -- 1.5 billion in total.
  • The new figure means that Gmail user base (or at least the number of addresses) has jumped by 50 percent in three years -- the last time Google updated us about usage numbers.
  • Taking to Twitter, Google shared the news with a tweet that was deserving of a #humblebrag hash tag

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HTC Boss On Red Dead Redemption 2 Studio Rockstar And VR: ‘They’re Not Done’

HTC boss on Red Dead Redemption 2 studio Rockstar and VR: ‘They’re not done’Jamie Feltham, Upload VR / VentureBeat - 10 months ago
  • Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2 developer Rockstar Games isn’t yet finished with VR, according to HTC.
  • Speaking with UploadVR, Vive Stuidos GM Joel Breton talked about how early work from developers like Bethesda, Ubisoft, and Rockstar had paved the way to bring more companies into the VR ecosystem. “So now everybody is out there building VR, unfortunately, it’s just not public yet,” he said.
  • Turning his attention to Rockstar specifically, Breton praised the work the company did on last year’s L.A.
  • “So, you know, they’re not done either,” Breton said of Rockstar’s work in VR.

Chinese Hardware That Fueled Massive DYN BotNet Attack Still Poorly Secured Pieces Of Shit

Karl Bode / Techdirt - 10 months ago
  • Just about two years ago, you might recall that the internet partially imploded after DNS provider Dyn was hit with a historically massive DDOS attack.
  • That included a large number of DVRs and internet-connected cameras by a Chinese company by the name of XiongMai Technologies, which stated it would be recalling many of the devices after issuing a statement in rather broken English that didn't really make much sense:
  • Fast forward several years, and you'll be shocked to learn that really nothing has changed at the company in terms of ensuring its cheap hardware can't be quickly compromised by hackers and thieves.
  • Worse, because XiongMai Technologies is a "white label vendor" whose hardware is often repackaged and resold under a universe of different brands, it's impossible for many to know if they even own these substandard products, notes activist and author Cory Doctorow.

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Worldwide IT Spending To Hit $3.8 Trillion In 2019, Gartner Says

Worldwide IT spending to hit $3.8 trillion in 2019, Gartner saysMike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE - 10 months ago
  • Worldwide spending on information technology is set to top $3.8 trillion in 2019, up 3.2 percent from the forecast of $3.7 trillion spend in 2018, research firm Gartner Inc.
  • Global IT spending will rise despite the current climate of tariffs, trade wars and general currency volatility, Gartner said, as enterprises shift from a model of ownership to service.
  • “What this signals, for example, is more enterprise use of cloud services — instead of buying their own servers, they are turning to the cloud,” said John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner.
  • The increased use of software-as-a-service is driving growth in almost every software segment, Gartner said.

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Middle East Uber Rival Careem Raises $200 Million

Middle East Uber rival Careem raises $200 millionReuters / VentureBeat - 10 months ago
  • Middle East ride-hailing company Careem said on Thursday it had secured $200 million in fresh funding from existing investors and that it expects to raise more to finance expansion plans.
  • Careem, which counts German car maker Daimler and China’s largest ride-hailing company DiDi Chuxing among its other backers, was estimated to be worth around $1 billion as of December 2016.
  • One source close to the deal told Reuters the latest investment, combined with previous fund raising and expansion of the company into new segments and markets, gave the company an estimated valuation of over $2 billion.
  • Dubai-headquartered Careem, the main regional rival of Uber, said it expected to raise more than $500 million in its latest funding effort to expand into mass transportation, deliveries and payments.

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Intel Plans To Reorganize Its Chip Manufacturing Group As Another Key Executive Leaves

Intel plans to reorganize its chip manufacturing group as another key executive leavesMike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE - 10 months ago
  • News of the reshuffle was first reported by the Oregonian, which says it was precipitated by the departure of the manufacturing group’s senior vice president and general manager Sohail Ahmed.
  • The same email also revealed how the manufacturing business will be restructured.
  • The new segments include a “Technology Development” group, to be led by Intel’s current Chief Technology Officer Mike Mayberry; “Manufacturing and Operations”, headed up by Ann Kelleher, who also served as SVP and GM of the manufacturing group alongside Ahmed; and “Supply Chain”, which will be led by Randhir Thakur, Intel’s current GM of global supply management.
  • “We must continuously evolve our organization to enable our growth fueled by a wider set of advanced IP, architectures, and packaging technologies,” Renduchintala wrote in the email to employees.

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LogMeIn Joins AI Fray With Prompt.ai, A Chatbot That Automates Technical Support

LogMeIn joins AI fray with Prompt.ai, a chatbot that automates technical supportMaria Deutscher / SiliconANGLE - 10 months ago
  • The rise of artificial intelligence in the enterprise has brought with it new solution categories, including services such as Agent IQ that use natural-language processing to automate companies’ help desk operations.
  • LogMeIn Inc., in contrast, is harnessing AI to help companies provide better support for their employees.
  • The launch comes about a year after LogMeIn acquired help desk automation provider Nanorep Technologies Ltd.
  • The service can be accessed directly in Slack, Microsoft Teams and the other collaboration services that knowledge workers use to communicate with one another.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai Speaks Publicly For The First Time About Its Censored China Search Engine

Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks publicly for the first time about its censored China search engineCatherine Shu / TechCrunch - 10 months ago
  • Commenting publicly for the first time about Google’s censored search engine for China, CEO Sundar Pichai said onstage at the WIRED 25 summit in San Francisco that the company is taking “a longer-term view” about the country.
  • Google did not confirm Project Dragonfly’s existence until its chief privacy officer, Keith Enright, spoke at a Senate hearing last month.
  • Even before Project Dragonfly was revealed by The Intercept, Google had already been quietly working on a strategy to re-enter China, including launching (or re-launching) apps through third-party Android stores (Google Play is not available in China) and working with partners like Xiaomi and Huawei to introduce its ARCore technology for augmented and virtual reality there.
  • Pichai said that Chinese tech innovations means it’s time for Google to get an understanding of the market from the inside out.

