In the United States, the social media giant has been an advocate of equal treatment of all Internet content. In India, regulators who share that belief have effectively blocked a free Facebook service.
Nothing about running Spotify is “easy.” Margins are tough, labels are prickly, behemoths like Apple and Amazon and Google are competing with you, and even some of the artists hate you so much they got together to form a competing service. And yet, Spotify founder and CEO, Daniel Ek, continues to plod along day in and day out, doing the impossible: Creating […]
Jeff Jones just quit, Google's lawyers are getting closer, a successful IPO seems like a distant fantasy and god only knows what scandal will emerge next. Predicting how Travis Kalanick will respond to Uber's towering pile of disasters is like predicting what could happen if a wild goose suddenly found itself locked overnight in a mortuary. Endless […]
For about six months, I’ve been having a debate with various senior women in the Valley about what represents “progress.” There are two bull cases that things are, yes, still lousy but getting better. First off, there has anecdotally been a rash of high profile companies who employee female “No. 2s” or very senior female operations leads. Airbnb, Stripe, Squ […]
For the enterprise and service provider crowd, that means riverbed is looking to bring the agility of the cloud to existing infrastructure, by adding a new abstraction layer, which automates and simplifies thorny tasks, such as provisioning, scaling, and overall services management.
The ink has barely dried on Airbnb's new Chinese name, but the jokes have come fast. To launch Trips in China, U.S. home-rental company showed off a new name to match, Aibiying. SEE ALSO: Airbnb is going all out to woo China, and even has a new Chinese name It says Aibiying (爱彼迎) means to "welcome each other with love." But the Chinese think i […]
Apple is not getting any special treatment from the Indian government. Despite the company’s imminent plans to begin manufacturing iPhones in the country, the Indian government remains committed to not folding to the Cupertino giant’s demands. SEE ALSO: Apple had its best year ever in world's fastest growing smartphone market When asked if the governm […]
Here's a shrimp that'll require a pretty big barbie on which to throw it. More accurately, it's a giant leader prawn. And it just so happens to be as large as a human forearm and weighs 300 grams (10 oz). SEE ALSO: Koalas don't like water but they're being 'driven to drink' by climate change The crustacean was captured in […]
Rep. Devin Nunes made some unprecedented statements today. But even if they're true, they don't prove what the White House wishes they did. The post Don't Buy the Latest Trump Surveillance Hype appeared first on WIRED.
Senators could vote as early as today to not only reverse the Obama-era FCC's action but block the agency from passing similar rules in the future. The post The Senate Prepares to Send Internet Privacy Down a Black Hole appeared first on WIRED.
Ofgem, the U.K. government’s regulator for gas and electricity, has revealed that projects trialled under the Low Carbon Networks Fund (LCNF) could save 215 tonnes of CO2. The program ran for six years, ending in 2015, with the aim of helping Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) develop cost effective and energy efficient solutions for the smart... Read mor […]
The Internet of Things is sweeping across the globe at breakneck speeds, and before we know it, our entire lives will be facilitated by connected technology. We’re already seeing the IoT make an incredible impact on how the industrial world operates, and we’re seeing it seep into household goods to bring convenience and efficiency to... Read more » The post […]
PARC, the research and development arm of Xerox, announced on Tuesday that it has secured part of $19 million in federal funding from the Energy Department to develop peel-and-stick sensors for homes, businesses, and other buildings. The peel-and-stick sensors will be able to detect air quality, temperature, humidity, occupancy, and more, according to PARC. […]
AT&T and Verizon are the latest companies to pull advertising from Google’s display network amid concerns that company does not do enough to prevent ads from appearing on YouTube videos promoting terrorism and hate speech. Read More
It’s World Water Day. Time to wake up and take shorter showers. That is, if we’re fortunate enough to have them. Water scarcity and pollution are persistent global problems. According to End Water Poverty, some 663 million people around the world have absolutely no reliable access to clean, safe water year-round. And two-thirds of the world population faces […]
The News Lens, an online journalism startup that aims to be the voice of reason in Asia’s raucous media landscape, will focus on creating more original video content after landing a Series B round. The startup hasn’t disclosed the exact amount, but says it is in the range of $2 million to $3 million. Read More
The first time I saw a doctor in the United States after I’d gotten my American health insurance, it wasn’t for anything serious. American friends had told me I should get an annual physical exam. That way, they explained, a record would exist that I’d been in good health. If I got sick later, the insurance company wouldn’t be able to claim that I’d hidden a […]
Immigration is often front-page news these days in the US — how deportations split families, how the system is toughening. There are true stories that bring all of this to life, and then there are stories that are not real. Fiction. Stories that show what we cannot always see or hear when it comes to immigration. Shanthi Sekaran's "Lucky Boy" […]
Students at the Kajo Keji Health Training Institute were taking exams when the gunshots rang out. They panicked, and in a flash dozens of trainees poured out of their classrooms, running for their lives and scattering in multiple directions away from the unknown gunmen dressed in mismatched uniforms. By the time the guns fell silent, two students lay dead in […]
Walmart-owned Vudu is taking yet another step to simplify its disc-to-digital program. Starting today, all you need to “convert” DVDs and Blu-rays collecting dust on your shelf into streaming digital movies you can watch anywhere is the case they came in and your smartphone. To be a little more specific, you scan the film’s barcode using Vudu’s mobile app an […]
CNN just dropped a bombshell report about President Donald Trump’s potential ties to Russia: "The FBI has information that indicates associates of President Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign, US officials told CNN." There are a lo […]
TechCrunch has just reported and confirmed that Apple has purchased mobile app Workflow for an undisclosed sum. It’s a clever little utility that allows you to string together different actions on the iPhone and iPad. It’s the closest thing iOS has to the customization options you get on a full desktop OS like Mac or Windows, and now it’s owned by Apple. Typ […]
Y Combinator’s Sam Altman recently called Trump “the Silicon Valley candidate” because of his disruptive nature. But maybe it’s really just because he’s a troll who recognizes the power of a cat meme.Read more...
Wells Fargo's pilot trial for cardless withdrawals must have gone well, because the bank is rolling out the feature to all of its 13,000 ATMs across the country. The company debuted the feature in select ATMs earlier this year. Starting on March 27th...
It's challenging for shippers to check the quality of fruit on its way to your grocery store. Most sensors won't reflect the conditions inside the boxes, and plucking a sample isn't going to give you a comprehensive look. That's where some Swiss res...
We knew that subscriptions were coming to the popular blogging platform, Medium. But, we didn't know the full details of what'd be included or the price. For $5 a month you'll get access to exclusive pieces of writing, site features before anyone els...
Last year, former US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler proposed a rule that would prevent internet providers from selling customers’ private data to third parties without their consent; the rule passed in October 2016 with clear guidelines for how ISPs must secure permission before sharing information like browsing history and loca […]
There are lots of times when people around us can see what’s on our phone screens, and that can make it tricky to read confidential texts or emails. Thankfully, BlackBerry has a smart solution to that problem for Android users. Its new Privacy Shade app lets you black out your screen, save for a rectangular or circular area that you can resize and move aroun […]
Seven months since its launch, Google’s Duo video calling app is finally adding support for voice-only calls. The feature is rolling out first in Brazil, where Google announced the update at a São Paulo event; it’ll become available elsewhere in the world in the coming days. Unfortunately, I can’t say I’m excited about it at this point. I already use WhatsAp […]