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Snapchat Adds Selfie Filters For Cats

Snapchat adds selfie filters for catsBBC Technology / BBC - 10 months ago
  • Snapchat's augmented-reality selfie filters now work on cats, the photo-sharing app has announced.Previously, its facial-recognition technology could apply the filters to only humans and some breeds of dog.
  • Now, cat owners can use Snapchat's Lenses to decorate their pet with hats, glasses and slices of bread.The announcement came weeks after parent company Snap reported the number of people using Snapchat on a daily basis had dropped.
  • Its number of daily active users dropped by three million to 188 million between April and June.
  • Sony's eye autofocus mode is currently limited to humans but it plans to change that
  • In September, camera-maker Sony announced it was developing autofocus technology that worked on animals, to make sure their eyes appeared in sharp focus.

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No, Apple Didn’t Acquire Music Analytics Startup Asaii, It Hired The Founders To Work On Apple Music

No, Apple didn’t acquire music analytics startup Asaii, it hired the founders to work on Apple MusicIngrid Lunden / TechCrunch - 10 months ago
  • On the heels of news of not one but two acquisitions from Apple last week, a report surfaced yesterday that Apple had picked up yet another company, the music analytics startup Asaii, for under $100 million; the report led to a “confirmation” from a shareholder in a separate report.
  • But we asked and Apple has declined to confirm the deal, and it gave no green light to use its usual statement — the one it often issues when smaller startups are acquired.
  • What it has done is hire a few employees of the company — specifically the three founders, Sony TheakanathAustin Chen and Chris Zhang — who are all now working at Apple at Apple Music.
  • It’s not clear if the three will be working on similar technology, or other kinds of tools to affect how music is discovered on Apple Music.

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Qualcomm Handed A Defeat In European IPhone Patent Infringement Case

Qualcomm handed a defeat in European iPhone patent infringement case AppleInsider - 10 months ago
  • In a first anywhere for the ongoing legal fight between Qualcomm and Apple, a Munich regional court has rendered a final judgment in a Qualcomm patent complaint against Apple, awarding victory to Apple.
  • The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus don't violate a Qualcomm European patent, EP1199750, which covers a "post[-]passivation interconnection scheme on top of [an] IC chip," a three-judge panel ruled according to FOSS Patents.

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International Day Of The Girl: Young Women Banned From Using Phones As They Are Seen To ‘lead To Unwanted Pregnancy’

International Day of the Girl: Young women banned from using phones as they are seen to ‘lead to unwanted pregnancy’Maya Oppenheim / The Independent - 11 months ago
  • Girls around the world are being stopped from using technology because of sexist attitudes that suggest items such as mobile phones lead to male contact and unwanted pregnancy, a study found.
  • The research – the first ever comprehensive global study into adolescent girls and mobile technology – revealed many girls were shamed and stigmatised for simply using mobile technology, while deep-rooted societal prejudice curbs their access.
  • The study surveyed 3,000 young people aged between 13 and 19 across 25 countries – most of which were developing nations.
  • It found globally boys are 1.5 times more likely to own a smartphone than girls because shame drastically limits access for girls – meaning females are more likely to be forced to resort to unsafe and secretive behaviours in an attempt to gain access to technology.

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Samsung Introduces Galaxy A9 With 4 Cameras: Telephoto, Zoom, Main, And Depth

Samsung introduces Galaxy A9 with 4 cameras: telephoto, zoom, main, and depthChris O'Brien / VentureBeat - 11 months ago
  • Samsung today took the wraps off its latest smartphone, which aims to take the mobile camera arms race to a new level.
  • The Galaxy A9 boasts four rear-facing cameras, a first for a smartphone, according to Samsung.
  • Telephoto Lens: Allowing 2 times Optical Zoom for super close-ups and richer details of subjects near and far.
  • Ultra Wide Lens: As the name suggests, for shooting wider shots without having to switch to a panorama feature.

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Apple Has Acquired Spektral, A Danish Computer Vision Startup, For Augmented Reality Technology

Apple has acquired Spektral, a Danish computer vision startup, for augmented reality technologyIngrid Lunden / TechCrunch - 11 months ago
  • On the heels of Apple this morning inking a $600 million deal to acquire IP, talent and licenses from Dialog Semiconductor in Europe, it has also confirmed another acquisition of a smaller startup in the region.
  • Apple has purchased Spektral, a computer vision company based out of Denmark that worked segmentation technology, a more efficient way to “cut out” figures from their backgrounds in digital images and videos, reportedly for about $30 million.
  • This type of technology can be used, for example, in augmented reality, but also for more standard applications like school photos (which was actually the first market the startup targeted, in 2015, although it appeared to quickly pull into a strategy after that to build up IP and make deeper inroads into video).
  • Rumors of the deal started to surface yesterday, first in Danish financial newspaper Børsen.

Gmail’s Smart Compose Will Soon Support Spanish, French, Italian, And Portuguese

Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat - 11 months ago
  • At its Made by Google hardware event today in New York City, Google shared a few numbers to update us on its progress, but none of them were particularly significant.
  • That’s only worth noting in the context that Smart Compose rolled out to all G Suite users last month.
  • Smart Compose is also coming to the Gmail mobile app next, starting with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
  • Osterloh also naturally talked about smart speakers, revealing that Google Home daily active users have grown 5x year-over-year.